Sathya Sai Music Fest From Tomorrow

Sathya Sai Music Fest From Tomorrow
Express News Service
First Published : 17 Nov 2009 01:53:00 AM IST

KOCHI: The 19th Sri Sathya Sai Sangeetholsavam organised by Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Vaikom, in connection with the 84th birthday celebrations of Sathya Sai Baba will begin on November 18. Renowned musicians will perform at the sixday classical music festival.

K G Raju, Director, Department of Cooperation, will inaugurate the festival.

Fr Francis Arikal, director, Welfare Group of Institutions and vicar of Nadel Church and Vaikom P K Nandana Varma, president, Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy Organisation, will speak at the inaugural function. Vaikom P S Venugopal, director, Kshetra Kalapeedam, Vaikom, will preside over the function.

The inaugural session will be followed by a sopana sangeetham performance and a vocal concert by Babu M Marar and a devotional music concert by Ambili and party.

Vocalists Babu M Marar, K J Chakrapani, Thenkarai Maharajan, Harirag Nandan, Aluva Gopakumar, Thamarakkad Krishnan Namboodiri, Muthu Krishna Moorthy, Changanassery Madhavan Namboodiri, Thoppur Sairam and Vaikom T V Jayachandran will perform at the festival.

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There is never a dull moment with Sai Baba

There is never a dull moment with Sai Baba
14/11/2009 14:00:00
Venkat Raman

I have often heard some people say that they visit Sri Satya Sai Baba in Puttaparthi (Andhra Pradesh) or Whitefield (near Bangalore) expecting him to materialise a gold chain, a wristwatch or at least vibhuthi (sacred ash).

Baba rarely obliges them.

For, his objective is to draw people into a world of piety, chastity, righteousness and good behaviour, and not to show them ‘miracles.’

“Then why do you do it?” I used to ask him.

“One day you would be writing impressive headlines to draw the attention of people to read your stories,” he prophesied.

“Why are there rewards for achievers?” he said, hoping that I would understand the import of his thoughts.

I have had the honour and privilege of knowing Baba since I was a teenager and learnt from him about life in all its vicissitudes over countless meetings and discussions.

I have also met people who used to arrive at the ‘Prashanti Nilayam’ in Puttaparthi just to have a glimpse of their favourite Bhagawan (God).

I distinctly remember a great writer and editor of a magazine telling Sathya Sai Baba 30 years ago, “I Want Peace.”

Lofty, meaningful goals
Instant came the reply, “Remove I (ego) and Want (desire) and you will have Peace.” Then turning to me, he said, “Just like all the wealth that one has, just like what you call, ‘miracles,’ everything is illusion. What is ultimate is the truth – of who you are and what you do.”

Sathya Sai Baba also used to tell me time and again, “Do not just to strive to raise your Standard of Living. You should lift the your Standard of Life. The former is material but the latter is eternal.”

My career has taken me to many countries around the world, I have spent more years living elsewhere than in the land of my birth, but I have never lost touch with the Greatest Teacher that I have ever had in life.

I also remember many world leaders, celebrities and people who you read about in newspapers or watch on television preferring to wait along with the crowd, rather than seek a special audience (not that he would always oblige) with Baba.

“Everyone is important for Baba and everyone is equal before my eyes,” he would say and then invite the least expected person and his family for a special meeting.

“Every person aspires for happiness and peace without understanding nature. While we are all a part of nature, why should we differentiate between each other in terms of wealth, community and religion? Though there are many determined men, no one knows the goal of life,” he said, speaking on his birthday recently.

Great social worker
Sathya Sai Baba’s Birthday (November 23) has always been a special occasion for me since my formative years. I would be excited to see a few hundred people (compared to tens of thousands today) come together to sing in his praise and do voluntary work.

Sathya Sai Baba is a great social worker.

From building roads and bridges to bringing potable water to the poor people in villages, he has achieved more than what any government anywhere could claim to have done in years.

Education has always been his passion.

“Look at those innocent faces,” he would say, showing me some photographs or pointing to children in an assembly, “they are so impressionable and therefore it is important that they are shaped well. Education without character is useless. It is like chanting a mantra without either understanding its meaning or concentrating on God. We should not let our children go astray.”

