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"The week in the run up to the birthday celebrations has been busy as Prasanthi is gearing to match herself with the tempo of the ensuing grand occasion. One could see scores of sevadal volunteers engaged in sprucing up the Poornachandra facing the Divine Abode, an action that would be replicated in every inch of Prasanthi in the run up to the festive occasion. As if showing up for a trial run, neon bulbs were already glittering atop the Divine Abode heralding the imminence of the birthday celebration. …And at the other end, the famous Italian group is seen in action shaping up the Birthday Cake...
Posted at 18:01:00 Hrs. IST on 11 Nov 2009
Prasanthi Nilayam and Dharmakshetra, twin abodes, woke up to Monday, 2nd November morning with completely contradictory feelings. While Prasanthi Nilayam was in her exuberant best humming tunes to welcome her beloved back, back in Mumbai, Dharmakshetra was experiencing a mixed feeling, rhyming a slow parting tune, reminiscent of a heart that embraced her beloved with all her pristine love, often going nostalgic at her past many an experience of parting her beloved.
Yes, The Lord was returning…and the day at Dharmakshetra began in a somber mode at the very thought of bidding farewell to her Beloved, only to regain her charm embracing the subtlety of the parting feeling which is a reunion at another level.
After two days of hectic schedule busying Bhagawan like any other mumbaikar, the day of departure had no fixed official schedules. After having an interactive session with a group of old students of Sri Sathya Sai University at the Sathya Deep complex, Bhagawan came down to the Jalan Mandap for the parting darshan for the thousands gathered to see the Lord in physical once again in the blessed Dharmakshetra premises.
The parting moment arrived at 2:45 p.m. when His car glided past the holy precincts of Dharmakshetra, escorted by a fleet of over fifteen cars heading to Chatrapathi Shivaji International Terminus. Farewell is a word, so simple and so dour…but the feeling it induces tells how much you loved Him…and the silence that hung in the air and the deserted look Dharmakshetra wore upon His departure said it all.
PRASANTHI THIS WEEK - Ending 1st Nov 2009
The week that went past clearly belonged to
Maharashtra, precisely to Pune and Mumbai as it was the Puneites and Mumbaikars who
were privileged to bask in His Divine All Conquering Love, when Bhagawan embarked on
a week-long visit to the twin cities.
28th October was Pune’s scheduled date with Divinity and the city was blushing like a bride in eager anticipation of her Lord’s imminent presence. Taking off at 8:30 a.m. in a chartered Jet Airliner, with an entourage comprising
fifty members, that included students, senior devotees and ‘family’ members, Bhagawan’s Air Chariot touched down the Pune Airport Bhagawan’s Air Chariot touched down the Pune Airport at 9:40 a.m. for a grand reception led by the Chief Minister of Maharashtra Sri Ashok Chavan and former Union Home Minister Sri Shivaraj Patil.
Summing up the first half of Bhagawan’s week-long visit to Pune and Mumbai someone reflected it as “HIS CELEBRATION OF JADHAV’S LOVE…”. True to the saying "God’s Delays are Not God’s Denials", fulfilling the long cherished desire coupled with fervent prayers of the Jadhavs and the Puneites, Divinity encased in human frame, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba blessed the Peshwa City with abundance, with abundance of His Love, all by His gracious presence for three full days! Thousands upon thousands thronged to have a glimpse of The Lord in physical. It was indeed the fructification of the Jadhavs’ unparalleled devotion and surrender to Bhagawan. …And the blessed village Hadshi in Pune is now blessed with a Divine Abode, Sri Sathya Sai Panduranga Kshetra!
It was celebration galore for the next three days with Bhagawan visiting the house of His host twice, attending cultural programmes, sanctifying the triune temple and delivering an electrifying Divine Discourse besides officiating the Poornahuthi of the Yajna that had been going on, on the sidelines of His Divine Visit. Now, Sri Sathya Sai Panduranga Kshetra stands majestic, blissfully radiating a pristine aura, induced by the gracious presence of her Lord!
