Amrita Rao – Quick 5

Amrita Rao

Amrita Rao

Amrita Rao – Quick 5

We have not heard of Amrita Rao in a while but in a quick chat, she reveals some interesting tid-bits.

Spiritual experience
When I was seven, and accompanied my aunt to Kodaikanal on a spiritual trip to Satya Sai Baba’s ashram. I was curious to know why she was a vegetarian. My aunt explained a few things to me and since that moment I have been vegetarian.

First Offer
When I was in high school and got a call from an event management team telling me that they have selected me from an audition of 54 girls to be face of their fairness cream.

First Project you signed?
When a representatives of music Films Company came to my door with flowers and a cake that said we will make you a star. I signed a three-year movie contract deal.

Big Break
When Gauri Khan saw one of my Coffee ads and asked Farah Khan to audition me for Main Hoon Na.

When MF Hussain pronounced me as his muse eleven years after Madhuri Dixit after watching me in Vivah and made me a part of his historic canvas.

Star Box Office Reference

Recent Events At Prashanti Nilayam – Sathya Sai Baba Ashram – May 2010

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba

Recent Events At Prashanti Nilayam – Sathya Sai Baba Ashram – May 2010

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Thursday, May 27, 2010
The Buddha Poornima celebrations by overseas devotees at Prasanthi Nilayam got underway this evening with Bhagavan entering Sai Kulwant Hall in a procession led by traditional dancers from Sri Lanka just after 5.30 pm. Before that, Swami had gone to the hall next to Yajur Mandir and blessed the teachers of the Sai University who had gathered there for the preliminary session of a two-day orientation course for new teachers. Moving among the faculty members, Bhagavan interacted with some of them informally for around 10 minutes before He left for Sai Kulwant hall.

The programme got underway shortly after Swami came onstage. Various items were presented to Him, including Sai Literature from Nepal and Sri Lanka. The Zonal chairman Dr. Ravindran introduced the two speakers for the evening, Dr. Art-Ong Jumsai, the Sai educator from Thailand and Mr. Sudhamek of Garuda Food Indonesia. After their brief talks, a drama entitled ‘Yashodhara’ got underway at half-past six. After the 35 minute drama, Swami sent clothes for the participants and accepted Arati. He went down for group photographs and blessed prasadam for distribution before returning to His residence at 7.30 pm.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010
This evening, Bhagavan emerged from His residence a few minutes after the bhajans commenced at half-past five. He sat onstage after His darshan round and accepted Arati at 6.10 pm. After Arati, He called up a couple of Professors from the University and asked Prof. Veerabhadraiah who teaches Telugu at the Prasanthi Nilayam campus to speak. In his fifteen minute Telugu talk, the speaker conveyed what Swami has spoken about Lord Buddha and His teachings. Bhagavan blessed him with a chain after his speech before accepting Arati once again and returning to His residence.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Students of Swami who had stayed back during their vacations presented compilation of dance and music this evening, ‘Lava Kusa Ramakatha’. Bhagavan came for darshan at a quarter past five and sat onstage for ten minutes after His darshan round listening to the Vedic chants. He then moved to the bhajan hall where the students were ready in costumes and spent ten minutes with them. Returning to the stage, He began the programme just after six o’clock. The 45 minute presentation of dances and songs on Lord Rama was narrated by ‘Sage Valmiki’. Bhagavan went down from the stage for group photographs and sent clothes for the performers. He also blessed ‘Mother Sita’ and ‘one of her sons’ with a chain and a ring respectively. It was a quarter past seven when Swami accepted Arati and returned to His residence.

Sunday, May 23, 2010 Full Story With Images »
This evening, Balvikas gurus from North Kanara of Karnataka presented a music programme. Bhagavan arrived for darshan at ten to six and came onstage after His round of the hall. The group had prepared an album of 85 value songs and were ready with a selection to sing in the Divine presence. After listening to them for half an hour, Swami asked the students to sing bhajans. Ten minutes later, He accepted Arati. After a brief interaction with some of the students, He returned to Yajur Mandir.

Thursday, May 20, 2010
The weather at Prasanthi Nilayam has cooled down a bit, with overcast skies and brief showers bringing the temperatures down. The lists of provisionally selected students for the new academic year have been announced on the University website. Bhagavan came for darshan this evening as the Vedam went on and came onstage after His round of Sai Kulwant hall just as the 5.30 pm bhajans began. He blessed some of the students and teachers sitting in the front with vibhuti packets before He accepted arati at 6.15 pm and returned to His residence.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 Full Story With Images »
Swami came for evening darshan today after the bhajans began. After His darshan round, He sat onstage for a couple of bhajans before asking for His microphones to be brought. From 6.10 pm, Bhagavan addressed the gathering, narrating the stories of Savitri and Harishchandra. He stressed the importance of chastity, harmony and fidelity in the family and that these are as important for men as for women. The students sang a bhajan before Swami accepted Arati at a quarter past seven and returned to His residence after blessing the congregation with both hands.

