Prashanthi Bullettin -
February 27th, 2006
February 27th, 2006
The Akhanda Bhajans went on with full gusto throughout the
night. The hourly slots were taken up by different groups and
hence the tempo was kept high throughout the 12 hour vigil. At
around 4:30 AM, the students started making arrangements for
shifting the Prasadam from the canteen to the Mandir. The
Hyderabad youth, as usual, were were involved in assisting in
cooking the Prasadam and also helped in shifting the huge
vessels to the Sai Kulwant Hall.
By 5:30 AM, all the Prasadam was ready near the Rama Statue
Block. Suprabhatam chanting commenced and subsequently the
Bhajans resumed. Around 6:25 AM, Swami made His appearance in
the Kulwant Hall. The car took a full round and Swami was
wheeled onto the dais. Once Swami sat on the dais, He
immediately asked for the Prasadam. He wanted all the Prasadam
to be arranged in front of the dais and also on the inner
Portico. The students arranged all the Prasadam accordingly.
Swami was interacting a lot with brothers Nitin and Satyajit.
After a while, He asked for the leaves to be distributed to all
the students and devotees. We thought that maybe Aarti is about
to be performed and therefore, Swami wants all the leaves to be
distributed. But it was not to be so. The leaf distribution was
over but Bhajans went on. As it neared 7:15 AM, it became clear
to all that Bhagawan - our Lord Sai Shiva was going through the
Cosmic Labour. He was drinking water, glass after glass. Minutes
passed by but there was no sign of any relief.
Swami then asked for some fast tempo Bhajans to be sung. He
signalled to the Eradi brothers to start singing. They started
their usual fast Shiva Bhajans. This went on for quite some
time. By now, Swami was going through intense discomfort - at
the physical level - as was perceived by us. Often, He would
bend down and sit like that for some time. Then He would again
sit back and drink a few more glasses of water.
Time ticked by but the Lingam still did not make its appearance.
Swami then asked brother Ravi Kumar to start singing. He began
with some fast Shiva Bhajans. Bhagawan indicated that they
should keep singing the name of Shiva. Om Namah Shiyaya Shivaya
Namah Om, it went on and on for a long long while. All devotees
were spell bound to witness something inexplicable right in
front of their eyes.
Here was our beloved Bhagawan who was always smiling and
showering His joy and Bliss on one and all, going through such
immense physical suffering to bring forth the Lingam from His
body. This year the 'struggle' was very intense and went on for
a very long time. All along, brothers Nitin and Satyajit were
massaging behind the neck to facilitate the emergence of the
Lingam. Of course this was done at the behest of Bhagawan. Swami
was even explaining to them how to massage. But all that did not
bring immediate results.
Minutes ticked by and devotees were wondering how long they
would have to see their Lord going through such a phenomenon for
the sake of humanity. Very frequently, Swami would put His head
down on the table and literally lie down with brother Satyajit
supporting Him with his hand. The massaging went on, glasses of
water went in, one after the other. It was close to 8:00 AM.
Inspite of all this discomfiture, Bhagawan was at ease. He at
times kept tapping His hand to the beat of the Bhajans. After
lying down on the table for a while, when He would get up; He
would give a beautiful smile looking at the students sitting in
the front. He, as usual was in full control of the situation, as
He is with the entire world! But to the onlookers it looked as
though He was going through lot of pain and suffering. At one
point of time He even looked at the clock and made some
Finally, as all hearts melted at this scene and no eyes were
left dry, as the clock moved close to 8:25 AM, Bhagawan started
throwing out the water that He would drink. This was an
indication that the time was closing in. Around 8:25 AM, to
everybody's delight, Bhagawan held the gold Lingam in His Hand.
There was loud applause and the Bhajans went on at full peak.
But how could the Cosmic Mother be satiated with this. She now
wanted to present Her new creation to all Her children. So Swami
asked our brothers to help Him shift to the Porte chair. On that
chair, Swami was wheeled around Kulwant Hall. Swami was holding
the Lingam in His Hand for all to see. First He took a short
round around the dais and then once again went onto the Ladies
side and proceeded to move along the path on which the car
drives during Darshan. He came to the corner of the Gents
section, but then on account of an unmanageable crowd, He went
back and cut across at the centre of the Hall and moved back to
We thought that Swami would take Aarti and retire for the
morning. But can we ever predict what He would do? The very next
moment we saw a deep red coloured Hyundai Accent car being
driven to the front of the dais towards the interview room. This
was similar to the ones gifted by Bhagawan yesterday. Now who
was the lucky soul today? Sri Sanjay Sahni was immediately
summoned. Bhagawan gave him some instructions.
He ran to the mike and started the announcement. The recipient
of Bhagawan's Grace this morning was Mr. and Mrs. Paramahamsa.
Mr. Paramahamsa is an IAS officer of the AP cadre and has served
in various positions at the state and central level. Since a
decade, both husband and wife have settled here at the Ashram
and their major role is playing the 'parent substitute' for the
60 odd orphans who have been lovingly brought by Bhagawan and
sheltered in the Deenajano Dharana Pathakam. After Swami gave
them the car keys, He praised them a lot.
Meanwhile, all the children came running to the scene and
surrounded Swami. Bhagawan gave Himself away to these loving
children for the next half an hour or so. He was seated amidst
them on the Ladies side of the interview room. After a lot of
interaction, the children started chanting Vedic Mantras. At
this point, the mikes were shifted to the spot. Bhagawan started
speaking on the mike praising the children and the yeoman
service of Mr. and Mrs. Paramahamsa. What went on for the next
few minutes was a heart touching scene. The Divine Mother
pouring Her infinite Love on Her children and they in turn
expressing their gratitude and love to Swami.
As Swami praised them and Mr. and Mrs. Paramahamsa for being
their parents, the children started saying that Swami alone was
their Mother and Father. Swami was deeply touched by their
spontaneous love. He said that these children, when they came
here were just 10 years old, some were even 10 months old. Now
some of them were ready to write their intermediate
They chanted Vedic mantras proficiently. One of them spoke in
English and yet another sang the song 'Dandallaya Dandallaya
Koti Dandallu'. After this, these children even started singing
Bhajans very well. Swami asked all of us to follow. As this went
on, Swami distributed some gifts to Mr. and Mrs. Paramahamsa.
After this Divine outpour, it was already close to 10:00 AM.
Bhagawan came in close to the interview room and took Aarti.
As soon as the Aarti commenced, the Prasadam Distribution also
began. All the devotees and students and everyone assembled
there were served Puliyora (Tamarind rice) and Sakar Pongal
(sweet rice). Subsequently two more batches were assembled
inside the Hall and served Prasadam. It was close to 11:00 AM by
the time everything had been wound up.
In the evening, we all came to Kulwant Hall at 3:30 PM. However,
Swami chose to come only at 5:40 PM. Bhajans had started at 5:00
PM. As soon as Swami came to the Mandir, He called some devotee
sitting in the VIP Portico for an interview. Bhajans went on and
on until the interview concluded. It was 6.40 PM, when Bhagawan
received Aarti and retired for the day.
We conclude by once again wishing you all a very Happy and Holy