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Features | Experience of the Divinity of Bhagavan by Devotees | Group IV | Mr. K. Timmayya Gupta

Mr. K. Timmayya Gupta
Bharathi Vruddhashram,
Puttaparthi - 515134

Tel: 08555-289009

Mr. K. Timmayya Gupta (73) is presently a resident of the Bharathi Vruddhashram, Puttaparthi. He narrates his experiences of the Divinity of Bhagavan in his own words.

'I was working at Dharmavaram in 1980. I was taking interest in Sai activities even from those days. We came to Prasanthi Nilayam one day. Swami told us 'you are in Dharmavaram. All have to come through your place to Puttaparthi. You arrange some tiffin, etc to the devotees'. We said 'yes, Swami!' When we came to brass-tacks, it appeared like a Herculean task. But we promised Swami that we would do it. So we started. Most unexpectedly the response from the public proved to be overwhelming. The activity which we started then continues to date. The only difference is that the venue is changed from the Dharmavaram railway station to Sri Sathya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam railway station.

In 1980, Swami asked us to go and whitewash all temples and schools in the then Sri Sathya Sai Taluk. We used to start from Prasanthi Nilayam. Bhagavan used to flag us off at 6 AM. He used to send us in a separate vehicle with breakfast and lunch being carried. When I went to do the work, I could not take up whitewashing as I was afraid that I might harm my skin with sunnam (lime). We were asked by Bhagavan to take up street-cleaning also. So I began to try my hand in it. At that time I was working as Tahsildar. The village elders came to me and said, 'how can we allow our Tahsildar to take up the broom in our village? It is an insult to us'. Thus I could not do any work except partaking the breakfast and lunch sent by Bhagavan. Besides, I felt that when Bhagavan was spending so much on our food, transport, etc., He could have engaged professional workers to do the job better, at less cost.

Next morning, while flagging us off in the morning, Bhagavan said, 'some people think that workers can be engaged to do the work in the villages. Yes, I have money. I can spend and engage professional workers and get the job done better. Then why am I asking you to do this? Only to help you get rid of your ego.' I did not share my thoughts with anyone, but Swami replied to my doubts as if He had read my thoughts. He is omniscient.'

-- Mr. K. Timmayya Gupta

(As narrated to Mr. B. Parvatala Rao at Bharathi Vruddhashram, Puttaparthi on 03.08.2005)