ENCOUNTER WITH THE DIVINE by Anita Bacha from Mauritius
In 1978, I was happily married and the mother of two charming boys. My husband Anil was doing well as a Chartered Accountant and as a flourishing businessman.
A Barrister at Law, I had climbed the judicial ladder at a vertiginous speed and at the age of 30, I was the Senior Presiding Magistrate of one of the most important District Courts in Mauritius.
Nonetheless, there was something missing in this material life of plenty. I was longing for spiritual life. I had a first call for spiritual life when at the age of 5, I saw Jesus Christ on the Cross in a Church. Many things happened in the course of time and despite my love for writing and poetry, I chose a career in law.
Then one day, as Sri Sathya Sai Baba says, ‘not only the devotee yearns for God; God also yearns for the devotee’, a friend invited me to a Sai Baba Satsang. I attended and I saw Swami in a framed picture for the first time in my life.
I was very skeptical about swamis and gurus in those days. I refused to stand up for ‘Aarti’ and I challenged Swami in my heart. I told him ‘Prove to me that you are God!’
Then and there, by an incredible, magical force, I stood up! If Swami was there physically, I would have said that he had hypnotized me, but he was not there. Only his picture was there and also an empty armchair.
I joined the Women’s Wing of the Sai Organization without knowing much about Swami or his teachings. I followed his devotees to serve others in a spirit of selfless love.
In 1982, Anil was invited by his business partners to visit Delhi and Bombay. I accompanied him. I had in mind to go to Sathya Sai Baba and to explain to him my urge for spiritual life which was characterized by acute depression and a longing for isolation.
In Delhi, our host arranged a visit for me to Shirdi Sai Baba. I was told that the other Sai Baba lived in the South of India and it was too far for us to go there. So we went to Shirdi and we both prayed fervently to Baba.
On our way back by coach to Bombay, Sathya Sai Baba appeared to me in a vision. He said ‘Come!’ ‘Come! I am waiting for you!’
We cancelled all our plans and boarded a domestic flight to Bangalore. On the 5th of December 1982, in the early morning I had my first darshan of Swami.
There were not many people on that day. I sat in the second line. I looked in front of me but at one point of time, I could feel Swami coming from behind me. As he walked on my right, very close to me I was taken by an uncontrollable torrent of tears. I was then and there initiated in spiritual life.
After a short while, Swami turned his back and started to walk away. In my heart, I said to him -
‘Why did you call me? You have not even looked at me. Do you know I am here?’
He abruptly stopped. He turned round and he gave me the much coveted eye contact.’
It was the beginning of my inward journey. I left the judiciary. In 1978, in a letter I prayed to Swami for a job where I could put my legal knowledge at the service of children. My prayer was answered. I was appointed as Head of the Central Authority for Intercountry Adoption in Mauritius. I volunteered my services to stop child trafficking and other abuses against children in Intercountry Adoption.
I also became very active as an Executive Member of the Sai Organization which I left last year to consecrate my time to writing and poetry.
In conclusion, I have to admit that though I am gifted with the pen, I cannot pretend to be able to write about the magnificence … the glory of SAI.
SAI is FELT within and without. Nobody and nothing can explain SAI.
JAI SRI SAI RAM
- Received June, 2012