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Reports of events from the Sai Baba Ashrams


Parthi Update - Jul-Aug 2004

On Wednesday, 28th of July, during evening Darshan, Swami asked for boys who play the violin. The Warden came towards the boys and was trying to locate few of our violin maestros. One boy from the Music College and another from the Institute got up. Meanwhile Swami had asked Arun to get something from the room. Arun returned with two violin boxes. They were brand new violins from Korea. Swami called the two of them and after holding the violin with His Divine Hands and inspecting it, He handed it over to them. As they went and sat down with delighted hearts, Bhagawan asked them whether they could play on it. It is purely by Divine Grace that within five minutes they were able to tune the new violins and what followed was a wonderful Ganesha song. Swami was very happy and gave them a beautiful smile.

The next day, these two boys and two more good violin players prepared a string of pieces to be offered at the Lotus Feet. When Swami came and sat on the sofa, He saw these boys and called them. They told Bhagawan that they were ready with some pieces. Swami granted permission. The next half an hour or so was a musical treat to all of us seated in the Hall. Four of them played with such coordination and finesse that we were all left mesmerized. Bhagawan kept asking for more and more and soon their quota was getting exhausted. Then Bhagawan asked them to stop. However, after a while Swami sent word through Arun asking them to play “Endaro Mahanubhavulu…”. My! They were not totally prepared for it. But how can you say no to Bhagawan. Placing their faith in Swami they let go and He did it through them!! There was loud clapping from the audience and Swami gave them all a wonderful smile.

The 31st of July and 1st of August was full of programmes and events. The Ladies wing of the Sri Sathya Seva Organisation conducted a “Festival of Indian Culture & Spirituality” in the Divine Presence, on these two days. On the 31st July, morning, we could not be present in the Kulwant Hall, as it was a Saturday. But what I could gather from others was that there were talks by some Ladies. In the evening, there was a music programme – vocal – by the Priya Sisters. The Kulwant Hall was filled with soothing and melodius songs from the pair. Wonderful Carnatic recitals were offered by them at the Divine Lotus Feet. Swami was enjoying the music throughout. These two days, Bhagawan has been showing His kindness towards the Ladies by allowing His chair to kept inclined i.e. sideways towards the Ladies. Usually at other times they never get this privilege. Towards the end of the programme, Swami blessed the sisters with beautiful silk sarees and also materialized two gold chains for them. They were very happy. Swami stood for some time and then asked them to sing a particular song. Bhagawan sat down again and they rendered the song. Subsequently we had Vedam chanting for a while after which Swami retired for the day.

On the morning of the 1st of August (Sunday), Bhagawan came out for Darshan at 7.20 a.m. He cut across on the Ladies side and proceeded towards the stage. The morning programme began with a Veena recital by a faculty member – Smt. Padma Krishnamurthy (wife of the Principal of the Music College) – of the Sri Sathya Sai Mirpuri College of Music. After she rendered a few pieces to everybody’s delight, the next event began. This was a panel discussion on the topic of Mother Sita – a Role Model for the Women. This panel was moderated by Smt. Chetana and the participants were faculty memebers of the Anatapur Campus of the Institute. It was a very well structured presentation, revealing the various facets of Mother Sita’s life and their relevance to women today. It was backed up by modern day statistics and findings. Another point to be appreciated was the way in which they linked the aspects of Mother Sita’s life with the teachings of Bhagawan.

The discussion came to a close around 8.45 a.m. Bhagawan stood up for Aarti. He then moved slowly towards the panel members and started speaking to them. He materialized a gold ring for one of the panel members and then created Vibhuti and applied it on their foreheads. There was a loud applause from the audience. Meanwhile we could see Rajanikant – the famous Tamil film actor coming towards the Portico and taking his seat. However, Swami went towards the interview room and went in for lunch. By 9.45 a.m. Swami came out and got into the golf cart. All the while the Naadaswaram group was entertaining us with beautiful pieces that kept our hands tapping in rhythm. Slowly Bhagawan’s golf cart glided towards the Poornachandra Hall. Just as it disappeared out of our sight, there was a tap on the mike and our dear Prof. Anil Kumar was performing his favorite duty – Announcement. “This evening by the Grace of Bhagawan Baba, the Balvikas children from the city of Hyderabad will be putting up a drama – Maha Sadhvi Sita in Sai Kulwant Hall in the Divine Presence at 4.00 p.m.” Then came the Telugu translation as usual....Eee Roju Sayankalam....!!

