Prashanthi Bulletin -
November 18th - 19th, 2005
Just four sunsets more and only three more sunrises before we
arise to witness the glorious day of the 80th Birthday of our
dear Lord. Today is the 11th Ladies Day that is being celebrated
on 19th November in the Divine Presence. 10 years back, Bhagawan
had declared this day as Ladies Day. Let's recall a few excerpts
from the Divine Discourse given by Him then.
"There is nothing greater than mother's
love. Mother's words are always sweet. At times she may use
harsh words, but they are meant only to correct you, not to hurt
you. There may be a wicked son, but there can never be a wicked
mother in this world. Today is declared as mother's day only to
make you understand the value of mother's love and her concern
for you. Among mother, father, teacher and God, mother is given
the topmost priority. The modern youth do not care for the
mother. They think they are highly educated and that the mother
does not know anything. It is a great mistake to think so. Never
look down upon the mother."
Therefore, let us begin by offering our sincere Pranaams and
respects to all the five mothers. The Deha Maata (physical
Mother), the Go Maata (the holy cow), the Veda Maata (the Holy
Scriptures), Bhu Maata (Mother Earth) and above all the Supreme
Divine Mother of the world - our Sai Maata. Let us also pay our
homage to Mother Eswaramma who gave humanity this most precious
gift of Sai.
This morning, the Kulwant Hall is decorated very well. A new set
of decorations, different from yesterday. On the wall above the
car shed, near the Krishna statue are huge posters hailing the
80th Year of Love in Action. All along the front part of the
Kulwant Hall, at regular intervals, long vertical banners are
suspended with beautiful pictures of our Lord accompanied with
valuable messages. The stage looks gorgeous. The ten Avataaras
sculpted in some new form of artwork are fixed on all pillars in
the Portico. They look like big brown oval dishes with the idol
sculpted in it and lights illuminating the idol.
Long red tapestry hangs from the top balcony of the Mandir until
the lower balcony. Shorter ones are suspended from the lower
balcony. A huge red umbrella is erected in the centre. Right
opposite, at the rear end of the Kulwant Hall, on top of the
huge gateway, is Mother Eswaramma's portrait held by two
heavenly angels on either side. On it is written, "Viswa Janani
Eswaramma". The entrance to the Ashram at the Ganesha gate and
even the entrance to the Kulwant Hall from the Poornachandra are
all decked with big floral gateways that add a generous splash
of festivity to the whole place. The multi layered steps that is
normally placed on the Gents side of the Hall next to the
gateway, for the press people on November 22nd during
Convocation, is already set up there today itself. Close Circuit
Television sets to telecast the celebrations are already in
place in the Kulwant Hall right from the 17th. The passage
leading from the read end gateway of the Hall to the extreme end
where the Rama statue is located is having a beautiful colourful
roof, strung with layers and layers of Zari garlands. Looks
At 8.30 a.m. Bhagawan comes out for Darshan amidst Veda chanting
and Naadaswaram. He is led by a long procession of young girls
and Ladies chanting Vedam and other Stotrams. Two rows of young
girls on either side of the pathway offer flowers to Swami as
the car passes by. As Swami's car enters the Kulwant Hall a
beautiful classical welcome song fills the air that goes on
until Swami reaches the dais. By 8.35 a.m. Swami alights from
the car and lights the ceremonial lamp. The candle to light the
lamp is offered to Swami by Smt. Sarla Shah and Smt. Chetana
Raju. The programme for the morning is announced by Smt. Chetana
It begins with a band display by the young girls of the Primary
School. Subsequently, Bhagawan releases the Bi-annual Journal -
'Mother Sri Sathya Sai' and a Souvenir brought out by the
Eswaramma Women's Welfare Trust marking the 80th Birthday of
This is followed by three speakers sharing their thoughts with
all of us, on this holy occasion. The first speaker is Mrs.
Mallika Srinivasan, an alumnus of the Wharton Business School.
She talks about the Eswaramma Women's Welfare Trust and the
recently started Mother & Child programme giving all its details
and significance. She also mentions about the mobile medical
camps that have been started recently providing help at the
doorstep of the villagers, especially in cases of expecting
mothers and delivery cases. All this has been possible only by
The second speaker is Mrs. Gita Ram, the daughter of Dr.
