Devotees Test Swami
Saint tests Swami
Swami was in a temple in a holy place called Srisailam along with Sri C. Bala Krishna Murthy, his wife and other devotees. A saint called as Narandra Swamiji was standing some distance away from Swami and had a doubt about Swami. He was not sure whether He was really an advanced soul with super natural powers. He decided to put his doubt to test.
He thought that if Swami indeed had some powers, then He would be able to read his mind. So, Narendra Swamiji thought in his mind that Swami should walk back to an old broken bell that hung from the ceiling, jump up and ring it. That particular bell was not used by any devotees who visited the temple, since it was broken. As the saint thought this, Swami immediately walked back, jumped and rang the old unused bell. Then He looked at the doubting saint in the eye and smiled.
The saint approached Swami and revealed to Swami's devotees how he had tested Swami. In those days Swami never claimed that He was Lord Datta. All He used to say that He was a devotee of Lord Datta. Therefore none of Swami's devotees knew any different. Sri C. Bala Krishna Murthy told the saint that Swami was a great devotee of Lord Datta and that He had a vision of Lord Datta too. The saint was jealous and mocked at Swami shouting "You say you have seen Lord Datta? Lord Datta is never seen in this age of materialism (kali yuga). You have only seen some ghost and mistook it for Lord Datta".
Swami immediately recognized that the saint was full of jealousy and said to him, "I know you were kicked out of the monastery, by your Guru for your jealousy and egoism. Go back and surrender to Him". The saint posed as if no such thing had happened. He dismissed Swami's advice and walked away. Swami returned back to where they were staying, along with other devotees. The devotees were very much disturbed due to this incident. In the meanwhile, the saint, who was well versed in black magic, performed some ritual to invoke some evil power to harm Swami. Divine Mother Candi, the Goddess of Destruction, who was the deity, he worshipped, appeared to him and knocked him on his head with the golden rings on her fingers. It was such a hard knock that the saint later said that he saw several stars in broad daylight. She ordered him to go to Swami and apologize. The saint ran to Swami at once and fell at His feet and apologized profusely. He also admitted that whatever Swami had told him earlier was correct. His Guru had indeed kicked him out of his monastery for his ego and jealousy. From that day onwards, He became disciple of Swami.
Ticket from the Lord
Sri S. Chandrasekhar, an engineer from Kuwait came to India to meet Swami. He was traveling by train to Vijayawada. He had boarded the train but he did not have a seat reservation. The train was hopelessly crowded and he was standing in the aisle. He entered an air conditioned bogie hoping to find some vacant seat; however, there was none. Then he thought for a moment and said to himself that if Swami really had divine powers He would certainly find a seat for him; Swami would not want a devotee coming to meet Him, to suffer. No sooner did he think thus than a ticket collector tapped him on the shoulder. He turned back thinking that the ticket collector would perhaps fine him for entering an air conditioned reserved compartment without a reservation. On the contrary, the ticket collector offered him a seat saying that a certain passenger was getting off on the next station and that Chandrashekhar could have his place. The ticket collector also said that there was no need to pay any additional amount to claim the seat. Normally when an unreserved passenger is offered a vacant seat in a reserved compartment, he has to pay a difference in fares. In case of air conditioned compartment, this difference can be substantial. Chandrashekhar had to pay nothing.
When he reached Vijayawada and met Swami, he narrated the incident. He asked Swami why he never had to pay the difference in fares. Swami answered that when Chandrashekhar had asked Swami to give him a seat in the train, he had not mentioned about any additional charges. So Swami had decided that he should not be made to pay extra charges.
Devotee tests Swami
Smt. Pushpa (USA), sister of Sri G. Lakshman had some problem and she prayed to Swami to solve some problem that she was facing, that very day, as a proof that He possessed superpowers. Her problem was solved the same day. This was the first time she had tried to test Swami. Another time, she forgot her keys inside her house and was locked outside. She prayed to Swami to help her. Immediately, an unknown person came, helped her open the door, and left. On yet another occasion, Swami appeared in her dream as Lord Panduranga. She called Swami the next morning and wept to Him. He told Him that it had been her wish for many years to have a vision of Lord Panduranga. The day she got this dream was the day Swami first stepped into the home of Sri G. Lakshman.
Swami shows proof
Valli was telling some of her relatives about Swami. However they would not believe in Him. They told her that they would not believe her unless they had a first hand evidence of His divine powers. As they said these words, they got a sweet fragrance of lotus flowers. They immediately became devotees of Swami.
Swami beats red tape
Smt. A. Gayatri (wife of Mr. Bhaskar) needed an approval for the site of a house, from the office of the district collector. However her case had been pending for months, caught in red tape. Gayatri was at her wits end and prayed to Swami to solve her problem that very day as a proof that His Will alone prevailed in the world.
Then she went on her usual round of the collector's office to plead to the officials there to resolve her case. As usual, the officials told her that the collector was very busy and that she would have to come some other time. She was about to give up hope when the collector came out of his office to go to a meeting with the chief minister. The collector saw Gayatri and asked her what the matter was. She explained that it was only a simple matter of getting an approval letter form his office to a house-site that she was buying. The collector immediately asked one of his officers to immediately type the required letter. The collector waited till the letter was typed, signed it and only then left for his meeting. Gayatri was so surprised that the collector had waited and done her job even though he was scheduled to meet with the chief minister. In her mind she paid obeisance to Swami, who had proved to her that His Divine Will alone prevailed in this world.