Dr. Bose’s Death In Swami’s Presence

Swami Sathya Sai Baba

Swami Sathya Sai Baba


Dr. Bose’s death in Swami’s Presence

Brig S.K. Bose and his story how Sathya Sai Baba saved him while a discourse was in session.

Let me share with you one fascinating story of Brigadier S.K. Bose, who after retirement from service as commandant of the college of military engineering Pune dedicated himself wholly to serve Sri Sathya Sai Baba and humanity in general.

Even at the age of 80 years, he remained busy in constructions works of educational interest under Saibaba in the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning – deemed University. I had good fortune of meeting Dr. Bose on the veranda and he invited me to visit his room.

He gave me his recently published book and I wish to share with you, his story when he died in the presence of Swami during a discourse and how Swami saved him.

One day Sai Baba returned from Brindavan ten days before the commencement of the Navaratri festival. Dr Bose describe that on the morning of Dams day, he got fever continuously but on morning of Dams day, the fever disappeared, and he could feel the strength to go to Poorn Chandra hall to witness the ceremony…

As he was seated on a chair next to the dias on which Purna Ahuti was offered by SaiBaba, casting sacred things and jewels to the fire of the homa, Swami started his divine discourse on Vijay Dasami. Dr Bose his eyes & ears were listening to His discourse. Suddenly Dr Bose felt UN-easy and felt complete lifelessness.

Swami saw this as what happened to him… He stopped his discourse and made several gestures by both hands in the air, as if He were driving away something hovering in the air above him. In my dead body I could see, my body lying there and some thing Hovering in the air. Then I saw huge bird floating over me, some six feet high from my level. The majestic bird was golden brown with a white streak at the neck. It was looking at me kindly and I too looked at this huge bird in the midst of dussera celebration and why he had come???

Suddenly the bird disappeared and I could see what was happening to my life-less life, body removed from the chair (where I had been seated) by two seva dal volunteers who placed the body on the aisle between the front row of chairs and first row of devotees sitting on the floor. Among them was Mr. Richards an American devotee permanently settled at Prashanti Nilayam.

He said he could see Dr. Chari the head of Sai hospital and Dr. Patel an old devotee rushing to the body and examining it meticulously. Meanwhile Swami had switched off the mike on the podium, where he had just begun His divine discourse on Vijaya Dasami.

I Saw Dr. Patel signal to Swami and there was not a trace of life in the body. Swami moved in trice from the stage to the body in the aisle. His right fist was closed. I was not aware of Swami’s actions. I report from what Mr. Richards later told me. The Subtle body which had come out, was what probably Swami held in His right fist and His free left hand He raised the shoulder of the life-less body some 2 feet high and gave a trust at the back of the skull. Then with His right hand inserted the subtle body into it. I at once opened my eyes and beamed, My first reaction…

On this auspicious Vijay Day, Swami standing close to me, I tried to lift my right hand to take padnaskar. Swami said Bose get up. I obeyed and sat with folded hands full of joy. The Swami made another thrust with His right hand on my shoulder charging me with energy (Shakti). He said stand up which immediately did. As He left the aisle for the podium on the stage to continue his Dussera discourse. He said, go up the steps of the stage and sit near the window. Without any aid I crossed the 25 feet of the aisle and climbed 5 large wooden steps to reach the stage. My wife and daughter were on the ladies side and were unaware of this high drama.

Dr Bose concluded he had felt no agony or pain in dying so peacefully on Dussera day 1988. Swami had brought me back to life. After the completion of His discourse. Dr Bose could return home at south Prasanti SA safe and healthy.

However high a bird may soar, it has sooner or later to perch on a tree top, to enjoy quiet. So too a day will come when even the most haughty, the most willful, the most unbelieving , even those who assert that there is no joy or peace in the contemplation of the Highest self, will have to pray “God grant me peace, grant me consolation, strength and joy”.

JAI SAI RAM.

Built In Terminator

Sri Sathya Sai

Sri Sathya Sai


Built In Terminator

Loving Sai Ram and greetings from Prashanti Nilayam. While creating the Universe, God, in His infinite Wisdom, has ensured that nothing is permanent. This applies both to inanimate as well as animate entities. Stars are born, but they also die. Incidentally, you may surprised to know that the atoms in our bodies have all come from a star that had an explosive death before our Sun came into existence. As for animate entities, Shakespeare said beautifully that all that lives must die and go from here to eternity.

