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Monday,June 29, 2009 


29june09 Sai Baba Darshan


Giridhari Sannidhiki Girijanula Parthi Yaatra
Valedictory Ceremony
June 29, 2009

29th June 2009, the final day of the three day Girijan Parthi Yaatra from the twin Godavari districts witnessed the parting scenes from the devout numbering over 900, who with a filled heart paid heartfelt gratitude to their newfound love, savior Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. The programme commenced with an address by P. Vardhana Rao, Education Wing co-ordinator for SSSVIP, East Godavari District. Listing out the achievements of the Organisation under the Project, making a mention of the eight fold service scheme, Mr. Rao prayed to Bhagawan to hand over the keys for the four Integrated Village Service Centres, five Ram Temples, one Shiva Temple and a Mini Rice Mill that were constructed and dedicated to the villagers.

Bhagawan lovingly presented the keys to the designated persons representing each unit. Each of these Village Integrated Service Centers were dedicated to people who have done a lot of great work for the villages and who are extremely close to Bhagawan’s heart, namely, Sri Dandamudi Venkata Rama Rao at village Mareedumilli, Sri Seetharamaiah at village G.M.Valasa, Sri Sai Ravi Sekhar at village Madicherla and Thuraga Rama Murthy at village Gunjigudem. The Mini Rice Mill was constructed and donated to a villager in the Sri Puram village providing him an employment opportunity. Brief accounts about these devoted souls in whose name these services were dedicated were read out narrating the dedication and devotion towards social service and Bhagawan.


A soulful rendering by Ms. M.Nagamani, a tribal woman, with a deep sense of gratitude for the service rendered by the Organisation, pleased Bhagawan and He called her lovingly to materialised a chain in appreciation of her singing. She was also presented with a sari. Seva Dal Unit from the Organisational Unit from Kakinada has been visiting her village for the past fifty two weeks, on scheduled days, non-stop, bringing in greater transformation. Bhagawan has always given a lot of stress to the expression of gratitude and hailed it as an important virtue for a devout.

Bhagawan then interacted with a few of the girijans assembled in front and asked them if all work was completed and that He would complete any other work which was yet not completed.

The depth of this assurance is unfathomable. Yes, He does it, most silently…and the world will see much more as His Mission is on!


PPONGI POYINDI GODAVARI - Musical Dance Drama in Gratitude
Musical Dance Drama in Gratitude

  The legend has it enough to establish the sacrosanct status of the River Godavari. The River has earned a significant place in Hindu mythology and has several pilgrim centres on her banks. Every twelve years, the legendary Pushkaram fair is held on the banks of the River Godavari, when thousands upon thousands take holy dip in the sacred waters washing off their sins. Just a day before only the tribal girls had a beautiful dance depiction “Godavari Talli Goomugha Adigindi” seeking the Divine to bless River Godavari to sanctify her yet again, which has most selflessly accumulated the sins of the world.

Coming unto Prasanthi Nilayam, the Abode of Lord in physical to have His darshan, the tribals from the twin districts of Godavari had a life time opportunity, feasting their eyes with the sacred sight of the Lord in physical; and they made every sincere heartfelt effort to replicate their best in His presence, be it their cultural legacy or devotional fervour, Prasanthi Nilayam witnessed an ebullient Godavari, making merriment at the best of their boons, the sight of the Lord and the great good fortune it brought unto them.

Uppongi Poyindi Godavari, the musical dance drama staged on the 28th evening in the Divine Presence had the story of their new found love with the Lord of Prasanthi. Sivayya, a Sai devotee seeing the tribals in Prasanthi NIlayam was surprised and was curious to know of the intent behind their visit. Upon his query, the Tribal heads replied narrating all the good things that the Sai volunteers had brought unto them, literally transforming their lives. Listing out the various service activities introduced to the betterment of the villagers, the tribal head said, “God helps the helpless. It is Baba alone who came to our rescue by adopting measures to improve our living conditions aiming for our well-being & economic growth. With Baba's Drinking Water Project and SSSVIP service Activities, we all remember and chant His Name. Without our asking, Baba has done so much for us and how could we remain there in our place without coming here? We came here to offer our humble salutations at His Lotus Feet".

The tribals experienced Miracle galore and visiting Prasanthi Nilayam, seeing Baba, they were overjoyed with ecstasy. The tribals with their innocence and pure love for Bhagawan finally had a supplication, invoking His Holy Presence in the twin districts of Godavari.

The musical drama, a combine of games, songs, and dances was verily a feast; songs and dances suffused with innate feeling; expressive lyrics packed with devotion, beautiful costumes made it to bring a virtual Godavari Tribal Kingdom unto the precincts of Prasanthi Nilayam. Hailing Bhagawan as one without comparison, one without a substitute, they had songs on the sacred River Godavari, Forests and Sacred places, offering to Bhagawan talking of the Water Project, Depiction of their Villages, Glory of Puttaparthi etc. Invoking Him to Godavari, hailing Him as Lord Krishna, they sang that with His sacred touch, their villages would become Repalli and their forest would become a Brindavanam. The touch of devotion, power packed with innate feeling invoking the Lord to the tribal Kingdom was a moving scene that God would have accepted quite silently. They sang:

Lord Sai has come! Our Liberator has come! The Emperor of the world is before us; the entire Forest Kingdom is ebullient at the great good fortune; And all our lives is a prosperous Sankranthi…

It was an apt presentation in gratitude by the Bal Vikas Children and Youth. River Godavari would flow ebullient with greater anticipation and so would be the twin districts and the thousands of tribals who found their new found love in Prasanthi Nilayam and their real savior.


  Sunday, June 28, 2009

Sai Baba Photos

The villages of East and West Godavari districts have been witnessing a flurry of service activities by the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations, Andhra Pradesh. The dedicated batches of Seva Dals have been fanning out to inaccessible villages in the agency areas of Godavari districts. They are rendering service in the fields of education, medicine, agriculture, infrastructure and spirituality. The Seva Dals are helping the educated unemployed in finding employment, creating awareness in them to have good health and hygiene, ill-effects of smoking and drinking alcohol. The villagers are mightily pleased with the help they are receiving from the Organisation under the Sri Sathya Sai Village Integrated Programme (SSSVIP).

