Recent Events At Prashanti Nilayam – Sathya Sai Baba Ashram – July 2009

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba


Recent Events At Prashanti Nilayam – Sathya Sai Baba Ashram – July 2009

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Friday, July 31, 2009
Today, the Varalakshmi vratam was celebrated at Prasanthi Nilayam. The Mandir was decorated with flowers and an icon of Mahalaksmi adorned the centre of the stage. Bhagavan emerged from His residence after the 8 to 9 Vedam chanting at 9.45 am, moving straight to the stage on His chair. The ladies doing the pooja, more than 1500 in number, were seated in the front of the entire extent of the hall. The worship by the priest onstage began at ten o’clock and continued for 45 minutes, concluding with the traditional recital of the story of the origin of this celebration. Swami then went around the hall in His chair for ten minutes before returning onstage. He accepted Arati at 11 o’clock and prasadam was distributed. As Swami left for His residence, Prof. Anil Kumar announced that food had been arranged for all the participants in the canteen and that there would be a music concert this evening.

Sathya Sai Baba came for evening darshan at 4.30 pm. Once He finished His darshan round, He asked the artistes for the music programme to be shifted to the stage. Once they were ready, He came onstage and began their performance at 4.45 pm. After 70 minutes of soul-stirring songs by Smt. Anuradha Sriram, Sathya Sai Bab called her up and blessed her with a chain. He gave clothes to all the members of the troupe and had a group photo with them. Bhajans by the students then began at 6 pm. After twenty minutes of bhajans including some with alaps, Swami accepted Arati and retired for the day.

Thursday, July 30, 2009
This morning, Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba went for a drive a few minutes after nine o’clock and returned to the Mandir after around half an hour. In the evening, the centre of Sai Kulwant Hall had a backdrop with the United States portrayed – devotees from the USA were to present a programme. Swami completed His darshan round and came onstage at 5.10 pm. After ten minutes of getting items blessed, the play by the devotees began. They presented the varied spiritual traditions of the “United Sai America” as being discovered by Sage Narada sent by the Lord to the US. At the fag end of the play, Swami called up “Narada” and blessed him with a chain. After the drama, Arati was offered and prasadam was distributed. Then Swami acceded to the prayers of the devotees and allowed them to sing some bhajans. He went into the interview room and emerged with clothes for the performers. At 6.30 pm, He accepted Arati again and returned to His residence.

Monday, July 27, 2009 Full Story With Images »
This evening, the devotees from Ranga Reddy district had arranged items to be distributed to the needy in the centre of Sai Kulwant hall. After Swami’s darshan round, He came onstage and began their programme a few minutes past five o’clock. After getting blessings from Bhagavan, items like sewing machines, plumber kits and so on were distributed to deserving folk from their district. The ten-minute distribution was followed by a music programme with Telugu songs for nearly an hour. Swami sent clothes for the singers and also blessed two of the elders with rings after the programme. He went down among them for group photographs too. After Arati and prasadam distribution, Swami returned to His residence at 6.30 pm.

Sunday, July 26, 2009 Full Story With Images »
This evening, the devotees from Ranga Reddy district of Andhra Pradesh presented a drama. Bhagavan came for darshan at 5.10 pm, and after His darshan round, came onstage. Some of the organisers came up to Him for blessings and the drama got underway after half-past five. The Radha-Krishna drama which Swami had prepared to be acted by His students for His 60th birthday in 1985, writing the dialogs and the lyrics Himself, was recreated by the Balvikas children. After the 45 minute drama, Swami went into the interview room and emerged in a few minutes with clothes. He went down from the stage to give the clothes to the children, sitting amidst them for photographs and interacting with them for more than half an hour. After He came onstage at 7 o’clock, He blessed one of the elders of the group with a chain before accepting Arati and returning to His residence while prasadam was distributed.

Saturday, July 25, 2009 Full Story With Images »
As indicated on July 20th, Vedam chanting has been going on in Sai Kulwant hall before the bhajan sessions. Thursday was the 14th anniversary of the Higher Seconday School boys’ hostel, and Swami blessed the toffees brought by some of the boys during evening darshan. Last evening, Swami spoke to one of the lead singers after Arati, and this morning onwards the post-Arati ‘Samasta Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu’ chant was reinstated. Devotees from the US were ready to present a skit and bhajans this evening. The daily Vedam chant went on from 4 to 5 pm, and Swami came for darshan at 5.20 pm. After His darshan round, He came onstage briefly and then moved to the interview room. After some interviews, He emerged at 7.35 pm to come onstage and begin the programme. The children presented a 10 minute skit on Abraham Lincoln, following which the devotees sang bhajans for half an hour before Swami accepted Arati. After Arati, Swami went down from the stage for photographs with the group before returning to His residence in the car at 8.30 pm.

