For the millions of people across the globe who adore Sathya Sai Baba as the embodiment of love and as an avatar, he has come to redeem the world populated by hearts that have become arid loveless deserts
"I Saw My Krishna in Swami"
-Justice P.N. Bhagwati, former Chief Justice of India
The first time I saw Bhagvan Sathya Sai Baba was on May 15, 1969. I was then the Chief Justice of Gujarat, and when I heard that he was coming to Ahmedabad, I got in touch with the organisers to ask for an audience. They later asked if I could have him at my home to stay. I was on vacation then, but I came down to Ahmedabad. We got a room fitted for Swami, and decorated the courtyard with rangoli-I was tremendously exhilarated and excited. The next morning I went right up to the aircraft to receive him.
The first sight of him was overwhelming. I`ve been a devotee of Krishna and when he alighted from the aircraft, I saw my Krishna in him. That meeting changed the course of my life. I began to feel for the first time that there was a living God guiding my footsteps. Unlike Krishna who is intangible, here was someone tangible you can look at and love. I have always been spiritually inclined. In Swami, I found the object of my spirituality.
That Dassera I went to Puttaparthi in the company of Justice Gopalswami Iyengar and his wife. Earlier, his wife had narrated an incident when she was advised to undergo an operation. She only did it after Shirdi Sai Baba appeared to her and told her that it would be safe. When we went to see Swami, the first thing he said when he saw Mrs Iyengar was: ``Didn`t I tell you the operation would be successful?`` There was no way he could have known about it.
Later we witnessed Swami perform vibhuti abhisheka over the statue of Shirdi Sai Baba. His attendant would hold the jar upside down, Swami would put his hand in it and an avalanche of vibhuti would descend over the statue. The minute he withdrew his hand, the vibhuti would stop falling although the jar continued to be upside down. It was amazing.
However, Swami`s most important contribution is his message of love and service. The course of human life is to realise the divinity within. Love and service are the two instruments for this attainment.
Although I have always had a spiritual bent of mind, his presence has given me tremendous strength and push. For instance, in the past 25 years, I have never got angry. The same divinity is in everybody. I have no right to get angry. Also, when you realise that divinity is the only thing worth attaining, all the other attachments drop. The loss of money would not hurt me, because it would be the Lord`s will.
Swami has looked after me and protected me many times. Last year, in Geneva, I was standing below a light with a shade. Suddenly the shade shattered into a hundred pieces that flew all over the room, but not one touched me. Another time, I had a swelling in my foot when I went to Puttaparthi to ring in my birthday on December 21. The hospital there diagnosed it as a fracture. When I met Swami for his blessings on the 21st, he put his hand three times on the foot. The next day the foot was almost healed and in a few days I was back to normal.
I consider Swami`s presence in my life to be a great blessing.
As told to Suma Varughese
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