New Year in Prasanthi Nilayam - 1 Jan 2010 Posted at 02:15:34 Hrs. IST on 02 Jan 2010 - Source: sssbpt.org
The Story of “The Eternal Bond of Love” that was on display on the New Year eve
crossed over to the next day with the privileged folks, Alumni of Sri Sathya Sai
University, continued their Saga of Love on the auspicious New Year Day in Prasanthi
Nilayam in the immediate Divine Presence.
Singing for the Lord is altogether a different game and none else could excel in
this art than His chosen students who are adept in reading the pulse of Divinity in
As if carrying forward from the glorious tales from the New Year Eve, the New Year
evening witnessed yet another chapter of this Divine Saga wherein the Alumni, in
united voice, made their explicit love for their Beloved Mother Sai.
Being the 25th year of the Brass Band of Sri Sathya Sai University, the Alumni Brass
Band comprising former students from various batches belonging to yester years made
a scintillating thematic Band display. This was interspersed with musings of
interesting anecdotes from the inspiring tale of the Band Troupe, highlighting the
Master Beloved as the "Doer" behind their success.
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Band Master of excellence from the previous years, Dr. Dibya Jyothi Das had a tale
narrated by his senior, a tale that had happened twenty five years ago, during
the60th Birthday occasion.
Convocation was fast approaching and the band was unable to play to precision and
finally they sought Bhagawan’s permission to permit the Police Band to play during
the occasion. But, Bhagawan was not relenting; instead He had encouraging words for
the folks, asking them to just do their duty, to practise vigorously, and a promise
that rest would be taken care of.
…And the former Band Master exclaimed that this has been the tale of love between
Swami and His students that made their saga a grandt success over the years. “…for
boys just put their hard work and music comes from the Divine…for boys who have not
touched musical instruments, for boys who have not got introduced to western music
got to play is nothing short of a miracle” quipped the previous Band Master
dedicating the evening with gratitude to their Master Beloved, their guiding force,
The troupe played four numbers, the first one, “The One”, an offering to The One who
has been their guiding force and spirit. The first piece was followed by “Dharma”,
with “Power D”, the third piece, an offering attributed to the Divine Power followed
by the final piece, “Jai Ho”, a piece attributed to the real maestro behind their
On the spirited evening the folks, by now over 1300 in number, had gathered in full
force to make it an eventful evening of their own and Bhagawan was more than willing
to make Himself available for them.
Earlier, Bhagawan was given a traditional welcome, as Divinity richly ‘deserves’.
Coming out precisely at 5 pm, Bhagawan was escorted by a caravan comprising of flag
bearing University Students along with Vedic Procession to lead from the front and
behind Him was a student carrying a traditional parasol followed by two students
fanning from both ends with customary yak tail fans.
There was a flurry of group of students onto the dais, carrying various things,
right from various projects to the evening’s presentations followed by cakes for the
occasion, for the sanctifying touch of the Lord.
Upon the completion of the Band Display, the alumni website was dedicated at His
Divine Lotus Feet through a presentation that had been going on, projecting on the
LED screen fixed in the centre hall. This was followed by the release of Volumer 15
and 16 of Bridge Across Time, the Alumni Bhajan Volume Series. The Volumes contain
bhajans sung by students ranging from 1970 to 2009 batches of the University. After
the presentation the Alumni music group had two special songs upon which they were
asked to continue with group bhajan singing.
And in the morning the tale was not different. Privileged folks, as you call them,
these grateful students are undoubtedly the excellent bunch of His creation, the
crème de la crème of the fraternity, who are privileged to hold the designation of
“Sathya Sai Students”. …And the folks are aware of the “Burden of the Badge” and the
rarity of the good great fortune, a special boon to entertain the Divinity in
physical frame. Echoing this spirit they sang “Entha Bhagyamu Enthadi Soubhagyamu…”.
Earlier, Bhagawan came out at 10:13 am in sparkling yellow, cooling minds, lighting
up hearts and elevating souls to greater realms of joy on the auspicious New Year
First, it was the turn of the University Brass Band which played four scintillating
numbers, “Ganga Jadadhara…”, symbolizing the joy of celebration from the peaks of
Mount Kailasha, “Gopala Radhalola…”, a number depicting the greater love of Gopas
and Gopikas for Lord Krishna.
