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This evening, Bhagawan was
out for Darshan very early. He was already there when most of us
reached Kulwant Hall by 3.15 p.m. The Golf Cart was parked on the
dais and Swami was seated in the Golf Cart itself. Bhagawan was
looking for Prof. Anil Kumar, who arrived in a short while and
slowly sneaked into his usual seating place. Swami looked at him
and non-verbally, asked "Finished eating?" Prof. Anil Kumar smiled
and went forward. Swami told him something after which there was
some movement on the stage.
Very soon it was clear that he was supposed to introduce the
speakers for the evening. He made the formal introduction.
The first speaker was Dr. Gardia, a long-standing devotee from
London. The second speaker was, Sri Ajit Popat, whom we know very
well as `Puppet'. Both of them spoke well. Sri Ajit Popat stole
the show with his eloquence and powerful message. In fact when he
concluded his talk, Swami indicated to him to continue for some
more time. All the while, Swami kept looking at him and smiling at
After the two talks, it was 4.15 p.m. and to our great surprise,
Bhagawan asked for the Discourse Table to be arranged. Swami got
up and started giving a Discourse. This came as a real surprise.
The highlights of His Discourse follow. These points are based on
notes taken, as Bhagawan delivers the Discourse. Therefore it is
definitely not exhaustive. In case of any clarification and for
exact words and points, you may please refer to the Central Trust
Usually, the official text of the Discourses appears there a week
later. And now for the highlights of the
What is the basis for the world to exist? What is that mighty
power of Love that keeps the stars up there in the sky
without falling down? What is that mighty power of Love that is
responsible for the entire world to function with such harmony and
Why should we ruin our human life by spending all our time in
merely eking out a livelihood? In our daily life we do not
need to adopt any separate spiritual practice. We take the name of
Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara. Who has seen these forms? It is
only the power of Love that exists in all.
What is the meaning of Sangha? It is not merely the collection of
people. It means the spirit of equality - identity with Divinity.
Without Divinity, humanity cannot exist. All powers are within the
ambit of human life. We do not need to worry about Divine Power,
as it is latent within man. Without Divine Power, man cannot
function. There is no power beyond that which exists in man.
Divinity + Humanity constitute the entire power of Love.
Birth, life on earth, family life, death, childhood, old age,
failures, difficulties - all these are causes of worry and
anxiety. However, we must consider these as steps to take man
Some of us declare that we have seen God in our dream, in
meditation or with the eye of wisdom (inner eye). All this is
human imagination. We believe that God has come in our dream.
Where is dream and where is God? In fact dream is not true at all.
It vanishes when we get up. It is false illusion - imagination. It
is only when we transcend this illusion that we will be able to
realize the reality.
When you get married a relationship develops between the husband
and wife. Where is the wife prior to marriage? Who was she?
This relationship is also illusory. It arises out of Maya, but
along with Maya there is Love too. All relationships, associations
arise out of Love, grow out of Love and diminish out of Love. We
have the number 9. Adding 1 we get 10. Where did the number 10
come from? It came because of the addition of 1. Remove 1 and we
again get 9. Thus all relationship is on account of additions and
Brahma Sadhana is Sadhana out of illusion. With Sadhana one cannot
see Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara. These are all reflections of
our own feelings. Without consideration for humanity how can we
experience Divinity? Your image of Vishnu is not reality. It is
only your imagination. There is no Brahma, Vishnu or Maheshwara.
There is only man and all are within man. The Vishnu aspect is
right within you. You are verily Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara.
If you think `I am everything' you will have no worries at all.
Think `I am Brahma, I am Vishnu and I am Maheshwara', and then you
will have no doubts at all. There is no power greater than human
All that you see around you is mere imagination. Some say that
Swami appeared in my dream. I do not come in any dream. It is your
thoughts that make such an appearance. Again some others think
that God is angry with them. God has neither Love nor Anger. It is
we who attribute these to God. There is no Brahma in Brama
(illusion) and there is no Brama (illusion) in Brahma.
You may think that Swami is obstructing your enthusiasm. No, Swami
will never do that. I am only teaching you the true form of Truth!
Do not waste your time in illusion. Atma Sakthi is all-powerful.
