It was well know among devotees that Baba never slept, ever. He was engaged in ”God” business 24 hours a day for every single day of the 85 years and six months that he was in his physical body. Once when someone asked him if it was true that he never slept, he replied ”if I wanted to rest I wouldn’t have incarnated”.
In his younger days Swami would quite often leave his body in order to go to the aid of a devotee in distress, or to administer a cure for a life threatening illness. An elderly devotee, also a non-swimmer, once fell down a deep and wide well and found to his astonishment that he was being supported from the waist up. He remained supported until a rescue operation was mounted and he was hauled to safety. The man knew that Swami had to be involved somehow and decided to go to Puttaparthi the next day to thank him. He was sitting on the sand patiently waiting for Baba to come out for darsham, when all of a sudden Baba appeared on the balcony, and on seeing the man, shouted; ”hey! Do you realise my shoulders are still hurting from holding you up last night!”
Another one of my favourite examples of Baba’s sense of humour was when an American lady was telling him of her worries regarding earthquakes in California. She said ”but Swami what shall I do if there’s an earthquake”, to which Baba replied ”PREPARE TO DIE!”
More to follow.