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Parthi UpdateFrom: Akkanna_Pragada Anantha_Vijaya <aavijaya@y...>
Date: Mon Dec 13, 2004 6:10 am
Subject: Parthi Update 12-12-2004
Sairam. Thousands of devotees from Tamilnadu – Chennai – to be specific, flocked into the Sai Kulwant Hall this morning to seek the Blessings of Bhagawan Baba and to express their heart felt gratitude to Him for letting His Love flow unto them in the form of Sai Ganga through the Kandaleru – Poondi Canal. As you may know, water was released from river Krishna into the Kandaleru – Poondi canal on the 23rd of November, with the Blessings of Bhagawan. Earlier it would take almost 10 days for the water to reach Poondi (Chennai) from Kandaleru (Nellore in A.P.) – not to mention the quantity of water that would reach after all the seepage etc.
Now the water released reached the dry end of Poondi at zero point in Chennai in just 4 days!! From here, the water moves on to quench the thirsty and parched throats of the Chennaites!! The devotees had assembled in the Sai Kulwant Hall yesterday itself for Darshan in the afternoon. But Swami did not give Darshan yesterday full day. In fact, in the past few days, Bhagawan had not come out on two mornings.
Therefore, we all sat expectantly in the Kulwant Hall this morning. Many of us felt that it was very unlikely that Bhagawan would come out. We are not very sure of the reason, but obviously it must be some suffering that our Lord has chosen to take upon Himself for the benefit of humanity!! Lord Christ carried the Cross just once at the end of His life but His Divine Father carries the Cross every moment for redeeming mankind from the clutches of his own doings!!
However, our doubts were baseless. Can anything ever come between the Lord and His devotees? The prayers of the thousands of Chennaites were answered as our beautiful Lord entered the Sai Kulwant Hall at around 7.15 a.m. in the Lamburgini. He took a full round of the hall, reached the interview room and continued further. So we thought that Swami will be going back to PC. But though the cart took a turn towards PC, Swami indicated to brother Satyajit to turn again into the Kulwant Hall. All were delighted to see Swami again!!
This time the Lamburgini stationed itself in the inner portico. Bhagawan was talking to an elderly man and gave him some instructions. This elderly person was Sri Arjun Raja, Member on the Board of RAMCO, from Chennai. Brother Nitin Acharya led him to the podium which was already stationed on the dais. The Sundaram Bhajan singers were seated in the front row, just next to our core Vedam group. Therefore, some prior intimation would have been there for these arrangements to be made.
Sri Arjun Raja took his position behind the podium as the Lamburgini maneuvered itself to be stationed next to the podium, facing the devotees. All could have a clear Darshan of Bhagawan! It was very difficult to describe how Bhagawan looked. There was the Divine Glow of His Majesty but there was also some evidence of the ‘suffering’ that possibly His body would have gone through…... Well, this could be just our imagination too. He appears to each one as they feel. Yad Bhavam Tad Bhavati!!
It was 7.30 a.m. Sri Arjun Raja offered his Pranaams to Bhagawan and on behalf of all assembled over there, he expressed his deep sense of gratitude to Bhagawan for the Love showered by Him in the form of Sai Ganga for Chennai. He was followed by Sri G.K. Raman, Tamilnadu Sri Sathya Sai Trust Convenor (and Chairman of Royal Sundaram Insurance), who introduced the two speakers for the morning.
The first speaker was Prof. G. Venkataraman whom we all know very well. Prof. G.V. spoke in Tamil so that most of the devotees would be able to follow. He gave all the statistics and the details of the entire project in a very meticulous manner. The devotees were in a very exalted state and any reference to the Water project attracted loud applauds from them. From this, one could understand the deep sense of joy and happiness that these devotees had as a result of their intense need for water being fulfilled by Bhagawan!!
When Prof. G.V. started speaking at 7.45 a.m., the Lamburgini maneuvered itself out of the dais and proceeded towards the PC. All devotees turned towards Swami and kept watching Him as the cart glided towards the PC Hall. Prof. G.V. however, kept the audience gripped with his heart felt and revealing coverage of this Labour of Love!!
The second speaker was Sri Mohan Rangan, Chairman of the Cauvery Water Tribunal Committee and Advisor to the Sai Ganga Project and Advisor to the Government for Water Resource Management. Mr. Mohan spoke initially in Telugu and then in English covering almost the same aspects as Prof. G. Venkataraman but in English, especially for the benefit of the students, as he indicated. Mr. Mohan was associated with this Project right from its start on the 11th of March 2002, when his team went to this canal for the first time to make a survey and submit a report to the Central Trust.
Amidst all the striking details that they covered, which you can surely hear on the Radio Sai Global harmony in a few days, the most striking one was that the water was released from Kandaleru on 23rd November which happens to be the Birth date of Bhagawan. The water then reached zero point at Poondi on the 27th of November which happened to be the star Birthday of Bhagawan!! That is His Leela!! The Canal as you know has been named by the Andhra Pradesh Government as the Sai Ganga Canal instead of the erstwhile name of Telugu Ganga Canal.
By the time both the speakers completed their talks, it was 8.30 a.m. This was the first time that we had some programme in the Sai Kulwant Hall, especially talks by eminent people in Swami’s physical absence. It seemed strange, but then we are now getting used to everything. As He Wills!!
Bhajans started at 8.30 a.m. Laddu Prasadam was distributed to all staff, students and devotees. Aarti was offered at 9.00 a.m.
Came afternoon and even as we hurried into the Kulwant Hall at 3.00 p.m. our most dear Lord was already seated on the sofa and the Sundaram Bhajan group were playing the violin with all gaiety! We were truly taken by surprise!! What a sudden change!! Swami looked absolutely normal, back to His usual Self!! That is our Lord! Can we ever understand Him?? Should we even try to??
After the violin recital we had a few devotional songs and then Bhagawan got up, took Aarti and went towards the golf cart. Prasadam was distributed. Bhagawan got into the cart and moved inside the PC complex. All devotees got up to go out. It was just 3.50 p.m. and we too hesitantly got up when there was a sudden hush! Bhagawan was coming in again, but this time through the main gate in front of the Gopuram. All the devotees rushed towards the side wall to catch a glimpse of Bhagawan. Swami came in smiling in the golf cart. There was a twinkle in His eyes that said it all!! The Leelas of God!!
