Posted by Deep on 02-04-2004
Thought I would add to the account of the very first morning
darshan that the Lord gave at Bangalore yesterday.
Thursday crowd waited with abated breath to have a glimpse of
the Lord's dear form on April 1st morning. We had all
assembled for the token queues, our particular ladies' row
came the 11th, we got a seat in the second row of the second
block with a clear view of the stage & also the steps on the
left side, from the Lord's chambers, leading to the central
lawn. We prayed, chanted Gayatris, eagerly looking forward to
the sweet meditation on the moving bright light of bliss that
our Lord is. As part of the local crowd we were all waiting to
have His darshan before proceeding with the worldly duties He
has allocated to us for this life. Then came the doubts when
clock ticked past 6.45, 7.30, 8 to 8.45...& the ensuing
dilemma - whether we should wait in patience to have a glimpse
of our Lord or to return to take up our duties. One second our
mind would say 'You be here and He will take care of your
work', another second it will go monkeying like 'People trust
on you to do your part & the job at your office is also Sai-work'...Reached
a decision to wait till the Bhajan starts - agreed that we
would get up & leave at the sound of 'Ganesha Sharanam', if He
did not bless us with His presence by then. Kept asking Him
whether He was testing us. Kept praying to Him requesting Him
not to...At 8.55 AM ignoring the lesson that came to the mind,
one that He oft repeats, i.e. to 'be patient', got up and came
out of the hall, out of the main gate and we hardly proceeded
a few steps on the road that two of His students in white
uniform came running in the opposite direction calling out
straight to us "Bhagavan has come" - ran we did - back through
the gate, into the hall - to catch the beautiful sight of the
Sai-Deepam in full glory on the stage. After the long wait,
the quick run, we paused to catch breath & let the refreshing
waves of His darshan wash over us. We had lost our earlier
place and had to be content with the last row from were we had
to peep and peer to have fleeting darshans of the dear Form
amidst the sea of heads...& pondering over our lack of
patience to wait just 2 minutes more! His divine test, indeed!
And there He was - beaming directly at us, happily, naughtily
as though He has made an April Fool out of us - our hearts
were overflowing with divine bliss & love. Watching Him
immersed in the bhajans was a treat, as always. After Aarati
He turned towards us and gave a single abhaya hasta and before
the tide in our hearts could subside from the effect He gave a
compassionate abhaya hasta with both his hands!
it was "Narayana Narayana Om" and with the light in our hearts
recharged, we returned to the world to take up our duties. And
as we know - He took care that when we returned, the world
hadn't missed us one bit & it was smooth drive-into the
routine lives & as usual we ended up wondering about when our
faith would triumph over our mind & manage to hush up our
minds when it keeps repeating the word 'coincidence' to us
whenever we come face to face with His miracles!
have a day centered in Sai, friends...in contemplation on Him
in the Sai-lence of our hearts...
Posted on 14-04-2004
In HIS Durbar
Sairam to dear brothers and
Following the captain that read
on the entrance to the Brindavan Asram, as well as inside the
Ramesh Hall, I too take this opportunity to wish all brothers
and sisters "Wish u a very HOLY and HAPPY VISHU"
The people of Kerala, I mean the
devotees from there, are simple and great. They do everything
with a purpose. Today I was amazed to see the pain they had
taken to dress up our Lord's Durbar. It was too good.
Excellent green festoons, natural decoorations and the like,
covered the entire Brindavan Asram Area. Majority of devotees
wore their traditional Dress (ladies) and thus they stood out
from the masses. This is unlike others, where there is not
much of traditional dress seen.
Crowds had assembled as early as
6 AM inside the hall, and obviously all Kerala devotees and
guests were given the topmost priority to sit inside. There
was absolutely no place and people were standing and craning
their necks to catch a glimpse of our beloved LORD.
Bhagavan arrived around 8.15 AM
and entered through the Ramesh Hall through the ladies side.
