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Features | Experience of the Divinity of Bhagavan by Devotees | Group I | Mrs. P.Sujatha

Mrs. P.Sujatha
A4, Sesha Sai apartments
I Cross East, Gopuram Road
Puttaparthi - 515134
Tel: 08555-287303

Mrs. P. Sujatha (52), a longstanding devotee of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, relates a few of her experiences of the Divinity of Bhagavan in her own words.

'I was married in 1965. At that time my husband, Mr. Sambi Reddy was working at Namburu, Guntur District. In the house rented by us there was a Photograph of Sri Sathya Sai Baba. I did not know anything about Bhagavan at that time. Those who visited our house used to ask us, 'are you a devotee of Parthi Baba?'

When we changed our house, one of our neighbours gave me the book 'Satyam Sivam Sundaram'. I read it but did not pay much attention.

Later, my husband was transferred to Vallabhapuram in 1968. In the house rented by us there, there was a large-sized Photograph of Swami on the wall facing the main door. We had several devotees of Bhagavan around. At that time I was reciting Panchakshari Mantra. On seeing Bhagavan's Photograph to whichever house we were going, I thought that He was not going to leave me. Under the influence of my neighbours, I used to attend Bhajans in the neighbourhood. Thus I was attracted to Bhagavan.

In 1974, many of my neighbours were going to Puttaparthi for Sivaratri. They asked me to go along with them. I told them that it was not possible for me to go as I was having then a son three months old. They said, 'we will take care of him'. But I did not say yes.

Usually, the Bus would not stop at our house there. It had to enter the village, go along our street to the end of the village, turn and return by our street only. All those who were going to Puttaparthi gathered in front of my house with luggage and sat there waiting for the Bus, which went into the village. Then I began to weep like a child asking them to take me also. That day being Sunday my husband was in the house. My nephew who was watching all this put some clothes of mine along with those of my two children in a suitcase with other essential items like toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, etc and kept the suitcase ready without my knowledge. I straight went to my husband and asked him to give me money to go to Puttaparthi. I did not even ask his permission. He did not like my going to Puttaparthi. But, he did not make it an issue. He simply gave me Rs. 150. I boarded the Bus with the suitcase, which was already packed by my nephew.

In those days, we had to go to Guntakal and then to Dharmavaram. Somehow we reached Puttaparthi two days before Sivaratri. Swami was coming to get garlanded by the elephant, Sai Gita. I saw Him and alerted our group about Swami's arrival. That was my first Darshan. Swami performed Aksharabhyasam to my elder son, Master Jagadish one day before Sivaratri.

We witnessed taking out Sivalinga by Bhagavan on Sivaratri day. Bhagavan came along the Darshan line with a bag full of vibhuti packets next day. In those days, Swami used to do vibhuti Abhishekam to Shirdi Sai idol during Dasara. They used to make packets with that vibhuti for distribution by Swami. Swami gave all of us Padanamaskar and personally distributed vibhuti packets. He gave me five packets, and the person accompanying Bhagavan gave another four. Thus I received nine packets (a number dear to Bhagavan).

I always wonder how the trip materialized. I never had any hope. Why they all gathered before my house for the Bus without going to the Bus stand? Why did my nephew pack the suitcase? How did my husband give money though he did not approve my going? Not only Swami made my trip possible, He performed Aksharabhyasam for my son, and gave me Padanamaskar and vibhuti packets. I had the fortune to witness lingodbhavam. 'When you go back to your place', Swami asked us, 'tell them that you have witnessed lingodbhavam to witness which sages had to perform penance for 1000 years'.

When I returned home, I expected that my husband would express his disapproval. Instead, he began to ask questions about Swami, His appearance and other activities. On return, I found a transformation in me also. I became rather mild in tone and tenor. Whenever I was trying to do panchakshari, I was reciting Sai Namam instead involuntarily.

Though my husband did not make any fuss on my Puttaparthi trip, he did not like my placing Bhagavan's Photograph in our Pooja. But he did not remove it.

