With Love Man is God – Sharon Sandweiss Speech

With Love Man is God – Sharon Sandweiss Speech

Ms. Sharon Sandweiss (wife of Dr. Samuel Sandweiss) was blessed to have an opportunity to speak in the Divine Presence on the occasion of Ladies’ Day 2009. In a gesture that is normal for any speaker, Sharon, upon coming to the podium, went upto Bhagawan seeking Divine blessings and in that moment of bliss missed out offering the Rose that was meant for Bhagawan. After reaching the mike, upon realizing her “folly”, she rushed back to Bhagawan with an apologetic smile, presenting the rose and what followed was a stream of unsullied love for the Divine. She spoke about Him and His Love sharing glimpses from His conversations with the Sandweiss family in some of the interviews.

Sharon Sandweiss: With deep humility and love I offer pranams at the holy feet of our beloved Sai Baba.

Respected elders, brothers and sisters, and dear students,

I am honored and deeply humbled to stand before you today. I offer my heartfelt gratitude to Sai Baba for His loving compassion.

Thank You, Baba, for Your love. Thank You for this festive, sacred, and meaningful day when we celebrate the sanctity of motherhood and the courage, compassion and amazing capabilities of women.

I PRAY THAT YOUR DIVINE LOVE COMES THROUGH MY WORDS.

Recently, my husband and I tried to express our gratitude. “Baba, You are always serving others. How can we help You?” Baba smiled and said, “I don’t need your help. You help your husband, and he helps you. You’re one. AND I HELP EVERYONE.” “But Baba,” we cried. “We love You so much!” Baba responded, “And I love you more!”

How can one understand this Divine Love?

This DIVINE LOVE is irresistible. It has brought us here from nearly every country and religion in the world. We all love our country, our sacred books, our family customs and special spices. Yet, we hunger for the same thing: We all want peace. We all want to love and be loved.

Once, my husband and I shared an interview with a large group. Baba started asking, “Where are you from?” The answer, “Russia.” He went around the room, asking everyone. Then He playfully asked me, “Are you from Russia too?” I answered, “No Baba”–but then I remembered, “Oh—But my grandparents were from Russia.” Baba smiled lovingly, and said, “See the Connection. ALL are connected. All are One.”

At first Glance, Russia and America seem very distant. Yet, the distance shrinks when compared to the vastness of space. We all inhabit MOTHER EARTH. We share the mighty mountains and great oceans. We are responsible to each other. When a factory belches toxic air, we all suffer everywhere. But when we offer love and work for the good of all in ONE UNITED VOICE, we can hear the UNIVERSE rejoice!

Thirty-seven years ago I was like many others. I worried about life and I worried about death, I worried about our children, and I worried about our pets. I smiled on the outside; but inside I was a sad and fearful soul facing a universe that seemed meaningless.

Fortunately, I married Samuel, who was constantly searching for meaning. In 1972 Sam went to India in search of God, and returned a month later transformed. He exclaimed, “God is on earth in the form of Sai Baba, You are God, I am God. Everything is God! Now our lives will change forever.” What was he talking about? Who was Sai Baba? What would happen to us? I was confused and scared.

WE have to remember that this was in 1972, in the ‘Dark Ages’ before the internet. Today we click a button and instantly connect with our wonderful Radio Sai to hear Baba’s words. But in 1972, it wasn’t easy to find information about Sai Baba, especially in the West.

I watched Samuel closely after that first trip. He was truly transformed–Happier, Calmer, more Peaceful, more Patient, and best of all, he became more Loving!! (Of course, he was always a loving person. He just became MORE loving.)

I was amazed. Can a person change so quickly? I, too, wanted peace. I, too, wanted faith! Within a few months I was on a plane to India with my husband. Baba had spared me a life of despair. He has brought Sanctity and Joy to our family life.

Sai Baba is a living presence in our life. He knows and loves each one of us. He lives in our heart as love, and love is all that’s lasting!
My husband and I were thrilled to tell our daughters—you’re not just the body. —You’re Divinity Itself. You’re pure love. Be Bold, Brave- like lions-and Unafraid, Follow your Conscience, think Sacred Thoughts, do Good Deeds, seek Good Company; You may stumble & fall, but problems are your teacher. Your loving Sai is by your side. Speak to Him—He’s in your heart as love!

Telling our children is not enough; they’re quick to see hypocrisy! We must become the example and show unity in thought, word, and deed. How can we tell our children to speak sweetly, if we’re shouting at our spouse? We must practice and refine, until we sparkle and shine. Following is a brief example of this truth.

When my husband returned from India, he immediately became a vegetarian!! This was unusual in America, where people think a meal without meat is incomplete! At first I was offended —he was refusing my cooking. But within a month or two, I suddenly realized that I was eating an animal, and I immediately became a vegetarian!

But how could we force our 4 young daughters to make such a radical change? Baba says that He is the Source, not the Force. So we told the girls that we would no longer have meat in the house, but that they could eat it outside the home.

But one day our twin daughters, who were about 7 years old, said to us, “Mommy—Daddy–we love animals too much. We don’t want to EAT them!” Their younger sisters chimed in “We too—we don’t want to eat animals either!!”Imagine-7 years old, and they had the PURITY to know that all life is sacred.

THIS small example illustrates several points: First, when we become the example, others will follow.
Secondly, WE ALL hold the TRUTH within us, and it is our duty as parents and teachers to help children manifest this TRUTH.
The third point is that secular life is not separate from spiritual life. When all acts are infused with love, EVERYTHING becomes sacred, including eating habits.

We worry about the State of the World. We want our children to be safe and happy, yet we see greed and disharmony everywhere.

YEARS AGO, we brought our concerns to Sai Baba: “Baba, The world is in trouble.”

Baba responded, “NO, THE WORLD IS GOOD; THE MIND OF MAN IS THE PROBLEM.”

“Baba, What should we do about schools?”

Baba answered, “The schools are the same. You must speak with your children; find out what they’re thinking. You don’t always know what is on their mind.”

Baba was reminding us of importance of good communication, respectful communication. Baba says, “First listen, try to understand, then adjust, or compromise, so as to achieve UNITY.”

As Baba spoke, I had a sudden thought–Where would the world be without the presence of God…

Baba interrupted my thought, and in a strong and serious voice, He said, ‘YES, IF IT WERE NOT FOR ME, EVERYTHING WOULD BE LOST!”

My husband and I shuddered at the urgency in His words—

GOD HIMSELF HAS COME TO SAVE US FROM OURSELVES!

Many years I asked Baba, “Can we do more?”

He responded, “Yes, I will give you the POWER, the STRENGTH, and the BLESSINGS to do more.”

He later said, “HOME AND FAMILY.”

Today, on Ladies’ Day, we affirm that family life is the foundation of life! When there is HARMONY, PEACE, and MUTUAL LOVE in our Family, God is present and the world is HAPPY!

We are ALL members of one Family— OUR ONE DIVINE FAMILY

When we serve our family with love, we SANCTIFY our lives.

