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

Ms. Vinaina, III B.Com. (Hons),
Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning,
Anantapur Campus.

Ms. Vinaina, a student of the third year B.Com. (Hons) of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Anantapur Campus narrates a few of her experiences of the Divinity of Bhagavan in her own words.

'Hearing about Swami's glory though a friend was enough to motivate my parents to develop an urge to see Him. In the summer of 1990, my parents sat for darshan in the Sai Ramesh Hall at Brindavan. A soft, lilting music was played. Suddenly, the crowd became restless. Within a few minutes, a radiant figure, dressed in orange, was seen moving gracefully in the crowd, captivating each and every heart. My parents shed tears of joy at the very first sight of that charming figure.

Swami then moved forward gently, took a handful of toffees proffered to Him by a devotee. He threw them at the excited crowd. Many people leapt from their seats to catch the sweets, but only a few could get them. This happened on the gents' side, and my mother, on the ladies' side, was curious to know whether my father was lucky enough to get any toffees. Back in the lodge where we were staying, my mother was disheartened to know that my father had not got any toffee. She repeatedly requested my father to make effort like the others the next time. He simply nodded for my mother's satisfaction.

Next day, during darshan, Swami again threw toffees where my father was sitting. This time, one toffee landed on my father's lap. He was extremely happy. When my mother came to know about it, she was in the seventh heaven. They both decided to preserve this token of blessing. On their return journey, they heard about Swami's school in Delhi, from a co-passenger. In two weeks, I found myself shifted from the Delhi Public School to Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Vihar. After two days in the new environment, I started feeling terribly homesick. At the same time, at home, Swami was unfolding His divine plan. The day I entered the portals of Swami's school, my father developed a terrible stomach ache. He was rushed to the hospital immediately, wherein a kidney stone was detected, and he was immediately admitted for a surgery.

Just two days before the surgery, my father remembered about the precious toffee. My mother mixed it in a cup of tea and gave it to him. After fifteen minutes, when the doctor x-rayed my father, to his utter surprise, he found that the stone had dissolved!'

-- Ms. Vinaina

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