As the golf act moved towards the Ladies side, the women devotees clapped in a frenzy!! Who on earth could make the masses so enthralled with just a sight? Anybody other then the Divine? Impossible!! The golf cart moved into the PC complex. This time, we sat down being wiser! Again there was a hush, but this time the cart did not appear.
However, we all kept sitting as news came that there would be regular Bhajans at 5.00 p.m. Around 4.30 p.m., there was some commotion and again devotees rushed towards the side wall of the Mandir. After a few minutes we saw Bhagawan coming in the White Benz car into the Kulwant Hall. Later we discovered from the core Vedam group who had gone behind Swami, that Bhagawan had been to the Deenajanodarana Padakam (Orphanage) to see His dear children over there. The Mother is always concerned about her children!! The Core Vedam group teachers and staff accompany Swami whenever He moves around like this, within the Ashram.
The Benz car went past the Ladies side, again amidst a loud clapping, towards the Poornachandra Hall. Bhagawan retired for the day. Bhajans started at 5.00 p.m. and at 5.10 p.m. Aarti was offered and we all got back to our regular chores. We are sure that the Chennai devotees would never forget this memorable experience with Swami. Bhagawan makes these moments memorable for us by doing something like this out of the way. We may possibly forget the experience of a regular Darshan but not an ‘out of the way’ one like this!!
Let us all express gratitude to our Lord for this great act of compassion and Love that He has showered on the Chaennai residents and let us all pray for peace in the World!!
Parthi 11 & 12th December 2004 From: BALAJI NAGARAJAN <balaji1966@y...>
Date: Tue Dec 14, 2004 8:23 am
The Unexpected has happened. After quenching the
thirst of Chennai Swamy has filled our heart with joy
and happiness with the wonderful Dharshan which is not
to be forgetted in the life time.
This might be a lengthier mail but I do not know how
to exrpess my feeling. Please forgive me if I have
committed any mistake.
I and my family were among the the Chennaities who
were present in Parthi on 11& 12th.
To Add more what Vijaya Sairam has told
We were totally upset on 11th as there was no Dharshan
of Swamy. I have taken with me my friend who was to
have Dharsan of Swamy for the first time in his life.
The other person who was to have the first Dharshan in
the life time was my wife. I also had with me my 78
yr old father who was very tired due to journey in the
bus which started from Sundaram.
Not only me but all the devotees who have come from
Chennai were really down. When we were told that for
the past two day it is happening like this and Swamy
is giving Dharshan only once. Hearing this we were
consoled and went to our sheds hopping and praying
that we will have the Dharshan in the evening. We
were asked to assemble at 1.00 PM near the Gopuram
gate. We did the same and were seated in the Kulwant
Hall by 2.00 -2.30 PM. Time was passing 3,4, there
was no sign of Dharshan. Around 5.00 PM some devotees
started getting up and were standing as they lost
hope. Then we were informed that Swamy is not going
to come. Now, another blow all of us were totally
gone some came to conclusion that we will be returning
to Chenani without Dharshan.
We returned to our Sheds hoping Swamy will definetly
given Dharshan on Sunday. Samithi members started
Bhajans in there shed and were praying to Swamy to
bless them with the Dharshan.
The next day we were asked to assemble at 4.00 AM in
the same place. With lots of hopes and prayers we
were sitting in the Kulwant Hall. As Vjaya Sairam
told our doubts were baseless. Around 7.15 AM we had
the Dharshwan of the Divine Lord. But we were really
upset seeing his condition. Some of them were in
tears including me. But, we were blessed by the Prema
Sagara. This shows Swamy will definitely answer your
prayers which he has done. The Chennaities were
thrilled and left the Hall after the Bhajan with full
For the evening Dharshan there was no any specific
instructions. We were asked to vaccate the shed by
2'o clock. Due to this instruction we thought that
there is no Dharshan in the evening. Devotees were
having there own perceptions. They were told 90%
there is no chance for evening Dharshan. We consoled
ourselves and started packing our things. Most of us
including were involved in bring the luggage to our
respective buses which was around 2-45 PM. At this
time we heard the Chanting of Vedam we were thrilled.
We just dumped the luggages in the bus and ran
towards the Kulwanth Hall. There we saw our beloved
lord sitting in his Sofa. To quote from Sai writter
Ra. Ganapathy he is really LEELA NATAKA SAI.
Most of them were surprised to see him there. Seeing
the condition in the morning we did not expect this
wonderful Dharshan. At this juncture I recollected the
sayings of Swamy EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED.
When we heard that Swamy was proceeding towards the
Orphanage in the Benz car all of them who were near
the canteen area started running towards Shanthi
Bhavan were the car was cited. I really did not know
how I personally toward the car since I had problem in
my knee due to which I could not ran fast and climb
the steps very fast. At last we had the glimpses of
Swamy near the Ground behind the overseas Devotees
quaters. The devotees who did not come to the
Dharshan due to there old age were really surprised at
this sudden Dharshan. Again the Unexpected has
happened. To quote Vijaya Sairam the chennaities will
never forget this experience.
The Chennai devotees hearts which was filled with
sarrow and who were upset due to non-dharshan on
Saturday were filled with joy and happiness.
The only pain which we had is some of the Samithis
have left the Prashanthi missing this wonderful
We had a safer and faster journey with the grace of
our lord and reached Chennai at 4.30 AM on Monday
(particularly our bus.
After this Dharshan I am praying to our lord for the
past two days to get well soon.
December 9: Today morning too Swami came outside mandir, and was going to the super specialty hospital for the opening of the Nurse complex. Before only doctors had a place to stay near the hospital, but now with these buildings nurses too have a place to stay near the Super specialty hospital.News from Prashanti Nilayam, Dec. 2-6, 2004
Today morning Swami made a surprise visit outside mandir so we could
not get the camera in time to take the picture, it was so sudden.
But it was a very good darshan, Swami sat in the front seat beside
the driver. This was after the morning darshan which was at 8:45 am.
Did you know that you could listen to radio sai, online. This is the
offcial radio station of Sathya sai baba. Here is how you can do
this go to http://www.radiosai.org or just open the windows media
player which should be installed on all the computers that run
windows. Then click "open url" and then paste this url without the
commas "http://stream.radiosai.net:8000" there and click okay with
in no time you should start hearing radio sai.
On 2nd December, the cheif minister of Maharashtra was here in
Puttaparthi, we missed that news only knew when i read one of the
local news papers. The climate here in Puttaparthi is getting very
cold. It considerably colder than last year. So that shoul be good
news for all our oversees devotees no more heat problems.
