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Volume II

Salah: The Flag of Islam

Dear readers, in the first volume of The Enigma of Islam – Enlightened by Sai which we had in March 2008, we recall the very quintessential essence of Islam, which is the Oneness of Allah. “Allah is One. There is none apart from Allah,” says the Quran emphatically:

“Truly, your God is truly One.”

- The Holy Qur’an, 37:4

“In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate. Say He is Allah, the One and Only, Allah, the Eternal, He begetteth not, and He is not begotten;

"And there is none like unto Him."

- The Holy Qur’an, 112

 

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'In the Name of Allah'
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The Unity of God is most fundamental and the heart of God’s revelations to Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) in the Qur’an. This is expressed in the primary Kalimah of Islam as "God Alone is" (La ilaha illa allah).

This beautiful phrase is the bedrock of Islam; this is its foundation and essence. The Prophet himself said that this verse alone constitutes one third of the whole of the Qur’an and it is the expression of this belief which differentiates a true Muslim from a kafir (non-believer).

Islam, therefore, is pure advaitha, the philosophy of non-dualism. But this philosophy is not an academic idealism. Islam is a way of life. It represents that state of consciousness where one has realised the Oneness of Allah.

The first pillar of Islam, the Shahada gives us a revealed knowledge of the Oneness of Allah (we covered this in our first article on Islam). The rest of the four pillars in this religion tell us how to realise this Unity of Divinity. The foremost among these four is Salah which builds the foundation of faith in Allah through prayer. This, truly, is Self- Confidence.

The second pillar is Sawm which creates the walls of total dependence on Allah through fasting or putting a ceiling on desires. This is Self-Satisfaction. The third is Zakat which builds the roof of Self-Sacrifice through charity given to the needy. And the fourth is Haji which gives the bliss of Self-Realization through association with the Holy. Thus, the last four pillars of Islam are the practical aspects of Islam which groom the faithful in Self-Confidence, Self-Satisfaction, Self-Sacrifice and Self-Realization.

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In the present cover story we shall concentrate on how Salah (Prayer) brings the devotee to the Unity of Allah. This has been done in four major parts:

Part One: Islam, The Path of Total Submission – This section x-rays the very nature of the mind, which is actually the root cause of our feeling of seperation from Allah, and explains how total surrender of this mind to Allah is the only way to the realisation of the Oneness of Allah;

Part Two: Dikr, The Essence of Salah – This article deals with the most effective tool with which the tree of the mind can be uprooted, which is the Name of God;

Part Three: Key to the Secret of God’s Name – This part gives very practical suggestions on how to unify the three levels of consciousness with the Name of God; and

Part Four: The Power of God’s Name – This final section is a crown of gems which bear testimonies of the Power of God’s Name.

Part 1: Islam, The Path of Total Submission

“Nay, whoever submits himself whole-heartedly to Allah, and he is a doer of good to others, he shall have his reward from his Lord. And there is no fear for such people nor do they grieve.”

- The Holy Qur'an, 2:112

To preserve the Unity of Allah, Islam lays great emphasis on total submission or surrender of one’s will to Allah. In fact, Islam is all about ‘Total Surrender of the Mind to God’. A true Muslim is a person who has surrendered his/her mind completely to Allah.

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The reason for this is very evident. The Unity of Divinity is attained only when the mind is surrendered. The mind is at the very root of the our illusionary impression that we are seperate from the Oneness of Allah. It is the mind that makes one think that he/she is different from their brothers and sisters, diverse from creation and in fact, singular from Allah Himself. Once you think you are different from Allah, you make yourself another god! And so, there is multiplicity of gods and you begin to “join gods with Allah” as Qu’ran warns us against. It is the mind that creates this false impression of ‘others’ where indeed there are no others.

“Follow what thou art taught by inspiration from thy Lord: there is none but Allah: and turn aside from those who join gods with Allah"

- The Holy Qur'an, 6.106

It is the mind that sees many where there is only One and creates this grand illusion of many gods! It separates that which, in essence, is inseparable and joins that which, in Truth, is not composite. Just read the story below and it will become clearer.

Where there is Unity, there is Love; Where there is Difference, there is Hate

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One afternoon, a person was eating a delicious meal. Then, all of a sudden his teeth bit his tongue and there came out oozes of fresh blood. If you were this person, what would you do?

