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May 25,2007: New Photos , Click here - Sai Geetha's burial & last rights images.
Also: Eye witness account of SAI GEETHA'S "FUNERAL"- Entombment
PRINCESS, SAI GITA
To the mortals death comes as a big blow, for, it inflicts pain of separation from near and dear ones. Quoting an anonymous poet, Prof. N. Kasturi wrote substantiating his statement that anything, which is born and grows, declines and dies,
With death defined as a consequence of birth and at birth man is given an opportunity to rediscover what he has forgotten, it should be man’s endeavour to dwell upon how best one could put an end to this otherwise unending cycle. In the modern age when man often falters to find out the real meaning of God’s greatest gift to humanity, the great sojourn called life, here in this ‘God’s Own’ village at Puttaparthi, an elephant by name Sai Gita has epitomised herself to join the illustrious band of immortals. That is the inspiring saga of Sai Gita, Bhagawan’s pet-elephant whose sojourn on earth came to a spirited end at 1800 Hrs. IST on 22nd May 2007 after a lengthy script of glorious fifty years of dedicated service at His Divine Lotus Feet!
The following extract from SAI GITA …A MYSTIFYING TALE OF UNMATCHED LOVE published in Heart to Heart journal gives clear insight into the unsullied love and devotion she had for Bhagawan.
Tears that rolled down her cheeks on many a occasion, her mischievous pranks acknowledging ecstasy at having been blessed to be in the Divine Presence, were testimonies to the unmatched love, pristine in quality, she has had for her Beloved Master, Bhagawan, that for sure would be envied even by human beings.
It was not a mere coincidence that brought The Creator and His Creation together in the Mudumalai forest marking the beginning of this glorious tale of love. It was a Divine happenstance, a well-crafted Master Plan by the Divine that would have had its roots linked to many previous births that had made such a meeting possible. Sai Gita is a Shuddha Brahmacharini (pristine and perfect celibate). She has come for Me, said Bhagawan once, at the end of a long arduous trial she had been forced to undertake at the instance of some senior devotees; she had been ‘reluctantly’ sent to the forest for breeding at the dogged persuasion of some senior devotees in the ashram for no positive result.
Sai Gita is history now and essentially a part of His-Story. In death body goes…but the soul, the indestructible divine essence in every being does move on, on a soul-search…and the soul of Sai Gita moved on to successfully find the bond beyond bondage, The Light that has been keeping her life a glowing fantasy that even exalted humans fail to achieve.
"Death is the
denouement of the drama of life" wrote Prof. N. Kasturi. For those who
loved Sai Gita, her passing away would definitely mark the end of a drama
in physical and leave a vacuum that would never be filled. Devotees would
definitely miss her beautifully caparisoned frame majestically leading
processions, her gorgeous princely gait, rare sight of tears of love
rolling down her cheeks, the beauty of her being cuddled and fed by Mother
Sai so affectionately, her unruffled nonchalant looks dissipating every
passing thought into the gleam of eternity and lots more…. But, her
footprints would continue her legacy in the hearts of millions who loved
her so dearly. Sai Gita indeed lived a Life…Full!
BOND BEYOND BONDAGE
For the passer-by on the roadside, for those who pass by, to and fro Parthi, a peep through the gate to have a glimpse of the blessed elephant would definitely be missing from now on…one would peep to have a darshan of her samadhi hereafter, and there, one would feel her touch, her legacy, a feeling that would peep into the nostalgic past of her glorious sojourn.
Little clue did we have
of the Divine Vision Bhagawan had while getting along with the
construction of a ‘Sai Gita Palace’, a new home for His pet-elephant
inaugurated in November 2006. Reminding one of the story of Shirdi Sai
Baba wherein the Muralidhar Mandir constructed at the ‘instance’ and
blessings of Baba had finally turned out to become the Samadhi Mandir of
Baba Himself, who had expressed His ‘desire’ to be ‘placed’ in the Mandir,
the newly built Sai Gita Palace was a would be Samadhi for the
pet-elephant…and adding to this came the bonus; Bhagawan’s out of turn
return to Prasanthi Nilayam skipping normal schedule of going to
Bangalore… Indeed Divine Vision that eluded mortal’s blurred vision.
Be steady a moment; watch; catch; within reach the life-boat floats…
One could see hundreds of onlookers seeking to get a glimpse of the mortal remains of Sai Gita on the evening of 22nd, waiting outside the planetarium gate…and on the morning of 23rd May, Bhagawan straight away drove into the Sai Gita Palace just after 7:30 a.m. Bhagawan who came out of the car, blessed the mortal coil of His pet-elephant by smearing Vibhuti on her trunk and eyes, and lovingly stroked her trunk for the last time. It was indeed a sight to behold, a direct expression of Godly Concern and Love spurred out with fullest feeling, out in open. Indeed a Mystifying Tale of Unmatched Love.
With Bhagawan’s watchful eyes scanning the entire proceedings, amid Veda chanting and Bhajans by students and with thousands of onlookers silently praying with moist eyes and sunken feelings, Sai Gita’s body was lifted with the help of cranes to the final resting spot, a pit specially dug in the Sai Gita Palace and was finally laid to rest following formal rituals. Yes, Sai Gita drifted away, into the gleam of eternity…Leaving a life full of cherished memories…leaving behind a tomb, a memorial, Sai Gita Mahal.
A moment of stillness, a deep prayer from within, and a deep sigh…let this be our tribute to our Dearest Little Princess…Sai Gita…
The epic Srimad Bhagavatham has a chapter on Gajendra Moksham, the story of elephant king Gajendra who chose to surrender calling out Lord Vishnu praying to save him from the clutches of a deadly crocodile that caught hold of him. No sooner did the Lord hear the sincere prayer that emanated from the Gajendra, relinquishing his ego, Lord Vishnu started off on His vehicle Garuda to reach out the devotee. Whatever be the metaphorical explanation to this story, it does carry one message that God does respond to sincere prayers suffused with dedication and surrender. Here, in Sai Gita’s story, it was neither wail nor any distress call that made the Lord to come and spent considerable time by the side of His diseased pachyderm watching the entire proceedings. Who would know the agony of the soul, the crying thirst to reach out its ultimate destination, other than The Real Master, Bhagawan Himself? She has come for Me, mentioned Bhagawan talking about Sai Gita on one occasion. Having fared well in her earthly sojourn, it was for the Lord to respond to her final prayers and reciprocating to her heartfelt prayers, came the Lord all the way to give her The Final Farewell!
We salute You… Oh! Little Princess, Sai Gita!!!
mystifying tale of unmatched love:
"It was on a trip along with few devotees
to the Muddumalai forest in 1962 that Swami first noticed the tender and tiny toy of joy that
Sai Geetha was then...." Read all about Sai Geetha
Talks with Pedda Reddy garu, the caretaker Sai Geeta
C. Images : Sai Geeta's New Home's ceremonial
inaugural by Swami
18th Nov 2006,
Sai Geetha Wallpapers
E. "Sai Gita, her destiny is to be a human person".
F. THE ELEPHANT SYMBOL : excerpt from Swami's discourse on this subject
Remembering Sai Gita - Sai Gita - a
Tribute... by SSSBPT, Prasanthi Nilayam.
Previous eye witness account: Swami's beloved pet
Sai Geetha merged at His lotus feet at
(local time) on 22nd May, 2007 read all the details, click here.
Pictures: Latest Photos: Sai Geetha's burial & last rights Photos
Eye witness account of : - SAI GEETHA'S "FUNERAL"- Entombment
Source : sssbpt.org.