Today He walked so fast even though holding the hand of
possibly a teacher. He went straight to the first block where
the musicians and bhajans singers had assembled, and was
immediately offered Poorna Kumbham on behalf of the Kerala
State Devotees, invoking the blessings of Bhagavan for their
New Year Day (Vishu). Thereafter He spoke with Sundaram
Bhajan group singers from Chennai and then moved on to
students block and spoke to students, who were so eager to
have the attention of their Lord and Saviour. Then He spent a
lot of time with the Kerala Youth, talking to many of them and
accepting lots of letters. He equally visited the Kerala
Ladies side along the center aisle and made them happy too,
taking letters from them. Nearly at the end of Ramesh Hall
along the center aisle, He got into the car and drove slowly
out to Trayee Brindavan, and then re-entered the stage and
took His seat to listen to some Excellent Bhajan singing by
Kerala singers. Then He took Aarti, saw through prasadam
distribution and left the stage slowly.
The Hall had one particular
banner that said "We Love You Swami" besides other eye
catching banners and festoons. Most of Swami's teachings were
on display. Center stage where Swami normally sits was
There was no discourse today
also in the morning.
However there was a pleasant
surprise in our Prime Minister making a visit to the asram to
seek Swami's blessing.
Devotees from Kerala thronged
the Snacks counter and stores, and enjoyed lovely snacks
provided by the asram and reduced costs. Particularly Ice
cream, Buttermilk, juices, coke etc., were their favorite
because of the hot sun.
Many devotees were observed to
purchase the audio CDs to take back home.
The Books center was equally
crowded. Since the crowds were unprecedented, it was a tough
time for Gokulam to manage the breakfast and lunch and thus
many preferred to eat the snacks at the snacks counter.
By 3.30 PM the hall was once
again full for the Afternoon darshan. Everyone was eagerly
waiting for the discourse atleast in the evening. What is in
Swami arrived only at 4.45 PM.
As soon as He came, Bhajans started but the Kerala State
President signalled to stop after two bhajans, after speaking
to Swami and now came the surprise.
An excellent Karnatic Classical
Flute music treat was granted to the devotees and the program
was simply superb. Swami enjoyed every bit. The high light of
the program was the jugalbandi of nine percussion instruments
and they were obviously experts. Swami enjoyed it so much,
that He clapped like an ordinary mortal when the Jugalbandi
ended. "Bolanath" was in bliss throughout the program. The
program lasted nearly 45 minutes and Swami in between spoke to
staff, and it emerged that Swami was going to honour the
Swami finally got down from the
stage, walked right into the musicians and bhajans singers
block much to the delight of these performers and individually
gave dress to deserving musicians. There were overjoyed. It
was wonderful to see Swami tossing the Dhoti and Angavastra
(dress set as worn by the people of Kerala).
Swami also sprang a surprise.
After presenting dress to Classical artistes, He walked to a
particular musician, and possibly told him to sing ? because
suddenly the musician who sang yesterday presented a song only
for Bhagavan, with Bhagavan standing right over him. Staff
brought a chair for Swami to sit right amongst the group of
people in the first block, but Swami elected to stand and
listen. He then affectionately caressed the young artiste,
blessed him too with a dress.
Thereafter He got into the car
and slowly drove away through the ladies wing and into Trayee
Brindavan. Thus ended a grand New Year day of Vishu.
Now what is next in store ?
Subject: Darshan at
Brindhavan on 8th April
OM SRI SAI RAM
Took a midnight bus from Chittoor to Hoskote, another bus and
auto transfer, reached Brindavan by 5.45 a.m. well in time for
the queue formation, got line no 12. but seated in the first
line at the new extension near Saraswati Statue. Bhagawan
came in car at 7.41 a.m., entered via ladies entrance on foot.
Glorious darshan on the central aisle. Swamy walked slowly
upto about 10 ft. near the end of the central aisle. His
troubled walk brought tears only. Why should Swamy undertake
walking down, with discomfort. Are we devotees taxing Him.
Fleeting thoughts like these, when watching Swamy... Same
time, prayers to Him, .. a bag of mixed emotions.
Swamy's staff requested Him to get into the grey car, and
Swamy then got into the car, a right turn, another turn and
straight drive to the elevator.
And then, Blissful darshan from the stage from 8 a.m. till
For those of us, who are not fortunate to stay for long either
at Parthi or Brindhavn, such Darshan's are Bhagawan-send..
charge our batteries and keep us going till the next Call from
Him for Darshan.
Lovingly shared and consented by
R Sathyanarain on 14.04.2004
Posted on 13-04-2004
Integrated Tamil New
Year & Vishu (Malayam New Year)
Jai sairam to brothers and
Nowadays Extraordinary days are the "normal" type of days, here
at Brindavan. Today was no exception. I was under the impression
that Tamil New Year day was tomorrow and Vishu was today. This
was based on the assumption that the Kerala devotees have come
for 3 days and so, immediately on completion of Vishu , ie.,
Malayalam New Year day, the Tamil New Year's day would follow.