What is the natural reaction when one meets with such a ‘mishap’? Surely, one does not get a pair of pliers to pull out the culprits, namely, the set of teeth! Or does one beat the teeth in retaliation for what it has done to the tongue! There is absolutely no sense of reaction or retaliation or revenge. The only feelings that arise at such times are those of how to heal and comfort the tongue, and of means to stop the bleeding. In fact, one is tempted to swallow one’s own blood!

Why are there no feelings of hate and anger, or judgements and condemnation on who is right and who is wrong? It is because one feels no sense of difference between the teeth and the tongue. There is a natural feeling of Unity. And where there is Unity, Love flows spontaneously. And the power of this Love heals every hurt.

But imagine that ‘another’ person (remember there is no other!) has just given you a blow on your mouth and your tongue is oozing with fresh blood! What will your reaction be? Surely, a strong feeling of revenge will begin to well up within you. And this may be followed by acts of retaliation, or at the least, a suppression of fitful anger.

Why are the reactions in both cases of the injured tongue different? This is because in the first case, there is a feeling of Oneness; while in the second, there is a feeling of difference or separation.

What is the cause of this different feeling in the second case? It is the mind! Once this mind goes, One can feel the whole cosmos as One’s own body, and His reaction in both cases will be the same; that of Love and Healing. This Love is beyond good and evil, and it is beyond judgment and condemnation. Love is beyond the duality of opposites, because there is only One. He is Allah. La ilaha illa allah, there is none but Allah.


The Mind is the Cause of the Sense of ‘I am Different’

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Once we were engaged in a medical camp (using Sai Ram Healing Vibronics) in a remote village in Nigeria. One day, a person came to the camp with an injured limb.

While cultivating his farm in the thick of the jungles, he had cut his left hand with the machete and the wound was quite severe. Then, the following interaction followed:

Fr. Ogada: What happened to your hand?

Mr. Okonkwo: I cut it while clearing the bush for cultivation.

Fr. Ogada: Well, we shall give you all the medicine you need only if you are able to give correct answers to all the questions I ask you.

Mr. Okonkwo: Go ahead Father. I am ready.

Fr. Ogada: Did your left hand cut itself or was it the right hand that cut the left?

Mr. Okonkwo: My right hand cut the left.

Fr. Ogada: What did your left hand do when the right cut it? Did you give the axe to the left to cut the right in revenge?

Mr. Okonkwo: (laughing) No Father, there was no such thought in my mind.

Fr. Ogada: Why? What did you do when the right hand cut the left?

Mr. Okonkwo: The right tried to stop the flow of blood from the left.

Fr. Ogada: Now tell me sincerely, Mr. Okonkwo. If it were your wife that had cut your left hand with the axe leaving you with such a severe wound, what would you do?

Mr. Okonkwo: To tell you the truth, Father, I would chop off her head!

Fr. Ogada: Why? Is it not the same injury caused by your right hand? Why would you react differently when it was your wife?

Mr. Okonkwo: Father, a man does not kill himself unless his mind has gone crazy.

Fr. Ogada: Right, you got the answer. But you think that your wife is different from you. You think that your wife is not your Self.

Mr. Okonkwo: It is obvious because our bodies are different.

Fr. Ogada: What makes you think so?

Mr. Okonkwo: I see it.

Fr. Ogada: What makes you see it?

Mr. Okonkwo: My mind.

Fr. Ogada: Why do you say ‘my mind’ instead of ‘my eyes’?

Mr. Okonkwo: Father, if I were blind, still I would ‘see’ the bodies as different.

Fr. Ogada: Good, Mr. Okonkwo. So your mind makes you react to your wife differently and it is the same mind that makes a man to kill himself when it goes crazy?

Mr. Okonkwo: You are right there, Father.

Fr. Ogada: What to do with this mind?

Mr. Okonkwo: I do not know Father.

Fr. Ogada: Try to get rid of it. Cut it with the axe! (This is the holy war which the Prophet of Islam preached.)

Mr. Okonkwo: Hum! How do I kill my mind?

Fr. Ogada: Surrender it to God. Only God can.

Mr. Okonkwo: How do I surrender my mind to God?