When we uphold Justice, we JUSTIFY our lives

When we support the suffering women in the world, we DIGNIFY our lives.

When we preserve Mother Earth, we PURIFY our lives

And when we offer all to God, we GLORIFY our lives.

TODAY is a happy day.

TODAY we are DANCING IN ECSTASY PRAISING GOD’S GLORY

TODAY we pray together, “BABA-KEEP US CLOSE. DON’T EVER LET US GO! Grant us the POWER, the STRENGTH, and the BLESSINGS to earn your grace, and become Your Bliss.”

WE LOVE YOU.

Thank you, and Sai Ram.

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Education without values serves none: Baba

Education without values serves none: Baba
Express News Service
First Published : 23 Nov 2009 03:27:00 AM IST

PUTTAPARTHI: Higher education should not be pursued with an aim to amass wealth and get power.

It should be done for selfless service to the society, says Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

Addressing students at the 28th convocation of Sri Sathya Sai University at Sai Kulwanth Hall in Prasanthi Nilayam today, Sathya Sai Baba said the real purpose of education is served, when the needy are helped and the society gets the benefit. Love is all powerful and with it the world can be won. One should remember that education without values serves none and good conduct is far more valuable than wealth. There is no greater education or love than that of mother’s love. There is also no greater degree than love, he said.

Emphasising that what one learns through education should be used for the good of society, he said the greater meaning of education is love towards fellow humans and all living beings in the universe. Education is physical and educare is spiritual knowledge.

Expressing concern over the increased rat race for the worldly pursuit, he advised students to learn Sanatana Dharmas, which are truth, love and non-violence. “Love is God and it is in every living being. Inner satisfaction is far more worthy than physical satisfaction.” He advised people to reduce the use of cellphone which has become a hindrance to love and respect to people. “Instead of bringing people together, it is widening the gap among them,” he observed.

In his convocation address, Samuel Sandweiss of University of California, who is also the author of ‘Saibaba: The Holyman and Psychiatrist’, ‘Spirit and Mind’ and ‘With Love Man is God’, elaborated on the purpose and value of education in the context of spiritual needs of human beings.

He said education is the very process which lays the foundation for Dharma (Righteousness) by removing ignorance and letting the self inner shine. Citing examples of the earliest universities Oxford, Salamanca and Soroban in Europe and Nalanda and Taxila in ancient India, he said these institutions had deep religious and presumably spiritual foundations. He lauded the growth achieved by Sri Sathya Sai University and its endeavour for social welfare.

Varsity Vice-Chancellor Vishwanath Pandit presented a report. In all, 21 students received gold medals from the hands of Sri Sathya Saibaba.

District Collector P Janardhan Reddy, SP MK Singh, Puttaparthi MLA P Raghunath Reddy and others were present.

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Women’s day held

Women’s day held
Source: Hueiyen News Service

Imphal, November 19 2009: Women’s day was observed today in rememberance of the mother of Bhagvan Sathya Sai Baba, Easwarammam, at Shri Sathya Sai Mandir located at Mantripukhri under the aegis of Mahila Vibhag Shri Satya Sai Organisation, Manipur today.

The occasion was graced by ex-chairperson of Social Welfare Advisory Board, Manipur, S Satyabhama as the chief guest.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr G Ibemhal, State Mahila Spiritual Coordinator, underlined that the day has been celebrated to boost the moral value of the women since 1995 .

S Satyabhama said more lawlessness has prevailed in the state due to negligence in worshipping gods.

She said, the land will become more peaceful when the people devoted more on their respective beliefs.

The chief guest has also inaugurated a textile fair on the occasion.

Various songs were also presented by artistes today at the celebration programme.

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IIT will be established at Muddenahalli, says Moily

IIT will be established at Muddenahalli, says Moily

Chickaballapur June 2: Union Minister for Law and Justice M. Veerappa Moily on Sunday said that an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) would be established at Muddenahalli on the outskirts of Chickaballapur.

Addressing a meeting of Congress workers here, Mr. Moily, who represents Chickaballapur in the Lok Sabha, said that he had discussed the matter with Union Human Resources Development Minister Kapil Sibal. Steps would be taken soon to set up an IIT at Muddenahalli, he said. During his election campaign, Mr. Moily had promised that he would strive to get an IIT established at Muddenahalli, the birthplace of the legendary engineer Sir M. Visvesvaraya. Muddenhalli is all set to occupy a prominent place in the country educational map. Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) has also drawn up plans to set up Visvesvaraya Institute of Advanced Technology (VIAT) at Muddenahalli.

According to Higher Education Minister Arvind Limbavali, foundation stone for the VIAT would be laid this month at the 200-acre plot identified for the project. Besides facilitating advanced research in various branches of engineering and technology, the VIAT would offer degree and post-graduate courses.

Further, the Puttaparthi-headquartered Sri Sathya Sai University is also in the process of establishing its campus at Muddenahalli. Sathya Sai Baba, the Divine Chancellor of the deemed University, laid the foundation stone for the new campus at Muddenahalli in February this year.

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President Of India Visits Sathya Sai Baba At Prasanthi Nilayam

President Of India Visits Sathya Sai Baba At Prasanthi Nilayam

President Of India Smt Pratibha Devisingh Patil Visits Sathya Sai Baba At Prashanti Nilayam

President Of India Smt Pratibha Devisingh Patil Visits Sathya Sai Baba At Prashanti Nilayam


This day happens to be a special day in the annals of Prasanthi Nilayam as Her Excellency The President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil visited Prasanthi Nilayam. The President who came by a chartered Indian Air Force Aircraft was received at the Sri Sathya Sai Airport by the Collector of Anantapur, Secretary of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, Sri K. Chakravarthi, Vice Chancellor of Sri Sathya Sai University Sri Vishwanath Pandit, Former Vice Chancellor Prof. G. Venkataraman and other dignitaries.

The President who came into the Sai Kulwant Hall at 4:35 p.m. for His Divine Darshan was blessed by Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba with a half an hour audience. At the end of the interview Bhagawan blessed the Presidential support staff with Vibhuti Prasad. After the President and her entourage left the Nilayam, the three students who had performed Burra Katha on the previous day on the life of Mother Easwaramma gave another performance on the life of Shirdi Sai Baba.

As is the custom, the artistes began their performance by offering their salutations to Lord Ganesh. As they were offering their salutations to Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the traditional garlanding took place. The students began their interesting narration on the life of Shirdi Sai Baba supplementing it with songs and humour. Delineating on the birth of Shirdi Sai Baba, the artistes said that He was born to Hindu parents Devagiriamma and Gangabhavadia. The Divine couple Parvati-Parameswara appeared before Devagiriamma and Gangabhavadia and foretold that He would be born to them as their third child. The couple who were childless till then gave birth to a daughter and son. On 28th September 1835, Shirdi Sai Baba was born in the village of Patri. Though born to Hindu parents, Shirdi Sai Baba was brought by a Muslim couple. As a child, He used to go to a Hindu temple and proclaim about Allah and speak about Rama in a Mosque. He advocated the concept “Sabka Malik Ek Hai” (One God governs all).

