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Yesterday instead of having a video show after exams we were given first
hand information about Swami's visit to Chennai by the students who
Swami's History with Chennai
Swami has visited Chennai so far 65 times the first being in 1954. It seems
Swami used to have breakfast in Prashanthi Nilayam, start driving his car
and used to be there in Chennai for lunch.
Swami used to stay in one person's house named Venkata muni (who is no more).
People used to call up this person's house and used to enquire what time
Swami will give darshan. And sometimes Swami himself used to lift the phone
and answer," Swami will come out for darshan at so and so time. You all must
surely come. Swami will give darshan to all."
Many of Swami's trips to places like Badrinath, Rishikesh etc were via
Chennai Trip 2007
Swami went in Paramount airways and was in one point one seat. As others
were going getting in Swami was going through the airways brochure.
Swami visited as many as ten devotees houses in 12 days. On one occasion he
visited the house of Mr Venu Srinivasan (the chairman of the TVS group of
companies). There they had called upon Bombay Jayshree to sing for Swami.
She sang the Kannada keerthana, "Krishna Nee Begane Baro" which means "Oh
Krishna please come fast." She had just completed singing the first line and
Swami's response was, "Naa Vandachu !!" (means "I have come !!") Bombay
Jayshree was in tears.
Swami also visited the house of Mr Ramani the Tamil Nadu Sevadal state
president. It seems Swami had promised Mrs. Ramani in 1988 in the interview
room that he would visit their house. On this trip Swami made mention about
this promise and said, "Today after 19 years I have kept up my promise." Mrs.
Ramani might have forgotten Swami's promise but Swami kept up his word.
Everyday Swami would go to the shirdi baba temple in the premises of
Sundaram and take Aarthi there. He used to spend some time there.
Wherever Swami went he was given presidential security. In fact it was an
order by Karunanidhi that whenever Swami goes via the road there must be
green signal all the way.
Generally we all grumble when there is such a clearance for any VIP. But
here the scene was different. People had gathered on both sides of the road
to have one glimpse of Swami. It seem people from buses would look out with
folded hands. On one occasion the convoy of Swami was going under a bridge.
On the bridge there was a train and people were eagerly looking out of the
train to have Swami's darshan.
In fact it was a very unique sight with the modern Chennai having shopping
malls, restaurants and MNC around and there in the center of the main road
was God's convoy. And sometimes Swami's convoy happened to pass through the
areas where there were churches and temples. Little did they know that the
very God they were worshipping was going past by them while they were in
their places of worship.
Swami himself mentioned once that the whole Chennai is echoing with "Sairam,
There was a function that was arranged to felicitate Swami, and there were
many chief ministers and governors. The function was arranged in Nehru
stadium where the capacity is believed to be 35000 to 40000. On that day the
stadium was jam packed. And mind you it was not a free for all invitation
wherein anybody could go. The stadium was jam packed with the people
During the course of the proceedings Karunanidhi happened to speak.
He was a sworn atheist and he said this, "The question is not whether I accept
God or not. The question now is whether Sai Baba has accepted me or not."
And there was Lalu Prasad Yadav who said, "Woh Bhagawan Hain Ki Nahin Woh To
Hame Maloom Nahi. Par Jab Karunanidhi Aur Mere Jaise Aadmi Unhe Bhagawan Keh
Rehe Hain To Woh Bhagawan Hain."
Which literally means, "We don't know whether he is God or not. But when
people like Karunanidhi and me are saying that he is God, then he surely is
One atheist recently wrote in a Telugu paper praising Swami for all that
Swami has done to the society in terms of water supply, Medicare and
Educare. At the end of the article he wrote, "Sai Baba if at all your read
this article let me tell this.
I have not seen you, I have not felt you. But I have heard your speeches.
And after hearing to your speeches I am convinced that God is there. And
that God is none other than you." The article was read out to Swami in a
private audience and he became a little emotional.
The Fun and Frolic
One day when at the Yagna Shala Swami suddenly got up and walked on the
stage. Later in the dining session Swami remarked," These Brahmins were
thinking that Swami cannot walk. That's why I walked to show them that I can
Then that day they were served badam gheer. Swami asked one VIP,"What do you
think about these Brahmins?"
The VIP was hard of hearing and thought Swami was asking about the Badam
gheer and replied,"Swami Badam gheer rhombha nalla irruku." Meaning badam
gheer is very nice.
Swami then said,"Badam gheer nin thalakai"
Swami then broke into a small recitation,
"Krishna Rama Govinda
Rama Krishna Govinda
Gulab Jamun Govinda
Badam Gheer Govinda."
Swami later said that when he went to Sivananda's ashram
Sivananda wanted to sing the bhajan "Krishna Rama Govinda" But since he
could not recollect beyond the first few lines he started singing about
whatever he could see.
On another occasion the students were having food with Swami. The general
practice is that no one must look at Swami while he is having his food. The
room in which they were having their food was air conditioned. One day this
air condition was delayed or some problem was there.
Few students managed to steal a glance of Swami eating from the corner of
their eye. Swami it seems was fanning himself with his chapatti. And as
soon as he saw this student stealing a glance at him he put the chapatti
Then one day Swami asked the students," How do I look?"
What can anyone answer at this juncture? But then students ventured to
tell," Swami you look very beautiful" and various other things. Then Swami
said, "I feel ashamed sometimes. I have grown fat and I have put on weight."
The Anil Kumar sir said, "Swami right from the time I have seen you in the
seventies till now you are the same Swami." Swami was apparently pleased
with this answer.
This is all I am able to recollect. I'll send a little more whenever I
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