Prashanthi Bullettin - July
12th to 15th, 2005
14th and 15th, 2005
14th morning was a break for the Music Group. However, in
the evening, Swami came to the Institute Auditorium at
around 2.30 p.m. and was present there watching the
rehearsal till 4.00 p.m.
15th morning, we were again lucky to witness Swami's arrival
to the College. However, He came at 9.00 a.m. when the
students, except the singers, were busy in their classrooms.
He sat in the Auditorium conducting a Divine quality audit
and fine-tuning the Music Programme to perfection. He
Blessed the singers with a light brown Kurta and Pyjama
which they were asked to wear immediately. The singers went
to the backstage, wore the new dresses and returned to the
Hall. Swami Blessed them. Looking like modern Lava-Kusha,
they went on to the stage for another round of the songs.
In the evening, the venue for the Music Programme rehearsal
got shifted to the Sai Kulwant Hall. At 4.00 p.m. the Vice
Chancellor, Prof. Gokak was commanded by Bhagawan to give an
introduction to the programme. He said that all these days
we have been hearing the Veda Chanting, but Swami wishes
that we put into practice the sacred teachings of the Vedas.
He then stated that we would hear a Music Programme by the
students of Swami. All the songs were rendered in the
planned sequence. The rehearsal concluded at 5.00 p.m.
Bhajans and Prasadam distribution followed, concluding with
July 13th, 2005
This seems to be an 80th year Bonanza for the Institute.
Yesterday was the first time, as far as we can recall, when
Bhagawan has visited the Institute twice on a single day. We
could never imagine that we would get such wonderful chances
This morning was another golden day for the College. The
Music Group boys were ready for Swami's visit. They had
prepared and rehearsed yesterday evening and late into the
night to put up a perfect presentation this morning.
Bhagawan has been preparing this team for making a grand
presentation. Though Swami has not clearly revealed as to
which occasion this programme is being prepared for, one
could guess that it could be for the oncoming Gurupoornima
21st of July is Gurupoornima day - The day of the Jagath
Guru, in the 80th year of His Advent. What an unique
occasion! This day also happens to be the anniversary of the
Anantapur Campus of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher
Learning. Following Gurupoornima, the next two days, July
22nd and July 23rd, will witness a grand conference on the
theme: 'Sai Interfaith Conference - The Religion of Love.'
Eminent speakers from the five major religions of the world:
Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, and Jewish faiths, will
be making their presentations during this conference.
Therefore, the third week of July will be a very significant
and busy week in Prasanthinilayam.
Coming back to Swami's visit, Swami entered the College
premises at 8.45 a.m. just after the Foyer Prayers were
over. Even as students were exiting from the Foyer, Swami's
car turned into the gate. All the students stood in neat
rows to welcome Bhagawan and have His Divine Darshan before
starting their classes.
Swami went into the Auditorium and had a long session till
10.00 a.m. along with the Music Team. They sang all the
songs that had been handpicked by Bhagawan. Towards the end
some more songs were added. Two of our Telugu speaking
brothers and very good poets, Sri Ranganatha Raju and Sri
Uday Girish, both from the I Year MBA class, had been
selected for writing Telugu commentary as an introduction to
each of the songs. Both of them presented the intro verses
and Swami was very happy. Towards the end, all the boys and
the Warden prayed to Swami to have the evening practice
session in the Hostel Dining Hall. The new Dining Hall in
the senior student's Hostel awaits Blessings of Bhagawan.
Swami smiled and said that He would see...
All preparations were made in the Hostel to receive Swami in
the evening. However, Bhagawan chose to have the practice in
the Institute Auditorium itself. He reached the Auditorium
at 3.15 p.m. All the students proceeded to the College from
the Hostel and occupied their seats in the Auditorium. A
full fledged rehearsal commenced in the Divine Presence. The
Vice Chancellor, Principal and several other professors were
A commentary in Telugu preceded each song, rendered by
brothers Raju and Girish. The lead singers Om Prasad and Sai
Krishna filled the Auditorium with their melodious voice and
soul stirring tunes.
It was 4.25 p.m. Swami was about to leave the Hall when the
dance group prayed to Swami to Bless them with an
opportunity to present before Him. Swami gave His consent. A
team of 8 dancers then danced to vigourous music...
At 4.30 p.m. Swami left the Auditorium and proceeded to the
Mandir. All of us followed suit. In the Mandir, the car
parked near the interview room. Swami's sofa came out of the
car. He asked the boys with Him to wheel the sofa towards
the Ladies side. To their delight, Swami's sofa was wheeled
all the way between the Lady devotees and from there He
proceeded in the same way right until the Poornachandra
Auditorium and retired for the day. It was very amusing to
see the empty car starting subsequently and making its way
towards the Poornachandra.
Bhajans went on from 5.00 p.m. to 5.20 p.m.
July 12th, 2005
Today was yet another memorable day for the Institute.
Bhagawan had given a clue yesterday evening to the Music
Group students that He may come to the Institute Auditorium
for a practice session. All preparations were made for
Bhagawan's arrival. However, since the agenda was restricted
only to the Music Programme practice, all other classes were
expected to go on as usual. Only the Music Group boys would
be seated in the Auditorium awaiting Swami's arrival.
After the Foyer session, all students went to their
respective rooms for their classes. The Management Workshop
was in progress. At 8.40 a.m. our dear Lord makes His silent
entry into the College Campus. He drives down straight to
the Auditorium side entrance and enters.
His sofa was placed in line with the first row of chairs at
the centre. Initially all the Music Group members were
seated down in front of Swami. There were no mikes. The
practice session began. Bhagawan was directing the whole
programme, selecting the songs, giving them some tips,
sequencing the pieces, etc. Later, He asked the singers to
move over to the stage and make their presentation.
Immediately the P.A. System boys arranged the mikes. The
latter half was heard loudly even in the Foyer on account of
Swami was so concerned about the singers' throats that He
asked for warm water to be served to them. He sat watching
the practice session until 9.45 a.m. Then He went to the
Mandir where the Bhajans had already started. He took Aarti
and retired to PC.
Come evening and what a pleasant surprise. Is it true or a
dream? As we were proceeding to the Mandir at quarter past
three, we find our Lord proceeding to the Institute
Auditorium. He was there in the College from 3.30 p.m. to
4.30 p.m. Another hour of Blissful Darshan! Many students
ran from the Mandir and made their way into the Auditorium.
Swami sat in the same place. The singers were seated in
front of Swami with mikes. Two teams of instrumentalists
were seated on the stage providing music support.
Bhagawan was so involved that it appeared as if it were the
first time He was watching the rehearsal. That is Bhagawan.
Each session is a fresh one for Him! The Omnipresent Lord is
ever in the Present! It was wonderful to have such an
informal session after so many months. The singers were
truly very lucky to sing His Glory sitting right in front of
Him, looking into His Divine Eyes and He looking at them.
Can there be a better moment in life? At the end of the
presentation, Swami spoke to the singers. He asked the Vice
Chancellor for his feedback. Other authorities, the
Principal and some Professors were also seated.
Crowded by students on all sides, Swami made His exit from
the Auditorium and proceeded to the Mandir. He went into the
interview room. Bhajans began at 5.00 p.m. Swami retired
soon after. Bhajans continued and Aarti was offered at 5.20