Padmanabhan whom we know very well as the person who walks
behind Swami during Darshan in Brindavan. She shares two
wonderful experiences with the audience.
She comes from a family that has great proximity to Swami.
Bhagawan had Blessed her twin children saying that He would
always take care of them. 23 years later she recalls a wonderful
incident that had occurred when her twin children were just 3
months old. During this period, suddenly, due to some reason,
the Glaxo Company (popular as manufacturers of Baby's food
products) went on a strike and therefore she was unable to
procure Glaxo milk food for her babies, which was very essential
for them. Not knowing what to do, she prayed fervently to
Bhagawan. Once her husband had gone out to other areas of
Bangalore, to try and see whether the items were available in
some other stores, but he could get just two cans. As he was
returning home, at a signal point, a car stopped next to his
When the green signal went on, he wished to move forward but the
car could not. It needed some pushing and therefore at the
request of the driver he got down to push the car aside. At that
time the gentleman in the car asked him whether he could deliver
an urgent parcel to a particular address as he would be unable
to do the same on account of the car breakdown. Mrs. Gita's
husband agreed to help and the gentleman gave him a parcel and a
slip with the address. Unable to interact any further as the
police came onto the scene to clear the way, the husband
returned home. He then opened the slip of paper to see the
address where he was supposed to deliver this parcel. To his
amazement he found his wife's name written on it with their own
house address. He immediately called for his wife and checked
about this. She too was perplexed. When they finally opened the
parcel, they found 24 cans of Glaxo Baby Food in it. Later when
they came to Parthi, Swami enquired whether the milk food had
reached her children. That is Divine Protection.
In another incident, Swami had given Mrs. Gita Ram a packet of
Vibhuti in the interview room. She tucked it away in her purse
and somehow forgot about it. A few months later, when she and
her husband visited New York to celebrate their Marriage
Anniversary, they went to a temple over there. After this, they
attended a Music Concert in a theater. During the intermission,
she went to the Ladies Room. There, a Hispanic Woman who was
cleaning the bathroom, came forward and asked Mrs. Gita whether
she was an Indian. Then she asked her whether she knew about Sai
Baba. On getting a 'Yes' for both these questions, she asked her
whether she had any white powder with her.
Upon enquiring her about the details and the reason for these
questions, the Hispanic woman said that she had an eight year
old daughter who was seriously sick. Both her kidneys had failed
and chances of survival were slim. Transplant of the kidneys
would mean a lot of money which she could never afford. All she
did was pray to her Lord Jesus. After a few hopeless days,
suddenly three days before, in her dream she saw this man with
an orange robe and afro type hair style who called himself Sai
Baba and told her - I am Sai Baba. You will meet an Indian in
your work place, ask her for Vibhuti - white powder. Give it to
your daughter. She will become better.
Hearing this, Mrs. Gita Ram opened her purse and the silently
tucked away Vibhuti packet suddenly revealed itself. She handed
over the same to the woman, thrilled with the mysterious ways of
Bhagawan. Months later when the couple arrived at Parthi and
Swami gave them an interview, He told them, "The girl is fine.
Both her kidneys are OK. No surgery!" These narrations struck a
special cord in all our hearts.
This talk is followed by the talk by Mrs. Chetana Raju. She
speaks of Swami as beyond time and space and highlights the
quantum jump in Universal Consciousness that is being brought
about by the Avataar. After her erudite and insightful talk, she
fervently prays to Swami to deliver His Divine Message. Swami
smiles and concedes. Swami stands up amidst loud applause and
begins His Discourse. The highlights:
The same Love exists in all. It is only
the vesture that differentiates Man and Woman. Sarvam Kalvidam
Brahma. All people aspire to attain Divinity. Where is God?
Daivam Manusha Rupena. God takes upon a human form to protect
humanity. God has no specific attribute or form. He has infinite
Forms. God is not merely Divine. He is Human too.
