Swami normally uses a large pillow in His bed. One day Smt. Bhavani removed the regular pillow and replaced it by a small pillow. The next morning, after a disturbed sleep, Swami brought up the issue with Smt. Bhavani, "You have kept a small pillow for Me on My bed. How can a small pillow be sufficient for My three heads? (Lord Datta is symbolically represented by a human form having three heads. The three heads are of the Lord in the aspects of Creator, Sustainer and Destroyer of creation.) Just because you are not able to see My three-headed form, how did you assume that the three heads do not exist? All three of My heads need rest; not just one. The small pillow that you have kept cannot accommodate all three heads. If you do not believe what I am saying, go and see the pillow on my bed". Smt. Bhavani, along with some other devotees went to Swami's room and saw the small pillow, which had an impression in the center corresponding to the central head and impressions at the edges of the pillows where the other two heads might have been.
All the devotees saw that and were shocked with surprise. By this incident, Swami proved that He should not be limited only to His visible physical form.
Swami is full without eating
One day, Swami was giving a discourse in Vijayawada. He was totally absorbed in giving the discourse and he did not stop to take food. When it was quite late, devotees asked Him to have some food. Swami said that He had already had food. The devotees were perplexed. They were with Him all evening and none had seen him have food. Swami explained that He had eaten the food that was offered to God in a temple in Chennai, which is several hundred kilometers from Vijayawada. He said that He had gone there in invisible form and partaken of the food. His devotees still would not believe Him and insisted that He should have some food with them. Finally, Swami asked them to smell his palms. Devotees could clearly smell sambar rice and curd rice, which are very popular dishes in the Chennai area.
Smt. Gayathri from Kuwait, was worried about her daughter's performance in studies. Gayathry called her mother in India and requested her to visit Swami on Gayathry's behalf and ask for His blessings for Gayathry's daughter's studies. Accordingly, Gayathry's mother visited Swami. On seeing Gayathri's mother, even before she could say anything, Swami spontaneously started singing a beautiful hymn on Goddess Saraswati (Goddess of knowledge). Swami also gave her a recording of this song and asked her to send it to Gayathry. He recommended that Smt. Gayathry and her daughter sing this hymn daily. He assured that the child would improve in her studies. The amazing thing is that He told all this even before Gayathry's mother had a chance to tell Him about the purpose of her visit.
Lord pats on the back
Once. a devotee called Smt. Sarita, was very depressed. She was thinking about Swami and to her surprise, He appeared to her in a vision. He patted her on her back to console her. However the pat on the back was more like a hard rap and her back became red for sometime. When Sarita called Swami, before she could say anything, Swami asked her to forgive Him for 'patting' her on the back so hard. Smt. Sarita was now doubly surprised and later revealed the incident to other devotees.
Showing the highest heaven
The scriptures mention fourteen worlds in creation"seven nether worlds, earth and six upper worlds. The nether worlds are like different degrees of hell and the upper worlds are different degrees of heaven. Our world, which includes earth and the universe as we know it, is the middle world. Normally, the greatest devotees of the Lord, who serve Him in His mission in this world, are sent to Satya Loka, which is fourteenth world. This is the abode of the Lord Himself. His devotees get His constant company in this world. However in His incarnation as Lord Krsna, the Lord was so impressed by the exceptional devotion of the Gopikas of Vrndavanam, that He created a fifteenth world called Goloka, higher than even the Satya Loka, especially for their sake. This fifteenth world, the Goloka, is the tribute of the Lord to His greater-than-the-greatest devotees, whom He treats as His crown jewels. Not even the greatest sages and gods can enter the Goloka.
Swami showed the Goloka to a young devotee called Priyanka. He sang a devotional song on Lord Krsna and she was transported to Goloka. She experienced infinite bliss in that world. When she was brought down to earth, she was disoriented and was unable to adjust here for a long time. She came back to normal when Swami sang a hymn on Lord Datta and placed His hand on her head.
Swami reads devotees' minds
A devotee called Smt. Bhavani asked Swami to repeat a certain verse, which was going on in her mind at that instant. Swami smiled and repeated it. On another occasion, while Swami was singing a devotional song, Ajay thought that it would be nice if Swami repeated a particular line in the song. Swami looked at Ajay, smiled and repeated that line. Another time, Ajay thought that Swami should ask him to type one of Swami's discourses that day. At that time, someone else used to do that sacred task everyday. Ajay was delighted when Swami asked him to type the discourse that day. There are many more examples when Swami has read the mind of His devotees and acted accordingly.
