|Posted at 1500 Hrs. on 30th Sept
Heavens thundered and poured rain droplets turning out to a heavy downpour as if
rejoicing, propitiating imminent auspiciousness, the grand finale of the seven days
Veda Purusha Saptaaha Jnana Yajna. While the heavy lash of rains on Saturday
midnight was in greater anticipation, the real celebration happened in the next
evening turned twilight when yet another heavy lash of downpour came right at the
nick of time, when the Divine was discoursing on the secret of creation and the
point of reference was about the perpetual downpour that had happened for hundreds
of years paving way for the creation.
The week that passed by was atypical with the seven day long Veda Purusha Saptaaha
Jnana Yajna and the Karmic Yajna, Sri Sathya Sai Grama Seva were on in full measure
giving Prasanthi the rejoicing festive touch.
Ten days of Grama Seva covering over 150 villages witnessed almost round the clock
activities with various teams having identified tasks taking responsibility of the
mission. While a dedicated bunch of sevadals from Andhra Pradesh managed the entire
kitchen related activity, it was the turn of the Anantapur students and staff to
convert the same into Prasadam packets, a nightlong affair, often ended up in the
wee hours. The men students and staff members from the University along with the
higher secondary students and staff moved into different locations, in trucks and
canters, scheduled well in advance based on a detailed survey, to distribute packets
at door steps, taking home the message of Love All Serve All…Help Ever Hurt Never.
Junior students from the Primary and Higher Secondary Division were given their
share of service in packing Laddu Prasadam. Apart from food packets and laddu
prasadam, sarees and dhotis, one per family were also distributed as a part of Grama
Special squad of over 450 sevadals, both men and women, from Andhra Pradesh along
with 36 cooks from Bhadrachalam were in action in the cooking arena. For the
students of the University, Grama Seva has almost become a part of their curriculum
wherein they are getting a practical experience of serving the poor taking home the
message of “Love All Serve All…” Vice Chancellor Vishwanath Pandit, in his speech on
the first day of the Prasanthi Vidhwan Mahasabha mentioned how he could convince and
impress upon the special committee set up by the Ministry of Human Resources on this
atypical Grama Seva activities done by the University.
Every day during the week witnessed the Veda Purusha Saptaaha Jnaana Yajna in the
Poornachandra Auditorium. Bhagawan was present on all days except for one day and
would always return after spending half an hour onstage, accepting Mangala Arathi.
The evening sessions turned out to become the assembly of the learned wherein
seniors, faculty members and students from the University shared their words of
wisdom in His Divine Presence. The speakers who shared the rostrum included, Prof.
Vishwanath Pandit, Prof. Venkataraman, Mr. S.V.Giri, Mr. K. Chakravarthi, Mr.
V.Srinivasan, Mr. B.N.Narasimha Murthy, Mr. Srinivasan SriRangarajan, Prof.
Anantaraman, Dr. T. Ravi Kumar, Dr. Subhash Subramaniam, Mr. Sashank Shah, Mr. Robin
Sharma, Mr. Aman Jhaveri, Mr. Bhabhani Shankar and Mr. Akshay Kamath. All these
speeches were preceded by rhetoric excellence by Anil Kumar Kamaraju in Telugu who
dwelled upon various aspects of the “attributeless” Mother Divine, often peaking
with excellent poetic narration. Anil Kumar was the master of the ceremonies for the
archetype assembly of scholars.
Ayudha Pooja in Prasanthi Nilayam is atypical with a fleet of cars serving the
Divinity getting blessed by Bhagawan, a custom that has been prevalent for years.
…And alongwith the same comes the Golden Chariot. 26th Sept, 2009, the scheduled
Ayudha Pooja day witnessed Bhagawan blessing various cars bedecked with garlands and
neatly parked in Sai Kulwant Hall. Coconuts were broken and chocolates were
distributed to everyone.
Dasara is one occasion when the devotees from the state make it to Prasanthi Nilayam
despite all oddities. When the week was passing on to a fresh one, handing over the
baton, the concluding function, the Poornahuthi to the fresh week, thousands upon
thousands arrived at Prasanthi Nilayam braving lash of rains and cloudy sky cover on
the previous evening making every available space a scarcity.
