Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba Restores Dr. Ravi Kumar’s Eyesight Twice

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba

Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba Restores Dr. Ravi Kumar’s Eyesight Twice

This is the story of how Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba restored the eyesight of Dr. Ravi Kumar, twice! Dr. Ravi Kumar is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry in the Brindavan Campus of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning. He came to Swami decades ago as a young boy and ever since then has been with Swami, first as a student and now as a teacher in Bhagawan’s College. His entire family is greatly devoted to Bhagavan, and all of them have had many thrilling experiences.

In 1985, while engaged in some experiments in the chemistry laboratory, hot acid splashed into Ravi Kumar’s eyes and he became blind. Here, in his own words, is the story of how Swami restored his eyesight:

It was July 1985. I had by now enrolled for the Ph.D degree, and busy with my research. One morning, I was working in the lab when the lunch bell was given. A fellow-student asked me, “Are you not coming for lunch?” “Not immediately,” I said adding, “I shall finish this experiment and then come. You go ahead.”

I was trying to detect steroids on a thin layer plate. For this, it was necessary to prepare a special reagent by mixing acetic anhydride and concentrated sulphuric acid. Even as I was busy doing this, there was a sudden explosion and the next thing I knew was that the chemical I was preparing had splashed into both my eyes. I shouted ‘Sai Ram’.

Hearing my cry, a few students were still in the neighbourhood, came running towards me. They anxiously asked, “What happened?” I just cried out, “Take me to the nearest tap please!” My eyes were just burning and the pain was terrible. There was no water in any of the taps in the lab. (Later I learnt that the water line had been closed for doing some plumbing work for the library building that was just then coming up) By the time my friends found a tap with water flowing, the acid mixture must have burnt my eyes for nearly two minutes. My eyes were washed continuously; meanwhile I discovered that I could not see anything.

“Let’s go and see the doctor,” said my colleague who was helping me. So saying, he took me to the General Hospital which, in those days, was adjacent to the Ashram. When we went there and explained the problem, the duty nurse said, “What a time to come! Our (only) eye-specialist, Dr. Wamsa, has gone away to get her visa extended.” My heart sank as the nurse examined me, tut-tutted and said, “I suggest you go to Bangalore…”

I did not go to Bangalore but instead went for [afternoon] Darshan, of course assisted by my friend. I could not see anything. Everyone was waiting silently for Bhagawan to come out. There was no Darshan music those days, and I did not know whether Swami had come out or not. It was then my friend whispered, “Swami has just come out…. He has turned to the left …. He is now on the ladies side …… Now He has come towards the gents side….. He is approaching us….” I could hear the rustle of silk as the Lord passed by me; I was utterly miserable even as I thought, “How unlucky I am not to be able to see the Beloved Face….”

And then suddenly I heard Swami’s enchanting voice. He was saying, “Take this Vibhuti Prasadam for three days, and everything will be alright.” With these words, He placed three packets of Vibhuti in my hand.

The world was absolutely dark. I was looking forward to the end of the third day. I had the last dose of Vibhuti even as the night prayer was being said in the Hostel. I still could not see.

I could not control my tears as I recalled all my hopes and aspirations. I was just four and a half years old when I lost my mother, and since then, I was literally brought up by Swami. I had been eagerly looking forward to serving Swami after completing my studies but here I was, blind and dependent on someone else. Was this to be my fate for the rest of my life?

I was totally shattered and literally cried myself to sleep. The next thing I knew was that someone was knocking the door of my room. I said, “Please come in.” I turned and saw [without actually realising it then] that one of my students had brought coffee for me. I said, “Oh, it is you Sridhar. Have you brought coffee?” The boy exclaimed, “Sir! You can see!!” That was when I realised what had actually happened. Overwhelmed, I said, “Yes, I can see clearly!”

During Darshan that morning, Swami came straight to me and asked, “How are your eyes?” I had no words to offer. My eyes took over and washed His Feet with tears. As I looked up with misty eyes, Swami said, “Go to Bangalore and get yourself a pair of spectacles. Always wear them in the lab; and be careful the next time!”