If one turns inwards, then one can experience the Divinity
within. Iswara Sarva Bhutaanaam. If you call upon Him as the
Master, He will appear as a Master. If you consider Him as your
son, He will appear as the son. God has no one single form or
name. Name and Form are limited only to human beings. These
small sparrows sitting here are also Divine. God takes upon the
Form according to our prayers. There is no place or form without
Whoever speaks to us, we must consider that it is God speaking
to us. Man only utters the word, the word comes from God. Be it
praise or blame, it all comes from God. Never consider any
person as a mere person. All are God only. If you consider a
person as a mere human being, then all ill feelings will come
forth, such as hatred, jealousy, anger. Only when we consider
others as different, these bad qualities manifest in us. We will
be redeemed only when we understand Unity in Diversity.
Know Thyself, that is enough. We ask others, who are you. But we
never ask ourselves - Who am I? This is the real message of God.
Body is the gift of God. He the true doer, the real speaker. All
happens as per His command.
Then Swami spoke about Mother Eswaramma and about the three
prayers that she had made. Prayers that were so selfless - one
for a school, the second for a hospital and the third for a well
to be dug in the village. These three prayers have taken such
gigantic shape now as the University, the Super Specialty
Hospital and the Water Project.
Whatever desires she had, Swami has
amplified it and made it so gigantic. I do not do what I like,
but I do everything to fulfill the likes and noble wishes of
others. This Hall where you all are sitting is not for Me. It is
for all of you. Help ever, Hurt never. Never be selfish. Fish is
better than Selfish.
Politics have perverted the thinking in he whole world. Without
these politics all will prosper. Without understanding anything
about it, everybody just gets into politics. Even a simple man
selling cigarettes gets into politics. Never get into politics.
Always depend on God. You cannot manage this life on your own.
Therefore, depend on God. Bhagawan wishes that all people must
develop and progress. Make every effort to broaden your heart,
not the physical heart but the spiritual heart. Sing the name of
the Lord with Vishaala Bhaavam.
It is very wrong to think merely of our family. Whatever desires
we have, others too have similar desires. Therefore Love them.
Love can never be narrow minded. Hence never give rise to
thoughts like my son, my wife and so on. All should be one.
Swami is present in all. You must understand that just as I feel
sad when I am hurt, so too, will others feel sad when they are
hurt. Hence, develop Love, not selfish but broad Love. Everyone
should be happy. Once you foster such Love you will never tend
to be narrow minded.
Bhagawan concludes His Divine Discourse with 'Prema Mudita Mana
Se Kaho Ram Ram Ram'. He receives Aarti at 10.10 a.m. and
Prasadam distribution takes place. To the greatest delight of
all assembled in the Hall, Bhagawan stands up from the chair
again and with the help of the students who attend to Him, He
walks all the way from the dais to the car parked near the
interview room. There is loud applause. After a while He retires
and Prof. Anil Kumar announces that the world famous singer Smt.
Kavita Krishnamurthy will present a bouquet of songs in the
Divine Presence in the evening at 4.30 p.m.
In the evening, Swami makes His entry at 4.15 p.m. As He passes
through the Hall making His usual round, He sees the Mobile
Clinic Bus, decorated with flowers, parked in front of the
backside gateway of the Hall adjacent to the pathway. He
proceeds towards the stage, moves out from the car and sits on
the dais. Vedam and band goes on. Band is played by the Primary
School children and the women students of the Anantapur campus
of the Sai University. At 4.30 p.m. Swami gives the green signal
for the Music Programme to commence. Smt. Kavita Krishnamurthy
along with her husband Dr. L. Subramanian, the violin exponent
and other members of the family and accompanying artistes are
seated on the right side of the dais while Swami is seated as
usual on the left side (gents side).
The next one hour and twenty minutes takes us away to the world
of soul stirring music and melody. The scintillating voice of
Smt. Kavita Krishnamurthy accompanied with the violin of Dr. L.
Subramanian fills the Sai Kulwant Hall. All are spellbound and
listen with rapt attention. She delivers one hit after another
and the devotees respond with loud applause. She begins with the
well known and relevant for this occasion - 'Janam Diya Tune Sai
Ko'. This is followed by 'Om Namah Shiyaya', 'Mein Ayi Thi
Darashana Pane', 'Mene Prema Se Jyoti Jalai' (all from her album
Sai Darshan), 'Sri Rama Chandra Krupalu Bhajamana', 'Raghupati
Raghava Raja Ram', 'Dhanya Bhaaga Seva Ka Avasara Paaya', and
'Mere Ranaji Meine Govinda Ke Guna Gaana'.
