This morning there was no Darshan. However, there was a lot to happen in
the evening - great surprises which you will come to know as you read on!
In the evening Swami came out at 3.45 p.m. Bhagawan comes in the Toyota
Porte car which parks near the interview room and then the sofa
automatically comes out and the wheels drop out for further manual
Swami sat outside in the centre of the stage. Prof. Anil Kumar was called
and Swami spoke to him for a while. Even before Swami came out onto the
stage, He spent some time sitting just near the car. Later at around 4.05
p.m. the mikes were arranged and we thought that Swami had asked Prof.
Anil Kumar to give a talk. But that was not the case.
Swami beckoned to the Vedam boys to bring a mike for Him. Immediately, the
PA system team sped into action and arranged a standing mike for Swami
such that He could speak while sitting. What a surprise! Swami was going
to speak to all of us. Just yesterday He saturated us with Darshan and
today Sambhashan too! What luck!
Excerpts from His Discourse:
Students - boys and girls, administrators - In Bharath, of late, we have
been coming across a number of problems. This is quite natural. But it is
our responsibility to enquire and investigate. In the last couple of
months there have been a number of problems and obstacles that have caused
a loss of happiness and bliss to people. More than our studies, our
actions are important. We must necessarily make an effort to improve the
There is no water to drink. Earlier we have taken every care to supply
water for drinking and irrigation. Now the problem is very severe and has
spread all over Anantapur District. We are not born merely to earn a
living, we do not study merely to fill our stomachs; all that we have
learnt must be put into practice to serve our fellow men and community.
We have to realize the plight of the people in every district. Right from
tomorrow - Monday, we must first convince ourselves and then share with
others the Supreme Will and Mystery of God. Food should be served when one
is hungry. One must determine to undertake the task though it may be
strenuous. Service cannot be done by wealth alone. We need men of
character. Foreigners too will be participating in this mega programme. We
will be commencing from tomorrow itself.
We have to supply drinking water to every village. The problem does not
end there. We must supply food too. All aged 10 years and above must
participate in this programme. We must determine to accomplish the project
in its entirety. Temperament and attitude is very
Yesterday, in discussion with the Vice Chancellor and others, it became
clear that this will be a gigantic project and will require thorough
planning. We must begin with serving food. All the Anantapur Seva Samithi
members and the Prashanti Vidwan Maha Sabha members must be determined to
get the task going. We must set apart some part of the food that we eat.
It is not enough if we supply rice alone. They will have to cook it and
make it edible. Therefore, they will need water too. First we must cater
to those areas where there is no water. This work should be started right
now and not postponed to tomorrow or the day after. Very soon cooks are
It is not enough to merely go through books and study. The essence is more
important. Not many understand the purpose of education. Tomorrow onwards
we must be ready for serving. Lorries will arrive for transportation. Each
one must consider this as one's own job / duty. Each one must feel - "I am
serving myself". That should be the spirit. Every person must prove the
power of society. We are also ready with clothes for distribution.
Consider this project as a mighty gigantic task of the Sri Sathya Sai Seva
Organisation and work for it.
The Vice Chancellor also is very keen on this project. From tomorrow the
Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, Registrar, Teachers and students will all
work together! (Claps). All of you must be enthusiastic. When once you are
enthusiastic, you will have enough energy to serve all. When once food is
supplied, the head will also start functioning. When food and head join
together rest of the problems can be easily solved.
You should prove the effect of Prasanthinilayam everywhere. Younger
children can participate in distribution of water (without wasting). In
fact, the work will start with distribution of water. All devotees can
also participate and work with the students. Never make an attempt to
escape this duty, saying - "I am not well", or something like that.
Bhagawan will give all that is necessary to us. Bhagawan will Himself come
and inaugurate the programme too.
Students should work with zeal and enthusiasm. We must also enthuse those
who are inactive, to make this programme a success. Health is very
important. Only when there is good health can there be enthusiasm. First
pray to God. You may have your own apprehensions about God. But God is
everywhere. All feet, hands, heads are His! He directs, monitors and
guides the Universe in the right direction! This is only the beginning. In
future Swami will provide everything we need!
You should proceed in a perfect way such that Prasanthi Nilayam will
become radiant and brilliant. We need elders too - to guide and direct -
to assume leadership. With this sacred motivation we can achieve anything!
As you get up tomorrow morning, offer prayers sincerely. It will give you
physical, mental and spiritual strength. Very soon, bags and bags of rice
will come and get stocked here. Devotees too may not have place to sit!