Monday, May 17, 2010 Full Story With Images »
This evening, the students of the Sri Sathya Sai University presented a programme of songs and dances. Bhagavan came for darshan at half-past five. After His round of Sai Kulwant hall, He came into the bhajan hall and interacted with the students in costumes there for ten minutes. Moving to the stage, He began the programme at ten to six. The fifty-minute programme had semi-classical devotional songs and dances and was narrated by ‘Sage Narada’. Bhagavan went down from the stage and blessed the participants with group photographs before accepting Arati and returning to His residence at seven o’clock.

Sunday, May 16, 2010
Last evening Bhagavan had come for darshan at six. Research scholars of Prasanthi Nilayam campus of the Sai University were seated in the bhajan hall. After His darshan round, Swami spent ten minutes interacting with the PhD students, moving among them and speaking to many of them. He then moved to the stage as the bhajans went on and accepted Arati after twenty minutes. He came for darshan this morning at 10.10, returning to His residence an hour later. In the evening, He accepted Arati as prasadam was distributed at hal-past six. He then blessed the staff member who came up to Him with a chain and later with vibhuti. Then it was the turn of a student who came up to receive a ring. Then He blessed the ‘Birthday boys’ one by one. It was nearly seven when Bhagavan returned to His residence.

Thursday, May 13, 2010
Swami has been coming for evening darshan over the last few days. Last evening as well as this evening, He went into the interview room after Arati. After remaining there for a few minutes, He had made another extended round of the verandah and even moved briefly onstage before returning to His residence at ten to seven. This evening also He moved around the verandah for a second time before returning to Yajur Mandir.

Sunday, May 9, 2010 Full Story With Images »
Mother’s day is celebrated today, the second Sunday of May, in many parts of the world. Bhagavan asked Sri Ajit Popat of the UK and Sri B. N. Narasimhamurthy, Warden of the Brindavan Hostel, to speak this evening about Mother Eswaramma. After He arrived for darshan at a quarter to five, Swami sat for a few minutes onstage before calling up Sri Popat. After the two talks, Bhagavan accepted Arati at a quarter past six and prasadam was distributed to all.

Thursday, May 6, 2010 Full Story With Images »
On this Eswaramma Day morning, Bhagawan emerged in His car at just before ten o’clock to proceed to the Samadhi of His parents. There, a private function was held inside the inner sanctum with a song being sung on Mother Eswaramma. Half an hour later, Swami returned to Sai Kulwant hall. There, He sat for a while onstage before moving through the bhajan hall for a second round of the gents’ side in front of the students. Prasadam of Tamarind Rice and Sweet Rice was distributed to all in leaf plates. Swami accepted Arati at 11.15 am and an announcement was made about the evening programme. It was half-past eleven when Bhagavan returned to His residence.

In the evening, Swami came for darshan at ten to five. After His round of Sai Kulwant Hall, He came into the bhajan hall and interacted with a group of educators seated there who are to begin a new project based on Sathya Sai Education along with the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation. Spending half an hour with this group, Bhagawan came onstage to begin the balvikas presentation after 5.30 pm. The story of Bhadrachala Ramdas was presented through many songs and dances in the fifty minute English drama by Balvikas children from Bangalore. Swami sent clothes and vibhuti prasadam for the children and they came onstage batch by batch for group photos with Him. The students sang bhajans for fifteen minutes before Bhagavan accepted Arati at seven o’clock. He then interacted some more with the Karnataka state Sai Organisation President onstage before returning to His residence.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010
On the eve of Eswaramma Day, this evening, Bhagawan came for darshan 4.45 pm in His car. He moved to the Samadhi through the central gate of Sai Kulwant hall. Statues of Mother Eswaramma and Sri Pedda Venkama Raju garu were readied there. Swami formally unveiled these statues and asked for coconuts to be broken. Spending almost fifteen minutes there, Bhagavan accepted Arathi before returning to the Mandir just after five o’clock. Alighting near the interview room, Bhagawan spent sometime outside the interview room before proceeding to the bhajan hall. He then came onstage as the Vedam went on and sat onstage for the next half-hour. When Swami moved to the interview room, Bhajans began at a quarter to six. When Swami returned to the stage after half an hour, He accepted Arati. An announcement was then made about the Eswaramma day celebrations tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Bhagavan came for evening darshan at ten to five. After a full round of Sai Kulwant hall, He went on a second round of the ladies’ side before coming onstage. He sat listening to the Vedic chants there till nearly 5.30 pm, when He moved to the interview room. Emerging half an hour later, Swami moved to the Bhajan hall briefly before returning to the stage to accept Arati a few minutes later.

