Satya SaiBaba In A Wheelchair

Satya SaiBaba In A Wheelchair

Satya SaiBaba In A Wheelchair

Satya SaiBaba In A Wheelchair

Years before Sathya Sai Baba ever got into a wheelchair, he revealed this event to many people through dreams. As a matter of fact, the author had three dreams of Sathya Sai Baba in a wheelchair about seven years before the Guru ever got into one. The author was also told by several other devotees they had similar dreams as well.

Sathya Sai Baba moved fully, freely and tirelessly up until the year 2003, at the ripe age of 77 when he had a hip fracture and after which he could be seen using a wheelchair. Strange enough, Sathya Sai Baba’s physical condition actually embarrassed some “devotees” because their Guru was using a wheelchair! Others had doubts about Sathya Sai Baba’s divinity or Godhood based on his physical condition. In a certain sense, Sathya Sai Baba’s use of a wheelchair has served to further separate the “grain from the chaff” among his devotees.

When visiting Shirdi, the author took a tour of the Sai Baba temple and viewed a room that stored Sai Baba’s belonging. In that room was a wheelchair (which is rarely mentioned in Sai paraphrenalia). In several pictures and paintings of Sai Baba, one can see devotees holding Sai Baba up and assisting him to walk. At one point, Sai Baba of Shirdi was completely bed-ridden. Yet what is the status of Shirdi Sai Baba today? The Sai Baba of Shirdi is a world-renowned Saint. His reputation is ever-increasing and ever-expanding despite the fact that he had a wheelchair, required assistance to walk and was bed-ridden later in his life. The Shri Sai Satcharita said the following about Sai Baba:

“From this and other accounts, let the readers consider whether Sai Baba was the three and a half cubits body that He occupied for some years and that He left thereafter or He was the Self inside. The body, composed of the five elements is perishable and transient, but the Self within is the thing – Absolute Reality which is immortal and intransient. The pure Being, Consciousness or Brahma, the Ruler and Controller of the senses and mind is the thing Sai. This pervades all things in the universe and there is no space without it. For fulfilling His mission He assumed the body and after it was fulfilled, He threw away the body (the finite aspect), and assumed His infinite aspect.”

It is also to be noted that spiritual masters and avatars have also been subjected to many earthly ordeals. Jesus was nailed to a cross. Krishna (considered a poorna-avatar) “died” as the result of an arrow piercing his foot. The Buddha “died” from food poisoning. The prophet Mohammed “died” from food poisoning. Lord Rama “died” by taking Jala Samadhi (drowning) in the Sarayu River. Ramana Maharshi and Ramakrishna “died” from cancer. Nevertheless, all religions do not focus so much on the physical conditions or earthly departures of these divine personalities as they do on their messages, miracles, inspiration, love and teachings.

Prof. Prem Luthra said in the book “God Lives In Prashanti Nilayam”:

How fortunate we are to have Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba moving among us and showering his Love and Grace by giving us darshan, sparshan and sambhashan. But due to his ‘maya’ we are sometimes deluded to think that He is a human being like any one of us. But Swami Himself keeps warning is against committing such mistake. This phenomenon is not new.

In the previous yugas also most of the people failed to recognise the Avatarhood of Rama and Krishna during their stay in the human form. In this Kaliyuga it is all the more difficult to distinguish the Avatar from the false gods who, with “outer signs of sainthood, the long gown, the beard, the rosaries, the matted hairs” moving about India and abroad misleading the people. It is very difficult to demarcate clearly the manifestation of the Lord. It is therefore, Swami says, “I am announcing Myself, and Myself describing My Mission, the Task, the characteristics, the qualities which mark out the Avatar from the rest.”

Moreover, it is impossible for man to understand the mystery of the Avatar unless He Himself reveals it to us. Baba, in His Divine Love, Compassions and Mercy fro us all, has been revealing from time to time His mystery and mission through His Miracles and His Divine Declarations made during His discourses, “If I don’t tell you about Myself, who can?” He speaks. He declares that His devotees can tell anyone in the world with full confidence and faith that “Lord is here is the Prashanthi Nilyam”.

