Anjali Devi Sathabhishekam function

Anjali Devi Sathabhishekam function

Anjali Devi, one of the most popular stars of the black and white era celebrated her Sathabhishekam on Saturday. Her relatives, friends and Colleagues from the film industry were there. Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi visited the place of Anjali Devi and blessed her.

Born in Peddapuram in Kakinada district on 23th October, 1928, Anjali Devi began acting at the age of eight. Later she performed on stage with Young Man’s Happy Club. She met her husband Adinarayana Rao there and they got married in 1940.

Anjali Devi was introduced to Cinema by C. Pullaiah as Mohini, the heavenly beauty, in ‘Golla Bhama’ film. After that she never looked back. She went on to complete around 400 films as heroine in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi. She paired with all the top stars in the 40s and 50s.

In 1950, Anjali Devi established her own production house Anjali Pictures. Under the banner she launched a bilingual Tamil-Telugu film ‘Paradesi’. Akkineni Nageswara Rao and Anjali Devi played the lead roles and she introduced Nadigar Thilagam Sivaji Ganesan with the film. Another legend introduced by Anjali Devi in ‘Paradesi’ was the versatile SV Ranga Rao.

In Tamil Anjali Devi is still a legend. Anjali Devi was always in the big league of actors with films like, Mangayarkarasi, Adutha Veettu Penn, Penn, Kanavane Kankanda Theivam, Manalanae Mangayin Bakiam, Adithan Kanavu which were all block busters of the times. Her films with MGR, Marmayogi, Sarvadhikari and Gulebagavali are cherished movies even today. She was also the mother of Rajinikanth in ‘Annai Ou Aalayam’.

A great devotee of Sathya Sai Baba, Anjali Devi symbolizes the golden era of Tamil and Telugu cinema.


Sathya Sai Baba At Kodaikanal

Sathya Sai Baba At Kodaikanal
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Sathya Sai Baba Arrives By Helicopter In Kodaikanal April 2009

Sathya Sai Baba Arrives By Helicopter In Kodaikanal April 2009

Sathya Sai Baba In Kodaikanal April 2009

Sathya Sai Baba In Kodaikanal April 2009

Ever Young Sathya Sai Baba In Sai Shruti Kodai April 2009 At Age 83

Ever Young Sathya Sai Baba In Sai Shruti Kodai April 2009 At Age 83

Sathya Sai Baba In Sai Shruti Kodaikanal April 2009 At Age 83

Sathya Sai Baba In Sai Shruti Kodaikanal April 2009 At Age 83

Ever Youthful Sathya Sai Baba In Kodai April 2009 At Age 83

Ever Youthful Sathya Sai Baba In Kodai April 2009 At Age 83

Ever Youthful Sathya Sai Baba In Kodai April 2009 At Age 83

Ever Youthful Sathya Sai Baba In Kodai April 2009 At Age 83

Blissful Evening with enlightening Divine Discourse – 29th April 2009

Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba came to the scenic Sai Shruti Darshan grounds at 10.00 a.m. in Kodaikanal. In all His compassion, Bhagawan went round the grounds and even down the slopes to bless the devotees. At the end, Bhagawan was offered flower and Aarati and the devotees received Prasadam blessed by Swami.

In the evening, Bhajans began at 6.00 p.m in the Bhajan hall. Swami came soon afterwards and went down the aisle receiving letters and blessing devotees. At 6.25, Sri Ajit Popat was asked by Bhagawan to give a talk. His focus was on a Sai formula for day-to-day spiritualised living. He began his talk by saying that we have to pay rent for the body given to us by expressing love to the creator. We should be physically healthy and mentally alert and spiritually evolved. Paropakaram (serving others) is important and one should always be busy and immersed in bliss in constant awareness of the Lord. Switch off being “busy” otherwise and connect to Sai by regular prayers. We should go back to the source with the right resources. Keep the body healthy, neat and tidy. The mind has to be filled with pure thoughts and should be always happy. Sri Popat ended his short talk at 6.35.p.m.

After Sri Popat’s talk, Bhagawan blessed the devotees with His Divine Discourse at 6.35.p.m.

