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Thursday, Sept 30, 2010 - Sai News & Photo Updates:
This evening, when the retiring day turned golden under the artificial lights, as Bhagawan emerged at 1825 hrs.
(6:25) to the tunes of a soulful Rama bhajan, the waning twilight was preparing herself to hear nectarous story the greatest devotee of Lord Rama in the immediate Divine presence.
In the multitudes present welcoming Bhagawan, there was a distinct orange scarved group of men and women, numbering almost two thousand, who were ready to celebrate the advent of the 85th year of Bhagawan! The narrator for the evening was Lord Rama and the men and women in orange scarves who set the stage for the Lord of Treta for the narration were the youth from Maharashtra.
Representatives from various Maharashtra districts made a beeline unto the dais presenting details of various service activities. Men in pairs followed by women forayed to the centrestage showing brochures containng details of the activities being done.
Beginning the presentation, setting an intro into the story of Hanuman, Lord Rama told his chosen devotee that it was His Will that He would narrate the story of Veeranjaneya this day, against the normal practice, of Hanuman singing Rama's glory incessantly, and thus began this Thursday evening's odyssey with Lord Rama and Hanuman.
The one hour presentation began with Lord Rama narrating a young devotee of Veeranjaneya about the tale of Hanuman's mysterious birth with the blessing of Wind God. Traversing through the eventful episode, The Lord went on explaing Hanuman's tutelage under Sun God, his wrangle with Lord Indra, initiation into the Rama Mantra, meeting up with Valmiki etc. The narration was backed by visual illustration. When Sage Valmiki went on extolling Hanuman's feats with his work on Lord Rama's story, an 'infuriated' Hanuman grabbed the literary piece to tear the same into pieces yelling that only Lord Rama deserves name, fame and glory.
Hanuman's meeting with Sugreeva, slaying of Bali, crossing over to Lanka to fight for Mother Sita etc. came in sequence before the scene was brought to the court of Lord Rama in Ayodhya, where, post coronoation, immediate followers of Lord were dividing their duties towards The Lord.
Upon the one hour presentation, Bhgawan went down the dais and posed for photographs. Accepting Mangala Arathi at 2040 hrs. Bhagawan left the dais, retiring for the day. Laddu Prasadam was distributed to the entire assemblage.
Wednesday, Sept 29, 2010 - Sai News & Photo Updates: Presenting a beautiful darshan on this Wednesday morning, Bhagawan emerged at 0815 hrs. going for a full round of darshan. Taking a detour before reaching the Vedam block, Bhagawan moved further towards the front entrance of the hall, known popularly as Dasavathar Gate. Calling for His car, Bhagawan went out for a drive towards Enumulapalli Cross, two km drive from Prasanthi, approximately.
Turning about as He returned at 0845 hrs. Vedic chanting welcomed Him to the Mandir. Moving on the portico, alighting at the Verandah, Bhagawan came onstage for a brief six minutes before leaving the dais for interview room.
As Bhajans continued outside, Bhagawan spent time inside granting interviews. Emerging at 0955 hrs. Bhagawan came onstage to accept Mangala Arathi at 1000 hrs. before retiring to Yajur Mandiram.
Tuesday, Sept 28, 2010 - Sai News & Photo Updates: South Africans owned a Prasanthi evening! Camping in Prasanthi on a ten days' pilgrimage, this evening, the South Africans presented a musical dance drama entitled "Ubuntu", meaning I am because you are, you are because I am, calling on the country's story of unity in diversity.
To a lit, colourful Sai Kulwant Hall that had, apart from the thousands, a congregation of 2400 from South Africa, this evening, Bhagawan came in just after 1900 hrs. (7:00) and deviating from the regular practice, Bhagawan was welcomed with bhajans that commenced at His arrival. A full round
of darshan ensued, that saw His bounty of blessings upon the thousands, before Bhagawan came onstage at 1915 hrs. (7:15). Soon bhajans came to a close and an announcement on the South Afican production for the evening was made.
Presented by 356 students from the four Sathya Sai Schools in South Africa along with SSE and Balvikas children, the presentation turned out to become a delectable visual treat, amply showing the rich cultural variety of the nation. Essaying the beautiful story of Unity in Diversity, the fifty
minute presentation ran through the historical time of evolution of the nation beginning from immigration of the tribals, the Europeans and the Indians to the dark days of apartheid leading to Mahatma Gandhi's South African struggle followed by the Father of the Nation, Nelson Mandela's heroics winning democracy for the nation.
Presenting the unique theme with the aid of the 'Big Five' of South African Jungles, elephant, buffalo, rhino, lion and leopard, engaging in conversation with a tribal chief, the production unraveled the evolutionary struggle through eleven musical pieces including national anthems and folk medleys. Dance sequences by children donning thematic traditional costumes and makeups matching the storyline, to the background score of African Beats, lit the colourful evening to greater musical heights charging up the entire surroundings on the beautiful evening turned twilight in the Divine Presence. Bhagawan sat through the entire session glued on to the presentation through and through.
Crediting the emergence of democratic South Africa to the Divine Blessings of Bhagawan, graceful children concluded the presentation with an African Medley followed by a South African Victory Song! What the Sai Kulwant Hall witnessed was the struggle of the South Africans, raising into a democracy, progressing to nurture human values. South African pride went raising to its hoods, as the united Voice of South Africa was heard ehoing "My South Africa, Our South Africa". Children holding the colourful National Flag was seen waving the same intermittently while swaying to the beats and tunes on traditional instruments. Even as the children converged in the front block for the final song, greater blessing was on their way. Upon the end of the presentation, Bhagawan moved down the dais and spent next fifteen minutes with the children, as the entire lot of participating children got to come unto Bhagawan receiving laddu prasadam from the Divine hands. Bhagawan blessed the entire crew with group photographs as well.
