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Reports of events from the Sai Baba Ashrams

Parthi Update, 21-23 June, 2005

Sai Ram,

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 backdrop
at the rear end of the Sai Kulwant Hall made by devotees from
Chhattisgarh. There was going to be a cultural programme by devotees
from the Durg District of Chhattisgarh. Swami came and sat down on the
stage. Vedam stopped at 3.30 p.m. Two members from the coordinating
group came forward to Bhagawan. One offered a rose while the other
unfolded a scroll containing the programme for the evening. Swami very
keenly went through the contents of the scroll and then made a few
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 named
Devdas Banjare from the village Dhanora, around 13 kms. from Bhilai,
is an internationally reputed artist who has won the President's Award
and has visited more than 64 countries in the last few years. Being a
devotee of Bhagawan, his intense desire was to perform in the Divine
Presence. The dance was a rigorous, vibrant dance with loud drum beats
and cymbals being played by the dancers themselves. All the postures
of the dance represented forms of worship to the saint - Sant Ghasi
Das. This dance form is known as Panthi Nritya.

The dance went on non-stop for around 20 minutes and included a number
of formations, pyramids, etc. At 3.50 p.m. the dancers moved out of
the performing area amidst loud claps. Subsequently, Swami spoke to
the event coordinator Mr. Srinivas for a long time. He showed Swami an
album containing photographs of the different types of Seva that they
were performing in the villages in Chhattisgarh. It included Narayana
Seva, Medical Camps, Donating Sewing Machines, Performing Group
Marriages, etc. Swami was very pleased with all the service activities
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 number of
spiritual activities before coming and we could see Swami literally
responding to their prayers. Swami asked the coordinator how they were
able to get funds for all these service activities. Swami then asked
him to build a community hall in the village for performing marriages
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 look
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 were
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. He sat
in the center of the stage and Vedam chanting went on. At around 8
a.m., He asked for the Vedam chanting to stop, and told the teachers
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 continued to
sit there till 9.35 a.m. Then He came in, took Aarti and went inside
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, spoke to
quite a few students and then even took some for an interview. He
Blessed the Birthday boys too! At 4.30 p.m., Swami suddenly called one
of the Vedam coordinators and asked then to chant the Purusha Suktam.
At 4.40 p.m., He went inside the interview room with some students.
Bhajans started at 5.00 p.m. and this evening we were all privileged
to hear brother Ravi Kumar singing at Swami's command, the Qawalli -
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 round, got
down near the interview room, and proceeded towards the center of the
dais. The freshers among the I Year Post Graduate students were ready
with a presentation this evening entitled 'Sevanjali'. However, Swami
had other plans. He came and sat outside. The Vedam chanting was
stopped at 4.05 p.m. Bhagawan commanded Prof. Anil Gokak - the current
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 of
faith when in Edinburgh, the Oxford University had given him exemption
from the oral test keeping in view his ill health and on account of
his excellent performance in the written test. He went down memory
lane and stated that Bhagawan had extended his mother's life by 18
years and his father's life by 5 years. It was in 1965 that Swami had
first visited their house, but then Prof. Anil Gokak had not developed
strong faith in Swami.

It was only in 1969, when Prof. Anil Gokak went along with his wife to
Swami and Bhagawan materialized a necklace and an apple for his wife,
that he slowly started developing faith in Bhagawan. Initially he was
focused on Swami's miracles but later being an administrator himself,
he started taking interest in Swami's social activities. He aptly
referred to Bhagawan as a 'Vedantic Socialist'.

Prof. Gokak said that he was very much moved by the book 'A Catholic
Priest Meets Sai Baba'. In 2002 Prof. Gokak delivered a talk in the
Summer Course in Indian Culture and Spirituality. By now he was
convinced that Bhagawan alone is the saviour of this world. He said
that Swami always laid less emphasis on mere rituals and directed all
to go towards the core. He stated that Bhagawan was not a Vyaktinath
but a Lokanath.

He concluded his talk by drawing an analogy between an Avataar and a
pilot who temporarily brings down his plane to the ground to take a
few passengers and then fly back to the skies!