Nine hundred and forty Girijans (tribals) from these agency areas have come on a three-day pilgrimage to Prasanthi Nilayam, under the auspices of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations, Andhra Pradesh. This pilgrimage is an expression of their love for Bhagawan for providing pure drinking water in the upland areas of East and West Godavari districts and for the service they are receiving in the name of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

The programme commenced on the 27th evening, with Dr. Bhaskar Rao, a medical doctor by profession, a veteran long time devotee and an active functionary of the Organisation dilated at length on the SSSVIP programmes being implemented by the organisation in these districts. Making a mention of the services being rendered in the name of SSSVIP, Dr. Bhaskar Rao said, in the first phase of SSSVIP, out of 432 villages in the agency areas, Seva Dals are doing active Seva in 44 villages. Getting up as early at three in the morning, trekking long distances in the rough terrain to reach the villages at around 10 am, these sevadals do service activities in the villages throughout the day, in the form of Bal Vikas, imparting formal education, etc., finally ending up, getting back to their respective places at around 11 in the night. As a part of medicare, they arrange for specialist doctors to treat patients from the area; some of the incurable diseases of tribals are cured because of this specialised care. Lady Seva Dals are creating awareness in the tribals about personal hygiene and the importance of cleanliness both inside and outside the houses. The Seva Dals are also helping in the construction of temples and all major festivals are celebrated in the villages with grandeur. Quality vegetable seeds and pesticide sprayers are distributed to every household for developing kitchen gardens. They have constructed community halls, permanent houses; bus shelters and primary schools are revamped. Extension of Sri Sathya Sai Drinking Water pipelines to schools hostels and junior colleges is also done. Woollen blankets, saris, dhotis, shirts and trousers are distributed on different occasions. Sewing training centres are started in these villages and the tribal women are given training in these centres.

Briefing the eight point service activities done in the field of agriculture, education, employment care, spiritual needs, individual care, socio-care, infrastructural development and medicare, Dr. Bhaskar Rao, expressed gratitude to Bhagawan for the strength He has imparted on to the Seva Dals helping them to do relentless service. The tribals from the region have developed greater love and affection for Bhagawan and wanted to come to Prasanthi Nilayam to offer their gratitude in person; over 940 tribals have joined the Yatra and in gratitude and these tribals wanted Bhagawan to visit their ‘homeland’, the Godavari region, said Dr. Bhaskar Rao.

After Dr. Bhaskar Rao’s speech, the participating Seva Dals came in a rally offering their obeisance, paying Guard of Honour to Bhagawan carrying name plates of the villages they were rendering services. This was followed by an offering of forest products by the tribal group, at His Divine Lotus Feet.

What followed this was a vibrant performance by the tribals exhibiting the rich culture of the region. To start with drum beating youths gave a beautiful performance, Konda Reddla Dappu Vinyasam, an art featuring synchronization of their drum beats. The next was Koyadorala Kommu Nrithyam by the Koya tribals from the agency areas, dressing with bull horns, and locking horns with each other symbolically to the beat of drums. Garga dance was the next item, a dance usually performed by the villagers to appease the goddess of the village was performed in the presence of Bhagawan by balancing a small container on their heads. Deft performance of walking on two wooden poles; traditional Kolattam dance (dance done by striking one stick on another with other dancers) was performed with élan by these villagers.

Godavari, supposedly the second largest in India is a sacrosanct river wherein millions upon millions take refuge to shelve their sins by having a holy dip. To such a one which accumulates the sins of the world most selflessly, who will come to her rescue sanctifying her to flow as ebullient as ever? “Godavari Talli Goomugha Adigindi” was a beautiful dance song by girls, a prayer from River Godavari to Bhagawan to sanctify her by His Divine Touch!

Towards the end of the programme, as an interlude, the announcer described a wonderful experience of a group of Seva Dals, who while travelling in a bus were stopped by a constable. With trepidation, they followed the constable to the police station. The circle inspector in the station praised the Seva Dals for their noble service in inaccessible areas. He said, “Your Baba is really great.” The inspector further added that naxalism is eradicated from the Godavari districts because of “your Baba”. Their last item was Dhimsa dance by Bal Vikas children. This dance is performed continuously by the tribals from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. in their villages. As all the artistes converged in the performing arena, an announcement was made that they have no other thought than Swami and they were spending their lives chanting His name. Where there is yearning, there comes swift response from Bhagawan. Immensely pleased, Bhagawan went amidst them showering benediction and posing for a photo session, a life time opportunity for these hapless turned lucky souls.

An exhibition on the Sri Sathya Sai Village Integration Programme was held depicting over two hundred pictures of various activities coming under the scheme covering adopted 44 villages.

The organizers have aptly titled the Parthi Yaatra - Giridhari Sannidhiki Girijanula Parthi Yaatra. Yes, they have come on a pilgrimage to The Lord, and have been conquered by His Love!


Also read with photos :
Prasanthi this week - Posted on 28th June 2009
Oh! What a Joy!
prasanthi_this_week_june.htm#Oh! What a Joy!


  Saturday, June 27, 2009

The hill people from the Agency areas of the East and West Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh are at Prasanthi Nilayam on their Parthi Yatra. This evening, the Mandir was decorated with festoons and banners, and they presented a programme. Bhagavan came out from His residence by 3.50 pm, and after His darshan round sat onstage while the Vedam went on. At 4.30, He asked for the programme to begin, and many devotees came up to Him, getting many items blessed. After a short speech in Telugu by the leader of the group, there was a short rally by the members of the villages which were being served by the Seva Organisation. A series of traditional dances by the tribal folk followed. After the 75 minute programme, Swami went down from the stage and had group photographs with the participants. When He returned to the stage, bhajans by the devotees commenced and Prasadam was distributed. The students continued the bhajans as clothes were distributed to the participants. Swami accepted Arati at 6.15 pm and returned to His residence. Photos above



  Wednesday, June 24, 2009

This evening, Bhagavan came for darshan at 5.30 pm while the bhajans went on. After His round of the Sai Kulwant Hall, He came onstage and sat for a while. At six o'clock, He asked for some bhajans with alaps, and accepted Arati ten minutes later before returning to His residence. The School of Business Management is hosting a three day Management Workshop on 'Predictive Analytics' at the Prasanthi Nilayam campus of the University beginning tomorrow.