As I reached Brindavan today, I was amazed to see that the place
outside the Asram was literally buzzing with activity as if it
was 7 PM in the evening. Hotels were making good income from
Inside the Asram, there were huge festoons in Ramesh Hall, lot
of Swami's sayings, beautifully decorated in the form of
banners, and Sarva Dharma symbol banners decorated the entire
Ramesh Hall. The sanctum sanctorum itself where Swami normally
sits was very beautifully and tastefully decorated.
Crowds were managed beautifully today. All Tamil speaking people
were given preference to sit as much in the front as possible.
The rest of the place was filled up by the Kerala Youth.
Remember I had mentioned that nearly 3000 Kerala devotees have
Swami came in around 8.15AM and got down from the car and walked
up via the ladies wing to students block and VIP block where
possibly he spoke with "Governor of Karnataka ?
Thereafter Swami went up the stage and took His seat, and the
Bhajans by Sundaram Group, Chennai started. They sang the
Bhajans beautifully. After sometime, Swami took leave, took
Aarti and left. So everyone's hope of listerning to Swami in the
form of a discourse did not fructify. There was no discourse
The Tamil group from Chennai have put up an excellent Books show
along with the Brindavan Books center.
Long queues were observed both at Coffee shop and Snacks Shop
besides the Stores. More people had enquired about registering
their names for receiving information pertaining to books and
CD-ROMs/ VCDs. I am constantly bringing this point to brother
and sister devotees around the globe so that they too can take
benefit of what the Asram at Brindavan has to offer. Incase you
have not yet registered your email ID, then please do so, by
sending an email to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or
mailto:email@example.com You will get the
catalogue direct from the Asram.
I saw the demo of "Chinna Katha" today. Excellent for young
children so that their minds can be moulded easily to the system
that Swami recommends. Both the multimedia CD-ROMs are priceless
possessions. Details about this must have been received by all
those who already registered their names. I received the
information, on CD-ROMs few days ago.
Swami arrived around 4.15 PM, for afternoon darshan. As soon as
he came, Ganesha bhajan was sung by Sundaram Group. Then two
young boys, recited Slokas from Upanishads and also gave the
English translation. Swami blessed the Children. Then Sundaram
group gave an excellent music extravaganza. It was superb. Swami
just like the presentation by Kerala group, was in deep bliss.
One of the song sung by the group was about "Sai Bhaktas wanting
to be with Swami" irrespective of the number of times that they
took birth. The song prayer stated that let there be any number
of births, but on being born, one should be granted the
privilege of being a Sai Bhakta.
The second song was about, how one could only see "SAI, SAI and
SAI" irrespective of which God the devotee worshipped. Sai
Roopam was the only one that the devotee could see.
There was a short musical interlude (Instruments only) more in
the style of "Jugalbandi" and this was fantastic. This was
followed by "Aum Namaschivaya" sloka.
A time came when possibly the Group did not cater for a long
program and had to stop and the Tamilnadu President had to tell
Swami. Swami did not show the least interest in getting up and
leaving. But Aarti was given, without Swami getting up from His
seat, and Swami left with lot of reluctance from the stage. At
least it appeared so!
And there was no discourse in the evening too, and everyone was
dejected. Thus ended the Tamil New Year day.
Preparations are on war footing for Kerala (Malayalam) New Year
day, and huge decorations were being built by seva dal from
Kerala. Tomorrow we are in for a grand treat, if we were to go
by last year's standards.
I did not adequately cover the Kerala program yesterday and
adequate justice was not done. Possibly it was "Sreekumar"
famous film back singer who presented yesterday. His singing is
well known and Swami always blesses him. Melody coupled with
devotion is Sreekumar's style and with an super voice. Devotees
and visitors were spell bound. Even though Swami left the stage,
He told him to continue yesterday. This was something unusual.
Wait for the Vishu update. Sorry I am unable to put up the
discourse of yesterday. It is not yet ready. If the cassette is
ready tomorrow, I shall try and put up the update.
