We all proclaim that Swami is God, that He is Omnipresent
etc. Yet, in practical terms, we scarcely appreciate this
Omnipresence in the real sense of the word. This is a topic
on which we have commented many times but for the present
we wish to present the story of a manifestation of Swami in
far off Central America, reported for us by John Behner of
El Salvador. Some of you may have heard an interview with
him which we have broadcast over Radio Sai.
Occasions are many when devotees are transported
with joy when Swami reveals Himself in subtle manner - like
a flower falling from His picture, for example. John’s
account describes a more spectacular manifestation. We present
below the report that he sent to us. In the Gita,
the Lord is described as brighter than a thousand Suns. But
the Lord is also the Sun. But because we fail to see the Lord
in the Sun that daily shines for us with so much consideration,
Swami revealed Himself via the Sun in a most unusual manner
on two distinct occasions. Some may recall an account by Hislop
of another such manifestation via an unusual natural phenomenon.
Hard-boiled sceptics would dismiss all explanations based
on the manifestation of the Divine. OK, but why did this happen
just when the Sai devotees were about to commence a major
function? “Oh, that’s a mere coincidence!”
You know what Swami says about coincidence? He says: “Coincidence
is a miracle where I hide Myself!”
So there it is! For the non-believers He is simply not there.
The doubting Thomases are left wondering: “Did Swami
really appear or was it a mere coincidence?” On the
other hand those of firm faith rejoice saying, “Our
beloved Swami came here to tell us that He is blessing what
we are doing!”
now to John Behner…….
Usually we receive Swami’s
Darshan though His physical Form. But He has many Forms. In
1991, a public meeting was organised in Mexico City to tell
newcomers about Sathya Sai and His Message. The Sai Organisation
had hired a huge theatre for the event which was to start
at noon. As a prelude to the meeting, some devotional songs
were sung by a few of the people assembled. Suddenly, one
of the volunteer devotees posted for duty outside the theatre
noticed an unusual orange ring around the Sun, in an otherwise
clear and blue sky. Word quickly spread into the theatre and
the 1200 or so members forming the audience quickly filed
out to see the unusual phenomenon. Such events are very rare
and it had to be more than a coincidence that this phenomenon
occurred just at this time, when a lot of people were being
introduced to Sai. Can you imagine 1200 people all looking
the Sun on what was otherwise a normal day? No eclipse, no
Venus crossing the Sun etc. One young man driving past the
theatre stopped the car, took a look at the sky and then joined
the audience – he had no idea of the meeting and no
plans to attend either. The singers inside were not told about
the phenomenon, and when they saw every one leaving, they
were aghast and depressed – they thought that their
singing was terrible and driven everyone outside!
Naturally the newspapers carried
news about the totally unexpected phenomenon, but they had
no clue about what exactly was happening. For us in the Sai
community, the signal is loud and clear – that ring
was Swami’s signature of His blessing.
The same phenomenon occurred in April
2004, when Dr. Choudari Voleti of America came to El Salvador
to participate in a Sai Retreat and a Public Meeting for doctors.
Photos taken during the event seen in Mexico and also a newsclip
of the report that appeared in a El Salvador newspaper following
the of the local papers can be seen alongside.