By the very next academic year he got admission in the pre-
degree course in the Swami's college in Whitefield campus. He was
one of the lead singers in the college. He continued to study
there till the end of his graduation in B.Sc. He was somehow
reluctant to pursue his post-graduation at Prashanthi Nilayam. He
did not like the idea of studying at Parthi campus. He was
earnestly trying to secure admission in some other universities.
He had even written an entrance test in Indian Institute of
Science, Bangalore. My wife and myself felt very sad but allowed
him to decide his future by himself. We helped him in all his
endeavors. In the meanwhile, the summer vocation in Sri Sathya Sai
Colleges was nearing the end, and the colleges were to reopen
within a couple of days.
One day I had just returned home from the factory late in the
evening,. My son approached me and asked me whether I had visited
"Sundaram” and had the Darshan of Swami. I was wonder stuck by
this question. There was no programme of Swami's visit to Madras
at that time. I enquired what he was talking about. He told me
that Swami had come to Madras all of a sudden and that Swami was
staying in Sundaram. . He also informed that Baba may leave
Madras early next morning.
My son gave me an surprise. He announced that he was
proceeding to Parthi the next day and join the college, for his
M.Sc. course. I enquired what was the reason for this sudden
change of mind. He replied that it was because of Swami.
He explained the situation further. Though he was not a regular
visitor to SUNDARAM, on that particular day, he went there with an
old college mate, who wanted to see SUNDARAM. He understood from
the small crowd gathered there, that Swami was inside, and was
likely to come out anytime now. He was standing by
'Shantivedika' near the gate. Very soon, Swami emerged
from 'Sundaram" walked straight to my son, and talked to him
Swami had asked him, when he was proceeding to Parthi and Join
the college. There was nothing more to think about the matter,
since Swami had Himself asked. He replied that "Swami I am going
tomorrow". A reluctant boy was made to fall in line with Swami by
the unexpected Divine visit and the face to face talk with Him.
Now the readers might be wondering how was it that Swami was in
Madras unannounced and without any real programme. Here is the
story of Divine mercy, which we all happened to witness. Maj. Gen.
S.P.Mahadevan, was then the State President of Tamil Nadu. He was
a retired senior Army officer. One day while he was in Hyderabad,
he collapsed, after a severe cardiac arrest. His wife, who was
near him, called out to Swami. Swami had heard the distress call
and instantly resurrected Maj. General. After some days, Swami
wrote a letter to Maj. Gen. Mahadevan, a letter written by His own
Divine Hands, saying that Swarm had saved him and he need not
worry. He had also written that "Why fear when l am near" For the
sake of this devotee, Swami had changed the word from 'here' to
'near'. Swami had also sent him a basketful of fruits. After
convalescing for about a couple of months at Hyderabad, our State
President had returned back to Madras.
On that particular day Maj. Gen. Mahadevan was sitting on the
verandah of his house, reading some news papers. His wife was
talking with the neighbor lady across the compound wall. Suddenly
Swami's car stopped in front of their house. Swami got out of the
vehicle and called out to Major General who tried to run down to
the gate, which was locked. Swami cautioned him not to rush, and
waited till his wife rushed to the gate after coming to know of
Swami's unexpected arrival, and opened the gate. Swami, in His
Divine mercy had come all the way to Madras to personally bless
the devotee whom He had saved recently.
This unexpected Divine visit, solved the problem of my son's
continued study in Swami's college, on which he was not so keen.
My son, had ultimately completed his post graduation from
Swami's university, and had since settled down in Madras running
his own business. My dear Readers from various previous chapters,
all of you would have, by now, become aware of Swami's Grace on
this boy right from his birth and at every stage of his
education, the performance of his sacred thread ceremony, and
then His Grace during his marriage. We call our son by the pet
name Kanna. By the Grace of Swami his business was flourishing
and he has purchased a flat of his own. The couple had plans to
go together to the USA. for further studies. But some events or
other had been cropping up which had not made it possible so far.
An update please! (The latest information is that my son is now
settled in U.S.A. with his wife and two little children).
Now to continue with the story:
In the meanwhile, his wife, Sow. Vijaya conceived and was
expecting a baby. She was subjected to regular monthly medical
check up and was looked after by my son very tenderly. In our
custom, there is a function called "SEEMANTHAM" celebrated
during the 6th -8th months of pregnancy. This is essentially a
religious function, followed by Valai Kappu for the girl;
all the lady friends and relative will adore the girl with lots of
colorful bangles and other decorations. The essence of
seemantham is to welcome a noble and pious soul in the
pregnancy, and also prayers to the Lord for the safe delivery of
an intelligent offspring without any deformity. After the
celebrations, their parents took the girl to their home, according
to customs, to be taken care of, till the delivery was over.
