Category Archive: Devotee Experiences (Bhakta Mala) ~ A Collection

Lifetime experiences of Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji's devotees, collected and published by Avadhoota Datta Peetham (two 'devotee experiences' added per week).

Kolli Gopalakrishnaih, Vijayawada

Around 1987, my wife expressed a desire to do ‘Lalitha Trisathi’ and asked Sri Swamiji to give her permission. Sri Swamiji agreed and blessed her with a budding rose. Even after fifteen years the rose remained intact!

During 1989, my wife had been suffering with breathlessness and acute pain in her heart; she was having all the symptoms of a heart-attack. In a vision she became aware the Sri Swamiji visited her and she was sitting down in the corner of His kitchen. She felt as though someone was cleaning the valves of the heart with a spoon. Then she felt as if the blockage was being removed. After sometime she was relieved of the pain. After this vision, her history of heart problems was solved forever!

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J Hemalatha, Mysore

When we were living in Mekedatu, once, early in the morning I smelt a very pleasant Vibuthi fragrance. I got up but saw nothing so I lay back and just closed my eyes; I did not completely go into sleep. Meanwhile, I saw Sri Swamiji, in pure white clothes, coming near me. He called, asking me to get up. He caught my hand and took me along with Him high in the sky and there He initiated me into a sacred mantra (mantrōpadesam). At that time He appeared as fresh as dew drops on the grass during morning hours! I could really feel the freshness and was mesmerized with the beauty of the sky and Sri Swamiji! Suddenly He disappeared and as I opened my eyes I realized that I was in my home.

Later when I went to Mysore and asked for Mantrōpadesam, Sri Swamiji said, “I have already given you Mantrōpadesam.” I was shocked! Prior to this I had a small doubt as to whether the incident was true or whether it was just a dream. Now I realized that Sri Swamiji had really come!

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Shelke family, Bangalore

Sri Swamiji used to make impromptu visits to our house in Mysore. Sometimes, He would come late in the night, around midnight, and in order not to wake us, He would remove His padukas and tip toe into the house. He would come and play with the children, sometimes wrestle with my sons. He was a part of my family. He encouraged the children to come to the Ashrama on Saturdays and Vimal and I should go on Sundays.

One Saturday it was late in the night and the children did not return from the Ashrama. My wife got worried and kept pestering me to go to the ashram. I told her, “Why are you worrying about them, they are with Sri Swamiji.” Then at midnight Sri Swamiji brought them home in a car. He went straight to my wife and said, “Why are you worrying about them, they are with Swamiji!” He repeated the very same words I had spoken a while ago.

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Hima Rao, California USA:



In 1975 my grandmother was very ill with Gangrene of her foot. It became so bad they had to amputate it. My father, Subbarao, told his friend, Mr. Bhoopati about my grandmother’s condition. Mr. Bhoopati told my family about his Guru, Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji and His healing powers. He gave my grandmother some of Sri Swamiji’s vibuthi and she applied it on her sick foot. After a short time her foot was free of the disease. Her doctor saw this and touched her feet, doing namaskara saying that this was truly a miracle.

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Hima Rao, California USA:



I live my life doing His Seva and following His instructions, and He takes care of everything else. Whenever I need to speak to Him I go in front of His photo and talk. He hears me all the time. For my family and me, we learnt that meeting a Guru does not mean a blissful life without problems. Our Guru, Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji came into our lives, held our hands and walked with us on the path. He gave us the tools of His teachings to work out our karmas and at times when we got tired, He picks us up and carries us. He is making the journey with us and we would not want it any other way.

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