In 1928 Shri Atma Ram Mehra, a railway contractor, probably one of the first visitors who had met the Swami in the cave, wished to have male children, as he only had daughters; Gurudeva gave four mangoes to Shri Mehra's wife who had four children. All of them received their name from Swami himself. The second son Shri Lal Krishna Mehra was one of the constant devotees of Guha. He was given the diksha mantra by Swami Purushottamananda himself.
Swami Balananda, who had met Gurudeva in the late 1930s, wrote some memories and experiences in his book "Purushottama GathaPrem Sudha" (History of Purushottama - Nectar of Love).
He was originally from Kerala, Swami Balananda in his spiritual search, he reached Rishikesh where he met many mahatmas, but nobody satisfied him. Then a sadhu suggested that he meet Swami Purushottamananda. When he met the master, he was very disappointed that Gurudeva reproached him for returning to Rishikesh and making his sadhana there.
His pain was very intense that he headed towards the banks of the Ganga river that flows near the Ashram with the intention of ending his life. But suddenly a brahmacharia arrived and ran to him saying that their guru wanted to meet him. Swami Balananda then got his initiation.
Gurudeva was concise and concise in his speeches. He had a unique style in conveying a message.
Once a brahmacharia and a sannyasi, two of his disciples had forgotten to cut the forest grass for the Ashram cows. Gurudev did not say a word, but quietly completed the task alone. Another time, during an afternoon rest after lunch, we had forgotten to wash the utensils.
When the disciples woke up, they found that all the cutlery and dishes had been
washed and tidy. When they learned that their Guru had cleaned everything they were very ashamed.
He wanted to make the Ashramites do various physical activities like
Soil leveling, gardening etc., as part of their sadhana.
This, he said, would prove very useful in eradicating their tamo guna. Gurudeva himself led cows many times to pasture in the forest.
He had a cow called Radha, he was particularly fond of it. But when she was taken away by some wild animal, the master showed no emotion.
During the years when Gurudeva lived in the Sahaj samadhi of Guha, hundreds of people flocked to see it, not only from the plains of northern India but
from all parts of the country, and also from abroad.
Purushottamananda was an incarnation of bhakti and jnana. Everyone was immediately attracted to his laughter as a child who constantly gave an incredible state of bliss possible only by those in constant communion with the Supreme Being.
At first glance, the master guessed a person's character and what was on his mind.
Swami Jnanananada Giri, who came from Switzerland but lived in India, gave an exciting account of his first meeting with Gurudeva.
With a beatific smile that exploded into a cheerful laugh, did Gurudeva take a postcard, received by mail that day, and waved it before his visitor could ask if he knew his country?
The postcard was from Zurich in Switzerland, depicting that part of the city where Swami Jnanananda Giri was born!
Once the Swiss ambassador met the master and asked if it would not have been better for the well-being of humanity if he lived in the middle of the world rather than in solitude in a cave, in his inimitable Gurudeva style he replied: "Sitting in a cave, you can influence the minds of distant people. You can even move mountains! You don't have to go there. "The diplomat was flabbergasted.
Way back in 1953, Dr. KM Munshi Ex-Governor of UP (founder of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan) visited Vasishtha Guha. Here is what he wrote about it:
"I discovered in him a deep Vedantic knowledge, his ways are simple, innocent, almost childish; he always smiles and all the time.
Loneliness, hunger and a hundred other pains mean nothing to him; he lives a real life, guided by God who gives him joy and perpetual peace. He won this state after years of sadhana.
Before leaving he warned me, asked me, if I had had enough of my way of life? The time has come to realize who I really was ”. "I wish I could," I replied. "
Dr. Marion Wenger of the University of California and Dr. BK Bagchi of the University of Michigan Medical School came to India in 1957 to conduct research on yogis. They found some Yogis who allowed them to tie electrodes on the skin during a state of trance or deep meditation. Thus they discovered that many yogis can slow their hearts until no beat is detected by the stethoscope for three or four minutes. When they met Gurudeva they were amazed to see his remarkable ability to sweat in abundance according to his will, visualizing himself in a warm climate, while he was in a Himalayan winter cave, almost naked.
Gurudeva occasionally went south. So once during a visit to Madras, Gurudeva met Shri TR Srinivasan, a regular visitor of the Ramakrishna Mutt.
Srinivasanji was a passionate Sadhaka and went to Gurudeva, followed him to many other places outside Madras. He also related his experience which was later published by the Sri Purushottamanada Trust during the commemoration
to celebrate Swami's 125th birthday.
Once Srinivasanji went to hear a speech made by Swami in an auditorium for two consecutive days. On the first day he found Gurudeva completely covered and swallowed up by the light. On the second day he discovered that his appearance was similar to that of Lord Narasimha.
On one occasion, in Kerala, Purushottamananda was talking about Christ and Srinivasanji managed to see a halo around him. But it was not a simple optical illusion because a stranger sitting next to him also made the same observation.
Once Srinivasanji took Gurudeva to the home of a friend of his, Prof. US Ramachandran told Gurudeva that he had undergone surgery on his stomach but had not received any relief from the pain.
Gurudev put his hand on his stomach and the pain stopped immediately and permanently.
In 1952 when the master went to Kerala, he stopped in Pullad to meet a childhood friend.