Update - Wonderful Programmes everyday
After the Sports meet and Sankranthi Festivals, Prasanthi
Nilayam was back to a period of relative Calm with Swami's
Wonderful Darshans and no special Programmes and also less
But things have changed a lot over the past week or so when
many groups of Sai Devotees have been putting up various
Programmes before Swami which has made everyone witnessing
them very happy and also Swami very pleased.
There were programmes by the Delhi Youth group on Wednesday
and after the Programme Swami materialized a Chain to one of
the main actors, There were Programmes by Devotees of the
Kerala group, by Krishna District, then from the Dubai and
Middle East groups, and yesterday the Chinese New Year
In the Midst of all this, Swami seems to enjoy every minute
of all the Wonderful Programmes, and to the Delight of
everyone present blesses all the participants after the
Yesterday Bhagawan personally gave Vibuthi Prasadam packets
to each and everyone from the Middle east group who sang
their hearts out for Swami in a wonderful Programme. Swami
went round the Devotees, gave them Prasadam and allowed them
to touch His Lotus Feet. It took almost 45 minutes.
Om Sai Ram
Courtesy: KM - Saturday, 31 January, 2009 12:35 PM
Update - January 25th Monday,
There has been a very heavy influx of Devotees in
Parthi from Hyderabad, Kerala,Delhi, Andhra Pradesh and the
UAE and that means that Kulwanth Hall is packed to capacity
which is sight for the Gods to behold.
Yesterday evening there was a wonderful Programme from
Devotees of Andhra Pradesh. After an Announcement of all the
Seva activities done in the Krishna District of Andhra
Pradesh, there was a short but wonderful Drama titled
'Krishna Tarangaalu' was presented before Bhagawan. Swami
was very happy on seeing such a wonderful play and after the
Programme took Photographs with everyone, He also gave
clothes to all the Drama Participants. Bhajans began at
around 6.10 and after Prasadam was Distributed, Swami
retired to Yajur Mandiram.
There has been a Message from
http://www.saistudents.org the Alumni Website that
Alumni Students can participate in the Rudram Chanting on
Mahashivrathri Day in Prasanthi Nilayam.
Om Sai Ram
Courtesy: KM - 26
January, 2009 11:06 AM
Darshans are wonderful like always. Also Swami sits outside
for Bhajans nowadays as Bhajans are held in Kulwant Hall and
everyone are able to have Wonderfu Darshan everyday. There
are no special Programmes and as all the students were busy
with various programme in the past few months, they are busy
Om Sai Ram
Courtesy: KM -
Rudram Chanting by Alumni on Sivaratri
Since Swami has been
emphasizing a lot on chanting of Vedam, the Sai Alumni
Students are planning to gather At His Lotus Feet and chant
Rudram in His Divine Presence on the holy day of Sivaratri -
23rd February 2009 - Monday.
This would surely
make Swami very happy to see His students come back and
chant what they learned from Bhagawan. His Grace was evident
from the Love showered by Bhagawan on Jan 1st, 2009, during
the Alumni Meet.
Prasanthi Nilayam is back to Normal Darshan and Bhajan after
the Hectic and Wonderful Sports and Sankranthi Festivities.
Swami went once to the Super Speciality Hospital. Students
are back to their studies. There is no news however of
Bhagawan going anywhere for the moment. Of Course no one can
ever think of anything concerning Bhagawan's Programme, but
that is the news going around at the moment.
Om Sai Ram
Courtesy: KM - Monday, 19 January, 2009 11:12 AM
Update - Thursday evening Darshan
Today was the last
day when all the students and staff of the Sri Sathya Sai
Educational Institutions gathered together after 3 wonderful
days where they delighted everyone with their sports
activities in Vidyagiri Stadium and 2 Wonderful Dramas in
Kulwanth Hall. Swami was happy with each and everything that
Swami came to Kulwanth Hall at 5.30 pm, and there were some
wonderful and Melodious Bhajans sung for an hour or so after
which Swami accepted Mangala Aarthi. This brought to an end
the Sports and Games events and the Sankranthi Festivities
in Prasanthi Nilayam.
