Digvijay Singh, ruler of Jamnagar and his wife were great devotees of Swami. In September 1965, when hostilities with Pakistan broke out, they took refuge in Swami as the couple had more faith in Divine power than in military might.
Baba in His infinite Grace saved Jamnagar from the sorties of the enemy. The message sent by Swami Himself to our Air Force that He would afford protection to them, infused immense courage and boosted their morale and also augmented their sense of duty. There is enough evidence from our Air Force personnel to show that the bombs dropped by the Pakistanis, missed their targets on the Jamnagar air-field and fell helter-skelter, often on the other side of the border!
During that period, Swami had ‘appeared’ before many Indian pilots and members of their families who were anxious about them, and encouraged them with His ‘Abhaya Hasta’. “I have come here to bless”, said Swami, clear enough for the ear to hear, when He gave Darshan to the wife of an Air Force official. That very moment a shell which should have shattered the official to pieces, fell a hundred yards away, and exploded.
|Sri Sathya Sai accepting the Guard of Honour|
Eventually Swami paid a ‘Physical’ visit to Jamnagar. No words can describe the Bhakti (devotion) that surged from the Jawans (soldiers) then. They were called 'Sainik School Boys'. Noticing their badges with the initials ‘S. S. B.’ Swami, with a smile and the Advaitic love of identifying the devotee with the deity, pointed out, “S. S. B. - Sathya Sai Baba!”