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"With God on my side" - A primary schoolgirl's sweet experiences with her God - Part 2

Updated on October 8, 2015

The heart and mind of a child are very impressionable. Lessons learnt at a young age stay for the entire life. That became evident as Pooja continued the narrative of her adventures with music and Swami. The third episode she told me convinced me that children should be taught lessons of love, humility, forbearance and patience more than academics. Maybe, I shall rephrase that. The children should be protected from outside influences that change their innate nature of innocence, love, sweetness, forbearance and large heartedness.

And that was the reason why Swami (Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba) spent so much time with the children. Childhood experiences with Swami shape the entire life of individuals as everyone who has been moulded by Him have realized. With that introduction, I shall no longer stand between the narrator and her audience!

Over to Pooja and her narration now...

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In a spot of bother...

I was in the 7th standard and suffering from a very bad cold and throat infection. It was towards the end of the academic year and we were having all the cultural competitions in full swing. The music competition for my class was to be held that day but I was barely in a position to whisper a few words without coughing! I was feeling very bad but what was I to do? I decided to do the only thing that struck me - seek help from my Swami.

Swami would personally distribute prizes for even the class competitions in the hostel prayer hall.
Swami would personally distribute prizes for even the class competitions in the hostel prayer hall. | Source

It was a Thursday morning and the students of the Primary school had the unique privilege of attending morning darshan on this day. As we were seated in the mandir, I quickly tore a sheet of paper and wrote a letter to Swami. I told Him that I had a very bad cold and couldn’t possibly sing in that day's, class music competition. I wrote that I was sure to be disqualified. I began to freely share all my fears and feelings in the letter.

I feared that the other students who weren't as good singers as me, would eventually get all the prizes. Thus it would get embarrassing for me because I prided myself on getting the first prize every year. Also, during the prize distribution ceremony every year in school, Swami would intently listen to the details of prizes won by each student and would respond accordingly when we went to receive the prize from Him and take padanamaskar. I wanted to be able to take the first prize in music from Him again, that year too. As all these welled within me, I grew more desperate. In the letter, I prayed that if only the music teacher, Keya aunty, gets sick that day (!), then the competition would have to be postponed. I would then be able to sing after a few days!

The spot of bother becomes really sore!

As the music started, Swami walked into the mandir and seemed to be walking towards me with a knowing smile. I felt there was hope; that He would delay the competition as per my prayer in the letter. I raised myself and offered the letter to Him. He took the letter,blessed me with padanamaskar and leaving me in a super joyous state, walked away. Even as I was smiling, Swami took a few more steps and dropped my letter into the lap of my music teacher! Was I shocked! What was I to do now?

The teacher, on the other hand, was very happy as Swami granted her padanamskar. She must have been feeling that Swami had blessed her specially with that piece of paper. I was simply shuddering within, thinking of the consequences once she opened the letter read it. I had freely shared my feelings and thoughts with Swami and now, He had ‘broken’ the pact of secrecy that we shared! How could He do that?

Even as the bhajans started, I couldn't stop thinking of the consequences that I would soon face. Then, an idea struck me. It was a known fact that this teacher would close her eyes all through bhajans everyday and would be lost to everything around her at that time. I thought I could sneak near her during the bhajans and steal away the letter from her lap!

However, to my dismay, that particular day, she was so filled with the joy of getting Swami's blessings that she didn't close her eyes at all! She also held the letter in her hands all the while! I was convinced that there was no hope for me. I began to think of all that would happen once we got back to school after darshan. The teacher would possibly show the letter to the headmistress and the warden and I would be called and punished for hoping that a teacher should be sick. I didn’t know what to pray for and even as Arati was over and Swami stepped out, one thought crossed my mind.

The darshan grounds in the Mandir have given solutions and brought solace to millions on a daily basis and continue to do so even today!
The darshan grounds in the Mandir have given solutions and brought solace to millions on a daily basis and continue to do so even today! | Source

A lesson well learnt

Swami had purposely put me in a spot. He wanted to teach me a lesson maybe.

