SRI ATMAKURU VENKAIAH OF INDUKURUPETA VILLAGE

At the age of forty, Sri Atmakuru Venkaiah came to know about Venkaiah Swamy’s Divine Powers through Sri Bala Brahmananda Swamy. Waiting impatiently for having darshan of the Parabrahma Swaroopa, he felt utterly disappointed for not knowing the whereabouts of Swamy. He was spending the days with frustration. At that time he developed a sort of skin allergy all over his body and he consulted a doctor at Nellore for treatment. To determine what exactly the problem is, the doctor took blood samples and said that the samples will be sent to Madras for examination. The doctor asked Venkaiah to visit him on receipt of reports after four days and that he would prescribe the medicines accordingly. It happened to be a summer season. He has to go to the Madras bus station to board a bus to his village. On the way he came across the Dattatreya Mutt situated on the Trunk road (Nellore) and since he felt tiresome, he went inside the Mutt for taking rest. Who can describe the incredible leela of Gurudeva! Is the All-Pervading Gurudeva unaware of Sri Atmakuru Venkaiah’s eagerness to have His darshan? To prove this point, I produce the saying which Gurudeva Himself told. ‘Ayya, even if our lamb is in a big herd of thousands, won’t we easily identify and drag it out with a rope tied to its leg’. Sri Atmakuru Venkaiah is one such blessed lamb who is dragged and spiritually drawn towards Gurudeva, the Form of Universal Love. Like a mother’s nature to draw and fondle her child in her lap, it is

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Gurudeva’s nature to create unforeseen situations to draw His devotees towards Him. As soon as Sri Venkaiah stepped into the Mutt, he noticed Mataji Tulasamma stepping into the Mutt with an iron trunk which is filled with papers of the Divine Hand Impressions (Ramakoti Mudras) of Gurudeva. Sri Venkaiah does not know Mataji Tulasamma and hence there is no possibility to introduce himself. At that time, the head of the Dattatreya Ashram, Eshwaramma, invited Mataji and enquired, ‘Mataji, is it that you are coming now’ and so on. Eshwaramma is such a noble woman that she built the ashram in the name of Dattatreya Swamy where she gave shelter to the needy and provided all basic amenities for the pilgrims and devotees. Constantly reciting Parameshwara’s name and standing as an example to prove that she has no re-birth, revered Eeshwaramma is leading a righteous and pious life. Mataji Tulasamma, the mother of all mothers, told the great mother Eeshwaramma, ‘amma, Swamy has come. He has gone to Sri Ranganayaka temple’. On hearing the conversation, Sri Atmakuru Venkaiah asked Mutt head, Eeshwaramma, ‘who is the Swamy?’. She told him, yes, it is the Kaliyuga Avatara, Bhagavan Sri Sri Sri Venkaiah Swamy, the God Incarnate. On hearing the ear-pleasing and divinely name, the delight felt by the eagerly waiting devotee was inexplicable. Immediately he rushed to Sri Ranganayaka temple. With a deep longing to have darshan of Swamy, he went on making circumambulations round the temple. He etched a form on his mind’s screen that, Swamy would be wearing saffron clothes, would be sporting Vibhooti (holy ash) on the forehead, had groomed a long beard, moustache (the common feature of a Swamy) and so on. But, he had not yet come across any such person while making rounds to the temple. Tired, he noticed three persons at a corner and approached a person wearing saffron robes and saluted him. But, as per their talk, Sri Atmakuru Venkaiah concluded that it is not Swamy and asked, ‘ayya, where is Venkaiah Swamy, Where is He’. Imme451

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diately they pointed a person sitting near the steps at the glass castle and showed Gurudeva, Our Father. Sri Atmakuru Venkaiah approached the Divine Personality and the Universal Savior who was serenely seated there. He went to Him and offered his heartfelt prostrations. Not content, he requested, ‘Swamy, I want to prostrate at Your Feet’. Swamy stretched His legs and Sri Atmakuru Venkaiah held the Holy Feet of Swamy, the Eternal Delight. He felt that the Divine Feet of Swamy were indeed his future shelter and offered prostrations. Usually Gurudeva never allowed any person to touch His Feet. It was by virtue of the past-life merits Sri Atmakuru Venkaiah could touch His Divine Feet and offer respects. He spent time in the presence of Swamy till 4 ‘o’ clock in the evening. He requested Sri Chelama Naidu to explain his health problem to Swamy. Sri Chelama Naidu advised Sri Venkaiah to come to Golagamudi, the Shelter of Gurudeva’s Love, where he would be blessed with a solution. He told that he had come here without informing at home and that he would visit Golagamudi as early as he could. Unable to leave Gurudeva’s Comely Presence, yet, he left for his village, Indukurupeta. After ten days he came to the Dattatreya Ashram, Nellore, in anticipation that Swamy would be there. On that day also Mataji Tulasamma appeared in the Mutt and told, ‘ayya, I am going to Golagamudi. Swamy is coming from Madras bus stand to Nellore’. While proceeding to the bus stand, Sri Atmakuru Venkaiah had darshan of Swamy on the way. He offered Pranams to Swamy and told Sri Chelama Naidu (who was among the group of disciples) that he would arrange food for them. In reply, Sri Naidu said, ‘Swamy will not have food at the hotels. If you can bring food to the Ranganayaka Swamy temple, bring it. We will be there’. He went to the hotel and asked for four plates of food. As Venkaiah did not have the required tiffin carrier to adjust the four plates of food, they arranged food for two persons only. To offer the food as a divine offering (Prasadam), with utmost excitement he took the tiffin carrier and rushed to Sri Ranganayaka Swamy temple. But, he could not find either Swamy or the disciple
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group there. Upon enquiry, he came to know that they all had left to the adjoining area at the insistence of Sri Chalama Naidu, to the house of a merchant family (Vaisya). Sri Venkaiah went to that house, prostrated to Gurudeva and reverentially offered the food to Swamy. There, two strangers were also waiting for Swamy’s darshan. On noticing them, Sri Venkaiah felt agitated whether the food brought by him will be sufficient for four persons or not. Surprisingly, even after the four persons had sufficient food, something more was still left. Immersed in utmost delight, Sri Venkaiah concluded that, it was merely a Divine Sport of Swamy. Here, I refer an incident to the readers that pertains to Jesus (Mathaya 15 chapter) Some disciples came to Jesus at dusk fall and told, ‘there is no habitation here. The night is fast approaching. Send them away. They will go to the nearby villages so that they can make their own arrangement for food’. Then Jesus said to his devotees, ‘there is no need to send them away. You arrange food for them’. They replied, ‘we are having only five breads and two fish. Apart, there’s nothing more’. Jesus then said, ‘call all of them here’, and, instructed the gathering to sit on the groud. Taking the five breads and the two fish in His hands, He looked at the sky and blessed them. He made them into pieces and gave the food to His disciples. They served the food to all those who sat on the ground After they ate to their hearts content, yet, twelve basket-full of pieces were left. After relishing the food offering of His devotee, Swamy felt like having a bath at the stream and told Sri Chelama Naidyu, ‘ayya, Chelama Naidu, it’s long since a bath was taken at the stream’. Feeling tired, Sri Chelama Naidu said, ‘Swamy, I cannot come out in this scorching sun. He will come, take him’ and pointed at Sri Venkaiah. Swamy said, ‘ah, is he not eagerly waiting’ and turning to Sri Atmakuru Venkaiah, said, ‘ayya, you go ahead. I will follow
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you’. While Sri Venkaiah was walking ahead, Swamy followed him. They both reached the stream. Swamy pleasantly swam in the sub-stream and asked Sri Venkaiah to come into the waters. Having played in the waters, Swamy, the God Supreme, returned back with His disciple to Golagamudi, the Abode of Bliss, on the same day evening. While Swamy was self-absorbed in a state of bliss, Sri Atmakuru Venkaiah slowly and coolly reached His Lotus Feet and submitted his ailment. Gurudeva, the Divine Grace, took a cloth, invoked it with Mantra (words or syllables, traditionally having some mystical significance) and with His Own Hands applied ink with a cloth all over his body, saying ‘Vidipee’ ‘Vidipee’. Gurudeva was breathing out while reciting the Mantra. In this way He repeated the process for four continuous days.

Process (Prakriya) :- The act of Gurudeva applying ink to Sri
Venkaiah’s body – sparsa (touch), Vidipee, Vidipee, breathing out and the Mantra, invoked on the cloth by reciting the Divine Name was the Supreme of All. On the fourth day, Sri Venkaiah asked Swamy as to when he would get rid of the ailment. Swamy said, ‘it will go away after one month and five days and there is no need for any medicine. On the fifth day a person will come for you. You can go home’. Blessing so, Swamy made a chit written to this effect. After Sri Venkaiah left home, as predicted by Swamy within one month and five days he was totally cured without taking any medicines. Though he was attending normal household works, he was always engrossed in reciting the Divine Name of Gurudeva. Whenever the thought of having darshan of Gurudeva took roots in him, keeping aloof from all works and enquiring Gurudeva’s whereabouts, he would rush to the shelter of His Divine Feet. He used to visit Swamy now and then, keeping aside the works he had. On one such instance, Sri Venkaiah came to Golagamudi, the Embodiment of Divine Delight, to gratify himself with the darshan of Swamy’s Lotus Feet. Gurudeva is an auspicious person who not only possessed inexhaustible riches but is the origin of imperishable auspiciousness. Such a divinely glorious and supreme charactered person can do anything at his mere will and wish.
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Following the rule of morals and ethics in a right spirit and thereby inculcating righteousness amongst the disciples is indeed His Divine Sport. It is one of the chores to go to the forest along with disciples and acquire firewood for lighting the holy fire. It is but a delight for Gurudeva to mingle with His disciples, tie a towel to His waist and toil with them in the works. One day Sri Venkaiah followed Swamy to the forest to take part in the sacred task. After walking some distance, disciple Chelama Naidu recollected that he forgot to bring the axe with him. He asked Sri Venkaiah, the new co-disciple who was following them to get the axe from ashram and sent him back. Swamy was a bit upset at His disciple’s forgetfulness and for his unjust action. (Forgetting is one mistake. Apart, instead of going and getting back the axe, instructing some one to get it is another mistake to cover-up his own fault. Hence, it is said to be an unjust action). Swamy felt that if they proceed further, Sri Venkaiah might fall far back and commanded the followers, saying, ‘ayya, he walks slowly, wait for him’. It was but common to cut wood and to hack the stems of cactus shrubs for Gurudeva’s Yajna karya. As Sri Venkaiah had no experience in the work, he struck a Cactus (bontajemudu) shrub with an axe by standing opposite to it. The dangerous (milk like) drops spilled from the hacked plant and fell in the eyes of Sri Venkaiah. He closed both the eyes and writhed in agony. Swamy, the Guardian of Humanity, embraced and soothing his eyes with His Divine Palm, said, ‘ayya, don’t worry, you will get good eyes’. Immediately the suffering vanished. Upon opening the eyes, his eye-sight seemed sharper than what it was before. Whatever you call it, either a miracle of Gurudeva or His compassion; Padarenuvu, the writer, leaves the choice to the readers’ wit. When a drop of cactus milk falls on human body, it will leave burning scars. If such dangerous drops spill into the delicate eyes, the outcome is will be disastrous. But, in the Divine Presence of Gurudeva, for the one who is absorbed in His work, the dangerous drops became nectarine. This infact is the Divine Play of Gurudeva’s indescribable glory. In another instance, when Sri Venkaiah was cutting
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thorny bushes, a big thorn pierced into his foot resulting in severe bleeding. When he pressed on the spot to stop the blood, his foot swelled and started giving acute pain. Can the ‘agony of suffering’ dare to stay near, when the God of Gods is alongside? The moment Gurudeva pressed His disciples foot, immediately the bleeding stopped and pain got relaxed. Again, Sri Venkaiah got engaged in his normal service. The next day, as usual Sri Venkaiah was preparing to go to the forest with other disciples for gathering firewood . Gurudeva, the Perfect Master, said, ‘ayya, Indukurupeta Venkaiah! Don’t go to the forest. You have to go to your village’. Saying so, He permitted Sri Venkaiah with His blessings to leave the place and gave a chit inscribed with calculations of the creation (srishti). The very moment when he stepped into the house, his wife who was struggling between life and death with uncontrolled vomitings and motions got instant relief. Such a miracle occured, the very moment Sri Venkaiah stepped in the house. It is merely due to the Kali Yuga Avatara and the Godhead Gurudeva’s ‘Sristi Cheeti’ which resulted in such a wonder to happen. They could understand, it was the Omnipotent’s Sristi Cheeti that prevented Lord Yama’s noose (trap) from snatching her life. After three months, Sri Venkaiah spent three days in the service of Gurudeva, the Universal Spirit in Human Form. For the service he rendered for three days, he received attention of Gurudeva, the three-eyed Form of Lord Shiva. On the third day, when Sri Swamy was absorbed in His service, Swamy, the Heavenly Father, said, ‘ayya, one of your calf among the cattle will face a grave danger on the 21st day. The danger can be averted if no cart is placed in the cattle shed’. Next day, Sri Venkaiah came back to Indukurupeta. In his routine household and agriculture duties he forgot the words of Gurudeva to keep away the cart from the cattle shed. Exactly on the twenty first day night, the calf’s head got stuck in the wheel of the cart. Unable to pull its head out, it struggled and struggled and at last breathed its last. Next day morning, Sri Venkaiah noticed the dead calf with its head stuck in the gaps of the wheel. There cannot be any challenge to Gurudeva’s
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words! If Swamy’s words were followed, the unfortunate incident would have been averted. We should inscribe the nectarine words of Gurudeva in our hearts and keep chanting His Divine Name. Else, this sort of disasters are likely to occur. Though Swamy gave a hint to His disciple about the impending danger, he forgot to take the precaution and let slip the opportunity with his own hands. After a lapse of time, once Sri Venkaiah was taking his cattle for grazing to Kotturu Vengalayapalli village, situated near Somasila, Nellore District. On the way he came to know that Gurudeva, the Personality of Godhead, was engaged in performing rituals with the Holy Fire at Badwel Tippa. He ran to Him leaving the cattle, prostrated and had darshan of Gurudeva. After seeking blessings, he sought Gurudeva’s permission to leave. Swamy, the Protector of All Beings, got a chit written to the shelter-seeking disciple, assuring, ‘a calf’s life is at risk’. It could be saved from the risk by tying a boniga (a wooden bell tied to the neck of an ill-tempered cow or bull) to it’s neck. Thus explaining the preventive measures to be taken, it was further said, ‘eeyana meedha pannendu mandini teesesinaru’. With the blessings of Swamy, he completed his errands without any obstacles and returned back home. Since then, he was in such a state of mind that he lost interest in all worldly affairs. With this sudden behavioral change, the family members felt distressed and upset. They tried to cure Sri Venkaiah with medicines and mantra-tantras (for suspected effects of evil spirits), but in vain. At last, the Almighty, the Omnipotent, the Savior of All Risks, Gurudeva, came into their thoughts. They concluded that he was the ‘Only Divine Shelter’ who could save the family from such grave situations. They brought Sri Venkaiah to Golagamudi, the Divine Shelter of Delight, fell on Gurudeva’s Lotus Feet and begged Him with tearful eyes to save them from the catastrophic situation. The very moment they received Gurudeva’s blessings, Sri Venkaiah, the shelter seeking devotee, became normal. Though Sri Venkaiah lost his mental balance, he used to be in his own world but did not harm anyone. Had he done so, people
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would have called him a mentally deranged person. But can the Heavenly Father make things happen in such a way to bring a bad repute to His own child? That’s why, in the chit got written on that day, it read as, ‘eeyana meedha pannendu mandini teesesinaru’. Saving His devotee from the worldly ill repute, Gurudeva not only saved him but as well restored back his health. Can anyone describe in words His Mercy and Compassion? In this way Sri Venkaiah used to visit Swamy, the Love-Shelter, whenever he desired to. He would stay in the service of Swamy and only after obtaining His permission, he would go home and attend to the household responsibilities. One day while he was in the service of Gurudeva; as if a child teasing a father for fulfillment of desires, Sri Venkaiah insisted Gurudeva to sanctify his house with His Divine presence. Can a father ignore his child’s desire! When the Master of the Universe gave His consent, a galaxy of stars twinkled in the skies of Sri Venkaiah’s heart. That day onwards his eyes waited impatiently for Gurudeva’s arrival. However, a year later, Swamy, the Fulfiller of Wishes, came to Digani village (three miles away from Inukurty village of Podalakuru Tq., Nellore Dist. To reach the place, one has to go by walk only) and stayed there. Swamy told His disciple Sri Sompalli Ramanaidu, ‘ayya, we have to go to Indukurupeta village’. A century back, the place Digani was under the proprietorship of Sri Anchuri Subba Naidu, a resident of Indukurpet, Nellore Dist., who was as familiar as Dana Karana for the charity he undertook. After his demise, gradually the place became deserted as no one came forward to maintain the mine at Digani. Except for a big mango tree and a dilapidated house opposite to it, there was nothing else. There is no trace of human habitat three miles all around, except a few shepherds grazing cattle here and there. After a two day stay at Digani, Gurudeva, the Supreme Master, along with His disciple group, left for Indukurupeta. He stepped into the house of Sri Venkaiah and thereby fulfilled his long-cherished desire. Sri Venkaiah and his family members were utmost delighted by Gurudeva’s Divine Presence and their joy knew no bounds. In the
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trance of delight, in a baffled state, Sri Venkaiah was unable to even guess as to how he could satisfy the Divine Guest. Yet, to the best of his ability, Sri Venkaiah arranged his possible-best to Gurudeva and His disciples. It reminds us how Kuchela did his best by offering oats to satisfy Lord Krishna. The initial preference while rendering service to Gurudeva was to acquire firewood for His Yajna Karya. Sri Venkaiah cut the trees in and around the areas and brought the firewood for performing Holy Rituals at the fire pit (agnigunda). The next day, with the instructions of Gurudeva to go for bathing at the sea, the disciples were arranging a pair of new bullocks to the cart on which Gurudeva was seated at that time. While the sishyas were trying to yoke the bullocks to the cart, Swamy instructed, ‘ayya, tie them to another cart, but not this’. As instructed by Gurudeva, the disciples replaced the pair of bullocks with another pair and left for the sea shore, which was three miles away. For three days and three nights Gurudeva, the Godhead, sat before the Holy Fire at the sea shore and got totally absorbed in performing some Holy Acts. On the fourth day, they all returned back to Sri Venkaiah’s premises at Indukurupeta. Sitting there, He said, ‘ayya, after we came back, the sea moved back by seven feet’. As normal humans engaged in worldly affairs, what can we understand from the divine language? Four months after Gurudeva left the place, the strongest calf in the cattle group of Sri Venkaiah was cured of the ailment to its front leg. The Shelter of the Suffering Lot, Gurudeva, of course was there! When Sri Venkaiah begged Gurudeva about the loss he incurred, He told him to put the calf for sale. As advised, Sri Venkaiah sold the calf, by which act the loss was minimized. Once, while Gurudeva, the Savior of All-Beings, was performing Holy Rituals with Fire in the sanctified house of Sri Venkaiah, He said, ‘the cattle shed’, and got the Creator’s calculations scribbled on a chit. At that time, several devotees prostrated and pleaded Gurudeva to give them such chits. They were instead
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blessed with His Nectarine Looks but not offered the chits. The day on which Gurudeva performed rituals with the Holy Fire and blessed the dumb animals, saying, ‘the cattle shed’; then onwards the cattle prospered with sound health. When Gurudeva was stationed at the outskirts of Inukurti village under a Banyan tree, Sri Venkaiah came over there. He prostrated at the Divine Feet of Gurudeva and offered Rs. 100/- as fulfillment of his vow. Gurudeva asked sishyas, ‘how much is the amount he gave’. Disciples said, it’s one hundred rupees. Swamy immediately said, ‘ayya, he has to give another ten rupees’. Hearing the words, Sri Venkaiah forgot himself in a fit of delight with a feeling that his life was blessed with virtue, for; the Form of Para Brahma Himself was seeking money from his hands. He immediately placed the amount at the Lotus Feet of Gurudeva and with utmost reverence stood folding his hands and kept looking at Gurudeva, the Most Auspicious Form. The Supreme Master, the Heavenly Father, the All-Knowing and the All-Pervading Gurudeva would never-ever neglect His children. It is His Responsibility to save His Disciples whoever it be, who dwell at His Divine Feet, by keeping total faith in Him. Gurudeva ordered Sri Venkaiah saying, ‘ayya, whether you live or die, it is immaterial. But for three months your presence should not be felt in the village’. Informing his family members, Sri Venkaiah implemented Gurudeva’s Compassionate orders in word and spirit. And, he got instantly engaged in the service of Gurudeva, the Rescuer from Darkness. Three months elapsed like a three-minute span. Sri Venkaiah felt as if he was purified and blessed at His service. When they were in the ashram of Sri Narayana Dasu at Talupuru, Sri Venkaiah, sitting at Swamy’s Lotus Feet said, ‘Swamy, following Your instructions, I am blessed to render Your service, with Your Mercy’. The Form of Compassion, Swamy, said, ‘yes, stay here. Why do you want to be midst quarrels and conflicts at home’. My prostrations to Gurudeva, the Heavenly Mother, who, as if I am a child, dragged me into His Warm Embrace, fondled, assured and thus saved His devotee.
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At Golagamudi, the Nectar of Peace, Sri Penchalaiah, a revered devotee of Gurudeva proposed to run a tea stall for his livelihood. He expressed his wish with the disciples of Gurudeva that, if Gurudeva, the Grace-Abound, sanctified the place with His presence, the new tea stall would be showered with prosperity. Without Gurudeva’s permission, He was taken on a wooden carrier to that place. For reasons best known to Gurudeva, He started shouting to take Him away from there. Sri Venkaiah who was with Swamy, felt, ‘what’s this. Despite staying with Swamy for so many days, I am unable to know what is what’. While his mind kept fluctuating like this, Gurudeva, the Omnipresent, stationed His looks on Sri Venkaiah and said, ‘what ! Your Mantra (sacred words) and My Mantra are one and the same. Do you think it is not with you’. Satarti satarti lokam starayathi Athade tarinchu, dharinchu nathade, yella Pranula dharimpajeya valati yathade (Geetamruta …. 50) As is let known, whoever gets self-enlightened and let others get enlightened, they are indeed the Supreme Masters. The superior among them is called the Divine Master. The self-realized and enlightened person shall exist universally. Though he is visible to the external world, he is internally absorbed in Brahma Nista. There is no such thing in the world that can entice Him. That Divine Master is totally untouched by the material world. Though His presence is felt in all actions, He would not react at all. na me parthasti kartavyam trisu lokesu kincana nanavaptam avaptavyam varta eva ca karmani Bhagavad Gita : Ch-3 -22 ‘O Partha! There is no work prescribed for Me. I have nothing to do in any of the three planetary systems. I have neither a want
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nor I need to obtain anything. Yet I am occupied in prescribed duties. As per the above gist, great saints, whatever they do, selflessly they do it for the welfare of the world and nothing else matters them. They are the Forms of Compassion, who, with Love and Grace try to enlighten humankind to choose and tread the path of righteousness. The God-Incarnate Gurudeva is one such Incarnation in the Kali Yuga.

