Shyamala Devi is the daughter of late Sri
Burgula Ramakrishna Rao, the former Chief
Minister of the old Hyderabad State in 1950s
and and later Governor of Uttar Pradesh and
In 1980, Baba
saved the grandson of Mr. Burgula
Ramakrishna Rao from imminent death. Smt.
Shyamala Devi recounts this incident in the
book, “Sathya Sai – The Avatar of Love”:
My brother, Burgula Lakshmi Narayana Rao,
was blessed with a son on 29th May, 1980. On
the very second day of his coming into the
world, he was afflicted with some illness.
He started crying incessantly from the
second day afternoon onwards till midnight.
specialists examined the baby; the baby had
become pale and unconscious. Milk was given
through the nostrils with the aid of a tube.
Breathing stopped in between and doctors
even had to revive the breath by artificial
means. Gradually the baby turned blue in
color due to frequent failures of breathing
and the lengthy process of reviving. Seeing
this, doctors came to the conclusion that it
would be difficult for the baby to survive.
They also pleaded their inability saying
"Neither you nor we doctors can do
Vibhuti was kept under the baby's head and a
little of it was applied on its chest.
Doctors had come to the conclusion that
there was nothing they could do except
praying to God. On that very day, we learnt
that Swami was going from Bangalore to Delhi
via Hyderabad. The plane would stop for a
brief period of about 40 minutes before
leaving for Delhi. Arrangements were made
and pandals erected near airport.
gathered there to have Darshan of Swami.
Bhajans were being sung. Doctors who were
attending on the baby themselves advised us
to go and have the Darshan of Baba. Hanging
between hope and despair, I along with my
brother and mother (Smt. Anantha Lakshmi)
went to the place where Swami was staying.
Baba who was about to enter the room
specially arranged for Him looked at us and
inquired saying "Ananthalakshmamma,
How is your grandson?"
My mother with
full of tears in her eyes full of sorrow,
pleaded "Swami ma Narayana Babu ku putra
biksha pettandi. Na manuvadu mrithyu mukham
lo unnadu. Bratike avaskasam ledu. Doctorlu
kuda aasa vadulu kunnaru". (Swami, save the
life of my Narayana Babu's son. My grand son
is in the throes of death; there is no hope
of his survival. Even the doctors have given
kept His hand on my mother's head and
blessed her saying "Your grandson
has a full life span. He will become
healthy." With that assurance Swami left for
From the mood
of despondency, we came back into this
world. With anxious thoughts, we went to
hospital fearing what kind of news was
awaiting us. The doctors in the hospital
reported that ever since we had gone to
airport for Swami's Darshan, the baby's
frequency of the stoppage of respiration had
become lesser. Even the doctor's hope was
kindled. From then onwards the baby's health
Now (1992) the
boy is aged twelve years, quite healthy and
is studying in the eight standard in
Kendriya Vidyalaya. Swami himself had named
the boy as "Sai Rama Krishna". Baba had
saved my grand son from the jaws of death.
Later we had learnt that Swami told some of
the devotees that he had instructed for the
diversion of Delhi trip enroute Hyderabad,
only to save the ailing grand son of
Reference: “Sathya Sai - The Avatar
of Love” Page: 69-70. Published by Sai
Prasanthi Society, Hyderabad under the
auspices of Sri Sathya Sai Seva
Organisations, Andhra Pradesh on His 67th
Birthday, 23rd November 1992.