I got myself a pair of spectacles, and took great care to wear them as commanded. Four years passed. I was in the lab and engaged in an important experiment. Suddenly, my spectacles slipped, fell down and broke.

I could not afford to stop my experiment; if I did, it would mean that the work of the past two months would all go waste. So I decided to continue with my experiment, telling myself that I would be very careful. I prepared some hot chromic acid, poured it into a sintered funnel, and, to finish the work quickly, connected the system to a vacuum aspirator – it was a brand new machine that had just arrived from Japan. Nothing happened for a while, so it seemed. I went near the apparatus to have a close look, and just then the flask imploded, tipping about 30 cc of hot chromic acid into my eye. There it was, the second time! I shouted ‘Sai Ram’.

The acid streamed down my face on to my shirt, eating it up. I was assisted to a nearby tap (this time, the tap was mercifully not dry!), and water was continuously splashed on my eyes and face. Even after 45 minutes of washing, the burning sensation was just unbearable.

Once more Dr.Ravi Kumar was taken to the same General Hospital – this time the doctor was there but there was precious little she could do except to bandage the two blind eyes. Then …

As I sat for afternoon Darshan with my bandaged eyes, many thoughts raced through my mind. “Had not Swami warned me clearly and explicitly? Why on earth did I have to disobey His command? What would He say now? Would He be angry with me? Am I, after all, destined to be blind all my life?”

There was a hush. I knew Swami had come out to give Darshan. I could now feel His presence near me. And then I heard His sweet voice, “Ravi, what happened?” Even as I tried to get up, He patted my cheek and said, “I told you to be careful the next time, did I not? Careless, careless! Here, hold out your hand.” As I stretched my hand, He gave me some Vibhuti that He had materialised and said, “Eat this Vibhuti; Swami will always protect you; everything will be fine.”

I ate the Vibhuti with much relief and joy. What an assurance it was to hear from the Divine Himself that everything would be all right! The following day, I went to the doctor to have the dressing changed. She removed the bandage, examined me and exclaimed with wonder, “Sai Ram! What a miracle!! Your eyes are perfectly OK!” Yes, everything was fine exactly as Bhagavan had said the previous day, and I could see clearly once more.

Reference: “Love All Serve All” published by Sathya Sai Publications of New Zealand. Page: 302-304.

Sathya Sai Baba Transmutes Water Into Petrol

Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba Transmutes Water Into Petrol

Howard Murphet records this fascinating episode in his book “Sai Baba: Invitation to Glory”:

Divine alchemy is used only on rare occasions under particular circumstances -as when Jesus turned water to wine at Cana in Galilee, and Moses turned the waters of the Nile to blood in Egypt.

An old Sai devotee told me that, just after World War II, he was in a car with Sathya Sai Baba and others driving through the countryside. They were on their way to an important religious festival, and did not want to be late. Suddenly, in the middle of nowhere, their car ran out of petrol.

One of the passengers, who knew the district, thought that there was a service station about three miles up the road, but, as petrol was not plentiful at that time there may not be any available there.

The driver said he would walk to the service station, or somewhere, and try to get a can of petrol. But even if he managed to secure any, this would mean a considerable delay. Also it was a long, hard walk for the man on a hot day, and, even though he was at fault for not having ensured that there was enough petrol in the tank at the start of the journey, Swami was merciful.

He said to the driver: ‘Bring a bucket from that house. There’s a well there.’ He pointed to a humble dwelling, less than a hundred metres away. The driver obeyed silently. Everyone remained silent in a kind of hushed expectancy as they stood waiting with Swami beside the car.

Soon the driver returned with a large pail full of water. ‘Here’, Swami indicated, and the driver placed the pail on the ground at the Lord’s feet. All watched intently as the red-robed figure leaned over and with one finger stirred the surface of the water.

‘Put it in the petrol tank and be careful not to spill any’, He told the driver.

Soon they were driving along again as the engine drank the miracle petrol happily; they reached the religious festival in good time. There is evidence, moreover, that the divine finger will stretch many thousands of miles to stir petrol into being.