Fr. Ogada: By making it to think of God at all times. God’s Name is the Axe.

Mr. Okonkwo: If I think only of God, who will take care of my family?

Fr. Ogada: God! That is what remains once the mind is surrendered.

Mr. Okonkwo: Father, this is another medicine which you are giving to me!

Fr. Ogada: A greater medicine. We give you the first only as bait for the second.


“Fight those who do not believe in Allah, nor in the latter day, nor do they prohibit what Allah and His Messenger have prohibited, nor follow the religion of Truth, out of those who have been given the Book, until they pay the tax in acknowledgment of superiority and they are in a state of subjection”

- The Glorious Qur'an, 9.29

The total annihilation of the mind - to bring the mind to complete submission to Allah, the Supreme Self, is the Holy War, the Jihad that the Prophet tirelessly propagated.

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If we realize this important truth:

  • That every Muslim is enjoined by the Holy Quran to fight the unbeliever until they are in a state of total submission (Qur’an 9:29 )
  • That this unbeliever is one who joins gods unto God by thinking that there is something apart from Allah (Qur’an 3:57 )
  • And that this culprit who joins That which has no parts and separates That which is indivisible is none other than the mind

Then we cannot but accept:

  • That the real Jihad for a Muslim is the war against one’s mind,
  • That anyone who is engaged in this Holy war is a true Muslim,
  • And that one attains Islam only when one has conquered the mind and has brought it under total submission to the Will of Allah

‘Islam’ is the state of total submission of the will to Allah. But what is this will that must be brought under complete surrender? What is it that wills? It is the ‘I’ – the individuated consciousness. This ‘I’ or ‘ego’ is also at the root of the mind. Without the ‘I’ there is no willing and without the act of willing, there are no thoughts. Without thoughts, there is no mind. And without the mind, there are no images. Without images, the illusion of separation disappears and what remains is Allah who has no second.

The Way of Islam is the process of submitting the will to Allah. Willing occurs when the ‘I’ moves out of Itself as ‘I am this’ or ‘I am that’; ‘I want this’ or ‘I want that’. When the will is submitted to Allah, there is no willing and there is no wanting.

In this state of stillness, the individuated “I – Consciousness” dissolves in the Universal undifferentiated Existence. The small “I” that separates disappears and what remains is the Universal “I AM”. This Universal “I AM” is Allah. “Allah is That which IS”. Allah is pure Existence. Everything that is, is Allah. There is nothing apart from Allah.

Once we destroy the root cause of our separation with Allah, which is the ego, we reach that highest state of awareness where we realize that there is none apart from Allah and that we are not and cannot, and have never been separated from Him. We are One with God.

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The fundamental sin in Islam is to join “gods unto God” which amounts to the disunity of Allah’s Oneness. This sin is called fundamental because it is the root of all other sins. This is also the “original sin” in Christianity, namely, Adam’s ancient forgetfulness of his Oneness with Yahweh.

When one thinks that there is more than One, then one tries to join or separate that which is inseparable. It is the mind that separates. It is also the same mind that tries to join that which it has separated.

Once we succeed in surrendering this mind to God, we not only uproot the very root of all sins but we also attain the goal of Islam: namely the Unity of Divinity.The primary duty of a Muslim is to attain Islam which entails the total annihilation of the mind. This is referred in Islam as Fana”.

"Holy is the warrior who wrestles ("struggles") with himself"

- Prophet Muhammad

First Understand the Nature of the Mind: It is like a Handkerchief

“The mind is a bundle of thoughts. Look at this handkerchief. You call it a cloth; but it is, in fact, a bundle of threads. The threads constitute the cloth. If you want to do away with the cloth, you should remove the threads one by one. Similarly, if you remove the thoughts, the mind is dissolved”

- Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 33

 

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Our beloved Baba has in many of His Divine Discourses compared the mind with the handkerchief. The mind is like a veil that covers the Oneness of Allah. Because it covers, the mind also separates.

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But we must first find out the basis or root of the mind. Once we are able to get to the root of the mind, then it is very easy to uproot the mind permanently from its very source.

But since the mind is like the handkerchief, let us first find out the basis for the handkerchief? The handkerchief has been woven from intricate webs and interlocks of single threads. But where have the threads come from? The threads are made from the cotton.

