Brahmandam Nageswara Rao

Brahmandam Nageswara Rao

Sri Brahmandam Nageswararao garu (Nanna Garu) was born on Wednesday, as per Telugu Calendar. , 04:30 AM at Mannava village in Guntur District. *Eldest son of Amma’s aunt (Menatha) Kanakamma (Bamma Garu). He was married to AMMA (aged 13 years) on 05th May 1936 in Bapatla at the residence of Chandramouli Chidambara Rao Garu (CHIDAMBARAM TATAGARU).

After marriage Nannagaru lived in Bapatla and settled down at Jillellamudi in April 1940 Annapoornalayam was established on 15 August 1958 by Amma, on request of Her devotee children when inflow of devotees was souring and becoming burdensome to Nannagaru Nannagaru was the Karanam of Jillellamudi village Nannagaru’s conduct and character calls for emulation.

‘Don’t Preach; but Practice’ was his policy. He firmly believed Children will follow elders and hence observed Do’s and Don’ts in Annapoornalayam dining hall. He used to get ready with his plate and glass as soon as the second bell was given and take them back after food; did not allow others to carry his plate or glass. He had lot of concern for students of Oriental College living away from their parents and advised people to treat them as own children; not to be harsh even if some were mischeavous but counsel them gently. Nannagaru was very obedient and never misused when senior officials, though younger to him, visited Jillellamudi and had Amma’s darshan like other devotees. Simple living, Spirit of tolerance, Kind, Dignified, had concern for the poor, moved with one and all, straight forward, valued friendship, very active with remarkable memory were some of his qualities. Was an admirer of Congress and Gandhiji. Liked Sports, Poetry, Theatre and Music. He had political consciousness but did not have the crookedness of a politician.

Nannagaru considered Jillellamudi as sacred as Kasi, Rameswaram, Mecca and Bethelham Liked Nama Sankeerthana and in particular rendering by Radha annayya (Kasu Radhakrishna Reddy) – a blind devotee trained in Karnatak music – considered as `Nada Yogi’. Once Nannagaru expressed his desire (with a devotee) that he would like to become `Swamulavaru’ 16 February 1981 (Roudri vatsaram) at 3 am Nannagaru shed the body. He was 68 years old. He was healthy and worked in the paddy field even the day before. Amma chose unfinished Temple commenced in 1956 to lay the body of Nannagaru. On 17 February 1981 at 3 pm Amma entered the Garbhalayam along with the body and completed consecration by 3.40 pm. It was a matter of coincidence when Nannagaru emerged as ANASUYESWARA in the temple, the star was Aslesha (Amma’s birth star) and Amma named the temple as ANASUYESWARALAYAM. Nannagaru wanted to leave the world before Amma left and She agreed. On 28 February 1981 in the meeting held at Jillellamudi, Sri Sri Sri Lakshmana Yateendrulu declared: AMMA and NANNAGARU as ideal couple who emerged to teach the world DAMPATYA DHARMAM. They represented true Ardhanareeswara Tatvam.

“ANASUYESWARA NAMO NAMO SRI NAGESWARA NAMO NAMO”

Hymavathi Devi

Hymavathi Devi

Hyma, Amma’s daughter who was an embodiment of compassion; almost an exile from a far higher realm, like so many other divine personages broke the earthly bond in her very youth. Hyma consumed herself physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Her constant prayer to Amma was “Take me back into Thyself”.

After Hyma’s physical death, she was entombed as one of the saints in whom the last vestiges of attachment are already consumed to ash. Amma infused spiritually life into the body of Hyma and declared “Hymalayam will become a house of penance where many will engage in ‘tapas’ (Austirities) and gain fulfillment.”

HYMA’s life was a saga of mystery. Even though she was the only daughter of the Divine Mother, her life was never a bed of roses or wrapped in comforts. Ill health was her constant companion. She suffered from frequent spasms of headache, fever and painful sores in the mouth.

Physically she was slight of build and delicately frail in form. She stepped daintily, her foot falls touching ever so gently the mother earth. HYMA is truly unearthly and divine in many respects.

HYMA’s short life of 25 years was spent only in caring for others rather than herself. Her whole mental occupation was thinking about AMMA. HYMA was the personification of kindness, having attained the pinnacle of devotion. If the qualities of selfless service, compassion, Grace and Bliss enable humans to evolve into the Divine, HYMA was made just for that.

By nature and temperament she was very tender and sensitive to the surrounding suffering. The amazing fact was that, in spite of her own unbearable suffering she never complained, neither did she ever pray to AMMA for relief. On the contrary, if anybody around her had the smallest pain or suffering, she used to run to Mother, praying for their relief. A small incident explains the magnitude of her immense compassion and love towards fellow beings and Nature. One day, out of a bird’s nest, a few eggs had fallen on the ground, and HYMA happened to pass that way. The damage caused to the would-be offspring of the bird upset HYMA so much that she was melancholic and could not take her food that day!

As she grew into full womanhood, AMMA was urged to find a suitable match for HYMA and settle her marriage. But the Divine Mother had other plans for her. The very creation of HYMA was for the benefit of humanity. AMMA used to dodge the proposal saying that she would consider HYMA’s marriage only after her 25th year.

It was at this age that HYMA suffered from an ailment while in Aurangabad in February 1968, which was later diagnosed as smallpox. On her return to Jillellamudi on the 28th March 1968, she was put on medication, and responded very well, appearing to have recovered. But AMMA knew the lurking seriousness of the disease deep inside. It resurfaced on 1st of April and, by the 5th, took a nasty turn. She was rushed to the Government General Hospital in Guntur even against AMMA’s advice.

She breathed her last in the evening on her hospital bed, and was immediately brought back to Jillellamudi, to the shock and unabated grief of everyone there.

Along with others, like any human mother AMMA too grieved over the loss of HYMA, but gave it an unimaginable, mystic, divine turn from this very moment.

HYMA was entombed in the evening of the 6th April 1968 in a pit 30 feet away from the entrance to AMMA’s hut. AMMA personally oversaw the whole process, making her body sit in the yogic posture siddhasana. Sitting on the edge of the pit, AMMA put her foot on the crown of HYMA’s head as a culmination to the process. At the very touch of AMMA’s foot, blood oozed out of HYMA’s head like a fountain. She had shown to everybody’s amazement that HYMA’s body was warm, with her chest heaving, suggesting that she was breathing. AMMA then declared that the temple to be built on the spot where HYMA was consecrated would be a great spiritual centre and the ultimate destination of many a spiritual seeker. This temple is now called HYMALAYAM.

After leaving the physical plane, HYMA’s kindness and compassion to humanity has been found to be more pronounced and profound. It is the experience of many devotees that the prayers sought from her are instantly answered.