Om Sai Ram
Courtesy: KM - Friday, 16 January, 2009 10:30 AM
Each and every Divine Discourse of Bhagawan has a Divine
Meaning and Messages for everyone.. Yesterday's Wonderful
Sankranthi Discourse had 2 Wonderful Messages for everyone
to Think, ponder, Digest and implement and act upon :
IT IS ONLY SAI WHO CAN HELP THOSE WHO HURT OR ABUSE HIM -
What a Divine and Wonderful Statement. Help even those who
try to trouble and Abuse you. Forgiveness is the Greatest
Swami's Always stresses upon Respect and Honour your
Parents. Swami said Parents are of prime importance; any
good deed neglecting parents are of no use; one has to face
the consequences for neglecting one's own parents. NEVER
NEGLECT YOUR PARENTS.
On another note some of my Friends
who live in Bangalore tell me that Brindavan is in great
expectation of Bhagawan coming there. The Roof of Sai Ramesh
Hall is being cleaned, The walls are being painted and the
roads are being cleaned.
Om Sai Ram
Courtesy: K M - Thursday, 15 January, 2009 7:50 PM
Update - Wonderful Sankaranthi Programme and Divine
Yesterday was the
Prize Distribution Ceremony of the Annual Sports meet. Swami
arrived at around 9.10 AM and to the delight of everyone in
Kulwanth Hall took a complete round of Darshan, Swami also
inspected the Shields and various Trophies for the Sports
One of the main
Highlights of the Programme was the announcemnt that Kumari.
Chaparla Sohini student of 12th class in the Girl's wing of
the Sathya Sai Higher Secondary school has secured the
highest rank in the 12th std exam conducted last year by the
Central Board of Secondary Education. The student was
blessed by Bhagawan with a special trophy, a rare
distinction and reward for excellence.
The Captains and
Vice captains of all the three campuses, Prasanthi Nilayam,
Brindavan and Anantapur, representatives from Sri Sathya Sai
Music College, Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary School and
Sri Sathya Sai Primary School received the various trophies
from the Divine Hands.
Next was a wonderful
Divine Discourse which had everyone in total Bliss for about
The Salient Points
of Swami's Divine Discourse were :
1. By Strict
Adherence to Spiritual Values and by Praticising Cultural
Values everyone should keep the Country's flag flying.
2.Good thoughts are
followed by good actions :
Good and bad are not
God's creation, nor they belong to anyone. Consequences of
our lives are not bestowed upon by God. They are merely
reaction, reflection and resound of our own life.
Today is not true
education; it is merely textual education. Educare is what
is needed to bring out the best in Education.
True education is
listening to the inner voice. Once we follow this inner
voice, we would be able to advance in our lives and would be
happy. No need to observe big spiritual practices like
meditation, repetition of God's name, penance, yoga etc.
These are meant only for our own satisfaction. What is
required is to listen to the inner voice, the conscience
that confers bliss.
said that it is nothing great in helping a person as a
reciprocating gesture; one should be able to help even those
who does harm to him. IT IS ONLY SAI WHO CAN HELP THOSE WHO
HURT OR ABUSE HIM.
5.Respect and Honour
your Parents :
Everyone should make
his parents happy; parents are of prime importance; any good
deed neglecting parents are of no use; one has to face the
consequences for neglecting one's own parents.
6.Offer each and
everything to the Divine Lord :
Mind and not money
which is important. Control your mind and Pacify it and
everything will become peaceful. Offer everything unto God.
Everything happens as He wills.
7.Help ever Hurt
Never is the True Education :
If you find anyone
in dire need of service and help, It is our duty to help him
or her. This is the good fortune and the main duty of a
human being; Help Ever Hurt Never is the message of Bhagawan.
This is the true education that we receive today.
8.Money comes and
goes, Morality is Important ;
There is nothing
great in claiming that we have gone abroad and earned money.
Money comes and goes; Morality comes and grows. One with
morality will not be put to any kind of difficulties,
enthralling and Wonderful Divine Discourse there was another
wonderful Drama Programme by the students of the Prasanthi
Nilayam campus of the Sai University which was titled " Sri
Krishna Thathwa Darshanam".
After the wonderful
Drama ended and after some Bhajans, Mangala Aarthi was given
to our Lord and Bhagawan retired to Yajur Mandiram thereby
bringing a wonderful Sankranthi Day to a Close.
Full Text of
Bhagawan's Divine Discourse and Photos will be posted later.
Also as Swami had
Himself told the Warden of the Brindavan Hostel yesterday in
Kulwanth Hall that He will be visiting them soon, there is a
lot of talk that Swami might travel to Whitefield very soon.
