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Features | Experience of the Divinity of Bhagavan by Devotees | Group III | Mr. K.N.S. Gopal

Mr. K.N.S. Gopal,
16-2-147 / K, New Malakpet,
Hyderabad – 500 036
Tel: 040-5540 6236

Mr. K.N.S. Gopal (63), who retired from the AG’s Office, A.P, Hyderabad, relates a few of his experiences of the Divinity of Bhagavan in his own words.

‘We had the good fortune to visit Prasanthi Nilayam in 1987. Swami called us for interview. Swami spoke at length on spiritual matters. He gave us all padanamaskar. Swami does everything as an ideal host. He welcomes everyone and switches on the fan and light for us Himself. He will see us off at the door. We all came out of the interview room in a happy and elated mood after an hour’s time. After coming out I felt sorry that I had the good fortune of the interview alone. Had my wife and children been present, how happy they would also have been? As I was contemplating thus, Bhagavan came straight to me.

‘You are unhappy because you did not bring your wife and children. Isn’t it?’ Swami asked me, ‘never mind. Bring them next time. I will call for interview again’. I was extremely happy to hear Swami’s assurance. I returned home and mentioned it to my people in the house. All of them were happy. Some of those that heard about it remarked, ‘next time may mean next life also’. But we did not care.

We went on praying to Swami in our hearts for fulfilment of His assurance.

Next year, we all went to Prasanthi Nilayam. Many of my office people also came that time with us. I went with my wife and three daughters. My wife was a devotee of Shirdi Sai. It was, however, the first time for her to come to Prasanthi Nilayam. ‘When did you come?’ Swami asked in the Darshan line, ‘how many days would you stay?’ We replied.

‘How many are there?’ Swami asked, ‘how many ladies and how many gents?’ We replied.

‘Interview room is rather small’, Swami quipped, and ‘all of you can’t be accommodated in that small room’.

‘We will somehow adjust and sit, Swami!’ We prayed.

Swami was saying all that only to test us and to find out what reply we would give. Finally Swami was gracious enough to let us all in. When we all went in, we could all sit comfortably as if the room expanded enough to accommodate all of us. The interview continued for one hour forty-five minutes. Bhagavan spoke about spiritual matters. He gave us all padanamaskar.

‘Ask Swami about seat in Engineering to our daughter’, I whispered to my wife. Though I told her in a low tone 3 or 4 times, she did not ask Swami.

‘He wants you to ask about Engineering seat’, Bhagavan told my wife.

Then my wife made bold to ask Swami about Engineering seat for my daughter.

‘She will not get it’, Swami told us, ‘get her married’.

My wife caught hold of Bhagavan’s feet and had padanamaskar.

‘Take again padanamaskar’, Swami told my wife.

My wife again placed her head on Swami’s feet. She was not getting up. She was not raising her head from Bhagavan’s feet even after a while. I was in jitters. When she lifted her head up, Swami asked her, ‘are you happy?’

Swami blessed all my children and gave padanamaskar. We cannot forget those happy moments in our life.

Balvikas rally for the entire Andhra Pradesh State was held at Prasanthi Nilayam sometime in 1990. Swami who was at Brindavan at that time promised to attend it but could not come, as He was busy at Brindavan. This was at the time when Sri Sathya Sai Super Specialties Hospital was under construction at Prasanthi Nilayam. The rally was conducted successfully. I had the good fortune to attend it as sevadal member.

After the rally was over some of the children and Balvikas teachers who came for the rally wanted to go to Brindavan and have Darshan of Bhagavan before returning to their places. They hired a few TATA Sumo vehicles to go to Brindavan. I had no money with me at that time to accompany them with my children. However, I decided to send my second daughter, Kavita. They all left in the hired vehicles after doing namaskar to Bhagavan’s photograph and breaking coconuts before the vehicles.

But the TATA Sumo in which my daughter was travelling met with an accident. I was told later that the vehicle had hit a tree and made three somersaults. It even caught fire. All children in the vehicle were frantically praying to Bhagavan. My wife was very reluctant to send my daughter alone. I sent her without the knowledge of my wife. As a girl to be married, it would have been difficult to secure an alliance if she had lost an eye or limb in the accident. So I prayed to Bhagavan intensely to save my daughter. There were several children in that vehicle. All of them were brought to the General Hospital at Puttaparthi with injuries. My daughter was also one among them.

After they were admitted, one gentleman came and gave me a mango fruit.

‘Swami sent this mango fruit from Brindavan for those that were in the TATA Sumo that had met with the accident’, he told me. I distributed the mango pieces to all of them. After eating the pieces, about half of them were discharged after treatment as outpatients.

After sometime another person came.

‘Swami sent this vibhuti from Brindavan for all those that were in the van that had met with the accident’, he said. After taking the vibhuti, some more were discharged as declared all right.

Finally Swami came from Brindavan to the Hospital only to see the remaining children. After going round the beds, and personally blessing them, Swami said, ‘I take care of those that were there in the van that had met with the accident’.

All of them recovered. Many of them have become well educated and are now abroad earning well. My daughter improved well and returned home in good health. She received her Postgraduate (MCA) degree later and was married happily. She is presently at Detroit, USA. Swami thus fulfilled His promise made in the hospital that day that He would take care of all the children who were in the vehicle that had met with the accident.’

-- Mr. K.N.S. Gopal

(As narrated to Mr. B. Parvatala Rao at Prasanthi Nilayam on 13.04.2005.)