What to do when God comes in our dreams...

Updated on August 1, 2017
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Aravind Balasubramanya has spent more than two decades with Sathya Sai Baba. He has studied under Baba and been his personal photographer.


The Dream - 30th October 1998

Being the beginning of winter, the day broke over the holy hamlet of Puttaparthi at about 6:30 am with an orange sun rising over the hills in the east. The warm and glowing rays of the sun reminded me so strongly of Swami (Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba). I was feeling a joy in my heart as if I had His Darshan. I was returning to the hostel after the morning jogging regimen when suddenly, I realized the reason why I was feeling the waves of joy in my heart. I had seen Him in my dreams. It was a strange dream and I describe it below.

I walked down to the hostel lobby and saw Swami there. He was surrounded by baggages and luggages and it was quite evident that He was leaving on some tour. I had my camera with me and as I tried to photograph Him, He struck up a beautiful pose for me. He was smiling broadly. I felt happy and then asked Him a very strange question,
“Swami, will you visit the National Park with us?”
Swami smiled and nodded. Excitedly, I rushed to my room to pack my camera and baggage. By the time I finished and came back to the lobby, Swami had already left.

As I recollected this dream, I wondered what it meant. I was sure that the ‘National Park’ which I referred to in my dream was the Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Borivili, Mumbai, with which the housing society I lived in then (Raheja Estates, Ekta Woods) shared a common boundary wall. Beyond that I could not make out anything and I left it at that. However, I immediately took a pen and jotted down the whole dream in my diary. Then, I went to take a bath.

The Reality

The winter arrived in Puttaparthi and after a few chilly months which included the beautiful Christmas celebrations at the ashram and the Sports Meet in the stadium, the days began to get warmer. The summer arrived and along with it, brought some surprise travel plans as far as Swami was concerned. He had agreed to visit two major metro cities in India - Delhi and Mumbai (then called Bombay).

Without going into the details of that trip, I would like to quickly zero in on to one particular episode which happened during Bhagawan’s visit to Mumbai. The Divine visit spanned three days - March 14th to 16th, 1999. On the final day of that visit, a devotional music programme had been arranged in the Parade Grounds in Goregaon (east). After that programme got over, Swami suddenly said that He would visit the home of a devotee. This was a promise he had made to th devotee a long time ago and He decided that the time had come to fulfill it.

Now a small problem cropped up. This was the humble abode of a simple devotee. Though many people knew this devotee, they were not aware of the exact place where he stayed and the route to that place also. Call it ‘coincidence’ if you wish, but this devotee happened to be a person from the same samithi that my parents attended in Borivili! My parents had visited this devotee’s house on many occasions. So, my father who was at the venue taking photographs, was asked to get into the pilot car and guide Swami’s convoy to this devotee’s home! He could not believe his good fortune and minutes later, he was in the lead car of a zooming convoy, heading towards this fortunate devotee’s home where dinner had been prepared for the Lord.

Let me give you all a heads up now. I said already that the Sanjay Gandhi National Park shared a common boundary wall with our housing society. This devotee’s house was about 1 kilometer from ours and less than 500 meters from the sprawling main gate of the same National Park! (getting exciting right?)

National Park entrance location

A markerOmkar Mandir, Borivili, Mumbai -
Omkar Mandir / Shree Krishna Compound, Sukar Wadi, Borivali, Mumbai, Maharashtra
get directions

The entrance to the National Park is bang opposite the Omkar Mandir.

In the meanwhile, a ‘surprise’ had been planned for Swami. (That is the way we feel for can anything ‘surprise’ Him?) The Borivili samithi in Mumbai had adopted a slum (called Kajupada) for its service activities. My mother was also actively involved in the same. It was decided that all the slum children would assemble in a place along the route which Swami was taking. In this way, they could have darshan.

This was done because when Swami visits places other than Brindavan (Bangalore) or Kodaikanal, there is always a space crunch in ashrams elsewhere. This is because these ashrams were built at time when nobody even dreamt that Swami’s mission would grow so big! And so, though Swami visited Mumbai, not everyone there could get a chance to fit into Dharmakshetra, the ashram there. And that is why darshans had been arranged in various grounds.

The children from Kajupada would never have dreamt of seeing Him because when it come to having His darshan, everyone first takes care of their own arrangements! But here was a window of opportunity. Thus, they were all told to gather along the route. And what was the venue chose?

The entrance of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park!

Since the arrangements were made in a hurry, a wedding organizer was asked for a throne and large carpets. The carpets were spread, the throne was places, everyone gathered and began to sing bhajans waiting for Him. In the meanwhile, my mother noticed that a footrest had not been placed. The wedding organizers had brought only a throne and no footrest! She sent somebody to our home which was nearby and brought the foot-pillow we kept for Swami at home. The scene seemed set for the Divine drama that was about to unfold.

