PARTHI NEWS - JULY 2013 (Cont'd...4)

 


Part 1 July News .....continued from http://www.ssso.net/pnews-2013/pnews-jul13.htm

Part 2 July News .....continued from http://www.ssso.net/pnews-2013/pnews-jul213.htm

Part 3 July News .....continued from http://www.ssso.net/pnews-2013/pnews-jul313.htm


Photos from Radio Sai - July Events

 

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Holy Guru Purnima…Evening...Monday, July 22, 2013
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Holy Guru Purnima…Morning...Monday, July 22, 2013
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Guru Purnima Eve - Sunday July 21, 2013
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Ramadan Mubarak!-Tuesday, July 30, 2013
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Balinese Dance and Mexican Choir…Wednesday, July 24, 2013
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Sai Sangeet Saurabh-Monday, July 29, 2013
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Glendale-Arcadia Sadhana Group…Thursday, July 25, 2013
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AN ENCOUNTER WITH A MUSLIM BROTHER

Om Sairam dearest Sai Family

Post Gurupoornima there have been so many interesting programmes by overseas visiting devotees and one such programme was a musical presentation by the devotees of Gulf and Middle East. Chanting holy hymns from Quran and very nicely blending the same with Swami's teachings (which is the same) they sang some soul stirring songs. This evening, i went to the ashram bit late and as i had some things in my hand decided to stand in the East Prasanthi Lane and witness this offering of love from these devotees. The programme was shown live on the big screen which helped .

Being out side the Sai Kulwanth hall, no matter how much you want to focus on Swami there is always distraction and right next to me were two muslim brothers very closely watching the programme live on the big screen. Looking at them they didn't seem to be locals. I looked at them and smiled and they happily smiled back. I was very keen to start a conversation with them, more so because i wanted to know their feedback about the ashram and Puttaparthi, Swami so on...

Sensing they would be from North India and any ways Urdu is almost same as Hindi, i asked them in Hindi, where they were from. They said they are from West Bengal. I said O! Its very far from here. They said yes it take 3 days to reach here by train. Jokingly i said, some one from Kolkata (West Bengal's capital) could leave for America (which is on the other side of globe) reach the destination, shower, have breakfast, lunch, dinner and sleep and you would still be about 10 hours away from Puttaparthi in the train. They had a hearty laugh. I asked them, would you mind to share as what made you come to Puttaparthi, have you heard of Sai Baba before?

One gentle man said, his 3 year old daughter has a hole in the heart and after running to all the hospitals which included so called charitable hospitals spread across India, they were finally told about Puttaparthi and they came here. Their daughter was operated on Monday (29th July) and she is very fine and happy. I asked them what made you so confident about this hospital. The father of the girl said, " The first time i came to Puttaparthi, looking at the beautiful hospital building we first thought may be it is Sai Baba's house. The bus conductor who had issued ticket to the hospital had to shout out loudly signalling for us to alight as we had reached the hospital. We had a bit of confusion and also small argument saying that we wanted to get down by the hospital and not by Baba's house. The conductor and fellow passengers had to confirm that this is the hospital and not Baba's home".

That " first impression" itself was the " best impression" for us and we knew God has finally brought us to the right place. He said, any one who comes to your rescue when in need be it your friend, dog, wife, uncle they are verily God to you. But Baba, who has built such a beautiful hospital and also gave free treatment is more than God for me. We haven't seen our Allah, we are in the holy month of Ramadan, fasting, and i have to tell you from my heart that Baba is verily our Allah". I was very touched by his words and thanked Swami for letting me stand outside the Sai Kulwanth Hall (initially I thought it was some sort of punishment for me) because He gave me a chance to strengthen my Love for Sai, my devotion to Him and it was an emotional moment for me. Just as they were saying this the song that was sung there was Moula Moula Mera Moula.. Words can't describe the joy in the faces of this gentle men. Just then it started drizzling and I saw three local Muslim men coming walking pass the Sai Kulwanth Hall. As Ramzan festival was nearing, probably they had come to the ashram shopping complex, as they were carrying bags full of new clothes.

This song also caught their attention and those people who walking pass suddenly stopped and started watching the programme. In order to share this beautiful moment with you all, I breached the rule of " No Photography" in the ashram and took this photo
 


Swami's ways of teaching are very peculiar. He knows exactly how to pass on the message and through whom. I thanked Swami for letting me witness this amazing incident that happened to this girl's father and may Swami bless his girl with a healthy happy life ahead. After arathi, I thanked them for sharing their story with me and i assured them that all will be fine with his daughter and Baba will never let you down. He just had eyes full of tears for me and before I could cry, I took leave from him saying " Insha Allah, Phir Milengey" ...

