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Features | Experience of the Divinity of Bhagavan by Devotees | Group VI | Ms. Pooja Tripathy

Ms. Pooja Tripathy, II B.Sc.,
Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning,
Anantapur Campus.

Ms. Pooja Tripathy, a student of the second year B.Sc. of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Anantapur Campus narrates her experiences of the Divinity of Bhagavan in her own words.

'Cerebral Malaria afflicted a friend of mine when she was ten-year old, and her parents, who were residents of Puttaparthi, refused to breathe a word about it to Bhagavan. They believed that no disease escapes the notice of the Universal Doctor who keeps a record of every individual's life. They firmly believed that He was aware of their daughter's dreadful disease. However, the doctors reported that due to the severity of her illness, she could even go into coma. They persuaded her father (a doctor himself) to speak about her condition to Swami. Hoping to get a chance to tell Swami, he came for darshan. But bhajan had already begun and Swami was in the interview room. There seemed a slim chance of getting Swami's attention. Concluding that his earlier decision was the right one, he took his seat. Even as this thought was taking shape in his mind, the Lord came out of the interview room. He walked straight to her father. Before any explanations were given, He asked 'how is she?' Indeed the Divine Doctor is Omniscient! After getting a brief report of her condition, He lovingly assured her father 'don't worry. I shall take care.' To those who surrender themselves wholeheartedly, the response of the Lord is instantaneous.

The moment Bhagavan gave His assurance in the mandir, in the hospital, the mercury level of the thermometer dropped to normal. Her disease vanished into thin air. Within a short span of one hour, she was fit enough to have a normal diet. She was soon seen playing about, to the pleasant astonishment of everyone around. His touch, His words, His looks, even a mere thought suffices to heal.

At the age of seventeen, this girl was ready to enter the portals of the Anantapur Campus. However, an argument arose one night when her mother had second thoughts about her future plans. This threw my friend into a dilemma. She cried herself to sleep. Swami appeared in her dream in which He took her inside the interview room. All her classmates were also there. Swami told each of them what their future profession would be. When Swami turned to her, she softly murmured 'Swami, I want to become a doctor.' But the Lord knew what the best was for her, and lovingly instructed her 'no, you join my Institution. Each one is prepared for a different mission. I need you for another purpose.' The next morning she was as bright as a lily, for her future was settled. Her Divine Friend had given her the solution. This experience changed the life of this fortunate girl from whom I had much to learn.'

--Ms. Pooja Tripathy

(As extracted from the souvenir Ananta Prematarangini published by the Anantapur Campus of the SSSIHL on the occasion of the 80th Birthday of Bhagavan)