This awareness manifests only in humans. This Divine Power will
confer Peace and Bliss! Some powers come and go. These are not
true powers. That which is born, grows and vanishes can never be
true. The eternal Truth is beyond your imagination.
The feelings that come from the depth of the heart alone are true.
Rest is all reflection, reaction and resound. Constantly think
that `I am Iswara'. You will slowly become that. Consider yourself
as Krishna and you will truly become Krishna. You alone are the
Truth. There is nothing different from you. It is just that you
have forgotten your own reality.
For all this, Love is most essential. Once you give up Love,
everything becomes null and void. You can also visualize Love in a
particular form and experience it. People think that they sit in
meditation and they go on imagining things.
Constantly remind yourself, "I am God. I am indeed everything".
There is no grater Sadhana than Love. Sakshat Reality is that
which you will be able to see whether your eyes are closed or not.
You may desire to see several visualizations, but in the process
do not forget your own Self. It is you who have appeared as all
this. Distance yourself from all delusion. Remember, it is you
alone who appear in the past, present and the future. Go on
practicing this truth and you will experience your own reality!
Students, the kind of meditation you are doing is wrong. You
consider a form and concentrate on that form. The moment you give
up that form you will experience the Reality! Fix your eyes on the
form dear to you. That form picturized in your heart will appear
in front of your eyes and then it will become the reality.
God and Love are the same. They are not different. Entertain the
thought, "I am God'. Ultimately you will become God. It is God who
has taken all these different forms. God is in you. Keep in view
this Oneness. Nene Adi Ade Nenu (I am That, That is me). Never
forget your true identity. Tat Tvam Asi (That Thou Art) is the
essence of Vedanta.
Do not encourage the imaginations that Swami appeared in my dream,
Rama appeared in my dream etc. When you awaken your dream
vanishes. It is sleep that causes the dream.
There is no God beyond Love. Love is the path and Love is the
goal. If you have any doubts regarding this, ask Me and I will
clarify. Eliminate all your imaginations. When you sit in
meditation, never encourage any specific thoughts. Do not go for
comforts. Only then will you experience Unity - Purity - Divinity!
Once there is Unity within you, you will experience Unity even
At this point Swami sat down on the sofa. He sang the Bhajan, "Prema
Mudita Mana Se Kaho..' and concluded His Discourse. It was 5.10
Subsequently He asked Bhajan
boys to start Bhajans. Half way through He went into the interview
room with a group of VIP's. He came out at around 5.40 p.m. He
took Aarti and retired to His Abode.
Lovingly consented by Anantha of Mumbai
Courtesy: Saibaba News
Friday, 22nd, Darshan Glimpses....
Sai Ram To All,
Humble pranams at the lotus feet of our
Bhagavan. Experience the lord with out any expectations, He will
bestow all the boons on the world....Isn't???
I happened to have a close darshan of
Bhagavan on Dasami day, 22nd, Friday. the lotus eyed one, the
one with a crown of hair, the one with a radiant smile
...oh...what a sweet lord !! Love, Pure Love, flowing around,
pervading all over us, atom by atom of ours to cleanse us
all from all the impurities that has been clinging us through
out these years .... the merciful lord always forgiving us over
all our sins and trying to tell us what is right and what is
not, in a very very sweet way...Oh...what a lord we have
got..the human manifestation, the Avatar of the holy spirit, the
embodiment of unconditional everlasting love...
Sai Gita came in to the Sai Kulwanth hall on
the day of dasami. Happened to see our lord in a beautiful way.
I could see our lord in between the lips of the elephant(view
from the place of my row)...playing hide n seek with the
devotees sitting in the same row...Swami got down His golf
cart....and Behold, a scene of everlasting memory..If you
captured it by your mortal eyes...a zephyr...a slow breeze
flowed around Him..moving His hair back...oh what a view...Swami
gave 3 apples by creating them on the spot miraculously (very
very minute when compared to His great great miracles)...and fed
the elephant with them..I could see Swami trying to put the
apples deep inside the mouth of the elephant..for which it took
its time, I hope playing with lord, Swami did held the apple
until it eats, all the while patting its trunk...how I wish i am
the elephant there....atleast the cart, atleast the cloth He
wears, atleast the sand under His feet...when will we attain the
boons of sparshanam, sambhashanam!!! when will i atleast come in
eye to eye contact with Him??? I pray God to give me the
sweeping look not in my dreams alone, but in person too.