You do not need to be told more than this. I have told you all that is
necessary at this point of time. Consider this as a homework given to you.
What do you want? (Students reply - Swami!).
Swami is always there. With you,
Above you, Below you, Around you.....(claps) Each one must discharge his
responsibility without giving up. Senior students should be leaders and
must guide the juniors in making good use of this golden opportunity! You
should proceed with all the confidence that you will be successful. All
students gathered here are extremely lucky and fortunate.
It was around 4.50 p.m. when Swami
concluded His Divine Discourse. He then Blessed the Birthday boys. One
birthday student was so lucky that Swami allowed him to place a clove in
His mouth! The Bhajan boys were directed to go inside the Bhajan Hall.
Aarti was given at 5.55 p.m. Swami once again started interacting with
some students. The new students seated in front were so excited to see
Swami from so close that one could see the joy and enthusiasm in their
eyes and on their face. Swami too was responding to their spontaneous
devotion! He just did not want to go from there. Finally, at 6.05 p.m. the
sofa was wheeled back to the car and Bhagawan retired for the day.
This morning Darshan was at 8.05 a.m. Swami spoke to the Vice Chancellor
and other authorities. Then He Blessed some of the faculty members and
senior students who were to proceed for a reconnaissance of some of the
villages in Puttaparthi, in regard to the Grama Seva. Later Swami called
them to the Poornachandra Hall and spent nearly an hour taking to them and
giving them important instructions. He again returned to the Mandir for
taking Aarti, gave an interview to some devotees and then returned to the
In the evening, Swami came out for Darshan at 3.25 p.m. Today is the 3rd
anniversary of the Deenajanodarana Pathakam (Orphanage - started by
Swami). The students of the Orphanage were ready with a programme. At 3.40
p.m., the children began their colourful presentation. It was a mix of
dances, Burra Katha, short skits...The audio recording was very
professional and the children did put up a very good show. It was full of
Swami's teachings. The highlights being - Naamasmarana, Importance of good
company, Money comes and goes but Morality comes and grows, Loka Samasta
Sukhino Bhavantu.....and so on. The programme came to a close at 4.30 p.m.
after which Bhajans began. The children were all seated at the rear end of
the Kulwant Hall, waiting eagerly for Swami to talk to them or Bless them.
At 4.45 p.m. Aarti was given.
This evening, Swami chose to come along the Gents side and get into the
car. As He got into the car, He again asked the Bhajan boys to start
Bhajans. We were a little surprised. But Swami had His own plans! He sat
there listening to a few Bhajans and then signaled the car to take a
reverse. The car went near the interview room, took a turn and then Swami
moved towards the Gopuram gate. However, He went just close to the
Deenajanodarana Children and spent some time talking to them. After that,
the car was again reversed and returned to the interview room. Then began
a series of Blessings! Swami called for the children scene by scene and
Blessed them. All along, Bhajans were going on in the background.
Meanwhile all the children came forward and sat down. After this, Swami
went into the interview room and gave the Bangalore security men an
interview. Finally, Swami came out at 5.35 p.m. and once again took Aarti
before He retired to PC.
All of us are eagerly waiting for Bhagawan's Master Plan to unfold itself.
Let us all get together, be it in His Physical Presence or in His
Omnipresence, to do His Will and be a part of His Grand Mission in
serving our fellowmen and our society.
Forwarded by Balraj G on
My Stay in PSN (June 18-20, 2005)
Here is an account of my 3 day stay at Parthi. I thought I'd send this
to you as it happened but I didn't have time. So, here it is..
June 18th -
After lunch, around 12:30, we left for PSN to join my niece in the
primary school into grade 1. My plan was to go to BLR the next day and
meet Swami and have darshan. But, when we were on our way at around
1:00 PM, I received a call from my cousin saying Swami had left for
PSN about an hour back. We weren't very sure if it was true or if it
was one of those rumours. Anyways, we proceeded on. As we arrived in
the suburbs of the city, we saw festive decorations and banners tied
on the roads. Our doubts began to melt away and we slowly came to
realize that Swami had actually left for PSN..! A little later, as we
passed by the institute, we saw students coming back from the mandir.
We stopped and asked one of the people there if Swami had arrived or
not. He replied that Swami had already landed in PSN and that they
were heading back from the mandir after having Swami's darshan. WOW.
What a coincidence..! This reminded me of the incident that happened
when we first landed in India. Quick recap of this - When we landed in
Mumbai, we got news that Swami left for PSN from BLR and then stayed
only for an hour and came back to BLR. We were sad when we heard the
first part as we had a connecting flight to BLR in the next couple of
hours. Our intention was to see Swami first and then only proceed on.