The icing on the cake was an exhilarating Divine Discourse lasted for ninety
minutes…and on the sidelines came a heavy downpour. Starting off with a reference to
the mystery behind Creation and the continuous rains over hundreds of years, He
posed a question, as if the downpour was a “Divinely Intended” one, as to why it
should rain at the particular time. Pausing for a moment, calling to comfort and
accommodate those devotees who were getting drenched outside, in the process
granting them greater, grandeur darshan, He continued to mention that the cool
climate would make the minds cool that in turn could help devotees to listen and
understand the Divine Discourse. Saying so, He drifted Himself to His Own Nectarous
Earlier, Prasanthi’s unique label of Religious Harmony was on display on the festive
21st evening in Sai Kulwant Hall when the holy occasion of Id was celebrated in a
simple yet elegant function in the immediate Divine Presence. Adding flavor to the
occasion Bhagawan called the two little brothers onstage, brothers from the Primary
School, Sathya and Rama, originally from Iran. Sathya, the seventh standard student
gave a short speech in His Divine Presence expressing grateful thanks to Bhagawan
for the wonderful opportunity to be in His presence. This was followed by an
exhilarating speech by Ajit Popat of the United Kingdom.
The second volume of the book, My Dear Students, compilation of Divine Discourses,
was blessed and released by Bhagawan on the 25th afternoon. Pulling the strings of
the silver ribbon Bhagawan went through the contents of the book. This series
contains 27 Discourses covered under four major themes – Advice to Students, Vidya -
True Education, Sanatana Dharma – The Eternal Religion and Short Stories. Through
these, Bhagawan has covered practically all aspects of students’ lives both within
His University as well as of the students studying elsewhere. He highlights in no
uncertain terms what He expects from students, what is good for them and what they
should be doing in order to fulfill their role as ideal students and future citizens
of the country and the world at large. He has very lucidly, through stories,
anecdotes and examples from the scriptures and from the lives of various saints,
sages of India and of heroes and heroines of various Indian epics communicated His
message to the students. The Discourses are a rare mix of humour, wisdom, caution
and appreciation which only Bhagawan is capable of. The first volume of the series
was released in November, 2008.
The week’s Rose Beneficiaries were, Mr. Tandon, Sri Sathya Sai Sadhana Trust,
Sahayak Division, Mr. Shyamal Sur, In-charge, Prasanthi Security, Mr. Natarajan, Mr.
Bhashyam, Mr. Rama Rao, Mr. Prabhakar and Mr. Garimella Krishna Murthy, all working
with Sri Sathya Sai Sadhana Trust, Publications Division.
While the week was passing, the baton for the final lap of the seven day long Yajna
and the Karmic Yajna that has been happening for the past more than a week was being
handed over to the fresh week. In a glittering ceremony marked with religious
fervour, the seven day long Dasara Jnana Saptaha Yajnam concluded on 28th morning
with Bhagawan receiving Poornahuthi as Yajna Purusha, witnessed by thousands in a
jam-packed Poornachandra Auditorium. Bhagawan who presided over the Yajna blessed
the occasion while the final offerings were being made into the pit amidst the holy
This was followed by the final lap of Grama Seva 2009, wherein women students of
Sathya Sai University along with staff members from the University and Primary
School distributed Prasadam to all inmates at their door step inside the ashram,
marking the end of ten days of Karma Yajna, started on the 19th of September. Yet
another memorable occasion in the annals of Prasanthi Nilayam!!!
|Posted at 07:30 hrs. on 22nd Sept 2009
- “Love in Action”
Canter Vans and Trucks carrying Prasanthi’s White Army and laden with Sai’s Special
Love for villages rolled over from Prasanthi into villages around Puttaparthi
marking the beginning of yet another Grama Seva – “Love in Action”.
The week that passed off was abuzz with preparations of this Maha Yajna, the
revolutionary mission of Bhagawan, reaching out the villages with package of Love.
The Grama Seva would be continuing till 28th September covering more than 150
villages in the neighbouring mandals, distributing food and clothes to every
household at their doorstep covering population of more than 250,000.
While the two campuses, Prasanthi Nilayam and Brindavan along with the Higher
Secondary Wing guided by senior faculty members with the help of senior students
would be seen in action for distribution, the students and staff members from the
Anantapur Campus would be working in the night till the wee hours engaged in packing
of food material.
