From Kindergarten to
Prasanthi Garden...24 June 2010
The Primary School in Prasanthi Nilayam can be
rightly called as Prasanthi Garden, where tender saplings are
nurtured in their initial days of education with loving care
under the divine “supervision” of Bhagawan, who dons the role of
“The Divine Gardener”!
Fresh academic year
brings fresh students. As is the case with any other
school, every new academic year brings new ‘saplings’ to
this Sai Garden at Prasanthi Nilayam. These tiny tots
who are coming with kindergarten experience to the
direct hold of Swami are the privileged lot to get the
right lessons of true education at a very tender age.
With specially trained teachers imparting preliminary
lessons of discipline leading their way to leap into a
brighter future, these saplings grow into trees,
becoming worthy instruments in His Divine Mission.
Feasting their eyes with His beautiful
divine form, semiweekly, on Thursdays and Sundays on a regular basis
apart from festive and special occasions is the rarest of boons, one
of its kind, that is bestowed upon these little children. These
tiny saplings may be too tender to understand the import of this
“Sight of His Divine Form”, Darshan, though sooner than later their
subconscious would register the right impressions of the greater
importance of this exercise called Darshan!
In Parthi, the next best sight to watch
after feasting oneself with Bhagawan’s glorious form is the innocent
expressions of these tiny chirping little ones, while Swami passes
by the lot. A silent observer could catch plethora of emotions
running through this special bunch, blossoming into beautiful
expressions. While sticking to discipline, the first lesson imparted
to them at the hallowed portals, albeit enjoying a special degree of
freedom by virtue of their tender age, there are hues of added
beauty of innocence reflecting from this bunch radiating bliss all
Wed, June 23, 2010:
This morning, Bhagawan emerged at 0820 hrs. to
come for a full round of darshan. Moving at a slow pace,
blessing a veteran on his birthday, listening to some others on
His way, Bhagawan moved onto the dais at 0832 hrs., round of
Ganesha, to the chants of Vedam. As the chanting continued with
a crescendo, Bhagawan, occupying the right half of the dais
against His normal practice, continued to sit even beyond the
scheduled Vedam hour at 0900. Vedam continued and soon Bhagawan
called a waiting boy onstage to converse with him 'in detail'
for quite sometime before materialising a chain for the blessed
As Bhagawan was untying the hook of the
chain, of His own creation, He chose to play around with the
same for some time before adorning the boys' neck with the
golden and there were silent laughters around, witnessing the
"Divine Sport", that is most inimitable! Soon it was Arathi
time, 0921 hrs.; and He turned His head to the priest indicating
Arathi. Accepting Arathi, giving a meaningful look at the Vedam
Block, as if indicating "only vedam", Bhagawan moved off the
dais advancing to Yajur Mandiram, not before blessing some
seniors on His way.
On this cloudy yet pleasant evening,
when cool breeze was wafting across Prasanthi, emerging at 1805
hrs. for a full round of darshan, Bhagawan came onstage
at 1820 hrs., round of Ganesha. With Bhagawan adorning the
centre stage, bhajans continued till 1850 hrs. when Mangala
Arathi was offered. Upon accepting Arathi, blessing the
beneficiaries for the evening, Bhagawan moved off the dais,
enroute, blessing Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi, veteran BJP leader
and former Union Minister for Human Resources Development before
gliding past the aisle at the ladies' end retiring to Yajur
Mandiram at 1900 hrs.
A big contingent of devotees from the US, a
group of Youth from Gujarath and a tiny group from Indonesia are
camping in Prasanthi during the week, expecting turn to present
their offering in His Divine Presence.
Tue, June 22, 2010:
This morning, emerging just before the commencement of bhajans,
at 0858 hrs., Bhagawan went for a full round before
coming onstage at 0905 hrs., round of Ganesha. As bhajans
continued, Bhagawan sat through the session until Mangala Arathi
was offered at 0937 hrs. As Arathi was on, Bhagawan called two
of the bhajan boys onstage, one after one, blessing them with
Vibhuti prasadam. Leaving the dais shortly, enroute conversing
'in detail' with a student, Bhagawan moved into the interview
room, calling some seniors in. Emerging at 1005 hrs., after
blessing a senior devotee, Bhagawan glided into the ladies' side
retiring for the session.
