Friday, January 11, 2008
Here are a few
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
A few excerpts from His discourse on Jan 15 morning:
Man doesn’t bring anything into this world by himself. All are
obtained during his lifetime. Then why do you cry when losing the
temporary possessions? Leave the world happily.
Everything is a gift of God. Vyashti (individual), Samashti
(society), Prushti (strength), Parameshti (creator) and Srushti
(creation). Srushti originated from Parameshti. For Samashti,
Vyashti is important. These are all divine gifts
Do we shed a tear pining for God? No. But man cries when he loses
material possessions. Man should not run after ephemeral objects.
Dark clouds might cover the sun. But you must be patient. The beauty
of Bharat is tolerance. The sweetest of emotion is love for the
mother. Bharatiyas have forgotten these aspects and are like an
elephant that does not know its strength.
God manifests in human form to rescue man from his own ignorance.
Every moment, you must think of God. Your true nature is divinity.
Because you forget this, you experience suffering in the world.
Difficulties or pleasures are not God-given. He confers only joy and
bliss. Your feelings alone are responsible for your problems. Change
Today, you have sat in coat and tie. It’s all your imagination.
Seeing you boys, even Anil Kumar wore black coat today (everyone
laugh). This kind of imitation is going on everywhere in the world.
It gives only momentary happiness.
Do not be possessive, be happy throughout. Life is full of joy.
‘Joy’ doesn’t refer to ice-cream; it relates to the heart.
Experience the inner joy. So long as you are attached, you suffer.
Before marriage, you walk on two legs, later on four legs. After
getting a child, you have six legs and so on. All these are not
God-given; they are the result of your thoughts and feelings.
Annual Sports Meet has got over. Who participated? It is you who did
it. Since you participated enthusiastically, you enjoyed it.
Everything in life is artificial. You must find the harmony between
past, present and future. Yesterday, you enjoyed sports. Therefore,
today you are happy. Tommorow, you have classes (all laugh). Your
imagination results in these emotions.
Students, all that you see is untruth, passing clouds. Do not look
behind. Face the challenges looking ahead. Distance yourself from
imaginations that lead to worries. Do not worry about exams. Be
prepared and brave. Do not feel sad about the result. Courage leads
to achievement. Prushti is responsible for Srushti (creation and 5
elements). Here, you find the 6 evil traits. They are all within
you. Why do you run after desires. Contain them. Restrain the vices
within. Every trait that manifests outside is present within.
Students, you have studied a lot. With all the education, man
doesn’t know his true nature. Education should lead to immortality,
benefit the society. Teach and share the knowledge with the less
privileged. Then, there is expansion. Have sense control in your
People go abroad to earn fat salaries. We forget the ‘broad’ within
and go abroad. Stay here and serve your parents. That’s true
Students, do not become a bookworm. It will spoil your health.
Cinema has invaded empty minds today. You waste time collecting mean
matter in papers. The papers are full of ads and cinema pictures.
Lead an ideal human life. It is our true culture.
It’s not the intellect but discrimination that’s important. Your
mother is wise and has brought you up with love. Respect your
parents. Today, the children do not listen to their parents and say
‘shut up’. They get an artificial doll (wife) and forget their
parents. You may love your wife, but do not forget to respect the
words of your parents.
Remember the name of Lord. Never cease from chanting God’s name.
Posted by A Sai Student
I walk across the street everyday hoping to find someone looking
morose. For the last few weeks I’ve been unsuccessful for, people
have taken Swami’s words seriously, “never put on a castor oil
face”. Every day is a living experience in paradise here; it always
was, but some occasions make them more apparent. Swami’s greetings
to us this Sankranthi have been a blessing beyond measure.
Taking cue from Saturday’s drama which filled many hearts with love
and joy, the following days were experiences in the same continuum.
The next day was a chance for Brindavan boys to showcase their
talent in a drama entitled “Saint Kabir”. Swami’s joy was in full
flow as He came towards devotees and students many a time in chair,
blessing and taking letters from everyone. The evening drama was
scheduled to begin at 5 pm, but we were asked to be seated in
Kulwant hall by 3.30 pm. Swami came at 4.30 pm and asked some
teachers to distribute watches to all students. We got sports watch
whereas the teachers were given gold plated watches by Swmai with
His own hands. At 5.15, the drama began. Except for some excellent
and jaw dropping sets, the drama was pretty ordinary. But the boys
had won His heart for sure; He called the boy who acted as Kabir,
materialized a ring and chain for Him. All the boys got group
photographs. Looking at their beaming smiles, we knew that a month’s
hard work and sincere efforts had paid off well.
While the boys were enjoying the gifts of Swami’s love, the girls
couldn’t be left far behind. The next day, students of Anantpur
campus presented a musical programme, singing devotional songs. I
think this performance was one of their best over the years; they
had a blend of Carnatic and Hindustani music with some excellent
selection of songs. One could see Swami enjoying the tunes as He
moved His hands often t the beats. At one point, He even sang the
lines of a song. At the end, Swami called Anil Kumar and told him to
announce about the next day’s programme. He said he would even speak
January 15 happened to be Sankranthi as well as the valedictory
function of our Annual Sports Meet. Since Swami had asked Mr. Anil
Kumar to specially announce about this occasion, we knew the day
would be exciting. All of us got up early and assembled in mandir by
7.30 am. The captains of different houses were wearing blazers, as
they were going to receive prizes. They would march from Yajur
mandir to Kulwant hall welcoming Swami. I was lucky to be part of
this group and happened to be standing next to the door. The doors
opened at 8.oo am, but Swami stayed inside. I could see some people
bringing huge shining trophies out of His residence to be kept on
the dais. As soon as Swami stepped out, the Institute band began to
play and we marched ahead. Swami looked at each boy as He passed us.
He went to the portico where the trophies and other prizes were kept
and had a close look at each of them.
The programme began with a speech given by Vice Chancellor, which
was followed by experiences of Sports Meet shared by one of the post
graduate students of the University. The latter’s speech was
excellent, brief and was acknowledged with a thunderous applause.
Later, Swami called for His mike. As He saw Mr. Anil Kumar wearing a
suit, He asked, “What are you wearing?” Sir replied, “Swami, this is
suit.” Swami gave an amused smile and chided Him. (The discourse is
covered in a separate post.)
After the discourse, He called the Warden and Principal of every
campus and gave away trophies. It was surprising, since the trophies
are generally collected by captains representing their campus.
Later, some boys and girls came forward, taking turns to get the
medals and certificates blessed. Swami held all the medals and
showed it to all of us! He blessed all the certificates and made
Anil Kumar announce as to the number of medals given in each campus.
At the end, He asked us, “Are you happy?” the boys replied, “Swami,
we are very happy.” He too remarked, “Very happy”. Swami returned
back after aarati at 10 am.