These two pieces were followed by another piece
attributing Mother Divine with “grace” period granted by Bhagawan and the last piece
came as Bhagawan graciously permitted the troupe to complete their scheduled quota
of four; the final piece was to the tune of “Murali Krishna Mukunda Krishna…”.
This was followed by the Music Troupe of the University that sang some brilliant
Carnatic pieces including “Vatapi Ganapatim Bhajeham…” in Adi Talam, Hamsadhwani
Ragam, followed by one Hindustani to end with a dazzling final piece of Thillana.
Singing with precision within the frame work of perfect Sruti, Raga and Tala, this
grateful talented bunch of students raised the benchmark of the expectations.
Bhagawan was engrossed in musical rhapsody while the capacity crowd gave round of
applause every time these students came up with some scintillating, tongue twisting
and breathtaking alap.
Indeed Bridge Across Time was built with bricks of Eternal Bond of Love between
Beloved Swami and His grateful students. And Prasanthi has been thrilled witnessing
this Divine Romance between the Creator and His creation.
The Mother of all mothers with His unconditional love willed to
bless His wards, this time He willed to bless them all with
their escorts. As the “Love Story” between Swami and His
students, “Alumni Home Coming”, extended to the third day on 2
Dec 2009, the spacious Poornachandra Auditorium witnessed
unending excitement and greater merriment. The Lord chose to
spend two precious hours with His former students inducing
greater awareness about the Mission in hand, as designated
senior spokespersons addressed the Alumni.
Bhagawan accompanied by seniors was ushered in to an eagerly
awaiting Poornachandra at 4:37 pm to the chants of the Vedas.
The Alumni Vedam Group escorted the Lord unto a specially
erected dais in front of the stage before the commencement of
the evening’s proceedings.
At the outset, Mr. K. Chakravarthi, Secretary, Sri Sathya Sai
Central Trust introduced the two speakers for the session. The
speakers were Prof. G.Venkataraman, formerly Vice Chancellor of
Sri Sathya Sai University and Mr. V. Srinivasan, President, All
India Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations.
Expressing gratitude to Bhagawan and calling the occasion an
unusual honour, Prof. Venkataraman, referring to the students’
initiative for their “coming together”, felt privileged to see
the entire University unfolding in His Divine Presence.
Focusing on the driving force behind the big Mission ahead, the
speaker unfolded the story of the inception of Super Speciality
Hospital in 1990, the Orissa housing project commissioned couple
of months ago etc. with the help of slide shows and video
presentations driving home the point that everything happens at
His Will, Bhagawan’s Vajra Sankalp, which brings to pass
everything that He Wills, despite adverse situations where man
tend to face and fail.
Referring to the Super Speciality Hospital that has gone on
record for its mammoth service activities free of any charge,
the speaker said, it is not a stagnant hospital but a poignant
The recent WorldSpace fiasco that led to confusion and ‘panic’
among Radio Sai listeners in India and around the world for fear
of shutting down of the service also came in for reference. In
the wake of the news that WorldSpace has gone bankrupt and was
on the block, The Radio Sai Team was getting flurry of mails
showing greater concern about the continuation of the services
and before even the Professor could send his prayers to
Bhagawan, the WorldSpace announced shutting down Indian
operations. All fingers were crossed as to whether the services
would be anymore available beyond 31 Dec midnight. “Believe it
or not, from 31st December onwards the only channel that was
made available on Asia Star was Radio Sai…”, said a beaming
Prof. GV to rounds of applause from the audience. “…before even
we could pray, Bhagawan has done it” added the Professor with an
apparent reference to Bhagawan’s indulgence in the matter.
“Wherever you are you have to live the life that Bhagawan wants
you to live”, exhorted Sri V. Srinivasan talking about the
expectations Bhagawan has on His students adding that “It is for
others to say that by your behavior, by your speech, by your
love that you must be a Sai devotee”. Whether you left the
University 25 years ago or I day ago, all that is important is
whether you carry Bhagawan with you in your heart. If so, you
are the real Alumni; you must be the people who reflect the
glory of Bhagawn, said the President reminding the former
students of the tag they are holding as Sai Students.
Many of the former students have taken up responsible positions
as office bearers in the organization. “It is my earnest prayer
that soon, a former student of Bhagawan should take over as All
India President of Sathya Sai Seva Organisation”, said Sri
V.Srinivasan reposing greater faith in the fraternity.