A pleasant-mannered, turbaned Punjabi, named Surjit Singh Chahal gave me a letter he had received from a friend, a Mr Gordon Chetty of Durban, South Africa. In this Mr Chetty writes:

‘I have a 1970 model, nine-seater station wagon which used to travel to any destination to spread Bhagavan Baba’s teachings. Bhagavan started providing petrol miraculously for the vehicle.

This has happened eleven times in two years. Each time the miracle has been witnessed by hundreds of people.

It happens like this: while the vehicle is standing stationary, the tank fills to overflowing, and a small quantity of petrol often pours out from the tank. Many people have, in fact, placed containers in position to collect the overflow.

One Sunday morning, for instance, I was at a wedding party. I had left my vehicle parked on the roadside among other cars. It was about 11.30 in the morning when I was called urgently, and told to go to my station wagon as petrol was spilling from it.

I found that the petrol tank had filled-up completely and was overflowing! Many people from the wedding party rushed out to see this miracle. There were, in fact, about 800 witnesses that time. Twelve people collected petrol from the overflow to use in their own vehicles.’

Although Sathya Sai Baba, in other cases, transmuted water into petrol, in Durban He seems to have multiplied the petrol that was already in the tank. The help and grace of the Lord comes at the place and manner that He Himself prescribes.

Reference: “Sai Baba: Invitation to Glory” by Mr. Howard Murphet. Page: 53-55. Published by Macmillan India Ltd, 1982.

Sathya Sai Baba Reveals His Omniscience To The Rani Of Chincholi

Shirdi Sai Baba Rainbow

Shirdi Sai Baba Rainbow

Sathya Sai Baba Reveals His Omniscience To The Rani Of Chincholi

The Raja of Chincholi was a very ardent devotee of Shirdi Baba. Baba used to spend a few months every year at Shirdi, Akalkot and other holy places in the company of Siddhas and Sadhakas (holy men). After the passing away of the Raja, the Rani (queen) was pleasantly surprised to hear of the incarnation of the Lord as Sri Sathya Sai Baba at Puttaparthi and she visited the place.

She prayed to Bhagawan who was just fifteen years of age at that time to accompany her to Chincholi and Hyderabad. What a surprise it was for her, when Baba on arriving at the palace, asked her about a Margosa tree that had stood Shirdi Sai had visited them, a well that had been filled up, a line of shops that had been newly built. Baba told her that He had seen the places years ago while ‘in His previous body!’

Sathya Sai Baba asked her about a small stone image of Anjaneya which had been given to the Raja while in the previous body; the Rani did not know that it existed; Baba himself discovered it for her! He also said that there must also be found a picture of Sai Baba and that too was later discovered in the house.

Three years ago, the Rani had been rummaging the huge store-room at Chincholi for old brass, bronze or copper which she could sell off and save space when she came upon a brass ‘Kamandalu’, a drinking vessel used by Sadhus, whose shape was quaint and artistic. The water has to be poured through a slit in the handle and the spout ends in a cow’s-head figurine!

Some one suggested that it could be polished and displayed as a decorative article in the drawing room of her Hyderabad House. The mystery of the Kamandalu deepened next day when they found a cobra coiled round it! “Baba alone can solve the secret,” she said to herself, while propitiating the cobra with the traditional Puja (worship).

She arrived at Puttaparthi on the first day of Dasara, and as soon as she entered the premises, Baba sent word, asking her to come up, “with my drinking vessel”!

As soon as the Kamandalu was in His Hands He showed some devotees standing nearby the letters inscribed on the vessel in Devanagari characters, ‘S A A’ followed by a pair of short vertical lines, ‘B A A’ with the two lines again. ‘SAA’ indicating Sayi and ‘BAA’ for Baba!

Readers may wonder how the saint of Shirdi who, according to all accounts, never left Shirdi for years, could have gone to Chincholi and Hyderabad, and left a Kamandalu with the Raja. But, devotees who have seen and experienced the Avatar of Sri Sathya Sai Baba will have no difficulty on this score. In fact, it is the honest belief of the Rani as well as some old servants of the Palace that Sai Baba stayed a few days every time He came and that He used to ride in a Tonga drawn by bullocks far out of the town, in order to have talks with the Raja who accompanied Him.