Prema Muditha Manase Kaho Rama
Rama Ram, one of the popular
bhajan that Bhagawan would often sing after His many a discourse
delivered during yester years, rendered the air in Prasanthi as
Bhagawan passed by the singers' block in a glittering Sai
Kulwant Hall that was almost filled to capacity in the twilight
at 1900 hrs. Ascending the portico, blessing Mr. Issac Tigrett,
Bhagawan glided past the lower portico before coming onstage at
1910 hrs. As bhajans continued, Bhagawan sat through the session
till 1921 hrs. when Mangala Arathi was offered. Blessing the
beneficiaries for the session, Bhagawan moved off the dais into
the interview room before emerging yet again to retire to Yajur
Mandiram at 1930 hrs.
Earlier, ending a long wait, Bhagawan emerged
at the waning twilight at 1855 hrs. coming for a full round of
Lores of yore tell us about penance that ran
into thousands of years. In this modern age, we are blessed to
taste the spirit of this great sadhana called 'penance' in
shorter versions, lasting for a maximum of two to three hours.
The Almighty Lord, that He is, has to be invoked with heartfelt
prayers suffused with pristine selfless emotion. That one step
is sure to ensure His presence amidst us, granting the bliss of
Sun, June 20, 2010:
Today, emerging at the waning twilight at 1835 hrs. and
coming for a full round, Bhagawan went bit further into the
ladies' side, soon to return coming onto the portico.
Ascending the portico, Bhagawan moved through
the lower portico, spending quite sometime listening and
conversing with many, before going for a full round of the
portico, moving onto the upper portico from the rear end.
Gliding through the upper portico, blessing many, Bhagawan came
down to the lower portico, going for a full round before coming
onstage at 1905 hrs., round of Ganesha.
Crescendo in bhajan marked His arrival on
stage and the tempo continued as Bhagawan sat through crowning
the dais feasting the weekend's assembly, shining in His Divine
Mangala Arathi was offered at 1910 hrs.
Blessing the beneficiaries for the evening, blessing prasadam
for Primary School children, Bhagawan moved off the dais at 1920
hrs. retiring for the day, marking the end of a glorious week
that was blessed by dazzling twilight darshans on all seven
A special mention on the tiny tots from the
Primary School, as they won His special attention yet again!
Upon completing the round, Bhagawan chose to spent sometime at
the primary block, especially amusing the first standard
children who were distinguished in their light blue uniform,
seated at the vantage block facing the interview room. As
Bhagawan moved past them, there were many a little one, craning
their necks, vying for a glimpse of their Swami.
Prasanthi seems to be catching up with the
metamorphosis in Darshan schedule. In view of this recent change
in darshan schedule, the shopping centre and the book centre
will be going for change in their operational hours for the
evening session. While the shopping centre will be opened from
1500 hrs. to 1730 hrs., the book stall will be operational
between 1500 hrs. to 1800 hrs. The shopping centre will have a
revised timing for the morning session as well, from 0830 hrs.
to 1100 hrs.
Sat, June 19, 2010:
Today, emerging at 1825 hrs., on an evening when a
cultural programme was scheduled, Bhagawan, gliding through the
pathway went for a full round before proceeding for a second
round, this time to take a detour from half way through at the
ladies' end, coming on to the portico. Moving through the lower
portico, casting His benedictory glance upon many, Bhagawan came
onstage at 1840 hrs., well received with a crescendo in Veda
The stage was set for a musical ballet "Dorakunaa
Ithuvanti Seva", meaning, "there is no greater worship than
selfless service to humanity", by Balvikas and Youth from
Saroornagar Samithi of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations,
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.
Veda chanting continued till 1852 hrs. till
Bhagawan nodded for the commencement of the programme.
Barrage of blessings followed with men and
women followed by participating children made a beeline to
Bhagawan seeking initial blessings before the commencement of
the programme. Beginning with an announcement in English and
Telugu making a mention of various service activities done by
the Samithi, especially in the field of Vocational Training and
Human Values, the participants made a collective prayer to
Bhagawan to be with them in all their endeavours as the guiding
The music dance ballet, thematic as the title
suggests, talks about the unemployed youth of the village who
climb the ladder of success, finding right employment, thanks to
the untiring efforts youth wing of Sathya Sai Sai Organisations,
whose intitiative, Sri Sathya Sai Seva Sudha, brings light unto
many a heart.