Posted on 13-04-2004
Swami escalates "Love My
Monday has not only been auspicious but it was also something
extraordinary. Kerala Youth as usual occupied Brindavan. They
were found conducting Medical camps, blood donation camps
Swami came around 8.15 AM and walked amongst His devotees in
His usual style, accepting letters and taking to Kerala Youth
in particular. However He did not do the complete round of
blocks. Somewhere in the middle of the center aisle, He
elected to sit in the car, and drive out through the exit near
Thus the devotees thought that Swami has gone out and started
leaving. Many a devotee, some students and some staff had
already left, when Swami who went into Trayee Brindavan, cool
as the God He is, reappeared in the stage, much to the delight
of all the devotees, bringing a huge cheer. All those who had
left made hurry to get back to their seats, and could not find
their old seats.
After the morning session, the Kerala Youth of course had many
sessions of their Sadhana camp I am told. The Kalyana Mantapam
was full, and I did not venture into because I thought that I
would steal a genuine seat of an aspiring Kerala devotee.
Afternoon darshan started fairly late close to 4.30 PM, and
Swami came and took His chair,and the Bhajan started. However
after the second bhajan, Swami signaled to someone down below,
and we were all pleasantly surprised to hear a music troupe
going up the stage and Swami in His compassion and mercy, made
place for them to sit on the stage along with Him, and gave
them permission to present their talent.
Inspite of his physical discomfort, He got up and got His
chair relocated, so that the musicians could sit comfortably
and sing for Him and His devotees. Once the music started, He
lost himself thoroughly enjoying the music.
The music went on for more than one hour, which is considered
unusual, and Swami at one time, got up to leave and when they
tried to present Aarti, Swami told them to continue singing
and left the stage without Aarti. Much later nearly 15 minutes
after that, He gave permission through an emissary to take
aarti without Him on the stage and thus ended a glorious day.
More about the singers in my next mail.
Posted by Prahlad Rao on
Friday, 04/09/04, Morning
Darshan at Whitefield
Sai Ram all,
I promised my daughter- Sindhura that I will take her to
Whitefield for Darshan after her XII std exams, when it is
convenient to both of us. Thursday (April 08 2004) night, my
daughter asked me to take her to Baba’s Darshan to Whitefield,
on Friday morning. First I thought of not going in the
morning, as I have to go in the evening to attend Vibration
Healing Course. I took Sindhura's request as Swamy's call, and
readily agreed to go on Friday morning for Baba’s Darshan at
Baba gave me an unique opportunity to learn Vibration Healing
Course from Dr.Aggarwal at Brindavan this Summer. Vibration
Healing is Healing system, in which patients are given healthy
vibrations to cure any disease. The healthy vibrations that
are recorded on Cards are used to transfer them to water or
sugar pills, or Vibhuti are given to patient. No medicines
only Vibrations. Dr. Aggarwal agreed to teach us this system
at Whitefield after the usual selection procedure. Last
one week thus, busy attending Vibration Healing Training
classes at Whitefield daily at 7.30pm to 9.15 pm, after office
hours. Then drive 60KM (up & down) and reach home 10.30 pm,
after dinner, complete home work part of the training, and
sleep. Morning get up and go to office...and the routine
Friday morning Though we set the Alarm at 4.30 am, we Woke up
late at 6.00 am, did not know when the Alarm rang. Got ready
by 6.30am and started to Whitefield from home. very much
doubting whether today we get Swamy’s Darshan or not. It needs
one hour drive from home, and We may be late to Darshan due to
We reached Whitefield by 7.15 am. No darshan music, Luckily we
reached in time, and we are going to have Swamy's Darshan.
Stood in Queue. The SaiRamesh hall is full, lot of devotees
and people sat in the Hall just outside SaiRamesh main hall,
near Saraswati Statue. No hope to have Close Darshan of Swamy.
Due to the prompting of monkey mind, I tried through VIP
entry, and upon request the sevadal (Swamy through them)
allowed me to enter SaiRamesh Hall. Went straight to the front
of SRHall, where Swamy's guests or Swamy's old students sit.
In the right side men's aisle, not many devotees in the block,
I sat there.
Around 7.30am Darshan music started, and Swamy came in the
light grey car to ladies side entrance of the Hall. Swamy came
out of the car. Swamy slowly walking through the people
in the front, the ladies in left aisle, and men in Middle
aisle. After blessing them and walking through them, He looked
towards our block, and came straight walking slowly to our
aisle to a devotee, who is sitting in a chair in this block 10
feet away where I sat. Swamy came to this devotee, and with
full of love talked to him. It is a wonderful Drusyam to see
Swamy talking to this Devotee perhaps well known to him, with
full love, and affection. Both talked each other with love and
intimacy (Later I came to know this devotee's name is
Swamy patted him saying something, KandaSwamy holded Swamy's
talked to Swamy as though he pleading Swamy, and patted on
pleading him something. Swamy also reciprocated the same.
