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Reports of events from the Sai Baba Ashrams


Prashanthi Bullettin - July 22nd to 31st, 2005

July 31st, 2005

On Sunday evening - 31st July, 2005, the students of the 1st year Post graduate classes, the MBA, MBA(Finance), MSc and MTech classes presented a programme on the Theme of Seva entitled 'Sevanjali'. The programme very well brought out the inner significance of the ideal of Service as explained by Bhagavan on a number of occasions. It was a combination of dance, songs, story depiction and sharing of experiences on the concept of Seva. The two stories which were used to depict this were the story of Abu Ben Adhem and an incident in the life of Shirdi Sai Baba.

The story of Abu Ben Adhem -- Abu whose only desire in life is to serve his fellow men does not find his name in the list of angels of people who love God. But he is astonished to find his name at the top of the list of those whom God loves. This stresses the fact that God loves those who serve others and thus through them serve Him. The Shirdi Baba incident was the one where a merchant comes to Baba and prays for Brahmajnana but he is not ready to part with five rupees required by Baba. Baba tells him that it is only through sacrifice that one can attain immortality. How can the one who cannot part with five rupees control the five indriyas (senses) and the five bhootas (elements). Nature is the best example of selfless servive. The river flows for the sake of others. The trees bear fruit for the sake of others. The cow gives milk for the sake of others. The body is verily for the sake of serving others. The drama concluded with the song 'Deen Dukhiyon Se Prem Karo mera Sai Prasanna Hoga'. Bhagavan was very pleased with the presentation and spoke with a few participants after the presentation concluded.

July 27th, 2005

Nowadays, Bhagawan has not been sitting onstage for long - He has been going inside the interview room after sitting outside for a few minutes, or going on rounds in His car. But on the afternoon of Friday, the 27th of July, Bhagavan blessed 4 speakers from the Prashanti Nilayam Campus of the Institute to address the gathering in His divine Presence. The first speaker was Sri Sanjay Mahalingam - a Research Scholar from the School of Business management of the Institute. He emphasized the declaration of Bhagavan as the Teacher of Truth - 'Aham Satyabodhaka' and narrated a few experiences to highlight this statement.

The second speaker was Sri Karthik Ramesh - a student of the 1st MBA class of the Institute. Karthik spoke about how he had pined and prayed to be a student of Bhagavan over the past several years and after five unsuccessful attempts for some reason or the other, he was able to get an admission to the MBA programme this year. But the one truth was that during all this period of turmoil Bhagavan had been guiding him through. Bhagavan blessed the speaker by materializing a three diamond ring for him.

The third speaker was Sri B. Arvind - 1st year MBA Class of the Institute. He spoke on the great good fortune we have of studying and being in the Divine Presence of the very Avatar Himself. He too shared a few experiences to highlight this truth. The last speaker was Sri Dinesh Talreja - 2nd year student of the MBA (Finance) class of the Institute. Sri Dinesh elucidated on the fact that Love and Service were the two wings of the bird of life and it was necessary to fructify our lives by living these two ideals. To conclude the Vice Chancellor Sri Anil Gokak expressed his gratitude to Bhagavan for giving the students an opportunity to express their feelings in His Divine Presence.

July 24th, 2005

As a befitting conclusion to the grand Guru Poornima celebrations at Prashanti Nilayam, on Sunday morning - 24th July, 2005; the staff and students from the Anantapur campus of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning organized the distribution of sewing machines and wet grinders for 84 women from many villages of the Anantapur District. These women were from different backgrounds and religions. This was done after a careful survey undertaken by them based on the needs of the women and their abilities. These were distributed to empower them and make them independent enough to earn their own livelihood. Those women who were not physically capable of undertaking sewing jobs, were given wet grinders so that they can earn their living through that means. This distribution was done in the Divine Presence. Each of the 84 women offered a rose at the Lotus Feet. They were all given new saris also.

After the distribution was completed, sisters from the Anantapur Campus rendered a musical offering - the Sai Katha. It was perfectly complementary to the Rama Katha presented by the brothers from the Prashanti Nilayam Campus of the Institute. Thus the glory of both the Avatars - the Treta Avatar and the Kali Avatar were sung during the Guru Poornima Celebrations in the Divine Presence.

July 22nd, 2005

This day saw the proceedings of an Inter-faith conference at the Sai Kulwant Hall. The proceedings began in the morning after Swami arrived at the Sai Kulwant Hall, at 8.35 am. Dr. Michael Goldstein, Chairman of the Prashanthi Council of the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, introduced the speakers. The speakers for the morning were from Islam and Buddhism; representatives of Christianity, Judaism and Hinduism were slated to speak in the afternoon. The first speaker was Maulana Wahid Uddin Khan - Islamic Scholar founder President of the Islamic Centre in Delhi. The theme of his talk was 'Islam and the Concept of Love & Peace'. He quoted many passages from the Koran and the Hadis to illustrate how Islam is a religion of Love. The second speaker was Dr. A. T. Aryaratna - founder of Sarvodaya movement in Sri Lanka and former President of World Parliament of Religions. He opined that the more you study Religion in depth, the more you discover that it is nothing but Love.

The afternoon proceedings started at 4 pm. Representing Christianity was Father Henry Faren who expounds the universal tenets of Love of all religions on TV and radio. After Father Henry was Rabbi David Zeller for Judaism, who has released the healing CD "Let go, let God". The Rabbi wove several songs also into his talk. The final speaker was P. S. J. Rama Shastrigal, Sanskrit pundit and scholar, Asthana Vidwan of Padhuga Trust Madurai and Asthana Vidwan of Rajarajeswari Alayam Ramnad Samsthanam. He spoke in Tamil, with a translator simultaneously translating his talk into English.

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


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