Digital Art of Shirdi Baba which is done in Photoshop software with
the help of DIGITAL PEN (a drawing instrument attached with
computer) by Kouwshik from Colombo.
Prasanthi Update - 31st August
In the evening of the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust Anniversary,
Swami came at around 3:45 PM and went into Bhajan Hall and after
taking a round inside Swami blessed everyone seated inside. Then
Swami lit the lamp and cut a Wonderful Cake. Swami then spoke most
beautifully on various issues. Some important points are given below
1. Everyone should come out of the feeling of I and Mine. The Mind
cannot be controlled easily, but once we are aware of our divinity,
mind can be diverted into Good thoughts and Actions.
2. We are solely and fully responsible for everyone of our thoughts
and actions. No external influence is responsible as all these are
3. It is not ego to keep repeating that I AM GOD as long as we
understand what it means, because once we feel the oneness with the
Divine Lord we will always be careful and aware of our Actions and
4. Real Meditation is doing God's work and Real happiness is having
His Divine Darshan.
5. Cultivate Love for all. Once we cultivate the feeling that God
resides in all and everyone, the feeling of Hatred will not develop
and there will be Peace and Harmony everywhere and it will lead to
establishment of Dharma
6.Any work we undertake is God's work. No work is Different,
Everything is SAI'S WORK.
When the Students present told Swami that everyone was "Extremely
Grateful", Swami said "Do not use the word grateful. When Grace is
there will be gratefulness. Without His Grace everything is
meaningless and like Grass. Grass can be cut but not Grace"
Then everyone present sang songs and after a Speech by a Central
Trust Member, Swami took Mangala Aarthi and retired to Yajur Mandiram.
Courtesy: KM Tuesday 2 September, 2008 10:49 AM
Prasanthi Update - August 31st
Sent by a Dear Sai Brother
from Prasanthi Nilayam :
September 2nd is the Anniversary of the Sathya Sai Central Trust. In
the past many Years, Swami's Students who are working currently in
the various Departments the Sathya Sai Central trust have been
gathering at Swami's Divine Lotus feet to celebrate this anniversary
day and also offer their gratitude to Swami for blessing them with
the opportunity to serve Swami.
This year as the Anniversary day is on Tuesday and it would have
been very difficult for the people from Brindavan and Whitefield
Hospitals to come to Prasanthi Nilayam as it is a working day, Swami
then most wonderfully agreed to have the Celebrations today i.e.,
Swami also wonderfully agreed to speak to everyone. Swami also
arranged for a Special and Delicious Lunch in the South Indian for
all His Students who are now part of the Central Trust. All the
people are gathering in the Bhajan hall in the evening for Swami to
Om Sai Ram.
Courtesy: KM 31.08.2008
Prasanthi Update - August 26th Programme - Sri Sathya Sai
Kavacham by Tamilnadu Youth
Sent by Dear Sai Brother Shri.Vidyasagar from Prasanthi Nilayam :
As announced yesterday, the youth from Tamil Nadu were all set to
put up a drama, Sathya Sai Kavacham, in the divine presence. Swami
came out in the chair. The car seems to have been completely
abandoned for quite some time now. There were times when Swami's
arrival in the chair sent shivers of pleasant surprise through
everyone assembled. Now it has become part of the routine and people
are shocked if He uses the car! Talk about familiarity! Many times,
we miss grand and glorious things happening in our presence merely
by getting used to it! The secret to happiness and peace lies in
living the present moment fully and looking forward to every moment
as if it is a new one for indeed it is a new one!
Moving through the ladies side, Swami reached the centre of the hall
where He took a detour towards the interview room. The Primary
school children were arriving in great hurry and Swami seemed to
enjoy them rushing in. Anyway, rushing for God is a noble quality
worth of emulation by anyone! Swami granted interviews to various
devotees till 5:15pm. He then came out and wanted the drama to
begin. The initial offerings of the card and flowers were made. Once
the Veda chanting stopped, flexible and foldable props erupted on
the stage and created appropriate settings for the scenes to begin.
The storyline was very similar to many dramas put before but the
presentation style was different and nice. The drama begins with a
dialogue between Narada and Kali (the demigod in charge of the
present age). Kali exults over his power and influence. Narada
laughs at him and challenges him to influence a simple person. Kali
uses all his powers to tempt that person into taking money - by
ensuring that he loses his job, pressures from the family growing
and finally with his mother falling very sick. But the person never
yields and Kali surrenders as the hero's mother is alloted a bed in
a Super Speciality hospital under the Trust's hospital collaboration
scheme. Wondering where on earth does the lad get his sustenance and
determination from, Kali discovers the power of the Sathya Sai
kavacham (shield). He too desires to come to Parthi to see Swami and
gives up his crown of ego.
Swami seemed very involved in the drama. He was very touched when
the hero held on to his principles in the face of very stiff
challenges. Swami was moved seeing the hero torn between options and
was pleased to see him select the correct one over the easy one.
As the drama concluded, Swami called one of the participants and
told Him that He would move down for group photographs. He moved
down and the boys clustered around Him. He materialised a gold chain
for the Narada of the drama. He kept saying, "Romba Santosham" and
His smile and beaming face conveyed the same to those who did not
understand Tamil or could not catch those words. He moved up the
stage and then brought Safari cloth pieces from inside. As Aarthi
was performed and prasadam was distributed, He personally
distributed white cloth pieces to each and every member of the
performing troupe. The boys were all joy at this shower of Grace.
Icing up this cake of Grace, Swami asked the boys to sing some
bhajans. The mikes were quickly transported to the youth from TN and
they began singing. Swami kept rhythm as two bhajans were sung and
everyone joyfully clapped and followed. After those bhajans, Aarthi
was performed for a second time. Everyone seemed so happy because
very rare are the days when Swami receives Aarthi twice. Swami
raised both His hands in benediction and Love and told all the
participants that He was very happy. Then He retired.
Om Sai Ram
Courtesy: KM 27.08.2008
Prasanthi Update -
August 25th - Tamil Nadu Youth Programme
Sent by Dear Sai Brother Shri.Vidyasagar from Prasanthi Nilayam :
More than 4000 members of the youth brigade from Tamil Nadu had
arrived at Prashanti Nilayam. It has become part and parcel of the
activities of each and every state in India to have atleast one
pilgrimage to Puttaparthi wherein all can recharge their fatigued
spiritual batteries and continue all the other activities thereafter
with renewed vigour and energy.
Swami had very graciously consented for a music programme by them.
