Manifesting in Multiple Locations
Appeared in front of My House”
How Baba was simultaneously present
in Venkatagiri and Manjeri.
This is an incredible miracle that demonstrates
how limitations of time and space can never bind Bhagawan
in His task of ensuring the joy and happiness of His devotees.
Indeed, events surrounding this story are so incredible, that
Prof. Kasturi took great pains to convince himself of its
authenticity. His sedulous efforts culminated in the narrative
On Sunday, the 13th day of December 1964,
Baba was at Venkatagiri town. He had reached the place a few
days earlier in connection with a heavy schedule of discourses
in Chittoor and Nellore Districts, in Andhra Pradesh. On that
very day, about 8 a.m., "Baba surprisingly appeared in
front of my house", says, U Ram Mohan Rao, Superintendent
of the Junior Technical School, Manjeri (28 miles south of
Calicut on the West Coast, in the State of Kerala).
As the crow flies, the distance between Manjeri
and Venkatagiri is more than 600 miles! But distance is only
a game that Baba plays to keep us, poor mortals, apart.
We shall listen to Sri Ram Mohan Rao describing
this visit, "My wife and I were indoors with our daughter.
The maid told us that a Sadhu (sage) had come. We went out
to see who it was and we were surprised to see Sri Sathya
Baba said, Hari Om, Shanti, Shanti, Shanti;
we prostrated ourselves at His Feet. We led Baba into the
officer room, but, on the way, He saw our Pooja room where
His Photo was hung, along with several holy pictures. He said
He would sit in the Pooja room itself. He told us that He
had come to us that day, being very pleased with the Bhakthi
(devotion) of Sailaja, my daughter. He asked me to send word
to devotees if any were available, for Bhajan and Pravachan
"He sent word to his neighbours and
people collected immediately", says Ramesh Rao, his cousin.
"Swami sang the bhajans ‘Nandamukunda Sayinatha’,
‘O Bhagavan’, ‘Jayaram Jayaram’, along
with the devotees. After Bhajan, He talked to me in Tamil,
to my wife in Canarese and to the others in mixed dialect
of Tamil-Malayalam. He blessed us by the gift of a Sankhamala
(rosary of small conch-shells) and Himself placed it on His
He told me that my father had decided on
a rite to propitiate the Snake-God (Sarpasamskaram) at Bangalore
on 25th February, Thursday ('My day' He added), but He told
me that he need not perform it, since He had already wiped
off the calamity it was intended to avert and the sacrilege
it was designed to atone.
He took some light refreshment. Then, He
told the persons around Him that all will be anxiously awaiting
Him at Kalahasti. So, He took leave of us and asking us not
to follow Him, went through the gate. He disappeared in a
few seconds. We all felt happy at this unexpected Darshan
and were struck by his miraculous disappearance”
But, this was not all. In the letter written
by Sri Ram Mohan Rao to Prof. Kasturi he goes on to describe
Bhagawan’s next visit to Manjeri:
"24th December, Thursday, was a holiday;
we felt lonely since our daughter, Sailaja, was away at Mangalore.
So we went out in the afternoon to visit some friends and
returned home at 6-30 p.m. We were shocked to see the lights
burning within the house.
My wife asked me whether I had forgotten
to switch off all the lights. I first examined the lock of
the main door and finding it intact, went round the house
to see whether the other doors were bolted from within. They
seemed alright. Then, both of us came to the front door, opened
the lock and walked in. We found everything intact. All the
lights were on. And Baba was in our Prayer room!
We prostrated ourselves at His feet. He asked
us (in Kannada) whether we were afraid! We replied that we
were very lucky and that we left very happy! Baba said that
He had come because we were lonely and said, 'Let us sing
Bhajans. If Sailaja were here, she would have liked to sing',
He said. He sang a few Bhajans. He took food later, we discussed
some general topics together. Then, Baba retired for the night.
Early next morning, Baba had His bath; He
had coffee with us and then, discoursed on Bhakti and the
basic Truth of Nature. All of a sudden, we saw a rosary of
Rudraksha beads in His hand; He put it on my neck with His
Blessings, with the direction that I should wear it during
my Sandhya (evening prayer) rites. After those rites, I was
to place it on Baba's photograph.
