The Triple Incarnation
of Sai Avatar
Prema Sai Baba
"Thousand of years ago the great sage
Bharadwaja, wishing to master all the vedas (scriptures), was advised
by Indra (the ruler of the gods) to perform a yagna (Vedic ritual).
Eager to have the Shakti (the consort of Lord Shiva) preside over it
and receive her blessings, Bharadwaja left for Kailash (a sacred peak
in the Himalayas), the abode of Shiva and Shakti, (male and female
aspects fo God), to convey the invitation. Finding them coupled in the
cosmic dance, Bharadwaja waited for eight days - apparently ignored by
them, although he had failed to comprehend the welcoming smile cast at
him by Shakti. Unhappy and disappointed, Bharadwaja decided to return
home. But as he began to descend, he fell in a stroke, his left side
paralyzed as a result of the cold and fatigue. Shiva then approached
and cured him completely by sprinkling on him water from the Kamandalu
(vessel). Consoled by Shiva, Bharadwaja was granted boons by both
Shiva and Shakti, who also were pleased to attend the yagna. Shiva
promised the rishi (sage) that they would both take human form and be
born thrice in the Bharadwaja lineage or Gotra (religious kin group);
Shiva alone at Shirdi as Shirdi Sai Baba; (Shiva and Shakti as Sathya
Sai Baba), and then Shakti alone as Prema Sai."
revealed this secret when he cured himself from a serious and dreadful
disease (which he purposefully bared which as actually of a devotee's)
on 6th July 1963.As a compensatory act to the above incident (where
Sage Bharathwaja was paralyzed), Swami, paralyzed Himself on His left
side. But Himself being Shiva-Shakthi, Shiva (His right side) cured
Shakthi (His left side) by the same sprinkling of water. This incident
paved the way to the revelation of this secret by Swami.
Shirdi Sai Baba
His birth took place
around the middle of last century in the State of Hyderabad in India.
He visited the village Shirdi few times and took residence there in
1872. He lived in a mosque and had many devotees and visitors. He
performed many miracles, gave spiritual teachings to Hindu, Muslim,
and other devotees, and died at Shirdi in 1918. Before leaving his
body he told one of his devotees that he would return as a boy in 8
Sathya Sai Baba
Satya Sai Baba was born 8 years after
the death of Shirdi Sai Baba on 23 November 1926, in a remote village
of Puttaparthi in the State of Andra Predesh and was named
Satyanarayana. Satya means truth and Narayana is a name for the Hindu
God Vishnu. As a child he manifested supernormal powers materialising
sweets, fruits and medicinal herbs for sick friends. In May 1940 at
the age of 13 he declared "I am Sai Baba". Following this announcement
devotees and disciples began to gather around him. He started
performing amazing miracles and has been teaching and doing works of
charity since. He said he would live to the age of nineties and would
be born again as Prema Sai Baba.
Prema Sai Baba (clik to read more)
Baba will incarnate again one year after his death as Prema Sai Baba.
Sai Baba has manifested this picture of himself as Prema Sai Baba.
Swami said that this Avathar will take
place in Gunaparthi, in the Mandya
dist of Karnataka. It is also said that Prof. Kasthuri will
be the mother of Premasai.
Prof. N. Kasturi
The following question was asked to Sathya Sai Baba by the
journalist R.K. Karanjia during an interview in September 1976
Interview with journalist -
Why had this task to be divided into
three separate incarnations of the Shirdi, Sathya and Prema Babas?
They are not separate. I have already mentioned
the complete oneness of the three in the final objective of the
mission. I will give you an example. Take a kilo of gur (a sweet
substance). The whole of it tastes sweet. Next break it into small
pieces. Each of them is sweet. Finally break them into small
grains. You find the same sweetness in them. So the difference is
one of quantity and not quality. It is the same with the Avathars.
Their tasks and powers requisite to them differ according to the
time, the situation and the environment. But they belong to, and
derive from, one and the same dharma swarup or divine body.
Let us take the
example of fruit. It begins with the seed which grows into the
tree and from it comes the fruit. Work can be compared to the
seed, worship to the tree and wisdom to the fruit.
The previous Avathar, Shirdi Baba, laid the
base for secular integration and gave mankind the message [that]
duty is work. The mission of the present Avathar is to make
everybody realize that the same God or divinity resides in
everyone. People should respect, love and help each other
irrespective of color or creed. Thus all work can become a way of
worship. Finally, Prema Sai, the third Avathar will promote the
evangel news that not only does God reside in everybody, but
everybody is God. That will be the final wisdom which will enable
every man and woman to go to God. The three Avathars carry the
triple message of work, worship and wisdom.
For more information:
Dr. Sathya Sai Pal Ruhela, The Sai
Trinity, Tarang Paperbacks (Vikas Publishing House), New Delhi -
Second Edition, 2000, 195 pages - ISBN: 81-259-0999-0
The third Sai, Prema Sai Baba, will
be born in Gunaparthi, a village in the Mandya district of Karnataka,
previously Mysore. (Source: Living Divinity by Shakuntala Balu).
Prema means Love
Sai means Sa=Divine and Ai=Mother ie means Divine Mother
Baba means Father
All together it translates into "Loving Divine Mother Father"