The date expected by the doctors for delivery had come and
gone. And yet there were no symptoms of any labor pains. One day
by late evening, our in-laws came to our house with Viiaya. They
looked greatly anxious and concerned. They told us that, after
waiting for several days, they had taken the daughter to a
specialist doctor. A complete check up and scanning was also
done. To their surprise, the doctors found that the size of the
baby was quite large, and they estimated the weight to be
somewhere around 13 pounds, almost double the weight of a normal
child in advanced pregnancy. The doctors had some reservation
about the safety of the mother in the normal delivery, and
suggested immediate operation to take out the child. The parents
had come to us, directly from the doctor, as they wanted to
consult us before any action was taken.
Patiently I heard their reports, and requested them to be cool
and not to worry. They could do anything they wanted. But I
suggested and requested that one more day be given to our Swami,
Sri Sai Baba, and after that they could their own decision. It
was late in the night and yet I proceeded to the telegraph office
with my son, and sent an express telegram to Swami. I tried to
explain the situation in a nutshell and prayed that Swami should
take control of the situation. The second day after this prayer
was made, our in-laws decided in favour of cesarean operation; a
baby boy of normal health was born. There was surprise for the
doctors and the parents The child was weighing normal, about
6+pounds only, where as the scanning projected double the
weight. Whatever others would have thought, I firmly believed that
Swami by His merciful Grace had intervened to bring down the
weight of the child to the normal one. The boy was born on an
auspicious day, having the birth star of SWATHI. The scholars had
analyzed the horoscope of the child and opined that the timing
was very appropriate and beneficial for the child. This child is
now about 5 year old. They have got another male child too during
the last year. An important coincidence is that this child was
also born on the birth star of SWATHI !
(Another update: The children are now aged 9 years and 5 years
We firmly believe that our own elder son is a gift from Swami.
He looks after him and all that happens to him is only Sai's
Grace. He guides, protects and looks after the entire family and
we are only His dear Children.
We are striving our best to live the life as shown by HIM and
to retain His Grace all along our journey, till He wills us to be
in the earth. We do not wish to have another birth and if at all
we have to be born again, it is our earnest prayers that we
should then live again during the period of Prema Sai and be with
HIM and serve HIM to the best of our ability.
OM JAI SAI RAM
My Brother Late Sri Sanakra Mani (alias V.S. Mani) had left
behind a small piece of paper wherein he had inscribed the
following matter. Since his feelings almost echoes the advice of
our beloved Sai, I thought I should give it a place in this Book.
which had been dedicated to His memory.
According to Brahma - Samhita, there are two ways of acquiring
Knowledge - the ascending process and the descending process.
By the ascending process, one is elevated by knowledge,
acquired by himself. In this way, one thinks, "I do not care for
any authority or authorities or books. I will attain Knowledge
by meditation, philosophy etc.,. In this way I will understand
The other process, the descending process involves receiving
Knowledge from higher authorities. Brahma Samhita states that if
one takes to the ascending process and travels at the speed of
Mind, and wind for millions of years, he will still end up 'not
knowing’! For him the subject matter will remain elusive and
But this subject matter is also given in Bhagawad Gita :
Krishna says to meditate on Him without deviation from the path of
devotional service, in submission. For one who worships ME, (in
total surrender) in this way, --'Tasyaham sulabha". "I
become easily available", this process. If one works for Bhagavan
24 hours a day, Swami cannot forget him. By becoming submissive,
he will certainly attract the attention of God!
Om Sri Sai Ram
At this stage, I take leave of you. I had made my prayers in
the beginning pages. I had also made my submissions to our dear
Lord in the concluding chapter.
'I do not know what is in store for me during the remaining
period of my life in this birth. He is the Director and I am only
trying to play my part to the best of my ability, as directed by
Him. I am well aware of the rigid disciplines and deep-rooted
devotion, which He expects from us. I shall pray to Him to
forgive me, if, at any time, by mistake, I am to deviate from His
expectations. He is Karuna murthi and l am sure He will guide me
though the right path, as chosen by Him.
Somewhere, later in final stages of my life, I may get a chance
to share with you some more of my experiences of His Divine Mercy
that may unfold. Or, by any chance, if the call comes, and He takes me unto Him, then this should be my Goodbye to all my
Author's statement in:
Many of you may
be aware that I had authored a book with the title "Sri Sathya Sai
Hrudaya Nivasi (Indweller of Hearts). This book had seen the third
reprint, and is being sold in Bhagavan's Bookstall at Prashanthi
Nilayam. Many of you would have purchased and many would not have
got chance to go to Parthi and get the book. After the third
edition, this may not go to print again. As such I wish to bring
the contents of this book to each and every one of you.
Starting from today I shall post one chapter every week or if
possible twice a week, depending upon the response I get from you
all. I would request you to kindly read it and then re-circulate
it to your other friends in the Sai Family.
The text could be transferred to your hard disk, and if possible
print outs taken out.
Utilize the contents, as much as you like.
With Lots of Love and regards