Memories of the Alumni
Meet in January, 2007
Shyam writes :
Sai Ram to all..
just wanna inform that jan 2nd this
year was a memorable one for the old students. swami called us into the
Bhajan Hall after darshan at around 8:30. He moved amongst us, took letters
from us, then he gave his advise and he spoke to some of the OLD students,
finally group songs were sung - it was a moving session. padnamaskaram was
also granted to many of us.
His message was the following:
1-be self confident. anything and everything can be achieved by that.
2-follow sathya dharma shanti prema at all times
3-come every year on 1st and 2nd. swami will bless.
so this is the call to all from bhagwan..next year onwards let us try to
make it to his lotus feet in greater nos.
Hey Boys and Girls,
I must say that this year began with a surprise. All of it was a surprise. I
woke up late in the hour to realise that there were no tickets to Parthi be
it bus, train or Air. All of a sudden junior reddy calls me and says anna I
have two tickets to Parthi. I jumped in joy and took them both. A friend of
mine Raman Shankar, currently in Dubai also joined me. The tickets were the
last two seats in the bus frankly at no moment it was an issue. We had a
nice journey obviously talking the good olden days etc. We landed in parthi
and thanks to chenchu, he booked a room for me and got ready and went to
Was so happy to meet all the old
boys class mates, juniors and seniors. Was delighted to see Pragnath fully
recovered and happily moving around. We went in only to be told that we are
not supposed to sit for Darshan but need to go for Grama seva. So we headed
to the village where the Grama seva was to be conducted. We were welcomed
with Breakfast Pongal and aloo bonda with Sambar. Helped ourselves with the
breakfast alongside Bharath's Kadis and hi hi to all brothers around.
Then there was this pallaki seve
where we took Swami's photo around the village with Bhajans and vedam. After
that started the Grama seva. Frankly Over the years I do not know what's
wrong but the charm is lost. It became a routine. We decided to excuse
ourselves from there. I for one had always looked forward to Grama seva but
this I must say was so mediocre and we left midway.
21kms of countryside drive before we
entered Parthi. The drive was nice again filled with talks on ARMY chennai/Mumbai
and other Sai orgn activities. We relaxed for a while and went out for
Lunch. By about 2:45 we sat down for Darshan and Swami came out by 3:45 and
noticed all of us. I was told that Swami came walking to the old students
block in the morning as well and generally had a look. The evening program
was typical with Bhajans and Aarthi. The evening went off with
These days when it is so rare to get darshan of the Lord other than through
the closed window of Porte, this session was just such a boon!
It was almost as good as the Old Times when the Lord moved amongst us and
invested so much of His Time on us.
I am sure every one would have now vowed to be there in Parthi every Jan 1st
I cannot think of a better way to start the year off than this one!
Call it the Annual Re-Charge of Batteries!
Yes indeed Swami gave the whole morning for us...Let me say more of the
1. Human values are the jewels we must bring forth from within.
2. Self Respect comes from Self Confidence...He said dont fear
anything...He said in English " DONT FEEL LIKE THAT ".
3.Serve the needy who donot have food....What property do you take when you
leave ( Alexander with hands held up ).
4.You are not OLD boys..all are one...How can they call "OLD boys"
Someone asked How do we remember you always....Swami just said the answer in
one word....."PRACTICE". ( Isn't that true for anything in life ? ).
This is my grabbing of the Message from our LORD...
I am glad some of you are writing about the discourse. Let me concentrate on
the other things, most important is obviously the kind of love that Swami
showered on us. When you read ecstatic effusions of Love, one wonders what's
it all about. The classic example one can quote in this regard is the recent
alumni meet. Swami was just pouring pouring and pouring pure Love...all the
Let me continue from where I left the last message. Let me quickly narrate
1st Jan so that we can go to the crux of the trip/meet(2nd JaN 07). We were
all seated in the Kulwant Hall and Swami came in after 8. There was a music
program where Spra and Ravi were the notable singers apart from others. The
highlight of the morning program was obviously the Institute Brass Band. Man
I must tell you the Band has gone places in the recent past. Guys have
played extremely well and it is what we can call a perfect show. No off
tunes, wrong notes and the confidence levels were so high. I am sure every
one sitting there were awe struck. Too good is what we can say. Swami then
asked for the Prasadam to be distributed. We also got Calendars that
The evening session was for the Alumni. They sang group as well as solo
songs (you may wonder why they and not we...obviously I did not sing-hehehe).