By A Sai Student
Prasanthi Update -
Conclusion of Sports Meet 2008
Sent by a Dear Sai Brother from Prasanthi Nilayam :
As The Drama of the Prasanthi Nilayam students was being staged in
Kulwant hall, there were many problems to contend with, First of
all, since the make up got delayed, all the actors were still in
hostel where the make-up was going on and then Swami arrived in
Kulwant hall. Swami was slightly impatient for the Drama to start
soon and so immeditaly the First set of Actors were sent to Kulwanth
Hall. The Drama had started but still the actors belonging to later
scenes of the Drama were still in the hostel, waiting for the car to
transport them to Kulwanth Hall, finally all of them were taken to
Mandir by the time the second scene was on, and all finishing touch
ups were given to them there. The problem was that there were
totally 62 characters and the Bhajan hall in the Mandir was not
enough to accomodate everyone for the make up.
Coming to the sets and props, as the scenes were on, there was a
factory line behind, pinning, sticking and arranging the sets for
the later scenes. Thus one drama was going on in front while one
more was on behind! well, But as Always by HIS Divine Grace things
seemed always ready at the appropriate moments. There was huge
applause when the settings changed from forest scene to a beautiful
Ravana's court. Then there was another round of applause for the
next change of settings for Rama's Coronation scene. Of course,
behind we were only wondering whether the right things were there in
the right positions!
A grand finale:
A grand finale for the Sports and Cultural Meet was the Music
Programme by the Anantapur Students on the 14th evening. All the
songs were good, the singers excelling in their rendering of every
song and lastely and wonderfully Swami created a Chain for the
Principal of the Ananthapur Campus Dr. Dwaraka Rani Rao.
January 15th - Sports Meet Prize Distribution Ceremony:
Today Morning Swami distributed Campus cups to all the Three
Campuses of the Institute by handing over them to the Principal and
Warden of each campus, Swami also gave Cups to the Captains and
Vice-captains of the Campuses. Swami also gave His Divine Blessings
to all the Medals, Certificates and Small cups and gave His Divine
Swami's Divine Message - Excerpts :
1. Students should concentrate on Gaining Spiritual Education and
not become Book worms
2. Each and every Student should treat their Parents with the
Greatest Love and Respect.. Your Future will be totally unhappy and
sad if you mistreat your Parents. Treat them with the Greatest Love
and Respect and Be Happy.
3. Every Student should try to lead an ideal life and always think
always about God. Try your Best to do Bhajans while and when you can
do them. If are not able to sing Bhajans loudly, Do it inside with
Sincerity and Purpose. Try to sing bhajans everyday and you will be
Swami Blessed the Prasadam which was given to all the Devotees
Present in Kulwanth Hall. Swami left for Yajur Mandiram at 10.30 A.M
Om Sai Ram
Posted by KM on 15.01.2008
14 January Darshan
Om Sairam dear Sai Family,
With Swami’s blessings all is well here.. and Puttaparthi and her
inhabitants are enjoying this year which is fully charged and there
is no day without any surprises from Swami...
The annual Sports and Cultural programme by the students of Sathya
Sai University was just fantastic and just when all of us who
witnessed the games thought, can there be any other programme
fantastic than this? there came another drama by the students of
Prasanthi Nilayam campus on 12th January, who did a fantastic play
potraying the Sundara kanda, the holy episode of Hanuman... Swami
witnessed the play by sitting opposite to the dias...
The very next day was a
drama by the students of White field campus who did yet another
masterpiece on the life of Saint Kabir whose poems are full of
wisdom and even to this day are sung with lot of devotion.. The
characters were so well made that it made every one cry.. esp the
Qawalis in the drama was fantastic.. I was watching the play
standing in the lane way next to Kulwanth hall and here came one
muslim woman her face covered in BURKHA, probably she was going
towards the shopping center in the ashram and thought of stopping by
to see Swami. She kept on standing and in no time she was in tears
seeing the play. She was telling to her friend in urdu, did I not
tell you... Sathya Sai Baba encourages all religions and He doesnt
belong to any religion..
Looking at this minute but very important incident, I couldnt stop
my tears rolling down..Such is the power of Swami, Such is His love
14 January 2008 (morning)
Our most compassionate Lord, made every one’s heart melt this
morning.. We all were waiting for darshan and it was a long wait..
As the clock struck nine, the bhajans started.. All eyes were
staring at the entrance, waiting for a signal for our Lord’s
arrival. It was 9:30 and just when I thought the Arathi will be
given, here came big group of Old folks.. the ladies, all above 60
some of Swami’s(body’s) age entered through the Main gate right
across the dias and another large group of Old Men entered into the
Kulwanth hall through the students gate.. The ladies were allowed to
sit next to the path right across the dias and gents next to the
students.. many were wondering as who they were. I enquired a old
grand father as who he was and he said he belonged to a village next
to Puttaparthi and they were all here because, Swami wants to
distribute blankets to them...
I was moved by his statement and kind of Compassion our Lord has
showered on those poor village people. By thier appearances every
one looked very poor. Many of them of Swami’s age.. Iam sure, one
shouldn't be surprised if some of them were Swami’s play mates..
There were few familiar faces from the village..
I thanked Swami for selecting such kind of people who are other wise
forgotten by the modern generation. This part of the year is the
coldest, and Swami knew it very well..
Mean while a word was sent from Swami’s residence, to continue the
bhajans and all the chosen souls were asked to sit in such way that
a small path is made in between the lines.. So it was clear that
Swami was expected any moment and would distribute the blankets.. It
was exactly 10 am and all the sevadals were in rapt attention at
Swami’s residence signaling the arrival of our most beloved Lord..
Swami preferred to come in the Mobile throne.. No words could
describe the happiness of the special guests. Who will be seeing
Swami in close angles, after a long time, that Swami whom they felt
has forgotten them.... that Swami whom they played with, spoke with
and above all the One whom they kept very close to their hearts...
Swami slowly came into the hall, behind Swami were number of
sevadals carrying blankets waiting for Swami’s signal.. Swami first
stopped by the ladies’ side, the platform was set for Swami, Swami
asked the boys to wheel Him in between the lines making it clear
that He personally wanted to distribute the blankets...There were
about 300 old women and Swami went almost to the middle of Sai
Kulwanth Hall and after half hour of distribution, it was the mens’
Swami with His most beautiful smile came towards the gents
side...gave blankets to each and every one.. To some He gave a very
familiar smile as if Swami was saying.. ”Hello.. (meeting) after a
long time”.. to some Swami was seen enquiring ”Bagunnava” (How are
you?) and couple times it was the other way round, they were
enquiring Swami’s well being.. after all they all are from the same
village and grew with Swami..
It was a very sweet conversation.. many were touching His feet, some
touching His hands and others watching this divine romance were in
Swami went on to the dias and later moved in the bhajan Hall. Swami
then came out of the bhajan hall and was seen speaking to the old
man whom many of us would have seen, ringing the huge bell during
arathi. Swami then blessed him with a blanket...The Bhajans lasted
for nearly two hours as He accepted Arati at 10.50. While returning
to His residence, Swami stopped near the Primary School students in
His car for nearly 10 minutes.
Thus ended a beautiful
morning which was like a REUNION for the elderly.. One elderly man
was saying, I thought Swami forgot me and it has been almost 20
years since he hasn’t come to darshan but now he is confident that
Swami has kept him in HIS hearts. With a child like smile, with no
teeth around he said, now I can die peacefully and happily.. such
was the happiness Swami filled into these old hearts....