Expressing gratitude to Bhagawan for the opportunity and
blessing bestowed upon Him, Mr. Srinivasan said, eleven years of
his tenure as head of All India organisation has been a rebirth
for him. We need to make our lives His message.
An interesting episode at the time of inception of Super
Speciality Hospital, wherein eighteen containers of highly
fragile, sensitive and hi-tech equipments, heart-lung machines
and other equipments for the Cath Lab of the hospital, valued in
crores of rupees, had come from abroad to be transported to
Parthi. As the road condition at that point of time was not
conducive enough to encourage to take the big risk of
transporting without insurance, he had to approach the Insurance
Company which claimed a whopping 56 lacs at that point of time,
eighteen years ago. He sought Bhagawan’s guidance and pat came
His Divine reply, “When life itself is not sure why to insure”.
Before unpacking, engineers from Phillips were pessimistic,
almost certain of the damage as never such things would
transport without damage. …And Lo! when the containers were
opened not a single piece was broken as willed by Bhagawan, said
Sri Srinivasan to a round of continuous applause. Dr. Safaya
whom the engineers would address with “sir” until then started
getting “Sai Ram” from the engineers, ever since this nearly
impossible ‘miracle’ happened.
Another awe-inspiring story happened in China where the son of
the President of Sathya Sai Organisation - Gujarat was working
as an engineer. Coming from a Sai background he wanted to do
Narayana Seva in an orphanage. He approached the warden of the
orphanage to do the service on a sunday, introducing Swami as
his mentor and guide under whose inspiration the service was
undertaken. The warden of the orphanage upon seeing the picture
of Bhagawan was as cool customer as he is while telling that the
same gentleman in the picture had come to the orphanage a week
ago offering to send food to the inmates. …And now every
household in this small village in China has a picture of
Bhagawan whom they worship as “The Big Chi” – The Supreme Lord!,
though they have not heard about Sathya Sai Baba!
There are 2500 samithis, 5700 bhajan mandalis, 16000 balvikas
centres, 12600 study circles, 2100 adopted villages, 1200 SSSVIP
villages and 75000 registered youth members, said Mr. Srinivasan
divulging some of the salient projects taken up by the
Organisation recently. Some of the projects on hand include a
National Archival System for archiving all beautiful things done
by Bhagawan, Sri Sathya Sai Narayana Seva Project which is
already operational from 23 Nov 2009, being done based on
Swami’s teachings sixty years ago. Grains from each household
suffused with feelings for another member would be brought to
Samithis/Mandalis and Mahilas (Ladies) would prepare food to
serve beggars and homeless people; in the villages the
sanctified food would be served at every doorstep. A National
Awareness Programme on Bhagawan and His Teachings was kicked off
with the first hoarding was erected on the New Year day at the
busiest location in Indore. Such hoardings with His Messages
would be erected country-wide at all important places, with
prior approval from Bhagawan.
The Technology Group of the Organisation is making remarkable
progress in the areas of water purification and sanitation,
organic agriculture, non-conventional energy system, low-cost
buildings, micro-power power stations etc. A Power Station built
by the Organisation is able to serve 90 households with
electricity in the state of Uttaranchal, said Mr. Srinivasan
detailing the yeomen service activities undertaken by the
Organisation. Tele-Medicine service being done through the
centres at Calcutta and Orissa tying up Super Speciality
Hospitals in Prasantigram and Whitefield and Organisational
ventures for 85th Birthday Celebrations were also came in for
brief reference. Decorations as “Divinity Deserves” representing
national character and culture would be done from Kothacheruvu
to Prasanthi Nilayam, one- of-its kind never witnessed in
Prasanthi, during the occasion.
A national exhibition on the unfolding mission of Bhagawan,
symposium on the life and mission of Bhagawan etc. are also in
the offing aiming the birthday occasion. National Newspaper
Supplement highlighting all that Bhagawan has done for humanity
would be initiated with the help of major national newspapers,
said Mr. Srinivasan.
As many groups ventured onto the dais, turn by turn, seeking
blessings, Bhagawan spent next half an hour interacting with
them, going through the proposals and blessing all of them. As
He asked for the bhajans to start, Bhagawan moved through the
lanes of students blessing many, before returning to Sai Kulwant
10 minutes to seven.