Of Course no one in this world except Swami himself can tell
about His Programme.
Om Sai Ram
Courtesy: KM -
Update - Magnificent Drama by the Brindavan Students of SSSU
After a Magnificent opening day Programme of the Sports Meet
in Vidyagiri Stadium, all the Students deserved a day's rest
which they got on the 12th.
On the 13th evening there was a wonderful Drama Programme by
the Students of the Brindavan campus of the Sathya Sai
University. Swami came Kulwanth Hall at 5 pm and after
speaking to the students of the Programme in Bhajan Hall,
the Drama titled "Bhaktha Pothana". It was a wonderful
Programme which was filled with Songs and Dances with a
wonderful and a Spectacular Temple setting as the Backdrop.
One could see Swami so very happy and thrilled as the
Programme went on. After the Drama, Swami took Group
As Bhajans were going on and when Prasadam was being given
to everyone, Swami suddenly called the Warden of the
Brindavan campus ad told him to tell the students that He
would be coming to Brindavan soon. This made all the
Brindavan students very happy.
Swami then accepted Mangala Aarthi and went to Yajur
Mandiram at around 7 PM. More Programmes are lined up for
the next few days as part of the Sports Meet Programmes.
Om Sai Ram
Courtesy: KM - 14.01.2009
- Colourful Sports Meet opening
When the Sports Meet first started in 1983 there were no
opening Ceremonies as such as they are today, It was only
1987 that Swami gave the wonderful idea of the Students of
Swami's Institutions showing their wonderful talent to
everyone present and from then onwards the Sports meet
programmes have become a part and parcel of the major
programmes in Prasanthi Nilayam. Every single student is
overcome with joy as it is the time when they get to
showcase their Wonderful talents before Swami's Divine
Presence. Swami also tells the student that they should come
up with new Ideas every time to show their talents. So over
the years there have been wonderful programmes like Para
Gliding to Bike Stunts to some Wonderful Cultural Programmes
which have made Swami and everyone very happy.
This year also the Sports Meet got of to a colourful and
wonderful start in the Divine Presence of our Beloved Lord.
Swami opened the Sports Meet by Hoisting the University Flag
by Remote control and by releasing Pigeons.
Bhagawan was welcomed by the Students on Motorbikes into the
Stadium and after the Traditional March pasts by all the
Students involved, the programmes started which left
There were wonderful Yoga feats like Surya Namaskar
performed with the greatest ease after many hours of
practice. It was followed by Wonderful feats on Motorbikes
by Boys and on Autos by the Girls of the Ananthapur campus.
The Bike feats were enthralling and captured the hearts of
everyone present. Apart from the Bike stunts, the students
also gave a wonderful Performance on Poles and ladders among
other things. There was also a wonderful Presentation of
KALARI a Kerala Martial art. This was followed by
Gymnastics, Lion Dances and other feats. The Whole morning
programme finished at 11 AM.
The Evening programme was by the Sri Sathya Sai Primary
school, After Swami arrived at 4.15 PM, Bhagawan was
escorted onto the Shanthi Vedika by young Gymnasts on
Cartwheels. The Primary School's Hour long programme
included Gymnastics, Mass Drills and also some wonderful
performances on Roller Blades. Swami was very happy and
blessed everyone, The programme ended at 5.20 PM.
A Wonderful Start to the Annual Sports Meet with some Great
Programmes lined up in the evening in Kulwanth Hall.
Om Sai Ram
Courtesy KM -
Monday, 12 January, 2009 10:50 AM
Poornachandra Session with Alumni Students
Swami had decided to bestow a great boon upon the 700 Alumni
Students them as He had sent word that He would interact
with all of them in the Poornachandra Auditorium after the
morning bhajans. By 8:30am, all the students sat ready in
Poornachandra and it was at about 9:00 am that Swami arrived
for darshan. The time scheduled for the alumni was 10:00am.
But though Swami took a complete round of the Kulwant hall,
He seemed to be in a great hurry as His beloved children
awaited Him in the auditorium and He seemed to be wanting to
be there as soon as possible, ASAP as its called! It was
just 9:20am when Swami received Aarthi and then moved into
the Poornachandra auditorium.
A small stage had been arranged for Swami so that He could
be seen by one and all assembled. Swami was welcomed by a
small contingent of Veda chanting boys and soon He took His
place - on the stage and in the thirsting eyes of every
alumnus sitting there.