“SRISHTI CHEETI” OF
NAGULA VELLATUR VILLAGE
Sri Nuteti Appaiah (father of Guruvaiah), Vippagunta Venkatramaiah and Penchalaiah of Nagula Vellaturu village have reached the Abode of Supreme Serenity, Golagamudi, at around eleven in the night. Having concluded that food won’t be available at that late night, they offered prostrations to Swamy and went to the Anjaneya Swamy temple for taking rest. Padarenuvu who was in the service of Gurudeva went to the Anjaneya Swamy temple at that time. He noticed the three persons discussing some village affairs. When Padarenuvu asked them whether they had food, they told, what’s to eat at this mid-night hour. But, whoever stepped into the ashram, they should not feel the pangs of hunger or thirst. That’s why, Gurudeva, the Divine Mother, often used to say, ‘ayya, ensure all facilities’. Upon knowing that the trio had not taken any food, Padarenuvu along with his friend Vekatayya went into the village and collected cold rice (stored in water for early dawn consumption) from the village dwellers. Pressing the rice to filter the water content, they took the rice in a tiffin box and reached the ashram. After satisfying the three guests with the food offering, all of them (including Padarenuvu) went to the Anjaneya Swamy temple. The trio discussed with Padarenuvu about the mounting
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tensions between Kotturu-Pathuru of Nagula Vellaturu village and how the villagers were living in the grip of fear and death. Immediately, Padarenuvu told that when the Omnipotent Gurudeva was dwelling in our hearts, there’s nothing to fear about. Saying so, he took them to the old ashram where Gurudeva was supposed to be resting. The time was around two-o-clock in the night. At that time, Gurudeva, the Universal Protector, was absorbed in singing divine glories in praise of God. They all sat at the Lotus Feet of Gurudeva. Padarenuvu pleaded, ‘Swamy, conflicts and differences are taking place at Nagula Vellaturu village. Every moment people are living in the grip of fear and death. Please save them’. Swamy replied, ‘ayya, write a chit’. OM 21.03.1982 Blessings of Bhagavan Sri Sri Sri Venkaiah Swamy Sunday : Night : Golagamudi Chit for Nagula Vellaturu village Swamy, the Form of Mercy, the Divine Grace, the Savior of the Suffering-Lot, the Rescuer from Misery, the Awakener of Truth! Swamy, the Universal Creator, the Kaliyuga-Incarnate, all our villagers are suffering with untold misery. O Divine Father! The affairs of the entire world take place under Your watchful eyes. We plead You to shower an atom of mercy on our village so that we shall be blessed to live in peace and joy. We prostrate at Your Divine Lotus Feet. Except You, we have no other God in this world. O Gurudeva, accept our revered prostrations. Gurudeva took the chit and returned it with His Divine Blessed Hands, saying, ‘ayya, let this chit be kept one night in the presence of Goddess Ammani and place the chit in the temple the next day’. Taking leave from Gurudeva, they all went back to Anjaneya Swamy temple. Padarenuvu told that as per instructions of Gurudeva, they should go to Talupuru on the next day night. There, they should place the chit at the Lotus Feet of Goddess Ammani and on the following day, the chit should be placed at Lord Rama’s temple.
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After sleeping there, they left the place in the morning with Gurudeva’s Srishti Cheeti. On Sunday, the 23 rd March, 1982, myself (Padarenuvu), Golagamudi Venkataiah, Tirupati Venkata Munireddy have reached Nagula Vellaturu at mid noon. The village looked totally isolated. The women folk of the village came to Padarenuvu and told that the two groups of villagers from Kothuru and Pathuru were getting ready for a deadly fight in the evening on the outskirts of the village, at the lake side. And, they were utmost concerned about the outcome. Padarenuvu questioned, ‘amma, where are our people’. They told, all of them have assembled at Sri Birinepalli Ramanayya’s house in the village. When Padareuvu reached there, the youths were sharpening deadly weapons, such as daggers, spears etc., for the fight. They were in a fit of rage to fight. On noticing Padarenuvu, they were surprised to see him at that point of time, but, they stood-up as a mark of respect. Immediately Padarenuvu gave the message of Gurudeva, ‘evil forces are raising’. Hence, He sent me here. Thus saying, Padarenuvu went into the village. The words which Gurudeva brought to the mind of Padarenuvu at that time and which were proclaimed as the command of Gurudeva had a miraculous impact on them. Yes, what a wonder! The very moment when Padarenuvu passed the words of Gurudeva as a Divine Command, from that very moment their mental attitude changed and they desisted from proceeding further. The far-off villagers of Pathuru have also bid farewell to their disastrous intentions. This is what is called as the Divine Play of Bhagavan. At that time, the Sristi Chiti of Guru Bhagavan was placed in the temple of Sri Rama. When the temple of Guru Bhagavan is completed, the chit was placed there. With the divine power of the Creation and Gurudeva’s blessings at that time, till now no untoward incident took place in the village; nor is likely to happen in future.

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SRI CHEKURU PITCHAIAH
During the year 1967, Bhagavan Sri Sri Sri Venkaiah Swamy stayed at the sheds meant for the protection of poor children; which were erected by Late Sri Yenugu Pattabhi Rami Reddy at Kondayapalem gate, Dargamitta, Nellore. The problem of Gurudeva’s ailment of stiffening legs was first noticed during that year. Revered Sri Jakka Venkata Krishna Reddy and Sri Chekuru Pitchaiah have jointly put-up an electrical shop at Subedarpeta, Nellore and were running the business. Sri Krishna Reddy had utmost faith in Gurudeva and was a fortunate person to lead such a blessed life. When the knee joint of Swamy got stiff, Sri Jakka Venkata Krishna Reddy felt very upset. He took Gurudeva in a car to the ‘People’s Poly Clinic’ (the hospital was established by Late Dr. Puchapalli Ramachandra Reddy, who was fondly called as ‘the God of the poor people’. He was very courteous towards the poor and the suffering. In 1956, Padarenuvu was shown livelihood by him by offering a job in the Nellore Doctors Medical Stores) where Dr. Jetti Sesha Reddy examined Him. After examining Gurudeva, the doctor felt that there was no chance of curing Him with allopathy medicines. Hence the doctor felt that if Gurudeva’s legs were massaged daily by applying medicated oil, they would gradually become painless and normal. While Gurudeva was returning back in the car to Dargamitta, on the way Sri Jakka Venkata Krishna Reddy stopped the vehicle before the shop of Sri Pitchaiah, who had darshan of Gurudeva. Sri Krishna Reddy detailed him about Dr. Sesha Reddy’s opinion. Sri Pitchaiah was interested in ayurvedic treatments and remedies. With self-experience, he prepared some combinations of ayurvedic medicines and provided medication to those who visited him with some or the other ailments. He felt that why he should not offer some remedial treatment to Gurudeva. With this

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opinion, he went to Darga Mitta in the same car. The moment Pitchaiah had darshan of Gurudeva, his eyes enjoyed a feast of divine delight. Till then he acquired unbound bliss in reciting Guruedeva’s Divine Name. With the confluence of both the delights, from that day he got himself dedicated at the service of Gurudeva, the Guiding Light of Peace. He constantly remained in the devout service of Gurudeva by applying ayurvedic oils, massaging body and giving injections for about one year and three months. Usually, Gurudeva never allowed anyone to touch His Feet. Perhaps by the merit acquired in past births, the fortunate Pitchaiah was able to serve Gurudeva, the Form of God Himself, continuously for one year and three months. My hearty Pranams to the virtuous person. With the treatment-cum-service rendered by Sri Pitchaiah, Gurudeva’s ailment got cured to a maximum extent. He was almost able to stretch His legs freely. He had a hope that in a day or two, Gurudeva should be totally all right. With that delight Sri Pitchaiah used to stay and serve all through the night and would rush back to look after his business by day-break. By the time he reached Gurudeva on the night; instead of anticipated improvement, he found some deterioration. His hope-filled joy vanished. Despite several injections and applying medicated oil, though at times Gurudeva’s knee problem seemed vastly improved, suddenly it seemed as further deteriorated. To the best of his abilities, Sri Pitchaiah provided best-known treatment prescribed in the Ayurvedic scriptures, but they all proved futile. Disgusted, he told, ‘Swamy, whatever best I had done, is the best of remedies to cure You. But, there’s no improvement. If You know any medicine, I shall get and use it’. On hearing this, Gurudeva said, áyya, if “kukka puri mandu” is taken, I will be cured’. Sri Pitchaiah searched for the name of the medicine, but he could not find it in any scriptures. He even enquired with ayurvedic experts who told that the name sounds peculiar and have no knowledge about its availability. He also tried to give relief to Swamy by fixing springs between the legs so that He could stretch the legs. Without concern of pain
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to Swamy, Sri Pitchaiah used to keep the springs all through the day and night and remove them on the following day. Even though some relief seemed forthcoming, there was no expected relief at all. Since no relief was felt despite his continous service, Sri Pitchaiah doubted his own faith and devotion towards Gurudeva, the Nectarine Ocean. With reverence, he said to Gurudeva, ‘Swamy, despite constant treatment, there seems no respite. Is my toil a sheer waste! Or, is it due to lack of true devotion towards You, it’s happening like this’. The All-Knowing, the Omnipresent and the Compassion Incarnate Gurudeva said, ‘ayya, it can’t be cured with medicines. A little bit of Bhakti (devotion) will do’. Unable to grasp the words of Gurudeva, he sat calmly before His Lotus Feet. The divine saying of Gurudeva kept constantly echoeing in the chambers of his heart. One day, while serving Gurudeva, Sri Pitchaiah asked, ‘Swamy, is devotion required to those who render service’. But, he had a feeling in heart that rendering service was more valuable than being devout. Gurudeva, who was a trikala jnani (having knowledge of past, present and future), merely responded with a hearty smile. Sri Pitchaiah ultimately came to a conclusion that the doubt which was persistently disturbing his mind was not going to find any answer from Gurudeva, the Master Perfect . Before he begins his service to Gurudeva during the nights, Sri Pitchaiah gets strongly influenced by a feeling that he is serving a great godly person like Gurudeva. Absorbed in such feelings of adoration, he forgets himself in a state of bliss. Physically while he is absorbed in service and mentally absorbed in performing the work, he dwells in a state of supreme bliss. In the morning, after he settles in business, Sri Pitchaiah is often haunted by a feeling that, how nice it would be if he is always absorbed in spiritual thoughts. While such thoughts bother him in the morning, the moment he sits before Gurudeva he experiences peace of mind. Sri Pitchaiah often speculates that, it will be good if he absorbs himself in spiritual thoughts so that all his sins are washed away. He wanted to clear his doubt through Gurudeva, as to, ‘what is true and untrue’. One day while he was in His service, he pleaded
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to know, ‘Swamy, we have committed so many sins, how can we get rid of them?’. The Absolute Truth and the Creator of the Universe, Gurudeva, said, ‘ayya, whoever see My face, sins will stay a thousand miles away. Keep it in mind’. Repeatedly getting entangled in the cycle of birth, death and re-birth, Gurudeva’s words are a rare boon. It is for certain that no human may ever receive such a divine boon. Even the great sages who long to acquire the boon to get rid of their sins by performing ritual like Japa, Tapa, Yajna and Yaga have failed. And, this was not possible even by the enlightened masters (Siddhas) who strive to seek salvation from the ocean of samsara. Unable to know the beginning or end of the creation, even the curious ascetics (Tapasvis) failed in their efforts to be blessed with such a boon. But, such a glorious boon is bestowed upon those who render steadfast service at the Divine Feet of the Divine Master, Gurudeva, the Universal Manifestation. Our revered prostrations to Sadguru Sri Sri Sri Venkaiah Swamy for giving us such a great opportunity in this Kali Yuga to liberate humans from the cycle of birth-death-rebirth. Sri Pitchaiah stood spellbound like a statute on hearing these nectarine and blissful words of Gurudeva, the Indweller of Our Hearts. In the Divine Glow of Gurudeva, Sri Pitchaiah came to senses after a while from the trance of ecstacy. Sri Pitchaiah felt that the saying of Gurudeva, the Greatest of the Great (Paratpara); as ear-pleasing, auspicious and blissful. He implanted not only the divine saying of Gurudeva in his heart of hearts, but as well His Auspicious Form and recollected them as often as he could. Gurudeva is the Form of compassion, the Statue of Bliss and the Form of Love. To the dualities of ‘love is God and God is love’, He is the Form of Parabrahma and the Form of God-Incarnate who transformed the ‘dualities’ into ‘oneness’. It is the recitation of Divine Name, Gurudeva, which removes the worldly sufferings. And, for the service rendered by Sri Pitchaiah, Gurudeva heard His revered devotee’s appeal and fondly said, ‘abhayam sattva samsuddhi’ (B.Gita Ch. 16-1). Saying so, He assured not only protection but fearlessness. Gurudeva, the Supreme Master, incar468
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nated on this earth for the very purpose of protecting the lives of the scared people and for averting likely calamities. By offering a state of rapture of absorption into the supreme spirit (brahmanandamu) and purifying us to be sin-free and by imparting the sacred words supposed to have spiritual potency (Mantra), He is paving a way for us to move a step ahead for attaining liberation. Can we repay our debt to Gurudeva, the Godly Form of Lord Narayana? What more an illustration can we give to prove that nothing competes with that of God’s Love? Though we are incapable of repaying His Divine Help, if we atleast worship Him with Trikaranasuddhi, i.e., in word, thought and deed, we will definitely be showered with His Love and Affection and as well recieve His Divine Shelter. The entire universe is filled with the divine atoms and the universe itself is God. The sacred dust-particles of His Holy Feet are bound to show the path for salvation. And, It is Bhagavan Sri Sri Sri Venkaiah Swamy, who is the God Incarnate of Kali Yuga. He is the one who has unfolded the secrets of creation (Sristi), protection (Stithi) and destruction (Laya) to the world. In a bid to ensure that human lives have a source to reach the Lotus Feet of Lord Narayana, He implants a grand wish in the great persons and compels them to get absorbed in self-realization so as to attain salvation. Let us surrender with utmost reverence to Gurudeva, the Form of Parabrahma. Sri Pitchaiah is one such disciple who with his dedicated service received the blessings of Gurudeva. Once, when His disciple was absorbed in His service at midnight, Gurudeva strongly felt like unfolding the secret of creation to His sishya. He questioned him, ‘ayya, I know how to feed the ants. Do you have that ability? Before the Perfect Master, with a heart totally absorbed in bliss, Sri Pitchaiah’s ears felt delighted upon hearing Gurudeva’s words of glory. He said excitedly, ‘Swamy, I dont know’. Gurudeva, the Form of Maha Vishnu, the Protector of Universe and the Kali Yuga Avatara, told His most beloved disciple, ‘ayya, get a little box having a lid (bharina) and place some ants in it. I shall feed them. Are you interested to acquire that knowledge’?
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In the day-to-day life, wrecked by relentlessly struggling to cross-over the ocean of samsara, who can be so fortunate to hear the divine words of Gurudeva, the Other Form of Lord Narayana? By the virtue of merits accrued during the past-births, one among a crore of people is entitled to receive that unique merit. And, one such person was Sri Pitchaiah. While Sri Pitchaiah was absorbed in a state of delight by the Divine Words of Gurudeva, the Heavenly Father, with unbound grace towards Pitchaiah told, ‘ayya, do you want to know’. Observing the radiance surrounding Gurudeva’s Divine Face and feeling mesmerized, he said, ‘why do I need it Swamy’. The one who was blessed with the presence of God Supreme, what else did he require except to stay in His Divine Shelter at His Divine Feet. What’s the necessity to know about the incredible and beyond-humangrasp Divine Sport? Gurudeva, the Shelter of Belief, in a bid to relieve the sufferings of His devotees and as well as to fulfill their wishes, would offer the blessed Srishti Chits; which are acknowledged. And, He foretells His action plan to perform certain acts of ‘creation’ in a divine language which human wit cannot grasp even. Upon which, the God in Human Form would bestow divinity on the srishti cheetilu and offer them to the devotees. Since the blessed messages originate and get approved by none other than Gurudeva, the Creator of the Universe, the ‘Chits’ are called as ‘Srishti Cheetilu’. Engrossed in the service at Gurudeva’s Divine Feet, Sri Pitchaiah had a long-standing doubt in his heart and was waiting for an opportunity to clear it. One fine day, that opportunity had dawned. He told, ‘Swamy, I am unable to understand the essence of Srishti Cheetilu’. Swamy, the Supreme Being and the Heavenly Mother of the Universe, said, ‘ayya, don’t keep trying till you understand them. When necessity arises, they themselves are understood by you’. The secret of the creation is mysterious and is beyond the grasp of human intellect. What Swamy intended to caution His disciple is that, why in this short-span of life one should
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make fuitile attempts to unfold things which are beyond human intellect? That is, like leaving the “one in hand” and attempting to catch “another” and losing both in the process. At the same time, not to disappoint His disciple, He said, ‘If necessity arises, they themselves are understood by you’. That is, when the right time comes, Gurudeva Himself shall take the responsibility to steer the boat of his life to a safe shore and bless with salvation. Hearty pranams to Gurudeva, the Divine One, who Showers Mercy on the Shelter Seekers. While Sri Pitchaiah was totally absorbed in the service at the Divine Feet of Gurudeva with unflinching faith, Gurudeva intended to give him a hint on the worldly activities associated with the sinful world of the unenlightened beings. At the same time, He wanted to demonstrate His Omnipresence and Omniscience to Sri Pitchaiah. O, devout listeners! We are going to rejoice a glorious occurrence of event. Immensely pleased by Sri Pitchaiah’s supreme selfless service, Gurudeva decided to bestow upon His beloved disciple the greatest boon of ‘divine protection’; the verdict of which was going to be in the form of a written swearing; which was demonstrated through a small act. Usually, people caught in the worldly disputes do seek shelter of courts for seeking justice. Paying the prescribed court-fee for stamps was a basic requisite to file a writ in the court. And so, Gurudeva, the Treasure of Supreme Virtue, ordered Sri Pitchaiah to get court-fee stamps. Gurudueva, the Godhead of Three-Crore-Gods, asked Sri Pitchaiah to write on a stamped paper, the words, ‘I possess a half in this Kali Yuga. Since you are performing, it will be rewarding’. Gurudeva wanted to let know His devotee that, He was the All Knowing God-incarnate in Human Form; and, as a reward, Sri Pitchaiah was assured with the verdict of receiving the resultant fruit for his supreme selfless service. Prostrations to the Divine Manifestation! Gurudeva, the Creator of the Creation, told Sri Pitchaiah in a Divine Language (Devanagarika Basha), ‘ayya, there are two lamp
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posts in the sea. Swamy stood guard for twelve years. Write it down’. Though it was impossible to understand the words with all available resources of human wit, Swamy, the Charming and Merciful Lord, showed the path of majesty to his beloved disciple to reach His Divine Feet. Whoever emboss His Ever-True Teaching in heart and recite His Sacred Name, can Gurudeva keep away from such a sanctified heart’s temple? No ! To such people, ‘the world is an illusion and the Supreme Being is the absolute truth’. It is the naked truth that such meritorious persons are bound to merge in the Supreme Personality of Godhead (Para Brahmam). When devotees get absorbed in rendering His Service, Gurudeva, the Supreme Bliss, exposes His Divine Presence in the creation by entertaining them with thought-provoking idle stories (pitta kathalu). Sri Pitchaiah is blessed to hear one such entertaining story at an auspicious time from Gurudeva. Once while passing through a forest, “yerra katla puli” (red-striped tiger) pounced, saying ‘ah’ and it stopped abruptly upon saying ‘aha’. Can we either understand or can grasp the essence of the divine language of God? It is beyond the grasp of human intellect. Rejoicing the words and leaving the essence to the Creator-God, if His Divine Name is made to echo in the chambers of heart, what a blessed life it will indeed be! In those days, Sri Pitchaiah, the beloved devotee of Gurudeva was staying with his family at Nellore. One day Gurudeva, the Indweller of Our Hearts, permitted his disciple to shift to Kovur town with his family and to do business there. Pitchaiah told doubtfully; ‘Swamy, I will shift to Kovur as per Your instructions. But I don’t find any good prospects for running the business there’. The All-Knowing Swamy, assuredly said, ‘ayya, on any day whenever you don’t get money in your business, just go wandering and return back. Money will come on its own’. Cleared of all apprehensions by Gurudeva, the Grantor of Wisdom, Sri Pitchaiah merely changed his residence to Kovur during 1974. He used to make to-and-fro
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journeys between Nellore and Kovur. After a few days, Sri Pitchaiah chose a suitable location for running business and totally shifted his dwelling place to Kovur. Since the place was new, he suffered financially due to low turn out of business transactions. At times he was unable to make a business of even a rupee till evening. Fed-up by simply sitting without business from morning till evening and having lost hopes of getting customers, he would roam alone in and around the nearby railway station and return back with agitated mind and dejection. By that time, one or two persons would be waiting for him and he felt relieved to some extent. Slowly settled, Sri Pitchaiah would recollect the assuring and nectarine words of Gurudeva. He was a virtuous and fortunate person who offered selfless supreme service to Gurudeva. But, caught in a whirlpool in the ocean of sansara, Sri Pitchaiah was unable to focus his thoughts on Gurudeva. Instead he would recollect Gurudeva only when dire necessity arose. When the nectarine words of Gurudeva struck his mind, his proximity while in service at His Divine Feet reflected in his eyes along with His Glowing Divine Form. Recollecting those cherishing memories, with moist eyes, Pitchaiah would think, ‘’Aha! This is the boat of life to sail, which is blessed to him by Swamy, the Eternal Light’’. He would douse himself in blissful illusions that he was at the Divine Feet of Swamy. Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu, Gurudevo Maheswara :- Guru (the Master) is Brahma (Who plants the qualities of goodness), he is Vishnu (Who nurtures and fosters the qualities of goodness), he is Maheswara (Who weeds out the bad quality) and Guru is the Supreme Master Himself. Whoever surrender totally to a Supreme Master, He will bless such righteous disciples with auspiciousness not only in this world but extends the same to other celestial worlds. Sri Pitchaiah left to Mudigedu village from Nellore, to have darshan of the Lotus Feet of Srivaru. After having darshan, he took permission of Gurudeva to go back. Keeping aside his required bus fare, he placed the excess amount of Rs. 2/- at the Divine Feet of Gurudeva, as a token of gift. Usually, Gurudeva accepts such