That afternoon Swami blessed 2 students,
Mr.Bharath kumar and Mr.Sanjay Mahalingam to address the
audience. they altogether said that He is everything, He knows
our smallest of smallest needs also n so on...to have complete
faith in Bhagavan. Bhagavan gave His discourse which I suppose
will be put on net soon...he ended the discourse with "Rama Rama
Rama Seeta Rama Rama Ram".
They distributed prasad made of milk and nuts
on the morning of the great day. they also distributed pulihora
or tamarind rice and laddus before Gayathri Mata Temple (I
recently read in a book that the naivedya offered to Durga mata
on dasami day will be those...).
Hyderbad youth presented a wonderful skit
on"lakshala-lakshyala" meaning..."lakhs or aims". Bhagavan took
Aarthi and even went in to the golf cart to go back to His
residence...but He got down again to see the play of the youth
and is back sitting in His throne on the dais...what a love of
God...how much patience is required to stand and say the
discourse while we swap our legs, stretch our legs and move that
side and this side so impatiently, while he sits in His throne
with out even moving much..also stands and delivers discourse
for hours together...what all Sai does for us...yet we will
never be as humble as expected all the times....
Let us chant the holy name of God....
Mathascha Pitha Twameva,
Twameva Bandhuscha Sakha Twameva,
Twameva Vidya Dravinam Twameva
Twameva Sarvam Mama Deva Deva
(He alone is the father and mother, friend and relation, wisdom
and wealth to every individual).
Here goes the
great great promise...
Just as you lean against the
wall knowing that it will not collapse, lean on Me and depend on
Me entirely. I will then look after you and take care everything
for you…..if you depend upon Me with complete faith and
confidence, I shall provide for your welfare and look after all
your needs in this world and in the next.
mee inta venta janta nenu vuntaanu - I will be with you
all the moments....some how i would like to include these lines
You must have watched a bird
sitting on a branch that is swaying in the wind. It is unafraid,
because it places more confidence in its wings than on the
branch. It knows that at any moment, it can take to its wings
and leave that uncertain perch. The branch is Prakriti (world)
and the wings are the Anugraha (grace) of the Lord. Rely upon
the grace of the Lord and you will not come to any harm. But, if
you trust Prakriti and rely entirely upon the protection it
gives, you are likely to fall.
Have a nice time ... all the while chanting
our God's name always...
Reached the Divine Abode by
around 7:00 am and Bhagawan had not yet come out for Darshan. By
His grace, went through the Gates, and seated in time for the
Oh how wonderful a
reception He gives. We got to sit right next to the edge of the
block. Swami comes and gives the most casual look at us and then
looks away and then in a kind of acknowledgement “Oh you guys
have come”. We bow down to our Master in reply.
Swami comes in the open
Golf Cart. We could see His Form from the right side. Beautiful
is the Form. Feet have become so tiny and a bit fatter than
After Darshan, and
breakfast, we head to the Poornachandra Auditorium. Oh the yagna
setting was so charging. We get a good seating upfront as there
are not many come in yet. I recollected the experience of Dr.
Meena Chintapalli, which she shared at the recent One Day
Retreat. She mentioned that she could feel and see the Vedic
Scripts floating in the air, as the chanting happened.
Our beloved Lord came in
after a while, and He sat there looking at the rituals being
completed for that day.
The Institute students are
being prepared in HORDES in terms of Vedic Chanting.
Its amazing to see right
from a primary school kid to a Postgraduate chanting ever so
fluently and ONE VOICE was the best part. Although they are all
singing in a group, you can hear only ONE VOICE.
After the Arathi was
offered to Bhagawan, there is a series of verses which are
chanted towards Peace.
MAN these priests have
LUNGS !!!. As they went through the chants, they kept increasing
the PITCH, and the final one was the FINAL one. At that point,
there was no other SOUND ( internally ). It was the HIGHST
POSSIBLE NOTE on the Harmonium.
And when they ended with a
bang!!, there was absolute STUNNING SILENCE.
