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VII. Master of Matter

Divine palliative over telephone!
How Vibhuti dropped from the phone receiver

Dr. Padmanabhan, a highly qualified dentist, came to Baba as early as 1942. He has been a staunch devotee of Baba since and all the members of his family have had wonderful experiences of Baba over the years. Dr. Padmnabhan’s daughter, Geeta, an active member of the Sai Organisation, narrates here an astounding miracle:

A staunch devotee had to undergo an emergency operation but she would not agree to it until she received Sri Sathya Sai Baba's permission.

It was pointed out to her that there was no time to be lost and that there was no way she could make a quick trip to Puttaparthi to ask for permission. Her answer to this was that she would much rather die than do anything at all without first seeking Sri Sathya Sai Baba's permission.

As a last resort, a member of her family decided to put through a telephone call to Puttaparthi. Everyone agreed that the call would serve no purpose as there was no way of knowing which passing person would pick up the receiver and whether anyone would be able to convey the message to Sri Sathya Sai Baba. All the same, to appease the old lady, they rang up.

To the surprise of everyone, the voice at the other end belonged to none other than Sri Sathya Sai Baba! In a casual way He said, "I know you were trying to ring Me. Please call her to the telephone. I will speak to her."

The lady went to the telephone and spoke to Baba who told her that she must have the operation. But, she was persistent and protested, "Baba, I don't even have your prasadam."

He laughed and told her to hold her hand out near the receiver and wonder of wonders! Vibhuti poured into her hands from the telephone.

"Are you happy now?" Sri Sathya Sai Baba asked his old devotee.

She happily agreed to be taken to hospital. Such indeed is the true bhakti (devotion) of devotees and Sri Sathya Sai Baba's response to true devotion.

Reference: “Living Divinity” by Shakuntala Balu. Page: 189-190. Published by S. B. Publications, Bangalore, 1983.

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