The Emperor Of The Universe, God On Earth,
‘Bhagawan’, ‘Swami’, ‘Baba’, ‘Sainath’, ‘Satya Sai’, and ‘Sai’ – these are only some of the names, by which people address the Lord on Earth. Bhagawan Sri Satya Sai Baba is one of the Avatars of our Age – the Kali Age; He is God on Earth! Healing, inspiring, motivating, rescuing, renewing, educating, and helping millions of people all over the world, Bhagawan Baba is the Avatar of Shiva and Sakthi – the second of three incarnations of God. The first incarnation had been that of Lord Shiva, as Sai Baba of Shirdi. The third incarnation will be, as per Swami’s words, Prema Sai Baba. With His incomparable grace and mercy, Swami plays an incredible role in our lives.
My first contact (as per my mind’s perception, in this life) with Swami took place many years ago, when I read Sai Baba, The Man Of Miracles, a book written by Howard Murphet. Somehow, our family had managed to get a copy of the book, in which thirty or more pages were missing in the middle! No one, neither my mother nor my father, had ever told me that we had this book in our possession. No one had ever told me about Bhagawan Sri Satya Sai Baba. One day, several years ago, as a young teenager, while rummaging through a cupboard, I picked up the book and decided to read it. My curiosity was piqued by the book’s front-cover. There was a photograph of a man, with large hair that formed a dome around his head, who wore a flame red robe. This ‘man’ was Bhagawan Sri Satya Sai Baba. Prior to this, I was already an ardent devotee of Sai Baba, whose stories I had read several times. I was as much of a devotee as a normal, young teenager can be, with as much knowledge about spirituality, Sadgurus, and Avatars. As I read the book, I became enchanted by Bhagawan Baba. I talked to my mother about the miracles and wonders that Swami did. After I finished reading the book, life went on as usual for quite some time.
A few years later, Bhagawan entered my life once again (as per my mind’s perception). My aunt and uncle came to live in our building, in a flat below ours. My uncle had a health problem, because of which he passed away. Before that, however, we had become very close and I used to frequently visit their house. Over the course of such visits, I found a photo of Swami in their house. As my uncle did not want the photo, I took it and brought it home. We pasted the photo behind a glass pane, on one of our cupboards. After a while, we found that ‘vibhuthi’ (sacred ash) had begun to materialise on the photo. Thereafter, my father had the photo framed and gradually, Swami’s hair was covered with vibhuthi! There is a dome of white on the photo, now, around Swami’s head. Then, a mound of vibhuthi materialised on Swami’s neck!
On the wall opposite this photograph, there is a large, laminated and framed photo of Shirdi Sai Baba. Readers should note, now, that Shirdi Sai Baba and Puttaparthi Sai Baba are the same. While Sainath of Shirdi is the Avatar of Shiva, Sainath of Puttaparthi is the Avatar of Shiva & Sakthi. The reason for this statement, in this article and at this point, is that ‘kumkum’ (vermillion) materialised on Shirdi Sai Baba’s photo! As the photo was laminated, the kumkum did not fall to the ground. At first, it was only a small amount. Later on, more kumkum materialised and soon, the sacred powder covered Baba’s leg over a wide area! There is so much kumkum, that, to an extent, it has pushed the lamination out! In this fashion, Swami showed us that He is always present with us, guiding, blessing, and protecting us.
After sometime, I graduated from college and had to find a job. Circumstances were such that I was depressed and unable to find my way. At this juncture, my family and I went to Mel Maruvathur and it was there, that the Divine Mother Adi Parasakthi, in the form of Arulthiru Adigalaar Amma, saved my life and rescued me from depression. An account of this has been given in the article:
As I have mentioned in that article, I worked in a multi-national company (MNC) for three months. Even though I secured a 98% performance rating and I was the best in my batch, I soon became disillusioned with the corporate atmosphere and the race for money. Everything I had read about Swami and Swami’s words made more sense than the world around me. After leaving the MNC, I focused my thoughts on Swami and finally, Bhagawan Baba granted me His vision.
He came in my dream and said, “Come to Puttaparthi. Everything will be all right.”
