Prashanthi Bulletin - October 7th
- October 12th, 2005
October 12th, 2005
This morning, Swami came out for Darshan at around quarter
past nine. He spent some time in the Mandir. The Pundits too
had come to the Bhajan Hall for performing some rituals as a
prelude to the Purnahuti that was to be conducted at 10.00
Sai Gita, Swami's pet elephant, was decked with all her
ornaments. Swami had stopped His car on the Darshan round
and had fed her with some apples amidst loud applause from
At 9.40 a.m. or so, the Pundits came out of the Bhajan Hall
and the procession to the Poornachandra Hall began. All of
us too followed them into the PC Hall. Swami too came onto
the stage after a while. The sofa on which He sits was
wheeled in front of the Yajna Kundam. As performed every
year, the Purnahuti was conducted with Swami as the Purusha
seated in front of the fire. The Pundits circumambulated
Bhagawan and then Swami materialized a ring for the main
Very unexpectedly, Swami came down on His chair and started
sprinkling the sacred water on the people seated in the
front rows. Now this came as a pleasant surprise. No one
expected this. This is Bhagawan's Love. With all His
physical limitations, He chose to Bless as many as possible
with the sacred water. Finally, when He was wheeled up, He
again asked brother Satyajit to bring Him down to Bless a
few more devotes on the ladies side. His Love knows no
Prasadam (apples) were distributed to all of us and by 11.00
a.m. we moved out of the PC Hall after Swami retired. An
announcement was made that Prasadam would be distributed to
all the Ashramites in their respective houses. As usual, the
Anantapur sisters carried out the task of distributing
Dhotis and Sarees along with Puliyora and Laddus for the
permanent residents of the Ashram. With this, the Grama Seva
comes to a close for the present.
This evening, we had three speakers - two lecturers Sri
Ruchir Desai and Dr. M. Sainath, and Sri Jagdish Chandra who
is currently doing his M.Phil. programme in the department
of Physics.Following this, we had a wonderful play Bhakta
Surdas put up by the Brindavan Campus students. It was a
very moving presentation, filled with soul lifting songs and
music. There were a couple of dances too that added to the
variety. It began at 5.15 p.m. and went on till 6.15 p.m. At
the end, Swami called the student who acted as Bhakta Surdas
and spoke to him. Aarti was given and Swami retired for the
day even as Laddus were distributed to all in the Mandir.
Thus the Dussera festival for this year drew to a close
leaving all of us saturated with His Love. The various talks
of speakers dwelling on His teachings and Bhagawan's
Discourses provided us with so many insights for pondering
over and assimilating.
October 11th, 2005
This morning, all students and staff sat in the
Poornachandra Hall until the morning Yajnam concluded with
Aarti. Only then, did they all leave for the Grama Seva.
However, since the villages were close by, they could
complete all scheduled tasks by 3.00 p.m.
In the evening, we had a few words by the Vice Chancellor -
Sri Anil Gokak, followed by Sri S.V. Giri, Dr. G.
Venkataraman and finally Sri B.N. Narasimha Murthy. Swami
began His Divine Message at 5.40 p.m. The highlights:
God has no desires, no mistakes. All
that we perceive is in our own mind. Enta Maatrame Evvaru
Teluchino Anta Maatrame Neevu. God manifests only to the
extent to which each one perceives Him.
We can transform anything in this world but not the mind.
God alone can change the mind. One may be able to bend and
straighten a tree but never the mind. Therefore, surrender
to Him. Mano Moolam Idam Jagath. Strong faith in God is very
God is not a specific Form. It is a power. This power can
bring about any type of change. Atma is one and the same in
all, just like the current which remains the same whether it
is A/C or D/C. Mind cannot be changed either by Mantra,
Yantra or Tantra. God's Will alone can change the mind.
God is only One. He can do anything, anytime anywhere. He
can go anywhere. Ekam Eva Adviteeyam Brahma. God is
changeless - Only One - whether you call Him Rama, Krishna
or Sai Baba.
God's Will is most powerful. If He Wills anything can
happen. God's Mind is steady and strong. We may sometimes
think that we have changed God's Mind but this can never be
true. The Universal Mind can Will anything and bring about
any change. The Lord if He wishes can give His Darshan at
one instant to everybody, simultaneously.
