Viswa Virat Swaroop darshan – “Moon Darshan”
Sai Baba’s absurd and utterly failed attempt to engender interest and faith in the minds of his Indian followers by pretending he would be seen on the moon on the eve of October 4 th – apparently only from the Sathya Sai Airport is not the only lunar escapade he has contrived.
In one of the best-selling Indian books about him, Baba: Sathya Sai in two volumes by Ra. Ganapati of Madras, Sathya Sai Baba is reported as doing many literally incredible miracles like ‘bringing down the moon to earth’. These accounts defy all reason and common sense, and the claims obviously cannot be checked, any more than can the stories in ‘Sindbad the Sailor’ or ‘Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves’. However, one can give Ganapati and his informants near to 100% for imaginative fantasy. See here:-
Ganapati wrote that on 8/12/1973 on a stop with Sathya Sai between Prashanthi Nilayam and Brindavan devotees threw stones at a wood-apple tree and brought down one unripe fruit:-
“Svami bent down and picked it up. Holding it between the thumb and forefinger He said, “Here is the moon”! When He closed His palm over the piece for an instant and opened it again, the fruit was no longer found. Instead an unusual article was in his hand.
It was a translucent sphere. The sunlight was gorgeously reflected out of its surface.
Though as a whole it was luminiscent there were several dim and even dark spots inside. Multi-hued veins of minerals could also be seen. Superficially smooth-surfaced, it revealed elevations and depressions inside.
“The mini-moon, made up of all the ingredients of the moon”, observed Baba.
Only a few days before, the newspapers had carried photographs of both sides of the moon transmitted by spacecraft. All their features could be precisely perceived in this three-D-mini-moon. More than that, it was refracting the spectrum of colours in sunshine.
The party enjoyed the picnic in the glades. Svami held up the mini-moon finally to sunlight. The solar rays glancing off the outer rim sprayed gold. “Do you see the moon rise?” asked Sai, as pleasing as the moon itself.
With one more folding and unfolding of His hand, the mini-moon set! It had returned to its old wood-apple birth! (Baba: Sathya Sai by Ra. Ganapati, p. 83f).
One asks which astronomical buff was on hand to examine the wood-apple moon and state that all the features of the moon photos could be perceived “precisely” in the mini-moon? How could it “spray gold” and have “refracted the spectrum of colours” which the actual moon never does? Was it then just a mottled glass sphere, perhaps, such as has been widely on sale in the past? The comparison of Sai Baba to the moon – “pleasing as the moon itself” – cuts both ways – the moon may look romantic but it is in fact barren, inhospitable, and in essence VERY cold! Stranger still, there is no other account anywhere by a witness of this lunatic matter… did not one of them consider this worth recording, or at least telling other Sai Baba writers like Prof. Kasturi about it.
The explanation of this story could easily lie in the extreme power of suggestion to create perceptive hallucination (some call it ‘hypnosis’ or ‘trance’) to which all devotees are prone through much indoctrination about miracles and Sai Baba’s omnipotence. Another impressive exponent of this is British Derren Brown, some few of whose many extraordinary and ‘genuine’ illusions can be seen on YouTube, which he often explains too (see his website here).
But did Sai baba not appear on the moon after all? Some say ‘yes’ – see here