Bliss of being in the close proximity with their Beloved Swami was seen on many a face; lit up faces were bore testimony to this. A physically challenged boy who was on a wheel chair got himself transferred on to his limp legs, moving unto him 'dancing'...and lo! what a sight! one should see the bright sunshine on the little one's face that shone with brilliance on a glitzy nightfall! Indeed, Bhagawan was giving Himself, reciprocating to the South African Love!
South Africans children literally came and conquered The Divine! ...with their dazzling colourful display of love, devotion and dedication. A couple of songs by the musical troupe followed after which Bhagawan called for Mangala Arathi. As He sat on, gesticulating to children, at first, indicating to go and have food, followed by another one, to go...wipe their faces and have food, the innocent bunch burst into crowd cheers, rejoicing every bit of His immediate presence. Blessing the concourse, Bhagawan left the dais, gliding into the ladies' side, retiring to Yajur Mandiram at 2050 hrs. (8:50).
Monday, Sept 27, 2010 - Sai News & Photo Updates: Wearing a tinge of all knowing smile there appeared The Lord and beholding the sight Prasanthi turned brimming with ecstatic joy! This evening, emerging at 1835 hrs., as Bhagawan went 'floating' in the pathway blessing the concourse on the glittering twilight, His eyes met many an eye, emitting Mother Sai's special brand of love and compassion.
Completing a full round of darshan, Bhagawan moved into the interview room, granting interview to the visiting Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Ashok Chavan, along with family members. The interview lasted for forty minutes.
Emerging after the interview, Bhagawan blessed some of the members of the Chief Minister's entourage before coming onstage at 1935 hrs. (7:35) Bhajans continued for another twenty minutes until Bhagawan accepted Mangala Arathi at 1955 hrs. (7:50) Blessing the assembly with abhayahastha, ladies, gents followed by students, Bhagawan left the dais at 2000 hrs. (8:00) retiring to Yajur Mandiram.
Sunday, Sept 26, 2010 - Sai News & Photo Updates:
In the evening: Longer the waiting, sweeter will be the feeling. This evening, as time ticked down pushing into the threshold of a departing twilight, Bhagawan emerged at 1838 hrs. (6:38) and in the backdrop echoed the bhajan, "Allaho Akbar..."
Coming onto the verandah after a full round, Bhagawan interacted with the visiting Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Mr. Ashok Chavan before moving onstage at 1850 hrs. (6:50).
As He sat onstage presenting Himself to the assembly, bhajans raised to a crescendo instigating the innate passion for the Divine.
The session prolonged till 1920 hrs. (7:20) when Bhagawan accepted Mangala Arathi. Bhagawan sat for a while blessing some of the boys before leaving the dais. Interacting and blessing the Chief Minister's family Bhagawan moved past towards the ladies' side enroute Yajur Mandiram.
In the morning: Scripting another glorious tale there dawned yet another Sunday morning! The pleasant morning's darshan tale began at 0930 hrs. with Bhagawan emerging from Yajur Mandiram, coming in, blessing the morning's assembly.
With hundreds of students lined up in the front row along the Divine pathway, almost everyone thrusting folded hands most reverentially, holding aloft prayers of supplication , Bhagawan moved past along the pathway, spraying blessing all over with His sanctifying glance. A full round of darshan was followed by blessing on the verandah before moving onstage at 0945 hrs.
With soulful tunes of bhajans setting up a background score, Bhagawan got
into His usual wont of leafing through devotees' prayers.
Saturday, Sept 25, 2010 - Sai News & Photo Updates: Yet another evening turned alive with Prasanthi's collective prayers setting off winning one more pricely Divine Darshan!
This evening, emerging much early compared to the prevalent timings, at 1735 hrs. (5:35 pm), to the chants of Vedam coupled with folklore drum beatings by the devotees from UP and Uttarakand, Bhagawan went for a slow round of darshan blessing multitudes. As He swayed from end to end conferring His benedictory glance upon the thousands, in the men side, one could see a hundred kneeling on their knees, paying obeisance to the Beloved Beauteous Divine Form! At the end of the round, tiny tots got their dues yet again as Bhagawan paused for a while posing at the children, watching them chanting the Vedam enthusiastically. Moving further into the ladies' side for His 'extra mile', Bhagawan turned around to ascend the portico.
Talking to a couple of groups Bhagawan came onstage at 1755 hrs. (5:55 pm).
Twin states of UP and Uttarakand were to stage a dance drama entitled "Syan Sya Aradhana" and a beautiful backdrop of the holy Mount of Kailasha was ready facing the Seat of Divinity.
After a ten minute pause, when Bhagawan preferred to attend to devotees' letters, Bhagawan was accosted by State President seeking initial blessings for the commencement of the programme. This was followed by a group of children in special priestly attire, who came unto him with a temple structure The play was based on the culture and traditions of northern region of Kumaon Mandal in Uttarakand.
The presentation began with a prayer and ritual to Syan Sya, the Supreme Lord, portrayed in traditional folklore. The presentation on the whole was an attempt to depict the rich cultural heritage of the region that has a strong base rooted in faith and devotion. Bringing in a couple of touching incidents from the life of "Little Sathya", intermittently coming up with dance sequences showcasing tradtions and cultural variety of the region, the fifty minute presentation served as a cultural introduction of the northern region to Prasanthi Nilayam. Jodha Dance, a temple dance prayer to Goddess and Krishi Nritya, depiction of celebration of harvest highlighting harmonious coexistnce of man and animal received rounds of applause from the capacity audience.
Presentation ended in Prasanthi Nilayam where the 'narrators' pledge a resolution to follow His core teachings of "Love all Serve All" and "Service to Man is Service to God". Burst open into a final folk song & dance hailing Prasanthi Nilayam the children from the twin states brought the curtains down on the colourful presentation.