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gifts from His beloved devotees, but, this time He told, ‘ayya, keep this with you only’. One way, he felt disheartened by the words of Gurudeva, with a thought that, was there anything wrong with himself for the rejection. But on the other hand, he has to abide by Gurudeva’s instruction. Hence, Sri Pitchaiah had no other go except to take back the amount. Boarding a bus on the Mudigedu road and after proceeding a mile or so, the bus tyre got punctured. He suspected something inauspicious about the event and having felt that Podalakuru village was not far away; he went walking upto there and boarded another bus to Nellore. Was it a wonder or what! After the bus moved a mile or so, again the same thing recurred to the bus and all the passengers got down. From there, Nellore was far away and it was a tough task to walk such a long distance. At this moment when Pitchaiah put his hand in the pocket, he felt the touch of money coins, which Gurudeva declined to accept. Instantly, he felt, ‘’Aha! I have enough money to go by bus to Nellore’’. With utmost delight, he concluded, it was the reason as to why the All-knowing Gurudeva refused to accept the amount. Reciting His Divine Name, he safely reached Nellore. In this creation, humans are bound to play the role as decreed and directed by the Creator and everyone is a mere pawn in His hands. Whatever role He decides and at whatever time and place He Wills; everyone is destined to abide by His order. But, can the Heavenly Father on whom His devout and faithful sons totally rely by word, thought and deed; will He allows something untoward happen to them? He provides shelter and protects us at any given time and place. Birth after birth, even if we serve such a Supremely God; can we secure a place similar to that of a dust particle at His Sacred Feet? Rendering selfless service is the right choice to reach His Divine Proximity (sannidhi). O! Listeners and devotees! I narrate a saying of Gurudeva … ‘whoever feels hungry, offer them food’ ‘whoever is in trouble, offer them a helping hand’
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Gurudeva, the Creator, Savior and the Witness, said, ‘I dwell in every living creature of the creation, consisting of 84 crore living beings. Hence, every form is Venkaiah Himself. He is the one who is ‘this Swamy’ and Swamy Himself is ‘Venkaiah’. Whoever abides and follows Gurudeva’s orders, not only shall they reach His Divine Feet but shall certainly get absorbed into His Divine Self. This is the eternal truth. Hence, the proverbial saying, ‘service to humanity is service to God’ is a common saying from times immemorial. It was but common for the virtuous disciples like Sri Pitchaiah and Sri Jakka Venkata Krishna Reddy to be at Gurudeva’s Devout Service every day after closing their business. One such day, after locking their shops, the shop employee Chi Ashok was invited to have darshan of Gurudeva, the Charming Lord. But, Sri Ashok did not heed to his owner’s advice and left as usual. Both the disciples left and were engaged in the service of Gurudeva. Exactly at two-o-clock in the night, Ashok came to Dargamitta for darshan of Gurudeva, the Supreme Being. On seeing him at that odd-hour, Sri Pitchaiah asked, ‘why have you come at this odd-time?’ Ashok’s silence gave the answer to his question. Till that time, Gurudeva, the Supreme Godhead, who was self-absorbed in meditation to restore worldly order; suddenly moved and sat nearby. To get rid of worldly sufferings, people who came from far-off places become alert and took-up their place upon noticing Gurudeva moving and sitting at a place. With utmost eagerness they were waiting to hear the discourse of Gurudeva. While several devotees were paying prostrations and expressing their worldly woes, Swamy, the Ever-Watchful Master, stationed His Divine Looks on Chi. Ashok who was sitting afar and gestured at him with His Merciful Hand to come to Him. With the order of Gurudeva, Ashok came and sat like a curled marigold flower. After having a glance at his form, Gurudeva told, ‘ayya, lucky days are due to come. Go home’. He spent the night at Gurudeva’s Protective Shelter. From that day he bid farewell to alluring desires and was engrossed in his work with peace of mind.
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In fact, Chi. Ashok ought to spend a comfortable life in his youthful days. But his life became miserable due to his meager earnings. Unable to lead a normal life with that sort of livelihood, he was totally dejected and felt tired of swimming the ocean of life. At last he came to a strong conclusion to commit suicide on that fateful night and decided to place his head underneath the wheels of a running train. He went to the railway track situated besides river Penna and sat near the tracks for the train to arrive. What sort of luck he had in store, for neither a train passed that way till one-o-clock in the night nor was his desire fulfilled. He felt that even his wish to commit suicide is not fulfilled. Suddenly a thought came to him to have darshan of Gurudeva, whose glory was acknowledged as God Supreme, after which, he desired to fulfill his quest to die. So, he ran at high speed to Dargamitta from Penna river which was about five miles away and reached the Abode of Gurudeva. But, ‘without Your Will, even a leaf can’t move’. This narrative line from Gurudeva’s prayer demonstrates the Divine Truth to the present times that this incident is a standing example and proof of Gurudeva’s Divinity. The human life has a prescribed time limit. We should not give scope to curtail the ordained life span on our own. And, when God Himself draws us close to Him and demonstrates His Divine Sport, all such efforts would prove futile. The one Who heads the Anda, Pinda and Brahmanda (Anda is the combination of Padartha (matter) and Prana (life principle). Pinda is that which is born out of the mother’s womb. Ultimately, they become one with the Brahmanda); is well aware of every thing about every living being. Every being is given a ‘life-span’ with a certain purpose to accomplish certain duties in that given span. And, even if a person plans to curtail the destined life out of frustration or compelling circumstances, the plan can neither be implemented nor executed. Nevertheless, if the life-span of a person is destined to end, the AllPowerful and the All-Pervading Parameswara, if willing to rewrite the destined-scripted life-span, He can do so by blessing a new lease of life to that person.
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Perhaps, He is the Form of Parabrahma (The Supreme Being; one who is beyond space and time that is with form and without form. It is the Supreme creator) and Purushottama (the Supreme Soul of the Universe); who incarnated in the world in a human form. He appears with features of serenity and innocence to the humanity which are enveloped within the layers of illusions (maya) and seems as if dwelling at unnoticed places. It is He who dwells in the conscious, sub-conscious and super-conscious states of every human being and it is He who bless them in accordance to their merits and demerits (a person’s actions and the consequences thereof). It is His Divine Sport to liberate humans from the chains of karmic sufferings. To such a Supreme Godhead, there’s nothing beyond His Supreme Knowledge. But knowing everything and existing in everything, He blesses the world. What is there that is unknown to Him? The range of sound (shabdha) is the basic cause of inception of the creation. It is Parameswara who shaped the basis of this creation. The Form of Parameswara Himself has incarnated in this Kali Yuga as Gurudeva. The nectarine words communicated by Gurudeva, the Guardian of Humanity, stand witness to the basic range of sound (shabdha pramanamu). Even to the responding words of witness, Gurudeva, the Form of Compassion, Himself is the witness. The-then protective blessings of the Divine Father Gurudeva, ‘ayya, lucky days are due to come. Go home’; means, ‘I am with you like a shadow in your conscious, sub-conscious and super-conscious state’. This is the absolute truth. With the result of the blessed words, Ashok’s life got flooded with prosperity. With the blessings of the Divine Shelter, Gurudeva, within a week, Chi Ashok received a letter from his maternal aunty from Visakapatnam. It is mentioned that a job is made available to him in the office of Exide Battery. When Ashok showed the letter to his employer, Sri Pitchaiah happily sent him by providing required train fare to go to Visakapatnam. After working there for some days he secured another job at Visakapatnam harbor. There, in recogniSatcharitra of Bhagavan Sri Sri Sri Venkaiah Swamy of Golagamudi

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tion of his efficiency in service, the Government deputed him on a training program to America. After returning back from the training, he got promoted to a top-post. Securing a good name and repute, presently he is staying with his wife and children at Hyderabad. With unexpected and likely turn of events in the days to come, we cannot guess as to what heights of progress and prosperity Sri Ashok is going to reach. All this was made possible by Gurudeva’s Divine Grace. Prostrations to Gurudeva, the Divine Manifestation dwelling in the Form of Absolute Truth in every atom of the entire creation. He is the one who is protecting the humanity from the whirlpool of worldly illusions. Apart, He is preventing us from getting lured by the eight arrogant qualities (asta madambulu) and from the grapple hold of the six evils (arishad vargalu).

MOPURU DASHARATHA RAMI REDDY OF PENUBARTHI VILLAGE
Sri Mopuru Dasharatha Rami Reddy alias Dasayya was a resident of Panubarti village; whose livelihood was agriculture. Since childhood, he had great respect for elders and saintly people, whom he used to serve whenever opportunity came to him. Doing agricultural works whenever necessary, the rest of the time Sri Dasayya would render voluntary service to various Gurus. By the time he reached the age of forty, he had already served eight spiritual mas478
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ters (Gurus)’, but he could not find a suitable and reliable Guru amongst them. Hence, he withdrew from their service. He was feeling dejected for the reason that he had not come across any Guru upon whom he can totally rely and who can awaken his innerself and assist him to safely cross the ocean of life. At that time, like a god-sent message, he came to know that a great saint Venkaiah Swamy is present at a place called Ankalamma Botu. But, Sri Dasayya failed in all his efforts for a period of one year to be blessed with His darshan. Yet, In the dark tunnel of despair, he found a ray of hope. That is, the advent of Bhagavan Sri Sri Sri Venkaiah Swamy to Golagamudi, the Heaven on Earth. In fact, God is the slave of a true devotee. To fulfill such a devotee’s wish, Gurudeva, the Wish-Fulfilling Tree came to Golagamudi. Sri Dasayya straight away came to Golagamudi, the Refuge of the Suffering. There, he noticed a group of Swamys with long moustache and beards chatting with each other. Unable to distinguish who the real Swamy was, Dasayya questioned them, ‘ayya, who among you is Venkaiah Swamy’? They said, Swamy was not amongst the group and directed him to go inside, where he would find Swamy, the Creator Himself, giving the blessed chits and the divine impressions of His hand to the devotees. Swamy gave darshan to Sri Dasayya along with His disciples at the residence of Sri Korakuti Venkaiah Naidu. On that day, He was in the company of disciples like Sri Kolla Chalama Naidu, Sri Jayarama Raju, Sri Narayana Swamy, Sri Peddaiah Raju and Sri Laxmaiah Naidu. With utmost reverence Sri Dasayya kneeled at the Holy Feet of Swamy and received His blessings. At the very instance of Swamy’s touch, he felt enlightened to realize that Swamy is the Perfect Master for whom he is thirsting all through. With a surging delight, Sri Dasayya clasped the Divine Feet of Swamy. Looking at Dasayya with compassion, Swamy blessedly said, ‘ayya, straight away you go home now. I will come to your house by dawn’. He rushed home with joy unbound and is waiting impatiently by counting minute-afterminute as to when it would dawn and when would Swamy sanctify his house with His Divine Presence.
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At about 4.00 AM he went out to welcome and receive Gurudeva on the way itself. That very moment, Gurudeva, the Heavenly Father, left Golagamudi to Penubarthi village to fulfill and bless His son-like beloved devotee. Gurudeva and Dasayya both met midway on the road. Around 7.00 in the morning, Swamy, the Form of Sriman Narayana and the Kali Yuga Daivam, sanctified not only the village but as well as the house of Sri Dasayya with His Holy Feet and stayed there. With the presence of Gurudeva, the Merciful God, there was no rest or relief from devotees coming in crowds for having darshan of Swamy. Staying there for three days and three nights, Gurudeva blessed all those who had His darshan and pleased them with ever-new delights. Thrilled after having His darshan, Poojyasri Vallapu Reddy Tulasamma requested Dasayya to invite Swamy to her house. Accepting her request, Swamy stayed at Tulusamma’s house for three days. Wherever Gurudeva opts to stay, it is but common that the place would resound with singing of devotional hymns accompanied by bhajans. Absorbed by taking part by singing bhajans, Gurudeva would feel captivated and delighted. From there, Swamy started his journey back to Golagamudi, the Treasure of Delight and Sri Dasayya too followed Him. After reaching there, Sri Dasayya was engaged in procuring firewood from the forest for performing of Holy Rituals with Fire, with which Gurudeva usually involves. In the process he got associated with Sri Komaragiri Ramanaiah. Sri Ramanaiah was having a cart drawn by he-buffaloes, which was utilized for transporting firewood to the ashram. One day, they were about to cut a large Jammi Chettu (Sami tree = botanical name Prosopis spicegera) at the lake near Sarvepalli village. Upon noticing, Gurudeva stopped them from axing the tree and they stopped from doing so, by His Order. After they returned back after making several such rounds, Gurudeva showed them another Sami tree for the purpose. While Sri Ramanaiah struck the tree at its base, Sri Dasayya removed the stems and twigs. As the log was too heavy for the duo to lift and place it on the cart; they rolled it instead to the lower portion of the cart and tied one end of
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the log to it. But, when they tried to lift the other end of the log, they could not. While they were planning to gather some disciples from the ashram to accomplish the work, Gurudeva, walking that way, said, ‘ayya, it cannot be lifted unless people who eat Pulav (a steamed rice dish prepared with meat) are called to lift it’. They could not understand the inner meaning of what Gurudeva said. As a last attempt, they tried to lift the heavy log with the help of a strong rope. What a surprise! The weight which cannot be lifted even by ten persons was easily lifted like a cotton pack. They tied the log to the rear end of the cart with ropes. By that time the Omnipotent Swamy came over there. To enlighten the truth to His Disciples that ‘even the impossible becomes possible’ by the wordpower of the Creator (Brahma Vakku), Gurudeva demonstrated the Divine Sport. Later Swamy said, ‘you move the cart slowly. I will come behind you’. At last they could unload the huge log at the ashram. Guruswamy felt unbound joy. Both Dasayya and Ramanaiah were absorbed in the service of Gurudeva. One morning they noticed Gurudeva sitting in a cart. Shouting for Dasayya, He asked him to get the cart ready to move. While Sri Ramanaiah was managing the bulls, Swamy sat in the middle, while Sri Dasayya sat in the rear side of the cart on the plank. All of them went to the forest. There, the cattle were unyoked from the cart. But, the disciples did not observe the packet brought by Swamy. Gurudeva, the Divine Love, gave the pack to sishyas and asked them to share it equally. When they opened the pack, they found a two-kg block of sugar candy. Ah! Have you noticed the Grace of Gurudeva towards His disciples! They started in the morning and the Heavenly Father with an intention not to starve them, took care of their hunger. By giving the sweet offering to douse their hunger, He instructed them to engross in their entrusted works. By leaving His blanket there itself, Swamy asked His disciples to complete the work and to leave the place. Saying so, He left the place. As instructed, both the disciples returned back to the ashram by collecting the required firewood. After one hour Swamy came
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back to ashram. During the night when Swamy was calmly seated before the Holy Fire, Sri Dasayya slowly reached His Divine Feet and asked, ‘Swamy, you roam on the hills and forests. How can we find You’? Swamy said, ‘upon reaching the hill-top, if I watch in the mirror, the distance is just a measure of four-finger breadth (betthedu). If you keep on seeing Me, I shall be seeing at you’. The next day morning, Sri Dasayya pleaded, ‘Swamy, if You perform eight Holy Fire rituals, we shall sanctify our lives by watching the event’. Gurudeva said, ‘if you bring firewood, shall not I execute it’. Taking three others and three carts with them, they went to the forest and brought three cart loads of firewood to the ashram. There, they made arrangement of eight spots for performing eight Holy Fire rituals. As arranged, Gurudeva lit the Holy Fire in the arranged spots and asked Sri Ramanaiah to look after the other seven. Gurudeva Himself sat before one such Holy Fire place. All through the night Sri Dasayya served them by fetching the required water from nearby well and thereby sanctified his life. While it was about to dawn, Swamy said, ‘ayya, we should not stay here anymore. Come on, let us go to Penavarty’. By six-o-clock in the morning they reached the house of Tulasamma at Penavarty. Swamy, the Supreme Personality, performed the rituals of Holy Fire for one week and offered His Blessed Hand (Mudra) Impressions to the devotees. Sri Chelama Naidu said, ‘Swamy, ten days are over since we came. Let us move that way to Nalagondalu’. Then, Swamy said, ‘ayya Chelama Naidu, if we don’t go to the house of Sri Dasayya, can my tone remain calm’. They all went to Sri Dasayya’s house where His Hand Impressions were offered and later they left to Golagamudi, the Divine Shelter of Delight. There, they stayed for ten days. Though the sishyas were frequently arguing with each other in the ashram, undisturbed, Swamy is engrossed in His own Divine Acts. Felt disgusted with the frequent arguments and quarrels amongst disciples, Sri Dasayya stood-up and asked, ‘Swamy, I cannot stay in the atmosphere of arguments and quarrels. I want to go back home’. Swamy asked him three times, ‘’won’t you stay! Won’t you stay! Won’t you stay’’!
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Saying so, Swamy stood-up and asked him to give in writing that he would not stay there. Sri Dasayya realized his fault and begged Swamy to forgive him. Then, Swamy said, ‘if we let go an antelope (ledi pilla,sibling of a deer), can we catch it again? Even if you want to go, would I let you go’? Sri Dasayya asked, ‘how can we identify our sheep when it rushes into a flock of a thousand sheep’. Swamy said, ‘straight away if we drag it out by its leg, won’t it come out?’ Sri Dasayya went to Sarvepally on some personal work and staying there for a day, he was returning back to the ashram of Golagamudi, the Abode of Peace. On the way, like a miracle of Gurudeva, the Cosmic Form, he noticed over 200 axed tree trunks of Bontha manu (Euphorbia antiquorum) lying in an open place near to Tikkavarppadu village. Sri Dasayya’s joy knew no bounds. The place was leveled by the villagers for constructing huts for habitation. Sri Dasayya reached the ashram in a hurry. At that time Sri Ramanaiah was in the service of Gurudeva. He told Ramanaiah that, ‘’we are lucky indeed and there is no need to go to any forest for the next ten days. Let us make two trips a day and bring the cactus tree logs in the cart’’. Swamy woke-up in the early hours at 4.00 and called Sri Dasayya. Immediately he took the axe and other requirements for procuring firewood and woke-up Sri Ramanaiah who was sleeping at the Anjaneya Swamy Temple. They readied the cart, went to the place and brought a cart-load of cactus logs, stems, twigs etc. and reached the ashram by mid-noon. The next day, a villager objected after the loaded cart was about to move. Sri Dasayya told him that the firewood was meant for Swamy’s Holy Fire rituals and hence requested to allow the cart load as the final one. The villager conceded the request and allowed the cart to go. On the third day too, cactus logs, stems, twigs etc. were loaded in the cart. But the villagers objected saying that the firewood was sold away to a potter community person. However after repeated requests and persuasion the cart-load was allowed to go and it was unloaded at

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the ashram. Ramanaiah and Dasayya told, ‘Swamy, the villagers are strongly objecting to give the firewood’. Then, Swamy told them to carry with them a chit written for the purpose. Surprisingly, no villager objected when they went there and transported the entire firewood to the ashram at two cart-loads a day. Swamy, the Lap of Love, seeing them said, ‘ayya, place a long hamper (jalla) on the cart, go over there and gather the leftovers with hands and get them here’. When it was brought and kept for the Holy Fire ritual, Gurudeva utilized it with pleasure. One day in the nearby Golagamudi forest, the inmates of the ashram cut down a big Jammi Chettu (Sami tree = botanical name Prosopis spicegera) belonging to Sri Tikkavarapu Sankara Naidu, Sri Golagamudi Appa Rao and Sri Kasi Sundaraiah. They came to the ashram along with some villagers, abused the ashram inmates for cutting the shade-giving tree and threatened to attack them. On noticing this, Swamy asked Dasayya, ‘ayya, write a chit and give it to me’. He took the chit, stationed His Divine Looks over it and placed it beneath the mat. On that day they have not gone to the forest for the firewood. Next day morning at 8 o’ clock, Sri Appa Rao who bursted with anger at the inmates of the ashram came rushing to Swamy, the Destroyer of Fears, and said that except for the lime (neem) tree they could cut down all other trees. Nobody was going to object it. From the next day, as usual the disciples continued to procure firewood. One morning, two persons said to be skilled in witchcraft wanted to experiment their skills on Gurudeva, the Divine Manifestation. They sat under the lime tree outside the ashram and were deeply involved in performing witchcraft to prove their skills. Omniscient and Omnipotent Gurudeva, looking as if He was engaged in His Divine Rituals, wanted to teach them a befitting lesson. He asked His sishyas to put more firewood in the Holy Fire and sat in a similar posture adopted by the witchcraft people. They got confused. They were unable to get-up from their position or were able to move out from there. In the afternoon, compassion484
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ate Gurudeva told His disciples, ‘ayya, offer food to the two persons sitting under the tree and send them away by giving two rupees for the bus fare’. With these simple words of Gurudeva, they were able to get up from the seating posture. Pleading excuses, they fell on the Feet of Gurudeva and left the place after having food in the ashram. When sishyas go out on some ashram work, Swamy would not take food until and unless the disciples return back and have their food. How Sympathetic was Compassionate Swamy! After staying at Golagamudi, the Source of Abundant Life and Joy, for ten days, Swamy went to Tulasamma’s house at Penavarty. After staying a day at her house, the next day He went to the house of Sri Dasayya. There were some differences between Sri Dasayya and his brother-in-law Sri Adisesha Reddy. They put-forth the problems existing between them to Gurudeva. Upon hearing their arguments, Gurudeva, the Auspicious Form, went to the boundary of both the houses and looking at the drumstick tree in Dasayya’s house, said, ‘no quarrel can crop-up between a bitter guard plant and a drumstick tree’. Those who were present there could not understand what He said. Swamy drew a line with His own hand between both the houses and commandingly said, ‘you stay outside the line and you stay inside the line’. From that day, their problem was permanently resolved. Later, Gurudeva returned to Golagamudi. One day, suddenly at about 4.00 in the evening, Gurudeva asked His sishyas to assemble, and said, ‘I have to undertake the stage of ‘Samadhi’, dig a pit’. Everybody was shocked and stood dumbstruck. He hurried them to get the pit dug on the west side of the ashram near the lime tree; admeasuring a length of nalugu mooralu (4 cubits), moodu moorala (3 cubits) breadth and moodu moorala (3 cubits) depth (1 moora = a cubit length). After getting the pit dug-up, Swamy, the Supreme Being, said, ‘throw me into the pit’. Disciples arranged a mat in the pit and rested Swamy on it. By that time itself Swamy’s legs became stiff. After lying down
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in the pit for one hour, He asked His sishyas to lift Him up and to keep outside. Obliging Gurudeva’s orders, the disciples rested Him outside the pit. The routine chores of ashram were going as usual. Gurudeva went to Penavarty village and stayed there. In that village, on the west side of the field belonging to Sri Dasayya, for the past 12 years, it became a routine feature that one person dies every year under mysterious circumstances. The villagers could not find any reason for this alarming happening. Sri Dasayya explained Gurudeva about the recurring evil. He went to the four corners of the field and said, ‘ayya, this is the field which in fact is saving your life’. After loitering in the field for a while, Swamy went to the other field beside it and examined the spot where the death of a person was occurring every year. Swamy slept there that morning and did not wake-up till evening. He got up in the night and said, let us go away from this place. Reclining in the Eternal Abode of the Spiritual World (Vykuntapuri), Lord Sriman Narayana is protecting the entire universe. It is He who incarnated on the earth in the name and form as ‘Venkaiah Swamy’. The place where He rested, there the sins, fears and evils were reduced to ashes. The place acquired unique sacredness, for the merit of which all tragic and recurring events have been averted, once and for all. And, the field where Gurudeva slept, was yielding bumper harvest and revenue. On a Sivaratri day, Chintapalli Ravamma of Penuvarthi village, while preparing to have darshan of Balayogi of Mummadivaram, reached Golagamudi to seek blessings of Gurudeva. After having darshan, she told Sri Dasayya who was present there, ‘Dasayya, let us visit Balayogi, see him, and come back’. Immediately Swamy said, ‘why Dasayya? You want to go and come back after seeing a relatively small person (chinnodu)’. Dasayya instantly said, ‘what Swamy, lakhs of people are visiting him’. Swamy at once said, ‘Oh! Does he have even half-an-anna (one anna is equal to 6 paise) of income. Ayya, going to the external world after death, persons from the celestial world will question him as to what he has done
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before coming over there. He will say, ‘I had escaped and came all alone’. Then, the celestial persons will say, ‘if so, go back there and return. After all the people are transformed by you, then only shall we allow you to mingle with us’!