The educational institutions that he has built or funded are all today citadels of understanding and appreciating the larger aspects of life, rather than rote learning of arts and science subjects. Students are taught qualitative aspects of life and emerge from these schools and colleges as fine young men and women, without being addicted to alcohol, drugs or cigarettes.

An inimitable Avatar
Those were days of intense curiosity as well. I used to hear from ‘Kasturi Kaka’ that Satya Sai Baba is an Avatar and an actual incarnation of the full power of Divinity, of the Godhead.

The birth of Sathya Sai was an auspicious event, which has not occurred for more than 5000 years. In another major Age of Mankind, Baba was Lord Krishna, he would say.

Baba says that that divine essence has come again, as the prophets have foretold, to guide and uplift Mankind at this critical time in human history.

It is a historical fact that Divinity appears amongst us in order to remind us of our divinity.

“I know who I am. I have come to help you to realise who you are. You are no less. All of us are God Incarnate,” Baba has said on many occasions.

The Bhagavan, the Supreme Being, the Social Worker, the Doctor who cures all ailments and above all, the World’s Greatest Teacher is a class to Himself, attracting people of all religious faiths, income groups and nationalities into his fold. Whether he is an Avatar or not may be a subject of debate but the former is gaining ground.

On the occasion of his Birthday on November 23, Indian Newslink offers its salutations to Sathya Sai Baba on behalf of millions of his devotees all over the world.

Celebrations in New Zealand
Indian Newslink understands that Satya Sai organisations and groupings will mark the 84th Birthday of Satya Sai Baba on November 23 with prayers and other events. The following are some of them:

  • Skiptin Hall, 53 Skipton Road, Mangere, Manukau City from 715 pm to 930 pm
  • Mahatma Gandhi Centre, 145 New North Road, Eden Terrace 7 pm to 9 pm
  • Kelston Community Centre, 126 Awaroa Road, Kelston, Waitakere 630 pm to 945 pm
  • Edgewater College, 32 Edgewater Drive, Pakuranga, Manukau 430 pm to 730 pm

Indian Newslink Reference

84-Hour Long Sai Bhajans Programme

84-Hour Long Sai Bhajans Programme
TNN 8 October 2009, 06:53am IST

ALLAHABAD: A non-stop all religion bhajan programme would be organised by Sri Sathya Sai Seva Sangathan here as a prelude to 84th birthday celebrations of Sathya Sai Baba. Spreading the message of love, truthfulness, non violence, peace and co-existence, hundreds of devotees will start singing the Sai Bhajans on October 8 (7.30 am onwards) continuously for 84 hours.

The programme will start with the lighting of lamp by Justice Sanjay Mishra of Allahabad High Court. The bhajan programme will be held at Mathur Vaisya Dharmshala, Mumfordganj.

Giving information, Gopal Tiwari of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Sangathan said that the programme is being organised to spread the teachings of Sri Sathya Sai Baba. “Devotees, crossing the bar of caste and religion, belonging to different parts of the state have already arrived here for the programme,” he said.

Beside the bhajan programme, an exhibition on Sathya Sai Baba’s teachings will also be organised. The Bhajan programme will conclude on October 11 at 7.30 pm by Mahamangal Arti of Baba. The state president of the organisation, Y K Saluja will address the gathering and perform mahamangal arti.

Times Of India Reference

Sathya Sai Baba’s Horoscope

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba


Sathya Sai Baba’s Horoscope

Sathyanarayana, later known as Sri Sathya Sai Baba was born on 23 November 1926, early morning, before sunrise. The Indian calendar calculates the day as starting from sunrise. So the day, according to Indian calendar was between Monday the 22nd and Tuesday the 23rd. The occidental calendar marks it as Tuesday 23rd, which has been accepted as the Birthday of Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

His horoscope shows all aspects of a Mahapurusha. There is a conjunction of four planets in the Lagna (ascendant). They are the rising Sun, the Moon, Venus and Mercury. The Lagna has touches of Libra but the predominant aspect are of Scorpio. (Shuka Naadi says, ‘Born in Vrucchika (Scorpio) Lagnam, possessing the power of eight Siddhis’…. ).