Bhagawan moved down the dais to pose for photo session. This was followed by clothe distribution to the participants, sarees and safari pieces. As prasadam distribution was on, Bhagawan sat through, watching over the proceedings. Mangala Arathi was offered at 1915 hrs. (7:15 pm). Interacting with a couple of boys for some time Bhagawan left the dais after some time, slowly moving off, retiring to Yajur Mandiram.
|Friday, Sept 24, 2010 - Sai News & Photo Updates:|
A retiring day's demeanor in Prasanthi often plays the right contrast for the
highest spiritual theatre where The Lord in physical frame moves in, conferring
His highest divine benediction every day. Today, in the evening, when a shady
sky enhanced the the waning process, lights turned on at 18:00 hrs. (6 pm) on
the dot, illuminating the hall announcing the arrival of The Lord! The surge of
devotees sat with added verve having missed out the precious glance on the
Thursday, Sep 23,
2010 Sai News & Photo Updates: Glorified Thursday wins yet
another Morning Darshan! On this pleasant, beautiful morning, emerging at 0900
hrs. on the dot, Bhagawan went for a full round of darshan before coming onstage
in ten minutes. As bhajans progressed that was enlivened by the enthusiastic
participation of the primary children, Bhagawan blessed one of the bhajan boys,
a harmonium player, with a materialised golden chain. At 0942 hrs. Bhagawan
accepted Mangala Arathi, upon which He left the dais retiring for the session.
As the Srilankan devotees have retrieved, a huge group of over 2000 devotees from South Africa have arrived beginning their ten days Parthi Yatra this morning.
|| Samastha Lokaaha Sukhino Bhavanthu ||
Wednesday, Sep 22, 2010:-
Sai News & Photo Updates: Every fresh
day dawns in Prasanthi painting a canvas of nostalgia writ with golden darshan
stories from the past. Each of these days are overly enthusiastic to win His
Divine Grace and thus resolute to behold His physical frame. As the day
advances, as clock ticks down to the evening hours, the white army of students
arrive at the precincts, to lead the proceedings of Vedam and
Bhajans. Men and women from all walks of life, barring discrimination
whatsoever, also flock to steal a glimpse of the beautiful divine form. This
sets the backdrop for the anticipated darshan hour in Prasanthi Nilayam.
Monday, Sep 20, 2010
Sai News & Photo Updates:
Spirit of Sai Students is divinely infused and thus refuses to cave in to sleep.
"My Property" as 'proudly Bhagawan calls them, these students reciprocate every
bit of this "Divine Honour" pushing themselves to do the best, upholding the
high esteem of the hallowed alma mater run from Prasanthi Nilayam.
Celebrating the "Spirit of Bharat", the next item was a dance on the
theme "Mera Bharat Mahan..." that was followed by an instrumental piece,
intertwined with commentary in Hindi, echoing national integration.
Saturday, Sep 18, 2010
Sai News & Photo Updates:
It appeared as if every passing moment was competing to present The Lord unto
the darshan assembly, that had a long trial this evening before The Lord emerged
granting Divine Darshan!
In the evening, as the bhajans went on, time passed into the night fall pushing the twilight into the past, and the bond between The Lord and the assembly was fastening from strength to strength. Bringing a cheer on the thousands, there arrived the moment, as Bhagawan emerged at 1920 hrs. (07:20 pm) coming into the lit up hall for a slow, full round of darshan.
Completing the round, moving
further into the ladies' side, Bhagawan came onto the verandah, moving on,
interacting and blessing many before coming onstage at 1940 hrs. (07:40 pm),
from the right of Ganesha.
Friday, Sep 17, 2010:
Sai News & Photo Updates:
Today, on this beautiful evening of exclusive bhajans and darshan, emerging at
the twilight hour, at 1840 hrs., Bhagawan moved into a packed Sai Kulwant Hall,
going for a slow round of darshan, blessing the multitudes. Arriving onstage
just before 1900 hrs., from the right of Ganesha, Bhagawan sat on for the rest
of the session that lasted for more than half-an-hour. Accepting Mangala Arathi
at 1915 hrs. Bhagawan had a detailed interaction with one of the students who
was finally gifted with a glittering golden chain. Another student joined the
interaction and the session prolonged till 1930 hrs. Leaving the dais, Bhagawan
moved on, blessing many on His way, gliding into the ladies' side at 1935 hrs.
The surge of devotees that picked up from Guru Purnima is on and one could see, adding on to the multitudes seated in the Sai Kulwant Hall, another hundreds vying for a glimpse from outside, craning their necks yearning to steal a precious glimpse of the Divine.
|| Samastha Lokaaha Sukhino Bhavanthu
Thursday, Sep 16, 2010
Sai News & Photo Updates:
Today, in the evening, announcing His Divine Entry, Sai Kulwant turned
luminous at 1821 hrs. (06:21 pm) and there emerged the hallowed Divine Being,
shining and outshining, advancing, writing another glorious darshan script.
Wednesday, Sep 15, 2010:-
Sai News & Photo Updates:
Today, in the evening, that had an early downpour, much in advance to the "Prasanthi Hour", Bhagawan emerged at 1825 hrs. (06:25 pm), coming into a packed Sai Kulwant audience. A complete round ensued followed by the usual extra move into the ladies' side before He came onstage, blessing many enroute, at 1845 hrs. (06:45 pm) from the right of Ganesha.
Veda chanting reached a hightened tempo before ceasing giving way to the scheduled cultural presentation for the evening.
The States of Madhya Pradesh and Chhatisgarh were to present a musical ballet entitled "Mahishasura Mardini" depicting the epic battle of two extremes, Goddess Durga Vs. the demonic Mahishasura. Taking the storyline from the epical Durga Puran, the battle line was drawn between 'the good' versus 'the evil', for the evening in the immediate Divine presence. After initial blessing and an introduction in hindi, the programme commenced at 1850 hrs. (06:50 pm).
Presented with combined artistry of dancing, acting and expressive gestures with body languages, the youth from Uttai village of Chhatisgarh brought out a most natural demonstration in folk art form unveiling the epical saga.
The twenty five minute presentation evoked greater interest in the audience as Bhagawan sat through watching the Maa Banjari Seva Samithi artistes excelling, doing justice to the given opportunity, coming up with a most natural, scintillating performance. It was a battle fo Power and self-respect Vs. ego, arrogance and ignorance.
