Recent Events At Prashanti Nilayam – Sathya Sai Baba Ashram

Recent Events At Prashanti Nilayam – Sathya Sai Baba Ashram

Curtesty Sri Sathya Sai Sadhana Trust:

In The News:

Satyasai Sports Meet begins in Puttaparthi
Express News Service First Published : 12 Jan 2009 04:10:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 12 Jan 2009 11:36:49 AM ISTANANTAPUR: Satyasai Sports Meet began at Hill View Stadium in Puttaparthi on Sunday. Students of Satyasai educational institutions are participating in the sports meet, which will conclude on January 14. Sri Satyasaibaba released pigeons marking the inauguration of the sports event. Prizes will be distributed to the winners on January 15. Earlier, the students accorded a warm welcome to Sri Saibaba when he arrived at the stadium to inaugurate the event. (ExpressBuzz Reference)

It ends with character, not knowledge

IN RESPONSE to your editorial Dealing With Violence In Schools in your January 12 edition, I wish to share a concept worth considering, particularly as education is provided free from primary to tertiary level.

The following is a pledge required of each student at the Sai Institute in India, where education at all levels is provided free of charge, like in Barbados.

I hereby solemnly declare and promise that, if admitted to the degree for which I have been duly recommended, I will, in my daily life and conversation and in thought, word and deed, conduct myself as befits a member of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning; that I will, to the utmost of my capacity and opportunity, support the cause of sound learning, humanity, morality and spirituality; and that, as far as lies in me, I shall uphold and advance the social and, indeed all round welfare of my countrymen and fellow men.

The aim is to have students transformed both into academic, as well as community heroes, since, as Sai Baba says, “the end of education is not knowledge, but character”.

– LALU N. VASWANI, Chairman, Sai Institute of Education, WI (NationNews Reference)

Curtesty RadioSai:

Thursday, January 15, 2009
This evening was the last session for all the students of the Sai Educational Institutions to gather together in this Sankranti season. Bhagawan arrived at 5.30, and after a round of the hall as the Bhajans went on, sat onstage till He accepted Arati. The ‘Birthday boys’ were blessed for the last twenty minutes onstage before Swami accepted Arati after the 75 minute Bhajan session.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009
The prize distribution function marking the end of the Annual Sports and Cultural Meet of the Sri Sathya Sai Educational Institutions was held this Sankaranthi morning in the Sai Kulwant Hall. After Bhagawan arrived and completed a round of the Hall seated in His special raised golden chair, the proceedings onstage got underway at 9.35 am. The girl student from the Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary School who secured all India rank in the XII class examination conducted by the CBSE was called onstage and felicitated. The medals and trophies of each of the campuses were then blessed by Bhagawan and the captains and vice-captains of each of the campuses came up to receive them. The distribution was followed by Bhagawan’s Divine Discourse. A couple of Bhajans followed, and the University brass band played a piece before Bhagawan accepted Arati and returned to His residence at 11.30 am.

In the evening, the Prasanthi Nilayam campus of the University presented a drama entitled ‘Sri Krishna Tatwa Darsanam’ in the Sai Kulwant Hall. Swami arrived at 5.15 for darshan and went to the Bhajan Hall for ten minutes of interaction with the students in costumes gathered there, following which the drama commenced at 5.30 pm. The 75 minute presentation brought out the message of the Krishna avatar to humanity through a series of episodes where He protected the Pandavas. Bhagawan came down from the stage and blessed the participants with group photographs after the moving drama. He then accepted Arati onstage and returned to His residence at 7.10 pm.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009
After a day’s rest, the presentations by the students continued with a drama by the Brindavan campus this evening. Bhagawan arrived at five o’clock and after a round of the Kulwant Hall in the car, came to the Bhajan hall where the actors were ready in costumes. He interacted with them for 10 minutes, asking after many of the characters. The drama ‘Bhaktha Pothana’ got underway at 5.20 once Swami came onstage. The 70 minute extravaganza was filled with songs, dances and famous stanzas of Pothana and was embellished with a magnificient temple backdrop. Bhagawan was very pleased with their efforts and called them up for group photographs. Bhajans commenced and prasadam was distribued, and after a couple of bhajans Swami called up the Brindavan Warden and asked him to tell the students that He would soon come to Brindavan and make all of them happy. After one more photo session, Bhagawan accepted Arati at 7 o’clock before retiring for the day.