I don't know how many of you are already seeing the program about
our beloved Sathya Sai Baba of Puttaparthi on Sanskar channel, it's
a great program. So if you are not getting Sanskar Channel ask your
cable operator its a free channel so he will provide it. The
programs on the channel are all about spirituality. So here are the
timings for our beloved Sai Baba program.
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, at 9:00 P.M. Indian Time
Om Sri Sai Ram
From: "Denaz Roy" <denazroy@h...>
Date: Tue Nov 23, 2004 5:00 pm
Subject: The 79th Birthday of Bhagwan Sri Satya Sai Baba
The 79th Anniversary of the Advent of the Sai Avatar was celebrated with
great divine gaiety at Prashanti Nilayam today 23rd Nov'04. At around 6.45
am the Lord arrived wearing a white robe, and blessed all present both
inside and outside Sai Kulwant Hall. He was a divine joy to behold!Heralding
the entry of the Lord were the Vedam boys, as well as his students dressed
colourfully playing the band - both simultaneously. Of course the band
played 'Happy Birthday' with all present clapping in tune with the music,
among other tunes. After Bhagwan had settled down into his Chair, two
lectures were delivered, one by Dr.Goldstein, an American physician residing
in southern California, and a great devotee of Bhagwan, and Mr.
G.Venkatraman the renowned Indian Physicist.
After these 2 devotees, had related their experiences with Swami, it was the
turn of the Birthday Boy - Bhagwan himself, to address the gathering. He
mentioned in his speech, his long association with Dr. Goldstein, and how he
had told him not to travel on a particular flight out of Bombay, and how Dr.
Goldstein was very keen to travel on that particular flight as his tickets
had already been purchased and he did'nt want to forego the large sum of
money. Bhagwan even told him to forget about the money, but Dr. Goldstein
was determined to travel.........and many of you might already know that
the flight was hijacked, and both Goldstein and his wife had a harrowing
experience. Of course his wife called out to Bhagwan for help and they were
not harmed at all. Bhagwan also praised Nehru and Subhash Chandra Bose in
the course of his lecture and mentioned that Bose's daughter Anita had
visited his Ashram in Kodai Kanal, and had spent a considerable amount of
time, travelling with Bhagwan. He also mentioned the time he had a fall in
the bathroom at Whitefield and injured his hip bone, and how all the doctors
had told him that if he underwent an operation, he would be bed-ridden. But
Bhagwan did have the operation, and when his doctors wanted to bandage the
area he refused, and how he recovered without any medicines at all. The
doctors had also informed him that he should not stand for long periods of
time, and here he was standing for one hour to deliver his lecture. Bhagwan
also stated to a thunderous applause that he NEVER feels any PAIN. He then
asked if he looks his age - 79 years, and of course the instant retort was a
big NO. He said he had no wrinkles etc, and would continue looking the way
he does now even when he is 90 years old. He stressed the need for SEVA, and
said that his devotees should be prepared to sacrifice, while performing
SEVA, just as Bhagwan has made sacrifices for the SEVA of his devotees. He
ended his lecture with the bhajan, 'Sai bhajan bina sukh shaanti nahin'.
After this he cut his Birthday Cake in the Mandir. There were several cakes
for Bhagwan. he left Sai Kulwant Hall at 9.40 am.
In the afternoon Bhagwan entered Sai Kulwant Hall at 3.30 pm, and after
listening to the Vedam boys went into the Mandir. He came out at about 4.15,
with the Governor of Andhra
Pradesh, who left Kulwant Hall immediately. At 4.30 Parveen Sultana first
sang a raga, ane then a few Meera Bhajans, followed by some Sai Bhajans.
Bhagwan thoroughly enjoyed her performance, and after the aarti was
performed, left the Hall at about 5.30 pm.
Thus ended the 79th Birthday celebrations of Bhagwan Sri Satya Sai Baba,
With Sai Love.
Birthday Celebrations - another report.
Posted byadmin on Wednesday, November 24 @ 06:45:20 CST
Contributed by admin
Events at Prashanthi Nilayam - 23 NOV 2004
Sai Kulwant Hall was full. Devotees were even sitting in the vacant space near the Gopuram. The Bands from Primary School Boys, Girls School, Anantapur Girls and The Boys band from Prasanthililayam campus had assembled in front of the door in Poornachandra Hall. Swami came in white dress at 6:55 am. There was a professional group playing Nadaswaram and another group of Anantapur Girls were seated near the end of the ladies area near the sitting lion statue and playing on Nadaswaram. Swami came in the other cart in which His seat is in the front and the driver's seat is at the back. Satyajit was driving the cart from behind. The order of the procession was Anantapur Girls, School Girls from PSN Campus, primary school boys and the Men's band followed by Swami's cart. Along the cart some senior devotees like Chakravarthi, V.Srinivasan, Indulal Shah, C.Srinivas and Balaram were walking along. Swami went round the gents' side too, blessing the devotees and entered the veranda from the eastern side and came to the lobby. He sat down on the sofa and asked Sanjay Sahney to introduce the morning speakers. Dr. Goldstein and Prof G.Venkataraman were the two speakers from 7:20 am to 8:10 am. Swami started His Birthday Message at 8:10 am and spoke till 9:20 am and concluded the Discourse with the Bhajan "Prema Mudhita Manase Kaho". He said the one should know where he came from, where he is and where he is going. To illustrate the point, Swami narrated a story and a real experience of Dr. Goldstein. The story is about a person who crosses Godavari in a boat . He asks the boatman whether he knows this, that etc and gets a reply in the negative. He says that the boatman is wasting his life in not trying to know such things. There is turbulence in the river and the boatman asks this person whether he know swimming and gets a negative reply. The boatman says that his entire life is going to be wasted by drowning! The swami narrated how against the advice of Him, once Dr. Goldstein left Puttaparthi and his plane was hijacked. Swami said that when the plane was hijacked, Dr. Goldstein also did not know where he was and where he was to go. Swami said only the prayers of Mrs. Goldstein, who is an ardent devotee, saved their lives. Swami concluded the Discourse by stressing the need of 'Love All, Serve All' and not attaching too much importance to body. Swami said He is in perfect health and He will be like this even after His ninetieth year. He said He had taken this fracture to illustrate to His devotees the need to get over the body consciousness. After the speech, Aarathi was performed and apples and sweets were distributed to the devotees. Swami called Sri Rasgotra, materialised Vibhuthi and gave him. He then materialised a ring and after trying to put it in his finger, put it in his pocket instead ! Swami went inside the interview room. He came out at 10:15 am and cut the cake which was kept in the veranda. and left Sai Kulwant Hall at 10:30 am, again the Nadaswaram and Bands following His cart. Anil Kumar announced that there will be a music recital by Smt Parveen Sultana at 4:30 pm
Swami came in the usual buggy cart in the afternoon, in the usual dress and got down in the lobby after going through the entire Darshan route. He walked slowly across the lobby and went to the Interview room and granted interview to Mr.Shinde (Governor of A.P) and his wife. Swami came out at 4:10 pm and asked a small dais to be put up in the lobby for the music program. After dais was made, Swami came at 4:20 pm and sat on the sofa. Smt Parveen Sultana gave a hindusthani music program from 4:20 pm to 5:30 pm. Aarathi was performed and Swami
Saturday, October 02, 2004
Today morning Bhagawan came out for Darshan at 7:10AM. After taking a full round, He sat in the car listening to the Vedas. Then He got down and went to the interview room calling the parents of one of the students and a couple of other devotees. Swami came out at 8:50AM and He asked to start the Bhajans and then He went off to poornachandra. Arathy was taken back in Mandir at 9:30AM.