It was 4.30 p.m. and Swami now commanded Sri S.V. Giri, our former
Vice-Chancellor to share his thoughts with the audience. Sri S.V. Giri
also struck a personal note talking about the heart surgery that he
had for the first time in 1989. Within 3 years, 4 of the 5 bypasses
had been blocked. On praying to Swami, Bhagawan had said there was no
need for any further surgery. Though the doctors said that there was
no way out other than a surgery, Sri S.V. Giri has been continuing
since then, discharging all his responsibilities - purely on account
of Bhagawan's Grace! He expressed his immense gratitude to swami for
this benediction.

He then shared how Swami had facilitated his smooth exit from the post
of the CVC (central Vigilance Commissioner) - Government of India.
Swami had made sure that his resignation was accepted without any
complications. Sri Giri stressed on the three most important facets of
this Institute - Service, Society and Faith.

He concluded his talk by stressing on the Truth elucidated by our
scriptures that all is one. Man and even the fruit fly are equally
Divine, but man has evolved to great heights. Man's hands, unlike his
ancestral species are free and this is because he is expected to serve
others with these hands. He has been given a bigger brain so that he
can think of practical solutions for the burning problems facing the
society today. He has been bestowed with the rare gift of speech
(unique only to the species of human beings) so as to express himself
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 place.
Bhagawan spoke until 5.45 p.m. and elaborately sketched the life story
of Prof. Vinayak Gokak - the father of the current Vice-Chancellor and
the first Vice-Chancellor of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher
Learning. The highlights of Bhagawan's Discourse are as follows (This
is based on notes taken during the Discourse and may not cover all the

Vyashti and Samashti and the link between them are very important.
Transcending both these is Parameshti. Samatvam (equality) is the link
between individual (Vyashti) and society (Samashti). What is the role
of an individual in society? No one is able to totally understand the
spirit of society. As one enquires deeply, Samashti too fades away and
gives way to the transcending factor of Parameshti.

We find it very difficult to understand this transcendental picture.
This was the position of Prof. Vinayak Gokak in the beginning. (So
saying Swami went on to describe the life of Prof. Vinayak Gokak in
very elaborate terms giving details of his spiritual journey to

He read a number of books but could not understand the principle of
Satyam and Nityam. He was not able to differentiate between Atma and
Anatma. However, there is nothing like Anatma. There is only Atma.
Later, Prof. Gokak realized the Truth in depth. I gave him a lot of
support then. Sometimes continued help may lead to confusion. But a
true devotee will be highly benefited by the support extended to him.
Help is not the one which is temporary or momentary, but it must be

Gradually, Prof. Gokak got rid of all doubts and held on to the
Eternal Truth. It is not easy for everybody to understand this Divine
Principle. Those who depend on Truth remain changeless. The rest keep
changing. One must necessarily face the consequences of whatever they
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 royal
path to Mukti (liberation).

Moksha means Moha + Kshaya. So long as there is Moha one cannot attain
Moksha. Once Prof. Gokak came to Me and asked a question. "Am I the
knower or is the conscience the knower?" Maya is the one that comes in
between the Conscious and the Conscience. It is the main cause for
delusion. Keep Maya (delusion) away and allow the Truth to come forth.
Truth cannot be seen or heard. Beyond Conscious and Conscience, there
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 cleared
but where from did these doubts come?" He kept enquiring deeply in
this way.

When individual reaches out to society, the society also reaches out
to the individual. Finally, Prof. Gokak was able to understand the
principle of Satyam and Nityam through Aurobindo's Savitri. The
question may arise, "Is Savitri feminine or masculine?" Savitri is
beyond gender. Gokak became a scholar on Savitri. He investigated his
inner most thoughts and realized the Truth.

(Swami continued His Discourse on the same lines, describing several
instances where Swami had Blessed Prof. Gokak by touching his head and
once even placing His finger on the Brumadhya Sthanam - point in the
middle of the brows).

Since then, Prof. Gokak was in Bliss and his interaction with Swami
reduced. All his doubts vanished and finally he said, "Swami, I am
One! God is One! I do not need anything." Ultimately, he visualized
Savitri. As we proceed along the path of Sadhana, we will acquire
certain spiritual powers. But do not allow the mind to waver. Hold on
to the fundamental principle. Truth is One, not two!

Bhagawan concluded His Message at 5.45 p.m. Bhajans began and at 5.55
p.m. He took Aarti and retired to the Poornachandra Auditorium.


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