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Published on Wednesday, Aug 18, 2010 at 1550 Hrs. IST -
With the birthday bells
ringing for the Lord of Puttaparthi, the D-day is a “100
days” away, Prasanthi is already set into a joyous mood
of celebrations. International Regions comprising of
various countries along with states from within India
are joining this celebration, bringing pilgrims at His
Divine Lotus Feet.
Continuing with this trend of celebrations that began
with the Guru Purnima 2010, the week that is past had a
six-day packed schedule of celebrations.
Delhi & NCR brought the celebrated Sufi Singer
Lakhwinder Wadali whose infectious singing turned out to
be a ‘divine-music-treat’ for The Divine Himself and for
the audience as well. With his singing moods reaching a
crescendo, singing high pitched sufi numbers to exalted
heavens, the assembly on Tuesday evening turned
spell-bound enjoying the rare combo
of “Music with The
Divine” on the glittering dais of the Presiding physical
Lord! The singer’s refrains invoking Bhagawan, “Loye Loye Aaja Mahi…” were infectious to the devoted assembly
that the twilight’s assembly turned to rounds of
applause throughout the presentation that lasted for
more than an hour. Mightily pleased, Bhagawan
felicitated the singer and blessed his accompanists with
clothe pieces and padanamaskar. The singer was profusely
blessed by Bhagawan the next evening again, when he
sought His blessing before leaving Prasanthi. Bhagawan
gave away ‘fistfuls’ of Vibhuti Prasadam blessing the
singer, tenderly stroking at his shoulder with His all
conquering Motherly Love…
Photo Slides: PRASANTHI THIS WEEK...
Delhi followed with another presentation, the next evening, on theme
Guru Kripa. The dance drama presentation was based on the life of
illustrious Sufi Saint, Bulleh Shah, highlighting Guru's importance
in one's life. Bringing twin presentations with Sufi touch, that
advocates total dependence and perpetual remembrance of God, Delhi
was undoubtedly attempting to air Bhagawan’s own message of the
greatness of relying on God and Guru…
Moving down the stage twice to pose for photographs with the drama
crew and the backstage force, Bhagawan, with His overflowing love,
called the crew onstage to give separate group photo sessions,
leaving the assembly dazed at His Divine Drama! These post programme
sessions often turn out to be 'open class rooms'. Tales that tags
the tails of such sessions are great eye openers for man to learn
Region 94 comprising of Arabian Gulf and the Middle East that came
with a mammoth 1200 numbers got to celebrate their ‘Journey Unto
Sai’ on the 12 & 13 Aug during the week in His immediate Divine
presence. Beginning their journey with a response to His Call to
serve humanity, the group had organised a programme of distribution
of "implements that could earn a living" for selected beneficiaries
from villages around Puttaparthi. “Divine Songs From Turkey” was an
offering that followed, by a Turkish group of over 40 that included
some muslim devotees as well.
The next evening found the second and last programme by “Region 94”,
entitled "Prema Tarangini", meaning 'Ocean of Love' This was an
offering by the Balvikas children from Arabian Gulf and the Middle
East Region, comprising of eight centres, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah,
Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. A half-hour bhajan
session followed that found many old numbers sung in melodious
Photo Slides: PRASANTHI THIS WEEK...
Helping the Ashram to ease the rush in
the canteens, this contingent had taken up the responsibility of
their food arrangements for both lunch and dinner, arranged to serve
in a temporary shamiana erected at the western end, next to the
culvert gate. Volunteers from the group would organize to group
themselves, collecting food items from north indian canteen for
lunch and western canteen for dinner to serve independently by the
group without taxing the sevadal force. Utensils etc. would be
washed and deposited back in the canteens by these dedicated group
Setting a new trend, a group of 75 students from the 1996 batch of
SSSIHL arrived in Prasanthi during the weekend, along with their
immediate family to celebrate the “Bond of Love” with their “Swami”!
Interacting with the group in the bhajan hall, Bhagawan spent over
fifty minutes inside, in between cutting a special cake for the
occasion, moving among and finally listening to group singing.
As if continuing from where HE had left on the saturday evening, the
sunday, 15th Aug evening witnessed another glorious tale of “Bond of
Love”. Love that has no reason or season is pure and unsullied, an
experience granted by the Divine and these lucky students were
destined to receive His bounteous flow of love, recreating their
golden days with their “Beloved Swami” after a gap of “14 long
years”, as a single group. …And Bhagawan’s love was flowing and
overflowing! Parents who took the wisest decision in their lives
sending their children to Swami's College reaped the benefit...and
along with their spouses and children.
A speech by Prof. G.Venkataraman about
the evolution of Parthi, between then and now, elaborating on the
various service activities taken up by Bhagawan as a part of His
Divine Mission ensued that was followed by Bhagawan's Divine
Discourse. Bhagawan began by stating the eternal Truth that everyone
is embodiments of God. There is no difference between God and anyone
else, for all are God. One must sit calm and introspect, “Who am I?
