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Rudra Maha Yajna Elaborate Report 9th - 20th Aug 2006
This morning marked the 10th Day of the Athi Rudra Maha Yajna.
came out as usual and took a round of the entire Kulwant hall
granting darshan. He went straight to the sofa onstage after getting
down at the interview room. He sat down and graced the proceedings
of the morning. At about 7:50 am Swami went into the interview room
but came out in about 20 minutes time. He then sat till 9:45 am
viewing with interest all the proceedings. Every moment for Him is
new and every day and moment, His enthusiasm is the same. Swami
called and blessed the birthday boys and also asked for the prasadam
to be given to all. Maha mangala Aarthi was taken and Swami retired
to Yajur Mandiram.
Possibly on the lines of the Sapthrishis and the Ashtalakshmis the
Navagrahas must have found their way to Sai Kulwant Hall for day
nine of the Athi Rudra Maha Yagnam at Prasanthi Nilayam along with
thousands of devotees. The hall was agog with expectation and at
3:14 PM the most awaited moment arrived when Swami drove into Sai
Kulwant Hall for Darshan. After driving through His usual path,
Swami took center stage at 3:26PM. After the evening session of the
Krama paatam of the Rudram was completed, Aarathi was offered to
Swami and the Saieeshwara lingam. Following this, Swami asked
Sri.Vinay Kumar for the programme for the evening. The evening
programme had two distinguished speakers who were to address the
The first of them was Sri. S. V. Giri, an IAS officer of the Andhra
Pradesh cadre, the 6th Vice Chancellor of the Sri Sathya Sai
Institute of Higher Learning. Addressing the gathering for the
second time during the Yagnam, Sri. Giri stressed on the need for
Unity and Purity, which would lead to Divinity when present
together. He had expounded the real power that the Rudram had, which
he explained was highly dynamic and an energetic manthra. Sri. Giri
went on to praise the Sri Sathya Sai Education system and how its
main focus how to control the mind and thereafter to end the mind.
He added that the mind had the potency to drive and evolve itself to
higher consciousness. He concluded by recollecting some of the
points that Swami had made in His discourses in the past few days
especially with regard to the glory of Bharath. Another significant
point that he mentioned was one of Swami's frequent injunctions to
us, "Self knowledge promotes Self confidence; Self confidence leads
to Self sacrifice which earns Self realization."
The second speaker for the evening was Sri. Gunaranjan P. , a
devotee of Bhagawan from his childhood, currently the Vice President
of an MNC in Banglore. He spoke on the topic "The journey of Sai
Youth". He compared this journey of Life to that of one in a BMW car
that Swami has given each one of us. He expanded BMW as Body, Mind
and Word, and that goodness was to be radiated from our actions,
thoughts and words in order to ensure that the "car" does not steer
off control. Sri. Gunaranjan very beautifully elucidated that in
order to make the road for this journey a smooth one, we need to
have three vital components, that is Love, Humility and Service. He
concluded saying that in any scientific equation the LHS=RHS ( ie:
Left hand side is equal to the Right hand side). And similarly in
this case, the equation simplifies to Love, Humility and Service
(LHS) is the Royal Highway to Sai (RHS).
All the knowledge that you get out of books is of no use if you
cannot fold your hands in humility before God. Today one is not able
to speak one's own mother or father tongues. The Bharatiya culture
has been forgotten and the innate nature & bliss have been
forgotten. People wallow in ego and pride. They do not observe the
social courtesies. What is left to be said?
Embodiments of Love,
We are in a fast world today. Time runs faster and the days fly by.
60 seconds make a minute and 60 minutes make an hour and the hours
fly by. It is the nature of the mind that is responsible for the
fast world. "Mana Eva Manushyaanam Kaaranam Bandha Mokshayoho"- The
mind alone is responsible for either bondage or liberation. Mind is
a bundle of desires and it has to be controlled. The fate of man is
such today that he controls everything except himself! So, offer
your minds to God. The mind is God's gift.
When a person is born from the womb, he comes with no necklace or
chain of any sort. He only carries the necklace of the fruits of his
past actions. God has given you this necklace and it is your duty to
take proper care of it. The entire society is nothing but reaction,
reflection and resound.
