Update - Swami on way to Kodaikanal
Swami left Prasanthi Mandir by 7.45 am to the Airport. Swami
is to fly from Prasanthi Nilayam to Madurai in a small plane
and then in all possibility take a helicopter from Madurai
to Kodaikanal or otherwise take the option by going on Road.
Update from Kodaikanal is that there are already a lot of
Devotees already gathered there. Swami's students are
already in Kodaikanal and will receive Bhagawan in
Kodaikanal when Swami reaches there.
Wonderful and marvellous days ahead in Sai Sruthi,
Kodaikanal. Will try to send updates whenever possible
although they might not be that frequent as from Prasanthi
Om Sai Ram
Courtesy: KM Thursday, 23 April, 2009 10:57 AM
Om Sai Ram dearest Sai Family,
This morning like in
South Africa people of Puttaparthi were also getting ready
to cast their vote and our beloved Lord was all set to fly
to Kodai via Madurai. A small 30 seater flight owned by
Raymond company (a well known suitings shirting company)
landed in Puttaparthi last evening and all arrangements were
made for Swami at the airport.
A small, beautifully
decorated elevator was placed near the flight. The big names
of Prasanthi Nilayam who were blessed to fly with Swami got
in before Swami's arrival.
Exactly at 8 am
Swami's little Porte car drove into the Sai airport and
Swami got into the elevator and when the elevator came to
the door Swami was moved from His regular car chair into a
specially designed chair and was wheeled slowly into the plane. The pilots and Mr. Sharma, incharge of Swami's airport
took blessings from Swami and the DIVINE flight took off
just after 8am. Swami would be reaching Madurai in less than
2 hours time and from there He would be taking a helicopter
to the hill station.. Kodaikanal...
This year Swami's
students selected for Kodai will be going by bus..All the
SAI LUCK to those blessed souls to be with our beloved Lord
at the naturally beautiful Kodaikanal. Attached are some
photos taken this morning.
WITH HUMBLE PRANAMS
AT THE LOTUS FEET OF OUR BELOVED LORD.
Prasanthi Update - Bhagawan's
Programme - Kodaikanal
Bhagawan has been coming very late in the evenings
for Darshans in the past few days, Yesterday evening Swami
came as late as 6pm.
Bhagawan is leaving for Kodaikanal on Thursday, 23rd April***.
The most Lucky boys on this earth who have been chosen to be
with Swami at Kodaikanal are leaving today for Kodaikanal.
please verify from your end before proceeding for Kodai or
after confirming that Swami has reached Kodai. )
The Focus of Divine Attention and Darshan shifts now from
the Divine Surroundings of Sai Kulwanth Hall, Prasanthi
Nilayam to the Beautiful, Serene and Divine Surroundings of
Sai Sruthi, Kodaikanal.
Before Sai Sruthi in
Kodaikanal was built, Bhagawan used to stay in the House of
Shri.Srinivasan, Around 8 Years back, Shri. Srinivasan
donated around 3 acres of Prime Land overlooking the
majestic Kodaikanal Lake to the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust
along with buildings which later became "Sai Sruthi" or
Bhagawan's Kodaikanal Ashram.Sai Sruthi has the most
beautiful Scenic Surroundings and is laced with Gardens
filled with the Chirping of Birds.
For Swami's Devotees at Kodaikanal it is a most Divine
Experience as Swami says that "Kodaikanal is His
Playground", Since the Devotees are less when compared to
Prasanthi Nilayam and Brindavan, everybody gets wonderful
Darshan of Swami. It is a most Divine Experience to be at
Swami's Lotus Feet at Sai Sruthi.
Below is a small
write up of Kodaikanal :
Kodaikanal is connected by road with Chennai (520-km), Ooty
(264-km), Trichy (197-km), Coimbatore (175-km), Kumili
(160-km), and Madurai(120- km). Additional buses ply during
the season. Taxis and vans are available for local
transportation. There are no auto-rickshaws in Kodaikanal.
It is a hilltop town, and the roads narrow and winding.
For information regarding Hotels in Kodaikanal, Please visit
the Below Link :
The Area where
Swami's Divine Abode "Sai Sruthi" is Flat, there is one
driveway to walk up (steep), then flat sitting area for
darshan. If you were to stay in town at the Hilltop Hotel,
Carlton Hotel or around the corner from Swami's place at the
Sterling Hotel, then it is largely flat walking to Swami's
darshan. The remainder of Kodaikanal is only hills and very
very narrow roads. A taxi to Swami's Divine Darshan is the
usual practice if staying in one of these other Hotels.
