i was in Parthi for 1 week for the the Guru Purnima
Celebrations. On 3rd July 2004 in the afternoon, the BAl
Vikas students (girls) of Madhya Pradesh & Chattisgarh put up a
dance drama entitled "Madhura Bhakthi" in the Sai Kulwant
Hall in the Divine presence of the Avatar. It was awesome,
devotion filled, inspiring and brought tears to my eyes.
The drama was about Lord Krishna in his older days in Dwaraka
reminiscing about his childhood days with the Gopees and Yasodha
in Brindavan. Krishna was sharing his feelings with His friend,
Uddhava. Uddhava tells Krishna that the Gopees should go beyond
body attachment to Krishna as He is Nirakaar. Krishna decides
to teach Uddhava about Madhura Bhakthi and that this is the
highest form of devotion. Krishna then tells Uddhava to
proceed to Brindavan immediately to teach the Gopees about
going beyond their physical and body attachment to Lord Krishna
and that He is omnipresent. However, Uddhava meets Radha and the
Gopees and realises their great love for Krishna and
realises that Madura Bhakthi is the highest form of devotion to
The girl who played Krishna was later called by Swami to the
verandah where Swami was sitting on His sofa and He told her to
take Padanamaskar. This is a rare privilege nowadays. Everyone
in the Sai Kulwant Hall clapped joyously. Swami then
materialised a gold chain and pendant for her and we all were
thrilled to tears. Swami's Grace is beyond words.
in Krishna always,
Lovingly consented on 09.07.04
is the Greatest Prasad (Sai Prasad)
Jai Sri Krishna
Sai Ram Brothers & Sisters,
When i was in Parthi last week for Guru Purnima, Swami gave out
prasad (sweets) to all His students and devotees in the Sai
Kulwant hall. As usual, there was a stampede by most of the
local crowds who wanted to get their hands on the prasad
first. Sevadals had to scream and shout at all devotees to sit
silently and calmly to get their prasad. But, no one
wanted to listen. Thus, there was hustle and bustle and
screaming and shouting to receive Swami's prasad. It
was so chaotic. But, i realised that the devotees love Swami
very much and His prasad represents Swami's love for
them. Thus, they will do anything to have Darshan of Swami and
receive His prasad. That's their way of showing their
love for Swami.
We have to realise that Swami is our greatest Prasad. We have
to savour Him, feel Him within us and always remember the sweet
taste of Swami.
A restaurant menu will not satiate our hunger. We have to eat
the meal in the restaurant to enjoy, appreciate, taste and
savour the excellent meal. Similarly, we have to appreciate that
Swami is the greatest prasad and we have to taste His
sweet Divine name (namasmarana) on our tongues all the time. We
have to remember what the prasad (Swami) tastes like and
thus we always have to contemplate on Swami in order to be in
tune with Him. We have to chew and swallow the prasad so that
our stomach is full. Similarly, we have to see Swami within us
all the time and keep Him in our Heart in order to fill our
Heart with His Love. This way our life will be full and
in Krishna always,
Lovingly consented on 09.07.04
First of all, let us collectively offer our most respectful
Pranaams at Bhagawan’s Lotus Feet on this most auspicious
occasion of Gurupoornima.
Yesterday evening, an announcement was made that Gurupoornima
celebrations will commence at
This morning, Swami came out for Darshan at exactly The golf cart
glided down into the Kulwant Hall and Swami went for a full
round, both on the ladies and gents side, much to the glee and
joy of all. Panchavadyam was being
played by the students. Swami completed a full circle and then
went towards the Primary School children’s side too. Finally,
the golf cart came alongside the interview room and took a turn
into the dais where the sofa was kept. Bhagawan got down the
cart and walked very briskly to the Sofa. He stood there for
quite some time giving His lovely Darshan to all. The Kulwant
Hall was full and devotees were standing even outside the Hall
trying to catch a glimpse of the Divine Form!
As He sat down on
the sofa, there was a loud applause!! Swami called the main
singers who were seated in the front and enquired about the
programme. As they explained, He nodded his head giving a green
signal. All of us sang a number of stotrams
and songs. Songs were more compared to the
stotrams. Every song was preceded by a short commentary
about the significance of Gurupoornima and the presence of the
The music programme
came to a close at around 7.45 a.m. Mr.