Today, I do not know what to tell you all. Man is composed of the
three Gunas (qualities) - sattwa, rajas and tamas. It is the sattwik
nature that has to be preserved. A wicked man always entertains
wicked thoughts. But all these too are at the level of the mind.
Spirituality lies in transcending the mind. Once upon a time, Ubhaya
Bharati, the wife of Mandana Misra, was on her way to take bath in a
river. She saw a renunciant lying on the river bank sand with a pot
as a pillow. She laughed out and said, "I thought that this person
is a Vairagi (renunciant). But he is so attached to a pot." When she
returned from her bath, she saw that the person had thrown away the
pot. She again laughed out and said, "I thought that he is only
attached. But he also has the desire that I should think good of
him!" Hearing this, the person fell at her feet. He said that she
had opened his eyes and started singing Bhaja Govindam. (At this
point Swami sang Bhaja Govindam and all of us followed.)
Ubjaya Bharati was a Jnani (one of wisdom) and yet she led a
householder's life. She always obeyed her husband. She even debated
with the great Sankaracharya. She said - The whole world is full of
delusion and attachment to different forms. Everything is our making
and we are carried away by bodily attachments. The body alone takes
birth and it dies. The five senses belong to the body and the body
is a gift of God. The indweller is God.
All the feelings that you have right now are foolish. They are not
permanent. A body loves another body, but only as long as they are
there. The bodies have not come together nor will they leave
together. Today your life may be full of satisfaction. But what
about tomorrow? The mind is not under control. The mind is the
steering of this car (of the body). The Rithwiks here have their own
feelings too but when it comes to God, they are pure. There are so
many youth too amongst them. After the Poornahuthi, I shall talk to
you and grant your wishes. Whatever the youth ask, I shall grant to
them. All of you have Vairagya (detachment) but still some
attachments remain. Tomorrow, I shall tell you an easy way to give
(To the Rithwiks)The head priest here has assimilated everything and
is guiding you well. God is yours and you belong to God. The
relation between you and Me is like that of a mother and her child.
Tomorrow, I shall also find it hard to part with you. But remember,
we cannot be separated from each other. I too will be coming with
you! I shall speak tomorrow on ideals.
Swami then called for Sathya, a Primary school student from Iran and
asked him to chant the Rudram. The little one in all his innocence
and charm made Swami a proud Mother and flawlessly chanted it.
Thereafter He called for His students from America and Russia and
asked them to chant various sukthams, and then to sing a bhajan
What followed next was a total surprise. Swami told something to the
boy behind Him and a message was sent out. A lady from a corner of
the hall was brought to stage. Swami took Smt. Sowcar Janaki (an
actress of yesteryear) by surprise and asked her to speak in His
presence. She recounted various instances in her life where Swami
showered His boundless Love on her and her family members. She
prayed to Swami that this Yagnam should bring about Loka Kalyanam
(World Peace) as He has promised.
The fourth speaker was Smt. Anjali Devi (another old time actress).
She too was overwhelmed at Swami's sudden shower of Grace. She
fervently thanked Swami for having done everything for her, and also
expressed a desire that in her next birth too, she should get a
chance to serve Swami. She was grateful to Swami for allowing her
the role of the divine mother Eashwaramma in the tele-serial,
"Shirdi Sai Parthi Sai Divyakatha".
Swami blessed them and we were all touched by the frank and candid
experiences of these devotees. The ninth day's proceedings ended
when Swami asked for Aarathi and Prasadam to be distributed at
Source: Prasanthi Bulletin radio sai
Prasanthi bulletin (SAI GLOBAL HARMONY) and SSSBPT websites, have very
detailed accounts of the
previous day’s proceedings. My interpretation of
the events are seen through my own eyes and usually way back in the hall.
So please forgive me for any discrepancies with the details. As someone
mentioned to me it was not a golden lingam, but of different colors. So we
are not sure now. I only saw a flash of it from a great distance. So you
will have to wait officially from the Trust site. Also there is no point
in me explaining in detail, what and who the speakers are, or even what
Swami said, as I can’t remember everything. I’ll try my best.