The amazing turn of events

Swami reached the devotee’s home which was located on the 3rd floor in the building. Swami lovingly climbed all the way up to the home. The devotee later said that as Swami had His dinner, He said that He was hearing so many people singing bhajans. The devotee felt strange at that time but since he was aware of the ‘slum children’ plan, he thought that maybe Swami was referring to them.
The time was past 7:15pm. Swami had another programme to attend before He could retire for the night! So, the convoy got ready to leave. As Swami’s car was passing by the children assembled in front of the National Park, Swami asked for the car to be stopped.

My mother, who was in that assembly says that she got thrilled.
“I thought that Swami was going to lower His glass and wave at us. It would be such an unexpected bounty!”

Swami asked what was happening there. The reply He got was terse and straight,
“Swami, children from a nearby slum have assembled here for darshan and you have granted them that. This is not a scheduled stop according to our programme.”
“But I want to get down here...” was His startling reply.

The slum children and the members of the samithi alike were stunned by this turn of events as they enjoyed a lovely darshan at night.
The slum children and the members of the samithi alike were stunned by this turn of events as they enjoyed a lovely darshan at night. | Source

And that is what He exactly did. Amidst the devotional shrieks and joyous cries, Swami got down barefoot from the car onto the tar road. He walked up to the assembled group and stood there swaying to the tunes of the music. He walked up to the chair but was not interested in sitting on it. However, He stood on the foot-pillow that was kept there! The children went mad in joy, love and devotion and so did all the adults assembled there. Swami spent full 5 minutes at the venue and then asked for Aarthi.

Aarthi? Nobody had planned for this! In a hurry, things were organized as the Lord lovingly and smilingly waited. He received Aarthi before speeding away.

In just five minutes, He had created memories of a lifetime for the hundreds that had assembled there. And yes, He also created a lifetime memory for a grade XI student who was preparing for his final exams in Puttaparthi! Even as my dad narrated to me about the unexpected turn of events at Sanjay Gandhi National Park, I flipped through the pages of my diary and recollected the dream!

The foot-pillow that my mother had thoughtfully brought from home was blessed!
The foot-pillow that my mother had thoughtfully brought from home was blessed! | Source

The Sanatana Sarathi reports

Here is an excerpt from an article composed by Prof.G.Venkataraman in the April 1999 issue of Sanathana Sarathi. It describes the happenings in the evening of that 16th of March...

...The schedule on 16th was really very hectic. In the evening, after the Goregaon Darshan, Swami went to far off Borivili to the house of a devotee, where He climbed three storeys—no lift! On His way back, He stopped near the Borivili National Park where two thousand devotees had gathered to do Bhajan. It was past 9 p.m., and these people did not know whether Swami would stop there. All they knew was that Bhagavan's car would pass that way. The ever compassionate Lord stopped, got down, went round, collected letters and finally took Arati. Back to Dharmakshetra, where a cultural programme awaited Him. When it ended, it was 11.15 p.m....

What to do when Swami comes in dreams

It is entirely by His will and wish that Swami chooses to appear in our dreams. It is entirely His wish and will as to when we should understand the meaning and significance of the dream. Why then do we get desperate to seek the meaning of the dreams in which He appears? We never asked for the dream. Why then do we ask for the interpretation? Enjoy the dream and enjoy the wait for the interpretation too. When the time is right, the interpretation and meaning will occur to you as easily as you are taking your breath! All it needs is faith and patience - the same formula that is necessary when it comes to questions of how and when Swami will appear again in our midst.

In the meanwhile, the least you can do is record faithfully all the details of the dream immediately after you wake up. Otherwise, the happenings of the day color the dream in different ways. Note it down sincerely because the Lord gave the dream to you. And then, JUST WAIT!


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      Aravind Balasubramanya 13 months ago from Puttaparthi, India

      @Laura - So wonderful to read about your experience... :)

      Thank you for sharing the blessings...

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      Laura 13 months ago

      I have googled "Dreams of Sri Sathya Sai Baba" because I had one. I have dreamt of God before but not conversing with Him. I dreamt Baba early in the morning right before waking up on New Year's Day. He was wearing a lovely rich red robe and he was walking through a crowd quite unaware of me. I was trying to get His attention and he suddenly appeared before me. He looked wonderful! I had in my hand a mixture of some sort and I wanted to offer Him chandan instead He took some and ate it. He looked pleased. I told Him what I wanted to do and He allowed me to offer Him chandan. He then blessed me with a child! The dream ended. I felt blessed and humbled by the presence of Swami. This dream was quite a memorable one because my husband and I have been trying to conceive a baby for almost 2 years. This dream was materialised when we found out we were pregnant in March! Even more miraculously,baby's due date is 23rd November! I am sharing this to let you know miracles do happen...God hears our prayers....we just need faith and patience (just as the article said).... Sri Sathya Sai Baba's blessings upon everyone!

