PARTHI NEWS-MARCH 2010
UGADI 2010 DARSHAN UPDATE:
Om Sairam dearest Sai Family,
The holy festival of UGADI, the Telugu new year day was celebrated
with festivity and gaiety in the Abode of our beloved Lord, Sri
Sathya Sai Baba. In the Telugu calendar there are 60 years and this
year which is named as VIKRUTHI is the 24th year. The word Vikruthi
sounds bit scary. Vikuthi means, Ugly, disaster, to be precise it is
opposite of Prakrithi (the nature).
Ugadi is celebrated as Gudipadva in the state of Maharashtra and
Sindhi community call it Chetti chand which is celebrated a day
The word Ugadi is derived from Sanskrit, which means beginning of a
new year. (Yuga - era, aadi - beginning). Coming close on the heels
of Holi, the festival of colours, this day marks the beginning of
the new Hindu lunar calendar with a change in the moon's orbit. It
is believed that Lord Brahma began his creation on this day. The
great Indian mathematician Bhaskaracharya proclaimed the
commencement of the New Year from Ugadi day. It is said that Lord
Rama began his rule in Ayodhya after killing Ravana on this day.
In Andhra Pradesh, "Ugadi Pachadi" is prepared with neem leaves,
jaggery, raw mango, tamarind juice, green chilli and a pinch of
salt. The ingredients symbolise six tastes - bitterness, sweet,
tang, sourness, heat and saltiness corresponding to six experiences
of anger, happiness, disgust, sadness, fear and surprise.
In this time of rumours of mass destruction by 2012 in the world,
the coming of Vikruthi year will definitely make every one think
that some thing bad is going to happen. In Swami’s divine dictionary
there is no word called BAD.
Our beloved brother Issac Tigrett’s good old friend senator Algore
has been screaming for the past 30 years or so be kind to the
nature, to mother earth (PRAKRITHI ). It was a good subject for
discussion in the board rooms but in reality no one seemed to care
for it. Atleast this new year Vikrithi should remind us not to mess
with PRAKRITHI which if neglected will amount to natural disasters
like tsunami and earthquakes.
As Swami says there is lot to be learnt in the festivals that we
celebrate and every festival has an inner meaning to it. This
Vikruthi new year I should say came at the right time and with a
right message to be good to Prakrithi.
Back to today’s programme. Swami blessed the august gathering with
His divine darshan around 9:15 am. Swami after making a full round
came on to the dais. As it is Telugu new year, there were lots of
locals in Sai Kulwanth hall.
Mr. Srinivasan introduced to the speaker of this session. Justice
Bhagawathi, former Chief Justice of Supreme Court who is also a
member of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, was blessed to address the
gathering and he shared lot of information about Sri Sathya Sai
central trust. He was of the opinion that there is no other trust in
the world which is doing humanitarian service like that of Swami’s
and it is a great fortune to be part of it. Justice Bhagawathi
announced the new members of Central trust which included
Sri.Chakravarthi, Sri.Indulal Shah, Sri.V.Srinivasan, Sri.Bhawathi
and Sri.Ratnakar. He was all praise for the service and dedication
put in by Swami’s former students who are working in the trust.
The next talk was by the Bheesmacharya of Sai Family, Sri. Indulal
Shah. A simple human being, Sri Shah said he is was very happy to be
given the chance to serve Swami at various levels.
The highlight of this morning’s programme was Swami blessing us with
His divine discourse. Just as a small note, this is the first divine
discourse for this year and this came after 3 months since the start
of the year 2010. I don’t think there was any occasion that Swami
didn’t speak for so long. Probabaly it is a message for us that He
is not happy with us.. Over the years He has spoken on various
topics, subjects, occasions but we just heard them instead of
LISTENING to Him.
It is high time for us to get back to business. Follow His
teachings, His commands which are only for our own good.
Swami started His divine discourse praising the noble and adorable
women like Savitri, Damayanthi, Mother Sita. He said, because of the
noble character of these women, India was considered as the
spiritual mother of the whole world. Because of the dedication and
sincerity of these women, Indians still has values.
