Sai Baba asks Xavier Nathan "Who are you?"
Something is Missing
It wasn’t until I reached the age of thirty that I was asked the single question that would turn my life, as I knew it, upside down. I was reading a book given to me by my father five years earlier and which I had finally started to read.
I was a very successful businessman with my own business in Japan but something wasn’t quite right. Something was missing! I realized that material success alone was not sufficient to give me that something that I yearned for. I was not even consciously aware that something was missing.
Man of Miracles
The book I was reading was . The book was about Howard Murphet’s experience with the Indian Avatar Sri Sathya Sai Baba. The question was a simple one but one I noticed that would throw everyone asked into turmoil. ‘Who are you?’ Man of Miracles by Howard Murphet
I could imagine ‘The Man in Orange’ nodding his head playfully as each answer he received was so far off the mark. I heard myself asking myself that question, ‘Who Am I?’ over and over again. I realised that I just didn’t know.
Meeting Sai Baba
It would be another decade before I would get to meet ‘The Man is Orange’ – Sai Baba and to experience in his presence being a child once again when he asked me what I did.
‘I am a teacher’, I blurted out, to which he asked, - ‘How many kinds of teachers are there?’ My mind went blank each time he asked. He asked three times before telling me that there were three kinds of teacher. Those who complained, those who explained and those who inspired’.
He followed by asking me what kind of teacher I was. I hoped with all my heart that I had been a source of inspiration and resolved to do whatever it took to be one.
A New Path is Set
Striving to be a source of inspiration had raised the bar for me in areas of my life that I am still striving to clear. It has resulted in me realizing things that I would never have realized had I set material success as my sole aim in life. It set me on the path that would result in me finding inner peace and a sense of fulfilment I had never experienced before.