The battle ground witnessed lots of howling, shouting, emitting thamasic expressions leading up to a fierce battle ending up with Mother Divine winning over the demon giving respite, liberation. With the demon ruling the roost and Mother Goddess armed with ten hands arriving majestically riding over a lion, roaring to peak, the battle evoked greater enthusiasm in the audience, especially the tiny tots from the Primary, who were seen craning their necks, watching the horrifying tale with a touch of 'childish horror'. The entire presentation was done in most simplistic style that could be easily understood by one and all.
After a pause, bhajans started by the MP & Chhatisgarh troupe and even as the bhajans were on, prasadam distribution went on and subsequently Bhagawan moved down the ramp to pose with the group for photo session. At 1940 hrs. (07:40 pm) Bhagawan accepted Mangala Arathi. Even as the Arathi song was on, heavens opened up for a brief spell, enough to serve an indicatiion of the imminent downpour. Sitting for some more time, interacting with some of the staff members and the Youth from the state, Bhagawan left the dais at 1950 hrs. (07:50 pm) after blessing the assembly with abhayahastha. Heavens opened up yet again, with a heavy downpour, and as Bhagawan was moving off, there came dashing the "Sai Vaahan". Even after Bhagawan 'retired', the downpour continued for almost fifty minutes.
Tuesday, Sep 14, 2010 - Sai News & Photo Updates: Prasanthi’s normal quota of one hour Vedam chanting had an ‘add-on’ this evening when the Youth of Andhra Pradesh, taking their turn, presented the ‘Story of Fostering of the Vedas” through a dance drama entitled “Vedanjali” in the immediate Divine presence!
…And this evening, as The Lord emerged, along the “Divine Pathway” in the Sai Kulwant Hall, in the centre block, there was a mini temple with a Shivalinga adorning the ‘sanctum sanctorum’ invoking and greeting The Lord.
Emerging at the emergence of the twilight hour, 1810 hrs. (06:10 pm), Bhagawan made a slow, detailed round before completing to move a further into the ladies’ side before coming onstage at 1825 hrs. (06:25 pm), from the right of Ganesha.
The programme by the Youth of Andhra Pradesh was in consonance with the All India Sathya Sai Organisations resolution to stage cultural programmes coupled with service activities from Guru Purnima 2010 to the D-day, 23rd November 2010.
Vedam chanting continued for some more time before the senior officials from the Andhra Pradesh Organisation sought Divine blessings. A brief introduction on the programme by the State President followed before the presentation began with a soulful devotional dance in praise of Lord Shiva, setting the stage for the rest of the presentation.
The presentation was a “Visual Essay” of “Veda Poshana”, fostering of the Vedas by the Avatar of the Age, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba as identified by Him long ago as one of His Avataric Mission. Weaved in the backdrop of a village wherein the village chieftain or the preceptor takes reservation about liberal Vedic training, the presentation evolves
as the Sai Youth enters propagating the greater need of Vedic studies. Dispelling darkness of ignorance, Sai Youth comes up with inspirational real life stories of some of the ‘past masters’ of the likes of Kamavadhani, Gandhikota Subramanya Sastry, Kolluri Somasekhara Sastry etc. , convincing the village preceptor of the greater need of liberal studies of the Vedam in the present day. Many interesting anecdotes including the emergence of the great glorious “Sai Gayathri” were depicted, traversing through the illustrious story of “The Avatar and Veda Poshana”.
Rejuvenated after hearing the “Deeds of The Lord”, the village preceptor takes on to propagate the Vedam to the villagers without any reservation and discrimination, hailing Bhagawan as the Ultimate teacher, showcasing the culmination of the episode on a brighter positive note.
The forty minute presentation with chaste powerful telugu dialogues had thematic soulful renderings served as a pointer towards Bhagawan effort to spread the glory of Vedam over the years. With the Lord who long ago ‘pledged’ the fostering of the same sitting and presiding over, the youth from the state could not have expected to offer anything better than presenting a thesis that is so close to the Divine Heart!
A pause ensued after the presentation before bhajans commenced as per Bhagawan’s directive. An “aalaap” bhajan, Sri Raghavam…., came in between and as the bhajans continued and Safari pieces came in for distribution, Bhagawan moved down the stairs, watching the distribution from a close quarter, sitting facing the youth. As the clothe distribution got over, followed by Prasadam distribution, Bhagawan posed with the Youth, finally moving among before returning onstage. Bhajans continued for some more time before Bhagawan indicated for Managala Arathi at 1950 hrs. (07:50 p.m.). Blessing the assembly with an abhayahastha, Bhagawan left the dais at 1956 hrs. (07:56 p.m.) moving towards Yajur Mandiram.
|| Samastha Lokaaha Sukhino Bhavanthu ||
Monday, Sep 13, 2010: - Sai News & Photo Updates: The festival of great religious significance, Ganesh Chaturthi culminates in Prasanthi Nilayam with the symbolic immersion of the Ganeshas as directed by Bhagawan.
...And there came His word and the Ganeshas retreated. Today on this 13th Sept, on the holy Hindu calendar month of Bhadrapada, Ganeshas were taken out of the pedestals of respective worshipping houses for immersion in a grand procession held in the immediate Divine presence.
On this scheduled evening the spacious Sai Kulwant Hall was taken over by a fleet of Ganeshas, numbering over twenty five, representing various institutions, followed by scores of mini Ganeshas, occupying the main pathway invoking The Over Lord for blessings…and throughout the entire stretch of the pathway, scores of students and staff were seated carrying paraphernalias related to the ritualistic offering seeking His sanctifying touch…
Bhagawan arrived at 1835 hrs. (06:35 p.m.) escorted by a colourful religious procession led by ochre robed tiny tots from the Primary School holding little Ganeshas along with Vedam and Nadaswaram troupe. Completing a slow round of darshan Bhagawan, as usual, moved into the ladies' side before coming on to the verandah. Spending awhile with a 'combined hospital team' including directors from the twin super specialties hospitals, Bhagawan moved further to come onstage at 1900 hrs. (07:00 p.m.). Veda chanting ceased in due course of time as two " Lord Shiva along with son Lord Ganesha" moved unto Bhagawan seeking blessing for further proceedings. The higher secondary children burst into a dance song singing the glory, Ganapati Bappa Moriya..., hailing The Lord. This was followed by the colourful procession of retreat.