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      Vikas 23 months ago

      Over past few years Swami has promised me lot of good things in dreams incl a Saffron robe which he promised me in a dream 5 years ago,but none have come true so far. i agree with Prarthana. i think devotees are attracted towards Swami due to dreams. he has some supernatural power to appear in dreams but my personal experience says they may not come true maybe because Swami may have acquired a Siddhi or two to penetrate into dreams so as to attract followers ,but he may not be God to fulfil dreams into reality.

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      Prarthana 23 months ago

      That is really kind of you Aravind! Thanks for sharing the article.

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      Aravind Balasubramanya 2 years ago from Puttaparthi, India

      @Prarthana - Seen your mail and will respond to it.

      Can understand your scenario and what you type. However, I do not agree to only one statement where you say that it is only when you wipe out fear can you surrender. Its the other way in my opinion. It is only when you surrender can fear truly be wiped out.

      The problem is many times, we do not understand surrender.

      This would be a good link to read up:


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      Prarthana 2 years ago

      But some dreams of Swami, can also bring in fear. I am going through a terrible face in life, and was almost at the stage of giving up life, but slept with my eyes heavy with tears. I get a dream where somebody was almost about to shoot me and Swami comes pushes the gun aside and walks away. I run behind Swami asking "Everyone says mukti mukti, when will I get mukti Swami". For that he replies "this janma 3, next janma 2 then one and later that is it". Should I feel happy that I just have 3 more births to attain mukti or should I feel sad that I have indeed more to face in this life. My current situation is so worse that it is impossible for me to face it again.

      During my childhood I had strongly thought why should I ask somebody else my jatakam when Swami himself will. Past few years he has said so many things in my dreams (of which none have actually occurred yet) that I am filled with fear to even live tomorrow. Forget about hope. Again I do not know if my interpretations are wrong. They say surrender but only when I wipe out the fear can surrender take its place.

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      Jahnavi 5 years ago

      This article is beautiful, so full of bliss.

      Such a sweet set of events. I agree a hundred percent, It is His will to give the dream and of course His will about when we understand it.

      One such dream I had a few months ago was Shirdi Sai standing in a dark room, but light illuminating all over from Him, He was so engrossed in reading a letter in His left hand, while moving His right hand like He was writing something. I failed to 'understand' but was extremely delighted.

      Some days later, my mother mentioned to me that she wanted to ask Swami's permission about something, hence she wrote a letter, and placed it at Swami's feet at the Shirdi Baba temple.

      After a few minutes, I realised that it was around the same day that I had got this 'dream'.

      When I got the dream, I dint know what the letter was or why there was a letter He was reading, but when the right time came I 'understood' it. This is so special because that permission she was asking, was a crucial decision that she had to make about my life.

      Sai Glory is so blissful. Thanks for sharing.

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      darshana 5 years ago

      Reminds me of the countless dreams He has 'visited' in, and the bizareness of them all. Heck, I've even been scolded profusely in a few! :)

      The most recent one - that maybe I can share, which sort of reflect what you wrote in the end, Anna, about just letting it be, enjoying the bliss, reflecting to what we can, and trusting that we will understand when the time comes.

      Didn't make sense to me - but I was up in the clouds in this dream, and in the middle of a white throne room, Swami was seated on a gigantic red chair. He seemed to be giving me some instruction of sorts, and was clearly telling me things that seemed to be important.

      I was just seated at His feet, listening attentively. At the end of it all, He just points to His feet and says, "Take Padhanamaskaram".

      Which I did, and felt His feet as if they were as real as touching a person's feet in reality (and I am sure it was as real as I thought it was!). When I looked up, Swami calls out my name, leans forward, and blows vibuthi from His palm into my face....and I woke up. Just like that.

      I remember opening my eyes, and then closing them again, and going back to bed.

      And as expected, I can't remember anything that Swami said :) But rest assured, the knowledge has been downloaded - and will surface when its needed.

      He keeps His promises. Always :)

      Thanks for sharing Anna.

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      Aravind Balasubramanya 5 years ago from Puttaparthi, India

      @ Shruti - Thank you! You are a great encouragement for me and even a few words from you always makes me feel happy... :)

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      Shruti 5 years ago

      Very very beautifully written....

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      Aravind Balasubramanya 5 years ago from Puttaparthi, India

      @ Mark Aspa - It is only in some cases that we are able to comprehend the whole. Many times, we are given only part knowledge. At such times, we should remember these 'wholes' and trust in Him.

      God has a plan for me and that is all I need to know.

      Thank you for your loving comment...

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      Mark Aspa 5 years ago

      this account portrays some aspects of Swami's perfect divinity: His blessings to us in dreams; His omniscience; and His divine spontaneous Love for all his devotees whoever they may be!