Posted on 06.05.2004
It is with mixed feelings that I am writing this update. Yesterday that is
on Wednesday, there was no darshan at all. As part of "Love my
Uncertainty" this is quite common - so I thought too !
Today (Thursday) being Easwarama's day, it was announced yesterday that
Darshan would be there today. So with a mixed feeling of "what to expect"
I reached Brindavan today morning.
The first noticeable thing was that devotees were being ushered right into
Trayee Brindavan - Swami's residence area today. While this was being
welcomed as a fantastic bonus by the devotees, everyone was equally
apprehensive, as to what was going to unfold today.
As can be expected, the whole of Trayee Brindavan was shining thanks to
the efforts of our hard working Seva Dal, and the students of Brindavan.
Swami's lotus shaped residence was so beautifully decorated, with bouquets
and simple floral designs. Entrance to the Trayee Brindavan itself (Mandir
where Swami resides) was excellently decorated.
This is the first time that I have been into the lawns of Trayee Brindavan
and fortunately, I got a decent seating from where the entrance to Trayee
Brindavan as well as the balcony was very nicely visible.
Festoons and banners at the gates to Trayee Brindavan, announced the
celebration of Easwarama's day on 6 May 2004.
The weather was cloudy and perfect with weather Gods as commanded by our
Supreme and Beloved Lord, in favour of the devotees and visitors. The
students sat closest to the Trayee residence entrance, as also Bal Vikas
children from various Samitis around Bangalore, then the VIPs and staff
and then the General Public on the lawns of Trayee Brindavan, and on the
side lawns too.
After a lot of waiting it was nearly 9 AM, when the balcony door opened
and Swami was found to be in a wheel chair being brought to the edge of
Balcony. Most of the hearts must have stopped as mine did. Because Swami
had some sort of discomfort and his right arm was in some discomfort.
Swami generally used His left hand only. Anyway, He looked around the
devotees gathered in front of Him and after about 5 minutes or so, went
back into the room and the balcony doors were closed, and many thought
that was the end.
But Sairam does not leave His devotees unhappy. After another 5 minutes
the main door on the ground floor opened and there was our beloved Swami
coming outside though in a wheel chair. After a little while, he gestured
for College boys to come to Him, and then He was physically assisted to
get up and brought down where He sat closest to Students and Bal vikas
children and then signaled.
The Bal Vikas children began bhajans and after three or four bhajans,
other Bal Vikas children recited Vedic chats of Ganesha.
Then Swami signaled to two boys, whom later it was clear to the audience
that they had completed MBA and are with Swami still out of love for Him
and the desire to serve Him. Swami asked them to talk.
The first boy a Sikh, narrated about his fortune, in getting this
opportunity to be blessed by Bhagavan to speak on the most auspicious day
of Easwaramma. He said that Swami had many times taught the students
about the importance of serving the mother and making her happy, as the
foremost duty of a son, and also about how Swami himself has such soft
corner for mothers.
Speaking further the speaker narrated, how few years ago, an old woman
devotee was desperately seeking Swami's grace with regard to four of her
daughter-in-laws, who have not been able to beget children.
Finally one day Swami walked up to her, and asked her, about her problem
and the woman who was hailing from Punjab (Northern India), asked Swami to
bless her daughters-in-law with children, to which Swami had told her that
it was not in their destiny. However the woman did not stop at that. She
reminded Swami that He has the power to rewrite the destiny of the
Universe and the beings thereof, and pleaded that He does so.
The butter like heart of Swami melted at the request of the woman and He
himself being the mother, wanted to satisfy the woman and He blessed the
daughters-in-law and the woman.
Lo and behold, the next year the same woman turned up for darshan with her
4 daughters-in-law and now 4 little ones accompanied them for the darshan.
The speaker concluded that Swami in His roopam as the mother, was here to
grant boons to all the seekers.
The second speaker also glorified the role of mother and told the audience
that they were indeed fortunate to find a Divine mother, in their life,
who cared for them every moment of their life. He also said that Swami not
only cares for humans beings only, but also animals. In this regard he
narrated, how once while walking back to Trayee Brindavan at Bangalore
after Darshan, Swami suddenly stopped short catching everyone by surprise.
Then Swami pointed out a long line of ants moving across His path. Swami
with pure love, waited for the complete line to cross before taking the
next step. He also waved His hand, created a sweet and then crushed it
and threw it to the ants, telling the onlookers that it was their lunch
time. Such is the Compassion of Mother Sai, he said.
Thereafter it was wonderful to see the arrangements were being made for
the discourse by Swami, and in spite of His physical problems, Swami did
not mind it one bit and proceeded to give His discourse. I have given
below gist of points as I remembered them from Swami's discourse.