Wonderful to watch the love, affection and intimacy flow of
Swamy to KandaSwamy. Swamy
then created Vibhuti in KandaSwamy's hands, and applied it on
his forehead. Then Swamy slowly walked towards us, came nearer
to, where I sat. I am having Swamy's Darshan in close
encounter from 2feet distance. Swamy Looked at everybody (his
looks going above me) with love flowing out of his eyes, and
blessed. I looked at Swamy’s feet, and able to have Pada
Darshanam of Swamy's left padam clearly.
Swamy blessed me today giving me his Pada Darshanam, Full-view
Darshan, and Back-view Darshan. Swamy slowly walked towards
the front of SaiRamesh Hall, Blessing devotees. Swamy walked
slowly upto about 10 ft. near the end of the SaiRamesh Hall.
Swamy may be walking even with discomfort, to give pleasure to
his devotees. Swamy's staff requested Him to get into the grey
car, and Swamy then got into the car, took a right turn,
another right turn and straight drive towards the elevator.
Today we have a wonderful Darshan Of Swamy.
I realized that it is Good Friday today, and Swamy gave this
wonderful, and loving Darshan today. Through my Daughters
request he called us here. Later met my daughter near
Saraswati statue, and Visited Book Stall, and came back home.
Jai Sai Ram
Posted on 11-04-2004
Today has been an extraordinary
day. Brindavan campus wore a festive look and the campus was
full of Kerala devotees. There was no place for the usual
devotees since the Kerala devotees had to be given
preference. Even the VIPs were shifted far behind.
Kerala singers sang bhajans
throughout the day, right from morning to till Aarti in the
evening. Swami came around 8.15 AM and did not go around at
all. Instead he went into the stage and sat on the chair.
The Kerala State President then
took Swami's permission and spoke to the audience. This was
followed by one of the students speaking to the audience and
it was wonderful to listen to the student who pointed out why
Swami is here and for whom. He also mentioned about a dream
which he had in which Swami gave him the "meaning" of "Hold on
to me". I shall mention about this dream later.
Then came the beautiful
surprise. Swami gave a fantastic discourse to the audience.
The theme was "Protect Satya, and live for Sathya" and then
you don't have to do anything for Dharma because Sathya looks
after everything. As soon as the cassette is released I shall
try and send the details. He also mentioned that Kerala people
maintain many of the traditions.
After discourse, Swami left. He
gave his kind consent for the staging of a drama today in the
evening at 5.30 PM and also His consent to use the Kalyan
Mantap for Kerala people to conduct their sadhana camp.
It was also mentioned by the
Kerala State President that 3000 Volunteers have come. One
thing to note is that Kerala Youth means, they meant "Youth".
It was fantastic to watch so many youths.
I am sorry for this short
update, because it is already very late and I need to be there
for darshan early. So I will catch up with details shortly.
Pl bear with me until then.
Posted on 11-04-2004
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Sai,
and welcome to these news.
JaySaiRam will not waste time in wishing You
“happy, holy and joyous Easter”.
Instead of this it is important to tell You the sweet guidance
our beloved Bhagvan was giving to all this morning.
He was coming from Trayee Brindavanam and going
straight down to His Devotees in Sai Ramesh Hall, using the
elevator up to the “stage” and placing His marvelous form in the
Sai Rames Hall was overcrowded; Many people from Kerala have
Some cultural programme was started and during His Divine
Discourse Bhagavan told,
that it is not enough to recognize GOD
in Him, we also have to recognize
GOD IN EVERY-ONE.
be happy with that!
Posted on 10-04-2004
Kerala Youth take over Brindavan Campus !
Brindavan Asram is becoming livelier by the moment, minute, hour and
Business outside the asram is in full swing, the hotel walas and
taxiwalas have their bonus days, for which they have been waiting all
Right from morning 5 AM, there is crowd outside the asram, the tea shops
and snack shops are doing excellent business.
