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|Morning 30th Oct 2009
Hadshi: Go-daan, distribution of implements, soul stirring music
Another day dawned brightly holding the promise of being in the Divine presence after having soaked in the Lord’s nectarine shower of words the previous evening.
Bhajans began as a communion with the Lord, urging Him to grant Darshan and seeking His grace to rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit. Every heart filled with hope and prayers longed to bask in His divine glory. The blazing sun, cool breeze and lush, damp grass – it seemed as though Mother Nature had rushed forth to offer herself to the Lord of the Universe. The flags on the temple fluttered in enthusiasm as though they were gratified to be perched on such a sacred and sanctified spot.
|Evening darshan Day 3 Hadshi
30th evening at the Panduranga Kshetra
"The Little Champs" - three girls and two boys gave a heart rending performance in the presence of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba on the 30th evening. These five "Little Champs" have performed in Marathi TV Channels.
Bhagawan arrived on the stage around 6.15 pm. The group of the above "Famous Five Little Champs" sang three devotional songs each. Bhagawan asked them to sing one more song and they all sang together. It finally added up to a total of 16 songs . Truly, one of the most memorable performance we all had witnessed today..
Each of the children had the opportunity to touch His feet a number of times. Swami gave lots of love and time to them. Some of the singers even requested Swami if He could bless their little brother and sister. Swami lovingly accepted these requests and even pinched some of the children on the cheeks.
"The Little Champs" and the musicians were given mementos by Bhagawan.
The program concluded around 7.50 pm by offering to Aarti to Swami who sat throughout the Aarti.
Day 3 - 30.10.2009 -
Bhagawan Visit to Panduranga Kshetra, Hadshi - Day 3 - 30.10.2009
Swami’s Visit to Hadshi-Mumbai – Day Three, October 30, 2009
the first person account of the trip from one of the students who had the blessed
opportunity to be a member of Swami’s party.
We were up at 5 in the morning, eagerly getting ready for what was going to be another remarkable day with the Lord. Once again we were served a sumptuous breakfast by the poolside and we returned towards the Mandir. Soon we were all seated outside Swami's room waiting for His arrival. We all had a plan for the morning. We wanted to spend some time with Swami and so we thought that it would be a good idea to arrange for a photo viewing session.
We had a laptop with all the photos loaded and we selected pictures to be shown. It was as if we received a Divine approval when a 29inch plasma TV in the same hall was connected and began to read the photos on file! Everything ready in place, we waited for Him. At about 10:05 a.m., Swami came out of the room. As He came towards us He asked, "All of you had a proper bath or did you have only a sponge bath?" We laughed and replied that all of us had a neat bath. Getting up on my knees, I told Swami, "Swami, we have some photos. If Swami agrees, we can view them." Swami was so gracious and He agreed. He moved to the centre of the hall and sat facing the TV. Then, began a most memorable twenty minutes.
When the pictures of the concert on Day 1
came up, Swami asked, "Who is that?" And we answered, “Swami, Kavita Krishnamoorthy,
Nitin Mukesh and Sapna Mukherjee”. As the pictures went on, there was another woman
receiving a saree from Swami. The Lord asked who she was and none knew. Swami
Himself then said that she was an elderly singer devotee who had been coming to Him
from a long time.
Next, came up the group photos taken in
the Vitthala temple and Swami asked, "Who are those elderly people?" Before we could
answer, Swami Himself said, "They are the mother and father of Jadhav." As the
crowds' photos were being displayed, I told Swami, "Just like the sunflowers turn
and face the Sun always, people move to keep seeing You always." We then moved to
the pictures shot during the tiffin session at the poolside.
In the photos taken from the balcony were
also photos of lines of cars coming up the road to Hadshi. Swami saw the picture and
since He had expressed amazement at the number of parked cars the previous day, I
zoomed in to show the number of cars. When the slideshow was complete, Swami asked,
"That’s all? Is it over?" We told Swami that there were hundreds of photos and we
had selected only a few to show Him.
Once the viewing session was complete,
Swami asked all of us to go down. We did as was told. When Swami came down, He told
all of us to start moving towards the temple complex and start bhajans on
reaching there. It was almost 10:45 a.m. as we reached the stage which had witnessed
the concert by Mrs. Kavitha, Mr. Nitin and Ms. Sapna a day ago. A huge crowd was
waiting in the afternoon sun awaiting His arrival. Most of them had cloth pieces or
kerchiefs tied over their heads.
A beautiful breeze was blowing and fluffs of Swami's hair were playing and swaying. The flag atop the Vitthala temple too was fluttering in all majesty and glory. Swami raised both His hands in benediction for the crowd that had been pining for Him. It was almost 12:00 when Swami arrived at the Mandir in the car. The Lord then took to the dining table along with the elders and soon retired to His room. But He had arranged for all the boys to be taken for an outing to the nearby Pauna dam.
By 1:45 p.m., all of us started in a
special air conditioned bus. The drive was to take about 45-50 minutes and the
scenery outside was just beautiful. The huge expanse of water was so serene and
shining and the shapes of the nearby hills resembled the shape of a linga!
The road was narrow and winding; and a white car was our pilot vehicle. We came
across groups of mules lugging up loads, herded by women in traditional
Maharashtrian attire. By 2:30 p.m., we were at the dam and we had been granted
special permission to actually go along the dam.
It was hot and the Sun was beating upon us. But the mere sight of the expanse of freshwater before us, 2100 feet deep, ensured that neither the salty tears nor the burning Sun dampened our enthusiasm. The staff at the dam also showed us the rooms which housed the valves to open the sluice gates, and offered a demonstration of the entire dam management.