Sunday, January 11, 2009
Bhagawan had come to the stadium in the mornings and in the evenings over the last few days, and had seen all the items to be presented by the students on the Sports Festival today. The morning programme commenced in the Vidyagiri stadium with Bhagawan arriving in a white robe just before 8.30 am. As He was escorted to the stage by the slow-march contingent, brass bands from Anantapur and Prasanthi Nilayam played marching music. This morning, the march-past of the Sai educational institutions with the torch-lighting ceremony was completed by 9.15 am. The torch was carried up the Hanuman hill by this year’s torch vehicle in the shape of a majestic Lion. The Prasanthi Nilayam, Anantapur and Brindavan campuses then completed their presentations in rapid succession by 11 o’clock, when Bhagawan accepted Arati and returned to His residence.

The evening presentation was by the Sri Sathya Sai Primary school, and Bhagawan arrived at the stadium by 4.15 pm. Swami was escorted into the Shanti Vedika stage by young cartwheeling gymnasts and their hour-long performance commenced with gusto. The younger children and the girls presented colourful mass items, and the boys presented gymnastics and roller-blading events. Bhagawan was very pleased with their presentation and blessed everyone profusely while returning to His residence after Arati at 5.20 pm.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Bhagawan went to the stadium both in the morning and in the evening yesterday, witnessing the students’ rehearsals there. As per His instructions, the Bhajans were held in the Sai Kulwant Hall instead of inside the Bhajan hall in the evenings. This evening, devotees from New Zealand presented a musical programme. The group of around a hundred performers were seated on either side of the stage. Bhagawan came for darshan at 4.50 pm and went into the interview room. He emerged at 5.10, and moving to the stage, moved down from the centre ramp to take a round of the ladies’ side in His chair interacting with many devotees. At 5.20, He came onstage to begin the musical programme. The first half of the programme consisted of Maori action songs. Most of the other songs were in English, with the last song being in Hindi and English. Bhagawan interacted with the lady who lead the Maori chants and blessed her with a chain at the end of the programme. Clothes were distributed to all the performers, and Bhagawan interacted with them for nearly twenty minutes before Bhajans commenced. Prasadam was distributed, and Swami accepted Arati at 6.20 pm before returning to His residence.

Monday, January 5, 2009
This evening, Bhagawan went to the stadium and watched the rehearsals of the students for the annual Sports and Cultural Meet events to be held on January 11. Seated on a raised platform near the front of Shanthi Vedika, Swami saw one hour of the practice session, seeing all except a couple of events and giving feedback on them. After He returned to the Mandir at 5.50, He sat in the Bhajan Hall for a couple of Bhajans before accepting Arati and returning to His residence.

Sunday, January 4, 2009
The Maharashtra youth were ready with a programme of songs this evening. Bhagawan came for darshan in the chair at 4.15 pm, and after a full round of Sai Kulwant Hall, sat onstage for a while before He went into the interview room to emerge at five o’clock for the programme. The ladies and gents sang half an hour respectively, with more than fifty singers in each group. The ladies’ songs were themed on the ideal ladies mentioned by Bhagawan in His Discourses, and during each song, children came up to present brief tableaux right in front of Swami. The gents sang Abhangs and also songs composed and sung by Bhagawan in the early days. After the programme, Swami came down from the stage and distributed clothes to some of the performers. He also sat among them for group photographs. After He came onstage, clothes were distributed to all, and the lady singers led bhajans as prasadam was distributed. Swami accepted Arati and returned to His residence after 6.30 pm.

Saturday, January 3, 2009
Today, the Maharashtra youth presented the second day of their programmes, with a sitar concert by Sri Neeladri Kumar and party. Bhagawan arrived for evening darshan and went into the interview room, emerging at 5.15 to commence the programme onstage. After a couple of pieces of fusion sitar music, Bhagawan blessed the artistes with clothes and the main performer with a ring. They performed one more piece including individual performances by the drumkit, tabla and mridangam artistes before Bhagawan accepted Arati at 6.10 pm.

