A COWHERD BECAME A DIWAN
in the village of Kandanathi, he preferred the but of a poor
boy, named Venkanna. Deeming it a God-sent fortune, he satisfied the
Holiness with feast and puja. Gratified more with his devotional
fervour than the dishes offered, he asked Venkanna at the time of
parting to remember him in times of crisis to tide over it. The boy
received his blessings and forgot all that happened. But after
sometime, he went to forest for getting fuel. It so coincided that
the Nawab of Adoni named Siddi Masudkhan came to the same area for
hunting. Then a messenger came to him with a letter. Being
unlettered, he asked the boy Venkanna to read, but he was also
illiterate. Though he confessed, the conceited Nawab threatened to
hang him by the next tree, if he could not. Sweating all over, he
remembered then Sri Swamiji's assurance and prayed to him mentally.
And lo! unknown to him, he read from first to last letter, with ease
and grace. And it was the news of his army's success in the war
against his enemies. Jumping with joy, he took Venkanna to his
capital and gave him a job. And also facilities for further
education. His interest in education soon made him a great scholar.
Learning, the Nawab made him Divan. It was all due to Swamiji's
blessings, he knew. And he clung to him by prayers.