St John’s Revelation Chapter 19, The New Testament Bible

And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called ‘The Word of God’. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS”
The Oil Painting depicts
Sathya Sai Baba as the “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS”

Click on Painting to see the animation.

The White Horse Westbury,
King Alfred's victory at the Battle of Eðandun in 878

Arriving back in the UK after a lovely visit with Sai Baba at His ashram in Puttaparthi, we made for our rented flat in Wiltshire. Oh, did it look dingy! Our landlord appeared and I asked him if we would be able to stay for another year. “Well,” he said, “to tell the truth, we were hoping to increase the rent and refurbish the property!” Jan and I looked at each other and decided on the spot to look for another place to stay.

Unbeknown to me, Jan had already been looking in the newspapers and had spotted a place called Westbury. She said, “It must be a dump, the property is so cheap!” Well, beggars cannot be choosers, so at the weekend we went to look at Westbury.
To our surprise we found a charming little west-country town. Walking through the churchyard, we came across a unique old mill building that dated back 1000years, called Bitham Mill.  It was not completely renovated, but part of it was up for sale.

When we telephoned on Monday, what joy! A very pleasant lady told us we were only the second enquiry and we could view it that morning. When I said I was an artist, and needed to be able to use one room to draw, she said she had just the property, and so she did! It was just what we needed.

Westbury’s main focal point is the Wellhead Valley, stunningly beautiful, and crowned by a White Horse sculpted into the hill overlooking the town. In the next few months we found out that in Westbury, sad things were afoot.

Even before taking charge of the Westbury home, we were made aware of a public showing of a plan to build a motorway through the Whellhead Valley. When we were informed of this, we immediately thought of Swami. Did He find Westbury for us at a time when we needed Westbury and Westbury's White Horse needed us?

On viewing the plans at the Town Hall we were aghast. Surely those in authority had lost all sense of reason! The most beautiful valley in the southwest of England was going to be desecrated by a motorway. If a bypass road was even needed, it could go the other side where it would service an industrial estate, leaving the White Horse untouched.

I understood there was a chance of a public enquiry. We joined the cry from the faithful, and we met campaigners, most of whom said the bypass would go through. They were at their wits’ end and felt hope was draining away. No one even had hope of a public enquiry.

Jan and I wrote to Members of Parliament and others, too. At last the case was called in and a public enquiry was announced. Now evidence could be presented to the enquiry and the two inspectors hearing the case could judge for themselves.

Needless to say, my evidence was based on an illustration showing the decimation a road would cause. Before presenting the painting and illustration they had to be sent to Sathya SaI Baba in India. This was duly done.


Most of that summer was taken up with the enquiry. The public enquiry battleground was at the Laverton Hall in Westbury.
Jan and I sat through for and against arguments. I also sat and drew many of the witnesses

which is pretty much what I do whilst sitting on the Veranda at Prasanthi Nilayam. 

The Wiltshire Council had employed a top Barrister from London, spending over four million pounds to push the motorway through. The opposing side was financed by the sale of paintings, afternoon teas, and all sorts of events to raise money for legal advice. It was truly a David and Goliath battle.

However the Council had not thought of the Lord himself being in opposition to this sacrilegious event.   The Inspector recommended that planning permission be refused!

After the decision the BBC asked if they could interview the White Horse Alliance, one of the merger groups opposing the bypass. I decided to go along, even though I was an independent objector. When we arrived, one of our group pointed out a number plate to me in the car park. It read: SAIHAS

And He does. An interesting sidelight for this event is that the first painting Sai Baba ever excepted for showing at the Chaitanya Jyotie Museum was the ridder on the White Horse ....