Brindavan Update (Photos by KM)

Sent by a Dear Sai Brother from Brindavan :

Swami Darshans have been wonderful in Brindavan, Extra Special and wonderful to many as Swami has not been here for a long long time.

On Saturday evening Swami came at 5:00 pm and after around 45 mins of bhajans, He gave a Wonderful Divine Discourse on Namasmarana. During Bhajans came down from the Dias and went among the happy Devotees.

On Sunday morning, Swami came in the morning at around 9:15 A.M. In the Evening as Swami had called the music boys and Brindavan teachers to Trayee Brindavan at around 2:30 P.M, Swami came came for Darshan at around 5:15 P.M. After bhajans there was a wonderful talk given by Dr.G.Venkataraman.

25th May happens to be 61st anniversary of a letter written by Swami to His elder brother. Swami had mentioned His Wonderful Mission statement in that letter on 25th May'1947.

Om Sai Ram

Courtesy: KM 27.05.2008

Brindavan Update

The climate in Brindavan has been very pleasant with rains almost every evening.

Yesterday Evening Swami spent a wonderful one hour in Bhajans. During the Bhajans Swami came down the Dias and moved among the Devotees. This brought back old and Divine Memories of Swami moving among the Devotees during the Old Brindavan Days.

Everyone present in the past 2 days are happy and having a great time with Swami giving wonderful Darshan after all these years in Brindavan.

Happy and Wonderfully Divine Days ahead in Brindavan

Om Sai Ram

Courtesy: KM 23.05.2008

Flash News - Swami has left for Brindavan today

Sent by a Sai Brother from Prasanthi Nilayam:

Swami left for Brindavan today morning at 7:30 A.M. The News of His departure was confirmed only yesterday and the timings only today morning. It also seems that Swami will be in Brindavan for quite sometime, Although the same thing was said also last time but Swami came back to Prasanthi Nilayam in a Few days.

Om Sai Ram

Courtesy: KM 21.05.2008

Om Sai Ram - Swami going to Brindavan tommorow

Dear Sai Brothers and Sisters,

Om Sai Ram.

There is news that Swami will most probably go to Brindavan tommorow from Prasanthi Nilayam. Swami is expected to reach Brindavan tommorow afternoon from Prasanthi Nilayam, Of Course no one can ever predict Swami's Programme but this is the news coming out of Prasanthi Nilayam.

Om Sai Ram

Courtesy: KM 20.05.2008

Prasanthi Update

There are no special Programmes or any other events to report from Prasanthi Nilayam so the updates have not been regular. Swami's Darshan makes everyone present feel happy and contented. The hot weather prevelant gives way to the cool and wonderful Divine Darshan of Swami. Prasanthi Nilayam is filled with the boys and parents who had come for the Entrance exams to the Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary school and in the next few days the entrance tests for the Sri Sathya Sai primary school will commence which will result in many more boys and parents coming.

Om Sai Ram

Posted by KM - 19.05.2008

Prasanthi Update - Sunday Special

In the past Few days Swami has been to the Delight of everyone giving Divine Darshan both in the Morning and Evening. Almost every day evening Swami would go around the portico and bhajan hall and speak to all the Students present. The entire week went off in the same way while Sunday had something special to offer.

A programme by the Balvikas children from Bangalore was permitted by Bhagawan. The title was Maharshi Narada and the theme was based on stories from Swami's Chinna Katha. All in all 7 stories were depicted and the songs,acting, costumes and settings were superb.

The boy who acted as Narada excelled in his role. The entire program was in kannada. The Dialogues were interesting and it was laced with a bit of humour which ensured that there was no monotony in the programme. Everyone including our Divine Lord Swami liked the programme. Swami was so happy that He posed for group photographs and then created a wonderful Gold Chain for the boy who had acted as Narada.

Bhajans followed the program and the Special Sunday came to a close with the Distribution of Prasadam and Managala Aarathi and Swami retiring to Yajur Mandiram.