I was myself upset with myself for making such a prayer. Swami always taught us to pray for the good of everyone and I had made this stupid prayer in my selfishness. I told Swami that I would never do so again. But, I was also angry at Swami. Why did He have to put me in such a predicament? I had learnt my lesson, but still would be getting my punishment anyway! He didn't care about me, I felt.

And then, after the bhajans got over, I noticed that Swami was not taking the usual route via the ‘Krishna statue side’ back to His residence in the Poornachandra Auditorium. Instead, He was moving back to the residence via the same route that He had taken during darshan - which meant, He was coming towards me!

Even as He came towards me, I started fighting with Him in my mind,
“Swami, you are enjoying this whole thing. You have really put me in a very difficult situation. All I was asking was for a little help and you do this!”
He walked to my music teacher and asked for that letter which was in her folded palms – it was my letter that He had dropped into her lap earlier! I saw a flicker of hope and prayed,
”Swami, please set it right again. I have learnt my mistake. Please, just help me this time.”

The teacher gave the letter to Him and he innocently smiled and asked,
”This is for me,isn’t it?”
Even though I was seated four feet away, I shouted,
”Yes Swami, that is for you.”

He smiled, took the letter and walked on. Even as I heaved a sigh of relief, my music teacher was transported into an even higher plane of happiness. She had a smile on her face as she left mandir as she had been doubly blessed today. But that was not the end of His drama.

As the day progressed, it was time for the music competition and I still could barely speak. I decided I had no choice and walked upto the teacher and said I wouldn’t be able to give the exam due to throat infection. To my surprise she said I needn’t worry - she was giving me the first prize! She felt, based on my track record for the past 6 years, I would have done well if not for my throat infection and hence I deserved the same.

I was so overjoyed and knew that it was only because Swami had so lovingly blessed her and got her into a very happy frame of mind that she was being so gracious with me. Silently, I thanked Him and was grateful that I have such a wonderful Lord to whom I can rush with every little problem.

The Divine Gardener spared no efforts and time to 'cultivate' His saplings so that they may bear 'fruits' in life!
The Divine Gardener spared no efforts and time to 'cultivate' His saplings so that they may bear 'fruits' in life! | Source

My thoughts

I was struck by so many beautiful lessons that this story narrated by Pooja held. Apart from the obvious ones that one could share anything with the Lord and that one should never pray for the harm of others, there are two more.

The nobility and goodness of the Lord is such that even a ‘negative’ prayer about a person, does good for the person. Just thinking of a person and God in the same thought brings good to the person, irrespective of what our prayers are! It is so beautiful isn’t it - when our prayers are good, they are granted and when they are ‘bad’, God’s wisdom overrides it and converts that also into good!

The second is that where God is concerned, everything always ends happily. And as the popular saying goes, all’s well that ends well!

Is it any surprise now that Swami spent so much of His time with the youth and youngsters? The seeds of these important lessons had to be planted in tender hearts. Having come to Swami at a young age, we youngsters ought to realize our great good fortune.

The Divine Gardener tending to His saplings...
The Divine Gardener tending to His saplings... | Source

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    • aravindb1982 profile imageAUTHOR

      Aravind Balasubramanya 

      7 years ago from Puttaparthi, India

      @ Srinadha - :)

      Will surely tell that story some time! :)

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      Mahesh Babu 

      7 years ago

      Very lively Experience, where( Swami)the LOVING GOD, played the role of Divine Father & Mother.SAIRAM.

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      7 years ago

      Sai Ram Aravaind. Very nice read. I must say you both are very lucky to have each other- a Sai student couple. would love to hear about how He brought you both together!

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      7 years ago from Midrand, Johannesburg, RSA

      All I see in the picture is the sweet faces of the children and the discipline with which the children are seated. I really wonder how these little ones understood Swami's divinity to show great devotion and respect!

      Catch them young is what Swami has done to remove the weed out of the field... Sai krishna!

    • aravindb1982 profile imageAUTHOR

      Aravind Balasubramanya 

      7 years ago from Puttaparthi, India

      @ Kavita - WOW!! That is a lovely share. I shall definitely visit the hostel and seek out that footprint! :)

      Seeing the photo must have been such a wonderful walk down memory lane for you. Am happy to have triggered these memories in you...

