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1st October 2006 Darshan Update
Om Sairam to dearest Sai Family,
Wishing all the noble souls a very happy dasara,
Hope this day will pave way to destruction of evil
qualities and light the lamp of enlightenment. Puttaparthi is witnessing
huge crowd as the Holy festival of Dasara is approaching and many locals
have thronged to Puttaparthi to celebrate the festival in the immediate
presence of our Lord.
This afternoon marked another beautiful day as Swamy
blessed all of us with His divine darshan and also divine Discourse. This
afternoon as the car was parked at the verandah Swamy went into the
interview room and after 15 minutes He came on the stage. Today Swamy
preferred to be wheeled and as He came on the stage He was shifted to a much
better chair that was already placed on the dias.
This afternoon there were 2 speakers blessed by Swamy to address the
gathering the first one was Mr.Sanjay Mahalingam, Ex student of Swamy and
presently doing his Phd on the teachings of Sri Adi Sankaracharya. He spoke
elaborately on Detatchment. He reminded that Detatchment is the best Sadhana.
He narrated a conversation with Swamy where one ex student of Swamy (Swamy?s
institution) complained to Swamy that He was not able to control his mind
and Swamy replied.. "Is that so?. Tell me where is your mind and I will
control it" Brother Lingam, continued, we should have total control over
mind and move forward in our spiritual journey..
After about 30 minutes of his talk, He bowed to Swamy for giving him the
opportunity and when he went back to Swamy to take His blessings, He was
asked to continue his talk and brother Lingam enthusiastically obliged and
narrated few epics from Bhagwatgita.
There was another Speaker blessed this afternoon, Mr.Ravi
(?), who is a alumini of Swamy's college. He narrated very interesting
miracles, one of which is worth mentioning. It so happened in the year 1966,
Mr.Ravi's father, fell sick and he went to the doctor, the doctor said he
has cancer and needs to be operated. He was operated and after few months
when he went to the hospital for another checkup the doctor found the cancer
was still there and recommended another operation which was performed and
after few months, when he went for another round of check up, the same thing
happened and he was operated again? and this went on not twice, thrice or 5
times? He was operated 25 times!!!!
After being operated 25 times for the same disease, his body was getting
weaker and weaker and Mr.Ravi's sister, who was in her final year of her
doctor course, went to the doctor to enquire the situation of her father.
She was shocked when the doctor said, he will live hardly for a month, you
better take him home so that he can die peacefully amidst you.
Mr.Ravi, who was barely 9 years old was crying to know this and he had lost
his mother when he was just 4 years and he would be a orphan in a few days
according to the doctor. Mr.Ravi's sister was very dull when she went to the
college the next day, one of her classmates, who was Swamy/s devotee asked
what was wrong with her and when she said her sad story, she asked her to
come for Swamy's darshan (Who was in brindavan then). They both went to
Swamy's darshan and nothing happened.
Later, the sister, told her father about Swamy and she asked him to go for
Swamy?s darshan appears Swamy infront of him and says.. "YOU HAVE BEEN
OPERATED 25 TIMES.. YOUR CANCER HAS BEEN CANCELLED". This gentle man was
stunned and Mr.Ravi went to say that, "My father whose days were counted in
1968 went on to live till he was 89 years old and he died due to old age
(not due to cancer) and just 2 years ago. His father left his room one
monrning saying that he is going to darshan and just when he came down he
fell on the ground his head facing the mandir and left his body and in no
time there arrived two people with stretcher and ambulance.. It seems the
ambulance was brought there to park and Mr.Ravi said an interesting point
here.. Swamy take care of our welFARE and also FAREwel". How true!!!!
This story is so touching and only Swamy can do that and what we need to
have is UNSHAKEN faith
Later it was our beloved Swamy's turn to take on the stage. As the discourse
tableand mike was brought and as Prof. Anil Kumar was ready taking his
position. Swamy looked at all of us for a minute or so and slightly rose
from His seat, as we all joined our hands for Him. The sweet nectarine voice
was heard saying
Embodiments of Love,
Students have got lot of education in science and
technology and the subjects they are talking is not followed by any India,
even in China Rama's name is famous. The whole world is full of Rama's name.
We have to have the desire to chant Rama's name.
Dasaratha had no children but had 3 wives. He was hoping
to have ateast one son from on of his three wives. While doing penance, God
appeared before him and gave him a container consisteing of Payasam (rice
pudding) and asked to distribute the same amongst his wives.