Today Swami came a little late (nearly at 8.30 am), and as usual got
down on the ladies side from the car, talked to couple of ladies and
then the students and then slowly went along the center aisle. One could
see the swell of devotees and bhaktas, the curious onlookers, the first
timers, the impatient ones, the analytical ones, and many types of such
people gathered in Ramesh Hall. Swamy took lots of letters, gave Vibhuti
to quite a few, sprinkled Akshata, (holy rice) on many who had brought
them to get Swami's blessings etc., Particularly Swami fondled and
caressed an International devotee's hair while talking to him. He walked
right out of Ramesh Hall, into the covered and raised new extended hall,
and spoke to lot of people who had gathered there. Then He got into the
car, and slowly got down from the College Boys Hostel side and slowly
drove into Trayee Brindavan.
I wonder how many of you have noticed. Swami's appearance is never the
same. Morning He looks different, evening He looks different, during
Bhajans He looks different, during His talk with devotees He looks
different. Even His hair appears different at different times. It is
something extraordinary that only an Avatar can have.
Thus ended Swami's morning darshan, which lasted about half an hour.
Then there was mad rush of devotees everywhere to the gokulam canteen
for B'fast, to the Stores which has now some excellent items for
devotees, and to the Book shop, where the staff were continuously giving
demos of "My Life - My Message", "Quest" and "Chinna Katha" CD-ROM . If
you were to stand and watch the ordinary devotees reaction to these
demos, you could see that they were absolutely mesmerised and did not
hesitate in purchasing. Many mentioned that these CD-ROMs were ideal
gift to people back home, for Bal Vikas purposes and for elder folks and
sit and watch in their own spare time, within the house. Also on display
was huge canvas of Swami at the store, which was found priced at
Rs.1650. Many international and Indian devotees were purchasing this
canvas, and I am sure, it would make one very good pooja place when you
install the Lord back home.
Then started the fun. Groups of devotees from Kerala began arriving. By
early afternoon, nearly 700 of them (boys and girls from Youth wing of
Kerala State), had arrived and were occupying the specially alloted
areas for Darshan of their beloved Lord. In fact the Center Section of
Ramesh Hall was literally full of Kerala people. When I enquired how
many have come they replied that 3000 strong group has arrived and would
come for Darshan in groups of 750 each day. Wow, that is Swami's love
for Kerala and Kerala's love for Swami. In recent times, Kerala has been
steadily bringing lots of devotees for the New Year function, which they
call it as "Vishu"
During the morning Darshan, Swami spoke to the State President of Kerala.
Last year the Kerala devotees had put up such an excellent program for
Swami, and I am sure this year they are going to outbeat it. They have
beautiful singers, they had brought mentally retarded and handicapped
children last time who did excellent dances.
Afternoon Swami arrived only around 4.30 PM and was there for about 20
minutes. He looked slowly and hard at the Kerala group, and stood for a
long time during Aarti. Then he departed. Bhajans nowadays is nectar.
How I wish I am one of those boys. They are able to do that in the
proximity of God, and with His grace.
Well thus ended the Saturday. I wonder what is in store tomorrow. I am
sure there will be wonderful moments.
In my last mail, I was telling you about a sevak, who is illiterate, and
I learnt how he happened to come to Swami's fold. He is from interior
Karnataka and has been a Hanuman Bhakta. Back home he managed to attach
himself to a Muslim, whom he found was always worshipping Hanuman ! Have
you heard anything like this before ? A Muslim worshipping Hanuman. That
Sadhu muslim, told this Sevak, that he must take further advise from his
sister, who is equally a Hanuman Bhakta being a Muslim lady.
This lady in turn, told this sevak, that he must proceed to Puttaparthy
and become a Bhakta of Sri Sathya Sai Baba, who is God incarnate. She
herself had never come to see our Lord, but she had instructed this
sevak that he must go to Puttaparthy. Thus started the journey for this
sevak nearly 12 years ago, and today, he is doing Seva to Swami, in
whatever capacity that he can.
He also told me things that explained the omniscience of our beloved
Lord. One day in 1993, he had a dream, in which Swami asked him what he
wanted, and he replied that he wanted Vibhuti.
Within 3 days of this dream, while he waited for the Lord's darshan at
Puttarparthy, Swami came right to him, and asked him in Kannada
language, what he wanted and he repeated that he wanted Vibhuti, and
Swami created it for him and gave it to him. This was in 1993 and since
then, Swami had spoken to him a number of times, and had given Vibhuti
also. Listening first hand to such fantastic omniscience of our Lord,
sends a wave of bliss. I am sure each one of you would agree to this.
