FROM THE PEN OF RAM CHUGANI....ARTICLES
SAI BABA UNDER INVESTIGATION
From Roy this article was published on
the August 21st 1976 issue of “Blitz”
It was 30th of January- my
first visit to Puttaparthi, when Sai Baba picked me from the crowd
for interview. I was not at all prepared for this unexpected
As I waited anxiously in the right wing of
the Mandir, I could easlily recognize two para-psychologists from
New York (Erlendur Haraldsson and Karlis Osis sitting close to me
who had become a familiar sight at the Ashram due to their unusual
Unlike Dr.Narasimhiah, who drew his hasty
conclusions after sending few letters by post, these two
scientists of moral integrity had chosen a more sensible method of
on the spot investigation to determine whether what was being
published in the United States about Sai Baba was a hoax or
whether there was truth in it.
Over a period of more than three months,
they recorded statements of many men of unquestionable honesty who
were expected to know Baba from a close distance and
cross-examined hundreds of people from the crowd who had been
granted an interview.
Using movie cameras, they filmed many
incidents of materialization. In short, they had collected
unimpeachable documentary evidence relating to miraculous powers
attributed to Sai Baba.
Face to Face with Baba.
I was sitting in the group of eight
visitors who were asked to sit separately Ladies and Gents. Beside
the two investigators, the group contained a couple from Los
Angeles , a lady from Sri Lanka, a gentleman from Hong Kong and a
doctor from Bombay.
Soon we were called in a small room,
10’x10’ approximately. We squatted on the floor facing Baba. He
too sat on the floor instead of the chair lying behind.
Immediately on our arrival, as a gesture of welcome Baba waved his
right hand in the air, created some vibhuti (sacred Ash) and
distributed it to the group.
Calm and serene, Baba smilingly Surveyed
us with his fathomless eyes, I had a chance to watch him intently
from a distance of four feet. He looked exceedingly youthful and
handsome. He was buoyant, cheerful and as simple in his expression
as a child, in marked contrast to his normal reserved and imposing
appearances observed in a crowd. Soft and sweet words effortlessly
rolled out from his tongue.
Touched by his hospitality we felt
completely at ease. For a moment, I forgot that I was face to face
with the most powerful and unique phenomenon of our times who is
revered millions in India and abroad.
American couple’s Vedic marriage.
Then to my great surprise, without any
prior knowledge about me and my Hindi-speaking capabilities, he
asked me to get up and sit beside him to interpret his Hindi into
English which I did to the best of my ability.
As I sat almost touching Baba, he leaned
affectionately on my left shoulder, repeatedly placing his right
hand and arm over me in such a way that I could have detected even
a small pin hidden in his sleeves, if there was one.
But then turned towards the American
couple Mr. & Mrs. Krystal and asked whether it was their 33rd
wedding anniversary on that day. Surprised, they replied in the
Materialization of ring & necklace.
“I will perform your spiritual marriage
according to the Vedic rites,” he said. Expecting something
miraculous to happen. We all become very alert. Baba waved his
hand in the air and materialized a golden ring with his bust
embossed on it. He asked the lady to present to her husband.
He next directed the couple to move
further away and put himself into clear view of everyone so that
they could watch him. He pulled his sleeves up and offered his
stretched empty hands to the groups for a close examination. This
time, as if not to strain our eyes, he did not wave his hand in
the air. With the palm facing upward, he slowly closed his left
fist for every one to observe clearly.
There was a pin-drop silence. As I sat
abreast, I could see something glittering inside his fist. Using
his right hand, he slowly pulled out a large dazzling necklace (‘Mangal
Sutra’) about 30” in length and two big to be accommodated in
We became speechless at watching the
incredible happen in front of our eyes. He explained the
significance of 40 rare gems (including diamonds) used in the
necklace, which contained a large golden lotus with a bust of Baba
on it. He handed over to the husband and asked him to put it
around the neck of his wife.
Mental Power that creates
Looking towards the dumb-founded
investigating team, Baba humorously questioned, “Tell me how did
this happen?” There was no reply. I am giving you repeated
chances to observe me closely and listen to me because I know you
are good at heart and are interested in helping humanity by your
investigation, “Baba added.
When the group interview was drawing to a
close, one of the members of the investigation team (Karlis Osis)
observed that an oval stone (1/4x1/2) fitted on the ring worn by
him, which had earlier been motorized by Baba, was missing after
he had entered the room. As some of us started searching for the
missing stone, Baba took us one by one for a personal interview in
an adjoining room. Unable to trace the stone, we looked towards
Baba. He smiled but made no comments. It was apparent that it was
he who had de-materialized this stone.
After the interview was over the gentleman
asked for a magnifying glass and observed that the serration, in
which the stone was inserted in the ring was unaffected. After the
inspection, he confided in me that if Baba could bring the same
stone back on the ring, he would take it as a conclusive proof of
In a subsequent interview, to which I was
again called to act and interpreter, Baba blew air three times on
the ring-materialized the same stone. The members of the
investigating literally shrieked with amazement. There was no more
evidence required to prove the Divinity of Baba.
“Everyone has to be asked to approach Me
and experience Me, in order to get an idea of mountain, it is not
enough if you show a stone and say, “The mountain is million times
the size.” You have to see an actual mountain, at least from