Darshan is in the mornings; you can walk from the township,
around the lake to the Darshan queue, which is on Lake Road
itself. Men line up on the footpath adjacent to the lake,
Ladies line up on the other side of the gate, on the grassy
side of the road. Ladies often sit in chairs byt the
roadside. Of late, seva dal have stalls either side of the
gate, and as you pass, you put your shoes in and receive a
chit. There are only 4 lines each side at Kodai, and numbers
are in fact given out. Men on cycles or young boys with
Canteens walk up and down the lines selling small plastic
cups of tea. You can expect to stand in line upto about 8AM
or thereabouts when the gates are opened and the lines
called in. Lines generally begin to be formed around 6AM
Nilayam and Brindavan, there is a small security check as
you pass the gate; therafter, it is a dash aor a sedate walk
up the STEEP driveway, to the lines. Men to the left of the
front of the house, ladies to the right, guests along the
far right wall. There are chairs for those who need. Darahan
is a small affair under a simple canopy, and ladies also sit
in an island in front of the garden.
Unlike Puttaparthi or Whitefield, all remain inside and
seated for darshan until its full completion. If groups go
for interview, all remain seated. By this time, pullovers,
shawls and all the extra coverings are removed as the sun is
out and quite warm. When Interviews are complete, Swami
emerges, and goes inside the main building; thereafter,
darshan is over.
After Darshan, Swami often goes for a drive around
Kodaikanal; perhaps a leisurely drive, perhaps a visit to an
orphange, or to a home, or to another venerable place. One
can often see a procession of cars leaving Sai Sruthi
perhaps half an hour or so after darshan, with Swami's car
in the midst. So if you wish, it is useful to come back
after some time and walk down Lake Road, and wait for Swami.
How to reach Kodaikanal :
By Air : The nearest airport is at Madurai (120 km from
By Rail : The nearest railway stations are the Kodai Road
Railway Station (80-km) and the Palani Railway Station
Below is Swami's Kodaikanal Address
for everyone's information :
Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Tamil Nadu, 604101
Om Sai Ram
Courtesy: KM 22.04.2009
The Past few days in Prasanthi Nilayam have been Divine and
Fantastic with the Tamil New Year and Vishu Celebrations.
The Programmes on the days were wonderful and each and
everyone who had seen them were impressed and went away
Swami has not been coming for Darshans in the morning at
all, It must be noted that in all the days of April so far,
Bhagawan has come for morning Darshans only for 2 days. But
He is still so Blissfully Divine and interacting with
Even though no one can predict Swami's Programme at anytime,
the news is that Swami will be going to Kodaikanal from
Parthi itself. It is most likely that Bhagawan will leave
for Kodaikanal by the 20th at the latest.
Om Sai Ram
VISHU 2009 IN
Om Sai Ram dearest Sai Family,
Vishu and Tamil New Year was celebrated in Prasanthi Nilayam
in a grand way.
On April 13 Swami came out for darshan at 5:15 pm and there
was a beautiful drama entitled "Madhuram Gayati" a drama on
Krishna's life, by the students of Balvikas from Kerala..
Swami who praised the quality presentation of Kerala
devotees last year, did a very nice drama this year as well.
The drama started with the little Krishna and His
mischievous doings and the complaints of the Gopikas. The
drama was very well done ...
Swami was very happy that He came down the stage to bless
the students with a group photo..
April 14 2009:
This morning, all the devotees especially from Kerala and
Tamil Nadu came bit early to darshan hall. Being Vishu, they
were given priority seating and in no time the Sai Kulwanth
hall was full and we all were eagerly waiting for Swami. It
was 9am and bhajans started and the morning session ended
with arathi at 9:45 without Swami's darshan.
In the afternoon, Swami came around 5:30 and there was a
drama by devotees from Tamil Nadu entitled YUVA SHAKTHI.
another beautiful play highlighting ethics in politics, care
for the poor and stress on Swami's teachings..
In the play they also showed the generosity of the doctors
of Tamil Nadu, to start with Chennai, to allot a bed in each
hospital for the poor and the needy. This was decided
unanimously by the doctors of Chennai, when Swami had been
there for the second Athi Rudra Maha Yagna in January 2007.