Monday, July 20, 2009 Full Story With Images »
Yesterday, Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba had a twenty minute darshan round, spending a few minutes with His students currently working at the Super Speciality Hospital at Bangalore, and later with some Primary School students. This evening, He came for darshan a few minutes before five o’clock in the special white chair. The Chief Minister of Maharashtra was also part of the congregation in Sai Kulwant hall. The evening bhajans began as Swami completed His darshan round and Swami sat onstage, making a brief round of the verandah. At 5.40, He asked for the microphones to be brought, and asked Prof Anil Kumar to speak. Following his twenty minute impromptu talk, the former Vice-Chancellor Sri. S. V. Giri was asked to speak. Then Bhagavan began His Divine Discourse at 6.20 pm. In His fifty-minute Discourse, Swami touched upon the Upanishadic truth of the Unity of all creation. Following the Discourse, the students sang a bhajan while prasadam was distributed, and Arati was offered. At the end, while ‘Samasta Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu’ was being chanted, Swami called up the lead singer and asked him to chant ‘Samasta Jeevah Sukhino Bhavantu’ – he chanted this thrice and the session concluded at 7.20 pm. with Bhagavan returning to His residence in the car. Later in the evening, Swami sent word that tomorrow onwards, Vedam should be chanted in the Sai Kulwant Hall from 8 am to 9 am and from 4 pm to 5 pm before the bhajan sessions.

Saturday, July 18, 2009
Bhagavan went for a drive at 11.40 this morning, returning to His residence after noon. In the evening, the devotees from Medak district presented a drama ‘Devudu Unnadu’. After His darshan round when Swami came onstage, some of the devotees came up to Him for blessings and the drama got underway at 5.30 pm. The forty-five minute Telugu play showed the transformation of two youths to theists with many quotes and poems from Swami. After the drama, Swami went inside the interview room for five minutes and emerged with clothes for the participants. He went down from the stage and moved among the children while bhajans went on, and took group photographs with them. He blessed one of them with a chain, and gave them the clothes Himself. After nearly half an hour of interaction, once He came onstage, He accepted Arati at seven o’clock. He interacted some more with the devotees before returning to His residence ten minutes later.

Friday, July 17, 2009 Full Story With Images »
This evening, the centre of Sai Kulwant Hall was filled with items for distribution. Devotees from Medak district of Andhra Pradesh are here in strength in their Parthi Yatra. Bhagavan arrived at a quarter-past five and after His darshan round, came onstage. Children dressed to represent the various faiths came up to Swami for blessings. After some more devotees came up and got various items blessed, the distribution programme for the evening got underway. The recipients’ names were called out and they came up with flowers to offer to Bhagavan. Sewing machines, kits for various trades, bicycles, push-carts and so on were presented to more than eighty people. A music programme based on the nine paths of devotion followed the distribution ceremony. Swami called up one of the children at 6.30 pm and blessed him with a chain while a song on ‘God as friend’ was being sung. As the music programme concluded, Swami sent them clothes and prasadam. Arati was offered at 6.45, and some of the participants came up to the stage for a group photograph before Swami left for His residence in the car.

Thursday, July 16, 2009 Full Story With Images »
This morning, Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba sent word that the students of the Higher Secondary School and the University should come for morning darshan – usually they come for morning darshan only on Sundays and festival days. Clothes were to be distributed to them. Swami came at half-past nine while the bhajans were going on. After inspecting and sorting the cloth material in the Bhajan Hall, He came onstage and watched while the cloth pieces were distributed to the students and teachers. At a quarter past ten, He accepted Arati. USB memory sticks were also distributed to the senior students. In the evening, Swami came for darshan at 4.30 pm and moved to the Bhajan Hall, where He distributed sarees to the family members. Once the evening bhajans began in Sai Kulwant Hall, He came onstage and had a brief interaction with one of the Music college teachers, blessing him with a bracelet. Swami then moved to the interview room and returned after half an hour to sit onstage for a couple of bhajans and then accept Arati.

