Dr. Subbarao of Nellore, one of the staunch devotees of Amma is well known among Jillellamudi brethren. Once, during his return trip from Jillellamudi he was driving along with his brother in-law, who was snoring away in the passenger seat as it was past midnight and Kavali was only a few miles away. As was his habit, the Doctor was chanting Amma Namam continuously.
When the other person in the non-driver seat starts snoring, it is a danger signal to the driver. Unknowingly, Dr. Subbarao felt drowsy – almost fell asleep and was about to go off the road, but suddenly became aware of his brother-in-law shaking him up and saying “Look where you are going”. Instinctively, he brought the car back on the road to safety. As he turned to his brother-in-law to thank him, he found him already deep in sleep.
At Kavali, Dr. Subbarao stopped his car at a restaurant, woke his brother-in-law and both of them went in to have some tea.
While waiting for the tea, the doctor thanked his brother-in-law. The gentleman innocently asked “why?”. “For waking me up just at the right moment and saving both of us from the disaster”, the doctor replied.
“But when did 1?” was the bewildered reply of his brother-in-law.
Almost a similar experience was felt by Kamaraju once in the year 1989. Twas the night before Mukkoti Ekadasi. Being indolent by nature, Kamaraju told himself that “if I wake up at 5.00 a.m. sharp, I will perform Puja – otherwise, I will do it at my leisure” and went into deep sleep. His daughter Anasuya, a 6 year old kid, was sleeping by his side. At 5.00 a.m. sharp, Anasuya shook him up and said “Nanna, get up”. He woke up immediately and looked to his daughter who shook him up from his sleep, but found her already in deep sleep. Anyway, since he woke up at 5.00 a.m. he followed the rituals thankfully. Next day, he asked his daughter how she could wake him up exactly at 5.00 a.m. “No, I didn’t” was her bland reply!