The doctor who made that announcement then was also in the
drama and the whole script was well written and acted..
After the 50 minute drama, Swami came down the dias and
spoke to the students and blessed them with a group photo as
Thus ended a beautiful day, even though many were eagerly
awaiting the Vishu divine discourse, but Swami always says,
LOVE MY UNCERTAINITY. ..
I don't want to spread any rumours, but devotees planning to
come to India to see Swami may check with people you know in
Parthi, to know Swami's where abouts, as there are chances
of Him to go to Kodaikanal, if you are planning to come
after the 20th April*(Conditions apply)....
With pranams at the
lotus feet of our beloved Lord,
Wednesday, 15 April, 2009
Update - Monday 13th April
Today evening , The Kerala Bala Vikas Children Presented a
most Beautiful 50 Minute Drama Titled "Madhuram Gayati"
which depicts the Divine Love of Radha and the Gopikas for
Lord Krishna. Swami came down from the stage for a Group
Photo with the Children and also gave them Clothes, After
Mangala Aarthi, Prasadam was Distributed and Swami returned
to Yajur Mandiram at 7 pm.
Tommorow is Tamil New Year's day and Visu. Wishing all our
Dear Tamil and Malayalam Brothers and Sisters a very Happy
New Year, Prayers that Bhagawan's Divine Blessings be always
with each and everyone of you.
Om Sai Ram
Courtesy: KM - 13.04.2009
The Summer is getting very hot in Parthi and it is only
Swami's Darshan that has been the Divine cooling effect for
everyone. Swami has been coming mostly in the evenings only
for the past many days and there have been some wonderful
programmes in the like the Burrakatha program by students, a
wonderful Music Programme by Dana, and also a Dance
programme by a Few Post Graduate students the day before
There is already a big rush of Kerala devotees gathering at
His Lotus Feet for Visu on Tuesday.
Om Sai Ram
Courtesy: KM - 11.04.2009
Divine Discourse - Ramanavami 2009 - Excerpts
Sweeter than sugar, tastier than curd, sweeter indeed than
honey is the Name of Rama. Constant repetition of this sweet
Name gives one the taste of divine nectar itself. Therefore,
one should contemplate on the Name of Rama incessantly.
Bharat is the motherland of many noble souls who earned
great name and fame in all the continents of the world. This
is the land of valorous people who vanquished foreign rulers
and attained independence. This is the land which excelled
in music, literature and other fine arts. Having been born
in this great land of Bharat, oh boys and girls, it is your
sacred duty to protect its rich cultural heritage.
From the very birth, there are no children in this land of
Bharat who do not chant God’s name. Children are given names
of God so that parents get an opportunity to remember the
name of God. In this land of Bharat there is no village
without a temple. From times immemorial, this land has given
importance to spirituality.
If the Bharatiyas are happy and leading a secure life, it is
due to their spiritual way of life. Every Bharatiya has
self-confidence. They may be poor, but youngsters in this
land have come up in their life by studying even under
streetlights. Whether the adversities come in the form of
explosion of bombs or floods, Bharatiyas depend on God. If
you depend on God, you will not face difficulties. Miseries
and difficulties are like passing clouds, they come and go.
Dasaratha had three wives – Kausalya, Sumitra and Kaikeyi. A
daughter was born to Kausalya, but a daughter cannot be
crowned as heir to the throne. Dasaratha and Kausalya gave
away the daughter to Sage Rishyasringa. He taught her all
kinds of education. As there was no male child in the family
who could ascend the throne, Sumanthara and other ministers
asked Dasaratha to perform Putra Kamesti Yaga. They thought
only Rishyasringa was competent to perform the Yaga. During
the performance of Yaga, a divine being emerged from the
sacrificial fire and handed over a vessel containing Payasam
(pudding). This was to be equally distributed between his
three wives. They were supposed to partake of the pudding
after having a bath. As Sumitra was drying her hair in the
terrace, she kept the pudding in the parapet wall. Suddenly
an eagle swooped down and carried the pudding in its claws.