This is the occasion when Prasanthi showcases Ganeshas in varied theme, displaying colourful innovative ideas with the enthusiastic devoted bunch of students putting their best to impress upon The Over Lord of Prasanthi. As the
retreating procession began, there appeared vivid colourful patterns, as Ganeshas emerged donning different colours, mounted on different vehicles and chariots. While there was a Shirdi Sai Mandir replica housing the main Ganesha from the hostel, there was a Ganesha found atop the sacred bull, Nandi and another one enjoying the shelter under the Seshnag (the Divine Serpant of Lord Vishnu) and the list goes on...The procession of retreat took more than half-an-hour.
Bhagawan sat on for some more time, interacting with boys and blessing them, seeing their handiwork of tiny Ganesha structures. At 1950 hrs. (07:50 p.m.) Bhagawan accepted Mangala Arathi. Sitting for some more time, blessing the assembly of devotees, Bhagawan left dais at 2000 hrs. (08:00 p.m.) retiring to Yajur Mandiram.
|| Samastha Lokaaha Sukhino Bhavanthu ||
Sunday, Sep 12, 2010 - Sai News & Photo Updates: Today, this weekend Sunday turned out to be the most gratifying day for a group of privileged parents! These parents were honoured by Bhagawan Himself, a Divine Reward for their rightful decision to educate their children in Sathya Sai Institutions followed by their parental 'consent' permitting these children to stay back, serving in various Prasanthi institutions.
The group known as "Sai Sannidhi" has a total strength of 191 former students who are employed in various institutions, namely, Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, Sri Sathya Sai Sadhana Trust, Twin Super Specialty Hospitals in Prasanthi and Whitefield, Twin General Hospitals in Prasanthi and Whitefield, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Prasanthi Nilayam and Brindavan Campuses etc.
Poornachandra was set with all the participating parents and their children readied themselves in advance, as early as at 1530 hrs. (03:30 p.m.) Arrangements had been meticulously made so that Bhagawan could spend time with each family. Interesting videos of Bhagawan’s visit to Sri Sathya Sai Panduranga Kshetra, Pune and videos of Old Brindavan days were screened as the group sat waiting for The Divine arrival.
Coming into the hall at 1730 hrs. (05:30 p.m.) Bhagawan moved into the rows, satisfying each family, blessing them, answering their queries, showering Akshatas (sanctified rice). As one of the speakers mentioned, Bhagawan interacted with each family as if He was part of their family. Yes, it goes without saying Bhagawan is part of each and every family.
Bhagawan spent more than an hour and a half moving amongst the families. Subsequently, Bhagawan moved onto the specially erected dais. Mementoes, unique as each member had his name written on the packet containing the souvenir were distributed. Each member family had a special gift as well. Two short speeches followed; Sri Sai Sundrenath, Teacher, Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary School expressed his feelings in a succinct way, blurting his joy on Bhagawan showering so much for all the members and their families. The next speaker Sri Sanjay Sahni, Principal, Brindavan Campus, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning who expressed his gratitude to Bhagawan. He said in a voice of pride and gratitude, “Bhagawan, Your Sannidhi (proximity) is our greatest Pennidhi (wealth)". He also echoed the feelings of all members that Bhagawan has bestowed upon them the opportunity to play a part in His mission when thousands are waiting for such a cherished golden opportunity! The glorious session came to an end with Mangala Arathi at 1925 hrs. (07:25 p.m.)
Entire Sai Sannidhi participants were served with breakfast, traditional lunch and dinner during the day.
Back in the Mandir, bhajans were on, not amplified through public address system. It was a lengthy wait for the week-end assembly. Waiting for the Lord becomes an enduring pleasure once your heart seeks His presence with selfless love....Bhagawan arrived just after 1930 hrs. (07:30 p.m.) and the bhajans got in to a crescendo with public address system turned on. Coming for a complete round, Bhagawan, as usual, moved further into the ladies' end, for a full length, before turning about to come on to the verandah. Moving on through the lower verandah, Bhagawan went into the bhajans hall, Exiting through the main entrance, Bhagawan came onstage at 1950 hrs. (07:50 p.m.). One more bhajan, and Bhagawan nodded for Mangala Arathi. After the Arathi, Bhagawan asked for an encore of "Samastha Lokaaha..." As blessed prasadam went for distribution, Bhagawan sat for a while before moving off, retiring to Yajur Mandiram beyond 2000 hrs. (08:00 p.m.) bringing curtains down on yet another glorious week!
|| Samastha Lokaaha Sukhino Bhavanthu ||
Friday, Sep 10, 2010:- Sai News & Photo Updates: Indonesia, the land with great cultural heritage, land of many islands, has come as a group on a Parthi Yathra. ...And, the evening was earmarked for the island nation to celebrate the joy of the Advent of 85 years of Divine sojourn.
Coming up with triple presentations, the island nation was ready on the beautiful evening joining the mass of devotees invoking the Divine. Bhagawan emerged at 1820 hrs. (06:20 pm IST), to the escort of a group from Indonesia, dressed up in colourful costumes reflecting national tradition. As The Lord moved past, Bhagawan blessed many including a group of boys having tiny Ganeshas, meant for different houses in the hostel, seeking blessings. Upon completing a full round of darshan, spending awhile with the tiny tots at the Primary School block, Bhagawan moved further into the ladies' side. Turning about, after a full length, Bhagawan came onto the verandah, moving into the bhajan hall, where the students were waiting for "Swami" seeking blessings for a scheduled presentation on Ramzan.
