Interview with Sai Baba changed local man’s life

2011-04-27 00:00

A LOCAL man, Sri Guru Roopchand Dhanilalji of the Guru Rambaranji’s Vedanta Ashram in Mountain Rise, once had a encounter with spiritual leader Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba in the early 80s that changed his life.

Dhanilalji said a private interview with Sai Baba in December 1980 changed his life. It propelled him to leave his business for a more enlightened life for the betterment of the world and humankind.

He said he and his wife had travelled to India in 1980 — and out of thousands of people present to see Sai Baba, he choose the two of them for a private interview at his shrine.

“We were fortunate to be picked for an interview with Sai Baba. I had been suffering from ulcers and during the interview he touched me three times and today I no longer have any ulcers,” Dhanilalji said.

“He also touched me on my heart and said ‘sir doing good work’ three times,” he added.

He said during the interview, Sai Baba hugged him and when he left the shrine he was at peace as the problems of the world had left him.

“I was a big businessman in construction, it took me four years to wind down the business and hand it over to my brothers so I could pursue the life of working for God,” he said.

Dhanilalji said when he returned from India, he was inspired to work for God. He commissioned an artist in Pretoria to build a life size statue of Sai Baba, for which he paid R8 000 in 1989. The statue is the biggest on the African continent.

He said while they are saddened by the passing of Sai Baba, they had learnt from his teachings that the soul never dies.

“If we keep our hearts clean, he will speak through us,” he said.

“Through him we learned there was only one religion in the world, the religion of love, one language, the language of the heart, and one caste, the caste of humanity,” he added.

Guru Rambaranji’s Vedanta Ashram will host a service to pay homage to Sai Baba this afternoon and forge a way to continue with his teachings even though he is gone.

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