Om sairam to my beloved Sai Family,
Greetings from the land of Sai Shiva, the abode of Highest peace,Prasanthi
Nilayam. This year’s Maha Shivarathri celebrations were fully CHARGED with
divine energy and perennial stream of love of our beloved Sai Ma.
The streets of Puttaparthi were packed, the Kulwanth Hall was obviously
packed and double the number of people were waiting out side to get a
glimpse of Sai Shiva… our beloved Swami.
16th February 2007
This morning the
hall was packed by 3 am and same number of devotees were lined up for
afternoon darshan on the hill top. Swami came around 8:15 to bless the
gathering with His divine darshan. I was almost at the end of the hall,
and during festivals, crowd is just uncontrollable raising from the seats,
raising their hands, I hardly had a glimpse of Swami. For the past one
week, it was the same for me. Which ever line I choose, that gets last or
second last token number. I was wondering as what would have gone wrong. I
was very much convinced that its all His play and pain is followed by
The morning session completed with distribution of prasad. After receiving
the prasad, I went out to see
the queue and the area behind Ganesha was full. Not knowing what to do, I
was walking by East Prasanthi. There I met one elderly devotee from New
Zealand, who was in queue for the bench. While I was talking to him, I saw
a huge flood of devotees rushing towards the Kulwanth Hall entry gate. My
70 Kilo body was literally carried away as if the doors of a dam was
opened. Before the sevadals could come and control the crowd, I found my
self entering the Kulwanth hall. I was in fact 9th person to get in and
being a BIG day, the whole first line spots were reserved for VIPs. There
were only 15 vacant spots in the first row and being the 9th person, I
rushed to get a spot. It was all His play. I had no idea what I was going
through. In no time I found myself in a perfect CAMERA MAN kinda spot
where I could see the whole proceedings. My heart was crying, I had no
words to describe the happiness. Swami, all these days, played with me and
now compensated with a first row, and this is NOT an ordinary day.. I was
thanking my stars for this boon. There was a big group of Russians sitting
next to me. It was only 10:30 am then and we all were inside for the
afternoon darshan which would be any time after 3:30.
I knew it was all a patience game.. Just closed my eyes, repeating Lord’s
name. It was 3:30pm and there was no trace of Swami yet. Many devotees
were standing, some stretching their bodies, some taking a deep breath.
The crowd out side was so huge that there was no chance to go out to take
a break as there was no guarantee that we will come back to our spots. It
was 4pm and the security near Swami’s House get alert signaling the
arrival of the Lord of the Lords. Facing us were students and they were
very close to the path way and Swami’s car, slowly entered the Kulwanth
hall amidst Veda chantings and music. All were eager and excited as what would happen and
wondering if the history will repeat again, will He take the Atma Linga
again, will we see the intolerable pain Swami’s body undergoes.. Swami’s
car now gets towards the gents side. As the students had almost occupied
the path, the car had to get close to us.. so close that even the security
couldn’t stand next to the car. Swami came towards us, was analyzing
Swami’s mood, Swami’s car comes close to us and the beautiful form gets
more clearer and clearer. He was all smiling, He was reading our minds..
Was praying from heart, Swami, no more linga, your darshan is the highest
gift for us.. As Swami was right in front of us, He
looks into my eyes, those looks which are full of compassion, those looks
which are soothing, those looks which can scan one’s past, present and
future, those looks which will make our hearts dance in joy.. O Swami!!
How can I express my
gratitude to you,
You are a ocean of Compassion..
As Swami was smiling and blessing each and every one the car slowly passes
by. as the car enters the students’ zone, many primary school students go
to Swami showing the replica’s of various forms of Shiva lingams. Swami
closely looked at each and every one.. After the car was halted near the
dias, Swami came on the dias. He asks one of the boys, to call upon Mr.
Raju, the chairman of Nagarjuna Construction group, who is a long time
ardent devotee of Swami, whose leg had to be amputated recently because of
a snake bite. Mr. Raju, came in his wheel chair, and sat next to Swami. I
remember he was blessed the same day in 2006 to read few of the 17,000
poems which he has personally written in praise of Swami. Mr. Raju read
the poems in Swami’s immediate presence. The poems were beautifully
written in telugu and the reading went on close to an hour.
Later Swami called upon Mr.Popat, (who always likes to
refer himself as Puppet) from UK shared his views about Swami. Being an
eloquent speaker he was very impressive wit his characteristic blend of
Hindi and English. He was of the opinion that its time for all of us to
decide if we want to become good men or great person, a successful man or
a perfect devotee of Baba. Its better to have His anugraha
(grace) than all name, fame, wealth.
