Supernatural Acts Of God-Sai Baba
A Mirror of the Moon
Early on the morning of Dec. 8, 1973, Swami departed Prasanthi Nilayam for
Brindavan. After an hour or so of driving, he directed the three
accompanying cars to turn off the road to a clearing in an uninhabited
area of the forest. Everyone got out. Baba was in a delightful mood,
moving about among the party and cracking jokes with the men.
Beside the picnic area was a
with a few large wood-apples
in view in the upper branches. The men tried to knock some of these to the
ground by throwing stones, but without success. One small wood-apple,
about two inches in diameter, did fall to the ground, and Baba picked it
Holding the small wood-apple between thumb and forefinger against the
morning sun, Baba said, "Here is the moon." Then he closed the small
object in his hand for a moment, and when his hand opened, the wood-apple
had disappeared, and in its place there was a most extraordinary object.
The object was a translucent disk (of stone?) thin at the edges thicker at
the centre. It reflected light in a brilliant way, and throughout its body
there was a puzzling variety of modifications. There were dark areas of
uneven shape and size; there were short and longer veins of luminous
mineral-like materials of all shades of colour; there were specks and dots
of colour that reflected brightly in the sunlight. The total effect of the
disk was one of great beauty.
Everyone gazed at the object with intense interest and wonderment. Holding
the disk to the sun, Baba said that it was the moon in miniature,
comprised of the moon's matter; that it was a mirror of the moon." Nobody
understood what he meant, and we started to ask questions. At length, we
understood that the two sided disk was an accurate miniature in stone and
minerals of the two sides of the moon.
It was as if one were to photograph the moon as it is seen from Earth, and
then to journey to the opposite side of the moon and photograph that side.
Each side photographed would appear on a photographic plate as a circular
disk. Thus, one side of the translucent disk created by Baba mirrored one
side of the moon, and the other side of the translucent disk mirrored the
opposite side of the moon. The darker, unevenly shaped areas on the disk
were the very large features of the moon's surface; the brightly
reflecting specks and dots were individual mountains and smaller mountain
ranges; the shorter and longer veins of brilliant varicoloured minerals
were additional features of the moon's landscape.
Indeed, the visual modifications to be seen in the disk were so complex
that we did not readily understand them. Baba said that the mineralized
appearance of the luminous features of the disk were in fact moon
minerals, that they could be seen in the disk because it was thin and
therefore translucent, and that the same mineralization was in the moon
itself. The miniature moon was exact and fully accurate, and were there to
be a photographic enlargement, scientists would at once recognize all the
landscape features with which they were familiar.
At this point, food taken from the cars was ready, and the ladies of the
party served a delicious breakfast. I had the moon-disk in my hand, so I
put it in the pocket of my jacket and kept it there. After breakfast, with
a smile, Baba held out his hand, and I reached in my pocket and returned
the moon-disk to him. He again held the disk up to the sun, and all along
the edge of the disk there was the rich golden light. Baba said, "See
there is the sunrise!."
After every one admired the golden light, Swami again closed his hand, the
moon-disk was gone, and in its place was the original small wood-apple.