She also intersperses these songs with wonderful Bhajans
rendered with such finesse. She leads with 'Nandaa Nandana Hari
Govinda Gopaala' and 'Antaranga Sai Anaatha Naatha Sai', with
all the devotees following her. In the course of her rendering
the pieces, Swami goes in for a short while and spends some time
interacting with devotees in the inner portico and the bhajan
He again comes out at 5.45 p.m. and finds the Primary School
young girls standing all dressed with dance costumes. A dance is
slotted after the music programme. Swami interacts with the
coordinators and after a while gives His consent. The children
immediately spring forth into their dance accompanied by a very
catchy song of a folk music type giving a beautiful narration of
There are several groups of girls marked by different costumes
and performing different parts of the dance. It appeals to
everybody and is received with very loud applause. It is already
6.05 p.m. but our Lord wishes to shower all His Love on them. He
agrees for a photograph and all the girls come in groups
according to their costumes and pose for the photographs. The
band girls too take this opportunity and come forward. Finally,
Smt. Kavita Krishnamurthy, Dr. L. Subramanian and the others
also hurry forward not wanting to miss this lifetime
Swami gives them group photographs and interacts with them for a
long time. He Blesses Dr. L. Subramanian with a ring. Having
saturated all hearts with immense joy and Bliss, He turns to
move towards the car. Meanwhile Prof. Anil Kumar jubilantly
moves towards the mike ready to commence his announcement.
The first announcement is about the Sri Sathya Sai Mobile Clinic
inaugurated by Bhagawan today. This is an air-conditioned mobile
clinic equipped with the latest gadgets like the Ultrasound
Scanner, Auto Film Processor, Chemical Analyzer, Retinoscope,
Ophthalmoscope, X-Ray machine, Public Address System, a Screen
and even a Video Projector. This mobile clinic is offered for
the service of the villages by Bhagawan on this day marking the
beginning of yet another noble initiative for Loka Kalyanam
The second announcement is about the 8th World Conference of the
Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organizations which will commence tomorrow
in the Divine Presence at 8.00 a.m. It is 6.20 p.m. as the Porte
car glides towards PC amidst the chanting of the Aarti.
November 18th, 2005
Five sunsets to go. The official celebration of the 80th
Birthday of Bhagawan Baba continues today with the Rathotsavam
festival. As we all know this is the day when the idols of Lord
Krishna and those of Lord Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman are
brought out in a procession. Decked with wonderful silk clothes
and with flowers all around, these idols are taken in open
palanquins from the Mandir Bhajan Hall to the Old Mandir (which
is now the Kalyana Mantapam).
This morning, Swami was again out by 7.30 a.m. As He was taking
a round of the Kulwant Hall, dear Sai Gita irresistibly came
forward to seek Swami's Blessings. The merciful Lord fed her
with some apples and moved on. He came right onto the stage,
came out of the car and sat on the dais for quite some time. The
core Vedam group along with many other Vedam students in red
Dhotis and Angavastrams were seated inside the Bhajan Hall
facing the idols of Rama and Krishna that were kept ready for
Swami sat outside until 8.00 a.m. and then went into the Bhajan
Hall. After a few minutes, we guess that Swami would have given
the signal, for the palanquins were brought out. Out came the
long line of Vedam chanters and Bhajan singers. Led by Sai Gita
the entire troupe went along towards the Gopuram gate of the
Mandir to proceed to the Kalyana Mantapam.
As this was going on, Swami was sitting near the Primary School
end of the dais and hearing very joyously the loud chanting of
His young children. The children were chanting with all gusto.
Accompanying the procession were the Naadaswaram group and also
the Panchavadyam team from the senior boys' Hostel. A few
minutes after their exit, Bhagawan most surprisingly asked His
chair to be moved towards the devotees. To everyone's amazement,
He went right towards the Gopuram gate Blessing all devotees on
the way. Around 8.30 a.m., He returned into the Kulwant Hall
again. Passing along the centre of the Hall, He came right till
the front and then turned towards the Gents side. All the
students seated along the path had a fantastic chance of His
close Darshan. Swami even spoke to a few boys.
