Recent Events At Prashanti Nilayam – Sathya Sai Baba Ashram

Recent Events At Prashanti Nilayam – Sathya Sai Baba Ashram

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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)

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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

Recent Events At Prashanti Nilayam – Sathya Sai Baba Ashram

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Monday, November 24, 2008
This evening, the Tamil Nadu Balvikas children were to perform a dance drama in Sai Kulwant Hall. Bhagawan arrived for darshan in His chair at 5.20 pm, and after His darshan round, went into the interview room. From there, He emerged to come onstage and start the drama at 5.45 pm. After the 70 minute drama, Swami came down from the stage and blessed the children with group photographs. Prasadam was distributed, and Swami accepted Arati at 7 o’clock before returning to His residence.

Sunday, November 23, 2008
Bhagawan blessed the overflowing Sai Kulwant Hall in a white robe this morning, as the 83rd year of His advent dawned. The procession to Sai Kulwant Hall began from Yajur Mandir at 9.45 am, led by the bands of the Primary School, the Anantapur campus and the Prasanthi Nilayam campus, with Vedam chanting students from the Primary School, Higher Secondary School and the University. Bhagawan was seated on a raised chair covered with golden cloth. Once Swami reached the stage, He heard the four bands perform ‘Happy Birthday’ and other tunes before moving to the verandah to bless the cakes assembled there. Once He returned to the stage, He asked for Bhajans to begin at 10.30. Prasadam was distributed. The large number of people who could not enter the Sai Kulwant Hall had darshan moving across the Gopuram gate, and accepted prasadam there. Bhagawan accepted Arati at 11 o’clock before returning to His residence.

The evening programme commenced with Bhagawan arriving from His residence at 5.40 pm. Once He reached the stage, He asked Prof Anil Kumar to speak a few words in Telugu and to introduce the speakers for the evening. Sri. V. Srinivasan, All India President of the Sai Organisations spoke first, and was followed at 6.15 pm by Sri. Ajit Popat of the UK. Bhagawan delivered His Birthday message at 6.55 pm, in which He declared that the Muddenahalli educational institution would come under the Sri Sathya Sai University within a year. After nearly an hour, He concluded by singing the Bhajan ‘Rama Rama Rama Sita’ and accepted Arati at 7.50 pm before returning to His residence.

Saturday, November 22, 2008
The 27th convocation of the Sri Sathya Sai University was scheduled for this evening. The procession from Bhagawan’s residence to the Sai Kulwant Hall led by the bands from the Anantapur campus and the Prasanthi Nilayam campus of the University began at 3.45 pm, and in a short while, Bhagawan entered the Hall in His chair clad in a maroon robe. He was flanked on the stage by the office-bearers of the University. The function proceeded in the conventional manner, with the Vice-chancellor Prof. Vishwanath Pandit presenting the graduands of the year, with the gold medal winners and recipients of PhDs being called up by Principal of the Prasanthi Nilayam campus, Prof. U. S. Rao. The convocation address was by Prof. G. Venkataraman, following which Bhagawan gave His benedictory address seated onstage for forty-five minutes at 5.20 pm. The proceedings concluded with the National Anthem just before 6.15 pm. The convocation drama presented by the students of the University got underway at the Poornachandra auditorium at seven o’clock after Bhagawan arrived there. After the drama, Swami blessed the participants with group photographs onstage before accepting Arati and retiring for the day at 8.20 pm. An announcement was made about breakfast and lunch being provided tomorrow free to all as Bhagawan’s prasadam.