In the afternoon Swami came out at 3:20PM, took a full round and got down near the interview room. He called one of the devotees inside to give cloths. Swami came out around 4:30PM and asked the devotees from Mehaboob Nagar District to have their music program. About 3000 devotees have come from this District of Andhra Pradesh. After this program, at 5:00PM, Swami asked th Post Graduate boys to start their drama, which had Bhaja Govindam as its basis. It was a long drama that lasted an hour and 10 minutes but Bhagawan got up by 5:50PM and Arathy was taken.
Jai Sai Ram
Thursday, September 30, 2004
Today morning Bhagawan came out at 7:10AM. He took a full round and came up on the stage. He asked the senior Vedam boys to stop chanting and asked the primary school children to continue. Swami called one of the tiny boys and made him chant and later He created a chain with locket for him. Swami stood for half an hour and later sat on His throne listening to the Vedas. He asked the senior Vedam boys as to how these primary school boys were chanting Vedas. Then He asked the senior boys to continue. He sat till 8:10AM and then went inside the interview room.
In the afternoon Swami came out at 3:10PM. He took full round and then enquired about the day's program. He was informed that there was a Yaksha Gana program by the students from Alike. Swami came on to the stage, walked across it and went to the interview room. After half an hour or so He came back and the program started. It went on till 5:20PM and then Swami took Arathy.
Jai Sai Ram
Tuesday, September 28, 2004
Today morning Bhagawan came out at 7:05AM. He made a full round and got down near the interview room. By 7:25AM Darshan was over.
In the evening He came out at 3:10PM. This time He cut across before the men's lines and directly went to the portico. Around 4:00PM He went inside the Bhajan hall and later went inside the interview room. He came out again by 4:15PM and watched the drama enacted by the Post Graduate boys on Kshama. It got over around 5:10PM and after Arathy Swami went back.
Jai Sai Ram
Monday, September 27, 2004
Today morning Bhagawan came out by 7:00AM. After doing the usual round, He sat inside the car on the stage and listened to the Vedam chanting for sometime. Then He got down from the car and walked back to His interview room.
In the afternoon Swami came out at 3:00PM. This time He took a deviation to the stage in front of the men's side. He went straight inside the prayer hall and then to the interview room. He came out at 3:30PM and sat down. After sometime a skit was presented by the senior students of the institute. The Vice Chancellor was asked to introduce the skit which was titled 'End of Education is Character'. After the skit Swami posed for the photographs. Then He asked the Bhajan to be started. At 5:00PM He took Arathy. He called Ravi Kumar and asked him something. Then He asked him to sing a Bhajan for Him. So after Arathy there was one more song at the end of which Bhagawan got up.
Jai Sai Ram
News for September 26, 2004
This morning Bhagawan came out for Darshan at 7:10AM. After finishing the full round He came up on the stage and started listening to the Veda chanting. Then He asked the senior boys to stop and the primary school children to continue. Later He asked the senior boys also to join. By 7:25AM, He went inside. At 9:00AM there were Bhajans and at 9:30AM Swami took Arathy.
In the afternoon He came at 3:00PM and went straight to the interview room. Bhajan started inside the mandir at 5:00PM. Arathy was taken at 5:30PM.
Jai Sai Ram
Saturday, September 25, 2004
Today morning Bhagawan came out for Darshan at 7:15AM. He took a full round and got down on the stage from His car. He stood for a few minutes listening to the Vedas. Then He walked back to the interview room and was calling people and giving them clothes.
In the afternoon Bhagawan came out at 2:50PM. He took a turn in front of the gents, directly went to the interview room and started distributing dress material to people. Then He came out around 4:30PM and sat on His chair. Once again, He was picking up students to give clothes. After half an hour, He got up and went back to the interview room. Bhajan started at 4:50PM and Swami took Arathy at 5:20PM.
Jai Sai Ram
Friday, September 24, 2004
News for September 24, 2004
This morning Swami came out for Darshan at 7:00AM. After the usual round, He came up on the stage. He was talking to some of the lecturers. Then He stood for 15 minutes listening to the Vedas and slowly moved over to the interview room by 7:30AM.
In the afternoon He came out at 3:15PM. He took a turn in front of the gents' line and went to the veranda from the gents side. He went straight inside the interview room and started calling people of various departments to give clothes. This went on till 5:00PM and then the Veda chanting stopped because of Bhajan time. Bhajans started at 5:10PM and Arathy was taken at 5:35PM.
Jai Sai Ram
Thursday, September 23, 2004
News for September 23, 2004
In the morning Bhagawan came out for Darshan at 7:00AM. After taking a full round, He came up on the stage. Just then the Veda boys had started Purushasooktam. Swami asked the Vedam boys to stop and asked the primary school children to continue. While they were chanting Swami turned to one of the Vedam boys and asked something about the chanting. For 15 minutes, He enjoyed the chanting. Later He moved slowly towards the primary school children, called one of the boys and asked him something. He also signalled to the senior Vedam boys that they can go. At 7:30AM, Swami went inside.
In the afternoon, Bhagawan came out at 3:00PM . After the usual round, He came up on the stage. He called some of the Vedam boys along with some Doctors into the interview room. At 5:00PM there were Bhajans and Swami took Arathy at 5:20PM.