With the money that I had earned in the MNC, I left Pune for Puttaparthi and stayed there for two months. These two months were, without doubt, the very best two months of my entire life! I met wonderful people in Swami’s Prashanti Nilayam and I loved every moment of my stay there. Swami made me more disciplined and focused, inspiring me to take up a strict routine during my stay there. A few days after I arrived at Prashanti Nilayam, Swami guided my steps toward the Sri Sathya Sai Books and Publications Trust (now, the Sri Sathya Sai Sadhana Trust). There, I met my brothers and sisters, who have dedicated themselves to serving Swami and spreading His message. I worked in the Trust for two months and completed a translation project. I loved working in the Publications Trust and Swami gave purpose to my life.
He, over two months of stay at the Nilayam, granted me several of His visions and blessed me profusely. At the end of two months, when I returned home, I was a changed individual. I wanted to go back to Puttaparthi, back to the Publications Trust, and back to God! I wanted (and still want) nothing to do with my former life. But, the Lord had other plans in mind. Events transpired in such a way, that my presence back home became quite necessary. Now that I look back upon the years that have passed, since the Lord took control of my life completely, I see the rhyme and reason to His instructions. If I had left home, permanently, at that time, my family would have faced a lot of trouble. As it was, times were difficult enough and Bhagawan Baba guided us through them all!
As I left my second job in an animation institute, sometime in the second half of the next year, the Divine Mother Adi Parasakthi, Arulthiru Adigalaar Amma took over the reins of my life. Just as I had left my first job, I had left this one, too, for the same reasons. I had no interest in the corporate world, earning luxuries, and gaining positions on the corporate ladder. My interest lay solely (and still does) in God. Granted, I had hardly any money to settle down permanently, in Puttaparthi, but I was quite determined to see it through. At this time, as mentioned in the article:
I got the opportunity to go with my brother, to Mel Maruvathur. Before we left for the Divine Mother’s Temple, Bhagawan Sri Satya Sai Baba came in my dream. In this dream, Bhagawan walked towards me steadily. As I gazed upon the Lord’s face, His countenance suddenly changed! His face morphed into that of Adigalaar Amma and His long, saffron robe changed into Amma’s red dress. I can never forget how Swami’s clean shaven face and dome shaped hair changed into the Divine Mother, Adigalaar Amma’s closer cut, white hair and white beard! Through this dream, Swami showed me that He and She were one and the same. Many forms, many faces, many places… ONE GOD! Swami, thus, strengthened my faith in the Divine Mother, Adigalaar Amma and showed me, at the same time, His multiple facets. Bhagawan Sri Satya Sai Baba often says, “Divinity is one! God is one! God is Love! Live in Love!” Having experienced this fact, I went to Arulthiru Adigalaar Amma to ask Her, if I could stay with Her at Mel Maruvathur. The rest is history, as narrated in the article mentioned above.
Swami continues to come in our dreams and assure us of His presence in our house. He has granted us His darshan and several wonderful miracles have taken place at home. Swami’s words of Supreme Wisdom have guided us through life and continue to do so, constantly. With the blessings of the Sadgurus, I continue working at my job and rendering service. It is my desire to save enough money and live near God, while God walks the Earth. With Swami’s blessings, I am certain of my spiritual progress and I am most grateful to my True Parents, for the peace, contentment, and happiness, which they have bestowed on me.
I have written this introduction to Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the Shivasakthi Avatar of our Age, God on Earth, and Emperor of the Universe, from a very personal point of view. The aim of such an introduction is to connect with the heart, without the use of too many concepts, philosophies, and literary devices. I pray that, with Swami’s grace, this introduction will motivate more people to seek Bhagawan’s blessings and guidance. Let us gain Liberation – Moksha as soon as possible! Let us finish this game and be free! Swami offers this Moksha, this Freedom – our right by birth as human beings, to one and all. Now, it is our task to come forward, go through the challenges, and win the Divine legacy… our legacy! Sairam!
*We, at Angel Grove Studio, would like to remind you, our dearest readers, that this article has been written by Jaidev Kesavan, based on his experiences with the Divine. We encourage everyone, true spiritual seekers and the curious alike, to go to Bhagawan Sri Satya Sai Baba, Shivasakthi Avatar, God on Earth, and seek their own experiences. Spirituality is a very personal experience and is, thus, better experienced than merely heard. Kindly note, that the author has omitted some of his deeper and more personal experiences with the Divine. This is due to the fact that the author considers these experiences very private. We, once again, encourage you to seek out your own experience of God. Please take advantage of this opportunity, for we live in a Golden Age, when God walks the Earth.*