It is not only individual living beings that have a birth and a death; species too go through the same sort of cycle. A species comes into existence, exists for several million years and then one day becomes extinct, like the dinosaurs, for example. What we wish to discuss in this “Sunday Special” is that coming under the spell of constant change, socio-economic forces, including those that harm Society, also appear to have a termination, at least to some extent. Unfortunately, however, while one evil phenomenon becomes extinct, others, often more virulent, take their place. Thus, it is rather like what happens in a garden. Weeds appear and through the use of pesticides etc., the weed is exterminated; but other weeds appear, and the cycle goes on.

The question before us is the following: “Placed as we are in a Society that is becoming increasingly crowded, and where money power is slowly appearing to become absolute, how are we to protect ourselves?” Before we try to address this question, we would like to cite some examples of such transient phenomenon. In the business world, for example, success is not eternal. Take, for instance, the automobile industry. Time there was when America literally dominated the scene. In fact, so powerful was General Motors and so important was it to America that it used to be said: “What’s good for General Motors is good for America.” Presently, however, the American auto industry that once held such a powerful position is in the red. A similar eclipse is being forecast in the Television industry. For decades, three TV channels in America ruled the airways. They were true giants. But with the emergence of cable technology, internet streaming, etc., these once powerful institutions are worrying about what they must do to stay alive.

Let us turn next to powerful empires. Barely seventy years ago, it used to be said that the Sun never sets on the British Empire. Where is it now? After the Second World War, the Soviet Empire seemed invincible, the Berlin Wall being its symbol of might and authority. Yet, how quickly the Soviet Empire crumbled, almost overnight as it were! Much before this, there were the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Czarist Empire, the Ottoman Empire , the Moghul Empire, and so on. Every one of them has vanished into the dustbin of history. What we are trying to drive at is that any social or economic system based on social imbalance and inequity, has a built-in factor that one day leads to the extinction of that system. In that sense, this built-in “Terminator Factor,” in so far as it applies to evil forces, is good news. However, though a particular form of evil might become extinct, if the overall climate for evil to flourish does not change, then evil would always reappear in some other form.

Diseases provide an example of how one problem is often replaced with another. Till about seventy years ago, small pox and plague used to kill in thousands if not hundreds of thousands. They were very much feared but today, they are extinct. Polio, likewise, claimed its victims in millions but today, it has almost disappeared, except in a few countries. But even as these deadly diseases have taken their bow as it were, others have appeared in their place, the most notable and feared of them being AIDS. Believe it or not, till 1980 AIDS simply did not exist, but today, it is killing five thousand people every single day; and for your reference, that number is roughly one and a half times the number of people who were killed in the attack on the Twin Towers in New York, on September 11, 2001.

This brings us to our main point. Yes, specific forms of evils do have a life span, and one day may become extinct. But where humanity as a whole is concerned, it does not quite get off the hook. These “local extinctions” might benefit some people, but suffering and misery continue; while some who suffered earlier might later prosper, others who had it good earlier might now suffer. To make matters worse, the number of people suffering might even increase. So, if one looks at humanity as a whole, the “Gross Misery Index” tends to increase, despite the “Terminator Factor”.

The question arises: “In that case, what’s the big deal about the so-called Terminator Factor in relation to evil? Why talk about it at all, when it really does not matter much where overall suffering is concerned?” There is a reason and we now wish to focus on that. Let us start by asking: “We earlier considered ‘Local Terminator Factors’. Is there any ‘Global Terminator Factor,’ that can take care of the whole bunch of evil?” Our answer is: “Yes, there is one.” Want to know more about it? Read on!

Let us go back to the diseases example. How did humanity get rid of the dreaded smallpox? Essentially by eliminating the virus all over the globe. What this tells us is that if we are looking for some kind of a ‘Global Terminator Factor,’ then the first thing we have to ensure is that evil has no place to hide anywhere. This raises the question: “Where exactly does evil normally hide? What is its home? And where is this home?” The answer is straightforward: “Evil hides in the Minds of humans.” So, if evil has to be eliminated globally, then all Minds must be spiritually disinfected.

You might wonder whether at all this is possible. When we are facing so much difficulty in fighting AIDS and getting rid of it, can we ever “disinfect” Minds everywhere, spiritually that is? We are not suggesting that this is going to be easy but we do believe that humanity must give this a serious try. Swami says if you see a deadly snake, you would do everything to avoid getting bitten by it. We must have the same attitude here.