Saturday, June 20, 2009

AP youth distribution and songs....  The Governor of Rajasthan Sri Shilendra Kumar Singh is here for a couple of days. This evening, Sri Ashok Singhal of the VHP along with the Shankaracharya of Sri Ramachandrapura Math of Gokarna were here for Bhagavan's darshan. The second day of programmes by the Andhra youth consisted of distribution of material to the needy and group songs. Swami came for darshan at 4.30 pm, and when He came to the verandah after His darshan round, He blessed the group of Sai alumni working at the Barclays Bank who had won a prestigious award.

He then came onstage to begin the proceedings at five o'clock. After a short speech, the names of the more than 100 beneficiaries were called out, and the needy were presented with implements for livelihood like electrician kits, wet grinders, sewing machines, plumber kits, computer education and so on. The distribution was followed by group songs for more than 45 minutes. Swami sent clothes for the participants, and went down from the stage for group photographs after Arati at 6.15 pm before leaving for His residence in the car. More details  with pictures from 20th June below

Love in Action...Distribution of Implements, Musical Programme

June 20, 2009

“Prema Vahini” that was set in motion yesterday continued to flow, with much more vigour and devotional fervour. After an entertaining display imbued with the core essence of Bhagawan’s message of love and service, this evening the stage was set for a practical demonstration of His Divine Love.

Thirty seven gents and fifty ladies, all academically unqualified, from various districts of Andhra Pradesh were identified as beneficiaries of value addition in the form of implements that could help them to earn daily living. These implements included electrical kits, iron box, barbar kits, blacksmith kits, plumbing equipments, telephone coin boxes, two-wheeler mechanic tool kits, bicycles, sewing machines, flour grinding machines, computer, chalk-piece moulds, wet grinders and kalankari printers, etc. Kalamkari is an art form of hand printing or block printing normally done on cotton fabrics using only vegetable dyes or natural colours. Some of the youth were trained in this art form by a professional from chittoor, winner of Limca Book of world records. Apart from these implements, value additions were given in the form of certificates of sponsorship for call centre training, certificate of sponsorship for Polytechnic Course, Computer training at NAC on General works, supervision in construction industry, Basic computer training with additional accounts and tally package, spoken English and personality development etc.


As their names were called out these beneficiaries came forward one after one, received the implements from the organizers after paying obeisance at His Divine Lotus Feet, symbolically offering rose flowers. Sri Ramana Reddy, the state Youth in-charge in a brief talk introduced the service activities being undertaken by the youth in different parts of the state. Expressing gratitude, seeking Divine guidance, the youth leader reiterated the fraternity’s commitment towards social development carrying the baton of His Message to the masses.

The hapless, downtrodden, till now underprivileged get a shot in their arms, rejuvenating their lives leading them to a better tomorrow. Receiving implements in His Name, in His Divine Presence with His Blessings would definitely mark these lives with brighter and sunny days. Lives that have been overshadowed owing to lack of proper guidance, initiative and education get the much needed fillip, raising them with self-confidence, teaching them to play the game of life safe, sound and resolute. With Bhagawan’s ever watchful eyes constantly guiding and guarding them, one could definitely hope more and more of such initiatives enlivening the Divine ‘desire’ that was born out of His Sankalpa for a better world, for a peaceful world, for a world with Unity.

The grand finale was a with a bouquet of songs dedicated at His Divine Glory, Sri Sathya Sai Avatara Vaibhavam, titled Sathya Sai Sudha Lahiri. With a devotional surge outpouring in gratitude, The Youth sang in chorus, Oh! Lord of thousand moons, accept our thousand salutations; we will perform abhishekam at Thy Lotus Feet with our tears of joy on this happy occasion. In a series of songs, various themes, namely, the glory of Bharat, Lord Sai as love walking on two feet, the efficacy of His Divine Name, the beauty, serenity and sanctity of Sathya Sai’s Gokulam on the banks of River Chitravathi, Sai – The Lord of all Faiths, Sathya Sai – The Divine Mother, Bharat and National Integration and the greatness of the holy land were covered lifting the pitch of devotional fervour and ambience to exalted heights. “Vande Mataram, Sundara Bharatam”, “Nee Prema Vaibhavam Nayanotsavam” were some of the popular numbers that hit the right chord lifting the mood of devotees to greater devotional level livening up the twilight into heavenly heights bringing joy unto thousands of hearts.

Bhagawan urges us to take one step towards Him so that He could reciprocate with a hundred towards us. This Divine assurance is not a just maxim, but indeed a practical reality that has been tested and proven by devotees around the world. The beautiful valedictory evening turned out to be most enlivening in terms of His unbounded love for the Youth for their all out devotion and dedication. After the bouquet of songs dedicated at His Divine Glory, safari pieces and sarees were distributed to all the singers.

Subsequently, Bhagawan specially called for the three male singers, and with usual wave of His hand materialized not one, not two, but three identical emerald green rings for the singers. Two were given to two of the singers and the other one was presented to the composer cum director of the entire cultural presentation, Mr. M.S. Prakash Rao. Arathi was offered and most unexpectedly Bhagawan indicated that the gents and ladies, the youth, to sit on either side, in the first block, leaving a pathway in the middle allowing Him to move through them giving them a closer glance and a coveted snap with the Divine. And they literally seized upon the greater opportunity swooping unto Him like natural bees swooped unto exotic flowers. That made the moments in their life that they would remember as most cherished possession.

Simultaneously three day work-shop for the Youth was on from 18th onwards, wherein various speakers shared their experience and wisdom guiding the youth to help them mould into Ideal Sai Youth. Youth is not a mere term that spells the vibrant, energetic years in one’s life, but has a greater meaning wherein one necessarily understand his social responsibilities and work towards a better new world order, while individually transforming his own self.

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  Friday June 19, 2009 
"Prema Vahini", a Musical Dance Drama - Cultural Programme by Andhra Pradesh Youth
The year that has gone by witnessed a number of Youth Programmes by various states and even contingents from overseas. Sathya Sai Seva Organisations persistent effort to motivate the youth in India and overseas was with the vision to make every youth an Ideal Sai Youth, Messengers of Sai Love to help light the lamp of love in the heart of humanity, to help awaken the Divinity inherent in humankind and to bring the world together as one family under the Fatherhood of God. Picking the cue from the motivation received from the previous years, the surge seemed to be on as the youth from the state of Andhra Pradesh organized a three day pilgrimage to the valley of peace, bringing a maximum percentage of fresh faces, initiating them into the fraternity to become an Ideal Sai Youth and thus becoming worthy instruments in His Mission Divine.