The objective of our sadhana is to realize God. We are fortunate to have
God himself in our midst. Swami has come to realize that YOU ARE NOT THE
BODY.. you are NO BODY. There is no ownership, doer ship, and knower ship.
Its all Him. What is the role to be performed? We are just puppets in His
hands. Only His smile is more than any awards
or rewards. No one
came here on their own. He brought us all. You pray to Him and He will
come running to you.
We all are chosen children of our Lord. We have lots of responsibility on
our shoulders. How many devotees go back to their places and contemplate
and follow His words. Our Swami is Loka Nath. He is omnipresent. He works
silently without any publicity.
Mr.Popat continued Your aim is to go forward, upward but INWARD. There are
7 up steps. First wake up, standup, dress up, look up, reach up, lift up
and last and Swami likes it a lot, Shut up. Do every thing in the name of
God and shut up. What ever you want to convey, convey heart to heart. What
does Swami expects us to do. Wake up, with a spirit of God, realize your
true identity. Sathya, Dharma, Santhi
Prema and Ahimsa. Next stand up, we are not animals, neither are we birds,
we are Sai Bhakta, aham brahmasmi, how do we get
up. We have to make up our mind, that I will behave
like a human being. What ever you want to ask, ask our Sai
Ma. That’s our right.
Look up, be
positive. Swami says, I am around you, below you be
aware that I am aware. Every thought should be
divine. Always know that Swami knows every thing. As long as we breath, as
long as the food we eat is digested, take it that Swami is with us.
Once we look up Reach up, where ever you go go with conviction. When you
see a poor man, you must feel the hunger. You should reach his heart. Poor
people smile only when their tears are wiped, with love.
21 st century will not be preaching but reaching.. He is going to reach
each and every one.
After you reach up, lift up after seeing Swami, listening His messages, we
should lift up the poor and destitutes.
After doing all this shut up. Shouldn’t say anything.100% involvement an
We have come here for a purpose. Make us to walk on sai path, sathya
dharma Santhi Prema and Ahimsa.
Later Mr.Popat, concluded his talk making all of us praise our beloved
The next programme was what we all were looking forward to. It was also
bit tense, what if Swami decides to take Lingam? Can we bear the pain
again? As all these thoughts were pondering, Swami orders to get the
discourse table to be placed before Him. He slowly raises from His seat,
as there was a cheerful applauds from the audience, Swami adjusts the
microphone, a broad smile at all the devotees and starts His discourse
with a sweet telugu poem..…
Excerpts from the discourse
Sathyambu nandundi sarvambu srushtinche
Sathyambu nanadanage sarva shrusti
Sathya mahima leni stalamedi kanugonna
Shudda satwa midiye choodarayya
Every thing is born from truth and the cosmos will merge
in truth. There is no place where Truth is absent.
TRUTH IS CHANGELESS
Every where truth pervades. Truth is propelling all over. Truth has no
form and is every where. What ever you see is truth. (Swami now raises His
hand, We all thought he is going to mention some thing about the bulbs but
surprising all materializes a small golden object, to me it looked like a
Lingam of the size of a peanut, He didn’t move His hands much, He got it from the thin air, as if He was
plucking a fruit from a tree) it had a bright shine.. Swami continues This
is Truth…where from this came and it will go back to truth again. (so
saying He disappeared the object in the thin air) Sathyam is
multidimensional. Truth is one but none can realize this. truth is not
merely verbal. Truth can manifest in various forms. Brahma is one. God is
only truth and all others are just reflections of divine. This truth has
many names. Every thing has to emerge from truth. Dharma is originated
from truth. There is no other Dharma beyond truth. When
Sathya Dharma go together you get peace. Out of peace, you
find love emanating. It binds every body. There is no place without love.
Out of Love you have ananda (bliss). There is no hatred after you have
love. If you want non-violence you should just have love. Mamai vamso
jeevaloke jeeva bhootah sanatanaha we all are sparks of God. You are not
separate. You are al MY reflections. Body and names may vary.. there is
only one Atma in all. Body has got its own name.. why? For recognition.
This is only for identification. Atma is same in all..
GIVE UP DUALITY
Today Love is categorized as separate entity. Love is ONE
and same. Never give any
Scope for differences. Never have any duality. When there no duality you
will have peace. Man with dual mind is half blind. You have 2 eyes. Both
the eyes see same object. WE ALL ARE O NE. We all the children of same
mother. We should acquire that one ness. Then only humanity will be
united. Who is Human being. Is he the one with legs and hands. One who has
no differences is HUMAN. There should not be any scope for differences.
