Swami Stories Taken From Sunday Talks Given by

 Anil Kumar

Taken from “Why God Incarnates; How Baba Prompts Us From Within; Kodaikanal Stories; Renouncing Doership and Enjoyership; Be Aware What To Ask Swami For; Stories of Swami’s Protection and Glory”, August 1st, 1999



Think Before You Ask


I will tell you another thing. You see we ask Swami so many things. But let us be very careful what we ask. Let us not ask anything unknowingly because we are human beings. Given the intellect and the intelligence, let us know what to ask for.

There is one family from Hyderabad. They come here regularly. They have been Swami’s devotees for fifty years at least. They had two daughters.
You know, Swami often gives His own pet names to devotees. For example, a fat fellow comes and He calls him, "Hey, Pakora!" That man’s name is not Pakora. But because he is so fat, Swami calls him "Pakora," which is a puffy fried food dish in India. If any tall fellow comes, He will say, "Hey, Coconut Tree, come here, Coconut Tree!" That is what nickname He calls him. But He puts it very nicely. So to be called like that by Him is very nice!

For your information, He never calls me by my name at anytime: Never Anil Kumar! No. He always calls me something like Vaijayanthi Mala or Draupadhi or Janani Krishnamurthy: all dancers’ names, all feminine names. He calls me like that. I do not know why, but always He will call out, "Hey Dancer, come here. Hey how are you?" Or "Hey Vaijayanthi Mala, come here." Or "Hey Chandramayi, how are you?" Or "Draupadhi, how are you?" What am I to say? How feminine are these names! Then everybody starts laughing! But I do not feel badly about it. Maybe in a previous birth, I used to be a woman? Or next life I am going to be a woman? Or in the present life, He finds a woman in me? I could never understand it. But it is so nice to be called a pet name by Swami.

So getting back to the story, Swami looked at these two girls of the couple from Hyderabad and said, "The elder girl is Godavari." He gave the name Godavari. Looking at the younger girl, He said, "She is Chitravathi." He gave these two names. Since then every year whenever they came Swami would ask, "Hey, where is Godavari? Where is Chitravathi? Oh, Chitravathi is here, not Godavari."

One day these two girls were very close to Swami and they were offering something to Swami, "Swami, Swami, please, please!"**** They were giving some clothes or something like that saying, "Swami, Swami!" At that time Swami looked at the second sister, Chitravathi, and asked, "Oh, what do you want?" The girl said, "I want Mukti, liberation." Swami looked at her, "Liberation? You know what this is? You know what liberation is? Why do you want liberation, moksha? Why? You know what it is? Who will tell you? Is it hot or sweet or like cool drinks or ice cream? Who will tell you what is liberation? What is Mukti?" "Well," she said, "Swami, Mukti is the place where You stay." (Swami:)"Oh, I see. Ah ha. Then when you get Mukti, how will you always see your mother? How will you talk to your father?," asked Swami innocently. "Swami, no problem. You will make me see my mother and you will make me talk to my father. So, give me Mukti," she said. "Mmmm…," He replied. They stayed there at  Prashanthi Nilayam for fifteen days. While the family was leaving, Swami looked at the mother of these two girls. Her name is Rajamma. Swami said, "What a pity it is, Rajamma! What a pity it is! Poor thing!"

Not long after they returned to their home, Chitravathi had a sudden fall. Suddenly she fell down there in the dark. Immediately the doctor was summoned. The doctor came and declared that she had an attack of meningitis. Shortly thereafter she died. The family was really surprised because hitherto she was quite alright. So suddenly she had collapsed! After some time, they came to Puttaparthi. Swami gave them an interview, consoled the mother and said, "Your second daughter wanted Mukti. What could I do? She wanted liberation. So I granted it. Why do you cry? She wanted to merge in me. Why do you cry? She is able to see you now. Why do you cry? Why do you cry like that?"

So when we ask Swami for what we want, we should be very conscious of what we ask for. Yes, because He will grant. He grants immediately. Are we prepared to receive these things? Are we in a position to receive such things? That we have to ask ourselves!



Are We the Doers?

Giving up enjoyer-ship is called karma yoga. Giving up doer-ship is called sannyasa yoga. The mixture of these two is karma sannyasa yoga, the sixth chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. The sixth chapter in the Bhagavad Gita is a combination of karma yoga plus sannyasa yoga, called karma sannyasa yoga. Karma yoga means giving up enjoyership, meaning "I do not crave the fruits of my work. I do not work for rewards. I do not work in anticipation of certain results." So, giving up enjoyer-ship is karma yoga. Giving up doer-ship is sannyasa yoga. The combination is karma sanyasa yoga.

Here are a few examples: One man told in the darshan lines, "Swami, my son got a job." Swami replied, "Ah ha, good. Where?" So innocently our God asks, "Oh, he got a job? Where?" The answer comes, "Swami, he got a job in Bangalore." Again Swami, "Ah ha." He proceeded on and then He returned and looked deeply into the man’s eyes. "You got him the job there?" Swami asked. The man answered, "Yes." Swami continued, "You said, ‘My son got the job.’ Did you get him the job there? Who gave him the job there?" "Swami…" Swami goes on, "I gave him the job, you understand. That fellow is not worthy of the job. That fellow is not worthy of the job. In fact, I am responsible for the job there in Bangalore. You understand me?" He only meant let us not claim doership and let us not be attached to the rewards or the fruits of our work or karma. Let us not claim enjoyership. That is what Bhagavan is saying.