More than 1,500 youth from the State of Andhra Pradesh, both men and women, all graduates were brought to Prasanthi Nilayam on a three-day pilgrimage starting from 18th June 2009, under the auspices of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations, Andhra Pradesh. Aptly titled “Prema Vahini”, a musical drama, was on the central theme of Bhagawan’s all conquering love for humanity. At the outset, the cast of the drama offered their obeisance to Bhagawan and a few lady youth members welcomed the Lord offering traditional Poornakumbham. The programme commenced with Bhagawan lighting the lamp on the dais.

It was during the year Sarvajith, Ugadi 2007 that Bhagawan had spoken of a new initiative, a project for village integration, by name, Sri Sathya Sai Village Integration Programme. Speaking on the greater importance of village integration, and the plight of the villages in India, Bhagawan had urged on the necessity for permanent solutions.

“Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organization should strive towards resolving long standing problems in villages. They should provide minimum necessities like education, medical services, and supply of basic amenities like water. The service activities conducted by the organization should aim towards eradicating problems from the root to provide permanent solutions to the village hence contributing to the progress of the nation”.

Picking the right notes from His message, the enthusiastic Youth from the state of Andhra Pradesh embarked on various service activities in the villages in line with His instructions and teachings.


The programme began with a declaration by the youth that, “Prema Vahini” was not a figment of imagination; rather it was based on real life incidents and the cast were real grama seva heroes who went into the depths of the problems of the villagers serving them with responsibility knowing well the burden, the accountability of the Badge of Sathya Sai Seva Organisations. The villages, especially Satropalam and Giripuram in Krishna district had been suffering from acute scarcity of drinking water, owing to the presence of saline content. A desalination plant, costing Rs. 15 lakh was commissioned by the state Sri Sathya Sai Organisations solving the misery of drinking water scarcity. Similarly, in some areas of Prakasam district where water fetching facility was not available, construction of water tanks was undertaken by the organization sending the ‘elixir divine’ to the poor hapless villagers. More than eighty houses were constructed, replacing the old model thatched huts with pucca RCC construction providing shelter to the needy. Schools were also constructed in some areas of the districts guiding the young wards to the world of knowledge. The presentation, a medley of different scenes, was weaved compiling the inspirational stories based on the above service activities, adding scenes from the villages, from the illustrious life of Young Sathya Sai disseminating the essential message of Bhagawan’s unbounded love for humanity and the need to practise His often quoted maxim, “Love all Serve all”.

The scene opens with three youth expressing their aspirations to Sarathi, an educated person of leading an affluent and extravagant life. Sarathi who leads a simple life in the village serving the villagers, with his lofty views, prevails upon the three youth to take to the path of service, claiming that Bhagawan has rendered yeoman and selfless service to humanity; one has to emulate Bhagawan in this respect.

In the next scene, little Sathya on hearing the cries of a poor man rushes to him with food. When His mother notices his soiled clothes and asks the reason for it, He tells her that He was helping the villagers by carrying water on His shoulders, suspending two pots on a wooden rod on both the ends. The mother seeing the fame of Little Sathya and hearing people say that He is God, gets worried as to whether He would leave Puttaparthi. Then Sathya promises his mother that he would never leave Puttaparthi.

The three youth resolve to do Grama Seva. Viswanatham, a pious person prays sincerely to Bhagawan for the well-being of the villagers. The villagers have to trudge 6 kms to get water and have to go far-off distances for schooling. They do not have access to good healthcare. Viswanatham has a noble vision to convert salty water into potable water. The scene ends with Viswanatham praying to Bhagawan for providing villagers with adequate amenities.

The drama was punctuated with songs and dances adding glitter to the presentation. In this scene, there is a talk of the desalination plant. Bhagawan is building houses for the cyclone devastated victims of Orissa; He sent relief material to the earthquake affected victims of Gujarat: He has provided drinking water to the city of Chennai. Somebody opines that a desalination plant would cost a lot and pat comes the reply from another that if there is a noble intention, there will be no shortage of financial resources.

The next scene depicts a Sai Youth helping a villager to carry drinking water. They even assure the villagers that they would help in providing drinking water right at their doorstep. The youth tell the villagers that Baba has sent them to construct permanent houses for them. The villagers express their doubt as to how they would bring construction material to this hilly terrain. By Bhagawan’s grace, desalination plant becomes operational and the villagers get drinking water right at their doorstep. The villagers shed tears of joy and ask the youth as to how they could repay the debt to Bhagawan for all His help. A youth tells them that they need to give up their evil qualities by chanting Sai Ram. That is enough gratitude for Bhagawan.

The cast got a coveted opportunity of being photographed with Bhagawn who chose to climb down the aisle blessing the participants. After the distribution of clothes and watches to the cast numbering over 100, prasadam was distributed to the devout congregation. The little girl who cast young Sathya won special accolade from Bhagawan blessing her with a bracelet. Adding a touch of His omnipresence, Bhagawan, before materializing the same told the little one that He would give her a bracelet as her father would be happy who had lost one. A long spell of bhajans by the Youth group followed until Arathi was offered at 7.15 p.m.
A long session, worthy to take note and emulate! Prasanthi continues to emit the spark of spirit of service to the mankind as is exemplified by Bhagawan through His illustrious life, that He lives as ‘His Life as His Message’!  Also read an eye witness account of Sai Darshan from 18& 19 June click here





Thursday, June 18, 2009

Last evening, the Union Power Minister Sri. Sushil Kumar Shinde was at Prasanthi Nilayam for an audience with Bhagavan. This evening, Sai Schools from Gujarat presented their programmes in Sai Kulwant Hall. Swami came for darshan just before five o'clock and came onstage to begin the proceedings after a full round of the Hall and blessing the new students of Class I of the Primary School. Beginning with a dance in praise of Lord Ganesha, the children presented a half-hour drama "Samasta Loka Sukhino Bhavantu" on the theme of Love and Peace for universal well-being. More Details with picture galley below

Cultural Programme by Children from Gujarat

"Ganesh Vandanam", a dance and "Samastha Lokaaha Sukhino Bhavanthu", a skit

"Ganesh Vandanam", a dance and "Samastha Lokaaha Sukhino Bhavanthu", a skit
June 18, 2009

With the fresh season in Prasanthi already had its maiden cultural programme last week in the form of a traditional folklore of Andhra Pradesh, Burra Katha, dedicated to the Pristine Mother, Easwaramma, this week had its stake, as the first group of Parthi Yatra, showed up from Gujarat.

