Yagnam For World Peace Begins

Sathya Sai Baba 83rd Birthday Celebrations

Sathya Sai Baba 83rd Birthday Celebrations

Yagnam For World Peace Begins
Express News Service
First Published : 16 Nov 2008 09:53:00 AM IST
Last Updated : 16 Nov 2008 12:52:51 PM IST

ANANTAPUR: The 83rd birthday celebrations of Sri Sathya Sai Baba began at Puttaparthi today with Sahasra Purna Chandra Santhi Yagnam. Sri Saibaba inaugurated the threeday yagnam for world peace at Hill View Stadium.

The yagnam has greater significance as Sri Saibaba’s birthday celebrations begin with Sri Venugopala Swamy Rathotsavam every year. Sri Jayendra Saraswati and Avadhoota Sridatta Swamy will participate in the yagnam on the concluding day on November 17.

The State Government set up a committee with four ministers to oversee the arrangements for devotees visiting Puttaparthi to participate in the birthday celebrations of Sri Sai Baba.

Major Industries Minister J Geetha Reddy, TTD Chairman DK Audikesavulu Naidu, District Collector V Anil Kumar, OSD Vijayakumar, SP MK Singh, IGs Sivanarayana and RP Thakur and others were present at the inaugural ceremony.

The Information and Public Relations Department is organising a photo exhibition on welfare schemes and development programmes to mark the birthday fete of Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

Collector Anil Kumar inaugurated the photo exhibition at the RTC bus stand in Puttaparthi today.

The exhibition will be on till November 23. DPRO P Thimmappa, Penugonda Sub-Collector Praveen Kumar and other officials were also present.


Sathya Sai School Website Launched

The Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Educare celebrated in a grand manner the 82nd birthday of Sri Sathya Baba on November 23.

Chief guest S Sethuraman, regional manager, TVS Motor Co Ltd, launched website of the school, www.sssieducare.org This is a milestone in the history of the school.

The website was conceived by K Venkatesh, a former student of the Sri Sathya Sai University, Puttaparthi.

The schoolchildren made a beautiful rangoli of Sri Sathya Sai Baba in the prayer hall. A swing was assembled and decorated by students themselves for Sai Baba. The swing is a special custom in Puttaparthi. In the earlier days, on November 23 every year, Sri Sathya Sai Baba used to give darshan to devotees in the evening.

A Power Point presentation was also conducted depicting photos of Sri Sathya sai Baba’s life and mission.

The programmes were conducted in the form of a conversation between two great sages, Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa and Swami Vivekananda, who witness the birthday celebrations and mark their observations.

It was a treat to see the tiny-tots perform. The chief guest remarked that every programme that was performed was from the heart and the same could be felt throughout the day’s events.


Masters Perform At Music Fest

Festival organised to mark birthday of Sathya Sai Baba

KOCHI: The 17th edition of Sri Sathya Sai Sangeetholsavam, an annual music festival organised by Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithi, Vaikom concluded on Friday.

Around 200 eminent artistes participated in this year’s festival.

The six-day music fest is organised every year in connection with the birthday celebrations of Sathya Sai Baba.

The highlight of the last day was the rendition of Thyagaraja Pancharatna Keerthana in its traditional fervour.

Mavelikkara Velukutty Nair, N.P Ramaswamy, Jayan (of musician duo Jaya Vijayan) P.R Kumarakerala Varma, Arakulam Devarajan, Ponkunnam Ramachandran, Vinayachandran, Kavalam Sreekumar, Varkala C.S Jayaram, Mavelikkara P. Subramanyam, Tamarakkadu Govindan Namboodiri, Changanassery Madhavan Namboodiri, Parvathipuram Padmanabha Iyer, Vechoor Sankar, Malini Hariharan, Mathangi Sathyamurty, Bhuvaneswary, Mavelikkara Ponnammal, Nedumangad Sivanandan, M.N. Murthy, Cherthala Sunil, Rugmini, Padma. S. Thamburan and Parassala Ravi participated in the Pancharatna.

Mr. Mavelikkara Velukutty Nair and Mr. Jayan were honoured at the festival by the Vaikom municipality for their yeoman service to music.

Kavalam Sreekumar and Vechoor Sankar led the special devotional musical programme “JOOLA” held on the last day.

At an earlier function Justice Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan released the book titled “Vedapadmam” by handing over the first copy to Jancy James, Vice-Chancellor, M.G. University.