Hence, the handkerchief cannot be made without the cotton. The cotton is the fundamental object that forms the basis for the thread and the handkerchief. But where has the cotton come from? It has come from the cotton tree. Without the cotton tree, there would be no cotton and without the cotton there would be no threads and handkerchief.

When we inquire further, we discover that even the cotton tree has grown from the cotton seed. The point is that even when all the handkerchiefs in the world are burnt, and all the cotton trees cut down, new handkerchiefs could always be produced once we have the cotton seed.

The cotton seed is the root and once we succeed in destroying the seed, we would be able to destroy permanently the veil of the handkerchief! Hence, without destroying the basis of the veil, all other efforts will yield only a temporary result.

The Seed of Desire

The mind is like the handkerchief. The threads are the thoughts. When the single threads of thought are woven together, they form an intricate web of strong desires which are binding and blinding. Where has the thoughts originated? They have arisen from the root “I” thought. Without the root “I” thought, no other thought is possible. The root “I” thought may be regarded as the cotton which forms the threads of thought. Beyond the root “I” thought, there is a feeling of “I” ness which is not a thought. It is a feeling or awareness of being which has its source in the Heart. This “I” ness is the tree of life. It is the tree which produces the cotton of the “I” thought which in turn form the threads from which the veil of the mind is woven.

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Now we notice that in the deep sleep state, there is no feeling of “I” ness! There is total ignorance or darkness. The tree seems to be dead but alas the seed is still alive! And immediately we wake up from deep sleep, the seed sprouts up again into a tree and within seconds one is cut up in a web of desires. This is also what happens in deep meditation when one reaches the state of thoughtlessness. But because the seed has not been destroyed immediately, one wakes up from deep sleep or from deep meditation, and one is caught up again in a web of thoughts and desires.

What is this seed of desire? It is the “I” impulse or the primal urge to create. Until this seed is roasted or destroyed, it is impossible to get rid of the mind.

How does Islam annihilate this seed - the “I” impulse? The first and foremost tool is Salah - the second pillar of Islam. But before we get into this, let us have a short break and recreate our souls with a few heavenly stories narrated by Ms. Nooshin Mehrabani on the Power of Prayer.

Nooshin is a Muslim. She was born in the capital city of Iran and worked in the United States as a journalist and reporter for Iranian TV in Los Angeles, California. In her book "Love and Suffering: My Road to Liberation", she tells us how Divinity came into her life at a time when her only need was God and how this encounter transformed her especially through the Power of Prayer.

Prayer Breaks Bad Habits

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Because of what we see happening in the world today, I pray all the time. There is power in prayer. I learnt from Baba how important it is to pray. Prayer is talking to God all the time. I just talk to God. I talk to Swami all the time.

Our son was just 3 months old when my husband decided to return to Iran. The government had confiscated his properties, and he hoped to reclaim them. After we came to Iran, my husband found his old friends, and unfortunately started again his old bad habits.

Because of this I was very unhappy and sad. At that time, the Iran-Iraq war was going on and my married life was falling apart. I had no peace inside or outside.

One day I prayed to God to give me peace of mind. I remember, that afternoon I had visited a friend and she knew how I had hit the bottom in my life and had gone through so much pain and suffering because of my husband’s problems with drugs. She gave me a little Vibhuthi (sacred ash) that Swami had given to her and said, “Why don’t you ask Sai Baba? Maybe He can help you.”

This was the first time I ever heard His name. The same night I used the Vibhuti and I prayed, “Oh Sai Baba, I don’t know who you are and how much power you have, but please, if you can, help my husband.” And then, I went to sleep.

In the Light of Sai

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Around 3 o’clock in the morning, someone began to shake my shoulders to wake me up. On the wall across from me was a beautiful white light, shaped like a diamond. It was glowing like the Sun. Inside was written an “Aum” sign, in light. I didn’t know what “Aum” was at that time. But I kept repeating, “This is Sai Baba’s light. This is Sai Baba’s light.”

After five minutes the light faded. Nine o’clock in the morning when I woke up again, my husband gave me very good news; he had decided to change his bad habit. I was so shocked, because I knew it was extremely difficult to quit that habit. I was so happy. This happened surely as a result of this effulgence of God which entered our room.