Well, it started again at 2.00pm with the Rudram and abhishekams.
arrived just near the end, about 3.00. He went straight to His chair.
After that two speakers spoke on Vedic importance and about the Sri Rudram.
After that Swami once again blessed us with a discourse. The main points I
can recollect, is how the youth are His main property and He will guide
and protect them always. He also said that all will be blissful and happy,
and He will help us on the path of spirituality. He called
from different countries. A small
young boy from Iran. This boy started
chanting the Sri Rudram perfectly. He must of been about 6. Amazing. The
other two I think from Russia also chanted perfectly. The message from
this is I feel, is Swami is showing all of us, that Veda chanting will be
an important aspect in all countries in the future. Two elderly
ladies were called up. One spoke about her miracles with cancer that Swami
healed. The other sister spoke in Telugu. Aarti to Swami and
Lingam. Prasad to all was again distributed. Ladoo’s. Then Swami left.
Click on the (below) photo thumbnails to see large
Bhagawan inspecting the scheduled program for
the MBA workshop. The Dean of the School of Business Accounting
and Finance is also seen
Sai and Sayeeshwara
The chain with a linga as pendant materialised
Shri S.V.Giri, the former vice-chancellor of
SSSIHL, addressing the audience in divine presence
Bhagawan listening to a talk by a Karnataka
Youth, Shri Gunaranjan
Bhagawan during His Divine Discourse
An Iranian student in primary school chanting
the Rudram in accordance to Bhagawan's command
International students of Bhagawan's
educational instutions singing a song on Lord Shiva
Ms. Sowcar Janaki giving speech on her
experiences with Bhagawan
Ms Anjali Devi giving a talk in the divine
Athi Rudra Maha
Yajna: Day 10 Extra Update!
As part of this historic and grand Athi Rudra Maha Yajna
celebrations, Bhagawan had blessed two more speakers to address
the audience on this evening. The first speaker Sri S.V. Giri
belongs to the Andhra Pradesh cadre of the Indian Administrative
Service (IAS). He served as the District Collector in Krishna,
Kadapa and Hyderabad districts and later as the Relief
Commissioner with the Government of Andhra Pradesh. He then moved
to Delhi to serve as the Central Relief Commissioner and also
served as the Secretary to the Government of India in Agriculture
and Education. Then He was appointed as the Central Vigilance
Commissioner which is an extremely important and coveted post
reporting directly to the Prime Minister of the country. He came
into Bhagawan’s fold in the early 1970’s when he was the District
Collector in Kadapa. Responding to Bhagawan’s call, he resigned
his post as the Central Vigilance Commissioner and moved to
Prasanthi Nilayam to serve as the 6th Vice Chancellor of Sri
Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning for two successive terms
till February 2004. Since then he has been staying at Prasanthi
Nilayam and continues to teach at the University. The second
speaker was Sri Gunaranjan Pemmaraju, an ardent devotee of
Bhagawan. He had the good fortune of his Namakarnam (naming
ceremony) and Aksharabhyasam (initiation into learning) done by
Bhagawan. He got his B.Tech. from IIT Madras and his MBA from IIM
Calcutta. After working in India and abroad, he is currently
serving in an MNC in Bangalore. Sri Gunaranjan is an active member
of Karnataka Sai Youth. He spoke on the topic “Journey of Sai
Sri S.V. Giri expressed his gratitude to Bhagawan for bestowing
upon him the second opportunity to speak in the Divine presence.
The erudite speaker quoted a couplet from the celebrated poet
Kalidasa. We find in Bhagawan the manifestation of everything, no
discrimination of gender, no discrimination of any other sort. He
is unity, unity in perfection. We seldom have an opportunity to
listen to the Rudram being chanted so many times and that too in
the presence of the Divine. It is a rare opportunity to hear the
young and the old chanting together and two-thirds of the audience
chanting in unison. Rudram by itself is a dynamic and highly
energy infusing type of Mantra. The youth have taken up the
responsibility to organise this Yajna. The youth are the symbol of
vigour and energy. Swami has said in one of His Sivarathri
discourse that the number 11, (there are 11 stanzas in Rudram and
Chamakam) represent 5 Karmendriyas (senses of action) and 5
Jnanendriyas (senses of perception) presided over by the mind, the
total number being 11.