Sloka:

atmaupamyena sarvatra samam pasyati yo arjuna sukham va yadi va duhkham sa yogi paramo matah (Bhagavad Gita – Ch.6, 32 sloka)

O Arjuna ! He who by comparison to his individual self would see the true equality of all beings, either in their happiness or in their distress is a perfect yogi. Gurudeva, the Cosmic Form, told Ravamma, ‘amma, wash your hands and legs, go to the Anjaneya Swamy temple, offer prostrations there and go back home’. She did not stop, but instead proceeded to Mummadivaram village in a cart. On the way she fell down from the cart and sustained injuries. Apart, thieves also stole her belongings. After experiencing unforeseen hardships, at last she came to Golagamudi. On seeing her at the ashram, Dasayya told, ‘you were directed to go home, instead you proceeded’. She kept quiet. Offering prostrations and Rs. 10/- as a divine offering (dakshina), she left back home. While offering the Sacred Finger Impressions (Mudra) to devotees, looking at Dasayya, Swamy told, ‘ayya, do you want to get married’? Dasayya replied, I had lost my wife twenty years ago. Where’s the question of getting married now? Swamy told, you will be liberated (married) and will be blessed with wisdom (son). And, further said, the triple characteristics (trigunas) i.e., three families in your village shall disappear. Wife, means – liberation (Mukthi) (Kanta=woman) Wisdom, means – Son Three families shall disappear, means – the three Gunas, –
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viz., Sattva (purity); Rajas (activity, passion, the process of change); and Tamas (darkness, inertia) Swamy asked Dasayya to construct a house. He said, ‘Swamy, You ask me to construct a house. How is it possible without money’? With a smile, Swamy blessedly said, ‘always money, money, money’. And, that blessing had provoked Dasayya to construct a house. The old structure was pulled down, the land was dug-up and the foundation was laid. Wooden logs and concrete were readied to begin the new construction. Swamy came to Tulasavva’s house and stayed there. Without invitation from any one, Gurudeva made rounds across the place of construction and came to the spot where the foundation was laid. Sri Dasayya stood observing Swamy’s actions. Swamy went to the place where bricks were arranged and brought three bricks on His own and placed them at the spot of the foundation. The construction of the house got completed within three months. In this way, Sri Dasayya became purified in the service of Swamy, the Absolute Truth.

SRI NUTETI ADEPA NAIDU
Sri Nuteti Adepa Naidu was a native of Nagula Vellaturu village. By the virtue of merits acquired in his past births, Sri Nuteti Adepa Naidu was blessed with the opportunity of rendering service at Gurudeva’s Holy Feet. From the young age itself, he frequented Swamy and there upon received His praises and blessings. He concluded, ‘service at Gurudeva’s Divine Feet is the best way to reach the path of salvation’. Yearning to render service at the Divine Feet of Gurudeva, he installed Gurudeva in his thought’s heart and at last succeeded in reaching the abode of Serving Him. He surrendered himself at Gurudeva’s service for two years. The leelas of Parameshwara are unique and amazing. It is the Philosophy of God. Apart, it is but natural that there exist discrepancies in the creation, such as, the
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fortunately rich and the unfortunate poor ones. But, ‘in the view of God’, there is no discrimination between the rich and poor. Those were the days when Sri Adepa Naidu was in the service of Gurudeva, the Indweller of Every Heart. One day Gurudeva started in a bullock cart (drawn by two bullocks) to the forest to procure some firewood for His Fire rituals. Sri Adepa Naidu, devotees and other disciples were with Him. On the way, Gurudeva saw a Yerukala (a caste renowned for expert hunting) caste person who was leading a very poor life with his children in a small hut. Swamy told Adepa Naidu, ‘ayya, you see, even these people are able to live as well as those living in wealthy buildings’. Gurudeva intended to demonstrate that ‘riches’ and ‘poverty’ were a part and parcel of this creation. Similarly the differences like ‘elevation’ and ‘relegation’ were mere illusions and in His view both were equal. Gurudeva, the Absolute Truth, though externally appears absorbed in His Holy Fire rituals, internally, in association with the Fire God, He is engaged in continuous penance. Even the nature’s fury does not cause any hurdles in accomplishing His Divine tasks. Whatever be the nature’s state, i.e., a hot summer, a chill winter, incessant rains or whether it be a forest, a hillock or a cave, as a witness of Kali Yuga, Gurudeva would roam all around. Thereby, He demonstrates the very purpose of His incarnation by performing rituals with the Holy Fire. He is none other than our Gurudeva, the Universal Protector and the Supreme Godhead. One day Gurudeva went to the forest near Golagamudi and after procuring the required firewood was returning back with His sishyas. On the way He noticed some people dancing in a spell of intoxication after consuming toddy. On seeing the situation, one of the sishyas by name Sri Gutta Venkataiah (a native of Rajapadmapuram village) felt a strong desire to consume toddy. Since he was in the service of Gurudeva, he was curious to know the merits and demerits of consuming the intoxicant toddy. And, he carried his desire to know the response of Gurudeva through Sri
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Adepa Naidu. Swamy said, ‘ayya, what is there in toddy. It is in the words we talk’. People usually consume toddy on that assumption that it is an intoxicant. With this strong delusion in mind, people, after consuming toddy, experience the effect of intoxication and talk all rubbish. Such people lose control over their senses and the resultant outcome will influence the mind. Under the influence of ‘Rajas’ (activity, passion, the process of change) one of three characteristics of the mind, a person is self-compelled to talk useless things. But, who has control over the eight arrogant qualities (asta madambulu) and the six evils (arishad vargalu), toddy or any other intoxicant cannot influence him. So as to expose the inner meaning of above nectarine words, Gurudeva spoke thus. After reaching the ashram in the evening, Gurudeva, the Adoring Form, called Adepa Naidu and told, ‘ayya, give half a rupee to Sri Venkatappa Naidu for consuming toddy’. Sri Adepa Naidu approached Sri Venkataiah to offer the amount. By the awakening he got in the presence of Gurudeva, Sri Venkataiah understood his fault, begged for excuses and humbly rejected the money offered to him. This is the marvel of being at Gurupada Sannidhi (at the service of Guru’s Feet). The Supreme Masters enlighten their disciples and ensure that they are bestowed with the virtue of treading the path of righteousness, not only in this world but in the other world too. One day, Sri Adepa Naidu doubtfully asked Gurudeva, ‘Swamy, is it a sin to eat non-vegetarian food’. Sri Swamy said, ‘ayya, the habit is brought into practice by elders’. Those people who are habitual non-vegetarians from childhood, they are unable to leave that habit. To make it a point to those who are absorbed in His service and not finding any fault in them, Gurudeva responded as such to clear their doubts and thereby provided a chance to change their stand. In those days, in the vacant place of Golagamudi there were plantations of chillies all around and a maize farm in the middle of
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it. Now, in that very place a new Ashram was constructed. Some children of the village have plucked out the plants of maize along with the seed. Noticing this, Sri Eswaraiah, son of Sri Narasaiah, owner of the ashram, beat-up the children mercilessly with the stems of maize . Seeing this, Gurudeva, the Fountain of Mercy, kept silent all the while. After Eswaraiah left the place, Gurudeva instructed Sri Adepa Naidu, ‘ayya, pay half-a-rupee to each of the child who is beaten’. As a reward for bearing the beating, the children were offered the money. With the money, they forgot the pain, jumped and ran away happily. By keeping silent, Gurudeva wanted the children to realize their fault and to bear the punishment for what they had done intentionally. Only after they underwent the punishment, in a bid to relieve their pain, Gurudeva offered half-a-rupee to each of them and made them go back home happily. When Gurudeva, the Divine Felicity, was staying at Golagamudi, devotees from Nagula Vellatur village came to Golagamudi for having darshan of His Holy Feet. One devotee among them asked Sri Adepa Naidu to give a rupee without the knowledge of Gurudeva. Sri Adepa Naidu was busy writing the chits for Gurudeva. The person who asked money was eagerly waiting behind Adepa Naidu, who was engaged in Gurudeva’s service. At that moment, the All-Knowing Gurudeva told Adepa Naidu, ‘ayya, pay a rupee to the person standing behind you and send him away’. Sri Adepa Naidu felt amazed at the omniscience power of Gurudeva and prostrated to Him in his heart of hearts. In witness thereof, on 23.02.1981, Gurudeva, while narrating the subject matter for the Gitamruta book at Golagamudi, asked to compose the words, ‘Venkaiah exists eternally like the Sun God’. By saying so, Gurudeva intended to enlighten His Omnipresence to the sishyas present there. It was during the period when Gurudeva, Our Lord, was staying at Rajupalem. Sri Adepa Naidu, while serving Gurudeva, prayed, ‘Swamy ! Tell me something about the ‘path of liberation’’.
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Gurudeva, the Supreme Being, said, ‘we are either going to take birth or going to die’. Here, I feel it appropriate to quote some divine sayings of Gurudeva. On 15.01.1981 Gurudeva, while dictating matter for the Gitamruta book at Golagamudi, made to compose the words, ‘who is God. It is Venkaiah’’. By saying so, Gurudeva demonstrated His Godly existence. Sri Adepa Naidu recollected and told his everlasting nectarine memories to me, i.e., Padarenuvu, on Monday, the 30th June, 1981 at his native place, Nagula Vellatur.

SRI RAYI GOPALAIAH
Sri Rayi Gopalaiah’s birth place was Pattapurayi village, Siddavatam Tq. of Kadapa District. He was the sixth child of Sri Yella Reddy and Smt. Yanadamma, whose livelihood was agriculture. Since childhood, he was habitual in helping his father in dayto-day agricultural activities. He would gather villagers and involve himself in performing Bhajans (singing of divine glories on God). Until he attained the age of 22 years, Gopalaiah was anxiously waiting for a right opportunity to find and serve a perfect master (sadguru). To accomplish his objective, he wandered several places. He came to know about the divine marvels of Bhagavan Sri Sri Sri Venkaiah Swamy and started enquiring about Swamy. On coming to know about Gurudeva’s presence at Rajupalem, Sri Gopalaiah went there, prostrated at His Sacred Form, and earnestly asked to provide an opportunity to serve His Pious Feet. The Compassionate Swamy said, ‘ayya, you cannot stay here now. Straight away go home. After four months, go to the Varadaraja Swamy temple at Kanchi. After having darshan, come to me’. As per the orders of Gurudeva, Sri Gopalaiah spent four months at home. Later
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Sri Rayi Gopalaiah - a revered disciple of Gurudeva who dedicated his life at the Sacred Feet of Gurudeva. He built a Temple for Swamy at Koti Teertham and is serving the devotees even now
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he went to Varadaraja Swamy temple at Kanchi and had darshan. From there he came to Golagamudi, the Shelter of Solace, and sought refuge at the Sacred Feet of Gurudeva. Then onwards, with the blessings of Swamy he surrendered himself to the service of Swamy. In those days, Gurudeva frequently performed rituals of Holy Fire at Golagamudi for nearly eight years. Day and night Gopalaiah used to procure required firewood for performing the divine rituals by Gurudeva. In the service of Gurudeva, he received admiration from one and all for doing selfless hard work equivalent to the work performed by two persons. Pleased by the hard work rendered joyfully by disciple Sri Gopalaiah, congratulating him, Gurudeva said, ‘the ashram is flooded with a golden harvest’. Irrespective of time, Sri Gopalaiah served Swamy and always stayed alert to execute whatever order is likely to forthcome from Him. He used to massage Gurudeva’s body with oil and serve Him with food and water. He was always alert even while serving Gurudeva, when on a tour. In those days, Sri Veluru Rama Naidu, Sompalli Rama Naidu, Venkataiah, Dakshinadi Ramanaiah and Nooteti Adepa Naidu were with him. Sri Gopalaiah was such a devout person that he devoted his entire life in the service of Gurudeva, the Almighty Power. At that time, Sri Sai Yella Reddy, father of Sri Gopalaiah, approached Gurudeva and appealed to send his son. Gurudeva said, ‘ayya, he’s doing the work of God only. If he stays here, it will fetch fortune for you too’. On hearing Gurudeva’s binding words, Yella Reddy bequeathed his son for utilizing him to Gurudeva’s service. Pleased to see his son blessed with the good fortune of serving the God in Human Form, he left home. Then onwards, Sri Gopalaiah had the privilege of serving Gurudeva, the Ocean of Mercy, for nearly twenty years. He constructed a temple for Gurudeva at Koti Teertham, the sacred place where Gurudeva undertook a long penance in the past. Serving the devotees who visit the temple and offering them the basic amenities, Sri Gopalaiah is still sharing the nectarine wisdom with devotees. Salutations to the blessed and virtuous person.
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SRI MALLIKA VENKAIAH
Sri Mallika Venkaiah with Swamy

Having heard about Sri Venkaiah Swamy’s divine glory, Sri Mallika Venkaiah went for darshan of Swamy. On seeing him, Swamy said, ‘ayya, we have been together for the past several births. When I was working as Manager at Rameswaram, you were the upper division clerk at that time. All your sins have been settled. Now, it’s time to be with me’. Sri Mallika Venkaiah replied, ‘Swamy! If I come to you, I have to go for Biksha (solicit alms) holding a bowl, which I cannot do. So, I won’t come’. Swamy replied, ‘There’s no need for you to do that. Be a controller to the group of people engaged for procuring fire-wood’.

By the great good fortune earned in his past births, Sri Mallika Venkaiah, was fostered with love and devotion by Gurudeva, the Nectar of Salvation. Then onwards he was always immersed in the responsibility entrusted upon him by Gurudeva. He ate whatever food was served to him at the ashram; but not at the place where everyone would usually sit to dine. Though he kept away from soliciting alms (Biksha), he scrupulously followed the principles of Biksha, viz., not to eat at the place where the food was served, not to sleep at the place where food was taken and not to sleep at the place where Biksha was offered. He served Gurudeva till he breathed his last. Even on the last day of his life, he went to the forest and procured fire-wood for Gurudeva’s fire rituals.
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SRI SOMPALLY RAMA NAIDU ALIAS JATHAKALA RAMA NAIDU
With the blessings of Swamy, Sri Sompally Rama Naidu became a renowned astrologer. Such was his perfectness in astrology that he became familiar to be recognized and fondly called by name ‘Jaathakala Rama Naidu’. If some jewelry is lost or stolen, people would approach Jaathakala Rama Naidu, whereupon he would accurately predict by means of his own astrological calculations and pin-pointedly disclose the location where the lost or stolen jewelry can be found. If some cattle are lost, similarly would he give a hint to the cattleowner to go to so and so place, at so and so time and unbelievably his words always proved right. Apart, he used to show remedial measures to those who approach him to get rid of the worldly miseries. Sri Sompally Rama Naidu has the peculiar habit of always keeping a small radio with him at all times and was very keen on hearing the news bulletins. He used to be very simply dressed, with a half-sleeve shirt, a small cloth across his waist and always sported a wrist watch. He was accustomed in taking little quantity of food, that too during the afternoon and only a cup of coffee in the morning and at night. One day, Sri Sompally Rama Naidu, who was normal till then, all of a sudden started shouting ‘Omkara’ (the omkara is the sound manifestation of the highest consciousness or highest light called Brahman) and breathed his last. Knowing the news about his death, Gurudeva ordered his disciples to bury his body beside the Samadhi of Sri Polireddy at Golagamudi.

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SRI KOMARAGIRI RAMANAIAH
Sri Komaragiri Ramanaiah was totally a dedicated servant of Swamy. Nearly for 12-long years he spared his he-buffalo cart to bring firewood from the forest for Swamy’s (Dhuni) utility. His selfless service received laurels from everyone, who also called him as ‘Bandi Ramanaiah’. To be in the association of Swamy, he stayed at Golagamudi and most of the time he used to spend at the ant hill of Sri Subrahmanyeswara Swamy temple. Apart, in praise of Swamy he used to engage himself in singing whatever songs he wished to. And, he used to explain people about the experiences he had with Swamy. Whatever money he was offered by pilgrims, without keep any amount with him, he donated them to the poor and needy. He led a very simple life by wearing a small cloth round his waist and leaving the rest of his body as it is. Even during the coldest winter months of December and January, he used to enjoy a very sound sleep on the cement floor at the ant hill of Sri Subrahmanyeswara Swamy temple. Such was his steadfast faith and confidence reposed in Gurudeva, the Refuge and Protector, that, He Himself would look after his well-being. Sri Komaragiri Ramanaiah was never noticed in an angry mood nor had fostered any enmity even with those who abused and pounced to thrash him. He was never seen criticizing any one. A week before he left his mortal coil, perhaps to fulfill the debt of relationship he went to his younger brother’s house at Anikepalli Sangam. Having purified himself in the divine shade of Gurudeva, Sri Komaragiri Ramanaiah left the world in a peaceful state of mind.
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RENDERING SELFLESS SERVICE TO GURUDEVA BY DISCIPLES
It was a common practice that every night Gurudeva’s body was massaged by the disciples by applying gingelly oil. Sitting before the Holy Fire, Gurudeva would say, ‘ayya, rub my body’. Immediately sishyas would pick-up a gunny bag, fold it, and rub Gurudeva’s back by putting required pressure. Feeling elated, Gurudeva would say, ‘abba ! abba!’. With oil daubed body, Gurudeva, the Form of Godhead, would sit before the Holy Fire performing divine rituals all through the night. In the process, He would say the names of God, viz., ‘Tiruvalluru Veeraraghava Swamy, Tirupasunu Ammavaru, Kanchi Varadarajulu, Penchala Narasimha Swamy, Ranga Nayakula Swamy’. For the fortunate ones watching Him, it seemed as if Gurudeva was exchanging some words with a group of gods. Gurudeva, the God-Incarnate in Human Form, used to frequently remind, ‘ayya, hot water’. In case, milk or millet powder mix (ragi jawa) is offered to Him, Swamy at first would wash His hands, goggle water in mouth and afterwards takes the liquid served in a saucer made with palmyra leaves (tati reku). Before consuming it, Swamy offers a bit to the Holy Fire, spills a bit on the earth and consumes the rest. The Holy palmyra leave saucers utilized by Gurudeva are securely kept at ‘Gurunilayam’, Mulapet, Nellore. When Gurudeva’s knee joints became stiff during the year 1967, He stopped taking solid food, such as rice and millet dough. For eleven years i.e., upto 1978, Gurudeva took only millet malt as His food. Disciples and servants used to take Gurudeva in a dooly (doli). The dooly is also securely placed at ‘Gurunilayam’, Mulapet, Nellore. During 1978, while noticing some deterioration in Gurudeva’s health condition, the Heavenly Father was brought in a van for treatment to ‘Gurunilayam’, Mulapet, Nellore. At that time he was
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in an unconscious state and Smt. Lakshmamma, wife of Padarenuvu, put milk, drop-by-drop with a spoon into the mouth of Gurudeva and He swallowed it. By doing so, Gurudeva gave a hint to Padarenuvu that henceforth He will be taking milk as food. For four years, i.e., upto 1982, Gurudeva took Aroroot biscuits and Horlicks mixed with milk as the only food. Incredible! Gurudeva, who reigns the five vital elements (panchabhutalu), never took water for as long as fifteen years, i.e., from 1967 to 1982!! Whenever Gurudeva felt like passing stool, he utters with disciples, ‘I have to go to the proximity of water’. Sishyas would immediately carry Him to a far-off isolated place and lay Him down there. After attending the call, disciples will make Him sit at another place and purify Him with a hot water bath. At times, the water meant for Gurudeva’s bath will be so hot that it is impossible to initiate the bath by holding a mug. In such circumstances, disciples would dip a bundle of neem (vepa) tree twigs in the boiling water and spill water on Gurudeva’s back. And, feeling delighted, He would say, ‘abba! Abba’. On as many occasions as He goes for stool, He has to be purified by getting Him bathed with very hot water. This way, sishyas stay ever-alert to attend any task or service at any given time to Gurudeva, the Absolute Form. After taking bath, chewing a bit of tobacco leaf, Gurudeva enjoys a state of bliss. To the onlookers, it seems as if He is having rest. There is no prescribed time as to when He would sleep and when He would wake-up. At any time, He would wake up and sit. When he wakesup at dawn, He sits on the bed and without blinking His eye lids, He keeps looking attentively and constantly at the Sun God. To ensure that Gurudeva is comfortably seated, disciples arrange a mat woven with date leaves and lay a gunny bag over it. And, to rest His head, sishyas arrange either a pillow or a log of palm tree. Irrespective of time, Gurudeva, the Universal Creator, whoever approaches seeking His Shelter, unfolds the secrets of the creation, predicts their future and as well prescribes suitable remedial measures to get rid of the evils. Disciples would scribble
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the sacred sayings of Gurudeva on chits of paper. Then, Gurudeva, the God-Incarnate, blesses the chits with His Divine Glance, fondly press them with His Hands and offers them to the concerned persons. Since the words have emerged from the Creator (Srishti Karta) Himself and the same are scribbled on paper chits (cheetilu), they became eternally familiar as ‘Srishti Cheetilu’. Lakhs and lakhs of such predictions have been offered to lakhs and lakhs of devotees. Some of them are preserved by Padarenuvu, the revered disciple of Gurudeva, at ‘Gurunilayam’. Gurudeva - the Creator, Preserver and Destroyer - to ensure that His Divine Presence felt in the world, used to offer the blessed srishti cheetilu and the impressions of His hand and fingers (mudra of hasthamu). The essence of this particular action (karya) performed by Him is exposed to the readers to the best of my (Padarenuvu) knowledge; the skill of which is inculcated by none other than Gurudeva, the Master Perfect. In those days Lord Krishna delivered a discourse (Bhagavad Gita) at the war zone at Kurukshetra to motivate Arjuna about spiritual wisdom and the features of a self-realized person. The very Lord Himself took birth in a human form on the earth as Venkaiah Swamy. During the year 1981, on January 12, January 15 and February, 23, Gurudeva delivered a similar discourse on Gita at Golagamudi Ashram, the Ultimate Abode. The teachings are reproduced in a book form, consisting of three parts and titled as ‘Guru Gitamritam’. One day, Gurudeva was sleeping on a palm leaf mat and rested His head on a toddy log (as a pillow) at Golagamudi Ashram. He woke up early in the morning. Disciples arranged a separate bed for Swamy and made Him to sit over it. When the mat laid on the ground was tossed to shed the dust and the toddy log was moved aside, the termite-ridden log was totally reduced to a rubble. And, from the rubble emerged heaps and heaps of dreaded red scorpions. When the matter was informed to Swamy, He said, ‘ayya, all

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through the night there were little little biting sounds. Sweep them and throw them away’. And, disciples followed Gurudeva’s orders.

