Saturday, January 30, 2016

Sathya Sai Baba mystically became aware of the passing away of Mahatma Gandhi

Today I came across an article,, which quotes a book by a Sri Bala Pattabhi titled, Sri Sai Leelamritam, stating that in January 1948, Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba mystically became aware of Mahatma Gandhi dying (he was assassinated).

Note that at that time Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba would have been 21 years old.

I tried looking up other articles on this matter on the Internet. Here are some links which give slightly different accounts from different references.

This link, (a Prasanthi Nilayam, Sai university hostel managed blog), quotes Sri Sathya Sai Digvijayam (1926-1985). The short quote is given below:
On the afternoon of the 30th of January, Baba led a few people to the Chitravathi river. He ran back to the Mandir all of a sudden and bolted the door. He stepped in and out of His room intermittently until 7:30 pm.

When He finally came out, He told the devotees that a great soul had passed away. After a couple of days, one of the devotees read in 'The Hindu' (a daily newspaper) that Mahatma Gandhi, The Father of the Nation, had been assassinated in New Delhi at about 5:30 pm, on the 30th of January. It happened almost at the same time that Baba behaved in a strange manner on the 30th.
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An article in The Hindu about the book, "Love is My Form", Volume I by Dr. R. Padmanabhan,, mentions the event in a slightly different way. I have given the relevant short extract below:

In January 1948, when Baba was supervising the Mandir construction at Puttaparthi, on one evening, he became uneasy, went into a room and shut himself. When he came out at 7-30 p.m. he announced to the people around: ``A great soul has passed away!''. The village people in those days could know the news, only a day later, from TheHindu that Mahatma Gandhi had been shot dead.
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[I thank (rather the book, Sri Sathya Sai Digvijayam) and The Hindu, and have presumed that they will not have any objections to me sharing the above short extracts from their website on this post which is freely viewable by all, and does not have any financial profit motive whatsoever.]


  1. This article was published long time back by Brother.Sri.Aravind, if I'm not wrong...Actually, did read it long time back. But you see I personally feel that as Swami was Divine, such things are not too surprising. My grandfather told me that Swami even came to know about death of Srimati Indira Gandhi. I don't know how many people are aware of this. Old devotees must be knowing it. But such episodes makes you wonder about his omnipresence and omniscience.
    Sai Ram.

    1. I was also told, but UNCONFIRMED, that Bhagavan had said something on mystically becoming aware of the untoward and tragic death (assassination) of former Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, Smt. Indira Gandhi, as well (before the news got known in Puttaparthi via media channels).

      Bhagavan knowing about Ramana Maharishi passing away and merging in Him, with copious vibhuti falling out of his body at that time, is documented in Prof. Erlendur Haraldsson's book on Swami (interview of Shri Varadu who was one of the witnesses to this event).

    2. Yes, very true my grandfather told me that Swami even mentioned something in the classroom of school children just before Indira Gandhi passed away(even before the old media aired the news).