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Posted on: 24 Jun 2022

               

Miraculous Experiences blessed by my Sadguru, Shri Datta Swami

[By Priyanka Seethepalli]

Namaskaram to all devotees. Due to Swami’s grace, my family and I could meet Swami for the first time in Vijayawada at Shri Balakrishnamurthy garu’s (Tatagaru’s) house. I believe it was in the year 1999. I also met several great devotees like Shri Ajay garu, Shri Phani garu, Shri Sharma garu, etc. on the same day in their house. It was an unforgettable and extraordinary day, where for the first time I felt like my life suddenly found its missing piece, clear goal and purpose.

During my childhood, among the usual worldly things, I grew up listening to devotional songs and watching various serials and movies about God on T.V. Whenever I used to watch serials like Shri Krishna/Mahabharata/Ramayana, I used to think how lucky those people are, who got to meet God in person whereas I didn’t have the same opportunity as them. I used to think that the next incarnation was Kalki avatar only and used to feel disappointed. Therefore, I always desired to time travel into the past and become one among the local people who could see God or at least watch the entire Ramayana and Mahabharata being invisible to everyone there and come back. I wanted to observe everything about Lord Rama and Lord Krishna and watch famous scenes from the stories in real-time. I always felt a void within me, as if something was missing in my life or I was seeking something that I was not aware of. All I observed was that I used to feel the happiest when I used to visit temples and watch all sorts of serials and movies about God.

As I grew up around 13 years old, I watched a movie called Shri Datta Darsanam, and heard about God Dattatreya for the first time. I was completely fascinated and this time also, the same desire sprouted again – How I wish I could also meet Lord Dattatreya. Never in my dreams, I thought that in this life itself, at the same age of 13 yrs old, I will be blessed to meet the same Lord Krishna, the same Lord Dattareya as Shri Datta Swami, Who is the paripurna avataaram of Parabrahman Himself! What a rich privileged life You have blessed us with Swami, where we can not only see You, but talk to You, learn knowledge from You directly, ask any doubts, experience Your love, kindness, and power no matter where we are. I could have never imagined that one day, I could talk to God Himself with a direct phone call! How unbelievable is this facility given to us! This is only a wild imagination for many people in this world. But, for all of us, this is very real!

Coming to miraculous experiences, Swami has blessed me and my family with several experiences like emitting lotus scent frequently, protecting us from danger, along with many other incidents. I’d like to take this opportunity to share some of my most recent experiences that show our Swami’s unimaginable power of omniscience and omnipotence, along with His unimaginable patience, care, and kindness.

This incident happened last year in July 2021. I stepped out of my house to buy a few things from a supermarket, which is right next to our house, but took the opportunity to be away from home to call Swami. I thought it can be a quick call but it turned out to be a longer one. On one hand, I was very happy to talk to Swami, but on the other hand, I got a bit nervous that everyone in the family may question me about my delay in returning home. I had to buy only 3-4 items from the shop, and I should have been home in 15-20 mins at the max. Therefore, I started shopping and went back home while I was still on phone with Swami. When I reached, I expressed my nervousness to Swami that since I was away for longer time, I don’t know what my family will say. To which, Swami replied that He Himself will speak to handle the situation if I am questioned! After Swami said this, the call ended. I was very excited to see what was going to happen, and bravely rang the doorbell to face my family. I was very excited and curious at the same time to see what was going to happen. When I entered my house, instead of everyone asking me what took me so long, I was asked, “How come you came home so early? Didn’t you just leave?! It seemed like you just left and came back!” I was shocked and amused at the same time! Except this comment, no one bothered to ask me anything! You all can see how Swami can reverse situations to save us if need be! Thank you for this wonderful moment, Swami!

Recently, some family friends were supposed to come to our house for a night stay on Friday night. Due to time difference between India and Canada, Satsang on Saturdays starts at 10am for me. That means, if these friends came over on Friday night, not only I had to socialize with them till late night, but also take care of everyone’s food next morning. This meant I had to miss the Satsang. I was feeling very irritated and upset regarding this situation even though I know I can always listen to the recording later. I expressed this to Swami in my mind and pleaded Him to do something to cancel this situation somehow. Within couple of minutes, I got a text message from my friend which said that they suddenly changed their mind and won’t be coming to our house anymore! This simple incident shows yet again how Swami is always aware of our inner most thoughts, feelings and wishes. He is always with all of us no matter where we are. Thank You so much for taking care of such petty things also Swami and helping me attend Satsang that day.