Bodies might be different, Atma is one. Names and forms are different. We
should not develop differences with names and forms. We should be united
where ever you are. Jewels are many gold is one, colour of cows are
different but milk is one, we are born as human
beings. How ever there might be some differences physically. Bulbs are many, current is one. There fore all bodies
PRAYER FROM DEVOTEES
Later Swami announced amidst loud cheers that He is not going to do the
I am very happy to demonstrate the one ness of
humanity. I received lakhs of letters from devotees all over the world
asking not to perform lingodbhavam. Many doctors said its not good for
Your body. For the man to know the truth I need to do that. For the blood
to form as solid, one needs lot of energy. For utilization of this energy
there should be enough strength. More over Each lingam weigh a lot. Many
devotees said Swami it is not good to waste (your) valuable energy for
this... those who believe YOU will believe and others are to be ignored.
So please don’t strain your body…. Body is very is very important for us.
We are here because of your body. We feel pain when YOUR body strains. So
please control this energy. God can change earth into heaven and vice
versa. So for temporary joy, please don’t strain Your body. This body is
82 years. This body will remain for some more time. Bhagwan will retain
this energy to confer joy in the years to come. Very soon, I will make you
all very happy (loud applauds). Those who go by body, this body is
YOU ARE GOD
Every thing has to merge in truth. Never think that God is far away. He is
with in you. Every one should experience this divinity in you. Close your
eyes and question, Who am I? What do you see? You don’t see anything. You
will hear, who am I? Who am I? Then you will understand you are nobody.
This body and name will be changing. Without difficulties you can’t enjoy
happiness. Pleasure is an interval between two pains. Where there is
difficulty there is happiness. The pain lasts for a short time. in order to
have the bliss we have to be prepared to face minor difficulties..
SCIENCE HAS TAKEN A WORST TURN
Students, today science has progressed but has come down to perform
unethical practices. Its leading to imbalance. Each country is noticing
certain changes. Even cows are fed with meat with a hope that it will
yield more milk. But there are many disease for the cow and those that
drink the milk. Only a Indian can lead a natural life. We should never be
artificial. Every thing will be artificial if we lead a artificial life.
Now a days there are so many changes in vegetables. We used to take lots
of green leafy vegetables. They are of great nutritional value. Because
thy are grown out of drainage water the vegetables are polluted. Brinjal
curry(aubergine) is a favourite. Once upon
time even Ravana appreciated the (aubergine)brinjal
curry, Swami now sang a telugu poem, is there any enemy as mighty as Rama,
is there any God as compassionate as Shiva, is there any curry as tasty as
(aubergine) Brinjal curry.. (end of the poem) such
was the place of Brinjal curry. Today even this Brinjal is polluted.
Because of polluted food, our thoughts are polluted.
UPHOLD INDIAN CULTURE
Students you are knowledgeable. Don’t read picchi books. Follow the
culture of Bharath. Many foreigners are enjoying the culture of Bharath.
They are going to practice our culture and transform
very soon. Shall we wait till then?.. NO.. No.. lets go on the
right path right now.. God is there to help you. There is no need to fear.
During My childhood days, I used to always help the poor. While I was
moving around with a small knickers and shirt, they wanted to wear me a
Panchi (A full cloth to cover the body). I used to
go untouchables.( Swami sang a folk song.) We work day and night sow the
crop and you enjoy at our expense. Where is the justice. Do you think God
is not present. Give up the delusion. When I was teaching like this I was
attacked. Even this body’s brother slapped me. He used say , why do YOU go
there, You study. I was locked in the room. All people used to come to the
room. They used to call, Raju.. Sathyam. I used to say, I will come to
YOU.. I belong to You.. in this way, I was always with the poor, provide
food, clothing and make them happy. Even till today, our students go
around every street and distribute food and clothing. I used to share my
own food if there was any beggar. If there was any one without cloth, I
used to give my shirt. Those days to till now..
FOLLOW SAI TEACHINGS
Many people say but they don’t practice have been supporting you,
protecting you, teaching you. I have no trace of JEALOUSY, anger towards
any body. BUT few people out of jealousy, do wrong propaganda because of
rising glory. Good people face problems. Stones are pelted at the fruit
I don’t care, not I am afraid of any body. The name
of the body is Sathyam. Truth never changes. Who ever comes here with
anger, I am ready to correct them, rectify them. I
will take every care to transform them. Nothing is
wrong them. They retort to false propaganda. Its my duty to correct them.
There is no trace of mistake in My life. All of you FOLLOW SAI.. Out of
this path of truth, when you are determine to achieve YOU ARE BOUND TO BE
SUCCESSFUL. Sing the glory of God and spread the truth.. (It was already
45 minutes since Swami was standing and now Swami sits down)
EAST& WEST GODAVRI VISIT NEXT WEEK
(Swami continued His talk saying that He would be visiting the districts
of East and West Godavri in Andhra Pradesh state next week and visit many
counties in future.)