A contingent of over hundred students was brought from the twin schools in Gujarat, Sri Sathya Sai Vidyaniketan, Navsari and from Sri Sathya Sai School, Surat and they put up a scintillating display of dissemination of the Voice of the Avatar of the age in the form of a dance drama, aptly titled “Samastha Lokaaha Sukhino Bhavanthu” followed by “Yoga for Liberation” a skit on the greater significance of Yoga in daily life.

The widely accepted universal mantra, “Lokah Samasthah Sukhino Bhavanthu” got a twist almost a year ago when Bhagawan advised the students to chant it with a wider universal appeal, modifying the same to “Samastha Lokaaha Sukhino Bhavanthu” and ever since, this has been the Universal Mantra for the Sai fraternity all over the globe.

Striking the right chord from the Divine enunciation, the tiny tots from the Sri Sathya Sai Vidyaniketan put up a display, aptly sending the message that a broader universal vision alone would bring peace on to human hearts which has become a rarity in these days.


Imagine Love and Peace in individual existence discussing the endangered status with reference to their survival in a world controlled by the men of odd passion living in this modern age. This was exactly the opening scene where the two ‘individualized’ entities discussing the plight of the modern world wherein people have forgotten the importance of basic values of human life. And aiming at finding a solution, an international conference was organized wherein experts from various faiths and professions have taken part airing their views. The folly came to the fore with every individual who has established in the society with excellence in their own area of expertise brought up individualized narrowed vision, failing to foresee the core issue plaguing the society. As the discussion got heated up, there came a mere school teacher donned in pristine white addressing the core issue that had been eluding the intellectual panel. His solution was so simple, an adage from Bhagawan, that tells to fill every individual heart with Love. Man instead of changing himself, is attempting to change the world and there lays the core issue resulting in eluding Love and Peace; man should understand the tenet that individual peace depends on the peace of the entire world; it is with the fore-vision and universal outlook alone that man can attain real peace.

Every tale has a moral and every moral has a source. The enigma that deluded the intellectual panel had its solution finally in the form of a mere school teacher whose knowledge in turn had its origin from his master and guru Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. The drama ended with the wise men’s panel, after solving the conundrum, submitting at the Divine Lotus Feet of Bhagawan taking a pledge to remain committed to be holders of Dharmasthaapana. These young wards from Sri Sathya Sai Vidyanikeiketan, Navsari indeed had the greater message for the evening that made one and all feel the much needed pulse for a universal vision.

"Yoga For Salvation", a skit
June 18, 2009

Bhagawan says body is the temple of God and one has to give due respect and care in maintaining this temple. Every individual dreams of living a long and healthy life and we have the wherewithal in the form of Maharishi’s Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga, as was propagated in the 7th century.

The evening’s final presentation had this unusual theme, the greater significance and intricacies of Yoga Sutra. It would be a dream happening, if Patanjali himself appeared teaching someone these greater intricacies, explaining in lucid details. This was the great good fortune of young Rohan who was initiated in to Yoga Sutra by the great sage in a dreamy sequence as per the directive of Bhagawan Himself.

Yoga for Salvation, a musical skit, was a power packed demonstration of various aasanas and pranayamas tagged with detailed explanations. Patanjali’s eight fold path of Ashtanga Yoga not only ensures a sound mind in a sound body but ensures liberation itself! Bhagawan says, “If there is any kind of strain on any part of the body, it will not be possible to receive divine energy”. The first four steps of Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga namely, Yama, Niyama, Asana and Pranayama relate to external Yoga, then come Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana and ultimately Samadhi, the state of supreme bliss having merged with the Divine.

This was an apt demonstration of bending and mending, demonstrating the most ancient and most efficient path for salvation, by a bunch of students from Sri Sathya Sai School of Surat, who practice Yoga and Meditation devoutly with meticulous attention and rigorous discipline. “Unity of Faiths” and the theme of National Integration were also demonstrated through various yogic postures allied with formations rightly sending the message of SAIYOG, the Yoga for the present age.

Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. When you fill your heart with Love, the Divine heart melts resulting in God manifestation in human form. Lighter moments of Bhagawan and with Bhagawan are something that everyone cherishes to posses. Be it a lighter moment or a serious advice, everything Bhagawan does have potential significance and is suffused with wisdom galore. Towards the end of the one hour long session, these tiny tots, the school children from Gujarat had the good fortune to witness their Beloved Swami beaming with joy reciprocating to their action. The first occasion was when the main character, Rahul, in tune with his mother’s claim that her just single prayer to Bhagawan was heard by Him granting her son initiation into Yoga Sutra, an ebullient Rahul, in all excitement prayed to Bhagawan that once he finished his schooling he should be granted admission into Swami’s college and Bhagawan broke into laughter, beaming with joy, raising his Abhayahastha as if showing a nod of approval. Yet another occasion when the participants laid a red carpet, strewn with rose petals, for Bhagawan to come down the aisle, for a coveted group session with them. After setting themselves to receive the Lord, most unexpectedly they called out with a unanimous appeal, “Swami, please come” and again he broke into laughter consenting to climb down the aisle. Both boys and girls were blessed with separate group photo sessions, and safari peaces and sarees respectively.

This was followed by a short stint of bhajans, first by the contingent followed by students from the university before arathi was offered to Bhagawan. Prasadam was distributed before Bhagawan retired to Yajur Mandiram. A wonderful evening that echoed the universal message “Samastha Lokaaha Sukhino Bhavanthu” exhorting one and all to expand their vision joining hands in His Mission Divine! Also read an eye witness account of Sai Darshan from 18& 19 June click here


  Monday, June 15, 2009


In the last three darshan sessions, Bhagavan has blessed three people with chains. On Sunday morning, He interacted for a while with the elders from the institutions at Muddenahalli and Alike, and blessed one of the gentlemen there with a chain. Later, that evening, just before accepting Arati, He called up a first-year student of the Brindavan campus who had earlier studied in the Music College here, and blessed him with a chain. And this evening, just before going to the interview room after sitting onstage for a while, Swami called up one of the students and after a short interaction, put a chain around his neck. It was 6 pm when Swami emerged from the interview room and came onstage to accept Arati.