At the Sai Kulwant, Bhajan session had been on awaiting the Lord
and Arathi was offered at 7:10 pm before Bhagawan retired to
For the old folks, it is a refreshing exercise, savouring their
sepia-tinted memories of the past, refreshing the same with the
exuberance of the current lot, while rejuvenating themselves
with the current of Love That Conquers, emanating from Beloved
For three full days Prasanthi relived those olden yet golden
moments of her dearest children and in those three days she was
again to hear those golden voices of the past, of many of the
erstwhile singers, whose passion for singing, disciplined
practice and devotion for Bhagawan were undoubtedly the set
benchmark for the current generation and the generations to
Appreciating the overall show, rejoicing the events held for
three full days, someone remarked:”It is a big mystery, the love
between Swami and His students”. Mystery may remain to be a
mystery but, the privileged folks affirm in united voice that
“He touched their hearts”.
As the second batch of the doctors from the Bangalore hospitals
completed ‘their’ Parthi Yatra in the third week of December,
there were fresh lessons, fresh insights, fresh feelings and
fresh perceptions to treating patients. He spoke about the do’s
and donot’s to be practised while rendering better service. Dr.
Vikram Prabhu, Consultant Psychiatrist at SSSIHMS and SSSGH,
Whitefield writes all about the rejuvenating experience for the
Undoubtedly, God is omnipresent. However, there are some
hallowed places which get sanctified as divinity chooses to
manifest itself more prominently eg: Ayodhya, Mathura, Shirdi,
Tirupathi, etc., People belonging to different faiths have such
places, the world over. Puttaparthi is one such place and many
people from different countries have come here during the past
Puttaparthi is more than a pilgrim centre. This is a place that
doctors of several countries vie to come and serve at the two
hospitals. To the suffering patients, this is a place they come
to, seeking to be relieved off their maladies through
world-class treatment, all for free. For those seeking an
education right from the primary school level to a doctorate or
Masters in different subjects, there is excellent free education
(educare). It is a wellspring for spiritual aspirants and all
those who want to see God in flesh and blood. Thus it can be
truly said that all roads lead to Puttaparthi.
On the tenth of November 2009, the Medical Director of the Sri
Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences (SSSIHMS),
Whitefield, Dr. A.S.Hegde mentioned to me that the doctors of
the hospital would soon go to Puttaparthi to have darshan of
Bhagawan Baba. This was most thrilling to know as the only other
time we had made a similar trip was in December 2001, the year
the hospital had begun.
As a prelude, let me mention that I was one amongst the doctors
for whom Bhagawan had materialized a ring during the trip of
December 2001. I most gratefully wore it until January 2009 when
one day while at home the stone came off and fell on the carpet.
I had carefully kept the ring and the stone wondering what to do
Subsequently, Bhagawan instructed that doctors of both the Sri
Sathya Sai General Hospital and Sri Sathya Sai Institute of
Higher Medical Sciences, Whitefield come together along with
their families on the 19th December for a two day visit. To be
invited by the Lord Himself was a rare privilege. Sri Aurobindo
once remarked “He who chooses the divine has been chosen by the
divine”. This was His munificence towards the doctors working at
When we reached Prashanti Nilayam, we realized what it meant to
be invited by Bhagawan. Many in the entourage had made previous
trips to Puttaparthi but then this time we were in for royal
We donned scarves which mentioned that we were staff of the
hospitals of the medical trust. We were given free accommodation
and food. The menu was elaborate for each meal. The food simply
delicious and the servings were multiple and generous. Mata Sai
Annapurneshwari had some delicacies made for us. Mysore pak made
out of pure ghee and crisp Jalebis. I for one, overate during
those two days.
Though I had made several visits to Puttaparthi, never had I
visited the Planetarium. I had attended one show at a
planetarium elsewhere many years ago, but this experience was
truly celestial. India had produced great astronomers such as
Aryabhatta, Bhaskaracharya and others. We have our own
nomenclature for the Zodiac signs eg: Mesha, Vrishaba etc., and
also names for the Asterisms eg: Ashwini, Bharani, Krithika
etc., what was remarkable about the show was the fact that not
only were modern (western) names mentioned for the bodies but
also the Indian ones. It has thus a synthesis. One could only
marvel at the expanse of Bhagawan’s creation, which was
highlighted by the show.