The fifty minute programme that was dominated
by meaningful dialogues and depiction of service activities was
interspersed with thematic musical dance presenations by the
Balvikas and Youth.
The programme was followed by chanting of
Holy Aditya Hridayam. As the chanting continued. Bhagawan moved
down the dais to bless the participants with a photo session.
Mangala Arathi was offered at 2000 hrs. and
blessing the beneficiaries for the evening, blessing the
concourse with abhayahastha benediction, Bhagawan moved
off the dais at 2010 hrs., round of Ganesha, retiring to Yajur
Laddu Prasadam was distributed to the entire
assemblage. Over 450 devotees including sizeable number of
Balvikas children participated in this three day Parthi Yathra.
This international centre privileged to house
the Lord in physical, that attracts multitudes of different
faith, does exhibit specimen programmes that serves as a pointer
to humanity at large to help emulate such service activities in
the spirit of "Love All Serve All...Help Ever Hurt Never",
building a better tomorrow!
Fri, June 18, 2010: Today, emerging
just after 0830 hrs. and coming for a full round
granting Darshan, Bhagawan came on to the verandah to move
further through the lower portico, showering blessings, before
coming onstage at 0846 hrs. round of Ganesha, to the chants of
As Bhagawan continued to sit onstage
presiding over the session, in between engaging Himself in
'detailed' conversations with many a student, calling them to
front, the Veda chanting continued beyond the scheduled hour at
Moving off the dais at 0920 hrs., blessing a
group of three prospective medical students, Bhagawan moved into
the interview room for a brief pause. Veda chanting that had
been on from 0800 hrs. came to a close as soon as Bhagawan moved
off the dais, commencing bhajans.
Emerging from the interview room in ten
minutes, Bhagawan glided past the upper portico, showering His
blessings on many, coming onstage at 0935 hrs., round of
Ganesha. As He came onstage there was a sudden crescendo in the
bhajan singing that continued till 0940 hrs. when Arathi was
offered. Upon accepting Arathi, Bhagawan moved off the dais at
0945 hrs. retiring to Yajur Mandiram.
It was heartening to note that, this morning,
Bhagawan picked up as many as six boys, that included bhajans
boys, vedam boys, working boys and waiting boys, engaging in
'detailed' conversations, seperately, while onstage, blessing
them profusely. Indeed, He takes 'every extra step' reaching out
to us responding to our inner call, call for The Divine!
Prasanthi is indeed blessed to witness this Divine Drama!
In the evening,
emerging at 1835 hrs., Bhagawan went for a full round
before coming onstage at 1846 hrs., round of Ganesha.
As bhajans continued with heightened tempo,
Bhagawan sat through, presiding over the session until 1910 hrs.
when He moved off the dais calling a student and family for a
private audience inside the interview room.
Emerging yet again in fifty minutes, Bhagawan
glided through the upper portico to come onstage at 2005 hrs.,
well received with a crescendo in bhajan. Accepting Mangala
Arathi in another five minutes, blessing the beneficiaries for
the evening, Bhagawan moved off the dais at 2015 hrs. , retiring
to Yajur Mandiram.
With the Creator's earthly sojourn in
physical, an interim pose in His eternal sojourn that happens in
this blessed land on planet earth, Prasanthi becomes the most
happening place, where with His most subtle moves,
incomprehensible for man's blurred vision, the Lord wields His
power for the benefit of the world, as chanted at the end of
each session, Samastha Lokaaha Sukhino Bhavanthu!
Prasanthi is indeed blessed and so are those souls whose hearts
are tuned to this blessed land!
Thu, June 17, 2010: Today, on this
auspicious Thursday morning, emerging from His Divine
Abode at around 1050 hrs., Bhagawan went for a ride driving
towards the Super Speciality hospital end. Taking a detour from
the petrol bunk on the way to the hospital, Bhagawan returned to
the ashram via western gate.
Driving past the the work-in-progress
construction site at the western end of Prasanthi, blessing many
onlookers on the road side who were vying to steal a glance of
The Divine, Bhagawan returned to Yajur Mandiram via Book Trust -
Shopping Centre Road at 1130 hrs.