Chakravarthi (Secretary of the Central Trust) made an
announcement that Bhagawan would now express His Love for the
physically handicapped people from villages in Anantapur
District, by offering them tricycles for easy mobility and bless
them so that they carry on a happy life. 22 people selected from
different Mandals of the district
were carried by two Sevadals each,
who placed them in the tricycle that was brought in front of
Bhagawan. Swami blessed each one of them with
from the sofa itself. Subsequently, He gave all of them
beautiful soft cream coloured
Mr. Chakravarthi came onto the dais
and with Bhagawan’s permission, made a few remarks about how
Swami’s glory has beenspreading the world over, but how at
the same time some miscreants have been using His name for their
own personal purposes and for commercial purposes. He
emphatically noted that the Government of India has included the
name of Bhagawan, “Sri Sathya Sai”, the name of the Trust, “Sri
Sathya Sai Central Trust”, and all their ‘emblems’ under a
special act of 1950 and is therefore protected under this Indian
mentioned some number of the act which I do not remember).
As per this act, anybody who uses these names or emblems for
commercial purposes will be subject to punishment as per the
Subsequently, Bhagawan blessed two speakers to share their views
with all of us. The first was Sri Indulal
Shah and the second was Dr. Goldstein – Chairman of
Prashanti Council. Each one spoke
briefly for around 10 minutes and at Swami arose to
deliver His Divine Discourse.
highlights of the Gurupoornima Message are given below:
Man has no idea of what Sahanam
(Forbearance/Tolerance) is. Sahanam
is the beauty of this sacred land. Sahanam
is a sacred Mantra for the Bharatiyas. Devotees are very much in
need of this quality.
Adherence to Truth is the highest penance.
Forgetting this, man is lost in mere rituals.
ØIs there a grater
feeling than that towards the Mother? This nectarine feeling
cannot be purchased for money or procured from somewhere. Today
Bharatiyas are disobeying these principles and following alien
Love or physical love can be obtained easily, but not Divine
Love. Love does not mean merely loving each other physically.
Love is heart to heart. Wherever you see there is Divine Love!
It is this Divine Love that is sustaining and protecting one and
all. All other forms of Love are false. Bhagawan wants us to
share and experience this whole hearted Love. True Love should
originate from the human heart. Maintain and protect this Love.
ØWho is God? You are God. This is the
answer we must discover. Though God is everywhere, He is also in
you. Never doubt that He is here and not there. Prahalada
declared that God is everywhere. Todayman is
forgetting God in himself and is posing faith in external
objects and things.
never give up Love! This is the greatest wealth/prosperity! The
one who forgets this is not man at all. Love towards mother,
father, sister are all physical love, related to the worldly
drama. You don’t need to search for True Love. It is in you,
above you, below you and around you!!
ØThis is a flower (Swami took the red rose from the
table and held it in His hand).
God is the real flower. This is the symbol of the heart of the
Lord. The petals of the rose are the one’s that make up the
flower. The Rekalu (petals) are
God’s Lekhalu (letters). If you
remove the petals, then where is the flower? (As He said this,
Swami removed all the petals from the flower, one by one, and
showed the bare stalk).
Primordial Self – Atma is Love.
Mother, Father, Sister, Brother are all petals of the flower
called the family. But it is not enough to just have family
relationships. The whole world is a family and we must become
members of this family.
is nothing beyond God in this Universe. Whatever you see,
wherever you see, there is God ONLY. Where then are we searching
for Him? There is NOTHING OTHER THAN HIM! Give up the
materialistic view and know the power of God. Strengthen it!
ØYou drink water. (Swami drank some water from the
What happens? Your thirst is quenched. Both thirst and water
are Divine. The five elements, the
five senses, the five sheaths are all Divine.
Today, we are misusing the senses. Senses by themselves are
are Human Values? They are nothing but the Divine Qualities. The
very name – GOD – is a Divine quality. Other than this, God has
no other qualities or attributes. He transcends all these.