Monday, May 3, 2010
This evening also Bhagavan came for evening darshan in the car. Moving through the centre gate of Sai Kulwant Hall, He left for a drive through the village before returning after nearly half an hour at 5.40 pm. He then sat onstage till Arati just after six o’clock. He then had some interactions in the interview room and later in the the Bhajan hall, returning to His residence after half-past six.

Sunday, May 2, 2010 Full Story With Images »
This evening, preparations were made at the Samadhi of Swami’s parents for His arrival. Bhagavan arrived for darshan in the car just before half-past four and directly came to the stage. He sat there as the Vedam went on for half an hour. Spending the next fifteen minutes in the interview room, He went to the Samadhi and saw the arrangements made there for the Eswaramma day celebrations on May 6th. Returning to the Mandir as the bhajans went on at 5.40 pm, He sat onstage till Arati at 6 pm.

Saturday, May 01, 2010 Full Story With Images »
Bhagavan came for darshan by five o’clock last evening. He sat onstage listening to the Vedic chants till He accepted Arati at six. Before Arati, He called up one of the students in the bhajan group and blessed him with a chain. This evening, He came for darshan just before half-past five. Half an hour later as Arati concluded and one of the students came up to Him with a rose, Swami blessed him with a chain. He then sat onstage interacting with the students for ten more minutes before moving to the interview room. At 6.30 pm, He emerged to return to His residence after a short visit to the bhajan hall.

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Sathya Sai Baba – A Thought For The Day – June 3rd 2010

Sathya Sai Baba - A Thought For The Day

Sathya Sai Baba - A Thought For The Day

Sathya Sai Baba – A Thought For The Day – June 3rd 2010

You must pray until the world is established in happiness. Only when the Lord arrives, the religion of Truth, Peace, Compassion, Wisdom and Love will grow and prosper. The roadway laid out by holy souls has to be repaired now and then, either by those who travel through it or those who claim authority over it. It is for the sake of such repairs that the Lord sends occasionally some authorised individuals, sages, and divine personages. Through the Sadbodha or good teachings of these, the path opened by the Godmen of the past is again made clear and smooth.
~ Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai “Thought for the day” as written at Prasanthi Nilayam
June 3rd 2010 – Curtesy RadioSai

Sathya Sai Baba – A Thought For The Day – May 30th 2010

Sathya Sai Baba – A Thought For The Day – May 30th 2010

Sathya Sai Baba - A Thought For The Day

Sathya Sai Baba - A Thought For The Day

People have now become more vicious than ever. They utilize their intelligence and skills to indulge in cruelty. People relish and revel in inflicting pain on others so much that as history reveals, around 15,000 wars have been waged in the last 5,500 years. The impending atomic war threatens to destroy the entire human race. What exactly is the cause of all this anxiety and fear? It is clear that the beast in the human being is still predominant and has not yet been overcome. Only when this is achieved can our country attain peace and joy.
~ Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai “Thought for the day” as written at Prasanthi Nilayam
May 30th 2010 – Curtesy RadioSai

Sathya Sai Baba – A Thought For The Day – May 28th 2010

Sathya Sai Baba – A Thought For The Day – May 28th 2010

Sathya Sai Baba - A Thought For The Day

Sathya Sai Baba - A Thought For The Day

May 28th 2010

May 28th 2010

For political or other reasons, some persons are arrested and kept in detention in order to preserve law and order of the country. They are kept confined in big bungalows and given special treatment as befits their status and provided meals and also luxury articles as commensurate with their grades in social and political life. However, around the bungalow and the garden, there will always be policemen on guard. Whatever be the standard of life enjoyed by the prisoner, he is not a free man. So too, a person confined in the ‘prison’ of the world should not be feel elated over the sensual comforts he/she can enjoy. He/she must not feel proud of his/her friends and kinsmen around but must recognize and keep in mind that he/she is in prison.
~ Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai “Thought for the day” as written at Prasanthi Nilayam
May 28th 2010 – Curtesy RadioSai

Sanjay Tandon elected Chandigarh BJP President

Sanjay Tandon elected Chandigarh BJP President
Punjab Newsline Network
Monday, 18 January 2010

CHANDIGARH: Sanjay Tandon has been unanimously elected President of Bharatiya Janata Party Chandigarh unit. He is son of former BJP minsiter Balramji Dass Tandon.

He was declared elected by Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Central Observer for the election of State President in the presence of Kiran Ghai, Incharge for party affairs for Chandigarh and Purshotam Mahajan Acting President, Raghubir Lal Arora State Election Incharge and Satya Pal Jain, Ex-M.P. Earlier to this Yash Pal Mahajan was elected as Member for National Council of BJP

Sanjay Tandon started as a Member State Executive of BJP Chandigarh in 1995. He became Convener of CA Cell, Chandigarh in 2002. After this he was appointed General Secretary of Bharatiya Janata Party, Chandigarh in 2007. Now he has been elected as President of State Unit.

