Parthi Update, 21-23 June, 2005
Below are the highlights of a Divine Discourse (on 23 June), the
second since Swami came to Parthy over the weekend.
This morning, Bhagawan came out for Darshan at 8.30 a.m. and sat
through the Bhajans until 9.30 a.m. when Aarti was given.
In the evening, Swami came out at 3.20 p.m. There was a huge
at the rear end of the Sai Kulwant Hall made by devotees from
Chhattisgarh. There was going to be a cultural programme by
from the Durg District of Chhattisgarh. Swami came and sat down
stage. Vedam stopped at 3.30 p.m. Two members from the
group came forward to Bhagawan. One offered a rose while the
unfolded a scroll containing the programme for the evening.
keenly went through the contents of the scroll and then made a
queries about the same.
The programme was a tribal dance performed by a tribe called the
Satnami residing in the heart of Chhattisgarh. The dance master
Devdas Banjare from the village Dhanora, around 13 kms. from
is an internationally reputed artist who has won the President's
and has visited more than 64 countries in the last few years.
devotee of Bhagawan, his intense desire was to perform in the
Presence. The dance was a rigorous, vibrant dance with loud drum
and cymbals being played by the dancers themselves. All the
of the dance represented forms of worship to the saint - Sant
Das. This dance form is known as Panthi Nritya.
The dance went on non-stop for around 20 minutes and included a
of formations, pyramids, etc. At 3.50 p.m. the dancers moved out
the performing area amidst loud claps. Subsequently, Swami spoke
the event coordinator Mr. Srinivas for a long time. He showed
album containing photographs of the different types of Seva that
were performing in the villages in Chhattisgarh. It included
Seva, Medical Camps, Donating Sewing Machines, Performing Group
Marriages, etc. Swami was very pleased with all the service
and He kept on enquiring with Mr. Srinivas about all the details
In fact, 186 people from all these villages had come for this
programme, from Chhattisgarh. These people had performed a
spiritual activities before coming and we could see Swami
responding to their prayers. Swami asked the coordinator how
able to get funds for all these service activities. Swami then
him to build a community hall in the village for performing
and other functions. Bhagawan said that the Central Trust would
sponsor this project. Bhagawan called Mr. Chakravarthi, the
Vice-Chancellor Sri Gokak and Sri S.V. Giri and asked them to
into the details of all the activities performed by them in
Chhattisgarh and provide all the necessary support!
The interaction with Mr. Srinivas went on till 4.10 p.m. Bhajans
sung by the devotees from Chhattisgarh. At 4.30 p.m., Aarti was
performed and Swami received the rose offered by one student and
tucked it into the hands of Mr. Srinivas! Bhagawan went into the
interview room and later retired to PC.
This morning was a Darshan Bonanza. Swami came out at 7.45 a.m.
in the center of the stage and Vedam chanting went on. At around
a.m., He asked for the Vedam chanting to stop, and told the
in the Vedam group to go for their classes. Swami sat there till
Bhajans began at 9 a.m., in Divine silence. In fact, He
sit there till 9.35 a.m. Then He came in, took Aarti and went
the interview room. People had a wonderful Darshan this morning!
In the evening, Swami was out by 3.30 p.m. Swami sat down at the
center of the dais. He received letters from some students,
quite a few students and then even took some for an interview.
Blessed the Birthday boys too! At 4.30 p.m., Swami suddenly
of the Vedam coordinators and asked then to chant the Purusha
At 4.40 p.m., He went inside the interview room with some
Bhajans started at 5.00 p.m. and this evening we were all
to hear brother Ravi Kumar singing at Swami's command, the
Sai Bina Raha Na Jaye....
Bhagawan took Aarti at 5.25 p.m. and retired for the day.
Bhagawan was out in the evening at 4.00 p.m. He took a full
down near the interview room, and proceeded towards the center
dais. The freshers among the I Year Post Graduate students were
with a presentation this evening entitled 'Sevanjali'. However,
had other plans. He came and sat outside. The Vedam chanting was
stopped at 4.05 p.m. Bhagawan commanded Prof. Anil Gokak - the
Vice Chancellor of our Institute to speak a few words.
Prof. Gokak stated his talk by recalling the early part of his
father's life - how his father had developed the first streaks
faith when in Edinburgh, the Oxford University had given him
from the oral test keeping in view his ill health and on account
his excellent performance in the written test. He went down
lane and stated that Bhagawan had extended his mother's life by
years and his father's life by 5 years. It was in 1965 that
first visited their house, but then Prof. Anil Gokak had not
strong faith in Swami.
It was only in 1969, when Prof. Anil Gokak went along with his
Swami and Bhagawan materialized a necklace and an apple for his
that he slowly started developing faith in Bhagawan. Initially
focused on Swami's miracles but later being an administrator
he started taking interest in Swami's social activities. He
referred to Bhagawan as a 'Vedantic Socialist'.