The effect was so much
strong, that when the crowd was dispersing, there was PINDROP
SILENCE. à Sound of
Silence can work wonders. That was the morning of October 20,
Evening was as wonderful as
the morning. There were 3 speakers ( 2 students and 1 professor
) Each spoke movingly of their experiences. One of the boys who
spoke in Poetic Telugu, was blessed with a chain from Bhagawan.
Then Swami gave a discourse
October 20, 2004. ( details of which can be found at the Sri
Sathya Sai Books & Publication Trust website or click to the
home page at the bottom of this page for the links)
October 21, 2004.
Morning Darshan was as
charging as ever.
One thing I forgot to mention
in the previous report, is that, if you come to Parthi now, until
November 27, you will see a combination of Tempos and Tractor
trailers full of GRAMA SEVA material.
That’s right, Swami has
organized a Grama Seva activity for the institute students, from
October 17 until November 27, 2004. Students have been asked to
postpone their vacation plans ( which is usually in the current
months ) to after Nov 27, 2004.
Every single day, Food,
Sweet, and Clothes are taken out to the villages as a part of the
Grama Seva Project covering a Radius of as much as 50 kms.
Each student has been given a
T-Shirt, with a Institute Symbol on the front and Love All Serve
All on the back. Students have been allotted alternate days to
participate in the Grama Seva.
Its amazing to see tempos
filled in the back with students and Professors sitting together,
charged with the GOAL of Grama Seva.
Early Morning, 3 AM, Women’s
campus students are there in the canteen, packing food packets /
and / or making Laddoos.
Boy students in the meanwhile
are loading the tractors with Clothes. By Darshan time, all the
vehicles are loaded, and students are in the Kulwant hall for
Once the Darshan and Bhajans
are over, students get back to their vehicles, and are out with
Loud Cries of Bhagawan Shri Sathya Sai Baba Ki Jai. Each vehicle
has a local State Police trooper sitting along with the students.
All the vehicles are equipped with the walkie talkies and maps to
that day’s location.
That was Grama Seva.
PERFECT OILED MACHINERY
Coming to the Day’s
proceedings, again after Darshan, and Breakfast, we head to the
Poornachandra Audtorium, and as usual, its Bliss time with the
There were 3 speakers from
the Anantpur Campus ( one student and 2 professors )
Then Swami gave His
Discourse. Actually yesterday October 20, Swami had mentioned that
He would speak on Vedanta tomorrow i.e. October 21st.
People were eager to listen
to Him, and sure enough Swami played His Uncertainty Card.
Salients Points of His
“Students, I want You to know
what I do in my Daily Routine.
I get up 4 times throughout
I get up at 12:00, brush my
teeth thoroughly. With a tongue cleaner, CLEAN all sides of the
tongue. Then go back to sleep.
Then get up at 1:30 and then
brush my teeth and clean my tongue properly on all sides. Then go
back to Sleep.
Then get up at 3:00 and BRUSH
my teeth and CLEAN my TONGUE, and then go back to sleep.
Then again I get up at 4:00
a.m. and then AGAIN BRUSH my teeth, and AGAIN CLEAN my tongue on
Although this discomforts the
boys attending on Me, but I do this, just so that I take care of
no Bad Breath, No Bad Mouth Germs. You should also take care of
your mouth. Especially when you are going to meet people and talk
Recently one of the devotees,
whom I had called for interview, came in with a foul stench of
freshly smoked cigarette. I sent him out, and asked him to return
after rinsing his mouth.”
shared by Sathya J
This morning, we completed the Grama Seva in
Kothacheruvu Mandal too. Tomorrow onwards we will be covering
Bukkapatnam Mandal villages.
In the evening, Swami came out at 3.15 p.m. Singers from Vizag made
a presentation. Wonderful songs were presented. Lovely, well
coordinated voices - only men. Melodious tunes and striking lyrics
made the evening a very memorable one for all of us. It went on from
3.30 p.m. till 4.30 p.m.
Then Bhagawan asked Bhajan boys to start Bhajans. They too sang very
nice Bhajans. Special selections, including those sung often by
Swami. Weather too was very soothing. Cool air blowing. Swami got up
and went into the interview room with a group of devotees. The
Bhajans went on. He came out around 5.00 p.m. and again sat down on
the sofa. The Bhajans went on until 5.20 p.m. Swami was also
enjoying the Bhajans keeping beat with His hand. At 5.20 p.m., Swami
took Aarti and retired for the day.
