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Education Wing - My Baba and I

I was very fortunate to have been exposed to Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sathya Sai Baba since birth. In fact, my very first word was BABA!!!!!!

As a boy, when I was growing up, the pictures of the Lord filled me with a sense of wonder and awe. His bright orange robe, his thick curly hair and his charming smile made quite an impact on my young mind. I began to feel a sense of security whenever I came across His pictures.

A few years down the line, I found myself participating in various activities in the Sai Organisation, like singing Bhajans and doing Narayana seva with my parents and the other members of the Sai family. This gave me a feeling of immense joy and contentment. Baba, by now, had become a part and parcel of my life.

The first time I saw Baba in Parthi, in flesh and blood was when I was 3 years old before I started my schooling. I had few more darshans of swami in the next few years but I remember my visit to Prasanthi for a blessing from our Lord as we were leaving India to join my father in England when I was nearly five. I was allowed to sit with my mother on the Ladies side and before I really understood what was happening around me, there He was, walking towards us, smiling, blessing and looking Divine in every step that He took. I was on my knees, hands folded and craning my neck to have a better view of the Lord. He walked past us, looking at each and every person with so much Love that I was spellbound and felt as if I was in a trance. There was a fragrance in the air and everything felt pure and peaceful. I was totally bowled over by the great lord!

Indeed it is only by Baba’s grace that I could travel to Prasanthi Nilayam as part of the pilgrimage in August 2010. I had very close darshan of Swami and I did manage to handover my letters to Him. I now realise the significance of that particular trip as Swami left his mortal coil in April 2011.

After coming to England, I had few challenges, difficult situations at school and other places but I was able to survive and get over them because of the inspiration and guidance of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. He was, is and will be with me, in me, around me and when I need Him the most, all I need to do is think of him with love and devotion and He has never failed me. I would like to be his able instrument in future and help in whatever way possible to take His Divine Mission forward and help as many people as possible and feel the love of my beloved BABA!

Prahalad Nadella
Group 4 SSE
Region 5