Having showered His Love and joy thus, Swami moved into the
interview room. Boys in the Vedam block were chanting Vedam
though the mikes were now switched off. All were awaiting the
return of the procession. They came back at around 9.30 a.m.
Immediately, Bhajans began and even before the first Bhajan
could get over, Aarti was given.
Many students rushed to the Portico entrance to see Swami
getting into the car. But we were in for another surprise. Swami
asked the Vedam students inside the Bhajan Hall to chant Vedam.
As they chanted the Rudram, Swami moved in His chair along the
central path of the Bhajan Hall, Blessing all along the path.
Then He came out from the rear door and went along the upper VIP
Portico talking to all the gentlemen seated over there. By 9.50
a.m. He got into the car and retired for the morning.
Just before entering the car, He had given some instructions to
Prof. Anil Kumar. Prof. Anil Kumar came over to the mike and as
Swami's car glided towards PC, he made the announcement that
from today onwards free food (Prasadam) will be distributed to
all devotees - Breakfast, Lunch, Tea and Dinner - till the 24th
There is so much of effort being put in, back-stage, to make all
this happen. And the uniqueness of it is that all this goes on
so silently - no noise, no chaos. Silent service for the Lord!
Let us take you through a virtual tour of the Ashram premises.
So here we go!
As soon as you enter the Ganesha gate, you come face to face
with a giant size poster of Swami in His white robe in a Abhaya
Hasta pose. It's just too good. What a welcome! You are
literally overpowered with those Blessing Hands. You know you
have come Home - to your Mother!
On the lawns near the Shanmukha temple, there is a Shamiyana for
the press. At the beginning of the road leading to the South
Blocks we have a Registration Counter for the World Conference
delegates. Keep moving on - of course that is also tough as
there are so many devotees filling up the road. You just have to
go at a snails pace. Well, as you move along, you find Sevadals
moving in a hectic fashion attending to so many tasks.
You reach the Bakery and the Super Market and the place is
crowded with devotees. Next to the Books and Publications we
find an overseas group practicing some songs - maybe for some
programme. There is another practice session of a choir going on
in the first floor of the North Indian Canteen. Assuming we have
reached the end of the Ashram we turn to go away, but we find a
board that reads - Way to accommodation for Indian Delegates -
As we move forward, a whole new world emerges. A world of love,
sharing and caring! A world so full of harmony and peace! There
are so many tents that have been set up and it goes on until the
hills. There are fifteen such tents, and delegates are divided
statewise in them. The tent is so beautifully set up. Outside,
we find colorful cloth with so many frills covering the sides
and the front. On the top are tin sheets. Inside, the floor is
completely covered with plastic sheets and on the poles that
support the tent are fixed tube lights to light up the place.
The cool weather makes fans unnecessary.
Most of the tents are already full and the others are getting
full even as we walk by. Many tents have registration counters
opened right in front for enabling the delegates' easy entry.
They have been numbered as G1, G2 and so on. At the rear of the
tents are temporary bathrooms and toilets which look very
elegant. They are made up of just poles, plastic sheets and
straw mats that serve as doors. A number of them are set up side
by side. Water is sourced from two huge tanks that have been
built at the central point of the complex which are kept filled
always. The bathroom has a Cuddapah slab that serves as the
floor, fixed with a drain that carries out the water while the
toilets have water closets fixed onto the floor.
As we walk along and take a turn at the end of the road, we come
across another huge array of tents numbered L1, L2 etc for the
Lady delegates that are set up in a similar fashion. There are
so many people but there is not much noise. Everyone one seem to
be busy in their own way doing their little bit for the Lord. It
seems as though everyone one is lost in making their offering
that they are oblivious to any inconveniences. That is Divine
Now we come across the sheds that form part of the regular
Ashram premises. These are full of devotees. So many of them in
non-stop queues. Some have just settled down along the pathway
for every bit of the land feels like a home in the Divine
Presence. The Sevadals are continuously guiding the devotees to
the sheds. The Orissa team has its own setup to carry out the
task which they always consider a great privilege to undertake.
The sanitation and the maintenance tasks. A number of members
are seated, ready with all implements and tools.