Lovingly consented by Anantha of Mumbai
Courtesy: Saibaba News
This morning, we all assembled in the Sai Kulwant
Hall. Swami sat on the dais until 8.00 a.m. after which we all
proceeded to the Poornachandra Hall for the Yajnam Poornahuti.
Meanwhile, Swami distributed gorgeous silver bowls and silver
glasses to all the core Vedam group students and teachers. These
were the same momentoes that Swami also distributed to the Vedic
Pundits later. What a privilege!!
Poornahuti was conducted in a very simple way. By the time we all
assembled inside the hall, the Poornahuti was already over. It was
just 8.20 a.m. Of course, Swami sat on the specially designed low
chair, in front of the sacred fire for quite some time, blessing all
the Pundits and completing the formalities of the Poornahuti.
Subsequently, some of us proceeded for the Seva. Grama Seva was
within the Ashram as usual. Prasadam, Ladoos and clothes were
distributed to all the residents of the Ashram. Anantapur sisters
carried out the distribution with some support by our boys and
In the evening, Swami came out very early, at around 3.00 p.m. First
we had two speakers sharing their thoughts with us. The first one
was Sri Bharath a student of the II MBA class followed by Sri Sanjay
Mahalingam, a Research Scholar in the School of Business Management.
At 3.35 p.m. Bhagawan commenced His Divine Discourse. The highlights
Many feel that Iswara is a special Form with a mop of hair -
interlocked, decked with snakes all around the body! This is not so.
Though in reality, God is present everywhere; to satisfy the concept
of the devotee, He comes down with a Form that suits the taste of
Bharath is a great Nation. There is a weakness among Bharatiyas to
consider worship of idols as a form of begging. It you correctly
analyze, you will find that there are no beggars in Bharath. It is
only a mental weakness to consider the other person as inferior.
Because of this temperament, foreigners consider those who approach
them for money as beggars. This is not true.
Considering Bharatiyas as weak is a psychological weakness. This is
a big mistake. We portray ourselves as beggars though we are
not. Merely asking for food or money does not make one a beggar. All
should be convinced that there are no beggars in Bharath. Some even
go to the extent of considering God as a beggar! This is a great
weakness. Man praises God saying that, "If you fulfill my wishes,
then you are great and noble!"
People created by God cannot be poor. We consider them as poor, take
them close to us and keep giving them money. This bad habit of
begging should be slowly given up. Never consider God as a beggar.
God is your own Father!! Develop Love for God and for the whole
humanity. Love all those who suffer and are in pain. Develop Love
for God and fear of sin. Never consider anybody as helpless and do
not humiliate them.
When we practice this Atmic principle, God will surely materialize
before us! All are brothers and sisters. It is a mistake to consider
that we serve others and feed others.
We also have these businessmen! They bribe others and get work done.
There are others who accept these bribes. This is a sin! One who
begs and one who encourages this begging - both are wrong.
In reality all are One! You may serve food to the needy and make
them happy but never look down upon them. Just because they plead
for some food, do not tag them as beggars. And just because you
serve them some food you do not become great or superior. Serve food
and satiate the hunger of the needy but never insult and humiliate.
The glory of Bharath is lost as we encourage begging. If Bharath
were to be truly poor, why did so many foreigners invade
Bharath and steal away all Her riches? Bharath is a rich nation and
She is not poor. This feeling of poverty is born out of comparison!
If you find somebody begging, you must advise them, "You are not a
beggar. I am not a rich man. It so happens that at this moment in
time, you do not have money. That is all." We must uphold the pride
of Bharath. Declare proudly, "Bharath is my Motherland. She is a
Glorious Country!" Bharath has been a Teacher for all other nations.
Yesterday the women discussed the Upanishads at length. Bharath has
been extolled at all times. Considering your country as so great,
you cannot behave in a cheap and low way. You must have the feeling
that Bharath is my Mother and my Mother is very rich. The sweetest
feeling is that towards the Mother!
We must treat our Motherland with all dignity and honour! Bharath is
the treasure house of all epics, scriptures and sacred texts! The
physical mother may be poor but the Motherland can never be poor!