Friday, November 21, 2008
Last evening, Bhagawan saw the dress rehearsal of the convocation drama at the Poornachandra auditorium from 4.30 to 5.30 pm before coming to the Bhajan Hall to accept Arati after Bhajans. Today, He distributed sarees both in the morning and the evening as extended Bhajan sessions went on. In the morning, He called groups like the Primary school teachers and so on into the Bhajan Hall and distributed there, while in the evening, He went around the Sai Kulwant Hall giving sarees. He also distributed a few sarees in the Bhajan Hall.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Ladies’ day at Prasanthi Nilayam began with the traditional Suprabhatam being sung by Smt. P. Susheela just before 5.30 am. The vedam chanting around the Mandir was also by the ladies. Bhagawan arrived in Sai Kulwant Hall at 9.30 am in a procession led by the girls bands of the Anantapur campus of the Sri Sathya Sai University and the Primary School, along with Vedam chanting students, as a welcome song was aired. Fifteen minutes later, when Bhagawan reached the stage, the programme for the day began with a ten-minute introduction by Mrs. Chetana Raju. The two speakers of the morning were Dr. (Mrs) Ankhi Mukherjee, former student of the Sri Sathya Sai University and Lecturer in the Universty of Oxford and Mrs. Sylvia Alden, who is a member of the Central Council of the Sai Organisation in the USA with a Masters in Special Education. After their talks, the materials kept in the centre of Sai Kulwant Hall were distributed to the needy. Solar LED lanterns, water purifiers, rugs and other items useful for the rural folk were passed on to the recipients drawn from various parts of Anantapur district. After prasadam distribution, Bhagawan accepted Arati at 11.10 before returning to His residence.

In the evening, once again Bhagawan was ushered into Sai Kulwant Hall in a procession, with another welcome song played over the speakers, at 5 pm. When He reached the Mandir, He moved to the Bhajan Hall where the children from the Primary school were ready in costumes for their programme this evening. After a brief interaction with them, Swami came onstage and started the programme for the evening. Smt. Sunitha and troupe presented devotional songs for an hour and Bhagawan blessed them with clothes before the programme by the Primary School children began at 6.20 pm. Their 70 minute dance-drama brought out the glory of Sai down the ages from Krita Yuga till the present, with video projections on the back-drop adding to the narrative. Swami was very pleased with their performance and went down among them for group photographs before returning to His residence after Arati at 7.40 pm.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008
The traditional Rathotsavam in which the idols of Rama Lakshmana Sita along with Venugopala Swami are taken from the Mandir to the Kalyanamantapam in Puttaparthi was held this morning. Bhagawan arrived at Sai Kulwant Hall after blessing the baby elephant Gita near His residence and after a darshan round in His chair, went inside a few minutes before 9.30 am. The procession led by Vedam chanting students began soon after, and as they came near the stage, Bhagawan arrived there to send them to the Gopuram gate. He then moved to the Gopuram gate to see off the procession and then returned to the Mandir and asked for Bhajans to begin a few minutes before 10 o’clock. At 10.30, He accepted Arati and returned to His residence. In the evening, Bhagawan arrived after the Bhajans began at five o’clock. He moved down the verandah in the chair and entered the Bhajan Hall from the rear door. Moving to the front of the Bhajan Hall, He sat there for a while before going on another round of darshan and returning to the Bhajan Hall to accept Arati and retire for the day.

Sathya Sai Baba Birthday Celebration Preparations

Sathya Sai Baba Birthday Celebration Preparations

Sahasra Poorna Chandra Darshanam There is a tremendous interest that has been generated by the Sahasra PoornaChandra Darshanam that is to begin on the 15th of November. And why not? For has not the Lord Himself undertaken to perform this Yajnam?

The Sahasra Poorna Chandra Darshanam stands as a joyous confluence signifying the completion of 82 years in the divine mission of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai. Sahasra chandra darshanam refers to seeing 1000 full moons in ones life. With a full moon in every month, we have 12 full months every year and with a subsequent inclusion of the extended months; we would have 1000 full moons in 82 years.

The nine planets take 120 years to complete a cycle. Astrology assigns 120 years to human life. at the age of 60, people conduct UGRA RATHA SHANTI seeking Divine benediction, popularly known as Shashti Poorthi. When one crosses 70 years of age BHEEMA RATHA SHANTI would be held in honour of “Bheema ratha”, Shiva the embodiment of time. When one reaches 82 years of age, Sahasra Chandradarshanam would be celebrated. Vedas refer to this as “ASEETIDVAYAM” and hence it is also called as Vedayushya.