With Pranams at the Lotus feet of our beloved Lord,

R.Satish Naik
31.07.2013

 


Ashadi Ekadashi in Prasanthi Nilayam - 18th to 20th July, 2013 - Photos
 

 


 

'Sathya Sai with Students' Blog Update - Week 45

Sai Ram,

The 'Sathya Sai with Students' Blog Team presents the articles for Week 45:

1. Discourses to Students: Happiness is something each of us seek in life. But have we ever analysed the causes behind our unhappiness? In January 1989, during a Discourse to students, Swami gave the answer to the question: "Why are human beings unhappy today?"

http://sathyasaiwithstudents.blogspot.in/2013/07/why-are-human-beings-unhappy-today.html#.UfCW-43Qnwg

2. Experiences of Students: Brother Deepak writes on the theme: "When He found our lost passports...".

http://sathyasaiwithstudents.blogspot.in/2013/07/when-he-found-our-lost-passports-by.html#.UfCXRY3Qnwg

3. Conversations with Students: In July 1998, during a conversation with students in the portico, Swami shared His driving experiences - "When I drove the car..."

http://sathyasaiwithstudents.blogspot.in/2013/07/when-i-drove-car.html#.UfCXa43Qnwg

4.Management Lessons: Currently, the Indian Economy is going through a lot of turbulence. But what are the real problems behind these frequent ups and downs? In a Discourse given the the Management students at SSSIHL over two decades ago, Swami elaborated on the Problems facing the Indian Economy and the Solutions for the same. We conclude the two part series on this theme.

http://sathyasaiwithstudents.blogspot.in/2013/07/indian-economy-problems-and-solutions_24.html#.UfCX443Qnwg


5. This Day That Age: The auspiscious festival of Guru Pournima has many landmark events associated with it. One such event is Swami's only international visit. We reminisce this event that took place during this month 45 years ago - 'With Divinity to Africa'.

http://sathyasaiwithstudents.blogspot.in/2013/07/with-divinity-to-africa.html#.UfCX_Y3Qnwg


6. Song for the Soul: Oh Supreme Lord! Come to Protect Us - Sai Mahadeva.

http://sathyasaiwithstudents.blogspot.in/2013/07/oh-supreme-lord-come-to-protect-us-sai.html#.UfCYf43Qnwg


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Gurupoornima 2013, News From Puttaparthi

Tue Jul 23, 2013 12:22 am |

Om Sairam dearest Sai Family

 

 

What a beautiful Gurupoornima it was!!! Festivity and gaiety, happiness and bliss, peace and tranquility all over. This is what Prasanthi Nilayam stands for. The ashram was very beautifully decorated. There were so many devotees thronging into the holy abode right from morning. Ganesha idol in the main gate was beautifully decorated with Turmeric and nice decoration on His stomach and with a fitting turban on the head. The number of people circambulating were suddenly doubled or may be tripled being a festival morning.


The path leading to the Sai Kulwanth hall was also beautifully decorated with various triangular shape colour hangings. The Sai Kulwanth Hall was looking like a bride with so many colorful and beautiful floral decorations.


The programme like always started with Veda chantings and a special musical programme by Students " Guruvandana" and a fantastic instrumental music session.. The songs were really soul stirring. This Gurupoornima morning, There were three speakers.
 


The first speaker of the day was brother Satyajit Salian whom we all know for His physical proximity to Swami. Brother Satyajit after offering salutations to Swami, remembered the first talk that he gave in Sai Kulwanth Hall in the year 1996 which coincidentally was on this very Guru poornima day. Remembering that beautiful day, he said, Swami patted him on his head and said, " Chaala baga matladavu" ( You spoke very well). He later on highlighted the progress of the Vidya Vahini Project which he is heading. Brother Satyajit shared some anecdotes, some behind the scene incidents before this project went live. Swami was very particular about the content and apparently He said, " Pillalaku artham ayye tatlu undali" ( Make sure it is understandable to children). When they all went to Swami to pick the name with few options, Swami chose "Vidya Vahini". After choosing, Swami asks, do you know, there is a book by this name? Brother Satyajit, highlighting Swami's simplicity and down to earth nature, said, "Vidya Vahini" was written by Swami but He never said, Do you know about the book that I have written but very innocently asked " Do you know there is a book by this name?" That is why Swami is loved by millions around the world.

The project which was officially announced on 85th Birthday of Bhagawan in 2010, with collaboration with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) seems to be going in the right direction. Brother Satyajit shared how even Non-Sai Schools are coming forward with action plans and showing interest in the concept. He also expressed his heart felt gratitude to Sri.Ratan Tata who has been playing a key role since its inception. He continued to say, just recently, Sri.Ratan Tata, promised to be part of this project for another 5 years which just shows his devotion to Swami.