Bharath is the highest among all the nations! The morality and
integrity in this country can never be seen anywhere else in this
When you have gold with you, why settle for copper and other cheap
metals? Educated people must decide to make this country a golden
country. But educated people are unable to understand this. They
encourage begging by giving money. When you find somebody begging,
ask them, "Do you want clothes?" Give them clothes, give them food,
and give them in kind. But do not make it a habit.
Accepting and giving bribe is a sin. The government must also be
cautioned about this. Is the government here to encourage begging?
Even when we go to a temple, the priest expects money, Chhi-
Chhi..This is very bad; One must never accept such Bhiksha. One
should stand on one's own legs. All cannot be equal in this world.
Therefore, certainly love those who are under privileged.
If you come across a beggar, you must explain to him, "O man, you
are a son of Bharath. You are not a beggar. If you beg, you
will bring down the honour of this nation." You are born to keep up
the prestige of your country. Never shed a tear and bring down the
honour of your country. Be ready to even give up your life for the
Whatever we have in this world must be shared by all. Never give way
to the feeling that we are superior. Foster a sense of sacrifice.
Then alone can you become great. People give talks on sacrifice but
are not ready to part with even one rupee! Today, there is no unity
of thought, word and deed.
Today, it is these beggars who are responsible for the downfall of
the Nation. And it is the educated people who have created these
beggars in the first place.
The son of Bharath must be ever ready to sacrifice. Today Bharath
stands at the top of all countries only because of Her sense of
sacrifice! So many Mothers, Fathers and Sons have sacrificed for
this country! There can be no greater sacrifice than that for the
Talk lovingly. Mere charity is not great. Consider everyone as
yourself. Sacrifice selfishness. Love all. No one is separate. With
Love you can win anybody!
True education lies in developing Love for God and removing the
suffering of the people. Students do not consider others as low, as
beggars or as poor people. Serve them with Love. Your feelings may
be poor but there is no poverty at all in this nation! O
Bhara-theeyas, you must be sweet.(O Bharathiyulara Meeru Theeyaga
Students, what all you have learned today, you must practice from
tomorrow. Be smiling when you serve. Do not put on a castor oil
face. Never consider anybody as low. Move together, cooperate and
make everybody happy. Then there will be "Nitya Kalyanam Pachha
Toranam" (Auspiciousness and festivity everyday)!!
Bhagawan concluded His Discourse with this note and sat down on the
sofa. The mike was held on the arm of the sofa and Swami sang the
Bhajan, "Ram Ram Ram Seeta.". All joined in full swing!
Meanwhile, the Hyderabad youth were ready for presenting their
programme, for which Bhagawan had granted permission in the morning.
In fact, three days before, they had come to Kulwant Hall with all
preparations and costumes, expecting Swami to give a green signal.
That did not materialize. Even today, Swami started Bhajans after
His Discourse. Bhagawan concluded His discourse at 4.40 p.m. and
Bhajans went on till 5.35 p.m.
The Hyderabad youth were crest-fallen. They were truly anxious.
Chances for presenting their programme were nil and many of them had
tickets for the evening train and hence had no choice but to leave.
Yet, maybe there was just one last chance. That ray of hope too
vanished when Swami got up and took Aarti and proceeded towards the
Golf Cart parked near the interview room. Just as Swami was about to
board the Golf Cart, He looked at the organizers and asked them
about the programme!!
These are the mysterious ways of the Lord. He immediately gave a
green signal. Prof. Anil Kumar made an announcement. The youth
rushed making their arrangements with ecstacy!! The backdrops were
brought in. Music instruments were rushed in just like rushing a
patient into the ICU. Within ten minutes all was ready and to the
delight of all, Swami walked back towards the sofa. He took His seat
and the programme began.
The drama was titled, "Lakshala (or) Lakshyalla" (Money vis-à-vis
Ideals). It started at 5.35 p.m. and went on till 6.15 p.m. A very,
very good drama. It highlighted the true ideals of life, stressed on
service to society and the role of youth in the same. It had
wonderful dances, songs, very good dialogues and music!! Towards the
end, they raised the tempo so well with dance and music and all
possible masala - like crackers, colour strips showers, foam etc..
