How Sathya Sai Baba Appeared As Three Villagers To Help His Devotee

Shiva Shakti Sai

Shiva Shakti Sai

How Sathya Sai Baba Appeared As Three Villagers To Help His Devotee

In the Sri Sai Ashtotthara (the 108 names of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba), one of names is “Sri Sai Jodi Adipalli Somappa”. How this intriguing name came to be associated with Bhagawan is narrated by Prof. N. Kasturi. This is one of those amazing miracles when Baba assumed multiple forms at the same time to come to the rescue of His devotee.

On 26th November, 1958, three days after Baba’s birthday celebrations, a devotee, Sri Venkataraman left Prasanthi Nilayam for Bangalore by car after seeking permission from Baba.

On the way, his 2-year-old daughter was attacked by ‘fits’, which became so serious that the child was asphyxiated and it collapsed.

Baba knew this and presented Himself before them as a ‘villager’ with two other ‘villagers’ whom He created. He wanted the child to be given to Him and the two comrades supported the demand. ‘Give him: he will cure it. He has cured thousands’; they (the other two villagers) implored.

The villager (Baba) told them, ‘I was busy for the last 3 days; I just now laid myself for rest; but I came to know that a child was seriously ill on the road. So, I ran up”!

He placed the child on his lap and she was cured. He gave her back to the relieved parents. They offered him a rupee and when it was refused, they gave Him a fruit from the many that they had received from Bhagawan’s hands before leaving Prasanthi Nilayam.

They asked Him His name. He said “Jodi Aadipalli Somappa”. When asked later at the Nilayam, why He chose that name of all others, Baba said, “I am Somappa, Appa (Lord Shiva) and Sa Uma (Sa – along with; Uma – Goddess Parvathi, the consort of Lord Shiva) with Uma. The place of My residence is Aadipalli, the primeval village, Kailasha. It is Jodi (joined together) because it belongs to Sa & Uma ‘Shiva-Shakti’, – the Twin – Prakrithi and Purusha (Nature and God). This is therefore Baba’s most appropriate epithet, selected by Himself, for that profound miracle of grace. It reveals His truth as ‘Shiva-Shakti’.”

On another occasion when a devotee asked Baba, “How can we know that You are Shirdi Sai Baba?”

Baba said, “It is difficult for you; when I ‘went’ the other day, as an old man to save Venkataraman’s child on the road near Bagepalli, he did not recognise Me, he thanked Me profusely and held out a rupee coin towards Me (!). He believed that I was a villager named ‘Jodi Adipalli Somappa,’ when I gave that name!”

Reference: 1)“Garland of 108 Precious Gems” by Prof. N Kasturi. Page: 26-27 (Fourth Edition, 1979). Published by Sri Sathya Sai Education and Publication Foundation.

Reference: 2) “Sathyam Shivam Sundaram” Vol-I, by Prof. N Kasturi. Page: 193. Published by Sri Sathya Sai Books and Publications Trust, Prasanthi Nilayam.

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