Swami spoke in length about Sathya Harishchandra whose truthfulness
is still talked about in India. Swami asked all of us to see God in
our fellow beings, adhere to truth. Seated on His mobile throne
Swami spoke for about 30 minutes after which Prof. Anil Kumar stole
the show with his timely talk in Telugu about Ugadi, about Swami and
Prior to Swami’s discourse Sri. Srinivasan also spoke about Swami’s
trust. He reminded all the devotees to stand in firm faith and not
give any ear to the false propaganda by jealous people.
The morning programme was beautiful. A perfect way to start a new
year. A year, which is already blessed by Swami. Let us not worry
about the calamities which are told would happen. As Swami said
hundreds of times, past is past, future is uncertain, let us live in
the present which is OMNIPRESENT. Let us live every second of the
PRESENT to our heart’s content by leaving everything in His hands,
surrendering everything at His lotus Feet.
The morning programme ended with arathi and prasadam distribution at
Swami blessed us with His divine darshan at 5:30 pm. Wearing a
Maroon robe, Swami entered the Sai Kulwanth hall with His most
beautiful smile. After coming in the middle of the hall, Swami took
a short cut to the dais bypassing the gents’ side.
After reaching on to the dais, Swami signaled for the evening
programme to commence. The students and staff of Sri Sathya Sai
Mirpuri College of Music had a beautiful musical programme. The
programme started with Mahaganapathi manasa smarami song and the
rest was a beautiful and melodious journey of music. Swami was very
happy with His favourite Bangaroos. After the programme every
student went upto Swami and Swami very lovingly blessed their
The beautiful and lovely Ugadi 2010 came to an end, infact I should
say it was just a start of a NEW BEGINNING. That beginning which has
lots of hopes and aspirations, that beginning which will witness
85th year of Advent of the Avatar of this Kali Age. This year
hopefully will be free from bad happenings and for this to happen it
should start from one’s own self…
From tomorrow there will be programme of the sweet story of Krishna
Bhagawatha saptaham which will last for 7 days. Interestingly the
Bhagawatham rendering would be in Hindi.
For the benefit of devotees who are planning to come in the month of
April rather, I should say, those fortunate ones who will be INVITED
by our beloved lord to have His darshan just make sure you check as
where Swami would be in the month of April. There are (unconfirmed )
news that Swami would be going to Delhi and Shimla in the first week
of April. There are also news that Swami would go to Kodai after His
north India tour (again this is an unconfirmed news). I have no
intention to spread any rumors but devotees make sure you check
Swami’s where about, before you come to Parthi
With Pranams at the Lotus Feet of our beloved Lord,
Posted on 16.03.2010
2ND MARCH 2010 DARSHAN UPDATE.. A MOST
Dearest Sai Family,
It is said that God’s creation is un comprehendible, His actions are
definitely a mystery to our monkey minds, His Leelas are BEST known
to Him Alone.
I have no idea as how to narrate this particular darshan update of
2nd March 2010. It was a historic darshan. It was full of fun,
surprise, devotion and Swami’s most famous UNCERTAINITY of this day,
will be discussed and remembered for the years to come. It is like a
dream. Did this really happen or was I hypnotized? If it has
happened then why did this happen? For every thing SAIlence was the
To start with about 1000 plus devotees from the states of Bihar and
Jharkhandare here in Parthi to celebrate the holy festival of HOLI.
Yesterday (1st March), Swami had given them permission to perform
and all arrangements were made. The children were dressed up with
their costumes, a big banner was put up in the middle of the hall
and as we all were eagerly awaiting His arrival, a word was sent at
6pm for the bhajans to start and after half hour word was sent for
Arathi thus the evening darshan was cancelled
The whole group was visibly sad and were wondering and asking
apologies to Swami from within to forgive their short comings if
The morning of 2nd march was also a very unique. Swami for the past
11 days has come out 8 times for morning darshans which was so sweet
This afternoon, again, the children were ready for the performance.
Like yesterday, today, also children were praying for His divine
Swami blessed the august gathering at 6:30 pm. It was a big relief
for those children who knew that the performance is definitely going
to be there now that Swami has come.