But, when we heard Swami came back to BLR, we were overjoyed and we
felt Swami came back just for us..! Now back to PSN on June 18th. So,
now too we felt the same way.
After getting down from the car, we saw people forming lines for
Darshan. So, instantly I went in and sat in the old students section.
We waited for about an hour. I could sense the restlessness amongst
people. People were getting a little cranky. And the hot afternoon sun
added to the already existing frustration. Suddenly the OMMMMMMMs
reverberated through the hall. The music too started playing. All the
heads turned westward. Slowly, the Toyota Porte glided in gently at
about 0.5 MPH. Now I could see the joy in people's faces. The mood
changed all of a sudden. Lo..! It felt like a cool breeze of the
arctic in the highlands of the Amazon. The car made a slow turn to the
left and into the main stage. We were sitting right across the
passage. The car came forward and halted. I could see people moving in
front and beside me. WOW. My excitement level shot up to an all time
high. Swami wanted to drive past the old students block! So, we made
way for the car and Satyajit drove the car in the slowest of the
speeds. The car passed right by me. I was in the first line. I could
very clearly see Swami's face, radiating in all its effulgence. The
car was right in front of me. It was so close that the distance was
less than 5 feet..! This I thought, was one of the best darshans I
ever had. Now the car turned left and went off into the gents and then
onto the ladies side. Suddenly to all our astonishment, the car made
an U-Turn and came back into the old students section. This time,
there were not many old students as a significant number of them left
after the first round not expecting Swami to come back. So, I managed
to get on the other side (Swami's side of the window). Again the car
came right in front of me. This time, much closer than before. I was
at the pinnacle of my excitement. The car just glided past me. Now the
distance was so close that if I stretched our my hand, I could touch
Swami's window. If the window was open, I could easily touch Swami's
body..! So, with due devotion and reverence and with folded palms, I
was kneeling and watching Swami's car, enjoying every millisecond of
it. Boys next to me were shedding tears of joy at this greatest
opportunity of Hs darshan. Yet another surprise - Swami looked
directly into my eyes with that innocent smile of His..! This was a
real feast to my eyes. Something I was longing for two long years. I
had His darshan to my utmost satisfaction. What else can I ask for
now? HE had granted me His darshan from a distance of less than 2
feet AND he looked at me..! After it all ended, I said in my mind, one
BIG Thank You to Swami. I am so grateful and thankful to Swami for
giving me such a good darshan. My body was filled with a sense of
gratitude and thankfulness to Swami.
Now Swami slowly went back into His residence through the ladies side.
For me, it was time for another blissful enrapture. Bhajans ! It was
sharp 9:00 AM. There it came...OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM..It was none other
than our own current "Parthi nightingale" - S. Ravi Kumar. The OM was
so sharp and clear that it had the power even to crack the biggest of
the mountains. The Ganesh bhajan started "Tumho Vigna Vinashaka
Ganesha". Here is the bhajan that everyone was waiting for - the
second bhajan. "The harmonium cued "Nataraja Hey Tripurari". Then
began Ravi with the first line "Nataraja..". Such beautiful lines
masterfully woven into a fabric. Simplicity at its pinnacle. This was
the best 4 minutes of the whole bhajan session. Then followed all the
other bhajans. It was time for "Om Jaya Jagadisha Hare..".
Thus ended June the 18th 2005 in Prasanthi Nilayam.
June 19th -
People were gathered in lines from 6:30 AM onwards. Time ticked away
and no sign of Swami's darshan. It was 9. Bhajans started. People felt
this 30 minute bhajan session substituted for the darshan this
June 19th Afternoon -
Aha. As you probably have figured out, it's Darshan time. Veda started
with "Sahasra Sirsha Purushaha. Sahasraksha Sahasrapaat..". I felt
these two lines were the most suitable ones for the introduction. I
imagined in a movie how the hero is introduced. Same way, here too,
those two lines offered the best introduction to Swami. And yes, Swami
did come out in the car. This time, he got out of the car and sat on
the dias. (He did not stand up and walk. The car had an detachable
seat that could be moved around with its wheels. The Veda chanting
continued for about 10 minutes and then when it stopped, people were
bringing out mics. The whole Sai Kulwant hall was taken by utter
surprise. People waited and watched reminding themselves of Swami's
quote "Love my Uncertainity". This was no festival. So, people were
ruling out the option of a discourse. Amongst this thinking, the mics
turned on and we could hear voices. Swami wanted to make an
announcement. Prof. Anil Kumar went up and Swami started speaking..!