Om Sai Ram

Posted by KM - 19.05.2008

Prasanthi Update

During the Past few days Swami's Darshan is sort of Truncated as Swami is not taking a Full drive in Kulwanth Hall.. Swami is taking a turn on the ladies side and then goes either to the Bhajan hall or the Interview room.

Today morning, Swami went out for a drive. Bhajans were wonderful during Yesterday evening Darshan. One of the singers, who is now going behind Swami during darshan for the last 20 days never got a chance to sing. This is because Swami had told him to be with him and come behind him. So during bhajans this boy sits besides Swami in Bhajan hall. Hence he was not able to lead any bhajan. Yesterday evening towards the end of the bhajan session, Swami asked this boy and asked him to sing a bhajan with aalaap.. I am sure the singer must have felt very happy. It was so sweet to see how Swami takes care of everyone and the way Swami smiled while the boy was singing was a proof of Swami's assuring Grace.

Om Sai Ram

Courtesy: KM 13.05.2008

Eswaramma Day Divine Discourse 6 May 2008 Afternoon Darshan

Om Sai Ram dear Sai Family

The afternoon session of Mother Eswaramma day was also blissful like the morning session. Swami blessed with a lengthy and thought provoking divine discourse..

Swami blessed with His divine darshan at 4pm. Swami like it is the tradition now a days, came again in His car chair darshan..

After taking right turn before the gents rows, Swami came on the stage, listened to the veda chant for a while called few students and accepted letters from them and Sathya, the Iranian boy who is studying in Swami’s school was called upon and was asked by Swami to chant the Vedas.

Swami later called upon Mr. Venkatraman, a well known and learnt scientist, former vice chancellor of Swami’s university and also my favourite speaker. After taking blessings from Swami, He very interestingly started his speech in Telugu (his mother tongue is tamil), in a readily prepared notes and he seemed very fluent, probably did a nice home work, . thanking Swami for allowing him to speak on this holy occassion. He said, Telugu is very fortunate because, God chose that language as His mother tongue.

Venkatraman was of the opinion that there are only 3 Divine mothers which the man kind has witnessed. In the threta yuga the privilege was given to Kausalya in Dwapara Yuga it was Mother Devaki’s turn and in kaliyuga it was Mother Eswaramma. All the divine mothers had to sacrifice their sons for the man kind.

We all have heard about the three promises, education, hospital and water supply. in 1940 Swami promised Eswaramma that He wont be leaving Puttaparthi and will always live in Puttaparthi. Quoting Swami’s example, Venkatraman urged the youth not to leave their mother land in search of money and luxurious life.. Take the example of Parthi, this was a God forsaken village with no road at all and look at it now.. Swami didn’t get any funds from the world bank of may say Swami is God and that is why this development. You also know, Swami said, if you take one step I will take 100 or a thousand depending on the faith. Be in your mother land, and develop it as much as you can..
Don’t leave your mother, your mother land and your mother tongue. There are certain mandatory things one should develop in ones own life and that is why Swami even today speaks in Telugu, in spite of knowing other languages.

The child learns language from an illiterate mother. All the children learn from mother and mother is first teacher. That is why in India, they have placed mother before God.

When Adi Sankaracharya’s mother died, many asked him not to do the cremation as he is renunciate. He didn’t pay any importance to those words and went ahead with the cremation. A mother should be given due respect when she is in body and also when she is not. Many children leave their parents alone and go abroad. They sent chocolates and other gifts once a year on mother’s day. Is mother worth of only chocolates?.