Jai Sai Ram
posted by Sai Darshan @ 6:46 PM
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
News for September 22, 2004
Today morning Bhagawan came out for Darshan at 7:00AM. He took a full round, came till the stage and went back to the interview room. By 7:15AM Darshan got over.
In the afternoon Swami came out at 3:40PM. After making a full round, He came up on the stage listening to the Vedas. Within 15 minutes He went inside the interview room. And within another 10 minutes Swami came out and asked about some program. The music college boys gave a Hindustani concert at the end of which the Veda chantings were started again. Around 5:00PM Swami went inside the interview room again. Bhajans started at 5:00PM but Swami came to the prayer hall only at 5:30PM. He sat till 5:55PM and then Arathy was taken.
Jai Sai Ram
News for September 21, 2004
Today morning Bhagawan came out for Darshan at 6:50AM. After taking the usual round, He came to the stage and continued to sit in His car listening to the Veda chantings. Swami asked Anil Kumar the meaning of some of the words that were being chanted. After listening to the answers, Swami corrected him and explained the proper meaning. He sat for 15 minutes and went to the interview room in His car itself.
In the afternoon Swami came out at 3:00PM. Afte taking a full round, He came to the stage in His car and cotinued to sit there till 3:35PM listening to the Vedas. Then He got down from His car and slowly walked back to the interview room. At 3:45PM, He called one family and another student for an interview. At 5:00PM, Bhajans started and Swami went inside the mandir. It continued till 5:35PM at which time Swami took Arathy and went back to Poornachandra.
Jai Sai Ram
Today morning Swami came out at 7:10AM. After His usual round, He came near the Vedam boys and told some of them that there will be no classes in the afternoon because of immersion (conclusion of Ganesh Chaturthy festival). So He wanted them to go early. Swami came to the stage and told Prof. Anil Kumar, Controller of the examinations, Registrar and Vice Chancellor the same thing. All of them left immediately. Swami also went inside the interview room by 7:30AM.
In the afternoon, Swami came out at 2:20PM. He took a turn before the gents side, got down on the gents side and went inside the interview room. Within a few minutes, He came out and the colorful procession of chariots carrying Ganesha idols started. The procession was led by students chanting Vedas with Poorna Kumbham. This was followed by chariots of various sizes representing each institutions like Super Speciality Hospital, General Hospital, Eswaramma School, Central Trust, Book Trust, Higher Secondary School, Institute, Airport etc. There were chariots of various shapes. Some attractive ones were helicopter, fighter jet, sunflower, dragon, crown etc. Swami sat and watched everything. After half an hour or so all the partcipants proceeded for immersion after taking Swami's blessings. Swami was sitting outside till 4:00PM (almost one and half hours). He went inside and came back again in half an hour. He sat and listened to Vedam chantings. He made the Vice Chancellor announe that all the boys should have an early dinner and go to sleep as they were really tired. Following this there was Bhajan and by 5:10PM Swami took Arathy.
Jai Sai Ram
News for September 19, 2004
Today morning Bhagawan came out at 7:05AM. First He took a full round on
the ladies and gents side and then came in front of the Vedam boys and the
primary school children. Later He came to the stage in His car. He did not
get down from the car and sat listening to the Vedas sitting inside the
car itself for almost 45 minutes. Swami was seen asking Prof. Anil Kumar,
Prof. Ramamurthy and Shiva Sankarsai the meaning of some of the chantings.
After that He went inside the interview room calling some people for
interview. During Bhajan He came out and went inside the prayer hall. At
9:30AM, He went back to Poornachandra after Arathy.
In the afternoon Bhagawan came out only at 3:30PM . After taking a full round on both gents and ladies side, He came to the satge. He sat there listening to the entire Taittareeya Upanishad and half of Mahanarayana Upanishad chanted by the boys till 4:30PM. Then He went inside the interview room calling Bhaskar Rao for Dasara preparations. At 5:00PM the Bhajans started and by 5:30PM Swami took Arathy and went back.
Jai Sai Ram
News for September 18, 2004 (Ganesh Chaturthy)
Today morning Bhagawan came out for Darshan at 7:00AM. After taking
a full round, He came on to the stage. Then He called the Vice
Chancellor and asked him something. At 7:15AM, He asked one of the
research scholars to speak. The speaker tried to illustrate the fact
that whichever God you may pray, it is only Swami who responds to
your prayers. He did this with his own personal experiences. This
was followed by speeches by two other students (Shashank and
Bharath) and Vice Chancellor himself. At 8:00AM Bhagawan started His
divine discourse and it lasted till 9:00AM. Then He sang
Premamudita. In His discourse Swami talked about the importance of
Vinayaka, the utmost necessity to control one's anger and the
importance of having respect for one's parents.
In the afternoon Bhagawan came by 3:00PM. He took a full round, came
up on the stage and asked the Warden about the program. Then He got
down from His car and went to the interview room. At 4:05PM, He came
out and sat down. There was a beautiful program on Vinayaka
Chaturthy put up by the Institute boys. The program consisted of
dance, music and drama. At the end of this there were some group
songs. Swami was extremely happy with the programs. Swami created a
golden Vinayaka for the boy who danced. The day's function went off
very well by Bhagawan's Grace.
Jai Sai Ram
September 17, 2004
Today morning Bhagawan came out for Darshan at 7:00AM. He drove through
the ladies side, came to the gents side and after taking a full round,
came in front of the Vedam boys. Then He came up on the stage and sat on
His chair listening to the Vedam chanting. At 7:30AM He indicated to the
boys that it is time for them to go to their work . So they chanted
Shanthi, did Namaskar and left.
In the evening Swami came out at 3:00PM itself. After taking a full round He came and sat on the stage. Today also He agreed to the prayers of Sundaram Bhajan group to lead Bhajans and devotional songs. Swami called one of the instumental boys from the group and created a ring for him. This was followed by beautiful Bhajans and songs by the Sundaram group. Then Swami asked for the college boys. They had planned to present a program tomorrow but since Swami asked for them they started their program today itself. Then Swami asked a small boy from Mirpuri college of music to sing. This was followed by Ramakatha singing from the same college group. At 5:00PM Swami took Arathy.