Prayer can Cancel Cancers

When I returned from my first visit to India to see Sai Baba, I found that my mother-in-law had been taken to sixteen doctors. Every physician had given the same diagnosis - cancer and tuberculosis. She was 75 years old at that time and very sick.

Everyone was afraid to go near her because of the contagion. They thought she would die. But in my heart, now I had Swami and I knew I could ask Him anything. I took one of the Vibhuti bags Swami had given me during the interview and dropped it on my mother-in-law’s chest and prayed to Swami. I gave her a pendant with Swami on one side and Shirdi Baba on the other, and asked her to wear it all the time.

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That night, after I came home I slept as I was reading Swami’s book. In the middle of the night, I woke up and remembered my mother-in-law. I started to pray to Swami. I opened up my hands and reached for Him in front of His picture, asking for His help. The room was very dark, but as soon as I started to pray the tips of my fingers began to glow with a blue light.

Then, within me, I knew that my mother-in-law would not die. In the morning, I called my sister-in-law and told her that we should take my mother-in-law for another x-ray. That same week we took her to a new doctor – a specialist – and she had another test. As soon as he saw the x-ray film, he said, “She doesn’t have cancer, only tuberculosis.” I knew that Baba had helped her. After eight months, she had no sign of the disease. Today, after 10 years, she is still alive!

A few nights after the good news about my mother-in-law, Swami came to my dream. He made so much Vibhuti for me that it filled both my hands. He told me to eat it. He was lying down on the bed and I was sitting on the floor in front of Him. Very lovingly, He asked me, “What do you want?” I said, “Baba, I want peace of mind.” He said, “I already gave it to you. I give you liberation.” I didn’t know what liberation was at that time. But I said, “Thank you, Baba,” and I woke up. We should always ask God for one thing in our prayer: Liberation.

Prayer – the Miracle of Sai-naz

My love for Swami was growing – and so were the problems in my life. Swami had become my constant companion and friend, the only one I had. I placed His picture all over my house, because I wanted to see Him everywhere I went - looking into His eyes, His face and talking to Him all the time. My life was all about Swami.

Now, He gave me the opportunity to do much service. I was very grateful to be able to work once a week at a hospital for mentally and physically challenged children. Another devotee friend of mine and I spent each Thursday with the children, feeding them and hugging them.

Abandoned in God’s Temple

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There was this new child whose parents had abandoned her in a mosque in Northern Iran a few months earlier. She was found and taken to a hospital where the doctors diagnosed her as having microcephaly.

Through a genetic disease, her brain was smaller than normal. Not knowing anything about her parents or her background, the hospital staff had named her Sanaz. I fell in love with this little girl. Since she had been left in a mosque, I thought her parents had prayed that God would care for her, and perhaps her soul had a close connection to God.

After three months the nurses recognised the bond that Sanaz and I had developed. They informed me that this little girl was all alone in the world. They asked if I would like to take her home for a weekend and give her some time with a family. My husband agreed.

I was so excited and bought beautiful clothes to dress her in when I picked her up. Three different times I tried to take her home. Each time I went I found that she had been sent to children’s hospital for one illness or another. On the third week, I was told that she had bleeding in her stomach and that the hospital would be keeping her for more tests.

Nobody but God

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I was worried. I found the address of the hospital and went to visit her. There was only one other child in the room with Sanaz and she looked so little and lonely. I had purchased a beautiful doll for her, but it was me she was looking at. As soon as she saw me, she called me “Mom.” This was the first time I heard her talk! I hid my tears as I held her.

She had nobody but God in this world to help her. I went to see her at least three times a week. I prayed to Swami about her all the time, asking Him to help her. She was seventeen months old, but her legs were so weak; she was unable to stand. None of the doctors or nurses thought she would get any better or that her life would be very long.

I asked the nurses if they knew of an orphanage who could take Sanaz in her condition. But there was none. I looked all through Tehran, but no place would even consider Sanaz.

I asked the authorities to let Sanaz come and stay in my home for a few months. There, I would be able to take her to private doctors and give her the care and love she needed. Finally, one day, an ambulance arrived at my house with little Sanaz in the back, covered with a hospital blanket. I was glad I was going to be able to take her to the private doctors.