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      Aravind Balasubramanya 

      7 years ago from Puttaparthi, India

      @K.V.Subha - The way Swami answers and responds to each individual varies and yet has one commonality - it always ends with the person feeling very special, cherished and blessed. Thank you for sharing this very personal experience of yours.

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      Aravind Balasubramanya 

      7 years ago from Puttaparthi, India

      @ Madhavi Alapaty - As Swami says, it is not possible to clap with one hand. :) So, when fault is found with the children, the parents too should think about it!

      Thank you for the comment...

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      7 years ago

      .......The last photo of the second post in this series....I am in the second row....the girl to whom swami is serving I remember her name to be neena and swami was distributing of the first few lunch sessions with swami...we swami was suposed to take snaps with us after this but unfortunately this didn't happen n we group photos in front of swami chair I still have that photo with me

      and one more story......In the hostel when we fell sick we used to be staying in the sick room...on one such occassion Swami had come and he was taking rounds in the sick room blessing all of us there and he spent a little more time at the bedside of a girl .....he asked her to show her plate in which she ate food....and he spent some time there and afetr he left there was Swami's footprint on the floor .....not of Vibhuti actual footprint on a cemented floor.....its been so many years now....the hostel layout must have been changed etc...just check if you can get to click a photo of that foot print.

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      7 years ago

      Reminds me of a similar incident on God's everlasting desire to fulfill the legitimate desire of his dear devotee. I was introduced to our swami when I was 13. I started realising his love from the age of 17. Since then I developed a desire to study in his institute. But Bhagawan's will is to fulfill my longtime desire of becoming a lawyer. But when I was doing my law course the urge became very intense and I thought of discontinuing my studies and join Swamy's college. But swami thought differently and made me finish my law. Once I had the opportunity to go to parthi for attending the convocation and his birthday. I was totally shattered When I saw His chosen students getting medals and acclodes from my dear swamy. The Nectarine Love and the abundance of compassion received my pourings of verbal abuse on his breaking the good old promise of making me his student. I said that he is a cheat and he cheated me. That day he came in my dream and a similar convocation scene came where swamy gave the Gold Medal to me being the First Rank Holder.(Though I do not deserve the same. What remains after an incident in reality or in dream is the experience. I had the experience of becoming his student without studying in his institute physically. Sai is omnipotent. He can satisfy every body's legitimate desires in an unimaginable way. Lots of such inspiring experiences on this Student episode are stored in every texture of my heart. HE IS DIFFERENT.

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      Madhavi Alapaty 

      7 years ago

      That was beautiful to put in that perspective..true..wonderful narration. I believe that every parent should impart these values when the kid starts listening to the parents. When i get depressed about something my kids did, then my husband consoles my by saying 'the education we give them will never go waste..also they know SWAMI and when they do a bad thing..they will think twice that SWAMI is watching over them..which i believe 100%' when i hear younger generation says things like ' my kids dont listen to me'..then i remind them 'then it is your problem but not kids'.:-)'.

    • aravindb1982 profile imageAUTHOR

      Aravind Balasubramanya 

      7 years ago from Puttaparthi, India

      @ Sai Syamala - Very similar incident and the SAME FORCE comes to your rescue... Thank you for sharing and enriching the reading experience here....

      @ Vijayshree - :) I somehow felt like smiling and laughing at your sweet episode. Swami is really so cute- He changes the entire perspective in which something can be viewed. He is the director who says,

      "Cut! Take this shot from this angle!"

      Thank you so much for the lovely share and the smiles that you spread through it!

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      v.sai saraswuthi 

      7 years ago


      Swamy just takes any type of situation to teach us a lesson with so much of Compassion. Wow ! he did not put Puja in a fix before others but made her learn in a very subtle way.

      @vijaysree ...your story is also so truly a lesson for everyone to learn.

      Thank you. Jai sai ram.

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      7 years ago

      Pitying and congratulating (an ironical combination) Pooja...only some have the fortune of being picked by HIM and hecked into a spot of bother so that others learn a lesson ;) ;)

      Had fought a similar battle....

