Bhagavan had given me (RAJA REDDY) the opportunity to sing bhajans. I was leading bhajans for decades, right from 1958 until 1983. That is, up to my 60th year.
When I was 60 years old, one day, as usual, I started a bhajan. All the students were singing with fresh and blooming voices. Naturally, Bhagavan wanted to give them more chances and I was also getting superannuated! So one fine morning as I was sitting there to sing a bhajan, all of a sudden the mike was taken away from me. Being with Him for so many years, I 'knew' of Swami's ways and could get the hint. So I didn't react at all.
Then, after the bhajans were over and aarti was performed, Swami just looked at me; it was just a glance, but very deep. Believe it or not, for about 2-3 days, I was just floating in bliss. Just a look, nothing else!
Swami used to go in a 'trance', meaning, He used to, so to say, leave His body whenever there was any danger to any devotee, anywhere. What used to happen is that His body would become almost like a 'rigor mortis' – almost death-like. And it would fall like a stick.
So, as attendants, we had to take care of His body by not allowing Him to fall or get hurt. On one of these instances, I was not very well acquainted with this process of His 'trance' and while He was 'gone' from His body, He went on pulling His hair and had quite a handful of His hair in His hand. Then He asked for water, which I readily gave. Next, He swallowed the hair and washed it down with water!
Later, when He returned to normal consciousness, He asked me, "Did I swallow any hair?" I said, "Yes, Baba." Just then, He opened a button and what happened next was something unimaginable. The hair, which was wet, which He had swallowed, was coming out from underneath His heart! That was something mind-boggling!!!
My wife's cousin, Mr. Suresh who is a sincere devotee of Bhagavan, probably in his 30s, suddenly developed cancer in the thigh. He was young and had 2 small kids, a boy and a girl. He went to Dharmakshetra (Mumbai) to have Baba's Darshan and Baba saw him and said, "Yes, cancer cancelled!" Mind you, that was a very dangerous type of cancer and he had been given only 6 months by the doctors!!!
He's hale and healthy even after decades! He has a job in a German Company in Pune, India, and he is on the move, globe trotting 15 days in a month. His son and daughter are well placed too.
Just before our marriage, when my wife was in Puttaparthi, she had a dream. She dreamt that Shirdi Baba came in her dream early in the morning and gave her a rosary - japamala. She was enjoying the dream, but the whole episode ended abruptly when she was woken up by someone saying, "Come on! Wake up! Baba has called us for an interview!"
So, then she had to hurry to Baba's Presence. After some time, she was called in. When BABA saw her He said, "How are you?" And then immediately materialized a rosary for her! Finally He said, "So the dream has become true!!!"
Ultimately, SWAMI wants everybody to benefit from His Avatar. He has come for us and He doesn't require anything. He is Bliss personified!
Mr Raja Reddy was one of the most privileged who came to Bhagavan as a teenager and continued to stay in the Divine Presence enjoying His blissful divine proximity for nearly 3 decades! A sincere spiritual aspirant right from his childhood, the story of His encounters with 'The Eternal' is most fascinating. (See photos)
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