Am I the body? the intellect?... the mind?... the senses?” This sort
of self introspection alone would redeem one from bondage.
Addressing the group of students with immediate family, Bhagawan,
soon steered His discourse towards the virtues and glorious
character ofmen and women of character with particular emphasis on
Giving a plethora of examples
ranging from Draupadi, Savitri, Satyavati and Chandramati, Bhagawan
exhorted on the virtues of ideal womanhood. Speaking about Raja
Harishchandra, while recounting the trials and tribulations of the
king, Bhagawan, one who lives with what He speaks showed traces of
emotions,highlighting the king’s sacrifices for Truth. “One should
be ready to go to any extent for Sathya,” Bhagawan concluded.
Bhagawan also highlighted on the ideal living in families with
harmony between husbands and wives. The discourse lasted about an
hour and the silence that ensued was indicative of the bliss that
permeated all around.
After a pause, after spending almost ninety long minutes inside,
Bhagawan asked the boys “Inka emi samacharam?” meaning “What else is
the news?” There was silence and there thundered the voice of Prof.
Anil Kumar “See His love! There are thousands waiting for Him
outside and here He is asking you for news!” They burst open in a
voice of unity, voice suffused with grateful thanks...“Thank You
Swami, We Love You Swami”...and The Lord whispered, reciprocating
His Love…”I Love you too…!”
The ‘bonding” was perfect and a new trend was set by this batch of
grateful students, prompting many more batch to emulate. …And
celebrating the Prema Bandhan, celebrating the week-end and
celebrating the 64th National Independence Day, the stage was set
for a grand finale for the week, as the independence day drama was
in the offing.
Photo Slides: PRASANTHI THIS WEEK...
“Swaraajya Gaatha”, the story of Indian
independence with special stress on India’s first mass leader and
freedom fighter, Bal Gangadhar Tilak was an innovative presentation
by the final year postgraduate students from SSSIHL that set the
passionate fire of patriotic fervour in the immediate Divine
presence. The man who proclaimed "Swarajya is my birthright and I
shall have it", his life was the central theme for the twilight’s
glittering presentation and his undying passion and love for his
motherland was well depicted by the students, bringing charaters
from the history book, most innovatively, winning accolades from The
During this festive week The Lord who was entertained with love and
devotion reciprocated with His love in His inimitable style! While
the Sufi Singer was blessed with an emerald ring from The Divine
Hands, a blessed tiny tot from Bahrain, who 'sai-incidentally'
blurted "SaiRam" upon his birth as the first word instead of calling
'Amma', was blessed with a "Golden Chain"...An alumnus from the 1996
batch of "Prema Bandhan" got a Golden Chain with a Krishna Pendent
and ending the spree the Abhimanyu cast in the Independence Day
drama got a golden chain with a Ganesha pendent...His ways are His
unique ones...most inimitable...!!!
Published on Friday, Aug 20, 2010 at 1235 Hrs. IST
Continuing with their offering of gratitude after presenting a
mesmerizing Sufi concert by the popular Lakhwinder Wadali, the Youth
from Delhi & NCR (National Capital Region) took over the next
evening, on 11 Aug, presenting a dance drama entitled 'Guru Kripa'.
The presentation was based on the life of illustrious Sufi Saint,
Bulleh Shah, lived during 17th-18th century, highlighting Guru's
importance in one's life.
The drama that was set in the modern household environs in Delhi had
Youthful Aham, Deputy Commissioner as its central character. Aham
played the role of an egotist while his father, Shaji, was the
personification of good and Godly side of an individual. Harnam Kaur,
was a typical overpowering mother who showed more of an illusory
tendency towards modern life snubbing and ridiculing everything
ancient and traditional. Master Dinanath played the role of Aham’s
teacher, a noble and humble soul, personification of all virtues who
showed strong faith not to leave the righteous path despite
adversities. DSP Narman Singh was a loyal student, upholding the
love, respect and reverence for the system and for the teachers.
Takur Hakeekat Singh played the greedy while Wandering Faqir, was
ever engaged in singing ‘Love Songs to God’.
The presentation began at Aham’s household, with the entry of the
wandering faqir singing a Bulleh Shah composition. While Aham’s
father, Shaji was inspired to spiritual heights, his wife Harnam
Kaur scornfully intimidates the faqir cautioning him not to visit
the street again.
The pious came to Aham seeking help from his well placed former
student in getting his land back from the hands of local hoodlum.
Personification of ego, already sunk in corruption, Aham had no
concern for his former teacher, but in turn, insulted him asking him
not to trouble him anymore. Composed he was, Master Dinanath took
the insult in his strides. Shaji was disturbed at these developments
and wanted to to teach his son a lesson, bringing him back into the
right track. He even apologized to Master Dinanath for his son’s
The fakir appeared yet again, singing out another Bulleh Shah
composition. Here revealed the illustrious story Sufi Saint, Bulleh
Shah… Bulle Shah, against much opposition from his family and
society in general, stood by his devotion to his guru, Inayat Shah
Quadri who was from a lower caste. When pressure pressure mounted
from his mother and brother who questioned his acceptance of a lower
caste person as his guru, Bulleh Shah remained firm and committed.
