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Sai Leela: Swami's foot prints on the red carpet

Saturday, November 10, 2007 - Akhanda bhajan commenced this evening at 5:45 p.m. at Prasanthi Mandir - Sai Kulwant Hall.  Swami blessed both the ladies and gents rows by giving His darshan. Swami retired back to Yajur Mandir at 7:15 pm. The Akhanda bhajan i.e. the non stop singing of bhajans continues till tomorrow evening.

Friday, November 9, 2007 - The Beautiful Sai Kulwant Hall was wonderfully Decorated today. Swami came at 9.30 A.M in His Mobile Chair and gave the Most Wonderful Divine Darshan to the Huge Crowd of Devotees on Deepavalli Day. Swami also blessed some Devotees in the Mandir Verandah. Mangala Aarathi was taken till 9.45 A.M and Swami Blessed the Prasadam which was Distributed to everyone and Swami left for His Divine Abode - Yajur Mandiram thus ending the morning Deepavalli Programme. Deepavali and Gujarati New Year celebrations by the Gujarati devotees continued this evening. Swami came onstage at 5.30 pm and the programme got underway in a few minutes after offerings by the devotees with a welcome song followed by Dandiya dance. Also read: more updates  - 9th Nov. from saistudents...
Latest Photos: Diwali and Gujarati New Year Celebrations at Prasanthi Nilayam 8th-9th Nov.07
A drama entitled "From in dependence to independence" was the concluding offering, depicting the joy derived from service. Bhagawan Blessed one of the lead characters with a chain and walked down from the stage to give group photographs to all the participants. Prasadam was distributed and Bhagawan returned to His residence after Arati at 6.40 pm. Wishing all our Dear Sai Brothers and Sisters a Wonderful and Happy Deepavali.  more detailed news from saistudents... November 9th, 2007


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Thursday, November 8, 2007 - Devotees from Gujarat are here in strength to celebrate Deepavali and their New Year in Bhagawan's presence. This evening, they presented two dance programmes and a drama. Swami came onstage a few minutes before 5 pm, and the programme got underway after Swami Blessed various items including a Poorna Kumbham brought up to Him by the devotees. The first Garbha dance presentation had a Ganesha stuti followed by a dance in praise of the Mother Goddess. The next dance was themed on "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam" and brought out the tolerance and inclusive nature of Bharatiyas. The concluding programme was a half-hour drama which highlighted the transitory nature of the pleasure gained from power and pelf using the story of a retired IAS officer. Even as the drama in its last stages, Swami Blessed the main character with a ring. Bhagawan came down from the stage after the drama and gave group photos to the participants. Then He Blessed all the other children who participated in the dances with group photographs, too. Prasadam was distributed, and Swami accepted Arati at 6.10 pm before returning to His residence.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007 - This evening, Bhagawan came for darshan a few minutes before four o'clock. From the verandah, He commenced a second round of the Hall in the chair, moving in front of the students. Entering the Bhajan Hall from the rear door, Swami had an interaction with the students and teachers seated there, clarifying some points about the songs to be sung in the Convocation drama. When the time neared five, He sent word for the Orissa youth to be ready with their music programme. But then He asked the students to start Bhajans inside the Bhajan Hall. After half an hour of Bhajans, Swami told the students to stop, and sent word for the Orissa singers to begin their programme in the Sai Kulwant Hall. While the half-hour of songs went on, Bhagawan sat engrossed in the music, in the Bhajan Hall itself! At six o'clock, He accepted Arati and returned to His residence as prasadam was distributed.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007  - The Orissa devotees had their second day of programmes today. Bhagawan came onstage at 4.50 pm, and after He Blessed the articles brought up by the devotees, the drama "Bhaktha Dasia" got underway. The atmosphere of Jagannath Puri was recreated in Sai Kulwant Hall with the large idols of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra kept as the backdrop. The Lord accepts the offering of the humble Dasia and sanctifies his life. Swami granted group photos to the participants after their 45 minute presentation and briefly visited the interview room. The next dance programme got underway once Swami returned. Fifteen minutes of Ghumura dance, traditionally in praise of the Mother Goddess, with acrobatic drummers, who were Blessed by Bhagawan with clothes after their performance. At 6.10 pm, after prasadam was distributed, Swami accepted Arati and returned to His residence.

Monday, November 5, 2007 - Devotees and youth from Orissa are here in thousands, and this evening they presented a cultural programme. Some legislators and State Ministers from Orissa are also here. Bhagawan came to the stage area at 5.10 pm and the devotees brought up some items for Blessings, following which the programme began with a theme song on Bharat.
Photos: 5th-6th Nov. Orissa devotees cultural programme - Prasanthi Nilayam.

Monday, November 5, 2007 - Devotees and youth from Orissa are here in thousands, and this evening they presented a cultural programme. Some legislators and State Ministers from Orissa are also here. Bhagawan came to the stage area at 5.10 pm and the devotees brought up some items for Blessings, following which the programme began with a theme song on Bharat. A half-hour drama entitled "Secret of Happiness" followed, portraying the dictum that one gets joy by giving joy to others. Bhagawan came down from the stage to stand among the participants and grant them group photographs. Gotipua dance followed. This is traditionally performed by young boys dressed as Odissi dancers, performing many breath-taking acrobatic feats in their portrayal of the eternal Love of Radha and Krishna. Bhagawan Blessed the performers with group photographs and clothes. Ten minutes of Bhajans by the Orissa devotees followed as prasadam was distributed, and Swami accepted Arati at 6.30 pm.
Saturday, November 3, 2007  -  Bhagawan Blessed a devotee's car this evening by coming for darshan in that car - a silver coloured Mercedes - instead of His Porte. Later, Swami made a second darshan round in His chair, Blessing many and accepting their letters. Just before the Bhajans began, Swami made a round of the Bhajan Hall and the verandah before returning to the front of Bhajan Hall for the Bhajans.

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 Friday, November 2, 2007 - This evening, after His darshan round in the car, Swami made a full round of Sai Kulwant Hall in His chair, starting with the upper verandah. He returned to the stage area and sat for a few minutes as the Vedam went on. One of the students got the opportunity to present a photo album to Swami, and after seeing many of the pictures, Bhagawan graciously Blessed him with a chain.

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