Whatever words Swami speaks is Love!!
Is Love!! I know no other word. God is beyond description. There
is only one possible description and that is Love!
the physically handicapped people were being given the
tricycles, I was so pained to find many people looking at them
with pity and sympathy. No, they are not low in any way. They
are also embodiments of Divine! Nothing less! They are not low!
people talk to Me with Love, I feel
so happy. When you talk to Me with
artificial descriptions and feelings, I feel disgusted. Just say
‘SAI’ with pure Love, I will immediately respond with ‘OUI’.
All your wealth and position stand
nowhere in front of Love. You may go anywhere, be anywhere –
forest, village, mountain top…Love is unparalleled.
ØThe gift of
Bhakti has been given to mankind to foster this Love.
Devotion without Love is ‘DeepOcean’,
that too salty water ocean! Devotion with Love is full of sweet
water!! Safeguard this Love.
this auspicious occasion of Gurupoornima, the most precious and
valuable gift I am now giving you all is LOVE!! Without Love
everything else is useless. Foster this Love.
Bhagawan brought His
Discourse to a close with the bhajan,
Mana Se Kaho…”.
began. Meanwhile Swami again called Mr.
Chakravarthi and asked him to say something. We all were
wondering what it could be. He stood in front of the mike and
said the following:
Bhagawan’s wish that henceforth we all must not ask Swami for
anything other than Divine Love. It is Bhagawan’s assurance to
us that once we get this Love, all our other desires will be
subsumed in this. Therefore, let us pray to Him now onwards only
for Divine Love and nothing else”.
was a loud applause from the crowds. Aarti
followed. Swami went inside the interview room and by the golf cart
glided towards the Poornachandra Hall. Swami kept standing even
inside the golf cart so that all could have a good Darshan!
Thus the curtain
closed on the morning session of this most sacred day!!
consented to share on 06-07-04
I lost myself
when I saw our beloved Swami in the celestial palace - Sai
kulwanth hall, Prashanthi Nilayam, Sai durbar on 3rd July
afternoon. His Majesty, sitting on His throne..man mandir mae
aao Sai. Anthar jyothi jalao Sai, brahma sanaathani dayaa
karo.daya karo hey poorna jyothirmayi..As the words are, its
true that our Bhagavan is always filled with His splendorous
radiance.like a full moon.
A program was
performed by the Madhya Pradesh & Chattisgarh bal vikas children
about the immortal love of Radha and Krishna and Krishna and
Gopikas. Swami was all the time seeing the children who are
adorned in colorful dresses n white flowers. After the
program there was a brief photo session. God yields for those
who pleads Him for His grace. Very true. Very very true. All the
children were seated back after the photo session, in
their rows n Swami has been seeing them with His intense love.
And guess what happened? He called the child who enacted
as Krishna n I think He materialized some chain (I guess) and
adorned it around the neck of the child n He also asked
the child to do pada namaskara - prostration at His feet - the
blessing He rarely gives in these days. How fortunate is the
child, Sai Ram!!! There is nothing to worry about that child for
His parents on any thing through out the child's life. The child
who received this big blessing from Swami at His/her very young
age. The love that poured down from our beloved Master..There
Shall Be Showers Of Blessings, Showers Of Blessings We Need.
Showers Of Blessings, Showers Of Blessings We Need, Mercy Drops
Round Us Are Falling, But For The Showers We Plead.. ..There
Shall Be Showers Of Blessing, If We But Trust And Obey; There
Shall Be Seasons Refreshing, If We Let God Have His Way... After
this, the students presented classical songs before Swami. They
were deeply moving and Bhagavan enjoyed them thoroughly. Darshan
was over just after 5.00p.m
On Sunday 4th july morning, Bhagavan came very early. The veda
chanting started even before the crowd is in and the security
made the queues to be sent fast. And Swami came before 7.00A.M.
The students presented a program on the life of Bhagavan quoting
some important phases of Swami's life..His young age specially.
