The Chief Patron – Amma, a Sai Devotee
“The transformation that a Teacher effects is marvellous - if you are headed towards a desert, she can steer you to a paradise !”
Smt. Shanthamma started off being an ardent devotee of Anjaneya. During the early 1990s when she was going through a great deal of suffering, she had the strangest set of spiritual experiences that can only be described as MIRACULOUS ! …
People who were in contact with AMMA affirm that she was actively inspired by Shirdi Sai Baba, who appeared often in her meditations and also at unspecified intervals, and commanded her to execute His orders. It had been the remarkable experience of many of her followers that various gifts from Shirdi Sai Baba and other Avatars of Dattatreya instantly materialised in her presence. Most of her followers have had convincing spiritual experiences and many have benefitted from the blessings of Shirdi Sai Baba through her.
How she became a devotee of Shirdi Sai Baba
Around the year 1991 AMMA went through intense troubles, suffering severe body pains and crippling back aches. When AMMA shared her problems with a neighbour, she gave AMMA a copy of Shirdi Sai Baba’s biography (SHRI SAI SATCHARITA) and advised her to read it saying that there was a possibility that it would bring relief. AMMA devoutly read through the book. A few days later, when AMMA had been to a wedding in Bangalore, she suddenly felt a bump under her foot on the ground. The sudden appearance of an object, beneath the sole of her feet where there was none earlier, upset her. She stooped to pick up the object and found that it resembled a human figure. It was only much later that someone told her it was of SAI BABA.
One day late in the night, as she slept, there was a loud knocking on the door and AMMA was shaken. Presently a bright flood of light entered through the window and AMMA heard a voice say:
“My father (referring to Sri Hanuman) says you are in intense pain and trouble. He has sent me to bring you relief ! Know that all your troubles are over!”
AMMA wept like a child when she was overcome by Divine Grace! He advised her to visit Shirdi. During her first visit to Shirdi with her son, Sai Baba gave her a Darshan below the famed Neem tree. As time went by Sai Baba blessed AMMA with regular Darshans and as she told us “He would take me to strange places across both space and time to meet with various Rishis and Divine beings…”. He also would personally instruct her and offer guidance.
AMMA had acquired a few siddhis to help her in the service of Mankind. Shirdi Sai Baba blessed her with two siddhis –
- Bestowing Health to people
- Help people with Education.
These were to be used by her to foster faith in the Divine among people.