S Venkat Reddy, Bommeparti: Young Satyanarayana would stick knives into His legs and no wound or blood would be visible; He would hit His skin with blade without being hurt. He would entertain us during childhood’.

S Venkat Reddy, Bommeparthi

In this building Satyanarayana would play with blades and sharp knives. He would stick the knives into His legs and no wound or blood will be visible; He would hit the blades on His skin without being hurt, and so He will always entertain us. He took the boredom of childhood away.

 Jaya Guru Datta, I am S. Venkat Reddy, aged seventy four, and a lifelong resident of Bommeparthi.  I am fortunate to have been the school mate of Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji during His early years. The hallowed surroundings of the Hanuman Temple in Bommeparthi, which still exists, was where we would sit and hold classes. In those days classes were held in the open and there was no distinction in age groups. We all sat and learn from a single teacher.

Bommeparthi was a little hamlet about ten kilometers from Anantapur. We lived in a very tight knitted society of farmers. Our housed were mud shacks with thatched roofs, but it was a self sufficient village, and everybody knew everybody. Our village priest, Narasimha Shastry, was an erudite scholar and people from the surrounding villages would seek his services. He lived in the village, with his wife, Jayalakshmi, and three children; Satyanarayana, Varalakshmi, and Saraswati.

As a priest, Narasimha Shastry Garu, would stay away from home, for extended periods. However, on his return, all the villagers would receive some money from what he received from his work. Shastry Garu showed no preference to any particular household, but he was loved by all. His son, Satyanarayana, in particular was the cherished one; everyone in the village loved Him. He was always calm, helpful and concern.

I want to share few incidents that happened in my childhood which are still fresh in my heart. Although I was a few years His senior, I enjoyed His company, as did all the other children, very much. As a matted of fact, we used to tease Him by calling Him ‘Tikka Swami”. He was hardly seven years old, at that time, and He used to perform some extraordinary feats that were associated with swamis and holy men.

Across the road from the Hanuman Temple, was a little building where all the children would assemble to get away from the tough summer heat. In this building Satyanarayana would play with blades and sharp knives. He would stick the knives into His legs and no wound or blood will be visible; He would hit the blades on His skin without being hurt, and so He will always entertain us. He took the boredom of childhood away.

At other times He will pick up sand and small rocks and turn them to sugar or candies, which He gave to us. He would tell us about stories from the holy books and pretend to be the characters. Even the village animals were His friends. We were unaware that this boy who was performing these miracles to His friends will one day be revealed as a great incarnation of the Lord. To us He was just Satyanarayana, the village priest son.

Many years later when I met Sri Swamiji, I reminded Him of our childhood days. He smiled at me, tapped on the floor and materializes a ‘Ganapati’ idol which He gave to me. I realized that this small boy, from the village, was none other than benevolent Lord, Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji. I accepted this with my heart and I immediately recognize Him as my Sadguru. From childhood itself, He was showing us the essence of godliness, and the way to reach Him.

Afterwards when I went to see Him, I never asked for anything, because I know He will give me everything. I just needed to have His darshan and touch of His Holy Lotus Feet, which means everything in the world to me. Although I am 74 years old, at this age I need to see His motherly smile; I still need the comfort of His gaze. My day starts only after bowing to Him early the morning, and taking my first sip of water. He has taken care of me; socially, financially, and has kept me healthy.

The whole Bommeparthi is blessed because of Him. Everyone here would seek His blessings at every step of their life; from naming a new born, course of study, alliance for marriage or for a person who needs good health, its only Sri Swamiji whom we trust on. This nameless town got its shine from Him. We got nice roads, a post office and wonderful development in this village. This village shines as a beacon for those who think that when there is nothing else to hold on to, He will definitely come.

Jaya Guru Datta



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    • Lakshmi on February 6, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta. What a nice story. You are so lucky to play with Swamiji when you were young. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed reading your experience with HH Swamiji. Sree Guru Datta.

    • Swarnaprabha on February 7, 2013 at 2:17 am

    It is thrilling to read the account of a devotee of Sri Swamiji, who was a part of the childhood days of Sadguru. After befriending,Sri Jayalakshmi Mata on fb, it feels out of the world to read this experience, that uncle has had the divine Darshan of Amma & also Narahari Teertha Swami. This experience also motivates me to quickly complete the reading of Sadguru’s sacred Life History. Jgd.

    • J P on February 7, 2013 at 2:33 am

    jaya guru datta Great experience

    • karuna on February 7, 2013 at 6:44 am

    Jai Guru Datta, S. Venkat Reddy…you are one truly blessed soul to have known Appaji so long, and in your childhood…but you know that already…i so enjoyed reading your story…this story makes me smile! Perhaps someday, if i get to India, i will visit the Hanuman Temple in Bommeparti, andhopefully say hello to you…thanks so much for sharing your delightful story…Om Namo Hanumante Namaha…Sri Guru Datta!

    • rose sheppard webster on February 7, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    I loved reading this! I wish you would share more of your stories about the early days. I would love to read all about your memories of Jayalaksmi Mata and Narasimha Shastry and Swamiji as a child. You have lived a piece of history that the world will hold sacred for many generations to come. Thank you so much for sharing!!! SGD

  1. JGD
    Really nice to read your Experience with our SadGuru Deva, thank you Mr. Vekant Reddy

    • Ravi Jayaraman on February 7, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    JGD. Thanks for sharing your story. I really enjoying these stories from devotees who have spent considerable amount of time growing up with our Sadgurudeva. Sgd.

    • sukumar reddy on February 8, 2013 at 12:33 am

    Jaya guru datta! Many thanks for sharing…. ( Golden memories which you spent with ” APPAJI “) om namo hanumate namha!!!

    • M.S.Rajaram,Puducherry on February 8, 2013 at 1:36 am

    JGD.Dear fortunate soul,bless us all, as there is scent of flowers at the vicinity even if it is taken away from there.I have attended twice SriMata’s Aradana at Jayalakshmipuram and also visited places where Our APPAJI moved during his boy-hood.Very nice memories.SGD

    • j.padma on February 8, 2013 at 4:51 am

    jaya guru datta ….

    • on February 9, 2013 at 1:44 am

    Jai Guru Datta !! You are truly blessed uncle, to have the darshan of Matha Jayalakshmi, Sri Narahari Theerta Swamiji and Sadgurudeva !! Thanks for sharing your wonderful experiences with young Sadgurudeva !!
    Sri Guru Datta !! Om Namo Haanumathe Namaha !!

    • Dattamber on February 9, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Jaya guru datta Very much blessed to have played with Sri Swamiji in his childhood days. Had Darshan of the Narasimha Swami, Mata Rajarajeshwari and the universe itself as Sri Swamiji. Bommeparthi has changed from the age before Jayalakshmi Mata to now

  2. jaya guru datta, blessed to read all devotees experience which makes us experience the same

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