A visit to the Sri Sathya Sai Primary School
On the 27th of September, 2011, I visited the Sri Sathya Sai Primary school because one of my colleagues told me something amazing that his son, who was in the 4th class, had told him. What was that shall unfold in this piece, but it was compelling enough to make me drive down to the Primary school with my colleague.
We entered the premises and my colleague requested to meet his son. The practise for the Annual Sport and Cultural Meet that takes place on 11th January was on and all the kids were headed to the ground. The Sports Meet is a time when the love and grace of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba is visibly seen. I remember with horripilation the Sports Meet of 1999, when Swami literally bled to see the children smile. I must say that the children too, on their part, do everything to bring a smile on Swami's face. Thus, the Sports Meet time is a time of energetic hustle and bustle. Everyone is running about, completely involved in his/her respective event. It was in this melee of kids that my colleague's son, K, was located. K came up to us and he was happy seeing me. I made him sit next to me and simply started.
Me: Tell me, what happened last Friday.
K : Swami came to hostel. ( 'Swami here' refers to Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba)
Me: No! Tell me properly. What happened?
K : It was middle of night. There was no light. (There have been a lot of power cuts of late, as part of the strikes that people are doing in support of a certain KCR who is demanding for a separate state of Telangana to be carved out of Andhra Pradesh.) So I got scared. I wanted to go to toilet. Then Swami came.
Me: How did He come? ( It felt terrible interrogating the child, but I was really intrigued)
K : Just like that. He was there and He was wearing a white robe. He held my hand.
Me: Which hand?
K : This hand( shows me his right hand). That time some yellow bumps also came on my hand. They vanished the next day. ( He made me touch those places on his palm where the ‘yellow bumps’ had appeared. The bumps were gone but the skin still seemed thick there, like how one gets due to constant rubbing on a hard surface.)
Me: Were the bumps painful? What were they?
K : I don’t know. They are not paining. Then He was singing, “Why fear when I am here.”
Me: Do you know that song?
K : Only little. But He sang the whole song. He held my hand and we walked towards the bathroom. When we were crossing the pantry, the light came on and He went away.
Me : How did He go away?
K : Like a flash. Very fast.
Me: Hey K! You know Swami has taken Mahasamadhi. What did you feel when you saw Him like that in front of you?
K : I was surprised first. But I was scared and I wanted to go to toilet. So I felt happy. Now I am not surprised.
K : Because Swami comes almost everyday...
Me: Everyday?! Did He come yesterday?
K : Yes. R had an injury on His knees. Swami came at night and patted him on his head and put him to sleep.
Me: Did R also see Swami?
K : Yes.
Me: So, only you and R see Swami everyday?
K : No. On Sunday, we were all sitting in the class at night. Again the power went out. So the teacher went out to see. There was only one light - in the altar, there was a lamp. Because we were scared, Swami came and stood in the class. He was there till the teacher came.
Me: Who saw Him?
K : Whole class.
Me: Did you tell the teachers and headmiss aunty?
K : Yes.
Me: And what did they say?
K : They said, “Very beautiful”
Me: How was Swami standing?
( K got up and showed me. Swami was blessing with His right hand and His left hand was pointing to His feet. This was exactly the pose of Sri Venkateswara, the Lord at Tirupati. )
Then K just ran away to join his friends with the practise. I felt great joy in my heart. I remembered what Jesus said,
“Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”
Here was the Lord coming to the children!
I was reminded of some of the dreams I had in the past few days. In them, Swami had told me how much the little children from the Primary School make Him happy. Even after those dreams, I am thrilled at this little boy’s narrative. These children must have made Him really happy!!
The magnificence of innocence
This is not the first case nor will it be the last one when a child has 'seen' and 'spoken to' Swami in the physical even after the so-called Mahasamadhi. Very often, our reaction to such a claim by the kid is to doubt its honesty and question its state of mind. We forget that, unlike us adults, the child has nothing to gain or lose by what it says. It speaks only what it sees and experiences - nothing more; nothing less. The Bible proclaims,
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God."