Guru Bhagavan’s Saying: -

‘ayya, all through the night there were little little biting sounds. Sweep them and throw them away’. In the Golagamudi area the scorpions are deadly poisonous. They look short and shine in a red colour. It will be extremely dangerous if such a scorpion stings. But, it is a child’s play for the Universal Creator, Gurudeva, to get stung by them all through the night. For Him, it is as if a little child pinching a mother’s stomach like a playful act with alluring childish shouts. Why not ! Such an experience is quite common for the Commander of the Five Vital Elements, who incarnated in a human form. Hence, He felt to have undergone such an experience. Since such Godly persons incarnate to accomplish a particular purpose, they are devoid of body consciousness. Which means, their body and soul are two different identities? As such, their physical experiences are just meant for name sake only. In justifying the above theory, I would detail what Deha Dyasa (body consciousness) – Aatmanubhavam (self experience) is: Avatara Murthulu – Ripened tamarind (chinta pandu) Manavulu – Unripe (raw) tamarind fruit (chinta kaya) When an unripe tamarind fruit becomes ripe, there will be no attachment with the seed inside. If we shake the ripened tamarind fruit, we hear the sound of the moving seed inside. There is no attachment between the seed inside and the ripened fruit surrounding it. It is quite similarly, great saints (mahatmas) will not have any attachment between individual soul (atma) and individual body (deha). Their individual soul is linked with the Supreme Soul, while their body is merely meant for external appearance. Hence, they remain untouched by worldly desires and joys. If an unripe tamarind fruit is ripped by teeth, one can find the inside seed attached with the layer of fruit surrounding it. Here, they are attached with each other and not detached. This means, the indiSatcharitra of Bhagavan Sri Sri Sri Venkaiah Swamy of Golagamudi

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vidual soul is attached to the conscious physical body. Hence, whatever pleasure or pain it experiences, the same is transmitted to the body, since it is attached with the physical body. This is the cause for every pleasure and pain an individual experiences in the world.

THE GROUP OF GODS (DEVAGANAMU) BEFORE THE GODHEAD
Gurudeva is equivalent to the Divine Trio, viz., Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara. Such a Supreme person has incarnated on the earth in the human form as Venkaiah Swamy. Whenever Gurudeva performs the Holy Fire Rituals, it is but common for all heavenly gods (Deva Ganamu) to not only witness the Divine Rituals but also queue-up at the Holy place to receive the Supreme Blessings of Godhead. Gurudeva was involved in performing such divine acts not only for universal welfare but also to ensure that His disciples learn about His Omnipotent Incarnation. Once, Gurudeva, along with His group of sishyas was resting under a neem tree on the outskirts of Chittepalli village (which was situated at a distance of nine kms. on the Podalakuru-Somasila road). One day at midnight, Swamy started shouting, ‘ayya, when everyone is standing here, what you are doing? Spread the mats on the ground’. Sri Sompalli Rama Naidu who was sleeping beside Swamy, woke-up by the shouts and asked, ‘what’s the matter Swamy’. Swamy said, ‘nothing is there. Go and sleep’. With this incident we can ascertain the fact that the All-Pervading God Supreme, Gurudeva, often was involved in conversation with the group of Heavenly Gods in the isolated hours and at isolated places. This way, Swamy unfolds His Divine leelas very frequently to His devotee-servants. Once, while Swamy was staying at
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Golagamudi, the Abode of Ever-New Joy, at 3.00 PM, He told His sishyas, ‘ayya, Anjaneya Swamy, why do you keep standing? Please sit’. So saying, He shouted at sishyas, ‘at least you tell Him to be seated’. From the above perspective, we can consider that, to seek the blessings of Gurudeva, the Heavenly Father, the Heavenly Gods queue-up for rendering service at His Supreme Divine Feet. Such events of Divine Sport are often spoken by Gurudeva in conversation with the disciples. In the book titled, ‘Gurudeva Gitamrita’, Gurudeva, enlightened the very purpose of ‘His incarnation in Human Form’ to the world with the words, ‘Venkaiah is Lord Rama’ (Ramulavaru Venkaiah). It may be the reason perhaps that Anjeneya Swamy felt totally absorbed in the delight of seeing the Divine Form of His Supreme Owner (Lord Sri Rama, viz., Gurudeva) for whom He eternally thirsts for. What a wonder! Yuga’s may change, but the bond between the master and the disciple can never change? Who can explain this unique bond in words? Though the marvellous leelas are invisible to the naked eyes of disciples, we whole-heartedly prostrate at Swamy’s Sacred Feet for sharing with us such pious events. Such incredible instances are numerous. As a minute effort, only a streak of moon-light could I bring to light. Padarenuvu dedicates all such divine miracles to Swamy by offering Pranams at His Pious Feet.

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SRI VELURU NARSAPPA NAIDU
During the year 1962, Bhagavan Sri Sri Sri Venkaiah Swamy went to Talupuru village along with His group of sishyas. Villagers, Sri Mastan Naidu and Sri Sanjeeva Naidu, sons of Sri Narasappa Naidu have pledged gold ornaments and took gold loan from a bank to meet their agricultural needs. After some days, they recollected that some gold bangles are yet in their possession and in a bid to trace them, they searched the entire house. After repeated search, they felt dejected and concluded that thieves might have stolen the gold bangles. At that time they came to know that the Omniscient Gurudeva, was camping in nearby villages. They went to Swamy, prostrated at His Lotus Feet and beseeched Him with uncontrollable grief, ‘Swamy, our gold ornaments are missing. Are they stolen by thieves? We are unable to know as to how they were lost. Can we secure the gold ornaments lost by us’? The All-Knowing Swamy, assuredly said, ‘ayya, the ornaments are within the ornaments. They can be secured back with money’. Except for the wise, can the words of Swamy, expressing in-depth meaning are understood by a common man? No. Unable to understand the in-depth meaning of Gurudeva’s words, people used to comment and interpret the words in various ways. While the grief-stuck people who lost the gold ornaments are pleading so much, why is Swamy saying so? Does it mean the thieves who stole the gold ornaments are going to be caught or fearing that their names may be revealed would they on their own handover the ornaments to the owner and so on and so on. Such doubts cropped-up in the people around. After a few days, Sri Mastan Naidu and Sri Sanjeeva Naidu gained good agriculture yield and earned sufficient money. They repaid the required amount to the Bank in lieu of the gold orna-

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ments pledged with the Bank and took back the jewelry. When they opened the pouch containing the pledged gold ornaments, they were astonished and spell-bound with delight to see that the bangles which they presumed to be lost are intact with other ornaments. Then they recollected the nectarine words of Gurudeva, ‘ayya, the ornaments are within the ornaments. They can be secured back with money’. What a wonder! What Gurudeva told at that time, it is what that has unfolded today. Since then, they were always absorbed in recitation of Gurudeva’s Sacred Name.

SRIVARI PADARENUVU IN THE SERVICE OF SWAMY– CONSTRUCTION OF ASHRAM
(RECORD OF CONTENTS NARRATED BY PADARENUVU FROM HIS DIARY)
The construction of ashram began with Gurudeva’s blessings on Saturday, 19.01.1980 by undertaking repairs to the well on Ratha Saptami day (is observed on the seventh day of the bright fortnight in the Hindu month Magh (January – February). Lord Surya riding a chariot driven by seven horses is worshipped on this day). The existing well in the new ashram was originally a mud construction. The upper portion of the well caved in and fell into the well. With the blessings of Gurudeva, the Cosmic Form, the renovation of the ‘well’ began on the auspicious Ratha Saptami day. Sri Adinarayana Reddy took the responsibility of undertaking the work and gave one hundred rupees to Padarenuvu to commence the work. Of which, an amount of eighty rupees and fifteen naya paise was incurred as expenditure for performing worship rituals and for feeding of the poor. In the morning on that day, the bus in which Sri Adinarayana Reddy was coming from Penavarty to Nellore to look after the renovation works overturned on the river bed at

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the village. Fortunately, instead of falling down, it held the ground on one wheel. When a devotee of the Almighty Power, Gurudeva, began His journey in a bus to accomplish His work, can any harm dare to befall on him? The mud in the well was removed upto a depth of six mattulu, i.e., 36 feet (1 mattu = 6 feet). The construction began on 19.01.1980 with the laying of stone bed at the bottom and it was completed on 12.04.1980. The amount incurred as expenditure for the purpose was Rs. 7,256.68 ps. which was met by Sri Adinarayana Reddy, the donor. Padarenuvu undertook the responsibility of drafting a plan by an engineer for construction of the ashram. On 05.08.1979, Sri Adinarayana Reddy and Padarenuvu after offering prostrations at Gurudeva’s Pious Feet, placed the plan papers relating to the ashram at His Feet. At that time Gurudeva was in the company of Mataji Tulasamma and other disciples were sitting at the temple of Anjaneya Swamy. With great delight Swamy examined the plan and expressed His willingness through a ‘srishti cheeti’.

The Chit of Bhagavan Sri Sri Sri Venkaiah Swamy
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Renovation of well - Golagamudi ashram (1980)

FOUNDATION LAYING CEREMONY
07.05.1980, Wednesday : Gurudeva laid the foundation for commencement of ashram construction work with His own hands. For the first time, Swamy sat on the new blanket arranged by Padarenuvu on that day. It was the first instance, Gurudeva was felicitated with garlands and flowers by Sri Vallappa Reddy Adinarayana Reddy. Later, at the instance of His disciples, Swamy came to the place of the pit where the foundation stone was to be laid. Revered devotees Talupuru Narayana Das, Guruvaiah and other disciples were with Swamy, the Universal Soul. With the blessings of Gurudeva, Padarenuvu (Makani Venkatrao) got down into the foundation laying pit. He arranged the bricks given by Gurudeva’s Sacred Hands in an order inside the pit. The packet containing the nine precious stones (nava ratnamulu) was not found. Padarenuvu came out of the pit, gathered nava ratnamulu and nava dhanyamulu (the nine sorts of grains) and put them in a new earthen pot. He took the pot to the devotees, who dropped gifts and poured milk to the full. Padarenuvu, again got down into the pit. He was waiting to receive the sacred pot from the Sacred Hands of Gurudeva. But, instead of giving the pot to Padarenuvu, Swamy, who was sitting a feet away from the pit, kept the pot in His Sacred Palm and threw it into the three-feet deep pit. Wonder of wonders, after striking the edge of a brick, the pot fell in a standing position; amazingly in the middle of the pit. It’s marvellous and miraculous. Though the heavy pot hit the brick, the brick broke instead, and fell apart. Surprisingly, the heavy pot stood in the middle of the pit, unscratched. In fact, the filled-in pot should have been broken into pieces by such a great impact. But such a marvel did occur. Here, it is Venkaiah Swamy, the Form of Maha Vishnu. When Swamy Himself has come from the Heavens and initiated the auspicious occasion to mark the beginning of construction of His Own Temple, such

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It is on 07.05.1980 (Wednesday), Gurudeva agreed to be garlanded for the first time by Sri Vallapureddy Adinarayana Reddy, during the foundation laying ceremony of Golgamudi Ashram. Sri Reddy is the main arch behind the construction of ashram.
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On 07.05.1980 (Wednesday) at 9.00 AM, Gurudeva laid the foundation to initiate the work of Golgamudi Ashram. He touched the bricks with His Own Blessed Hands. The above picture depicts Padarenuvu receiving the blessed bricks from Gurudeva’s Hands.
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On 07.05.1980 (Wednesday) at 9.00 AM, Gurudeva laid the foundation to initiate the work of Golgamudi Ashram. He touched the bricks with His Own Blessed Hands. The above picture depicts Padarenuvu receiving the blessed bricks from Gurudeva’s Hands.
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While the process of foundation laying ceremony is going on, the packet containing Nava Ratnalu (nine precious stones) was misplaced. Padarenuvu came out of the foundation pit, took a new earthen pot and placed it before Swamy. Here, he is about to place the Nava Ratnalu in the pot.
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What a wonder of wonders! When Gurudeva threw the filled-in heavy earthen pot into the foundation pit, the wonder is, the pot stood in the middle after hitting the brick. Instead of the heavy earthen pot, the corner of the brick broke. Padarenuvu is partial visible in the picture.
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miracles do occur. By flinging the pot into the pit, He infused extraordinary Divine Powers to the pot and to the place, as a ‘protective shield’ for the next generations. The seed sown by Gurudeva, the Universal Creator, has sprouted. It is growing day by day. This itself is the beginning for construction of the ashram.

Chit pertaining to Gurudeva’s knee pain On 26.06.1980, Thursday:
As ordered by Gurudeva, Padarenuvu was writing chits for the devotees at the Golagamudi ashram. It’s around mid-noon. At that time, Gurudeva was resting. He got up and sat, and told Padarenuvu, ‘ayya, write a chit with regard to the pain in my knee joints’. The contents of the chit are detailed hereunder. The chit blessed by God’s vision (devuni choopu cheeti) relating to Bhagavan Sri Sri Sri Venkaiah Swamy - Bhagavan’s petition to God : ‘Oh God! Bhagavan Sri Sri Sri Venkaiah Swamy is praying that His legs become perfect. Bless Him, for He is the Heavenly Father, who with His Gracious Looks is ruling the entire universe and whose legs, we pray, should become normal. Oh Parameswara, Our Divinely Father, You are equivalent to all Godly Forms. Oh Heavenly Gods! Accept our whole-hearted prostrations, for, we seek to sacrifice our whole life at Your Sacred Feet. Shower mercy on Padarenuvu who wrote the chit. Such was the blessed opportunity bestowed upon Padarenuvu by Gurudeva, the Universal Creator. Prostrations and total surrender to such a Godly Father, till such life keeps rolling in the cycle of birth-rebirth.

The chit blessed by God’s vision (devuni choopu cheeti) relating to Bhagavan Sri Sri Sri Venkaiah Swamy :
Three temples -seven lakhs.
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On 27.08.1980, Thursday: On the application forwarded to the Government for procuring a site for ashram, on this day Sri Penchalaiah, Surveyor and Sri Venkata Rao, Revenue Inspector, had a survey of the land and took its measurements. Gurudeva would often visit the land proposed for construction of ashram and ensured that the pending works are blessed with success through His ‘srishti cheeti’ and thereby empower the place with some divine power. The content matter of ‘srishti chits’ are reproduced hereunder.

Friday evening, at the construction place of Ashram :The chit blessed by God’s vision (devuni choopu cheeti) relating to Bhagavan Sri Sri Sri Venkaiah Swamy :
Commencing today, the construction of ashram will be completed in 145 days. The place for construction of the temple is good. Everything will go smoothly.

In the place where the ashram is constructed:
The chit blessed by God’s vision (devuni choopu cheeti) relating to Bhagavan Sri Sri Sri Venkaiah Swamy : Four parts are made in favour of Venkatramaiah c/o Sri Obula Naidu. One part is situated at Kaalepalem. One part is in favour of Dhobis 10 baaralu (about 15 Mtrs.). 25.10.1980 (Saturday): Sri Narayana Das performed Pooja at 6.00 PM in the ashram which was under construction and a pumpkin was got tied. Five married women applied turmeric powder and vermillion on a white pumpkin and it was hanged to the Neem tree located opposite to the ashram. On that day, Bhagavan touched the white pumpkin three times and said, ‘alright”. After performing Pooja, everyone took the divine offerings (prasadam). 29.12.1980 (Monday) : For the purpose of ashram construction, 200 bags of cement was purchased at a cost of Rs. 5,600/-. It is
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brought in a lorry to the ashram site by Padarenuvu. Annoyed by the bumpy road, all through, driver Rangan was murmering something in Tamil. The cement load reached the ashram in the evening. On noticing the presence of Gurudeva there, driver Rangan got down and went for washing his hands and legs. He offered circumambulations to Gurudeva, prostrated to Him and sat before Him with utmost reverence. After the cement bags were unloaded, as was the practice I (Padarenuvu) offered Mamool (token amount as a gift of good gesture ) to the driver. He refused to take the amount saying that he would not touch the money of Swamy and that he would render service to the Divinely Father and thereupon gave his address. A Swamy’s photo and some Holy Ash (vibhooti) was given to him. On seeing the Divine Form of Gurudeva, an unexpected and a unique change was noticed in the driver. 02.01.1981 : A propagator of Sai’s philosophical way of thinking and a greatly revered devotee, Sri Bharadwaja Master had darshan of Gurudeva. He asked me to take the finger impressions of Hand and Feet of Gurudeva, the Form of Love. Sri Adinarayana Reddy offered Rs. 100/- to the Master through his mother’s hand. 05.01.1981 : An order was placed with Sri Gamallapalem Raghavayya of Gudur for a big photo of Gurudeva. Along with Master Bharadwaja, myself, devotees and disciples sat before Gurudeva at the Golagamudi ashram, the Abode of Universal Power. With a proposal to look after the future welfare activities of the ashram, we were discussing ways and means for formation of an association. After discussions, we all preferred to name the association, as, ‘Bhagavan Sri Sri Sri Venkaiah Swamy Humanitarian Mission’. Gurudeva, the All-Loving Form, who was instrumental to inspire our thoughts to choose that name, gave His consent. And, it became a permanent name. 07.01.1981: After meeting, Sri Narayana Swamy, the Registrar, required forms for registering the temple were procured from him.
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Accordingly, Sri Kondal Rao, P.W.D, Executive Engineer, had prepared relevant bye-laws. 11.01.1981: Sri Tyagarajan, Municipal Supervisor, took the measurements of ashram to prepare the estimates. On the same day, the coconuts offered to me by Master Bharadwaja were put into the Holy Fire Ritual of Swamy. Till that time, Swamy, who kept silent, opened His eyes and blessed the occasion. Padarenuvu asked Mataji Tulasavva to give papers endorsed with the impressions of Swamy’s Hand. Guruvaiah who heard the conversation, vent his anger on Padurenuvu saying that he was responsible for exposing the secret to public. Padarenuvu approached Swamy who was reclining there and told Sri Guruvaiah, ‘it’s God who is sleeping here. If the fact is made public, it will be virtuous, if not, it’s a sin’. So saying, he left the place. After a while, Gurudeva asked to shift Him to the place where the ridge gourd (beerakaya padu) plant is located. Resting there, He asked to write a chit. In that chit, Gurudeva, the Love Grace, made it a point to write, ‘who is God. It is Venkaiah’. The more the fact was made public, the more would be the virtue. If not, it was equally sinful’. 06.01.1981 : Sri Obul Reddy of Tallapalli village, Pulivendala Tq., Kadapa Dist., presented five lyrical hymns (Pancha Ratna slokas) composed in the name of Bhagavan. 13.02.1981 – Friday : At 10.30 in the night, revered Bhardwaja Master endorsed his signature on the registration papers as a President of Bhagavan Sri Venkaiah Swamy Humanitarian Mission, at Sai Baba Temple, Vidyanagar, Nellore. 16.02.81 : Papers relating to the registration of ashram were filledin and submitted at Registration Office. 18.02.81 : Sri Satyanarayana, Tahasildar, inspected the ashram site and had darshan of Gurudeva.

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13.04.81 : The existing cash chest (hundi) was donated by Sri Tyagaraj, Municipal Supervisor. He purchased the Hundi from Sri Vaggu Polaiah of Butchireddy palem village. 26.04.81 (Sunday): The construction of safety wall to the well was completed and a pulley was arranged to draw water. Sri Adinarayana Reddy performed the required pooja rituals. On the occasion, the wife of village head (muttaiduva = a married woman) was ceremoniously offered a saree and a blouse bit. Sri Narayana Dasu broke the coconuts. Pongali (a South Indian preparation made of rice, pulses, nuts, ghee, etc.) and Panchamrutam (a preparation of milk, sugar, ghee, honey and curd) were offered as divine offerings (naivedyam) to Gurudeva, the Pious and Auspicious Form. 07.05.81 (Thursday) : Myself (Padarenuvu) and Kumar while passing through the Trunk Road noticed the advancing rain clouds. We were afraid that the 200 bags of cement stored in the ashram may become useless if it rained heavily. Straight away we went to the house of Sri Venkateswarlu, Income Tax Officer, took his motor cycle and drove to Srilakshmi Hirers, Pappula Veedhi, Stonehousepet. We asked for the tarpaulin cloth, but the shopkeeper demanded introduction of a known person. We approached Sri Ratnaiah Shetty, who, for a long time was supplying provisions to the ashram and took him to the hirer. On his recommendation, the tarpaulin cloth was acquired. At around 1.30 in the night, myself and Kumar reached Golagamudi. At that time, Gurudeva was resting before the Holy Fire at the old ashram and was absorbed in singing hymns and performing bhajans. The tarpaulin cloth was securely covered over the cement bags. Both of us stayed with Gurudeva till the early hours of the day and returned back to Nellore on the motor cycle. 17.05.1981 (Sunday) : Taking the required material for laying of slab to the temple of Gurudeva, myself and Kumar boarded a bus to reach Golagamudi. When the bus reached Kondayipalem Gate, I recollected that we forgot buckets and I asked Kumar to get down and sent him back to get the buckets. I got down from the bus. At
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that time, anticipating that the railway level crossing gate would be closed, the bus driver moved the bus. I went running to catch the bus, but slipped. I was dragged over the concrete heaps on the road and by that time the conductor got hold of me and the bus too came to a halt. Had not the Heavenly Father not implanted such a thought in the conductor’s mind; what would have been my fate? To accomplish the work of laying of slab in the early hours, the earlier night itself I sought the assistance of Golagamudi and Yanadipalem villagers, who whole-heartedly assured their cooperation. There were clouds and a slight drizzle in the night. We felt concerned whether the work will be curtailed by rains and hence kept reciting the Divine Name of Gurudeva. Sri Yella Reddy of Yellanti village had come a day early to look after the centring works, who, by profession was an expert in the field. With the blessings of Gurudeva, the weather was cool and pleasant on that day. Every one enjoyed working under the pleasant atmosphere and the task was successfully accomplished. All those who rendered voluntary service were indeed fortunate to partake in the sacred work. 18.05.1981 (Monday) Vyasa Pournami : On that holy day, a slab was to be laid around the open place area (verandah) adjoining the main temple. We went to the village well before dawn and invited the villagers to offer their service. Before the Sun came up, praying Bhagavan, we broke a coconut and began the work. That day too it was cool and pleasant. The service rendered by the villagers of Golagamudi should remain eternal in history. Over 80 villagers participated in the work. Their delight in sharing the work wholeheartedly was to be seen rather than written in words. We offered them rice pongali and coffee in the morning and arranged for meals in the afternoon. With the support of everyone, the work was completed by evening.
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In the morning itself, Sri Adinarayana Reddy came from Penavarty. Delightfully, he too participated in the work along with others. Sri Yella Reddy was there throughout and was instrumental in ensuring that cement, sand and concrete are mixed in required proportions. Anticipating that the work may prolong till night, a petromax light was brought from Anikepally. But, Mataji Tulasavva objected for working in the night and it got postponed for next day. Later, we went to Harijanwada in the village and they happily assured to take part in next day’s work. 19.05.1981 (Tuesday): Slab was laid by uninterruptedly carrying out the work from early morning. With the assistance of the villagers from Golagamudi and Harijanwada, the work was completed by 1.00 in the afternoon. They ate chaddi annamu (cold rice stored in a pot mixed with butter milk) in the morning and had meals in the afternoon. The work was completed under the supervision of Mason Subhan. 28.05.1981 (Wednesday): Gurudeva was doing well until lunch was served in the afternoon. Swamy was feeling uneasy with asthma (breathing problem). Since there was no bus service to Nellore until evening, myself (Padarenuvu) and Kumar started on a bicycle to Nellore. In the mid-way, we found someone going in a car. I stopped the car, sent Kumar back, boarded the car and came to Dr. Vivekananda Hospital. From there, hiring a taxi for Rs. 60/-, I came to Golagamudi with the doctor. The doctor tested Gurudeva and gave injection, medicines and tonic. 27.06.1981 (Saturday) Dasami : We ensured that the mud lying within and outside the ashram was lifted with the help of villagers, as also the cement bags were shifted from the old to new ashram. Bhagavan came to new ashram at 4.00 PM. Gurudeva lit the Holy Fire, broke a coconut and waved the burning camphor (Harathi). Everyone had offered prayers. Later, Gurudeva shifted to the old ashram. Myself and Guruvaiah carried Swamy in a doly to the old ashram.

