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Short Story from India (A search for the purpose of Life)
"I see only
Light and Love"
was on my second visit to see Sai Baba that I was granted a private
conversation with Him. These are called interviews. Almost everyday Baba
would choose a group of people to talk to in a small room. Baba chose all
kinds of people from all walks of life and all different countries. You
couldnít make an appointment to speak with Him. Presidents and movie
stars. He did the choosing! Everyone wanted this interview, but I was very
frightened by the thought of it.
Baba usually asked people, "What do you want?" and I really didnít know. I
knew I didnít want to be forced into a situation where I would talk like a
parrot out of fear and say "I want Enlightenment! Enlightenment over good
health or wealth." I didnít know what I wanted. That night he came to me
in a dream and said "I know you're frightened, donít be. I will show you
right now everything that will take place in the interview. And I wonít
ask you any questions!" He told me two people were flying in from Los
Angeles, Dave and Barbra Lambert. After they had been there for a few
days, he would ask our group in for a talk!
True to the dream - thatís what took place.
I held the door open to His little room and let everyone in the group go
in first. It numbered around forty or so. I sat in the back of the small
room, hiding myself. He sat on a chair and sang a song to us, 'Love is my
Form, Truth is my name, Bliss is my food'. He called me to come sit in
front of Him. Then He asked me if I would please massage His feet for Him.
I began to gently massage His feet while He told stories and asked
questions of certain people. I watched as He waved His hand and a gold pen
appeared. He showed it to me and asked if I liked it. I said it looked
like good workmanship. He agreed. He gave it to an Indian student that sat
at His left, and smacked him on the face. He Ďcreatedí a packet of blue
pills that he threw to one of the ladies in our group. He told me she
didnít know it, but she was going to have terrible stomach pains later in
the day, and we should give her these pills along with fresh mango. "After
3 days she will be alright", He told me. About ten minutes after the
interview, Jenny collapsed.
He invited a small group of 6 people, not including myself, to go into
another adjoining room. While the larger group waited, Baba pulled open a
curtain and we sat down in a smaller room. He sat on an old chair, and
this was where He usually asked people what they wanted. The group, 3
women and 3 men, sat quietly. I suddenly remembered this part in my dream
that I had had with Baba. He was staring at me like an impatient
schoolteacher waiting for me to say something!
I asked Baba, "May I ask you a question?" He said, "Yes, what is it?" It
looked like relief flashed across the expression on His face. Like he was
saying to me, "Itís about time, Phil!"
"What do You see when You see me?", I asked.
Baba looked at all the people sitting there in a state of semi-frozenness
and said, "I see only Light and Love". His reply seemed to warm everyone
up and I went into another state of mind, and didnít hear anything else
till we rejoined the larger group.
Baba gave me 18 packets of Vibuthi, and everyone else received handfuls of
it. Everyone walked out the door but me. I stood there alone with Baba. I
was just looking into His eyes and He into mine. When suddenly he said,
"Yes, what is it?"
I didnít want any material thing from Baba at that moment, I realized. I
just wanted to know He was for real! "Yes," He said to me. I smiled and
showed him this small silver ring of Shirdi Sai Baba that had recently
Not knowing how to ask him directly if He would fix it for me, I said
instead, "Baba, look at this ring, what shall I do with it?" He looked at
it and delivered a punch line I never expected. "If I were you Iíd keep
it", He said.
I nearly exploded in laughter, but contained myself as He walked me out
the door, and I felt the warm sunlight disappear into a greater sunlight
By PF Sloan