- Published on 06 November 2013
What would a Sai devotee have inferred if he or she had a dream in 2010 about Bhagawan leaving His body? Well, I do not know about others, but I certainly would have thought of it as an event to happen twelve years later. But one man who had such a dream, did not think like most others would have. He felt that such an event was drawing near, much earlier than anybody would expect. Not willing to stop there, he went on to believe that Swami would eventually come back, shaking the whole humanity to its core. Evidently, he had his own reasons to believe so!
Neelen Patten is a Sai devotee from Mauritius. On 27th January 2010, Neelen woke up from a strange dream. In the dream he saw Baba leaving His body. As soon as he woke up, very early in the morning, he wrote an email to a few friends about the dream (edited to remove lines not relevant to the topic):
27th January 2010
Sai Ram to all of you!
I just woke up from a very strange dream....And I am telling it now itself, because I know I need to make an effort to remember it!
Did I dream that Baba had died...Or that He had died from something....I even saw Him in his death bed from above.....I could see the scene very clearly!!
After this, people around were even more skeptical about Baba, and my brother told us that we should not expect anything from Him if He just died like this, suddenly without giving any notice.....I replied that he would come back and this is what would wake all humanity from their delusions...When He comes back, I said, it will be such a shock for the whole of humanity. "The whole of humanity will have to believe in Him" is what I told him then.....This is how the whole of humanity will believe in Him....This is what I told (my brother) at the end of this dream!
I know. This is a very strange dream indeed....I know we never dream of Swami without a good reason! Let us see then!
And then on Thursday, April 21, 2011, 6:45 PM, three days before Bhagawan left His body, Neelen wrote to his Sister:
Yes, you remember well....I did have a very strange dream where I saw Swami passing away....It really shocked me when I woke up from this....
To tell you honestly, I have the feeling that Baba is doing something right now, away from His body......Did you notice that it happened at the same time when so many disasters are occurring around the world...It started at the same time with the nuclear disaster in Japan! I think the Avatar is at work right now....We must realize that He is not at all limited to the body that is lying in Puttaparthi right now....For me, it must be a test for all of us....What would we do in the eventuality that Baba could pass away? How would we react? According to a prediction of Prophet Mohammed, the last ten years of the Avatar would be most special because there will be so much more people who would start believing in His Avatarhood...We are entering the last ten years now!!!
Let's be patient and wait for the events to take place as He wills!!
When Swami was still in His physical, most of the Sai devotees did sing paeans with uninhibited enthusiasm of Swami’s forthcoming leelas that would mesmerize the world and convert it into one big Prasanthi Nilayam. At this time when many of those devotees are finding it hard to hold on to such glorious prescient proclamations of the Lord, Neelen’s testimony and unrelenting faith pelt down like rain on a parched land.
The first part of Neelen’s precognitive dream has already become a reality. As Neelen and his friends wait patiently for the second part - Bhagawan’s thunderous return - to unfold, I sincerely wish all Sai devotees could join hands with them in preparation to welcome the Lord.