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Sanaz bathed not in just water, but love!
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On the first night, I gave her a bath. My son was so excited to meet the little girl I had talked about so much. At night Sanaz slept with me in my bed, while my husband graciously moved to another room. Sanaz and I felt so bonded together, like she was my own daughter.

Every night before I went to bed I kissed Swami’s picture next to my bed and placed His Vibhuti into my mouth. Sanaz joyfully did the same thing. The second word I heard her say was “Baba”. She had Vibhuti every night before she went to sleep and every morning she woke me up, calling, “Mom, Mom!”

I used my connections to make appointments for her with some of the best specialists we had in Tehran. They all told me the same thing - “Don’t waste your time. Don’t bring her here anymore. She won’t get better.” But in my heart, I didn’t want to give up hope. Swami had taught me the power of prayer.

Sanaz had lived with us for two months already. Then, one day I had a call from one of the orphanages. They told me to bring Sanaz there that very day. Our whole family cried, but legally we had no choice, and Swami also had not given His permission for us to adopt her. This was one of the most difficult times of my life. I took her to the orphanage, where I was told not to come back for at least one month. They wanted her to adjust to this place as her new home, which would be easier if she did not see me.

We have to Pass Through our Destiny

I went to bed with tears that night. But this was the night that Swami broke His silence and came to my dream. I told Swami how much I loved this baby. Swami looked at me in a very stern way and asked, “Are you a hero?” “I’m not, but I’d like to be,” I answered. “No. No. No.” He said, shaking His head. He was not at all happy with the answer I had given Him. After some time He called me to sit next to His chair. He placed His hand on my head and smiled. That was my answer. Swami did not want me to change Sanaz’s destiny or her karma. One important lesson I learned was that I shouldn’t be attached to the seva I am giving for others.

But Prayers can Change even our Destiny

I kept up my prayers to Swami for Sanaz. I asked Him at the very least to let her walk and talk and do the basic things of life. After one month, I began to visit her regularly in the orphanage.All the caretakers knew how much I loved Sanaz. I was relieved to see that they paid a lot of attention to her and gave her so much love. After four months I decided to take a picture of Sanaz to Swami directly and ask for His blessing. When Swami finally called us for an interview, I did not have a chance to speak with Swami or to ask Him to bless her picture.

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This was the only time I left the interview room with tears in my eyes. I had gone all the way to Puttaparthi to ask Swami to bless her, but had returned from the interview room disappointed.

Every day I took the picture of Sanaz to darshan. I was almost always in the last line and had no opportunity to ask Swami for a blessing. Finally, with one week left before I returned to Iran, Swami came to my dream. He stood in my room, and I immediately thought to give Him the picture of Sanaz to bless – now that He was so close. I went to get the picture, but when I came back I saw that Sanaz herself was already with Swami. She was walking around Him, playing. Swami said, “You wanted to talk about her? She’s walking now.” Then I woke up. In my heart I knew then that something would happen.

The day after my return to Iran I went to the orphanage to see Sanaz. The caretakers were happy to see me, but they told me, “Wait here. We want to show you something.”

I will never forget this sight. Sanaz was wearing little red shoes; the caretaker was holding her hand and she was walking! This was one of the most beautiful days of my life. I began to cry, thanking Swami for hearing my prayers, for healing her.

I got permission from the orphanage to take her back to the specialist to check on how she had progressed. The doctor could not believe it was the same child he had seen a few months before. When he measured her head, he found that her brain had also grown: something quite unusual. The heads of children with microcephaly usually remain very small.

Our True Birth Certificate

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Sai-naz - Her destiny in His hands
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Sanaz lived in that orphanage for four years. During that time she learned to talk with no problem, she could now eat and do little things by herself.

When she was six, they sent her to another girls-only orphanage, where she was able to go to school. The last time I visited her, she was learning how to read and write.

Swami has been taking care of her all this time. Looking back, I remember a dream my husband had during the time Sanaz was living with us.

We were all walking in a forest. He saw a piece of paper in his path and picked it up. It was a birth certificate for Sanaz. The name, however, was “Sai-naz”. What a beautiful confirmation that she, like all of us, is God’s child and her destiny is in His Hands.

Author: Father Charles Ogada, a Catholic Priest of the Order of the Holy Ghost Fathers and Brothers and an ardent devotee of Sai.

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