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Reporting from Prasanthi Nilayam - 20th November 2005

20th November 2005, 11:45 a.m. Reporting from Prasanthi Nilayam

Eighth World Conference

The 8th World Conference of Sri Sathya Sai Organisations – Worldwide on the theme Unity, Purity, Divinity got underway this morning in the Sai Kulwant Hall in the immediate Divine presence of Bhagawan. Bhagawan arrived in the jam-packed Sai Kulwant Hall at 8:00 a.m., went for full round before taking His seat on the dais to start the proceedings for the inaugural session.

Sri Indulal Shah, formerly World Chairman, Sri Sathya Sai Organisations – Worldwide and currently Advisor to the International Service Organisation expressed his profound gratitude to Bhagawan for involving his fortunate devotees in the raising course of His glorious Mission. Addressing the delegates who have been drawn into the hall from 180 countries, he reiterated the breathtaking growth of the Sri Sathya Sai Oganisations, the seed for which was sown way back in 1965, which has now grown into a full fruit laden tree with over 5000 centres in India and over 2000 centres overseas. He outlined Bhagawan's directive and assurance to the Organisation, that the whole world will be one huge Sathya Sai Organsation and Sathya Sai will be installed in every heart. With the help of transformation technology in a century which has been dubbed as an era of 'information technology' he implored the volunteers of the organization to plunge themselves into holy task with zeal. Concluding his speech he gave a beautiful insight into the realistic functioning of the organization saying that the all the units of Sathya Sai Organisations are connected through WWW, not world wide web but, through Work Worship Wisdom.

Sri V. Srinivasan, All Indian President of the Sri Sathya Sai Organisations, who spoke next, reminded the delegates that, Bhagawan does not expect wealth, position or any material objects from us; he expects only love for fellow beings. He highlighted that the role of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation in impacting the far reaching corners of India through service and spirituality by following Bhagawan's emphasis on quality and not on quantity should be our guideline. He then assured Bhagawan on behalf of all that the organization would concentrate on the individual to reach out to the world. He concluded with offering his gratitude to the Lord for the unmatched facilities arranged by Bhagawan for the delegates of the conference.

The third speaker, Dr. Michael Goldstein, Chairman – Prasanthi Council, overseeing body of the activities of Sri Sathya Sai Organisations – Worldwide, spoke briefly about the growth and activities of the organization in overseas countries. He posed the following important questions relevant to the growth of the individual and the organization as a whole. We, who are imperfect join together to achieve perfection in the world. How to realize the concept of Unity, Purity and Divinity as an organization? He further prayed at His Lotus feet that His grace is needed to achive the goals of the organization. He quoted words pregnant with spiritual wisdom of great scientists like Einstein. He emphasized to have a perspective of Unity, Experience of Purity & Blliss of Divinity which is the goal of the conference. He said, in the name of Divinity work unitedly and with Purity of intention, thought, word and deed.

Mr. Leonardo Gutter, a senior official of Sri Sathya Sai Organisations – Latin America region, narrated his experience with Bhagawan, the undercurrent of which was, of course, love and His assurance, "I will never disappoint my devotees". He mentioned that there are Sai devotees in every Latin American country, and recounted his experiences in various countries.

All the Sai Organisation are connected through WWW (not world wide web) work worship wisdom.

A view of the delegates for the conference
Delegates attending the conference
Sai Kulwant Hall
Lighting the Lamp
Sri Indulal Shah
Sri V. Srinivasan
Dr. Michael Goldstein
Mr. Leonardo Gutter
Mangala Arati to Bhagawan

20th November 2005, 9:30 a.m. Reporting from Prasanthi Nilayam

Eighth World Conference of Sri Sathya Sai Organisations

…on the theme: Unity…Purity…Divinity

A Curtain Raiser…………..

Unity leads to Purity. Where there is Purity, there is Divinity. Only through Unity, Purity and Divinity can you experience Bliss. – Baba

Bhagawan exhorts that Unity, Purity and Divinity are not three distinct things, but three stages of spiritual progress in our human sojourn. A human life wasted consists of wandering from one pleasure and worldly pursuit to another, none conferring lasting peace or joy, none resulting in a life well lived, none resulting in the fulfillment of our profound purpose.

The human life worth living is a spiritual progression through Unity, Purity and Divinity. Being One, knowing who you truly are is spiritual Unity. Removing the distractions that result from our animal nature, the desire for power and pleasure that are intrinsic to these human mind and bodies is spiritual Purity. Living in Love, constant, enduring and all encompassing Love is Divinity realized.

Bhagawan's teachings inspire us to cast off the shroud of delusion and enable us to live without a shadow of doubt. Unity of thought, word and deed puts us in command of our worldly selves. We subdue the worldly pretenders, so that we the real We, prevail. We achieve Purity by removing the cardinal enemies, the contaminants – lust, anger, greed, pride, attachment and jealousy – from ourselves. Then We, the real We, can walk in the sun of Divine Light and Love.

