Om Sai Ram
Avatar Darshan –Grace Provided Profusely
I saw it with my very own eyes: the transition from
doubt to certainty; from disbelief to belief; from “is it?” to “it
is”…….the journey- from I to We; from darkness to light….
The journey itself was a breeze, and the bhajans
sung, the experiences shared: only geared us up for the big thing that was
in store for us. We reached Dharmavaram station to the loving welcome from
the heavens themselves- in the form of cool Breeze.
As soon as we entered the ashram, I felt we are in
the miraculous world and felt the Divine Presence
As soon as we reached the Sumptuous dinner was
waiting for us at the Punjabi Canteen, even though we reached a little
late the ever loving volunteers in the Punjabi Canteen served us with pure
love. The room-keys were allotted immediately after dinner.
After a Good Nights sleep, our day started with
Nagarsankeertan. The programme was drafted meticulously, and was supported
well by all the Volunteers.
After the melodious Bhajans we had an excellent
Breakfast in south Indian canteen. Thereafter we visited the Chaitanya
Jyoti, a museum made on Life of Sathya Sai Baba.
It was an excellent Chinese architecture, where even
a spec of dust was difficult to find. Its one of the most modern and
magnificent museums that we may have ever seen. The Chaitanya Jyoti. Some
breath- taking shows, models and videos
Heritage museum was another wonder, in the spiritual
township. Here the unity of all religions is very well displayed.
After having one more tasty lunch and a short rest of
1 hour we proceeded towards the Hill view stadium for an event which
cannot be penned down.
We all were seated on the stands, and soon the 3 boys
of STD 11th were introduced to us. These boys spoke with us
extempore, and spoke with such an authority and confidence that the best
of the orators would salute them.
The talks concluded within 50 minutes and we
proceeded towards the Superspeciality Hospital.
The hospital is a marvel: technologically,
structurally, medically and ideologically. It was not like any other
hospital, but is a Temple, a Temple of Healing. The surprising fact I
discovered that all the services including the medicines,
treatment,stay,surgery and post surgery is free of cost and the hospital
doesn’t have any cash counter. All the patients are treated at par
including the rich and the poor, irrespective of caste and creed,
religions and faith.
Most patients were bound to feel better by merely
being there, in those heavenly surroundings. We all were at once
attracted to the concept of working in such surroundings, with
qualitatively the best instruments- being put to their optimum, rightful
And after seeing the Video Presentation and some
lovely experiences by one of the hospital staff member, we headed back to
the Mandir for Bhajans, the devotional songs sung by the students of Sri
Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning.
The Voice, Music and all the instruments were in such
a harmony that we couldn’t imagine that these Bhajans were conducted sung
The next morning, after the breakfast, we proceeded
to Whitefield, Bangalore for Swamis Darshan. On reaching Whitefield we
immediately went to the Super- Speciality Hospital. The grandeur, the
magnificence, the beauty, the architecture, the organization, the
facilities, the cleanliness- these gave us the impression of being in a
palace, nay, in heaven! A feat, that is humanly impossible, where only
Divinity reflected in its every aspect.
Traveling back to Mumbai, we were in a trance. We
still are. The experience that this was, it has been permanently etched in
our memory. We are the blessed ones.
We thank Sri Sathya Sai Seva organization and all
their volunteers, for conducting this wonderful program and arranging it
so professionally with Love, that we don’t have words to thank them.
Jai Sai Ram.
Shared by Mahesh Goklani - posted on 14.02.2006
Today being Sunday, the Sevadals were in the first block, ready for
the day-long Bhajan session. The Bhajans started at 9:30 a.m. At 10.15
a.m., the usual hustle started on-stage, heralding Swami's arrival. In a
few minutes the screen next to the Krishna statue parted and there Swami
was, giving the most benign of his smiles. He came walking to the railing
near the end of the stage and stood for a while. The Porte chair was
trailing him. Swami sat down on the chair for a few Bhajans.