* When we take birth, it is not the garland of diamonds and emeralds that
would matter but we come with a garland made by Brahma, which has good and
Bad of what we have done in the past.
* There are 4 teachers for each man and these are "Matru
Deva, Pitru Deva, Acharya Deva and Atiti Deva"
* The first teacher is always the mother
* There are lot of inner significance to any
statement made by a mother. Though the words may appear insignificant, in
effect they would have far reaching effects.
* True son is one who obeys mother's wish or command.
* If only each son tries hard, and look inward, then
they would find a true teacher in a mother.
Thereafter Swami went on to tell about His mother, who one day went to
Chitravati river to bring water and there she observed an old woman trying
to carry a pot of water with great difficulty. Moved by compassion, she
went and enquired as to why the old woman should carry the water, to which
the old woman replied that she has to depend on herself as has no one.
Thereafter Swami stated that Easwarama, had another incident in which she
saw school boy carrying a very heavy load of books to school, and on
enquiring from the student, the boy stated that he had to carry all books
because it would be required by various teachers.
Yet another incident happened in Easwarama's life wherein one day, she
observed a younger woman who was very weak herself, carrying a baby to the
town, which was far away. On enquiry Easwarama found that there were no
doctors who could treat the child and hence the woman has to walk long
The above 3 incidents in Easwaramma's life touched her heart so deeply,
that they left a permanent mark in her life.
Now Swami went on to explain about a boy from Calcutta, who was born in a
very poor family and without a father to support, as the father had died
early. This boy grew up studying under street lamps.
The boy was known as "Easwar Chand Vidyasagar"
By his hard effort, this boy went to achieve good education, and got a
very good job with a good salary. He wanted to buy good sari for his
mother but the mother said, that she did not want a sari but her son
"Help poor people"
Eashwar Chand Vidyasagar, satisfied many of his mother's wishes and thus
it is the responsibility of a son to fulfill his mother's wish, Swami
Eashwar Chand Vidyasagar built school, hospital etc., as per his mother's
wish and so too this "Satyasai" the Swami declared. And as everyone knows
now, Swami's projects which were the wishes of His mother, turned out to
be historic achievements. Swami referred to the Sathya Sai Institute of
Higher Learning University, the water project and the Super Speciality
Hospital projects, which emerged from simple statements of his mother. He
said that "little sentences" uttered by mothers, could turn out to be
"great mansions of joy".
Posted on 04.05.2004
Most Memorable Buddha Poornima Day Celebrated
Swami continued to play His "Love my uncertainty" drama. He arrived very
early at 7.10 AM catching everyone by surprise. He walked along the Ladies
side, direct through the student wing to the center stage and took His
Much to the delight of all, there was sanction from the Lord for conduct
of bhajans by students. On this most auspicious day of Buddha Poornima,
the Boys of the college, poured their heart out to the Lord, through their
devotional Bhajans singing. It was fantastic and lasted for almost one
At the end of Bhajans, Prasadam in the form of a Laddu was distributed to
all, and Bhagavan personally supervised the same before leaving the Hall
via the back stage.
Thus the morning session ended as early as 8.15 AM.
The afternoon session was equally thrilling. Swami again took everyone by
surprise by arriving at 3.15 PM, the first of its kind in the last one
month that He is here. As soon as He took His seat on the center stage,
Bhajans which started a little earlier, continued and until for another 2
or 3 Bhajans. Then it was observed that a microphone and podium was set up
and we were all excited thinking that there is going to be a discourse
from Swami today. But I saw from far, Swami signaling to someone, and
later I came to know that it was a teacher from the College whom Swami had
called on to the stage to speak. And what this lecturer told the august
assembly was fantastic.
Thanking the Lord for His compassion to select him to talk to the
audience, the Lecturer commenced the talk by stating that Lord's
compassion needs to be experienced by Sadhana. He stated that the Lord has
come amongst us to give, give and give only, and it is for us to grab, by
going closer to the Lord. The teacher spoke about the significance of
Buddha Poornima, the full moon day. He said that during this auspicious
day, one can find peace and plenty by contemplating on the Lord. He
recounted how the Lord had created a Buddha statue from thin air, last
year at Kodaikanal, on this very day, stating that the statue was made
from a particular clay called "Lambini clay" and is best suited for
Thereafter, the teacher also stated that the Lord is the Lord of the
Universe and is none other than Krishna Himself. He then recounted how the
Lord during the sixties had materialised a ring for John Hislop, and how
John Hislop was once wearing the ring around his neck tied to a thread,
and Swami questioned him as to why He is wearing it there, to which John
Hislop stated that the ring had chipped. Swami I believe took it from him
and blew on it and lo and behold, the ring was remade with Shirdi Baba's
icon. The Lord thereafter asked John Hislop whether he would now like the
ring with Shirdi Baba (whom the Lord referred to as the old man) or he
wanted a younger person. When John Hislop kept quiet, Swami again took the
ring and blew on it right in front of everyone, and lo and behold, now the
ring had the icon of a new face, whom Swami told John Hislop was the face
of "Prema Sai" - an avatar still to be born in the future.
