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Om Sairam to most beloved Sai Family
19th April 2007, The much awaited wedding of R.V.Janikaramaiah (Swami’s
brother)’s grand daughter’s wedding was a grand success and thanks to
Swami for His Physical presence and the family worked hard to accommodate
the vast invitees and devotees..
It was indeed a great day for all the devotees, the family members of
Swami and to the blessed few who could make it to the wedding… I have no
idea as where to start today’s story as its filled with Sai love and also
His surprise gift.
Being a video grapher for Prof.Anil Kumar’s Sunday talks for over 2 years
now.. I thought why not try to film the Family wedding scheduled on 19th.
With lots of hopes and aspirations, I approached the family and by Swami’s
grace got t got the nod from the family to film the proceedings… My
happiness knew no bounds and I know its not a SMALL wedding.. the lord of
the lords will make a physical presence to bless His (read as His body’s)
brother’s grand daughter who is also His grand daughter… and filming
weddings is a not a small thing especially Indian style weddings which are
lengthy and customary..
As the wedding day got closer and closer my curiosity was mounting.. I was
very excited.. and also tense.. When will Swami come.. Will I cover the
wedding properly? Will I get a chance to speak to Him? Bla.. bla..
Last night I couldn’t sleep and I woke up as early as 3am and was sitting
on my bed praying to Swami to bless this special day for the couple and
also to me who is doing a maiden entry into filming marriages..
I know its all Swami’s grace.. The wedding started in R.V.Janaki Ramayya
Kalyana Mandapam at 8am and the Tali ceremony was also over at 9:05am and
all eyes were gazed at the entrance.. all the VIPs, ministers, filmstars
were in the hall and it was Swami’s turn now.. Exactly at 9:17 Swami’s car
entered the premises and there was huge anxiety in all of us.. I slowly
moved to the front of the stage and sat on the floor with my camcorder… I
was to Swami’s side and just 4 feet away Swami’s wheel chair was landing
on the floor.. My hands were shivering.. not because it was my first job
but after seeing Swami.. I was wondering can this be real.. Slowly the
chair landed and Swami turned to His right and looked at me.. My heart
beat stopped for a while.. I slowly moved back to make way for Swami.. who
got close to the 3 feet height stage where the bride and bride groom were
seated..Swami signaled the newly wed couple to come down the stage.. the
whole family were surrounding Swami.. Swami gently smiled at all of them..
As I was having a camcorder, I was allowed to get closer to Swami.. in no
time I landed right infront of the Lotus feet, looking through my LCD
screen I could see Swami so close that I didn’t even had to do atleast 2X
zoom.. Many times I preferred to see Swami through my naked eyes instead
of the screen..
Swami then blessed the garland.. took some turmeric rice in His hands and
sprinkled over the couple..He asked them to take padanamskar and very
lovingly spoke to the grand daughter and suddenly He waved His hands as if
to materialize some thing.
I knew there would be at least one
materiliasation as I held my breath and focused my camera at His
hands..Swami materialized vibhuti and gave it to the newly wed
couple..there were anxious moments in the family members.. Many were in
tears.. thanking Swami for His presence in the wedding Swami blessed the
couple and the bride showed her Mangala Sutra and Swami blessed the same
by keeping His hand.. the g rand daughter held Swami’s hands with tears in
her eyes and Swami looking at her eyes tightend the grip and that made the
bride cry more.. Swami very lovingly asked her not to do so and it was
just a treat to the eyes to see the Lord of the lords, cominng all the way
to the wedding and playing a perfect grand pa role… after a while Swami
accepted arathi from both and they had another padanamaskar. The family
now came closer to Swami and Swami spoke to them very sweetly .. saying
Chala Santhosam..chala santhosam (very happy)…
He then gave padanamaskar to all..
Suddenly He looked to me.. in surprise, probably asking (how come you are
here?).. I was right infront of Swami’s feet I was wondering should I
(touch) or shouldn’t I.. I know its very rare chance to get that close and
with me.. even when I see a photo of Swami’s feet.. I see that I touch and
offer my virtual prayers to the lotus feet and here Iam right infront of
the Lotus feet in flesh and blood….. taking some courage(from Swami) I
stretched my left hand and touched His feet and looked at Swami, who was
ready for me with a Sweet smile…
Swami now signaled to go.. and the wheel chair was slowly moving towards
the car.. suddenly the chair stopped as Swami was speaking to some one..
and I was now to the right side of Swami and as I looked upto Swami.. He
signaled with His hand to take padanamaskar and in no time.. I touched His
right lotus feet.. tears were rolling down.. I had no words to describe
the compassion of our most beloved Swami…
Swami left for the ashram after staying there for 15 minutes…
With prayers and best wishes from the whole sai family to Sri Kumari and
Sarath… I offer my pranams at the lotus feet of our Lord…
Jai Sai Ram