The vision of Lord Subramainam
It is strange to
understand the form and leelas of God. As He is omnipotent
He can take any form to develop faith in a devotee. You pray Him with
and sincerety He will manifest in the form you thought and answer the
prayers. Here is an incident which depicts this very nature of God.
In 1943 Mrs. Bhat developed cancer of the uterus. Medical men advised
operation though there was no certainity that this would be successful.
Bhat’s widowed mother was staying with the young couple at the time,
said to her son, “Lord Subramaniam cured your father of cancer without
operation. in the same way he will cure your wife.”
The old lady’s faith was tremendously strong that the young couple
forgo surgery and place themselves entirely in the hands of the
god. Pujas to Lord Subramaniam were intensified, the religious
became even more strict and devout than before, the prayers more
prolonged. These pujas were now carried mainly by Mr. Bhat’s mother
the young wife remained in the bed growing gradually thinner and
This went on for about six months.
Then in one night in a state of semi-sleep, the patient saw in the dim
from the moon a large cobra circling her bed. Alarmed, she switched on
bedside lamp and woke her mother-in-law who was sleeping in the same
her husband being absent on a business trip.
No snake was found in the room. Yet as soon as Mrs. Bhat switched off
light, she saw the cobra again, going around the bed. Almost the snake
immediately took the form of Subramaniam, as she knew him from the
hanging in the puja room. He seemed to be floating her. The piercing
bosom with his velayudhan ( a kind of spear Subramaniam carries), he
to dram her away with him.
Soon she found herself standing before him on the peak of a high rocky
She knelt and touched his feet with her hands and forehead, and he
to talk to her. He asked her if she wanted to stay with him or go back
the world. She understood this to mean a choice between life and death.
Thinking of her husband and young children and their need of her, she
Subramaniam that she wished to go back.
There was further conversation, and finally Subramainam said, “You are
of illness, and soon will grow strong. Throughout your life I will
you. whenever you think of me, I’ll be there. Now go back.”
“How?” she asked.
He pointed to a long winding, narrow staircase that had opened near
feet, and led downward. She began to descend – then there seemed to be
break in her consciousness and she found herself back in the bed in
room, awake. Immediately she woke her mother-in-law and told her about
vision. When her husband returned home she told him as well. But she
regarded the experience as sacred , and did not make it known beyond
closest members of the family.
From that night onward she gained rapidly in strength and there was no
signs of cancer. Soon she was up and carrying on her normal life. Only
there was a difference. Now in addition to her house hold duties and
religious observances, she devoted herself to social welfare work
poor and needy. God had given her back her life, and she was
use it fully in his service as best she knew how.
It was twenty years later that Mr. and Mrs. Bhat first heard of Satya
Baba and went to Pransanthi Nilayam. To Mrs. Bhat he said, “I spoke to
long ago – twenty years ago.”
Greatly puzzled, she replied: “No Swamiji, this is my first visit.”
“Yes, yes, but I came to you when you were living in Mysore.” And he
mentioned the name of the street and the city where she was living at
time of her cancer illness, when she had the vision of Subramaniam.
she took her way up the narrow winding stairs which lead to this
above and told her to look down. Immediately she was reminded of the
staircase leading down from the heights on which she had been with
Subramaniam: in fact the two stairways remained identical. She was
bewildered than ever.
To help her understanding, Swami now waved his hand and from the air
prodjced a photograph of himself in the somasutra (chariot) of
with a cobra circling around him. Now a light began to dawn on her.
can take any form, she thought. He had come to her twenty years before
the form she worshipped, Subramaniam. Now he was here before her in
form of Satya Sai Baba. She fell at his feet, weeping tears of joy.
There are many incidents where Bhagawan appeared to devotees in
later made them ralise that it was He who met them.