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Posted on: 09 Oct 2016
O Learned and Devoted Servants of God,

17) Miracles on one Gurupurnima day: Swami did satsang in the house of Smt. Gayatri in Vijayawada on one Gurupurnima day and there was a big gathering of devotees. While Swami was singing devotional songs, divine scents of lotus flowers, sacred ash, sandal paste and camphor were emitted from Swami separately. Suddenly, Swami told looking the door, “There stands Gulaabi Baba, who has come to see Me”. Devotees rushed to door thinking that really Gulaabi Baba was there. Baba was not found by devotees, but, very strong flow of scent of Gulaabi (rose) flowers circulated at the door for a long time! Shri Lakshman saw the feet of Swami in bright blue colour. Swami sang a song from ‘Bhakti Ganga’ (book of devotional songs composed by Swami), which means “O Anaghaa! I came several times here even in the recent span of time and preached through several incarnations. There is no change in the mentality of humanity except that My throat got dried!” After this, Swami was lying on the floor by one side. My friend, Mr. Vishwanaath was shocked to see Swami as Shirdi Sai Baba. My friend was attacked with high B.P. and tension. Swami called him and asked “How I am looking?” Vishwanaath told “You are looking exactly as Sai Baba”. Swami asked “In what state am I now?” Vishwanaath replied “You are in the state of leaving Your body”. I insisted Swami not to leave the body in the middle of this spiritual programme and Swami agreed.

Swami’s comment: All these miracles were expressed on the holy day of Gurupurnima. Unless you draw the attention of the audience, you can’t preach the spiritual knowledge. When the teacher enters the class, he strikes the table with cane to bring silence and draw attention to his teaching. Miracle is also a cane in the hand of human incarnation to draw the attention of the devotee-students. Sometimes several strikings may be necessary depending on the intensity of indiscipline!

18) Hiding Sun in summer: On 28-04-2002, Swami performed a sacrifice called Brahma Yajna from 10 am onwards in which there is no burning of ghee in fire except giving food to poor people. Fire was used only to cook the food and not to burn the ghee. The Sun became very hot by that time itself and the sacrifice continued up to 1.30 pm. The heat was in climax by 11 am itself and devotees were unable to sit before the sacrifice. Then, Swami looked at the Sun for just 2 minutes. Immediately, dense black clouds were generated to cover the Sun and the atmosphere was perfectly cool till 2 pm by which time, all devotees finished the sacrifice and reached their houses. From 2 pm onwards, Sun was burning with double intensity. Swami told “I have adjusted the intensity of Sun so that finally the account is neutralised”.

Swami’s comment: All the natural and supernatural forces in the creation are totally under the control of the creator called unimaginable God, who exists in human incarnation. Such miracle indicates that God is omnipotent as well as unimaginable.

19) Showing presence in several places at the same time: On the festival, Datta Jayanti, in 2001, Swami was standing. A very big white dog looking like a huge wild tiger came, moved thrice round Swami and sat at the feet of Swami. A photo was taken, which was seen by several devotees latter on. Smt. Kumari, wife of Swami saw that photo and joked at Swami “Your devotees must have taken lot of time in several rehearsals to train this dog to do like that!” Swami smiled and thought to show a miracle to her. In course of time, Swami gave proof to her that He existed in several places in the same time on the same day and she was shocked. On the same day in the same time i) Swami existed in His native place in the house at 5 to 6 pm. ii) Swami existed in Guntur in a college teaching EAMCET [Coaching classes for Engineering entrance] from 5 to 6 Pm. iii) Swami existed in Vijayawada doing satsang in the house of Ajay from 5 to 6 pm. iv) Swami existed in the anniversary function of a college existing outside Narasaraopet town. Swami was in the function of college in the evening (5 to 6 pm) while Swami was present in His house in the same time talking with an I.T. Officer regarding the I.T. rules. v) Swami existed in Railway station of Dadar at Mumbai between 5 to 6 pm talking with devotees working in Income Tax department. All these five incidents were proved to happen between 5 to 6 pm on the very same day only and this was proved by the net of mutual enquiries done by devotees. Swami’s wife was shocked with one contradiction itself that Swami existed in house talking with IT officer and Swami existed in the function of college outside the city from 5 pm onwards and was dropped at home by a devotee called Parthasaarathi in his car at 10 p.m. and Swami was sleeping in home already! She was too much shocked when other contradictions also reached her through devotees. Swami asked His shocked wife “Do you say that this is also rehearsal of My devotees?”