When Swami decided to go to Africa Mother Eswaramma was very worried.. she went to every one and tried her best not to sent Swami abroad. She first went to one person and said, they are taking Swami and you stop them. The person replied don’t worry swami’s going to cities and not to the forest and there wont be any wild animals in the cities.. She was not convinced, she went to another person and asked the same. The person said, . Don’t worry there are so many security guards around Swami. They all are well built and trained. As the last resort She went to Joga Rao, and said, you love Swami so much please do something , for which Joga Rao replied Amma Swami is God what are you talking? Mother Eswaramma in a higher tone and very politly said, don’t be foolish, I know He is God, You know He is God, do the wild animals know He is God,.( for which even Swami burst into laughter) Mr. Venkatraman the pick of the occasion concluded his talk saying even a divine mother, She is mother first and then only anything else..

He finished his speech asking Swami to grant peace and happiness to all the living beings in this world...

Later it was Swami’s turn to make the evening more memorable.. He asked for the mike and delivered His divine discourse sitting on His throne which made us all happy.. He gave much emphasis on the love one should have on parents probably, He was sending a strong message to the modern youth who are forgetting the parents and ignoring them..

He started His divine discourse appreciating Prof.Venkatraman for his excellent talk and as Prof. Anil Kumar is not in town, Mr.Narasimha Murthy, the warden of Brindavan campus did the interpretation..

Excerpts from Swami’s discourse.. based on memory, and not the official version.. I surrender at His lotus feet for any mistakes in this humble offering…

Students, Venkatraman explained you very clearly about the significance of this day. He is highly educated in the field of nuclear science and has worked in Mumbai (Bhaba Atomic Research Center) and has won many laurels for his extra ordinary work in his field.

What can I speak about the mother of this body. You got three personalities, the one others think you are , the one you think you are and the one you really are. people who respect their mothers are declining now a days. A mother bears the child for 9 months in the womb and gives everything for the child.. if you forget that mother, it is equal to forgetting God and your self. The first teacher is mother. Your body is nourished because of the mother. You grow up in mother’s lap and you are in ecstasy and happiness in her lap. None should forget the love of mother. You should respect parents even before God.

When Sankaracharya, lost his mother, he went to the cremation. Many criticized him. Sankaracharya said, I will never give up my mother. No one has any authority to forget the mother.

In front of mother, all the worldly knowledge bears know importance. Our love for mother should remain same while she is in the body and also after she leaves the body. Swami then narrated the last moments of Mother Eswaramma and how she died. Swami was in Whitefield then, She called Swami, Swami, Swami three times. I replied , I am coming down. She said, come soon, come soon. I was taking bath then, I came running. And asked if she had taken break fast and coffee. She replied Anni ayyipoyinayi (every thing is finished)... Swami, I shall leave now for which I replied Santhosanga vellu ( you go happily). Don't worry. Dont worry about any thing or any body. She caught My hands firmly, and she closed her eyes. No more words came from her after that. As long as life is there on should look after mother. Once life is gone there is nothing that you can do. Who is the Mother, God is the mother and not the body. Body is like a water bubble. Swami then called for a car, the body was kept in the car and was sent to Puttaparthi. Swami stayed back in Bangalore.

All the students were assembled there for Summer course from all over India. Every one thought, Swami wont come on that day. It was 9am in the morning. Swami went to the summer course , smiling and all were amazed. mother didn’t go any where. only the body which was called mother is gone. But My mother is always with Me. Therefore I am not worried about her death. As long as I am there, Mother is always there. Without, mother, can I exist?. Don’t have any doubts about that. Gokak was the VC at that time. He was wonderstruck. What is body after all. As long as the five elements are active, it has life. When they are gone, it has no importance. Don’t have any relation with the body. As long as they are in the body give them due respect to her. Don’t feel unhappy after she leaves the body. Even in Puttaparthi, people thought how come only body has come without Swami accompanying Mother Eswaramma.. What can I do with just the body?.