Traditionally, what happens during this Sahasra Chandra Darshanam? A person completing this age would be given ceremonial showers and would be adorned with new clothes. Vedic hymns would be recited by the vedic scholars. A holy vessel signifying the Lord Lakshminarayana, flanked by sun and moon- the symbols of flow of time, would be installed on either side and worshipped subsequently. The holy water collected in the kalasham would then be vitalized with Vedic hymns using different kinds of leaves namely mango, peepal, banyan etc. The presiding deities of the nine planets would then be pleased through a sacrifice.

After this holy ablutions would be given to Lord Shiva accompanied by the recitation of the Namakam and Chamakam. The person completing 82 years would then be made to occupy a prominent throne. He would be given a bath with holy waters from all the sacred rivers along with many other precious gems etc. Subsequently all the Vedic scholars would be honored with generous gifts. This generosity is believed to wash away all the sins and grant liberation. The mere sight of the person who undertakes this Vedic exercise is believed to confer immense good fortune. Generally the great grandsons would organize and conduct this ritual in celebration of their great grandfather completing 82 years of age. The whole ritual is undertaken for ones own benefit.

But today we are going to witness this holy ritual being organized and conducted by an incarnation to bring upon peace and happiness in the world. The purity of human expression makes the grandeur of this spectacle impossible to comprehend. Sages of the yore have transformed themselves as His great grandsons to conduct this ritual. Chandra- the moon signifies coolness and acts as a source of joy to all the worlds. In Krita yuga the mighty king who upheld the truth came to be called as “Satya Harishchandra”. In Treta the Lord was called as “Sree Rama Chandra”. In Dwapara He was addressed as “Krishna Chandra” and today the same lord has witnessed thousand moons and is extolled as “Sathya Sai Chandra”. The effulgence of this “Sathya Sai Chandra” has blessed every nook and corner of the world.

The installation of Holy vessels in this case has taken place long ago. With His will He brought the Holy Ganges from the hair locks of Shiva into his own heart and then quenched the thirst of thousands of parched throats. Revitalizing the slumbering lives of rural India and assuring of His grace and support, He has encouraged them to move ahead to touch the horizons of happiness. Blessing thousands of students with the knowledge of the higher Self and sending them forth to this wide world, this unrivalled master of Divine perfection has granted the boon of knowledge and wisdom to the hearts of humanity.

Om Sai Ram
Kumar Mahadevan

Crowds At Puttparthi - Sathya Sai Birthday Celebrations

Crowds At Puttparthi - Sathya Sai Baba Birthday Celebrations 2008

The Much awaited Sahasra Poorna Chandra Darshana Santhi Yagna has started in Prasanthi Nilayam. Swami arrived at the Hill View stadium at 8.40 AM. Swami is expected to come in the MaThe Much awaited Sahasra Poorna Chandra Darshana Santhi Yagna has started in Prasanthi Nilayam. Swami arrived at the Hill View stadium at 8.40 AM. Swami is expected to come in the Magnificent Golden Chariot on the 17th morning.

The Full Programme for the 3 days is given below :

FULL PROGRAMME of Sahasra Poorna Chandra Darshana Santhi Mahotsavam Festitivies at the Sri Sathya Sai Hill View Stadium.

7:30 a.m. Grand Opening
8:40 a.m. Arrival of Bhagawan
1:00 p.m. Yajnam
3:30 p.m. Yajnam
6:00 p.m. Cultural Programme – Vocal Concert by Priya Sisters

7:30 a.m. Yajnam
9:30 a.m. Arrival of Bhagawan
1:00 p.m. Yajnam
3:30 p.m. Yajnam
6:00 p.m. Cultural Programme – Vocal Concert by Malladi Brothers

7:30 a.m. Yajnam
9:15 – 9:45 a.m.
“Sri Sathya Sai Suvarna Ratha Darshana Utsavam”