There were also the elders whom Swami brought with Him- Sri
Chakravarthy, secretary of Central trust; Prof. Vishwanath
Pandit, the Vice chancellor; Sri V Srinivasan, the All India
Sai organisation President; Prof. G Venkatraman, the great
scientist and director of the RadioSai studios and Sri S V
Giri, the former vice chancellor.
Sri Chakravarthy introduced the speakers for the day. First
Sri S V Giri spoke on the responsibilities that rest on the
strong shoulders of the alumni. As he spoke, an interesting
incident took place. One of the members of the alumni, a
senior above 50 years of age maybe, was moving to and fro
right at the back, to get a good view of the proceedings
maybe. Swami noticed that and seemed a bit uncomfortable.
And sure enough, in two minutes, the student next to Swami
came walking all the way to the back asking, "Who was it
that was walking over here?" At first everyone felt that
Swami was disturbed. It got confirmed soon but why had He
been disturbed? The student located the disturber and asked,
"Sir would you like a chair to sit on? Swami sees that you
are not able to sit on the floor." The answering was done
with a nod saying, "No" and profuse tears down the cheeks.
The alumnus then got up and moving towards the front, sat in
the corner but in the first row! Swami saw that and seemed
The second speaker was Sri V Srinivasan. He spoke very
inspiringly on the growth and spread of the Sri Sathya Sai
Seva Organisations in India. Many facts little known to most
of the devotees and students were revealed and very
deservingly, there were 4-5 rounds of applause for him.
After he finished his speech, Swami told him with great
pride to announce that he was the All India President. An
overwhelmed Srinivasan said that more than anything else, he
wished to be a humble devotee and concluded his speech.
The Alumni coordinator then went forward to request Swami
for the divine discourse. Swami materialized vibhuti and
gave him and then also agreed to address the students.
Another poignant scene took place now. Swami noticed a
student, Raghuram, who currently works for RadioSai global
harmony. He has been physically challenged due to a tragic
accident and has been on the wheelchair since. Swami asked
him to come over to the dais.. As the boy reached there,
Swami waved His hand and materialized a gold ring. Amidst
the cheer that ran about the hall, Swami enquired into the
well being of the boy's mother and sister. HE promised him
that he would very soon speak to them as a family and then
put the ring to the right hand. He asked Swami for
paadanamaskar. Swami agreed and knowing that it was very
difficult for the boy to bend down, Swami did something that
none imagined. He slowly lifted His right leg and placed it
near the knee of the boy. After he touched it, Swami now
raised His left leg too and placed it there! The boy was
thrilled at this special paadanamaskar. As he returned to
His place, Swami began His divine discourse.
Important Points of the Wonderful Divine Discourse :
1. Swami emphasised on the message of Advaita, stressing the
point that there is nothing in this world which is not
divine, and that we should conduct ourselves bearing this in
2. Swami also stressed on the need for one and all to
realise the inherent divinity.
The most interesting part was when towards the end, Swami
asked,"Does anyone have doubts? Ask and I shall answer them
now in a perfect manner." What followed was a Divine
Question and Answer Session
Question : Swami. We know that we are truth and the truth is
everywhere. So we must be everywhere right…..
Swami could not follow the question hence the boy tried to
explain! "Swami I'm everywhere but I don't realize it…!"
Swami----You are not everywhere, you are right now
here!(everyone laughs )…If you are in path of Truth then you
will know you are the Truth…..(Swami conveyed to boy that if
he believes he is the Eternal Atma then he is everywhere and
if he restricts himself to body then he is now here!)
Question : Swami. We
don't have time available for spiritual activities and
service as we are bogged by daily activities….what shall we
do (there were tears in his eyes out of helplessness)…
Swami : Don't feel
bad about it…do as much as you can in little time available
…do little service but offer it to lord….if you can't do
even that then do your job or activity as the service to
lord…..That'll make Him happy
Question :(In kannada) ,Swami as we (boys) plan to do
activities and projects in larger scale how do we go about
doing the same….do we need to form organized groups and
Yes….form proper groups and go about in a systematic
way…..I've already told this(swami has mentioned the same in
Question :(one student who was Teacher)…Swami…we all have
only one prayer in our hearts …you should walk …like you
used to do earlier….
