Lord of Time and Space
How Baba saved Dr. Hislop from calamity.
Dr. John Hislop shares this stunning personal
experience, where Swami out of His grace intervened to save
his life, in his book “My Baba and I”:
One evening in 1973, we left Brindavan about
8 p.m. to return to Bangalore. There were five of us in the
taxi, plus the driver. The Bangalore road has only two lanes.
Some miles from Brindavan we overtook a bus. Although the
driver of our taxi saw some lights ahead. He estimated there
was plenty of time to pass the bus. He could not have been
more mistaken - the lights ahead were of a car moving at a
very high speed towards us.
At this point in time and space, the simple
action of passing a bus had escalated into a situation of
terrifying potential, that of a fatal head-on collision.
In this particular area, the layout of the
road was also deadly. The road was under repair, and there
was a high bank of dirt and rocks covering the side of the
road. Thus, there was no possibility of the oncoming car being
able to swerve off the road. We, too, could not take evasive
action, for the bus was on our left and the road-repair material
on our right, and by this time the oncoming car was directly
in front of us. A foolish driver in that car and an equally
foolish driver in our taxi!
Of course, at the time of the impending crash,
there was no time for his analysis; the incident sort of exploded
upon us without warning. The lights of the oncoming car now
struck directly into the windscreen of our taxi. The cars
could not have been more than a second or so apart. We were
stunned. Not one of us recollected Baba or called him. We
felt we were as good as dead, and we instinctively tensed
for the crash. But at that very moment something happened
that was without rational explanation.
At one moment the two cars were upon each
other, about to be smashed in a fatal head-on collision. The
very next moment, the oncoming car was behind us, and we were
continuing to pass the bus with a clear road ahead. Looking
backward, we could see the receding red tail lamp of the other
car. There was no crash. There was no lapse of time; there
had been no possibility of a last-moment manoeuver.
The next day we drove out to Brindavan as
usual about 8 a.m. so as to be waiting on the veranda for
Baba to appear for morning Darshan. As soon as He came into
the room, I touched the Lotus Feet and said, "We want
to thank Baba for saving our lives last night. "
Baba smiled and said, "Yes,
that was a close one. You were so shocked that not even one
of you called for Swami! But, Swami saved you anyway."
Then He turned to a group of men and in Telugu told them the
entire story of the incident.
I then said, "Swami, you must have altered time and space
in order to save us." Baba just smiled and did not answer.
In 1978, I happened to meet Joe King, one
of our fellow taxi passengers. It was in New York, where he
lives. He asked, "Were you ever able to figure out what
happened that time in the taxi?"
I smiled, shook my head, and said, "No."
Reference: “My Baba
and I” by Dr. John S Hislop.
Page: 45-46. Publisher: Birthday Publishing Company, San Diego,
California, 1985. Copyright of the book is now with Sri Sathya
Sai Books and Publications Trust, Prasanthi Nilayam.