Swami came out for Darshan at 7.20 a.m. and went into the
interview room. Bhajans were held from 8.45 a.m. to 9.15 a.m.
followed by Aarti. In the evening, Bhagawan came out at 3.10
p.m. He got down and went walking across the dais to the
interview room. He came out only at 4.40 p.m. and went into the
Bhajan Hall. Swami retired by 5.15 p.m.
April 16th, 2005
Morning Darshan was at 7.30 a.m. followed by interviews and
Bhajans from 9.00 a.m. to 9.25 a.m. In the evening, Darshan was
at 2.30 p.m. followed by interviews and then Swami came into the
Bhajan Hall at 4.30 p.m. Bhajans were sung from 4.45 p.m. to
5.25 p.m., followed by Aarti.
April 17th, 2005
This morning, Darshan was at 7.40 a.m. Bhagawan got down on the
dais and went walking across, to the interview room. He stood
for a long time on the dais, listening to the Vedam chanting by
the few Primary School children who had stayed back during the
vacation. He called one of the boys and materialized a chain for
him. Bhajans started at 9.00 a.m.
April 18th, 2005
We wish all of you a very Happy Ramanavami. At 7.45 a.m. our
dear Lord Sai Rama entered the Kulwant Hall in the Golf Cart.
Swami got down near the interview room and came walking onto the
dais. At 8.00 a.m. Bhagawan asked the general Vedam chanting to
stop and called a small group to come and chant on the dais, as
the practice was in earlier years. A few students went over to
the mike and chanted Narayanopanishad. This was followed by a
talk by Sri S.V. Giri. At 8.10 a.m., Swami gave His Divine
Bhagawan said that the name of Rama is sweeter than sugar,
tastier than butter, sweeter than honey and in fact the sweetest
of all. Therefore sing the Glory of the name of Rama. Ramayana,
Swami said, represents a sacred path, a door to Divinity. It is
not the biography of just one individual but every character has
a very significant role.
Bhagawan went on to elaborately describe the Putra Kameshti
Yajnam, the manifestation of the Payasam (pudding), the episode
of Queen Sumitra losing her cup and the other two queens sharing
their pudding with her. He then spoke about the birth of the
four sons, their naming ceremony and moved on to Sage Viswamitra
taking Rama and Lakshmana for protection of the Yajnas.
Following this came the picturesque description of Lord Rama’s
wedding with Mother Sita.
Swami’s narration was so vivid that it literally transported us
to the kingdom of Ayodhya and we felt as though we lived the
entire story. As usual, Swami sang the songs describing the
marriage of Rama and Sita. Bhagawan concluded saying that Rama
Kalyanam actually meant Atma Kalyanam, i.e. the mergence of the
Atma with the Paramatma.
It was 9.30 a.m. Deep red apples, sweet puris and chocolates
were distributed to all as Prasadam. At 9.45 a.m. Swami took
Aarti and retired for the morning. In the evening, Bhagawan came
out a few minutes after 3.00 p.m. He spent the full session in
talking to the boys whom He had selected to accompany Him to
Kodaikanal. A lot of preparation was on since a few days. Around
34 students have been Blessed by Swami to go with Him to
April 19th, 2005
This morning, Swami came out for Darshan at 7.30 a.m. All the
Kodai members assembled in the Bhajan Hall, where Swami gave
them some final instructions. By 8.45 a.m. the group left for
the Hostel to proceed to the Airport. Bhajans were as usual from
9.00 a.m. to 9.25 a.m. Swami took Aarti and proceeded towards
the Poornachandra. Most of us stayed back to have Bhagawan’s
Darshan as He left for the Airport. At 10.45 a.m. the Toyota car
glided into the Kulwant Hall. Coconuts were broken, Aarti was
offered and Jai Jai Kar filled the air!
As we are typing this update, it is 12.30 p.m. and we just heard
the flight take off. The flight will take the party to Madurai
from where Swami and the boys will proceed to Kodaikanal by
We hope that we will be able to update you with some brief about
the happenings at Kodaikanal. Till then….Sairam.
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