Let us look at this issue in some greater detail. Today, there are hundreds of thousands if not millions of rich and upper-middle class people who are well off, but there are also billions of people who are suffering in innumerable ways. Even the rich are not happy. They might be loaded with money, but few of them are relaxed. To make money, one has to compete fiercely and that sort of aggressive life brings its own quote of problems. All this is well known and so we shall not go into those details. But we have to mention that the great divide of humanity into the haves and the have-nots is the source of conflict in many societies. As one intellectual put it, the conflicts we often see boil down to a confrontation, sometimes violent, between raw money power and equally raw people power. The distinguished Harvard Professor J. K. Galbraith who died recently – J.K.G was, during the Kennedy administration, America ’s Ambassador to India , a post he adorned with great distinction – once said, “Wealth does not understand.” What he meant was that wealthy people simply do not understand that the under-privileged have serious life and death problems, most of them caused by the huge disparity in income. When those who do not have problems do not understand the suffering of those who are beset with innumerable problems – they may be financial, connected with health, mental retardation, physical disability like blindness, etc., – then there will always be friction, sometimes violent.

You might say, “All that is old hat. What exactly is the point being made?” Our answer is the following:

First and foremost, if evil is to be removed, ALL must make a commitment towards it. For example, small pox got eliminated when everyone got vaccinated.

Next, EVERY ONE must accept that the Mind gets disinfected best by following Swami’s teachings in full faith.

In particular, CEILING ON DESIRES is a must for every one, both the rich and the poor, each in their own way.

Sathya Sai Baba says that there must be LOVE FOR GOD, and also FEAR OF SIN. What exactly is sin? Sin is any act that God would not be pleased with. God would not like acts that pander to the senses; God would not like anything that harms others; God would not like greed, and so on. So, fearing sin really means being afraid to hurt God!

Since we have gone through all this many times earlier, we presume we do not have to elaborate on this topic. But we would like to discuss briefly why all this is important.

You see, the world of today is so interconnected that what happens in one part of the world affects a lot of people even far away. Heavy disturbance to the environment in Mongolia and China , has led to desert sand from China being blown all the way to America . The Chernobyl nuclear accident took place in Ukraine but it affected people all over Europe . Poverty in the less-developed countries has resulted in massive immigration into the rich countries, often illegal immigration. The rich countries that once welcomed immigrants are now not so enthusiastic about it because all kinds of problems have surfaced. Rich people in wealthy countries want good wooden furniture and they encourage people in poor countries to cut their forests. In turn, this causes devastation to the topsoil, leads to flooding when there is heavy rain etc. The list goes on.

In short, man today has too much power, too much technology, too many desires and too little wisdom. May be not every one of the six and odd billion humans on planet home have money, power, etc. But when there is a huge disparity as there is at present, it can create all kinds of problems, all over the place, even if the number of rich is only few millions. The time has come to move away from the money-power versus people-power type of confrontation. We should all regard ourselves as children of One Loving and Compassionate God, and share with as well as care for each other by abandoning selfishness, to which all are addicted, both the rich and the poor.

Is selfishness all that easy to get rid off? Not easy we admit, but it IS possible, if we truly Love Swami, as we invariably claim to.

You know something? True Love is immensely powerful and is the ONLY effective Terminator available to us. Swami loves us so much and gives us so much. Can we not, by way of expressing gratitude, set apart every single day, wherever we are, just two minutes in the morning and two in the evening, when we contemplate quietly and say to Swami:

“Lord, when I see You in Your Cosmic Macro Form, I see that You are suffering through millions of human forms and millions more of other forms like the whale, the baby seal, and so on. Swami, I realise that all this suffering is caused by us humans. And the reason for this is because I have not allowed You who are my Indweller to express Yourself through this body and Mind of mine.

Forgive me please, and let me at least now say with true feelings of Love and Compassion: LOKA SAMASTHAA SUKHINO BHAVANTU. I know that I routinely chant this Mantra at the end of every Bhajan session but this time, I assure You it is truly from the Heart.

They say that prayer is God’s only weakness. I believe in that. So Swami, I earnestly pray that You do not suffer through all those millions and billions of living forms. Please help all of us not to thoughtlessly put You to such suffering.

Trapped as we are in stupid delusion, we cannot end the evils of the world, for which we are really to blame. We plead guilty but please Swami, we do not want to be stuck with it! And there is only one Global Terminator for all the current problems, Your Love!