She came did her duty and she left. I have to do my work. I am going to start my work, so saying Swami stayed there for 10 days in the summer course. Body is made of five elements. It has to fall one day or other. It is the indweller that is important (dehi) and not the Deha(body.). Dehi is important and not the Deha. You forget about your body in deep sleep. When you forget this body, in just sleep, how can you give that much important. But as long as you are in the body, you have to take care of the body. Don’t ignore the body. Maintain it properly, nourishe the body and respect the body. But don’t grief after the body has no life. Many ignore their mothers after wife comes.Mother has been with you since your birth and you ignore such a person when a wife comes… This is just Verri tanam (madness).

Death may come in any form. It has no date. Death is death. It has no symptoms. Be ready any time. Mother should never shed tears because of you. If it happens then it is not good for you. You may have to face the same consequences in future. Mother is verily God. Mother has given the body, father provides nourishment, teacher teaches all the knowledge. don’t forget these three people in your life. Father and mother should be on either side of your heart. What ever may be the difficulties, don’t say a word to mother.

They should be your best friends. Even if you are not able to feed your self, you don’t hesitate even to beg and feed your parents. You should satisfy all the needs. Only then your life is full filled. Reaction resound and reflection are in escapable. If you ignore your parents, you r children will teach you the same lesson in your old age. Never forget your parents. That is why I came all the way to Puttaparthi to be present on this day (loud applauds).I made all the arrangements for this day. All the poor were fed and provided clothing. Never ignore poor people. Never criticize them. Don't ridicule them. That is wrong. You criticize your self before criticizing others. Never criticize your parents.

Swami later asked not to have bad habits and bad company.. He said, “Dont take liquor, never gamble. Anger and lust are demonic. You should not give any scope for them. When you are angry don’t indulge in any action. After wards you will feel very sad. Therefore, control this anger. These two qualities are very bad. Love God, adore God. God is mother, God is Father, God is everything for you. All your relations should be with GOD. He is omnipresent.

Later He spoke about the boy from Iran, whom Swami hand picked from darshan lines, guided the family who are very humble and simple, and gave admission in His school…

You saw a boy from Iran. He is a Muslim boy. In their country even if they utter the word Rama it is a punishable offence. if any ask what is your name he will say Sathyam. Swami then called the boy and asked loudly in English “What is your name boy? For which the boy replied Sathya.. Swami called the boy next to Him and then asked him to chant vedas and the boy without any fear, chanted in the immediate presence of the Veda purusha him self, for more than 15 minutes as Swami, like a proud mother, looked upon her little child chanting vedas like a learned scholar. Swami in between called the boy and asked him to chant a particular mantra for which the boy, without any hesitation chanted. The Chancellor, the divine Chancellor, our beloved Swami, was showing what His children are like, pure Diamonds, DIE-MINDS as Swami rightly says...

Swami then materialized a golden chain amidst huge applauds and as the boy, rested his head in the lap of the divine Mother, the Mother, our Sai Ma slipped the golden chain, fresh from the divine factory, around the boy’s neck.

Swami then continued “There fore there is everything in the vedas. Hindus, Muslims or Christains there should not be any differences. The essence of all religions is one. God is One. Names are different. Don’t think vedas should be chanted only by Hindus. It is for everyone. It is necessary for everyone to learn Vedas. In Russia, Germany they are learning Vedas and chanting everyday. But Hindus are forgetting this vedic principles. Never forget this vedic principles. Students, what ever you study, don’t forget God. Only then you can attain good character. Many people say, I want Shanthi, I want Shanthi, where is peace? Peace is within your self, out side it is PIECES.. Swami then sang the famous Hari Bhajana Bina bhajan after singing three lines, as Swami sipped some water students took over the bhajan session. Prasadam was distributed and after 3 bhajans Swami asked for Arathi, thus ending a beautiful day, a day dedicated to the Divine Mother Eswaramma who will remain in our Hearts till eternity and beyond.

Jai Sai Ram

satish Naik

posted on 07.05.2008

Akshaya Tritiya

As so many occasions as regards to our Hindu festivals, Akshaya Tritiya also mentioned on various days in May in 2008. It is mentioned that Akshaya Tritiya is on Wednesday, May 7th and also on Thursday, 8th May. Which is correct? In fact both are correct.

