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Reports of events from the Sai Baba Ashrams


Prashanthi Bullettin - January 2nd to 7th, 2006

Drama practice....

January 7th, 2006

This morning the drama boys were present in the College Auditorium right from 7.00 a.m. expecting Bhagawan. The wait was indeed fruitful for Swami made His entry at around 9.45 a.m. All devotees were crowded outside the entrance to the College opposite to the Primary School gate. Surprisingly, Swami’s car passed by without turning! The drama boys were possibly in for another disappointment. But the compassionate Lord had other plans. He came straight towards the entry to the Shanti Vedika grounds and when all of us felt that He would proceed to the grounds, the car turned into the College through this end gate.

He came straight towards the Computer Centre and took a left turn towards the Auditorium, Blessing all those standing on the way. Swami spent more than an hour inside the Auditorium watching the full drama. There were three modules, one on Saint Thyagaraja, another on the Pandavas and the third one on Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Swami was very involved in the entire play and made few suggestions for improvement here and there. At 10.55 a.m. He drove out of the College Campus.

His Leelas are known only to Him. The Bhajans were going on all the while in the Mandir Bhajan Hall right from 9.00 a.m. We expected the car to hurry back to the Mandir for Aarti. Instead our dear Lord chose to Bless the Primary School children. The car turned into the Primary School Campus. Swami spent around half an hour there and finally returned to the Mandir at 11.30 a.m. when Aarti was performed and Bhagawan retired for the morning.

In the evening, Swami came out for Darshan at 5.25 p.m. He went straight into the Bhajan Hall, sat for a Bhajan or two and then took Aarti. He instructed the VC and Sri S.V. Giri to get into the car and off He went to the College Auditorium to watch the rehearsal of the drama by the Prasanthi Nilayam students. Bhagawan returned to the Poornachandra after 7 p.m.

Stadium visits....

January 2nd to 6th, 2006

As the New Year has begun and is running on its way, the first major festival that marks the year is the Annual Sports and Cultural Meet of the Sri Sathya Sai Educational Institutions. This is an occasion where students of all the three campuses of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, the Higher Secondary School students and the Primary School students assemble together in Prasanthi Nilayam to display a variety of sports and cultural programmes in the Divine Presence on January 11th .

To add to this, this year also happens to be the Silver Jubilee Year of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning. Established as a Deemed University in 1981, the Institute turns 25 this year. A quarter century of Character Building at the Lotus Feet. It is most appropriate to recall what Bhagawan had said at the time of inauguration of this Institute. He had said that for the transformation of humanity and to bring in peace and harmony in the world; there is no need for a new education system or a new political order or government; what is truly required is ‘men and women of noble character’. It was with this noble intention that this University was started by Bhagawan Baba.

As we know, Bhagawan gets fully involved in the Sports celebrations right from the practice sessions to the final day presentation. On the 4th of January, Swami made His first appearance in the Shanti Vedika grounds. Prior to that, for a few days, the devotees in Kulwant Hall were Blessed to have wonderful Darshan of Swami. On two evenings, Bhagawan came out on the chair and went round the Kulwant Hall along the pathway, talking to devotees and students, taking their letters, listening to their pleas. It was just like the earlier days except that He was seated on His chair.

On the 4th morning, Swami was in the grounds, ready to witness the practice session. He chose to see the events rather than the March Past. The event first displayed was the Chinese Lion dance. 60 students decked up as 30 lions began their enchanting dance interspersed with dare devil stunts on tables and vertical structures. Swami appreciated the dance very much. As the Lion dance concluded the Chinese drums started making their presence felt. 25 drummers beating on huge Chinese drums created a real impact. They played all types of beats, at times dancing in a rhythmic fashion. The acrobatics from the Higher Secondary School followed next. The Pole Drill boys from the Higher Secondary School also made their presentation. Bhagawan sat in the car itself and watched all the events.

Surprisingly and to our delight, Swami was again present in the grounds in the afternoon too. Now the students were more organized and prepared to display the events. We had the Giant Wheel display which Swami was watching even as His car was moving along. Subsequently, the Lions came in displaying more stunts on poles and even did bamboo walking.

On the 5th morning, once again, Swami was on the grounds. He arrived at 10.00 a.m. and stayed on until 11.00 a.m. This time Bhagawan decided to sit outside. The chair rolled out and Swami sat on a carpet spread at the end of the Gents gallery towards the Shanti Vedika stage. First He saw the Lion dace. They presented several new stunts that had not been shown earlier. Swami interacted with the coaches and the teachers in charge, giving some suggestions. Then the Delta Force students of the Institute presented their event – a display of physical stamina by teams of students using long logs of wood.

Jan 6th evening was a real bonanza for all devotees in the Mandir. Swami came out for Darshan and took a full round after which He came onto the dais to sit down in His usual place. The Brindavan students too had just arrived from Bangalore to Parthi for participating in the Annual Sports and Cultural Meet. After a few minutes, Swami asked His chair to be moved towards the Portico on the gents side. He came onto the middle Portico and then moved out onto the Gents devotees side.

However, He took an abrupt turn and moved along the students and in front of the Birthday and the Vedam group. From there, He kept moving forward all the way to the Ladies side. Over there, He took a full round along the usual Darshan path and came all the way towards the Gents side. He continued along the path and completing a full circle He returned to the interview room. All devotees and students were overjoyed to have such a close and long Darshan. Especially the Brindavan students were ecstatic for they were seeing Swami after such a long time. The Divine Mother knew how Her children were pining for Her Darshan!

On the other hand the Parthi drama boys were eagerly waiting in the Institute Auditorium for Bhagawan’s arrival. They were well prepared for presenting their drama in the Divine Presence for His feedback and approval. Swami had sent the VC and Registrar to the auditorium saying that He would follow them soon. They promptly arrived at the Auditorium while Swami filled the hearts of the devotees in the Mandir with thrill and joy!

So now the drama boys eagerly await Swami’s arrival the next morning on the 7th . The combined March Past practice of all campuses also begins from the 7th morning. So Swami may visit the grounds too.

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


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