Later on a cloudy yet pleasant
evening, emerging at seventy five minutes into the
bhajan that began at 1730 hrs., Bhagawan went for a full round
feasting thousands of hearts, minds and souls granting Divine
Darshan! After the usual round, Bhagawan moved bit further into
the ladies' side to return taking a "u-turn" coming on to the
Spending sometime, conversing with three
prospective students in detail, who are entitled for sponsored
medical education at Bangalore, Bhagawan moved further through
the lower portico coming onstage at 1905 hrs., round of Ganesha.
Sitting onstage for the next half an hour,
adorning the centrestage, blessing birthday boys in between,
Bhagawan accepted Mangala Arathi at 1935 hrs. Continuing to sit
onstage for some more time, blessing the beneficiaries for the
evening, reading letters and conversing with them, Bhagawan
moved off the dais at 1945 hrs. retiring to Yajur Mandiram.
Conch whistling that goes simultaneously while Mangala Arathi is
performed to The Lord in physical deserves a special mention as
it evokes a nostalgic festive feeling adding up to the charged
up devotional fervour.
Longer waiting, resulting in heartfelt
yearning, pining for His immediate Divine Presence, brings
greater joy and satisfaction unto thousands, when He glides past
them and later sets Himself onstage as the Crowning Glory! And
when Prasanthi is living up to her name presenting the Lord in
physical, arranging a 'grand divine feast", it is
Nithyakalyanam Pachcha Thoranam meaning perpetual festivity
in Prasanthi Nilayam!
Wed, June 16, 2010: Today, emerging
at 1822 hrs. in a cool, pleasant evening,
Bhagawan went for a full round of Darshan, at the end of which
He blessed the tiny tots from the Easwaramma School English
Medium section. Moving further into the ladies' side, Bhagawan
went for another round before taking a detour from half way, at
the ladies' end, to come onto the portico.
Blessing a group of faculty and students from
the Dept. of Economics of SSSU, Bhagawan moved along the lower
portico at a reduced pace, blessing many on His way, before
coming onstage at 1850 hrs., round of Ganesha.
As bhajans continued with added rush of
devotional ecstasy, with the blessed twilight slowly giving in,
Bhagawan sat through the session as the presiding deity in
physical. Mangala Arathi was offered at 1915 hrs. upon which,
blessing the beneficiaries for the evening, blessing the
concourse with abhayahastha benediction, Bhagawan moved
off the dais, gliding into the ladies' side at 1925 hrs.
retiring for the day.
The spiritual township is having a good
populace of devotees with three additional groups, a Parthi
Yathra contingent from Chhattisgarh, a special group - "Sai
Anandam" from Orissa and another group, a Parthi Yathra
contingent from Hyderabad, are camping additing up to the the
normal inflow of devotees. With the first International
contingent of over thousand american devotees due for arrival
shortly as the first batch of the scheduled International Parthi
Yathra involving nine International zones, the spiritual
township is all set to embrace more lively sessions in the
Tue, June 15, 2010: Today,
emerging at 1845 hrs., on a cloudy evening turned
twilight, Bhagawan went for a full round before coming onstage
at 1852 hrs., round of Ganesha. As Bhagawan continued to sit
onstage, 'bhajans' that has been on got into a higher gear,
raising the tempo. With Bhagawan onstage, crowning the dais that
shone in brilliance under the light of the Lord, experiencing
the Divine students continued to sing 'face to face' unto Him,
lifting Prasanthi spirit to heavenly heights! ...And He sat on
showering His subtle
benediction unto the assembly and unto the
entire cosmos, in His own inimitable style, casting 'Glance
Divine'! Mangala Arathi was offered at 1935 hrs. and blessing
the beneficiaries for the evening, Bhagawan moved off the dais,
slowly gliding into the ladies' side, retiring to Yajur Mandiram
at 1940 hrs.
Mon, June 14, 2010: Today, emerging
on a pleasant evening at 1740 hrs., Bhagawan came for a
full round granting Divine Darshan to thousands who were waiting
with unquenching thirst to steal a glance of His beauteous
Divine form. Satiating
the thirst, upon completing His round, Bhagawan moved onto the
upper portico raising His hands in Abhayahastha blessing the
visiting Governor of Andhra Pradesh, Sri ESL Narasimhan. The
honorable guest was seated just outside the interview room.