After a little while, Swami got up from the chair and indicated that
He wanted to go down amongst the devotees. Swami made His way towards
the lift, came down, walked a few steps to where Sri H.D. Deve Gowda,
the former Deputy PM of India, was standing, blessed him, and started
walking amidst the students. Watching Swami walk was thrilling as
this was the first session when Swami actually walked amidst the devotees
during this visit.
Swami crossed the first block, then turned left and crossed over on
to the ladies' side, all the while accepting letters from the devotees.
Two brothers had the blessed opportunity to support Swami
throughout. Once He reached the end of the first block on the ladies'
side He turned to the left and made His way back onto the stage. Only when
He reached on-stage did He sit down on the chair. There were few more
Bhajans after which Swami asked for the Arati to be performed and then
retired to Trayee Brindavan.
The whole session lasted almost an hour and there was so much of Love
radiating from Him and the whole audience was reverberating with joy.
In the evening, the Seva Dal Bhajans were going on and Swami arrived at
5:30 p.m. He came walking onto the stage and sat down on the chair. The
Brindavan Hostel boys had prepared a cultural programme. As soon as He sat
down, He indicated to the students assembled in the front that they could
begin. As soon as Swami gave them the permission, two boys ran up the
stage with a huge card, seeking His blessings.
The programme titled "Ocean of Devotion" was based on the Nine types of
Devotion: Shravanam, Keertanam, Vishnusmaranam, Padasevanam, Vandanam,
Archanam, Dasyam, Sneham, Atmanivedanam; and how the great devotees of all
times had used these different types of devotion to merge with the Lord.
Parikshit had used Shravanam to reach the Lord, whereas Meera Bai and
Thyagaraja had used Kirtanam and so on.
There were anchors for each form of devotion and they explained the
significance of each type of devotion, and gave examples of the devotees
of the Lord who followed that form of Bhakthi. The presentation was
interspersed with beautiful songs, all chosen appropriately to that form
saidevotees_worldnet - posted on 11.02.2006
5th February 2006
Joy to the world - Swami is giving walking darshan
Just came from Brindavanam and
immediately typing this message with lot of joy and happiness since today
Swami seemed even better in walking, He gave darshan both in the morning
and evening. He came through the curtain on the stage walking (with
support) and even while taking the Aarti moves back walking to the curtain
door on the stage.
As soon as he comes, HE stands for
a few minutes before seating very close to the end of the stage. We can
see the beautiful full form of the lord. In the morning, he came down the
stage from the Elevator and walked slowly on the gents side.
In the Evening, he came at 5.30
pm, again walking from the curtain door, standing for a few minutes
holding the grill support before taking HIS seat. Students of Brindavanam
campus gave a beautiful program on Nava-Vidha bhakti, taking each of the
Bhakti, mentioning the meaning, giving examples of Meerabai, Sabari,
Prahalad etc and singing beautiful songs for each of the Bhakti. For some
of the songs the entire hall was vibrant with chorus and clappings
especially the qawalli "Shirdiwale Sai Baba" At around 6 pm, Governor of
Karnataka ( T.N. Chaturvedi) and Vice-President of India (Bhairon Singh
Shekawat) came for Darshan, they were made seated near the stage and
were watching the students program. The program went on till 6.20 pm,
After which Swami got up the seat, moved walking back to the curtain door.
Yesterday and Today, Swami stood during the entire Aarti.
Till the time I left Brindavanam
at 7pm, the Governor and Vice-President were still in Trayee.
Let us keep continuing our prayers
and focus more stronger on our Sadhana of becoming better Swami's
instruments and our self-transformation is Swami's medicine towards
Brindavan Darshan, 29th Jan '06!