      We finished our Class3 final exams and were all looking forward for the summer hollidays.Swami had graciously consented and was giving Padanamaskaram to the students.He began with the senior classes. Somehow,much faster than Bhagawan reaching the line where I was sitting,a thick (huge!!!) pile of letters reached me."You give,Swami will certainly take them".My pride rose at the confidence and statement that people around me made.So much so that it was this pride/glee that buoyanced me to spring up and give the letters.He graciously took them and motined toward His feet to take Namaskaram (little did I know that soon I would be clinging to them without Him asking). Swami finished the lines and walked towards the verandah,spoke to people there and then went inside the interview room. minutes later, I saw my mother,headmistress aunty and almost EVERYONE furiously flapping their hand....calling me.What happened???? My mother came to take me home already???? gleefully I hopped to her,only to be unceremoniously dragged into the Bhajan hall corridor. At once,my grandfather(from where he manifested I don'n know) shook me,rattling all my bones asking "What problems that you have that u cant tell us?? Are they so big and urgent that you have to bother Swami with them?? What problems?? TELL TELL TELL.

      What was he talking???Problems??? If he so insists...think think think...ah! my problem for the moment was that when I get back to school who will help me to carry down the luggage from dormitry,what my dad will say for my report card...should I tell him??

      No no...the furious rattling tells me to keep shut.

      Then mother went on to explain that,after blessing the students,Swami went into the verandah and going towards where my grandfather was sitting,He held up the bundle of letters to him and said "Kistappa,what problems is you grand daughter having that she has written and given me these many letters?"

      hmmm....He wanted to crush my pride,teach me and a others lesson of humility....understandable but not by having someone rattling loose all my bones

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      7 years ago

      That was indeed super awesome anna!

      How true is it that both, good and bad can only be shared with Him!

      Loved "Your problem is my problem until it is solved"!

      Reminded of the Guru Poornima Celebrations 2011 at Srisailam.

      A classmate of mine and I had to present five songs, themed on Guru. So both of us prepared very well, and so were the accompaniments. Suddenly, two days before the Big Day, my voice became so feeble and so shaky that it sounded more like an old woman shivering in the cold rather than a girl of class 10. I was so worried. I tried all my best with hot water, steam inhalation etc but nothing worked. Finally all I did was to pray to Him and drink glasses of water mixed with vibhuti. I cried the whole night thinking of how the outcome would be. My classmate too kept encouraging me and giving me vibhuti water.

      The nesxt day, that was Guru Poornima, I prayed that He should sing it through both of us as we wanted to offer the perfect to Him and now He should be the one to make us do it perfectly. Soon the mikes came to us and we just know that mikes came to us. When we sang, what we sang etc was all so unknown to us. But yes, everyone complimented us that we could offer the best to Swami!

      The same night He came in my dreams and asked,"Happy?" The dream ended there.....

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      Sai Syamala 

      7 years ago

      This reminds of something that happened during my second year in college. We had prepared to put up a programme to welcome the freshers (first years) so that they would feel at home and come out of home sickness. (Completely in contrast to the ragging that is done in outside institutions). I was a part of a skit and had a few dialogues to deliver and as fate would have it had a very sore throat that day. No hot water or halls or vicks could help. At last the time came and just before entering the stage i prayed, ' Swami, please do something we have put up a lot of hard work into this. My voice shouldn't spoil the show' and proceeded. The skit got over and i was back with friends. As i asked one of them how was the programme was...she looked at me with shock. When i asked her why she said, 'Your voice was absolutely normal and clear on stage and now i hardly hear what you speak!' It was then i realised it myself. My voice was normal on stage!! Swami had heard the prayer and made the show a success.

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      An Impressed Reader 

      7 years ago

      That was a wonderful experience .. What a playful Lord we have amidst us!! And how much he must have enjoyed all the while :)

      He does really love to put us in a spot of bother now and then .. And he enjoys bringing us out of it even more .. At the end, after going through all the turmoil, he puts us in elation too!!

      And yes, every act of his has a lesson for us .. When he is teaching us in such an enjoyable manner, should we not imbibe each and every one of them?

      Thanks for sharing these lovely experiences .. It was such a pleasure to read them ..

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      vaishnavi rao 

      7 years ago

      wow anna!!! swami is indeed the best!!! HIS leelas are really very unique!!!! Swami is just tooo awesome anna!


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