Brindavan Ashram. Bangalore
Up close and personal with Sai
TRAYEE session 3rd -6th May
Also Read: 7th May, Sai Baba darshan
update: "Sairam to all today its a Sunday and a holiday, here in
Whitefield-BANGALORE. we arrive for darshan of swami the time is 6 am the
gates are open and we enter the ashram. The festive look is still there
inside the ashram.There are small colourful triangle flags strung all along
Sai Darshan timings 8th may 2006: Swami came today morning at appx
8.50 am after half hour darshan Swami was offered Aarthi at 9.30 a.m. in the
evening Swami came at 4.00 p.m. the evening darshan lasted for 40 minutes.
In the evening Swami came out for darshan at 4pm. After hearing about 10
bhajans, Swami indicated to the boys to sing songs. A few songs were
soulfully sung. After that, aarathi was offered and Swami went in. After
about 20 minutes we were called in for Trayee session. Swami came and sat on
the jhoola and called the boys who sang the songs and said, I asked you to
sing Meera bhajans and even the word Meera did not figure in your songs. If
you sing the songs from the cinema Meera devotees will be able to relate to
it and feel joyous. Tomorrow is a Thursday so there will be lots of
devotees. Sing Meera bhajans and fill them with happiness.
Swami asked the students, How much of the speech did you understand
yesterday“ and then continued along these lines:
The descent of the Lord occurs with both Manava and Daiva Prajna. The former
is necessary to react to the ground situation and to inspire and teach man
to live by setting an ideal. When the Gopis complained to Yashoda about
Krishna throwing stones and breaking their pots, Krishna replied, Not me,
but God“ indicating the Manava and the Daiva Prajnas. (i.e. Krishna not as
the individual but as God broke the pots.) When the gopis complained that He
had tied their plaits together, He defended Himself saying that He was lying
next to Yashoda and she had her hand over Him. How could He have gone to
their terrace at midnight and indulged in this prank? Thereby He indicated
His Omnipresence. Even at the time of offering Agratambulam (the first
offering) in the assembly of kings, Dharmaja who was convinced that Krishna
was God chose Him for the honour. This angered Shishupala who commented, For
which great feat of His are you offering the honour to him. Is it for
roaming around with the cowherd women?“ Krishna threw the plate on which the
Tambulam was offered and this sliced the throat of Shishupala. All avatars
use the human frame to achieve their mission. Radha had a sister by name
Chandra who was against Krishna and did not like Radha being in His constant
company. In fact the villagers of Repalle were also against Radha. During
the annual celebrations of the lifting of Govardhana Giri when Krishna came
to the village, He heard a faint voice from a house to which He made a
beeline. On opening the door it was found that Radha had been locked up to
prevent her from coming to the celebrations. But Krishna knew the plot and
came to her rescue. When the Govardhana hill was being worshipped, Indra let
loose a torrent. All the villagers were drenched and fear stricken and
sought Krishnas protection. Krishna lifted the hill on His little finger.
There was no dearth of (doubting) scientists even then! They thought,“ Even
if He has managed to lift the hill let us see how on earth will He keep it
down as He is sure to be crushed.“ After the rains ended, there was a sudden
cloud cover and the next thing everyone knew was that the hill had been
placed down and Krishna stood there smiling. The villagers sought Krishnas
pardon for not understanding His glory and Krishna remarked, You are
worshipping Govardhana Giri but what about the one who lifted it?“
When Krishna was 6 years old, He came to Yashoda and said,“ Amma, I want to
go with the cows to tend them in the forest. Yashoda said,“ Dear one, the
forest is full of thorns and stones. They will hurt your feet as you have no
sandals.“ Krishna replied, “But the cows too dont have sandals. So permit
me.“ Krishna felt one with all creation. Yashoda got slippers made the next
morning and permitted Krishna. In the evening Brahma, wanting to test
Krishna hid all the cows. The gopalas came and informed Krishna of the
missing cows. Krishna created all the cows by His mere will. It was so
perfect that the calves of the respective cows went exactly to their mothers
and the cows made a beeline to their respective houses. This continued for
10 full days after which Brahma realized his foolishness and sought
Kamsa was very fond of Devaki, his sister. He even volunteered to drive the
ceremonial chariot after her wedding. Even as they were proceeding, a
heavenly voice declared that the 8th child from the womb of Devaki would
slay him. Kamsa immediately dragged her and tried to kill her. On Vasudevas
pleading, he relented on being assured that every child born to them would
be handed over immediately to him. The 7th child of Devaki (i.e. Balarama)
was transplanted into Rohinis womb. The eighth pregnancy resulted in the
divine birth. At the time of birth, (3:30AM) all the guards were overpowered
by sleep and there was torrential rain. As Vasudeva went along the river the
water was up to his chest. He went to Yasodas place and exchanged the child,
brought the girl child and entered the prison. It was only after that, that
the guards woke up and reported the birth to Kamsa. Kamsa came straightaway,
caught the child (Mayashakti) and threw it up with the intention of chopping
off the head. But the child flew up and said,“ Oh fool! The one destined to
slay you is elsewhere and alive. You may kill my body but not me.“ Maya and
Daiva Shakti have to get together to accomplish the divine mission. This was
in Dwapara Yuga. In the Treta Yuga the Avatar followed the conditions (self)imposed
like not entering others homes and staying only in the forest, eating as per
the waxing and waning of the moon etc.