An so, by 3:30pm, all of them were seated in neat rows and columns
in Kulwant hall. The rest of Kulwant hall resembled an ocean as all
these devotees were in deep blue scarves.
Swami arrived for darshan and took a complete round of the ladies
side. He cut through between the seated rows of singers and moved
towards the interview room. Coming on the stage, He sat listening to
the chants. Then He wanted to go around. Taking a round around the
stage area, He moved to the portico. Via the portico, He went over
to the ladies side. now this was a bonus that none had dreamt about.
This turned out to be the darshan round that had been cut short in
its "official version"!
As He moved through the students into the gents side, the sea of
humanity from Chennai experienced high tides as people bobbed up and
down to glimpse the orange form. Taking letters and raising His
hands in blessings many times, Swami moved back into the portico and
then finally returned back on stage. Then He called all the card
boys and birthday boys and blessed them. The cards were actually
made for the occasion of Janmashtami and Swami seemed to make fun of
the fact that He was being shown cards whose "expiry date" was gone!
He then told the Vedic chants to stop and asked for the programme to
begin. The programme schedule was shown to Swami by a member of the
youth - a former student of the University Swami recognised him
instantly! No wonder it is said that once you become His student,
you never cease to be one. The programme consisted of devotional
songs that the youth had prepared. The original plan was that the
girls would sing their share of songs and then the boys would
present what they had prepared. But with Swami, one has to be ready
As soon as the girls finished the first song in praise of Lord
Ganesha, He called one of the boys and told him that they should
sing in an alternating manner. This needed some quick adjustments as
all the songs had part of the music pre-recorded on CD and the
tracks had to be shuffled all over so that the boys and girls could
alternate. But as with the Lord always, when He asks for something,
He also gives the strength and intelligence needed to achieve it.
And so the necessary changes were quickly made and the song
programme continued as He willed it!
There were two little kids playing the mridangam and violin
respectively, and they did it like professionals. Swami seemed very
impressed by them. Most of the songs were in Tamil and one or two
were in Malayalam, a sister language for Tamil, too. The girls
especially were wonderful in their singing as they reeled counters
and chords in the songs that they sang.
As they concluded about 8 songs, Swami asked the students to sing a
few bhajans. Nowadays it has become Swami's favourite bhajan-couple
and so those were the bhajans sung - Ram Hare Hare Ram bolo and Sri
After those two bhajans, Swami sent word for the All India president
of the Sathya Sai organisation and had it announced that there would
be a drama by the Tamil Nadu youth today! Then receiving Aarthi,
Swami retired for the day. Om Sai Ram
Courtesy: KM 27.08.2008
Prasanthi Update -
The day dawned to usher in the birthday of the most mischievous
avatar of the Lord - Krishna. The Kulwant hall was brimming with
people Many devotees who were supposed to leave had decided to stay
back to witness the splendour of the Krishna avatar with their dear
Sai Krishna. So full was Prashanti Nilayam that the main gate
carried a notice," Sairam! No accommodation available inside." Well
there was dearth of accommodation in the ashram but no dearth of
accommodative people! People had settled in the corridors of the
Southern blocks and had spread sheets and mats wherever there was a
little free sheltered space. It has been some time since the Nilayam
has been so full but well, maybe now its high time we start getting
accustomed to such crowds.
The red rays of the early morning sun turned golden and began to
filter and flow into the Kulwant hall lighting up the central area
especially. Krishna Gita, the elephant, the Gokulam cows, deer,
peacocks, doves and rabbits accompanied by the students too had
arrived to the mandir in procession. They too had been bedecked and
some of them appeared to be in bridal finery. It was at this moment
that the sweet Lord too arrived covered in the golden yellow robe!
There was an applause of thrill as He entered the Kulwant hall. We
have only heard about the beauty of Lord Krishna in the pitambara
(yellow dress) but we are indeed blessed to see Him in the splendid
yellow robe! HE moved slowly down the aisle and a sweet smile
adorned His beaming face. He blessed all as He arrived.
As He neared Krishna Gita, she stretched out her little trunk to
touch Him. Smiling to Himself, Swami slowly waded into the
confluence from the animal world. He fed the cows with bananas.
There was a suckling calf. Today it was blessed to receive milk from
two mothers as Swami too fed it with milk from a feeding bottle.
Gently moving amidst the animals, He ensured that everyone was fed
at least something in His divine presence. Two whit pigeons had the
special privilege of being released into the free skies from His
divine hands. As the pigeons soared skywards, the decibel levels in
the hall also soared as people joyously clapped at the happy sight.
Moving ahead, Swami lovingly fondled a baby deer that was brought up
to Him. He fed the mother of that deer with a biscuit which she
quickly gobbled. He not only blessed the animals but their
Many of the members of the Sathya Sai Gokulam offered roses to
Swami. It was as if a bouquet of roses had been presented to Him. He
patiently and lovingly accepted all of them and then moving through
the students, He went up the stage. It was then that two children
decked as Krishna and Balarama went on stage. Swami blessed them and
the sweets they offered to Him.
Swami sat listening to the chants that were on. He sat that way for
about 20-25 minutes. In between, He told the caretakers to take all
the animals away, back to their lovely homes that He so lovingly has
gifted them. It is really wonderful how much concern Swami has for
the animals. Normally any of us feel that though the animals do not
know, it is their privilege to be in Swami's presence. However, on
the smooth marbled floors of Kulwant hall, the animals find it a
little tough to get a grip. It was not so before when the hall had
concrete floors and before that when there was sand. So Swami sends
back the animals as soon as possible so that they remain on firm
Once the animals left, Swami asked the students to put up their
programme. The card was shown to Him and the programme started with
a group song, the Pandurangashtakam. Since it is a popular one, even
the children from the Primary school joined in the singing. After
that, two students sang the song, "Govardhana Giridhara" in all its
majesty and grandeur.. This was followed by a novel programme.
A group of students at the Institute have been working hard at
picking up playing the flute. All these students with their teacher,
put up 1 15 minute recital in His presence. Swami kept tapping in
beat as they played on the flute. And therein lies the beauty of
being a student! Any talent that one has or any skill that one
acquires, one gets the wonderful opportunity to present before the
supreme Lord Himself! After they finished their presentation, it was
back to songs.
A Telugu song recounting the leelas of Lord Krishna as a child was
sung and Swami was so involved in the song. He seemed to be drinking
in every word of the song and appeared very touched at times. As
that song was completed, Swami decided that it was best that all
leave in that frame of mind. He asked for the Aarthi.