14 January 2008 (afternoon darshan)
Swami came at 5:10 pm for darshan ....After successive plays by the
boys it was the turn of The Anantapur campus girls to steal the
show... they presented a beautiful musical programme in the evening.
The Anantapur campus very rarely gets such a chance, and once the
chance is given, they see that Swami never forgets their programme..
The audience witnessed one such memorable programme, with beautiful
renderings which was a mix of classical and devotional songs with
nice commentary in between the songs...for fifty minutes, Especially
the second song Ravamma Mahalakshmi was so sweet and rhythmically
sung that Swami was seen tapping His feet and hands. I could also
feel the urge in their voice asking Swami to visit Anantapur campus
which has not happened for quite some time now...
Swami was very impressed with the performance that during the
programme He was saying words of appreciation....Swami then waved
His right hand and after three small circular motions, there came a
beautiful golden chain and Swami signaled the lead singer to come on
to the dias and Swami gifted the DIVINE gift straight from the
”Divine Factory” to her for which she was in tears...
Swami then asked them to continue with bhajans..after about 20
minutes Swami asked the regular bhajan singers to start bhajans who
started from the bhajan hall while Swami was immersed in the ocean
of music, on the dias our hearts filled with joy singing the glory
of the Lord,in His immediate presence... After fifteen minutes of
their Bhajans, Bhagawan asked for Prof Anil Kumar. The ever vigilant
Professor, announced amidst cheers that the Valedictory function of
the Sports Festival would be held tomorrow at 8am in Sai Kulwanth
hall and all the all round performers will be given trophies by
Swami again called Prof. Anil Kumar and asked to announce that Swami
is going to give a divine discourse tomorrow ... which was received
with loud applauds from the devotees assembled in Sai Kulwanth
hall... Swami then accepted Arati and returned to His residence at
Thus ended yet another beautiful day in my Prasanthi diary.. a day
full of Sai Love... Thank you dear Lord.. Thank You very much...
Reporting from Kaliyuga’s Mathura, Puttaparthi
Sports Meet 2008
Sent by a Dear Sai Brother
from the Abode of Divine Love :
The Annual Sports and Cultural meet 2008 was a great success in
terms of the Wonderful displays of all the campuses. Swami's Divine
Sankalpa and Love brought all of us together yet again to give our
everything to Him and offer our talents at His feet.
The 11th January Programme went on very well, and Swami was
extremely happy. Yesterday Swami distributed watches to all the boys
right from primary to PG.
Coming to the cultural Programme as a part of the sports meet we
have been having drama presentations by the Brindavan and
Prasanthinilayam students for the last few years. This year, the
Brindavan campus students had prepared a drama on Sant Kabir while
the Parthi students were preparing for Bhaktha Anjaneya.
On 10th evening Swami came to see the rehearsal of Parthi drama and
was extreemly happy with the theme and script. That day he told us
that we can have it on 15th. usually, this has been the case, that,
Brindavan and Parthi drama will be on 13th-14th or 14th-15th. The
costumes department and the sets department were working
simultaneously for both the drama and the 11th january programs.
Hence, when Swami told that we can have on 15th, we were a bit
relaxed because first the sports meet has to get over on 11th.
He has his own ways of testing and throwing up challenges. On 11th
evening after the display of the events by the Parthi campus, Swami
came down from stage, and just before leaving the stadium, called
the Parthi Warden and Prof anil kumar. An announcement followed that
stunned all of us. It was announced that the drama by parthy campus
students on Anjaneya will be staged on 12th evening at 5pm!
We had to spring into action and by His grace, we were able to get
things ready in a day's notice. On 12th, the Drama presentation went
on well by Swami's Grace.
Om Sai Ram.
Posted on 14.01.2008 by KM
Sunday January 13.
It’s 3 pm in the afternoon and all actors have assembled in the
hostel dining hall for their make up. I could see that it was a
marathon of sorts for the costume and make up boys who were busy
shuttling between different actors as the number was pretty huge.
Since it was also a mythological drama, it was all the more
difficult to cover 48 characters in a span of 2 hours.
At 5 pm, the drama was scheduled to begin but many of us were still
caught up in hostel. Swami promptly arrived at 5 pm and was greeted
by an empty stage with 2 trees as sets for the first scene. He asked
where the boys are. Someone told Him that the boys are coming and
requested Him to begin the drama at 5.30 pm. Swami was upset.
Meanwhile, an elder person requested Swami to bless and inaugurate
the tennis court where an official match was to be held between
India and Phillipines. This upset Him even more, as He was eagerly
waiting for the drama. Some unfortunately fortunate teachers had the
chance to listen to Swami’s music for 10-15 minutes. Finally, at
5.15 pm, the drama began. I was among the last batch of boys to
arrive in mandir. As our car entered the gate, we could hear the
introduction of drama. One senior brother remarked, “Hey, that’s
your drama.” We rushed inside the bhajan mandir where all characters
and make up boys were waiting. We sat there calmly rehearsing the
dialogues and getting final make up touches. They were probably the
most nervous, funny and stupid emotions I’ve felt in my life.
As I sat in inside the bhajan mandir, I could hear loud applause on
many occasions. It gave us confidence that the drama was progressing
well. I was in the final scene and when I entered the stage, I was
marvelled by the sets, having seen them for the first time. As I
mentioned before, the sets were ready only in the last minute.
Everything went on well with Swami’s grace. After the finale song,
Swami was in tears. He called for the scriptwriter of drama and
materialized a chain for Him. Obviously, it was the script and
dialogues that won His heart. Later, He got up and called Rama,
Lakshmana, Sita and Hanuman. He asked each one of them, “What is
your name? Where did you come from?” He materialized a ring for
Lakshmana. Later, He sat down and called each group belonging to
their particular scenes and sat for photographs. Everyone, right
from the lead roles to the costumes and sets boys, got the
opportunity to feel the divine touch and get nice photographs.
Each group would go and speak with Him a few words. One boy asked,
“Swami, how is Your health?” Swami replied, “My health is very good.
Your drama is extremely good!”
Some asked as to how was their scene, the sets, etc. He said He was
very happy with everything. “I am very very happy” was the common
reply to everybody.
The lights were bright, our smiles even brighter. Swami returned
back to Yajur mandir after aarati at around 7 pm. It was a night
filled with pleasant memories that many would cherish and hold in
their hearts for decades to come.
By A Sai Student
Behind the scenes
The biggest smiles can be found in Kulwant Hall these days. And they
are contagious too. So I suggest please do visit here as early as
possible for, such blessed moments are rare to find.
Ratnahara Veeryaanjaneya (Brave Hanuman) was an event where the
excitement, joy, and hard work of hundreds of students reached a
pinnacle. It was the title of our drama given by Swami Himself when
He asked Prof. Anil Kumar to announce in Hill View stadium on
January 11 evening after the sports meet presentation. He called Mr
Anil Kumar and told Him, “Announce that the boys are putting up a
drama tomorrow evening. It has script, dialogues, acting, costumes
and sets that has never been seen before.” That was indeed an
apparent exaggeration, we felt, since we had a long way to go in
preparing sets and fine tuning dialogues. Many mouths were gaping
wide open in shock when the announcement was made.