Moving into the bhajan hall for a while, Bhagawan, upon
emerging, glided through the upper portico blessing many with
His Glance Divine, proceeding onstage round of Ganesha at 1800
With soothing, soul stirring heart
renderings, bhajans, rendered the air spreading powerful
vibrations all over, Bhagawan sat through the session for the
next 45 minutes, before moving off the dais after receiving
Mangala Arathi at 1845 hrs., not before asking for an encore of
the Universal Prayer, "Samastha Lokaaha..."
Moving off the dais, Bhagawan moved into the
interview room blessing the visiting Governor and his entourage
with a 20 minute interview. After the interview, emerging at
1910 hrs., Bhagawan spent sometime outside blessing some
devotees, before proceeding towards His Divine Abode, Yajur
Sun, June 13, 2010: Today, on this
week-end sunday, Bhagawan emerged in the evening at
1835 hrs. entering the hall satiating a pining assembly's hunger
with His immediate Divine presence. Completing a full round
moving along the pathway, Bhagawan gave special attention to the
tiny tots from Primary School, many of whom were seen craning
their necks to have a glimpse of their "Swami". Upon completing
the round, Bhagawan moved further into the ladies' side going
for another round, this time to take a detour from half way, at
the ladies' end before returning to the primary block, to pause
for a while amusing the chirpy, innocent, little ones. Bhagawan
even materialised a chain for a tiny tot while blessing the
Coming onto the portico, conversing with many
seniors, including the Union Minister of State for Railways Sri
KH Muniyappa, Bhagawan glided past the lower portico to come
onstage, round of Ganesha at 1905 hrs. As bhajans continued with
greater tempo, Bhagawan sat for next five minutes before
accepting Mangala Arathi. Blessing the beneficiaries for the
evening, conversing with the the priest, Bhagawan sat for a
while before moving off the dais at 1920 hrs., heading into the
Emerging in fifteen minutes, Bhagawan slowly
glided into the ladies' side retiring to His Divine Abode, Yajur
Fresh batch of students, tiny tots, from the
newly commenced English Medium batch at Easwaramma School also
joined the children from Primary School feasting maiden Darshan
of their "Swami". Gliding past this bunch of students, Bhagawan
accepted Roses from them offered as a token of Gratitude.
Shining in resplendence with His Divine aura
engulfing the vast Sai Kulwant assemblage, the week-end sunday
throng of devotees including the student fraternity thoroughly
enjoyed The Presence of The One on this waning twilight, in this
Land that did Penance, the Valley of Peace, Prasanthi Nilayam!
Sat, June 12, 2010: Today, this
evening, emerging at 1810 hrs. with bhajans on,
following the previous day's pattern, Bhagawan, upon completing
a full round of Darshan moved bit further into the ladies' side
before taking a "u-turn" to come onto the portico at 1825 hrs.
Moving through the upper portico, listening, conversing and
blessing many, Bhagawan slowly glided into the bhajan hall
through the rear entrance to exit through the prime entrance.
Gliding through the lower portico Bhagawan came onstage at 1835
hrs. ,round of Ganesha,
lighting up an already glittering twilight
with His immaculate Divine presence. Sitting through feasting
the eyes with His Divine Darshan, Bhagawan accepted Mangala
Arathi at 1845 hrs. Blessing the beneficiaries for the day,
blessing a bhajan boy with Vibhuti prasadam, conversing with
another student, finally blessing the Brindavan representatives
conversing in detail, Bhagawan moved off the dais at 1900 hrs.,
not before blessing the assembly with abhayahasta,
proceeding to Yajur Mandiram.
Being the maiden week-end of the new academic
year, fresh batch of students from Brindavan Campus and the
entire batch from Anantapur Campus have come to Prasanthi
seeking Divine Blessings.