I feel that instead of responding with skepticism and disbelief, something which will only silence the kid from expressing and not from experiencing, we should respond with a positive envy. An envy that drives us to develop innocence and purity of a child. Doesn't Swami emphasize often, "Purity leads to Divinity"?
May our hearts too develop the love of a child towards Swami and may our eyes see Him like a child's eye.
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avantika soma mishra on November 10, 2014:
wonderful......!! A similar thing haapened with me also. Few months back I along with my daughter( she is 6 years old) were doing bhajan in our puja room, when all of a sudden she started shouting...."Ma...swami is here sitting on the table and shaking his legs..".. and she kept looking there till the bhajan was over. I really had goosebumps. felt so nice. Swami always says "where ever my glory is sung. I am there. Sairam
piyu on January 17, 2014:
Biggg SMILE...more smiles...little sweet ones...still...smil:-)Ing!:) In my coaching classes such incidents were called 'cooking maggi noodles in their head' n it happens quite often with d li'l ones.I truly believe them now...with a pinch of dramatization of course:) Also bcoz of their firm belief we have never referred to Swami in d past tense...only Is n Will be ...forever with us:-) Jai Sai Ram!
om sai ram.. on November 03, 2012:
baba is the generator ,operator and destroyer ...baba is in our heart just we need silent place to go for meditation and have our swami glance...Om sai ram....i have saw swami in my dream 4,5 times i think i m blessed one ....and i do visit sathya sai kendra ....hope he takes our vajan n our faith and devotion ....OM sai ram...
email@example.com on August 03, 2012:
this proves the nature of our beloved Swami. He is among us. We are surrounded by Him and we are surrendered to Him.
Mark Aspa from Berlin, Germany on August 01, 2012:
i am quite sure this happened - Swami's Blessings are endless.
p. gallivan on July 15, 2012:
Thank you for sharing this wonderful experience.
I'm inclined to think we shall experience many such incidents
over the months and years ahead.
Lata on May 24, 2012:
Very very happy to know about Swami's appearance before the children. Thank you very much for sharing this message. Do keep posting on swami.
ThussaysNanaMarie from In my oyster on May 13, 2012:
poornimasrinath from Midrand, Johannesburg, RSA on November 09, 2011:
It is interesting to know that Swami keeps playing with children...The children are immensely blessed.We could only wish that we were one among those children in the school to have had dharshan of Swami!
When my son kept saying few such incidences of swami coming to him (I was doubting if it was a dream) I was interviewing him just like you...lol..though the act of mine was reproached by my husband I kept asking him gently on some minute details. He was explaining everything so naturally and I was awestruck!
P.Suresh kumar on October 08, 2011:
Wonderful experience. One thing is sure that SWAMI is watching his children and bless them to become good citizens
Arpita Mallajosyula on October 07, 2011:
WOW...!!! im jus so speechless,thrilled & amazed....my god aravind anna...i jus cant tell you how much strength this is giving me right now...and again like i said earlier this too came at an EXACTLY RIGHT TIME...!! the kind of inspiration running thru my nerves right now is jus so very wonderful...Swami is just so awesome...LOVE YOU LOADS N LOADS SWAMI....!! thanx a ton anna...!!
Jothi.NZ on October 05, 2011:
Thanks Arvind for sharing this wonderful Glory...it only heightens my beilef in the Omnipresence of Swami.
krishna skr on October 04, 2011:
Oh! Paalan Haarey! Nirguna Aur Nyaarey.. Tumhrey Bina Humra Kono Naahi!
Ira Brous on October 03, 2011:
Wonderful story of Swami's appearance. Swami is all over the place these days and I have talked with Him myself in the past few days. Indeed, He is not the body!!!
Lakshmi on October 03, 2011:
Thank you. Many people have enjoyed this, in fact all those who miss Bhagawan...Referring to what Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa said to Sri Sarada Ma, He said, "I have just gone to the next room. Why do you worry?" Did not Lord Jesus say,"In My Father's House (Universe) are many mansions." Our Father has gone away on a Tour without taking us with Him!