Blessing the boys, Bhagawan emerged shortly to move onstage at 1840 hrs. (06:40 pm IST) and Veda chanting raised into a higher tone. Seniors from the Indonesian group moved towards Bhagawan invoking blessings before the commencement of the programme.
At a time when personal interactions become a rarity, in this changing phase of time of the Avatar, every group that flocks to Prasanthi converse with The Lord through its presentations. Quite often, such programmes begin with introduction as a prelude, directly offering love and gratitude, in the process engaging in a sort of conversation with The Lord! Indonesian's followed the pattern giving a fitting intro for the programme bursting into a melodious song, "Gaana Priye O! Bhaava Priye..." in praise of Mother Divine!
What ensued was an hour long cultural presentation by the Sai Youth, the Balvikas and the Sathya Sai Study Group of Indonesia, reflecting Bhagawan's teachings, highlighting some of the Sai Ideals!
The main programme by the group was a drama entitled "The Search for Paradise" by the Sai Youth of Jakarta. The presentation was an illustration of the story of a youth who comes to terms with life's biggest lessons, ending up transforming himself, airing unconditional love towards his one-time neglected parents.
Vishal, the protagonist, was into the wrong side of life, immersed in materialism, ignoring parents, rocking and rollicking with illusory success in the temporal world, quite ignoramus of the true side of human sojourn. Despite sincere efforts from his good, guiding friend, Ali, who was into Sai way of life, Vishal was not ready to pay heed to the good advice by the friend. When destiny took its toll and he was exposed to adversity, having lost a bet on 'match-fixing' a football game ending up loosing millions, the greedy one came back to his senses and there began his true journey of transformation.
Presenting a most prevalent theme of current times, packed with superb dialogue delivery and natural acting, the presentation turned out to be an eye-opener, yet another chapter in the book of "Transformation". The drama concluded with a declaration that true paradise could be found only at the feet of the parents!
Earlier, the presntation began with a dance, "Krisnna Rasaleela" by the Balvikas children from Sri Sathya Sai School, Bali. The presentation was a depiction of Madhura Bhakthi exemplified by the gopikas and Radha. Presented in Balinese style, quite alien to Prasanthi, the dance depiction by scores of little children who swayed to the melody of Divine sport, turned out to be an atypical experience for Prasanthi introducing the great Balinese tradition.
The final presentation was by the Sri Sathya Sai Study Group of Indonesia, a depiction of Cosmic Divine Dance of Lord Shiva! Marked by colourful costumes, to the accompaniment of typical South East Asian style of music, the presentation was an offering at Bhagawan's Feet, seeking The Lord to shower His grace to help them achieve life's foremost goal!
Soon after the presentation, Bhagawan moved down the dais, posing for photographs, blessing all the groups. ...And the character of Ali, the good friend, earned special Divine attention as Bhagawan materialised a golden chain for the youth.
Bhagawan returned onstage and the session was far from over! As Bhagawan moved off, for a while, into the interview room, the Institute students were readying themselves for Eid celebration on the eve of the Muslim festivity. Wishing Id Mubarak, making a mention of the month long fasting and penance that entitles the community of highest Divine benediction, students burst open into a Qawwali tune in traditional Sufi style, in praise of Allah, The One Lord!
The next item to follow was "Namaz", the typical Muslim prayer. At the nightfall, when the silent air in Prasanthi reverberated with the religious, godly tunes of Muslim traditional prayer, the Namaz, with scores of children engaged in praying in the Divine presence of the Mighty Lord, it sent out the sublime message of secularism that Bharat has always been promoting and Bhagawan has been echoing through His maxim, There is Only One Religion, The Religion of Love!
The programme continued with a skit on the celebration of the festival Ramzan, illustrating the spirit of the celebration, that crosses all religious barriers. Bringing parallels from The Bhagavad Gita and other religious scriptures, the presentation spoke about the true spirit of the festivity divulging details about the importance fasting etc.
Expounding on the true sense of the religion, talking on man's follies of projecting his religion to be the only one, the grateful students burst into yet another song of glory in praise of The Only One God!
A dedication song followed, before summarising the presentation with a 'thesis' on His all conquering love, singing the popular tune, "Sai Ke Darbar Mein..."calling one and all to the precincts of Prasanthi!
Quite a world with "a God" who embraces men from all walks of life and faiths, it may sound 'utopian', yet, Prasanthi lives every moment breathing the life force infused by this "Lord Who Walks The Earth" inviting everyone to witness This Great Grand Happening on Planet Earth! Rightfully, the students concluded, singing, "Aaoji Aao...Sai Ke Darbar Mein..."
Bhagawan moved down the dais yet again, posing with His children. Returning onstage, Bhagawan sat for a while flipping through the leaves of "Holy Quran" placed at His hand by the students. At 2055 hrs. (08:55 pm IST) Bhagawan turned to the priest indicating for Mangala Arathi.
Blessing the concourse with His abhayahastha, Bhavawan moved off the dais. The time clock was ticking past 2100 hrs. (09:00 pm IST) as Bhagawan was gliding into the western aisle leading to the ladies' side retiring for the day, bringing curtains down on this glorious Prasanthi evening.
Special prasadam, Indonesian chocolates packed artistically, were distributed to the entire assemblage.
Ganesh Chaturthi is scheduled for the morrow and in the night, hostels and various other instititutions will be quite active, with decorating and housing the Lord, the remover of all obstacles, before the rituals begin on the auspicious Vinayaka Chaturthi morning. Being the week-end, students from the Anantapur and Brindvan campuses have also joined Prasanthi feasting His Divine presence during the twin festive occasion!
|| Samastha Lokaaha Sukhino Bhavanthu ||
Thursday, Sep 09, 2010
- Sai News & Photo Updates:
HE is glory came down to planet earth and every time,
every day, every session, when He comes out granting Divine Darshan, it writes
yet another glorious chapter in the Story of God's Supreme Divine Benediction!
|| Samastha Lokaaha Sukhino Bhavanthu ||
Wednesday, Sep 08, 2010 - Sai News & Photo Updates: Today, nature had her backdrop set with inclement weather prevailing over, and even as Prasanthi continued with her 'penance' invoking The Lord, youth brigade from the neighbouring Himalayan Kingdom was ready with a bouquet of devotional offerings.