After the sports meet, we assembled back in the college auditorium
by 8 pm. Our teacher in charge briefed us of what exactly happened
on the stage, which made Swami to prepone the drama from 15th to
12th. It seems He had mentioned about the drama to a few VIPs and
told them to watch it on 15th. But many of them had planned to
return back by 13th Jan. Realising this, Swami had decided on this
step. But our Sir told us that, if Swami can choose to put us into
soup, He will also make sure that we somehow come out of
difficulties and succeed in our efforts. Besides, it was not the
first time He was doing this.
By 8pm, our readiness was something like this : sets were 50 %
complete, dialogues and acting needed to be refined by 20-30%.
Besides, a new Rama and Lakshmana had to be found for the last scene
since the original actors would not be able to change into new
costumes for the scene on time. So we had 2 pairs of Rama-Lakshmana.
We bravely went ahead with the preparations, knowing that our eyes
would be rarely rest for the next 24 hours. You could find people
practicing on all corners of the college. The drama troupe had 48
members. Back in the hostel, the number of people working on sets
had more than doubled. Other boys in our hostel had realized our
predicament and everybody came forward to help in any manner
possible. All said, “This evening’s presentation by our campus was a
big hit. Now, we’ll make sure no efforts are spared to make
tommorow’s drama a superhit.” That was great bonding.
Between scenes we could catch forty winks; the boys slept on the
steps, some in the foyer, some beside the stage itself. We returned
back to the hostel at 3 am. The next day began pretty soon and we
were back in auditorium by 8.30am. After a full rehearsal with the
final drama CD (with dialogues and songs) that was made ready only
last night, we proceeded to the Kulwant Hall for getting a feel of
the stage. This time, the stage was facing Gopuram Gate (as opposite
to the usual Portico), since Swami had insisted on this setting in
the previous drama.
Even in Kulwant Hall, the boys didn’t waste time to nap in between
scenes. Some leaned against the walls in upper portico whereas some
were resting right inside the verandah. I really got as nice nap
here before I was woken up to vacate and allow the sevadal people to
clean the place. We had neither seen the sets nor our costumes,
hence we were getting ready for a very suspense filled evening, both
for the devotees and ourselves.
By A Sai Student
Friday, January 11, 2008
SPORTS MEET 2008: FEVER PITCH
Every day in Prasanthi Nilayam is unique, but few days stand out as
exceptional and worth storing in the hard disk of our minds for
eternity. Today is an event where a thousand hearts beat in unison
to the Rhythm Divine. No amount of effort is spared by any student,
whether a tiny tot or a post graduate, to ensure that the Heavenly
smile lingers on His face for hours, soon getting etched in our
memory as souvenirs for life.
Sports Meet 2008 also happens to be the last event for me as a Sai
student and thus, it holds as much significance. Frankly, none of
the programmes presented today were new; yet there were
The Morning Programme
All of us got up early and had breakfast as early as 6.00 am. At
5.30 itself, I could see the huge gathering of devotees assembled in
the stadium from my window. We assembled for the march past by 7.30
am. The schedule in the morning was to begin with march past,
followed by events of Anantpur and then Brindavan campus students.
At sharp 8 am, the escort procession began. First, it was the
Anantpur campus Band which received Swami, later giving the baton to
Institute brass band. The procession consisted of students in bikes,
majestic horses and the slow march boys. As Swami came near the
dais, I could see Him in a beautiful yellow robe arriving in white
SAB sports car. Well, Swami always dresses to the occasion and it
was a grand sight to behold.
As Swami went up to the dais, the march past began. The first to
cross the dais were tiny tots from Primary school who were dressed
in all sorts of colours, giving us an impression of a moving garden.
They were followed by students from the University. After the march
past and oath taking ceremony, the programes by Anantpur campus
The girls performed traditional Indian and Japanese dances in the
beginning, which was later followed by a sports medley performed to
the tune of Chak De India songs. These were pretty ordinary. Next
came the bike stunts where many eyebrows went up. There was one
stunt where a bike runs over the stomach of a student. After the
student when the girl got up to thank Swami, we could see Him in
tears. They were tears of joy that a typical mother feels when she
sees her child performing for her. As I mentioned, no programme was
new, not even the bike stunts, and we could even see Swami pointing
out to the VIPs as to what would happen next. As some 18 girls lied
down on the ground as obstacles for a ramp jump, Swami explained in
detail to the people beside Him as to what was the stunt about!
After the Anantpur programmes, it was time for the Brindavan boys to
show their skills. It began with show jump on horses by some
students, followed by a mass display of acrobatics using planks and
wheels. The last event was Celestial Rhythms where a group of boys
perform various stunts on the grid 40 feet high above the ground.
Apart from this item, there was little else interesting to come from
the Brindavan students. But the fact that the boys had put in so
much effort behind this event was enough to please the Lord. As he
came down He blessed all the boys. It was 10 am when He returned
back to Yajur mandir after aarati.
The session was scheduled to begin at 3 pm. We weren’t expecting any
grand entry from our Lord. Lo and Behold! He arrives in Merc wearing
a rich red coloured robe! He used to wear this colour decades ago
for our convocation. It was my little desire to see Him in red robe
once. And there He is, ready to fulfill petty wishes of ours. Swami
was escorted by a few primary school gymnasts wearing the costume of
leopards, doing back somersaults.
The programme began with cultural items performed by the Primary
school girls, like the Bharatnatyam and then a dance by seven year
old kids wearing the mask of Ganesha. Swami was extremely happy
seeing their dances. It was followed by gymnastics, stunts on poles
and moncycles performed by boys. It was a grand spectacle to see so
many boys and girls in a variety of colourful costumes.
After the Primary school, it was the turn of boys from Prasanthi
Nilayam campus. Their programme began with an item called Conscious
Dots where some 100 boys made formations with perfect
synchronization. This was followed by Gymnastic performances. A
group of boys on various trucks performed acrobatics and some of
them held and balanced a couple of huge Chinese flags (about 30 feet
high). There were stunts on ropes performed by the boys like the
trapeze, free fall, etc. We could see the excitement on Swami’s face
as He was explaining and commenting on every item to others around.
Smiles refused to leave His face even for a second. There were other
items like the martial arts, the gun drill, rollerblades, etc. Swami
was even clapping for some of their performances. After the
conclusion of their programme when the boys made a final formation,
Swami raised His hand and clapped in appreciation. He blessed us
with both hands. What more could we expect?
Yes, we need not expect anything more but He’s never short of
surprises. As He came down from the stage after aarati, Swami asked
our warden, “What about the drama?” Warden sir replied, “Swami, we
are ready. Whenever you say, we’ll perform.” Perhaps, he was
exaggerating. Swami said, “Okay, send the actors to Kulwant Hall
immediately. I’ll come and watch the drama now.” The Warden was lost
for words. He didn’t know what to say and looked around for cover.