Gopal on October 03, 2011:
you have shared a very heart warming hub. This is just a tip of an iceberg. There have been, is and will be many miracles we will a witness to in course of time. Yes arvind we know very well how Swami loves His children especially Primary tiny tots. Especially those conversations with these tiny tots such as 'brothers and sisters', blowing air in to plastic covers and breaking it etc. If you remember those you can share those too which will be interesting and make all os us happy.
Thanks - may God bless us all.
PAVITHRAN K P on October 02, 2011:
HE IS NOT EVEN A MOMENT OR PRAYER AWAY HE IS OMNIPRESENT AND IT IS JUST NOT WORDS, ETERNAL TRUTH ALWAYS, EVERYTHING IS HIS MANIFESTATIONS.
ALEJANDRA SAMPIERI on October 01, 2011:
THANK YOU, THIS IS OUR BELOVED SWAMI.
Chaindri Rani on September 30, 2011:
Thank a lot for sharing our Beloved Bhagwan's Leela after His Samadhi.
Himanshu,Sai Kuteer ,Bangalore on September 30, 2011:
I am very happy to read this same as others ,Swami wants us to have faith in him with or without his physical presence,This is just beginning I am sure there are millions of miracles are going to happen.
Thank you brother Arvind
Sai Ram on September 30, 2011:
Our lord has always said my mahima and leelas will never be understood, so true it can only be experience by pure and innocent heart and who can be a better example then this tiny tot who bealives in every thing they are told and lets not forget the dedication & love of beloved warden and headmistress aunty in culivating the faith and shaping them to become the loving instrument of our beloved lord.......Jai sai ram & Happy Navatri
umesh salian on September 29, 2011:
Dear Niranjan, thanks for sharing the wonderful experience.It made me feel very happy.greatmasters like Swami never abandon their devotees even when they leave their bodies.I was reminded of another incident which happened after Shri Ramakrishna paramhamsa attained mahasamadhi. As per Hindu customs his wife Sri Sharada Devi was to follow the custom of removing her ornaments which was a strong custom in her time.instantly Sri Ramakrishna appeared in a vision and asked her "what are you doing? do you really think that I am dead and you have become a widow? stop that and carry on with my mission.You have to look after my children". He was referring to all his disciples amongst whom many were teenage boys who left their their parent at that tender age.These are ways of the great ones.So devotees should never feel sorrowful at the passing away of our dear Swami.I very much feel that he is taking care of each one of his devotees more actively than before.This is my personal experience.
Hema B on September 29, 2011:
Great. Love to hear/read more of Sai Bhagavatam always. Pray HE grants this wish of ours so that we are immersed in it always. Pot filled with water in water.
R.Chandrashekar ChemburDust on September 29, 2011:
Though we as Sai devotees keep telling the world about tonnes of His miracles, for every new miracle we are dumbstruck as though listening for the first time. Recounting and Relating His Mahima is only Live Bhagavatham. We should learn to remain submerged in it all the time if we have to escape from the miseries of this wretched world outside. Whoever posted this and interviewed the child - all are blessed .That include all those who are blessed to read this amazing Leela. Tearful Thanks to all. Humble Pranaams . Chandrashekar chheda nagar chembur Mumbai
patrick on September 29, 2011:
Thank you! We need these reminders of our dear Lord Sai.
simi on September 29, 2011:
simply lovely :):)
Hemanth on September 29, 2011:
This is so heart warming. Reinforces my shaky confidence that He is watching my back all the time.
Xavier Nathan from Isle of Man on September 29, 2011:
A very beautiful article. When my wife and I worked as teachers at the Sathya Sai School in Thailand the children often spoke of Swami's appearances so much so that it was taken as normal. I think you would like the book The Disappearance of the Universe by Gary Renard. I wrote a hub about it. Thank you.
Denialisustice on September 29, 2011:
Careful...this way he lures you back into his maya again. He is not the form..not even in dreams, not even if he appears to you like that in darkness. The sai baba you should seek is not the one in orange robes or white robes. The sai baba you should seek wants you to know that he cannot be what you think he had to be! Give up now!..stop seeking the form! When you stop seeking, stop believing...that is when you see him as he is, which is YOU!