Golden Chariot Procession In the Presence of His Holiness
Sri Sri Sri Dr. Shivakumara Swamigalu, Head of Sri Siddaganga Muth, Tumkur
Sri Jagadguru Madhwacharya Mahasamsthana Pejawara Mathadeesha H.H.Sri Vishwesha Tirtha
Sri Sri Sri 1008 Sri Sushameendra Thirtha Sri Padulavaru
Sri Jagadguru Kanchi Kamakoti Peetadhipathi Sri Jayendra Swaraswathi Swamigal
Jagadguru Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamiji, Suttur Mutt
Pujya Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji
Sri Sri Rangapriya Mahadesika Sri Sri
Sri Sakthiamma, Sripuram, Golden Temple, Sri Narayani Pitham

10:00 a.m. Poornahuthi
10:30 a.m. Benedictory Addresses
10:45 a.m. Divine Discourse – Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

5:30 p.m. Arrival of Bhagawan
Sri Rukmini Kalyanam Cultural Programme – Ms. Mahalakshmi Iyer & Troupe
6:30 p.m. “Grand Finale”
6:45 p.m. “Maha Mangalarathi

Om Sai Ram
Kumar Mahadevan

Crowds At Puttaparthi - Sathya Sai Baba Birthday Celebrations

Crowds At Puttaparthi - Sathya Sai Baba Birthday Celebrations 2008

Om Sairam dear Sai family,
It was a beautiful morning and the day of the most auspicious occassion of Sahasra Poorna Chandra darshana Shanthi Mahotsavam was full of joy and contentment. The stage was all set for the most auspicious event. the crowd started getting into the stadium as early as 5am and by the time Swami arrived the stadium was almost full. The crowd may double in the coming days.

The preists and the students selected for Veda Chanting with the learnt preists arrived on stage around 8am and the Ganapathi Prarthana began…

Swami came to the Hill View stadium, as the sun was just up and as the clock showed 8:40am. Swami came in His usual Toyota Porte car straight away got on the stage with the help of a specially designed lift..There were fire works on the hill top near the statue of Lord Hanuman. 3 huge screens were arranged for devotees sitting far to see the happenings on the stage..

Swami stayed for the whole morning session and overlooked all the rituals, not forgetting the thousands gathered to have a glimpse of our beloved Lord.. Swami came on all corners of stage, for quite sometime, for the devotees to have a heartful darshan and dip in the ocean of bliss.

Swami around 10:30am asked for Arathi and it was announced by Prof.Anil Kumar that there would be cultural programme in Sai Kulwanth Hall. a vocal concert by Priya sisters.

Tomorrow’s programme will commense at 7:30am and the much awaited Suvarna Ratha Darshana Utsavam (Swami coming in His golden chariot ) will be on 17th november after 9am…

So stay tuned to Puttaparthi, to our Lord Sai…

With loving pranams at the lotus feet of our beloved Lord.
R.Satish Naik from Puttaparthi
Jai Sai Ram
satish Naik

Also see:
Setting the Stage for the Sahasra Poorna Chandra Darshana Shanti Mahotsavam (Pictures)
83rd Birthday Celebrations Special Homepage

Recent Events At Prashanti Nilayam – Sathya Sai Baba Ashram

Updates From Sathya Sai Ashram

Updates From The Sathya Sai Baba Ashram

Recent Events At Prashanti Nilayam – Sathya Sai Baba Ashram

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Saturday, November 15, 2008
The venue for the three-day Sahasra Chandra Darshana Mahotsava Yagnam commencing this morning is the extended Shanthi Vedika Stage at the Vidyagiri Stadium. Seating for the vast gathering has been arranged on the ground in addition to the galleries by spreading green matting. Giant LED screens and strategically placed TV monitors helped all to have a ring-side view of the proceedings. At 7.45, the priests began the chants. Bhagawan arrived at 8.45 and was welcomed onstage with the Poorna Kumbham amidst chanting by the priests and the students. After spending more than 90 minutes going around the different parts of the stage and blessing the entire congregation, Swami accepted Arati and returned to Yajur Mandir.