Yesterday, Swami had decided to see the drama on 15th. Swami saw His
plight and said, “Fine, I’ll see the drama tomorrow evening”. Well,
tomorrow evening has a packed schedule with the inauguration of
Tennis court in indoor stadium and a match between India and
Phillipines. One of the organizers went forward and requested Swami
to have the drama tomorrow morning. Swami refused, “Drama should be
in the evening.” He called Prof Anil Kumar and told Him to announce
about it. Mr Anil Kumar announced in such highly elevating words
about our drama that we are having butterflies in our stomach,
doubtful that we can deserve this praise tomorrow.
Anyway, all’s well that ends well and we can surely say there were
more than a thousand happy faces that left the stadium today.
By A Sai Student
Prasanthi Update - Evening Programme
Drama in Kulwanth Hall - Veera Anjaneyam
A Wonderful Drama about Sri Anjaneya or Lord Hanumantha was enacted
by the Students in front of Our Divine Lord in the Evening in Sai
Kulwant Hall . The Wonderful Drama showed some Wonderful Scenes from
the Ramayana and focussed on the Devotion of Lord Hanuman to Lord
It wonderfully showed as to How Sri Tulsi Das was guided in writing
the Ramayana was Sage who also explained to him the Great Meaning of
The Beautiful Drama ended with all the Students in the Drama singing
a Beautiful Song as an Offering at Swami's Lotus Feet.
The Programme was beautifully Conceived and Enacted by over 30
Students. The Dialogue of the Whole Drama was in English but the
Wonderful Poems were in Telugu.
To the Delight of everyone Swami stood and took Photograhers with
all the performers of the Drama. Swami also Blessed each and every
Student who had worked behind the Scenes in setting up the Drama.
Bhagawan then Blessed the Divine Prasadam which was given to all the
devotees Presentt Hall. After the Mangala Aarathi Swami left for
Yajur Mandiram in the Mobile Chair.
Om Sai Ram
posted by KM
Prasanthi Update - Annual Sports Meet - Evening Programme
Bhagawan arrived at the Hill View Stadium at around 3.15 P.M, Swami
was in a Wonderful Maroon Colour Dress and everyone had a Very
The Children of the Sri Sathya Sai Primary School gave a Wonderful
Programme of various Dances made up of some Wonderfully Coloured
Costumes. Then there was a Wonderful Gymnastic Progrmme and
acrobatics on Unicycles. The Programme was wonderful and Swami was
The Programme of the Students of the Prasanthi Nilayam campus was
wonderful and Drew Repeated applause from the Huge Crowd. The
Programme included Acrobatics on Ropes and a Wonderful Gymnastic
Presentation on Moving Vehicles, The Programme ended with a Martial
Arts Display which was a Treat to watch.
Today Swami is inaugurating the Tennis Courts at the International
Indoor Stadium and there will also be a Match between India and the
Philipiness, There will also be a Drama by the Students of the
Institute in Kulwanth Hall after the Tennis Programmes.
Om Sai Ram
posted by KM
Prasanthi Update - Morning Programme of the Sports Meet 2008
Today, the 11th January is a
Big Day for each and every Student in the School and all the Three
Campuses of the Institute performs before their Divine Chancellor.
Today morning thousands of Devotees gathered in the majestic Hill
View Stadium very early in the morning.
The Divine Chancellor of the Institute arrived in an Open Car at
sharply 7:55 A.M. Swami was looking Resplendent in a Bright Yellow
Robe . As like the past many Years, Swami was led into the Stadium
by the 2 Marching bands of the Institute and the School followed by
Students on Horseback. Then after Swami sat on the Dias, Next The
Traditional March Past of the Schools and the Institute followed,
After which Swami lit the Traditional Lamp to begin the Sports Meet.
The Girls of the Anantapur Campus of the SSIHL Started the Programme
with some really wonderful Dances with Traditional Japanese
costumes, Followed by a Programme with Hockey Sticks and they
rounded off their Performance with a BriIliant and a Wonderful
Display on Motorbikes
The Students of the Brindavan began their Programme with a Wonderful
event of Horse Jumping followed by a Nice Programme of Rhythmic
Dancing, The Highlight of their Programme was a Truly Amazing
programme of various Acrobatics on Ropes which were hanging on a
Huge Crane, It was a Wonderful Dare Devil Programme.
The event ended with Managala Aarthi and Swami left the Hill View
Stadium at around 9:55 A.M
The Evening Programmes are Scheduled to begin at 3:00 P.M with
Students from the Prasanthi Nilayam campus and the Children from the
Primary School to take Part. It promises to be really wonderful.
Truly a Great Morning Programme in the Hill View Stadium.
Om Sai Ram
Posted by KM on 11-08-2007
Thursday, January 10, 2008
A Day Before The Big Event
Happiness is a
mere euphemism to describe the feeling of a student when touched by
Sai. But the Pursuit of this Happyness doesn’t require accumulation
of wealth, talents, expertise. It requires making Sai happy. That’s
exactly what makes us so fortunate to be here, so that we regularly
find ways to make Him happy.
Sports Meet is one such occasion. In a span of 5 days, Swami has
visited the stadium as many times to watch our practice sessions. He
makes sure that all the programmes by every campus are ready to
perfection before they are put up on January 11. Today morning, He
came to the ground at 9.30 am, when our march past was in session.
After the march past, boys from Prasanthi Nilayam campus showed Him
an item of Rollerblades. Unfortunately, today was not their lucky
day. Perhaps, the excitement of Swami’s presence made them commit
many mistakes. Some boys tripped and fell after they attempted the
ramp jump. Swami was concerned and asked if the boys had enough
protective gear. The teacher called a skater near Swami and showed
Him the arm guard, elbow guard etc worn, that would be enough to
protect the boy from a fall. Swami was relieved, and expressed His
happiness at the efforts put by boys and girls for the event.
Another programme that’s on top of some people’s minds is the Sports
Meet drama. It’s been quite a while since Swami had first seen the
drama invitation card. We’ve been waiting for Him to come and see
our practice in the college auditorium, but everyday, He’d come to
the stadium and return back to mandir without having a glance at us
near the auditorium. We were pretty disappointed, some were even
skeptical that drama would be cancelled. The duration of drama well
exceeds 1 hour, so there were plans to scrap some dialogues.
Today evening, some drama boys sat with a card to invite Swami
again. He looked at the card and merely nodded at them. The rest of
us were practising in auditorium, not expecting His arrival. At 5
pm, we got the message that Swami might be coming here. We were
happy and rushed to the entrance of our college to invite Swami.
Yet, some of us doubting Thomases were thinking He would proceed
straight to the ground. Even Swami’s driver shared our opinion as He
was quietly driving Him straight in the direction of stadium when
suddenly, Swami motioned Him to turn and enter the college! It was
an ecstatic moment as we rushed inside and went backstage.
It was 5.30 when the drama began, and the scenes were pretty long,
so I felt Swami might not see the entire drama. In the first scene
where Tulsidas sings Rama’s praise, He made a comment that Tulsidas
must keep moving on stage rather than sing while being seated. This
further added to my fears, but only later did I realize, how wrong I
was. As the drama progressed, there were scenes of Hanuman’s first
meeting with Rama and of His decision to cross Lanka and send Lord’s
message to Sita. By the way, I forgot to mention that the entire
drama revolves around devotion of Hanuman towards Rama; the life of
Hanuman is portrayed as the ideal example for every youth.