Swami applies kumkum
A devotee called Smt. Sujatha, once invited Swami for a function in her house. Swami could not attend it, but appeared to her in a vision. In the vision, He applied a vertical red mark (kumkum) with His finger on her forehead. Everyone present in the function saw the red mark on her forehead but could not see Swami standing before her.
Fixing a computer. Devotees of Swami were compiling a book on spontaneously composed devotional songs by Swami. The name of the book was "Bhakti Ganga", 'The Ganges (river) of Devotion'. The computer, on which the book was stored, refused to start, one day. A technician was called to fix the problem but he too was unable to get it to start. It appeared that all the data in the computer would be lost. When Swami heard of the problem, He came and sat before the computer and asked the technician to start it. The computer just started working as if nothing had happened. Swami joked that the River Ganga, was trapped in the matted locks of Lord Siva. By River Ganga, He meant the book on which they were working and by Lord Siva, He meant the computer, in which all the data was stored and could not be recovered. This refers to the mythological story that the River Ganga, descended from the heavens on earth with a stupendous force, which would have caused a lot of destruction. Lord Siva intercepted her fall, trapped her in His matted locks and later released her gradually.
Stopping printer. One day Sri Ajay was printing a document on a printer attached to his computer. The printer had just started printing, when Swami suddenly asked Ajay to stop the printing. Ajay said that it would not be possible to stop printing at that stage. Swami simply pointed at the printer and asked it to stop printing. Ajay kept staring the printer not knowing what to expect. When the sheet came out of the printer, he saw that it was blank. Swami had indeed stopped the printing.
Devotees see Swami's feet
Sri G. Lakshman and Sri Sharma have been blessed several times with the vision of Swami's feet at their altar, while they were doing their daily worship and prayers.
Granting samadhi experience
One day Swami told in one of His discourses that the great saint, and incarnation of the Lord, Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, gave the experience of samadhi to his disciple, Swami Vivekananda. Samadhi is a state of extreme bliss in which the person remains oblivious to his body or any troubles thereof. Swami Vivekananda remained in that state for three days continuously. He said that he was swimming in an ocean of bliss.
A devotee, Smt. Manjula, who heard this discourse from Swami was so fascinated that she began pestering Swami to give her that experience. Finally Swami agreed. He wrote something on her head with His finger. Immediately she went into the state of samadhi. For three days and three nights, she did not take any food or sleep. She remained with her eyes closed and shouting that she was swimming in the ocean of bliss. She was saying that waves of bliss were pulsating through her body. In this ecstatic condition, she even rode her moped on a busy road, with her eyes closed! The miracle was that she got back home safely. Other devotees were worried that she was totally out of control. They prayed to Swami to bring her back to normal. In spite of her spirited protests, Swami wrote something on her head again with His finger. As suddenly as she had gone into the state of samadhi, Manjula came out of it. She was praying to Swami to not bring her out of that immensely blissful state. However Swami had to bring her back to normal for her own good. This fascinating event was witnessed by all the devotees in Vijayawada.
Rocking a cradle
One day Swami was singing a devotional song on Goddess Kameswari in the house of Sri Shanmukha Kumar. Suddenly, a strong scent of camphor surrounded the devotees. A cradle, which was in that room, started rocking on its own for five minutes. The jingling of bangles and ornaments of the Goddess were heard by all devotees.
Light on the face
Once, when Miss. Gayatri, daughter of Smt. Lakshmi, looked at Swami after respectfully bowing to Him, she saw His face radiating a bright light. She told this to her mother, who did not believe in Swami before this incident. From that day onwards, she became a devotee of Swami.
Answering a devotee's doubt
Miss Kamala, a devotee of Swami, was getting ready to go to college. Before leaving, she bowed in front of the picture of Swami decorated as Lord Venkateswara. As she bowed, she thought, "Will Swami look like this in the upper world?" In a short while, Swami reached her house. He was received respectfully by her family. Without looking at Kamala, Swami said, "Today I declare to all of you; when you all come to the upper world, I will appear to you exactly as I appear in this photograph". Kamala was speechless.
Torn new shirt
Mr. P. Shandilya's parents wanted to make new clothes for him on the occasion of the Pongal festival. He was not happy with his parents spending money to make new clothes for him unnecessarily. Instead, he wanted them to donate the same money to Swami as Guru Daksina (donation made to the Guru). But his parents insisted upon making new clothes for him. Reluctantly, he accepted the clothes and wore them in the evening. However, the clothes were really very elegant and he was very much fascinated by them. To remove his undue fascination, Swami appeared to in a vision and told him, "These clothes are the dress of your body. But the body itself is a dress of your soul". Saying so, Swami tore Shandilya's new shirt. His family was horrified seeing his new shirt torn. Shandilya related his experience to them but they would not believe him. He told them that the torn shirt was evidence that Swami had indeed appeared to Him.