Swami’s comment: The unimaginable God can create the same human forms in different places in the same time on the same day. All the plan of this miracle of miracle is only to show that unimaginable God beyond the scope of the brains of all human beings exists beyond the creation, which can also enter the creation in the human form.

20) Appearing before Sarita in Guntur while staying in Vijayawada: One day, Smt. Sarita, a strong devotee of Swami was weeping alone in her house due to some family problem. Swami was in Vijayawada. Swami appeared before her and told “why fear when I am here?” She phoned to Swami in Vijayawada saying about the vision. Swami replied “While saying that, I patted your back strongly. Is your back pained?” Sarita replied “Yes. The skin of my back is still having burning sensation after Your strong patting”! Latter on Sarita explained all this to the devotees at Vijayawada.

Swami’s comment: This miracle shows that God will use His miraculous power to give mental strength to His real devotees to face the problems in the life, which are only own fruits of past deeds. If necessary, God gives relief by postponing the fruits to next birth adding interest. If the devotee is exceptional, God is prepared to undergo the punishment of the sin of His devotee without his/her knowledge since a real devotee never agrees to this.

21) Giving proof to be present in function: Smt. Sujata is a strong devotee of Swami. Her mother, Smt. Padmavati along with Sujata prayed Swami to attend a marriage function in their house at Vijayawada. Swami couldn’t attend being in His native place. Both felt very bad. Smt. Padmavati started feeling too much in a specific time. Suddenly, the marriage music started singing a Telugu song of Tyagaraaja on Lord Krishna “Samayaaniki tagu maatalaadene... (Meaning: Krishna always spoke words that suit the situation)”. Whenever Swami visited the house of Sujata, Smt. Padmavati always requests and insists Swami to sing that song alone and Swami always fulfilled her request. Smt. Padmavati felt that Swami is present in the function. While the marriage feast was going on, Sujata also felt much about the absence of Swami in the function. Immediately, a horizontal strip of sacred ash with a vertical line of red Kumkuma powder appeared on her forehead. Only Swami puts such mark on the foreheads of devotees whenever they bow to Him. On seeing the mark, her son asked “did Swami come?” She replied negatively. Then, he enquired about the mark on her forehead. She saw that in mirror and was astonished to feel the presence of Swami in the function.

In Hyderabad, the granddaughter of Rama Murthy, a good devotee of Swami, got very high fever. His wife prayed Swami present in their house. Swami came near that girl and rubbed His thumb horizontally and vertically on the forehead of the girl. Swami took meals just then and washed His hands after taking meals. A horizontal strip of sacred ash and vertical strip of red kumkuma powder appeared on the forehead as observed by all! The fever disappeared immediately!

Swami’s comment: God always gives top most importance to keep His devotees happy as far as possible adjusting the divine administration with unimaginable talent so that neither law is broken nor the real devotee suffers. Swami’s physical presence in the function is imaginable domain. Proving His presence by a miracle is unimaginable domain. He uses both as per the necessity of the context and also as per so many other points involved. We always see one angle only for the action of Swami. But, Swami sees several angles in selecting imaginable or unimaginable domain as per the context of a specific situation in view of future spiritual plans.