We were given a conducted tour of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute
of Higher Medical Sciences, Prashanthigram and the welcome and
introduction was by none other than its Medical Director, Dr.
A.N.Safaya. Standing in the central dome area (Prayer hall) of
the hospital and gazing around was an exhilarating experience.
On the nineteenth evening, we had Bhagawan’s darshan at the Sai
Kulwant Hall. Beholding His physical form is the most joyous
experience. But I must confess that, that day Bhagawan appeared
frail to me. Now, I had carried the ring and the stone with me
and if afforded a chance, wanted to ask Bhagawan what to do
next. However, I resolved not to do so and only have a prayerful
attitude during the darshans.
After the dinner on the nineteenth, we had the privilege of
listening to a talk cum PowerPoint presentation by Prof.
G.Venkataraman, an eminent Physicist and former Vice-chancellor
of the Sri Sathya Sai University. It was most inspiring. He
drove home the point that Bhagawan’s will is a Vajra Sankalpa,
what He wills is bound to happen whatever be the odds and
On the twentieth morning, we were all afforded a chance to sit
inside the prayer hall for the omkar chanting and suprabhatam.
We then participated in the nagar-sankirtan. The Brahma Muhurtha
period was well utilized.
A visit to the Chaitaneya Jyothi museum was arranged for us.
Children and adults, both alike found the experience most
enjoyable and enriching.
On the twentieth evening came the piece de resistance. Word was
sent by Bhagawan that we were to be seated in the prayer hall;
Bhagawan came and spent over an hour with us.
Bhagawan gave us ample darshan, sparshan, and sambhashan. As I
had resolved not to bring up the matter concerning the ring it
stayed inside the pocket of my trousers. However, Bhagawan
beckoned me towards Him and the first thing He asked was “Where
is the ring?” I had no option but to take it out from my pocket.
He held it in His hand and returned it to me. But then I was in
for a delight. He simply blew at His fingers and materialized a
new ring and slid it into my finger saying that He could be seen
in it. I then realized the futility of my myopic vision. I
perceived Him to be frail when in fact He was none other than
the Almighty. He wanted me to “see” Him everywhere. His majesty,
power, glory, omnipotence and omnipresence were more to be
focused upon and grasped. He knew what was there in my mind
(thoughts), my heart (feelings) and in my pockets too! He is the
Sarva-antarayamin (the indweller of all beings). I needed to
recognize these deeper truths.
Bhagawan displayed His boundless compassion and simplicity when
He interacted with the tiny tots who were probably giving trying
moments to their mothers in the prayer hall. He materialized a
gold chain for an infant. With all, He enquired, answered,
comforted and reassured.
Bhagawan then gave a few aphorisms.
“You should not only treat patients well but also identify the
reason for their illness. You should also investigate as to how,
where and why they got the ailment?”
“Speak to them (patients) with love and compassion. Eyes should
radiate love. Never get angry with them. Speak softly and
sweetly to all patients. A doctor should develop such noble
qualities but now-a-days they crave only for money”.
“There should not be minor bickering amongst you”
“There is only one God. Call him Allah, Jesus, Rama , Krishna or
“Love for God. Morality for society and fear of sin are
“Pray for the well being of all patients”
“When you give medicines (treatment) to patients render it with
Bhagawan finally asked us “Are you all happy today?” He then
added “Very happy”!
I must mention at this juncture that Bhagawan’s interaction with
all of us was mostly in Kannada. Finally He most graciously
acceded to our request for a photo session with Him. What a
blissful experience it was! What a joy it is to visit
Puttaparthi. How sweet is the Lord, Parthivasa. How all knowing
is Lord Sainath. Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba is the one who
cuts asunder the veil of Maya. He shows us the meaning of “Neti,
Neti” (Not this not this) and sets us on the inward journey and
then guides on to the final destination that is He Himself. Let
us tune ourselves to Him.
Om Sairam dearest Sai Family, The energy, in fact the divine energy was
carried forward on the new year's day.. All the faces were brightly lit..New
year's day is the only day when ,even people with CASTOR OIL faces prefer to
smile. At the entrance of the mandir it was our beloved Lord Ganesha who was most
busiest God accepting prayers, coconuts from various people.