Baba! Please help us so that that Infinite Love of Yours can arise and swell in our Hearts and sweep away at one stoke like a Huge Divine Tsunami, all the evil on earth!”.

You know something? If each one of us really prays in this manner every single day, then there is sure to be a change. The Heart, which is the seat of God, holds infinite power that can do wonders. Suppose we go one step further and pray in this manner, intensely, at the end of each Bhajan session, the results would be even greater. Suppose all the Bhajan groups in a city decide to do this at a particular time of a particular day, every single week, even greater Moral cleansing can be expected.

A carbon dioxide laser is essentially made up of trillions of very tiny molecules. Yet, when the molecules cohere, the radiation from the laser can drill and cut through five centimetres of steel! This is not any new-fangled technology but has been there for twenty-five years, and is extensively used in many industries. If tiny inanimate molecules can do so much by coming together, how much more humans can do when they come together!

We now ask you to sit back and reflect on all that we have tried to say; after that, reflect on why Swami asks us to do Akhand Bhajans at least once a year.

Jai Sai Ram.

With Love and Regards,
“Heart2Heart” Team

How Sathya Sai Baba Extended The Life Of Sri Seshagiri Rao

Sri Sathya Sai

Sri Sathya Sai


How Sathya Sai Baba Extended The Life Of Sri Seshagiri Rao

Prof. N Kasturi in “Sathyam Shivam Sundaram” narrates this thrilling experience of Sri Seshagiri Rao, who served as the priest at the Mandir in Prasanthi Nilayam:

Seshagiri Rao, who tended the shrine at the Old Mandir and later at the Nilayam for full 14 years had been injured by a fall and was in the throes of death. He was declaring aloud with his last breath the amazing Truth (enshrined in the Isavasya Upanishad) which no one except sages recall at the moment of mortal crisis: “This body composed of the five elements is disintegrating into its components; I am being liberated!” I stood by admiring and envying the old man. “What great good fortune, to pass into the beyond with these words on one’s lips!” I told myself.

Suddenly, Sathya Sai Baba appeared in the room, as someone had informed Him of the approaching demise of His trusted servitor. Baba chided Seshagiri Rao in firm tones. He said, “How dare you start on this journey, without taking a ticket from Me? Come down; do the task allotted to you. I order you to come to the Prayer Hall this noon and carry on with Arathi, as usual.” We stood aghast at this ‘unkindness’, but who are we to pit our judgement against the All-knowing One? Seshagiri Rao obeyed the order; he attended Bhajan and went through the allotted schedule of work.

Six months later, he fell ill, seriously ill and was admitted to the Sathya Sai Hospital; his condition worsened. His mental faculties began to fail, he lost all disgust for dirt and it saddened everyone that a faithful servant of God should suffer so. His brother came from Bangalore and prayed to Sathya Sai Baba that he may be allowed to take him to the Victoria Hospital where he could be given personal attention by his son and his nephews, who were employed there.

But, Baba said, “Do not worry at his present plight. I am allowing him to work out the suffering he has to undergo. After this, he has the chance to die peacefully and quite happily. Otherwise, I could have despatched him months ago, when he had a fall.” And, it happened so.

A month passed. Seshagiri Rao recovered quite mysteriously. The sun shone around him in his apartment. He spent six weeks of bliss, doing his chores. Then he started to decline and took to his bed. His son was by his side, tending him lovingly.

One evening, SaiBaba went into Seshagiri Rao’s room. I had the privilege of going with Him. He asked me to bring a cup of hot milk. Spoon by spoon, He fed him the entire cup, calling on him by name and telling him that it was his Baba that was feeding him! Then, He rose and moved; turning back at the door, He looked at him and said, “Now you can go!” And, Seshagiri Rao obeyed, within an hour! Baba knew when he had to come down and when he had to “go”. We can only watch and pray, only stand agape at the wonder and the meaningful “waywardness” of the wind of Grace.

Reference: “Sathyam Shivam Sundaram”, Vol-II by Prof. N. Kasturi. Page: 224-225. (Chapter: ‘Signs and Wonders’). Published by Sri Sathya Sai Books and Publications Trust, Prasanthi Nilayam.

Sathya Sai Baba Mahasamadhi How Old Will He Live And When Will He Die?

Sathya Sai Mahasamadhi

Sathya Sai Mahasamadhi


Sathya Sai Baba Mahasamadhi How Old Will He Live And When Will He Die?