From the year 1858, Baba lived in Shirdi. He spent his early days under a neem tree and later lived in the Masjid which he named as Dwarakamai or Mother Dwaraka. Baba used to feed the fakirs and devotees and even cook for them. Baba had a profound love and compassion for suffering humanity. The master used to personally attend to the needs of the sick as a physician and a nurse. Baba distributed the holy ‘Udi’ – the panacea for all troubles to his devotees. ‘Udi’ is the ash from the perpetual sacred fire – Dhuni lit by Baba. The Udi is the token of His divine grace to all who come to Him for help. He begged for alms and shared what he got with his devotees and all the creatures around him.

Once during the festival of lights, Deepavali, Baba wanted to light lamps in Dwarakamai. As the shopkeepers refused to give Him oil, Baba just poured water on the lamps and lighted them. One can call it was only a tip of the iceberg. Baba performed many such miracles in His lifetime. He lived for 83 years and attained Samadhi in the year 1918.

Thus ended another beautiful narration by the three artistes. Bhagawan blessed the Prasadam to be distributed to all the devotees. Arati was offered to Bhagawan at 6.00 p.m. before He retired to His Abode.

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Prez Has Darshan Of SaiBaba

President Pratibha Patil being given a warm welcome on arrival at Puttaparthi on Thursday.
Express News Service
First Published : 08 May 2009 09:30:29 AM IST
Last Updated : 08 May 2009 11:42:41 AM IST

PUTTAPARTI: President Pratibha Patil today had a darshan of Sri Satya Saibaba and later had a private audience with the Holy man for over 30 minutes at the Prashantha Nilayam here.

The President arrived here at the Satya Sai Airport from Banagalore at 4.10 p.m. and straight away drove to Srinivasa Guest House in the Prashanthi Nilayam. After spending some time at the Guest house, Pratibha Patil drove down to Sai Kulvant Hall.

She first had the darshan of the Swamy and later went inside the green room and had a personal talk with Satya Saibaba for about half hour. She left Puttaparti for Bangalore at 5.20 p.m.

Satya Sai Central Trust members, Industries Minister Geetha Reddy, Ananatapur ZP chairperson T Kavitha, Collector V Anilkumar, Rayalaseema IG R P Thakur and SP MK Singh received the President with official honours.

Police made elaborate bandobast for the visit of the President. Srinivasa Guest House was taken over by the SPG. Besides dog squads and bomb disposable squads, Armed Reserve Police, seven DSPs, 14 CIs, 26 SIs and 400 constables were deployed for the security.

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Recent Events At Prashanti Nilayam – Sathya Sai Baba Ashram

Recent Events At Prashanti Nilayam – Sathya Sai Baba Ashram

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Thursday, April 23, 2009
Bhagawan left for Kodaikanal this morning. Accepting Arati from the car at the Mandir at 7.45 am, Swami drove to the airport where His flight – a small business jet – took off at 8.20 am. The students and others who are to join Bhagawan at Madurai for the Kodai trip had left yesterday. From Madurai, the entire party will go to proceed up the Kodai hills once Bhagawan reaches Madurai this morning. Our next update will probably be after Bhagawan returns to Prasanthi Nilayam.

Saturday, April 19, 2009
Bhagawan has been coming for darshan only in the evenings for the last few days. Last evening He came just before five o’clock and accepted Arati after bhajans at 5.30 pm. Today, He came just before six o’clock as the bhajans went on. Accepting Arati at 6.15, Swami went into the interview room and called in a few people one by one including Justice Bhagawati. It was 7.10 pm when He returned to His residence, stopping and talking to a few devotees on the ladies’ side on the way.

Thursday, April 16, 2009
This evening Bhagawan inaugurated the new building of the Sri Sathya Sai Bhaktha Sahayak Sangh which provides administrative offices and warehouse facilities. Moving from Yajur Mandir a few minutes before five o’clock, Swami went to the new building in the car. A welcome song and a few bhajans were sung before Swami accepted Arati there. He then blessed all the stores employees who had gathered in the new building and went around all three floors, blessing all their equipment. An hour later, He came to the Sai Kulwant Hall after completing a round of the Ashram in the car where the evening bhajans were going on, accepting Arati at six o’clock. After Arati, He called up a Primary school boy and blessed him with a chain before returning to His residence.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009
This Vishu and Tamil New Year day, the devotees from Tamil Nadu presented a drama entitled “Sai Yuva Shakti”. Bhagawan came for darshan at 5.15 pm, and came onstage to start the programme just after 5.30 pm after a brief visit to the interview room. The fifty minute presentation highlighted the changes possible when political will meets Sai ideals. Bhagawan came down from the stage for group photographs with the participants and prasadam was distributed while the students sang Bhajans. Ten minutes later, Swami accepted Arati and returned to His residence in the car.

Monday, April 13, 2009
This evening, the balvikas children from Kerala presented a drama. Bhagawan came for darshan at 5.30 pm and came onstage fifteen minutes later to begin the proceedings. The fifty minute drama was entitled “Madhuram Gayati” and depicted the love of Radha and the Gopikas for Krishna. Swami went down from the stage for a group photo session with the children after their performance and sent clothes for them while Arati was being offered. Prasadam was distributed and Swami returned to His residence in the car at seven o’clock.

Sunday, April 12, 2009
This evening, the devotees from Kerala presented a musical programme. Devotees from Tamil Nadu and Kerala have arrived at Prasanthi Nilayam for celebrating the Tamil New Year and Vishu respectively, and this evening was their first programme. Bhagawan came for darshan in His chair at 5.30 pm, and began the programme when He came onstage at 5.45 pm. After half an hour, the classical Carnatic music concluded, and the bhajans by the students began. As He accepted Arati fifteen minutes later, Swami called up the music troupe and blessed them with clothes before returning to His residence in the car. The Governor of Rajasthan Sri. S. K. Singh and former Election Commissioner Sri. T. N. Seshan were also at Prasanthi Nilayam over the weekend.

Thursday, April 9, 2009
This evening, the students of the Sri Sathya Sai University presented a dance programme. Bhagawan arrived for darshan by 4.15 pm, and when He came to the verandah, He saw the students in costumes in the Bhajan Hall and interacted with them briefly. Later, He came to the stage and the programme commenced at 4.45 pm. The half-hour programme had six pieces with brief introductions in Telugu and English. After the programme, Bhagawan came down from the stage and had group photographs with the students before moving to the interview room. Bhajans commenced and Swami sat onstage till He accepted Arati at six o’clock.

Sunday, April 5, 2009
This evening, Bhagawan had asked the famous Blues singer Ms. Dana Gillespie to sing. The stage was set and Bhagawan arrived for darshan at 5.30 pm. After a brief introduction by the All India Sai Organisation President, the music programme commenced at 5.45 pm. After the forty minute presentation of fusion music with English lyrics, Swami asked the students to sing some English songs. A couple of songs later, He asked them to sing a Telugu song and then accepted Arati before returning to His residence at 6.35 pm.