In this age too God has brought these boys together to transform them and
make them agents of transformation of society in order to redeem the
country. Sometimes evil thoughts do come. Treat these as mere passing
clouds. These clouds cover the Sun of Truth and the Moon of Peace only for
sometime. If you wait patiently the clouds will drift away and the Sun and
the Moon will shine resplendently. The only difference between you and Me is
that I have no desires and delusions. Therefore I am not bound by actions
and reactions. God alone is your refuge. Whatever may happen, have full
faith in God. Trust Him like Ramadas did. He was imprisoned and whipped for
spending the tax collected in renovating the Rama temple. He sought refuge
in Rama. Rama and Lakshmana went personally to the Tanesha, paid the money
and got him released?.
Tomorrow is Thursday. Sing Meera bhajans-those which everyone is familiar
with and fill everyone with joy.
Hmmmm its time for your dinner?
Saying this Swami got up. After Aarthi, Swami went up and waved and blessed
from the balcony.
4th.May 2006 Thursday.
Swami came out at 8:45am and sat listening to bhajans till 9:15am. In the
evening Swami came out at 4:05pm. After 3 bhajans, He got it announced that
the students of the Music college would be rendering Meera bhajans. After
about 7 Meera bhajans, other popular Telugu devotionals too were sung. Swami
also indicated that group songs should be sung. After 3 group songs, Swami
received Aarthi (5:15pm) and left.
We then had the Trayee session. As Swami came in, He commented about the low
pitch in which some songs had been sung.
Swami then asked Mr. Sanjay Sahni
to speak. He spoke about Dharma and the unity of thought, word and deed. He
narrated instances to illustrate it. He concluded with the episode of how
Swami kept up His promise to Karnam Subbamma. When he sat down
that his speech was incomplete“. Mr. Sanjay prayed to Swami to make it poornam“ with His divine words. Swami continued the episode and narrated in
detail on how He was away from Parthi at Madras when Subbamma breathed her
last. It was wartime and there were a lot of restrictions on travel. Swami
rushed to her bedside by which time it was already 3 days since she had
expired. As Swami entered, the relatives who blamed Him for not being at the
bedside of Subbamma during her last moments criticized him. Her body had
already been wrapped in cloth and ants had started to eat away at it.
Funeral arrangements were being made when Swami arrived. Swamis reply to
their criticism was that she was just sleeping. Swami asked for the cloth
covering the body to be removed and sprinkled water. She woke up as if from
sleep and said, O Swami You have come to keep up your promise!“ Swami then
made her sip water and permitted her to leave.
Sanjay Sahani translated this into English. He committed a few bloomers and
Swami made fun of his Telugu knowledge and then continued in a lighter vein,
Where is your wife? Do you want to get married?“ On getting no reply Swami
said, Hmm?Mounam Angeekaaram (silence is assent!)(All laugh)
To warden, Isnt it?“ The warden replied, Swami he is very happy now(that he
Swami immediately retorted, “What do you know of that happiness?“(provoking hearty laughter)
Swami then spoke about the educational scenario in the country. Students are
confused and depressed, unable to understand what course to pursue. Adding
to their woes are the murky policies of the government, which keep changing
with an eye on the elections. Swami said that our Institute should set an
ideal and that it would remain stable and a guiding light for the student
community. He said that education should be used in the service of society.
Biology students should equip themselves with MBBS, MD, MS to serve the
society. Education, health and water are the important spheres where service
activities need to be carried out. Education for the heart, health for the
head and water for the entire body are essential.
It was already 6:40pm and Swami said that it would be late for dinner and
stood up. He accepted Aarathi and retired.