Speaking about the system of eductation in Sri Sathya Sai
Institute of Higher Learning, Sri Giri said that the integral
education as designed by Bhagawan, the entire process is directed
towards controlling the mind and eventually ending the mind. In no
other educational institution so much emphasis is laid on
controlling the mind.
Speaking on the Vedas, he said that the Vedas are not sectarian,
they contain the eternal verities. What we need to do is to chant
and practice. The learned speaker said that one has to practise
the values. Bhagawan conducts various orientation courses so that
one practices the values. - sssbpt.org
DEHABRANTI AND DEVELOP DAIVABHIMANA
18th August 2006
What is the use of all your learning when it does not help you to
change your destiny? When bad thoughts enter your mind, all your
education and intelligence become futile and meaningless.
You may study a number of subjects and learn many skills. But, the
value of all that learning is zero, if you do not develop devotion
to God. Unable to realise this truth, people become proud of their
learning. Of what use is all that learning? What should I say in
this august assembly about the end result of all such education?
The Vedic Dharmas have all declined;
Speaking one’s mother tongue has become a sin;
People are diffident to observe morality in society;
Oh! Devotees! It is your duty to protect Dharma in Bharat.
Embodiments of Love!
Today, everything is moving very fast, unmindful of the fleeting
time. Seconds, minutes and hours are rolling by, within no time.
Sixty seconds make one minute and sixty minutes make one hour.
Thus, even hours are rolling fast within no time. What could be
the reason for this fast life? It is only man’s nature. Man’s mind
is changing by the seconds. It is said, Manah eva manushyanam
karanam bandhamokshayo (mind alone is the cause of bondage and
liberation of man). What is mind? It is a bundle of desires. We
have to control these desires to some extent. Man today is able to
control everything, but not himself. Of what use it is to control
everything, while he himself is moving about without any control?
Embodiments of Love!
First and foremost, our mind has to be dedicated to God. The mind
is a gift of God. What has been given by God has to be offered to
Him again. It is only when you follow this principle, you will
experience total bliss.
When man emerges from the womb of his mother, he does not find any
garland around his neck. There are no jewels made of pearls nor
are there glittering gold ornaments. There are no chains studded
with precious stones like emeralds and diamonds. But there is one
garland around his neck. Brahma strings together the consequences
of his past deeds into a heavy garland and puts it around his neck
at the time of his birth. (Telugu poem)
Lord Krishna declared, Mamaivamsho jivaloke jivabhuta sanathana
(the eternal Atma in all beings is a part of My Being). All this
creation is a gift of God. We have, therefore, to preserve that
Embodiments of Love!
Man has three qualities - Sattwa, Rajas and Tamas. We have to
preserve the Sattwic quality. A person of evil thoughts will see
evil everywhere. A person of good thoughts will see good
everywhere. However, a person with no thoughts at all, will become
a full man. He is eternal and peaceful. A cloth is made of threads
woven into warp and woof. From where did the thread called
Karmaphala (the fruit of one’s actions) come? It has come from the
cotton of Janmanthara Samskaras (the vasanas or tendencies
acquired from several previous births). A thread is made out of
cotton and woven into a cloth. And, that cloth is worn by us. The
cloth called the human body that we are wearing is a gift of God.
Ubhayabharathi was the wife of Mandana Misra, a great scholar in
Vedanta. She was a realised soul. She always used to obey the
commands of her husband and perform the duties ordained on her, as
a truthful wife.
One day, Ubhayabharathi was going along with her disciples to the
river Ganga for taking bath. On the way, she observed a Sanyasi
who was relaxing with a dried bottle gourd under his head. He was
using this as a container for storing drinking water, and hence he
was mindful of it. Ubhayabharathi saw this Sanyasi’s attachment to
the bottle gourd and said to her disciples, “Look! This man calls
himself a Sanyasi, but he is attached to a bottle gourd which he
is keeping under his head as a pillow.” The Sanyasi heard this
comment, but did not utter anything then. While Ubhayabharathi and
her disciples were returning from the river, he threw away the
bottle gourd in front of them in order to demonstrate that he was
not attached to it. Observing his action, Ubhayabharathi remarked,
“I thought there was only one defect in him, namely, Abhimana
(attachment). Now I realise that he has another defect also, i.e.,
Ahamkara (ego). How can one with Abhimana and Ahamkara become a
Jnani and Sanyasi?” Her comment was an eye-opener to the Sanyasi.