Saturday, April 4, 2009
This evening, the students of the Sai University presented a Burrakatha entitled ‘Yugavatara’. Bhagawan came for darshan just as the five o’clock bhajans began, and after His darshan round, moved to the interview room. He emerged forty minutes later, and seeing the students in costumes in the Bhajan Hall, asked them to begin their programme. The bhajans were stopped and the Burrakatha began at 5.50 pm. After the forty-five minute presentation, Swami accepted Arati and blessed the participants with group photographs before returning to His residence.

Friday, April 3, 2009
This Ramanavami morning was to be the occasion for the handing over of the first 200 houses of Bhagawan’s flood relief programme to the recipients from Orissa. The families who were to receive Swami’s bounty were seated together as couples in the front part of Sai Kulwant Hall. Bhagawan came for darshan in a yellow robe seated on the raised golden chair at 9.20 am. When He came to the centre of Sai Kulwant Hall, He asked for the distribution function to begin. Utensils, mats and other items of household use were packed in bags and handed over to each family as Swami sat amidst them and watched. The Vedam chanting continued as Swami came onstage and asked for more items to be distributed – pocket calendars and prasadam. Arati was offered at 10.20 before Bhagawan returned to His residence.

The evening programme began with Swami coming for darshan at 4.50 pm. When Bhagawan came onstage, He called up the All India Sai Organisation President Sri V. Srinivasan to introduce the speakers for the day. Dr. Ramesh Chandra Panda, member of the Central Administrative Tribunal of the Government of India, spoke first, explaining Bhagawan’s service projects in Oriya and English. Sri Kondala Rao, the chief engineer associated with Bhagawan’s major projects like the Drinking Water supply projects and the Orissa housing project, spoke next on Swami’s compassion and love in undertaking the projects. Bhagawan then delivered His Ramanavami message. In His fifty minute Discourse, Swami narrated some aspects of the Ramayana story which had profound messages. He also pointed out that Bharatiyas, though they may undergo hardships, are not troubled by them due to their faith in the Lord and their confidence in the Self. It was seven o’clock when Swami accepted Arati and returned to His residence.

Thursday, April 2, 2009
The bhajans have been held in the Sai Kulwant Hall in the mornings as well as in the evenings for the last couple of days. This morning, Bhagawan came for darshan as the bhajans went on at 9.50 and sat onstage before accepting Arati at 10.20 am. He then asked Prof. Mukundan, the Kerala State Sai Organisation president, to announce the evening programme.

In the evening, devotees from Orissa presented their programme on the eve of Ramanavami. Bhagawan had undertaken to build houses for the flood victims of Orissa, and the first batch of recipients were here today. Once Bhagawan came onstage after His darshan round just before five o’clock, He sat there listening to the Vedam chanting for a while before asking the leader of the Orissa group to announce the recipients’ names after a brief introduction. Clothes were distributed to them as they came up to Bhagawan. Swami went into the interview room briefly after the distribution before returning onstage for their cultural programme just before six o’clock.

They began their programme by welcoming Bhagawan with conch-blowing. A “Pala” performance followed, narrating in rustic style their travails and Bhagawan’s helping hand. Bhagawan blessed the main performer with a chain at the end of his performance. A 20-minute Hindi drama on Sabari’s story was the next presentation. After each presentation, the devotees prayed that Bhagawan bless their state with a visit. Swami moved down from the stage and moved among the performers for group photographs before He returned onstage to accept Arati and return to His residence at 6.45 pm.

Recent Events At Prashanti Nilayam – Sathya Sai Baba Ashram

Recent Events At Prashanti Nilayam – Sathya Sai Baba Ashram

– Curtesty RadioSai:

Friday, March 27, 2009
The new Telugu year “Virodhi” was ushered in on this Yugadi morning with Bhajans in the beautifully decorated Sai Kulwant Hall. Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba arrived just before ten o’clock and came onstage after a full round of the hall in the chair. He sat onstage with the bhajans going on for a few minutes and then asked one of the MBA Professors to announce this evening’s music programme by the students. Arati was then offered at 10.20 am following which Swami returned to His residence blessing many devotees on the way. In the evening, Bhagawan arrived for darshan at 4.45 pm in the golden-coloured special chair and began the music programme by the students when He came onstage at five o’clock. Carnatic and Hindustani classical music along with a Quawwali and semi-classical songs were presented with panache by the students for an hour till Bhagawan accepted Arati a few minutes past six o’clock and returned to His residence.

Saturday, March 21, 2009
This evening, the outgoing batch of students of the Sri Sathya Sai Mirpuri College of Music, Prasanthi Nilayam, presented their gratitude programme. Bhagawan completed His darshan round and came onstage to begin their programme at 5.30 pm. Their hour-long musical presentation fused the Carnatic and Hindustani styles of Indian classical music in a harmonious offering. Bhagawan accepted Arati at 6.30 pm before returning to His residence after a brief interaction with the music college students.
Gratitude Program by students of SSS Mirpuri College of Music, 21 Mar 2009, Images

Tuesday, March 17, 2009
This evening, Bhagawan came for darshan at 5.30 pm while the bhajans were going on. When He came onstage, He called up some of the students who were holding letters, these were the students from the campus here who had secured ranks in the GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) Exam including a few ranks in the top ten. He interacted with them and blessed them with group photographs, and gave a chain to one of them. It was 6.10 when Swami accepted Arati. He then moved to the interview room for ten minutes before interacting with some devotees on the verandah for a short while and then returning to His residence in the car.

Monday, March 16, 2009
The graduating batch of post-graduate students from the Prasanthi Nilayam campus of the Sri Sathya Sai University presented their gratitude programme this evening. Bhagawan came for darshan in His chair and after a round of the hall and a brief visit to the Bhajan Hall, came onstage to begin the programme just after 5.30 pm. The students innovated with items like Dumb Charades on scenes of Swami’s childhood, a mimicry session as part of ‘passing the parcel’ and so on, in addition to a musical tribute and short speeches in various languages. Bhagawan went into the interview room after 45 minutes had elapsed, and returned after five minutes for the programme to continue for twenty minutes more. As the students sang bhajans, they went up in small batches and had group photographs onstage. It was seven o’clock when Swami accepted Arati and returned to His residence.
Gratitude Program by final year PG students of SSS University, 16 Mar 2009, Images

Sunday, March 15, 2009
The outgoing batch of students from the Brindavan campus of Sri Sathya Sai University presented their gratitude programme today. Bhagawan came for evening darshan in the chair, and after His darshan round, came to the Bhajan Hall where some of the students were in costumes. After a brief interaction with them, He moved to the interview room and later to the stage to begin their programme at 4.50 pm. Since Bhagawan had called their batch the “Vainateya”s, Vainateya being another name of Garuda, the characters in costumes Lord Narayana, Garuda and Narada gave a brief introduction to their programme of songs interspersed with short speeches in various languages. Bhagawan blessed them with group photographs after their programme and seemed to acquiesce when they pleaded with Him to come to Brindavan. After ten minutes of Bhajans by the students in which they again sang Bhajans like “Aao Aao Nandalala”, Swami accepted Arati and returned to His residence at 6.30 pm.