There is a scene where Hanuman meets Ravana in court. It’s probably
the only scene that makes Swami laugh a lot unlike others where
Swami would get emotional. He was enjoying the dialogue between
Ravana and Hanuman. Our teacher later mentioned that the verses used
in that scene were actually sung by Swami in His younger days. Or
probably, He was remembering those glorious days of Threta Yuga.
Swami was moved to tears by the songs. During the convocation drama,
He had mentioned that our dramas should have more songs. He was very
much impressed with the script and dialogues and asked our teacher
as to who had written them. The teacher replied “Swami, our boys
have written it.” Swami said, “No , tell me who are the boys.” One
of the script writers was seated close to Swami and He got up. Swami
asked, “So you have written the story. What books did you refer?”
The boy replied, “Swami, whatever You have taught me, I have written
here.” He was pleased.
After the drama (it was 6.30 pm ), the actors came down and sat near
Swami as He got ready to leave. He looked at a boy and asked “Lakshmana?”
the boy replied “No Swami, I am Sita” Swami smiled “Oh Sita!” He
told us, “Very nice script, very nice dialogues, very good acting
and Swami too is very happy (Chaala Baagundi).” One teacher asked,
“Swami, when should we put up the drama?” The Vice Chancellor who
was present there asked “Are you ready?” The teacher said, “Swami we
are ready for any day.” Swami said, “Then put up the drama on 15th.”
January 15 happens to be the festival of Sankranti.
Swami couldn’t have made us happier. I’m sure tomorrow’s event will
be a success as also the drama on January 15.There’s always this
Divine Hand upon us to see it through. Touch wood!
Posted by A Sai Student
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Sports Meet Frenzy
It’s 5 am in the morning. While some boys are practicing a military
drill, some are doing the same on ropes. Some flex their muscles for
a fish dive or somersault while a sizable group of boys learn to get
coordination on some brisk dance movements. All this is happening as
the chilling breeze teases our spirits to the point of sickness.
Yet, the boys brave themselves against all odds, for they are
protected by the warmth of a Mother’s love.
Swami is the motivation, the sole reason for these efforts, whose
happiness is the ultimate goal of every boy and girl performing on
January 11. He knows that too well, for, even as early as December
26, Swami came right down to the stadium to watch our march past
practice and enquire about the events.
The youth from Maharashtra & Goa had come in large numbers for
Swami’s darshan. Thus, we missed the opportunity of having His
physical presence for our practice sessions as He was busy attending
to their programmes. The youth presented a collection of devotional
songs on the first two days. Yesterday, they concluded their trip
with a drama on Shivaji. The drama gave many insights into
leadership and values that Swami so often explains to us. Swami was
very happy with their play. He materialized a chain for “Shivaji”
and sat for group photographs with the entire drama troupe.
Earlier in the morning, few of us sat with a card for getting
Swami’s blessings and informing Him about our drama for the Sports
Meet. As Swami came in car, He looked at the card and called the two
boys. They said “Swami, we want to put up a drama for Sports Meet”.
Swami looked at the cover of card which read “Dearest Bhagawan we
seek thy blessings”. As he turned the cover, there were photographs
of the actors with their real names and their roles. The two boys
were surprised by the way He was looking so intently at the
photographs and enquiring about the boys. One of the boys later
said, “Swami we need you to come and see our practice and give us
advice.” He replied, “Do you want to put up the drama today?” the
boy was taken aback “No Swami, we are still practising”. He said
“chaalu” and moved on.
Today, Swami came to see the march past practice at 9am. I’m sure it
must’ve been difficult for Him to sit around us as none of us had
bath due to the morning practice, but He didn’t seem to mind. After
the march past, Anantpur Campus teachers requested Swami to see
their events. He initially agreed, but when the girls began
performing their first programme (boring as it seemed), Swami
decided to return back to mandir
Posted by A
Glimpses – Maharashtra Youth Parthi Yatra, 4th-6th Jan 2008
The Maharashtra youth parthi yatra was on 4th, 5th and 6th Jan 2008.
Many from all the parts of Maharashtra were there.
All the morning darshans were after the starting of the bhajans. On
4th the crowd was less thinking that Swami would not be there as He
was sometimes not giving darshan in the mornings. But, He came to
bless us all with His immense glory on 4th morning to see His kids
coming all the way from Maharashtra. On 5th many devotees came
thinking that Swami will be there in the morning because of the
youth and He did come that too in His mobile chair much to the
delight of all the devotees. We are very very happy to see Swami
radiant in His glory giving us the best darshans in our life times.
He even came on 6th morning also. Swami used to take Arthi after
bhajans and used to leave for yajur mandir.
These are feast to my eyes as I was all the 3 days placed in the
first row just only by Swami’s grace, with no one between Swami and
me, uninterrupted darshan even in those thousands of thousands of
devotees, especially as Swami sat on the dias all the three days for
some or other program for very long times, which is almost rare
these days. Very very happy to have these darshans. The background
music while Swani’s grand entry was from the cassette “Bliss” by
unicorn music company (A fantastic instrumental CD/cassette that I
always loved) leaving us in bliss with our lord’s darshan JMy eyes
drank His glory from top to bottom and they are filled with the
nectar of His love in the form of tears J His hands, feet and His
beautiful face left us to remember the experiences through out our
4th Jan afternoon darshan:
As it was Friday, Sai Lakshmi was welcomed in to His darbar with Sri
Suktam by the vedic pundits. Padma pathraya thakshim as they say,
our Lord came in most gracefully smiling, down the car, with His
lotus eyes gleaming in the lights from the chandeliers. He looked as
if He was descending down the heavens on to the earth when He got
down from His porte car, slowly and beautifully with a nice smile
that removes all the thoughts from the mind. The one before whom we
cannot think of anything, the one before whom your all senses become
still, the one before whom tears roll on from the eyes out of love,
the one before whom you can be as you are…that SAI’s darshan is
Maharashtra men youth started their enthralling program with
“Mahashtra majhaa garja” song after they gave the program protocol
to the Lord with roses. I envy these guys who can touch Swami’s
feet. (Envy for a very right reason ; ) ) There are other songs that
has taken our hearts like vitevari ubhavari, sohum-sai om and other
songs. Swami looked very happy. He was moving His hands with the
tune for many songs. After these, they sang a medley where they
clubbed many bhajans one after the other with out breaks and in
There is a village in Gachiroli area where the people are of tribal
origin where sunlight hardly passes in to the village. They said
that because of Bhagawan there was a great difference in their lives
there and that He changed their lives in many ways. The people from
this region did a dance called as “Rela” which is in their tradition
from ages to express their happiness for all that Swami did for
them. It was very nice.
After this the Goan brothers performed 2 differenent arthis in their
Goan style. One was for Ganesha and another for Sri Datta Avathar.
Both these arthis are arthis sung in the respective famous temples
there in Goa.
Swami looked happy taking arthi. Saw Him twirling His locks in
between beautifully and I tell you, it’s a sight that makes Gods and
Demi-Gods envy us as so many people giving arthi is really
beautiful. It was a great blessing to all of us who were watching it
as many youth and the regular arthi pundit and some others were all
giving arthi to bhagawan.
