Features | Experience of the Divinity of Bhagavan by Devotees | Group V | Ms. K. Prashanthi

Ms. K. Prashanthi, I B.Com (Hons),
Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning,
Anantapur Campus.

Ms. K. Prashanthi, a student of the first year B.Com. (Hons) of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Anantapur Campus narrates an experience of the Divinity of Bhagavan in her own words.

'It was one of those hectic practice sessions for the Sports Meet. We were on the Primary School grounds, working hard to perfect our item. The headmistress was guiding us. Suddenly, we heard the security siren and knew that Swami's car was approaching our school. Our first thought was to present our events in front of Bhagavan and get His acceptance and blessings. We prayed intensely. As we waited, we saw His car slow down near the school gate. But it suddenly turned in the opposite direction and sped away into the stadium. Our hearts sank. Had we not put our hearts into our work, or had we not put our hearts into our prayers? We were unhappy, but continued with the practice. We intensified our prayers hoping luck would favour us the next day at least.

The following evening had a surprise in store for us. The practice session was in progress as usual. All of a sudden, all eyes turned in one direction, and soon there was chaos and confusion with people running towards the gate. Then we realized that Bhagavan's car had actually entered our gate. My group was occupying the main ground at that time, and so we started performing our feat immediately. We began in all earnestness and enthusiasm … We tried to steal glances, craning our necks in awkward positions as we were curious to see the expression on His face while we performed. When we noticed His smile broaden, it lightened our hearts. After our event concluded, the next team took its position. And, one after the other, all the groups gave their performance before Swami. He, thus, watched the entire presentation. Even as we were congratulating ourselves on our good fortune, a fear crept into our minds. The 'grand finale' had not been finalized and we were wondering how almost a thousand of us would arrange ourselves for that event without any rehearsal. We couldn't have presented to Bhagavan a disorganized show. Almost at the same instant, as if sensing our fears, Bhagavan called the teachers near Him, and blessed them with the words 'very happy, very happy.' He then accepted aarati and left. Thus, He left a deep impression on our hearts and drove home the lesson once again that He is indeed the 'Hridayanivasi (in-dweller of our hearts).'

-- Ms. K. Prashanthi

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