A loving SaiRam from Bangalore. It was a very chilly morning. It was misty
for most part. The morning Sun was trying its best to warm up the earth and
earthlings. It hadn't tasted much success even at 9AM! It was still cold by
our standards. By 10AM, this cold was receding, succumbing to the relentless
morning Sun! And then it poured heavily! You can't believe it, right! This
is not about Bangalore weather report on Sunday morning. It's all about the
grace and bliss that rained, nay, poured by Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba at
Yours truly was a victim of the Sunday cold and inherent laziness and set
off for Brindavan by about 9AM. I see my watch as I enter the ashram and it
shows 9:40AM. I could hear the bhajans going on! I was scared, has Swamy
already come in? Has my laziness cost me some precious darshan time? Soon I
discover, much to my comfort that Swamy hasn't arrived yet. But indications
are there HE will be there any moment. I thanked HIM and assumed a position
in the sparsely the occupied extension of the hall - my usual place! Bhajans
are on. Ladies and Gents are alternating and rendering some beautiful
It's 10AM and lights on the stage come up. That's a sure indication that
Swamy has come to the ground floor of Trayee from HIS inner chamber. We are
all attention now. There, we see the orange robe and halo of hair passing by
the Trayee gate, seated in HIS chair as it is wheeled about towards the rear
entrance of the stage of the Sai Ramesh Hall. Welcome Swamy, I told HIM
within myself. Soon, HE was on the stage. After a couple of bhajans, Swamy
signalled to go down to the hall!!! This was bounty in the offing, as last
few days HE hasn't been regularly granting darshans. Soon, HE had got down
from the right side (as you sit facing the stage) elevator. Earlier times
when Swamy used to walk we used to think because of HIS "short" stature, we
aren't able to see from a distance. So, you could imagine, today as HE was
seated in the chair, we hardly had an inkling of what is going on! However,
one thing we were going to be sure about, HE is coming about towards the end
There HE goes in the central aisle and before the end, HE takes left into
the ladies' side. They can't believe it! In earlier times, this used to be
the entrance of Swamy as HE walked by. So HE goes to that row. It is too far
for me and add the glare of the shining Sun, I can't see much as to what is
happening. We back liners stand up in a bid to catch up. Will Swamy exit
that way to the Trayee? I though so. But HE goes staright till near the
Kalyana mandapam, enquires something from someone and takes a right and
right again to reach the end near the stage. HE continues to the central
aisle. On the way, HE is doing something, blessing, taking letters,
enquiring.... Always busy! No wonder, HIS life is HIS message. HE continues
through the front most row, ignoring the elevator, focussing on the students
Students occupy the first block. There HE covers them and arrives at the
right most aisle, again! Oh, the people, sitting near the right aisle are
twice lucky! HE takes right and soon after crossing the student block, HE
takes the in between row and comes over to the central aisle, again! And HE
takes left there, that means HE is coming to the end of the hall, a second
time! We were standing so that the eye can absorb every pixel of the divine
sight that we are witnessing. I must confess, by now we are chanting the
bhajans just mechanically and fully absorbed in the uncertainty that Swamy
is showing that must have made the security team tear their hairs! As HE is
coming towards us, HE is indicating to us to sit and also blessing. How
beautiful! These moments will be firmly etched in my memory and will be
recollected very fondly when I sit in Brindavan in the future darshans.
HE comes to the end takes a U-turn and goes back all the way till the Ganesh
idol. HE takes right there and goes near the right elevator. There we see
HIM, seated in the chair and the HE is going up. Hold on, the elevator goes
up and comes down again! Is HE going to take a third round? He re-visits the
front most row and now comes near the left side elevator. HE goes onto the
stage after enthralling us so completely! HE sits for a bhajan and then
signals for aarti. The rose is given, the aarti is lit, the chair turns back
to take Swamy towards Trayee and it turns back again to face us! It is
brought near the railing! By now, the aarti is done and there is pin drop
silence in the hall and everybody's thinking what will Swamy do next! He
held the railing and stood up, as if to tell us, this is perhaps the only
joy I have withheld today till now. Take this as well! And sure, there was
huge cheer as Swamy started to walk on the stage. Loud chants of jai bolo
Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.......
I have written quite a bit. I am sorry if the narration is confusing
anywhere. Suffice to say that the idea is to portray the bliss we derived
and the "Love MY uncertainty" that Swamy often tells us. May the Lord of
Brindavan bless us all with a clean mind so that we absorb what HE teaches
us and implement those for our own benefit and show our gratitude to HIM. We
love to you Swamy!
Jai Sai Ram