Saturday, July 11, 2009 Full Story With Images »
This evening, the doctors attending the Orthopaedic conference at the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences were seated in the centre of Sai Kulwant Hall on chairs. Bhagavan arrived for darshan at 4.25 pm, and after His darshan round moved to the interview room after a brief interaction on the verandah. After the five o’clock bhajans began, Swami came to the stage. He asked for a bhajan with alap. Bhagavan moved down among the doctors up and down the central path as the doctors crowded around Him. Once He returned onstage, prasadam was distributed. Arati was offered at 5.45 pm.

Friday, July 10, 2009
This evening, Satya SaiBaba went to the Super Speciality Hospital at Prasanthi gram at around 3.45 pm – the Hospital is hosting a two-day international conference in Orthopaedics. The Biosciences department of the Sri Sathya Sai University is also hosting an international conference in Diabetes research. Bhagavan returned to the Mandir while the bhajans were going on. He moved to the Bhajan hall and inspected some items kept there before coming onstage. Sri Sunil Gavaskar, the cricket legend, was here to celebrate his 60th birthday. Swami interacted with him for a few minutes before coming to the stage and accepting Arati at 5.30 pm.

Thursday, July 9, 2009 Full Story With Images »
The African choir was to perform this evening, and the members were seated in the centre of Sai Kulwant Hall. Swami completed His darshan round and came onstage to begin the programme at 5.30 pm. After a brief introduction by Mr. Victor Krishna Kanu of Zambia, the choir began their performance which had songs in Igbo, Yoruba, Hausa, Hindi English and more. After 45 minutes, Swami sent clothes for the performers and came down from the stage. Seated beside them, He asked for some more songs, and they performed for ten minutes more. He then gifted them photo frames as mementos, and also had group photos with them. After interacting with them for a few minutes, He accepted Arati as prasadam was distributed, and left for His residence at seven o’clock.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009 Full Story With Images »
This evening, the bhajans began at 5 pm, and Bhagavan came to Sai Kulwant Hall ten minutes later. While He was on His way, He granted permission for the group from Brazil to present their bhajans. The students made way for the Brazilian group to sit in the centre of the Hall, and at 5.15, they began their programme of Bhajans, many of which were in Portuguese. At six o’clock, they concluded, and made way for the Indonesian group. The devotees from Bandung presented a traditional Sundanese Angklung ensemble with the bamboo instruments playing a couple of bhajans and a traditional melody. After their presentation, Swami accepted Arati while prasadam was distributed and returned to His residence at 6.20 pm.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009 Full Story With Images »
This Gurupoornima morning, Bhagavan came into Sai Kulwant Hall at ten o’clock clad in a yellow robe, seated on a special white chair, welcomed by the students’ Panchavadyam band. The stage was set for a felicitation programme. Once Swami reached the verandah, He blessed the cakes arrayed there and then came onstage to begin the proceedings at 10.15 am. Prof. Anil Kumar announced the programme and called up the distinguished persons with brief introductions to sit beside Bhagavan. There were three brothers: Sri Appa Rao – outgoing Finance Controller of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Sri Sathyanarayana Murthy – Engineer in charge of the Airconditioning of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Dr. A. V. Lakshmi Narasimham – outgoing Registrar of Sri Sathya Sai University. Along with them was Sri M. Nanjundaiah – outgoing Controller of Examinations of Sri Sathya Sai University. Mrs. Appa Rao and Mrs. Nanjundaiah were seated beside their husbands. After the distinguished persons were garlanded by their junior colleagues, there were a couple of speeches by Dr. A. N. Safaya – Director of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences and Prof. Vishwanath Pandit – Vice Chancellor of Sri Sathya Sai University. Arati was then offered at 11.30 am. While Arati went on, prasadam was distributed, and Swami blessed the persons onstage with mementos and clothes. The function was brought to a close with a collective ‘Samasta Loka Sukhino Bhavantu’ chant at 11.45 am following which Swami left for His residence.

In the evening, the bhajans began at 5 pm, and Bhagavan Sri Sathya SaiBaba came to Sai Kulwant Hall at 6 pm. Once He reached the stage after His darshan round, He asked for the chairs to be arranged on the stage like in the morning, and asked the personalities of the morning felicitation ceremony to once again come onstage. At 6.30 pm, the bhajans were stopped and Bhagavan began to speak, seated between Sri Appa Rao and Prof. Nanjundaiah. Swami commended their services and exhorted the youngsters to follow their example in selfless service. After His Discourse, Swami asked for a couple of Bhajans to be sung and prasadam was distributed. It was 7.45 when He accepted Arati. After Arati, He sat onstage and interacted some more with the gentlemen and ladies before slowly moving to His residence in the car at 8 o’clock.