He took active part in all the parliamentary as well as Municipal Corporation elections of Chandigarh during the past two decades and performed duties as a party activist. He was Incharge for Amritsar Constituency in 1991 Parliamentary elections and Assembly elections for Rajpura constituency during 1997 and 2002.

Sanjay Tandon did his B.Com.(Hons) from Panjab University, Chandigarh. He is also CA and member of ICWA. He remained Director of National Hydro Power Corporation for 3 years and State Bank of Hyderabad for 6 years. He is also running an NGO namely Competent Foundation who is running various social and educational activities in and around Chandigarh. At present he is Member of Task Force on Human Resource Development for IT/ITES Sector under Punjab Information & Communication Technology Corporation Ltd. A Punjab State Government Undertaking and also Member of the Committee to discharge the functions of the Board of Studies in Human Rights & Duties, Panjab University, Chandigarh since April 2009.

He has visited USA, Canada, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Switzerland.

He started monthly magazine for party activists namely ‘Chandigarh Kamal Samachar’ and he is founder Editor of the magazine. The magazine includes all the activities of party at local and national level.

A devotee of Sathya Sai Baba, he regularly visits Puttaparthi along with his family for the blessings of Satya Sai Baba.

He is having keen interest in writing and he also wrote Biography of his father Sh. Balramjit Dass Tandon in 2008 namely ‘Balramji Dass Tandon: Ek Prerak Charitra’ which was released by former Deputy Prime Minister Sh.L.K. Advani.

Punjab Newsline Reference

Break Free Of Rituals And Abstractions

Break Free Of Rituals And Abstractions
Shammi Paranjape
23 November 2009, 12:00am IST

The Srimad Bhagavatam lit a new path to the Divine, free from binding ritual and esoteric abstractions. On the one hand, it portrayed the majesty and might, the mahatmya of the Supreme Being. On the other, it revealed the tantalising possibility of blissful communion with Him in a loving relationship. In doing so, the Bhagavatam introduced the liberating and transcendental gospel of bhakti yoga.

Nothing pleases God as much as devotion. How dear bhaktas or devotees and their bhakti or devotion are to the Lord can be gleaned from the declaration in the Srimad Bhagavatam, that it is for the love of devotees that God takes form from time to time. Sathya Sai Baba says:

“The Avatar or Form Incarnate on earth is only the concretisation of the yearning of seekers. They are the prime cause. The cow secretes milk for the sustenance of the calf. It is the chief beneficiary. But others too benefit from that milk. So along with the sustenance of the bhaktas, other incidental benefits also accrue, such as fostering of dharma.” ~Sathya Sai Baba

Srimad Bhagavatam belongs to the class of Hindu scriptures known as the Puranas, and enlightens humanity on the sacred mystery of incarnations. The mystical life of the divine enchanter Krishna is finely detailed in the Bhagavatam, inspiring devotion in human hearts. Though the concept of devotion is as old as the Vedas, the Bhagavatam introduced the concept of a personal god with countless attributes who could be adored and worshipped as ‘one’s own’, in the form of child, parent, master, friend, or beloved.

The word ‘bhakti’ is derived from the root ‘bhaj’, which has several meanings to serve, to honour, to love, to adore. According to Narada, the great theoretician of bhakti, it is the wholehearted and supreme love of God, obtaining which the devotee feels he has gained the highest attainment in life, as also unalloyed bliss. Sandilya has expressed bhakti as ‘unabated and unslackening attachment to God.’

The Bhagavatam expands the frontiers of bhakti and states, ”When all energies of mind, organs of knowledge and of action become concentrated as a unified mental mode, directed to the Supreme Being, spontaneous like an instinct and devoid of any extraneous motives, the resulting state of mind is bhakti. It is superior even to mukti. Like fire it burns away the soul’s sheath of ignorance.”

Bhakti is divine engagement with the Supreme; it draws upon the highest energies of the soul. It calls for incessant yearning from a purified heart, soaked in devotion. Krishna said of the gopis, blessed souls who attained to this state and whose total devotion for Krishna is at the centre of the Bhagavatam: “They never learnt the Vedas, they never served any teacher, they practised no austerity, but by association with holiness and love alone they attained to Me.”

Sathya Sai Baba says:

“Devotion is the supreme state that man can attain. It is bhakti that proves the eternal truth, Tat Twam Asi Thou Art That that the devotee and God are one.” ~ Sathya Sai Baba

The Bhagavatam too declares bhakti to be the highest gift of God, bestowed on aspirants more rarely than mukti itself. No wonder then that the bhakta is ready to forego even the pleasures of Vaikuntha and the goal of mukti itself, for the ineffable delight of loving his Lord.

Today is Sathya Sai Baba’s birthday.

Times Of India Reference