Many facets of the Avathar -Part III
The young Sai commences his task.
In an Islamic text, the birth of the advent of incarnation has been mentioned as "He will be having profuse hair, he will be clean shaven, his countenance at times will be dark and at other times it will be fair. His feet will be tender like that of a girl. He would produce many things out of his mouth!. He will touch some on the head and those will be blessed. His followers would adorn on their brow a white mark(holy ash).
In the Centuries written by Nostradamus, it is written that "He will be from the East. Thursdays will be holy days. He will take birth in a place near the confluence of three seas! In yet another palm leaves preserved in Delhi, it is mentioned that He will be the incarnation of Shiva and Sakthi. In his previous body, he was Saibaba(Shirdi). Even when Shirdi Saibaba was merging in the Divine during 1918, he told his close devotee "Abdullah", that he would come again in Andhra Pradesh in another eight years. To a devout lady, Kali Saradamma who lived with Shirdi Baba for many years, he said, I would come again in Andhra Pradesh(India). You will see me there and I will take you there. Exactly as predicted, Kali Saradamma left Shirdi when Baba passed away and she was roaming to many places to seek solace. At last she went to Andhra where she founded an orphanage to take care of destitute children. She conducts musical discourses on the life of saints and god and by the income she maintained her orphanage. Once she went to a place named Uravakonda and she heard the name Saibaba from somebody. On enquiry, she found there is a boy claiming himself to be Saibaba. She went there. Sathya, the boy accosted her as "Gori" in the same manner as Shirdi Baba. Again he told her that she is due to him Rs.16/-. She could not make out what he means. Then the boy Sathya explained that you collected Rs.40/- to be sent to Shirdi but you have sent only Rs.24/- through one Balaram. Only to prove you that I am the same Saibaba, I told you all these things. But you have not even prostrated to me as you entered. Hearing this, she cried and fell at the feet of the boy Sathya. Then Sathya told her to follow him to Puttaparthi and she was given an accommodation there. She served Saibaba for many more years there before she merged with him finally. She was accosted as "Pedda pottu" by Saibaba. She had written a beautiful book depicting the ways to worship the Divine in the form of Sathya Sai as Sathya Sai Viradha kalpam!
From the beginning, Saibaba maintained a low profile. He never exhibited the Supreme powers to any unless there was a real need. To the boys who accompany him to the schools, he used to manifest pencils, note books and slates whenever they could not afford to purchase one. He used to compose songs on different forms of God for the worship of the deities. He had a melodious voice. He taught his friends simple songs and they used to sing them in chorus. When his class mates asked him "how he brings things from an empty bag, Sathyam used to reply that one angel brings every thing he desires! He was considered as a leader among the students not only in the school but in the village too. Whenever infectious diseases affected the villagers, they will call Sathya to do some thing. He would light a lamp and place it on a high pedestal. The students and boys used to sing the Bhajan songs going round the lamp many times. Whenever he adopted this ritual, diseases fled from the village. Seeing this, even people from the surrounding villages requested him to attend their villages to remove such diseases. He has shown them the efficacy of repeating the names of God which will drive evil things! Rest in next part.