CHENNAI- DAY 4- A.R.M.Y REPORT
The Morning session went off with the usual Aruna Parayana, Rudra and
Chamakam - chanting 11 times and the regular Yagnam to Rudra and Sai
Devotees who had thronged the venue even on this mid-week day waited
patiently and fondly to have Swami's Darshan, but then that was not to be.
It was learnt later that He went over to Sankara Nethralaya, a charitable
Eye hospital famous in the city to bless the venue. So there was no darshan
in the morning session at Yagnam.
The afternoon session, of course started on time and with clockwork
precision, Ritwiks now familiar with the routine made it a fine job with
their enthusiasm and dedication. Swami arrived as a wave of cheer and
alertness came over the audience at evening 5-45 PM. It was a late but
welcome darshan for the day.
As soon as swami's wheel chair was rolled into the stage center, Music
programme for the day commenced with the Malaysia Vasudevan and troupe. He
rendered some soulful and melodious numbers with a great variety and full of
devotion. He was ably backed by Tabla and other accompaniments. Many were
composed on Sathya sai describing Him as Mata, pita and Guru and embodiment
of divine Love in both Tamil and Telugu languages.
One would have thought the end of
the concert marked the end of evening visit too, but Swami permitted some
students from Prasanthi nilayam campus to render devotional songs as well.
The students introduced to us as
Guru Prasad and Ashwathnarayana and Others gave a rousing and excellent
musical programme. Their voices filled with love and devotion for Swami
moved almost everyone to tears. Their Voices resonated and vibrated across
the hall filling everyone with joy. The performances of our Sai students
have been unparallel and match any veteran and popular Professional artiste.
Some of the memorable numbers
rendered included 'Chintanai sei maname' and a popular Tamil fim song -"
Amma endru alaikkatha uyir illeye".
Swami was moved too and beckoned
them to sing one more song.
Later they were deservedly blessed
by Bhagawan with golden chains as they prostrated at His feet.
This concluded the evening session
at a time as late as 7-15 PM.
The surging crowds took a near half
hour to vacate the venue and a sweet 'Kopra mithaai'( Burfi) was distributed
by Seva Dal at the Gate.
More in next...
In sai service,
Transforms Chennai - 2
Once just before the 60th Birthday Celebrations, Swami was talking to a
Few boys in the Verandah of the Prasanthi Mandir, It was at this time that
Free Food was served as Prasadam to all as part of Swami's 60th Birthday,
Unprecedented Crowds, great Surge of Love and Devotion unseen anywhere.
Swami was asking the Boys about the Food that was served as the Hostel boys
also were taking the same Food, The Boys replied that "The Hostel Food was
better", Swami smiled and said that "The Boys should go and see the people
who had come for the Birthday Programmes and Swami would talk to them
The Next day
When Swami asked them, they said that they had never seen such crowds
before, People were staying there for days together in the open (Prasanthi
Nilayam was the coldest in those days ), Those crowds are seen today in
Chennai during this Yagnam, every TV Channel has been showing these
wonderful Pictures of Devotees staying for days together in the open to take
part in the Yagnam and have Bhagawan's Darshan, Chennai is very cold in the
morning, Very Foggy, But Devotees have settled in Chennai for Swami's
other than a Sai Devotee has been wondering as to the Discipline that is
maintained with so many people around, everything is in order and there is
no problem, I told a Few people that they should come to Parthi and see much
bigger crowds without the slightest problems, Also there is seemingly space
for everyone just like there seems to be space for everyone in the Hill View
stadium and in Kulwanth hall. People say that they have never seen such
crowds outside Prasanthi Nilayam craving to have Swami's Darshan, That is
how Chennai has been Transformed. Sai Ram is the manthra everywhere. A
police Officer was heard saying that when there have been massive functions
like this the two major problems have been Security and Accomodation, This
is the first major event that he had seen which has no trace of these
problems at all.
Swami's Two Divine Words of DEDICATION TO WORK AND DISCIPLINE Have been seen
in Full measure in Chennai.
That is How Chennai has been transformed by Bhagawan's Divine Presence.
January A R M Y update
Swamy did not go the Yagna Sala today morning and also did not give
darshan at Sundaram.