Emerging at 1840 hrs., to a spontaneos applause in sheer excitement and joy, Bhagawan moved past with Vedic incantations filling the air, joined by an enthusiastic batch of Easwaramma English Medium School children. Completing a full round, after spending awhile with the children, Bhagawan moved into the ladies' side not before turning about to come on to the portico. Moving into the bhajan hall, Bhagawan spent sometime inside, before emerging through the main entrance.
Glilding past the upper portico, blessing many enroute, Bhgawan came onstage at 1905 hrs. to commence further proceedings for the evening.
Initial invocation and blessings ensued with the youth making a fervent prayer mentioning about the prevailing security concern back in the country, that was hit by political unrest. The Nepalese presentation was a musical bouquet comprising of three programmes, twenty minutes apiece, veda chanting, songs vocal followed by songs instrumental.
After the twenty minute Vedam stint that comprised of Ganesh Prarthana, Narayana Upanishad and Mantra Pushpam, the songs began that were set in folk tunes of Nepal, sung jointly with a blend of varied beats. The third and final song was a prayer to help in restoration of peace in the country. The last item was an instrumental medley of folk and classical songs. The programme lasted for an hour.
Sarees and Safari pieces were distributed among the participants and at 2010 hrs. Bhagawan accepted Mangala Arathi. Session was to continue as Bhagawan moved down the dais to pose with the group, gents and ladies separately. Returning onstage, Bhagawan moved off the dais into the interview room.
Emerging at 2040 hrs. Bhagawan glided into the ladies' end retiring for the day. Prasadam was distributed to the entire assemblage.
The 1800 strong Nepalese contingent of Youth is on a ten day pilgrimage to Prasanthi Nilayam. Utilising their stay in the ashram, the youth most exemplarily engaged in various service activities, with various batches pressing themselves into service on different days, cleansing areas outside the ashram premises, mainly the road in front of the ashram, planetarium side, the chitravathi banks etc.
|| Samastha Lokaaha Sukhino Bhavanthu ||
Tuesday, Sep 07,
2010 - Sai News & Photo Updates: This Tuesday morning
won the Divine favour, as Bhagawan came out granting Divine Darshan! Hit by gloomy
weather with shady sky blocking the brightness of the Sun, The Lord emerged at
0921 hrs. lighting up the morning with His warm presence! Coming for a full
round, interacting with some devotees, Bhagawan moved into the bhajan hall to
spend quite sometime in.
Subsequently emerging at 0951 hrs., Bhagawan moved into the
interview room to spend next forty minutes in. As time sped past, bhajans
went on until Bhagawan emerged at 1028 hrs. to accept Managala Arathi. Moving
off the dais at 1033 hrs., Bhagawan glided into the ladies' side retiring for
A slow round ensued with many getting their share of bliss of close darshan, sparshan and some with sambhashan. Completing a full round Bhagawan moved further into the ladies' end, before turning about to come onto the portico.
Lengthy interactions followed and even as He glided past the lower portico, many received His attention before Bhagawan assumed His seat at 1915 hrs. Soon it was time for Mangala Arathi. In the meanwhile, blessed prasadam went for distribution.
After Arathi and the Universal prayer, Bhagawan asked for an encore of "Samastha Lokaaha..." . With prasadam distribution in the half-way, Bhagawan sat on and a group of children with a card moved unto Him. Bhagawan spent quite sometime with the group, seeing the card, in between calling some of the related faculties, blessing them all.
At 1930 hrs. Bhagawan moved off, continuing to interact with some enroute, before gliding into the ladies' end at 1935 hrs. retiring for the day.
Nepalese Group of devotees has been camping in Prasanthi and the group is awaiting its turn to perform in the Divine presence. At the end of the session, as the en masse 'Jaikar' rented the air, a hundred hand went up from the assembly, most of them nepalese, wishing The Lord in ecstastic devotion!.
|| Samastha Lokaaha Sukhino Bhavanthu ||
Monday, Sep 06, 2010 - Sai News & Photo Updates: As the fresh week's maiden darshan was awaited, this evening, there was added devotional fervour in the air and as time rolled by Prasanthi continued with her "Penanace" invoking The Lord! ...And soon with the arrival of the beautiful twilight, there was a bustle outside the Yajur Mandiram indicating the imminent emergence of The Divine!
Emerging at 1845 hrs. to come for a full round of darshan, Bhagawan moved into the bhajan hall for a short stint. Coming out shortly through the main entrance, blessing someone on His way, Bhagawan moved onstage at 1905 hrs. through the doctors' block marked by a raised tempo in bhajans.
In next five minutes, Bhagawan nodded for Mangala Arathi. Asking for an encore of "Samastha Lokaaha..." Bhagawan sat for another five minutes, glancing at the assembly, and the hall was engulfed in total silence. Moving off, Bhagawan interacted with some devotees before gliding into the ladies' side at 1925 hrs. retiring for the day.
|| Samastha Lokaaha Sukhino Bhavanthu
Saturday, Sep 04, 2010 - Sai News & Photo Updates: Divine Marriage of the Divine Couple in the immediate Divine
Presence of The Supreme Divine in the Divine Abode undoubtedly bears the Supreme
Today, on this day of auspicious Arudra star, in the evening, Prasanthi Nilayam witnessed the most auspicious Divine Marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi.
After the Divine Marriage, Gouri Kalyana Vaibhavam song rendered the air,
rejoicing the auspiciousness of the occasion.
|| Samastha Lokaaha Sukhino Bhavanthu ||
Friday, Sep 03, 2010 - Sai News & Photo Updates:
Today, in the evening, emerging at 1720 hrs., Bhagawan was ushered into the hall
to a Poornakumbha Swagatham followed by a special escort of Vedic procession by
a band of children from various Sathya Sai Schools across India, who have come
on a Prasanthi Pilgrimage.