TheAll-Knowing Lord

One other example: Some people from some other place came and asked, "Swami, we are all waiting for your arrival here. You need not come." Swami responded, "Oh! You are waiting for Me yet I need not come! Oh, I see." Then Swami started telling them, "Shall I tell you what preparations you made there? Every day about fifty seva dal come and they clean the entire premises. I know. One day they removed all the thorny bushes around. That man came, this man came." He started giving the postal addresses of the people. Then can you say that you are the doer? Can you say that you are the enjoyer? Can you claim that "I have done it"? Knowing full well that Swami does everything; can I think that I have done this?


Divine Blessing

There is one more simply charming story. One lady from Kenya by the name of Mrs. Rangaswamy came here. When she was coming over here, some office bearers there in Kenya asked, "Look here, please get some of the latest books from Puttaparthi, at least fifteen of them." She said, "OK, after all, Swami Books I would love to carry back. I would love to bring them back for you. Why not?"

She went to the bookstall in Prashanthi Nilayam and collected the fifteen books and made them into a beautiful package. When she went back to Kenya, she was about to hand over this parcel to the office bearers when she decided to open the packet. Please believe me! When she opened the packet, in every book there was vibhuthi! In every book, in all the fifteen books, vibhuthi! In some of the books, there was also sandal powder. In other books, there was also turmeric. All of the fifteen books were like that.

They jumped in joy! Now who brought the books? This lady. Did she say, "I brought them"? OK, she has carried them. Then wherefrom all the vibhuthi? She brought them without vibhuthi. She can only say, "I am totally responsible for carrying the books, but not for the vibhuthi."


Divine Transformation

Two devotees from East Africa came here. These two gentlemen have their own special habits of that country: These two chaps used to go to bed only after having some sips of whiskey. After having some whiskey only then they could get to sleep. Otherwise it was not possible. Their philosophy was, "Whiskey is not risky," and also, “Liquor acts quicker." They believed like that. Poor chaps! While coming here, they bought and brought a big bottle of Scotch whiskey with them. They did not know the rules of this place. Poor fellows! It was not their mistake. We know most people rightly only take water outside. They have finished with any such habits. These are the only chaps who came here with a Scotch whiskey bottle. They did not know that drinking is prohibited. It was their first time here. It was their first visit here. I am not telling that they were guilty. I do not call them sinners. They did not know the rules. That is all.

So they came with their bottle. They were given a nice accommodation in Round Block Three. Fine. They had morning darshan. Good. And attended bhajans. Nice. Then they had a good lunch in the foreigners’ canteen with pie and pizza or whatever they liked. Later they had evening darshan, and participated in the evening bhajans. They ate evening supper also. Finally they came to their room and they wanted to retire, to take rest, to go to sleep. But they cannot get to sleep unless they have their drink. So what to do? They opened their suitcase and brought out that whiskey bottle. They had two glasses there in their room. They kept both the glasses in front of them, opened the bottle and filled these two glasses with whiskey. They started drinking. What happened? Instead of whiskey, they could only taste water. Only water! They were very surprised! They did not want water! They wanted whiskey. They had purchased some very costly whiskey! Anytime when the whole whiskey becomes water, it is an unimaginable failing!

Then one fellow said, "No, no, no. We have not emptied these glasses in the beginning. There must have been some water already there. Let us empty these two glasses and clean them now. So they just poured out the contents of the glasses and washed the glasses. They made sure they were empty this time. Then they filled the two glasses with whiskey again. Now when the two glasses were full, they started to drink. Again, water! They were pretty much disgusted and disappointed. What is all this? What is going on here? They did not know the rules or anything of this place. They were wondering, "Has whiskey become water here, or has water become whiskey? It would be so nice if water also becomes whiskey, isn’t it?" They were thinking thus because like this a lot of strange things were happening. Then one of the men immediately thought, "Why not have it straight from the bottle? Why use the glasses! Pour the bottle straight into the mouth!" So he kept it straight upright and started drinking. But only water again! He felt so badly at this place. What is going on here???

OK. Somehow they spent that night and then they got up in the early hours of the morning and sat in the darshan lines. To their panic, they got the first line! Why to their panic, I shall tell you: When we feel we need to see Swami, we get the last line. When we are afraid of Him, we get the first line, isn't it? So those two got the first line. All right, they sat there and our mischievous Bhagavan started walking towards them, stood in front of them and said, "How are you?" "We are fine, Swami," they responded. "How about last night? ‘Cheers! Cheers! Cheers! Cheers!’ They were dumbfounded! They could only say, "Oh, Swami, Swami!" Then He said, "See, you should not drink like that. It is a very bad habit. So I converted it into water. Now you understand what happened!" So Bhagavan is here to transform people, to bring about a change in our lifestyle, in our life pattern, not to annihilate or kill totally. That is the one thing that is mentioned in Jnana Yoga, the fourth chapter of the Bhagavad Gita.