22) Giving strong proof of human incarnation: Smt. Sumati was very sincere devotee of Swami, who saw Swami in the photo of Lord Venkateshwara. Her husband is a bank employee and was a very strong devotee of Lord Venkateshwara, who believes that only the statue in Tirupati is God. His wife tried to convince him about the concept of human incarnation. He never agreed. She prayed Swami to convince him through a miracle. Swami said “devotion depends on the samskara that was following the soul from several births and a miracle can’t change it”. Sumati insisted Swami saying that nothing is impossible to Datta. Swami agreed and promised her that He will try His level best. Immediately, her husband started inhaling very strong scent of lotus flowers continuously day and night without a gap of even one minute! He checked his house thoroughly saying “I think, Swami, being a professor of Chemistry, must have hidden some chemical in my house during his visits, which gives the odour”. Nothing was found on thorough searches. Moreover, the scent was continuously coming along with him even if he goes to office. To get rid of this scent, he went hundreds of kilometers far from Vijayawada, but, the scent doesn’t leave him. Sumati tried to convince him about Swami, the human incarnation. He lost his health, became very sick with that scent, but, still says that the statue at Tirupati alone is God. Sumati came to Swami and prayed to withdraw the scent since her husband was seriously ill. The scent was associated with him continuously for 30 days, but no trace of change! Swami joked with Sumati “how many scent bottles were spent by Me on your husband since you insisted for the miracle! At least, pay the cost of these scent bottles!” The scent disappeared and Swami proved that a miracle can’t change the firm thought.

Swami’s comment: This miracle is very rigid and the person to be changed is more rigid! Change comes only through spiritual knowledge. Miracle can only help the change to some extent. Mere miracle has no use without the main spiritual knowledge. Miracle added to spiritual knowledge is like salt added to a dish in cooking, which is eaten with good taste. Mere miracle like the salt alone cannot be even eaten.

23) At Brundavanam with mother and aunt: While Swami was 18 years old, doing Ph.D., He took His mother and paternal aunt on pilgrimage to North India. In gratefulness of pains taken by Swami in taking them to every holy place in North India, His aunt presented Swami a flute purchased by her at Brundavanam. Swami was very happy with that gift, climbed a tree and sat on its branch at Brundavanam singing songs on flute. The mother and aunt were in hurry to visit the temple at 4 pm and asked Swami to accompany them. Swami told “you leave Me, the alive Krishna here and go to see My statue there! Now, you can’t see that statue also”. The aunt and mother neglected the words of Swami and went to temple since they got already the information that temple will open at 4 pm. The temple was not opened at 4 pm on that day and they sat there up to 6 pm. They returned with disappointment. Swami told that they neglected His words. He got down from the tree and told “Let us go to the temple, which is opened just now”. They went and found the temple being opened as they arrived there. On enquiry, it was found that the priest going on some work gave key to his relative, who forgot to go to the temple. The actual priest returned from work and rushed to the temple by that time knowing that his relative forgot to go to the temple.

Swami’s comment: Any human incarnation is related to the other human incarnation in essence because the alive activity controlled only by the same inner unimaginable God existing in every human incarnation. The activity of life-awareness is related to the souls in all human beings. The souls are disconnected since each soul is identified with a set of qualities and the qualities differ from one soul to the other so that connection between souls does not exist. The inner unimaginable God beyond all qualities stands as one common entity in all the human incarnations. This untouched unimaginable God connects the qualities of one human incarnation to the other and thus interlink between all the human incarnations exists.

24) Enquiry about Swami: Shri Ramnath enquired Shri Chhaayaa Sastry, a great foreteller at Mumbai, asking to tell something about Datta Swami. He told “How could you catch Him? Generally, He does not allow people to come near Him!” Devotees thought that on hearing the name of Datta Swami, the foreteller might have guessed about Datta to speak like that. Shri Ramnath went to a hill in Kerala on which a very great saint (Avadhuta) exists foretelling, consulted by lot of public. Shri Ramnath asked him to tell about his friend ‘Venugopala Krishna Murthy’ (the original name of Shri Datta Swami). By this the foreteller can’t guess anything about the divine line. The saint told that He is very great ‘Mahaan’. Then Shri Ramnath asked “Like Rama and Krishna?” The saint replied “He is far greater than those mentioned by you, who are nothing before Him”. Devotees were terribly shocked by the answer. On hearing this, Swami told “Datta told like that through the saint in such exaggerated manner, only with a view to remove the doubt forever. Where are Rama and Krishna and where is this petty fellow, not deserving even to utter their holy names!”

Swami’s comment: The best proof is the inner consciousness only. It can be assisted by sharp analysis, if necessary taking the help of debates and discussions and study of scriptures. It is very dangerous to consult such foretellers. It is alright, if the foreteller is genuine. We can’t distinguish genuine from false foretellers. Such approach is always risky. Since Ramnath is top most devotee of Shri Akkalkot Maharaj, who is in no way different from Shri Datta Swami, Akkalkot Maharaj entered both those foretellers to save His dearest devotee, Ramnath. God will certainly help the devotee not only in the materialistic line but even more and more in the spiritual line, which alone is the most important that continues with the soul from one birth to the other.