Brindavan students as well as Parthy students all got their new
safari white dresses. Swami's love for them is intense Sai Ram.I
pity myself deeply for not being studying in Swami's
institutions. Karuna sindhu Bhagavan. He have been standing all
the time patiently with an untainted smile until all the boys
including the kids be given their new dresses. For sitting n
seeing itself, I lost patience because of the never ending
queue. All the time thinking of the pain that Bhagavan was
taking by standing through out the time. His love is immense,
immense and immeasurable. Tears just rolled down for myself
being unfortunate of not being a student there..Swami went in
to interview room for some time in between and the darshan ended
exactly at 9.45A.M (definitely to catch my train to Bangalore,
Swami gave enough time to reach the station so that I need not
miss Karnataka express scheduled at 10.40A.M, which eventually
turned late by 30 minutes!!! Swami puts every thing in tune if
we just leave Him the things). I am happy that I stayed
back with out bothering about any thing, when Swami was in
interview room as I could get a little close glimpse of
smiling Swami when He was returning to His earthly home..token
number 17 Sai Ram..what to do???
thing? Swami is expected to come to Bangalore. Though it is
not declared. Every one is talking of the same..adding to that.
My happiness took no bounds when the Brindavan boys sang some
songs pleading God to come to Whitefield. The songs are
moving...I felt their words as mine as they appeared out just as
my heart is pleading Swami. Waiting for the Happy days again to
even have Swami physically. We will be fortunate to have
Swami again here, if he turns up here. The expected date is 9th.
Just fingers crossed Sai Ram...waiting for the GREAT day
of Swami's arrival back to Bangalore.
share on 06.07.2004
....I came to
know about all the programmes taking place in Parthi through my
brother who was there for Guru purnima. Students from Nepal,
Indonesia, Madhya Pradesh, Chandigarh, Anantpur girls, all
presented dramas and performances in the Divine presence over
the last few days. As the Brindavan boys were desperately
waiting for their turn, Swamy granted them a chance yesterday
morning, just before they were to leave. They presented 'Sai
Katha', narration of Bhagawan's life through songs and some
narratives. It seems Bhagawan was moved to tears when they
mentioned about the three boons that Easwaramma asked (hospital,
school and water for Parthy, which bhagawan provides on an
international scale). Swamy was extremely happy and presented
the boys with suits!! The boys pleaded with Bhagawan to visit
Brindavan and HE said 'tappakunda vastanu', I will definitely
come. HE again said, 'meeru ippudu pondi, nenu taravata vastanu',
you go now, I will come later.
While we cannot
say when HE will come, it is very pleasing to think of
having HIS darshan in the Ramesh hall soon. Will let you know
(if and) when HE arrives......
Jai Sai Ram
Ramesh K. Sistla
Om Sri Sai Ram
Swami was coming early in the morning at 6.50 IST during the
student´s sweet music programme After speeches of Indulal Shah
and M. Goldstein our beloved Bhagavan Baba was granting His
Divine Discourse on LOVE for about 35 minutes.
Be happy with that.
Jay Sai Ram
to all a happy, holy and joyous Gurupurnima
This day is Gurupurnima, when many offer special puja to the
Guru (worship of the preceptor) who has initiated them into
spiritual life, with the grant of some manthra (sacred syllable)
or some vow. To adore the preceptor who has shown the path of
liberation, you need not wait for the arrival of this particular
day. You need not watch the calendar at all; be ever grateful.
The guru has directed the vision inside, the goal is in you, the
path leads you to yourself, the I that shines unknown in you, as
well as in all. Knowing it is liberation from the bondage of the
body and the chain of birth and death which the body drags along
People come to
Me and pray, "Swaami! Naaku rooksham kaavaali" (For me - moksha
(liberation) is wanted). Consider for a moment that statement of
thirst. A parcel you get through post is covered top and bottom,
with the gift inside the two; you remove the packaging material
from top and bottom to get at the thing you really value most;
moksha (the gift you value) is packed between two ideas---'for
me,' and 'is wanted'---the idea of EGO and the idea of DESIRE.
So, all I have to tell you is, "Remove the packing, and take the
gift, MOKSHA. Have no ego, discard desire, you are liberated!"