Sumitra was fear-stricken since she was afraid of facing
Dasaratha. When she related this incident to Kausalya, she
readily agreed to share half of her bowl of pudding. Kaikeyi
too did the same. Kausalya gave birth to Rama and Kaikeyi
gave birth to Bharata, but Sumitra gave birth to twins –
Lakshmana and Satrughna. Sumitra faced a predicament;
Lakshmana and Satrughna were always crying. She could not
find out the reason for this. In spite of resorting to many
incantations and Mantras, they never stopped crying. When
Vasishtha, the family priest was asked the reason, he told
her to place Lakshmana by the side of Rama and Satrughna by
the side of Bharata. When this was done, both Lakshmana and
Satrughna slept peacefully. The reason was Lakshmana was
born after partaking of half of the pudding given by
Kausalya and Satrughna was born after partaking half of the
pudding of Kaikeyi.
In the Ramayana, we do not find Sumitra and Lakshmana’s
consort Urmila being given prominence. When Lakshmana came
to take leave of Urmila, she told him that he should never
think of her in the forest. He should serve Rama always.
Even a thought of her should not interrupt his service to
Rama. Such was the nobility of Urmila.
The demon king Ravana abducted Sita. In the battle,
Lakshmana fell unconscious. It is then that Rama declared,
“I can even live without Sita, but not without Lakshmana.”
One of the demons advised that Lakshmana could be saved by
rubbing the Sanjivini (a medicine that had a divine cure) on
his body. Hanuman was sent to bring the Sanjivini.. As
Hanuman could not locate the Sanjivini, he uprooted the
whole mountain and brought it to Rama. When the Sanjivini
was applied on Lakshmana, he regained consciousness.
Rama was ever blissful. The name of Rama which is sweeter
than sugar, tastier than curd and honey should be chanted
The five human values, namely, Sathya, Dharma, Santhi, Prema
and Ahimsa are very important. One who cultivates these five
human values is a true human being. Even if one of them is
missing, he / she cannot be called a true human.
When we have love in our heart, nobody will hate us.
Therefore, develop love and live like brothers and sisters.
This is the essence of Ramayana. What Swami has done in
Orissa is to demonstrate this truth, the propagation of
love. All of us should be united.
Let us all move together, let us all grow together,
Let us all stay united and grow in intelligence together,
Let us live together with friendship and harmony.
Whether you are in Ashram or anywhere else, do not have a
sense of hatred. It is love which unites everyone.
Swami concluded His Discourse with the Bhajan, “Prema Mudita
Manase Kaho Rama Rama Ram …”
After the bhajans, Swami blessed everyone assembled. He
asked the students as to who were all leaving for their
homes. Many of them raised hands and Swami then received
Aarthi and retired for the day.
Om Sai Ram
Courtesy: KM - Sent on
Wednesday, 8 April, 2009
On the Most Sacred Day of Sri Ramanavami in the Divine
Presence of Bhagawan in Kulwanth Hall, Sri R. Kondal Rao, a
Former Chief Engineer in the Panchayat department of Andhra
Pradesh and also associated with all the water projects,
began his speech expressing his gratitude to Swami on being
giving the opportunity to speak on the holy occasion of Sri
He gave the reasons for the floods. About 15 lakh cusecs
flowed from the river Mahanadi due to the torrential rains
whereas its capacity was only 10 lakh cusecs. As a result,
the river breached its barriers and entered human
habitations. More than 50,000 houses were washed away by the
Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, Orissa quickly swung into
action by providing cooked food and medical relief to
affected people. They had to travel even in boats to
inaccessible places. When Bhagawan saw the photographs of
large scale destruction of houses, He immediately wanted
concrete houses to be constructed for the victims. A team
comprising Sri V. Srinivasan, Sri A. Ramakrishna and Sri R.
Kondal Rao was sent by Bhagawan to assess the damage on 19th
October 2008. It has been a long and eventful journey since
then. Do read the fascinating and overwhelming story of this
Orissa project at
- Part I
Om Sai Ram
Courtesy: KM - Sent on
Wednesday, 8 April, 2009
Update - Saturday 4th April
On Saturday evening, The Students of Swami's University
Presented a most Delightful Burrakatha 'Yugavatara' .
Swami came for Darshan at around 5pm when the Bhajans had
commenced and went into the Interview Room after Darshan.
After half an hour Swami came out and instructed the
students who were in their costumes to begin the Programme.
The Programme began at around 5.45 pm. The Presentation was
for about 45 minutes and after that Swami posed for Group
Photos and after blessing all the students and accepting
Mangala Aarthi, Swami returned to Yajur Mandiram.