Sai Jahnavi on September 29, 2011:
Sai Ram Aravind,
Thank you for sharing the beautiful experience. This strengthens our belief that Swami will come to you the way you can 'see' him. Just like we say Swami is what you want Him to Be.
Jai Sai Ram.
satya on September 29, 2011:
Primary school kids are always HIS near and dear tiny tots...the way they act in the primary school drama and their efforts during sports meet rehearsals to please their beloved divine mother and to see a twinkle on HIS face huh......
Their evening program On Jan 11th always stands the best of the campuses.....
Balasubramanya Subbarao on September 29, 2011:
Swamy is unique.
Shobha on September 29, 2011:
This is the second such incident, I have come across in the last two days. How blessed are these who draw Swami to appear before them . Cant help feeling an intense yearning to have His darshan, Sparshan and Sambhasan again. Swami, I hope you are listening.......
padma on September 28, 2011:
This is our Swami ! Wonderful !
mahadevank from Bangalore on September 28, 2011:
It is beautiful..... Actually I am not amazed nor surprised!!.....I am just drowning in His Love..... for us elders, going to the bathroom is such a mundane thing that we dont realise how it effects kids and that too in a hostel..... He loves them so much that He makes sure even their small fears and worries are gone!!!....
This proves that He has not gone anywhere.... He is just a prayer away!!
Anand Burra on September 28, 2011:
First time I am hearing swami directly interacting in physical boby again! satakoti pranams to swami,thanks to u brother.
thaneshkumar on September 28, 2011:
such a lucky blessed kids.....and want 2thank bro.aravind 2sharing the luvable moments.these make us also 2be xperienced like that by follow his spritual path.sairam
Aarthi on September 28, 2011:
Lovely to read this Thursday morning! :) Swami is indeed there always. Blessed are these kids who have seen Him in the physical form. :) Let us also strive to be child-like and please Him like the small kids, so that we too may be blessed with such exhilarating experiences that would strengthen our faith more and more.
Sai Nandagiri on September 28, 2011:
Wow. i can't express my feeling. i almost had tears. Love you SWAMI. Thank you Aravind
visalakiran on September 28, 2011:
Sairam brother Aravind,
No words .... only tears
THANK A LOT for sharing this beautiful message.
Ravi KS on September 28, 2011:
On a lighter note, thanks to KCR children get to see Swami :-)
There must be a positive to everything bad that is happening and I really pray Swami comes and guides each one of us in this hour of darkness.
Jai Sai Ram
darshi on September 28, 2011:
:) :) :) :) :) :)
I'm not too sure what the emoticon for smiling with a tad bit of tears is...but that's what I look like right now! It's incredible, that by just READING something, it can bring a wave of devotion flowing from the heart...
There is a reason why that kid was meant to meet you, and a reason why you have shared it in your writings, Anna. Whatever that reason may be, I am sure it will mean different things to different people.
Regardless of that - we know, Swami never left :) What is there to leave, when inevitably, He resides in every atom of our bodies :D
Sairam big bro. Have a fantastic day!
Anonymous on September 28, 2011:
How compassionate of our beloved Bhagawan, that He keeps reminding us that we have nothing to fear when He's always there with us.
Yogendra Singh Chauhan on September 28, 2011:
No wordssss..... JAI SAI RAM...
deepa on September 28, 2011:
How wonderful. swamy never lets us down. remember the boy who called for krishna when he was walking through the forest and krishna accompanied him to school. he also gave him butter fo gifting to master which never finished. I have experienced swamy's advice too recently. jai sai ram. he makes sure that i do not strain my eyes because i have high myopia. once I did not listen and started crochet, he advised. i did not listen and my spectacles fell down and broke, I got the hint, hee hee.
JJ Morgan on September 28, 2011:
Wow, incredible experiences ... thanks for sharing. If you believe in Swami, He does let you know of His presence!!! Om Sai Ram!