|Sri Sathya Sai Sathya Narayan Katha - Chapter I|
Sri Sathya Sai Baba was born in a small village called Puttaparti in the Andhra Region of South India. His Father’s name was Sri Pedda Venkappa Raju and His Divine mother’s name was Easwaramba. The mother was a very pious lady, always performing one or the other penance to please the lord.
Lord Narayana being very pleased with her true divine love decided to be born once again and enact once more his divine drama. He thereby chose dear Easwaramba as his mother and Pedda Venkappa Raju. His father.
It is believed that according to Easwaramba’s own testimony. When she was drawing water from the well, a sparkling blue light from the heavens descended down and entered her womb. She fainted and fell. Her Mother-in-law had warned her earlier, that if something happened to her, through the will of God, She should not be frightened . This secret was not revealed to any one. The Bhagawan’s Birth was not through conception but by advent. Bhagawan himself asked Easwaramba, to tell all her experiences near the well, a few days before her Mahasamadhi.
As she was advancing in her pregnancy and as the ninth month was drawing closer and closer, the musical instruments in the house, would play by themselves divine notes. The drums would beat. The veena would twang, the inmates with their Divine Melody and Fragrance.
At last 23rd November 1926 dawned. It was a Monday, the day of Lord Shiva. It was the year of bountiful and the month of lights. Easwaramba’s mother-in-law finished Sathya Narayan Puja and offered the divine Prasad to her daughter-in-law. Soon after Easwaramba ate the Prasad, Sai Narayan was born. The Baby was Extremely handsome. He was named Sathya Narayana.
One day, when the baby Narayana was sleeping in the cradle, the women around the baby were surprised to see the clothes under the Baby moving. When they lifted the Baby, they found a snake slithering away from the lord and within a few yards disappeared. Well ! the Lord Adishesha having missed the Lord in Vaikunta, must have come down to give him company.
Sathya Narayana as a child would never touch non-vegetarian food nor would he visit houses, where it would be prepared. There was one Karnam Subbamma, who was a very Sathwik lady and she was very fond of dear Sathya. He would spent most of his time in her house. Even in this Avatar, there had to be a Yashoda.
Any beggar, who would come to his parent’s house, would not be sent away empty handed. Sathya saw to it that the beggar would be fed sumptuously and some times, He would himself forego his food and his sister and mother would get irritated with his constant charity. Later when they would call him for lunch, Sathya would hold his tiny lotus palms under their noses and ask them to smell.They would get the most delicious and mouth watering smell from those divine red palms. They would then question him as to where he ate, for which his prompt reply was " an old man fed me."
Sathya, even as a child, started revealing his true nature "Love." He would never see His friend unhappy. He would offen he creating candies, pencils, rubbers, ect. And make them happy. He would collect all the tiny tots and would make a doll house and install small picture of God’s and teach them Bhajans.
After completing His primary studies, Sathya’s parents admitted Him in a near by Bukkapatam village, for elementary studies. Even there, Sathya became very popular amongst His school mates.
One of His teachers, Mehaboob Khan was very fond of Sathya. One day, during class, another teacher found Sathya not taking down the notes, he was dictating. The teacher’s ego was hurt. He made Sathya stand on the bench as a punishment. The teacher’s period was over. The bell rang. The teacher could not leave his chair. Sathya was still standing on the bench, when the next teacher Mehaboob Khan entered the class.
Khan went near his colleague, who was by now thoroughly embarrassed and requested him to vacate the chair. The poor teacher was almost in tears.He said " sahib, the chair has stuck to me." Khan looked around the class. As all the children had overheard their teacher’s conversation, they were giggling.
Khan saw to his utter dismay, dear Sathya was standing on the bench and enjoying the whole drama. Khan was shocked and asked the teacher to bring down Sathya as then only the chair would leave him. The teacher, who was already humiliated and very ashamed, requested Sathya to get down. With that request, his chair also released him. In this way, Sathya started revealing him.
One day, a Tanga (carriage) driver lost his horse. He searched everywhere but to no avail. Someone told him that there was a Divine Boy studying in the school and He would reveal to him the whereabouts of his horse.
Just as in Shirdi Avatar, Sathya beckoned to him gently and told him that the horse was grazing outside the village, in a mango grove. The driver found to his great joy, his horse just as Sathya had told him. From then on, all the Tanga drivers would pray to Sathya to sit in their Tanga, as they would earn more.
The First Chapter of Sri Sathya Sai, Sathya Narayana
Katta ends with all auspiciousness. Bow to Sri Sai. Peace be to all.