Om Sai Ram
Courtesy: KM - Sent on Sunday, 5 April, 2009 6:02 PM
RAMANAVAMI 2009 DARSHAN UPDATE
Om Sairam dearest Sai Family,
Sri Rama Navami celebrations started in Prasanthi Nilayam
with a beautiful programme by devotees of Orissa state, that
state which was succumbed to devastating floods in the year
2008. Swami out of His immense grace, showered lots of love
and attention on this yet to be developed state. Orissa
state has large number of illiterate tribal community. About
500 of them were here in Puttaparthi for Swami's darshan.
As we all know, Swami last year announced Rehabilitation
housing project to the flood victims. Today they were here
to receive clothes and also keys to the DIVINE HOME gifted
by our DIVINE LORD Himself.
The happiness on the faces of those people was clearly
visible. Swami came around 4pm. All the devotees from Orissa
were made to sit right across the dias in the middle of the
hall. Before the programme started, Swami asked Mr.
Srinivasan, All India President of Sathya Sai Organisations
to distribute clothes to all of them. After that three
little boys blew conch welcoming Swami and thanking Him for
the kind gesture. Later there was a musical programme called
"Pala" a popular folklore from the state of Orissa.
The theme for today was the Relief and Rehabilitation
programme taken up by Swami. The lead singer accompanied by
five others put up a beautiful performance. It started with
salutations to Swami and then they dug into the reasons
behind the natural calamities like that one they
experienced. Swami always says help ever hurt never, love
all serve all but what did we do? we hurt mother earth, we
even attacked the panchabhootas, so the natural calamities.
Let us not do that in future. Later the lead singer, who was
at his best, in pouring his emotions and expressions, said,
just imagine what would have happened to us if Swami would
not have come to our rescue. Who would shower this much love
The 30 minutes programme mostly in Hindi and Oriya was very
emotional and even people who didn't understand the language
felt the gratitude the people had towards Swami. Swami was
very much impressed by the boy and he was called upon and in
no time Swami materialised a beautiful golden chain to him
and slipped around his neck. The whole troupe was so touched
by Swami's kind gesture and all seemed wonderstruck. Swami
then granted pada namaskar to all of them and now there was
one more beautiful programme in the offering.
Shabaree ki Pratikshya,( Shabaree' s long wait). Shabaree, a
perfect example of an ideal devotee is talked about when
ever one discusses about devotion and Rama. The drama was
very well done and straight to the point. Young Shabaree was
to be married.
Before the wedding ceremony, the villagers wanted to have a
party. There was music, dance and so on. Shabaree, was
already a very devoted and spiritual lady being exposed to
sacred teachings of Sage Matang. She sees a small goat by
her house and out of curiosity ask her father, Father, the
goat is so cute, would you mind if I take it with me when I
go to my in-laws house, to which father says, no! the goat
is kept for sacrifice to our Goddess and we all are going to
have a feast, which shocks SATVIC Shabaree. She decides, to
run away from home in order to avoid the killing of the
She reaches Sage Matang's ashram and hiding from behind she
witnesses all the spiritual practices performed in the
ashram. Sage Matang impressed by her devotion says, you can
stay in my ashram and avail herself of the glorious fortune
of having Sri Rama's darshan.
Shabaree becomes old and bent down in years. Everyday she
sweeps the path, removes thorns hoping that Lord Shri Rama
would come. She would also taste the fruits and keep the
sweeter ones aside so as to give it to Lord Rama. Finally
the grand moment arrives and Rama and Lakshmana come to her
ashram and Rama partakes the fruit given by Shabaree even
though it was tasted and tongued by her. Rama says, whatever
a devotee offers with love and devotion, I shall take it and
all that matters is a pure heart.
Shabaree falls at His lotus feet and attains Moksha
(liberation) . The whole drama was beautifully enacted and
Sai Rama was also impressed by the play and He came down
from the dais and took photos with the group and also
blessed them with padanamaskar.
3rd April 2009:
This morning, Swami came around 9:30am but in yellow robe
and made all of us very happy. After a short bhajan session
Swami went back to His Physical Abode in the Car Chair.
There was lot of confusion especially among pandits in
Andhra Pradesh as when to celebrate Sri Rama Navami. Some
said it is on 3rd and some on 4th. In Puttaparthi it was on
3rd April and in the afternoon Swami came around 4pm in His
usual orange robe in the car chair. Swami took a full round
in the hall, and then came on to the dais. Mr. Srinivasan,
the All India President of Sai Organisation after taking
blessings from Swami introduced the speakers to the august
gathering. There were 2 speakers blessed this afternoon.