Next speaker to day afternoon was the principal of the college (that is
what I was told), who narrated some of his experiences with Bhagavan. He
brought out the significance of Buddha Poornima and then went on to
explain the meaning of Buddam Charanam Gacchami, Dharmama Charanam
Gacchami and Sangam Charanam Gacchami.
He stated that "Buddam Charanam Gacchami" meant surrendering to the Buddam
which is referred to "Buddhi (intellect)" - Buddhi is closest to the Lord
and gets His vision on it all the time and so surrendering oneself to the
Buddhi on the Intellect would help progress on the spiritual path through
Next is "Dharmam Charanam Gacchami" meant that "carrying out righteous
action" as dictated by the discriminated aspect of Buddhi because this
will help you to stick on to the right path always.
Next was "Sangam Charanam Gacchami" which meant that one should get into
the habit of taking the Lord's name to the community by speaking about the
Lord to as many homes of the society as possible.
The Principal also narrated that right now few Buddhists have come to have
the Darshan of our beloved Lord, and how one of them had a vision of Lord
Sai in the form of Lord Vishnu. He also went on to state that Buddha had
forecasted about the arrival of Lord Sai in Buddha's days. Swami Himself
had told these interesting aspects of Buddha to these fortunate teachers
Thereafter Swami took Aarti and left via the back stage.
Thus ended a most fantastic day celebrating "Buddha Poornima"
Posted on 30.04.2004
Sai Lord is improving at a very fast rate
Dear brothers and sisters,
My ISP was out for 2 days and so I could not file any report whatsoever.
My ISP is shortly to be taken over by VSNL and so I am helpless.
The first happy news is that nowadays Swami is beginning to walk without
support. Though He limps, He tries to walk as much as He can without
holding on to anyone. This is fantastic.
Secondly He walks nowadays faster.
Thirdly in the last one week, He made full round of Ramesh Hall 3 times,
walking by Himself and taking the additional strain. This is excellent
news, because it is almost 9 months, since Swami walked the Ramesh Hall in
Darshans are going on as usual, both in the mornings and as well as
evenings. The extended Ramesh Hall has now made it possible for Swami to
keep others guessing, as to which way He would turn when He walks amongst
He is making devotees happy even those who are sitting in the extended
areas, because they have been benefited without a token system, much to
their surprise. Many of them have been able to give their letters to
Swami, because Swami went to them. This has not happened in years. Now it
does not matter, whether you came through token or not. If Lord's grace is
with you, well He will be there - next to you, in Darshan.
Bhajans as usual are being sung in the afternoon, and as I said earlier,
the quality of Bhajans is excellent. This time what I notice is the
distinct manner in which the devotees take part in bhajans whole
There is sweetness flowing all over in the Bhajans, this season.
Now Vedas tutor is available at the book shop. I saw the new CD on sale.
It is available along with Veda Pushpanjali Book. With this CD you can
practice Vedic chants. The price is negligible ! Just Rs.49. International
devotees may wish to place their order for this CD in bulk through their
respective centers so that they can save on shipping costs.
Also a new audio CD titled "SAIBABA" was noticed in the store. This CD
which is in two volumes (CD 1 and CD 2) has all the poems composed and
sung by Swami in His yester years with music set by an international
devotee. It is very nice. I purchased this and the music is excellent.
Price just Rs.100.
Latest DVD on Mahashivarathi - 2004 is now on Sale at the stores. It costs
Rs.200. Many people think it is VCD, but it is not VCD. It is a DVD.
I now have a resolve. To gift "My Love - My Message" CD-ROM to one of my
family members. Each time, I need to gift something, I will hereafter
think of gifting "My Life - My Message" CD-ROM. That way, I feel that I
will spread Swami's message. Anyone approves this ? If everyone of us who
are Swami's devotees, were to do this, we will really do wonderful service
of spreading Swami's message of Service to Humanity. I am sure most of us
can afford Rs.500 ( $12), once in a year at least, because that is the
cost of the CD-ROM.
Similarly I plan to gift out "Chinna Katha - Vol I and II" to children on
their birthdays. Once again, I feel that we will spread the message of
value based education in younger minds.
I hope all of you received "webfiles.zip" from the Sri Sathyasai Books
center. This zip file consists of details about the Multimedia CD-ROMs
brought out by the Books Center. Incase you have not received the same,
please send an enquiry to
firstname.lastname@example.org asking for the same.
Well that is all in this update.
Loka Samastha Sukino Bhavanthu.