As the Aarthi was nearing conclusion, Swami called the students who
had arrived with a cake. He cut the cake and naturally so for was it
not His birthday? Many Krishnashtami cards had been made by students
from the Institute, school and primary school too. Swami called them
all and began to slowly and patiently go through the works of art
that His children had designed. Some were huge, others were three
dimensional structures, some others were fine carvings while some
others were simple sketches and paintings depicting the episodes in
the life of Krishna. But all of them were prayers addressed to
As Swami was going through these cards, the "Krishna" and "Balarama"
moved up on stage again and offered chocolates to Swami for giving
the Primary school children who had made the cards. Swami seemed to
like the idea and He gave a chocolate to every child who came to
In this manner, Swami spent more than 20 minutes seeing and blessing
the cards with their creators. Then raising both His hands in
benediction, He retired for the morning.
Om Sai Ram
Courtesy KM 26.08.2008
Prasanthi Update -
Krishna Janmastami Celebrations
Heartiest Janmastami Greetings to each and everyone of our Sai
Brothers and Sisters. Prayers to Our Divine Lord that His Divine
Grace and Blessings be always with each and everyone of you.
In Kulwant hall Swami's Elephant Sathya Gheetha was decorated in the
most wonderful manner along with the other animals and were waiting
for Swami on this most sacred day.
Swami came for Darshan in a wonderful Yellow Dress. The Programme
was small and brief and Swami's Students sang some wonderful songs
and after that Prasadam was distributed to everyone. It was around
11.15 am when the programme ended.
Everyone is waiting for the Evening programme.
Om Sai Ram
Courtesy: KM 24.08.2008
Prasanthi Update -
Sent by Dear Sai Brother Vidayasagar from Prasanthi Nilayam :
Devotees seem to be coming in huge numbers to Parthi nowadays. Its
not that devotees were less in numbers anytime before. Its just
that, now they come as groups. The concept of Unity seems to be
getting stronger with each passing day. For instance a 2500 strong
contingent had arrived from Vishakapatnam and had also been
permitted to put up their programme today evening. From His side,
Swami too encourages group sadhana. Even physically, He seems to
give more attention when the devotees are in groups. He speaks to
the group, gives them opportunities to present their programmes and
distributes gifts of grace. Very subtly but surely the message sent
across is this, "Unity is strength; Unity is divinity."
Swami arrived at about 4:10pm itself. But He took a straight path to
the interview room.. The stage was all set for the drama to begin.
The actual drama began, however, at only 5:15pm. But in the hour
that passed by, any absorbed observer could not have helped notice
two other dramas going on- one of bhakti and the other of Karma. The
hall was packed and all the devotees with yellow scarves sat in
prayer and devotion waiting for the Lord to come. It was a hot
evening. As the popular fact about Puttaparthi goes, "There are
three seasons in Parthi - hot, hotter and hottest!" So though the
wrath of the summer has passed by, it is still hot at times in
Parthi, with the humidity too being high as it is the monsoon
Giving relief to the Bhakti of the devotees was the Karma of the
selfless sevadal volunteers as they went about relentlessly
supplying ambrosial and cool drinking water to them. This silent
Yajna went on continuously as many a parched throat was slaked with
nectarine water. It was symbolic of all that Swami has achieved
through His mammoth projects - injecting into His people the
enthusiasm for energetic service; the softness of heart to be
touched by suffering of any kind.
Swami came out at about 5:05pm and after listening to the Vedic
chants for a while, asked them to stop and beckoned the
Vishakapatnam group begin the programme. The office bearers first
came and symbolically offered the programme unto His feet. A silver
lamp made its way up the stage and soon it was lit by the Lord. This
is another practise that is gaining ground especially among the
different districts of Andhra Pradesh. A lamp is lit by Swami at
Parthi and its "light" is taken back to the respective places
signifying Swami's entry into their homelands. And so it was only
after the lamp was lit and Padukas blessed that the actual
participants moved upto Swami and offered flowers. Soon the drama
The drama opened with Karnam Subamma calling out to Krishna and
little Sathya responding to her asking her why she had called. He
reminds her of the wonderful Brindavan days that He has come to
recreate - those days of leelas when He as Krishna had danced with
the gopikas. Then too, like now, He was the favourite of everyone.
All wanted to spend time with Him and no one felt their day complete
without Him being a part of it. As a tiny tot, Krishna showed Mother
Yasoda that the entire Universe is in Him - the same boon that the
little Sathya bestowed on Subamma.
The episode of Krishna merrily dancing on the hoods of the vicious
serpent Kaliya as He subdued him was wonderfully depicted and the
episode of Swami swallowing the poisoned vadas and in turn consuming
the hatred and anger of people who tried to poison Him was brought
up as a comparision. Krishna also performs the miracle of lifting
the mountain Govardhana to spare the people of Gokulam, who had
placed all their faith in Him, from the ire of Lord Indra. When
Subamma asks little Sathya whether He would do a similar thing even
now, He replies, "Then I lifted only one mountain- symbolic of
achieving the impossible. This time I shall do many more." He then
allows her a sneak peek into the future where He accomplishes
"lifting the Govardhanas" of health care, educare and socio-care.
Throughout the drama, Swami was very moved and it appeared as if He
was reminded of the Love that exists between Him and Subamma and
that which exists between Him and Yashoda, if there is any
difference between them that is! He seemed overwhelmed on many
occasions and here and there kept nostalgically remembering the
episodes and even told some of them to the people by His side. The
crowning moment for the drama came towards the end. Both Subamma and
Yashoda express their desires to see their dear little ones gently
swinging in a jhoola. At this point both Krishna and Sathya came to
Swami and pleaded with Him to fulfill that desire! Swami agreed and
as the final dance was on itself, Swami moved down from the stage
and near the big swing that had been placed in the centre of the
performance area. The dancers went about merrily dancing till Swami
told them to stop and pose with Him by His side.
And so all the children came crowding around. Slowly all the people
associated with the dram also came to Swami They surrounded Him from
all sides as the flashes were fired and tapes rolled. Most of the
children began to break down into uncontrollable tears. There were
expressions of Love and uncontrollable joy. The urge to fall full at
His feet was also uncontrollable. In short, everything about the
final formation and photo session was uncontrollable!
And thats how it is with the Lord - everything beyond limits and
boundaries! Swami created two gold chains simultaneously and gifted
one to Krishna and the other to Subamma. He was surrounded on all
sides by the children and children seemed to be everywhere. And
everyone seemed to have only one objective- to fall at His feet.