Today, you all have known the secrets of Divinity. Once you
know these secrets, you will be able to know the whole
After this Swami went on to narrate the story of His
visit to Rishikesh and how He had met Purushottamananda and
Sivananda over there. He spent the next half an hour or so
on this topic and gave us a graphic description of the
yearning of these great saints for Bhagawan. He concluded
with the passing away of Purushottamananda in the cave and
mentioned that at that time, the whole cave was full of
Later, the disciples of Purushottamananda came to Parthi to
visit Bhagawan and witness their Guru in Swami as they had
the firm conviction that their Guru had merged in Bhagawan
to which Swami also agreed.
In conclusion, Swami said that was the yearning that these
sages and saints have for Bhagawan; you have this type of
He left it that for us to wonder at what He meant by that.
Was it a caution to remind us of His True Reality and our
great opportunity and intensify our yearning for Him? Swami
left us with this food for thought and retired at around
October 10th, 2005
Ayudha Puja was performed this morning. All the cars and the
Golden Chariot were placed in front of the car garage on the
gents side of the Kulwant Hall for Blessings from Bhagawan.
Around quarter past seven, Swami was out in His car and He
came towards the garage. Sitting in the car itself, He
Blessed the coconuts and the staff managing and driving the
cars. He looked at the Golden Chariot for a long time and
spoke to Sri Srinivasa Chettiar Garu who was standing next
to the car. As Swami proceeded towards the interview room,
chocolates Blessed by Bhagawan were distributed to all.
This evening, being Durgashtami, Swami had given the
opportunity of speaking to the Anantapur staff and students.
Dr. Rajeshwari Patel and a student from the III Year B.A.
class shared their thoughts and experiences with the
Swami began His Discourse at 5.15 p.m. He started by talking
about Education and Educare. Education comes from outside
whereas Educare has to come from within, from the heart. The
former is the Aadheyam while the latter is the Adharam.
Then Swami went on to explain in minute detail the episode
of Lava and Kusha preparing to fight with their own father
Lord Rama. They were not aware that Lord Rama was their
father and they were very angry for the injustice that He
had done to Sita. They were also not aware that their own
Mother was Sita Devi. After elaborate descriptions of the
event, finally Swami said that the children who were very
agitated and who could not be consoled even by Mother Sita
and her explanations were finally transformed by the loving
words of Sri Rama Himself. It is only God who can transform
If you all pray you too will be
transformed. In a very short while, the whole world will
live in harmony, true to the saying - Saha Na Vavatu Saha
Nau Bhunaktu??This will happen sooner than you may expect.
Individual differences will disappear in our Bharath. Now
there may be many such differences, but in future all these
will disappear and all will live in peace and harmony.
Soon there will be the Purnahuti of the Veda Purusha Saptaha
Jnana Yajna. What is the meaning of this Purnahuti. You must
bundle and offer all your sins into the fire.
Swami concluded His Divine Discourse at 6.10 p.m. with the
song Rama Rama Rama Sita?.
October 9th, 2005
This morning, the State Finance Minister Sri Rosaiah Garu
had come to Parthi to invite Bhagawan for the inauguration
of the Tourism Complex near Yenumulapally. As soon as Swami
came out for Darshan Sri Rosaiah Garu proceeded to the
Tourism Complex. Smt. Geeta Reddy, Minister for Tourism for
the state of Andhra Pradesh, was also present. Bhagawan
graciously went to the complex, inaugurated it and gave joy
to all the functionaries.
In the evening, as part of the Veda Purusha Saptaha Jnana
Yagna and Prashanti Maha Vidwan Sabha celebrations, we had
two speakers, Prof. V.E. Ramamurthy - Faculty Member in the
School of Business Management and Sri Sanjay Mahalingam - a
Research Scholar in the same department. Their talks
concluded at around 5.40 p.m. Yet, our merciful Lord stood
up and gave a wonderful Discourse. The highlights are as
Talking all the day aimlessly, eating
three times a day, breathing continuously day in and day
out; do you think these are spiritual practices? Do you
think being lost in deep sleep is a spiritual practice? Is
this the purpose of God's Creation?
Divinity is present in all beings. Elders always advise that
we must think of God every morning and night so as to make
our hearts sacred. God is in everything - in mankind, in
insects, birds, - in all beings. To see God who is
everywhere, does one need to meditate?
God cannot be experienced by merely following spiritual
practices. All Sadhana that we undertake is only for Chitta
Shuddhi - cleansing the mind, purifying the mind. Purity of
heart has to be attained. We think that fasting and
observing vows takes us closer to God. This is a false
notion. God is always there everywhere. To see and
experience this omnipresent God, one must have Chitta
Just as a utensil when washed again and again becomes
shining, so too by persistent spiritual practice, the heart
starts shining with Divine effulgence. Once the heart
becomes sacred, Divinity can be seen and experienced. This
is the way to see God, not by mere meditation.
