Few say he is a child molester. Some say he keeps small balls of vibhuti (holy ash) hidden in his hand, and breaks them using his fingers to shower vibhuti from his empty hands. And few say David Copperfield is a better illusionists than Sai Baba, when it comes to materializing Gold chain from thin air is concerned. But who cares? The number of people flocking to see Sathya Sai Baba has never reduced in spite of these controversies. One should always try to have first hand experience with these Godmen, before they form a general perception about them. I have witnessed enough miracles unfolding in my life through Sathya Sai Baba that made me believe in Him one hundred per cent. I trust in him so much so that even if Baba himself comes in front me to say that the aforesaid accusations against Him are true – I won’t believe Him. I would think may be He is just checking the amount of trust & faith I have in Him!
A decade ago, when I was studying in my college, I used to carry laminated pictures of Shirdi Sai Baba and Satya Sai Baba in my pocket. I don’t remember who gave me those pics, but it always lied in my pocket. Those were the days, when I was more bothered about college girls than God to be honest. Neither did I have any special reason to carry these pictures nor did I ever pray to them. It was lying there – just like that.
One of my PG mates was a disciple of Shri Sathya Sai Baba, and he told me something interesting which was very hard to be accepted or digested at the age of 20. I told him that I missed to see Osho Rajnessh, because he died even before I realized he existed. Now I want to meet Mother Teresa and also Sathya Sai Baba. And for this my friend said, “you can never meet Sathya Sai Baba without you becoming a disciple of his. And also it is Baba who decides whether He wants to give you a darshan or not. Till then how much ever effort you put, you cannot see Him.” It wasn’t a bet, but then I told myself – I think I will meet Him even without praying Him.
Months passes, years passed, and a decade passed. I never prayed to Baba nor did I get any chance of going to meet him. It was during Baba’s 80th birthday that the Hindu had covered a huge write up on Baba. My sister after reading it got Baba in one of her dreams. I immediately thought it was time I need to have a darshan of Him. I bought a photo of Baba, and placed it in my prayer room, and started praying to Him - that I wanted to have a darshan. I got a vision saying, “you can come in the month of February 2006”.
I never knew about Baba’s plans - whether he will stay in Puttaparthi or White Field during that month. But still I thought we won’t have to travel a lot to see him. To my astonishment out of the blue another friend of mine called me to say Baba will be available in White Field (24 Kms from Bangalore city) in the month of February 2006. We packed out bags……to be continued….