Akshaya Tritiya, variously spelt as Akshya Thiritiya, Akshaya Trutheeya, Akshaya Tritiiya and also called Akshaya Trithi, falling on the third day of the bright half of the lunar month of Vaisakha of the traditional Hindu calendar, is one of the four most auspicious days of the year for Hindus.

The word Akshaya, a Sanskrit word, literally means one that never diminishes, and the day is believed to bring good luck and success. The day is particularly considered auspicious for buying long term assets like gold and silver, including ornaments made of the same; diamond and other precious stones; and the real estate.

Akshaya Tritiya is also called Navanna Parvam.This day also happens to be Parusurama Jayanti.

Akshaya Tritiya falling on a Rohini star day is considered more auspicious. Needless to say, this rare occasion comes this year.Akshya Tritiya falling on a ROHINI star is considered as more auspicious, this year in May, Rohini starts on Wednesday, May 7th at 8.14 p. m and lasts until Thursday, May 8th until 5.39 p.m. So Akshaya Tritiya is celebrated any time between 8.14 p.m on Wednesday, 7th May and 5.39 p. m on Thursday, 8th May.

Each and everyone of us have "mahurats" or auspicious timings in every step in life - be it to begin a new venture or making an important purchase. Akshaya Tritiya is one such momentous occasion, which is considered one of the most auspicious days of the Vedic Calendar.

Once a Year

Akshaya Tritiya falls on the third day of the bright half of Vaishakh month (April-May), when the Sun and Moon are in exaltation; they are simultaneously at their peak of brightness, which happens only once every year.

Holy Day

Akshaya Tritiya, also known as "Akha Teej", is traditionally the birthday of Lord Parasurama, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. People conduct special Pujas on this day, bathe in holy rivers, make a charity, offer barley in a sacred fire, and worship Lord Ganesha & Devi Lakshmi on this day.

The Golden Link

The word "Akshaya" means imperishable or eternal - that which never diminishes. Initiations made or valuables bought on this day are considered to bring success or good fortune. Buying gold is a popular activity on Akshaya Tritiya, as it is the ultimate symbol of wealth and prosperity. Gold and gold jewellery bought and worn on this day signify never diminishing good fortune. Indians celebrate weddings, begin new business ventures, and even plan long journeys on this day.

The day also marks the beginning of the "SatyaYug" or the Golden Age - the first of the four Yugas. In the "Puranas", the holy Hindu scriptures, there is a story that says that on this day of Akshay Tritiya the Great Sage Veda vyasa along with Lord Ganesha started writing the great epic Mahabharata. Ganga Devi or Mother Ganges also descended to earth on this day.

It is also believed that people born during this time shine bright in life. Basaveshwara born on May 4, Ramanujacharya and Adi Shankaracharya on May 6, Swami Chinmayananda on May 8 and Lord Buddha on May 16

The main puja and prayers on the day is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. A simple Vishnu pooja in the morning with Tulsi leaves and flowers is done as well some people also perform an elaborate Lakshmi puja or Lakshmi kubera homa.

Annadhanam or offering food to the poor is considered to be the greatest thing one can do on this day. Hindus believe there is no Dhanam greater than Annadhanam.

posted by KM 07.05.2008

Swami Visits Mother Eswaramma's Samadhi 6th May 2008

Om sairam dear Sai family,

Our beloved Lord, after a gap of 18 years (if I am right) celebrated Chosen mother Eswaramma Day in His (body”s) Home land. The streets leading to Samadhi of His Parents were beautifully decorated on the occasion. Swami had been to Samadhi yesterday (5th May) twice. This morning He was definitely expected to pay homage to the departed soul. The chosen one, whom Swami loves from the bottom of His heart, on every occasion, like a child, He recollects the fond memories and the quality time He spend with His beloved mother and the kind of personality she was, an ideal one for all the mothers, the role model to all the women.