Dasaratha distributed the same in equal quantities to three of them. Sage
Vasishta blessed them and said may you be blessed with children very soon.
Sumitra was not interested to partake. When Dasaratha
married Queen Kaikayee (one of Rakshinchina Sri Raghu Rama Rama Rama Sita
Munduga Hanumanthuni Deevinchi Chendina kinukuto Valini Drunchi Cherina
Vanara Veerulanu Brochina The whole gathering was resounding with Rama's
Swamy continued His discourse, "Inspite of all the
science and technology you can never have peace of mind.. Only God's name
will confer bliss. So Happiness is union with God..One can experience
Happiness only with GOD".
Later the students sang a beautiful song Rama Kathanu
Vinarayya - from All time Hit Telugu Movie - Lava Kusha.
Tomorrow 2nd October is the last day of the Yagna and at
9:30 am the purna huti (final rituals of the Yagna ) will be conducted at
Poorna Chandra Auditorium in the immediate presence of our beloved Swamy..
With Lots and lots of Love....
Courtesy: Saibaba News
Sai Kingdom (UK) Grama Seva Group
30th September 2006
Today is Durga Ashtami (the 8th day of the Navaratri function). Today
throughout India people do Aayudha Puja (Worshiping of Vehicles and
instruments). Swami also carries out this ceremony every year.
Swami arrived for darshan at 8:20am,
Vedams were chanted for the arrival of the Veda Purusha Himself! Swami
did the full round of darshan and blessed everyone on this auspicious day.
Swami's car stopped at the edge of the veranda, at which point Baba walked
to the portico. Swami then headed towards East Prashanti where all of
Swami's vehicles had been parked, including the Golden Chariot.
Our dear Sai first approached the convertible red mini and blessed the
vehicle with His divine touch. P performed to the toy-looking car by
breaking the coconut in front of it. Swami then proceeded to all the other
cars. One of the UK Grama Seva brothers was fortunate to witness the
proceeding at very close proximity as he would been given the unique
privilege of taking photographs.
Swami then returned to the veranda where He blessed the Grama Seva Prashadam
and gave instructions for Raam Seva to begin.
All the Vedam and Grama Seva boys followed the normal routine of circling
the Mandir, whilst Swami sat in his chair and looked at every boy as he went
As Dr. Gokak mentioned in his talk yesterday, the two villages Swami visited
are His eyes. With this thought the UK Grama Seva Group visited a village
called Cherolapalli. This village is about 12 km from Puttarparthi. This
village is regarded as one of the poorest in the area.
The trip to this village was a real eye-opener. The villagers lived in mall
confined spaces with very bare essentials. They livelihood was based upon
subsistence farming and breeding live stock. One particular lady villager
stated that 'We are happy with Swami's prasadam alone, there was no need for
the clothing'. It became evident very quickly that Swami's love was enough
to sustain them through their difficult times. It was heart breaking to
witness villagers living in such conditions.
One brother asked a villager, 'Where are the shops in your village?', and he
immediately replied?, 'Sir, where is the money to buy anything here?' Even
the toughest man would shed a tear, seeing such plight of these poor
villagers. Swami is there only hope.
Swami then slowly made His way to the interview room until 5pm and
thereafter attended bhajans in the Mandir. Swami took aarti and retired to
his supreme abode at 5.30pm.
of the U.K Gram Seva Group
Saptah Maha Yajnam Day 4 (29.09.2006) Images - Above
Offering my humble pranams at the lotus feet of our beloved Lord.
A warm Sairam to all. This afternoon was another
memorable day in the land of our Lord with few surprises, materializations
and also bonus bhajans by Swamy.
This afternoon, the Kulwant Hall, the holy place, where devotees from all
walks of life and from all corners of the world, assemble to see our sweet
Lord, was full by 3pm. As all the devotees were eagerly looking towards the
car parked before Swamy's house, Mr.Chakravarthi, Secretary of Sathya Sai
Central Trust, comes out from Swamy's residence and walks briskly towards
Kulwanth Hall. After few minutes He takes over the stage ready for an
announcement. As all of us were eagerly waiting with ears wide open
wondering what the news would be? a good news or a sad news?. As he came
from Swamy's residence there would be a definite message from Swamy.
