After having two sons (me being younger) ,my parents
were delighted to have a daughter. But, my sister was
born with some medical issues which required special
treatment. The doctor was a friend of my parents and
used to call my sister ‘gulab ka phool' . He told my
parents that she needs to be operated and confessed that
he was afraid the operation could prove a failure.
‘Kahin gulab ka phool murjha na jaye’, that was what he
said emphasising that she may or may not make it, and,
therefore, her life would be in God’s hand.
That was when my parents opted not to subject her to
medical treatment and have faith in God. They traveled
all the way down to Puttaparthi to seek blessings of
Satya Sai Baba in whom my parents had complete faith.
My mother, who had my sister in her lap, was among
thousands of devotees sitting in rows across from one
another waiting patiently for Sai to appear. My mother
tells me how she was praying silently with her eyes shut
when Sai appeared before her.
For few moments, my mother was speechless. She simply
couldn’t believe that out of thousands of people, Sai
came straight to her. My mother laid my sister at Sai’s
feet to which He commented, “Keep her with you, in your
lap”. He then placed his hand on my sister’s head and
That event had two effects on my parents. As humans, my
parent’s faith in life and God was strengthened. As
parents, they’re now sure that their beloved gulab ka
phool won't wither.
My sister is now well over 30 and she is doing well. I
think this story could inspire a lot of people to have
such hope, hope that there is more to our lives than
what we see happening in the physical world. Only that
one has to have complete faith. Let me conclude with
these lovely Kutless lyrics: I've seen miracles just
happen/Silent prayers get answered/ Broken hearts become
brand new/That’s what faith can do..