Prashanthi Bullettin -
February 5th, 2006
Darshan and Music
Program at Brindavan....
February 5th, 2006
Today being Sunday, the Seva Dals were in the first block,
ready for the day-long Bhajan session. The Bhajans started
at 9:30 a.m. At 10.15 a.m., the usual hustle started
on-stage, heralding Swami’s arrival. In a few minutes the
screen next to the Krishna statue parted and there Swami
was, giving the most benign of his smiles. He came walking
to the railing near the end of the stage and stood for a
while. The Porte chair was trailing him. Swami sat down on
the chair for a few Bhajans.
After a little while, Swami got up from the chair and
indicated that He wanted to go down amongst the devotees.
Swami made His way towards the lift, came down, walked a few
steps to where Sri H.D. Deve Gowda, the former Deputy PM of
India, was standing, blessed him, and started walking amidst
the students. Watching Swami walk was thrilling as this was
the first session when Swami actually walked amidst the
devotees during this visit.
Swami crossed the first block, then turned left and crossed
over on to the ladies’ side, all the while accepting letters
from the devotees. Two brothers had the blessed opportunity
to support Swami throughout. Once He reached the end of the
first block on the ladies’ side He turned to the left and
made His way back onto the stage. Only when He reached
on-stage did He sit down on the chair. There were few more
Bhajans after which Swami asked for the Arati to be
performed and then retired to Trayee Brindavan.
The whole session lasted almost an hour and there was so
much of Love radiating from Him and the whole audience was
reverberating with joy.
In the evening, the Seva Dal Bhajans were going on and Swami
arrived at 5:30 p.m. He came walking onto the stage and sat
down on the chair. The Brindavan Hostel boys had prepared a
cultural programme. As soon as He sat down, He indicated to
the students assembled in the front that they could begin.
As soon as Swami gave them the permission, two boys ran up
the stage with a huge card, seeking His blessings.
The programme titled “Ocean of Devotion” was based on the
Nine types of Devotion: Shravanam, Keertanam,
Vishnusmaranam, Padasevanam, Vandanam, Archanam, Dasyam,
Sneham, Atmanivedanam; and how the great devotees of all
times had used these different types of devotion to merge
with the Lord. Parikshit had used Shravanam to reach the
Lord, whereas Meera Bai and Thyagaraja had used Kirtanam and
There were anchors for each form of devotion and they
explained the significance of each type of devotion, and
gave examples of the devotees of the Lord who followed that
form of Bhakthi. The presentation was interspersed with
beautiful songs, all chosen appropriately to that form of
During the programme, the Hon’ble Vice-President of India
Sri Bhairon Singh Shekawat and the Hon’ble Governor of
Karnataka Sri T.N. Chaturvedi arrived. They were seated near
the stage and sat through the remainder of the programme.
There was so much feeling in the songs being sung that Swami
appeared moved by the programme. After the programme Swami
took Arati, got up, walked behind the stage and retired to