This Tonga is now at Prasanthi Nilayam and is on display at the Chaitanya Jyothi Museum.

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

NCC Chief Enters Guinness With Largest Biography On Sathya Sai Baba

AVS Raju

AVS Raju

NCC Chief Enters Guinness With Largest Biography On Sathya Sai Baba
Express News Service19 Sep 2008 03:29:00 AM

ISTHYDERABAD: Nagarjuna Construction Company (NCC) founder-chairman AVS Raju has set a new Guinness world record by writing the largest singlevolume biography on the life of Sri Satya Sai Baba between 1996 and 2007.

The single bound book consists of 32 separate volumes.

Raju has recently been appointed as chairman of the Hyderabad District Dharmic Council. He was also conferred with an honarary doctorate by the Acharya Nagarjuna University this year.

He has also had the rare distinction of being mentioned in the Limca Book of World Records for four consecutive years (2005-08).


Divine Intervention

Blissful Sathya Sai Baba

Blissful Sathya Sai Baba

Divine Intervention
Sep 2008 04:47:00 AM IST

A photographic exhibition titled ‘Premajyothi’ – portraying the divine love of Bhagwan Sri Sathya Baba through value-based education, health care and varied service projects is on at the Palace Grounds.

The exhibition, which was opened last year by Sri Sathya Sai Baba himself and has already travelled across the various parts of the country, is divided into seven segments, namely:

  1. The effulgence of Pure love
  2. Radiance of Divine Compassion
  3. Pure Love as Selfless Concern
  4. Love Shining as the Sadguru
  5. The Matchless Glory of Pure Love
  6. Love setting examples through Selfless Service
  7. Pure Love is the Ultimate Protection

It opens with the birth of Sri Sathya Sai Baba, and goes on to show his contribution towards the society.

When asked why the organisers thought of bringing the exhibition to Bangalore now and not earlier, Nagesh G. Dhakappa of the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation said: “We wanted a big venue but could not find one last year. This time,we got the Palace Grounds, which we thought is the ideal venue for this exhibition.” Venue wasn’t the only problem, as we were told that the idea was to invite the Chief Minister for the inauguration here. “The CM is busy with some meetings, so couldn’t come,” said another member of the organisation. The exhibition was formally opened in the city recently by K H Muniyappa, Minister of State for Surface Transport.

These were also some of management problems, which did nothing to hamper those who follow and love the Baba unconditionally. The photographs (both black & white and coloured), showing Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s selfess service and divine compassion, are surely a treat for his fans. The idea, we were reminded, is convey to the visitors about the life, message and mission of Sri Sathya Sai Baba.The exhibition is on till September 21.


Swami Purushottamananda Is Granted A Divine Vision By Sathya Sai Baba

Jyothi Sai Baba

Jyothi Sai Baba

Swami Purushottamananda Is Granted A Divine Vision By Sathya Sai Baba

On the way back Sathya Sai Baba stopped the bus at a place, where a thin little iron rod carried a half-distinct nameplate, “Vasishta Guha.”

He proceeded to descend the rather precipitous incline to the river bank, as if He had been there often before and as if He had become aware of an engagement with the occupant of the cave.

The Ganga takes a wide curve near the cave; nearby a small rivulet pours her offerings into the Ganges, and so the scenery is doubly attractive. The Vasishta Guha bears a hallowed name; it has been sanctified by the austerities performed therein by many great recluses and monks in the past.

Swami Purushottamananda, a disciple of Swami Brahmananda of the Ramakrishna order, initiated into Sanyas by Mahapurushji, another direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, had been living in the cave since 30 years and welcomed Baba as if he too was expecting Him!

More than seventy years old, he had spent the major part of his life in asceticism of a most rigorous kind and in the study of scriptures. His face has the genuine glow of spiritual joy and the slightest mention of the glory of Godhead would send him into Samadhi (spiritual ecstasy). When he was still a young man, Swami Brahmananda had read his palm at Kanyakumari and predicted that he would enter a cave and go on meditating and meditating!