Strict security arrangements were made in the streets leading to samadhi road, even though Swami’s street darshan was not new to Puttaparthians, the extra security surprised every one. The Samadhi Road was totally cleared, beautifully decorated with rangolis, flowers on the road and floral decorations in the entrance with huge cutouts of Mother Eswaramma, sweetly smiling at every one. Only the immediate family members were allowed into the samadhi compound. At 8:30 students chanting Vedas entered the premises, followed by bhajan group boys. At 8:55am , a band of Indian musicians entered the samadhi road, followed by swami’s family members with flowers and garlands in their hands, and then followed Swami’s car. Swami was happy with the way the road was decorated, keenly, ducking a bit, He watched the huge photos of Mother Eswaramma, through His car window. Blessed the small gathering of devotees (which included this body also), who could make it inspite of the security restrictions..

Swami’s car then entered the samadhi premises, a red carpet with full of rose petals was laid which led to the Samadhi. Swami’s automatic car chair, landed on the red carpet, as the boys chanted Vedas, another group singing Mother Eswaramma Bhajans, and the Musicians playing the divine music. The atmosphere was absolutely divine, personally, I don’t remember seeing Eswaramma day in His immediate presence, and I was thrilled to see Swami coming personally to pay homage to His beloved mother.

Swami then got closer to the Samadhi and the family members took over the proceedings. Swami watched every one, and it was a perfect family gathering and Swami had a chance to see (physically) all the grand daughters and grand sons of His brothers and sisters. Swami was in a blissful mood, watching them all, enquiring about their well being and so on… After spending a good 30 minutes, Swami asked for arathi. As the arathi was sung, Swami slowly emerged from the Samadhi premises, and all the family members had padanamaskar before He got into His little Toyota Porte. Immediately after Swami left I bowed to Mother Eswaramma’s samadhi and after taking prasad went to Sai Kulwanth hall.

It was 9:45 by then. Big vessels of Food was brought in the hall. As Eswaramma Day was celebrated in Swami’s presence after a long gap, Swami was giving directions to sevadals and other devotees as how to perform the proceedings. The devotees formed lines inside the Kulwanth hall, and after every thing was set right, Tamarind rice, and sweet rice was served probably meaning, life is a blend of sour and sweet happenings. Swami was seen busy on the stage moving here and there in His car chair. Immediately He sent a word with a devotee, every one should eat stomach full, that was so sweet of Swami, which made me cry. Swami always says, He still sees and speaks to Mother Eswaramma in her physical form and she always gives suggestions to Swami and speaks on behalf of the devotees. I felt probably those words, asking us to eat stomach full, were Mother Eswaramma’s words, only a mother wants her children to have a stomach full meal. The divine mother, our Sai Ma, am sure wouldn’t have eaten any thing since morning, was giving suggestions to every one that no one should be missed. Sure enough, all the students and seva dals who were serving came back the second time asking if we need more food. It was just a fantastic way to break fast, with bhajans being played on the back ground, as our loving mother Sai watched each one of us…After sumptuous and lip spanking divine break fast as we all thought its time to get up and then came another devotee asking us to sit down as Swami asked to distribute dhotis to gents and sarees to ladies.. what a surprise Swami!!! What good fortune, you feed us, and also give us clothes don’t know in which birth Swami had promised us to feed and give us clothing that it is happening now. Mr.Chakravarthi and other elite members close to Swami came till the last row to see if every one were fed and provided with dhotis..