Wonder of wonders. This time no "Premaswarupulara..". This talk by
Swami was not a very pleasant one. As you might be knowing, something
has been in Swami's mind for the past 2 months that no one to date is
able to fully comprehend it. Something somewhere was going wrong.
Swami spend the first half explaining how we should serve the mankind
and how education must be put into real use. After all that, here came
a thunderous announcement. Tomorrow (Monday) there will be a Grama
Seva kind of a thing that will be started in the morning. This is a
project of magnanimous scale. Swami invited everyone to be a part of
this project. He said food will be prepared in humongous quantities
and distributed with water to people. He said the halls will be so
full that devotees will not even have space to sit. He said "students
who are present her today are very lucky. This is a rare opportunity.
Embark upon it with all the will and faith". Swami even called primary
and secondary children in the hall itself and assigned them tasks
individually! He said every person above age 10 should participate in
this. In short, this was a very surprising announcement of humongous
magnitude that will be undertaken by everyone, not just students in
the next coming days. Swami said that the work will begin tomorrow
itself (Monday). And it truly has. This morning I saw warden, GSS sir
and other faculty members presenting a draft of the activity. The
survey has already begun today. The real work will begin very soon. In
fact, this was such a surprising announcement on huge scales that it
even appeared on the local media today. Work has begun. You will hear
more about this in detail soon...
June 20th -
Swami came out around 8:10 AM. Veda continued on for 15-20 minutes.
The draft for the project was presented to Swami. After staying for
some time in the hall, Swami left. He then came back for bhajans and
stayed for a while.
Thus ended my short 3 day trip to PSN which was a very great one. Once
again, thank you Swami for letting me have your darshan and be a part
in your mission. The same afternoon, I came back to my home town. I
will be going back to PSN on June 26. This time I will be there till
July 9th. Will try to keep writing. Until then, Sairam..
A brief Darshan update
didn’t come for morning Darshan, clearly devotees were looking forward
to derive grace from the first morning darshan after long absence of
Swami, Alas! However, there was a pleasant surprise in the afternoon
darshan – Swami not only blessed everyone with His darshan, He also
gave a divine discourse. Swami was looking fresh and vigorous. Puttparthi
is vibrant again with divine energy and reverberation. Devotees,
planning a pilgrim journey to Puttparthi kindly, do not forget that it
is still very hot & dry.
Puttaparthi smiles as Baba returns
Sunday June 19th, 2005
Anantapur, June 18: It is a popular belief that
economic affairs and spiritual matters are poles apart. While the one
is considered worldly the other is seen as heavenly. However, a
peculiar situation prevails at Puttaparthi where the two are
inseparably intertwined. “The village wore almost a deserted look
during the three months when Sai Baba went to Kodaikanal to spend
summer. Business came to a standstill. Several shops downed their
shutters as there was a severe scarcity of customers,” a local trader
told this correspondent.
All activities are linked to the Baba at Puttaparthi, be it the
wage labourers, auto drivers or antique sellers, all derive their
livelihood due to the presence of the Baba. Auto drivers revolted
against the police on Saturday when the police continued to impose
hefty fines on auto drivers even while the business was dull. Over 100
auto drivers gathered at the local police station and made an appeal
to the local DSP to ensure lenience in view of the lack of business.
“We earn upto Rs 300 when Swamy is at Prashanti Nilayam. There is
no pilgrim rush when the Baba is not there,” said the auto workers.
The streets of Puttaparthi came alive as the Baba returned home on
Saturday. People began decorating roads with rangoli and banana leaf
arches to welcome Sai Baba, who arrived at the village from Bangalore
at around 1.40 pm. The devotees prostrated on the road when they saw
him in waving from inside his car.
Usually the Baba spends nine months at Prashanti Nilayam and the
remaining three months at the famous White Field in Bangalore.
However, the spiritual guru chose to spend summer at Kodaikanal
instead of Bangalore this year. On the other hand, there was a steady
decline in foreign visitors to Puttaparthi due to various reasons.
Several factors like the Baba’s advancing age were contributing to
“The foreigners crave to have a close look at the Baba. Earlier, he
used to walk freely in every row to receive envelopes from devotees.
The envelops used to contain letters which poured out their problems
and donations to the Sai Baba Trust. But the devotees were
disappointed following the Baba’s inability to receive their
envelopes,” said a devotee.