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  Saturday, June 13, 2009 – Burrakatha by University students

It was a beautiful and special Saturday at Prasanthi Nilayam. On June 11, Swami had asked for three students to present the Burrakatha. However, He kept postponing the performance till it was finally fixed for June 13. Bhagavan has always encouraged traditional art forms and Burrakatha tops in this list. Kindly refer to our earlier update for a brief introduction to this unique mode of storytelling.

Every action of Swami has the undercurrents of profound wisdom and Love. The reasons why He does things are multi-dimensional for He achieves many objectives with a single action. Different people perceive different reasons and all of them are right if not comprehensive. One of the reasons of Swami postponing the Burrakatha recital became obvious with the arrival of the new students from the Brindavan campus of the university. Having been admitted freshly, they wanted to start their academic year with a darshan of Swami. And so, in His very loving and sweet self, Swami seemed to have planned for a programme when these students too are there in Prasanthi so that they too could participate in the joy and have a wonderful darshan too. The students from Brindavan had taken up their places in the Mandir. The Sai Kulwant Hall was quite full, it being the weekend. People come to His feet on “weakends” to get “strengthened” or recharge their spiritual batteries as Swami puts it!

It was past 4:40 p.m. when Swami arrived for darshan. He took a complete round and then moved into the interview room for a short while. Soon, He went into the Bhajan Hall where the three performers sat, costumed and ready for His command to begin their performance.

An interesting fact is to be mentioned here. One of the trio has been blessed by Swami to pursue higher studies in medicine. This boy has finished his Masters in Bio-Sciences and is determined to serve Swami in His hospitals, and Bhagavan has been his pillar of support, in the face of many trials, financial or administrative. In fact, Swami is sponsoring the entire medical education of this student and though he is already 22 years old, he is determined and steadfast in his objectives and the Lord has blessed him. Swami lovingly enquired about whether all the admission procedures had been completed.
The rajakiya (poilitical analyst) of
the Burra Katha trio

The boy told Swami with gratitude that he was the eldest in the class and that the management had stated their great expectations of him. Swami advised him to be sincere and good. That is all God asks for always - sincerity and goodness - and He does everything else giving the credit to us! Swami blessed them to do well in the Burrakatha. The warden too was present there and he requested Swami to visit the hostel once before he retires from wardenship on July 1. Swami nodded His head in consideration.

Mr. Narasimha Murthy makes the announcement
Blessings before the performance

At about 5:15 p.m, Swami arrived on the stage and asked for the warden of the Brindavan campus to introduce the programme. The three students, Prabhakar, Aravind Sai and Raghuram, were introduced and so was the art form. The trio arrived and offering their salutations to Swami, took their positions. The theme for the day’s performance was the same as the one on Easwaramma Day, that is , on Mother Easwaramma (Please read the previous update).

What soulful rendering!

The Burrakatha began with a prayer to Lord Ganesha. After that, the narrators were garlanded in the manner that tradition demands. Then, it was the Sai Bhagawatham! However much one may attempt to tell the story of Mother Easwaramma or Subbamma, one ends up narrating the story of dear Swami, for, it is Swami who makes lives fruitful and wholesome. The story of the divine Mother and Subbamma is very inspiring as they were so closely associated with God. The three artists narrated how the mothers were privileged to witness the divinity of little Sathya.

A sublime flow of the Sai saga...
They are garlanded as per tradition

Hailing victory to Mother Easwaramma, the students gave a brief chronology of events in her life. She was born in the year 1890 to Sri Subba Raju. When she was only five years old, the family migrated to Puttaparthi.  Her name now finds a place in the list of illustrious mothers of Avatars – Kausalya gave birth to Sri Rama, Devaki to Sri Krishna and Devagiriamma to Shirdi Sai. Swami was born in the Ratnakara Vamsa (clan) to Pedda Venkama Raju and Easwaramma. Swami was so full of nostalgia and emotion, it seemed.

When one sees Swami's reaction to the narratives about His mother, one wonders at the joy that the Mother would be feeling to be remembered so by the Lord. There have been many avatars but no avatar has been recorded to have been so emotionally bonded to the Mother. Of course, He is beyond emotions and it is merely a pointer and a lesson to the whole humanity about the respect and position that has to be accorded to one's parents.

The three of them narrated about the birth and infancy of Swami. When they hushed the whole audience into silence to sing the lullaby song to put the "baby Swami" to sleep, it was such a fulfilling and love-filling experience. It is said that the baby, at birth, is an exactness of God till the parents humanise it with their upbringing! Imagining the divine baby, infant Sathya, and hearing the lullaby was a very special experience indeed.


Further, they described in a beautiful verse, how Sathya, the baby, was! For those who understood Telugu, it was so elevating and enthralling, for Swami matched that description even the present day, after 83 human years! This was another insight as to why God is called timeless and ageless. Continuing their narration, the students said, it was Subbamma, the first wife of Mr. Narayana Rao, who named Swami as Sathyanarayana Raju. One day when Subbamma wanted to feed pakodas to Swami, she saw all the fourteen worlds in His mouth as Yashoda saw in Lord Krishna’s mouth in the Dwapara Yuga. Karanam Subbamma experienced great joy in serving food to the devotees of Swami.

Referring to the three wishes of Mother Easwaramma, the students said the present Sri Sathya Sai University, Super Speciality Hospitals and Sri Sathya Sai Drinking Water Project bore fruit due to the humble wishes of Mother Easwaramma. In those days, Bhagavan used to do Narayana Seva to the villagers of surrounding villages while Mother Easwaramma distributed clothes.

On May 6, in 1972, when the Summer Course was in progress in Brindavan, Bangalore, Mother Easwaramma left her mortal coil.

She called out, “Swami, Swami …” And Bhagavan responded immediately. He came to her, and she breathed her last. When this episode was being narrated, Swami was very emotional.

Looking at Him, it was so difficult to say whether Easwaramma had mothered Him or He had mothered Easwaramma, for in the glistening teardrop at the edge of His eye, one could see the reverence of a Son and the selflessness of a mother, both at the same time.
It was a nearly one hour performance

Mention here must be made of the wonderful work done by the accompanying artists on the harmonium, keyboard and the mridangam. They built up the entire mood and the twain between the east and west was met with the wonderful chords on the keyboard blending 'harmoniously' with the 'key' notes of the harmonium!
The Burrakatha artists concluded with a prayer that though 37 years have passed, Mother Easwaramma is still ever fresh in everyone’s minds. "Oh Mother! Please return to earth again to see the wonderful transformation that has affected Puttaparthi.  Your sojourn here has blessed us with unimaginable bounty."

