Master of Matter
- The Master Plays with Matter
The Geologist is Dumbstruck!
Dr. Y.J. Rao had this fascinating experience, which he narrated
to Howard Murphet. The incident also illustrates the very
profound truth that God is immanent in every object in the
universe, animate or inanimate:
Dr. Y.J. Rao, Head of the Geology Department, Osmania University,
Hyderabad, was the appropriate person to witness the transmutation
of solid rock to another substance - with a valuable spiritual
lesson thrown in for good measure.
One day at Puttaparthi Baba picked up a rough piece of broken
granite and, handing it to Dr. Rao, asked him what it contained.
The geologist mentioned a few of the minerals in the rock.
Baba: "I don't mean those - something deeper."
Dr. Rao: "Well, molecules, atoms, electrons, protons."
Baba: "No, no - deeper still!"
Dr. Rao: "I don't know, Swami."
Baba took the lump of granite from the geologist, and holding
it up with his fingers, blew on it. It was never out of Dr.
Rao's sight, yet when Baba gave it back to him its shape had
Instead of being an irregular chunk it was a statue of Lord
Krishna playing His flute! The geologist noted also a difference
in colour and a slight change in the structure of the substance.
Baba: "You see? Beyond your molecules and atoms,
God is in the rock. And God is sweetness and joy. Break off
the foot and taste it."
Dr. Rao, found no difficulty in breaking off the "granite"
foot of the little statue. Putting it in his mouth as directed,
he found that it was sugar candy. The whole of the idol, created
instantly out of the piece of granite, was now made of candy.
From this Dr. Rao learned, he said, something beyond words
and far beyond modern science, in fact, beyond the limits
of the rational mind of men today. He is a great enough scientist
and man to realise that science gives but the first word:
the last word is known only to the Spiritual Scientist.
Reference: “Sai Baba: Man of Miracles”
by Mr. Howard Murphet. Page:
156 (Paperback Edition, 1972). Published by Macmillan India
The Lord of
Time and Matter
In this fascinating
incident, Murphet demonstrates how Baba transcends time and
One evening a party of us were sitting on
the carpet in his suite; Ramanatha Reddy, the doctor, the
young men, Iris (Mr. Murphet’s wife) and myself were
Swami asked me the year of my birth, and
when I told him, He said that He would get for me from America
a coin minted there in that same year.
He began to circle his down-turned hand in
the air in front of us, making perhaps half a dozen small
circles, saying, "It's coming now... coming...
here it is!"
Then He closed His hand and held it before
me, smiling as if enjoying my eager expectancy. When the coin
dropped from His hand to mine, I noted first that it was heavy
On closer examination I found, to my delight,
that it was a genuine milled American ten-dollar coin, with
the year of my birth stamped beneath a profile head of the
Statue of Liberty.
"Born the same year as you,"
What would the sceptics say about this, I
Would they suggest that Baba carried around
with him a stock of coins so that He would have one to match
my year of birth.
Such old American coins, now long out of
circulation, would not be easy for Him to obtain in India
through normal channels.
I have no doubt whatever that this was one
of Baba's many genuine apports. While He circled his hand
before us, some agency under his will had dematerialised this
gold coin at some place somewhere, carried it at space-annihilating
velocity, and re-materialised it in Sai Baba's hand.
From where did it come? Who knows? Baba would
never say; perhaps from some old hoard, hidden, lost, forgotten
long ago, and now belonging to no one alive.
Reference: “Sai Baba:
Man of Miracles” by Mr. Howard
Murphet. Page: 84 (Paperback Edition, 1972). Published
by Macmillan India Ltd.
A Lost Treasure
retrieved for a Privileged Few
This incident where
Swami retrieved the legendary diamond that adorned the nose
ring of the Goddess Kanyakumari and then sent it back is reported
by Sri N. Kasturi:
It took place at Kanyakumari in 1958. At
the time it happened Baba was sitting on the beach with a
small group of devotees. One of the devotees had been reading
a book about the pilgrim center there, and Baba asked him
what the book said about the temple.
The devotee then told the story of a diamond
that had once adorned the nose-stud of the temple goddess.
It was such a magnificent diamond, the book said, that pirates
could see it shining out at sea. So, one day they raided the
temple and carried off the diamond. The writer of the book
did not know its subsequent fate.
After hearing the story to its end, Baba
said: 'do you want to see that diamond? I know exactly
where it is now: I can bring it for you to see and send it
back before its absence is noticed.'
All agreed eagerly that they would like to
see the famous diamond. Whereupon Baba simply patted the sand
in front of Him, and suddenly there was the glittering diamond!
He held it up for everyone to see clearly, and then it simply
vanished from His hand.
Reference: “Sai Baba:
Invitation to Glory” by Mr. Howard
Murphet. Page: 60-61. Published by Macmillan India