The bus had been sent back to the other end of the dam where it would wait for us as we crossed on the dam on foot. The blue-green waters below had a sort of calming and relaxing effect and the kilometre long walk was easily accomplished. Swami had told us that we should not go for boating and so, at 3:10 p.m., we were all aboard the bus ready to return to Hadshi.
Getting back, we quickly freshened up and rushed to the Mandir. It was well past 4:00 p.m. We could not go up near Swami's room as Bhagavan was coming down the lift even as we entered. Swami saw a few of us and asked, "All the boys are back?" We replied that some of us had reached the Mandir earlier but all the boys were back. Swami now moved to His room next to the dining table.
Arrangements were being made for a group
photo session of the Jadhav family with Swami. The flower vase in the centre of the
hall had been refreshed with new flowers and Swami too arrived in the beautiful
darshan chair. The family organised themselves around Swami, and the photo
session began at 4:20 p.m. The family members were blessed with several pictures
with Him. After this was done, we asked Swami for a group photo. Soon, the boys
formed three small groups and were gifted with memorable snaps with the Lord.
By 4:40 p.m., the photo session was
complete and Swami began to move out. Outside, there were all the other members of
the family along with the workers, gardeners, cooks, helpers and everyone else who
had contributed in the service. Swami began to move amidst them granting them
namaskar and blessings. After this, Swami got into the car.
Swami moved to the pooja room of
the house and there, on the request of the other photographers, Swami posed for
pictures. Then He was taken around on the ground floor and He also visited the
kitchen. We were all seated on the floor and the elders sat on chairs in the hall
where a small table had been arranged for Swami to have tiffin. For all of us,
tiffin had been arranged outside. Swami told all of us to move out and have our
There was a beautiful fountain gushing by
our side and the surface of the water had been covered with marigold flowers. At
about 5:40, all had finished having food and Swami came out of the guest house. His
feet had been decorated with Tulsi leaves and sitting in the car, Swami moved
towards the Mandir. On the way, He had a look at all the kitchens and feeding halls
where all the people would have their meals. Soon, Swami got into His car and we
followed Him in our bus.
Bhajans began and the boys were singing. By now, we had become a signal for Swami's appearance. People would sit up and become attentive the minute they saw us streaming in. By 6:05 p.m., we were all on stage. Soon, Swami arrived and sat on the stage and the thousands slaked their thirst for darshan. The bhajans went on for about ten minutes and a mood of devotion had been firmly established. Then, Swami was told that there was the programme by the "Little Champs."
These were children who had participated
in a TV show which showcases their talent in vocal music and had achieved various
levels of success in it. They had planned on singing Marathi devotionals and
abhangs in the Divine Presence that day. Each of the five children moved to
Swami and offering a rose to Him, bowed at His lotus feet. Swami's face was all
smiles as He accepted both the flowers - the rose and their devotion. The next hour
was one of sublime delight as the children excelled in their singing.
There were two boys and three girls. The youngest among them was a girl who was barely 3 feet in height and yet she had scaled the heights of the musical scale! She sang a lovely song on Mother Saraswati in raag Saraswati and all the musicians among us were in absolute wonder and thrill that she could sing that raag with such mastery and class.
Each one seemed to better the other and
they sang three rounds of songs. One of the girls got so lost in her singing that
she began to slowly dance in tune and Swami was so pleased; it was a feet-tapping
song - Damadam Mastakalandar. The two boys sang a song in dialogue format
where they described the joy at being in the presence of Sathya Sai. It was a fast
and enthusiastic number and it got the whole audience clapping in glee and Swami
smiling in joy. A sample of the audio on that day alone can do some justice to give
the readers a feel of their singing.
When three rounds of songs were over, Swami called all the kids and asked them whether they could sing a song together. This was something they had not expected and so all of them formed a huddle to decide the common songs in their repertoire. The accompanying musicians - all elders - helped them and soon they were ready to sing a patriotic song in Marathi - Jayostute.
Swami looked at them with a gleam in the eye and said, "Come to Puttaparthi. There also you can sing in front of a large audience." The children nodded enthusiastically. He then called them and gifted them with statuettes of Vitthala and Rakumai. He also honoured them by placing on their young shoulders, shawls like it is done for veteran musicians. Coming from the Lord, it was the greatest honour. What more, the parents of these kids were also on stage seeing their little ones please the Lord with their talents. Swami gifted them too with padanamaskar.
Some of the children told Swami that their younger brother or sister was sitting down and if they could also be asked to come on stage. Swami agreed and the kids rushed to bring their siblings who were tinier than them. They placed them at Swami's feet and it was so wonderful to watch this scene. One felt brothers and sisters must be like that - enthusiastic to get us to the Lotus feet. The programme concluded with aarti and Swami blessed the gathering with both hands before moving down the stage and up the slope to the Residence.
It was 8:00 p.m. and as soon as Swami got out of the car at the Mandir, He said, "The children have so much self-confidence. More importantly, they have so much feeling. See that girl; she began to dance as she was lost in her song." Swami was so pleased with these little champs and that truly makes them deserve that title. A true champion is one who wins God over! Swami continued to sing their praises to the elders too and the elders joined in glorifying them further.
Swami went into His room for a short while and then arrived for dinner. He had something special planned for that session and He revealed it in parts. First He said, "Today I shall have dinner with members of the Jadhav family." And once the members the Jadhav family took positions on the table as directed by Him, Swami began to speak to the family proffering them valuable advise on nurturing the peace and the blessings that the family has been gifted with. He also clarified many of their doubts and reassured them with His comforting words and compassionate grace.
Meanwhile, we presented to Swami the
printed group photos of the family with Swami and the Lord gladly said, "Dekho
hamara boys aisa photo kartha hain (see, my boys have done these photos)!"
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