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01.07.1981 : The Deputy Collector had recommended a price of Rs. 500/- per acre for the site meant for Golagamudi Ashram. 07.08.1981 (Friday): My eldest daughter Chi. Vani who got married, was brought to Golagamudi. Gurudeva blessed the couple. 17.10.1981 (Friday): The iron chest donated by Sri Tyagarajan was altered into a Hundi at the lathe machine shop of Sri Bujjaiah. It was transported to the ashram in a cart (with tyre wheels) arranged by Sri Ranga Reddy of Kovvur. 23.10.1981 (Friday): In the evening, Mataji Tulasavva asked us to perform pooja to the Hundi. After performing pooja, bengal gram (senagalu) and puffed rice (borugulu) were placed over it. The lock was opened to clean the box and when I put the hand inside, a scorpion stung me. I prayed Bhagavan, who gave me a thread, and said ‘enough’. The venom did not budge from that place. Swamy turned towards Guruvaiah and held the upper arm with His two hands. The venom of the scorpion sting did not move up. 11.11.1981: Glass frames were arranged to the photos of Gurudeva. 12.11.1981 (Thursday): Myself, Kumar, Tikkavarapu Sundararami Reddy and Mason Muttayya Chari went to the house of photographer Sri Rama Swamy. We brought the photo of Gurudeva prepared by the photographer, placed it in the pooja at 11.30 AM and thereupon offered coconut and aarti. 26.11.1981 (Thursday): The work of cement plastering to the temple walls commenced by engaging 12 labourers by Mason Subhan. Smt. Venkamma (of Mudigedu village), the cook, was blessed with the dream of Gurudeva, wherein He appeared in the form of Sai Baba. In the dream He asked her to offer Ragi Sankati (millet malt), as Maha Naivedya (a grand divine offering) and to distribute the same amongst the devotees after the bhajan. At 10.00 PM, she prepared the divine offerings and placed them as Maha Naivedya to Bhagavan and distributed it amongst the devotees and ashram dwellers.
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18.12.1981 (Friday): By placing atop a bus, I brought a log of Neem tree from Nellore to Golagamudi. While the log was about to be pushed down from atop the bus, Ch. Venkateswarlu, son of Sri Nallagalla Sundaraiah was passing on a bicycle by the side of the bus. At that very moment, the log was pushed down by the cleaner of the bus, the log fell on the front portion of the bicycle. Fortunately, by the blessings of Gurudeva, the boy was not at all hurt. 25.12.1981 (Friday): At 12 Noon, Sri Venkateswarlu, Assigned Dy. Tahasildar came to the ashram. He took statements from me about the management of the ashram, and from the village head about the details of site. He asked me to come to his office with the accounts relating to ashram management on 28.12.1981. 06.01.1982 (Wednesday): Vaikunta Ekadasi: Taking vegetables for the workers engaged in construction work of the ashram, I hired a cycle rickshaw from Nellore to go to Golagamudi. Exactly at 11.25 AM, when we were nearing Kasturi Devi Girls School, two children riding on a bicycle dashed against our rickshaw and came underneath its wheels. A bus was coming at high speed in the opposite direction. By the mercy of Gurudeva, the cycle fell on the other side. Our rickshaw over ran the cycle and stopped aside and in that split of moment, the bus sped past. When Gurudeva, the Supreme Power, was with us at all times and at all places, could we fear of anything untoward. Otherwise, we four (two children, myself and rickshaw puller) would have reached Vaikuntam on that Vaikunta Ekadasi (the combination of Uttara Dwara darshanam of Lord Vaikunta plus Ekadasi thithi has attained significance as Vaikunta Ekadasi) day. 21.01.1982: I went to Nellore, took medicines prescribed by Dr. Vivekananda for Mataji Tulasavva, who had been suffering with acute pain in her hand. From there, I went to Penavarty and informed the matter to Sri Adinarayana Reddy and came back to Golagmudi. 23.01.1982 (Saturday): When the ashram construction work was

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in progress; Myself, Sri Bharadwaja Master, disciple Kondaiah and Kumar arrived at Golagamudi in the car belonging to Sri Adinarayana Reddy. As instantly as we stepped in, Gurudeva shouted, ‘ayya, spread the mats and serve food’. 26.01.1982: I have met Sri Pundarikakshaiah, Auditor, and submitted the accounts registers relating to the expenditure of ashram construction work. 28.01.1982 (Thursday): Myself and Sri Venkataiah went to the house of Sri Obula Reddy, at Tallapalem, Pulivendula Tq., Kadapa Dist. for procuring stones for flooring. We came to know that Sri Obula Reddy was performing worship to Goddess Raja Rajeswari Devi in the house of Sri Ramanujula Reddy (uncle of Sri Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy). We had our food at Sri Obula Reddy’s house and reached Pulivendula along with his daughter. We met Sri Obula Reddy there and requested him to thoroughly go through ‘Gurudeva’s Charitra’. He readily agreed to it. We came to know that the ongoing pooja at Sri Ramanujulu Reddy’s house would continue till Saturday and we stayed there itself. After completion of pooja at 12 in the mid night, the manuscript of Swamy’s Charitra was kept at the place of worship. 29.01.1982 (Friday) : At 9.55 in the night, Sri Sadasiva Sharma, the Yajna Karta (the one who offers the dravyas (various oils) to the fire by c hanting the mantras) wrote the auspicious word ‘Omkara’ on a new note book to commence the process of writing Gurudeva’s Charitra. He placed the book at the auspicious feet of Jagajjanani, the Mother of the Universe. 30.01.1982 (Saturday): After offering prayers to Goddess Raja Rajeswari Devi; to mark the conclusion of Pooja ritual with Kalasa (the sacred vessel) Udvasana (bidding farewell), Sri Sadasiva Sharma composed a hymn on Gurudeva in the note book. While this was going on, a cow came to the deity’s home (Pooja Mandiramu) and ate the divine offerings placed there. From Pulivendula, we reached the house of Sri Obula Reddy at Tallapalem village at 6.00 in the
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evening. In the pooja mandiramu at Sri Ramanujulu Reddy’s house, the manuscript of Gurudeva’s Satcharitra was placed at the Sacred Feet of Jagajjanani, the Universal Mother. 31.01.1982 (Sunday): In the morning itself, myself along with Sri Obula Reddy and Sri Venkataiah came to Vempally. From there we went to Yerraguntla and proceeding further we reached Chilamakuru. After walking a distance of four miles, we reached Kallamalla. There, we had lunch at the house of Sri Venugopala Reddy, son of Sri Obula Reddy. We came to the quarry of black stones and purchased 15 square metres of stone at Rs. 35/- per square metre. The cost of the same stone at Yerraguntla was Rs. 70/-. But, Sri Obula Reddy offered the rate for the reverence he had for Gurudeva. Son of Sri Obula Reddy and his two friends with three bicycles took us on the bicycles from Kalamall to Chilamakuru. There we went to Maruti Civil Brokers Office and purchased four squares metres of black polished stone and one square metre of white polished stone @ Rs. 260/- and Rs. 400/- per square metre respectively. A lorry was engaged for Rs. 800/-, out of which an advance of Rs. 200/- was paid. From there we traveled by bus and reached Prodduturu at 10.00 PM in the night and from there we went to Nellore. 02.02.1982 (Tuesday): Sri Venugopal Reddy arrived with his friends to Golagamudi in the morning along with the lorry loaded with four square metres of black shining stone, one square metre of white shining stone and 6 ½ square metres of black stone. On that day, Sri Varakoti Sitaram who was stung by a scorpion was rushed to the ashram. As his condition became critical he was admitted in the Government Hospital at Nellore. By the next day he became normal. 06.02.1982 (Saturday): Sri Gandavaram Narsa Reddy and his wife Smt. Varamma donated Rs. 2000/- towards construction of ashram in the name of Swamy. The amount was deposited in the Corporation Bank.
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11.02.1982 (Thursday): A leela of Gurudeva : I drew Rs. 500/from the Corporation Bank and paid it to the welder Bujjaiah to prepare two iron grill windows. Myself and Sri Venkataiah engaged a rickshaw from Chinna Bazar to Moolapet and were traveling in it. The rickshaw puller Sri Bujjam Balasubba Reddy was a native of Proddutur. He said that all the money earned by him was staked in the game of cotton numbers (a vice-like game) and his financial position was so pathetic that he did not even have a shirt to wear. In the meanwhile we reached home. Immediately I gave a photo of Gurudeva to the rickshaw puller and asked him to take a pledge on Gurudeva that, ‘he will never stake his money again in the cotton number game’. After seeing the photo of Swamy, he saluted with reverence to it and took an oath that he would not involve in the cotton number game henceforth. He enquired about Golagamudi, the Abode of Divine Refuge, and left the place. What a wonder! Immediately after seeking Gurudeva’s photo, a strong desire sprang in him to keep away from all bad habits. When such a Cosmic Form of Kali Yuga is before us, why should we fear. 14.02.1982 (Sunday): Swamy’s leela (divine sport): Sri Tyagarajan, the Municipal Supervisor, Nellore, donated a cash chest to the ashram. He was supervising the construction in accordance with the approved plan. He was also a blessed person of Swamy. Once Sri Tyagarajan’s child became sick and was admitted in a hospital. The doctors could not identify the nature of the disease. As he was agitated and dejected, I approached Swamy, the Heavenly Father and detailed about the health problem of the child. The Compassionate Swamy gave a piece of cotton cloth, holy ash and a booklet containing the mode of worship. I took them to the hospital and placed the things under the pillow of the child. By the next day morning, the unidentified disease showed signs of great relief. The child recovered and on the following day he got discharged from the hospital.

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‘Ashrita rakshakaya namaha’. Protecting the devotees at all times who seek His Shelter, is itself the Divine and Majestic Marvel of Swamy. 04.03.1982 (Thursday): Sri Pundarikakshaiah, Auditor, prepared the audit report and gave it for record. 09.03.1982 (Tuesday): I submitted the applications of blind children of the village to the Tahasildar, seeking financial assistance from the Government. 17.03.1982 (Wednesday) : Sri Gangulaiah of Kurnool bore the expenses incurred towards the photo of Swamy. 29.03.1982 (Monday): In the Kodanda Rama Temple of Nagula Vellatur village, the villagers mounted the chit narrated by Gurudeva about the village and later offered Maha Naivedya. For construction of a store room in the ashram, Sri Korakuti Narayanaiah, Sri Venkatramaiah and Sri Nuteti Appaiah, had agreed to spare large trunks of toddy trees. Villagers donated lemons, tomatoes, pumpkins and water melons to the ashram. 30.03.1982 (Tuesday) : Smt. Tulasavva fell down and suffered injury to the waist. I came to Nellore, met Dr. G.C Narayana and purchased the medicines prescribed by him. I took a hot water bag for Swamy from my neighbour Smt. Anasuyamma. I went to Golagamudi, gave an injection to Smt. Tulasavva and returned back to Nellore in the night. 02.04.1982 (Friday): Smt Amaravatamma of Kokkupadu, Nellore, had promised to donate an amount of Rs. 2000/- towards the marble idol of Gurudeva, the Charming Lord. On that day, Sai Bhagavan’s idol was installed at Bitragunta Temple. Afterwards, the sculptor of the Sai idol from Jaipur, Rajastan, and some friends from Bitrugunta were taken by Kumar in a taxi for darshan of Gurudeva. The sculptor agreed to carve out a white marble idol of Gurudeva at a cost of Rs. 4,000/-.

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03.04.1982 (Saturday) : We went to the Chitralaya Arts located in Santapeta. We paid them Rs. 500/- and took the photo of Sri Narasimha Swamy. We came to the Gurunilayam at Moolapeta at about 11.30 PM in the night and offered prayers there. 05.04.1982 (Monday) : We came to Golagmudi at 12.00 in the midnight in the tractor of Sri Nageswara Rao and slept in the temple of Anjaneya Swamy for the night. At 3.00 AM, Sri Guruvaiah woke me up saying that Swamy was feeling uneasy due to breathing problem (asthma). I gave an injection to Gurudeva. He got relief from the problem and fell asleep. 06.04.1982 (Tuesday) : A tractor was arranged for transporting of sand at Rs. 7/- per trip. I came to Nellore, bought some miscellaneous articles and went to the bus stand. Since no bus was available at that time I went in a rickshaw and reached home at 1 ‘0’ clock in the night. 09.04.1982 (Friday): Taking bread and medicines, we reached Golagamudi in the night. As Gurudeva’s health was not well, we felt very much agitated. In the early hours, He became somewhat normal. 10.04.1982 (Saturday): After offering worship at Anjaneya Swamy temple, other village celebrations followed. A procession was taken, followed by feeding of the poor. 16.04.1982 (Friday) : We went to the house of Soutamuluru Venkamma, Teacher, residing at Bhaktavatsala Nagar. She donated a mortar-grinder (rubburolu) to the ashram. Makani Lakshmamma of Mulapeta donated a stone (Sannikalla Banda) on which food grains could be crushed. With those items, we reached Golagamudi by tractor at night. 20.04.1982 (Tuesday): We engaged the lorry of Sri Sambaiah (brother of Sri Gopalaiah). We started from Nellore at 5.30 PM and reached Nagula Vellaturu at 8.30 PM. We went to the temple of Lord Rama and placing the photo of Gurudeva there, we offered
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prayers. Early in the morning at 4.00, the villagers loaded toddy tree trunks into the lorry. Sriramulu Naidu, Sri Kuchi Ramaiah, Sri Korakuti Narayana and Sri Nuteti Ramaiah came along with us in the lorry to unload the tree trunks. On the way, the vehicle was stopped by the forest officials at the check post of Aaduripalli. I showed them the photo of Gurudeva which was in my pocket. The staff saluted to Gurudeva and without uttering a word they permitted the lorry to proceed. We came to the Gopi Saw Mill in Stonehousepet, Nellore at 12.30 in the noon and unloaded the treetrunks from the lorry. Altogether there were 21 toddy tree trunks. I paid Rs. 15/- to the saw mill hamalis (labourers who lift heavy weights). 24.04.1982 (Saturday) : In the morning I sent bread rolls to Golagamudi for Gurudeva. In the afternoon I went to the Gopi Saw Mill and requested them to cut to size the tree trunks. For that, we sent to the saw mill 36 bundles of straw loaded in three carts. 29.04.1982 (Thursday) : Along with Kamsali Rajaiah of Golagamudi I went to the saw mill and gave them the required measurements. At 3.00 PM they began to cut them. In the evening I gave Rs. 20/offered by Mataji Tulasamma to a devotee Sri Gavandla Pullaiah who was afflicted with Paralysis. The electricity department has agreed to supply power to the ashram, which did not exist till then. I paid Rs. 65/- towards the ‘connection deposit’. By the blessings of Gurudeva, the time has now come for supply of power to the ashram. 06.05.1982 (Thursday): I went to the electricity office in the morning and came back after discussing the issue of power supply to the ashram. 07.05.1982 (Friday): Smt. Venkamma of Southamuluru village, donated her gold ear rings for the construction of ashram. I put them in the custody of Sri Adinarayana Reddy. 08.05.1982 (Saturday): Since Saturday afternoon I was engaged
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in procuring articles for the purpose of laying of foundation stone for the kitchen and hospital, scheduled on Sunday. In the evening Sri Narayana Das, Sri Venkataiah arrived from Talupur. Accompanied by Sri Vavilala Subramanyam, Head of Sankar Mutt, Nellore, myself, my mother and Sri Narayana Das came to Golagamudu in the night. Later, I went to the village and invited every one to be present during the foundation laying ceremony scheduled at 8.00 AM on Sunday. 09.05.1982 (Sunday) : Sri Subramanyam began to perform the ceremony at 8.00 in the morning. Gurudeva handed-over 18 Blessed Bricks with His Divine Hands for laying the foundation to the kitchen and hospital. We have placed 17 bricks inside and when we took the 18th brick, Gurudeva said, ‘the account is settled’. 14.05.1982 (Friday): I enquired with the Head Clerk at the office of RDO about the papers pertaining to the ashram. 15.05.1982 (Saturday): I proceeded to Nagula Vellatur in the evening. The villagers have enthusiastically agreed to donate whole green gram (pesalu) and chilly to Gurudeva and vegetables for the forthcoming Hanuman Jayanthi scheduled on Tuesday. For the night, I slept at Nagula Vellatur. 16.05.1982 (Sunday): The villagers donated a bag full of dry chillies and lemons, apart 28 serlu (1 seru = a measure of weight equal to two pounds) of rice to the ashram. I brought them to Nellore and spoke to Sri Appaiah, the cook. 18.05.1982 (Tuesday): Hanuman Jayanthi was celebrated with religious pomp. About 2000 persons were fed on the day. Sri Ratnam Reddy and his wife came from Nellore and performed Seetarama Kalyanam Harikatha (a medium to convey a theme in musical expression and in humorous form) to commemorate the event. 22.05.1982 (Saturday): I met Sri Krishna Rao, PA to the Collector and told him about the ashram site. He talked over phone with the RDO and asked him to initiate necessary action in the matter. I
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went to Golagamudi in the night and discussed with Sri Chattayya, the village-head, about the matter of registration of Sri Anjaneya Swamy Temple. 24.05.1982 (Monday): In the afternoon I went to the electricity office and enquired about the availability of electrical meters. It was said that the meters were not available. From there I went to Gopi Saw Mill at Settigunda road. There, a donor promised to donate bricks and concrete to the ashram. From there, I proceeded to Santapeta and requested Sri Sudhakar Reddy, lorry owner, to send a lorry. He obliged, but did not take any hire charges. 25.05.1982 (Tuesday): I went to Pottepalem and met Smt. Bachela Aademma. She told that if I arranged a lorry, she could offer certain articles available with her. She was bed-ridden with paralysis. 03.06.1982 (Thursday) : Myself and Sri Adinarayana Reddy placed chits before Swamy to decide the place for constructing of dhuni (fire) place. We asked Sri Guruvaiah to pick a chit. The result was to construct it near the pillar. As Mataji Tulasavva was very sick, I went in the car of her son Sri Adinarayana Reddy to Nellore and brought Dr. Vivekananda to Golagamudi for treating her and came back. 12.06.1982 (Saturday) : I met Sri Mira Modin, Contractor. Without asking any hire charges, he arranged for two lorry trips. We paid Rs. 45/- to the hamalis. Myself, Sri Bujji Naidu (Golagamudi), Sri Venkata Muni Reddy (Tirupati) and Sri Velooru Rama Naidu (Nagula Vellatur) decided to donate Rs. 300/- each for the construction of ashram kitchen. 27.06.1982 (Sunday): When myself and Sri Guruvaiah were with Swamy at 11.00 in the night, He said, ‘there will not be any scarcity‘. 30.06.1982 (Wednesday): We sold the gold ear rings donated by Soutamuluru Venkamma weighing 3 Grams & 550 Milligrams. At the gold shop the rate quoted was Rs. 400/- and the ear-rings were disposed off.
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05.07.1982 (Monday): Smt. Mataji Tulasavva was admitted in a hospital. I purchased Horlicks and bread (bun) for Swamy. 08.07.1982 (Thursday): When I was sleeping in Sri Anjaneya Swamy temple, I was awakened at midnight for the reason that a scorpion has stung the hostel warden of Anikepalli. Praying Gurudeva, I offered treatment to the person and the pain receded. 10.07.1982 (Saturday) : When I went to the hospital to see Mataji Tulasavva, she was asleep. I did not wake her up. On the neighboring bed, a boy was struggling in agony with severe stomach ache. I placed the photo of Swamy on his stomach and prayed Gurudeva, the Pious and Auspicious God. The boy got relief from the agony and soon became normal. 13.07.1982 (Tuesday): When I had been to hospital to see ailing Mataji Tulasavva, she asked me, ‘will you take me to the ashram or not? Otherwise, Swamy will impose a fine on you’. I said, ‘if it is so, I will know the same from Swamy’. So saying, I came to the ashram and asked Swamy, ‘do we still keep the mother at the hospital or get her back’. Swamy replied, ‘it’s better to bring her here’. Afterwards Sri Guruvaiah told me, ‘brother in the morning Swamy called you twice, as Venkatramaiah, come, come’. 14.07.1982 (Wednesday) : Mataji Tulasamma was discharged from Nellore hospital and brought to Golagamudi by 12 noon in the car of Sri Adinarayana Reddy. 16.07.1982 (Friday) : Before proceeding to Kadapa in connection with my daughter Revathi’s matrimonial affair, I sought Gurudeva’s blessings. He said, ‘ayya, we have calculated everything. He is within our calculations. Hence, we shall look after everything’. 18.07.1982 (Sunday) : After offering arti (waving of light) to Gurudeva, the Light of Knowledge, Sri Giri, correspondent of Andhra Jyothi and Sri H. Srinivas of State Bank of India, despite rain, have left Golagamudi along with their friends on bicycles. The bicycle of Sri Srinivasa Rao was all right till he reached home; but immedi-

