“R.Sarath Babu (24), P. Vijayakumar (25) and T.D.K. Murthy (27) were old students of our college and they had been regularly attending Thursday bhajans and daily satsang at my house. The trio wanted to witness the Kumbha Mela in 1976 in Allahabad. On the way they wished to take darshan of the Samadhi of Hazrat Tajuddin Baba of Nagpur and see Videha Sri Annasuyamata of Pardasinga (20 miles from Nagpur).
All the members of our group look upon all saints as forms of Baba and, before visiting any of them, pray to him to grace them with the special attention and blessings of the saint so that our faith that he is one with them might be strengthened. Accordingly, the three worshipped Baba and started for Nagpur. I wished them godspeed and assured them that Baba would go ahead of them and make all the arrangements necessary. Indeed, their experiences on the trip did bear out the truth more strikingly than we could imagine.
They first went to Dr. Anil of Nagpur, a devotee of Sai Baba who had sent them with a letter of introduction to Sri … Dholey, President of the Samsthan at Pardasinga. What happened subsequently was communicated to me in a letter dt. 31-1-1977 by Dr. Anil. I quote the relevant sentences from it.
“They reached there safely and enjoyed the meals offered by Sri. V. D. Dholey. Thereafter Sri. Dholay took them along for having the holy darshan of Sati Mata (i.e. Anasuyadevi); they stayed there for about 24 hours Mata allowed them to sleep in her room in the night 99.1.1977 the below mentioned message had been conveyed to me from Samsthan of Pardasinga (in Marathi language and I have been asked to convey the same to you in English.
“(1) Just at the very moment when they got down at Pardasinga bus stand, the elder sister of Shri Dholey saw, a circle of wide circumference, highly shining and celestial, dazzling light in the form of a globe. momentarily and that was witnessed by a few other family members too.
(2) And within fifteen minutes after its disappearance these three of your disciples entered the residence of Mr. Dholey. All members of that family were aware beforehand that ‘something new was going to happen during the forthcoming moments. Because hitherto none of them had ever witnessed the above sort of scene or occurrence.
(3) When these three were taken to the temple of Mata she was sitting on the decorated bed encircled by a group of devotees. No sooner than these three entered Shri Sati Mata murmered rather in a whimsical way, “Karate mi Ram Ram “by way of greeting.
(4) Then she suddenly asked then ‘Kon desh Kay.i.e. “Where from have you come?”
(5) As these three were unable to understand Marathi language, she by herself answered, ‘Dakshinatele Dev Pahayala Alet i.e. ‘You have been supported by Godly power; hence God has called upon and bestowed upon you this opportunity to Visit . These three requested her to help them in completion of their sadhana. She replied, “Bhajan Kari, Bhajan kari, Chandra Kahi Halena, Kahi Dolena” i.e., ‘You are singing bhajans; yet you are not successful i.e. your cry to reach the destination could not shake His heart… They asked her through Shri Dholey what should be done in order to reach the destination. Shri Mata replied, ‘Hat Dharun Chalav’ i.e., ‘Walk hand in hand or strictly follow the words of guru. Then these Trimurthi ventured to ask the originality of Mata (i.e. who she is). Shri Mata replied, ‘Anasuya… Anasuya he sarva Jagat Prasiddha Ahe’; ‘Ti Anasuya Satya yugtil Anasuya Ahe’ i.e. Anasuya…Anasuya is famous all over the world. The same Anasuya of Satyayug is here’. Then she murmered that these three name their guru as ‘Master….Master….Master is God and with these words, with the help of her fingers she applied the saliva of her tongue on her forehead, (i.e. between her eyebrows)…. Lastly these three disciples of yours had placed the photograph of Shri Sai Baba and you before her on the bed. She lifted up the same with her hands and touched mainly your photograph twice or thrice with her tongue. The same photograph was kept by her covered under the sari for the whole of the night. When she touched your photograph with tongue she pronounced ‘Rishi, Rishi……. Two Rishis. One on horse’ (perhaps this refers to Shirdi Sai Baba and his horse Shyam Karna)…..She looked at both the photographs for a good length of time.”
The mysterious globe of light which Shri Dholey’s sister had seen just before the arrival of the three young men at their house is, in my view, Sai Baba. I was told shri Mata Anasuya’s revelation that she is indeed the famous Anasuya of yore was an unique gesture on her part which no one before could elicit from her. So too the three young men being permitted to sleep in her room for the night and her unusually cheerful mood in their presence had surprised a few of those present. All this is Sai Baba grace reaching these aspirants through the physical form of Mata Anasuya. The truth of this interpretaion of the incidents is borne out by what Mr. Sarath Babu has to supplement to the above details:
“As we entered Mr. Dholey’s house we were pleased to notice the photograph of Sai Baba hanging at the entrance. Mr. Dholey was excited as he read the letter (of introduction written by Dr. Anil). He received us very cordially and said, “Your guru (Sai Baba) is always with you. He came here just a few minutes earlier”, We could not make out what he was referring to. Then he said, to our surprise, that just ten minutes before we arrived at their house all the members of his family saw, very distinctly, a blue, luminous light for about two minutes in their verandah, exactly where we later stood….the other residents of the village put out lights at 8.30 p.m. and the Dholeys were all stunned to see the light there at about 9 p.m. As they were all still discussing the phenomenon we entered their house.
–BY Sree Parama Pujya Sree Ekkirala Bharadhwaja garu