Special squad of over 450 sevadals, both men and women, from Andhra Pradesh along
with 36 cooks from Bhadrachalam would be seen in action almost round the clock, in
turns, in the special Grama Seva Kitchen that was set up for the purpose.
The Mission set by Bhagawan gets complete involvement of the Lord. Right from the
planning through to the survey and preparations, Bhagawan’s involvement could be
seen blessing the project at each and every step giving fillip to the enthused
“White Army” who are ever ready to serve in the Mission of The Lord.
Distribution of Grama Seva kits for the entire set of students was done with the
Blessings of Bhagawan on the 19th evening in His physical presence. The kits
comprised two T-Shirts, a pair of socks and towels were distributed to all the
eligible candidates supposedly attending the Grama Seva.
Bhagawan’s tireless crusade to re-establish righteousness on a firm footing opens
the floodgates of avenues of presentations in Prasanthi Nilayam. While one could
claim that every cultural presentation, every festivity and every event in Prasanthi
Nilayam is aimed at inducing greater messages of love and righteousness, He becomes
the Silent Witness blessing the world by His unbounded grace helping it to
Enchanting Ramayana, the sweet nectarous story of the Lord of Treta is as familiar
to Prasanthi Nilayam as Bhagawan’s very own beauteous form. The Lord who has
painstakingly written the story of His previous incarnation in a much lucid style
that has revelations hitherto not made and nuances hitherto not discussed has always
been stressing greater importance to the epic. He said “Though thousands of years
have passed since the story of Rama was first written, the inner story of the
Ramayana is being enacted every moment of our life.” …and in Prasanthi Nilayam, His
story often takes rounds, acting as a catalyst to bring awareness in the commoners
on the ideal life led by Lord Sri Rama.
And when the Lord asked for an encore of “His Story” as Lord Rama in Burrakatha
form, the evening on Wednesday, 16th September turned out to become an epical
evening with the sweet nectarous story of the Lord on stage in the immediate Divine
Presence of Bhagawan.
The ever dedicated bunch of students of the University, whose commitment to Bhagawan
knows no bounds, was ever ready and they rejoiced singing the glory of the Lord of
Treta, bringing nostalgic memories of the illustrious twins of Lord Rama, Lava and
Kusha who took to the streets singing the sweet nectarous story of Lord Rama.
The influx of Brindavan and Anantapur Campus along with the week-end rush that was
enhanced by an extra holiday on Monday owing to Id-ul Fitr and an additional Parthi
Yatra contingent of over 4000 from Warangal District of Andhra Pradesh found
Prasanthi throbbing festively making every available space in Ashram a scarcity.
…And the week was still not over. …It looked obvious that Bhagawan wanted the week
to sign off in a grandeur style but not without an air of suspense. Sunday’s evening
turned twilight had its share of drama, calling one and all to Love His Uncertainty.
The Parthi Yatra contingent from Warangal district has been praying for Divine
Approval for their proposed programme and despite apparent signs of approval the
green signal was still aloof. …And it took some time, with almost ninety minutes of
Bhajans session over and when the twilight was waning into dark, for the final call
The musical drama entitled “Janani” was based on one of the most favourable themes
of Bhagawan, “Love for the Mother”. It was an apt presentation in the immediate
Divine Presence of the Mother of All, especially the Mother for the Forlorn.
Immensely pleased, Bhagawan interacted with the cast and posed for photo session.
Entire cast was presented with clothes as token of Love.
The week’s Rose Beneficiaries were Mr. G.L.Anand, Editor, Sanathana Sarathi,
English, Col. Dutta of South Indian Canteen, Mr. Punjabi of North Indian Canteen,
Mr. Doraiswami, Mr. Patel, Mr. Ramnarain, all from the Shopping Centre of Sathya Sai
Sadhana Trust, Sahayak Division and Mr. Banerjee from Bakery of Sri Sathya Sai
Sadhana Trust, Sahayak Division.
Earlier the Kalasha Sthaapana for the ensuing seven day’s Dasara Jnana Saptaaha
Yajnam was done on the 19th morning in the immediate Divine Presence. The seven day
Sapataaha Yajna would be commencing on the 22nd in the Poornachandra Auditorium.