I would like to share another recent miracle, which occurred roughly 2 weeks ago. Since a very young age, I observed my mother offer cooked rice to the birds everyday to feed them. While I was living in USA, I tried to do the same when I spotted some birds around our house. Never once any bird ate any rice (cooked or raw) that I offered. They only ate the store-bought bird food mix. Now in Canada, birds like sparrows were also not eating anything. As such we get to see birds only 3 or 4 months in a year when the weather is warm. I tried only once in summer last year and as expected, the birds did not touch any cooked or raw rice. I decided I should just give up for good and stopped trying thereafter. We all have heard several times from Swami that food should never be wasted. There is no concept of maids who come here daily so that I can at least give it to them the same day itself. You don’t find beggars on the street or stray dogs as well. So instead of throwing food, I always consume any leftovers. In the present summer, I got tempted to try just one more time. This time, I was speaking to Swami in my mind that I am tired of eating left over rice all the time, and also that I never got a chance to feed birds like many others do in India. I was hoping Swami could make these birds eat it somehow. I spread the rice in my varendah, which is right outside the kitchen and went inside. I completely forgot about it. After few hours when I came into the same room, to my surprise, I saw some birds eating all the rice! It was an unbelievable shocking sight! This had never happened before! I wanted to offer the birds some food at least once more to check if they will eat again. Each time the birds came and ate it all! You all can see Swami’s extreme kindness here! Nowadays, I feel so happy to cook extra rice or chapati for them and watch them eat all day long. Thank You Swami for sending these magical birds for me to feed them.

As you have all seen, Swami has been blessing us with His photos decorated as various forms of God. In December 2021, our very own Laxmi Thrylokya had reached out to me asking if I can work on Swami’s photo to decorate Him as various forms of God. I was surprised that she had even approached me when I had never done something like this before! I was doing a course in a college back then and had learnt photoshop as part of my course. I was learning only for 3 months before she had asked me! I expressed to her that I was not confident of doing it, and that I only knew basics of photoshop since I learnt it recently. I told her that she can ask someone who knows the software well so that, the work will be done properly. She encouraged me by saying that I can learn from YouTube videos and just try one photo. She also said not to worry or be scared and that ultimately Swami will show me the way. That line stuck with me and made me realize that no matter what, how will I be the real doer of God’s work anyway? If I truly believed that I am the doer, then ego has already creeped into me. At the same time, I wanted to put in whatever human effort as sincerely as possible and kept remembering myself that Swami will show me the way. I agreed to try and Thrylokya said I could pick any form of God from the list she provided me with. I gravitated to start with the form of Lord Vishnu. I opened Youtube as well as photoshop on my laptop feeling both excitement and nervousness. I reminded myself that Swami will show me the way and I am only an inert instrument. I searched for specific tutorials on Youtube and I never had to go on looking for the right video. In the very first search itself, the very first video was most apt for learning what was needed to start! Swami was already guiding me. I started enjoying the process, since this was another way to experience Swami’s presence with me. With every step of the way, Thrylokya and I were discussing how we can make the photo better. During that process, I was unhappy about the existing pearls on Lord Vishnu’s base image as it was very hazy. We had decorated the Lord with real jewellery pieces, real flowers, gemstones, etc. But only the pearls on Swami were not satisfactory. When I tried to bring in a real pearl chain from the internet, the resolution was horrible after I resized it. Therefore, I used a basic brush tool to draw white circles representing pearls. They were looking flat compared to rest of the jewellery. I was dissatisfied but chose to move on and refine other parts of the image feeling nothing else can be done. Suddenly, a round 3D white pearl appeared on screen when I clicked my mouse. I was shocked and looked at it closely. It had the perfect satin sheen of a real pearl! It looked like a shiny white sphere on screen! I had not even changed my settings! I simply clicked on the screen again and another white pearl appeared! Immediately realizing that this is a big miracle happening right in front of my eyes, I overlapped each of those circles I drew earlier with these miraculous 3D pearls! I continued and applied as many pearls as I can to decorate the Lord. Later, I checked out different brush settings and never found something that gave the same effect. Those pearls appeared when I needed them and once the job was done, they disappeared. All I remember is that, it was simply pinching me in my heart that pearls were not perfect on Swami. But, our Swami is omniscient! He hears it all, He knows it all, and granted me with these divine pearls. Working on Lord Vishnu’s image was overall a very sweet and emotional process for me. I may not remember the exact moment in the process, but strong lotus scent was also emitted by Swami. Swami’s ways are so unimaginable as you all can see. He was with me every step of the way.