Saturday, March 14, 2009
Last evening, the devotees from Bihar and Jharkhand were to leave, but they were informed that Bhagawan had consented to have their drama this evening, so their stay at Prasanthi Nilayam was extended by another day. Bhagawan came for darshan and went into the interview room after a brief visit onstage, speaking to some ministers from Tamil Nadu on the way. When Swami returned onstage, the programme commenced at 5.30 pm. In a 40 minute drama entitled “Chaitanyam”, the balvikas children and youth brought out a message of love for Mother and Motherland through Educare. Bhagawan came down from the stage and had group photographs with the participants, and then gave them clothes seated amidst them. When He returned to the stage, the students began bhajans at 6.15 pm. A couple of Bhajans later, Swami accepted Arati and returned to His residence.
Holi Celebrations by Bihar and Jharkhand, 11 & 14 Mar 2009, Images

Wednesday, March 11, 2009
The Sai Kulwant Hall was colourfully decorated for the Holi celebrations by the devotees from Bihar and Jharkhand. Bhagawan came for evening darshan at 4.30 pm and when He came onstage twenty minutes later, the Holi celebrations commenced. The programme consisted of dances to the accompaniment of Holi songs by the devotees from Bihar and Jharkhand. After their 45 minute programme, Bhagawan went briefly to the interview room, and when He returned to the stage, the devotees commenced bhajans. Swami sent clothes for the participants and blessed them with group photographs while prasadam was distributed. At six o’clock, Bhagawan accepted Arati and returned to His residence.

Sunday, March 8, 2009
This evening, Bhagawan came for darshan in His chair at 4.45 pm and came onstage entering the verandah from the Eastern side. Listening to the Vedam chanting for a while and blessing some of the students, He went into the interview room before the five o’clock bhajans commenced. In a few minutes, He returned to the stage and sat there while the bhajans went on till He accepted Arati at 5.45 pm. While He was returning to His residence in the car, the students of the outgoing batches of the Anantapur campus of the Sri Sathya Sai University prayed for a chance to sing for Him. Swami stopped His car near them and they sang a couple of songs and got items blessed by Him from the car itself before Bhagawan returned to His residence.

Saturday, March 7, 2009
The outgoing batch of undergraduate students of the Prasanthi Nilayam campus of Sri Sathya Sai University were ready with their gratitude programme today. Bhagawan came for darshan and went into the interview room by 5.30 pm. It was nearly six o’clock when He came onstage and asked for the programme to commence. Swami was pleased with their presentation of songs and short heart-felt speeches in many languages. He called them onstage for photographs with Him, and they went up in groups of five and six. After the students, it was the turn of the teachers, and most of the teachers of the University were blessed with padanamaskar and a group photo. After blessing everyone profusely, Bhagawan retired for the day after Arati at 7.10 pm.
Gratitude Program by III year UG students of SSS University, 07 & 15 Mar 2009, Images

Friday, March 6, 2009
This evening, materials for distribution to the needy were kept in the centre of Sai Kulwant Hall. The devotees from Khamman were distributing not only items for earning a livelihood like wet-grinders and sewing machines, but also computers with suitable software to visually challenged students and hearing aids for those hard of hearing from a Deaf-Dumb-Blind school in their district. Bhagawan arrived in Sai Kulwant Hall just after five o’clock and went into the interview room. When He came onstage, the leader of the group called out the items for distribution after an introductory speech at 5.45 pm. When the distribution concluded, one of the visually challenged children presented a song on the sweetness of the Telugu tongue. A music programme by the devotees followed, while Bhagawan called up and blessed all the visually challenged students. After half an hour of the songs by the devotees, He called up two of the student singers and blessed them with bracelets. They then sang a few bhajans with alap before Bhagawan accepted Arati at 7 pm and returned to His residence.

Thursday, March 5, 2009
This evening, the devotees of Khammam district of Andhra Pradesh presented their programme. The proceedings got underway with Swami coming onstage and the leader of the group making an introductory speech in Telugu at 5.20 pm. The dance-drama presented by them for the next 45 minutes exhorted the youth to arise and join Sathya Sai. Bhajans by the devotees commenced after Bhagawan blessed the participants, and twenty minutes later, He accepted Arati at 6.45 pm.

Monday, March 2, 2009
This evening, the students of the XI class of the Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary School presented a drama, ‘Journey to Sai’. Bhagawan came for darshan just after five o’clock, and came to the Bhajan Hall after His darshan round, interacting with the students in costumes there for a while. The 50 minute drama began at 5.30 pm once Swami came onstage and the Principal of the school announced the presentation. Swami blessed the participants after the drama by moving down from the stage for group photographs with them. Once He came onstage, He accepted Arati at 6.30 pm. He interacted with some teachers and students for a few more minutes before returning to His residence in the car.

Sunday, March 1, 2009
This morning, Bhagawan came for darshan just after the nine o’clock bhajans began. After completing His darshan round in the chair, He came near the Primary School students, and the XII class outgoing batch of girl students brought up many items to be blessed by Him. After a few minutes of interaction, they began singing songs to Him, and the bhajans were stopped. Swami sat near them and later on the verandah and listened to their singing for nearly twenty minutes, sending them chocolates and vibhuti prasadam. After a brief visit to the interview room, the bhajans recommenced, and Swami came onstage and sat there while the bhajans went on for another twenty minutes. He then moved around the verandah, remaining there for twenty minutes, and then went into the interview room for twenty minutes. It was eleven o’clock when He returned to His residence after accepting Arati onstage. In the evening, He arrived for darshan at 4.45 pm, and had another long bhajan session till just after six o’clock.

Recent Events At Prashanti Nilayam – Sathya Sai Baba Ashram

Recent Events At Prashanti Nilayam – Sathya Sai Baba Ashram

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009
The last couple of days had extended bhajan sessions in the evening with Swami in the interview room for much of the time. This evening, Bhagawan came for darshan at 4.30 pm and while crossing the ladies, interacted with some of them. As a result, the students were asked to clear the centre of the hall, and a group of ladies from Hyderabad came up to present a music programme. They began with Vedam chanting while their accompanists scrambled to bring their instruments. Bhagawan listened to their presentation for 45 minutes before He went into the interview room and they began singing bhajans. Swami emerged in ten minutes with clothes for all the performers. While the sarees and safari pieces were being distributed, Bhagawan interacted with some of the group members. The students began bhajans and prasadam was distributed. Swami accepted Arati ten minutes later at 6.15 pm before returning to His residence in the car.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009
This evening, devotees from Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh presented their programme. Bhagawan arrived by 4.45 pm and when He came onstage, the devotees brought up many items for Blessings and then began their drama “Sri Paadaalu”. After the 45 minute Telugu drama which presented the transformation of a scientist with scenes from the famous pilgrim centres of Chittoor – Kaanipaakkam, Tirupati and Kalahasti – the devotees sang a few bhajans while prasadam was distributed. Bhagawan accepted Arati at 6 pm before returning to His residence in the car.

