"THE GUESS CAME TRUE!"
had You been, Swami?", we asked Him, when He sat up and
leaned back, on the wall. He answered, with a smile, as if
He was not at all tired or exhausted after the twenty-minute-absence
from the body. "Oh! I had been to Dehra Dun!"
We were astonished! We asked Him what was the urgency for
the visit, what was the calamity which had to be averted,
who was the Bhaktha involved etc. He said that it was not
a 'calamity' this time, but it was a dying person to whom
He had to give His Darsan, at the time of death. "That
was why you saw Vibhuthi issue from My mouth. When I give
Darsan to a dying person, that happens. Remember this".
We searched our memories for the name and address of the
Dehra Dun devotee but, we could not recall any one's name.
Then Baba Himself volunteered the information. He said, "Don't
you remember Dr. Krishna, the Lady Medical Officer from Vellore,
who comes here often? It was her mother who passed away ten
minutes ago, at Dehra Dun". And, He was speaking to three
of us, in His room at the Prashanthi Nilayam at Puttaparthi,
on 15th November 1958, at 5-40 P.M.!
At 5-20 P.M. that day, while Baba was reading out a letter
He suddenly shouted, "Ha!", as if He was answering
some one calling Him from afar and fell on the floor, as if
He had thrown His body and left it in a trice, on journey!
There were two more in the room, besides myself and, we watched
over Him helplessly, praying to Him, for what could we do
other than that? At 5-30 P.M, Baba coughed thrice and there
gushed from His mouth the sacred Vibhuthi. We wondered what
could it mean. Ten minutes later, He came back and sat up.
It was then that we ventured to ask Him, "Where had You
We knew Dr. Krishna and had seen her at Puttaparthi and at
Delhi, when Baba visited the home of the Doctor. When Baba
was at Rishikesh, the mother had come down to the place and
she had even the unique satisfaction of worshipping Baba.
And, so we were glad that the mother was privileged to have
the Darsan of the Lord, during her last moments.
Baba told us, in answer to our questions, that Dr. Krishna
was at her beside at Dehra Dun, that she was actually there
at the time , holding the pulse and that it was quiet and
a happy death. He said that all the nearest and dearest were
around the bed. "She was a very pious lady and she got
the death she deserved", He said. "They are doing
Bhajana in that room! The atmosphere is so pure and holy",
He announced. Surely, we thought, that was why Baba blessed
We were all indeed lucky that we could witness this Manifestation
of the Divine Mystery, for as Baba has often said, "Only
the Lord can discern the exact moment of the liberation of
The 15th of November was a Saturday. On Tuesday, the 18th,
the post brought an Inland Letter from Dehra Dun, which Baba
gave me to read and when it was opened, lo, it was from Dr.
Krishna herself! She had posted it on Sunday, with extra stamps
and it had to come fast and flying to Baba's Hands.
"My mother drew her last breath", it said, "at
5-30 P.M. yesterday". Dr.Krishna had also written that
they were doing Bhajan in the room for some time and that
her mother was praying to Baba during her last moments. She
concluded her letter thus, " I guess she had Your Darsan."
She guessed hundreds of miles away! And we were told by Baba
at Prasanthi Nilayam that her guess had come true!