Jai Sai Ram
News for September 16, 2004
Today morning Bhagawan came out for Darshan at 7:00AM. After taking a full round, He was gracious enough to come and sit on the chair listening to the Veda chanting. Today the primary school children were also chanting the Vedas along with the regular Vedam boys. Bhagawan asked the senior boys and primary school boys to alternate the Veda chanting between them. At one point, He called two Vedam boys and asked them the meaning of some of the chantings. Around 8:00AM, He indicated that the senior boys should stop and go to work. However, He asked the primary children to continue chanting. Later, Swami got up from His throne.
In the afternoon Swami came out by 3:00PM. After making a full round, He came to the stage and asked Sudhir Bhaskar to call the Sundaram Bhajan boys. Then He slowly walked to the interview room as He had called one family for interview. At 3:45PM Swami sent word that the Bhajan should be started. The Bhajan session today was one of the most excellent that we ever had. At 5:00PM Swami took Arathy.
Jai Sai Ram
Tuesday, 14 sep
Today morning Swami came out at 6:50AM for Darshan. After making a a full round, He called the Washington group ladies for an interview. He went inside the interview room by 7:10AM.
In the afternoon, Bhagawan came around 3:00PM. Once again, He took a full round and got down near the interview room. He called one family from Bangalore and also Sant Asha Ram, the famous speaker on scriptures and religious ideals, along with his disciples. Sant Asha Ram has many ashrams in India and he appears everyday in the Sanskar channel at 9:00PM. Swami gave a long interview of one hour. At 5:00PM the Bhajans started and at 5:35PM Aarati was taken.
Jai Sai Ram
News for September 13, 2004
Today morning Swami came out at 7:05AM. He took a full round, and
then He called one boy's parents for interview. Within five minutes
He completed the interview and sent word that the people from Vizag
should start their music program. Within a few minutes, Swami came
and sat for that and the program continued till 8:45AM. He went back
to Poornachandra and came again at 9:15AM.
In the afternoon, Swami came at 3:25PM. This time He directly cut
across from the ladies side, got down near the steps on the ladies
side, climbed up and went inside the interview room. He had also
given permission for the Vizag devotees to lead Bhajans in the
evening. At 4:30PM the Bhajans started and Swami sat till 5:20PM. At
that time, Aarati was taken.
Jai Sai Ram
12 sep 2004
Today morning Swami came out at 7:45AM and took a full round. He
came to the stage, walked from one side to another side, and then He
came and sat on the throne. Veda chanting went on and Swami asked
Anil Kumar to announce that there will be a program in the evening.
Swami sat till 9:00AM and then He got up, went inside the interview
room. Bhajans started in the prayer hall and at 9:30AM Swami went
back to Poornachandra.
In the afternoon Swami came out at 3:30PM. He took a full round and
came and sat on His chair. Within five minutes, the program started.
First,the Brindavan boys put up a play titled 'Bhadrachala Ramdas'
for 45 minutes. Swami created two rings for boys who acted as Rama
and Tanesha. This play was followed by a dance drama on Mother
Easwaramma by the Balvikas children from Vizag Steel Plant. It was
extremely moving. This was followed by a music program by the Vizag
group. After five songs, Swami said it can be continued tomorrow, as
it was already late. At 6:00PM Swami took Aarati and thus ended
another beautiful day.
Jai Sai Ram
News for September 11, 2004
Today morning Swami came out for Darshan at 7:00AM, and took a full
round. He got down near the interview room and talked to a few
people. Afterwards He went inside with a few people for interview.
In the afternoon, Swami came out at 3:40PM. This time He did not go
to the gents side. He called some people for interview which was
done in 15 minutes. Then, He came out and sat down. Swami had given
permission for Ramesh Nayak's group from USA and another group from
UK to sing devotional songs. Later Swami went inside for a brief
time and the boys took over the Bhajan session. Swami came out later
and sat for 3 or 4 Bhajans. At one point of time He asked the boys
to sing 'Govinda Krishna Jai,' following which Aarati was taken.
Jai Sai Ram
News for September 10, 2004
Today morning Swami came out at 7:45AM. He cut across from the ladies side towards the interview room and there He called a few people for interview. The Darshan was over within 10 minutes.
In the evening Swami came out at 2:55PM. Once again, He took a detour in front of the gents and went to the interview room. Around 4:00PM, He came near the door and called someone inside. At 4:30PM, Bhajans started and Swami took Aarati at 5:00PM.
Jai Sai Ram
posted by Sai Darshan @ 6:57 PM
September 9, 2004
Today morning Bhagawan came out at 7:20AM. After doing a full round, He directly went into the interview room calling someone for interview.
In the afternoon He came at 3:40PM. This time after taking a full round, He came to the stage and was listening to the Vedam for a few minutes. Then, He asked for the day's program. There was classical music by two small children from the Music College. It was followed by a couple of songs by the senior hostel boys, and then Swami again asked the Vedam boys to chant Vedam. At 4:45PM, He went inside the interview room. At 5:00PM Bhajans started in the prayer hall. Swami did not wait for the Aarati, but at 5:30PM, Aarati was taken.
Jai Sai Ram
posted by Sai Darshan @ 11:14 AM
Wednesday, September 08, 2004
News for September 8, 2004
Today morning Bhagawan came out for Darshan at 7:30AM. He took a full round and came to the stage in front of the Vedam boys. After a few minutes He asked the Vedam boys to stop indicating that it was time to go to school. Afterwards He slowly moved over to the interview room calling one family from London.
In the afternoon Bhagawan came out at 3:10 itself. He made the usual round and went off to the portico from the gents side itself without coming in front of the Vedam boys. Subsequently He gave some interviews. Bhajans started at 5:00 PM and Arathy was taken at 5:20PM.
Jai Sai Ram
September 7, 2004
Today morning Swami came out at 7:45AM. He took a full round, came to the stage and sat on His chair listening to the Vedas. The chanting continued till 8:15AM, when Swami indicated that it was time for the boys to go to college. Then, the Veda boys did Namaskar and left. Then there was a music program (on band) by the Alike students. After that, Swami called a few people for interview. Swami went back to Poornachandra after the Bhajans.
In the afternoon, Swami came at 3:30PM. Just like morning, He took a full round, came to the stage and stood listening to Vedas for 5 minutes. At 3:40PM, He went inside calling a few people for interview. At 4:00PM He came out and called another bunch for interview. At 4:40PM Bhajans started and Aarati was taken at 5:05PM.