Heute ist Gurupûrnimâ, der Tag, an dem viele ihrem Guru, der
ihnen die Tür zur spirituellen Welt durch Mantren oder Gelübde
geöffnet hat, ihren besonderen Dank erweisen. Um den Lehrer zu
verehren, der euch den Weg zur Befreiung gezeigt hat, braucht
ihr nicht auf einen bestimmten Tag zu warten. Der Kalender hat
nichts damit zu tun. Ihr müßt ihm immer dankbar sein. Der Guru
hat euren Blick nach innen gerichtet, denn das Ziel liegt in
euch. Der Weg führt zu dem eigenen Selbst, zu dem Ich, das
unerkannt in euch leuchtet wie in jedem anderen. Es zu kennen
ist die Erlösung von der Knechtschaft des Körpers und der Kette
von Geburt und Tod, die der Körper nach sich zieht. Die Leute
kommen zu mir und sagen: “Ich wünsche mir Befreiung (moksha)“.
Das heißt auf Telugu “nâku moksham kâvâli“, wörtlich “für mich -
moksha – wird gewünscht“. Seht euch diese Formulierung einmal
an. Es ist wie bei einem Paket, das ihr mit der Post erhaltet.
Oben und unten ist Verpackungsmaterial, in dem das Geschenk
verborgen ist. Ihr müßt die Verpackung oben und unten entfernen,
um zu dem zu kommen, was ihr haben möchtet. So wird auch
“moksha“ - das, was ihr haben wollt - von zwei Begriffen
verhüllt: “für mich“ und “wird gewünscht“, von dem Begriff des
Egos und dem des Verlangens. Deshalb ist alles, was ich euch
sagen kann: “Entfernt die Verpackung und nehmt euch das Geschenk;
habt kein Ego und kein Verlangen, dann seid ihr befreit.“
Though I have visited PN a lot
of times, every visit is unique and happier. I was there on 19th and
20th instant and the moment I stepped into the precincts of PN there is
a feeling of sublime joy and the mood is different.
The crowds were lesser, and
foreign visitors were also few. Swami's darshan was on the red golf cart
and most of the days he is not making a full round on the gents side and
takes a short cut and goes off to the Mandir making one feel frustrated
after sitting for hours and with hope to catch a closer glimpse of
Swami. When I expressed frustration loudly, my friend sitting next to me
said " Is Swami under obligation to come out for Darshan everyday? Did
he send an invitation for us to come and sit for darshan?" Answers to
both the above are in the negative. So whatever we get from Him is a
blessing. I could see Swami being helped by students to get in and out
of the Golf cart and also to sit in and get up from the chair. He was
sitting for nearly an hour in the chair listening to the Veda chanting
and darshan could be had sitting in the hall from about say 50-75 feet.
His face was bright as usual.
When I was looking at so many
old people 70+ to 90 in PN whom I have been seeing in the last decade
and also older people in general outside, why Swami alone had to fall
and break his leg and then a shoulder injury. When I was thinking about
that I clearly felt it absurd. All this looks to be his own doing for
some purpose. He has already told that everything in his Avataric
Mission would go as per his predetermined plan. It looks that his
stopping of "padanamaskar" and now this injury and coming relatively
lesser into the crowd shows he is slightly "distancing" himself from
the crowd may be asking us to focus less on His Form. All this made me
think and realise that afterall Swami is not REALLY that thin frame of
body but he is something above all that and he is a cosmic energy
operating at a much much higher level gloabally. To see Swami's frail
body and focus on his leg injury and limping and getting lost in
thoughts like "what has happened to Swami" etc looks foolish and will
not make us progress.
On Sunday evening I was
standing outside the Sai Kulwant Hall to listen to the Bhajans and take
a glimpse of Swami before I left PN at 5.30pm. When you look at the hall
full of people - everyone's only purpose is to have a glimpse of Swami -
that sight of the crowd - mixture of all castes in India, a mixture of
Hindus, Christians, Muslims, Sikhs sitting for HIM and the eagerness on
their faces and the happiness on their faces when the red robe and crown
of hair is spotted is what makes you realise the value of the person
whom you have come to see !! Instead of being in the midst of the crowd
distance yourself and see from a distance you know the value of Swami.