Mysterious are the ways of the Yuga Avatar Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. He is Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Omniscient. There is no work that He cannot do by just willing it. But he gets things done through us by making us His instruments to give us ananda.

Sathya Sai Baba has also talked about his physical condition:

Sathya Sai Baba: My health is very good. Real health is not related to the body. As you equate Swami with this physical frame, it appears as though Swami is not well. Yad bhavam tad bhavati (as is the feeling, so is the result). Do not identify Me with this physical body. I am not Dehaswarupa (body), I am Dehi (the indweller). I have all powers in Me. But you are deluded, seeing My physical form. As a matter of fact, there is no trace of ill-health in Me. I am always healthy. I can do whatever I want. But those who go by the physical form think that Swami is aging. Youth and old age are related to the body and not to Me. I am always the same. I can do anything. If you think that Swami is strong and healthy, yes so He is. There is no weakness in Me. My angas (limbs) may appear to be weak. But I am not angaswarupa, I am Atmaswarupa. Wherever you may go, worship God as Atmaswarupa. Do not identify Him with an akara (form). Give up body consciousness and develop Atmic awareness. Only when you lead a spiritual life will you be able to visualise the Atmaswarupa. If you identify Me with the body, I cannot walk even two steps. Do not think about the akara. Have faith that I am the Atmaswarupa. Then I will always remain healthy.

Sathya Sai Baba is a world-renowed and highly respected Spiritual teacher and humanitarian despite the fact that he uses a wheelchair and requires assistance walking. The most intriguing aspect about Sathya Sai Baba’s current physical condition is how he revealed his use of a wheelchair to many people in dreams years before he ever got into one.

Despite using a wheelchair, numerous miracles and manifestations associated with Sathya Sai Baba are still reported on an international scale (even up to the present day).

Two Divine Answers By Baba

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba

Two Divine Answers By Baba

Question: Sometimes people ask us that if Swamiji is God, then why does He not remove all the sufferings?

Sathya Sai Baba: It is not that Swami has no ‘desire’ (ichcha) to remove the suffering, but how is it possible for Swami to accept part-time devotion and give full-time payment? Swami has a great ‘desire’ to give happiness to all mankind, but mankind itself is responsible for the good and the bad it experiences. God’s grace can change your destiny, if you so desire.

All the good and all the bad, are merely reflections of the various activities in this world indulged in by mankind. The world is not constituted of earth and mud only. There are people in it as well and the earth and the people are inseparably bound with each other. They cannot be separated.

For every act of man, there is Reaction, Resound and Reflection.

Question: Does Swamiji suffer sorrow or happiness?

Sathya Sai Baba: You see Sorrow and happiness only because of your dual nature. God only sees One, not many. Of course, the seed of activity (Karma) is there and that brings forth your destiny.

You reap whatever you have planted. God sees only One. There is a tree with its roots, trunk, branches, leaves, flowers and fruits.. It is a manifestation of many forms and attributes, which have all come from the One seed. Take the example of soil or earth. There is sweetness in sugarcane and various fruits. The sweetness is really contained in the One earth just as the tree is in the One seed.

Similarly for all the names, forms and attributes, the One Divinity is the basis. Because I know the Truth fully, that all are Divine; that everything is Divine and that there is no Jiva (individuality) other than Divinity, there is no time or occasion when Swami has suffered pain, or pleasure, or sorrow. At no time does Swami suffer any of these things.

When someone comes to Me and says that he is suffering great pain or sorrow, I very much want to feel and see what pain is like or what sorrow is like. But it has not been possible for me to experience either pain or sorrow. Since such people have not understood this aspect of Mine, I pretend and look sorrowful or as if I am suffering. I pretend, so that I may correct them, put them on the proper path and make them understand me. I am telling you these things through truthful personal experience and these are not some imaginary statements.