Soon, Swami waded out of the surging waves of children and as He
moved towards the stage, He asked for sarees and white safari
pieces. He gifted two beautiful sarees to Yashoda and Subamma. He
also asked for sarees to be distributed to all the other children.
For the boys side, He gave T-shirts to all the kids and to the elder
boys, He gifted Safari pieces. In the meanwhile, He also sent word
for Krishna and Sathya. He told Krishna, "Call your mother also."
The innocent 'Krishna' instead of calling 'Yasoda', called her
mother from the audience. And the mother of Sathya also came to
Swami in the same fashion. Swami posed for a picture with them. The
mothers broke down and almost lay at His feet. Swami told them to
rise and blessed them.
Swami continued the giving with pens that were also brought out. To
many of the children, He Himself distributed. After that was done,
Swami went back on stage. Everyone were so happy and Swami was the
only reason for that. Swami said that the drama was very well
scripted and presented. After a short visit to the interview room,
Swami received Aarthi and retired for the evening.
Om Sai Ram
Courtesy: KM 23.08.2008
Prasanthi Update - A
Special evening - 19th August
Sent by a Dear Sai Brother
from Prasanthi Nilayam :
August 19th was an wonderful evening for all to remember. At about
4:15pm, Swami came for the darshan rounds. A big gaping space was
left on the ladies side and Swami seemed tempted to go straight to
the interview room after the ladies side. He cut through the detour
and did the same. But unfortunately, God is bound by Love and
devotion! Just as fire cant help burning and water can help but wet
things, God cannot just help but shower His grace. As He has said in
such reassuring words, "If you need me, you deserve me." These days
especially, the gents side gets starved of close darshan whenever
Swami cuts to the interview room after the ladies side. And so, it
was no surprise that Swami decided to feed them all with a feast
today! Before going into the interview room however, Swami was
accompanied by the senior teachers from the School of Business
Management of the University. They prayed for His Blessings and
Grace for the MBA anniversary day which falls on the 21st of August.
Swami interacted with them for about 5 minutes and blessing them
with loving words and Padanamaskar, Swami went into the interview
After a short while, Swami came out slowly to the stage from the
gents side via the portico. He came front till the railings and then
sat there gently swaying to the tunes of the Vedic chants. It is
such a satisfying feeling to have the great Lord Himself "swaying to
the tunes" of your chants! And that too with a smile dancing on
those lovely lips. With a sweeping glance, He graced everyone in the
hall. He suddenly beckoned to His left and to the pleasant amazement
of everyone, He came down the cetral ramp and began moving around
the students. He began His rounds where He had left off during the
previous trip! Slowly moving into the gents side, He began to ask
for and collect letters. It is a great joy for all when Swami begins
It was a beautiful and
touching sight as people rejoiced at His close proximity. He moved
over to the students' side where there were letters galore awaiting
His attention. Each and every letter got the attention it deserved.
The birthday boys and boys with trays were blessed. He passed by the
Veda group and was soon engaged by a group of boys who also prayed
for MBA day celebrations. Swami interacted with them and then moving
further along the boys, materialized a gold chain for one of them.
Thus having completed the rounds, He was headed towards the
interview room. But then, a subtle movement of His eyes indicated
that He wanted to Grace the ladies too with a bonus darshan round.
And so, it was round 2 for the women.
Swami moved along the corridors and continued taking letters.
Completing that, He moved along the students back towards the bhajan
hall. Not leaving anything incomplete, He took a round in the bhajan
hall too! Then He topped it by moving through the upper portico.
Surely not only the darshan-thirsty, but also the darshan-greedy
would have been satiated today. It was 5:30 pm when the bhajans
began and they continued till 6:00 pm when Aarthi was taken.
A Wonderful, Divine and
Joyous Day for everyone to remember and Cherish.
Om Sai Ram
Courtesy: KM posted on
Prasanthi Update -
August 15th Programme
Varalakshmi Vratam was
observed on Friday at Prasanthi Nilayam. The Ladies who were doing
the Pooja occupied the Front rows in Kulwanth Hall. The Various
Rituals started after Swami arrived at around 9.45 AM After about 45
Minutes, Swami gave wonderful Darshan to all by going around
Kulwanth Hall, After the Pooja concluded at around 10.45, Swami
accepted Mangala Aarthi and after about 15 Minutes went back to
The evening programme included a wonderful Music Programme by
Smt.Sunitha who is a Nandi Award winner. The Wonderful Programme
which was for about 50 minutes started at around 5.15 PM. Swami gave
a wonderful chain to Smt.Sunitha and clothes to the other artists.
After a Few Bhajans, Swami accepted Mangala Aarthi and left for
Yajur Mandiram at around 6.45 PM bringing the days programme to a
Om Sai Ram
Courtesy: KM posted on
Detailed Update of the
Programme in Kulwanth Hall on 14th August'2008 :
Sent by a Dear Sai Brother from Prasanthi Nilayam :
India and Pakistan, countries which were Siamese twins at birth,
were separated by a political cesarean operation. And so it happens
that while India celebrates its rebirth as a free nation on the 15th
of August every year, its separated twin, Pakistan, does so on the
14th of the same month. Whatever be the date, it is indeed in
"august" company that the celebrations occur! 15th of August 2008
had both celebrations, of the national Independence and the
Varalakshmi Vratam. Swami never allows anyone to go disappointed.
And thus, Swami instructed the students to put up their traditional
I-day drama on the 14th evening itself so that the very elaborate
preparations that had gone into the Vratam could continue into
fruition the next day.
The stage was set and all the boys in their costumes were seated in
the bhajan hall. Swami moved along the lines as He came out for
darshan and then as He reached the central block, He looked
admiringly at the simple yet elegant backdrop that had been
constructed with the Indian tricolour on it. He cut through the
central area and moved straight into the bhajan hall. All the actors
were waiting. Swami seems to be fascinated by good colourful
costumes. And like a child, He seemed so happy seeing the 'various
colours' of the boys! He was 'introduced' to Gandhiji, Subash
Chandra Bose and Bhagat Singh. He looked at a bearded person sitting
nearby and asked him what he was doing. He turned out to be
Harishchandra and his wife Chandramati too was nearby in a blue
saree! Swami was also very happy to see Krishna and Arjuna figure in
the scheme of things. He enquired into the duration of the programme.