Have I given you any strain? (There was a big no from the audience… I have
no intention to hurt any one. I don’t entertain such thoughts. Whatever I
do its FOR YOU. Even the little food I partake its for you...all actions are for the welfare of the humanity Who ever
recognize this truth will be successful. Don’t go by any body’s words.
Never believe any negative propaganda. The people of districts of East
Godavari and West Godavari are drinking polluted water. I have not yet
seen them. I felt very sad, watching them drink polluted water. I resolved
to clean the water and provide the same to the people of E& W Godavari.
From now on they will have pure water. loud applauds). Water is purified
and all people are extremely happy. Next WEEK I AM
GOING TO EAST GODAVARI DISTRICTS. They are extremely delighted hearing
this news. They have cleaned all the roads and are ready to welcome Mr.
RAMA Krishna from Larsen & Toubro company and Kondal Rao, chief Engineer
will accompany Me.
SWAMI & WORLD TOUR
By doing good, all good things will follow. When
you meet your enemy go to him and say friend how are you? Only then our
name of institute will go high. We don’t charge even a penny. The students
come here and go out with high degrees totally free. When children are
good the whole country will advance. There are so many news from America.
They say, Swami Your students are great. All this students are having
great joy. There was a plane full of our students who recently came to
Parthi. Now all are married with children. They felt extremely happy
I WILL VERY SOON GO AROUND THE WORLD. Lots and lots of devotees from
(South) Africa and Russia are present here. You cannot estimate the
devotion of Russians. In this gathering many are from Russia. All are very
happy now. they have intense devotion loud applauds). I bless you all. You
are no longer Russians you belong to ME (loud applauds) I LOVE YOU…
Swami later continued, In fact many devotees from
Italy, Germany, and so on are here.. All belong to Swami. We have to learn
many things from them. In fact they extended the
help for the construction of indoor stadium. They consider Swami as their
life. Where ever I go, these foreigners come with Me. They even came to
Madras. They don’t care for the expenditure. We should learn a lot from
them and their intense devotion.
12 hour long Akhanda Bhajans Started with Lambodara Hey Gowri nandana
the atmosphere whole night was fully charged with scintillating Shiva
bhajans. It was just fantastic to see Swami and Sing His glory right in front of Him
17th February, 2007
the morning darshan
started at 8:15 am and Swam surprised all of us by coming in the wheel
chair right from His residence. It was so bliss full to see the blissful
form manifested right in front of the eyes…. Being
in the first line, it was a real close darshan to all. It reminded me of
Swami with Lingam in 2006. Swami gave a beautiful smile and moved further.
Later Swami called upon Mr. Venkatraman to address the gathering.
spoke about the experiences of the recently concluded Yagna in chennai. On
the last day of the Yagna, the police commissioner came to the authorities
and said, there was no problem during their duty hours as the devotees
were well mannered and the police in turn had a chance to see Swami.
Mr. Venkatraman was
of the opinion that the meeting in Chennai people in Nehru Indoor stadium
was a perfect example of Unity in diversity. Political leaders of various
parties, setting aside their political rivalries participated in the
programme with Swami in the middle.
Swami rose from His seat to give the Divine discourse,
Swami spoke on Sankara and Shakti. Swami asked to give up ego and
attachment. Ego and attachment is a big mistake. Divine power is every
where. Always respect one’s own mother and
father. Swami gave a nice example here, once Shiva and Parvathi were on a
plane. There Parvathi sees one man on a tree. She knows he
is going to fall from the tree. She urges Lord Shiva to rescue th man.
Lord Shiva, says, I have nothing to do with him. When He falls and if he
calls Abba (father) then I will go and rescue and if he calls Amma
(mother) then you can rescue.. This man after sometime falls from the tree
and instead of saying Abba or Amma says Ayyo (meaning Oops). There fore
its always important to think of parents.
Later Swami blessed
the prasad consisting of Pulihora (tamarind rice) and laddu. Makeshift lines
were formed so that the students would walk freely between lines and serve
food. It was such a nice feeling to BREAK- FAST with the
food blessed by our beloved Mother Sai. As we all were eating, our beloved
Sai Ma was watching all of us, just like a mother watching
her kids eat and the happiness of the child fills her stomach, and as
Swami has said, MY DEVOTEES HAPPINESS IS MY FOOD.. O Swami!! Koti Pranam,
sata Koti Pranams
us all to be Your Darling children…..
Jai Sai Ram
More: Sai News
+ latest photos