Enlightening Divine Discourse
faults rather than pointing fingers at others. He also spoke about the oneness of all beings and also stressed that our life has to be His message. Concluding the Discourse Bhagawan said: “…If anybody does good, follow it. This is the message of Baba to everyone today. The whole world should be happy. Let all the beings be happy”. The Divine Discourse was translated into English and Maratti simultaneously. The Divine Discourse was preceded by three speeches by Mr. Jadhav, the Divine host at Hadshi, Mr. V.Srinivasan, All India President of SSSSO followed by Sri Nishikant Barodekar, faculty, Sri Sathya Sai Mirpuri College of Music.
Here is a tag to the above Divine remark. Interestingly, a day prior to Bhagawan's Discourse, a snake was spotted close to the music and lights equipment. The men feared it would get into their equipment so they contemplated killing it. However, two lady devotees stopped them, and instead caught the scared snake in some cushion covers, and handed it to another lady devotee who offered to release it.
The lady devotees cautioned small crowd that had gathered around the snake that Bhagawan would never like anyone killing it.
And there came His Divine Discourse and an “off-the-cuff” remark about compassion for living beings... He gave His speech and spoke about snakes and scorpions! It is coincidental for the ordinary, but indeed ‘Saicidental’ for the Beloved Almighty Omnipresent Lord!
(Incidentally, Sri Sathya Sai Panduranga Kshetra is teeming with snake holes, but there was not even a single case of a snake bite reported. It was as though the snake(s) were charmed by the Lord and were content with His blissful darshan...)
…And Bhagawan left the Panduranga Kshetra at around 10.45 a.m. with villagers lined up in a disciplined manner giving The Lord a “Guard of Honour “along the entrance and road leading towards Lonavala. One could see the winding
procession, the Divine Caravan comprising of motorbikes, two cars with security guards, Bhagawan’s car and a string of 20 cars following. A parting Blessing from The Lord, an Abhayahastha and the convoy sped on, towards an eagerly awaiting Mumbai and His Divine Abode atop the hills in Andheri East, Dharmakshetra
Over to Mumbai
Mumbai witnessed three public programmes , first one at the NSE grounds, Goregaon wherein singer of repute, Sonu Nigam enthralled the Divine with his melodious rendering; the second programme was at Jamboori Maidan, Worli followed by the final programme at Brabourne Stadium, Churchgate wherein the grateful students of Sri Sathya Sai University transported one and all to heavenly heights with their enrapturing devotional numbers.
Banking on Baba
Following up with the high profile conference on “Ethics and World of Finance” held in Prasanthi Nilayam in August, top shots from the industry converged yet again in the Dharmakshetra complex Banking on His Blessings. Some of the prominent names attended the function were Former ICICI Bank Chairman, KV Kamath, the Chairman and MD of the Union Bank of India, MV Nair, Kotak Bank’s Vice-Chairman and MD, Uday Kotak, Gunit Chadha, the head of Deutsche Bank’s India operations, PMS Prasad, a director on the board of Reliance Industries (RIL), India’s largest private sector company, and Meera Sanyal, CEO, RBS/ABN Amro Bank and an independent candidate from the South Mumbai parliamentary constituency and Bodhisatva Ganguly, Dy. Chief Editor of nation’s premier financial daily, The Economic Times.
The Chief Minister’s residence had a huge chunk of VVIP devotees that included former Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil, senior NCP leader Praful Patel, Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee chief Manikrao Thakre, Mumbai Congress unit president Kripa Shankar Singh, State Legislative Council chairman Shivajirao Deshmukh, industrialist Ashok Hinduja and leading builder Niranjan Hiranandani. The outgoing Home Minister Jayant Patil also played host to Bhagawan. Bollywood actress Rani Mukherjee and Cricketing Legend Sunil Gavaskar were also present during the occasion offering salutations to Bhagawan.
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In the meantime even during Bhagawan’s physical absence, Prasanthi was full of life with fairly good crowd staying back inducing ‘life’ in Ashram …and the last couple of days become vibrant with the return of University and school students after a ten day long winter vacation. With the Akhanda Bhajan scheduled for next week followed by ensuing 84th Birthday celebrations, students from the Brindavan campus also returned to Prasanthi Nilayam wherein they would be having regular classes for the first half of November.
Yes, the week ended leaving Bhagawan in Mumbai…and Prasanthi was bustling with enthusiasm at the imminence of her Beloved’s return, due for the first day of the following week.
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