1 hour was the answer. Similarly, Vasishta and Vishwamitra were
introduced to Him. Swami blessed all the actors and told them that
He would soon be out to witness their programme.
As per His word, He soon came out and asked for the Veda chanting to
give way to the programme. Krishna and Arjuna came up to Him and
offered roses. Swami appeared very touched seeing Krishna in all
splendour. The programme started with the Sootradhaari or compere
introducing the drama. Then all of a sudden, he asked, "Why are you
proud to be an Indian?" Everyone were taken by surprise. A few tense
moments passed when it seemed that no one wanted to voice an answer!
Then a hand went up and a student rose saying, "There are many
reasons why I am proud to be an Indian. But the greatest and the
most heartfelt is because God has taken birth here over and over
again through the ages!" The crowd burst into a joyful applause and
Swami was very touched. He called the student and told him to
announce that the programme was being done by the 2nd year post
graduate boys and he did as asked. The programme continued with
another student, a lad from the 8th standard getting up and stating
that he too was proud to be with the avatar and for the reason that
Bharat has such a glorious culture. Swami was deeply touched to see
the fire in the belly of that child.
The drama was weaved into a fine brocade of a story by the threads
of little known individual patriots who gave their all for the sake
of Poorna Swaraj. The story coursed alongside the lives of two young
men who dedicate their lives for the freedom struggle under the
leadership of the Mahatma, Gandhiji.. They rise against the British
non-violently, trusting the power of their immortal spirit rather
than relying on the strength of the mortal body. They receive the
blows rained by the British joyfully knowing that each blow that
seemed to crush their body actually developed their resolve to be
free into an indomitable and unbreakable one. They go to jail and
there too experience the joy of Unity and oneness as people of all
religions and strata in society rub shoulders, united in the common
cause of freeing Mother India from the fetters of foreign rule.
Gandhiji motivates them by his mere words which are laced with
The episode of Sathya Harishchandra was depicted very aptly at this
point. Being a king, Harishchandra is reduced to a poor undertaker
at the cemetery. His legendary adherence to Truth is seen as he
refuses to be bound by bodily attachments and bury his own son for
free. His wife pleads and the king's heart bleeds. But he remains
firm in his resolve to be on the path of Truth. As Swami saw the
episode of Harishchandra, He became very emotional. It seemed as if
His heart too bled and tears were shed at the memory of a person who
always adhered to the path of Truth and righteousness. Especially
when Chandramati, the wife, pleaded for the son, the divine mother
that He is, Swami felt the pangs of another mother's heart.
When the protagonist of the play loses his son to police brutality,
he is a broken man. With tears he goes to his Guru, Sri Aurobindo.
His brother and comrade too is there and he is just unable to
understand why people meekly receive blows and think that it is
bravery to be non-violent. Did not the Lord Krishna in the Bhagwad
Gita too urge Arjuna to rise in arms? The Guru clears all the doubts
by taking both the disciples through the Bhagwad Gita. The Krishna
Arjuna dialogue ensues and message becomes very clear. Krishna,
though apparently urged Arjuna to wage war, wanted him to actually
give up body attachment. And war was the means of doing it then for
Arjuna did not want to fight because he thought he was killing his
own people. Non violence was the means now for the revolutionaries
wanted to fight because they thought they were killing enemies!
Whatever be the means, the end must be to annihilate body
consciousness and then alone can one be truly free.
Towards the end, the heroes, Gandhiji, Bhagat Singh and Subash
Chandra Bose made their brief but very inspiring appearances.
Patriotic songs were liberally sprinkled all over the drama and all
the singing was being done live. Rather than using recorded tracks,
the boys wanted to get immersed in the feelings of the day and
occasion and sing the songs live. It had the desired effect as each
song touched the people in some deep recess of the heart. There were
no spectators or audience today as all felt one with the feelings of
patriotism and true love being depicted at the centre. The drama
concluded with all the students coming forward in the crescent
formation. Then in military style, one by one, they all stepped out
of line, stated loudly and proudly what the Bharata Bhagya Vidhata,
Swami, had done for them and then stepped back in line. As this
concluded, it was so clear for all in the hall that if at all there
is a True Patriot, then He sat right before them robed in the
saffron of sacrifice! This final portion elicited a lot of applause
Swami called all the actors to Him. He was very happy and He
congratulated everyone. A 'muslim' from the drama was called onstage
and Swami spoke a few words with him. He however commented that the
Bhagwad Gita was the greatest treasure from India and more time
should have been spent on dilating its teachings. He then moved down
to the performance area to grant the students the privilege of group
photos with Him. He materialised a beautiful and thick gold chain
for the student who played the role of Krishna.
A point to be noted here is that Swami always seems to gift those
actors who do positive roles, however small their actual roles may
be. It is not that He is not rewarding talent and making a bias or
anything of that sort. Swami believes that the only way to spread
goodness and 'Godness' in the world is by embodying those qualities.
Whenever the students put up a drama in front of Him, they involve
themselves so deeply in their roles so that they can do their best.
It is but natural that the ones who get so involved in the roles
that are divine, Krishna in this case, really embody that divine
spirit, even if its for a short duration. Swami rewards that noble
effort and feeling.
Swami accepted all the letters the boys had to offer. He moved back
on stage slowly and then very patiently and lovingly posed for group
photos with all the boys. He Himself called on the groups. "Krishna
and Arjuna", "Bose and Gandhi", "Harishchandra and Chandramati",
"the sepoys", "the red clothes sepoys" (British soldiers), and son
on He would call and they would go on stage to pose for photographs
with Him. He blessed lush red apples to be distributed to one and
all. As if that were not enough, He personally distributed watches
to each and every member of the 130 strong team that had made the
presentation. As this distribution went on, each student interacted
with Swami in his own way and Swami responded to every one of them
and made them feel special. One of the students gave a golden ring
to Swami and requested Him to put it on his finger. Swami smiled and
obliged. All the students prayed that Swami visit the hostel and
Swami said, "I will come".
Then Swami asked for bhajans to be sung as He continued to
distribute watches ensuring that He missed no one. The bhajans began
and after two bhajans of vociferous and enthused singing, Swami
received Aarthi. It was past 7:00 pm when He retired to Yajur Mandir.
Om Sai Ram
Courtesy: KM posted on
Prasanthi Update -
August 14th Programme in Kulwanth Hall
On 14th August there was a Wonderful Presentation by the final year
Post Graduate students of Sri Sathya Sai University. It has been a
tradition now that every year on August 15th the Students put up a
Programme on the theme of India's Independence.