It is often said that service is more of an attitude rather than an action. It was indeed a noble act of great service that these three boys did. They filled thousands of people with joy and Love for the divine. Their song acted as a balm for stricken hearts and panacea for the pained minds.

The vibrations were so holy, pure and joyous that everyone benefitted from the glory of the Divine story. It was a physical expression of the prayer, "Samastha Loka Sukhino bhavanthu" as the trio did their bit to bring happiness and Love to humanity through their soulful rendering.

The Lord is absolutely engrossed

As they completed their act, Swami went to the interview room and brought white safari pieces to gift to each of them. Swami blessed them and said that He was very happy. They told Swami that the accompanying artists had also worked very hard. Swami said that He knew and He called them and blessed them too with the same. Swami asked them whether they had written the scripts themselves. They said that their teacher had done so and he was currently working on a script about the Ramayana. Swami promised to guide him on that script. Then, when Swami asked as to what he wanted, the lead singer, Prabhakar prayed, "Swami grant Sadbuddhi (good intellect) to everyone here especially the students." Such a noble prayer! Swami nodded and said that His Grace was always there. He asked him to sing an encore of a part of the Burrakatha. The singer moved down and sang out the verse describing the beauty of the divine babe Sai. Everyone thundered in their joyous applause.

Gifts from Swami for gifting all melodious music
The hasyam, comedian, is so grateful

Again Swami told the three of them to sing in unison and so they did. The applause was even greater this time. Swami told them that their voices gelled very well with each other. He granted them group photos. They prayed that they should get more such opportunities to make Him happy and Swami promised them that He would surely grant them.

A moment to be cherished forever
They spent several precious minutes with Him

Swami then asked for a bhajan to be sung. "Hari Om Namah Shivaya" filled the air as everyone enthusiastically joined in the singing. After that He asked for aarthi. Swami had only words of praises for the trio as He received aarthi and was leaving. He blessed the card that the deputy warden of the Brindavan campus showed Him. He looked surprised that there was no prasadam to be distributed! But He only gave a sweet smile and blessing everyone, retired for the day at 6:40 p.m.



  Wednesday, June 10, 2009

"Everyday is a festival in Prashanti Nilayam," said someone during the peak of the 'programme season' when as many as 15 programmes were put up in a single month. That statement held good even during the first tens days of June, in spite of there being no single programme put up in the Mandir; the days were special in their own inimitable way. There weren't any festoons, backdrops, costumes and the other paraphernalia, which are usually associated with festivals. But the festivities came in the guise of more than 5000 people, who had gathered with devotion and Love for God to sing His praises. It indeed was festival time as that's what had been happening at the Prasanthi Nilayam everyday since the beginning of the new academic year. Here is the description of one typical day of the past one week.On June 10, 2009, Swami arrived just as the first bhajan had begun. The ladies' side and the gents' side were both almost full. It is so interesting the way people think and arrive at Puttaparthi. During the major festivals and the pilgrimage visits by devotees from the many Indian states and countries, the hall becomes full because of the sheer number of devotees that arrive. And during the "non-peak" days, news quickly travels that the Mandir is sparsely crowded and immediately devotees pour in to increase their probability of getting a close darshan. The net result - Prashanthi Nilayam is filled with devotees always!

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"Love All Serve All..."

Swami moved through the ladies side accepting letters and talking to a few of them. Moving into the students' section, He faced a multitude of letters. A gentle smile seemed to come over His face. (An onlooker might even wonder as to what the students write in their letters to Him daily! But He knows every heart, and responds accordingly too!) There have been occasions when Swami has come for darshan before all the students had arrived from their places of study. On such days, the few who had arrived, rush to the rear side of the portico with their letters. Once, Swami passes that way, they move back to the front and (again) have another letter to offer to Him! One day Swami also indicated to a student and, to the merry laughter of those around, said, "You were sitting yonder. Now you have come here. You will return after I pass! Correct?" The boy sheepishly nodded a yes.Swami collected a few letters and asked the people walking behind His chair to collect some more on His behalf. The same continued into the gents' side too. After the darshan round, Swami moved on to the stage and sat for the bhajans. As always, the bhajans gain in volume and enthusiasm with Him around. Swami looked at all the people who had assembled and granted His attention to different sections of the hall during different phases of the bhajans. Almost everyone had that cherished feeling, "He saw me and I am blessed." Sometimes, during the bhajans, people rise and leave - they either have a bus to catch, a duty/call to attend or any of the many reasons. Swami watches them leave with the same look as He watches those sitting and singing. The feeling of God being the Eternal Witness envelopes one during such moments and a silent joy surges in their beings. That feeling may culminate in a gentle smile on the Divine lips or at times with a stern look from Him and at other times with Swami going into a trance. Silently, He moulds, charges, transforms, guides, assures or commands but all the while a mass communion is on.

Swami sat for about an hour for bhajans that day. In between, it was sought from Him as to whether prasadam could be distributed. Swami told them to hold back till the aarthi. The students from the new M. Tech batch held a card for Him to see and a cake for Him to cut. Swami saw them and told them to wait. At the end of the bhajans, Swami also chanted the universal peace prayer, "Samastha Lokaha Sukhino Bhavanthu". Then, He blessed the mangoes to be distributed to all and retired for the day.


  Friday, June 5, 2009

Special Darshan, Prasadam and Message

"The Avatar's Life is His message", is an oft-repeated quote. It is mentioned in speeches, seminars and conferences held in the Divine Presence, both physical and meta-physical (as in those conducted elsewhere than in Puttaparthi). But more than that, it is a common scene at Puttaparthi to see Swami in action, living this very ideal. These are occasions for all to observe and imbibe. June 5 happened to be one such day.

Yet another display of Divine Leela begins..

It began in the "usual" fashion. Swami arrived for darshan at about 4:30 p.m. The Primary School students had also come though it was a Friday, because the previous day, when Swami visited the Institute auditorium, they did not have the opportunity for darshan. The stage seemed to be set for Swami's lesson. He went on a complete round in the Sai Kulwant Hall. However, on this day He seemed to be in no mood to accept letters. He was telling everyone to keep their envelopes with themselves. He just went around blessing everyone with darshan. Moving to the stage, He sat listening to Veda chanting.