He may go in the evening is wt all expect. ..pray for his Darshan
Chennai - Day 1&2 - A R M Y Report
Bros and sis, sai ram to all from
Om Namo Bhagavathe Rudraya!!
The much awaited Athi rudra maha yagnam started off to a splendid start at 3
Am on Saturday (20.01.2007).
An ocean of devotees have been thronging the little known
Thiruvanmiyur's Dr Vasudevan Nagar Grounds. The road sides are abuzz with
stalls selling photos and cassettes similar to Puttaparthi.
The first day started off with the festivities of Rudra sthapana, kalasa
Poojas etc and the ritwiks dressed in yellow dhoti and shawl performed the
Rudra parayanam with intensity, gusto , speed and volume that is nowhere to
The huge hall erected for this purpose in a record one month's time on an
empty maidan with colourful decorations resembled sai kulwant hall of
prasanthi nilayam on festive days.
Everything has worked with clockwork
precision here. Seva dal and the organization are doing a commendable task
managing this huge event as the venue and surroundings seem to be bursting
with eager devotees and invitees. Police have pitched in a tent outside and
are present in adequate numbers in managing the swelling crowds. No Untoward
incident so far, by sai's grace..Two days and counting...
A subsidized canteen with Rs 2 coupons separately for gents and ladies is
satiating the hungry palates of devotees with sumptuous tiffin and coffee
from Morning 6-30 am itself. Enough drinking water with Mineral water
containers are located at both Gents and ladies side.
True, many VIP passes have been
issued and the front rows and chairs are all occupied by pass holders,
relatives, artists and other invitees. But there is enough and more space
for all devotes and almost every pillar in the hall sports a TV with colourful telecast shown Live from the centre stage. and strategic angles.
So it is not at all difficult to watch the proceeding clearly from any
corner of the hall even if you arrive late.
The Morning sessions get over by 10-30 AM( starts at 5-00 AM) or so and
evening sessions are from 3-30 to around 6-00 PM. There are interspersed
Bhjans by the sundaram group as fillers and of course Mangalarathi at the
end of every session.
First day's Rudra abhishekam holy water was distributed as Teertham the next
day to everyone. Of Course, there is a mad scramble for sweet prasadam in
the evenings as some devotees turn greedy and become indiscipline. We have
so much to learn.
Swami has blessed the congregation arriving in a VIP Motorcade from Sundaram
mandir to the hall daily for 30 mins to One hour . Last evening was a rare
miss as Swami did not arrive, as he had returned late from a public function
held in his honour.
This marks the end of a long 10 year wait for Chennai devotees together with
the culmination of Chennai water supply scheme augmented by our Sai Trust at
a whopping cost of Rs 200 cr. in 2004.
Swami is said to be here till the end of yagnam i.e., Jan 30.
More as the Yagna progresses....
posted on 23.01.2007
Swami Transforms Chennai
I had gone to Chennai with some Friends for Bhagawan's Darshan and for
experiencing the Wonderful Yagnam. It has been a truly great and a lifetime
experience for me and everyone concerned.
The Crowds for the Yagnam have been massive, overwhelming and Huge in every
sense, thronging every single place available to have Swami's Darshan
and to hear Our Divine Lord Speak, It has been Prasanthi Nilayam
revisited in every sense of the word. People whom I know who have not even
heard of Swami, and not even seen Swami have come and experienced Divinity
First hand, People who have been just passing by the Busy Thiruvanmiyur area
where the Yagnam is held have been enthralled by Swami's and His
Two Wonderful things stand out in the past two days of Swami's Visit. The
Complete transformation of a person who has detested everything that is
Divine all through His Life, The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has been a
born Atheist and no belief in anything Divine, He was in many ways directly
responsible for putting the Statue of His Mentor Periyar right in front of
the Mahadwaram at The most sacred temple at SRIRANGAM which led to massive
protests and controversies.
When Swami went to His House on Saturday, The CM was for the first time
Touched someone Feet and also Swami in front of him Created two wonderful
Rings for the IT Minister in the Centre Mr. Dayanidhi Maran and when another
Minister asked for a ring, Swami created one for him, For everyone there who
had seen Divinity so close were too Stunned to react, One could see the
Reverence and the change that everyone had for Swami during the Function on
Saturday, It was a memorable transformation of people who had absolutely
little or no faith in God, such is Swami's Divinity that it transforms
Chennai witnessed Swami's Divinity to the full in the past two days.