During the coming week Prasanthi would witness Love rolling into action with the
grama seva fever shifts to a higher gear reaching out a greater expanse. Love that
He is, He rolls Himself out into the villages filling and fulfilling the hearts of
thousands with the greater message: LOVE ALL SERVE ALL; HELP EVER HURT NEVER!!!
|Posted at 09:10 hrs. on 15th Sept 2009
As much as to the great epics so much so to the great inspiring lives of celebrated
devotees, Prasanthi’s timeless theatre often unravels tales of “celebrations” from
Bharat’s rich treasure-house of lore of yore, having greater spiritual import.
The week in the run up to a fortnight of action packed Dasara and Grama Seva
witnessed celebration of rarity, of a celestial calling, thrusting forth the greater
import of Divine Romance, unsullied love for the Divine in fullest measure.
The three day programme of Thiruppavai Mahotsavam held from the 9th September in
Prasanthi Nilayam culminated on the 11th afternoon with a grand function celebrating
the Divine marriage of Lord Ranganatha with his great devotee Sri Andal, the lone
female member of the famous twelve Alwars of Vaishnavism.
Andal developed deep love for Krishna and considered herself as God’s bride. This
love for her Lord blossomed into the immortal work “Thiruppavai.” Andal was so
profoundly enthralled by the Bhakti of Gopis and the deeds of Krishna in Mathura and
Brindavan during the Dwapara Yuga (aeon) that she too desperately wanted to immerse
in the Divine experience.
Bridal mysticism, as it is popularly known, the marriage was symbolic of the
culmination of Divine Romance between the Lord and the devotee; the soul of the
devotee was the bride and God was the Bridegroom; their union was recognised as the
While the days were filled with regular rituals and recitations followed by talks by
exponents, the day of the Divine Marriage had the gaiety and splendor of a marriage,
not ordinary, but of Divine stature. …And in the presence of the Mighty Lord, the
occasion turned out to become a splendorous heavenly treat for the thousands of
devotees congregated to witness the occasion.
These are rare occasions and one would wonder, where else on planet earth one could
witness such occasion other than in Prasanthi Nilayam wherein the glory of the
occasion multiplies to infinite proportions by the mere presence of the Almighty
Avatar of the Age, witnessing and sanctifying the grand occasion.
Apart from the Kalyanotsavam the week was normal with sumptuous darshans on all
evenings filled with Bhajans that is the order of any day in Prasanthi Nilayam.
A huge contingent of over two thousand five hundred devotees from the Andhra Pradesh
district of Mehaboob Nagar was in Prasanthi for three days on a Parthi Yatra.
The week’s rose beneficiaries were, Mr. Raoji Patel from the Bhakta Sahayak Sangh,
Dr. Jagdish Narain, formerly Vice Chancellor, Rourkie University and currently
Senior Functionary in the Publications Division of Sri Sathya Sai Sadhana Trust, Mr.
Vaidyanathan, Mr. Sukumaran Nair, Mr. Ramakrishnan Iyer, Mr. Sankaranarayanan and
Mr. Balasubramaniam, all from Publications Division of Sri Sathya Sai Sadhana Trust.
One could observe the backstage operations getting set for the upcoming mammoth
Grama Seva activities on the sidelines of Dasara festivities starting the next week.
What could be expected is a fortnight with action packed
devotional surge, wherein, one could see the “White Army”
swinging in action delivering the message of Love of Bhagawan, village to village,
house to house, person to person, all with one armour, with love being the language
of the heart.
|For the Week ending 6th September, Sunday...
Posted at 1450 hrs. on 7th Sept 2009
The week witnessed “God’s Own Country” making its presence felt in “God Owned
Country”. Following an eventful week that witnessed history being made, as several
honchos from the world of banking and finance made a beeline at Prasanthi Nilayam
for blessings from Bhagawan on the sidelines of a conference on Ethics in the World
of Finance, the relentless unflinching thirst of Kerala was seen brimming, with
thousands upon thousands came in search of abundance…abundance of His Love,
celebrating their prime festival Onam.
Leaving the comforts of home, spirit and joy of native festivity confining within
the comfort zone of nears and dears, thousands made it to Prasanthi Nilayam to
celebrate the festivity in the immediate Divine Presence.