5th May 2006
Today morning the students bhajans were special in that they were all
bhajans sung by Swami Himself. The following for the bhajans was excellent
and the bhajan session was very good. Swami came around 8.25 and stayed till
In the evening bhajans began at 4.15 .Even as the bhajans were going on, the
Governor,His Excellency Chaturvedi, came. After bhajans he went inside and
returned within fifteen minutes. Even though there was no word from inside
we waited . Our wait was rewarded when at 6PM we were called inside Trayee.
Swami called a primary school kid forward and said, see children have so
much love. They are so anxious to come close to Swami.“
Taking the boys
letter, Swami opened it remarking big letter“, He read it for a couple of minutes?.He read the last line aloud I want to do paadaseva before I go“.
Then He asked what do you want?“.The small child answered Swami I have cough
and cold“. Swami smiled and calling him close, rubbed his chest, throat and
nose saying, tomorrow it will be gone“. What is your name? Sai Sriram“.
Wifes name?“ the child was dumbstruck for a moment but gathering his wits
said S.Krittika“. There was thunderous laughter but Swami quickly came to
His rescue and explained there is nothing wrong when said in all innocence
as he did . Its only people who have such thoughts and hide it, who are
Swami then asked one of the boys in the front Hows your brother? Has he got
a job? How much is he earning? After some discussion, Swami said If some one
stretches his palm in front of Me I will give. If they do not how can I
Then out of the blue Swami called Bhisma“ noticing him sitting somewhere
near the middle. Swami then introduced him saying very good boy. He thinks
of Swami all the time. Even when he is going to sleep he thinks Swami is
next to me He has been with me for 25 years. He came to me as a small lad .
Swami then narrated the story of Mr.Jawa-an old devotee and owner of Joy ice
cream company. He came to India from Pakistan with just 11 rupees. With
Swamis blessings he started off in a small building and soon it grew into a
huge company. He used to come regularly and carefully follow My advice.
Those who listen to Swami are sure to succeed thus and those who dont will
Speaking about His driving abilities Swami said Have you seen me drive? The
wheels of the cars used to hardly touch the ground! Even though it takes 10
hours, in the normal course, to drive from Parthi to Madras, I used to start
at 7am and reach by 10 am !
The Transport commissioner Hanumantha Rao was with me. He was the Transport
commissioner for the entire Madras presidency (comprising the entire south
Indian states).It was he who administered the test for my license. There
were three other officials in the car and I passed all the test they placed
before Me in flying colours. Those were days when petrol was being rationed-
the (second world) war years. I used to ask for water to be drawn from the
nearby well, fill the tank with the water and drive down to Madras! Once
Hanumantha Rao brought to my notice some cracks in a building. I told him
not to worry and that word was enough for him.“ [Some one in the front asked
Swami how does one get such faith? Swami replied He believed that Swami is
GOD, so whatever He says is the Truth and must be correct“ ].
Swami also spoke about the amritham He used to give on Vaikunta Ekadasi day.
He asked the warden whether he had received it from Swami. Answering in the
affirmative, the warden explained to us how Prof Kasturi used to bring an
empty bucket and Swami would place His hand at the bottom of the empty
bucket and as He raised His hand, the bucket would be filled with amritham
with a sloshing sound!. Swami continued, There were no students then. Only
the Veda Patashala (and the students learning Vedas) existed and Kamavadhani
was the Principal. He was a great devotee. He was well-versed in the Vedas
and had no need for mikes. When he started chanting, the whole hall would be
filled with his sonorous voice. Once I had taken him in a plane . As the
plane took off he said I am going to heaven. For 30 years, he did not even
go home nor visit his relatives. I blessed him with a gold kankanam (wrist
band). For such people I will give everything. When I asked him to go home
to visit his family he said Swami you are my all“. On that day (his last),
he performed Sita kalyanam ( it was Ratotsavam day). He chanted mantras, and
asked Me to bless and tie the mangalasutram and after sending the idols for
procession, had bath and came upstairs. We had lunch together. He returned
to his room and went to sleep. He peacefully gave up his body. Others who
came tried to wake him up. He looked like he had only gone to sleep! He had
no health problems and gave up his body so easily. He lived for a full 100
years. So too Seshagiri Rao, the first priest in the mandir, Dr.
Seetaramaiah, and Surraya. Surraya was a Diwan in Venkatgiri (kingdom). He
was 7 feet tall. All these people lived upto a ripe age, were fully
conscious till the very end, talked to Swami during the final moments and
also had darshan in the final moments. Whomsoever leads their life for Swami
I make it Poornam.