Friday, November 14, 2008
Bhagawan arrived at 4 o’clock this evening in His chair to Sai Kulwant Hall. The priests who were to conduct the Sahasra Chandra Darshana Mahotsavam ceremony from tomorrow were seated in front of the stage. Clothes and other ceremonial materials for them were brought out. After Swami’s blessings, Sri Adikesavulu Naidu, chairman of the Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanam, distributed the items to the more than 120 priests. The Bhagavatha Saptaham speech for today began after the distribution at 5.15 pm. Dr. K. Ramanujacharya narrated the stories of Dhruva and the churning of the ocean, bringing out the inner meanings of the Puranic stories. As the speaker concluded at 6.30 pm, Bhagawan blessed him with a chain before accepting Arati and returning to His residence in the car. An announcement was made about the programme commencing tomorrow at 7.30 am in the Vidyagiri Stadium. The priests moved to the stadium, where they completed preliminary rituals onstage. is readying to carry video web streams of the highlights of the ceremonies over the next three days.

Thursday, November 13, 2008
This evening Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba came for darshan to Sai Kulwant hall at 5.25 pm, and after a few minutes in the interview room, He began the proceedings onstage at 5.40 pm. This evening’s speaker was the one who had done the introductions on earlier days. Prof. Anil Kumar introduced him to the gathering today. Sri Santosh Kumar Shastri is the resident scholar or Asthaana Pandita of the Sarada Peetham, and is also senior manager at Sri Venkateswara Bhakthi Channel, the TV channel run by Tirupati Devasthanam. The 32 year old scholar spoke feelingly on the Gajendra Moksha story. Bhagawan once again blessed the speaker with a chain before accepting Arati and returning to His residence.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Yesterday and today, the Bhagavatha Saptaham continued with scholarly talks by Sahasravadhani Garikipati Narasimha Rao garu and Tribhasha Sahasravadhani V. Padmakar garu respectively. Bhagawan arrived in Sai Kulwant hall after five o’clock and began the proceedings with the puja by the Tirupati priests for a few moments followed by the speeched in Telugu for around an hour. Yesterday’s topics were the prayers of Kunti and Parikshit along with the episode of the Varaha Avatar. Today’s speech dwelt on Prahlada’s story. Sathya Sai Baba blessed both the speakers with chains before accepting Arati and returning to His residence. This evening, an announcement was made after Arati about concluding of the two-week village service programme by the students with the distribution taking place at Prasanthi Nilayam tomorrow. See Pictures

Monday, November 10, 2008
This evening, the seven day Bhagavatha Saptaham got underway at Prasanthi Nilayam. In the morning, Swami came to Sai Kulwant Hall at 10.30 and the icon of Venugopala Swami kept onstage was consecrated with Pujas by the priests from Tirupati. Swami then went to the Stadium before returning to Yajur Mandir. In the evening, Bhagawan arrived in Sai Kulwant Hall at 5.10 pm, and after a full round of Sai Kulwant Hall in His chair, once again moved through the ladies’ side, picking up ladies and telling them to be seated on the verandah. When He reached the mandir, He asked these ladies to move to the Bhajan Hall. He entered the Bhajan Hall and interacted with them, and asked for some more ladies to be called. Soon, all the ladies from overseas were making a beeline for the Bhajan Hall. Bhagawan blessed more than 250 of them with sarees, granting them padanamaskar and a moment of interaction, for nearly an hour. He then came onstage, where the Saptaham was to commence. The priests did a brief ceremony and Sathya Sai Baba moved across the stage to observe the Idol. After a short introduction in Telugu, Brahmasri Dr. Nagaphani Sharma garu took the stage with his Bhagavatha narration. Interspersed with songs and poems, the scholar described the glory of Sai in mellifluous Telugu for an hour. After the oration, it was 7.30 pm when Swami accepted Arati and returned to His residence.

Sunday, November 9, 2008
The Global Akhanda Bhajan which began last evening at six o’clock concluded this evening at 6 pm. Bhagawan came in the morning at 9.30 and sat in the Bhajan Hall while the Bhajans went on before going to the College Auditorium at 10.30. There He saw the rehearsal of the Convocation drama by the students for an hour before returning to His residence. In the evening, He came at 4.30 pm to Sai Kulwant Hall. He moved down the Bhajan Hall aisle and sat onstage for a while before sitting in the bhajan hall for the last few minutes of the Bhajan. At five minutes to six, He asked for the Bhajan with ‘Sri Raghavam’ Alap. After Arati, Swami watched as the prasadam of laddoos and tamarind rice was distributed, and those in the bhajan hall partook the prasadam after a collective ‘Brahmarpanam’ chant. When He moved out, the Prmary school students chanted again before He returned to His residence.