It was a wonderful climax!! All were so struck that there was a loud
applause. Bhagawan got up and gave all of them photos. By 6.30 p.m.
Swami retired to the Poornachandra Auditorium.
Lovingly consented by Anantha of Mumbai
Courtesy: Saibaba News
Sairam. On the 22nd Swami did not give any
Discourse. We just had two programmes from the Ladies group. The
first one was a panel discussion by the faculty members of Anantapur
Campus and the Primary School of Prasanthinilayam Campus. The theme
was "Upanishadic Messages in the light of Bhagawan's Discourses". It
was indeed a very informative and thought provoking panel
discussion. Surely, a lot of R&D must have been done to collect so
much of information and present it so comprehensively.
After the panel discussion, there was a Carnatic music recital by
the famous Carnatic music singer, Ms. Anuradha Krishnamurthy,
a winner of the D.K. Pattamal Award, well renowned all over, having
presented programmes in several countries. She sang a number of
Tyagaraja Kritis, a Sai Bhajan. After her presentation, Swami
blessed her with a grand silk sari. Then He called all the members
of the panel discussion and also Blessed them with grand silk saris!
Lovingly consented by Anantha of Mumbai
Courtesy: Saibaba News
Avatar Declaration Day
Today is a very significant day for the entire
humanity, for today was the day, 64 years back that Bhagawan
declared to His physical family members, "My Devotees are waiting
for Me, I am going to them. I have no connections with you...". Yes,
today is the Avataar Declaration Day!
This morning, we have almost completed doing Grama Seva in the
Puttaparthi Mandal. Tomorrow onwards we will be covering the
Kothacheruvu Mandal (adjoining Puttaparthi).
This morning, Bhagawan came for Darshan at the usual time. As He
came onto the dais, He walked from one end to the other watching the
boys and pointed at one or two who were not chanting Vedam.
Today one could perceptibly make out the raise in volume of Vedam
chanting. All were chanting full-throated - in response to
yesterday's Discourse! The Convoy of vehicles left for the Grama
Seva at 8.05 a.m. with Bhagawan's permission.
In the evening, Swami came out by 3.35 p.m. As usual there were
three talks. The first one in Telugu by a student of the II M.A.
class named Ranganatha Raju, an expert orator. Telugu prose and
poetry just flows from his lips as water in the river. He gave a
fantastic talk, which received thunderous applause every now and
then. At the end Bhagawan too joined in by Blessing him with a
golden chain!! The second speaker was Sri Ravi Mariwalla, an alumnus
of the Institute (MBA student) who currently works in the Super
Specialty Hospital in Parthi - in the Cardiology Department. The
last speaker was Prof. V.E. Ramamoorthy, a faculty in the School of
Business Management, Accounting & Finance.
At 4.55 p.m. Bhagawan commenced His Divine Discourse. The highlights
are as follows:
A Bharatiya does not necessarily mean an inhabitant of India alone.
The culture of Bharath is like the Mother and the sacred land is
like the Father. Anyone who has full faith in the Bharatiya culture
and in the sacred land is a Bharatiya. This sacred land is the
birthplace of many a seers and sages who have shown us the path to
The one who is held in high esteem and who spread the Bharatiya
culture to the nook and corner of this land is Adi Sankara. He
preached Non-dualism in a variety of ways. Then came Ramanuja who
propagated the twin principles of devotion and steadfastness.
Subsequently came Madhavacharya who stood for the principle of
Dvaita (Duality), considering the fickle mind that cannot comprehend
the reality all at once.
The Non-dualism of Adi Sankara, the qualified Non-dualism of
Ramanuja and the Dualism of Madhavacharya are all one and the
same. The common aspect in all is the Atma Tatvamu.
Sankara gave the example of the thread and the cloth. He said that
the thread is one but the cloth woven from it may appear different
and may be utilized by different people in different ways. Cows are
many but milk is one, jewels are many but gold is one. Adi Sankara
started enquiry into the truth of life at an early age and completed
his mission in 32 years. Ramanuja followed in his path. He talked
about the object and the reflection and the relationship between
them. He said that without thread you cannot have the cloth, without
gold you cannot have the jewels. But gold is one, thread is one. All
of them understood that Truth!!