Friday, January 2, 2009
The Sai Youth from Maharashtra are here in large numbers, seated as a group in Sai Kulwant Hall with their orange scarves. This evening, they were to present a programme of songs and a drama. Bhagawan arrived at around 5.30 pm and went into the interview room, emerging after twenty minutes to come onstage and begin the programme. The Maharashtra youth first brought up a series of lamps lit from various districts and offered them to Swami to the accompaniment of a song. Next was a 45 minute play on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Bhagawan blessed the participants with group photographs after the programme with the backdrop of the Red Fort and a huge tri-colour. Twenty minutes of Bhajans followed, led first by the Maharashtra youth and later by the students, while prasadam was distributed. It was 7.30 when Bhagawan accepted Arati and returned to His residence.

Thursday, January 1, 2009
The Sai Students – alumni of Prasanthi Nilayam and Brindavan – were ready to escort Bhagawan from His residence to Sai Kulwant Hall in a procession with flag marchers and Poornakumbham with Vedam. Swami arrived just before 10 am in a dazzling white robe seated on a golden chair, granting New Year darshan to the devotees who filled and surrounded Sai Kulwant Hall. When He reached the verandah, Bhagawan blessed the cakes there and came onstage to begin the programme arranged by the Sai Students. A band programme with symphonic and vocal accompaniment was followed by songs composed for the occasion by the Sai Students. The whole programme was interspersed with short speeches by the alumni, reliving their days with Sai. A bhajan medley formed the score for a short dance programme too. Swami blessed the participants who came up to Him one by one, and after prasadam was distributed, accepted Arati at 11.35 am.

Bhagawan arrived in the evening for darshan clad in a deep red robe. When He came onstage just before 5.30 pm, He blessed the brass band of the University to perform, and they played a couple of pieces with brief introductions. Songs by the students followed. Swami called up some of the alumni singers and asked them to sing, and they sang some of the group songs which used to be sung by the students in the mid-90s. After 45 minutes of music, Bhagawan delivered His Divine Message. Bhagawan’s emphasised the message of Advaita, stressing the point that there is nothing in this world which is not divine, and that we should conduct ourselves bearing this in mind. After speaking for more than 70 minutes, Bhagawan asked for Bhajans to begin at 7.25 pm. Prasadam was distributed, and Swami accepted Arati at 7.45 before returning to His residence.

Recent Events At Prashanti Nilayam – Sathya Sai Baba Ashram

Latest Photos from Prashanti Nilayam
December 21st 2008
Cultural Programme by Devotees from Srikakulam
December 17th 2008
Cultural Program by Youth from Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh
December 17th 2008
Bhagawan visits the SSS International Centre for Sports
November 30th 2008
Inauguration of the Sri Sathya Sai Books and Publications Trust Annexe Building

Recent Events At Prashanti Nilayam – Sathya Sai Baba Ashram
Curtesy RadioSai & SSS Book Trust

Monday, December 22, 2008
This evening’s bhajan session was for over 100 minutes. Bhagawan arrived after the Bhajans began at 5 pm, and moved to the interview room. After a series of interviews, He came to the Bhajan Hall and almost immediately accepted Arati at 6.45 pm.

Sunday, December 21, 2008
Three thousand devotees from Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh had gathered at Prasanthi Nilayam. Yesterday, they had a procession in the streets of Puttaparthi outside the Ashram. This evening, they had a chance to present their programmes in Sai Kulwant Hall. Bhagawan arrived at around 5.40 pm in His chair, and when He reached the stage, He asked the leader of the group to speak a few words of introduction. Following his Telugu speech, a 50 minute drama was presented by the youth and Balvikas children, on the transformative quality of Balvikas. The devotees sang some songs for fifteen minutes after the drama while chocolates were distributed to the participants and Bhagawan went down for group photographs with the children. Once He came back onstage, Bhagawan accepted Arati at 7.15 pm and returned to His residence.