But since 15th August has been set aside for Varalakshmi Vratham
Pooja in Kulwant hall, Swami graciously agreed for the students
programme on 14th evening.
The Actors were ready with their costumes and assembled in the
bhajan hall by 4pm. Swami came around 4.45 and first went and spent
sometime with them. He enquired about the characters and also
commented on the dresses positively. Swami then went into the
interview room for sometime and then came out to watch the programme.
Taking us all from the Independence struggle era to stories from
Dwapara yuga, the wonderful Drama enacted highlighted the fact that
INDIA stands for :
I Individual Character
N National Unity
D Devotion in Diversity
I integrity of thought word and deed
A athmic realization
Stories from Arjuna's life to Gandhijis' life, the Drama wonderfully
took us back to different ages where time and again great people
have lived up to the Great Indian Values and Truths like How Sathya
Harishchandra stood for Truth. The Entire Drama was wonderful,
Thrilling and very touching too.
Swami was extremely happy and at the end of the program He gave to
the Students Wrist watches and took Photos with them and everyone
was Blessed and happy beyond words.
Om Sai Ram
Courtesy: KM posted on
Prasanthi Update -
August 13th Programme
Every day spent in the presence of the Lord is something special
to be remembered. Every day and in fact every moment, the Lord
touches hearts, cleanses minds and uplifts spirits. On occasions
when we get 'lucky' we see, hear or atleast get to know how the dear
Lord did these things. This Wednesday, turned out to be special not
because Swami did anything that He does not always do, but because
anyone with a little alertness could observe and admire what He did!
Swami came for darshan at about 4:05 pm. The students' blocks
appeared a little barren, what with the boys taking time off to
practice for a drama to be put up in His presence the next day.
Swami moved slowly through the ladies section of the hall and then
as He neared the central area, thousands of fingers on the gents
side were crossed as all watched in anticipation whether Swami would
proceed straight or take the now famous "square cut" detour.
sigh of joy and relief was almost audible as Swami moved through the
central area into the gents side. He collected letters and blessed
the ones assembled. He spoke to the youth members from West Bengal
who had assembled. HE blessed the programme that they had come ready
with.. Moving through the students, He blessed some of the boys
holding trays and also collected letters from the boys. Then, Swami
moved into the interview room after blessing Sri Rasagothra who was
seated on a chair in the portico.
After a few minutes, Swami came
out and to the stage. He sat there as the Veda chanting went on. He
called the boys who were holding trays. He blessed them by showering
the sacred akshatha grains on their heads. To one student who went
up, He said, "I blessed you in the lines right?" Another boy was so
engrossed in Him and lost in the joy of receiving the 'rice shower'
that he forgot that he had a letter for Him in the tray. Swami
Himself reminded him to give the letter! He blessed about 14
Then He saw two boys seated with a tray full of
"sacred threads". He called them and blessed them too. After a few
more minutes, He went via the interview room to the ladies side. He
moved slowly through them, speaking to many of them, giving padanamaskar and taking letters. He came once again towards the
central blocks. But then, He asked to go back to where the youth
from Bengal were seated. He spoke to them for some time and then
even created a gold chain for one of the ladies. Then moving slowly
along all the ladies seated on the mandir side also, Swami went into
the interview room. Bhajans began at 5:10 pm and Mangala Aarthi was
taken at 6:00pm. Om Sai Ram
Courtesy: KM - 14.08.2008
Photos from Prasanthi Nilayam - August 13th Programme
Prasanthi Update -
August 5th- Hrudaya Tarang by Himachal Pradesh Youth
Thursday, 7 August, 2008 9:36 AM
The marbled blocks in the mandir today wore a festive look. It had
been occupied by the youth from Himachal Pradesh, clad in creamish
Sherwanis with a maroonish dupatta. They were seated neatly in four
rows and then there were also the men in red scarves from the same
state. The ladies side also had devotees from Himachal sitting in a
separate area. They were to present a musical entitled "Hrudaya
Tarang"- a collection of Himachali folk songs and qawwalis.
Swami arrived in the chair and as He neared the devotees in the
centre of the hall, He asked, "Himachal Pradesh?" As they nodded and
answered in all eagerness, Swami's face too seemed to light up. In
fact, twice He asked the devotees whether they were from Himachal
Pradesh. He went into the interview room for a short while and then
came out. He sat listening for the Veda chanting for a while and
soon asked for the youth to begin the programme. After the customary
flower was offered to Swami, the programme began.
The third row of youth went up on their knees while the fourth row
stood up. The first song was in praise of Lord Shiva, the emperor of
the snow covered kingdoms of Kailash! The second song was a song of
dedication by the youth of Himachal Pradesh which is also called Dev
Bhoomi(Land of the Lord).. Both the songs had a wonderful and
soulful Aalaap which was sung so beautifully by the lead singer
playing the harmonium. Just as the Aalaap filled the soul with
sweetness sublime, the song, once it began, filled the mind with
melody musical and the body with energy, bold and beautiful! The
thirst for God was almost visible on the faces of the youth as they
moved in perfect rhythm and the harmonious movements made the entire
area look like a colourful, gently fluttering brocade. Their body
language was such that it looked like with His name on their lips
and the deep contemplation of His form in their hearts, they were
promising to spread His message with their sterling character and
The third song was a qawwali full of heartfelt prayers to the Lord
for spiritual upliftment in the sojourn of life through the path
leading to Parthi, the abode of the avatar of the age. "Lord, we are
not in search of worldly companions or fellow travellers in this
journey, but only you, who are our only solace and refuge", was the
repeated refrain of the song. As they let their feelings flow in a
free torrent towards Him, Swami reciprocated with sweet smiles and a
rhythmic sway and clapping on the lap throughout. The fourth song
was a qawwali of total surrender to Swami. The final song was on the
glory of Sai as He marches ahead inspiring millions to strive for
the welfare and emancipation of the world. As they completed, Swami
asked them to sing one more song. They immediately began another
song, not in the original "schedule".
