June 20th, 2005
This morning Darshan was at 8.05 a.m. Swami spoke to the Vice
Chancellor and other authorities. Then He Blessed some of the
faculty members and senior students who were to proceed for a
reconnaissance of some of the villages in Puttaparthi, in regard
to the Grama Seva. Later Swami called them to the Poornachandra
Hall and spent nearly an hour taking to them and giving them
important instructions. He again returned to the Mandir for
taking Aarti, gave an interview to some devotees and then
returned to the Pornachandra Hall.
In the evening, Swami came out for Darshan at 3.25 p.m. Today is
the 3rd anniversary of the Deenajanodarana Pathakam (Orphanage
started by Swami). The students of the Orphanage were ready with
a programme. At 3.40 p.m., the children began their colourful
presentation. It was a mix of dances, Burra Katha, short skits.
The audio recording was very professional and the children did
put up a very good show. It was full of Swami's teachings. The
highlights being: Naamasmarana, Importance of good company,
Money comes and goes but Morality comes and grows, Loka Samasta
Sukhino Bhavantu... and so on. The programme came to a close at
4.30 p.m. after which Bhajans began. The children were all
seated at the rear end of the Kulwant Hall, waiting eagerly for
Swami to talk to them or Bless them. At 4.45 p.m. Aarti was
Swami chose to come along the Gents side and get into the car.
As He got into the car, He again asked the Bhajan boys to start
Bhajans. We were a little surprised. But Swami had His own
plans! He sat there listening to a few Bhajans and then signaled
the driver to reverse the car. The car went near the interview
room, took a turn and then Swami moved towards the Gopuram gate.
However, He went just close to the Deenajanodarana Children and
spent some time talking to them. After that, the car again
reversed and returned to the interview room. Then began a series
of Blessings! Swami called for the children scene by scene and
Blessed them. All along, Bhajans were going on in the
background. Meanwhile all the children came forward and sat
down. After this, Swami went into the interview room and gave
the Bangalore security men an interview. Finally, Swami came out
at 5.35 p.m. and once again took Aarti before He retired to the
June 19th, 2005
This morning there was no Darshan. However, there was a lot to
happen in the evening - great surprises! In the evening Swami
came out at 3.45 p.m. Bhagawan comes in the Toyota Porte car
which parks near the interview room and then the sofa
automatically comes out and the wheels drop out for further
Swami sat outside in the centre of the stage. Prof. Anil Kumar
was called and Swami spoke to him for a while. Even before Swami
came out onto the stage, He spent some time sitting just near
the car. Later at around 4.05 p.m. the mikes were arranged and
we thought that Swami had asked Prof. Anil Kumar to give a talk.
But that was not the case.
Swami beckoned to the Vedam boys to bring a mike for Him.
Immediately, the PA system team sped into action and arranged a
mike for Swami such that He could speak while sitting. What a
surprise! Swami was going to speak to all of us. Just yesterday
He saturated us with Darshan and today Sambhashan too! What
Excerpts from His Discourse:
Students, boys and girls, administrators .... In Bharath, of
late, we have been coming across a number of problems. This is
quite natural. But it is our responsibility to enquire and
investigate. In the last couple of months there have been a
number of problems and obstacles that have caused a loss of
happiness and bliss to people. More than our studies, our
actions are important. We must necessarily make an effort to
improve the existing situation.
There is no water to drink. Earlier we have taken every care to
supply water for drinking and irrigation. Now the problem is
very severe and has spread all over Anantapur District. We are
not born merely to earn a living, we do not study merely to fill
our stomachs; all that we have learnt must be put into practice
to serve our fellow men and community.
We have to realize the plight of the people in every district.
Right from tomorrow - Monday - we must first convince ourselves
and then share with others the Supreme Will and Mystery of God.
Food should be served when one is hungry. One must determine to
undertake the task though it may be strenuous. Service cannot be
done by wealth alone. We need men of character. Foreigners too
will be participating in this mega programme. We will be
commencing from tomorrow itself.
We have to supply drinking water to every village. The problem
does not end there. We must supply food too. All aged 10 years
and above must participate in this programme. We must determine
to accomplish the project in its entirety. Temperament and
attitude is very important.
Yesterday, in discussion with the Vice Chancellor and others, it
became clear that this will be a gigantic project and will
require thorough planning. We must begin with serving food. All
the Anantapur Seva Samithi members and the Prashanti Vidwan Maha
Sabha members must be determined to get the task going. We must
set apart some part of the food that we eat. It is not enough if
we supply rice alone. They will have to cook it and make it
edible. Therefore, they will need water too. First we must cater
to those areas where there is no water. This work should be
started right now and not postponed to tomorrow or the day
after. Very soon cooks are arriving.
It is not enough to merely go through books and study. The
essence is more important. Not many understand the purpose of
education. Tomorrow onwards we must be ready for serving.
Lorries will arrive for transportation. Each one must consider
this as one's own job / duty. Each one must feel "I am serving
myself". That should be the spirit. Every person must prove the
power of society. We are also ready with clothes for
distribution. Consider this project as a mighty gigantic task of
the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation and work for it.
The Vice Chancellor also is very keen on this project. From
tomorrow the Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, Registrar, Teachers
and students will all work together! (Claps). All of you must be
enthusiastic. When once you are enthusiastic, you will have
enough energy to serve all. When once food is supplied, the head
will also start functioning. When food and head join together
rest of the problems can be easily solved.
You should prove the effect of Prasanthinilayam everywhere.
Younger children can participate in distribution of water
(without wasting). In fact, the work will start with
distribution of water. All devotees can also participate and
work with the students. Never make an attempt to escape this
duty, saying "I am not well", or something like that. Bhagawan
will give all that is necessary to us. Bhagawan will Himself
come and inaugurate the programme too.
Students should work with zeal and enthusiasm. We must also
enthuse those who are inactive, to make this programme a
success. Health is very important. Only when there is good
health can there be enthusiasm. First pray to God. You may have
your own apprehensions about God. But God is everywhere. All
feet, hands, heads are His! He directs, monitors and guides the
Universe in the right direction! This is only the beginning. In
future Swami will provide everything we need!
You should proceed in a perfect way such that Prasanthinilayam
will become radiant and brilliant. We need elders too - to guide
and direct - to assume leadership. With this sacred motivation
we can achieve anything!
As you get up tomorrow morning, offer prayers sincerely. It will
give you physical, mental and spiritual strength. Very soon,
bags and bags of rice will come and get stocked here. Devotees
too may not have place to sit! You do not need to be told more
than this. I have told you all that is necessary at this point
of time. Consider this as a homework given to you.
What do you want? (Students reply ? Swami!).
Swami is always there. With you, Above you, Below you, Around
Each one must discharge his responsibility without giving up.
Senior students should be leaders and must guide the juniors in
making good use of this golden opportunity! You should proceed
with all the confidence that you will be successful. All
students gathered here are extremely lucky and fortunate.
It was around 4.50 p.m. when Swami concluded His Divine
Discourse. He then Blessed the Birthday boys. One birthday
student was so lucky that Swami allowed him to place a clove in
His mouth! The Bhajan boys were directed to go inside the Bhajan
Hall. Aarti was given at 5.55 p.m. Swami once again started
interacting with some students. The new students seated in front
were so excited to see Swami from so close that one could see
the joy and enthusiasm in their eyes and on their face. Swami
too was responding to their spontaneous devotion! He just did
not want to go from there. Finally, at 6.05 p.m. the sofa was
wheeled back to the car and Bhagawan retired for the day.
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