Prof. Gokak said that he was very much moved by the book 'A
Priest Meets Sai Baba'. In 2002 Prof. Gokak delivered a talk in
Summer Course in Indian Culture and Spirituality. By now he was
convinced that Bhagawan alone is the saviour of this world. He
that Swami always laid less emphasis on mere rituals and
to go towards the core. He stated that Bhagawan was not a
but a Lokanath.
He concluded his talk by drawing an analogy between an Avataar
pilot who temporarily brings down his plane to the ground to
few passengers and then fly back to the skies!
It was 4.30 p.m. and Swami now commanded Sri S.V. Giri, our
Vice-Chancellor to share his thoughts with the audience. Sri
also struck a personal note talking about the heart surgery that
had for the first time in 1989. Within 3 years, 4 of the 5
had been blocked. On praying to Swami, Bhagawan had said there
need for any further surgery. Though the doctors said that there
no way out other than a surgery, Sri S.V. Giri has been
since then, discharging all his responsibilities - purely on
of Bhagawan's Grace! He expressed his immense gratitude to swami
He then shared how Swami had facilitated his smooth exit from
of the CVC (central Vigilance Commissioner) - Government of
Swami had made sure that his resignation was accepted without
complications. Sri Giri stressed on the three most important
this Institute - Service, Society and Faith.
He concluded his talk by stressing on the Truth elucidated by
scriptures that all is one. Man and even the fruit fly are
Divine, but man has evolved to great heights. Man's hands,
ancestral species are free and this is because he is expected to
others with these hands. He has been given a bigger brain so
can think of practical solutions for the burning problems facing
society today. He has been bestowed with the rare gift of speech
(unique only to the species of human beings) so as to express
and speak obligingly!
It was 4.50 p.m. and suddenly to our surprise and delight Swami
started giving His Divine Message. Mikes were soon kept in
Bhagawan spoke until 5.45 p.m. and elaborately sketched the life
of Prof. Vinayak Gokak - the father of the current
the first Vice-Chancellor of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of
Learning. The highlights of Bhagawan's Discourse are as follows
is based on notes taken during the Discourse and may not cover
Vyashti and Samashti and the link between them are very
Transcending both these is Parameshti. Samatvam (equality) is
between individual (Vyashti) and society (Samashti). What is the
of an individual in society? No one is able to totally
spirit of society. As one enquires deeply, Samashti too fades
gives way to the transcending factor of Parameshti.
We find it very difficult to understand this transcendental
This was the position of Prof. Vinayak Gokak in the beginning.
saying Swami went on to describe the life of Prof. Vinayak Gokak
very elaborate terms giving details of his spiritual journey to
He read a number of books but could not understand the principle
Satyam and Nityam. He was not able to differentiate between Atma
Anatma. However, there is nothing like Anatma. There is only
Later, Prof. Gokak realized the Truth in depth. I gave him a lot
support then. Sometimes continued help may lead to confusion.
true devotee will be highly benefited by the support extended to
Help is not the one which is temporary or momentary, but it must
Gradually, Prof. Gokak got rid of all doubts and held on to the
Eternal Truth. It is not easy for everybody to understand this
Principle. Those who depend on Truth remain changeless. The rest
changing. One must necessarily face the consequences of whatever
do. It is only in the doubtless state that we can understand the
principle of oneness. Mere superficial enquiry will land you in
confusion. Truth represents doubtlessness. Such Truth is the
path to Mukti (liberation).
Moksha means Moha + Kshaya. So long as there is Moha one cannot
Moksha. Once Prof. Gokak came to Me and asked a question. "Am I
knower or is the conscience the knower?" Maya is the one that
between the Conscious and the Conscience. It is the main cause
delusion. Keep Maya (delusion) away and allow the Truth to come
Truth cannot be seen or heard. Beyond Conscious and Conscience,
is Consciousness. Truth is closest to Consciousness.
Thus his doubts got cleared. But then, once again he had another
fundamental doubt. He asked, "Swami, all my doubts have been
but where from did these doubts come?" He kept enquiring deeply
When individual reaches out to society, the society also reaches
to the individual. Finally, Prof. Gokak was able to understand
principle of Satyam and Nityam through Aurobindo's Savitri. The
question may arise, "Is Savitri feminine or masculine?" Savitri
beyond gender. Gokak became a scholar on Savitri. He
inner most thoughts and realized the Truth.
(Swami continued His Discourse on the same lines, describing
instances where Swami had Blessed Prof. Gokak by touching his
once even placing His finger on the Brumadhya Sthanam - point in
middle of the brows).
Since then, Prof. Gokak was in Bliss and his interaction with
reduced. All his doubts vanished and finally he said, "Swami, I
One! God is One! I do not need anything." Ultimately, he
Savitri. As we proceed along the path of Sadhana, we will
certain spiritual powers. But do not allow the mind to waver.
to the fundamental principle. Truth is One, not two!
Bhagawan concluded His Message at 5.45 p.m. Bhajans began and at
p.m. He took Aarti and retired to the Poornachandra Auditorium.