Fri, June 11, 2010: Today, this
evening, emerging at the waning twilight at 1850 hrs.,
Bhagawan glided through the devotees granting a full round of
Darshan before moving bit further into the ladies' side to take
a "u-turn" coming onto the portico in 15 minutes. Moving through
the portico, conversing and blessing many, including a 'lengthy'
stint with Sri Rituraj Ji Maharaj,
File photo: Sri
Rituraj Ji Maharaj with Bhagwan
the young scholar who conducted Bhagavatha
Saptaaha Yajna some months ago, Bhagawan came onstage at 1916
hrs. to accept Mangala Arathi. Blessing the Rose Beneficiary for
the evening with materialised Vibhuti Prasadam, blessing two
student beneficiaries, blessing a videographer from Prasanthi
Digital Studio, Bhagawan moved off the dais at 1925 hrs. round
of Ganesha, enroute blessings many, retiring for the day at 1935
Thu, June 10, 2010: This morning,
Bhagawan, upon emerging at 0940 hrs. came for a full round of
Darshan before coming onstage just after 1000 hrs. Enroute,
Bhagawan interacted with many, including Vice Chancellor
designate, Sri Sathya Sai University, Prof. J. Sashidhara Prasad
who is set to take over the mantle in a function scheduled for
the evening at the University Auditorium. Coming onstage,
Bhagawan called for Arathi in three minutes and while returning,
He interacted with Mr. Kornelis M. Keur, Hon'ble Consul General,
US Consulate, Hyderabad who was seated seeking Divine Blessings.
Being Thursday, tiny tots from Primary School were also present
and for some of them, the first standard children, this was
their maiden Darshan. Before retiring at 1010 hrs., Bhagawan
blessed Prasadam for the Primary children.
In the evening, Bhagawan,
emerging from His Divine Abode at 1730 hrs. drove down straight
to the University Auditorium where stage was set for the new
incumbent of the Vice Chancellorship of Sri Sathya Sai
University, Prof. J. Sashidhara Prasad to take over.
In the auditorium, bhajans began at 1655 hrs.
and the hall was filled to capacity with Faculty, Staff and
Students of the Univerisity along with senior administrators
from various other sister institutions made it to the occasion.
Bhagawan arrived at 1740 hrs., ceremonially
received with Poornakhumbham and Vedic chanting along with
senior functionaries of the University. Arriving onstage flanked
by the outgoing and incoming Vice Chancellors followed by their
consorts, Bhagawan officially lit the lamp commencing the
proceedings. As Bhagawan sat onstage, bhajans continued for some
more time before Bhagawan nodded for the proceedings to begin.
Both the outgoing and incoming VCs were
garlanded by Dr, Naren Ramji, Registrar of the University, Sri
GS Rangarajan, Controller of Examinations respectively followed
by their consorts Mrs. Pandit and Mrs. Prasad by Prof. Ms.
Dwaraka Rani Rao, Principal, Anantapur Campus and Dr. Ms.
Indrani Chakraborthy, Principal, Sri Sathya Sai Mirpuri College
of Music respectively.
Compeering the function, introducing the
occasion, research scholar from Dept. of Physics, Sri Jagdish
Chandra spoke about the evolution of the University tagging and
crediting the same to Mother Easwaramma's selfless ambition.
Prof. US Rao, Principal, Prasanthi Nilayam Campus who spoke next
while officially welcoming both the Vice Chancellors to the
changing over ceremony, expressed grateful thanks to Bhagawan
while invoking HIm with a prayer to continue His shower of
Blessings to the University.
Sri Sashank Shah, a research scholar from the
Dept. of Business Administration spoke at the credentials of the
outgoing Vice Chancellor, Prof. Vishwanath Pandit. Speaking on
the veteran, Sri Shah highlighted the illustrious academic
career of Prof. Pandit, who with a rare blend of humility,
devotion and academic brilliance guided the University to
greater heights. The speaker highlighted Prof. Pandit's tireless
efforts that resulted in organising a high profile Business Meet
in Prasanthi Nilayam last october, attended by luminaries from
India Inc. led by the highest banking official from the country,
Dr. Duvvuri Subba Rao, Governor, Reserve Bank of India who
delivered the key-note address.
Prof. Vishwanath Pandit, who spoke next, who
was his usual simple self, spoke on his self evolution from a
man simply knowing Sathya Sai Baba into a devotee who came over
seeking His blessings. Lucidly narrating phase wise evolution of
his becoming a devotee and later, a visiting faculty on
sabbatical from Delhi University Prof. Pandit thanked Bhagawan
profusely for making him a worthy instrument in HIs mission
leaving Bhagawan to rate his performance at the helm of affairs
of the University for the past almost two years.