Kasturi was admitted in the hospital during his final moments. I was
watching a drama rehearsal in the Institute and went to the hospital from
there. I patted him on his back and rubbed him on the left side of his
chest. Keep remembering Me incessantly I told him and coming out and asked
Kutumba Rao to make arrangements for the funeral. He said Swami he is till
alive. I said in a few moments he will pass away. Before departing, Kasturi
told Me, Swami having stayed at your feet I want nothing else. Let this be
my last birth.“ I too blessed him thus“.
Swami then pointed to the end of the room and said there is Chiranjeevi Rao-
Kutumba Raos friend. He has come here from Hyderabad. One could see tears
brimming in the eyes of Mr. Chiranjeevi Rao .
Swami then said Hmm it is time for your dinner“(it was 7.05 pm!) signalling
the end of this wonderful Trayee session. He accepted aarathi and retired.
6th may 2006 Saturday
In the morning there were bhajans by the balvikas students from Bangalore.
Swami came at 8 am and patiently listened to all the bhajans sung by the
children- they had prepared 30 bhajans in all ! The Governor of Karnataka
was present on the stage. After the bhajans Swami went down the lift and
went to the kalyan mantap where arrangements had been made for Narayana seva
and vastradaan. Swami spent almost 15 minutes there and even created a gold
chain for a small baby.
In the evening Swami came out at 4pm. After a few bhajans Swami asked the
warden to introduce Sri Sanjay Mahalingam to the gathering. Sri Sanjay spoke
about the pure and selfless love of the gopikas. After his speech, Swami
asked for the table to be brought. Even as the table was being brought,
there was a loud applause as everyone understood that Swami would give a
discourse. The main points of the discourse are as follows:
When one is born, one comes with the garland of karma-the results of the
action of the previous lives alone. Brahma collects these neither neglecting
nor adding any and send one with this garland. Enquire into this garland
that inebvitably accompanies you at birth. What is bad karma ? bad looks
,bad hearing, bad taking, bad thinking and bad acting .what are your eyes
given for? Is it to look at all forms ? no it is to enjoy the delight of
seeing the form of the lord. Why is the mind given? It is to experience the
delight of the divine name. None can escape this enquiry.
Sometimes you may have bad looks. Then correct yourself Chee are my eyes
given to see all this?
To criticize others is the worst of the sins. Criticize the evil in you
instead. Criticizing others will only earn sin for you.
The world is called prapancha It is a result of the punchaboothas. Use the
sensations of sight ,hearing, seeing tasting and smell only for the right
purpose.jantunaam narajanma durlabham is true only if the senses are used
properly else it is equal to death.
Manava is Ma +Na + Va Ma is maya ;na is without: manava means without maya
become pavithram. Manava also means not new.
What is the difference between you and animals if you also get angry like
them and behave in a wild manner?
As you grow, your desires are also growing without limit. Put a cap on your
desires. As if this is not enough modern society also promotes your rush
towards doom. Take the cell phone (oka china phone untundi ) . It is to be
used for communication. It is ruining the lives of students today.It is
drowning them in illusion. Teach youngsters right things, for these cell
phones are being badly misused today.
We are ignoring our glorious culture and foolishly following the western
culture. There is no difference between men and women in their culture.
Many dont even know the meaning of culture.culture arises from the heart.
Our culture teaches that forbearance is our strength and there is nothing
sweeter than mothers love. If you earn a mothers blessing you are equipped
with a great power. Without understanding this some children are treating
their mothers as servants and in their old age they send the parents to old
age homes. Beware ! the same plight awaits you at the hands of your children
none can escape the clutches of the results of karma.
There is none in this world who can change Truth. Truth and love are like
positive and negative. Both these are essential.
Were not Savitri,Damayanti,Droupadi and Seeta Bharatiya women? Make them
Ever being is but a part of God mamaivamso jeeva loke jeevabhoota
sanathanaha . So respect all and love all. Love is foremost. Keep love and
Truth as your companions. Never have worldly desires.
Have been born of you mother earn her a good name. Vidya sagar satisfied the
3 wishes of his mother . So to this Sathya sai Sagar! What started as a
small school has now become a University; what started as a small hospital
is now a super speciality hospital and what was a small well to slake the
thirst of the villagers is today the water project. Do fulfill the
aspirations of your mother. But within your means.
When women see neighbours suffering they should comfort and keep them happy.
Swami then sat down and sang Hari bhajana bina
After this we all assembled in the kalyan mantap for witnessing a drama
entitled bhaktha sudama performed by the balvikas children of Bangalore. At
the end of it Swami walked up to the children posed for photos, accepted
aarathi and retired.
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