Iam sure, Mother Eswaramma, who was verily present in the hall, would be most happiest person on the earth, seeing her beloved child, grow to such an extent, the child who has taken the burden of transforming this KaliAge on His tender shoulders, that mother who loved her Child, more than her life, now is a house hold name, a hope in every one’s life, a mother to every child, a guide to the misled, a teacher to the ignorant, a savior of the poor and down trodden, the Divine Master of this Kali Yuga. This is the way any mother would want her child to be and probably by dedicating a day to Mother, Swami is sending a strong message to all the ignorant children who have forgotten their mothers(many cases after the wife comes into the picture), hopefully, Swami will guide such children and let this Mother child, relationship be as strong as Swami’s and as loving as it is with our beloved Lord.

It was 10:45am and after every one were happy, Swami signaled for Arathi and retired to His Abode as Mother Eswaramma waited for Him at His Abode to take "Najar" ( a ritual performed to take away any bad effects of evil eyes) of Her beloved child who made her dream a reality, bringing smiles in every ones’ lives…

What a day it was dear Mother Eswaramma…. You are a blessed one and we all are blessed and thank full to you for giving us such a humble and loving Son as our friend, guide, as our mother….

Thank You Ma…

Jai Sai Ram..

Satish Naik..

posted on 06.05.2008

Prasanthi Update - Easwaramma Day

It was a wonderful Easwaramma Day morning at Prasanthi Nilayam. Swami had chosen to be in Parthi on Easwaramma Day after a period of about 17 Years. Every possible entrance to the Samadhi was beautifully decorated.The Samadhi itself was wonderfully decorated and only family members were allowed into the compound of the Samadhi.

At around 8:30 A.M, The Veda Chanting students and the Bhajan Group boys entered the premises, At around 9.00 A.M Swami entered the Samadhi and enquired about everyone in the family, It was a wonderful family gathering. After spending about 30 minutes, Swami took the Mangala Aarthi.

Swami then went to Kulwanth Hall where huge vessels Filled with Tamrind and Sweet Rice which were brought. Swami was very engrossed in the Prasadam distribution and was repeatedly enquiring whether everyone had received the Prasadam. At around 10:45 A.M Aarthi was taken in Kulwanth Hall and Swami returned to Yajur Mandiram ending a most wonderful Easwaramma Day.

Om Sai Ram

Courtesy: KM - 06.05.2008

2nd May 2008 Darshan in Puttaparthi

Om Sai ram dearest Sai Family,

Well it was another surprise from our dear Lord, and as He always says, Just love My uncertainty, today (2nd May 2008) was another sweet surprise by our Lord. When it comes to Swami, one should always expect the unexpected. News came as early as 6:30am to Puttaparthi that Swami had left Whitefield ashram and is on the way to Parthi. Puttaparthians who get bit lazy in Swami's absence, were still sleeping and before every one knew Swami was already in the town.

Usually, Puttaparthi wears a bridal look when the proud Son of this Holy Land arrives from His summer Abode. As the news came ladies' started drawing beautiful rangolis and mango leaves toranams were tied on either side of the road, and in just few minutes Swami's Mercedes entered Puttaparthi. Swami with all His grace looked at every one even though the car was bit fast today.

The crowd is very less in Parthi and this afternoon darshan queues started at 2:30 pm. Swami blessed me again with first line and was eagerly waiting for Swami to see in close quarters. It was 4:45 pm and car was parked in front of Swami's residence. Swami instead of coming in the car, continued His car chair darshans which used to be a routine a week ago. As Swami entered the hall, there was a pin drop silence. The veda chanting started with sweet music back ground from santoor maestro Pandit. Shiva Kumar Sharma's album ECHOS FROM ETERNITY. As Swami entered the hall, the characteristic sweet jasmine smell made the mood more divine. Swami was in a very good mood, smiling at every one, talking to some and giving pada namaskar. I was seated in a place where I could see Swami right from His residence. Right infront of me, Swami had to take a right turn. As He got closer, there was more anxiety and enthusiasm. Every cell of my body, was jumping in joy to see our beloved Lord, the Lord of the Universe, seated in the tiny car chair, the all pervasive, all knowing Lord, wearing the smile of an innocent child, slowly adjusting His beautiful hair,what a fortune Swami! As He got closer and closer was praying, for the time to stop, let this moment be paused till I have Your darshan to my hearts content. Swami slowly signaled for the chair to get closer to our area, now Swami was hardly 20 cms away, I slowly raised and what should I ask, Our beloved Lord just a hand away, Slowly I asked Swami Padanamaskar? He looked into my eyes, with His beautiful smile, that look which made me feel that I am NOTHING.. I DON'T EXIST.. Its all Him. He raised His Hand, blessing with His Abhaya Hasta I felt like I was hypnotized by the Divine Hypnotizer, I forgot about Pada namaskar and kept looking at the most beautiful Lord, and by the time I realized, Swami's chair moved ahead, dipping us in the ocean the bliss, that ocean of bliss which is owned by our Beloved Lord, that ocean of bliss which is never heard of and one has to feel it to believe.