As they were singing, Swami asked the student sitting beside
Him,"What is the meaning of that line?" The answer came, "Swami they
want to be at your Lotus feet always!" Swami smiled and nodded. At
many points during the programme, Swami kept speaking a few words
here and there. One was not able to make out the exact things He
spoke about, but anyone could easily see that He seemed to be
enjoying Himself and was very happy with the songs (with the
"dances" too!) As the programme concluded, Swami called the lead
singer who was playing the harmonium and created a gold chain with a
pendant for him. The lad playing the tabla came up to Swami and
offered gratitude to Swami on behalf of all the youth. Swami asked
for special sweets to be brought and distributed to all the
participants. Then, He called Mr..S.V.Giri, the ex Vice Chancellor
of the Sathya Sai University, and told him to distribute safari
pieces to all of the participants. He also ensured that all of them
had received the sweets and the cloth pieces. The concern was very
evident, as He told a student to distribute in the far corners too
and asked another student to find out personally whether everyone
had received the gifts of Grace.
Then, turning around, Swami said, "Get prasadam." Vibhuti packets
were brought from the interview room and distributed to the
participants. They sought permission to sing bhajans and they were
granted that. After a few bhajans, Swami asked for the students to
sing a bhajan. They began with the Aalaap, "Allahu Akbar", a
sarvadharma bhajan. Swami was drawn into it and He to began to lip
the words of the song. What a supreme joy it is to see Swami singing
to your "tunes"! It is an overwhelming and humbling feeling at the
same time! As that bhajan concluded, Swami asked for Aarthi. A few
lads from the HP youth group moved up to Swami and spoke to Him.
Swami patted each on eof them lovingly on their cheek. One of them
seemed to be following Christ's dictum. When Swami patted him on one
cheek, he had the 'cheek' to show his other cheek too! Swami obliged
him by lovingly patting his other cheek also. Blessing everyone
Swami left for Yajur Mandir
Meanwhile, it was announced
that a special farewell ceremony for the Vice Chancellor of the
Institute had been arranged by Swami in th Poornachandra Auditorium
for 10am tomorrow. Om Sai Ram
Cpurtesy - KM - 07.08.2008
New Vice Chancellor
Thursday, 7 August, 2008 9:32 AM
Wednesday was yet another great day in the History of Sri Sathya Sai
University. The Vice Chancellore Shri.A V Gokak stepped down and
Prof .Viswanath Pandit, who was till now the Head of Department of
Economics in SSSU was appointed the new Vice Chancellore .There was
a function organized in Poornachandra Auditorium and Swami also
spoke. After Shri.Gokak's speech Swami gave His Divine Discourse
where Swami wonderfully said that he is at all times with each and
everyone of us and that there are No Goodbyes at all only Welcomes.
Swami said that each and everyone should remember that they are
Divine in Nature and the names are used only for identifying with
the Body. It is a wonderful 45 Minute Discourse. Om Sai Ram
Courtesy: KM - 07.08.2008
PUPPETS FROM THE UK
(for the past week or so, I had a special privilege to accompany the
UK youth group and here is some of the darshan updates for my dear
Om sairam dearest Sai Family,
Many elders in India say, Life is a Puppet show and the puppeteer is
none other than Lord Himself. Every thing in our life happens
according to His will and the string is always in His hands. Very
few of us realise this truth and the person whom we can refer to at
this juncture is Mr.Ajit Poppat, who very rightly and truly calls
himself and addresses himself as PUPPET..
This particular Puppet is very disciplined and very hardworking and
a humble servant of our beloved Lord, who has taken the
responsibility to take the Sathya Sai Mission to leaps and bounds..
To do so, in the early hours of Monday,29th July 2008, 173 Puppets
(children) of Sai Kingdom (United Kingdom) the chosen souls landed
in the holy land of Puttaparthi, the Puppeteer’s land on a 9 day
Sadhana Camp. A camp planned by the PUPETEER Himself, with some
chosen puppets, this time from the UK, probably to tighten some
strings which other wise were going the other way, a DIVINE CHANCE
to mould one self, and a rare opportunity to experience the SUPREME
BLISS, that bliss one can experience only in the immediate presence
of our beloved Lord.
After seeing the whole group for the first time, I was so thrilled
and happy. Every one of them seemed very fortunate and they were
pretty well aware that they were there on the Divine Invitation.
Many of them wearing a cosmopolitan look, yet very humble and
simple. Many of them would have been living a lavish life, with all
the comforts the WORLDLY WORLD could provide, yet some lacuna in
their hearts. They all came to fill that VACCUM. The camps they had
and the kind of speakers they were exposed to during non darshan
hours was very well received by them..
One particular brother, whom I met, a young boy of Indian origin,
said, I just can’t imagine how my life would have been without
Swami. I would still come to India to visit my relatives, but it
would have been a pure WORLDLY trip, with a visit to family members,
and a week or two in a hill resort to an exotic location in India.
Now that I am in Swami’s fold, I don’t think of any such trips and
my only focus is SWAMI and just SWAMI..
This unique and spiritually uplifting camp comprised of workshops
based on Swami’s teachings, bhajan sessions, yoga classes and
spiritually motivating talks by guest speakers.
The excitement within the group could be felt by all those around!
After all how can the intense yearning of the heart be contained?
They were about to be reunited with the Master!! (in the physical
sense). Swami came out for darshan at 4.35pm and the immense joy and
bliss that the group experienced during their first darshan was
beyond words! Swami took a full round of the Sai Kulwant hall in His
chair and gave joy and bliss to one and all. Swami took the Aarthi
and as He was leaving for His Divine Abode, Swami very graciously
called Puppet (the leader of the UK Group) and enquired about the
Group and showered His blessings.
Wednesday 30 July 2008
On the morning of the 30th at 5.00pm exactly, the group Sadhana
began with 21 Omkaras, Suprabhatam, Spiritual session, Jyoti
Meditation and Yoga Asanas, which was conducted by trained Yoga
teacher a disciple of famous Yoga Icon Baba Ramdev . Thereafter,
they all gathered in the Sai Kulwant Hall and were eagerly awaiting
the arrival of our beloved Lord. However, Swami did not come out for
darshan and the devotees enjoyed the bhajan session with the Aarthi
being offered at 9.30 AM. In the afternoon, Swami came out at 4.30pm
to bless all with his divine darshan. During darshan, Swami stopped
and took letters from many of the ladies and also spoke to a member
of the UK Sadhana Camp group. Swami left for his divine abode, Yajur
Mandiram, just after 6.10pm.
Thursday 31 July 2008
The group left for Sai Kulwant Hall at 7.30am. During morning
Darshan, Bhagawan called Puppet and enquired about the group.
On the afternoon of the 31st of July, the children of Sai Kingdom UK
were blessed to offer a heartfelt programme at the Divine Lotus Feet
of Bhagavan Baba. Swami entered Sai Kulwant Hall at 4.35pm. His
effulgence and divine radiance could be seen from afar!! During
darshan, Swami showered His Divine motherly love to one and all as
He went around the entire hall bringing great joy to barren hearts!