25) Introducing Swami to Nikhil: Nikhil and his wife Devi were very great devotees of Swami. Nikhil visited one great saint, who told him “You are going to meet the absolute God shortly”. Then, suddenly Swami was introduced to him through messages of Swami! He experienced the words of that saint through the excellent spiritual knowledge of Swami, which is the greatest identity of God.

Swami’s comment: The prediction or foretelling in the case of Ramnath and Nikhil are genuine, but, there is every possibility for even genuine to err. This is the reason why Lord Datta possessed them and spoke in order to help both these good devotees. What I say is that you should not go simply by what others say. You must analyse in the light of the scripture and then only decide whether someone is the human form of God or not. Lord Krishna said that He is God in several places of the Gita. Nobody will contradict his own statement. But, Lord Krishna said that whatever said in the Gita should be analysed before its acceptance (Vimrushyaitat...).The scripture and analysis should go hand in hand to get the correct version of the scripture.

26) Shri Narasimha Yogi’s experience: Shri Yogi at Vijayawada was in the line of monism in the spiritual knowledge by which the devotee feels that he is the God directly, which is the misunderstood (by others) philosophy of Shankara. One day, Swami entered the house of Shri Yogi along with His four disciples initiated in the initial time. Then, Shri Yogi saw Swami with those four disciples surrounding, Shri Yogi was very much shocked to see God Dattatreya coming into his house along with the four mighty dogs! While preaching the spiritual knowledge to Shri Yogi, Swami told “Datta is God and the devoted soul is dog. One must become DOG before becoming the reverse GOD! Dog means full faith and total surrender in service to its master”. A friend of Yogi sitting by his side told Swami “why all this meaningless spiritual effort? Every soul is already God. You are already God and no need of any Datta”. Swami replied “My ego is still in the earlier tender stage. It has not become so stiff and hard, still, so that I can accept your advice!”

Swami’s comment: One should differentiate between the monism between God and soul with respect to human incarnation and the monism of any soul to be God due to ignorance and egoism. Krishna said that He is God. A demon like Ravana also said that he is God. The monism based on the concept of human incarnation and the monism based on concept of egoistic ignorance are totally different. One can become God provided he always feels that he is the dog at the feet of God. As long as you confirm yourself as dog, you will be treated as God by God. If you treat yourself as God, God will reverse you to make you dog and you are falling even below your normal level of soul.

27) Keeping up word given to Dr. Annapurna: Dr. Annapurna worked in Dakshina Hindi Prachara Sabha in Kerala with very very low salary. She was often visiting Swami and was doing the divine service of translating knowledge of Swami into Hindi. Swami wanted to encourage her profession and salary. Swami advised her to apply to the post of Reader in Universities. After some time, she told Swami that the selection committees in Universities did not consider her even for the post of lecturer, which is below Reader. Swami told “I told about the Reader’s post and not lecturer’s post. Don’t go for lecture’s post. You apply to Reader’s post when you see the next advertisement.” People couldn’t understand this because when even the lower post is not coming, Swami is always speaking about the higher post! She applied to Reader’s post on seeing the next advertisement and got selected in spite of so many objections and quarrels between members of selection committee. The quarrels went up to the Chancellor (president of country). Swami told her “Why should you worry when the president of the world is standing by you?” She became professor also in due course in Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwa Vidyalaya (International Central University)!

Swami’s comment: Whenever God decides to do something, no force in this creation can even shake that decision. The reason is that the decision of God is final result of fire-analysis of both Pravrutti and Nivrutti. The devotee need not fear about the defeat in such case because such defeat will make God defeated, which can never happen even in dream. Such decision is taken by God if you serve Him practically with practical sacrifice without aspiring fruit in return. In such case, no account can exist in such highest bond with God. Such bond is higher than the business-deal (practical fruit for practical service and theoretical fruit for theoretical devotion), which is greater than the prostitute-deal (practical fruit for theoretical devotion). The first is Nivrutti, second is Pravrutti and third is Aasurivrutti, the lowest.