The first part of the evening performance was a dance and musical
programme. All the songs were HOLI (it is a festival linked with Sri
Krishna,famous mostly in North India) centric. After 30 minutes of
dance, the leader of the group went upto Swami to take permission
for the drama to start. Swami gave the consent for the drama
entitled “Sita Kalyanam” to start.
As the name suggested, the drama was about how Lord Rama married
Sita. The first scene shows Viswamitra, the guru of Rama and
Lakshmana asking his students, to accompany him to King Janaka (Sita’s
father's) kingdom to participate in Dhanur Yagna.
King Janaka had a Shiva bow which was impossible for even mighty men
to carry but Sita, while she was still a young girl successfully
raised it with one hand. When King Janaka sees this, he decides who
ever raises this bow, will marry my daughter Sita.
The drama now had come to the scene where Lord Rama along with
Lakshmana and their Guru Viswamitra enter the court of King Janaka
and raise the bow and arrow. The drama was a very simple one. There
were no big attractions.
Just then our SAI RAMA who was witnessing this drama signals the boy
to take Him into the interview room. The most important scene of the
drama was about to commence.
Here came the biggest twist in the history of Prasanthi Nilayam.
Inspite of Swami’s absence on the dais, the drama continued. As
every one expected, Rama successfully raises the bow and King Janaka
is the most happy man and asks Sita to garland Lord Rama and in turn
Lord Rama garlands Sita.
The DRAMA now concludes with all the actors standing in line
thanking Swami. All the children who were part of the drama were
from MITHILA, the birthplace of Mother Sita. They all prayed to
Swami saying you came to Mithila in Rama Avatar, we are expecting
our Sai Rama again in Mithila..Swami who had been to the interview
room just then comes out to the start the DIVINE DRAMA.
This part of the darshan was the most amazing part and it has never
happened before. Swami calls up the head of the group and speaks to
him for a minute. That gentleman goes up to the children and asks to
keep the bow in the middle. In no time the bow is in the middle.
The young man again goes up to Swami. Swami tells him something. All
the devotees are eagerly anticipating as what is going to happen. We
all thought Swami is asking to make way for a group photograph which
He usually does after the performance.
This time it looked bit unusual. The young man went upto the children
and asked them to be in the places as they were in the scene when
Lord Rama lifted the bow.
Swami now signals Rama and Sita to stand next to each other.
The young children, who were playing the role didn’t have any idea,
more over it is something which they didn’t practice and with Swami
right before you, you don’t know what is going on and Swami is very
particular and minute in His doing and you have to be very very
Swami then calls up the group leader, asks Sita to garland Rama and
Rama in turn garland Sita. The same scene (which Swami missed, when
He went to the interview room) was enacted. Every one clap in joy
and ecstasy. None of us in Sai Kulwanth hall had any clue. Swami
then signaled brother Veda Naryana and group to chant Mantras. Not
sure if brother Veda Narayana performed any wedding before but today
he had to play the role of head priest, as Lord SAI RAMA directed
His own wedding from the TRETA YUGA. It was a treat to the eyes and
the soul. Swami was having a great time by directing HIS own STORY.
Poor children, did their best considering their age and experience.
After the garlanding was done, Swami asked Sita and Rama to be
seated on the chairs. In the drama, the chairs were put in such a
way that it depicted a King’s court (like the courts we would have
seen in many mythological movies). As Sita and Rama were seated all
the other kings also sat in their respective chairs. Swami saw Sita
seated bit far to Rama. He signaled them to sit next to each other.
Now He asks all the kings to vacate their chairs. Every one sat on
the floor and all the chairs were taken away (again the crowd burst
Now only Rama and Sita were left in the middle seated in their
respective chairs. I could see those little children (Rama and Sita)
literally shivering and completely surprised. When thousands are
watching you, with Swami right infront of you, if they were asked to
sit that too on a chair what great tense moment that would be for
any one. They were seated in such a position where in they were
facing Swami’s residence. Swami then sent a word to face Him. The
children now are completely tense, the shivering clearly visible. At
one stage they lost the body consciousness and just did what they
were asked to do. On the other hand every one of us were enjoying
every bit of this DIVINE PLAY. Swami was making every one of us jump
Now Swami asks the leader, who was an elderly gentle man to throw
akshintalu (rice mixed with turmeric powder) on both of them.
