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Prashanthi Bullettin - February 12th, 2006

Kavi Sammelan by the students at Brindavan....


February 12th, 2006

In the morning, being a Sunday, there was a huge gathering. A number of devotees had also come from Parthi. At 9.15 a.m. itself the chandelier came on indicating that Bhagavan had come out of Trayee. Swami came out at 9.20 a.m., much earlier than He was doing for the past few days. Sevadal Bhajans commenced as is the custom at Brindavan on Sundays. While being wheeled in for Darshan, Swami blessed a card made by the Brindavan students - they were going to present a Kavi Sammelan this evening. Swami walked onto the stage from the centre door of the Sai Ramesh Hall stage, stood for a few minutes and then sat for around half an hour of Bhajans. At 10 a.m. Swami signaled for Aarti. After taking Arati standing up, He walked backstage as He has been doing for the last few days. The Sevadals continued the Bhajans as they do on Sundays.

In the evening also Swami came earlier than usual, by 4.50 p.m. The Brindavan students who were the poets assembled for the Kavi Sammelan, in the presence of Kaveenam Kavi - the Poet of poets as the scriptures describe God, were sitting in front of the Bhajan group, right next to the stage. The poets were in costumes appropriate to the regions from which they hail. After Swami came onstage, He walked right upto the front of the stage, caught the railing there and Blessed all with His benign glance, specially noticing the 'Kavis' seated in the front. Swami sat down and then asked for the programme card that two students were holding. Taking the card from them Swami read it and asked them how long the program would last and in how many languages poems were written. At 5.15 p.m., Bhagawan indicated with a nod that the Kavi Sammelan may commence.

The first poem was in classical Telugu and Swami was very happy with the sentiments expressed. Then, one after another, poems in Kannada, Malayalam, Tulu, Tamil, Bengali, Gujarathi, Sanskrit, English, Oriya, Marathi, Hindi and Nepali were read out. As the boy who introduced the program put it -'the languages may sound different but all these poems have been written in the language of the heart'.

Swami listened keenly to each and every poem; He clapped for some, Blessed some others with Abhaya Hasta and nodded in the affirmative when a few poets prayed for some blessing or the other. He expressed His appreciation for the Sanskrit poem as soon as it was over by clapping His hands. When the Gujarati poet ,dressed in Rajasthani turban got up, Swami with a sweet smile commented 'Pagdiwala marriage ko jatha hai' much to everyone's delight!! As the concluding part of the program, it had been decided that five of the poets would get up together and speak a couple of sentences each and all the students would sing 'Humko Tumse Pyar Kithna'. But even before the first student could finish, Swami called all the poets onto the stage.

Surrounded by all the poets, Swami asked "Aren't all of you students of our Institute? How will the audience know? You should have announced it at the beginning. Also, your poems were all in different languages. I can understand all of them but many in the audience would have understood poems only in a few languages, you should have translated it into English for their benefit, so that all could appreciate and enjoy all the poems."

Swami talked to each of the poets. He told the English poet that his language was good, He told the Malayalam poet that he was nervous in the beginning. "Why should you be afraid? Speak confidently." He encouraged. He surprised another poet by telling him "You have changed the last two lines of your poem since last night". Indeed it was so. When the student had read out his poem to a fellow classmate the previous night, the classmate had expressed that the last two lines ending with 'Kaho Na Pyar' did not sound appropriate and so he had changed the last two lines! One of the poets prayed, "Swami please bless all of us" (Andariki Anugraham Prasadinchandi).

Swami lovingly looked into his eyes and said "(My Blessings are) There in abundance (on all of you) Bangaroo" Swami then stood up and took photos with all the poets. He Blessed each of them individually by placing His palm on each of their heads stretching to make sure that even those at the back were not left out. Swami spoke to each and every one of the poets asking them from which place they hailed. One of the students who had read the Bengali poem was tongue tied as he was unable to decide on the spur of the moment whether to mention the place where his parents were presently stationed, or his native place. Swami Himself answered the question by saying 'Bihar - Jamalpur district' leaving him stunned!

Swami then signaled for the Aarti. As the student whose chance it was, offered the rose and moved closer hoping that Swami would keep it in his shirt pocket, Swami mischievously held it on top of his head! As Swami turned to go inside, the poets knelt on either side and as He passed by them they held on to His hand and kissed it. As they said, "Swami we love you", Swami said "I too Love you". Swami patted them on their shoulders, and for some He pinched their cheeks. Being overwhelmed by His love, when some students said "Thank you Swami", He said "Aiye, don't thank Me" (Yes, dearest Swami, how can we ever thank you enough for all that you have and continue to do for all of us!!!!).

As Swami walked in behind the curtain, He expressed his happiness to the Vice-chancellor, Mr. Anil Gokak, "See, how many languages our boys can speak in!" As Swami went near the gate, He asked the gurkha "Did you hear the Nepali poem? Did you understand it?"

It was 6 p.m. when Bhagawan returned to Trayee.

Source: http://radiosai.org/pages/PB.htm


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