Swami…(with out a pause) …Yes …I will!...I used to walk
earlier properly….only recently I had a fall and doctors
told me not to walk and take rest…I'm just abiding by their
words….I have organize a Yagnam in Parthi (ARMY) and one in
Chenni(ARMY ---II)…I'm managing quite a lot like this
too…but I'll surely walk…(Swami lifted both His legs and
played them in the air as He spoke)
Question : Swami…what should we do to become closer to
Swami---(without delay)…Swami should (will to) take you
closer…! (Swami conveyed its His grace that matters not any
amount of penance you do…., he added ),If you want to become
closer keep Swami in your heart…Then you need not come to
Swami and He will come closer to you….
Question : Swami…How do we get Atmanandam (perennial bliss)…
Swami---You should carry less luggage…less luggage is more
comfort… Reduce your desires and put a ceiling on it
Question : Swami..how do we take care of our kids in
countries where there are not even Indian families forget
the Sai centers….
Swami---where are you right now….
Boy---…I've returned back to India….
Swami---I'm very happy…Congratulations…America is not good
at the moment…all our people should return to native
land…One lakh in USA is equal to 10,000 in India….
Question - Swami---How do we achieve total surrender…..
Swami---Bangaaru! ---Surrender is not so easy…so many after
they surrender would still carry the burden of doubt in
their minds….so just follow how much you can….and stop
It was already nearing 11:30am and Swami said that He would
speak to all the next day too. Then Swami received Aarthi
and blessed those who took a flower and the holy grains upto
Him. As He moved back towards the residence, Swami collected
letters from all the students who lined up the entire
pathway. Swami retired leaving behind cherished memories and
Om Sai Ram
Courtesy: KM - Wednesday, 7 January, 2009 1:33 PM
Images of Swami with the Alumni of the
University on 31.12.2008
NEW YEAR 2009
WITH SWAMI IN PRASANTHI NILAYAM
1ST JANUARY 2009
Om Sairam dearest Sai Family,
Wishing each and every BODY a very holy new year, even
though in our Sai Family, there is nothing like NEW as every
second, every day every year is NEW and we always look
forward to give it a worthy offering to our beloved Lord at
the end of the day, where in we many times successfully fail
to do so.
It was yet another such a NEW day and we all celebrated the
dawn of 2009 in a grand way. Swami, out of His immense mercy
allowed the celebrations to take place in HIs immediate
presence. New year day is always special every where. Even
though, in India almost every state has their own new year
day, like in Andhra Pradesh it is UGADI, There is also Tamil
new year and if you go bit far there is Chinese new year
also. But universally, January first has some specialty and
on this day all of us tend to get into festive mood.
It is a special day for the former students of Sri Sathya
University it is a re union with older friends, with the
college, and more importantly a re union with the Chancellor
of the world who also was a chancellor to their college.
Many students look forward to this day to come here, perform
before Swami and also recharge their spiritual batteries.
What a perfect way to start a new year. Just a day before
the new year I had to go to Bangalore for a day. I saw large
hoardings inviting to join the new year party in various
resorts, star hotels etc with a fee which was in thousands.
The news papers were full of such advertisements. . I was
really shocked to see such kind of advertisements and I am
very sure, the 3 W's which Swami says to avoid, Wine, Women
and Wealth were the dominant characters in such parties. I
really prayed Swami for all of us to give us good intellect
and be wise enough to stay away from such unethical events
and India, to whom Swami always addresses as the teacher of
the world,is definitely not a place for such so called
Parties.. I was praying the day should not come where in,
they would advertise to spend the HOLY Shivarathri night in
such a fashion because every thing today is getting
Back to Puttaparthi,
the Sai Kulwanth hall was packed including the lane way to
have darshan of our beloved Lord on the new year day. Swami,
made us wait long and it was in fact a very long wait.
Probably, Swami was sending the message that Patience is all
that a spiritual aspirant needs and our long patience bore a
sweet fruit, when Swami out of His immense mercy, blessed us
with His divine darshan and it was so sweet to see Swami in
a big Mobile throne and Swami was clad in pure white robe a
treat to the eyes on a new year day. Swami was welcomed into
the hall with Prasanthi brass band leading and boys chanting
veda. Swami after coming in the middle of the hall took a
right turn towards the dais and then took a left turn
towards the East Prasanthi, after moving among the students
Swami was wheeled into the verandah and on to the dais.
Swami's students were waiting with a dance and songs
programme and the students rendered some beautiful songs and
also some dance and the programme went on till 11:30am a
good opportunity for thousands to walk into the ashram see
Swami, pray for good luck and prosperity in the new year.