May be person who walks with Swami everyday may not realise the value of
his position unless he comes out and sees from a distance. And when the
day's last Aarthi is performed and the om shanthi is said
thrice........there is a total silence with crowd waiting for Swami to
leave to his abode. That moment is also absolutely absorbing. The
silence is just to be felt.
The moment you step out of PN
the environment is rid with negative vibrations and life is as
usual...........may be you can make it different if you can capture
those moments in PN permanently in your heart. Easier said than done.
But to some extent possible.......Sairam.
Note: There is
construction activity going on around the Sarva Dharma Pillar just
opposite the existing residence of Swami. This new construction
according to persons in PN is the new accommodation for Swami and should
be ready by Guru Poornima and some persons also say that Swami may go to
Whitefield anytime as this work makes further progress and return after
Consented to share by
Ramu on 22-06-2004
Posted on 15.06.2004
Below some news on Swami's education programme in India.
Bhagawan is giving Darshan as usual both morning and evening. Yesterday
evening, we had a very surprising event. After Bhagawan sat down on the
sofa, He spoke to the Vice Chancellor something and then the Vice
Chancellor, Sri S.V. Giri stood up. The mike was arranged. The Vice
Chancellor spoke for the rest 45 minutes or so. He said that Bhagawan has
willed that henceforth all studies in this Institute everything that is
taught and everything that is learnt, must have the focus on Dharma. That
is, Dharma must be the undercurrent of all studies here. This has been
there all along in some manner but it is Swami's wish that it must be
given top priority now.
The Vice Chancellor explained about the Awareness Programme that is the
unique feature of our Institute. He elaborated on how the programme is
conducted at the Under Graduate level and then how it takes shape at the
Post Graduate Level. Whereas at the Under Graduate level, the focus is on
the Vahinis of Bhagawan, Unity of Religions, Philosophy of Education.. at
the I Year Post Graduate level the principles in the Bhagavad Gita are
highlighted upon and assimilated. Finally in the second year the focus
will be on "My Life is My Message". All that has been learnt until now
will be discussed with regard to Bhagawan's own life. Therefore, when the
students leave the Institute, episodes of Bhagawan who is the very
embodiment of Dharma will be fresh in the minds of the students and this
would give them the necessary impetus to practice the same. This is
Another good news is that Bhagawan has blessed the M.Phil. programme to be
started in our Institute. He has decided that Research will now be THE
thing in this Institute but research, oriented towards practical
knowledge, application oriented for the benefit of the society. As the
Vice Chancellor spoke about all these things, the audience was delighted.
There were loud claps. Finally he prayed to Bhagawan to guide all of us on
the aspect of Dharma, which is so subtle and complex. Swami smiled and
just kept silent. Therefore this is the new turn that our Institute is
Posted on 12.06.2004
Sai Ram Dear devotees of
Baba graced me with an
opportunity to have His Divine Darshan on Thursday and Friday this
The Thursday darshan were full
of Bliss and Grace for devotees present. Swami came both morning and
evening - the unique thing I noticed was that instead of pre Darshan
music - now there was Vedic Chanting commencing as soon as Swami is
about to arrive for Darshan.
In the evening selected
students gave a presentation on DHARMA - Atam Dharma and Dharma in
normal life. The students concluded with a prayer to Swami to give a
deeper insight into Dharma. The VC of the Sathya Sathya University
announced to the pleasure of all the awards conferred on the SSS
University. He also informed about the high grades achieved by
students. He also concluded with his prayer to Bhagwan to shower some
insight into Dharma.
But, instead Swami got up and
took aarthi and left for His Residence.
However, when I was returning
after tea - and the mandir compound was empty - I found Swami in the
Golf Cart driving into the mandir compound with the students - He went
into the interview room.
On Friday - the Darshan was
again very Blissful and full of Grace - Swami called some students for
interview and then went around Prasanthi in His Golf Cart giving open
Darshan to all devotees - who were delighted - but, the seva dal
were definitely hard pressed to control the surging devotees all
trying to close-in on the gold cart.