I would like to share a event which I heard personally from a very good family friend of ours, the Late Mrs Usha Pillai who used to stay at Mission Road in Bangalore many years ago .She was the head of the Sai Mahila Vibhag in Bangalore and she was active in the Sri Chinmaya Mission too.
She was a staunch devotee of Baba right from the early years and she used to tell us many interesting experiences she had. She was one of the devotees from the early years, when there was at that time, no proper transport to Puttaparthi . They would travel by Horse or Bullock carts to reach Puttaparthi and when they were going back in the evening to their native places, Swami would come to see them off with a lantern in His hand and bid farewell.
She once narrated a very odd incident to me which is still sharply etched in my memory till this day, though at the time she told us this story, we had just joined the Sai fold. At the time that this incident happened , Swami Chimayananda was in Switzerland. She said that she was working actively in the Sri Chinmaya Mission too and Swami Sai was aware of this. Swami once called her for an interview during which He waved His hand high in the air and caught an envelope.
He then told her that “Swami Chinmayananda ki heart attack vacchindi” – meaning in Telugu that Swami Chinmaya nanda had just got an heart attack. He then opened the letter and showed it to her.
It was a letter written by the Swiss Misson of the Swami Chinmayananda Organisation addressed to their Bangalore counterparts in which it was written that Swamiji had indeed had a heart attack at about 02.30 AM that day (early morning). She was a bit surprised as she was not
aware of it or anyone else at the local unit. Then after the interview, she went to the Chinmaya Trust and told them that Swami Chinmayananda had a heart attack in Switzerland. The incredulous members in the Mission did not believe her and asked her how it was possible for her to know as they themselves were not aware besides they were in touch with the overseas mission. A few days later the Mission Members in Bangalore received a letter that the Swiss Mission had sent via airmail, with the details of the heart attack of Swami Chinmayananda.
Amongst other things, that Swami told her was that He asked His devotees to take very good care of their health as He wanted them to live long and witness the earth-shaking Miracles He would perform in the later years of His Mission.