Amidst these tents we also have a huge Shamiyana that houses the
Dining Halls for the delegates. The food counters for the
devotees is set up adjacent to the North Indian Canteen in the
area which is normally an open space. Behind the North Blocks
towards the North West side, we have some more Shamiyanas - one
reads as Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organization Medical Camp - Gents
and the other one is for Ladies.
And then we witness a very huge hall behind the North
residential Blocks, almost three fourth of Porrnachandra Hall,
set up as a tent, but with a difference. It is beautifully
decorated both outside and inside with colourful frill cloth.
There is a massive stage at one end and hundreds of chairs are
placed inside. This we learn is planned as the venue for the 8th
Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organizations - World Conference that
commences on the 20th.
There is intense activity everywhere. So much of work going
on... There is a big shed where all the groceries are stored and
volunteers are singing Bhajans and cleaning the rice and other
grains. From here we move on to the core of all activities - the
hub; and that is the kitchen. The kitchens are set up behind the
North Blocks towards the Northern side. This is the place where
cooking is done even during the Grama Seva. But now we have many
more temporary kitchens.
The food committee is a highly responsible and dedicated team
that coordinates the activities of more than a dozen
sub-committees - Cooking, Distribution, Inventory, Storing, and
so on. The cooking of the free Prasadam is basically split into
four locations with four solid teams managing each one. The
first one is the Punjabi Kitchen that is located next to the
Grama Seva Kitchen. This takes care of making Chapatis, Rotis
and Vegetable curry everyday. There are around 100 cooks working
The Grama Seva Kitchen prepares breakfast and the rice items
everyday, such as Coconut rice, Puliyora etc. Here we have
around 1300 volunteers offering their labour of love. The curd
rice is prepared in the South Indian Canteen by more than 150
cooks while all the sweets are prepared in the North Indian
Canteen by around 150 cook volunteers.
Watching all this, we were just amazed at how Divine Love can
set so many heads and hands into action without any clashes or
disorder - manifesting a synergy of its own kind. The vibrations
of Love just envelope you wherever you go. It's all like one big
Home of the Lord and His family members have come together for a
In the evening, Swami was already out in the Shanti Vedika
grounds at 3.15 p.m. He returned to the Mandir by 3.30 p.m. and
arrived straight on the dais. The chair rolled out and Swami sat
on the stage. He signaled the Vedam group to stop the chanting.
In font of the dais, on seven chairs, artistes from China were
seated - all adept at playing musical instruments of Chinese
origin. Swami asked them to begin the programme.
Two young children, a small boy wearing a Chinese cap with a
long pony tail and a young girl compered the show. They
presented some of the popular Chinese rituals to Bhagawan. It
started with the typical Tea ceremony followed by offering of
prayers for welfare of parents, for longevity and culminating
with offering baskets of gifts to the Lord. Swami was very kind
and put His Hand into the basket and picked up an item. All of
them were overjoyed.
The next item was a musical offering by the artistes. There were
7 in all, four of them playing string instruments and the other
three playing wind instruments. The next one hour, was a treat
to our ears. The Chinese instruments produce very melodious
music that is so soothing. They played a number of Bhajans like
'Hara Shiva Shankara', 'Murali Krishna Mukunda Krishna' and many
others. All pieces were received with loud applause. The Ladies
also participated and sang a few Bhajans both in Chinese and
Sanskrit / Hindi.
At 4.30 p.m. Swami Blessed them with photographs. After the
gents and the ladies had their turn, Swami called the artistes
again and asked them to pose with their musical instruments. How
thoughtful of Swami! After all it was those instruments that
brought them so close to Swami. Therefore, the instruments also
deserved a snap with the Lord! Sweet Prasadam was distributed to
Swami went into the interview room. At around 5.00 p.m. Swami
went out in the Chair towards the ladies side. From what we
could see He was getting saris distributed to all the ladies for
their Ladies Day celebrations tomorrow. This went on for quite
some time and Bhajans began only at 5.25 p.m. At 5.45 p.m. Swami
received Aarti and retired for the day. Prof. Anil Kumar
announced that the Ladies Day celebrations would begin tomorrow
in the Divine Presence at 8.00 a.m.