28) Proving Divine support: a) Swami’s eldest son was working in a Bank at Mumbai. One day, he asked permission from his boss to go early by his usual first class compartment of a local train that starts in a specific time. The boss granted permission, but after some time, cancelled it without any reason. He scolded the boss in mind. Suddenly, he heard the news that the same compartment of the same train was bombed by terrorists. He phoned to his father (Swami) at once and told the whole incident except his scolding in mind. In the end, Swami told him “you scolded Me so much in your mind for helping you!” This means Swami cancelled the permission through the boss! This phone conservation took place in presence of devotees, who were informed about the whole story by Swami’s son. Swami’s son told the devotees “See. One day, I will become the greatest devotee of my father, Swami”.

b) Ajay dedicated lot of work and money to Swami to such extent that none can imagine it. Swami told Ajay that Datta is very much pleased with him and will certainly bless his son and daughter in settling their lives. Accordingly, both were settled in jobs in amazing way. The case of the son was very much interesting. He was selected in every interview. In some interviews, he gave only wrong answers to see that how Swami can help him! Still, he was selected in those interviews also! Finally, he selected one company rejecting all the other offers. The company delayed his appointment-letter and later on (when all other appointments were refused and got closed) suggested him that the appointment may not be materialized and that he should search some other job. He was worried. On hearing this, Swami told that if the company doesn’t appoint him, Datta is insulted and not he! He got the appointment from that company! Swami told Ajay “You always did practical sacrifice in the service of Datta, who is blessing you always since you did not aspire for any fruit in return for your sacrifice and service”.

Swami’s comment: God always works through human beings to protect His devotees. If we don’t recognize God and feel that everything is probability and coincidence only, such soul is lost forever like a blind man can never see, a deaf can never hear and a dumb can never talk. Sharp analysis can reveal the truth. The boss gave permission as human being. Then, the boss cancelled the permission without giving any reason. Don’t you find the entry of God into the boss by sharp analysis of the point? The son of Ajay is also totally dedicated to Swami like his father. The responsibility of God is reinforced in view of Ajay and his son separately. God will never ignore such situation leaving to the cycle of deeds. The more you do practical service with practical sacrifice, more will be the justified duty of God to help you practically as per the practical account in Pravrutti. But, in Nivrutti since there is no aspiration for fruit in return, there is no account between God and devotee. When Draupadi prayed God for cloths, God Krishna verified her account and found a piece of cloth sacrificed to His wounded finger for bandage. If her devotion is only pravrutti, God would have given her the same piece of cloth with added interest, which can be a towel at the maximum. He multiplied the piece of cloth in infinite number of saris because Draupadi did not bring a small piece of cloth from some old cloth. In fact, all the eight wives of Lord ran for old cloth! She tore her new silk sari at once for the bandage and such sacrifice is Nivrutti-devotion since she did not tear aspiring for some fruit in the future. She actually tore her new sari at once without any loss of time in searching old cloth. In fact, she was sitting in the sacrifice-ritual and she knows that if the new sari is torn on that occasion, she will lose all wealth and in fact she lost it within very short time. But, she never blamed the Lord even in her mind! In such case, the action of God is also without any account based on ‘love for love’.

29) Materializing cloud of sacred ash: One day, while Swami was doing satsang in the house of C B K Murthy, Swami emitted the scent of sacred ash to such extent that the scent filled the house and travelled into the street with lot of intensity. People travelling in the street were also surprised and entered the house of C B K Murthy enquiring about the scent! Ajay was not in the house at that time. In the evening when Ajay came back and heard this incident, he felt very much that he was unlucky to inhale that scent. Swami told him “You are the greatest devotee of Lord Shiva and you will be blessed with a higher miracle”. After this, Ajay went out on his bike for some work in market. While going, a very dense cloud of sacred ash materialized around his head like a whirlpool and its divine scent was unimaginable and inexplicable! Ajay stopped the bike due to inability to ride, took it aside the road and started enjoying the cloud and its scent laughing loudly with extreme happiness. Passengers on the road looked at him with surprise. After one hour, he returned and explained the miracle to all the devotees. Swami told “the sacred ash, which has fallen from the body of Lord Shiva during His dance, just then only, surrounded your head. This is the reason for such inexplicable scent. We inhaled only the scent, you saw the sacred ash with your eyes and inhaled its scent with nose. You are blessed in double way!”