He also thanked the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust for extending their full support and also for providing necessary equipment particularly for the rural schools.

He also thanked the Alumni of Sri Sathya Sai University who are the pillars of this project.

 
Brother Satyajit later asked Sri.Chakravarthi to release the specially designed students work book and Teachers' hand book . Sri. Siva Ramakrishna, the principal of Smt.Eswaramma High School was called up to accept the books and there was also one invitation for a representative from Swami's primary school to come and accept the book.

Here was the icing on the cake of this morning's programme and a perfect example to show how much values have been instilled in these tiny tots from Swami's primary school.
 

 

Representing the primary school two tiny tots came over and Sri.Chakravarthi was ready in the middle to hand over the first copy of the books to them. These boys, instead of going to him, directly went up to Swami's Mahasamadhi, bowed down and then accepted the first copy of the book. With the books they went back to Swami and took His blessings.. By then every one in Sai Kulwanth Hall put their hands together for this fantastic show of gratitude and respect to Swami, our Jagathguru by these tiny tots.
 

 

The second speaker of the day was Sri.Srikanth Sola, Cardiologist presently serving in Sri Sathya Sai Super Speciality Hospital in Whitefield. A student introduced today's speakers and when he was introducing Dr.Sola, he would have taken atleast 3 -4 minutes to read out all his degrees, awards and achievements.. Before he even came on to the dais, I just prayed to Swami thanking Him for blessing such expert doctors to be part of His "Temple of Healing".

Dr.Srikanth Sola highlighting Swami's 4 Fs, Follow the Master, Face the devil, Fight till the end, Finish the game said it is enough if we just practice the first F, follow the Master. Comparing the Sai Students who used to watch Swami's every minute move, rush to finish the task and then be calm and composed as if nothing happened, he said this is the best example of the word " Follow the Master" . Just follow His words and don't let your ego enter into the scene.

Dr.Srikanth who had a very successful academic record narrated how he studied for nearly 17 hours in a day preparing for his exams. In the exams all his hard work paid off and he stood first in the history of his college and also in the history of that particular exam. He was congratulated by all quarters of the society for this stupendous achievement and just when he was thinking it was all his hard work, Swami came into his dream and said, It was Me who made you achieve this" Another reminder to " Follow the Master".
 

 

Quoting a recent example of how the hospital management were in a fix when they were planning to get the latest state of of the art CT scan machine. Dr.Srikanth, who was also the member of the panel which was looking into the purchase of the CT scan machines (for both the hospitals) said, they had this budget which was in Rupees and all the manufacturers were charging in Dollars. Due to the recent plunge in Dollar Rupee exchange, the price that was quoted by the companies were very high. The doctors on one hand were remembering Swami's words where He said, Not even a paise should be misused or wasted because it is devotees' money and on the other hand, when Swami inaugurated the Super Specialty hospital, He was very particular to get the very latest CT Scan machine . Dr.Srikanth Sola said the latest machines were costing around Rs.2.5 crores which would be the cost of doing few hundreds of heart operations.

Just when they were in this " Cross roads" the CT scanner company came up to them and said, OK, we understand your situation and your noble work that you do for the society. We will supply you the two CT Scan machines for the price that we never gave to any one and it is within your budget. The whole Sai Kulwanth hall gave a huge round of applause on Swami's timely intervention. Just when ever one finished clapping all of a sudden the coloured triangular hangings which were tied to Sai Kulwanth Hall and East Prasanthi started flapping so loudly as if another 20,000 devotees were clapping. Swami was very much present in the Sai Kulwanth Hall confirming His timely help in this particular incident.

Dr.Sola went on to say how every doctor would want to participate in all the International Medical conferences to learn any new techniques and also to discuss the complicated cases in their particular field. To surprise of every one, the participants in the Medical Conferences are more keen to listen from the doctors of Sri Sathya Sai Hospital and their success stories. This is how much high respect the " Temple of Healing" bears in the society.
 


Dr.Sola was very good in his narration, looked very calm, composed and straight to the point. This kind of narration is very apt especially when you are addressing a heterogeneous audience most of them who haven't seen Swami in the Physical form. It is only Swami's grace and part of the Divine Plan that such highly qualified, efficient doctors are working for His Temple of Healing and as Dr.Sola mentioned, if every doctor, staff member follows the first "F", Follow the Master, they would be serving this institution till their last breath in spite of all the luring from the outside world where this profession just means " minting money" and also peer rivalry( if any). Let us all pray to Swami so that we will have some highly efficient, service minded doctors, as these institutions set up by Swami are the last hope to the thousands of poor who can't afford the expensive treatment else where..
 