He called one of the students and enquired about one boy from the Brindavan campus of the University. It deems fit to mention here about a fact that is not widely known, much like most of the things that Swami does, the silent worker that He is. Some of the students who have either completed their 12th grade or their under graduation in Bio-Sciences expressed to Swami their desire to study medicine and serve in His hospitals. Bhagavan encouraged them and paid their medical course fees and even got them admitted into esteemed colleges! This "student enquiry" was in this regard.

The conversation between the student and Swami went on, even as two more boys also joined in.

Student: Swami, the discourse yesterday was so nice. Thank you.

Swami: Did all the boys like it?

Student: Yes Swami. It is all your Grace. And you blessed our hostel too. All of us are so grateful.

Swami patted the folded palms of the students and granting them namaskar, told them to sit in their places and then moved into the interview room.

Bhagavan, the Silent Witness
Loving interactions...

The bhajans began at 5:00 p.m. During the bhajans, Swami arrived on stage again. On this day, the bhajans had a new accompaniment - the gush of the pouring rains on the roof! The downpour was so sudden and loud that it seemed to drown the bhajans in volume! Soon, mangoes and sweets - the prasadam for the day - were brought for blessings and Swami blessed them to be distributed. The distribution began and everything was going on as usual when Swami noticed devotees standing in the rain beyond the main gate of the hall where the statues of Lord Rama, Lakshmana and Mother Sita have been installed.

The Sweet Lord consecrating the sweets
Swami blesses the mango prasadam

He told the students by His side that those devotees must be brought in and given prasadam. "They will catch a cold in the rain", He said. As per His command, the gates were opened and the devotees were let in. Swami, however, was not happy, it seemed. He said that there were still devotees getting wet and not all had received prasadam. Then began a flurry of journeys to the gate by various staff and students and all came back with answers with varying degree of convictions confirming that all devotees were in the shelter of the hall and all had received prasadam. Swami was insistent and persistent that all had not received mangoes.

Then Swami said, "There are ladies who did not receive mangoes." This was a revelation. When investigated, it was found that indeed there were a group of ladies just outside the hall in the shelter of a neem tree who had not received prasadam. It was only after the ladies were brought in and seated, and given mangoes, that Swami seemed a little satisfied. "See, now they are getting the women. And you said that all had received!" He then made a brief trip to the interview room and returned, again persisted, "All have not received!"

"There are ladies who did not receive mangoes" - Swami

What followed next was an eye opener for all. A brief history has to be mentioned here. Like the gopikas of the Dwapara age, there are a couple of ladies staying at Puttaparthi who have Swami alone as their everything. Everyday, without fail, from early morning till late evening, they stand watching Swami's residence and Swami whenever He is visible. They run behind His car wherever He goes and that too the entire distance almost, putting to shame many of the athletic men! They keep chanting His name and it is so obvious that His form pervades all their thoughts and their being. In fact, on one occasion, Swami had stopped His car, lowered the windows and gifted them sarees as tokens of His love and Grace. And on this day, it seemed as if one of them seated there, had not received prasadam. As the Aarthi was complete, Swami said, "I will go there!"

The rains had abated, but He still continues
to pour His Love
For the longing devotees, what a shower of unexpected grace!

Thus it was that for the sake of one devotee, the Lord moved all the way to the main entrance. He personally ensured that all, including the 'gopikas', had received prasadam. The rains had abated by now but He was continuing to pour His Love. Hundreds of devotees thronged the gates with shouts of "Sathya Sai Baba Ki Jai." Swami advised everyone there from the distribution boys to the security people on how the devotees must be properly served. Pointing towards the people, He told a student, "See, they are not satisfied." The student replied, "Swami we gave all of them mangoes." Swami immediately retorted, "You and your mangoes! They have come for Swami, not mangoes. They want more of Him." An eye opener again! When we are physically close to the Lord, let us always remember the millions who would do anything to get that proximity at that time.

All souls were drenched in Divine ecstasy!

Swami then moved back towards the hall. He took a detour and instead of using the car, returned to His residence in the chair itself.


  Thursday, June 4, 2009

click here to see the photos of Bhagawan's visit to the Sri Sathya Sai University- June 4, 2009


Yesterday, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Principal of the campus and other teachers prayed to Bhagawan to bless the students and staff by coming to the college auditorium and addressing them, and Bhagawan had indicated that He would come. The students were busy preparing for the visit in the auditorium today when suddenly Swami arrived there at noon! He told them He'd come to see the arrangements, and that He would return at four o'clock. Accordingly, all were ready at the auditorium in the evening, and Bhagawan came there from Sai Kulwant Hall at 4.15 pm. A couple of books by the faculty were blessed by Bhagawan, and there were talks by the Vice-Chancellor and an MBA student. Swami then commenced His Divine Discourse at 4.55 pm, relayed live to the other two campuses of the University by web-conference video link.

Swami stressed on the need for students to realize that each and every living creature is the embodiment of God, and behave accordingly to Help Ever and Hurt Never, Loving All and Serving All. Students should not just close their eyes and think they are concentrating - they should help the society. After His 45 minute Discourse, He sang 'Hari Bhajan Bina' and immediately left for the Senior Students' Hostel. There, He went into the dining Hall, and acceded to the prayers of the teachers there to bless the new room built for Swami. Moving through the entire complex, Swami moved back to the dining hall seeing the Ranganatha installed nearby on the way and blessing the students there. From the Hostel, He moved in the car to Sai Kulwant Hall where the bhajans were going on. Sitting onstage for a couple of bhajans while prasadam was distributed, Swami accepted Arati and returned to His residence around 6.30 pm.


  Monday, June 1, 2009

This evening, Bhagawan came to Sai Kulwant Hall in the car at 3.50 pm, and directly moved out through the main gate for a drive. Five minutes later, the Chief Minister of Karnataka Sri. B. S.Sai Baba and Chief Minister of Karnataka Sri. B. S. Yeddyurappa Yeddyurappa accompanied by a few of his ministry colleagues arrived at the Mandir. Swami returned after fifteen minutes and granted an audience to the distinguished visitors, and they left before five o'clock. At around 5.15 pm, Swami came onstage while the bhajans went on, and accepted Arati after prasadam distribution around twenty minutes later.



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