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Sai Baba asks Xavier Nathan "Who are you?"

Updated on June 19, 2012

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 Man of Miracles by Howard Murphet. 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?’

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.

Who Am I?

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      Girish puri 5 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Amazing, wonderful share and of course in India Sai baba is worshiped as God. Great share about Sathya sri Sai Baba, voted up.

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      Vedy interesting! Thank you for publishing such a fine article.

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      Aravind Balasubramanya 5 years ago from Puttaparthi, India

      Awesome! Spirit whisperer!

      I don't know how I missed this hub for so long...

      Such an elegant solution... For long, humanity has believed itself to be a mass of sinners. How far from reality!

      Thank you for this wonderful beginning to the day...

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Spirit Whisperer - A profound question, probably to be pursued and refined all of one's life. As a teacher I have certainly been, and still am, an explainer...but on my best days I am also an inspirer/ My goal is to increase my best days and encourage others that inspiration is a worthy life purpose.

      Mr. Happy thanks for the share. I am happy to be the follower. :)

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      Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      "Striving to be a source of inspiration had raised the bar for me" - Good. I certainly appreciate that - You are indeed a source of inspiration. Thank You.

      "It set me on the path that would result in me finding inner peace and a sense of fulfilment I had never experienced before." - Happy-happy joy-joy!! (I incorporated that saying over fifteen years ago and my friends always laugh when I pop with it out of nowhere. It's a sign of gratitute towards Life, when it comes from I.)

      Well, there was a wolf wanting to hop around on this hub but not this time.

      All the best to You and those You love Mr. Spirit Whisperer! I wish You Power.

      May the Man in Orange walk with You!

      P.S. This article shall be shared. : )

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Inner peace and fulfilment, who would ask for more? I strive each day to reach that in my life. I am happy to say that I am getting there. Loved this article, very inspiring..Thank you..

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      Christina M. Castro 5 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      It takes a lifetime to find out who one is and what there purpose in life is. I made a goal in my life and stayed with it, turning down other opportunities. I tried to run from my goal many times in my life, and then the Apostle of my Ministry told me "You already have it" after asking him to pray with me to find what I wanted in life. That was at the age of 42. Since then, I am Sure of Who I am. Thank you for sharing.