We had breakfast together. The Puja room
was decorated specially with garlands and flowers. Bhajan
began. Meanwhile, devotees came to know that Baba had come;
so they too assembled for Bhajan. Baba discoursed on Bhakthi
in the Tamil-Malayam dialect. He granted every one the coveted
At 12 Noon, Baba himself waved the Sacred
light of Mangalarathi and distributed Prasadam, to every one
present. The quarter kilogram of dates that I had, sufficed
for 100 persons!
We had our lunch with Baba. He rested for
a couple of hours and we had 'tea' at 4-30 p.m. Then He told
us that several devotees were eagerly waiting for Him at Kalahasti.
He blessed us again, when we fell at His feet. At 5 p.m. He
went out on the road through the gate and suddenly disappeared.
What a wonderful miracle! We could not believe our own eyes!”
Nor could I, without confirmation through
independent sources! Baba had given Darshan to persons in
distress in distant places but nowhere, so far as we knew,
did He stay so long and so concretely. It was too overpoweringly
I wrote a letter to two friends, P.K. Panikkar
and P.A. Menon in Kerala enclosing a list of 84 questions
for which I wanted them to find answers at Manjeri. They proceeded
to Ram Mohan Rao's house and sent me a comprehensive report,
which dotted all the 'i's and crossed all the 't's of his
letter to me!
Ram Mohan Rao and his wife told them that
Baba was wearing a yellow gown on the 13th December; He walked
in, barefooted and went into the shrine room saying, "I
shall go into My own place." My friends saw
the picture on which the rosary of Rudraksha beads were placed.
It had a thick outgrowth of sacred ash in a few days. Strangely
enough, the face of Baba was clear but from the outer area
in the picture, “there fell a continuous shower of Vibhuthi
dust which was being collected and distributed with the reverence
due to the divinely created gift of Grace!”
The report further went on to mention: “Rao
and his wife have been devoted to Shirdi Sai Baba for many
years; they have not visited Prasanthi Nilayam, but they had
secured a picture of Sathya Sai Baba seven years ago and placed
it amidst the other pictures in their shrine. When Baba sat
in the shrine room and leaned against the wall, right under
His own picture, they saw that the picture was genuine! That
was the first time they saw Him; they had borrowed the book
'Sathyam Shivam Sundaram' from a friend to read it. They thought
that Baba had by happenstance come to Calicut or some nearby
town and had decided to bless them by this visit.
When Mrs. Rao was listing her sorrows to
Baba encouraged by His overflowing love, Baba said, ‘sorrow
and pain are the lot of all; don't you know that both sisters
of this body are widowed?’
When Sailaja asked Baba for a Bhajan Book,
Baba said, "Palghat Menon has brought 400 Bhajan
books, printed in Malayalam, to Prasanthi Nilayam. I shall
give you one". So saying Baba held His palm
upside down, waved it twice and caught with His fingers the
book that appeared and gave it to the girl. We saw it! It
was the same book, with the blue paper cover! Sailaja had
great faith in Baba, since her eczema on the foot was cured
by Baba a year ago, in answer to her pleading before His picture.
When he was asked to bring some persons for
Bhajan, Rao did not go far, for he did not desire to miss
Baba's company for long. He brought in the owner of his house,
an old gentlemen, by name Thalayur Moosad and his 5-year old
daughter; he brought the widow of Madhavan Nair, the founder
of the renowned Malayalam newspaper, 'Mathrubhoomi', and his
Baba asked Moosad, ‘What ails
your leg?’. He gave Him an account of his disease
and prayed for some drug. Baba told him, ‘The
course of treatment you are now undergoing is enough.’
Mrs. Rao is now sending him the Vibhuthi Baba showers from
His picture; he finds it very effective.
The widow told Him of her diabetes. "I
am getting bags and bags of rice from my fields; but I cannot
eat a grain," she said, Baba replied in Malayalam. ‘It
is the result of your past Karma’. He asked
Rao to bring an empty glass. When Baba held it in His Hand,
it was full of a pink liquid. He gave it to her. ‘Take
this thrice daily for 3 days; you can then eat any quantity
of rice you like.’
