Prashanthi Bulletin - June
26th to 3rd July, 2005
This evening, Bhagawan came out at 3.30 p.m. It was the final
chance for the Alumni students to make their prayer. Of course,
they had sent a card inside the Poornachandra which was Blessed
by Bhagawan but nothing can substitute a personal interaction
with Swami. Once again, the car came gliding by. To their joy,
this evening, unlike other days, the car window glass was open.
Swami was receiving letters from devotees too. So there was a
great chance for some interaction. Their prayers were finally
answered. All of them knelt down and literally peeped into the
window. The car halted. Some of the boys told Swami about the
Meet and also showed the Card. Swami looked at the card, heard
their prayers and said, "Chaala Santosham" - Very Happy.
The car moved forward, crossed the portico and came onto the
stage as is the practice now. Swami sat on the dais for a long
while. Around 4.00 p.m. Bhagawan started calling boys with
letters. He spent considerable time with each one of them
answering their questions and giving them some loving advice and
message. After a while He signaled to the Birthday boys. They
too went in a line and one by one sought His Blessings. Taking
this chance, two representatives from the Institute Alumni Group
too, joined the queue.
They once again showed the card to Bhagawan. They mentioned the
details and also showed a tentative programme list. Swami took
the sheet and went through it very keenly. He said, "Very Happy,
Very Happy". At 4.35 p.m. Prasadam was distributed to all
devotees, students and staff. Bhajans began at 4.45 p.m. and at
5.15 p.m. Swami took Aarti and retired to His abode.
July 3rd morning, 2005
This morning - a Sunday - all of us were seated in the Mandir by
7.30 a.m. Bhagawan came out at 8.00 a.m. Once again, the Alumni
students were seated along the pathway opposite to the students.
As the car glided by, Bhagawan looked at them and the card and
smiled, but no conversation!
He moved and reached the dais. For the last two days, the car
moves through the Portico and instead of halting along the path,
Bhagawan asks Sri Padmanabhan to take the car onto the stage.
That's a great task for him. However, with the precise accuracy
of a surgeon, he manoeuvers the car along the ramp and parks it
on the stage. Next, the sofa glides out and is moved to the
centre of the dais.
Today, as Swami sat on the dais, we noticed a very special
thing. All these days, Bhagawan was using His left hand very
frequently while there was difficulty in moving the right hand.
However, this morning, He was moving even His right hand very
frequently; to open the letters and even to hold the kerchief.
He was also waving with His right Hand. This made us all very
After a while, at 8.45 a.m., Swami called one of the Vedam
teachers and gave some instructions. Bhagawan wanted the meaning
of the Vedic chant to be spelt out. Brother Sudhindran was asked
to handle the task. The Mantram chosen was Narayanopanishad. The
core group would chant a line at a time and Sudhindran would
give the translation with add-on footnotes wherever necessary.
Bhagawan was very keenly listening to the translation.
When the word Vaikunta was used while translating the line
'Vaikunta Bhuvana Lokam Gamishyati', Swami asked him what the
meaning of Vaikuntam was. Brother Sudhindran then spelt out the
meaning of Vaikuntam as that which is all pervasive. After the
whole Mantram was recited with explanation, Bhagawan called
brother Sudhindran forward. Even as we were watching him come
forward, Swami's right Hand moved with a jerk and out sprang a
beautiful gold necklace! Not a chain as He usually materializes,
but this was an ornamental broad and thick necklace with so many
designs on it.
Bhagawan handed over the necklace to brother Sudhindran and
spoke to him and Dr. K. Anil Kumar - a Vedam Teacher - for quite
some time. We were wondering what Swami was telling them. Out of
His Love, Swami asked Sudhindran to repeat the message to the
audience. He took the Vedam mike and said, "This gold necklace
that Swami has created now has the power of the Narayana Mantram
in it". Just before this, towards the end of the Mantram, the
Upanishad explains that 'Om' is a single lettered word, 'Namo'
is a two lettered word and 'Narayanaya' is a five lettered word.
Therefore, this Mantram 'Om Namo Narayanaya' is an eight
lettered Mantram. The power of this Mantram is contained in the
Brother Sudhindran continued, "All the Beejaksharas (root
letters) of this Mantram are potentially present in this
artifact. The aspect of Purusha (Jnana) and Prakriti (Daya -
Compassion) are contained in it. This necklace represents the
Love of Mother (Sai) and Father (Baba)".
After this, again Bhagawan spoke to them for a while and later
he once again conveyed the message to all of us, "This Mantram
is the quintessence of all the scriptures. All scriptures guide
mankind to Divinity. This Mantram is chanted in praise to the
Lord - our Mother and Father. But at the ultimate level, there
is no Father and no Mother. There exists only the Supreme One!"
The whole episode was literally like a Mantropadesham for all
devotees at one go! The Sadguru seated on the dais and all of us
seated at His Feet and He was giving us the initiation into the
Narayanopanishad with all its nuances and potencies!