The first speaker Mr. Ramesh Panda, an IAS officer from
Orissa, spoke in Oriya for the benefit of the devotees from
Orissa. He explained various service projects taken up by
Swami and reminded how blessed they are that Swami has
personally supervised the rehabilitation programme after the
devastating floods in 2008 which not only left them homeless
but also hopeless. He said, Swami has not just built house
but a very strong house for them which will stand still
inspite of any adverse climatic conditions. After about 30
minutes of talk Mr. Panda winded up his talk and Swami
gifted him with another divine materialisation.
The next speaker was Mr. Kondal Rao, very ardent devotee of
Swami, an able engineer who has been a active instrument in
every major project taken up by Swami. Many times, Swami
said his name during discourses and many of us had the
opportunity to see the blessed engineer for the first time.
Sri Kondal Rao gave the statistical data of the Orissa Flood
Rehabilitation Housing Project and how Swami personally
monitored the latest developments. The flood was so severe
that 6700 villages were affected. About 50,000 houses were
washed away. Swami was very much moved by the plight of the
people there and immediately send a team of three consisting
of Mr. Srinivasan, Mr. Ramakrishna and Mr. Kondal Rao. After
doing a thorough survey 14 villages were selected. The work
started on 30 November 2008 and about 700 houses were
constructed for the flood victims. Swami had clearly asked
to keep the houses at least 3 to 5 feet high just incase if
floods do come again, the water doesn't get into houses. The
suggestions by the locals were considered while building the
houses and each house had 300 sq.ft plinth area with
bathroom and toilet on the rear end. The colonies were also
provided with lighting and water facilities by Swami.
After 30 minutes Sri Kondal Rao, thanked Swami for being the
primal strength and source of inspiration.
It was the turn of our beloved Lord now. Every one were
eagerly anticipating the Sri Rama Navami Divine discourse.
The mike was brought in, Mr. Narasimhamurthy the principal
of Brindavan Campus was ready for translating and after
everything was set, Swami sitting in His mobile throne
delivered His hour long divine discourse.
Swami started with a sweet verse, which He usually sings
during Sri Rama Navami..
EXCERPTS FROM THE DIVINE
Chekkara Kante teepi, Dari Saramu kante mrithymavuu,
pempekkina tene kanna ati rithyamu.. notanu palku palkaga
amrutame anipinchunu kana nithya mee chakkani danini
smariyimpumu, Rama Namamu manasa...
Sweeter than sugar, more tastier than curd, sweeter than
honey, as you chant this name you will experience the divine
nectar, O mind chant the name of Lord Rama.
Swami then continued with another verse.. Kanda Kandanthara
khyati narjinchina mahaneeyulanu kanna mathrubhoomi (this
land of Bharath has has been the mother land of noble souls
who had the continental recognition), Paschathya veerula
paradrolinchiyu swatantramunu kanna samarabhoomi (this land
of Bharath is a battle field which has driven away foreign
invaders and become independent)
Sangeetha sahitya sastreeya vidyalandu dhee shakthi choopina
punya bhoomi (this land of Bharath has scholarly excellence
in the field of music, literature and fine arts) Being born
in this holy land, it is the duty of you devotees to
safeguard the spiritual riches of this country.
Swami continued, People of Bharath have become like an
elephant which does'nt understand its strength, Every body
in India chant God's name. Even the names given to the
children are divine. Every village in India has a small
temple. If there is no temple, they make at least a small hut
and install three stones and worship them as Rama Sita and
Lakshmana. India since the bygone days has given importance
to spirituality. That is why Indians are more happy than
others. Inspite of experiencing poverty, they seem to be
happy. Only because of spirituality, inspite of poverty,
difficulties they get that strength to face them all with
bravery. Inspite of bomb blasts here and there, all are
depending on God. WHO EVER DEPENDS ON GOD will never face
sorrow. difficulties come and go. Man has to die one day or
other. No material is permanent. Atma is the only thing that
Look at Ramayana. Where was Rama born. Many have doubts
about this. He was born in Ayodhya. It was not built by
anyone. Viswakarma built it. Nobody could conquer Ayodhya.
