A Wonderful Divine Experience
T. Narayana Reddy)
After serving in the Indian Air Force
for a longtime at different places, Mr. T. Narayana Reddy (65) settled
at Puttaparthi with a view to spending the rest of his life in the service
of Swami. He was a witness to many Sai miracles. He says the following:
"One of my well-wishers gave me a Photograph of Bhagavan Sri
Sathya Sai Baba in 1964. As far as I recollect, it was the first time
Swami had entered my life.
While I was working in Agra in 1968,
we used to attend Bhajans of Swami wherever they were held. In the house
of a Malayali family, many miracles used to take place. Vibhuti, Kumkum
and sugar candy used to come from Swami's Photograph. Once some oil
also came. We, too, went and saw these things... In 1969, it literally
rained candy sugar like hailstones!
We also held Bhajans in our
house. Once a little quantity of vibhuti came from a Photograph of Swami
in our house. We arranged a separate Mandir for Swami in our house.
My wife used to decorate it, with colour papers, with devotion. She
placed in it Photographs of other gods and goddesses also.
day, I returned from office and placed the bundle of currency notes
I received that day as my salary before Swami's Photograph in the Mandir.
My wife was not in the house. As it was time for the evening Haarati,
our nine-year-old son was enthusiastic to perform it. I agreed, but
when he was giving Haarati, the colour paper-decoration in the Mandir
caught fire by his inadvertence. I rushed to remove the Photographs
of gods, etc and save them from being gutted.
In my hurry to
remove the Photographs, my mind did not think of the salary bundle lying
there. Just at that time, one of the colour paper garlands fell down
burning, on the bundle. The garland burned on either side, but not on
the top portion of the bundle of notes. By Swami's grace, my salary
was untouched by the Fire-god. We felt it very strange that the bundle
of currency notes did not catch fire at all when a burning paper garland
fell on it!"
Om Sai Ram.