I am sharing all this so that nobody should ever feel worried or scared to do any work of Swami that comes our way. You all may already know this, but any work is a blessing from Swami and a golden opportunity to experience His presence with us. Only if He chooses to uplift us, He will bless us to serve Him. This itself is the greatest privilege. The learning that Swami has given me through this process is that when we feel we are the doers, then only that fear will enter us. When we realize we are only like an inert instrument and leave everything to Him, excitement and courage will only enter us. There was another example which Swami had explained sometime ago that Shri Surya ji recently reminded me of. We all can see the electric fan. It is only an inert object and has no value by itself. Only when electricity flows through it, it turns, and we experience cool breeze. But we think that the object-fan itself is giving us the cool breeze! The real reason is the unseen electricity behind it! The inert fan by itself has no value. Similarly, we are only like inert objects, with a value of zero. When Swami decides to do something through us, He provides us with that electricity. He is the ultimate doer. He only gives credit to the fan. It reminds me of a specific incident in my childhood, where my father made me a model of one of Earth’s satellites for a science fair at school. All I did was help with simple things, get actively involved in the process of making it, then happily took that model to school and stood at a stall explaining about it. He was the main doer for giving me the idea, how to implement it, and sat with me to do it well. But, in school, the credit of making it came to me. My father had arrived at my school for the science fair, and even though he did it, he still felt happy and proud watching me present it to other parents, teachers and students. I feel such is the love of our divine father towards His devotees. Once, Swami had also said that a human being’s pen stand is filled with some pens that work and some that don’t work. In Lord Datta’s pen stand, every pen works because He Himself is the user. Even if a pen does not work, when He touches it, it will automatically start working. Swami, I am only the plastic material of the pen without ink. A defective pen like me will become effective by Your mere touch! If anything turned out amazing, it is because You are the ultimate doer. If anything was messed up, definitely I am the doer for that. Nobody can give us a photo of Lord Vishnu other than Lord Vishnu Himself. Thank You Swami, for blessing us with various beautiful forms of God. It is truly Amrutam for our eyes and soul.

Similar incidents have occurred for other photos as well. I was having a hard time finding a good crown for Devi Saraswati image. I prayed to Swami that only He can show me where these good crowns are available on internet. Within 5 minutes, I saw amazing crowns on Pinterest! I was hunting on Pinterest for 3-4 days before but never found these specific crowns that looked good for female forms of God.

Another important experience happened while working on Lord Shiva’s sitting image. Two or three days prior to Shivaraatri, I thought I should work on Lord Shiva’s image to please Swami on Shivaraatri day, and quickly started working on it. When Thrylokya showed it to Swami, I learnt that our Swami, Who is Lord Shiva Himself, was not pleased at all. I tried another version and this time also, Swami was not pleased. I was sad that I displeased Lord Shiva on Shivaraatri day itself and the days following that day. There is no feeling worse than displeasing Swami. I felt I understood the instructions given to me by Swami and tried doing it again and again. I did not know where I was going wrong. Thrylokya and I discussed several versions, and nothing was working out. We had received strict instructions from Swami that He wanted the face of Lord Vishnu itself in this image without an iota of change in the face. He did not want the face to be stretched to match Lord Shiva’s base image. Only the blue skin colour of Lord Vishnu could be changed into white for Lord Shiva, but the rest should be the same. Swami wanted it specifically this way to teach the important concept to everyone that Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva were one and the same. While theoretically both Thrylokya and I understood it, we did not know how to implement it. It seemed like an impossible task at that moment due to some other challenge that we were facing. I was almost on the verge of tears and felt extremely worried. I quickly prayed to Swami that only He knows how He wants it, and that I have no idea how to do it. I completely let go of the worried feeling and left it to Swami realizing again that I am just an instrument. I removed all previous versions and started from scratch again. This time, the method of doing it was completely different, and it turned out to be the best version out of all! I sent it to Thrylokya as she is the one who usually gets feedbacks and approvals from Swami regarding the photos. During this wait time to hear back, my anxiety was quite high. Finally, when I heard back from Thrylokya that Swami approved it and liked it this time, I was so relieved and happy that our Lord Shiva is finally pleased! After all, the highest pleasure for us is in knowing that our Swami is pleased only. Feeling excited, I couldn’t help myself but call Swami immediately. Swami said the photo turned out well this time. When I apologized to Swami for all the previous versions, Swami said, “Everything takes time to do it well, and failure is the stepping stone to success”. This made me realize how I had previously had a personal agenda to finish it in 2 days to show it to Swami on Shivaraatri day. The learning here for me is that Swami decides when each photo will be released. Absolutely nothing is in our hands. Everything is His will, and He has a plan for smallest of things. Whatever work comes our way, we only have to put our best foot forward for His pleasure, and not have anything else in our minds. No agenda, no expectations, nothing. We all have heard this saying before that only God can do God’s work. No human being is capable of doing it. We should only receive this blessed gift of service from God and honour it whole heartedly. Swami’s kindness is also such that He blessed me with photoshop work out of everything! Swami is omniscient. Therefore, He knew I was learning this software anyway! Apart from my college work, I felt like an intern in Swami’s company. Swami as my boss, was assigning me with some work and I had to learn on the job. I ended up learning many tricks with each photo, which were not even taught by my college professor! This also helped me a lot in my final semester in college to finish my assignments quicker. Thank you Swami, for not only making me experience Your presence during this process, but also to teach me valuable lessons on how Your slave like me should serve You as well as Your devotees.