Dog of Lord Datta. On the day of Datta Jayanthi, a big function was going on. A large white dog walked into the house. It climbed the stairs and went to where Swami was, totally indifferent to people who were trying to drive it away without caring for those who were threatening it. It directly walked up to Swami, went around Him thrice and prostrated at the feet of Swami. This scene was photographed.
Preparing devotee for death. Recently, Sri C. B. K. Murthy, fell seriously ill and was admitted to the hospital. He called up Swami and prayed to Him for protection. But Swami told C. B. K. Murthy that he should develop detachment from his body and get ready to leave the body as one casts away one's torn old shirt. Swami promised to give him a divine vision of Lord Datta in his last moments. Sri C. B. K. Murthy felt discouraged. But gradually he realized the truth behind Swami's words. He told Sri Phani that he was ready to leave the shirt of his mortal body. His mind was now focussed completely on Swami. Swami told Phani that He was preparing to give C. B. K. Murthy, his last vision as He had promised. So saying, Swami went into a meditative mood. Phani quickly understood that C.B.K. Murthy did not have much time left. He opposed the decision of Swami and pleaded to Swami to prolong the life of Sri C. B. K. Murthy on the grounds that C. B. K. Murthy was the founder of the mission of Swami and was the first one to recognize Swami as Lord Datta. Finally Swami yielded. He agreed to withdraw His decision and spare the life of C. B. K. Murthy saying, "Since C. B. K. Murthy is now detached from his body, it is immaterial whether he leaves this body or retains it. Death does not necessarily mean detachment. Detachment is more important than death. When ordinary people die, they are unable to attain detachment from their body. Although the soul (subtle body) leaves the physical body in death, it acquires a new energetic body. The energetic body is a reflection of the physical body and the soul gets attached to the energetic body in the after-world. If C. B. K. Murthy has achieved detachment to his body, then there is no need for him to leave his body right now. That night, Swami went through terrible suffering. He showed all the symptoms that C. B. K. Murthy suffered from. Slowly, C. B. K. Murthy started recovering from his illness. By the next day, he was out of danger.
Who needs a pilgrimage! Sri Bhima Sankaram and Smt. Vasumathi are the parents of Sri Phani. Sri Bhima Sankaram proposed to go on a long pilgrimage to the Himalayas, including Badarinath and Kedarnath. Phani and his mother tried to talk him out of that idea saying that when the Lord himself was staying with them, there was absolutely no need to go all across the country and up in the Himalayas for a pilgrimage. The pilgrim centre is where is the Lord is not where ignorant people go. But Sri Bhima Sankaram did not agree with them and insisted on going. In his insistence on going for the pilgrimage, Sri Bhima Sankaram, had shown some deficiency in his faith on Swami. Finally, for the sake of Sri Bhima Sankaram, Phani and Vasumathi went along with him, on the pilgrimage. When they visited the holy temples in the Himalayas, Sri Bhima Sankaram saw Swami standing in place of the idols in each of the temples. Sri Bhima Sankaram hastily got back home and fell at the feet of Swami weeping. He related to Him the visions in the temples. He told Swami that he now realized that Swami alone was the Lord whom people worship in those temples.
Devotee reaches Brahmaloka. The mother of Sri Ajay was seriously ill. It was around the time that the financial budget was to be presented before the Indian Parliament. Swami told Ajay that He would take away the soul of his mother after the financial budget was presented in Parliament. True to Swami's word, Ajay's ailing mother passed away the day after the budget was presented. Swami promised Ajay that his mother would reach Brahmaloka, the highest heaven. Swami told everyone that she was granted Brahmaloka since she happened to be the mother of the great devotee, Ajay. Swami told that a similar incident had happened in the past when the mother of Adi Sankaracarya was granted Brahmaloka for her sole qualification of being the mother of Adi Sankaracarya. Surprisingly, two relatives of Ajay, who reside far away, and had not even received the news of Ajay's mother's demise, had independent visions of her. Each saw in the visions that Ajay's mother was radiating divine light and ascending to Brahmaloka, followed by two attendants of Lord Visnu. When they related their visions to other devotees, all were very happy for Ajay's mother.