Although various critics have attempted to argue that Sathya Sai Baba said he will live to be 96 years old, they cannot reference these claims directly to Sathya Sai Baba himself. Rather, critics reference the “96 year old” claim to various Sai Devotees and Sai-related books.

The “96 year old” claim originated from a Shuka Nadi reading that was widely distributed many years ago and contained various prophecies regarding the Sathya Sai Avatar.

When one looks at Sathya Sai Baba’s actual words, what he is said is quite clear and unmistakable. In two different discourses, Sathya Sai Baba said that he will live until the year 2019. Since Sathya Sai Baba made these claims prior to his birthday celebrations, he will live to be either 92 or 93 years old. Since various critics take issue with Sathya Sai Baba’s actual day of birth, then one can cite the following two discourses where Sathya Sai Baba predicted he will live to the year 2019.

Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume One
Prashaanti Nilayam, September 29th 1960

The miracle is but the natural behavior of the miraculous. That is why I favour you with the experience now and then, so that you may get a glimpse of the Glory. I will be in this mortal human form 59 years more and I shall certainly achieve the purpose of this avathaar; do not doubt it. I will take My own time to carry out My Plan so far as you are concerned. I cannot hurry because you are hurrying.

1960 + 59 years = the year 2019

Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume Two
Prashaanti Nilayam, October 21st 21 1961

You will witness Puttaparthi becoming a Madhura Nagara (birth place of Krishna). No one can stop this development or delay it. I will not give you up, nor can any one of you give Me up. Even if you lose faith, you will repent and come to this refuge very soon, clamouring for admission. I shall be in this body for 58 years more; I have assured you of this already. Your lives are intertwined with My earthly career. Act always in accordance with that great privilege.

1961 + 58 years = the year 2019

Therefore the answer to “how long Sathya Sai Baba said he will live” is: Until the year 2019, when he is either 92 or 93 based on his November 23rd 1926 day of birth.

Amusingly, Sathya Sai Baba has outlived various critic’s claims that he is dying or is about to die since the mid 1990’s. Sathya Sai Baba still looks much younger than his actual age. However, critic’s constant scowling, frowning, glaring and pouting have only added to their already heavily wrinkled faces (many of Sai Baba’s critics are in their 70’s).

Recent Photograph Of Sathya Sai Baba At 82 - September 2008 Onam

Recent Picture Of Sathya Sai Baba At 82 Years Of Age - Sept. 2008 Onam

How Sathya Sai Baba blessed His Devotee In Her Last Moments

Sathya Sai Blessing

Sathya Sai Blessing

How Sathya Sai Baba blessed His Devotee In Her Last Moments

Throughout the 1940s, and for much of the 1950s, Sathya Sai Baba would frequently go into a trance signifying a journey out of His body to save a devotee in danger or, in some rare cases, to bless a fortunate soul with Divine Darshan during its final moments on the earthly plane. Prof. Kasturi says, “On such occasions, symbolic of death, destruction and the end of the temporary and the evanescent, sacred vibhuti issues from the mouth of the body that Baba leaves behind in order to proceed to the death-bed.” Prof. Kasturi cites the following example:

At about 5.20 p.m. on November 15th 1958, Sathya Sai Baba was reading a letter aloud to some people around Him, when suddenly He exclaimed, “Ha!” and fell to the floor. The body was still for ten minutes, then it appeared to cough. Puffs of vibhuti were coming from the mouth, shooting out to a distance of more than a foot and a half. At 5.35 pm., having been unconscious for fifteen minutes, He resumed the reading where He had left off, quite naturally and showing no signs of exhaustion.

When requested, He told the devotees where He had been – the town of Dehra Dun in the state of Himachal Pradesh in the foothills of the Himalayas. There, He said, the mother of a doctor, quite well known in the ashram, had just passed away. Baba had gone to help her through the time of transition, which was about 5.30 p.m.

He also remarked that the doctor, her son, was present at the woman’s death in Dehra Dun, and that people were singing bhajans in the room there. He further described how the old lady had at the end announced to everybody: “This is my last breath”, and then expired.

Two days later, on November 17th, a letter came to Sai Baba from the doctor whose mother had died. He wrote, “My mother drew her last breath on Saturday, at 5.30 p.m. We were doing bhajan during her last hours as per her wish. She was remembering You constantly.”

Reference: “Sai Baba: Man of Miracles” by Mr. Howard Murphet. Page: 139. (paperback edition, 1972). Published by Macmillan India Ltd.</blockquote