Sai Baba – 82 years of love in action

~ A birthday tribute
By Dr. (Mrs) T. Dharma

In his Christmas divine discourse Sai Baba once declared, “Love must take the form of Service Seva; Seva must take the form of food for the hungry, solace for the forlorn, consolation for the suffering.” He exhorted us to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ on Christmas day. His teachings were a command for all to work, worship and love humanity with a heart full of compassion, selflessness and purity. This type of love manifested by mankind he declared as the way to God.

Show love for humanity in god actions declared the Swami.Mother Ishwaramma once pleaded with Swami when he was revealing his divine power to grant her three boons: (i) provide a small dispensary for the benefit of the poor villagers and residents of Puttaparthi. (ii)build a small school for the children of Parthi who were deprived of any type of education, (iii) provide drinking water facility for the villagers. None of these was available for the Puttaparthi villagers. Mother Ishwaramma prayed for these needs with a purity of heart and compassion for the needy, unmindful of her own needs.

As we now realize Baba’s ways are unfathomable! He says neither “Yes” nor “No”. One has to wait for the ‘Time’. Time is timeless eternity. So Mother Ishwaramma had to wait till the reality of time. Today, Mother Ishwaramma is no more but what she prayed for has been fulfilled. All her three boons have been fructified by Baba. They are divine manifestations of love in action. In place of a small humble dispensary, which was Mother’s first prayer, there now stand magnificent hospitals. These are the hospitals of higher medical sciences. Several lamps light up these architecturally brilliant edifices epitomizing Swami’s love in action.Villagers who were earlier unable to get any kind of treatment now receive free medical treatment and free education of superior quality.

The Sathya Sai University is a ‘wonder’ monument, the answer to Mother’s second prayer for education. It is a true revelation of the almighty will and love in action.This unique University does not merely provide a ‘bookish’ education and knowledge but, as Baba reiterates, it also teaches both students and professors discipline and devotion. Education at the Sai University promotes the integration of all personalities in students and helps them to evolve towards the attainment of the highest goal of education – namely, character (through the practice of the highest human values – Sathya (truth), Dharma (righteousness), Shanthi (peace), Prema (love), and Ahimsa (non-violence).

Swami expects students who pass out of the university to be ‘Embodiments of natural sweetness’. His wisdom disintegrates the mental make up of the students and of the falsities hitherto acquired, (knowledge) of the objective world, and arouses instead an awareness that radiates their inner spirits to a wisdom underlying the nature of the Universe – that it is not the ‘padartha’ but it is also the ‘parartha’ – the non-material world.

Thus, Baba’s university does not merely confer degrees and academic qualifications. Rather he upholds an education based on right-living and good actions, thereby conferring faith, character and confidence. Education is to awaken the student towards attainment of the highest goal of life.

Baba’s acts of love are constant reminders of our own latent inner reality love. Baba’s love in action reveals the truth that our body, soul and mind are mere ‘vestures’ concealing the true reality of our being. This abiding principle of love he declares should be the ‘prompting’ principle of all our actions. From Baba granting of the humblest gift to his creation of gigantic architectural structures we see this prompting principle in action……a substantial verification of his love in action.

Speaking about one’s performance of duty, Baba insists that we must do our duty without hope of being entitled to fruits thereof. Duty should be performed with selfless love. Prema-sadhana alone should be our motivating principle. His service to mankind is a form of devotion. We should therefore perform all actions as a form of service with devotion, surrendering them with love for God.

Thus says the Gita; “A man engaged in devotional service rids himself of both good and bad reactions.” (Gita ii:51) Such a service alone can show him the differences between service done with devotion and that which is done for fruitive results or with a desire of ‘proprietorship’.

Baba’s love in action demonstrates a kind of transcendental knowledge of the ‘personality’ of God, an imperishable science of yoga. As it is declared in the Gita by Sri Krishna, Baba is ‘identifiable’ with the same declaration.

“Although I am unborn and my transcendental body never deteriorates, and although I am Lord of all living entities, I still appear in every millennium” (Gita; iv6.) Through love in action Baba shows us the way to serve mankind without attachment to the modes of material nature. Transcendental knowledge is sought through love in action.

(The writer is Former Head of the Dept. of Philosophy, Sri Sathya Sai University, Anantapur Campus)


Sathya Sai Baba Birthday Events

Saibaba celebrates birthday on a low key
ANANTAPUR: The 82nd birthday celebrations of Satya Saibaba were held at Prashanti Nilayam in Puttaparthi on Friday.

