Sathya Sai Baba Called Out And The Wind And The Clouds Obeyed

Sathya Sai Baba Called Out And The Wind And The Clouds Obeyed

This incident happened when Sathya Sai Baba was still a young lad, affectionately called as ‘Sathya’ by everyone. Baba’s mother, Easwaramma, recounts this episode for Prof. Kasturi, which he has recorded in “Easwaramma – The Chosen Mother”:

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba

“Puttaparthi was Gokulam, for Sathya was there. The old name of the village had been Gollapalli, the Cowherd Hamlet. It is this name that must have drawn Krishna to be born again on earth. How else can I explain the strange things the boy did?” Easwaramma asked me and related a story of His early years.

It was one evening during the North-East monsoon. The sky grew dark and menacing. Venkamma (Baba’s sister) was building a house then and there was a large kiln of wet bricks waiting to be baked. The logs of wood were readied but the fire could be lit only the next morning for the day was inauspicious. Now, there would be a downpour and all those bricks reduced to a huge misshapen mound of clay.

Something had to be done and quickly. Luckily there was a helpful neighbour. Cover the bricks with bundles of dry sugar cane leaves, he told Venkamma. Where were we to get that?

He suggested a friend of his living on the eastern bank of the Chitravathi who could be persuaded to give these leaves. A long line of men, women and children ran over the sands in desperate hurry. Swami too joined, the last in the line of volunteers.

But when He got to the middle of the riverbed He suddenly called out for everyone to stop.

‘Venkamma!’ He said. ‘Vaana raadu!’ (The rains will not come).

And – the clouds scattered, the day brightened, the threat was over! A few quiet words, a small palm silhouetted against the dark sky for a moment and up above in far space, the wind; the clouds and the rain obeyed! Everyone turned back home with no bundle of leaves, for they had the young Lord of the Elements in their midst.

Easwaramma concluded her story triumphantly and turned to watch my face with eager expectancy. I did not disappoint her. “This Krishna has saved this Gokula by lifting a single finger!” I said.

Reference: “Easwaramma – The Chosen Mother” by Prof. N Kasturi. Page: 33-34. Published by Sri Sathya Sai Baba Books and Publications Trust, Prasanthi Nilayam, 1984.

Sathya Sai Baba Sent The Clouds Away In Mumbai

Sathya Sai Baba Sent The Clouds Away In Mumbai

Sri Indulal Shah was a fortunate witness an astounding event in Mumbai (then Bombay) and the year, 1967. This time, it was in Dharmakshetra in Bombay. The month was July, the monsoon time in Bombay, and Sathya Sai Baba was paying a visit to Maharashtra State. The Bombay Samithi had arranged a public meeting of devotees in honour of Baba at Dharmakshetra.

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba

I remember that it was a Sunday evening. In Bombay, in the month of July, a heavy downpour can be expected any time. That being a Sunday, a large crowd was expected to attend, regardless of the possibility of rain. The Samithi had taken all precautions to provide shelter to the devotees from showers. The large pandal at Dharmakshetra was packed with people to the full. The meeting was to commence at 6 p.m.

But at about 5.15 p.m., the sky was overcast and we feared that the rains would lash down any time. We were anxious to save the devotees from getting drenched in heavy rains. Some of the office-bearers felt that we should request Bhagavan Sri Sathya Baba to start the meeting a little early, say at 5.30 p.m. I felt that Baba might not accede to this as there was ‘Rahu Kal’ (inauspicious time) upto 6 p.m., but my colleagues insisted that there was nothing like ‘Rahu Kal’ for Bhagawan.

Accordingly, I went up to Bhagavan and prayed: “Baba, could we start the meeting a little early?”

“Why?” asked Baba in a tone, which, by itself, was an answer to the question. But we did not understand this then, as our mind was also clouded like the overcast sky that evening.

I pleaded: ‘Bhagavan, it is likely to rain, the meeting may be disrupted, the devotees may suffer’.

In answer to this Baba smiled and that benign smile remains imprinted in my mind even to this day – as bewitching as the smile that we see in the picture of Lord Krishna.

He then held my hand and took me to the nearby window where I saw that a drizzle had already started. Those who have seen Dharmakshetra know that Baba lives in a lotus-shaped mandir on top of a hillock and that the windows from His room open out westward. So, we could see through them the entire crowd gathered below and the dark expanse of the cloudy sky above.

Standing near the window, Baba said: ‘Yes, yes, it will rain, and it will rain very heavily’.

This statement put me out completely. I could see from the window, devotees holding open umbrellas in an effort to protect themselves from the impending showers. I was searching for words to pray to Baba.

Meanwhile, Bhagawan raised His hand through the window and, in a moment, we saw the drizzle stopped and clouds dispersed in the sky!

In that moment of anxiety, the full import of what Baba had done did not strike me. Baba said that the meeting should commence as scheduled and I rushed out to convey Baba’s decision to my colleagues outside.

The meeting started at 6 p.m. and, by then, the sky had brightened enough to dispel all our fears about the rains. It was during the meeting that I realised what a great blunder I had made in praying to Baba to commence the proceedings a little early. During those few minutes, I had forgotten that Baba is God and that He had absolute command over ‘Prakriti’ (nature).

When the meeting concluded and my colleagues were saying happily that the meeting went off very well, I shed some tears of joy and rushed to see Baba and fell at His Lotus Feet.

Baba, then, smiled and said: ‘You forgot’.

When the heart is full, words are few. I had no words to convey my gratitude. I was in an ecstatic thrill. That was an unforgettable moment and I cherish the thought that it was Bhagawan Himself who reminded me that I had forgotten that He is God!

This incident is a conclusive proof that Baba is Omnipotent, that He can control nature and that He is an Avatar, God come in human form to bless all mankind.

Reference: “Sixteen Spiritual Summers” by Sri Indulal Shah. Page: 16-18. Published by Sri Sathya Sai Books and Publications Trust, Prasanthi Nilayam in 1980.