Saturday, January 31, 2009
This evening, the Chinese devotees from the South East Asian countries continued their Lunar New Year celebrations. Bhagawan was ushered into Sai Kulwant hall in a procession with lion dancers and children chanting mantras at 5.15 pm. The Singapore Sai organisation President gave a brief welcome address after many traditional items like red packets and Mandarin oranges were offered to Swami. This was preceded by chanting of Buddhist and Vedic mantras by the children. Dances by children from Indonesia and Malaysia were followed by a drama ‘Love and Gratitude’ in which these values were brought out in three brief parts. A couple of songs and bhajans in Mandarin were followed by a bhajan by the students while prasadam was distributed. Swami then accepted Arati and returned to His residence at 7 pm.

Friday, January 30, 2009
Devotees from South East Asia and China have arrived at Prasanthi Nilayam along with Tibetan monks from their monastery in Karnataka for the celebration of the Chinese New Year. This evening, they were to present a programme of chants. In the morning, Bhagawan had told the UAE group that He would give them prasadam in the evening. Accordingly, they were seated separately in rows with paths between rows. Swami came for darshan at 4.45 pm, and moved among them in His chair for more than half an hour, giving them vibuti packets. After a brief visit to the interview room, He then emerged onstage for the Chinese New Year celebrations to begin with chanting by the Tibetan monks.

The programme of chanting was preceded by the presentation of Katas or ceremonial scarves and other items to Bhagawan. The half-hour of chanting by the Tibetan monks was followed by chants by all the devotees of various Buddhist and Tibetan mantras followed by the Gayatri mantra. The devotees sang a bhajan while prasadam was distributed, and Bhagawan accepted Arati before returning to His residence at 6.50 pm.

Thursday, January 29, 2009
Devotees from the UAE and other Gulf states presented a programme of songs and bhajans this evening. The 400-strong group was seated in the centre of Sai Kulwant hall with their green scarves. Some of the Tibetan monks who have already arrived for the Chinese New Year celebrations later this week were seated next to the UAE group. Bhagawan arrived just before five o’clock, and when He came onstage, the devotees began with “Sundara Sundara Vinayaka”. After every couple of bhajans, they sang simple devotional songs in Persian, Arabic and Urdu, extolling the many names of Allah. After half an hour, Swami accepted Arati and returned to His residence at 5.50 pm.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009
This evening, the Delhi youth presented their cultural programme. Bhagawan arrived at five o’clock, and after a round of the hall, went into the interview room and emerged in a few minutes to go onstage and begin the programme – a half-hour bilingual drama in English and Hindi and then half an hour of group songs. Bhagawan blessed them with prasadam and clothes, and asked for bhajans by the students. After a couple of bhajans, He accepted Arati and returned to His residence at 6.30 pm.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009
This evening, Bhagawan blessed both the Delhi youth and Krishna district groups to have their distributions. The centre of Sai Kulwant Hall was filled with items for distribution. Sewing machines, bicycles, grinders and other kits for vocational self-sufficiency were being provided by the devotees from Krishna district to 83 needy recipients. The Delhi youth were distributing tricycles to physically challenged folk from Anantapur district. Arriving for darshan by 4.10 pm, Swami moved to the interview room after taking a look at the items arrayed for distribution. At 4.25, He came onstage and moved down from the centre ramp to sit among the recipients. The distributions of both groups concluded in twenty minutes, with the recipients coming up to Swami as their names were called out. Bhagawan then asked for prasadam to be distributed. Not content with that, He Himself moved among all the recipients and their helpers in His chair, giving them vibhuti packets and interacting with many of them. It was 5.15 when He returned onstage and asked for the bhajans to begin. Half an hour later, He accepted Arati and returned to His residence.

Sunday, January 25, 2009
Groups from Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kerala, the UAE, Delhi and Krishna district (of Andhra Pradesh) have gathered at Prasanthi Nilayam, so the Sai Kulwant Hall is packed and overflowing. This evening, the devotees from Krishna district presented a programme. Bhagawan arrived at 4.50 pm in His chair, and after He reached the centre of the hall, gave some directions to Mr. Chakravarthy, the Central Trust Secretary who was following Him. After Mr. Chakravarthy returned completing the errand, Swami turned back and the children sitting on the path moved to make way for Him. Swami then came onstage and the programme began with devotees bringing up items for Blessings. An announcement was made about the seva activities undertaken in Krishna district, and a tiny tot made a short Telugu speech about his Lord. The drama ‘Krishna Tarangaalu’ then got underway. Bhagawan’s message of Value-based service to humanity was brought out in the drama which had many dances and songs. At six o’clock, when the performance concluded, Swami came down from the stage and blessed the group with group photographs and clothes. At 6.15, bhajans began. Prasadam was distributed, and at 6.30, Swami accepted Arati and returned for the day.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009
The last few days have been quiet at Prasanthi Nilayam after the Sankranti celebrations. Bhagawan has been coming in the evenings, and occasionally before the five o’clock bhajans begin. Some of the bhajan sessions were extra long, like on Sunday morning, with Swami accepting Arati only after more than an hour of singing. Evening bhajans continue to be in the Sai Kulwant hall, so all have the blessing of seeing Swami while singing to Him. This evening, Bhgawan came for darsan by 4.10 pm, and a couple of days back He had come at 4.30 pm.

Call Me Whenever You Need Me

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba


Call Me Whenever You Need Me

Ms. Indira Devi narrates her first meeting with the Omnipresent in human frame…as extracted from Sanathana Sarathi, August 1967

I had never heard of Sathya Sai Baba before although I still was in Bombay during the first 3 days of His visit there. In retrospection, I am glad things happened the way they did, as otherwise I would not have gone to Puttaparthi to see Him if I had met Him at Bombay. I had first heard of Him only when I stopped off at Adyar, Madras, from Howard Murphet. When, after returning from Saigon to India, I was finally on my way to Puttaparthi, I kept asking myself, why am I going to see Him. I was, after all, not in need of any help or in search for a guru; but the Inner Voice calling me there was so strong that I could not disobey it.

It was a hot April afternoon when I arrived in Prasanthi Nilayam. I was given a room where Gabriella Steyer, a Swiss school teacher sweetly took care of me. She had spent a year and a half there. Listening to her experience during her stay there was like listening to a fantastic fairy-tale. She had witnessed many miraculous cures. She had seen Him multiply food, taking from the air any object He wished to give to His devotees and even produce Amrita by squeezing His hand and giving it to drink to about 500 people without refilling the vessel. Gabriella was not tired to go on with her stories, and I was not tired to listen to them. Finally she suggested that we go to sit outside the Mandir doorsteps. Then Baba appeared in the doorway. Except for the bright orange colour of His robe and the thick crop of His hair standing like a black halo round His head, He did not at all resemble the photographs of Him I had seen. His tiny, slim figure and finely cut features were exactly the opposite of the way He looks in photographs.