“One cynic was there, among the rest.
Baba knew it and so He jocularly asked Ram Mohan Rao to bring
a pair of scissors and He asked the fellow to cut for Himself
a single hair from His Head! The man tried hard but failed,
whereupon a bigger pair was brought at His command. This time
too he failed. So, he put down his head and walked away without
a word," writes U.N. Ramesh Rao, Rao's cousin, who visited
Manjeri soon after this incident.
Baba sang four songs in all, during the Bhajan,
asking the gathering too to sing them after Him in chorus.
They were: 'O! Bhagavan', 'Pahi Pahi Gajanana', 'Shiva Shiva
Shiva' and 'Omkara Priya Sai Ram'.
"We saw the Sankhamala, the rosary of
small conch-shells," says the report. "It is of
the type available at Kanyakumari, each shell being no bigger
than a seed of pepper. They are white in colour, with brown
dots. There are 108 of them in the rosary, created and given
by Baba. When we saw it, Vibhuthi had heaped itself over the
beads. The rosary of Rudraksha beads also was examined by
us. Baba told them that, until he could string them in gold,
they should place it on the picture.
Baba also created an orange-size bell-metal
drinking cup with a spout and gave it to Sailaja. He created
a piece of scarlet silk cloth with borders of gold thread,
and, presenting it to the girl, asked Rao to have a jacket
sewn for her. He gave Rao additional Vibhuthi and Kumkum created
on the spot to be given to "Calicut" (meaning U.N.
Ramesh Rao, his cousin living there). Baba left at 11 a.m.
on the 13th, saying, “I have to keep to a programme
They did not then know that Kalahasti was
about 20 miles from Venkatagiri. They were too aggrieved at
His resolve to leave to ask where it was. He said,
"No one need come with me." He closed the
gate behind Him and disappeared!
The second visit was on a Thursday. Mrs.
Rao was afraid to approach the house, since the lights were
on. Rao opened the lock and entered. He saw Baba in the shrine,
sitting leaning against the wall. Baba asked him in Tamil,
"Are you afraid, seeing me?"
"I have come to join your Bhajan",
He assured him.
Rao had brought some dried dates from the
bazaar; he gave the plate into the hands of Baba for distribution;
he felt that He alone could make it suffice for all those
who were present. Baba entered the kitchen and protested against
the dish of 'Kheer' being prepared. He did not "relish
that sweet dish".
"This is enough for six",
He said! They had cooked only for two but, after dinner, food
for three more was available. Next morning, the couple partook
of it as sacramental food. Before retiring for the night,
Baba removed one picture of His from the shrine and hung it
on a nail in the bed room. “Let it be here”,
He said. From that picture too, Vibhuthi is showering in large
Rao peeped through a slit in the door to
find out whether Baba was sleeping well, but he saw Him sitting
up, most of the time, 'lost in thought, as one in reverie.'
Next morning, Baba had His bath and breakfast.
When the housewife started preparing 'festive dishes,' He
noticed her enthusiasm and warned that He would leave without
eating anything at all; He insisted that only their daily
menu should be given to Him. He discoursed to them of Sankaracharya
being caught while young by the crocodile (Maya) in the river
Poorna (Brahma) and saved by renunciation (Sanyas). He spoke
of Shirdi Sai Baba, and about Lord Subrahmanya.
While speaking of Subrahmanya, He created
a thin plate of gold, drew on it with His nail the picture
of Subrahmanya on a peacock and rolling it directed her to
wear it around her neck, inside a golden cylinder, to be made
later. He said jocularly, "Sorry! I have no gold!"
Prof. Kasturi ends the narration of this
incredible incident saying – “This is perhaps
the most dramatic, detailed and authentic narrative of the
multilocative miracle performed by Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai
Shivam Sundaram” Vol – II, by Prof.
N Kasturi. Page: 92-99. Published by Sri Sathya Sai
Books and Publications Trust, Prasanthi Nilayam.