Moving on, attending to some devotees and subsequently glancing upon the "Vidya Vihar Team", arrayed in hudreds, Bhagawan moved past casting His special benedictions upon the flag-bearing children posed at the centre against the backdrop for the day's programme. Moving on, Bhagawan had an interaction with some of the participants before proceeding to complete the round. Blessing the birthday boys, speaking to the chief organisers at the ladies' end, Bhagawan turned to the tiny tots from the Primary School, pausing for a while posing them, listening to their chanting encouraging them to chant with added vigour. Moving a further length into the ladies' side, Bhagawan turned about to come onto the portico, proceeding to the bhajan hall.
Upanayanam for the deity of Lord Chandrasekhara was also
done as a part of the proceedings. The deities have been named as 'Chandrasekhara'
and 'Parvathi' by Bhagawan Himself. These deities have been brought to Prasanthi
Nilayam from Kumbhakonam, the 'temple town' of South India in Tamil Nadu. Before
leaving the hall Bhagawan also blessed Angavastram for the priests.
Soon, Dr. Ranga Rao, Trust Convener, Sri Sathya Sai Trust, Andhra Pradesh took
over speaking on the mission and credentials of Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Vihar
Schools across India. Ninety One schools across India, including 79 High Schools
with a student force of over 50000 are the centres of excellence imparting value
based eductiion in the lines of the teachings of Bhagawan, said Dr. Ranga Rao,
detailing credentials from the academic, sports and other extra-curricular front
achieved by these schools.
As the presentation got off,
Bhagawan moved off the dais to get into the interview room. Spending almost
fifteen minutes in, Bhagawan moved into the bhajan hall to emerge and come
onstage at 1900 hrs. ...And the programme continued.
At the end of the presentation, Bhagawan moved down the dais, posing for
photograph session with the participating children assembled devoid of all
barriers. Returning onto the stage in ten minutes, Bhagawan sat for some more
time, as presentations, sarees and safari pieces for children went for
distribution. At 1936 hrs., Bhagawan accepted Mangala Arathi. Asking the
children to assemble in the front, Bhagawan graciously permitted the children to
sing one Ganesha bhajan before asking for one more Arathi at 1945 hrs.
Thursday, Sep 02,2010 - Sai News & Photo Updates: An all Krishna Bhajan session, Gokulam procession of cows and quadrupeds followed by a scintillating musical session of special Krishnashtami songs in the immediate presence of the enchating Avatar of the Age marked the Sri Krishna Janmashtami celebrations, today, in the evening, in Prasanthi Nilayam.
Emerging at 1758 hrs., Bhagawan moved into the hall blessing the "Gokulam Procession" of cows and quadrupeds including Sathya Gita, savouring golden moments of Gokuldham in the Dwapara Yuga. Reminiscing the scene and actions that happened over 5000 years ago, during the previous age, Prasanthi was feasting the Advent of the Love Avatar who shepherded men and animals and the entire creation with His all conquering love.
Moving unto the quadrupeds, Bhagawan spent sometime in the middle, feeding the 'special guests' for the evening before blessing and releasing a couple of white pigeons, symbolising universal peace. Earlier, Bhagawan received at the venue by senior functionaries from Sri Sathya Sai Bhakta Sahayaka Sangh that runs the Sri Sathya Sai Gokulam along with a contingent of staffers, students from the Institute and Higher Secondary School. A band of percussionists from the Institute was also present spicing up the occasion.
Completing a full round of darshan, Bhagawan spent awhile at the primary block enticing the enthused innocent bunch of little hearts before proceeding, moving into the ladies' side. Turning about, Bhagawan came onto the portico, to get into the bhajan hall for a while.
Emerging through the main entrance, sliding into the lower portico, Bhagawan spent quite sometime with the State President, Kerala, flipping through a photo album before proceeding to move onstage at 1840 hrs., from the right of Ganesha. Instantly, the bhajan troupe switched over to special Krishnashtami hyms to the accompaniment of scintillating musical score. As the songs continued, 'Krishna and Balrama' came onto the stage with a 'potful' of chocolates seeking blessings from the Lord in physical.
Beginning with the nectarous 'Madhurashtakam', the selected bunch of talented students presented one after one songs of celestial rhythm delivering the magical touch of the "Birthday Lord" and His all conquering love. Ending up with a scintillating hindustani classical in lines of Meera Bhai, at 1915 hrs. Bhagawan accepted Mangala Arathi.
The Session continued for some more time as the special percussion band comprising of saxophone, clarinet accompanied by mridangam was blessed to play to the tune of a couple of bhajans. As prasadam distribution went on, Bhagawan called "Krishna and Balrama' onstage to interact with them in detail for sometime. Blessing the "Divine Characters' with Vibhuti Prasadam and Paadanamaskaar, Bhagawan moved off the dais, retiring to Yajur Mandiram at 1940 hrs.
Earlier, as He was ushered in, a fleet of children from the Anantapur Campus and Primary school was awaiting the Lord with special greetings, seeking blessings on the special occasion. Blessing the children spending sometime around, gliding past, Bhagawan moved on to bless the Gokulam Procession. Similarly at the end of His round, He had a bunch of boys, from the Institute and Primary school seeking similar blessings.
In the evening turned twilight, the Mandir was glittering under the light and special decorations for the special occasion.The backdrop for the 'Seat of The Lord' had the enchanting Krishna statue adorning the centre stage.
Yes, the evening was indeed a 'Krishna Special' in presence of Sai Krishna....!!
|| Samastha Lokaaha Sukhino Bhavanthu ||
|Wednesday, Sept 01, 2010 - Sai News & Photo Updates:|
Today, the first day of the month of September, in the evening, the focus of
attention was into the closed precincts of Poornachandra Auditorium.
After the initial round of blessings, programme commenced
with a narration that had many an interspersed 'stories of glory' of the Sai
Mission....and Bhagawan sat onstage with the lucid telugu narrative went on
mesmerising the Divine and the audience equally.
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