He expressed gratitude to Ubhayabharati for imparting true
knowledge of renunciation to him. Ubhayabharathi then explained to
him further, “The whole world is illusory. There are several
objects in this world which are attracting man. But, they are not
outside. They are all the reflection of one’s inner thoughts. They
are created by man himself. You develop attachment to the physical
body. Later on, you yourself will discard the body. You are the
one who develops attachment to the body and you are again the one
who will discard the body. Developing attachment to the body or
discarding it - both are the result of your delusion. You are
developing Dehabhranti. Hence, discard Dehabranti and develop
Daivabhimana (attachment to Divinity). The body is a temple of
God. Consider the Indweller in the body as Devadeva (the supreme
The body is made up of five elements and is bound to perish sooner
or later but the indweller has neither birth nor death. The
indweller has no attachment whatsoever and is the eternal witness.
Truly speaking, the indweller who is in the form of the Atma, is
verily God Himself.
All worldly feelings are born out of Ajnana (ignorance). They are
not true and permanent. As long as there is life, one loves the
other. As long as there is life in him, the husband loves his wife
and vice versa. This love relates to the physical body. The two
bodies did not come at the same time, nor do they leave at the
Punarapi jananam punarapi maranam,
Punarapi janani jathare sayanam,
Iha samsare bahu dustare,
Kripayapare pahi Murare.
(Oh Lord! I am caught up in this cycle of birth and death; time
and again, I am experiencing the agony of staying in the mother’s
womb. It is very difficult to cross this ocean of worldly life.
Please take me across this ocean and grant me liberation.)
Bhaja Govindam, bhaja Govindam,
Govindam bhaja moodha mathe,
Samprapthe sannihithe kale,
Nahi nahi rakshati dukrun karane.
(Oh foolish man, chant the name of Govinda; the rules of grammar
will not come to your rescue when the end approaches.)
Man may be hale and healthy and happy today. But, no one knows
what will happen to him tomorrow. The body is like a car. The mind
is its steering. When the mind itself is not in his control, how
can the physical body be under his control?
Embodiments of Love!
Each one of these Ritwiks who have gathered here and are
conducting this Yajna for the last ten days is great. Irrespective
of their mental make up, their minds are steadily fixed up on this
divine assignment. There are several youths also in this group.
The country needs such youths. I feel very happy in the midst of
youths. I will give whatever they want. I will talk to them after
the Purnahuthi and fulfil their desires. I will spend some time
with them happily. There are several people who tried to develop
Vairagya bhava (sense of detachment), but they are unable to give
up their attachments. I will teach them a method by which they can
easily give up this attachment. Our chief priest can guide you all
in this regard. He can lead you by his own example. He is a person
who puts into practice, all that he teaches to others. When you
follow such an Acharya (teacher), you can overcome any hurdle and
reach your destination. It is very easy for a human being to
attain Divinity. In fact, God belongs to you; you belong to Him.
The relationship between you and Me is that of a father and son.
Hence, lead a life of happiness, courage and bliss. I am also
feeling bad that you are leaving tomorrow. I will come along with
you. We cannot live without one another. You should consider this
sacred relationship between us as true and eternal and strive to
maintain it. I will come tomorrow early in the morning and see you
all again. I will give you a lot of happiness and bliss.
3rd day Yajna Photos & Report also EXCERPTS FROM THE 3rd day
DISCOURSE "...Bhagawan in His
Divine Discourse underlined that it is mysterious to understand the
principle of Dakshinamoorthi…one can extol him in myriad ways…
more details & download from 3rd day
Latest 2nd set of Photos of day two & Yajna News :
"...Swami then materialized a third eye for the Lingam. It was plate
in gold 1 inch by 21/2 inch in size with a red gem at its centre.