Thursday, December 18, 2008
This evening, when Bhagawan arrived in Sai Kulwant Hall at five o’clock, He moved in His chair to where the youth from MP and Chhattisgarh were seated and moved among them. He said He wanted to give group photographs for the participants in yesterday’s drama. Since they could not arrange themselves where they were seated, the students vacated an area in the centre of Sai Kulwant Hall and the photo session went on there. Swami blessed two of the group with clothes and they also received their photos then and there. Moving to the Bhajan Hall where the Bhajans were going on, Bhagawan moved down the aisle in His chair and gave sarees to a lady and three of the bhajan singers there before He accepted Arati at six o’clock.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Since Saturday, when Bhagawan had enquired about the sports events of the students, they have been eagerly awaiting a visit from Him at the Indoor Stadium complex. Today, that visit materialised. Last evening Bhagawan came for darshan at 4.15 pm and this morning at 8.10 am, moving in a full darshan round of Sai Kulwant Hall in His chair. This evening, at four o’clock, Swami went to the Indoor Stadium directly from His residence and watched parts of tennis, volleyball and basketball intra-mural matches there. He returned to Sai Kulwant Hall at five o’clock, and after a brief visit to the interview room, came onstage for a performance by the youth from Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Fifteen minutes of traditional Karma dance from Chhattisgarh was followed by a Hindi adaptation of Bhagawan’s play ‘Cheppinattu Chestara’ (Do you do as you say). The half hour drama was followed by fifteen minutes of songs by Sri Abhas Joshi, a former Balvikas student and a top three finalist of a singing competition on national television. Bhagawan accepted Arati and returned to His residence blessing all the participants with Abhayahasta at 6.30 pm.

Saturday, December 13, 2008
Sri Ashok Chavan, the new Maharashtra CM, had an audience with Swami this morning. A couple of days ago, former Union Home Minister Sri Shivraj Patil had also come for Bhagawan’s darshan. This evening, the students presented a card detailing their Sports activities as the Bhajans went on, and after Arati Swami had a brief interaction with the students and teachers in the Bhajan hall, enquiring about the different events before returning to His residence in the car at 5.45 pm.

Friday, December 12, 2008
Devotees from Anakapalli had come to Prasanthi Nilayam as a group, and this evening they had the opportunity to sit near the Sai Kulwant hall stage and lead the evening bhajans. They run a Deena Janodharana Pathakam there for orphans and single mothers, and the children were also seated in the front. Bhagawan arrived for darshan in the chair at 4.45 pm, and interacted with some of the group before coming onstage and beginning their bhajans. He sat there while prasadam was distributed and had another short interaction with some group members after Arati at 5.50 pm before retiring for the day.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008
This evening, while the Bhajans went on, Bhagawan moved down the Bhajan Hall aisle and went out through the rear door. On the verandah, He blessed the faculty members of the Department of Economics of Sri Sathya Sai University, who presented a card to Him about their upcoming conference. The national conference begins on Thursday, December 4, at the Prasanthi Nilayam campus and has the theme ‘Economics and Energy’.

Sunday, November 30, 2008
The last few days have been quiet at Prasanthi Nilayam. Bhagawan has been coming to Sai Kulwant Hall in the evenings and some groups were blessed with interviews. This morning, Swami returned to His residence after 10.30 accepting Arati concluding the morning Bhajan, and a few minutes later went to the Sri Sathya Sai Books and Publications Trust where He inaugurated their new Annexe.

Baba’s Call To Uphold Human Values

Every-Young Sathya Sai Baba On 83rd Birthday

Every-Young Sathya Sai Baba On 83rd Birthday

Baba’s Call To Uphold Human Values
Express News Service
First Published : 23 Nov 2008 03:09:00 AM IST
Last Updated : 23 Nov 2008 01:19:00 PM IST

PUTTAPARTHI: Sri Sathya Sai Baba has predicted that the entire world will be like India in the coming 28 years.

Speaking at the 27th convocation of Sri Sathya Sai University at Sai Kulwant Hall in Prashanti Nilayam today, Saibaba stressed the need for inculcating human values in students.

Explaining the importance of selfless service,he urged students to lend a helping hand to even their enemies.

Baba advised parents against sending their children abroad for higher studies incurring a huge expenditure as there was nothing our own country could not afford to give. It was unfortunate that youngsters were migrating to other countries after getting educated, ignoring the interests of their motherland, he said.