Saturday, November 8, 2008
The 24 hour Global Akhanda Bhajan commenced this evening at six o’clock. Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba arrived for darshan at 4.30 pm, and after a brief visit to the Bhajan hall, sat onstage for an hour listening to the Vedic chants before coming to the Bhajan Hall to light the ceremonial lamp and start the Bhajan at 6.00 pm. He sat there listening to the Bhajans for an hour before returning to His residence.

On Thursday, Bhagawan had asked the students who were thorough with the entire Rudram to come to the Mandir in the morning. Even after the morning Bhajans concluded, Swami had not arrived, and the students continued to wait. Finally, He arrived at 11.30 and blessed them all individually with orange dhoties while they chanted full-throatedly on the verandah. Swami then went to the stadium before returning to His residence after noon. Another event this week was the visit of the leader of the Opposition (in the Indian Parliament) Sri L. K. Advani for an audience with Bhagawan.

Monday, November 3, 2008
The Grama Seva programme began on the first of November. Bhagawan arrived at 10.40 am as the Bhajans went on, and went for a drive. When He returned after half an hour the students circumambulated the Mandir and left for the Village Service. Yesterday and today, Bhagawan did not come for morning darshan. So, the students left for grama seva at 8.30 and 9.00 am respectively, In the evenings, Bhagawan has been coming a few minutes before the Bhajans begin at five o’clock, sitting for a few minutes onstage, and then moving inside. This morning He also visited the Hillview Stadium a few minutes before 11 o’clock.

Thursday, October 30, 2008
Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba came for evening darshan in His chair at 5.10, and ten minutes later was onstage for the presentation of the day, a drama ‘Vision of the Divine’ by Gujarat youth, themed on the cataract surgery seva activities done in Navsari district of Gujarat. When the half-hour drama concluded, Bhagawan blessed one of the participants with a chain. Sri Devesh Dave then presented half an hour of popular songs before Swami accepted Arati just before 6.30 pm. After blessing the participants in the programme, Swami returned to His residence in the chair, interacting with some devotees on the way.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008
This evening, the Gujarat devotees sang group songs welcoming Bhagawan to their New Year celebrations and presented a drama on the Prema Jyoti exhibition and its impact. Swami came onstage to begin the programme after His darshan round in the chair at ten minutes to five. Ten minutes of songs were followed by the 40 minute drama by the Sai youth. Swami sent watches for the participants after blessing them with group photographs. Smt. Piu Sarkhel then presented Hindustani classical songs and bhajans onstage for half an hour. Swami blessed her and her group with clothes and photographs, and Bhajans by the devotees commenced at six o’clock. Ten minutes later, Swami asked the students to sing the ‘Allah ho Akbar’ bhajan with alap, following with He accepted Arati and returned to His residence.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008
This evening, the devotees from Gujarat presented a programme celebrating Deepavali and their New Year. Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba went to the stadium after a darshan round in the car, moving out from the East Prasanthi Gate. He returned to His residence after half an hour coming onstage at Sai Kulwant Hall at five o’clock to begin the programme. A short drama on the Ramayana of Kaliyuga, comparing the missions of Sri Rama and Sai Rama, was followed by a skit ‘The Great Souls Meet’. Bhagawan blessed the Balvikas children by coming down from the stage for group photographs with them. Bhajans by the devotees began at six o’clock and Bhagawan accepted Arati to return to His residence fifteen minutes later. Near Yajur Mandir, students from the Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary school were ready with lamps and fireworks. Swami graciously sat there for around ten minutes while they set off the fireworks with His permission. See Pictures

Sathya Sai Baba School Inaugurated – Arts Club


“Music always enthralls, elevates and produces a feeling of ecstasy. Music is the grand road to mukti,” says Sri Sathya Sai Baba. It is with this in focus that ‘Divinity’, the new arts club of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Educare, Chromepet, was inaugurated recently at the school. The inaugural function, aptly named ‘Sai Sunad’, was hosted by former students of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Puttaparthi.