 

The Third speaker of this morning was Shri. Dalto Amorim from Brazil. He spoke on the great job done by the Sri Sathya Sai Organisation in various countries and how Swami won every one's hearts irrespective of their caste, religion or colour. His talk was very touching and inspiring where he highlighted the social welfare activities taken up at various countries where there were few natural calamities. He also spoke on the value based education system imparted by the Sri Sathya Sai Schools in various countries. He ended with Asatoma Sadgamaya, Tamasoma Jyotirgamaya.. ,
 


Later a recorded Video of Swami's divine discourse was played on the big screen. Swami in that particular video spoke on breath control, So.... Ham. He said the breath has to be closely watched. One nostril is to inhale and the other to exhale. There is one state of retention in between these two process. Swami said, we should maintain equanimity in inhalation, retention and exhalation.

 

This video clipping was shown in Sai Kulawant Hall.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgVci4ivl-c


Later He also spoke on eating habits. He said one has to be very calm before eating and shouldn't talk while eating failing which the digestive system is disturbed. ( Contrary to this, Many of us have a mini parliament session and all our family meetings always happen at the dining table). Hopefully from this Gurupoornima we will not talk while eating and have our meeting after lunch/dinner.

AFTERNOON SESSION:

 

Afternoon session started with Veda chants and there were three speakers who addressed the gathering this evening.

 



The first one was Sri.Hemanth Patel who spoke on 9 point code of conduct and how we are ignoring them in spite of reading, studying about them. He said it is time for all of us to practice Swami's teachings and take His mission forward and He is with us constantly guiding us and guarding us.
 

 

The second speaker was Sister Divya Tyagi who spoke on the grand success of Balvikas programme especially in India. The programme which started with just 1000 students has now about 300000 students in more than 16000 centers with close to 19000 Gurus. She said, Balvikas is backed with one million Alumni who are going to take Swami's teachings into the society. She urged every one to make every house a Balvikas Center and let every mother be a Balvikas Guru leading from the front. Commemorating the Golden Jubilee celebrations, there are plans to have a " Walk for Values" programme in all parts of India on December 15, 2013

 


The third speaker was Sri.Sundar Anantaraman who spoke on the various social activities taken up by the Sri Sathya Sai Organisations. He said SSSO has been very actively participating in various activities and has built close to 700 houses in the flood affected Odhisha, 36 mobile hospital services in Maharashtra and Goa, about 1100 villages adopted and on Swami's Aradhana day this year 45000 people were fed in one day in Bangalore.

He said, for any one who wants to do seva, they need to have this 3 qualities as stated by Bhagawan. 1. Our looks should be as cool as the Moon 2. Our talk as sweet as honey 3. Heart as soft as butter. With these 3 qualities no matter where we go and what we do we will be doing His work in His style..
 


Not sure how many know that Karnataka Sai Organisation has taken up the sevadal services in Swami's Super speciality hospital in Whitefield since inception.. Right through out the year, you will only find sevadals from Karnataka and it was a promise given to Swami which they are fulfilling even to this day. Sri. Sundar narrated how about 100 employees of various software companies completely new to Sai fold and never visited Parthi but are volunteering to serve in Swami's hospitals.


He reminded Swami's words where He said, " I can do any thing with My sankalpa, but I am giving you an opportunity to be part of My mission" How true these words are.. We all claim to be His instruments, His sevadals but it is only His grace that He made us worthy of doing this..
 


The evening programme ended with the musical programme by Smt.Soumya Srinivasan. The musical programme was very good but it was bit lengthy one and the day ended after 7 PM with Subramanyam Subramanyam Bhajan sung by Swami..

 



On a different note, the second phase of Sri Sathya Sai Water Supply project, as mentioned earlier is going on as scheduled. The L&T company out of gratitude, respect for Swami had promised to give water to 5 villages for Gurupoornima and they kept their promise. Here is a photo of the water being supplied to villagers of Vemuleti Palli about 30 minutes from Parthi
 


Sri.Kondal Rao along with engineers from L&T Company, is seen opening the Tap as villagers watch joyfully

This Gurupoornima was one of its kind. There was so much of happiness in the air. The Sai Kulwanth Hall was jam packed and many devotees had to stand out side. All the major leaders of Sai Organisation were present to pay their respect to Jagath Guru Sri Sathya Sai Baba. It was a moment of joy. There are series of programmes planned from tomorrow by few overseas devotees.


(Please note this is a personal work and if there were any short comings in this report they were not intentional and please don't take it seriously)

Photo Courtesy: Radio Sai

Offering humble pranams at the Lotus Feet of our beloved Lord,

R.Satish Naik
 


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