In Me there is no such thing as sinking at some worldly sorrows or being elated at some worldly achievements. “My Life Is My Message” has been said in this context and if you try to follow Me, you will also have an enormous amount of peace and bliss.


Why Are Our Prayers Sometimes Not Answered?

Sathya Sai Baba And Prayer

Sathya Sai Baba And Prayer

Why Are Our Prayers Sometimes Not Answered?

Loving Sai Ram and greetings from Prashanti Nilayam.

Today we would like to turn your attention to the subject of prayer. Many people have potent experiences through the avenue of prayer, while others seem to get no positive outcome. What might be the mysterious mechanism behind prayer, and how can we explain such contradictory results? Many religions and wisdom traditions over the ages have declared that all prayers are answered; Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba likewise says this is so. But how can this be, one protests, when so many boons we fervently pray for do not seem to be granted?

First of all, to be effective, a prayer must be sincere. Consulting a dictionary, we find sincere defined as “genuine, real” and “free from hypocrisy.” Sathya Sai Baba has noted that sometimes our prayers are no more than play acting. Perhaps he means that though we may be crying out to the Creator to help us, in our heart of hearts – our core convictions about life – we’re not convinced that God loves us and that we are worthy of His grace. Sathya Sai Baba also states that the universe always says, “Yes, yes, yes,” to us, so if within ourselves we are holding to a deep subconscious belief that contradicts our pleas, how can we expect our prayer to be effective? In that scenario, we are living in a state of hypocrisy, saying one thing while secretly believing another. The great Masters and Avatars who come to Earth as vehicles for divine energy do not force their will on us. Opening up to God’s love is our job, so if due to low self-esteem or other psychological conditions we cannot free our hearts and accept the love they offer, the circuit doesn’t get completed. In this case, it is not God turning a deaf ear to us, but we ourselves who are blocking the blessings we are yearning for. Our part in the process was pointed out by Jesus Christ thousands of years ago. When people praised him for the miraculous healings they received, he declared it was by their own faith that they were healed, meaning that they were ready to receive so their prayers for health could be fulfilled.

Another point to consider is that serious illness and other trials may be karmic in nature, meaning we ourselves have created the circumstances we are facing and they can teach us lessons which are crucial to our spiritual growth. In such cases, our ultimate good is better served by going through the karmic process and reaping the insights it will bring us. Since the true goal of life is self-realization and liberation, why would God interfere in that process?

The factor of time must also be added to the mix. It’s easy to recognize this when a child whines for something it is not ready for, like the five-year-old who wants to drive the car. Like big children, we don’t always know what’s best for us or when we should have it. Sathya Sai Baba has stated sometimes we don’t get what we ask for because something better is being held for us. In one account, Bhagawan Baba told a woman He would heal her just like that, and then snapped His fingers three times. Twenty years later He came in a dream, snapped His fingers three times and she was healed.

Then there is dharma. We are born into this world to play a specific role in the Lord’s play. In the Gita, Krishna discusses swa-dharma, the individual’s path of right action and says it is better to fail at our swa-dharma than to succeed at another’s. If a prayer is misguided in that we are pursuing something not suited for us, it may be best it is not fulfilled as we wish, as doing so might delay the day we awaken to our true dharmic role. For example, the ego might crave a certain job because of the pay and prestige, while on a soul level we are seeking work in harmony with our inner nature and a way to serve others as well as support ourselves. We humans are complex beings, and life is about getting to know oneself on every level.

An article in New Realities magazine in May of 1990 entitled The Power of Prayer; Old Approach, New Wonders, written by Larry Dossey, MD, described some fascinating experiments conducted by an organization called Spindrift. They used sprouting seeds as a biological medium to measure the effects of prayer. When two groups of identical seeds were placed side by side and one was prayed over and the other was not, the prayed for group always yielded more shoots. The results were reproducible and consistent. When the seeds were stressed by adding saltwater, simulating a health crisis, the difference between the two groups was even more striking. Different types of seeds and different types of stress produced the same results: prayer became more effective the worse the situation got. When different control groups were prayed over for varied amounts of time, the germination count was proportional: more prayer equaled more sprouts. They also found those experienced at prayer could produce greater results than a novice. This suggests prayer is something you can learn and get better at.

