In six hours by taxi from Prashanti Nilayam, Sai Baba's main ashram, one can find a temple dedicated to Sai Baba which has a number of ongoing miracles.

The small temple or shrine is part of an orphange, called Halighapa's, near the city of Mysore. Many of the photographs of Sai Baba materialize vibhuti in this temple. The photograph you see here is about two feet wide and three feet high, or slightly smaller. Vibhuti forms all day long on the glass covering Sai Baba's picture. The caretaker of the temple scrapes off the vibhuti covering Sai Baba's face. Otherwise, one could see nothing of the photograph at all.

This is an amazing sight as the vibhuti forms large, fluffy clumps and then falls off the photograph. Like all vibhuti, whether materialized out of Sai Baba's hands, formed on photographs, or even on the walls of houses, one can use it for healing purposes, or to deepen one's spiritual connection . It is quite amazing to see vibhuti forming on a glass, as this ash is very fine, and one couldn't stick it to a photograph or the glass covering it no matter how hard you tried. Yet it forms in large clumps that may grow to be a quarter of an inch deep before the weight causes the vibhuti to tumble to the ground.

All over the world, photographs have been materializing vibhuti for at least several decades. Such happenings appear to be rare in the United States, although they do occur. In the Far East, miracles are a way of life. They are not entirely unexpected. In the West, we tend toward hysteria in the face of miracles, and a photograph like this one is usually kept quiet so that the media does not turn this spiritual event into a circus.

Now, let's revisit the orphanage. There is another miracle that occurs there. There is a small metal medallion with a photograph of Sathya Sai Baba on one side and that of Shirdi Sai Baba on the other. This medallion is about a half inch long (1.1 centimeters) and less than an eighth of an inch thick.

Many, including Dr. Gersten, have had the following experience. The caretaker of the temple places the medallion in the palm of your hand, but not directly in the palm. Often it is placed at the base of the thumb. After a few seconds, the medallion begins pumping out amrit, a liquid known as nectar of the Gods. The amrit keeps pouring out of the medallion, pouring out volumes of liquid many times the volume of the medallion itself. Because the medallion materializes amrit all day long, the caretaker puts it in bottles, and then gives it away to anyone visiting this small shrine.

There is no way to describe amrit. It has a fragrance that is intoxicating. It tastes sweet, like a combination of honey and the scent of jasmine or gardenias. But there truly is nothing in the world to compare it with. Drinking this nectar of the Gods leaves one feeling profoundly peaceful and uplifted.

- Dennis Gersten