How do we gain this quintessential command? We put aside the distractions of our meddlesome minds and the interference of our incessant desires. Our thoughts, words and deeds, actually our bodies and our minds are surrendered to the dictates of our conscience. Our conscience is the Light of Love, the illumination of Divinity that emanates from our spiritual hearts. Thus Spiritual Unity and Purity are achieved.

Agenda for the Conference

The 8th World Conference of Sri Sathya Sai Organisations is proposed to consider the profound spiritual significance and the practical worldly application of Unity (being one), Purity (removing contamination and distraction), Divinity (being a personification of selfless Love.

In the context of Unity, Purity, Divinity, delegates will deliberate on the content and application of the topic listed below. The content refers to the deeper spiritual significance of the subject. The application refers to how to bring this understanding into the lives of members and lives of all brothers and sisters everywhere.


Unity, Purity, Divinity: To understand the spiritual significance and to act accordingly in the context of Devotion.

Education: The Concept of Educare

Unity, Purity, Divinity: To understand the spiritual significance and to act accordingly in the context of Educare.

Selfless Service:

Unity, Purity, Divinity: To understand the spiritual significance and to act accordingly in the context of Selfless Service.

20th November 2005 9:00 a.m. IST Reporting from Prasanthi Nilayam

Ladies' Day evening session

Everyone was eagerly awaiting the Lord's arrival for the evening session, and there emerged Bhagawan out of His abode, at 4.20 p.m to be majestically led into the Sai Kulwant Hall by the bands of Anantapur Campus of the University and of the Primary School. As He arrived on the specially decorated dais of the Hall, Smt. Kavita Subramaniam (formerly Kavita Krishnamurthy), renowned playback singer, was ready with a bouquet of songs to offer at His Lotus Feet as a part of the Ladies' Day celebrations.

To feast the eyes with the beautiful form of the Lord while the ears fill themselves with heavenly music is really an overwhelming experience for the soul. When Smt. Kavita Subramaniam sang those melodious songs in her mellifluous voice, the audience had a heavenly experience. One could see many singing along with her or joining her in chorus. Such was the effect that many were spellbound by her songs.

She began her recital with the famous song, "Janam Diya Tune Sai Ko …", referring to Mother Easwaramma because of whom we have the Lord in our midst, a song befitting the occasion too. To name a few of her other songs – "Mein Aayi Thi Darshan Paane …" (I came for your Darshan …), Meine Prem Ki Jyoti Jalayi … (I lit the lamp of love …") The audience of their own accord found themselves joining the chorus in the song while keeping the rhythm with their hands. She also sang the ever famous number Dhanyavaad Seva Ka Avsar Paya … (I got an opportunity to do service, I am extremely grateful …) She also sang some Bhajans -"Nanda Nandana Hari Govinda Gopala …", "Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram …" and "Antaranga Sai Anatha Natha Sai …" One lost the track of time listening to her songs and Bhajans.

After this soul-stirring performance, girl students of Primary School gave a dance performance. They danced to the song which described the beautiful features of the Lord, His love and His compassion. At the end of their performance, Bhagawan gave them the coveted opportunity of being photographed with Him. He posed for photographs with the Primary School Band group. Bhagawan also created a ring for Sri L. Subramaniam, who accompanied Smt. Kavita Subramaniam with his violin during her performance. Bhagawan personally distributed Prasadam to all the photographers who were responsible for these cherished moments to be captured for posterity.

Then all eyes were riveted to the bus Sri Sathya Sai Mobile Clinic stationed in the Hall, as an announcement was made that it was an air-conditioned bus with state-of-the-art medical equipment for treatment. The bus contains an X-ray unit, ultra sound scanner, automatic film processor, binocular microscope, opthalmoscope, otoscope, retinoscope, foldable simple table for x-ray, foldable screen with stand and LCD projector. These are only some of the sophisticated equipment in the bus for providing advanced medical treatment on the move. After this announcement, Arati was offered to Bhagawan and then He retired for the day.

Thus ended the joyous celebrations of Ladies' Day at Prasanthi Nilayam.

Ladies' day Images

Anantapur Band leading the procession
The Primary School Bagpiper Band
Procession on…
Bhagawan arrives…
Singing for Him…Kavita Subramaniam
Grateful to you…Oh! My Lord!
- Kavita Subramaniam and her troupe
Bhagawan blessing tiny tots from Primary School
Scene from Primary School Cultural Programme
Scene from Primary School Cultural Programme
Scene from Primary School Cultural Programme
Scene from Primary School Cultural Programme
Divine Gift – Bhagawan materializing ring for Violin Maestro L. Subramaniam
– Newly inaugurated Mobile Clinic
Bhagawan inside the Mobile Clinic
Bhagawan inside the Mobile Clinic
An inside view of the Mobile Clinic
An inside view of the Mobile Clinic
An inside view of the Mobile Clinic


Source: http://www.srisathyasaipublications.org/PrasanthiNews.htm


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