Such talk certainly aroused my interest
and curiosity. I had heard [who had not?] that India was the
crucible of wonder-workers. I had read of the great adepts,
occultists, saints of the past who knew Nature’s Inner
Laws. But I had doubted their actual reality. And even if
they once existed, could they still be found?
This, I thought, might
be my great chance to find out if the fantastic tales that
have come out of India belong to the realm of fact or fiction.
I decided that I must see Sathya Sai Baba as soon as convenient.
Later when I heard that his followers regarded him as a reincarnation
of Sai Baba of Shirdi, my desire to meet him became even stronger.
To cut a long story
short, Murphet did see Bhagavan shortly thereafter in Madras,
when he was attending the school mentioned above. At around
the same time, Swami also had come to the city at the behest
of many devotees there.