Already now in 2023 there are about ten candidates for being “called” Prema Sai Baba. Some candidates are around twenty years old, which means they were born before Sathya Sai Baba left the body. Some of these candidates were born in the early 2000s or even in the 1990s.
Sathya Sai Baba passed away in 2011, so this is strange speculation. Comparatively, there are also candidates who are now about ten years old, and there are also newborn babies. Information about some candidates is accessible on the Internet, and some we know about only through rumors.
Guaranteed, we believe there are six or seven candidates, and the rest is just speculation. Since some of the candidates are still infants at the time of writing, their groups of followers carefully guard them and try not to leak information about the circumstances of their birth.
Of course, over time, it may turn out the rumors about some of the baby candidates may turn out to be only fantasies. Such is the difficult situation at the moment in 2023.
Older candidates have already established their own ashrams in various parts of India. How can Prema Sai Baba incarnate before Sathya Sai Baba leaves his body? From a rational point of view, this is impossible.
However, the proponents of those candidates who were born ten or fifteen years before Sathya Sai Baba's departure quite logically argue that we cannot limit God. If the Absolute Consciousness of God decided to incarnate in a new body before the previous body died, what could prevent God from doing so? Does God have limits at all?
Speaking about various candidates, one should remember not only their age, but also their place of birth. Sathya Sai Baba pointed to various possible birthplaces of Prema Sai Baba, most notably the South Indian state of Karnataka. Different candidates were born not only in the state of Karnataka, but also in several other states: Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh.
There are rumors of candidates in the states of Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. Once again, the supporters of these candidates argue that nothing is impossible for God, including drastically changing not only the date, but also the place of one's birth.
Obviously, God is not subject to anyone and nothing. He can change everything, including the time and place of his birth; however, the question then arises: are predictions needed at all, if in fact what happens is not what was predicted?
The multi-million community of Sai Baba devotees is split into several groups that support different candidates, and some reject all. The difficulty also lies in the fact that older candidates already work miracles, show clairvoyance, materialize rings and rosaries for visitors, and most importantly, show significant energy and spiritual strength.
Visitors who come to public events led by these candidates experience subtle spiritual states and divine mystical experiences. This indicates these young people do not just "proclaim" themselves, but show certain energy and spiritual powers, at least indirectly confirming their uniqueness.
Performing miracles does not prove outright that a given candidate is a divine incarnation, just as the absence of miracles cannot disprove the fact that one of these candidates could be a divine incarnation.
The presence or absence of miracles does not prove or disprove anything. However, the presence of miraculous powers and the feeling of a divine presence at least indicates the uniqueness of most of these young people who proclaim themselves as Prema Sai.
It is very difficult to make your choice. It is a responsible decision; and therefore, it is psychologically safer to reject all candidates. Those Sai followers who reject all pretenders prefer to maintain that the real Prema Sai Baba must be born in the future. Such an attitude can become a trap for those who will wait for the divine incarnation in the eternal future and miss the manifestation of God in the present.
The complexity of choice exists only for the human mind, which is entangled in the eternal game of God. The human mind tends to be logical and monosyllabic. The mind cannot understand predictions about the place and time of Prema Sai Baba's birth, for they are many-sided. The human mind also finds it difficult to sort through the leapfrog of numerous candidates.
Perhaps the number of candidates will grow. I do not dare to guess how many there will be in a few years. Is it possible the candidates will be not only boys, but also girls? Is it possible there will be candidates not only in India, but also in other countries? It's hard to say. Anything is possible.
I hold the feeling that God (Absolute Consciousness) may well manifest in not one, but many bodies. This means Prema Sai Baba may not be just one person but there could be as many as you like, and they could embody different aspects of Divinity.
For me, the question does not look like this: "One is true, and the rest are deceivers, crooks and crazy." I am open to the potential possibility of the parallel existence of a certain number of divine incarnations of different levels.
Regardless, it is becoming clearer to me that the full manifestation of Prema Sai Baba has taken place in one body. This means that one of the candidates is the full incarnation of the Absolute Consciousness of Sai.
Note, the presence of one full incarnation of Prema Sai does not negate the potential possibility of the parallel existence of a certain number of partial divine incarnations, manifesting various aspects in themselves. According to my feeling, some candidates may well turn out to be scammers or even mentally deranged people. The situation is not easy.
When we talk about the process of reincarnation of the human soul, it is logical to assume that after the death of the body, the soul continues its journey in the subtle space, and ultimately reincarnates in a new body. If we think about the reincarnation of God, then we come into contact with the impersonal ultimate reality. This means that in this case there are no restrictions, including the number of bodies in which the Absolute Consciousness can be embodied.
We can find all the answers only in the depths of our spiritual heart. Of course, I am not suggesting that logic should be completely excluded from our investigation. Logic can sometimes be helpful, although it should be remembered that logic has strong limitations, especially when we are trying to understand the mystery of God's birth on Earth.
The practice of deep meditation and the opening of the spiritual heart is what will help everyone to understand such a complex issue. Mystical experiences and insights are very subjective experiences; therefore, what one person feels and realizes may be completely inaccessible or unacceptable for another.
In the process of learning the truth about God, it is impossible to hide behind other people's backs or authoritative opinions. Even if millions of people claim that some candidate is the true Prema Sai Baba, this does not negate your personal responsibility for your own choice. Only one's own personal practice of meditation and contemplation can lead a person to enlightenment about the truth.
In the following chapters we will consider the unique predictions of Sathya Sai Baba himself about his future birth. I will provide facts and evidence that the boy born in the village of Doddamallur on June 28, 2012, is the true incarnation of Prema Sai Baba.