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ately after getting down at home, the cycle tyre got punctured. They felt that in case that thing had happened mid-way, it would have been extremely troublesome. It’s because of ‘Gurudeva’s Grace’ the incident occurred only after reaching home safely. 19.07.1982 (Monday) : As part of worshipping Gurudeva, after having a bath in the early morning, a coconut was broken and arti offered. Sri Rosi Reddy, who was with Swamy was invited to begin the work of removing palmyra leaves which were placed as a soft covering to the kitchen. Later, others too removed a couple of the leaves each. From 2.30 in the afternoon, we removed all the articles from the old kitchen and placed them in the new ashram. With the assistance of villagers, all the kitchen items were placed in a heap. For the new kitchen, we bargained for laying the flooring with a kind of light red stone (bontha rayi) with a person of Eedagali village @ Rs. 5/- per Sq. yard and paid an advance of Rs. 5/- to him. 21.07.1982 (Wednesday): In the morning, myself along with Sri Krishnam Ramayya, Sri Doragarla Juvaiah and Sri Veluru Venkatayya completed the roof covering work over the kitchen. As there was a shortfall of 200 palmyra leaves, we purchased them for Rs. 8/-. In the ashram itself, we arranged for tea, tiffin and meals to the workers. As usual, I went to the town, gave injections and returned back. 22.07.1982 (Thursday): Engaging an auto I went to the Putturu doctor (female) at Moolapet, Nellore and brought her to Golagmudi. Mataji Tulasamma who was suffering with a fracture in the hip was bandaged by the doctor. It was 10.00 in the night when I dropped her back at Nellore. 25.07.1982 (Sunday): Sri Nageswara Rao, a disciple of Swamy engaged his new tractor in the service of Gurudeva. In that tractor we went to the house of Smt. Bachela Ademma. She joyfully donated 40 cement sheets, a door plank and a cot to the ashram. We arrived at Golagamudi at 1.30 in the afternoon. At 3.00 PM we
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went to Gopi Saw Mill, Nellore, in the same tractor and brought some palmyra tree-trunks cut to size. We reached Golagamudi at 12 midnight. After having meals, we went to the saw mill again at 3.00 AM and brought the remaining material. By that time it dawned. 27.07.1982 (Tuesday): I summoned Sri Rajaiah, carpenter and asked him to prepare a list of required wooden furniture and paid him an advance of Rs. 10/-. I arranged to lift the palmyra tree-trunks available in the village to the saw mill at Nellore, to be drawn by a twinbullock cart, and paid an advance of Rs. 25/-. 28.07.1982 (Wednesday): The wood was cut to required dimensions at the Gopi Saw Mill. 31.07.1982 (Saturday): Sri Akula Subrahmanyam, Editor of ‘Simhapuri’ news paper, had darshan of Gurudeva and sat before Him. On experiencing some unusual thrill, all the while he stayed before Swamy. He disclosed the incident in the newspaper as a news item. 01.08.1982 (Sunday): I went to Simhapuri press, gave the photo block of Bhagavan’s photo and ordered for printing 500 copies of the prayer book. 05.08.1982 (Thursday): We went to Teacher, Venkamma’s house at Southamuluru. She invited us cordially and donated some wooden furniture for the ashram. 07.08.1982 (Saturday): During the Bhajan programme at Sri Anjaneya Swamy temple, Teacher, Sri Errabelli Narayana of Nagula Vellaturu village assisted me in arranging a garland of 108 choicest names and praises composed in favor of Gurudeva (Astottara Shata Namavali). 14.08.1982 (Saturday): At 3.30 in the morning, at Guru Nilayam, Nellore, I sat in the Pooja Mandir of Swamy and composed the ‘Astottara Shata Namavali’ on Swamy. When I was composing the

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44th stanza (sloka), viz., “Om Krupa Kataksha Swaroopaya Namaha”, (Om, the merciful and compassionate form, my prostrations to You), the rosary consisting of rudraksha beads (rudraksha mala) decorated to the photo of Swamy slipped down. At the very moment, I lost conscious of myself and felt emotively thrilled and prayed to Swamy’s Pious and Divine Feet within my heart and continued my composition. Before morning, Gurudeva gave me the spirit to compose the ‘Srivari Pooja Vidhanam’ (a booklet on the procedure for performance of Pooja to Gurudeva). I went to the lathe machine workshop of Sri Bujjaiah and asked him to emboss the name of Swamy on the iron door, so as to fix it at the ashram. 20.08.1982 (Friday): After the night arati was finished, we were having meals. At that time, warden Elajayya along with some hostel children brought Master Sai Prasad, a nine year old boy on his shoulder who fell unconscious due to breathlessness. Immediately, I tied a cloth of Swamy to the boy’s neck, applied the holy ash and gave him a spoon of Bronchordial syrup. He regained consciousness, whereupon I administered a Deriphilin injection too. We took him in the last bus available from Golagamudi to Nellore and admitted him at the Government Hospital, Nellore and came back at 11.30 in the night. I paid Rs. 80/- for the bus. 21.08.1982 (Saturday): In the night, Swamy gave a wonderful dream appearance to Sri Guruvaiah. In the dream, ‘I was standing in between the photos of Swamy and Sai Baba. The photo of Swamy is seen merging with that of Sai Baba’s photo. At that time, I wokeup Guruvaiah who was sleeping beside me, and told, ‘anna, Swamy is merging with Sai Baba. See, you see’. Guruvaiah told; I spoke thus. Thus, Bhagavan hinted His journey in advance to His children. Shathasahasra pranamams (a lakh of obesiances) to our Divinely Father. 24.08.1982 (Tuesday) : A very auspicious day to me (Padarenuvu), because on this very day Gurudeva delivered His last message.
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Sitting before His Cosmic Form in the afternoon at Golagamudi ashram, for 108 times, I recited the following sloka: Om Sri Sadguru Parabrahmane Namaha: Saranam Saranam Om Sri Sadguru Parabrahma Swaroopaya Namaha: Saranam Saranam Om Sri Sadguru Paramatma Swaroopaya Namaha: Saranam Saranam Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Sadguru Venkayarya Swamine Namaha: Saranam Saranam I got up and stood before Swamy. Till then, Swamy who was resting towards the western side suddenly turned towards me and forced open His Eyes. Swamy stationed His look on me and thrice showed His right hand pointing finger towards the ground. The time was two-o-clock in the afternoon. Sri Guruvaiah came close to Swamy. After having my lunch and taking rest for some time, I readied myself to go to Nellore by the 4.00 PM bus. Prior to that, I approached Swamy for having His darshan and many devotees were eagerly waiting for His darshan at that time. After having darshan of Swamy with reverence, I came back to Nellore. However, I could not go to Golgamudi, since I missed the last available bus to that place. 25.08.1982 (Wednesday): Sri Veluru Venkataiah was waiting for me at my house in Moolapet. Soon after I met him, he told, ‘Bhagavan was not at all feeling well since last night due to breathlessness. We are unable to identify the cause. A person has gone to Penavarthy village to convey and bring Sri Adinarayana Reddy, the beloved devotee of Gurudeva. Sri Bujji Naidu informed me that I should come immediately to Golagamudi. Sri Adinarayana Reddy and his family came in a car to Moolapet, waited for a while and deputed Sri Venkataiah to inform me to start immediately even in an auto to Golagamudi’. I was shocked on hearing the never-to-be heard words and which news I never wish to hear or happen in reality. Dumb-found, I could not decide what to do. However, recovering within no time, I borrowed Rs. 200/- from Smt. Pavuluri
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Anasuyamma to meet expenditure, if any. Myself, my wife and Sri Venkataiah started to Madras bus stand by rickshaw. Sri Venkataiah got down on the way at Zilla Parishad Office to bring Sri C.V. Ramanaiah. As we reached the bus stand, a bus was ready for Golagamudi. After boarding the bus, I enquired Sri Bujji Naidu (who was in the same bus) as to what happened to Swamy. He said that Swamy had been in an unconscious state since last evening and that they were unable to judge the situation of Swamy; whether He was in a superconscious state (Nirvikalpa Samadhi) or otherwise. When we reached the ashram, Swamy, the Heavenly Father and the Savior of the Universe appeared in a peaceful and static state on the bed. When I was standing close to Bhagavan, Banku Penchalaiah tried to shower some flowers on His Divine Form. I roared with emotion, ‘nobody should shower flowers on Swamy. Our Divine Father has not gone anywhere. Don’t do anything till Saturday’. After that, I prostrated to Swamy and went close to my Divine Father and examined His pulse. Oh! My Divine Father! What a miracle! He’s the Savior of the Universe. I felt the pulse of the Creator and the God Almighty. My astonishment and joy knew no bounds. Immediately, I offered Bhagavan’s Hand to Sri Adi Narayana Reddy beside me, to check the pulse. He also expressed the same opinion. I loudly shouted before the gathering of thousands of people, saying that, ‘we are not going to move Swamy from here until Saturday’. We sent Sri Sompalli Penchalaiah (son of Swamy’s brother) to Talupuru, Nagula Vellaturu and other surrounding villages to inform the devotees about the position of Swamy. We have also sent a word to Sri Giri, son of Sri Ramanaiah, correspondent of Andhra Jyothi news paper. From there we went to the shop of Sri Ratnaiah Setty and bought some articles on credit for Rs. 62.10 ps. We have informed Swamy’s condition to Sri Satyanarayana Tahasildar and other important persons over phone. I went to Arya Vysya Nilayam at Stonehousepet, Nellore and sent carpets to Golagamudi in a bus. From there I went to the telegraph office
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and sent telegrams to some other devotees. Though we were late by half-an-hour, by the Grace of Swamy, the bus was waiting for us. We reached Golagamudi by the last bus. At Golagamudi, when I went to Swamy, Sri Guruvaiah told me that Dr G.C. Narayana, Smt. & Sri V. Venkateswarlu, Income Tax Officer and others have visited Bhagavan and left. He further told that the doctor after examining Swamy said, ‘Swamy has left to the eternal world of Gods by leaving His mortal body here’. The whole night was spent singing hymns and doing Bhajans. Sri Giri has come from Nellore and gathered brief history of Swamy and the events that followed before His leaving the mortal world; so as to publish the same in Andhra Jyothi newspaper. A doctor who came from Nellore said that he would publish leaflets about Swamy leaving His Mortal Coil and distribute them to public. I sat before Swamy, the Indweller of our hearts, and wrote a message for publication in the leaflet, as “Bhagavan Sri Sri Sri Venkaiah Swamy left this mortal world to the eternal world of Gods. Have His divine Darshan, offer prayers and be blessed’’. (Bhagavan Sri Sri Sri Venkayarya Swamula Vari Kailasa Prapti. Bhaktulu Vachchi Bhagawanula varini darsinchukoni poojinchukoni tarinchandi). While myself and Sri Giri were talking with each other; at about 1.30 in the night, Sri Guruvaiah came and told, ‘Swamy appeared to me in the form of my father and told to arrange for His Samadhi on the third day. Hence, we will do it tomorrow evening’. As such, I approached Mataji Tulasavva and asked her about the time and place where the Samadhi of Swamy has to be located. She said, ‘ayya, it would be better on Saturday, because it also happens to be the auspicious dashami (is the Sanskrit word for “ten”, and is the tenth day in the lunar fortnight ( Paksha) of the Hindu calendar). It will be good if the Samadhi of Swamy is located outside the ashram’. But my inner-self did not agree with the idea of placing Swamy’s mortal body outside the new ashram. That night, I took part in the Bhajan programme. Afterwards, Sri Guruvaiah came and told me, ‘brother, you left for Nellore on Tuesday evening. We missed Swamy in our thought and spirit’.
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Ah! What a wonder! The predicting gesture of my Father Gurudeva (turning towards me and looking at me with compassion, thrice He pointed His right hand point finger towards the ground; thereby indicating His physical departure of mortal body from this mortal world), I could not follow. Further, He sent me away from Him to my place and He Himself left on His journey to Kailasa. Was it not? But, I could not express in words the agony and dejection I underwent for the lapse on my part; for, neither could I grasp His predicting gesture nor could I be with Him (my father) at that time. 26.08.1982 (Thursday): In the morning I sent Mallem Venkaiah (an ashram dweller) to Pottepalem village to inform Bachela Ademma about the tragic event. Later I went to the shop of Sri Ratnaiah Shetty and procured provisions. From there, I went to Chinna Bazar where I bought vegetables, perfume, rose water, incense sticks and went to Madras bus stand. There I met Sri Nutheti Appaiah and Kalavakuru Subba Reddy, villagers of Nagula Vellaturu. I gave them the provisions and other items meant to be sent to Golagamudi. I gave order to Suribabu for flowers and garlands. From there I went to Gopi Saw Mill at Settigunta Road and collected free of charge two bags of saw dust. From there I procured ice at the Vasavi Ice Factory, took dettol in the bazar and purchased flower garlands outside the Madras bus stop. In the bus stand, Sri Venkataiah, son of Sri Veluri Govindaiah told that Swamy indicated with deep emotion through Guruvaiah (as if possessed), that, ‘If the body is not laid to rest (Samadhi) today before 10 o’clock in the night, all the three worlds will be reduced to ashes’. Straight away we reached Golagamudi by 1.00 PM by car. I am told that, in a fit of emotion, Sri Guruvaiah lifted Swamy on his shoulders and shifted him to the new ashram at about 10 o’clock in the morning. We were in a dilemma to choose the best day i.e., Thursday or Saturday to rest Gurudeva in the Samadhi. In a bid to clear our apprehensions, we wrote two chits, one for Thursday and the other for Saturday and kept them on Swamy’s body. We asked Sri Naga Tata (Rosi Reddy) to take out a chit. The answer is Thursday. As de540
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cided, arrangements were made for devotees to have darshan of Swamy in a queue order under the supervision of Sri S.L. Kumar. Mason Subhan, Ramaswamy, the mason from Mulapet and people of Golagamudi village began to dig a pit in the premises of new ashram. The mortal body of Bhagavan was kept in the verandah of the ashram After three days, i.e., on the day of Samadhi, swelling is noticed at the left eye of Swamy. The left eye lid kept beating from morning till the Samadhi ritual is finished at midnight. Some persons could notice a divine glow in the the center of Swamy’s forehead (Brumadya). While the mortal body of Swamy was carried to the verandah, a delicate cut was noticed, perhaps inflicted by somebody’s finger nail on His left shoulder. We noticed fresh blood oozing out from the cut and we tied a cloth to prevent the bleeding. On the third day, Swamy appeared to the devotees as similar to the idol in a temple. His stiff shoulders became still as if they were chiselled out of a stone. Sri Veturu Venkataiah, Sri Kumar along with villagers Sri Yellambaku Seshaiah and Gumidi Chettaiah were regularizing the devotees in paying thier respects at Gurudeva’s Sacred Feet (Pada Namaskaram). About two thousand coconuts were offered from morning till the conclusion of Samadhi ceremony. An amount of Rs. 227/- (in coins) was offered at the Divine Feet of Swamy by the devotees, which was also placed in the Samadhi. I collected 5 litres of milk at Nellore and from there I went to Ratnaiah Shetty’s shop where camphor and the fragrant gum benzoin (sambrani) was purchased. A band (a music group) was also arranged. From there I went to the Pedda Bazar and bought scented water, scent, gold, silver, pearl, coral (pagadamu) and from there I went to Stonehousepet and bought coconuts. Sri P. Munu Swamy, the ashram head of Vedullacheruvu Ashram had come from Renigunta. He was very familiar in initiating Samadhi of several eminent saints and mendicants. It was perhaps with the blessings of Gurudeva, I felt like entrusting the sacred task of performing the Samadhi rituals to Sri P. Munu Swamy. After collecting milk, I went to the photo studio located opposited to Sarvodaya college. I asked
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the studio owner to come to Golagamudi. We started to Golagamudi via Kantepalli village along with Sri Adinarayana Reddy. When we reached the Harijanwada of Kantepalli, the front tyre of the car burst. The time is 7.15 in the night and due to dim light, the villagers have provided two lanterns. In that light the tyre was changed and we reached the ashram at 8.30. At that time there were two to three thousand devotees waiting their turn in the queue for Swamy;s darshan. Myself, Sri Adinarayana Reddy, Sri Sangam Krishna Reddy and Sri Golagamudi Bujjaiah had bath. In the process of initiating bath to Swamy’s mortal body, when Sri Krishna Reddy rubbed the body of Swamy, the skin peeled off at that place. Thereupon I told everyone to desist from rubbing His body. After bathing, we decorated Swamy’s body with silk clothes, flower garlands and sprayed sandal and other perfumes. With the traditional beating of drums and playing of musical instruments, the mortal body of Swamy was arranged for procession around the ashram. When the body was brought to the old ashram where bed-ridden Mataji Tulasavva was put-up, she bid pranams to Swamy. After making a round of the old and new ashrams, the mortal body of Gurudeva was placed near the Samadhi. Sri Sangam Krishna Reddy and Sri Guruvaiah got down into the Samadhi pit. The mortal body of Swamy was lifted along with the bedding and placed inside the Samadhi pit. Sangham Krishna Reddy came out and I (Padarenuvu) got down into the Samadhi pit. Sri Munuswamy initiated me to perform all the final rituals that were to be performed to Swamy. Photographs of myself (Padarenuvu) and Guruvaiah were taken while while we sat on each side of Swamy’s mortal body. The Sacred Foot Wear (Holy Padukas) prepared at the behest of Swamy was touched to His mortal body. All the devotees and disciples had their last Samadhi darshan of Bhagavan. It was about 12.30 midnight when the Samadhi was finally closed. Afterwards, we gave arati to the Samadhi and had our bath. Food was cooked in the ashram and served to everyone. From the early hours of Wednesday, Bhajans were uninterruptedly going on till the Samadhi ceremony was con542
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cluded. The Bhajan programme was conducted in groups under the supervision of Sri Krishnaiah (of Manubolu village) and Sri Yerra Venkaiah. From 27.08.1982 to 02.10.1982 Mandala Abhishekam (a 40-day programme) was grandly performed. All through, there was offering of Naivedya and poor feeding by the devotees and ashram dwellers. Details of Mandala Abhishekam and Maha Naiveya are produced below: List of devotees who took part in the selfless service (Seva Karyakram) - Divine Offerings made upto Mandala Abhishekam (40-day period): 27.08.1982 (Friday): Sri Nuteti Appaiah, Nagula Vellatur. 28.08.1982 (Saturday): Sri Korakuti Bujji Naidu, Golagamudi. 29.08.1982 (Sunday): Ashramamu, Golagamudi. 30.09.1982 (Monday) : Sri Korakuti Bujji Naidu, Golagamudi. 31.08.1982 (Tuesday): Ashramamu, Golagamudi. 01.09.1982 (Wednesday): Ashramamu, Golagamudi. 02.09.1982 (Thursday): Bommaram Pasupuleti Lakshmaiah. 03.09.1982 (Friday): Malapati Rangamma, Mudigedu. 04.09.1982 (Saturday): Sri Dabbugunta Krishnaiah, Golagamudi. 05.09.1982 (Sunday): Smt. Tirupatamma, w/o Sri Molakula Sundara Rami Reddy, Anikepalli. 06.09.1982 (Monday): Sri Korakuti Narasimhulu Naidu, Golagmudi. 07.09.1982 to 17.09.1982: Maha Naivedyamu was arranged by ashram dwellers. 18.09.1982 (Saturday): Sri Narayana Dasu, Talupuru. 19.09.1982 (Sunday): Sri Krishnam Seshaiah & relatives, Golagamudi.
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20.09.1982 (Monday): Sri Nallagatla Lakshmaiah, Golagamudi. 21.09.1982 to 02.10.1982: Arranged by asharam dwellers. 25.09.1982 (Saturday): Poojyasri Smt. Basetti Rukminamma (Nawabpet, Nellore) gave Rs. 2000/- for fixing a motor to the well in memory of her late mother Smt. Mekala Govidamma. Motor was purchased at Giri Engineering Company for Rs. 2,084/- (vide receipt No. A-61, dt. 25.09.82). 26.09.1982 to 24.10.1982 : Arranged by ashram. 02.10.1982 (Saturday): On this day, eleven Brahmins were offered Santarpana (a satiating feast given to Brahmins) and thousands of devotees were offered food in connection with the 40-day grand event of Mandala Abisheka Mahotsavam of Gurudeva. A procession was taken with the photo of Swamy in the village and kept in the ashram. A Harikatha (a medium to convey a theme in musical expression and in humorous form) programme was arranged for the night. 21.10.1982 (Thursday): The marriage of Chi Vijaya Lakshmi with Chi Vennapoosa Obula Reddy of Mudigedu village was performed at the temple of Venugopala Swamy. I took the marriage party in a bus for darshan of Gurudeva’s Samadhi. The bride offered tambulamu (betel-leaf and areca nut) to ten married women. 22.10.1982 (Friday): I visited Sri Ramakrishnananda Swamy, the head of Gandi Sri Bhumananda Ashram at Venugopala Swamy temple, Moolapet, Nellore. I invited him to visit Gurudeva’s Samadhi Temple at Golagamudi. 24.10.1982 (Sunday): Along with Sri Ramakrishnananda Swamy and his follower Sri Mala Kondaiah were brought to Golagamudi in a Taxi belonging to Betu Ramanaiah, Stonehousepet, Nellore. They took rest for some time. After the afternoon aarti, they had lunch of the divine offerings made. At 3.00 PM, Sri Ramakrishnananda Swamy delivered a lecture.

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26.10.1982 (Tuesday): The ‘Gandi’ Swamy (Sri Ramakrishnananda Swamy) along with his followers came to Guru Nilayam, Moolapet and spent an hour in the presence of Gurudeva’s idol. Later, they left to the temple of Venugopala Swamy. 27.10.1982 (Wednesday) -Vijaya Dasami: Bhajan was performed in the early hours of the morning by a band group from Anikepalli at Swamy’s Samadhi, Golagamudi. Sri G.C. Penchalaiah, a poet, gave discourse on Bhagavatam and thrilled everyone in the night with his narrations. 05.12.1982 (Sunday): Smt. Amaravatamma of Kokkupadu village agreed to donate Rs. 2000/- to the sculptors from Rajasthan for carving the idol of Gurudeva. 20.12.1982 (Monday): Amount collected from Smt. Amaravatamma was paid as advance for carving the idol through Mr. Jetmal of Shanti Jewellery. 01.01.1983 (Saturday): As per the advice of Dr. G.C. Narayana, I purchased medicines for Mataji Tulasamma, who was not well. As the day was a ‘new year day’ I distributed photos of Swamy to the devotees. 04.01.1983 (Tuesday): I went to Jetmal to enquire about Swamy’s marble idol. He told that he received a letter from Rajasthan stating that the idol would cost no less than Rs. 5,000/-. I agreed for the amount. 12. 01.1983 (Wednesday): I went to Golagamudi along with Dr. Vivekananda on a motor bike. The doctor examined the health condition of Mataji Tulasavva, as also of Mangavva (sister of Swamy) and Vokkavva. 31. 01.1983 (Monday): Arunamma of Eedullavari Palem and Kantamma, her mother, donated Rs. 500/- each for Swamy’s marble idol.