In 1982, I had some fever and swelling of the leg. Everyone thought that it was filarial, and advised immediate medication. It was a tough disease, which would not respond fully to medicines. At that time I was having a vow not to take medicines. My husband was keen that I should take medicines. I was praying to Swami intensely. Then one day I had a dream. Swami appeared and rubbed vibhuti on my leg. Next day also I had a dream. Swami appeared and said, 'you are not taking food', and served me meals. On the third day consecutively I had a dream. Swami appeared and said, 'don't worry, you will be with me. I will take care of you'.

I wanted to go to Puttaparthi for Krishnashtami in 1992. At that time, I was in my sister's house at Bangalore. I came to the Bus-stand but missed the bus scheduled to leave at 9:45 a.m. The next Bus was at 11:45 a.m. There was unusual rush. I went to get tickets for me and another relative of mine who was coming with me. Someone behind me in the queue was saying, 'if that fellow does not give us tickets, Swami will give'. We both got seats as well as the two persons behind us.

But then the local officials said that the Bus would not leave until 6 p.m. What to do? Even to go back to my sister's house, I was not conversant with Bangalore city. Or, I had to back to Guntur. I was praying to Swami. Then the two people who were talking behind me in the queue that Swami would give tickets came to me and said, 'if you are willing to come, we will take you to Puttaparthi in our car which we are hiring'. We two were ladies. They were both hefty personalities. I hesitated but finally agreed. We got into the car and reached Puttaparthi by 3 p.m. safely.

We went for accommodation. They were not giving rooms either for only males or for only females. So the persons who brought us to Puttaparthi came to us and said, 'we all will take a room. As both males and females are there, they will give'. A few minutes earlier, I heard them talk between themselves, 'if that fellow does not give us room, Swami would give'. I was in a fix. 'How can we ladies stay with these strangers?' I thought, 'If they can get a room using our names, let them take it. That will be a help to them. We can go and stay in the shed later'.

So they took a room. We put our luggage in it and went for Darshan. After Darshan, I went into the village, secured some bed sheets from people known to me and returned - fully determined to go and stay in a shed.

When I returned I saw a third person with them. They said, 'we are going with our Father. You can have the room entirely for yourself'. They did not take money either for taxi or for the room rent, which they had paid. 'Swami tells us that we should respect Bharatmata', they told me, 'you are ladies. You are Bharatmata. How can we take money from you?' I was touched by their love and lofty words.

I had some teertham (Amritam), which I had brought from Srirangapatnam. I gave it them. They gave me Shirdi prasadam. We parted company. I wondered how Swami arranged everything for us. In fact, I was running temperature at that time and had thyroid problem, too. I badly needed a room to rest. We noted that they had paid rent for the room in advance exactly for the number of days of our proposed stay! What a grace!

Earlier in 1982, I had stomach pain during periods. Mrs. Bullemma, an acquaintance of mine who was in Puttaparthi, told Swami about my ailment. 'Not only that', Swami told her, 'she had another problem, too'. He materialized vibhuti and gave it to her for me. After taking it, my filarial and stomach pain - both disappeared.

During 1971, I did pradakshinas to Sivalayam at our place for 42 days for children. In those days, I used to long to see Lord Siva in the linga. Later, in 1972 my elder son was born. In 1982, that is eleven years after I did pradakshinas, I wrote a letter to Mrs. Bullemma who was at Puttaparthi. In it I wrote, 'please tell Swami that Kaliyuga Radha wants a kiss from Kaliyuga Krishna'. Mrs. Bullemma gave that letter to Swami. Swami gave her a few things packed in His robe (lungi) saying, 'here is the kiss. Send it to your daughter'. Mrs. Bullemma sent it to me. When I opened it, I found one Salagramam, one Japamala and a tinfoil on which were written the words 'linGODbhavam'. In the letter O in the middle of GOD, there is a Photograph of Swami in standing posture. I wanted to see Siva in the linga when I performed pradakshinas to Sivalayam in 1971. Now Swami is showing me Himself in O, which is in the shape of a linga. He also tells me by that, that there is no difference between Siva and Himself.'

-- Mrs. P.Sujatha

(As narrated to Mr. B.Parvatala Rao at Prasanthi Nilayam on 05.07.2004.)