Swami spoke with Puppet and out of His infinite grace allowed the UK
Sadhana Camp group to offer a garland of group songs at the Divine
Lotus Feet. These group songs consisted of a Telugu Song, a
Telugu-English song and three English Songs, which were created,
composed and musically arranged by the group members with the
assistance of three of Swami’s students, who were also part of the
UK Sadhana Camp group. This was followed by Bhajans. Swami sat for a
full hour looking at the group and blessing them all. In particular,
an 82 year old English lady offered aarthi to Swami. Interestingly,
Swami had commanded that she should accompany the group in July.
Whilst she was offering the Aarthi, Swami was constantly smiling at
her and raising his hands to bless her. Being our Divine Mother,
Swami also sang most of the Aarthi with her, so as to make her
comfortable! ! Furthermore, during Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavanthu,
Swami used his hands to gesture what the Shloka meant as He recited
it out loud!!How lucky the world is that the Creator Himself is
blessing His own creation to be happy and prosperous.. if there is
any mishappening then it is not to blame Him but our selves as its
all our BAD DEEDS which bring all the calamities and not the CURSE
of God as many of us feel. Because GOD is ever loving and ever
caring.. How can we explain the Divine Love of a million mothers?
Seldom does Swami express such pure joy at physical level. Even
after the aarthi had finished, Swami continued to sit in his chair
and could not stop smiling at her and the group. What a sight to
see! Swami then left for Yajur Mandiram at 6.10 pm.
Friday 1 August 2008
It was the morning of Friday 1st August and everyone was waiting
anxiously for Swami to give His Divine Darshan. Bhajans began at
9.00am and whilst devotees were revelling in the joy of singing the
glory of our beloved mother, our Swami brought immense joy to all as
He entered the Sai Kulwant hall at 9.45am on his mobile throne!.
Whilst Swami was giving darshan on the Verandah, he spoke to Puppet
and enquired as to what the program was for the afternoon. He humbly
responded that the group would like to offer a loving musical
program but only if permitted by the Divine Will, which Swami was
more than happy to do so and blessed the group!
SWAMY PREPONES HIS DARSHAN:
Afternoon darshan was beautiful. Swami looked as fresh as a newly
blossomed rose! At 3.55pm, a message was received from Swami's
Divine Abode, where Swami had sent instructions from the divine
residence for the group to begin their programme at 5.00pm even if
He Himself was not present. Swami's immense compassion was evident
as He was concerned that the devotees would have to wait for a long
time otherwise. The UK children of Sai were also informed that they
should finish the program by 6.00pm. However, to their utter
surprise Swami came for darshan at 4.15pm!! This was a classic
example of when Swami says 'Love My Uncertainty' . The programme
started with a vocal and instrumental offering by an English girl,
who was physically challenged. As she played the Piano, we could see
that Swami was extremely happy. The second offering was a set of
group songs, which consisted of four English songs, which were
followed by Bhajans. During this time, Swami interacted with Puppet
and blessed the entire group. During the Bhajans, Swami signalled
for her and her mother to come onto the veranda, where to the
surprise of everyone, Swami materialised a bracelet for her and
spent several minutes interacting with them. Swami was extremely
happy and raised his hands in benediction many times. Swami took
Aarthi and returned to his divine abode at 6.15pm
Saturday 2nd August 2008
This morning Swami did not come out to give Darshan .
In the afternoon, Swami arrived for Darshan at 4.40pm and
immediately called the Italian group for an Interview, which lasted
for 50mins. After which Swami emerged from the Interview room and
entered the Mandir. Swami accepted the Aarthi and left for Yajur
Mandiram at 6.00pm.
The same evening the group was addressed by Dr Anil Kumar, who is
the Head of Cardiology at the Shree Sathya Sai Institute of Higher
Medical Sciences in Whitefield. He spoke about the real need for
Medicare and how the youth can help raise awareness within rural
areas in India and other developing countries with regards to
hygiene and other health preventive measures.
The nexy day Dr.Voleti, the famous cardiac surgeon cum photographer
(btw his 108 magical moments CD is a treat to watch and a testimony
for his photography skills) , gave a beautiful talk to the group.
Dr.Voleti was a famous surgeon the USA and had lived a lavish life
in a house which had only 7 bedroom house and he had about 7 cars to
drive around still couldn’t find peace of mind... Even though he was
born just 100 miles away from Parthi, he came to know about Swami
only when he was 50 years old. He was of the opinion that Swami’s
timing is impeccable. He came to Parthi, when some one told him that
there is a hospital which is 100% free and that could be worth a
try. The very firstday Swami calls him for interview and the first
question of the Doctor to Swami was Swami! I have everthing, I WANT
PEACE.. Swami’s answers are very simple and even a very fluent
English speaker can’t give answers like Swami.. Swami just replied
the doctor Remove “I” remove “WANT” and only PEACE remains..
Now the doctor lives in a very small apartment with only one car and
he is the Happiest person on Earthi.
This afternoon 5th August Swami came for darshan at 4:30pm in His
mobile Thorne and took a right turn infront of the stage skipping
gents darshan lines..
As I type this email, a beautiful music programme by the Sai Youth
of Himachal Pradesh is going..
This evening Prof.Anil Kumar is speaking to the UK group.
With humble pranams at the Lotus Feet of our beloved Lord
a puppet from the PUPPETEER'S ABODE...
JAI SAI RAM..
Prasanthi Update -
On Sunday Evening Devotees
from Kuwait presented a Wonderful Programme in Kulwant Hall before
Swami. The Programme was based on the theme Prayer and strong faith.
It wonderfully highlighted the fact that God will never let us down
if our Prayers are sincere and pure. The story was woven around a
Muslim family and how Allah helps them during their times of dire
need. With characters like a Christian father and a Hindu music
teacher in the story,the Programme wondrrfully highlighted the fact
that it does not matter to which God we pray to as all our Prayers
reach the one Omnipresent Lord, Sai. Swami was very much involved in
the programme and one could see Swami so very happy with the entire
Programme. At the end of the Programme Swami materialised a
wonderful Gold chain to a cute little girl. Later the same Drama
group sang Bhajans and ended with Mangala Aarathi thereby ending a
most wonderful and a Special Sunday for everyone. Om Sai Ram
Courtesy: KM 04.08.2008