Luckily there were some birthday boys with their plates seated
before Swami. The leader borrows a cup of turmeric rice grains from
the birthday boys, goes and does the ritual.
Swami then asks Rama and Sita to pour the rice on each other. It is
called TALAMBRALU (in telugu).This is a ritual very commonly seen in
South Indian weddings. The leader couldn’t catch Swami’s words.
Meanwhile Prof.Bhaskar helps Rama and Sita to do the ritual and our
thrill touched the sky.
Swami then asks the leader to tie the Brahma Mudi (it is a knot
which binds the tip of bride’s saree to that of the grooms shawl).
They say it is the knot of Brahma, the creator and symbolizes, unity
among the newly wed and a promise that they will stay together in
happiness and sorrow. that ritual is also finished.
Swami then asks Rama and Sita to go around three times. They do so.
Every time a particular ritual was asked, Swami used to look at
brother Veda Narayana for the significant mantras. As far as I know
brother Veda has not performed any weddings, and this was first of
its kind experience for him.
After the grand DIVINE WEDDING, Swami signals the bhajan boys to
sing Rama bhajans and as the bhajans were sung, Swami asks the boys
to bring clothes from inside. Swami then asks where are the sweets?.
In no time, the students come with steel containers of prasadam.
Swami made sure every one got clothes, and prasadam.
Now Swami came down the dais for the group photo. It was a very
special moment for children who played Rama and Sita. Swami came
down and had a special photographs with them. Brother Veda Naryana
who was the priest till that time, was now playing the role of
wedding photographer capturing those memorable moments of this
divine wedding. Not sure if Swami gave anything to the lead actors.
After the group photograph, Swami signalled for the arathi. Being
immersed in the DIVINE DRAMA, when I saw at the clock it was 8:30
pm. After arathi, Swami was very kind enough to bless us with His
Abhaya Hasta. He raised both His hands and blessed once at the gents
side and again at the ladies’ side.
We all thought, it is over now but NO.. Swami didn’t want to leave.
Swami called the leader again. Asked the children in the play to
line up in such a way that they leave a path in the middle. Girls
were lined up by the ladies’ side and gents towards the gents'
side. A path was left open right in front of the dais. Here Rama,
Sita, Viswamitra, Janaka maharaj and Lakshman were some where in
the middle of the line. Swami send a word to make them stand in the
front side. Rama was in the front behind Rama was Sita, Lakshamana
and so on. Swami now looked at the line and signaled some of them to
move right, left. He was just making sure, they all were in order.
Swami then signaled Sita to come in front and Rama to stand behind
Sita. The whole crowd burst into laughter. We all thought Swami
would come down the dais and pass in between them to go His physical
abode. NOPE.. Swami called the photographer to take a photo graph.
After about 3or 4 photos were taken, the photos were shown to Swami
in the camera view finder. Swami seemed convinced with the
photographs. Now brother Sathya who was doing the video tries to get
a shot. Swami signals him to go ahead. After the video was taken,
Swami very kindly raised both His hands to bless us with one more
complimentary Abhaya hasta thus ending a beautiful and memorable
I had no idea in fact none of the devotees in Sai Kulwanth hall had
any idea as why this happened and how. Every one seemed shocked and
surprised. There was a big glow in every one’s face after darshan.
Was it a re- enactment of the Divine Wedding of Rama and Sita. I was
bit curious to know if the child who played the role of Sita was a
boy or a girl and my guess was right, it was a boy.
What a great fortune it was to witness this wonderful leela of
Swami. Not sure what great boon we were bestowed with. Probably we
were one of those fortunate souls who witnessed the wedding of Rama
and Sita or may be we were right there in the Treta Yuga but were
denied to witness that historic wedding at that time that we got a
more closer look at this DIVINE happening. What ever may be the
cause, it was the most memorable day of my Prashanthi Dairy. A day
which will be remembered and shared with the generations to come..
Swami what can I say…. Thank You.. Thank You.. Thank You..
sent on 03.03.2010