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Features | Experience of the Divinity of Bhagavan by Devotees | Group VII | Mr. M. Panduranga Rao

Mr. M. Panduranga Rao,
10-3-90, Vivekananda Street,
Bapatla, Guntur District.

      Mr. M. Panduranga Rao (70), who retired as an executive in the APSEB, relates a few of his experiences of the Divinity of Bhagavan in his own words.

'In 1980, I was working at Nellore. My neighbour was a devotee of Bhagavan. I heard about Bhagavan from him. One day I wanted to go to Bapatla. At the bus stand, I saw a bus going to Anantapur. Without thinking, I got into it. From Anantapur I went to Puttaparthi. As I got down the bus, one gentleman came to me. 'You seem to be coming here for the first time' he said, 'you come and stay with me in the shed.' He showed me the bathrooms, the canteen, mandir and other places. I was wondering where to stay when I had landed. But, Swami took care of me well. I wanted to get back after darshan.

'Tomorrow is Krishnashtami' my new contact told me, 'better stay and leave afterwards'. 'I have no leave' I said. 'Swami will take care' he replied. I stayed on and had darshan of Bhagavan and listened to His Divine Discourse. When I went back to office, my boss remarked 'you have been to Puttaparthi, isn't it?' I thought so.' He did not say anything about leave, etc, owing to Bhagavan's grace.

My daughter Madhavi became a student of Bhagavan. She passed M.Sc and was selected for the post of an officer in Central Excise. But inexplicably I had a hunch against it and I did not allow her to join. After six months, she received another letter, asking her to join in Central Excise. She did not go. All my friends and relations said that it was foolish on our part to forego the job. Our samithi people invited Sri Komaragiri Krishnamohana Rao to address us. In that meeting, my daughter was asked to deliver vote of thanks. Mr. Krishnamohana Rao asked 'who is that girl?' Later, on the advice of our well wishers, we mooted a proposal with him offering my daughter to his son. 'Your daughter is all right in every aspect' Mr. Rao said, 'but we want a housewife for my son, not an employed girl.' Then I realised how Swami's grace made me stop her from accepting the lucrative job in the Central Excise Department. As we agreed to his condition, the alliance was settled.

Bhagavan blessed the alliance and materialized mangalasutras for the bride. He sent new clothes to the couple. After the marriage, we all came to Prasanthi Nilayam. Bhagavan halted before my daughter and blessed her. He came to the gents' side and blessed my son-in-law and us all. This was in 1995. Many people came to the wedding only to have a look at the mangalasutras given by Bhagavan. Sprinkling akshatas on the bride, on the ladies' side, Bhagavan said 'come back with your son!' In 2003, true to Bhagavan's word, my daughter came to Prasanthi Nilayam with her son.

We all proposed to raise a mandir at Bapatla. We got plans prepared and came to Prasanthi Nilayam with the plan. Bhagavan blessed the plan during darshan. The mandir has come up well.'

-- Mr. M. Panduranga Rao

   (As narrated to Mr. B. Parvatala Rao at Prasanthi Nilayam on 28.03.2006)