We all are surprised that Swami is here. Probably after a long gap Swami would be celebrating the day dedicated to the chosen Mother Easwaramma, Easwaramma Day here in Parthi and if there is anything to complain about is the climate. its boiling hot here the mercury levels crossing beyond 40 degree Celsius hopefully the rain god Indra with due permission from Swami will shower some rains in Puttaparthi.

Brothers and Sisters, do to our Lord's Abode and dip in the Ocean of Bliss.

Jai Sai Ram..

R.Satish Naik


The Most Auspicious May 6th

Tuesday May 6th apart from Easwaramma Day is also the starting day of the Telugu Vaishakha Month and people start their holy dip in the holy rivers in Andhra pradesh and else where.

Vaishakha Masa is an eternal source of righteous specialities. This is the month where all the way through man can get a pious shine by his activities such as various poojas, rituals and divine contributions. Some where in the earlier time of Kali-Yuga on Vaishakha Shukla Dashami (The tenth day of a month in the full moon side) the four faced God Brahma along with all the deities performed the holy marriage of the Supreme Lord Sri Venkateswara and universally splendid Goddess Padmavati.

Also all the religious centres starting from Tirumala celebrate this event by conducting the most auspicious Srinivasa Kalyanam in this month which will bring enormous favours.

The entire month of Vaishakha is considered sacred, so special prayers are held on all its days in various monasteries. On Buddha Purnima, every sect of Buddhism in India observes some distinctive rituals. In the monasteries of Sikkim, the lamas are engaged in recitations of the scriptures from early morning lamps in front of the statue of the Buddha.

The temple of Kedarnath, up in the Himalayas gets covered by snow in winter and is accessible only six months a year. When the temple shuts down in the month of Kartik, an oil lamp is lit inside. The lingam is shifted to Ukhimath lower in the valley, where it is worshipped till the month of Vaishakha. In Vaishakha when the temple doors are opened, the oil lamp is still lit!

There are many more auspicious days during Vaishakha Masam which on getting information I will mail later.

Om Sai Ram

KM - 03.05.2008

Prasanthi Update

It was most surprising today for everyone that Bhagawan left Brindavan at 6.45 a.m and reached Prasanthi Nilayam around 9:30 a..m.

There was no surprise in Prasanthi Nilayam though as many happy and joyous Residents of Puttaparthi were waiting on either side of the roads to welcome Swami back. A wonderful massive rangoli was done outside the Ganesha gate to welcome Swami along with the usual Banana leaves adorning the gate of the Ashram.

Bhagawan's car entered the premises of Kulwant hall at around 9.25 A.M. Swami almost immediately went into Yajur Mandiram as very happy and Delighted Students sang Welcome songs and Bhajans. Managala Aarthi was taken at 9.55 A.M.

Today was a perfect example of Swami's Divine programme, Absolutely not a soul could even predict that Swami would be in Prasanthi Nilayam today.

Om Sai Ram

Courtesy: KM - 02.05.2008

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