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22.02.1983 – On this day, Poojyasri Tulasamma breathed her last. I brought petromax light. Her son Sri Adinarayana Reddy came in the midnight. 23.02.1983 – We performed cremation rituals of Poojyasri Tulasavva at 3.00 in the afternoon. 19.03.1983 (Tuesday ): Sudda Padyami – Mataji Tulasamma’s as well as of disciples Sri Poli Reddy and Sri Rama Naidu’s Samadhi works were undertaken by mason Subhan. 26.03.1983 (Saturday): Discussions about the material utilization for the construction of ashram could not be concluded. 27.03.1983 (Sunday) : In the morning, Padamati Narayana Swamy came to me and told that Sri Guruvaiah is calling me. As immediately as I stepped into the old Ashram, Sri Guruvaiah, Sri Narayana Swamy, Narasamma and Bujjamma collectively pounced on me in a fit of rage and demanded to hand-over ashram keys. Sri Rosi Reddy came menacingly with a stick in hand, and said, ‘we don’t need any elderly guidance’. Deeply hurt, I felt, for reasons best known, Gurudeva Himself provoked them with such thoughts and actions. And, I returned back to Nellore by taking Sri Nooteti Sriramulu Naidu with me. 28.03.1983 (Monday) : When I told the unpleasant incident at the Ashram to Sri Adinarayana Reddy, he kept silent. He expressed that he wanted to supervise the ashram. Having understood the intention, I asked him to come on 3rd so that I could hand-over the keys of the ashram. On 03.04.1983 I handed over the keys of Ashram to Sri Adinarayana Reddy at Gurunilayam, Moolapet, Nellore.

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GURUDEVA’S DIVINE ASSURANCE
Myself (Padarenuvu) and Sri Tikkavarapu Sundara Rami Reddy were sleeping in the guest room of my house. Around 12 in the midnight, Sri Sundara Rami Reddy was blessed to hear Swamy’s voice …. ‘Ayya, I have not gone anywhere. I am very much here. Inform him (Padarenuvu) that I am here only. Whatever works he intend to take-up, they will be accomplished. Tell him, not to feel worried’. These were the words of my father Gurudeva, told in His own tone and heard by Sri Sundara Rami Reddy. With deep sorrow, he woke-up and repeated the words of Swamy, whose glory was unimaginable and unfathomable. How fortunate was Sri Sundara Rami Reddy for having heard the voice of Swamy.

WHAT A GREAT GOOD FORTUNE SWAMY BESTOWED ON ME
I am blessed by my fatherly Gurudeva with the precious of the precious and the choicest of the choicest blessings, which…. …. are not bestowed even upon the greatest of the great saints who were absorbed in deep penance for thousands of years; …. are not bestowed even on those who attained God-realization (siddhis) and despite rendering life-long dedicated and selfless service to the Lord of All (sarveswara); …. are not bestowed on the enlightened ones who relentlessly beseech for such highly acclaimed and precious boon.
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I thirst to spare life after my life in the Holy Service of Gurudeva, the Glory Indescribable, who grants infinite knowledge and bliss. Mangalam Mahat Bhagavan Sri Sri Sri Venkaiah Swamy Saranam! Saranam! Saranam!

GURU BHAGAVAN’S MAHA SAMADHI
(The final merging into the Absolute)
24.08.1982 (Tuesday): That was the Most Auspicious Day on which Srivaru (Gurudeva) gave His final orders to this living being (Padarenuvu). I sat beside Bhagavan, my father, who was sleeping in the old ashram at Golagamudi. I kept reciting His sloka …. Om Sri Sadguru Parabrahmane Namaha: Saranam Saranam Om Sri Sadguru Parabrahma Swaroopaya Namaha: Saranam Saranam Om Sri Sadguru Paramatma Swaroopaya Namaha: Saranam Saranam Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Sadguru Venkayarya Swamine Namaha: Saranam Saranam I stood-up after reciting the sloka for 108 times. Swamy who was then resting with His face towards the other side, suddenly turned towards me and kept looking intently and actively at me. Then, thrice He showed His right hand pointing finger towards the ground. The time was two-o-clock in the afternoon. By then, Sri Guruvaiah came close to Swamy. Staying for a while, I offered obeisance to Gurudeva and left for Nellore by the 4.00 PM bus. I had to come back, but, as I missed the last available bus, I could not go to Golagamudi and hence I remained at Nellore.

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On the third day after the world came to know that Swamy breathed His last on 24.08.1982; His mortal body was placed in the portico (veranda) of the new ashram. At 11.00 AM on that day, Gurudeva’s left-eye started to blink; the miracle of which was displayed by Gurudeva to the world.

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Amazingly on the third day, blood oozed out of a delicate scratch on Gurudeva’s right shoulder (perhaps accidentally inflicted by a finger nail while lifting the body). A cloth was bandaged to stop the bleeding. The picture stands for it.

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On the third day after breathing His last, Gurudeva’s body resembled like an idol carved out of stone.

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24-08-1982 - Picture of Gurudeva’s final journey

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Gurudeva’s Body is laid to rest in the east-west direction. Items meant for performing the last rites being offered by Padarenuvu is depicted in the picture.
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The Holy Footwear (Padukalu) of Gurudeva being gently touched to His mortal body; which are now kept at the ashram-temple for darshan of devotees.
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The picture displays – Padarenuvu being initiated with ‘certain words’ as part of samskara performed to repay pitru (ancestral) debt at the Samadhi of Gurudeva.
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The sanctified place where Gurudeva breathed His last at Golagamudi

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Disciples at the Samadhi of Gurudeva
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I went to the Government Hospital in the morning and returned back at 11.45 AM. Sri Veluru Venkataiah of Golagamudi was waiting for me at my house. Soon after I came, he told, ‘since last night Bhagavan was not feeling well due to breathlessness. We are unable to identify the cause. A person has gone to Penavarthy village to convey the information and bring Sri Adinarayana Reddy’. Sri Bujji Naidu informed me that I should bring you immediately to Golagamudi.

Swamy acquiring a place in the Heavenly abode of Lord Shiva (Kailasa prapti)
I was shocked on hearing the words which should not be either heard or which should not have a place in reality. Dumbfounded, I could not decide what to do. However, recovering within no time, I took Rs. 200/- and along with my wife and Sri Venkataiah started to Madras bus stand in a rickshaw. As we reached the bus stand, a bus was ready for Golagamudi. Upon boarding the bus, I saw Sri Bujji Naidu and enquired as to what happened to Swamy. He said that, ‘Swamy was in an unconscious state since last evening. There is no change in His condition even till the morning arati time. We are unable to judge whether He is in a state of absolute nothingness (Nirvikalpa Samadhi) or otherwise’. Sri Banku Penchalaiah who too was travelling in the same bus told, ‘I am getting flowers’. I had an inner feeling that Swamy should not be moved till Saturday. As humans, we were no match to evaluate His state. Hence, I thought, no decision should be taken until Saturday. I resolved that whatever was to be done, it should be done on Saturday only. And, I told the fact to Sri Bujji Naidu. When we reached Golagamudi ashram, Swamy, the Heavenly Father and the Savior of the Universe, appeared asleep in a peaceful and static state. While I was closely watching Bhagavan, Penchalaiah tried to shower some flowers on His Divine Form. I shouted emotionally, ‘nobody should place flowers on Swamy. Our Divine Father has not gone anywhere. Let us wait upto Saturday’. After that, I prostrated to Swamy and went close to my Divine FaSatcharitra of Bhagavan Sri Sri Sri Venkaiah Swamy of Golagamudi

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ther and examined His pulse. Oh! My Divine Father! What a miracle! I felt the pulse of the Creator, the God Almighty and the Savior of the Universe. My astonishment and joy knew no bounds. Immediately, I offered Bhagwan’s Hand to Sri Adi Narayana Reddy beside me, to check the pulse. He also expressed the same opinion and we felt extremely delighted. Emotively charged, I shouted loudly before the thousands of people assembled there saying that, ‘until Saturday we are not going to move Swamy’. We sent Sri Sompalli Penchalaiah (son of Swamy’s brother) to Talupuru, Nagula Vellaturu and other surrounding villages to inform the devotees about the situation of Swamy. From there I went to the shop of Sri Ratnaiah Setty at Nellore and bought some articles on credit for Rs. 62.10 ps. After that I went to Sri Satyanarayana, Tahasildar and explained to him about Swamy’s alarming health condition. Similarly, I informed Dr G.C. Narayana, Sri V. Venkateswarlu, Income Tax Officer and some others about Swamy’s condition. Along with items lent on credit at Sri Ratnaiah Setty’s shop, I also procured eight carpets (jambukhana) from the Arya Vysya Kalyana Mandapam. I handed over them to the villagers of Nagula Vellaturu, Sri Veluru Venkatramaiah and Sri Kuchi Adeyya and transported them to Golagamudi. Telegraphic messages were sent to important persons about Swamy’s alarming health, for which an amount of Rs. 341/- was incurred. After that, I reached Golagamudi in a bus. In the night while we were in ashram Sri Guruvaiah told that, Dr. G.C. Narayana Rao and Smt. & Sri Venkateswarlu have paid a visit. He further told that Dr. G.C. Narayana Rao had examined Swamy and said, Swamy has left to the eternal world of Gods. Sri Giri, correspondent of Andhra Jyothi newspaper has come from Nellore in the night and gathered brief history of Swamy. Another doctor who came along with Sri Giri told that he would publish leaflets about Swamy leaving His Mortal Coil and distribute them to public. Then, I sat before Swamy, the Indweller of our hearts, and wrote a message for publication in the leaflet, as “Bhagwan Sri Sri Sri Venkaiah Swamy has left this mortal world to the eternal
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world of Gods. Have His divine Darshan, offer prayers and be blessed’. (Bhagwan Sri Sri Sri Venkayarya Swamula Vari Kailasa Prapti. Bhaktulu Vachchi Bhagawanula varini darsinchukoni poojinchukoni tarinchandi). While myself and Sri Giri were talking with each other; at about 1.30 in the night, Sri Guruvaiah came and told, ‘Swamy appeared to me in the form of my father and told to arrange His Samadhi on the third day. Hence, we will do it tomorrow evening’. As such, I approached Mataji Tulasavva and asked her about the time and place where the Samadhi of Swamy was to be located. She said, ‘ayya, it would be better on Saturday, because it also happens to be the auspicious dashami. It will be good if the Samadhi of Swamy is situated outside the ashram’. But my inner-self did not agree with the idea of placing Swamy’s mortal coil outside the new ashram. That night (25.08.1982, Wednesday) I took part in the Bhajan programme. Afterwards, Sri Guruvaiah came and told me, ‘brother, you left for Nellore on Tuesday evening. We missed Swamy in our thought and spirit’. Ah! What a wonder! The predicting gesture of my Father (turning towards me and looking at me with compassion, thrice He pointed His right hand point finger towards the ground; thereby indicating His physical departure of mortal body from this mortal world), I could not follow. Further, He sent me away from Him to my place and He Himself left on His journey to Kailasa. Was it not? But, I could not express in words the agony and dejection I underwent for the lapse on my part; for, neither could I grasp His predicting gesture nor could I be with Him (my father) at that time. The next day (Thursday) morning I went to the house of Dr. G.C. Narayana Reddy at Nellore and asked about the likely precautions to be taken to the mortal body of Swamy. He told, nothing will happen to the godly person’s body. Yet, keep dettol (antiinfectant) and ice blocks. I sent Sri Mallen Venkaiah (pitchi venkaiah), an ashram dweller to Pottepalem village to inform Bachela Ademma about Gurudeva’s alarming situation.

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Later I went to the shop of Sri Ratnaiah Shetty and procured provisions and from there to Chinna Bazar where I bought vegetables, perfume, rose water, incense sticks and went to Madras bus stand. I sent the items with the persons going to Golagamudi. I gave order to Suribabu for flowers and garlands at the bus stand. From there I went to Gopi Saw Mill at Settigunta Road and collected two bags of saw dust at free of charge and after taking dettol and ice blocks I reached Madras bus stand.

THE SACRED DAY OF GURU BHAGAVAN’S ‘MAHA SAMADHI’
26.08.1982 (Thursday) : At the bus stand, Sri Venkataiah, son
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dig a pit. The mortal body of Bhagavan was rested in the verandah of the ashram and no change was noticed in His body until 10 0’ clock in the morning. Later, some swelling was noticed at the left eye along with movement of the eye-lid. And, surprisingly at times, no visibility of swelling was noticed at the same eye. Some revered disciples and devotees noticed a divine glow in the center of Swamy’s forehead (Brumadya). This miraculous phenomenon continued till His mortal body was laid to rest in the Samadhi pit. While the mortal body of Swamy was carried to the verandah, a delicate cut was noticed, (perhaps inflicted by somebody’s finger nail while lifting the body) on Swamy’s left shoulder. Fresh blood was noticed oozing out from the cut and we tied a cloth to prevent the bleeding. Swamy appeared to the devotees as similar to the idol in a temple. His two shoulders became stiff and resembled as if they were carved out of a stone. Sri Veturu Venkataiah, Sri Kumar along with villagers Sri Yellambaku Seshaiah and Gumidi Chettaiah were regularizing the queue of devotees in paying their last respects at Gurudeva’s Sacred Feet (Pada Namaskaram). About two thousand coconuts were offered from morning till the conclusion of Samadhi. An amount of Rs. 227/- (in coins) was offered at the Divine Feet of Swamy by the devotees, which was placed in the Samadhi. No priest was readily available in Nellore town. I told the brother of Seenaiah to ensure that the band troupe reached Golagamudi by evening. I went to the Pedda Bazar and bought scented water, scent, gold, silver, pearl, coral (pagadamu), coconuts etc. Once again I went for the family priest Sri Subrahmanyam, but he has not yet returned back. Immediately (at Gurudeva’s instance) a thought sprang in me that Sri P. Munu Swamy, the ashram head of Vedullacheruvu Ashram had come from Renigunta. He was a familiar priest who had performed Samadhi related rituals of several eminent saints and mendicants. It was perhaps with the blessings of Gurudeva, I felt like entrusting the sacred task of performing the Samadhi rituals to Sri P. Munu Swamy. From there, I went to the Sabita photo studio and took the photographer with
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me to Golagamudi. We started our journey to Golagamudi via Kantepalli village. The time was 7.15 in the night and at the time the front tyre of the car got punctured. While we were trying to change the tyre in the dim light, the villagers provided lanterns. In that light we changed the tyre and reached the ashram at 8.30 in the night. At that time there were two to three thousand devotees waiting their turn in the queue for Swamy’s darshan. Myself, Sri Adinarayana Reddy, Sri Sangam Krishna Reddy and Sri Golagamudi Bujjaiah had bath. In the process of initiating bath to Swamy’s mortal body, when Sri Krishna Reddy rubbed the body of Swamy, the skin peeled off at that place. Thereupon I told everyone to desist from rubbing His body. After bathing, we decorated Swamy’s body with silk clothes, flower garlands and sprayed sandal and other perfumes. With the traditional beating of drums and playing of musical instruments, the mortal body of Swamy was arranged for a procession around the ashram. When the body was brought to the old ashram where bed-ridden Mataji Tulasavva was put-up, she offered obeisance to Swamy. After going round the old and new ashrams, the mortal body of Gurudeva was placed near the place of Samadhi pit. Sri Sangam Krishna Reddy and Sri Guruvaiah got down into the Samadhi pit. The mortal body of Swamy was lifted along with the bedding and placed inside the Samadhi pit. Sangham Krishna Reddy came out of the pit. Seeing me, Guruvaiah shouted, ‘brother, (anna) get in (lopaliki ra)’. I (Padarenuvu) got down into the Samadhi pit of Gurudeva’s mortal coil. Sri Munuswamy initiated me to perform all the final rituals that were to be performed to Swamy. Photographs of myself (Padarenuvu) and Guruvaiah were taken while we sat on each side of Swamy’s mortal body. The Holy Foot Wear (Padukas) prepared at the behest of Swamy was tenderly touched to His mortal body. The Sacred Foot Wear was worshipped by devotees even today. All the devotees and disciples had their last Samadhi darshan of Bhagavan. It was about 12.30 midnight when the Samadhi pit was finally closed. Afterwards, arati was offered to the Samadhi. The arati offered to
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Gurudeva was as usually offered on Wednesday and Thursday too. From the night of Wednesday till the conclusion of Samadhi ceremony, Bhajans were continuously performed by the bhajan troupe of Sri Tanjavur Krishnaiah of Golagamudi. The bhajan troupe of Venkaiah (of Manubolu village) had also participated in the bhajan programme on Wednesday and Thursday. After conclusion of Samadhi ceremony, food was served to thousands of people. On that night, myself and my younger son Chi. Gopi slept on the Maha Samadhi of Gurudeva. From the following day, the programme of initiation of the 40-day sacred bath (Mandala Abhishekam) began. On 02.10.1982, the programme concluded on a grand scale by exceptional performance of bhajans by devotees. Offering of food to the assembly of brahmins and serving of food to thousands and thousands of devotees went on a grand scale.

THE GLORY OF MAHA SAMADHI
Once the bondage of samsara is snapped, the soul becomes pure and absolute. This is stated in the Holy Epic Bhagawad Gita. Completely renouncing material life and totally devoid of attachments; in a state of absolute nothingness (Nirvikalpa Samadhi), it is but the leela of God-Incarnate to appear in a physical form of a human. Yet, He is infinite and dwells in all the living creatures and non-living forms of the universe. He is the All-Pervading and Supreme Universal Soul. He is the Supreme Power who rules over the universe. Such an exceptional Omnipresent Form, exists all over, in the Form of a Soul in every living creature of the universe. Gurudeva, in fact, is the Form of Universal Soul, an Enlightended Master. As in the past, He eternally rules and dwells in the heart of every devotee.
The Divine Master Bhagavan Sri Sri Sri Venkaiah Swamy Prostrations to His Divine Pair of Sacred Feet Conclusion of penning the Life and Teachings of Gurudeva

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PUBLICATION OF ARTICLE ON SWAMY IN “SIMHAPURI”
(a weekly journal) on 01.09.1982, Wednesday
Bhagavan Sri Sri Sri Venkaiah Swamy, an ascetic, who renounced all worldly attachments (Avadhuta), brought to a halt His journey of mundane life at 3.30 PM on 24.08.1982 at Golagamudi, a village adjoining Nellore Town. Staying immortal, He left on His last journey. While thousands of devotees thronged the place, thousands engaged in doing bhajan, people offered coconuts and waved camphor-lit lights, which have all accumulated like a hillock. With tears trickling down their cheeks, they were viewing Gurudeva’s Divine Radiance in that glow. He was laid to Samadhi (the final conscious abandoning of physical body) on 26.08.1982. Three days after He breathed His last i.e., on the day of Samadhi, Swamy’s left eye swelled and until the body was laid to rest in the Samadhi pit, the left eye kept on blinking from morning till the conclusion of Samadhi ceremony at midnight. Apart, His left shoulder which accidentally was inflicted with a light scratch of a nail, surprisingly was oozing fresh blood on the third day. Oh ! What a miracle was it! Sri C. Munu Swamy of Vedula Cheruvu Ashram undertook the responsibility of performing the Samadhi ceremony. Both the hands of Swamy looked as if transformed like a black colored stone. By his great good fortune, Sri Makani Venkata Rao placed Swamy’s mortal body in the Samadhi pit. Mrs. Seetha Ravamma, wife of Sri Vallapureddi Adinrayana Reddy, Smt. Lakshmamma, wife of Sri Makani Venkat Rao, Sri Puligoru Venkata Ramana Reddy, Sri Sangam Krishna Reddy, Sri Korakooti Bujjaiah Naidu of Golagamudi and other village heads were the blessed ones who partook in the ritual of initiating bath (abishekamu) to Swamy and for reverentially placing a cart load of flowers on the mortal body of Swamy. Special programmes were
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held at the place of Swamy’s Jeeva Samadhi on 02.10.1982, the day on which Mandala Abhisekhamu and other events were held on a large scale. Before I conclude the composition of this article, I reproduce the words of Swamy, narrated some twenty years ago, ‘even if Venkaiah does not exist physically, whoever comes to Me and seecks refuge, their prayers are answered and desires fulfilled’.

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RARE ARTICLES - SANCTIFIED BY SWAMY’S UTILIZATION
(Preserved by Padarenuvu at ‘Gurunilayam’, Mulapet, Nellore (A.P))

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The ‘Tambura’ (Swamy’s favourite stringed instrument)

Small ‘Earthen Pot’ (which Swamy used as a spittoon and at times to pass urine)

The ‘Tobacco Box’ (which Swamy used and always carried with Him)

The ‘Dhuni’ stick (which Swamy used to keep the burning fire-wood logs under control)

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‘Doli’ - Palanquin (when Swamy was unable to move, He was placed in this Doli and taken to places of His choice)

‘Keshamulu’ (Tufts of Hair) (The Sacred Hair of Swamy preserved in a bottle)

The Sacred ‘Nails’ (of Swamy’s fingers)

The ‘Shirt’ worn by Swamy (which acquired unique sacredness; for Swamy clothed Himself with the Shirt)

A Leafy Bowl (Made out of Tati (Palmyra) leaf, Swamy used such bowls to take liquid diet, viz., of Ragi powder mixed with milk (Millet Malt). Fact is, for 15 long years Swamy did not took water)

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SAYINGS OF GURUDEVA
1. Offer food to the starving and needy instead of offering it to the satiated. (Feed the hunger - Help the sufferer) 2. As do others behave, so do we respond. 3. Whoever comes to Me with great faith and devotion, their desires are fulfilled. 4. Rest assured, ‘Venkaiah dwells in all living beings’. 5. What benefit would you acquire on seeing the Maharaja of Mysore? You only reap what you sow. 6. Even if you leave me, ‘I’ will not leave you. 7. Even if our lamb mingles in a herd of thousand, we can catch hold of it and bring it back with ease. 8. The one who treats everyone without any prejudice, he will succeed in realizing God. 9. Whoever offers a fist of rice in the name of Venkaiah, it is ‘I’ who shall look after their welfare. 10. When a devotee asked to initiate a Mantra, Venkaiah said, ‘where is mantra, where is tantra? We have to proceed with belief in God’. 11. Nothing is great if a ‘Sanyasi’ leads a righteous life? It is but great if a ‘Sansari’ sticks to a righteous way of life. 12. Even while lending money on interest, we must follow the principles of ‘dharma’. 13. It is said that one should acquire good nature, simplicity and selflessness to serve a Sadguru (Perfect Master). 14. If we steal a quarter-rupee (four annas), we are going to incur a 40-fold loss i.e., Rs. 10/-. 15. If we aspire to share something out of a ‘profit’, similar amount of SIN are we going to get. 16. It will be better if we leave the place, instead of asking others to leave.

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