Swami’s comment: One should not be hasty to get the grace from God. The grace will appear to the specific devotee in specific time as planned by God. You should go on with your practical sacrifice and service without aspiring for any fruit even if you see some devotee getting the fruit from God. You shouldn’t be discouraged thinking that God has forgotten to give you the fruit. This may happen with human boss but not with God-boss. God is going to give you a far better fruit to you in some latter time, which is proper for you as per the plan of God. Ajay was given a far better fruit, which is not only inhaling the scent but also vision of the sacred ash with eyes. Shankara says that the first requirement is ‘Shama’, which means patience. If you are detached from the fruit, patience is a natural consequence of it. Ofcourse, in the case of the purest devotee like Ajay, the hasty feeling indicates only the intensity of his devotion to God as said by Narada Bhakti Sutra ‘Parama vyaakulataa’ (impatience).

30) Giving vision of three divine forms: on 29-02-2002 Smt. Bharati Devi is a strong devotee of Swami at Narasaraopeta town. One day she told Swami “You are always showing miracles to devotees of Vijayawada only. Does it mean Your devotees in other places are not real and deserving?” Swami smiled and gave very intensive vision to her, which in her own words is “A Shiva Lingam of very bright light appeared on the chest of Swami in very small size and started growing. I stood with shock and looked at His face. Two vertical lines of light appeared as if His face is being cut in to three and three radiating faces appeared. I was dumb stuck and started to bend to touch His feet. Even before I bent, suddenly a very bright wheel of light energy appeared on the figure of Swami, which was rotating with unimaginable speed. In the wheel five colours appeared whereas on the edge of the wheel only three, red-blue-white colours existed. I couldn’t almost close my eyes for about 15 minutes. I doubted whether all this was illusion and inserted my finger in to the wheel to test the physical reality. My finger was hit by very strong electric shock and I withdrew my finger back at once. The finger was senseless and static for several days after this incident. Swami told that the five colours of the wheel were five elements. The wheel represents creation and its edge is the infinite boundary of universe which is God consisting red Brahma, blue Vishnu and white Shiva. Swami told that all the visions put together as single vision is given to me. My life is totally fulfilled.”

Swami’s comment: This is very powerful and total vision of three divine forms expressed together as Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu through Shiva Lingam, Radiation of face called Brahma Tejas and Wheel of Vishnu. In spite of even such total and complete vision, the devotee doubted it as a possible illusion and inserted her finger into the wheel. The shock and static state of finger for several days only convinced her about the reality of vision!

31) Stopping cyclone in a small area: Swami performed the marriage of His daughter in the small garden (in open atmosphere) under the Audumbara tree (said to be important for Datta) establishing a shrine of Datta under the tree with a Shamiyana (open room of cloth material) around. Since it was the earlier span of May month, no rains were expected. All the devotees were doing services with lot of devotion. Suddenly, a very strong cyclone appeared with terrible wind and intensive rain. The Shamiyana can’t withstand even small wind. It was dam sure that it will be thrown away. Devotees suggested to shift the function to a nearby building. Swami did not agree to shift it since He was firm about the marriage to take place under that tree only. All were in the climax of tension. As the cyclone started, Swami looked at the sky seriously and the cyclone stopped at once within the boundaries of that small garden! Due to the cyclone, just outside the garden, huge trees also have fallen due to powerful wind. The garden became very pleasant with A/C atmosphere!

Swami’s comment: My daughter is a strong devotee of Datta and her devotion only made Datta to stop the cyclone in the place of marriage through Me. There is a rule that the human incarnation should not use miraculous powers for selfish purpose. Even in the case of My first son, he was strongly devoted to God Hanuman and Adi Shankaraachaarya from the childhood and his devotion only saved him. I can’t obstruct the miracle when Datta wished it, saying that such miracle may tarnish My personality with blame for misusing power for selfish purpose.

 

(Shiva Lahari is completed)

 

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