Power over Nature
The Lord of
Sathya called out and the wind and
the clouds obeyed!
This incident happened when Baba was still
a young lad, affectionately called as ‘Sathya’
by everyone. Baba’s mother, Easwaramma, recounts this
episode for Prof. Kasturi, which he has recorded in “Easwaramma
– The Chosen Mother”:
“Puttaparthi was Gokulam, for Sathya
was there. The old name of the village had been Gollapalli,
the Cowherd Hamlet. It is this name that must have drawn Krishna
to be born again on earth. How else can I explain the strange
things the boy did?" Easwaramma asked me and related
a story of His early years.
“It was one evening during the North-East
monsoon. The sky grew dark and menacing. Venkamma (Baba’s
sister) was building a house then and there was a large kiln
of wet bricks waiting to be baked. The logs of wood were readied
but the fire could be lit only the next morning for the day
was inauspicious. Now, there would be a downpour and all those
bricks reduced to a huge misshapen mound of clay.
Something had to be done and quickly. Luckily
there was a helpful neighbour. Cover the bricks with bundles
of dry sugar cane leaves, he told Venkamma. Where were we
to get that?
He suggested a friend of his living on the
eastern bank of the Chitravathi who could be persuaded to
give these leaves. A long line of men, women and children
ran over the sands in desperate hurry. Swami too joined, the
last in the line of volunteers.
But when He got to the middle of the riverbed
He suddenly called out for everyone to stop.
‘Venkamma!’ He said. ‘Vaana
raadu!’ (The rains will not come).
And - the clouds scattered, the day brightened,
the threat was over! A few quiet words, a small palm silhouetted
against the dark sky for a moment and up above in far space,
the wind; the clouds and the rain obeyed! Everyone turned
back home with no bundle of leaves, for they had the young
Lord of the Elements in their midst.”
Easwaramma concluded her story triumphantly
and turned to watch my face with eager expectancy. I did not
disappoint her. "This Krishna has saved this Gokula by
lifting a single finger!" I said.
– The Chosen Mother” by Prof.
N Kasturi. Page: 33-34. Published by Sri Sathya Sai
Books and Publications Trust, Prasanthi Nilayam, 1984.