With Tamil new year day and Malayalam New year day approaching this
coming week, Brindavan is going to witness some fantastic events. As of
now, Kerala youth has taken over the campus, and they are there
God bless and Sai pranams to one and all.
Repeat this mantra 108 times, while you are traveling and have our Lord
with you all the times.
"Aum Bhagavan Sri Sathyasai Babaya Namaha"
Posted on 09-04-2004
Heart Stopped and Then Ran Wild
Sairam brothers and sisters,
Today (Good Friday) has been exceptional for me.
You will understand "why" as you read below.
Swami came today early surprising everyone. He
caught even the college boys by surprise by arriving early. He arrived
at 7.25 AM and as usual got down on the ladies side from car and He
walked from there very fast as if with a purpose and went straight to
the college boys block, where He spent a little time talking to boys and
then gradually moved behind..
Approaching the VIP block, He suddenly announced (
I believe He spoke so) that He has not been going to the side aisle and
so today He would go to the side aisle of Men. He started off with a
purposeful walk, and surprised everyone. When I saw Him walking so, I
knew immediately that Swami is going to come to my side, finally, and my
heart stopped for a moment before racing again wildly. Swami hardly
stopped anywhere except when He approached a older devotee, with whom He
spoke for a long time (or did the old devotee speak to Him for a long
time ?) The devotee literally held Swami's hand and would not let it
go. Often the devotee would touch Swami and keep talking also.
Swami made Vibhuti for him and applied it Himself
on his forehead. Then finally after what appeared as eternity, He
started walking and now hardly stopped anywhere. He was continuously
walking, yet He walked very slow, so that all devotees could digest the
beautiful form, the graceful gait, and wonderful smile, the piercing
look. Eager hands reached out to Him, to give their letters, but Swami
indicated whose letter should be collected by the escorts and given to
Him. Particularly He collected some letters from international
devotees, who were absolutely thrilled that their long wait and travel
to India to see their Lord was well rewarded.
As Swami says that "prayer can do anything", today
it was wonderful to witness this aspect. I have been praying to Swami
for long years to grant me the "Look at me" wish. Swami had never
looked at me even once since 1996 that He saw me for a brief moment
then. Today my long years of prayers was answered and Swami gave His
grace and looked at me, twice. I was absolutely thrilled because it is
a known fact that Swami's glance is enough to grant you Peace and
However Swami stopped short of the turn towards the
center section, and consented to get into the Car, from which He gave
beautiful darshan to all devotees and driving very very slowly along the
center aisle and pleasing all the devotees. He was constantly waving out
and blessing. Occassionallly He would stop and talk to an odd devotee,
before continuing. Finally he drove out of Ramesh Hall to Trayee
Today the crowd has been more than normal, and the
hall was full including the extended hall. Even for afternoon darshan
the turn out was more than normal. With Kerala and Tamilnadu (Malayalam
and Tamil new years) New year approaching, more number of devotees from
these areas are turning up in large numbers. It is expected that there
would be around 20000 plus devotees around 14th and 15th of April.
Kerala is expected to bring in a huge contingent of youth this year
also. Last year they did so beautifully well and Swami was thrilled with
Afternoon Swami played His role of "Love my
uncertainty" beautifully once again. Because He arrived earlier in the
morning, the Hall was filled up by 2.30 PM and everyone awaited Swami's
pleasure. But there was no news of Swami even till 4.25 PM. Then
suddenly at 4.30 PM the instrumental music started, and everyone was
happy that Swami is going to come any moment. All eyes were on the back
stage curtain, from where Swami normally arrived. But no such thing
happened. 4.45 PM, then 5 PM and then 5.15 PM went past with scores of
bhajans being sung by students and still no Baba. Just when everyone
thought that there is going to be no darshan, Swami arrived in His
majesty and thrilled the audience. He sat for about 15 minutes and went
away, blessing everyone.
Brindavan is really alive now with hundreds of
international devotees. The coffee shop, Book shop and stores all were
full. People are highly excited. One can observe lot of new white covers
in hands of devotees indicating their preparation to hand over their
letters to Swami.
I also met a sevak, who is not educated, and learnt
from him, how Swami attended to him. More about this in my next mail.