Swami Himself placed the eye on the Lingam below the sandal paste
and vermillion mark. "
- 'Saieeshwara' Lingam with Sai Baba:
ATI RUDRA MAHA YAJNAM 1st Day: "...The much awaited Athi
Rudra Maha Yajna aiming at World Peace and Prosperity to the World
at large begins in the Holy Abode of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba at
Prasanthi Nilayam in His immediate Divine Presence this afternoon at
15:00 Hrs. IST...."read moreYajna
Programme Schedule & Radio Broadcast
Latest: Sai Video clip - streaming video
of Ashadi Ekadashi play on
the Ten Commandments:
August Sai News Update-
"...This morning, Bhagawan came for darshan at 7.50 am. and during
His Darshan round in the car, spoke to the Karnataka Youth
co-ordinator and the organiser..."
4th August Sai
today morning the "Vara Lakshmi Vratham" started out with Lakhsmi
Puja in Puttaparthi. The traditional ritual of puja (pooja) was
performed to Goddess Lakshmi by Sai Baba devotees in huge numbers.
The pooja to Goddess lakshmi was incomparable and very auspicious
since it was preformed in the holy presence of Sathya Sai Baba.
Swami attended the puja and granted wonderful darshan & blessings to
all the devotees. read more
Latest Sai News from
Prasanthi Nilayam, Puttaparthi-
"...This evening, Bhagawan came for darshan at three o'clock, and
after spending a few minutes in the interview room, came outside and
sat onstage for an hour to the accompaniment of Vedic chants..." Read more
Vichaar:Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi
-Weekly newsletter- 3rd,August 2006 EXPERIENCE OF DEVOTEES: Nishit:
I am here sharing my experience with you all. My sister is a strong
devotee of Sai Baba and I also used to believe in him but was never
a very staunch follower. I wanted to go to Shirdi since long but
could never make it as I believe that he call us but can't go at our
own will. " Read more
2nd August: Video clip of The Sai Intl Symphony Orchestra -
The Sai International Symphony Orchestra again performs in Sai
Kulwant Hall, with a stunning array of beautiful classical works,
with appropriate and helpful introductions to each piece. The
musicians come from 22 countries. They start off with a bhajan that
was arranged by a member of the orchestra --can you recognize it? - 350kbs100kbs20kbs
30th July: Filling The emptiness: Miracles - "Actually His miracles that are really
wonderful are the ones He performs in the consciousness and lives of
His devotees. He changes you so gently and gradually that you do not
even realise that anything is happening until one morning you really
take a good look at yourself and see that you have changed..." read more
27th July Sai News Update:
This evening, Bhagawan came for darshan just after 3 o'clock, and
alighting from the car, went into the interview room. After a few
minutes, He came out and walked up to..."
23rd July, Sainews in
Devotees present at Kulwant Hall today
enjoyed the wonderful and long darshan of Swami since there was a
program by devotees [singers] from Karnataka state, Swami was out on
the veranda between 3 p.m -5 30. p.m. giving us blissful darshan for
nearly 3 hours.
Pictures and details later.
What is life about..?
" Life is not about keeping score. It is not about how many
friends you have..." read more
Talks with Pedda
Reddy Garu, the caretaker of Planetarium and Sai Geeta:
Tell us about Sai Geeta's early days.
Sai Geeta was very close to Swami those days. Everyday her
duty would be to wait outside the Mandir in the morning and she
would be ready with a garland..."
21st July: Puttaparthi Update & Photos:
"..large number of devotees from Japan had assembled in Sai
Kulwant Hall as early as 2.20. Bhagawan came to Sai Kulwant Hall for
Darshan at 2.30 and went outside the Ashram in the car...."read
Vichaar:Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi
-Weekly newsletter- 20th July, 2006 " EXPERIENCE OF DEVOTEES:
Sumesh- Dear all Sai devotees, I would like to share a recent
experience in my life where Baba played a major role. I am working
in a company in Bangalore and have been posted to Singapore as
regional manager. But I faced lot of difficulties
19th July -Latest Prasanthi Bulletin :
"This morning also, the Sai Youth from
Australia were called by Swami and had the chance to sit in the
Bhajan Hall during Bhajans...." read
Swami's Profile: 18th July: "Just imagine how Swami would
write His profile" read more