Baba reminded him of the travails he endured when he first came into the cave, leopards and cobras and the three-day trek to Rishikesh and the desperate struggle for salt and matchboxes! He spoke of the succour that came to him through sheer Divine intervention!

Baba repeated the visit the next evening in spite of a rumbling sky and the grumbling of some persons who accompanied Him. But, the rumbling ceased and the grumblers were humbled; by Baba’s Grace, the sky became clear and the rain held back.

Baba himself sang a number of songs that day in the Vasishta Guha and when one of the Swamis attending on Swami Purushottamananda requested Him to sing a song of Thyagaraja, He very graciously asked him which of Thyagaraja’s Krithis (compositions) he most liked to hear. Swami Kalikananda said that he was longing to hear “Sri Raghuvara Sugunalaya”!

Baba sang it, just to make him happy. No one had heard Him sing that song before and so it was an unexpected piece of good luck for which we thanked Swami Kalikananda. Hearing that Swami Kalikananda was suffering from chronic stomachache since many years, He took some ‘candy’ from nowhere and gave it to him, with instruction about diet etc. He also gave Purushottamananda, a Japamala of shining Sphatika beads, which ‘manifested’ itself in His Hand.

But, more mysterious and significant was the Vision that He vouchsafed to Swami Purushottamananda that evening. After sending every one outside the Cave, Baba and the Sage went into the inner room.

Sri Subbaramiah, President of the Divine Life Society, Venkatagiri, describes what he was able to see from outside the cave, thus:

“Even now that picture is imprinted in my memory. I was standing near the entrance of the cave. I could see what was happening. Baba placed His Head on the lap of Swami Purushottamananda and, laid Himself down! Suddenly, His entire body was bathed in divine brilliance. His Head and Face appeared to me to have increased very much in size. Rays of splendour emanated from His face. I was overwhelmed with a strange inexplicable Joy. The time was about 10 p.m.”

When pressed later to divulge the vision, Baba informed us that it was a Vision of Jyothir-Padmanabha! (Lord Vishnu as the Flame of Love-Wisdom) What supreme Karuna! (compassion) What immeasurable Good Fortune!

Swami Purushottamananda passed away on Shivarathri Night, 1961, four years later, during the Lingodbhava Muhurtham – the time Baba manifested the Lingam that Shivaratri.”

Reference: “Sathyam Shivam Sundaram”, Vol-I, by Prof. N Kasturi. Page: 111-113. Published by Sri Sathya Sai Books and Publications Trust, Prasanthi Nilayam.

Swami Purushottamananda - Room Where He Attained MahaSamadhi On Shivarathri 1961

Swami Purushottam-ananda - Room Where He Attained MahaSamadhi On Shivarathri 1961

Bangalore: Baba’s Projects Inspiration To Us – Devi Shetty

Dr. Devi Shetty

Dr. Devi Shetty

Bangalore: Sathya Sai Baba’s Projects Inspiration To Us – Devi Shetty

BANGALORE September 15, 2008: Noted heart surgeon Devi Shetty, the brain child of Karnataka Governnment’s Health Scheme for the poor farmers – Yashasvini and the founder of Narayana Hrudayalaya visited the Prema Jyothi Exhibition conducted by the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations at Palace ground today.

Excerpt of the interview follows:

Q: How do you feel about this exhibition about Sathya Sai Baba’s Projects and his mission?

(Devi Shetty) A: It is a divine experience. It could be done more often, across places. This has been done in a nice and simple way so that even a common man can understand.

Q: Since you belong to the medical fraternity what is your view on free medical service that Satya Sai organization has been providing to the masses?

(Devi Shetty) A: It is very inspiring and only Bhagawan can do it at such a magnitude. Nevertheless each physician in his own moderate way should contribute to the society.

Q: What is your message to medical fraternity?

(Devi Shetty) A: As mentioned earlier, each physician can contribute in his own moderate way to the society. Bhagawan has done it and shown it. He has set an example to follow and each should do whatever he can.


Devi Prasad Shetty

Devi Prasad Shetty