There were also some people making pradikshanas aroud Ganesha few very
interestingly with a pen and paper to note the number of rounds..
In the Sai Kulwanth hall it was a very different scene.. The hall was beautifully
decorated with roses above the dais and the stage was beautifully decorated. The
former students of Swami were seated along with thousands of devotees this morning
waiting for a glimpse of Swami on the first day of 2010..
The wait was pretty long. The bhajans started at 9am. The first bhajan of this
year in Prasanthi was Lambodara... The bhajan session went on and on.
Swami was teaching us the lesson of PATIENCE on the very first day and the
students now started pleading for darshan with their bhajans..
Finally at 10:15am the long wait fructified when our
most compassionate Lord blessed us with His first darshan of 2010. Another hopeful
year.. Seated in His mobile throne, clad in yellow robe He entered the SaiKulwanth
hall very lovingly looking at every one. Every one's face lit up the moment Swami
entered in the hall..
All the students were with letters, requests, some with beautifully decorated
cakes, some with little designer greeting cards.. The two police men first offered
flower at His residence and took Padanamaskar and Swami slowly came in. Swami was
looking so vibrant with the most familiar charm on His face a rose flower some
how got stuck in between His padam making the holy feet more and more beautiful
and it was also a divine chance to assume a flower being offered at thy Lotus
Feet, a flower of love, a flower of Surrender, a Flower from His own beautiful
Garden... Swami took a full round in Sai Kulwanth hall, continuing to maintain
His most familiar SAIlence of the recent past, slowly glancing at every one of
us. Many students, Alumini in particular reached out to Him, with prayers,
requests and Swami very quietly listened to them again in SAIlence. All the
replies came heart to heart.
Swami came on to the dais. Maharashtra chief minister Sri.Ashok Chavan who is here
since two days took Swami's blessings. Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, the legendry
Santoor artist was also on the dais. Swami smiled at every one as bhajans were
The university brass band was ready to perform before Swami and Swami signalled
for the bhajans to stop and then started this mesmerising music played by the
students who stole every one's hearts.
They first started with Omkar and a Ganesha prayer and the first number was Ganga
jatadhara ....the next song was dedicated to Krishna's cowherders and Gopis
singing Gopala Radha lola. Swami was immensely happy when this particular song was
played, and why not He is Sai Krishna of Dwapara Yuga. The next song was Durge
Durge dedicated to the MOther. Brother who was leading the brass band gave an
excellent talk in between the songs and after the third song, sort Swami's
permission and signalled one more Swami? to which our beloved Lord, noded very
gently after which came the most rhythemic Murali Krishna, Mukanda Krishna... to
which the whole gathering clapped.
The brass band played the most divine music, very accurate, and I was keenly
watching Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma's emotions and he was all praise for the quality
After which started the most beautiful and
scintillating performance of the morning, a musical presentation by the students
of Sri sathya Sai University.the musical offering started with Vatapi
Ganapatim... and the thillana song was the BEST of all.This time I was watching
Santoor maestro Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma even more keenly as the
students were singing holding their own breath and also the listeners felt as if
we are gasping for breath. Panditji, was totally immersed in the music and he was
seen shaking head, moving his hands and looking at them with a smile appreciating
their talent. It is a rare honour for any singer to be apraised by Pandit Shiv
Kumar Sharma and our students of Swami deserve the most.. All along, our Lord was
watching HIs children's performance like a proud Father..
It was almost getting closer to 12pm and Swami
signalled for arathi. The preist who was also wearing a yellow dress matching with
that of Swami's offered arathi to Swami as specially designed packets which read
happy new year 2010 with a photo of the university building was distributed to
all. Swami sat on the dais, even after arathi as prasadam distributing boys were
still doing their job. .. about ten minutes after arathi Swami once again asked
for Arathi and every one though bit surprised sang the arathi for our Lord with
I was wondering how come two arathis in a row, then
I thought of this little 2 years old girl Veda from South Africa, whom I met
recently.She is very very fond of arathi and that is the best SONG she likes in
the bhajans and apparently that is the first thing she does after waking up, do
arathi to Swami and I thought probably our Swami made this arathi as a dedication
to little Veda
Thus ended the first day of 2010 darshan.The evening
programme also had some musical presentations from Sri Sathya Sai Alumuni ..This
year also coincides with the 85 birthday celebrations. This year it will be a very
hectic schedule for Swami and for the ashram in Parthi. Lets hope by Swami's grace
many good changes will happen, many good changes can only happen when our MONKEY
MIND changes.. This year more and more number of devotees will be coming here as
part of their Parthi yatra..Lets pray to Swami, to let Him introduce, Himself, to
the whole world starting from this year. As once we are in Sai fold,
we think twice before doing any nasty thing, we will love our fellow beings, we
will think of service to the society and we will atleast know that we got a MONKEY
MIND which needs to be mastered...