Prof. G Venkataraman speaking next, formally
introducing the new Vice Chancellor, hailed Prof. Prasad to be a
core research oriented person who has over 300 publicatiions to
his credit in various journals of national and international
repute. Specialising in 'liquid crystals' the Professor equally
developed his research interest in other physics related areas,
said the former Vice Chancellor. He also highlighted on Prof.
Prasad's rare achievement of winning a grant worth Rs. 100
crores for his erstwhile University as its Vice Chancellor,
which according to the veteran professor is a commendable
achievement considering the prevailing bureaucratic hurdles. The
Former Vice Chancellor, ending his speech on a positive note,
commenting on Prof. Prasad's earlier stint as VC of Mysore
University, said the new VC would enjoy the coordination and
co-operation of the entire University; he further advised the
new Vice Chancellor to put all problems before the Chancellor
who would take care of everything so that he would be having
lesser problems and higher challenges.
Prof. Sashidhara Prasad, the new incumbent,
the 9th Vice Chancellor of the University, in his brief speech
highlighted on his personal growth as a Sai devotee who had a
rare connection with late Prof. Kasturi. Being the son of a
former Vice Chancellor of Mysore University, Prof.
D. Javare Gowda , the new Vice Chancellor highlighted his
ninety three year old father's words of appreciation at his
selection by Bhagawan, quotion him, "You are chosen by the
Living God, best thing that could happen".
Former Vice Chancellor, SV Giri who was the
last one to address, who spoke on the uniqueness of the
institution and the educational system imparted at the hallowed
This was followed by felicitation of the
outgoing Vice Chancellor and his consort. Bhagawan presented a
golden bracelet to the new incumbent, Prof. Sashidhar Prasad.
Arathi was offered after two aalaap bhajans and
Bhagawan left the dais for Mandir at 1925 hrs. Laddu Prasadam
was distributed to the entire assemblage.
Back in the mandir, bhajan was on and
Bhagawan arrived at 1730 hrs. Ascending the portico Bhagawan
called for Arathi and as Arathi was being offered Bhagawan
alighted to come onstage for a brief darshan before moving off
the dais to retire to Yajur Mandiram at 1940 hrs. Prasadam was
distributed to the entire assemblage.
Wed, June 09, 2010: On this
morning, there was no Divine Darshan and Arathi was offered at
This evening, one hour Vedam was continued by
forty-five minutes bhajans before Arathi was offered at 1815
Tue, June 08, 2010:
This morning, emerging at 0908 hrs., Bhagawan came into
the hall to take a detour from the ladies' end, coming onstage
round of Ganesha. Enroute, He interacted with a few students
singing Bhajans.. Officiating the bhajans, Bhagawan sat throuh
till 0920 hrs. when Arathi was offered.
Upon accepting Arathi, Bhagawan moved off the
dais to drive down to Super Speciality Hospital at
Prasanthigram, spending almost half an hour over there before
returning to Yajur Mandiram at 1020 hrs., via the western gate
of the Ashram.
In the evening, Arathi was
offered at 1855 hrs. as there was no Divine Darshan.
Mon, June 07, 2010:
Today, in the evening, lighting up an
'anticipatory' twilight with His resplendent Divine Presence,
Bhagawan emerged at 1845 hrs. while bhajans were on. Craning
necks with eager and expected eyes vying to steal a glance of
the beauteous form, Bhagawan glided through the pathway
completing a full round, blessing many on His way.
Ascending the portico, Bhagawan moved
through, patiently listening to many, coming onstage at 1900
hrs. Presiding over the bhajan session, giving it a fillip with
His immediate Divine Presence, Bhagawan sat through the next
fifteen minutes, dawning joy in many a heart at the natural dusk
bejewelling the Sai Kulwant with HIM, the Crowning Glory.