The fete was a low-key affair unlike which was used to be organised in a grand manner every year. He came to Sai Kushwant Hall on an elephant, Saigeetha, amidst chanting of mantras by Satya Sai Educational Institutions’ students.

He cut 82 cakes to mark his birthday and thousands of devotees across the world participated in the celebrations. Every year he used to deliver a spiritual lecture but on Friday he refrained from it. Malladi Brothers began their recital soon after the Baba came on the dais.

This year’s celebrations had a significance as it was announced that eight selected couples would anoint Baba as his mother used to do in his childhood.

The couples which had the rare honour were: Saibaba’s brother’s son R V Ratnakar and his wife, former Supreme Court chief justice P N Bhagavati and his wife, eminent industrialist Hindulal Shah and his wife, former chairman of Vysya Bank Gangadhara Shetty and his wife, Mr and Mrs Shaari and Mr and Mrs Margabandhu.

Thousands of devotees gathered at the place and waited patiently in serpentine queues from 3 am onwards to have the darshan of their bhagawan.

Elaborate arrangements have been made in Puttaparthi as a precautionary measure following a threat from extremists, while every nook and corner of the town was guarded by armed cops. Maharashtra Industries Minister Ashok Chavan and Andhra Pradesh Industries Minister J Geeta Reddy were present as chief guests.

Rayalaseema Zone IG R P Thakur, District Collector N Sridhar, district Superintendent of Police Ravindra and others were also present.


Sathya Sai Baba birthday celebration
Friday November 23 2007 12:41 IST

GURUVAYUR: The 82nd birthday of Sri Sathya Sai Baba will be celebrated at Shirdi Sai Mandir here on Friday.

The Sai Sanjeevani Trust had organised a seven-day long birthday celebrations and conducted various social service activities like ayurveda camp, homoeo camp, free distribution of rice etc during these days.

The birthday celebration will be inaugurated by Thekkemadom Moppil Swamiyar.


Sathya Sai Jayanthi celebrations conclude

Thekkemadom Mooppil Swamiyar inaugurating the Sathya Sai Jayathi celebrations at Sai Mandir, Mammiyoor, on Friday. K V Abdul Kader MLA, devaswom chairman Thottathil Raveendran, Karmayogi Harinarayanan and actor Koottikkal Jayachandran are also seen.

GURUVAYUR: The week-long Sathya Sai Jayanthi held in connection with the 82nd birthday of Sri Sathya Sai Baba concluded at Sai Mandir here on Friday.

Thekkemadom Mooppil Swamiyar inaugurated the celebrations. Karmayogi Harinarayan presided over the meeting. Guruvayur MLA K V Abdul Khader, Devaswom chairman Thottathil Raveendran, cine actor Koottokkal Jayachandran addressed the gathering.

Special rituals were also performed at the Sai Mandir. Doctors led by N P P Namboothiri conducted a free ayurvedic eye camp. A pirannal sadhya for nearly 2,000 devotees were also served at the temple.


Goal of education is to serve society: Baba
Friday November 23 2007 09:14 ISTPUTTAPARTHI: Education becomes meaningful only when students use what they have learnt for helping others, Sri Satya Sai Baba has said.Delivering the convocation address at the 26th convocation of Satya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, a deemed university, in Sai Kulwant Hall at Prashanti Nilayam here on Thursday, the Baba said that students of the institute had a good name and they should ensure that they were not involved in unnecessary issues and waste time.‘‘Time is most precious and sacred and wasting it is akin to wasting life,’’ he explained. The Baba advised the students to control their desires and channel their energies for the benefit of the society, for they are the future. He asked them to respect parents and make them happy by being studious and bring glory to the schools and colleges they study at.

While other educational institutions worked for monitory gain, Satya Sai educational institutions worked for poor students and their development, he claimed and pointed out that safe drinking water scheme, education and health schemes were not meant for any monitory gain but were only service-oriented.

Students pursuing higher education should not sit idle but work for the benefit of the society by engaging themselves in social work. They should remember that higher education was not for them but for the society, he said. The Baba also emphasised on qualities like love, selfless service in the youth.

The convocation was a simple affair with minimal number of VVIPs attending it. For the first time, Sri Satya Sai Baba as chancellor of the deemed varsity delivered the convocational address. In all, 21 students received gold medals and meritorious certificates from Sri Satya Sai Baba.

Maharashtra Minister for Industries Ashok Chavan, AP Minister for Industries Geeta Reddy, industrialist AVS Raju and others were present.