- Published on 26 July 2012
There is a popular belief among devotees that Swami would not come back since He would never go against the laws of nature. In my opinion, the origin of this belief stems from the misinterpretation of Swami's words on the law of karma. Swami has indicated a few times that He would rarely interfere with the law of karma. It is easy to get confused between “laws of nature” and the “law of karma”. However, they are two entirely different things. The so-called "laws of nature" is only a term given to merely the perception by human beings of what can or cannot happen in the nature. The books like "Autobiography of a Yogi" are pregnant with amazing accounts of superhuman deeds performed by Saints and Ascended Masters. So how can we even begin to think that Swami the Poorna-Avatar would be limited by such laws?
Nevertheless, I can narrate so many incidents where Swami has already transcended the natural laws. Swami Himself has confirmed this to be the case. Let us consider the following quote from Swami:
Some elders try to confuse you. Krishna showed many wonders, with an amazing disregard of the laws of nature and so, according to them, He had to meet death from the arrow of a hunter! Jesus, they say suffered crucifixion, for, He too manifested many miracles! Their argument is that, since I am defying the laws of nature, I too will suffer likewise! They hope to create panic and spread alarm. But, these are the prattlings of weakness, ignorance and envy. They cannot understand this Glory, nor do they desire to tolerate it! (Sathyam Shivam Sundaram Part 3 Chapter 8)
In the above words, Swami confirms that Lord Krishna, Jesus and Himself, all have transcended the laws of nature. Avatars are not bound by anything. Every Avatar had to go beyond natural laws in order to accomplish their mission. In fact, there have been defining moments in the careers of all Avatars where extraordinary feats were performed so that people could hail those as the manifestations of divinity, compose songs about, sing them and meditate upon the Glory. Lord Krishna lifted the Gowardhana Mountain to protect the village from excessive rain, when He was still a child. He also reconstructed and gave life to the body of His Guru’s son who was dead for twelve long years. In the Sai Avatar too, He has performed countless mindboggling miracles including various materializations, manifestations, resurrections, stopping rain and flood, curing diseases and even teleporting devotees across continents.
Since the birth of mankind, it has been perceived that the dead never returns. So this seems to be a law of nature. What then about the countless people whom Swami has resurrected? In some cases, a few days after the physical death? Dr.Hislop's book "My Baba and I" mentions a miracle witnessed by Raja of Venkatagiri when Bhagawan resurrected a man dead for some six days in whom body decomposition was taking its normal course. Aren't these examples of Swami going beyond the laws of nature?
An Islamic prophecy from around 1300 years ago, talks about a great Master or Teacher named Al Qaim (meaning "One who rises for Truth") who would take the world by surprise by returning after He is perceived dead and His body decayed.
When the Qaim rises, people will say, How could this be? Even his bones must have decayed. (Bihar-ul-Anwar Vol.13 Part 1, English Translation p.181)
Whether this prophecy is about Swami or not, the very fact that someone prophesied this and another recorded it, itself confirms that such a thing was deemed possible. How then can we devotees who have witnessed or read about the countless mindboggling miracles of our dear Lord, even consider the idea that He wouldn’t go beyond the laws of nature?
During an interview with Swami, prominent journalist R.K.Karanjia asks Him the reason why God should assume human form? Swami answers:
Because that is the only way to incarnate the God within man. The Avathar takes the human form and behaves in a human way so that humanity can feel kinship with divinity. At the same time He rises to godly heights so that mankind also can aspire to reach God. The realization of the indwelling God as the motivator of life is the task for which Avathars come in human form. -The Blitz Interview, September 1976
How can the Avatar rise to Godly heights without transgressing the humanly laws of nature? In fact, all His miracles would seem to be beyond the laws of nature. Isn’t that why they are called “miracles” in the first place?
[Swami once mentioned that His body, like all other bodies, is subject to the laws of nature. We have already experienced this. But I believe this statement has been misinterpreted to mean that Swami wouldn’t go against the laws of nature. Here is an interesting article which mentions Swami’s control over the laws of nature where Swami says “Those in divine bliss will not be restricted by ordinary laws of nature”: http://www.saibaba.ws/miracles/swamileaveshisbody.htm]