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Reports of events from the Sai Baba Ashrams


Prashanthi Bullettin - August 13th to 18th, 2005

August 18th, 2005

Bhagawan arrived at 7.45 am for morning darshan. After sitting onstage listening to the Vedic chants for around half an hour, Bhagawan moved towards some delegates to the Education conference who had some books on Value-based Education. Bhagawan blessed the books and went through them for nearly twenty minutes! Then the Brindavan Warden and faculty presented an 80th Birthday souvenir volume. Bhagawan blessed the souvenir also, and then went to the interview room.

This evening saw the concluding session of the international Education conference. The Chief Guest for the occassion was Smt. Kumud Bansal, Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Elementary education and Literacy. Bhagawan came onstage at 3.30 pm after ensuring that the Chief Guest was seated at the centre of the dais, and the proceedings began shortly thereafter.

The first to speak was the Vice-Chancellor, Sri Gokak, who welcomed the Chief Guest. Then Sri Sanjay Sahani, Principal of the Brindavan campus of the Institute, introduced the speakers for the session. Two students presented summaries of the conference proceedings. Two student speakers, Research Scholar Sanjay Mahalingam and Jagdish Chandra of the M.Phil. class, followed. Thereafter was an address by the former Vice-chancellor Sri S. V. Giri. Then the Chief Guest Smt. Kumud Bansal presented her views. The Vice-Chancellor Sri Gokak wound up the proceedings by presenting a report of the conclusions of the conference. Bhajans were sung for a few minutes while prasadam was distributed to all, following which Bhagawan returned to His abode after Arati.

August 17th, 2005

The Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning is hosting an International Conference of eminent educators entitled 'Education in the 21st century - Education to Educare'. This morning was the inaugural session of the conference in Sai Kulwant Hall. The Chief Guest was Justice Venkatachallaiah, former Chief Justice of India and National Human Rights Commission chairmain. Bhagawan, who is the Chancellor of the Institute, arrived at 8 o'clock and the proceedings got underway after He came to the dais at 8.15 am. The Vice-Chancellor, Sri Anil Vinayak Gokak, made some introductory remarks, introduced some of the eminent participants and welcomed them. This was followed by the Chief Guest's address.

Bhagawan then gave His Divine Message.

After Bhagawan's Discourse, He asked for the Vedam chanting to resume and laddoo prasadam was distributed. At 10.15 am, Arati was offered and Swami left for His abode. The conference continued with it's next session at the Administrative Block of the Institute.

In the afernoon, Bhagawan sat onstage listening to the Vedam chanting after His darshan round at 3.15 pm. At 3.40 pm, the Vice-Chancellor announced the commencement of the evening's programme. Two students summarised the day's conference proceedings, and then there was a presentation entitled 'There is only one caste, the caste of Humanity; there is only one religion, the religion of Love' by the students. The essential Unity of all faiths was portrayed through skits relating to Hinduism, Christianity, Buddhism and Islam. After the presentation, Bhagawan had group photos with the participants, prasadam was distributed, and Bhagawan returned to His abode accepting the Arati.

August 15th, 2005

The students assembled in the Sai Kulwant Hall this morning after attending the Independence Day flag hoisting ceremonies in their respective institutions. After His Darshan round, Bhagawan came onto the verandah and had a long interaction with Sri Indulal Shah and a couple of other guests. They were showing Bhagawan various architectural drawings. This 'outdoor interview' went on for around half an hour, concluding a few minutes before Bhajans began at nine o'clock.

In the evening, the senior students of the Institute put up a drama with the Independence Day theme. The historic speeches given by Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Subash Chandra Bose and others were incorported in the drama. The drama concluded with the message that Bharat has to get 'Swaaraajya' - the rule of the Eternal Spirit - and not mere political independence. All rose for the National Anthem, after which Bhagawan returned to His abode accepting the Arati.

August 14th, 2005

This is a "long weekend" in India - Monday is Independence Day, a National Holiday - and the Sai Kulwant Hall was full. In the evening, the students of the Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary School were ready with a program, 'Sai Sandesh' - the message of Sai. After sitting onstage for an hour, Bhagawan came inside the Bhajan Hall where the students were assembled with their costumes. After some interaction with them, Swami asked them to start the programme and went inside the interview room. A few minutes after the drama began, Swami came to the verandah and sat there to watch.

The message of 'Matr Devo Bhava, Pitr Devo Bhava, Acharya Devo Bhava, Atithi Devo Bhava' - treat the parents, teacher and guest as God - was conveyed in the drama through the lives of two boys Nithin and Akash. Nithin teaches values to Akash by recalling the stories of Shravan Kumar, Pundarika and so on, which were acted out. The concluding part of the drama had a song incorporating Bhagawan's social service activities - educare, medicare and sociocare - represented in tableaux. The human values of Sathya, Dharma, Shanthi and Prema - depicted as characters - find a new hope at Prashanthi Nilayam, at Bhagawan's lotus feet.

August 13th, 2005

This evening, Bhagawan went for an extra long round in His car outside the Ashram, 2.45 pm to 4 pm. After spending twenty minutes in the interview room, Bhagawan went to the Bhajan Hall and remained there till bhajans at 5 pm.

Source: http://radiosai.org/pages/PB.htm


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