“May be, He will see you tomorrow morning before you leave,” whispered Gabriella. A few minutes later, Sri Sathya Sai Baba appeared on the upper balcony and looked down. Our eyes met. Suddenly my heart began beating violently. I was called in for the interview. As I stood up I felt I was growing taller and taller. If Gabriella and other girls had not supported me, I would have fallen down upon entering the interview room, as I did not any longer feel the floor under my feet. Some one switched on the fan, but I was not feeling hot or faint.

“I don’t know why I have come here,” were my first words. “I was already in Saigon on my way home but the pull was so strong that I had to come and see You.” I also told Him about our Yoga Centre in Tecate and showed Him some pictures. “You must come there, Swami,” I said. He took my hand in His and tapped it three times, stating, “I say three times I shall come. I will keep My promise.” I told Him that I was guided here by Swami Vivekananda, who, so I was told by two clairvoyants, is my protector and guardian on the other side. At the end of our interview He asked me what I wanted. “Jyoti,” I answered, “since I want to start a crusade for ‘Light in Darkness.'” He made movements with His hand in the air and handed me a bright little image of Himself. And, although I had been told by the Murphets about His way of taking things from the air, yet seeing it happen with my own eyes did something to me. I kept looking at the little medallion with wonder, when He took it back saying, “Wait, I’ll give you some Vibhuti too.” A light movement of His fingertips and the ashes poured over the little image like a snowfall. Overwhelmed, I had to joke it off in order not to break into tears. “Don’t make it disappear now,” I said. “No, no, if I gave it to you……” “I am only joking”. And we both laughed.

“Call Me whenever you need Me and my Grace. I shall be with you,” were His parting words.

Reference

Annual Sports and Cultural Meet of Sri Sathya Sai University

Sathya Sai Baba Sports And Cultural Meet 2009

Sathya Sai Baba Sports And Cultural Meet 2009


PRASHANTI OLYMPICS:
Annual Sports and Cultural Meet of Sri Sathya Sai University

January 11, 2009

Victory and defeat are the two sides of the same coin. Victory comes out of defeat and defeat can be turned into victory. These two sides of the same coin are moments that become synonymous with the game called life. Perfected under the tutelage of Bhagawan with value oriented education, the students from Sri Sathya Sai University had in display the greater spirit of sports with a blend of cultural and ethical presentations on the 11th January at the Sri Sathya Sai Vidyagiri Stadium on the occasion of Annual Sports and Cultural Meet – 2009 of the University attended by a vast concourse of devotees.

Sports has earned a permanent place in the Prasanthi Calendar that every year 11th January is celebrated as Sports and Cultural Meet in the Divine presence of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the Divine Chancellor. Over the years, thousands of parents and numerous devotees from all over the world have witnessed this January’s spectacle grandeur in Prasanthi Nilayam. Though the competitive events within each campus completes before the fixture of this day, this day stands specially marked as a day of great celebration of sportsmanship, harmony, patience and perseverance, the finest of qualities that have been heard echoing from the guardian hills of this spiritual township, reverberating through times to the Sai Fraternity all over the world. A striking feature of this annual event is the variations in the programmes from year to year and the enthusiasm with which the students vie with one another in offering them at His Lotus Feet to make Him proud and happy.

Braving chill weather thousands of devotees started streaming into the stadium from the early hours, well in advance of the scheduled hour of inauguration. Riot of colours, of course with huge white patches in between depicting the characteristic prasanthi brand, filled the galleries, with men and women from various parts of the country and the world over filling the seats awaiting His Divine arrival.

As the scheduled hour fast approached, the stadium was abuzz with enthusiasm as final preparations for the kick-off was gaining momentum. The vast amphitheatre, well guarded by guardian deities on the hillock on one side, joined by the hundreds and thousands of spectators on the other end, was a perfect combine of hues of orderly attraction, as students from the three campuses took positions, aligned in order to formally welcome the Divine Chancellor.

Dressed in shining white, showering His benedictory smile on the vast concourse of devotees and students, Bhagawan arrived at the Vidyagiri Stadium just after 8:20 a.m. in a regal procession lead by the University Band. Preceded by four pairs of motorcyclists, both boys and girls from the University, Bhagawan was accorded a grand welcome, lead by the Brass Band from the Anantapur Campus, followed by the Band from Prasanthi Nilayam Campus for Men. Upon crossing the newly built gigantic arch on the way to Shanti Vedika, the Anantapur Band offered guard of honour to the Lord that was followed by the special flag squad with a canopy of flags representing different houses.

Upon alighting at the dais, Bhagawan was received by the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Vishwanath Pandit, followed by the Registrar of the University, Principals and Wardens from the three campuses and other officials. Joining scores of dignitaries on the dais, Bhagawan lit the lamp formally inaugurating the Meet. Dressed in a disciplined, distinguished fashion, marching past Shantivedika, the dais, saluting the Divine Chancellor is one of the highest privileges bestowed upon the students of Sathya Sai University. This march past used to be an orderly attraction of this sporting extravaganza wherein hundreds and thousands of students representing the three campuses, Prasanthi Nilayam and Brindavan for men and Anantapur for women and the higher secondary and primary wings of the school dressed in special uniforms marching past the dais saluting the Divine Chancellor. As different houses from the campus moved in distinctive squads, the squad leader dips the flag saluting the Chancellor, followed by the entire squad turning their heads to the right as a mark of respect to the Chancellor, resuming their march once they pass the dais.

As the leader dipped the flag saluting Bhagawan, the Chancellor of the Institute, the students turned their heads to the right as a mark of respect to Bhagawan, and resumed their march straight after passing the stage. Every group did likewise, all marching in fine order. The first to approach the dais was the tiny tots, boys and girls separate, from the Primary School, followed by the Higher Secondary Wing, both girls and boys, joined by the Anantapur Campus, Girls from the Sathya Sai Junior College, Anantapur, while students of the Brindavan and Prasanthi Nilayam campuses brought up the rear.

The University Flag was hoisted by Bhagawan followed by lighting the “Olympic” torch. Symbolically signifying the greater harmony, love and peace, Bhagawan released two white pigeons and let loose a bunch of colourful balloons which floated up into the air. The “Olympic” torch was carried by relays of pairs of runners to the top of Vidyagiri Hill where the “Olympic” flame was lit. The urn on the hill was guarded by two students in shining red and white uniforms, who received the torch from the games mascot Lion that moved through a connecting string covering the hillock.

Then began a programme of exhibition items by students of the participating campuses, which revealed not only their proficiency in sporting events but their capacity to innovate and produce remarkable ensembles calling for superb team work and high aesthetic imagination.