Rama in his life, faced many difficulties, even then, He was
always smiling. Dasaratha had three wives. Kausalya also had
a daughter who was sent to Roma rishi. Swami then narrated
about the Putra Kamesthi yaga and the pudding episode and
how Rama, Lakshmana, Bharatha and Sathrugna were born.
Bharatha had no intention to take over the kingdom of
Ayodhya . He knew it was his brother Rama who should be
coronated. He even went to Rama to the forest requesting him
to take over the kingdom. Rama replied you should obey
father's command and only for that reason I am here in the
forest. Bharatha put a hut in Ayodhya and started living a
simple life like his brother Rama. At one stage, not able to
bear the separation, Bharatha wanted to die. Immediately
Rama sent a word with Hanuman saying that He would be coming
to Ayodhya. Hearing this news Bharatha was immensely happy.
The whole of Ayodhya was gathered to see Rama, Sita and
All preparations were made for a grand welcome. All the
streets were beautifully decorated with jewels made of pure
Pearls were kept ready in order to shower on them. All the
people were singing in joy and asking each other to come and
see the grand welcome of the sons of the holy soil. (Swami
sang a beautiful Telugu song to depict the grand welcome,
which needless to say was so sweet and not at all possible
for an apt translation in English) when they finally
arrived, all the people were wondering who is Rama, who is
Lakshmana as it had been 14 years since they left Ayodhya.
It was Bharatha alone, who recognised Rama and all the
people were rejoicing after seeing them.
Swami continued to say, very little is mentioned about
Lakshmana's wife, Urmila. When Lakshmana decided to go with
Rama to the forest, Urmila said, how fortunate you are? You
don't worry about me. Treat your brother as your parents.
Lakshmana was very happy to hear this.
Every character in Ramayana is worth mentioning. Every one
had great virtues. So name of the Rama is sweeter than
All the scriptures speak truth. Sathya, Dharma, Shanthi,
Prema and Ahimsa are the 5 qualities of a true man. Even if
you lack one quality you cannot be a perfect human. There is
no peace out side. Its all pieces. There is no love. Develop
peace. Then love comes on it own. When we have love no one
hates you. Treat all as brothers and sisters. This is the
primary essence of Ramayana.
Orissa has witnessed that pure love recently. The same loss
which they experienced may be experienced by you. Same bliss
will be enjoyable by you.. All should be united. LET US ALL
BE UNITED AND LIVE UNITED. Be it in ashram or elsewhere,
don't develop hatred.
We have to forget the past. LOVE ONLY UNITES EVERYONE. So
saying Swami sang His/ours favourite bhajan Prema Mudita.
(all the contents mentioned are based on memory and my
little knowledge in English has lots of shortcomings here
and there and I sincerely apologize for all the mistakes)
Prasadam was distributed to all and it was around 6:30pm
that arathi was given to our beloved Lord, and Swami like in
the morning preferred to go in the Car chair, giving another
beautiful chance to have a close up darshan of our Lord..
Puttaparthi which was active with politicians seeking
Swami's blessings now and then has become politically active
now a days..., thanks to the recent delimitation of
constituencies, Puttaparthi has now become a assembly
constituency which means there will be lot of political
activity going on.
It is election season in India and in the past Puttaparthi
was totally away from the political rallies and meetings,
but unfortunately it is different story. Every day, there is
a huge procession with the budding politicians who want to
make their presence felt. The crowd, many of them are drunk
and lured by money to participate in the processions are
assigned the duty of praising the party and the leader and
many times they make fun of passer by devotees especially
As the procession reaches the ashram premises, they seem to
lose control over themselves. Many of them don't know what
kind of place there are in and who Swami is and His
teachings. To add to the noise, there are silencer less
motor bikes running in streets making big noise and heavy
crackers. It is total chaos here. I have no idea, as who got
this idea to make Puttaparthi as a constituency. There are
so many temple towns in India which are also constituencies
but Puttaparthi is a place where our Lord is present in
flesh and blood.
Puttaparthi is a very special place. People from all over
the world come here in search of peace. I hope politicians
and concerned authorities will take a note of the dos and
don'ts in Puttaparthi and PUT Puttaparthi away from noisy
and RAJASIC political processions.
Swami definitely wants His very own PUTTAPARTHI to be
peaceful and wants all His chosen INVITEES who come here to
be at peace and at ease
With Humble Pranams at the Lotus Feet of Our Beloved Lord,