Like in the morning, it was another PATIENCE game in the
afternoon as well. Swami came just after 5pm and this time
in a maroon red robe, the kind of robe which He usually
wears during the convocations. Swami took a full round in
the hall this time, blessing all with His divine darshan and
Swami came on the dais.
This afternoon it was another beautiful and sweet session
with Swami allowing the boys to sing before Him. The hall
came into life and there were some hair raising times, when
the students rendered songs like, Humko tumse pyar kitna and
Tu Pyar ka Sagar Hain.. Swami was very happy and deeply
touched with the kind of devotion the songs were rendered
and the lines in those songs are enough to melt any one's
It was 6:15pm and all of a sudden Swami calls two boys and
after the song Swami had a sweet surprise in the form of a
divine discourse. The mike was kept ready and Prof. Anil
Kumar stood next to Swami and in no time it was pindrop
silence in the hall, waiting for the Sweet Lord to start the
most memorable session of the day.
Swami started His divine discourse with a sweet verse, I
have heard Him sing this sweet verse during Sankranthi and
some times during Vishu and this is how the discourse
EXCERPTS FROM THE DISCOURSE (its all based on memory and a
first hand account and not an official release.. any short
comings are deeply regretted)
Dinakarudu Santhudai toche, dinamulu intha kuruchalayyenu,
(Sun is looking calm and serene, the days have become
chali gali churuku heche,Polamu landu kaapulu, vedi
vennelalona, gonthulethi padamulan pada todigiri,
(cool wind breeze has become blowing more and more, the
farmers are singing in the fields)
Mirapa pandlaku kumkuma merupu dalche
(the chillies are shining red like kumkum)
Mana grihambuna dhana dhanyambulanu nimpa
to fill our houses with food grains and wealth
sarasu ralaina Sankranthi Pandugoche.. .
the charming festival of Sankranthi has arrived.
Sankranthi is important festival. the whole house is busy
with some work or other assigned to every member of the
house. This is the season when grains and pulses are
available in plenty. This is the festival where the son in
law is pampered in his in law's house. He is fed with
sumptuous food .Sankranthi is celebrated with gaiety and
happiness. During this festival very well dressed ox are
brought into the village and made to perform dance. In those
days there was also a depiction of Sita Rama wedding by the
Haridasu who used to master these oxen. one ox would be
dressed and named as Rama and other ox named as Sita. The
Haridasu would say to Sita, Rama is very dark, not so
wealthy and do you want to marry Rama to which Sita (the ox
dressed named after Sita ) would say NO. It was all in the
part of Sankranthi celebrations those days. Animals behaved
and obeyed much better than humans.
You all say NA DEHAM. Any one with little knowledge of
Sanskrit would know what NA means. NA means NOT. Which means
I am NOT the Deham (body). For man there is nothing like
worries, happiness, sorrow. Its all your making. Where has
the anger come from. It came from you. You should practice
ceiling on desires. Atma has no problems. It is only the I
(EGO). When you strike a line against the I it becomes
Alexander the great
went to Russia. After conquering the world he came to India.
While crossing the river Sindhu which is in Kashmir, he had
a heart attack. There were thousands with him. Top doctors
followed him. Every one examined him and they said, he won't
live long. He thought what for is all the wealth when it
can't save my life. He asked his men to keep both his hands
up when he taken to the burial. Let the whole world know,
Alexander the great who conquered the whole world, didn't
take even a fist full of mud with him when he died.
Body is like a water bubble. Only atma is permanent. God is
in you. He listens to all your prayers. Mind is very
unstable. Do not follow the mind. Mind is like a mad monkey.
Just now you sang, ours is the bond of love. NEVER give up
this bond of love.
RAMA'S BIRTH PLACE:
Turning attention to the most controversial happening of
Rama's birthplace, for which Hindus and Muslims are fighting
for quite some time now..Swami said, Many people come and
ask me , you tell us which is Rama's birthplace. I told them
Rama's birthplace is Mother Kausalya's womb. They go by
Physical place. Only people who don't have any work to do,
lazy people indulge in such an enquiry. Do you search for
your self? Same way you ask where is God?
He is everywhere. First you know your self. then you go find
the rest of world. Divinity teaches unity.
