Sacred Past - 11
"cures effected by the administration of Vibhuti"
"I shall give you the Feet of 'Shirdi Sai Baba', My previous Body!"
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1: "cures effected by the administration of Vibhuti"
"The miracles described relate to cures effected by the administration of Vibhuti created by Swami, and of raging floods subdued at His command. Baba revealed to (Nagamani Amma) her, "It is because of your faith and trust in Me that your bus could cross the river in spite of the surging floods." Swami created Tulsi (basil leaf) garlands, rings and pendants for personal wear. He also performed surgical operations. "One day I saw Swami throwing over the wall something like a banana peel," narrates Nagamani Amma. "Then He came towards me and asked for water to wash His hands which were red with blood. 'You had prayed to me to cure that man, so I operated upon him,' He said. That night I could not sleep due to my anxiety for the man, since he was operated upon without cocaine and in full consciousness. I was very troubled by the thought of the pain he must be suffering in the adjacent room, and so I stayed wide awake. At daybreak Swami called me and asked me to give the patient some surgical cotton. 'Go and give the cotton at once.' He commanded. When I went in, after hesitating at the door for a while, I found the patient eating a plateful of idlies and chutney. Swami stood behind me. 'This is not an operation by a doctor,' He chuckled. 'I have done it; so there is no pain caused, no rest required and no special diet prescribed. He can eat whatever he wants.' I was shown a long mark on the stomach but could discover no stitches. Swami said, 'The Vibhuti I created and applied on his brow acted as an anaesthetic. I created a Trisul (trident) and a knife for the operation. After I had finished, I smeared Vibhuti, and it was all over.'
"On another day, four men came to Prasanthi Nilayam with the intention of testing Swami," continues Nagamani Purnaiya. "When they reached Bukkapatnam, three miles away, they exchanged the wrist watches they wore, deciding among themselves to find out whether Baba would discover what they had done. 'If He is God, He should know,' they thought. Swami called them and said, 'I know why you have come and what you were talking on the way. One is wearing the watch of the other. I know that you have come to test Me, but this is a place for devotees. You can go back to where you have come from.' "
2: "I shall give you the Feet of 'Sai Baba', My previous Body!"
"Baba left for the village of Repalle, in Guntur District,
to install a marble idol of His previous Appearance in the temple there. Baba
had installed such idols in a few places previously, at Madras and Coimbatore
and at the Ayodhya Asram, near Madanapalle. At Madras where he had sanctified
the temple at Guindy, in His twenty second year, the Bhaktha who had built the
temple washed and worshipped His Feet and wanted an impression of the Feet on a
piece of silk cloth in Sandal paste. Baba said, "I shall give you the Feet of
'Sai Baba', My previous Body!" and lo, the Impression that the silk cloth
received from those lovely tender Feet of His was that of a pair of Feet nearly
double the size of Baba's, and definitely that of a person above sixty years of
age! The silk cloth with the sandal paste impression that He gave so
miraculously to prove that He is "the same Baba come again" is there, inside the
shrine at Guindy, for all to see!"
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Source: N. Kasturi - Sathyam Sivam Sundaram