'Om Sairam.. with blessings of Swamy and His consent, Swamy has blessed two
speakers this afternoon to address the august assembly Mr.Gokak, the present
Vice-Chancellor of Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning and very familiar
speaker for years now, Mr.Venkatraman, eminent scientist and a long time
devotee of Swamy'.
All of us were surprised with a big Question mark on our faces, as why Swamy
didn't come out (of course He explained that in the discourse). It is very
rare for any programme to start while Swamy is still in His Abode.
Mr.Gokak explained the importance of Navrathri and threw some light on Durga,
Lakshmi, Saraswathi and just after 5 minutess of his talk, Swamy's car
enters Kulwant hall. Swamy stopped by ladies side and accepted letters from
2 ladies and also spoke to them for a while. Swamy took a full round and the
car was parked at the usual place just next to interview room and the door
slowly opens giving a full view of the blissful form of Swamy; as the chair
slowly lands on the ground. The boys slowly removed the foot guard under
Swamy's feet (they do that when Swamy prefers to walk). One of the boys got
up to help Swamy and Swamy signals him to take his seat.. Mr.Gokak was still
continuing his talk and Swamy still in the wheel chair. After the talk
Mr.Gokak went to Swamy and took His blessings and Mr.Venkatraman followed
him. Prof. Venkatraman spoke on the value of eduction and reminded the
students as how lucky they are to learn education from the source Himself.
He also remembered a visit by Swamy to two villages which coincidentally, is
scheduled in tomorrow's grama seva programme. Swamy had said that those two
villages are His two eyes. He showered lots of love and blessings during His
visit to these villages. Swamy was still seated in the wheel chair and the
car parked behind Him. Prof.Venkatraman continued, considering the distance
between me and Swamy, I would take some courage and request Swamy to bless
the august assembly with His divine discourse even though Swamy's discourse
is never preplanned. Swamy responded with His Sweet smile making our hearts
jump in joy as we were going to hear the golden words from Swamy 3 days in a
row, Hatrick as we call in the game of cricket.
Prof.Venkatraman went to Swamy (who was still near the car) took blessings
and later Swamy rose from His chair and walked the few steps to reach His
throne placed in the center of the dias. One boy was holding His right hand
and Swamy walked bit slowly.
Swamy signaled the boys to start Veda chanting and the primary school kids
were in the driver's seat with their characteristc full throat chanting.
After about 5 minutes, Swamy signaled to stop. It was 4:45pm by then and
what next Swamy signaled for the discourse table - the moment of the day
atlast came and hall was pindrop silence. Swamy slowly rose from His throne
and as Prof.Anil Kumar was ready for his interpretation, and as we all were
eagerly awaiting the first word from Swamy - will it be a verse or Prema
Excerpts from the discourse:
It was the second one 'Prema Swaroopulara' catching the
audience pulse. Swamy started to explain why He came late for darshan. This
afternoon, as I came late.. Many people had their own conclusions, doubts (Apohalu)
I have to satisfy every body.. there were few devotees waiting for me at My
residence, I spend time with them and made them happy and here I am to make
all of you happy (applauds). What ever I do is for My devotees. There is
nothing I do which is personal. Even the food I take and the water I sip is
for the sake of My devotees (loud applauds again). Today's world is
experiencing many troubles and worries and also there is so much pollution
all over. Even I am affected by this pollution!!
All your worldly knowledge is of no use. You say I have a
MA degree, MBA degree but what are you giving to the society? What seva are
you doing?. People should think of EDUCARE. today there is no EDUCATION
there is AGITATION.. Because of there there is unrest in the world. There is
no peace its all pieces.. pieces.. Even a millionaire come to Me and says..
Swamy I have every thing. But no Peace. .. Where from this peace comes.. its
Students you should know why you are here. Many are not doing what they are
supposed to do here. Enhance devotion within you. Read only good books.
Don't read CHEAP novels and become CHEAP...instead become CHIEF.
God's incarnation is mysterious. When Krishna asked Narada, How is the
world? Narada replied Krishna, People cry when some one dies and rejoice
when some body is born. Is this world not a strange one?
Swamy continued His talk till 5:40 almost one hour talk.
He sang Govinda Krishan Jai bhajan with full strength and also repeated all
the stanzas twice, and just as we thought He is finished. He picked up
another bhajan Vahe Guru Vahe Guruji Bolo. He sang about three lines of the
bhajan and suddenly His voice was sounding bit weak. Swamy stopped there and
continued to speak. I am speaking all the time, in My house and also here so
my voice has become weak and to add to that because of this pollution, water
and the food are polluted and so my voice has become much more weaker.