Swami then said about the photos being circulated which were
drawn by Ravi Varma. Ravi Varma never saw God. He just heard
the holy scriptures like Ramayana, Mahabharata and drew all
the photos of God with imagination. No one can give the real
pictures of Rama and Krishna.
Swami also said not
to run after money, positions which are temporary. Rather do
namasmarana and get all your wishes fulfilled.
The discourse went for close to an hour and at the end Swami
ended in a lighter note. Swami asked the audience, Is any
one having any doubts? to which there was an obvious silence
and Swami continued, after telling all the things to you for
that long if you say you still have doubts then you are
definitely foolish. With a smile Swami continued... not just
foolish double, multiple foolish and the whole crowd burst
Swami then asked for the bhajans to commence and prasadam in
a special packet bearing Swami's college photo with a small
packet of Vibhuti, a nice photo, a packet of cashew and a
special sweet of this area pootha rekulu as they call in
Telugu was distributed to all including those standing
outside the hall..
Thus ended a beautiful day and more importantly the first
day of the year 2009. A year which every one of us are
looking forward to...a year which we hope will bring peace
and tranquility among people, among nations and a victory
over the wicked. I met one brother who said, hopefully the
GOLDEN AGE will start this year. I think the Golden Age is
already there but only thing is we should be in receptive
mode to make it a reality.. Swami is there always to guide
us, help us, save us and there is only one option before us
and that is to be his beloveds...
On a personal note, it was on this day January the first in
1980 when I was just 14 days old, it seems my mother took me
to darshan and in those days, it was very easy to speak to
Swami and my mother showed me to Swami and said, Swami..
ladka huva hain (it is a baby boy), to which Swami replied
bahut hi pyara bacha hain (it is a LOVELY baby). He might
have said in a casual way but when I think of those words he
does mean that we all are Embodiments of Love, and it is
only love that can win God's Love and I heard Swami saying
many times, no matter you were the king of a big empire or a
beggar on the pavement, what matters at the end is how much
love you shared with your fellow men and how much happiness
you shared with the world. I am no where close to His
expectations and I pray to Swami and hopefully, I will live
up to His expectations and share more Sai love with my
brothers and sisters and I pray the same for every one.. Let
us dip in the ocean of love and let us give up hatred and
live like HUMANS and that is what Swami wants form us..
With pranams at the Lotus feet of our beloved Lord,
R. Satish Naik
...Saturday, 3 January, 2009 10:06 AM
Pictures: by KM
- New Year Morning
Swami came to Sai Kulwant Hall in a wonderful Procession
this morning at around 9.45, Blessing everyone with
Wonderful New Year Darshan in His Divine White Robe.
Swami then cut some cakes and was very happy with the Love
and affection shown by His Students whose hands were filled
with New Year Cards, there was also a Memorable Music
Programme by the Alumni Students.. Apples were distributed
as New Year Prasadam after the Programme.
After Taking Mangala Aarthi, Bhagawan left for Yajur
Mandiram at 11.30 am leaving behind joyful and Smiling faces
at the start of the Year.
More updates and Photos will follow later.
Om Sai Ram
Courtesy: KM Thursday, 1 January, 2009 5:20 PM
- New Year Evening Session
In the evening of the New Year Programme, Bhagawan came
around 5 PM. After sometime Swami called out for The Sathya
Sai University Alumni Music group. The old Students then
sang some Melodious Old classic songs like "Tu pyaar ka
saagar hai", and "humko thumse pyaar kitna...",amonng
Then Swami gave a Wonderful Divine Discourse, The Salient
Features of Bhagawan's Discourse were :
1.Bhagawan stressed No one should ever forget the quality of
Love. Cultivate Love at all times. Swami then wonderfully
said that " The bond between Him and us is Love.
2. Swami then said that doing by Japam and Dhyanam one can
only control the Mind, but cannot see god by these practices
3.Swami said " You are God and See God in all ".Swami also
said that the pictures and paintings of Rama and krishna are
only reminders of the Divine Lord. Ravi Varma has not seen
God, it is only imagination that led to those pictures of
Rama and Krishna.
4.Swami also said that God has no form.He is in your Heart
at all times.
The New Year Evening session ended at 7:45 pm
It was a wonderful New Year Beginning for everyone
concerned. Praying that everyone has a Great, Holy and
Prosperous Year.May Bhagawan's Love, Grace and Blessings be
with everyone of us always.
OM SAI RAM
Courtesy: KM Friday, 2 January, 2009 10:02 AM