Sankara picked up a jewel and called it gold. Ramanuja identified it
as a chain based on the form, though in essence he agreed that it is
gold. Sankara said, "Ekam Eva Advitiya Brahma". But Ramanuja
stressed on the object and reflection relationship.
Another example is of sugarcane juice. We make so many sweets with
this juice. The forms of the sweets may be many, but the juice is
one. This is what Sankara believed in. But Ramanuja put it in
another way saying that the juice is definitely one but the sweets
have different forms!! Since then, until today, there goes on
endless arguments regarding these aspects!!
Modern students dismiss all this as mere hypothesis. Brahma Satyam
Jagath Mithya. Ekatma Sarva Bhootantaratma. Isavasyam Idagam Sarvam.
Rain is one, the water that flows is one, the sand on which it flows
is one. Sand is also Brahman. Whatever you see in this world is
Divine! But now let us consider this argument. Here is a man, there
is an animal. Can they be one? YES. But their behaviour is
different. The difference is based on life pattern and life style.
But the essence is ONE! Do not give scope for any difference.
This is a white kerchief (pointing to His kerchief) and this is an
orange robe (pointing to His robe). Colour is different but the
cloth is the same. Only the usage may differ. The fundamental basis
is the same!! When we go by the fundamental unity, there will be no
differences. A boy, a youth, a man and an old person are all
basically a human being. We go by the name and the form, forgetting
the primordial unity.
Adi Sankara composed the song, "Bhaja Govindam.". (Swami sang the
song). When the end is near, all your scholarship will not come to
your rescue. "Punarapi Jananam Punarapi Maranam.". What is it that
is born and what is it that dies? It is the body only. The body is
active because of the life force. Once the life force leaves the
body, the body becomes inert. Birth and death apply to the body and
not to the spirit.
Once the son of a great philosopher was chanting the Vedas. His
mother died at the age of 40. The boy felt very sad. He cried out,
"O Mother why have you left me and gone?" Then the Guru came to him
and asked him, "Why are you crying my boy?" The boy replied
that he was crying because his mother had left him. The Guru
replied, "You mother has left you? Are you crying for the body of
your mother? In that case the body is very much here. Why do you
cry? The body has not left you. Then are you crying for the life
force that vitalized the body? That life force has no death.
Why do you cry then?" It is the life principle, which is truly our
Father and our Mother.
The Vedantic Wisdom is so simple, but people complicate it with
jugglery of words. Students, we take Vedanta in a very light way,
narrow way and dismiss it. No. Vedanta is very Grand! No explanation
is adequate to describe it. Understand it's meaning and know it's
Ayam Atma Brahma means "I am Atma and I am Brahma". If you are asked
who you are, do not say, "I am Anil Kumar". You must respond, "I am
I, I am I". Keep on telling this to yourself, any length of time.
The Truth remains the same. Brahma Tatva is one. `I' in all is only
ONE. It is only when you consider others as separate that all the
problems arise. I am a boy, I am a youth, I am a man, all these
depend on age. After death what happens? We do not know. Never give
up this basic `I'. If anyone asks who you are, say `I am I'. If they
cannot understand, do not bother about them. You should be clear
about it, that is enough. Tomorrow, I will speak about the other
aspects of Vedanta.
I did declare on the 20th of October, "Know that I am Sai, Do not
have any attachments..(Swami spoke the entire verse in Telugu)". We
consider this day - the 20th of October as a big event and we
celebrate it. Once, Rukmini invited Lord Krishna on His birthday. At
this Satyabhama got angry and said, "For you it may be the birthday
but for me it is the wedding day". Such an argument went on.
However, Lord Krishna is beyond all this. Do not observe these
differences. Understand that God is ONE and beyond all these events.
Bhagawan concluded His Discourse with the song, "Bhaja Govindam
Bhaja Govindam.." All devotees joined in a loud voice and after the
singing, Swami sat down on the sofa. He indicated the Vedam group to
start chanting. They began chanting Narayana Suktam. After a few
lines of chanting, Bhagawan beckoned the Pujari to give the Aarti.
The Aarti song merged with the Vedic chant even as the chant faded
away, thus bringing the auspicious day to a memorable close.
Lovingly consented by Anantha of Mumbai