First to perform was the Prasanthi Nilayam campus along with the higher secondary school, Prasanthi Nilayam. Paying obeisance to the Divine Chancellor, motivation imparted by Bhagawan, they rode a huge golden eagle to the dais, symbolically signifying invisible force that lifts man into souring heights in life, the power of vision. …and they had set eagle heights for their allotted session in the Divine Presence.

With a steady mind and a healthy body no task is daunting, seems to be the message the higher secondary students had in store beginning their display. Dressed in colourful combination, set in a three-tier stage, these little children had a set of yoga postures exhibiting complete control and coordination of body and mind. Next two come was a set of trampolinists vying to conquer greater heights, in a rare skill of artistry in action leaping over two giant automobiles, all with successful attempts. Twenty colourful riders on electric scootys, crossing each other with four simultaneous scissor crossing, each linked with one another to form a interleaving pattern of colour combine was the item next aptly termed “auto traumatics”. Displaying different patterns with magnificent balance, riding skills with unity in diversity adding a flavour for aesthetic sense, these riders became painters using their vehicles as brushes to paint beautiful colour combination of greater unity in the vast canvas of Vidyagiri amphitheatre. Synchronised ballet in the air with moon walkers daring dare devilry at 40 ft height on two giant rotating wheels was a breathtaking spectacle that came next. With the wheels gaining momentum, these moon walkers crossed hurdles one after one, displaying agility, bending to their knees, stretching their muscles, and finally almost being swept off their feet, exhibiting remarkable control of body and mind. “Rhythm of Life”, a fusion music display by an ensemble of innovated musicians using innocuously mundane items from daily lives to produce rhythmic beats with amazing synchronisation was the next attraction to follow. Progress in life could be a slow process, but perseverance places one on the pedestal of glory and this was the message in practical demonstration when a group of students attempted to ascend on multiple foot ladders, fully unsupported, with amazing balance, greater concentration and agility. What followed was an array of gymnastic display with stunning feats on mobile platforms, with circular motion on rolling wheels. Placing God at the centre of our lives all the ups and downs turn into a jolly play, the wheelers were seemingly reminding the spectators. Motor Bikes and devilry was not new to the meet as every year one or other campus comes up with innovative display on the moving wheels. The bikers from Prasanthi ignited their sparks paying obeisance to the Lord subsequently presenting a stunning display of amazing control and co-ordination. Synchronised ramp jump, gearing up with speed from opposing direction, amazing combinations symbolising co-operation and co-ordination in life all were on display before the curtain was down for the wonderful 50 minute offering by the Prasanthi Nilayam campus.

The Eternal in elements was the central theme of the dazzling colourful display by the Anantarpur Campus organised on the backdrop of a gigantic Shivalinga and the holy mountain Kailasa. Through dance sequences starting with Lord Shiva’s exquisite celestial one, The Thandava, intertwining with commentary in between, the girls had in display the story of emergence of creation, the boundless cosmic universe. From the Thandava emerged the primal energy which in turn created the primordial sound, the Omkara. The Panchamahabhutas, the five elements had its origin from this primal energy and the emergence and their greater significance were displayed through colourful dancing combinations in the backdrop of the eternal, celestial Thandava. How man has leapt from the olden age to the modern day civilisation and how he could survive harmoniously with proper utilisation of elements gifted to him by mother nature were aptly displayed with colourful aesthetic combination on moving vehicles coupled with yogic postures, thematically relevant to each item, driving home the greater message of save earth, save life.

Beauty and grace, strength and valour, dexterity and sense of balance, discipline and devotion – the hallmark of students of Sathya Sai, were on display when the Brindavan campus took the centre stage with s veritable display showcasing synchronization of body and mind titled Sareera Maadhyam Kalu Dharma Saadhakam, meaning body is gifted to follow the path of righteousness.

Starting off with a dragon dance – a traditional dance in Chinese culture, the show moved on to lion dance, a rhythmic rhapsody that symbolises driving away inner evils in man. Displaying grit and determination coupled with daredevilry and aesthetic flavour ably assisted by a balanced mind, these colourful Lions from Brindavan danced to the tunes of lively beats offering obeisance to Bhagawan followed by breathtaking feats of pillar crossover on the jongs (special platforms) with amazing dexterity and perfection. Where the dragon’s pursuit of the pearl was symbolizing humanity’s untiring pursuit for perfection in life, wisdom, the Lions had unity and co-operation that brings success in societal entity. The last item to come was an array of martial arts, popular in the south Indian state of Kerala, especially Kalarippayattu, which is regarded as mother of all martial art forms. These gritty boys with valour, dedication and determination made this formidable task appeared a much easy one. Ankathari, an advanced Kalarippayattu form, normally meant for war training, involving metal weapons, sword and shield, and requires greater concentration was exhibited by these students with much limited training for a short time. This martial art that is aimed at developing strength, flexibility, balance and stamina includes jumps, low stances on the floor, brick breaking, circular sequences and kicks with the art of defence was exhibited with élan to the delight of Bhagawan and the audience. It is not physical prowess alone, it is physical prowess coupled with presence of mind that makes a warrior who can win the tough battles in life, said these martial artistes with their exhibition on this wondrous morning.

In the evening the stage was set for the grand finale and it was a scene of pageantry of colours with tiny tots from the Sri Sathya Sai Primary School ready with their stock of presentations. A beautiful backdrop with a galaxy of stars and planets and Bhagawan at its centre on the globe with the lettering Samasta Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu formed the setting for the dazzling display, eagerly awaited, in the evening session.

Bhagawan arrived at the stadium at 4.20 p.m. preceded by a convoy of escort motorbikes. As Bhagawan neared the dais, the students of Primary School offered a unique welcome to Bhagawan, parading somersault and acrobatic feats. Upon ascending the dais Bhagawan was offered a bouquet of love and devotion by the tiny tots from the Primary School. Chanting the name of Sai exonerates one from all sins and frees one from the cycle of rebirths was the message these tiny tots seemingly conveying through their beginning dance presentation. What followed was a riot of colours in the form of dances, balancing acts, floor exercises and gymnastics by the boys and girls students of the school to the tune of lilting music and songs. Little skaters from the school deserves a special mention as they crossed hurdles with ease and even jumped over a motorbike on their skates, before ending up with a basketball game, something which is not ordinary for their age group, but is achieved with faith, love and dedication to Bhagawan. There was also a delectable show of gymnastics on a semicircular structure. With their costumes sparkling against the setting sun, a group of girl students had in display undulating dance movements, and to add to the glitter they had rose-hued semicircular hand fans, a delectable feast to the aesthetically sentimental human eyes. The programme concluded with a grand formation of all the students holding aloft the lettering “Sai Maa we are Your loving children ever and ever forever”. At 5.25 p.m. Arati was offered to Bhagawan that marked the culmination of the Sports and Cultural Meet 2009.

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