Most important aspect of the horoscope is the characteristic of Vipareeta Raja Yoga (Sudden unexpected turning to fame and success). The Sun is in the ascendant, signifying everything related to Dharma, God, rituals, worship etc. Symbolic merging of Sun and Mars connotes a spirit of determination and self confidence. He assures devotees, “My Sankalpa will prevail”.

Saturn in association with the 9th Lord, assures great fame and endearing qualities. The planetary conjunctions also ensure appeal to the masses and longlasting fame, in spite of criticism and opposition.

His short stature and red robes are considered to go with the nature of Mars, the Lagna Lord. Meticulous care to personal appearance and dress, luxuriant curly hair are all attributaed to the Sun, Venus and Saturn combination. Aspects of Mars are seen in slender waist and curly shining hair. His Soumya (plesing nature) is typical of Scorpio.

Astrologers predict that after 1980, Ketu Dasa will commence for Him, when people will witness miracles surpassing previous phenomenion. After 1982, there may be a revealation, similar to 1940. After 1985, crucial events will show His great powers.

Sai Baba Horoscope

Sai Baba Horoscope

Reference: Balu, Shakuntala, Living Divinity, London, Sawbridge, 1984

Paying Homage To A Holy Man

Paying Homage To A Holy Man
Monday December 15, 2008
By ANN TAN

SOME 1,000 devotees, many of whom were attired in white and saffron clothes, turned up at Dewan Sri Pinang in Penang to celebrate Sathya Sai Baba’s 83rd birthday in grand style recently.

Various activities were held to mark the occasion, including vedic chanting and bhajans, blood donation and the presentation of donations to six charitable organisations.

Sathya Sai Baba Birthday Celebrations In Penang

Picture Above: United by prayers – Devotees of different religious traditions lighting the kutuvilaku (traditional Indian light) in front of Sai Baba’s altar and chanting prayers in Tamil, Mandarin and English.

State executive councillor Phee Boon Poh, who wore a white kurta, spoke of his family’s association with Sai Baba and the guidance he received from the holy man in carrying out his duties to the state and the people.

“I did not believe in other religions apart from Buddhism until my father, the late Phee Joo Teik who was an ardent Sai Baba devotee, told me that all religions have the same aim which is to help people,” he said.

Phee, who is state Health, Welfare and Caring Society Committee chairman, later presented RM10,000 from a well-wisher to a representative of the Ramakrishna Ashrama.

He said the well-wisher had given him two cheques of RM10,000 each for charitable organisations.

Sri Sathya Sai Baba Centre Penang chairman V. V. Sarachandran said Phee’s family had, in their possession, a robe worn by Sai Baba.

He said the robe was presented by Sai Baba to Joo Teik in the early 1990s.

“His family has loaned this robe for display at the main altar during this celebration,” he said.

Sathya Sai Baba Birthday Celebrations Joy

Picture Above: Auspicious day – Penang Sathya Sai Baba Centre member Chee Lean Inn (in white) cutting her birthday cake together with several children. Chee, 83, shares the same birthday as Sai Baba.

The highlight of the evening was a musical presentation of Smaranam comprising an ensemble of talented musicians and singers.

The evening concluded with an hour of bhajan (devotional congregational singing) by devotees.

Reference

Sai Centre Honours 83rd

Sai Centre Honours 83rd
November 26, 2008 Edition 1

THE Sathya Sai Centre, of Lenasia, celebrated the 83rd birthday of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba on Sunday at the Saiva Sithantha Sungam hall in Lenasia with a full day of activities, including cutting a special cake for the occasion and making awards to veterans and posthumous founders of the organisation.

There was an emotional moment for MC Sandy Raidoo as she read out the citations for the various awardees and then ended with that for her father, well-known Lenasia photographer Krish Ramlugan, who she said had repeatedly declined to be included on the list of awardees despite being the founder of the group.

To loud applause, Ramlugan accepted the award and recognised the role of others in the success of the group, before she showed a collection of photographs detailing how it had started with humble services in a private home, moving venues several times across Lenasia until it found its current permanent abode.

Reference

Sathya Sai Baba Birthday Celebrations – An Overview

Sathya Sai Baba Birthday Celebrations - An Overview

Sathya Sai Baba Birthday Celebrations - An Overview


Sathya Sai Baba Birthday Celebrations – An Overview

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