There are two basic types of prayer: directed and nondirected. Directed prayer is when you have a clear image in mind – that good paying job for instance – or use visualization techniques to produce a specific outcome, such as healing an illness. Nondirected prayer is when you release your personal agenda and ask for the highest good in the situation or use the classic Thy Will Be Done approach. When the Spindrift researchers compared them, both worked, but the nondirected technique was more powerful and often twice as effective. This would seem to indicate that when we step out of the way, more can come through. Trying to control the results through our concept of what’s best merely places a limit on what can happen.

Lastly, in a conversation with Dr. John S. Hislop, Bhagawan Sathya Sai Baba explained prayer should not be equated with begging, and though the divine is aware of our needs, it is still our duty to approach God and ask for those needs to be met. He used the analogy of a mother who knows her child must have milk to survive but only gives it when the baby cries. We should never feel ashamed to pray, for it is not only OK to ask, it is required. And should we find ourselves to be so fortunate as to have no pressing needs or difficulties in our lives, then Sathya Sai Baba says we should pray for peace.

We hope this small piece cleared a lot of doubts in your mind about Prayer.

Jai Sai Ram.

With Love and Regards,
“Heart2Heart” Team.

The Silver Map of India

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba

The Silver Map of India

We all caught our breaths, as Sathya Sai Baba created a most powerful object. It had a round black onyx base and on it was a silver map of India. Surrounding the map were 18 jewels that glistened in the dark, from some mysterious inner light.

He said that on the map were inscribed 100 Sanskrit verses giving the history of the Avatar from birth to the time when it leaves the body. He said, “All great works of the Avatar and all leaders chosen from my students are recorded here”.

He took it around for all to see and touch. Spiritually it was very powerful and esthetically very beautiful. The writing was too small to decipher. When asked, He answered, “I will not reveal the future. Everything will be revealed in due time. Why do you hanker after this object when you have its creator? You have Me and I have you. You are all sacred souls and have roles in the mission. No force can delay this mission even by one instant. I will appear in many manifestations of my form. Wherever you are, there I will be”.

He was not just speaking to the students, but to all of us… fortunate souls whom He has gathered in. It continues to be a great wonder to me, that not only is Swami still quite easily accessible, but there are so very few who have committed to become His devotees and live His teachings. Swami said His devotees are one in a hundred thousand. He said that one among ten, you can find one truly good person; one among ten such has some deep feelings for god; one among such ten will yearn for a direct experience; and one out of such ten will be ready to let go totally, to renounce, and surrender completely to God. “That is My devotee, and He is very dear to me”, Swami said.

Al Drucker

From the book: Love in Action, Proceedings of the Meeting of Sai Organisations of Europe, Hamburg, 12-15 May, 1989

Sathya Sai Baba Miracle Pictures February 2009

Sathya Sai Baba Miracle Pictures February 2009
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Sathya Sai Baba Miracle Pictures February 2009

Sathya Sai Baba Miracle Pictures February 2009

From time to time,Swami gives us something called a visiting card. In simple worlds, he manifests a miracle. Swami often says that miracles are for ‘nidarshana’ i.e establishing divinity and not for ‘pradarshana’ i.e exhibition. He points out the role of a miracle in the overall scheme of his plan: first chamatkar, a miracle. Then sanskar, or refinement. Next comes, paropakar, or selfless service and finally saakshaatkaar or the ultimate vision of the Divine. That is, He attracts us through the miracles, refines our hearts and minds with His teachings, and prods us along the path of selfless service which leads us to self realisation.

Swami is like the doctor who gives us the visiting card. There is no use glancing at the card and praising its beauty and expressing awe at the credentials of the doctor. One has to approach him, get diagnosed, take the prescription, follow it and get cured of the disease!

Om Sai Ram