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SAI GEETHA'S "FUNERAL" Entombment
Previous eye witness account: Swami's beloved pet Sai Geetha merged at His lotus feet at around 5pm
(local time) on 22nd May, 2007 read all the details, click here.
SAI GEETHA'S "FUNERAL" Entombment
Om Sairam dear Sai Family,
Puttaparthi is still mourning the death of beloved Sai Geetha and we still can't believe that she is actually gone.. This morning, around 7am I reached her house in order to attend her funeral and pay my last respects to the departed soul.
There were a hundreds of devotees lined up and our beloved Swami was actually coming to see His beloved.. I thought for a while, probably this is the first time that Sai Geetha won't be on her feet after seeing Swami's car heading towards her house.. our compassionate Lord, had actually come to a bid a farewell and look after the arrangements for the funeral..
she was lying on the right side of the planetarium and Swami's car slowly drove in ..There was pin drop silence in the premises which had very few devotees. Swami was not in His usual mood this morning. He was visibly moved and bit sad. He didn't look at any one of us.. neither was He curious to look at His darling lying lifeless.. I was praying to Swami, Swami it would be very hard for you to bear this separation.. An Avatar was performing His duties, in a human level, bidding farewell to His favourite pet...
No one dared to go to Swami, no one were sure as how to start a conversation or what to say to Swami.. as He knew everything...Mr.Pedda Reddy, the care taker of Sai Geetha, who was weeping went to Swami, Swami joined Him, it brought tears to every one there. Sai Geetha used to listen only to two People , Swami and Pedda Reddy.. Pedda Reddy loudly cried, "Choodu Swami ela padukoni undo.... Leyya mante leyyatam ledu"(look Swami how she is sleeping, She is not getting up in spite of my request). Those words were enough for our hearts to melt and cry loudly..
Swami's chair slowly landed on the floor and Swami was just next to Sai Geetha.. Swami stretched His hands very gently caressed her trunk.. She loves it when Swami touches her trunk and my thoughts went back to the incident which Swami narrated on various occasions, when Swami brought back dead Karanam Subbamma. I was praying to Swami, Swami please do that again for Sai Geetha and let her take a fruit from your Holy hands and close her eyes..
Swami materialised Vibhuti, gently applied on her trunk.. more vibhuti was brought and Swami kept on applying looking at her body with a HEAVY heart and thinking something... Swami then asked to open her eyes.. As Pedda Reddy opened Swami gazed into her eyes for few seconds. He then gave suggestions as how the funeral should be done and insisted to put more sugarcane leaves under her while burying and asked to me more careful while shifting her body to her house....
A huge pit was dug in her new house. Swami then said, lets go to her house.. sitting in His car He looked at the huge pit.. His eyes were full of tears and He tried His best to control His emotions.. Swami then left for ashram after spending a good 30 minutes at her place...
A huge crane was brought to carry Sai Geetha to her house.. The workers who were working for the new indoor stadium participated actively in shifting her.. It was a huge task for the engineers and workers and at one stage it was looking bit impossible as it was a rare case for any one..
Swami who went back to His house probably couldn’t bear the separation, His heart was crying for Sai Geetha and at 11am He came again to the premises as Sai Geetha was now hanging in the huge crain and was being shifted to the house. Swami's car stopped just in front of the planetarium and He was watching her lifted by the huge crain.. as students sang bhajans on one side and another group of students chanted vedas.. It took almost two hours for the engineers to put her in the pit and Swami ignoring the hot sun watched His Geetha for two hours..... for the last time in the present body
Swami's car now moved forward. He was giving suggestions from the car, to the engineers and to the students. It was very hard for Him to see His Geetha being carried and while doing so had some wounds on her skin….Swami preferred to have her head facing east and after she was successfully put in the pit, Swami send a work to Pedda Reddy to sprinkle Turmeric, Kumkum and Vibhuti on her body.. at least 3 bags of rice was brought and all of us took a fist full of rice and sprinkled on her body ..After every thing was done, Swami's car further moved to the pit, Swami's face and eyes were very red. The emotions, the sadness reached MAXIMUM for Swami…as soon as He got a clear picture of Sai Geetha, tears rolled down from His eyes. It was unbelievable and He was seen wiping the tears of love, tears of separation and those assembled there just broke down, just by seeing a RARE Swami.. it was a very emotional moment for all of us.. and seeing Swami we all cried from the bottom of our hearts.. that cry which melted every tiny cell of our body, it was a moment where the Creator Himself came all the way to complete the last rites of HIS own CREATION, in the form of an elephant, which will stay in our hearts to eternity for her unconditional love and dedication…
Only today many of us realised how much He loved Sai Geetha.
We will definitely miss the sweet voice.. Geetha.. Geetha, which was heard from Swami while He consoled her, caressed her, motivated her... Even now those sweet words echo in my ears.
She was a living legend until yesterday.. If she had the power to speak she would have narrated beautiful experiences she had with Swami never heard in the Sai World.
It will be a sad news for all of us.. but I am sure, She is very happy with our Lord and also happy that Swami, came all the way from Kodai, to be with her for less than 4 days and visit her twice for the final rites….
Thank you Sai Geetha for letting us know the REALITY.. The Real way to God is LOVE HIM and LIVE FOR HIM… You are an embodiment of Love.. even on your last day, you made Swami come to you, you gave more than 2 hours non stop darshan to the thousands and millions of devotees had an opportunity to TURN INWARD….
Thank you my Lord… You are so Compassionate..
With Humble Pranams at the Lotus feet of our beloved Lord…
Satish Naik from Puttaparthi - (
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".....Shiva’s choice of an elephant’s head is to show us that we should be intelligent in our choice. Sai Geeta seems to be smarter than us as she pines incessantly for Swami’s presence. In the olden days when Swami used to go to Brindavan for the summer, Sai Geeta would shed tears and not eat until she was brought to Brindavan. Recently when the place was being cleared for the indoor stadium in Parthi, the engineers realised that Sai Geeta’s shed would have to be relocated. They went with a proposal to build a shed near gokulam but Swami insisted that Sai Geeta would feel bad and hence she should be relocated nearer to the mandir!".... Source: (From a talk given in the assembly at the Brindavan Campus of Swami's Institute on the 10th of June 2006 by Dr. T. Ravi Kumar, a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry).
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