Jai Sai Ram
posted by Sai Darshan @ 7:14 PM
Monday, September 06, 2004
News for September 6, 2004 (Janmashtami)
Today morning Swami came out for Darshan at 7:45AM. Today being Krishna Janmashtami Swami surprised everyone by coming in yellow robe. He took a full round and then came to the stage. He casually called some boys and asked them to speak. Vice Chancellor introduced all the speakers. There were five speeches in all which was followed by Bhagawan's speech. In His speech Swami was narrating Vamana Avatar. Bali Chakravarthy who had performed as many as 100 Yajnas wanted to perform Aswamedha Yaga. At that time Vamana came. As a token of offering for all his 100 Yajnas he gave Vamana a golden necklace with 100 round plates. Bhagawan then materialized the same gold necklace that was given to Vamana and held it up for everyone to see. Swami's discourse was followed by prasadam distribution.
In the evening Swami came out at 3:45PM. While coming in, He took a turn in front of the stage, got down from the car and climbed the steps. There was a music program arranged by the Anantapur College girls. This was followed by three songs by the Parthy boys. Then Swami asked one of the boys to speak. The boy spoke for 25 minutes.Then Bhagawan rose to speak and He spoke from 5:10PM to 6:10PM. In His discourse He stressed the need to put into practice what ever Vedas say instead of simply chanting them. Then He stressed the need to show respect to ladies. Finally He talked about the need of following Truth and Dharma.
Jai Sai Ram
posted by Sai Darshan @ 8:40 PM
Sunday, September 05, 2004
News for September 5, 2004
Today morning Bhagawan came for Darshan around 7:45AM. He took a full round and came to the stage. He sat on His chair and listened to Vedam till 8:50AM. Then He went back to Poornachandra. At 9:00AM there were Bhajans as usual, but Swami did not come.
In the afternoon Swami came at 3:45PM. Today Brindavan boys put up a drama titlled Bhakta Kuchela. Everything got over by 5:15PM.
Jai Sai Ram
September 4, 2004
This morning Bhagawan came out by 7:00AM. He took a full round and came in front of the Vedam boys and imitated one of the lines chanted by them. Then He drove past the Vedam boys and got down on the stage. He asked why all boys were not chanting. Apparently some of the boys did not know the new Sooktas which were being chanted. Then He called one of the Vedam boys and asked him a question. Apparently it was about the meaning of some of the words that were being chanted. Swami was not happy with the answer that was given. Swami repeated the question to another boy whose answer was also not acceptable to Swami. Finally Swami Himself answered the question and walked over to the interview room. With that the morning Darshan ended.
In the afternoon Swami came out at 2:40PM. He took a full round and got down on the stage. He stood and listened to the Vedas for 15 minutes. Then He went inside the interview room, after calling the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, who had come for the first time. At 4:50PM, Bhajan started inside the prayer hall and Arathy was taken at 5:10PM.
Jai Sai Ram
posted by Sai Darshan @ 9:39 PM
Friday, September 03, 2004
News for September 3, 2004
Today morning Bhagawan came out for Darshan at 6:50AM. He took a full round and came to the dias, sat in the car and listened to the Vedam for sometime. Later He moved over to interview room in the car itself. By 7:10AM Darshan was over.
In the evening He came by 3:10PM. He took a full round and later sat on the chair. He heard Vedam for 20 minutes. Then the hostel boys performed two Burraa Kathas (similar to Hari Katha). At 5:00PM, Swami took Arathy.
Jai Sai Ram
September 02, 2004
September 2, 2004
Today morning Bhagawan came out at 7:10AM. After taking a full round, He came to the stage, listened to the Vedam for sometime and went inside interview room by 7:30AM.
In the evening He came by 3:15PM. He took a full round and came to the stage. He sat in His car and listened to the Vedas for half hour, then went back to the interview room calling a foriegner VIP for interview. At 5:00PM there was Bhajan and Swami took Arathy at 5:30PM.
Jaii Sai Ram
News for September 1, 2004
Swami did not come out for Darshan or Bhajan. However He came at 3:00PM in
the afternoon. After taking a full round, He drove in front of the Vedam
boys, came to the stage and sat listening to the Vedas till 4:00 PM. Then
He asked the warden to go inside the interview room and Swami Himself got
up and went. He came out around 4:50PM and then the Bhajan started inside
the prayer hall. Swami sat till 5:35PM before taking Arathy.
Jai Sai Ram
Sant Asharam Bapu's visit to Sri Sathya
Sai Baba - 14 and 15 Sep.
"Asharam Babu" the renowned saint seeks Blessings of Swami at
Puttaprthi Today - 14.09.2004
Toady early morning renowned saint Asharam Babu arrived at Prasanthi
Nilayam. He was present in the morning Darshan as well as in the
evening darshan. Bhagavan Baba called Asharamji for interview in the
afternoon. Both were alone in the interview room for about an hour.
