KRISHNA IS YOU AND ME, AND FIRE AND WATER
In my search for God I visited India for the first time in 1982. I was accompanying my husband Anil on a business trip to Delhi. Deep inside I was cherishing the dream of meeting Sri Sathya Sai Baba! But Baba lived in the South of India, I was bluntly told. My dream was shattered. I was distraught and inconsolable. Our hosts then suggested that we visit the shrine and temple of Sri Shirdi Sai Baba, situate on the outskirts of Poona! –
‘The journey to Shirdi was infinitely long, tedious and lamentable, but my spirit changed completely when we reached our destination; we devoutly prayed to Shirdi Sai Baba. Satisfied and pleased, we took the coach to return to Bombay. Soon after, overcome by the heat and by exhaustion and lulled by the roaring sound of the coach engine, I started to doze off. When lo! Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba appeared before me in a vision. His face only was visible; he was smiling. The image persisted under my closed eyelids. I opened my eyes and shook my head to brush aside the apparition, but I could see him everywhere. I thought I was going bonkers!’ – quote at p15, chapter two ‘A Holy Vision’ from the book ‘The Maker of Miracles’ 2006 by the author Anita Bacha.
‘Twenty –four hours later we were flying Indian Airlines to Bangalore, a travel agent having told us that Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba lived in Bangalore, in the south of India.’ Quote at p16 of the same tome.
On the 05 December 1982, I had my first and most touching ‘darshan’ of Our Beautiful Lord and He graced me with the much coveted ‘eye contact’.
To cut a long story short, last year, for no apparent reason, I planned to visit the Shirdi Baba Temple again. After a resourceful spiritual journey to Vrindavan, I returned to Mumbai to catch the International Flight to Mauritius. I was accompanied by a few friends and family members including Ankit Sharma, who had been enthusiastically ‘adopted’ by us.
However, for an unforeseen and weird reason, I could not go to Shirdi. I went to bed with a heavy heart. In the night, I dreamt of Sri Baba in His Mumbai Ashram, the Dharmakshetra. The next day, more exactly, on the 05 December 2013, I precipitated to the Dharmakshetra, eager to unfold the mystery of the dream. Ankit Sharma alone was willing to follow me; the others were too weary to do so! We learnt that, as it was Thursday, there was a ‘bhajan satsang’ at 16.30 hours. There, in the bhajan hall of unparalleled beauty, expressive vibrations and magic spells, I learnt the profound concept of ‘dharma’ as expounded by Lord SRI KRISHNA, in the Bhagavath Gita, as from the darkness of ignorance I was led by a magnetic force to the realm of understanding!
Extraordinarily enough, the Dharmakshetra symbolizes the core message of Bhagawan Baba to mankind to embark upon the path of Righteous Conduct, ‘Dharma’. It is the spiritual lighthouse of architectural breathtaking beauty established by Sri Sathya Sai Baba in May 1968, on the eve of the First World Conference of the Sri Sathya Sai Organization. Magnificently built on a hillock in exactly 108 days, it stands as a miracle of Baba’s Divine Sankalpa.