We must convince ourselves that God is in all beings. But
nobody is doing that. Whomsoever we see is verily God. I am
present in everybody but not attached to anybody. Gopikas
alone understood this Truth. The Cosmic Self is Divine but
is seen as the individual self.
Whomsoever we come across, be it a businessman or a farmer,
we must consider them as God only, not as a farmer or a
businessman. God is present in all forms serving you. From
today onwards, have this strong faith and you too will see
Once you please God, everything will be added on to you. You
think that I am God, but you too are God. We all are forms
of God. Think like this and you will see God alone. Yad
Bhavam Tad Bhavati.
Truth is One. Now the question may arise that if the
individual self is verily the Cosmic Self, then why do we
die? It is because we have not yet realized our Cosmic Self.
I am You - You am I. Tat Tvam Asi.
Ekam Eva Adviteeyam Brahma. God is Only One, Not Two.
Recognition of this Truth will give you the experience.
Strongly hold on to the Truth that you and God are one.
Differences arise only in our mind. God is not separate from
us. He is in you. I am ONE, without the second! No Two. This
Truth is made apparent gradually to seekers. Once you
strongly hold on to the Truth that God and you are one, He
will manifest in you.
Ten ones make ten. Therefore, 'one' is most important. 'Ten'
is not the reality. 'ONE' is the reality. You can add any
number of zeroes to 'One' and increase the number value, but
zeroes by themselves have no value. 'ONE' is the Hero!!
All forms are Sai Baba only. Go by this Oneness alone.
Whatever Bhagawan is telling is the Truth of Truth. Have
full faith in this Truth. All scriptures talk of this same
Truth. Once this Truth is known, there will be no doubts. Do
not accuse anybody or blame anybody. Never entertain any
doubts. Doubt means duality. There is no 'He' and 'I'. All
is 'I' only.
Oneness is the Truth of Truths. If you cannot experience
this, give it up but never argue that God is two. Ekatvam
Sama Jeevatvam. Never have the view of separateness. For
worldly purpose we may consider many numbers but in essence
we are one. Today you may not understand this clearly, but
slowly it will become clear. Truth is One and not Two! Look
at this kerchief, there may be many yarns / threads but the
cloth is one.
Bhagawan concluded His Divine Message with the Bhajan
Govinda Krishna Jai Gopala Krishna Jai? Swami retired at
around 7.00 p.m. after Prasadam Distribution.
October 7th and 8th, 2005
Grama Seva has been going on as per schedule. The students
have completed Bukkapatnam Mandal and have now moved on to
Kothacheruvu Mandal. In the evening, Swami has been coming
out at around 3.45 p.m. The proceedings of the Vidwan Maha
Sabha begins at 4.15 p.m. or so. The normal pattern is talks
by a few speakers and then Swami's Discourse. Yesterday
there were two speakers followed by Bhagawan's Discourse for
an hour and a quarter. The Discourse of Bhagawan revolved
around the Pandavas and how they were an ideal for the
He spoke at length about the episode of Lord Krishna leaving
His mortal frame and Mother Kunti passing away as soon as
she hears about this. Then Swami described how the
equanimous Dharmaja was able to perform so many activities
at the same time. On one side he prepared for the funeral of
his mother Kunti, on the other hand he made arrangements for
the coronation of Parikshit as the king of Hastinapura and
yet on the third front all the Pandavas got ready to leave
for the Maha Prasthana. Only Dharmaja was capable of
carrying out all these tasks at the same time.
This evening, we had four speakers. Sri Sanjay Sahni,
Principal of the Brindavan Campus of SSSIHL, Karthik Ramesh,
a student from the I MBA class, Sai Giridhar, a student from
the II M.Sc.(C) class and finally Sri Ajit Popat. All talks
were very inspiring. It was already past 5.30 p.m. But still
our compassionate Lord chose to shower on us words of Divine
Wisdom. He spoke at length about the greatness of King
Parikshit. At such a young age, he was coronated but he
ruled his kingdom very well. Swami described how Dharmaja
and Draupadi instilled courage and confidence in Parikshit
to rule the kingdom and also convinced the public about his
capability in performing the task. Swami said that all of us
should be courageous like Parikshit and all women should be
as bold and confident as Draupadi. These were the true role
models for humanity today. It was 7.00 p.m. by the time
Swami retired to His abode.