had an Increase in Temperature”
How Mrs. Sushila was saved from
Prof. Kasturi relates the following incident:
At about 1.30 p.m. on June 21st 1959, Baba's
close disciples were alarmed because His temperature shot
up suddenly to 104.5 degrees. About five minutes later the
thermometer registered a fall to 99 degrees.
This was a mystery to them, and Baba did
not at the time enlighten them. However, that evening He was
having dinner with a number of His devotees on a terrace in
the moonlight. Among them was a young man from Madras who
had been for some time staying with Baba, but was leaving
the next day. Suddenly Swami said to him: "When
you go to your mother tomorrow, tell her that she should be
more careful about fire."
This aroused considerable curiosity and some
anxiety. So Baba told them that the lady's sari had caught
fire that morning in Madras while, she was in her puja room
but that the flames had been extinguished in time. The sari
was ruined but she was unharmed.
After dinner one of the devotees thought
of putting through a trunk call to Madras. Baba agreed, and
it was done. The lady came to the phone herself and gave the
enquirers more details of the accident.
Then Baba spoke to her, and the listening
devotees heard him laugh and say, "Oh, no, I
did not burn my hands. I just had an increase in temperature
for a short while."
Some years later I had first-hand confirmation
of this story from Mr. G. Venkatamuni whose wife, Sushila,
was the person concerned. Yes, her sari had caught fire while
she was in the puja room, he said, and in a moment she was
enveloped in flames.
Panic seized her, but she had long been a
devotee, and the first words that sprang to her lips were
"Sai Baba". Immediately the flames died away and
Sushila; knowing from experience the power of Baba at any
distance, felt quite sure that He had somehow come to her
aid in the crisis.
Forgetting for a moment that He had not come
to her in His physical body she had asked Him on the telephone
if He had burned His hands. Yet this is not such a foolish
question as might at first sight appear. Psychic research
workers have found many case histories of astral travel where
a shock to the astral body has caused effects, such as wounds,
burns and bruises, on the physical body. Baba's sudden rise
in temperature seems to have been a mild example of this.
Reference: "Sai Baba:
Man of Miracles” by Mr. Howard Murphet. Page: 138-139
(paperback edition, 1972). Published by Macmillan India Ltd.