It seems Asharamji decided to stay for two more days at Prasanthi
Nilayam i.e. Wednesday and Thursday. More news on this event is
Vibuthi Means Miracle
by CH - USA
(Editors Note: The following story is about a Sai devotee who experienced an amazing transformation while attending a Sai Baba retreat this summer. Her name has been altered for privacy reasons. Your comments or reaction to this story are welcome here. Please let us know if something similar has ever happened to you. By sharing our "good news", we lift others.) What an amazing story! Our friend "Linda" just diagnosed with 4th stage pancreatic cancer just had what looks to be a wonderful miracle while visiting Wilma Bronkey's July 4th weekend Sai retreat/reunion. Jody and I met her there for this Sai event. Almost every speaker and nearly every topic discussed seemed aimed, at least in part at Linda. One of the principle speakers was Al Drucker. I had arranged to interview him on video in front of the whole gathering on the last day of the retreat. It was a wide ranging 90 minute interview that touched on many Baba miracles, the Course In Miracles and some important life lessons. Before the interview, Al followed us in his car from his hotel since he wasn't quite sure how to get to Wilma's from downtown Grants Pass, Oregon. Linda rode with him and in the car she asked Al about her cancer. Al told Linda, "You need to go home, you don't belong here", to which Linda asked Al, "What about you?" Al's reply was, "I already am home". Linda had been thinking about many treatment options regarding her cancer over the last three weeks since receiving her diagnosis. The medical establishment has nothing to offer her but she has thought of traveling to China, Germany or the UK for experimental treatments. When informed about Linda, Wilma had told Jody and me to bring her to the Grants Pass retreat but she made no promises. All she said was that Linda would be spared pain during her stay at the retreat. The retreat was like being in Parthi, charged up people, interesting discourses and a hot and dry atmosphere that seemed appropriate to help burn away the veneer of what we all brought with us. During the hour and a half recorded interview with Al, Linda needed to leave the covered deck to be alone. She found a place in the shade where she could hear the PA speakers and allowed herself to drift into meditation to Baba. Picking up on Al's comments she told Baba, "I want to go home". Then she said something that even she was surprised to hear herself say, "I want to go home. Call me on the phone if you want me to come to India Baba". Linda had no idea where such a strange command had come from but she said it felt like the correct thing to say to Baba. Sunday evening, after the retreat had concluded Linda was invited to spend the night at Wilma's. Wilma performed a healing on Limfs, something she does very rarely anymore and Linda went to sleep very content. Yesterday morning, upon awakening Linda wanted to make a call, but as she went to use the phone she noticed that it was covered with vibuthi. She thought little of it except that it was odd. The phone wouldn't work and as she lifted it to see what was wrong she found vibuthi actually growing underneath the phone. At breakfast Wilma told Linda that even though vibuthi is common in her home, nothing like this had ever happened before. She also said that it was most unusual for her phone to be out of order. It was only at this moment that Linda began to recall her request to Baba from the previous day. Wilma asked Linda what she had planned to do next and Linda shared her interest in traveling to China and elsewhere for alternative treatments for her advanced cancer. Wilma acknowledged that all of these things can be helpful but said to Linda, "Why don't you go see Baba?" And she is. Today Linda is working feverishly using Wilma's travel agent to arrange to fly to India with her son. She hopes to go in the next several days or within a couple of weeks at the latest. I have no doubt she will make it. At the start of the retreat on Saturday morning Linda was invited to begin the session with a short talk to the children, with the adults arranged behind them. She told them many stories about Baba and led them all on a wonderful guided imagery meditation. She also told them one thing more, that earlier when visiting with Ama, India's hugging and loving guru, that Ama had told her that she would be forever thereafter known not as Linda but by another name. The name Ama had chosen to be Linda's new name, was Vibuthi. It is what we all called her during Wilma's retreat. It is what Linda has become. And it is what has been created for her in response to her plea to Baba. And today, it is what is sending her on her way to India. Vibuthi. I'll keep you posted as the story continues to unfold. Sai Ram,
Sai Baba in a
By Rekha Bakshi
The third floor flat of S K Pawar and his Muslim wife, Lubna, in C Block, Vasant Kunj, in South Delhi, has become a place of pilgrimage for the devotees of Sai Baba of Puttaparthi.
Holy ash (vibhuti) is reportedly falling from the Baba's several photographs, Shivlingas, small and large, have miraculously appeared on Shivaratri day, and so have images of the Vaishno Mata, Krishna and Hanuman.
Even skeptics have not been able to question how inside the photo frames of the Baba, images (moorthy) of Vaishno Devi Maa have appeared without the glass being broken. A golden image of Lord Krishna and of Hanumana have also appeared inside the frame. On a particular day, the lion, astride which the "Mata" was sitting, disappeared, to reappear subsequently.
Thousands of devotees are visiting the flat and seeing the miracle in batches of a dozen, with their own eyes.
Lubna has been a Sai devotee since she was a child, and so are her son and daughter who are studying in school. Naturally, in their master bedroom, the couple has a raised platform on which a shrine has been arranged. Next to the shrine, a chair is permanently placed for the Baba to come and sit.
On waking up one morning, the couple saw footprints of the Baba leading up to the chair and clear signs that someone sat on the chair.
Also appearing was an image (moorthy) of the Shirdi Sai Baba, the predecessor of the Satya Sai Baba.
Not only does vibhuti fall from half a dozen photos of the Baba in the flat, even the characteristic message from the Baba is imprinted on the walls reading "With love, Baba". This is the autograph that the Baba generally gives to the devotees who visit "Puttaparthi" near Bangalore.
The falling of the vibhuti from the photos of the Baba happens in the houses of many devotees and is quite routine. But the miraculous appearance of the shivlingas, the image of Vaishno Devi Mata, and the offerings, and the fact that the miracle has continued for more than a month, makes this occurrence unique.
The Shivalingas that appeared first, in the cold month of February, were made of ghee. On a subsequent day, several small shivlingas coalesced to become one big one. In March, they turned to clay.
The saying goes that if you believe in something strongly enough, even a piece of stone is God Almighty himself, and if you don't, is a mere stone. It certainly is a question of faith. No wonder, thousands are thronging to the DDA flat residence of the Pawars as if it were a shrine next only to
The 80th Birthday Celebrations of Swami will be held on November 23, 2005
The 79th Birthday Celebrations will be held this year, 2004.
If the question is: why 79 instead of 78, since 2004 - 1926 = 78?
It is so because the year of birth, 1926, counts as His first birthday.
"Indians, very logically, call the actual day of birth the first birthday."
(S.P.Ruhela, Sri Sathya Sai Baba and the Future of Mankind, p. 36)
1975 = 50th Birthday Celebrations
2000 = 75th Birthday Celebrations
2005 = 80th Birthday Celebrations, and so on.
Om Sai Ram
Date: Mon Sep 13, 2004 7:53 am
Subject: Re: Sai Ram Everyone
blood donation project grows in South Africa:
[World News] Johannesburg, Sep 21 : The World Blood Donation Day, initiated by Indian spiritual leader Satya Sai Baba, has grown by more than 20 percent annually since it was started in South Africa a decade ago.
"After being inaugurated by Sri Satya Sai Baba in India, the concept spread all over the world," Sini Subrayen, public relations officer of South African Blood Transfusion Service (SABT), told IANS.
"In South Africa, it started out in the (mainly Indian) suburb of Lenasia, but after teaming up with the SABT, we have seen the project grow in all major cities in South Africa.
"Besides the regular blood donors who support us on this all-day event held on the third Sunday of September each year, we encourage each of them to bring a friend along, resulting in increased donations."
Although the support over the years has been largely from South African Indians, in recent years blood donation camps have also been set up in areas formerly occupied by whites in the apartheid era, as many Indians have moved to these areas.
This year there were 10 camps set up across greater Johannesburg, with three of them in mainly Indian areas. The three areas, Lenasia, Lenasia South and Mayfair, each delivered more than double the units of the other areas, showing again, as in the past, that the great number of Sai devotees from there played a major role.
The three top camps helped beat the target for the day of 600 units by over 25 percent after a total of 755 units were collected.
--Indo-Asian News Service
Sri Sathya Sai Baba Photographs of Recent Events