Arathi was offered at 1915 hrs. and as
Bhagawan sat through donning the role of a "Silent Witness",
blessing the assembly at the waning twilight, boys got prasadam
blessed which was subsequently distributed to the students and
staves. Sitting onstage till 1730 hrs., watching the
distribution proceedings, Bhagawan moved off the dais, patiently
listening to many, slowly gliding into the ladies' side enroute
Sun, June 06, 2010: On this Sunday,
In the evening, Bhagawan, upon entering in at
1735 hrs. took a detour from the ladies' end to come onstage at
1745 hrs. Sitting through the next forty-five minutes Bhagawan
accepted Arathi at 1830 hrs. Moving off the stage Bhagawan spent
some of the doctors from the Super
Speciality Hospital, Prasanthigram after which He interacted
with some of the doctors from the Super Speciality Hospital,
Whitefield who have come leading a group comprising of staves
and relatives, before proceeding to Yajur Mandiram at 1840 hrs.
Sat, June 05, 2010:
On this cool, pleasant Saturday morning, emerging from
His Divine Abode just after nine, Bhagawan came into the hall in
His car to move out, driving down to Super Speciality Hospital.
Back in the mandir, as bhajans continued, Bhagawan returned just
after 0950 hrs. Moving in His car through the gents’ side,
Bhagawan came on to the portico to move in to the bhajan hall
for a brief 'more than a minute', before coming onstage at 1000
hrs receiving Arathi. Upon accepting Arathi, Bhagawan retired to
Yajur Mandiram at 1005 hrs.
In the evening, there was no
Divine Darshan and Arathi was offered at 1830 hrs.
Fri, June 04, 2010:
Today, this evening, emerging at 1740 hrs., Bhagawan
went for a full round of darshan before ascending the portico,
gliding past the same to come onstage at 1752 hrs. through the
right of Ganesha. Presiding over the bhajan session for the next
more than forty-five minutes, Bhagawan accepted Arathi at 1838
hrs. Blessing the rose beneficiary, student beneficiary,
Bhagawan sat for some more time before coming off the dais at
1843 hrs. through the right of Ganesha, enroute blessing some
devotees, retiring to Yajur Mandiram.
Earlier in the morning, Bhagawan emerged at
1120 hrs. to move out, driving down to Super Speciality Hospital
at Prasanthigram. After having a round of inspection, Bhagawan
returned to the Ashram in an hour at 1220 hrs. through the
culvert gate at the rear west end of Prasanthi.
Thu, June 03, 2010: Today, Bhagawan
emerged in the forenoon at 1140 hrs., moving out of the
Ashram to drive down to Super Speciality Hospital for a round of
inspection. Blessing the hospital with His presence, Bhagawan
later returned to Yajur Mandiram at 1240 hrs. via culvert gate
at the rear west end of Prasanthi.
This evening, upon emerging
at 1755 hrs. coming for a full round of Darshan, Bhagawan spent
quite sometime on the portico conversing with some senior
devotees before moving onstage at 1820 hrs. through the right of
Ganesha. Sitting onstage for ten minutes presiding over the
bhajan session, Bhagawan moved off the dais at 1830 hrs.,
getting into the interview room. Spending the next forty minutes
in, Bhagawan again emerged at 1920 hrs. to come onstage. One
more bhajan followed before Arathi was called for at 1915 hrs.
Spending some more time blessing some boys, Bhagawan moved off
the dais at 1920 hrs. retiring to Yajur Mandiram, not before
blessing the concourse with an abhayahasta. Being
Thursday and having 'missed' morning darshan, tiny tots from the
Primary School also attended in full force for the evening
darshan, their maiden one for the academic year.
Wed, June 02, 2010:
Today, this evening, there was heightened enthusiasm
among the devotees after having missed Divine Darshan on the
previous evening, when Bhagawan chose to stay indoors. On this
eagerly awaited wednesday evening, Bhagawan arrived at 1800 hrs.
granting a full round of Darshan. Upon completing His first
round, Bhagawan went for another round through the ladies' side
before taking a detour skipping the gents' side. Upon coming on
to the portico, Bhagawan moved through the upper portico,
blessing many on His way, to come onstage through the right of
File Photo: Sai Baba Darshan
The evening was indeed special, as this is
the maiden darshan for the students in the new academic year
that commenced yesterday. Granting sumptuous darshan to the
students and devotees, sitting onstage for sometime, Bhagawan
called for Arathi just before 1900 hrs. before retiring to Yajur
Mandiram. Sweet Prasadam was distributed to the entire assembly.
Tue, June 01, 2010: Today,
there was no Divine Darshan and Arathi was offered at 0940 hrs
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