Let us also pray that the political confusion in the
state of Andhra Pradesh will be sorted out at the earliest... Swami in the year
2007 when He went to Chennai for the Yagna, even though He doesn't speak politics
in public, said very clearly not to separate the Telangana region from Andhra
Pradesh.. Very ironically, some ministers who turn up for every big occassion in
Parthi, are demanding for a separate Telangana state completely ignoring Swami's
views. Everyone in Parthi are bit surprised about this.. Lets pray to Swami to
bless us with good governance, good leaders, and some smart minds who will think
of ONE NESS and not BIFURCATION...
JAI SAI RAM-
This day was
the official “final” day for the alumni who had gathered at
Prashanti Nilayam. Emotions had run very high the previous day
evening to the extent that discipline gave front seat to pining
devotion. On Jan 3rd, that seemed to have calmed a bit and
though many alumni had already left Puttaparthi, quite a few
were still staying on for a final darshan. It was at
about 4:50 p.m. that Swami arrived for darshan. He
moved through the ladies’ side and when He came in between the
students, He asked for a path to be made. He cut through between
the students and moved to the front. Turning then towards the
Primary School block, Swami moved to the interview room.
He called one
member of the alumni for an interview along with his wife. The
interview lasted about ten minutes and in the meanwhile
bhajans had begun. Swami arrived on the stage and sat for
the bhajans. He kept looking to His far right where the
alumni were seated. Then, calling a student by His side He told
him to call all the “old boys” to join the students for
bhajans! A tidal wave of devotion and energy seemed to
sweep the hall as they arrived and quickly sat along with the
students. Next, Swami told them to sing bhajans!
This was a
bonus! The singers and instrumentalists from among them quickly
got up and came forward to occupy the privileged positions. Then
the first bhajan was sung by the alumnus Ajnish whose
popular album "O Sai Maa" is present in almost every devotee's
music collection. It had been years since he had darshan
and the pining to see the Lord and the joy of seeing Him were
both echoed in his soulful bhajan.
As he sang,
Swami kept seeing him. Even as he completed singing, Swami
called him and spoke to him. What was once a regular routine was
on that day for him the opportunity of a lifetime. He had no
words to say and Swami further struck him dumb as He began to
wave His palm in circles. He materialized a beautiful golden
chain with a pendant and Ajnish broke down, unable to bear the
gush of joy that was surging from within.
put the chain around his neck and sent him back. The blessed
singer continued to sob in joy and the bhajans went on.
Now Swami told one of the students to sing the Aalaap bhajan,
"Sri Raghavam…". That was done as per His command. Swami seemed
a little dissatisfied and after the bhajan called the
singer and told him something.
The same bhajan was sung once more! An encore! Only
that, it appeared as if Swami wanted an encore not because it
was superlative but because some corrections had to be
incorporated. Whatever be the reason, everyone enjoyed this
divine play. After that bhajan, Swami asked two more
singers to sing Aalaap bhajans and it was a delight to
hear so many special bhajans rendered at the same time
in the Divine Presence.
meanwhile, Swami called two school students who were holding a
huge card to invite Him to the practise sessions for the Sports
Meet. Swami saw through the card in full detail. It had small
dolls representing various items that the Prashanti Nilayam
campus had planned to put up. Soon the bhajans
concluded and Swami was given aarthi. After the
aarthi, Swami raised both His hands in abhayahastha
to everyone and then retired.
2010 has arrived! This surely is a landmark year as it marks the 85th year
of the Advent of the Sri Sathya Sai Avatar. We can be assured that we are
going to witness events and divinely spectacular occasions that have never
before been seen on this planet in this New Year. And what should we do so
that we too can play a role, however small it may be, in His divine mission?
How can we be an instrument in His hands? Read this excerpt from Bhagavan’s
Divine Discourse delivered on the New Year Day in 2000.