Posted by Mahadevan on 22.01.2007
Tirumala Tirupati Devastanam Seeks Fund From Swami
January 21st - Tirupathi Devasthanam request Swami help with the water
Yesterday officials from Tirupathi Devasthanam in Tirupathi were here in
Chennai to meet Swami and request for Swami's help with the water project to
supply drinking water to the devotees in Tirupati. They asked for donation
of 800 Crorers for the water project and Swami's blessings to complete it.
The official also said that Swami enquired him about the free weddings that
Tirupathi Devasthanam was conducting. The official said that Swami smiled
and accepted their request.
Help Ever Hurt Never - Baba
A Anantha Vijaya
Posted on 22.1.2007
Chennai Update (2) at 7 p.m. on 22nd January, 2007
Swamy had come for the evening session of Yagna at 4.30pm . Two students
spoke, after which a Pandit addressed.
Later an instrumental music concert was presented by Sivaraman and group and
Swamy had enjoyed this beautiful concert which also comprised Umayalpuram
Sivaraman on Mridangam
Swamy stayed till 6.30 pm .
More in the next update tomorrow
Chennai Update (1) - ON 22ndJanuary, 2007
Yesterday after the program at Stadium, Swamy was at Sundaram and did not
come to Yagna site for evening darshan and many devotees went back
disappointed and the crowd was huge as it was also a sunday.
Today (22nd) Swamy gave good darshan at 9.00am at Yagna sala and left after
There has been very good coverage of Swamy's program at stadium.
more updates later
Today Baba more than made up for his physical absence yesterday afternoon.
He gave the most incredible darshan. After sitting on the stage for a few
minutes, he came down the ramp to the men's side went through making a
square U ending up in the middle where he continued to do the same on the
When he returned to his starting point he mad a turn to bless the pundits
doing the Yagna by going down the men side and up the middle of where the
He returned to the stage.
He filled us with love, peace, joy and happiness. It was great.
He seemed in a different spirit today from the weekend. He was happy and
blessed all of us.
This afternoon, after he came, there were three very good speakers. Baba
left the stage and the crowd rushed to see him ride out in the car but he
didn't. After about five to ten minutes, Baba reappeared on stage to a
audience that was less than half full. People rushed back to their place.
I realized that listening to three speeches after Yagna chants that our
energies were running low. By doing what he did, Baba rejuvenate the crowd.
When they returned to their places, it was with joy.
At this point, an Indian music group played music that elevated the body
along with the soul even further. The Yagna is not just for world peace and
personal improvements but it will clean up the physical environment. Mother
Earth is being soothed by the chanting. Also, the vibration is so strong
that it is penetrating other level of existence and the universe.
I saw some moment by Baba that I interpret as him communicating with
Television sets have been set up all over the place as it is hard for most
people to see the actual yagna and even Baba.
Baba came to Chennai on the 19th. He went to Sundaram in the afternoon. It
was the first time I had been there since 1981 when Baba dedicated the
Security was tight. There were sharpshooters on the roofs of buildings.
Baba gave a beautiful darshan by coming out onto the second floor balcony
for about ten minutes. He blessed everyone.
The 20th it was to be at the yagna at 3 a.m. Big crowd. Plenty of seva dals.
They are doing an excellent job. Baba came both in the morning and the
However, in the morning he went around the crowd making a square. it caused
a bit of a pandemonium. However, everything remained under control. Baba
blessed everyone. I am sure he would had walked it but his attendant made
him sit in the chair.
All of the hotel within a 5 mile radius are full.
Baba came the 21st morning but not the afternoon.
He inaugurated the water project in conjunction with Chennai. This was done
The building is a temporary structure with the center part, where the fires
are raised higher. There are many ceiling fans going all the time. But we
still get smoke in our eyes and elsewhere. At times the fires are intense.
The yagna is dedicated to Shiva and bring world peace and personal
improvement. The energy and vibration are very intense. The chanting raises
me to higher levels.
I sense many invisible being present. I caught a glimpse of Shiva.
Baba's hand gestures have been unusual. I hope when the video comes out that
you might catch a glimpse of that.
He also looks sad. But what doe that mean? It could just
be the intensity of it all.
No one is sure when he is leaving. Word here is that he is staying the full