Disasters may take place worldwide, but there will be no danger to India, which is a real beauty. In the land of Mahasadhwimanis like Sati Savitri, Sita and Damayanti, truth and dharma are two of its strong points, Saibaba said. Quoting from Bhagavatam, he stressed the importance of values like love, peace and humanity. One should be self confident and no obstacles could stop him from being successful, he said, urging the people to stand united and uphold the national integrity.

Former vice-chancellor G Venkataraman said students should understand and perform their social duty effectively. Students of Sathya Sai deemed university are lucky that they are getting value-based education with the blessings of Baba, he said. Saibaba was accorded a warm welcome by students when he entered Kulwant Hall to take part in the convocation. He presented gold medals and merit certificates to 21 students. Saibaba will give a darshan to his devotees at 7 am tomorrow on the occasion of his 83rd birthday. Minister for Major Industries J Geetha Reddy, Maharashtra Minister Ashok Chavan, Rayalaseema IG RP Thakur, District Collector V Anil Kumar, SP MK Singh and others were present.


How Sathya Sai Baba Materializes And Brings Forth Lingas From His Mouth

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba

How Sathya Sai Baba Materializes And Brings Forth Lingas From His Mouth

During the festival of Maha Shivaratri, the festival dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva, Sathya Sai Baba usually performs the sacred miracle of Lingodbhavam, the emergence of the Linga (an ellipsoid object symbolizing divinity) from Him. Howard Murphet, who had the privilege of witnessing the event from close quarters, gives a detailed account of this awe-inspiring miracle in his book “Sai Baba: Man of Miracles” thus:

I had been told that every year, one or more Shivalingams have materialised in Sathya Sai Baba’s body at this sacred period of Shivaratri. He ejects the lingams through His mouth for all to observe. They are always hard, being made of crystal clear or coloured stone and sometimes of metals like gold or silver.

At six o’clock Sai Baba, accompanied by a small group of disciples, came onto the Shanti Vedika and soon after that the speeches began. It was about eight-thirty, powerful electric lights illuminating the group on the platform, when Sai Baba rose to His feet. First He sang a sacred song in His sweet celestial voice that touches the heart. Then He began His discourse speaking, as He always does on such public occasions, in the Telugu tongue.

On the platform Mr. Kasturi was busy making notes of the address which would be published later in both Telugu and English. Sai Baba’s eloquence had been flowing in a steady stream for some half-hour when suddenly His voice broke. He tried again but only a husky squeak came. Bhajan leaders among the devotees, knowing what was happening, immediately gave voice to a well-known bhajan and then the great crowd joined in.

Baba sat down and drank from a flask of water. Several times He tried to sing, but it was impossible. Now He began to show signs of real pain. He twisted and turned, placed His hand on His chest, buried His head in His hands, plucked at His hair. Then He sipped some more water and tried to smile reassuringly at the crowd.

Some men around me were weeping unashamedly and I myself felt a flow of tenderness towards the being suffering there before us. I could not grasp the full significance of the event that caused the agony, nor perhaps could most of the great crowd watching, but to understand a thing with the mind is one matter and to feel its meaning in the bones and blood is another. Inwardly I felt that I was sitting at the very heart of something profoundly significant to mankind.

So, instead of blurring my eyes with the tears of sympathy, I kept them fixed on Baba’s mouth; my whole attention was glued to that point so that I would not miss the exit of the lingam.

After about twenty minutes, I was rewarded. I saw a flash of green light shoot from His mouth and with it an object, which He caught in His hands cupped below. Immediately, He held the object high between His thumb and forefinger so that all could see it.

A breath of profound joy passed through the crowd. It was a beautiful green lingam, and certainly much bigger than any ordinary man could bring up through his throat. Sai Baba placed it on the top of a large torch so that the light shone through its glowing emerald-like translucency. Then, leaving it there, He retired from the scene.

Mr. Kasturi, who had been present on the platform of the Shanti Vedika when it was produced, described it thus later, in print: “An emerald lingam, three inches high and fixed on a pedestal five inches broad that had formed itself in Him (Baba), emerged from his mouth to the unspeakable joy and relief of the huge gathering.”

Reference: “Sai Baba: Man of Miracles” by Mr. Howard Murphet. Page: 43-49 (Paperback Edition). Published by Macmillan India Ltd, 1972.