Prashanthi Bullettin -
February 20th-21st, 2006
Interacting with people
February 21st, 2006
This evening, Swami came out for Darshan at 4.15 p.m. But as
the car reached the Ladies side, it took a sharp turn and
bypassed the Gents side and approached the interview room.
But again, even before reaching the turning point, it
halted. Our brothers ran and fetched some saris and showed
them to Swami. They were all white saris. Swami saw and
approved the selection.
The car then took a reverse and turned around to once again
move along to the Ladies side. At the farther corner were
seated the women folk from Ooty - the Badagas - as the
community is called. They wear only white saris and drape
them in a different way from the conventional style. They
were overjoyed when they saw Swami approaching them in the
car with the boys running behind with the saris.
Bhagawan personally supervised the distribution of the
saris. The car then moved along forward, but once again
bypassed the gents and went straight near the interview
room. Swami went in at 4.30 p.m. A little while later, the
Badaga gents and ladies were called into the Bhajan Hall.
Swami also went in and spent some time interacting with
them. After some time, they started singing Bhajans inside.
Though the mikes were not switched on, we could hear the
Bhajans that were being sung with full vigour. At 5.25 p.m.,
Swami took Aarti and retired for the day.
Presentation by final year UG students....
February 20th, 2006
Bhagawan gave morning Darshan today. In the evening, He was
out by 3.00 p.m. and He went straight into the Bhajan Hall
to interact with the final year undergraduate students who
had assembled there to pray to Swami for Blessing their
programme. Swami spent a few minutes inside the Bhajan Hall
speaking to the boys and seeing their cards and letters. At
3.20 p.m., He came out and signalled to the boys also to
come out and get ready for their presentation.
As the boys got into their places in the Kulwant Hall and
set everything for starting their play, Swami Blessed the
birthday boys and others seated in front. There were almost
a dozen boys waiting in a line and Swami Blessed each boy
with a smile and a few words too.
At 3.30 p.m. the students began their presentation. This is
an annual affair, wherein the final year students both of
the undergraduate and postgraduate section make a
presentation in the Divine Presence towards the end of their
academic year, expressing their deep sense of gratitude to
their Divine Mother and Father for all the Love and Grace
showered by Him on them and their families.
This evening, it was the turn of the undergraduate boys. The
theme was Educare & Education. The programme was designed as
a series of songs intercepted by short skits and
commentaries. The first song was Hum Tere Hein Sai... In
this first module, the virtue of duty as expounded by
Educare was highlighted. The aspect of duty was illustrated
by the example of Bharatha who comes to the forest to plead
with Rama to return to Ayodhya. But when the sage Vashishta
tells Bharatha that his prime duty was to obey the command
of Lord Rama, he agrees to return to Ayodhya taking the
sandals of Lord Rama to represent the seat of monarchy.
The next song was Enta Manchee Teepu.... The second virtue
bestowed by Educare was Understanding. A student narrated
the story of two brothers, one with a family and another a
bachelor. Each one was so concerned about the other that
they kept sharing bags of rice between them without their
own knowledge. The married brother would feel that his
bachelor brother had no one to take care of him in his old
days. Therefore, he would carry a bag of rice from his share
of the harvest and empty it into his brothers granary. The
bachelor brother would feel that his married brother had so
many family responsibilities and more expenditure and hence
would carry a bag of rice from his share of harvest and
empty the same into the married brother's granary. This was
the pure love and understanding they had between themselves.
The third module began with the song Kaise Jeeyun Mein Tere
Bin Tu Jo Nahin To.... The virtue highlighted was Love and
Compassion. The story narrated was that of Siddhartha who
saves a bird wounded by a hunter. The hunter claims his
ownership over the bird but then finally Siddhartha proves
his ownership over it. The one who saves life has greater
authority than the one who takes it away.
Another beautiful story of compassion was about a young
student from Hassan district, Karnataka who had a great
ambition to become a medical doctor. However, his financial
condition prevented him from taking up medical studies. To
add to that he developed a serious heart ailment.
Incidentally, he approached the Super Specialty Hospital in
Bangalore and was treated for the ailment. He was so
impressed by all the love showered on him by the doctors and
the nurses that he vowed to become a doctor and serve the
needy. But how could he get into the medical college?
The e-journal Heart-to-Heart of Radio Sai, wrote an article
about this patient and how he was touched by the treatment
in the hospital. An Australian devotee who read all about
this was so struck that he flew down to Bangalore, procured
the address of the patient from the Hospital and then
contacted the young man and got him admission into a Medical
College, promising him that he would take care of all the
expenses! What an act of Love prompted by our Lord!
The subsequent module talked about Nishkama Karma. A short
skit was enacted showing how a young man who was commanded
by his father to get bananas for the Puja, went out to the
shop to procure the same. However, on the way finding a poor
hungry man, he gives away all the bananas and comes empty
handed. The father gets furious, but the Pujari explains
that even without performing the Puja, the family has gained
the merit of the prayers because of this selfless deed of
their sacred son.
Maa Prana Daivam Nija Divya Matru Roopam.... song followed.
Then came the virtue of Reverence. Yudhishtira was the role
model. Even on the battle field, he walked across the strip
separating the two armies and bowed down to his Acharya
Bheeshma. Bheehsma is thus obliged to bless him with victory
though being on the enemies side. The song Marichitivemo
Madilo Mammu Sainatha.... filled the air.
Each time a new module began; one student would sit on a
small platform resting against the cut out of a tree facing
Bhagawan, with a black robe and eyes tied with a blindfold.
He represented the blind man of today who was blind to the
wisdom of educare and was lost in mere education. As all the
virtues are revealed one by one, finally this man throws off
his black robe and unfolds the blind covering his eyes. This
is symbolic of his enlightenment.
The programme concluded at 4.45 p.m. Throughout the
presentation, Swami was very much involved. He was smiling,
making some comments and later even spoke at length to the
boys who came forward to hand over the scripts of the songs
and roses, when the group singing went on. He enquired many
details with some students and even materialized a ring for
All the boys were overjoyed with the abundant Love and Grace
showered by Swami on all of them. At 4.50 p.m., Swami took
Aarti and retired to PC. One may say farewell to Parthi but
one can never leave the Parthivaasa, for He is always with
us and in us. This feeling permeated each one's heart as we
walked out of the Kulwant Hall.