In the evening, Bhagawan came out at around 3.30 p.m. Swami beckoned towards the Ladies side. He called for the faculty members who had presented the panel discussion in the morning. He Blessed them with gorgeous silk sarees.

The Balvikas children were all ready with their costumes. The programme began around 3.35 p.m. The story was about the post war period of Ramayana. It started from the phase when Lord Rama rules the kingdom and goes on to depict how based upon the accusations of a Dhobhi, Rama sends Mother Sita to the forest. Then comes the scene of Lakshmana and Mother Sita in the forest, where he reveals to her the truth. A series of songs and thenValmiki comes in and takes her to his Ashram. The drama then jumps to Lava and Kusha. They are taught Ramayana by Sage Valmiki.

Then the story goes on to show how Lava and Kusha go to Ayodhya, how they develop anger towards the king Rama who abandoned his wife Sita at a crucial stage. Then Mother Sita explains to them that they should not develop such feelings. They sing a beautiful song to console their mother. Finally the Ashvamedha Yajna and the fight between Rama and His sons, ultimately concluding with the grand scene of Mother Sita merging into the earth!! Though the play was full of wailings of Mother Sita and explicit accusations to Lord Rama, it was acted out well and touched all our hearts!!

It was a very beautiful play – almost a copy of the old Telugu Ramayana film – all with the same songs. It was very rich in costumes and good acting. After the drama, Swami got up and walked all the way to these children to Bless them. The children were so emotionally charged and Swami showered so much Love on them that we could see all of them burst into tears. Especially the girls who acted as Rama and Sita were sobbing uncontrollably. Swami spent a long time with them and then returned to the sofa. We sang Bhajans subsequently. After a few Bhajans, Swami asked the boys to get apples. He again stood up and went walking right unto these children and personally distributed apples to each one of them. Again we could see the children shedding tears of joy!!

By 5.15 p.m. Swami retired to the Poornachandra Hall and thus the Festival of Indian Culture and Spirituality came to a close.


Dear Brother

Sairam. Here are some of the happenings back at parthi.
Parthi Update

Vedam Chanters turn Bhajan Singers!!

Yesterday evening, after the Vedam chanting, Swami asked the Bhajans to be started. As the mikes were being shifted towards the Bhajan singers who were sitting next to the Vedam group, Swami signaled for the mikes to be kept back. They did not know what to do.

Assuming that Swami wanted the Vedam to continue, Sri Vedanarayana - the Vedam in-charge started chanting Vedam again. Swami immediately said, "Aye, Bhajans not Vedam".

So there, the Vedam group turned into a Bhajan group. Sri Vedanarayana started with "Govinda Krishna Jai Gopala Krishna Jai..". Full Josh!! and we all enjoyed following. Each Vedam student got an opportunity to exercise his vocal chords at our cost!! Some did well while some muffed. Swami was just sitting silently without any ex-pression (embodiment of forbearance).

However, Sri Vedanarayana made up with his wonderful Bhajans. He sang "Subramanyam Subramanyam Shanmukhanatha....". One more boy sang very well.

So that is the Leela of our Lord!! Every day is uncertain and so is every moment. However, it was very good for a change and there was total participation from the entire Kulwant Hall.

Day before yesterday, we had a music programme from another U.K. group which is now here. About 75 of them. After their Music Programme, they sang Bhajans which went on for about 45 minutes. They sang to their hearts content and filled our hearts too!! Very good Bhajans.

Today the Orientation Course in Value Education for in-service teachers was inaugurated in the Institute A.V. Room at 9.00 a.m. The Vice Chancellor delivered the key note address followed by various sessions.

This evening, Swami asked our Prof. V.E. Ramamoorthy to talk about Human Values. In fact he had just spoken to the members of the Course about it in the afternoon session. He again shared his thoughts in the Divine Presence (Swami’s reinforcement strategy). This was followed by our dear Prof. Anil Kumar who gave a very inspiring talk, focused on the participant teachers of the Course.

We had Bhajans subsequently, by the Bhajan Group - thankfully!! Swami retired at around 5.05 p.m.


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