Love you bhagawan, for giving this opportunity to see the arthi seva
going on to you. I am indeed blessed to see it from a very very
close point to leave me blessed and in lifelong memories. Thank you
so much Swami. As someone said in the program - “Swami you made us
happy and we are very happy to be before you, but we would also like
you to be happy with us Swami, please bless us, please bless us.”
Its not that we love Swami its also important that How much Swami
loves us, how much His grace is on us and so on. I wish He gives all
those boons to make our lives mould in a way that makes Him happy.
Swami blessed those who gave arthi on that day. Some milk sweet
which tastes like khoya was distributed for all in the hall that
5th Jan afternoon darshan:
All were ready with their programs on this afternoon – US devotees (
I think NRIs, not sure, because I saw many of them talking in telugu),
Maharashtra ladies and also gents.
requested Swami for their program to be started Swami asked Him to
wait and gave the permission to the US devotees J A small boy and a
girl went to present the protocol for that day to Swami and lo and
behold He created a chain for the boy kid. How blessed are these
kids. Swami took time in dehooking the chain and He Himself has put
it on the child. I don’t know how many sacred acts the kid would
have performed in his previous births to get this best blessing from
Bhagawan. The US devotees started their sarva dharma bhajans and
slokas program. Swami heard a few and stopped them in between and
gave the permission to the Maharashtra ladies youth to start a
program on meerabai, a great devotee of the Sai’s Krishna Avatar.
The program was talking about the meera and was with meera bhajans.
I cannot stop myself
mentioning about something here. The US coordinator asked Swami His
permission for their programs. I can see a lot of bliss on this
guy’s face. He was seeing Swami with intense love and he was so much
involved in watching Swami rather than watching the program J Lost
in Swami’s bliss. Swami has thrown a rose on this person with His
left hand while the person was sitting on to the right of Swami
making him smile more, playful Sai Krishna J
Another thing is, I saw
Swami pressing His hand cloth on His cheeks once, may be because of
the sweat as it was slightly sultry that day. Immediately the
student who came along with the mobile chair and who was sitting
besides swami observed this and fixed a fan besides swami. He was
very very careful in setting the right speed and also checked so
many times whether the air is coming to swami or not and also at
what level of Swami it was giving air etc., all the while keeping
whatever he was doing, on a very low tone without grabbing any
attention from any one. We need to learn a lot from this student, an
example as to how to act before Swami whether He is present before
us physically or not. Attentiveness, attentive towards whatever
Swami is doing/talking and to make swami comfortable and happy in
whatever thing it might be.
Once the meera bhajans
started, It looked to me as if Swami went in to the meera’s era, as
He got reminded of His beloved devotee meerabai.
His eyes were up and He was
in deep thoughts for a while. Must have gone in to the memories of
those days and in to the Krishna Avatar!
Then Swami gave permission
to a singer called Mr. Raviraj, from Maharashtra. This person talked
very briefly before he started. He said that he was getting
emotional as Swami blessed him again with singing after 24
years..tooo long! (sabar ka phal meetha hotha hai J). He sang very
beautifully. One thing I remember in particular was his song which
is like, Swami your darshan in the early morning gives us lot of
happiness and your evening darshan gives us lot of happiness and so
on. It was nice. Swami gave this person Prasad with His own hands.
(It was badusha, a sweet made of wheat/refined flour that day).
Again even today there were so many arthis going on before Swami and
it was a delight to the eyes.
Also, while going Swami
blessed with His right hand on ourside, making us forget our sleep
with intense happiness that day J
6th Jan afternoon:
Again a memorable day. There
was a fantastic drama performed by the Maharashtra youth on Shivaji,
a great king of Maharashtra. The drama started with a scene even
before shivaji was born and showed how great and devoted was
Shivaji’s mother “Jijau Bai” towards goddess Bhavani as well as
towards the love to her motherland, that is, the maratha kingdom.
There were 3 boys playing as Shivaji king at 3 different ages of
Shivaji. It was a very very catchy program. I was pulling my
attention to come out of it in between as I don’t want to miss
seeing Swami during that time J Shivaji at last told that Sai only
saved Him as Vittala (Maharashtrian’s highly devoted God) during a
point of time. Swami became very very happy that even before the
program finished he called the boy and created a chain for the boy.
This Shivaji is the third boy, who acted as the grown-up/adult
shivaji. He was very very happy with the drama and the boy. The boy
was also very devoted and was very very involved in his role. Infact,
he has put his sword before Swami as a token of respect to Gods or
their elders as was the kings earlier J How nice! He asked Swami if
he can take padanamaskar and I think he took 2/3 times all the time
with Swami’s permission unlike others. How sweet is this kid,
blessed is his life, blessed are his parents and all those in his
ancestry and his future generations. He very sweetly requested Swami
if He can take a few photos with the group to which Swami agreed and
came down the stage. Bhaktha parayana – I felt that God can never
say “No” to a real bhakta/devotee.
I felt while seeing and also heard from someone that Swami asked the
concerned to give admission to all the 3 boys who played as shivaji
in to His school!!!
The program ended with many arthis going on at a time making us all
happy drenching us in an ocean of happiness.
I was very sad that the trip ended so soon. There are no more words
to explain my agony or our agony to return back to this world again
where we have to play our roles again with a lot of responsibilities
that keep us away in the immediate physical presence of our beloved
Om Sai Ram,
With pranams to the lotus
feet of Sai,
Sailaja Krishna Mohan
Images of 04.01.2008 - Cultural Programs by youths from
Maharashtra and Goa
Images of 05.01.2008 - Cultural Programs by youths from Maharashtra
Images of 06.01.2008 - Cultural Programs by youths from Maharashtra
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
NEW YEAR'S MESSAGE FROM SAI
As Swami asked for the mike to brought, an ex-student brother went
up to Him and requested the Swami should speak to us while being
seated as we didn’t want Him to strain Himself. Surprisingly, Swami
agreed. Here are excerpts from the Divine discourse:
In this world, nothing is permanent. All that you see around is
ephemeral. In search of the permanent and ever lasting, there is
only path. Bhagawad Gita explains this essence – Realising that God
is in all, in you , above you, below you, around you.
God pervades everything. Man doesn’t realize this and tries in vain
to search around. As is the feeling, so you are. It’s a matter of
“reflection, reaction and resound”
Thousands have assembled here. But the same God resides in
everyone’s hearts. It’s not the physical heart but the spiritual
heart. You must study to become immortal. Today’s learning is
secular, obtained from teacher. It is artificial and leads men to
arguments. But you must look at the fundamental basis. Education is
temporary, Educare is eternal. Educare resides in your heart. It can
be brought forth by your efforts.
Peace is within you. Love is also unseen, but resides in your heart.
Similar is the case of non-violence and truth. Thus all these form
Today, there’s lack of truth. That’s why people go to courts. Even
there, you find untruth. Truth is eternal. As is your feeling
towards others, so is their reaction towards you. Today, there are
conflicts because of lack of truth. Here, you find peace everywhere.
