Crucifix materialized by Sai Baba
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Crucifix Materialized by Sai Baba


Miracle Sai Baba -



Vincent J. Daczynski

Chapter 12 (Cont.)

Sathya Sai Baba with Crucifix He Materialzed.
Sathya Sai Baba with Crucifix He Materialized (Composite Photograph)

The most incredible of Sai Baba’s supernatural materializations was of a crucifix he materialized on Mahashivaratri day February, 1973 for his dear devotee Dr. John S. Hislop. This is Dr. Hislop’s account as excerpted from his book, My Baba and I:

…The cars halted at the side of the road, and we started to climb down the bank to the sandy river bottom. I was beside Baba. As we passed a bush, Swami broke off two twigs, placed them together and asked me, "What is this, Hislop?"

"Well, Swami, it is a cross," I answered. Baba then closed his fingers over the twigs and directed three somewhat slow breaths into his fist, between thumb and forefinger. Then, he opened his hand to reveal a Christ figure crucified on a cross, and he gave it to me.

He said, "This shows Christ as he really was at the time he left his body, not as artists have imagined him or as historians have told about him. His stomach is pulled in and his ribs are all showing. He had had no food for eight days.”

I looked at the crucifix, but found no words. Then Baba commented, “The cross is wood from the actual cross on which Christ was crucified. To find some of the wood after two thousand years took a little time! The image is of Christ after he died. It is a dead face.”

I noticed something odd and asked, "Swami, what is that hole at the top of the cross?" Baba replied that the cross was originally hung from a standard. … The cross is so small that the details on the figure of Christ escape the eye. A friend, Walter Wolfe, came down to our home and took some color photographs of the crucifix. The overall length of the Christ figure is only one inch, and Walter was to make some enlargements to bring out the details…

A few weeks later, Walter and his wife returned with color enlargements of the cross… The details revealed by the photographic enlargements were so extraordinary that all persons present were concentrating on this amazing vision of Christ… On this afternoon, the sky along the Mexican coast was clear and peaceful. But suddenly, without any warning, there was a loud crash of thunder and as our eyes turned to the windows, lightening flashed from a dark cloud where a moment before there had been only clear sky. A violent wind crashed through the house, causing windows and doors to open and shut with such a force that glass was in danger of shattering. The curtains were flying in all directions. We were much startled by this turn of events, but my wife at once, said, “It’s 5 p.m., the same time Christ died on the cross, and what is now happening is described in the Bible.” She later brought a Bible and we looked until we found the pertinent paragraph, which said that at the moment Christ gave up His life, a violent storm arose with lightning and thunder, and winds rent the curtains of the temple… We and our friends concluded that the recapitulation of an event which had taken place some 2,000 years ago upon the crucifixion of Christ, implied a great power connected in some way with that small cross and Christ figure materialized by Baba…

It might be thought that the story of the cross was now complete, but there is still a sequel. In 1975, I made an unannounced trip to India to consult with Baba about arrangements for a visit to America that we hoped he would undertake. Swami had not been informed of my visit and was away on tour when I arrived. On that day he was having lunch with a few senior devotees and he said, “Hislop arrived in Bangalore just now and is waiting.”

One of the men at the table (who later told me of the scene) remarked, “You made a crucifix for him.”

Baba replied, “Yes, I made it for him. And when I went to look for the wood, every particle of the cross had disintegrated and had returned to the elements. I reached out to the elements and reconstituted sufficient material for a small cross. Very seldom does Swami interfere with Nature, but occasionally, for a devotee, it will be done.”

Sri Sathya Sai Baba was born with Godly superhuman powers on November 23, 1926, in the small South Indian village of Puttaparthi. As a young boy Sathya fascinated his playmates by materializing candy and gifts from an empty bag. When he was fourteen years old Sathya informed his family that he was the reincarnation of a holy man named Sai Baba of Shirdi, and that henceforth he would be known as Sai Baba and that his mission was to bring about the spiritual regeneration of humanity by demonstrating and teaching the highest principles of truth, righteous conduct, peace, and divine love. More recently, Sai Baba has said that he would reincarnate a third time, as Prema Sai. For information about this prediction please see: Prema Sai.

"I have come to light the lamp of Love in your hearts, to see that it shines day by day with added luster. I have not come on any mission or publicity for any sect or creed or cause nor have I come to collect followers for any doctrine. I have no plans to attract disciples or devotees into my fold or any fold. I have come to tell you of the Universal, Unitary Faith, this Path of Love, this Duty of Love, this Obligation to Love." - (Sri Sathya Sai Baba, 4 July 1968)
Additional information about Sathya Sai Baba may be obtained from the following selected sites:

Official website of Sai Baba organization.

Excerpts from a talk given about Sai Baba by Hilda Charlton on March 18, 1982.

Mary Lynn Adzema, who is a long-time devotee of Sri Sathya Sai Baba, provides some background information about Sai Baba and shares some stories.

Sathya Sai Baba weblinks page.

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