Swamy later asked the boys seated in the front. 'What do you want?' the boys
replied in one voice Swamy!!! Swamy with His sweet smile replied.. I am
always there for you. Take me. (there were loud applauds and some even
cried). Swamy later continued and what He said, just made me cry. I am there
any time for you. You just have to tell me when.
Sai Kingdom (UK) Grama Seva Group 2006 ? 29th September
Everyday is a festival day in Prashanti Nilayam (The Supreme Abode of
Peace), and today was no exception. The usual Ashram routines of Suprabhatam
and Nagar Sankritan continued as it has been for decades; however the Dasera
festivities added to the holiness of the place.
Our Dear Lord Sai blessed the eagerly awaiting devotees by giving His Divine
Darshan at 8:15am. Swami's face was radiating with extreme brilliance as He
gave Darshan to all. Swami's joyous mood was pleasing to all (especially)
those who managed to give a letter or speak to Him. Swami fulfilled the
wishes of all by sitting on the portico immediately after darshan. Swami
remained on the Chair for 15 minutes and stood up to walk back to the
interview room, this action of Swami pleased all (loud claps!)
The UK Grama Seva group were given instructions to visit a village called
Pedaballi Tada (colony), which is located 25km from Puttarparthi. While all
the students had gone to do Grama Seva, Swami came out and allowed the
little children to push his chair in the Sai Kulwant hall!!
Swami's message of Love can be seen to be reaching out to the world, as the
villagers were waiting with broad smiles for the arrival of the Grama Seva
groups. The one unique quality of all India villagers is their hospitality
and love towards all visitors. They regard visitors as GOD! At this village
the residents offered the group beds to sit on whilst the boys were awaiting
for more food stock. It is only Swami's Love that can bring the humanity
Jai Sai Ram!
This afternoon two speakers were blessed to address the gathering in Sai
Kulwant Hall by the Divine command.
Sri Chakhravathi introduced the speakers, the first of whom was Sri Anil
Gokak, the Vice Chancellor for the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher
Learning. Sri Gokak spoke about the deeper significance of Navaratri. Swami
arrived during the talk and we were witness to a completely unusual
situation of the speaker continuing with his talk, whilst our beloved Swami
continued to give Darshan and pausing to take letters from a few ladies.
Showing the most utmost consideration as always, Swami descended from the
car and remained seated on the edge of the veranda, whilst both speakers
completed their talk.
The second speaker for the afternoon was Dr G Venkatraman, former vice
chancellor of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning. He delivered
an intellectually stimulating talk revolving around the importance of value
based education. He highlighted the differences between Outer Text
(knowledge & skill) and & Inner Text (balance & insight). Dr Ventakraman
quoted the first line of the Purusa Suktam, which describes the Lord as
having numerous heads, hands and feet. He then related this line to the Gram
Seva activities by giving the example of two villages which were honoured by
a visit from our beloved Swami in 1985. During his visit Swami gave joy to
the villagers by proclaiming both these villages were His eyes,
demonstrating as always that His each action can be related to the Vedas.
Before closing, Dr Venkatrman requested Swami to address the August
Swami built upon the theme of the previous days discourse and focused on the
importance of Education & Educare. Swami highlighted that in order for the
intellect (buddhi) to illuminate the mind, bad thoughts (analogous to
clouds) need to be swept away through self enquiry. Swami gave the example
of how Swami Vivekananda overcame this struggle by constantly asking 'Who am
Swami surprisingly concluded his discourse at 5.40pm with two
bhajans?'Govind Krishna Jai' and 'Vahe Guru'.
After Swami finished, he asked the students 'What do you want?' The students
responded in unison 'You Swami, we want you'. Swami responded by saying
emphatically that 'I am always ready, take me'. If you can't take me, the
mistake lies with you!'
Swami unexpectedly materialised a chain for one of the students.
Swami instructed the students to continue the devotional singing, which
lasted for further 20 minutes. Swami yet again came back to the portico and
sat there for few minutes before taking the aarti. What a wonderful way to
end the day.
Courtesy: Saibaba News
Grama seva by students of Swami at Brahmanapalli Thanda
village - 27th September 2006.