|Volume 4 - Issue 11 NOVEMBER 2006||
Joan Humphries begins their story…
Love Beckons…The Path Begins
In 1997, Alan and I were following the Christian Spiritualist Faith until we met a couple, who later became our good friends, who asked us to read a book called Embodiment of Love. This book told the story of Sai Baba and His teachings, through another couple’s experiences. After reading and digesting the contents, we both knew these teachings were our way forward to enlightenment. From that moment on, we felt the need to go and see Sai Baba in India. We made the journey when we met another couple who had helped us so much with their love, wisdom, knowledge and kindness. They organized a trip to India in October 1997 and we went for two weeks to see Sai Baba in all His glory at Prashanti Nilayam. We all experienced so much love and peace during His daily darshans, and knowledge and wisdom through His teaching. Though we didn’t realize it at the time, our spiritual journey to divinity had begun. In July 1998 we went to India again to see Sai Baba. On our return we heard of a larger group going to India in September 1998 and were very excited to go and see Him again.
Cursed by Cancer
That December (in 1999) I had a dream in which Sai Baba said, “You will go to India, wearing plain clothes.” He then raised His Hand and with one finger in the air said, “You will sing.” I woke up straight away. Alan and I discussed this dream as to what it meant.
Then in 2000, I kept praying fervently to Baba to let us please visit Him again to convey our thanks. By His Grace we found ourselves preparing for a pilgrimage to Prashanti Nilayam, truly, the Abode of the Highest Peace. When we arrived at the ashram, we were glad we were entering Sai Kulwant Hall on our first day. I was so happy at the very first glimpse of our beloved Baba. My heart and soul knew my eyes were looking at God incarnated on Earth. I continued to pray, hoping my prayers would be heard. During our stay, we were told by our group leader that Swami would grant us a group interview in the mandir on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. By 1:30, we were all seated inside and waiting for Him. The auspicious moment arrived and Swami gracefully glided in towards us, showering His Divine Love on all. After listening to His divine discourse, we were asked to sit back-to-back in columns running down the length of the mandir.
I could not believe we had been in Baba’s mandir for one and a half hours hearing His sweet words, being in His divine presence and witnessing all the wonderful miracles He performed externally and internally within each one of us. We returned home overwhelmed and exhilarated. Our spiritual batteries were recharged and we were ready to face life with renewed vigor.
Evergreen Memories of Healing Grace
Emerald green is Baba’s color for healing. During darshans we sit under a canopy of gold and emerald green in Sai Kulwant Hall absorbing the healing effect. This is the significance of the emerald green cross He so graciously materialized to protect me. Thank you, dear Baba. We hoped that by His divine grace we would be able to see Him soon in the month of June.
Then 2001 arrived. And by Baba’s grace, Alan and I joined the Heart Valve Bank Group which was going to Prashanti Nilayam. During our journey, I still continued my prayers to my beloved, Sri Sathya Sai.
When we arrived, we felt that divine feeling of love and peace as we entered the ashram. During our stay, He honored the entire group. What a blessing it was to hear a divine discourse inside the mandir! After the discourse, we were asked to sit back-to-back in columns, just like last time, to allow Swami to walk around us. I could hear Baba speaking as He approached the end of the mandir where I was sitting. He said, “Come the day after tomorrow. You and I will talk as there is something worrying you.” I got on my knees and said, “Thank you,” and He patted my head and said, “Good girl.”
When I finished, I read it back to myself, but while doing so, I saw Baba reading the letter in my mind’s eye. I folded the letter and placed it under my pillow. That evening when I went to sleep, I heard a voice saying, “You asked me to be in your words.” That is just what I asked Baba when I handed a lovely red rose to Him before I started my talk.
After Joan, now, Alan continues the story…
In December 2003 we went again with a large group to Prashanti for a visit to Swami. While this visit was in preparation, I was asked to give a talk at the end of the visit to the group before we returned home. I agreed. I was excited and happy at being asked. During our stay with Swami at Prashanti, I was again asked about the talk I was to give but this time I was told I would be speaking in front of Swami in the Sai Kulwant Hall.
Now there was some nervousness in me, but I still looked forward to it. When the day came, we waited for a confirmation from Swami. Swami sent a messenger over to the group to tell us that the tall Englishman could carry on with his talk. It was Prof. Anil Kumar who gave us this message. The day was given and we all assembled in Sai Kulwant Hall for the afternoon darshan. I was sitting at the front awaiting Swami’s call to come forward and talk, and when He did, I very nervously went forward to His chair and presented Him with a flower. Then I was asked to begin.
I spoke about love, devotion and faith and also about Joan’s cancer which Swami had cancelled. After the talk, He invited me to sit on the floor near His chair. I felt so honored and humbled! I sat there through our group’s program. Then just before Arathi was performed, I stood up and it was then that Swami materialized a nine gem ring and put it on the ring finger on my right hand. I was overwhelmed by the love and blessings He bestowed on us on this auspicious day. That moment will stay with me for the rest of my life. He even allowed me to kiss His hand.
Several days later we were graciously allowed to perform our bhajan program in the mandir in His presence. As a test of His omnipresence, I mentioned to my friend sharing our room that I was not looking forward to our bhajans in the mandir because I was suffering from backache due to the long sittings we do throughout our stay. But then forgetting all this, we all assembled in the mandir awaiting Swami’s presence. He came in and started talking to some members of the group.
When He came to where I was sitting, He looked down at me and asked, “Are you alright?” I replied “Fine, Swami”. He asked again, “Do you want a chai?” I was not sure whether I was hearing Him right. He repeated, “Do you want a chair?” and beckoned someone to bring a chair for me. I reluctantly replied, “Yes, Swami.” I sat on the chair for the rest of the program. At the end His gave us His blessings with a wave of His Hand. I was so grateful that He showered His love on the whole group. His love and compassion is unfailing to all.
- Heart2Heart Team
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