I feel so privileged to get drenched in Your rain of kindness. Thank You for making me more grow and mature every step of the way, for tolerating me, forgiving me constantly, and bearing me. You are like the grand ring master of the world-circus where animals like me live. I am like the unkept, stubborn wild animal and You are the Master of every department. You, Who is my Lord and my Master are taming me, training me, taking care of me, and present with me to help me jump through the rings of fire in the circus of life. Without You, I would have remained a wild, sinful and directionless animal. As long as You are there, even falling is a sweet experience because it is a beautiful chance to be picked up by You Yourself, and to be kept on the right track again. I am still in the playschool stage of Your divine university. I am still crawling and cannot even walk without You. I am only full of darkness, ignorance, ego and jealousy. You are literally the only Light in my life in every way possible.

Today, I am grateful to all the devotees, who appear to me like Deepavali lamps. There are so many enlightened souls who are paving the path for amateurs like me to walk on, so that someday due to God’s grace, we can also reach Him. You all inspire me so much everyday on how to love and serve our Swami. Thank You Swami, for bringing these top-level role models with You. Today, I am also grateful for all the problems and challenges in my life, because they keep me grounded and eventually help me disconnect from the world and attach myself more towards God. Today, I am grateful for all the darkness in me, since only then I will be able to admire and appreciate the divine Light. Today, I am also grateful to all the flaws present in me, because only then I can taste God’s kindness and be amazed by His qualities. Only You are perfect Swami because You are the only God, Who is perfect in every way.

Swami, there is a saying that ‘Change is the only constant’. While this may be true when it comes to the nature of our lives, and universe in general, I respectfully disagree with this statement when it comes to You. No matter what happens in my life, no matter how many lives I have to take, no matter where I am stationed by You, You are my only Constant. This one thing will never change for me, Swami. One cannot cross the troublesome waters of this world-ocean without You. You are our Anchor, Who prevents us from derailing from the path. You are the Sailor, Who takes us across the ocean in Your boat. You are also the ultimate Goal, Who is standing by the shore, for souls who are waiting to unite with You. Only You can bring souls towards You.

Swami, I do not feel worried about falling or failing anymore. I have faith that You will never leave me even if I fall or fail. I also know that I will never leave You if I fall or fail. Then where is the question of fear/ worry of any kind?! Whatever happens, I will always be Your student since there is no end to learning. No matter how much we learn, we will always be ignorant in front of You! I am also Your patient and You are my ultimate doctor. It is a great privilege to be admitted in Your divine hospital, which is also a divine university, and a divine destination by itself! As long as You are with us, I feel we have already reached You, of course by Your grace alone. The stages within the university do not matter anymore. I don’t mind being in the playschool stage forever, if it means I can see You, talk to You, and serve You. There is nothing greater than this. I am fully content, grateful and blissful just to be associated with You Swami. This sweet journey of being together with You and Your devotees in every life itself becomes the sweet destination. Isn’t it, Swami?

As Chanda ji mentioned last week, the word thank you is really so insignificant and small when it is addressed to You. I sometimes don’t understand how to even react to Your kindness when something is said by You, or something happens in my life due to Your grace. I find myself mute in a state of mental shock. It takes me time to digest Your unimaginable love and realize that whatever happened/ whatever You said is not just a dream. That is why, please forgive me Swami, for my slow processing sometimes, and delayed responses of gratitude in my mind, words, or action. Whatever You have blessed me with is only out of Your love and kindness towards souls, and not because I truly deserve something. Since there is no other word, I am saying thank You again for giving me this human birth, this miraculous and highly privileged life associated with You and Your devotees. Without You, any kind of life has no meaning. I am only a beggar in front of You, who always hopes to be at Your divine feet forever, and no where else.

Padanamaskaram Swami.

Jai Guru Datta  Sri Guru Datta

 
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