The love and peace you find here is not present anywhere else. Pray
to God for these two in life.
Students have come from various places. They did not find peace
anywhere else except here. Love is the only property of Bhagawan.
Keep smiling, do not put on a castor oil face. You should remain
blissful at all times.
Pleasure is an interval between two pains. You are not one but
three; what you think you are, what others think you are and what
you really are. What others think you are refers to duality. You may
read Pustaka (books) but if your mastaka (head) is not proper, it’s
useless. Thus, educare is essential. Good and bad are within you.
Its manifestation is a result of reflection, reaction and resound in
Students, you went around the world and came back here today. It is
the good fortune given to you by Swami. How fortunate you are that
after facing many difficulties, you have been able to come here with
your families. If anyone asks you “where have you come from?” say
“I’m from Prasanthi Nilayam”. Parthi follows you, it’s in you,
around you wherever you go.
Religions are different, God is one. Jewels are many, gold is one.
Cows may be different, but the milk is of same colour. Similarly,
there’s variety among us, but the bliss that we experience is the
same. Therefore, pray for this bliss> do not have individual
differences. They are temporary.
This year, many physical changes will take place. But spiritually,
there will be no change. There are conflicts, too many parties.
Party has become “for tea”
Do not hurt anybody. That’s the principle followed by Swami. this
body is 83 years old. It has never put anybody to any inconvenience
or difficulty. Swami is truth, truth is Swami. Love all. It’s very
simple and easy. In fact, it’s difficult to have enemity. Love leads
to equality, equality leads to unity, which leads to purity and
finally leads to divinity.
Relationships are sacred. You must not hit your wife, however angry
you are. You can speak to her and solve the matter. You must all
stand united. If you are united, you’ll experience Sai everywhere.
Bhagawan is yours. All of you belong to him. Always speak the truth.
(Swami narrated an incident about a lady in Bangalore who won a
court case because she adhered to truth) If you speak truth, you get
marks. If you speak untruth, you get (bad) remarks.
From hotels to courts, there are conflicts everywhere. There’s
selfishness and self interest today. All Sathya Sai students should
lead ideal lives. When society praises our students, it makes Swami
happy. Swami blesses that you should get a good name. Do not forget
to chant Lord’s name. Strengthen your faith.
Swami concluded the discourse with the bhajan “Hari Bhajan bina sukh
Posted by a Sai Student
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Dear Swami, Happy 2008!!!
Smiles, smiles everywhere! The mood was upbeat with a lot of
anticipation and excitement. We had all assembled in Kulwant hall by
7 am. Swami was expected to come at 8.30am. I sat in my place
admiring the beautiful decorations above the portico. The alumni
brothers were all seated in the front, some running here and there
to make sure all arrangements are in place. They had all come with
their families too.
Finally, at 8.30 am, we herald the New Year with the beautiful
darshan of our lord. Lo and behold! Our Lord arrives in chair
escorted by a procession of Vedam chanting and flag march by ex
students. This darshan indeed seemed a special one, majestic with
students holding a grand umbrella over Swami and waving peacock
feathers around, as if welcoming an Emperor. Well, Swami is the king
of our hearts and I can tell He was loving every moment of it just
like us. It’s our great fortune to have such a nice darshan on the
very first day of 2008. As He came by, some of us wished Him "Swami,
happy new year".
Swami came to the portico and asked the programme to begin. Since
yesterday there was a lot of confusion regarding the sequence of
programmes as the present students too were ready with their
programmes. This morning, Swami again changed the schedule and asked
the Institute Band to perform first. After their pieces, out of the
blue, Swami asked two elders to address the gathering. Later, He
called an ex-student and asked him to speak. This brother was
equally unprepared but spoke very well sharing two sweet experiences
of his student days. Swami was very happy and materialized a chain
for him. Later, there was a music programme where the alumni sang
some songs, one of which was composed by our Lord way back in 1985!
The morning session ended around 10.30 am.
Swami arrived in the evening at around 4.30pm. First, there was a
bhangra programme by some ex-students who tried their best to dance
in the limited space provided to them right before Swami. Swami was
amused with their steps, but He blessed them all with padanamaskar.
A Band programme followed, this time by ex-students who were part of
the Band group in their student days. Swami was enjoying all of
their pieces. For sometime, it felt like Swami had become the
conductor as He was moving his Hand to the tunes more often than the
Band leader himself! Soon after, there was a picture slideshow on a
giant screen where old photos of swami with students were shown.
Simultaneously, some ex-students narrated experiences from their
student days with Swami. One of them narrated an incident where
Swami had come to his rescue in his job. Swami took his form and
worked in his office, while he went to a parents’ meet accompanying
Swami was extremely happy. He motioned for the alumni brothers to
stop. It was His turn now to share His love and He motioned for the
mike to brought over. I’ve mentioned about the discourse in my next
post. At the end of the day, all I can say is, we couldn’t have
asked for a better beginning to 2008. Thank you Swami.
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The end of 2007 couldn’t have been celebrated better than this.
While the world is still coming to terms with increasing unrest and
violence, Puttaparthi is a striking contrast of peace and love
pervading all around. After all, the life in Parthi revolves around
Swami has been showering so much love on us these days. A few weeks
ago, we were upset about the way He was apparently ignoring us,
coming late. But Alas! Foolishness is our second nature, for we fail
to see the love that envelops this place, regardless of His physical
On the 27th, as part of the Christmas celebrations, there were a
couple of programmes by devotees from South California. The elders
sang carols while there was a short and sweet play on the childhood
years of Jesus performed by children. Swami was very happy with the
programme and He gifted clothes to the entire group.
For the next few days, Swami, though arriving late, would spent more
time with us outside on the portico while the bhajans went on. He
would call students and take letters.
On the New Year’s day, many
alumni from the Sathya Sai University gather in Prasanthi Nilayam
and offer a programme. Over the years, this day has gained
increasing importance as the “Reconnect Day” for the Sai students as
these alumni come from various parts of the world to reconnect with
their golden past in Prasanthi Nilayam when they basked in His love.
Due to the preparations for the Annual Sports Meet of Institute on
Jan 11, many students are not able to make it for darshan on time.
But the students’ block never looked empty as it was occupied by
hundreds of alumni brothers. On 31st evening, Swami came for darshan
around 4.40 pm and went inside interview room. Soon, He came out in
chair and went across the Ladies side blessing all devotees. Swami
later came straight to the portico and sat before the students. He
called the birthday boys and blessed them. These boys were indeed
lucky as Swami spoke to most of them. To one boy, He asked “which
class?” the boy replied “10th standard” Swami said “after 10th?” the
boy replied “Swami, whatever you say” He spoke to another birthday
boy and materialized a chain for Him. Swami could see that many
ex-students were sitting there. He called one of them and asked what
programme was being planned for the next day. All the while, Swami
was looking very happy, like a proud mother to see Her children come
home. He called one alumnus and scolded him for gaining a lot of
weight. It was a sight to watch as Swami animatedly showed us his
walking style with a huge tummy.
At around 6.15 pm, he asked for aarati to be given and went to Yajur
Mandir. We knew the New Year would begin on a bright note.
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