Dr. Keith Critchlow
Bhagawan's mission is
unstoppable. Whether you like it or not it moves as it has to. It
is only our privilege to become members of that mission. Swami
pulls different people from different walks of life into His
mission and get His work done. One can not believe his own words
how Swami performs great deeds. There are many such incidents to
see in Parthi. Water Project or Hospital construction or the
devotees coming here or the regular activities all clearly reveal
that He is none other than God if one exists.
In my previous episode I have narrated how Swami pulled a person
called Sri Karunyananda to His divine fold. Here is another person
who was brought to Bhagawan's fold for a cause. He is Dr. Keith
Critchlow, director of Prince of Wales Institute of Architecture,
London. He is instrumental in designing the Super Speciality Hospital in Puttaparthi.
He narrated his own experience in one of the books I am referring.
I present the story in his own words. In 1984 a Swami devotee from
India, came to my place, on her way to Indra Devi Ashram. She gave
me some Vibhudhi and asked me to take. I took a small portion and
forgot about that completely.
When I was the principal of Royal College of Arts, Sir Isaac
Tigrett came to my room. He introduced himself as Isaac Tigrett. I
did not know who he was. My friend beckoned me that he was a great
personality and asked me to treat him with respect. Knowing my
predacament he further said I am the owner of Hard Rock café. I
was further confused with this new name and said so what? Then he
understood the ignorance and came to the point directly. There is a
great and saintly person in India. He wants an architect for His
super specialty hospital. Would like to design the entire
hospital. I was glad to accept that as I was interested to see the
places in India and meet the saints of India. I conveyed my
willingness to him and said I am willing to come to any place as
far as my wife can travel. So Tigrett organized tickets for both of
us to India. Thus first time we went to India.
First we went to Bangalore and from there we went to
Prasanthi Nilayam. We went inside a place called Poornachandra
Auditorium which, was like an aeroplane hanger. It was a big hall
housing around 25,000 people. I never saw such big gathering there.
I was embarrassed to know that I was the only person who is
wearing color cloths as all the others wearing white cloths. The
other person wearing color dress was only Baba Himself. He came
straight to me and asked "so, you are the architect". As I am
observant and educated, I understood the mannerisms I sat like all other people on the ground.
The very next day
Swami called us for interview. Swami can I call my wife also I queried
Baba. On hearing on affirmative I called my wife. In the interview
room all the gents sit on the right side and women sit on the left
side. As we did not know all this we sat next to each other. Swami
looked at us and in a low voice told you are now in India. Then we
realized our mistake, I moved towards gents and my wife towards ladies.
Now Swami looked at me and said come here. I went and sat near Him.
Swami then asked what do you want. Thinking that it was similar to the
conversation I had in London, I asked Swami do you want me to be your
architect for the Hospital, I want to know.
Swami brushed aside that and stared at me. Then He repeated the same
question. I was melted for that affection and said I want to serve you
as an architect. Till today I did not know why I said that. Though I
am a scholar my ego subdued in His presence and I politely told that I
want to be servant at His for.
Then, Swami waived His hand in thin air and created a ring. As I had
not expected that I was surprised. Swami brought that close to me and
said what is there on the ring. I could not read that without
spectacles. I said the same to Him. HE laughed at my embarrassment and
said what is the use of an architect when you are unable to read. My
ego further died down. In fact AUM was encrypted on that ring. Swami
circulated that to everyone and took it. He now took it and blew on
top that. This time this was disappeared and another ring appeared.
This time there was a silver ring with Cross on top of that. I was
happy to recognize that and said the same to Swami. Swami took that
and again blew air on top of that. This time there was another ring in
that place and that had star and crescent moon on top of that. Then I
realized that God can do anything if He desires. Then He took myself
and my wife inside the personal interview room and told about our
Before I left that room Swami slithered that ring to my ring finger.
The symbol on that changed to AUM again. I realized the meaning of that
symbol changing. The place of my work The Royal collage of arts is an
Islamic college. I read Islam and brought up as a Christian.