He declared firmly that he would forgo his family and worldly life,
but not his "Sai", who was his revered guru.
Photo Slides: Guru Kripa Drama by Delhi Youth
The story was illustrated, but the egotist was still not impressed.
He picked up arguments with his father, pooh-poohing all these
ancient spiritual saga, that appeared to him like myths. But, soon
he fell into a soup, as his school mate DSP Naman Singh came with an
arrest warrant. Giving an anti-climax to the scene, Naman who met
his former teacher, Master Dinanath treated him with utmost respect
and reverence. Despite the oddities, the good natured teacher stood
for his former student, Aham, saving him from embarrassment of going
behind the bars, bringing in the much needed transformation.
The fifty minute presentation was intertwined with melodious and
meaningful songs in folk punjabi language, the language used during
the times of Bulleh Shah. The drama presented ample scenes,
especially with the originality in acting by the cast of Harnam Kaur,
bringing ‘burst of laughters’ from Bhagawan as well as the devoted
assembly. The presentation ended with a group song, in typical sufi
tongue, in praise of "Sai".
Upon the end of the presentation, Bhagawan called the faqir cast
onstage and blessed him with a materialised golden chain. Moving
down the dais Bhagawan posed for photo session while bhajans went on
in the background.
After the drama presentation, 'His drama' was unfolding. Bhagawan
asked for the backroom assistants also to come forward to join the
drama cast in the front block...Soon He moved down the dais once
again!...for yet another photo session!!
Returning onstage in five minutes Bhagawan sat through... still more
Lord's compassion was filling and fulfilling...Bhagawan called the
drama crew onto the stage for yet another "Momentous Moment" with
These post programme sessions often turn out to be 'open class
rooms'. Tales that tags the tails of such sessions are great eye
openers for man to learn and imbibe.
It was 1930 hrs. and Bhagawan accepted Mangala Arathi. Bhagawan sat
for a while and before leaving the dais He blessed the concourse
with Abhayahastha. Leaving off, enroute, Bhagawan profusely blessed
Lakhwinder Wadali, the Sufi singer who mesmerised the audience with
his scintillating sufi rendering on the previous evening.
Interacting with the singer, Bhagawan gave him 'fistfuls' of Vibhuti
prasadam, a sign of His all conquering Love!!! It was Delhi Boom in
Prasanthi for two successive days!!!
Published on Friday, Aug 20, 2010 at 2115 Hrs. IST
Region 94 of International Sai Organisation, comprising of countries
from Arabian Gulf and the Middle East began their Sai Pilgrimage
2010 in a unique style responding to Bhagawan’s call to serve the
humanity by organizing a programme distribution of "implements that
could earn a living" for selected beneficiaries from villages around
The group that came in with a force of 1200 had their first ‘outing’
in the Divine presence on the 12th August evening with the
distribution programme. Proceedings for the evening began with the
officials seeking Divine blessings for the commencement of the
distribution programme. An introductory speech by Shankar Shetty,
Regional in-charge for Oman region followed before Prof. Anil Kumar
took over the proceedings, speaking on the uniqueness of the service
endeavours of Sathya Sai Seva Organisations, Worldwide. Implements,
namely, solar lamps, sewing machines, tricycles, water filters and
mixers were distributed to over 85 beneficiaries from Puttaparthi
and nearby areas.
The second programme for the evening was a cultural programme,
entitled "Divine Songs From Turkey" by devotees from Turkey.
Starting with three Omkars followed by a Ganesha Bhajan, the troupe
sang almost a dozen songs for the next fifty minutes before winding
up with a melodious number that had an infectious refrain "Sai Ram
Baba... Om Sai Ram".
Bhagawan, who paid close attention to the troupe while gliding past
them during the Darshan round gave away clothe presentations to the
mini-group, sarees for women and safari pieces for men.
Continuing from the 12th evenining, the 13th evening, Balvikas
children from the group presented a programme titled, "Prema
Tarangini", meaning Ocean of Love. The participating centres were,
Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi
Starting with Sainatha Ashatakam, these children went on singing
another five hymns for the next 25 minutes before the seniors took
over for the next half-an-hour singing melodious bhajans. At the end
of the children programme Bhagawan blessed one boy in the
groupVibhuti Prasadam and a golden chain.
Helping the Ashram to ease the rush in the canteens, this contingent
had taken up the responsibility of their food arrangements for both
lunch and dinner, arranged to serve in a temporary shamiana erected
at the western end, next to the culvert gate. Volunteers from the
group would organize to group themselves, collecting food items from
north indian canteen for lunch and western canteen for dinner to
serve independently by the group without taxing the sevadal force.
Utensils etc. would be washed and deposited back in the canteens by
these dedicated group members. It was indeed a unique exercise by
the “Region 94” in serving the ashram force while serving
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