Monday, July 6, 2009 Full Story With Images »
This evening, the centre of Sai Kulwant Hall was set up as a stage for a musical by the Tamil Nadu Balvikas and youth. But when Bhagavan came to Sai Kulwant Hall and came onstage after His darshan round, He indicated that the microphones be brought. At 5.25 pm, He commenced His Divine Discourse. The fifty-minute discourse had the triune fear of sin, love of God and morality in society as the theme. Swami stressed the need for individual transformation before attempting to change society. After His Discourse, Swami asked for the programme by the Tamil Nadu children to begin. The hour long drama had many songs and a couple of dances, and brought out the message of various saints and sages culminating in the golden age of Sai. Swami went down from the stage for group photos with the participants before returning to the stage and accepting Arati at 7.30 pm. He then moved to the interview room for a few minutes before returning to His residence at 7.45.

Sunday, July 5, 2009
This evening, Sathya Sai Baba came for darshan by 4.10 pm and after His darshan round, took another round through the verandah and in front of the stage area. After more than half an hour, He went into the interview room briefly. At five o’clock, He came to the Bhajan Hall and called in the group of devotees from the USA. In a half-hour interaction, He granted them padanamaskar and group photos, with vibhuti prasadam being distributed. Bhajans in the Sai Kulwant Hall began when Swami emerged from the Bhajan Hall at 5.30. As Swami sat onstage, prasadam was distributed to all before Arati was offered at six o’clock.

Saturday, July 4, 2009 Full Story With Images »
Devotees from the USA sang bhajans this morning. In the evening, the Balvikas children and youth from Mumbai presented a drama. Bhagavan arrived at five minutes to four and came onstage after His darshan round to begin the proceedings at 4.15 pm. The musical was based on the life of the saint Gajanan Maharaj of Shegaon. After the hour-long performance, Swami went down from the stage for group photographs with them. When He returned onstage, prasadam was distributed and Arati was offered.

Friday, July 3, 2009 Full Story With Images »
This evening, the Maharashtra devotees continued the Ashadi Ekadasi programmes. Bhagavan arrived at Sai Kulwant Hall at 5.15 pm, and coming onstage after His darshan round, commenced the proceedings. Many devotees and some of the artistes involved in today’s programme came up to Him for blessings, and the presentation got underway at 5.40 pm with the traditional Dindi dance. The Balvikas children and youth presented “Maharashtra Bhakthi Gaatha”, an offering of song and dance, with the songs being performed on the raised stage erected in the centre of Sai Kulwant Hall. At 6.45, Swami called up one of the protagonists and blessed him with a chain, just as a song concluded beseeching Swami to visit His devotees in Maharashtra. Arati was offered at 6.50 pm and Bhagavan retired for the day.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 Full Story With Images »
This evening’s programme was a concert by Pandit Suresh Talwalkar and troupe. Bhagavan Sri Satya Sai Baba finished His darshan round and came onstage to begin the proceedings at 5.30 pm. After taking His blessings, the group proceeded to the high stage built at the centre of Sai Kulwant Hall with large speakers on either side. The hour-long performance had tablas and other percussion instruments like the pakhawaj accompanied by vocals, flute, sarangi, keyboards and so on. Swami sent clothes for the artistes and accepted Arati at 6.45 pm. After Arati, He blessed the troupe with group photographs before returning to His residence.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009 Full Story With Images »
This morning, the devotees from Maharashtra commenced their three-day Ashadi Ekadasi celebrations, welcoming Bhagavan into Sai Kulwant Hall in a procession with Vedic chants. The Balvikas children, youth and devotees chanted Vedam for nearly an hour as Swami sat onstage, with Arati being offered at five minutes to ten.

In the evening, Sathya Sai Baba came for darshan at 4.30 pm and sat onstage for a few minutes after His darshan round before moving to the interview room. He emerged at five o’clock to begin the programme – a Hindustani vocal concert by Ms. Kalapini Komkali, the daughter of renowned musician Kumar Gandharva. After the hour-long concert, Swami blessed the artiste with a chain and a pendant and the accompanists with clothes. He then asked the students to sing some bhajans with alap, and at the end asked for a song on Vithala to be sung. It was 6.30 when Arati was offered. Swami moved to the interview room for a few minutes before returning to His residence in the car.