It is a rare privilege to be born as a human. Time is
precious. The heart is gentle. The mind is sweet. Such is the nature of humanness,
but it is unfortunate that man is unable to recognize his true nature.
Understanding True Humanness
does not exist in the mere form of the human body. Humanness is actually the very
form of the Virata Swarupa (The Cosmic Person). All the powers pervasive in
the cosmos reside also inside the human.
Man is unable
to recognize his own capabilities and does not use even a small fraction of them.
Man is devoid of peace and happiness. Why is it so?
How is it that man, endowed with a precious and rare life, a soft heart, and a sweet
mind, is unable to reap the benefits of these valuable possessions and enjoy peace?
Unaware of his innate potential and forgetting his nature, man becomes narrow-minded
and selfish and suffers from lack of mental peace.
Ancient men led a very peaceful life. Restlessness of the mind and misery were alien
to them. By adhering to sathya and dharma, they were able to live
in peace and happiness. Why does man today lack peace of mind?
habits of eating and drinking of men today are not proper.
Man’s Priceless Ornament
Man does not
realize the purpose for which he was created by God. In creation,
several truths, mysteries, and ideals were endowed by God. Man is
missing those ideals. He is totally unable to appreciate the
significance of his endowments. Of all the powers in the world, the
power of humanity is the greatest.
What is the
true ornament for man? Lotuses are the ornaments for lakes. Houses and buildings are
the ornaments of villages and towns. The waves of the ocean are its ornaments. The
moon beautifies the sky. For man, character is the ornament. The
loss of this ornament is the source of all misery and tribulation of man.
Man does not realize the purpose for which he was created by God. In creation,
several truths, mysteries, and ideals were endowed by God. Man is missing those
ideals. He is totally unable to appreciate the significance of his endowments. Of
all the powers in the world, the power of humanity is the greatest. In fact, all
materials in the earth are evaluated only by man. Who gives value to a diamond, or,
for that matter, to gold? Who attaches value to land? Is it not man? Man evaluates
everything in this world, but he is unable to recognize his own value. Then how can
he ever understand the value of Divinity!
Comprehending the Latent Divinity
You need to make an effort to understand humanness. In fact, there is no Divinity
other than that present in humanity. Thus, first it is necessary to recognize
humanness before you can even attempt to understand Divinity. There is only a
difference of perception. You see the universe as universe and do not recognize the
Divinity therein. You have to make an effort to turn your thought from the outward
world into the inner world to perceive this Divinity.
Take a rose.
From the worldly view it is just a rose flower. But, from a divine point of view, it
is the flower of the heart. Wherefrom do you have this capacity to perceive the
shape and smell of a rose? It is from the Divine. The inability of yours to perceive
the omnipresent Divinity is the main cause for all the pains and miseries you suffer
in this physical world.
without cotton there can be no cloth; without silver, there can be no tumbler, and
the world itself cannot exist without God. Do not mistake this transient body (deha)
as real. It is the indwelling divinity (Dehi) that is the true reality.
This Divinity is beyond birth and death; the one without an origin. This Birthless,
Deathless, and Eternal God is the Eternal Witness for the entire Cosmos. Recognize
Just as without
cotton there can be no cloth; without silver, there can be no tumbler,
and the world itself cannot exist without God.
The Most Important Principle for the New Year
You are celebrating
today as the beginning of the New Year. Let us not allow any narrow distinctions in
our minds. The heart must be soft and the mind must be sweet. Do not poison you
nectarine mind by directing it on external objects. Do not waste time. Time is the
very form of God.
The one principle that you have to hold and develop is that of love. When love
dominates, there is no room for hatred. You must sow the seed of love in loveless
hearts. Water it with love. Let love flow in a flood and reach all.
You have to cultivate this pure, firm, and
unselfish love. This is the practice that you have to cultivate in this New Year.
Modern man directs his love toward worldly objects and gets entangled in several
complications. Love lives by giving and forgetting. Selfish love can be compared to
the foul smell of a fish. Cultivate selfless love. Love all. No need to fear anyone.
Keep your love pure.
What is the ideal that you have to show? You must help all to your utmost capacity.
The best way to love God is to Love All Serve All. Adopting service and love as your
ideals, you must commence your new life from this moment - this is My blessing and
benediction to you.