About the form of Sathya Sai Baba discernable on the book-cover (see left) , I wrote in 'Source of the Dream':
“A second leela, which we felt was a form of recognition by Baba for our carrying out regular study of his teachings, occurred similarly one evening when we plodded on with our reading, even though we were very tired. My eye was suddenly drawn to the form of Sathya Sai in the clouds of an evening sky on the front cover of a book that I had recently read. The book is a deeply spiritual account of the life and death in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp by Laurens van der Post, titled 'Night of the New Moon'. It is curious, too, that the night of the new moon is known in India as the night of Shiva. I show here an exact replica of the photos which appear identically in three editions of my book "Source of the Dream", without a jot of enhancement (as I have been accused by an ignorant critic of screen-cap fraud etc.) . The cut-out version was to help readers discern what attracted our attention (in the unusual situation where it came to our notice).The figure of Sai, leaning forward as if to dispense vibuthi, can be figured out from the background.” (Source Of The Dream, ‘The Universal World Teacher’, pg 212). It may be difficult to discern properly as it is not entirely clear, but both my wife saw the Sai figure immediately in the circumstances at the time. This was probably also because we already had a photo of Sathya Sai Baba leaning forward at the same angle, with hand extended downwards, as shown here too.
In that time when the truth about Sai Baba has hardly emerged in public and only a very few came to learn the astonishing and depressing facts, I was in the company of hundreds of Ph.Ds - mostly Indian but not all - and dozens of pro-Sai writers and a great number of other educated devotees who related very similar experiences of 'seeing' the form of Sai Baba in many things (which indeed he insists every devotee should always strive to visualize and see everywhere and in everything!). My friend - Sai Baba's distinguished editor - V.K. Narasimhan showed the form of Sai Baba's head on a bowl of cream to many devotees who visited his apartment. There are many images showing Sai Baba's form in many other objects, such as in ritual fires. Dr. Jack Hawley enthused in his book about seeing Sai Baba before him, Sandweiss, Hislop,Murphet, Krystal... all regarded this an important phenomenon. Sai Baba himself has given the teaching as follows:-
See God in each form for 3 days: divine results 300 Sanathana Sarathi Nov. 1993
Lovers of God see God everywhere p. 254 Sanathana Sarathi Oct. 1991/ p.252 Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 24
See God in a stone, don't change a stone to God 180 Geetha-Vahini
See God in everyone you meet/in everything Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 8
Self-seeking students & teachers today 233 Sanathana Sarathi Sept. 1988/ p.162 Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 21
Self-surrender is to see God in everything always p.148 Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 15
Lovers of God see God everywhere 254 Sanathana Sarathi: p.252 Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 24
Meaning of human life only to use it to see God: p.122 Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 3
Not strange therefore that so many who still believe in God - and especially in Sathya Sai Baba - see his 'divine form' in objects. Perhaps Moreno has too little real devotion to his would-be God? However, it is a function of the brain to see human features in all and any kinds of materials and things, only when one believes they have spiritual significance does it become dodgy.. but one has to be liberated from all notions of supernatural miraculous phenomena to appreciate that.