Well but for Swami and the captive audience you are blessed with I must say
the program was far from the standards. The only saving grace being the Band
Program. The Band boys once again stole the show. They were very good that
evening. Not so much from the perfection point of view but from the choice
of pieces. Their combination of Violin Mridangam, Ghatam etc with the Band
was very nice. For the limited practice and dispersed team in various parts
of the Globe, the program we must say is just too good. But if you were to
compare with the mornings current Band prog, the Alumni Brass Band gets the
second place. Apart from the Band there were a few songs and a qawali which
were very good. To be continued...
The rest of the show is filled with the also rans...
One note worthy thing in the whole program is that boys had something or the
other every two songs or so to show Swami, be it the cards, the cake or the
Alumni details etc.
When boys took the cake to Swami, you must see the eagerness in Swami - the
playlike little kid in Swami to be precise. He immediately asked where is
the match box. Boys gave the candle and he lit the candles on the cake. He
then asked for the knife to cut the cake. I did not have a closer look at
the cake but as i understand from other brothers it was a three layered or
three piece cake. And Swami asked them to show the second layer/piece and
then the third. He ensured that he cut all the three parts of the cake. he
has spoken to almost all the Boys who went to Swami and showered so much of
love. I understand that he was telling the VIPS repeatedly "My boys have
come" and in the inside he told "Boys may have grown old but their voices
are still sweet" etc.
Towards the end when boys asked
Swami to speak to us He said I will talk to you tomorrow. He then sent Two
baskets of fruits for the old boys.
The highlight of the evening program
is the Vice chancellors opening talk. Well sitting there at the lotus feet
one wonders what he intended to say. objective unknown he spoke something to
fill the minutes...Sorry but I am being frank. We can also take it as a
capsule to better our spiritual progress as in a patience enabler. Swami had
some Anand sweets distributed in the evening for Prasadam.
After the evening program we had a get together in the college auditorium
and the pick of that being Prof US Rao's talk. Although very brief it was a
no nonsense lecture as usual. He was crisp and to the point. It was all
filled with his wit which he rarely gets to show because he avoids public
speaking. For those of us his direct students its normal. Man he was
awesome. Nice to hear him that day. Hope to hear more from you sir... to be
The rest of the session is all about a little trumpeting. We did this here
and that there etc. Not to my taste(may be because I do not do any service
in that sense of the term). Following all this was the event which we were
eagerly waiting for....Dinner from Hostel and Fruit salad from the fruits
sent by Swami and the Cake that Swami blessed...Can u ask for more???
Obviously the dinner had the much
coveted "groundnut chutney with onion rice, Pooris with Dal, Payasam and did
I miss anything?? I don't think so. That's the end of day two or 1st Jan
2007. A nice beginning made to the New year. As a topping to this most of us
took the blessings of Lord Ganesha our dear brother if we can call him so,
with the 108s around him. End of day two...
While I start day three in a separate message wanted to share a few of my
On one side we see Swami shivering a little to even hold a hanky in his hand
on the other side we see him eagerly coming forward to cut the cake etc in a
way only he can execute - absolutely perfect and Royal..
We all obviously know he is God and beyond the body etc. At the same time we
worry a lot seeing him struggle in pain. Is it the Love we have for Swami or
his Body? Please don't think I am feeling philosophical and giving gyan.
That's the least I want to do here...I am just thinking aloud. Swami gave
answers to some of these thoughts on 2nd Jan.
OM SAI RAM
emailed on 14.03.07 by KM