Bhajans started at 9.10 a.m. and by 9.20 a.m. Swami retired for
July 2nd, 2005
Being the 80th year of the Avataar, a number of programmes are
being scheduled in the Divine Presence. This year also happens
to be the eve of the 20th anniversary of the School of Business
Management, Accounting and Finance of the Sri Sathya Sai
Institute of Higher Learning. To celebrate this occasion, all
the alumni of the School of Business Management, starting from
the 1986 batch when the programme made its beginning by the
Divine command; are planning to come over to Prasanthinilayam on
the 20th and 21st of August and offer their collective gratitude
to Bhagawan. 21st of August is the Anniversary Day of the School
of Business Management and hence has been chosen for the
celebration. The 27th quarterly medical camp of the Institute
Alumni is also being held on the same day. Therefore, these two
days are very special for the Alumni of the Institute this year.
In this regard, a number of Management Alumni from the cities of
Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Mumbai had come to Parthi on
the 1st night. This morning, they were all seated on the steps
across the Brass Railings next to the dais, to pray to Bhagawan
to Bless the Meet. They wanted to place this idea at His Lotus
Feet and seek His permission for the same. As Bhagawan's car
glided along the path, they all knelt down and prayed to
Bhagawan. Swami looked and smiled at them but did not converse
In the evening, Swami came out at 3.50 p.m. Once again the car
went past the old students and Swami looked at all of them. As
He sat on the stage, He again looked at the Alumni students and
gave a smile. This evening was set out exclusively for students
with letters. Bhagawan accepted letters from so many students.
As He would signal to one student, a number of them would line
up. Very patiently the Loving Mother in Bhagawan would receive
each letter, open the envelope, pull out the letter, unfold it
and start reading the contents. All along the student would
kneel down just next to Bhagawan looking right into His face!
What a great and unique opportunity of praying to God and being
just next to Him looking at Him even as He answers the prayers!
Then Bhagawan would give some answer to the student with a
loving pat on his back or an assuring grip on his hand. All the
students were overjoyed!
At 5.00 p.m. Swami went inside the Bhajan Hall. Bhajans began
and Aarti was given at 5.45 p.m.
June 27th to July 1st, 2005
On the 27th, Bhagawan came out for Darshan around 3.40 p.m. He
spent the entire evening session inside the interview room. On
the 29th morning, Swami came out close to the morning Bhajans
time at around 8.55 a.m. However, He sat for a full 50 minutes
listening to the wonderful Bhajans sung by the singers.
29th evening, He was out by 3.30 p.m. and sat down on the dais.
After a while, some woman on the Ladies side created a little
commotion ? crying out to Swami loudly. Bhagawan asked our
brother to take His Chair towards the Ladies side of the
What happened next was a great event for all of us! Swami asked
His Sofa to be wheeled all along the Darshan line. For the first
time after arriving at Prasanthinilayam, Bhagawan gave Darshan
in the sofa moving along the normal Darshan route. All were
delighted and many offered their letters to Bhagawan.
After the round, once again He came and sat down on the dais and
later received letters from students and profusely Blessed all
the Birthday boys.
30th Thursday, Bhagawan was out in the evening at 3.40 p.m. He
sat outside until 4.40 p.m. and then as He went inside there was
a heavy downpour which unfortunately did not last long enough to
raise the water table level and bring succor to the water scarce
On the 1st, Friday, in the morning, Swami came during the
bhajans, and went around the Kulwant Hall in the car - an extra
round - much to the delight of the devotees. In the evening,
after coming to Sai Kulwant hall for darshan, Swami asked the
car to move to the front of the stage. Then He again entered the
car and went out of the hall, on a round outside the ashram, in
the village. The escorts could not catch up in time, and when
Swami's car reached the Ganesh gate, it was surrounded by the
devotees craning to have His darshan.
June 26th, 2005
Yesterday evening there was no Darshan. Today being Sunday, we
all had come for morning Darshan. Bhagawan came out at 8.25 a.m.
By 8.30 a.m., He was seated on the dais and we had the good
fortune of feasting on His Divine Form for a long while. He sat
there amidst Vedam Chanting which went on till 10.10 a.m. Very
rarely does Swami sit outside so long. Bhajans started only at
10.10 a.m. and went on till 10.25 a.m. He then took Aarti and
went inside the interview room for a while, before retiring for
In the evening Swami was out by 3.30 p.m. Bhajans started as
usual at 5.00 p.m. and by 5.15 p.m. Swami took Aarti and
proceeded towards the PC Auditorium.
June 24th, 2005
This morning there was no Darshan but in the evening Swami came
out at 3.55 p.m. He cut across on the Ladies side and came on to
the stage. He sat on the dais amidst Vedic Chanting until 5.00
p.m., when He started receiving letters from students. A number
of them were Blessed with the opportunity of offering their
letters and receiving some reply from Swami. At 5.30 p.m.
Bhagawan went inside. Bhajans started at 5.40 p.m. and Aarti was
offered at 6.05 p.m.