Rightly echoing the spirit of thousands from the state, the speaker for the
occasion, Mr. K.Jayakumar, IAS, Addl. Chief Secretary, Home and Vigilance, Govt. of
Kerala made a clear mention that while the native festivity was all about
anticipation of abundance from the nature, Onam in Prasanthi Nilayam was a search
for abundance of Love. And making merry of the occasion the children from the state
had several cultural programmes, including that on the life of the illustrious son
of the state, Adi Shankara, the philosopher saint who proclaimed the doctrine of
Advaita. The other two programmes were on the life of Sant Thukkaram, a theme that
staged many a time in Prasanthi, and the second one from the neighboring state of
Tamil Nadu, the story of greater faith and surrender of Bhakta Nandanar, a
celebrated devotee of Lord Shiva, belonging to the famous Nayanar saints of South
However, the icing on the cake was the beauty of melody rendered by the Nightingale
of South Indian Film Industry, K.S.Chitra. In a fifty minute concert that touched
the lofty benchmarks of devotional rendering, the melody queen of South India sung
her heart out winning accolades from the thousands and not the least, from Bhagawan.
Bhagawan chose to spend considerable time with the singer, interacting, posing for
photographs and blessing her child with a materialized chain.
Back in Kerala, while the entire state was relishing the native festivity feasting
the occasion with traditional delicacies, Prasanthi Nilayam witnessed the most
unusual feast, the feast of Thiruvonam Divine Darshan with an add-on, the Divine
Discourse. The Divine Discourse had all essential ingredients of delicacies
flavoured with mention on special Kerala delicacies in lucid details: an apt treat
for the Keralaties whose hunger for abundance of love was satiated by Bhagawan on
the most auspicious day, in His inimitable style. …And came the Divine
Pat…Discoursing on the life and greater sacrifice of Emperor Mahabali, Bhagawan went
on praising the great tradition and culture of the state, declaring: “The land of
Kerala is the Gift of God!
Relishing on the rare feast, while the land of Kerala retreated, Prasanthi was still
in a state of bliss with regular joyful darshans, often seeing Bhagawan beaming with
abundance of love spending time out granting Darshan. And the eventful week had to
sign off in no less than a grand fashion.
6th September, the final evening of the week was a joyous occasion for the 170 odd
grateful students of Bhagawan who are employed in various institutions under the Sri
Sathya Sai Central Trust. The occasion was the 36th Anniversary of Sri Sathya Sai
Central Trust. In a private function held within the confines of the closed walls of
the Bhajan Hall that lasted for ninety minutes, it was Bhagawan, the all
encompassing Mother Sai, who was seen interacting quite closely with His children
who sought His presence from the closest quarter.
Making several rounds, spreading His benevolent Grace, spraying His enchanting Gaze
upon all, often interacting with many, He made the evening most memorable, filling
the hearts and filliping the souls to greater devotional heights. Welcoming the
Mother, singing His Glory, they sang four songs, while, in the meantime the
anniversary cake was blessed and cut by Bhagawan. He moved on through the rows,
beaming His all conquering smile, receiving letters, chatting up, blessing one and
all. While zoom lenses were vying for the best of His expressions with the help of
flash lights, it was a “merry-go-round” for Bhagawan, for He found faces beaming
with joy, in express gratitude of the greater opportunity to be His instruments at
His Lotus Feet, serving in His Mission!
A beaming Bhagawan upon ensuring that the entire assemblage was happy, blessed the
concourse with raised Abhaya Hastha and what remained in the hundreds of hearts that
were present was the beaming smile of their most beloved Mother Divine, whose
presence and interaction took them to the nostalgic olden days when He would freely
interact with students, often creating most informal productive session imparting
greater lessons. Safari pieces were distributed to the entire group before the end
of the ninety minutes session.
It was exactly an year ago, during the same occasion, to the same group of grateful
students, that Bhagawan whispered the revised Universal Prayer, Samastha Lokaaha
Sukhino Bhavanthu! …asking them to pray with a wider universal perspective.
The week's Rose Beneficiaries were Mr. Narendra from the Mandir, Mr. Dave, Mr. Lal,
Mr. Vishwanathan, Mr. Venkataraman, Mr.Sitaramaiah and Mr. Gehani, all from Sri
Sathya Sai Sadhana Trust, Sahayak Division.
Thus the week signed off leaving cherished memories of Abundance of Love…that He
is…Beloved Mother Sathya Sai!!!