The three-hour programme was chaired by renowned Carnatic vocalist O S Arun and Sowmiya Madhangopal, renowned Hindustani singer.

The programme commenced with the lighting of the traditional lamp by O S Arun. He later spoke about music and his experiences as a singer. He said music was the easiest way to reach God. Emphasising on its beauty, he stated that it was as serious a subject as science. He sang two popular Sai Bhajans, much to the delight of the large audience.

O S Arun is a postgraduate in music. He was awarded the Kalaimamani award and Music Academy’s Best Vocalist Award. He hails from a family of illustrious singers.

He then distributed prizes to Bal Vikas students who had won the Tamil Nadu state-level music competition.

Later, Sowmiya Madhangopal enthralled the gathering of students, parents, and Sai devotees with nine heavenly bhajans sung in typical Hindustani style.

As a fitting finale, the young Bal Vikas students, who won the Tamil Nadu state-level music competition, rendered five beautiful songs on Sai Baba in various languages that mesmerised the audience.

School principal K Sai Meera proposed the vote of thanks.

The programme concluded with the school’s correspondent P Kumaraswamy performing the mangala aarathi.

Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Educare is a CBSE-based school situated in the rural environs of Nemilicherry, off Chromepet. It is run on the principles of the Sai system of education. The partially-residential school provides quality education totally free of cost.


Sathya Sai Baba Ashram Puttaparthi Tennis – India overwhelms Philippines

NEW DELHI: The Indian team broke little sweat to humble Philippines 3-0 in the bilateral tennis Test at the DLTA Complex here on Monday.

The first Test did not take place at Puttaparthi on Saturday as planned, due to unforseen circumstances.

Indian players, Ashutosh Singh, Vishnu Vardhan and Divij Sharan were too good for the Filipinos.

The reigning National grass court champion Vishnu Vardhan outplayed the 27-year-old Johnny Arcilla 6-3, 6-4. Divij Sharan then defeated Patrick John Tierro in straight sets.

The doubles, restricted to a single set, was easily won by the Indians.

The results: India beat Philippines 3-0 (Vishnu Vardhan bt Johnny Arcilla 6-3, 6-4; Divij Sharan bt Patrick John Tierro 6-1, 7-6(4); Ashutosh Singh and Divij Sharan bt Johnny Arcilla and Patrick John Tierro 7-6(2)).


World-class Tennis Stadium At Puttaparthi – Sathya Sai Baba Ashram

Setting new standards: A view of the centre court of the new tennis complex to be inaugurated in Puttaparthi on Saturday.

Puttaparthi: Another sports facility has been added to the host of existing ones in Puttaparthi by Sri Satya Sai University. The new Sri Satya Sai International Tennis Complex will be inaugurated on Saturday by Satya Saibaba and the stadium will host the inaugural match between India and Philippines.

The inaugural match will commence in the complex at 4.45 pm in the presence of Saibaba.

The new tennis stadium has been constructed to provide the best of facilities to the budding talent in the State.

The tennis facility has four courts including a centre court with a nine-layered Sport Master Ultra Pro Cushion surface as used in the US open.

The flood-lighting is compatible for telecast of matches on television as per the international standards.

The complex also features players’ rooms, lounge facilities, press enclosures and seating capacity for 3,000 persons. An attached fully-equipped multi-station gymnasium and physiotherapy unit make it a splendid sports facility in this spiritual and pilgrimage township.

The first singles match in the event will be played between Ashutosh Singh, national grass court champion of 2007 and John Patrick Tierro, Phillippines national runner-up in 2007.

The doubles event will feature Vishnuvardhan and Sharan Divij from India and Arcilla Johnny and John Patrick Tierro from Philippines.

The event to be played under floodlights will be telecast live by Doordarshan, according to the university officials.