Prashanthi Bullettin -
January 2nd to 7th, 2006
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.
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
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.