Excerpts From Sathya Sai Baba’s Divine Discourse:

Everything emerges from Truth and merges back into Truth. There is no place where you cannot feel the power of Truth. Popat said that everyone is an embodiment of God. There is only one, and no second entity. It is not truth, but illusion, if you see duality, multiplicity. Whether it be a mosquito, an ant, an elephant or mountain, everything is God. Ekam Sath Viprah Bahudha Vadanti (truth is one, but the wise refer to it by various names)

Truth is one, but scholars explain it in different ways. It is like a scene being reflected in all sources of water. It is reflected in flowing water and stagnant water too. In the former the reflection would be wavering while steady in the latter. Even in dirty water the reflection can be seen to a certain extent but if it is murky, it turns opaque and does not reflect anything. The heart has to be kept pure to see God. Clear you heart, then you would realise that God is in everyone. Hiranyakasipu asked where is Narayana? Man is Narayana. He is in everyone.

Today, we look with different feelings and develop relationship depending on the form. If a person realises that all others are his form, then there is no father, no sister, etc. These relationships are related only to the body. The same Atma is in everyone. It is the illusion that creates difficulties. The artist Ravi Varma drew pictures of Rama, Krishna, etc., from his imagination. Who has seen Rama, Krishna? All are forms of one God. Depending on your imagination, God takes that form. They are all reflections emerging from yourself.
You ask why God gives me so much misery. When you are happy you think you are fortunate. Good and bad do not come from outside. Good thoughts bring good results. Everything comes from within you. It is all reaction, reflection and resound. God does not give you joy or sorrow. He has no qualities, no anger, hatred or jealousy. Desires make you see many reflections. Reduce your desires and then there will be less luggage and more comfort and happiness. Mind is the cause of liberation and bondage.

Think of God in whatever form you love and then He appears in that form. Swami never says to give up any particular form of God you worship. You can chant “Om Namo Narayana” or “Om” which has everything in it since it is the Primordial Sound. Sai, Rama, Krishna are all names given to the respective bodies of Avatars. RAMA is said to be the son of Dasaratha. Who is Dasaratha? The name Dasaratha means chariot with ten senses. These senses lure you to do many things, control the senses. Realise that there is only one Truth, one God . Make an effort to realise this Truth.

If you develop unity, there will be steady devotion which issues forth from steady faith. Real faith will never waver. You should have true, steady , pure and selfless devotion for God. Man has come to exhibit the qualities like Sathya, Dharma, Santhi, Prema and Ahimsa (truth, righteousness, peace, love and non-violence). Look at all women as mothers and sisters. There is nothing sweeter than the feeling that one has towards one’s mother.

There is only one Purusha and that Purusha is God. Do not create differences. Remember that all are divine. Any work should be done as Nishkama Karma (work done without the feeling of selfishness). Reduce selfishness and try to help others, seeing God in everyone. There is no duality. God is one. From today, get rid of the feeling of duality.

Bhagawan also dwelt on Adi Sankara’s philosophy of Advaita substantiating it with many examples. Bhagawan concluded His Discourse at 7.30 p.m.

Sri V. Srinivasan, All India President, Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations then introduced the Burra Katha (folk art form with dialogues and music) artistes – students of Sri Sathya Sai University. Bhagawan honoured them with shawls.

These students had taken everyone to sublime heights by presenting vividly the lives of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, Shirdi Sai Baba and Mother Easwaramma. Bhagawan showered His motherly affection on the three of them calling them His children and went amidst them to be photographed. Sri Srinivasan opined that Sai students excel in every field and exhibit multiple skills. The three of them then sang a song on Bhagawan which described Bhagawan as the mother, father, preceptor, friend, philosopher and guide, all rolled into one. While Sathya Sai Baba was being offered Aarati, He asked the three of them also to offer Aarati to Him. There ended the evening of 29th April 2009 immersing everyone in the ocean of Ananda (bliss).


Meditation Part Of Curriculum For Top Marks

Meditation Part Of Curriculum For Top Marks
Last Updated: 1st March 2009, 2:40am

This might be the most peaceful way to start the school day.

The 20 students in Ahalya Ganesh’s Grade 6 class are sitting around in a circle with a tealight candle placed in the centre. Their teacher presses ‘play’ on the CD and the daily ritual of 10 minutes of meditation begins.

“Focus your eyes on the light in front of you,” Ganesh, a teacher at Sathya Sai School, said soothingly to the class. “Think: May I always feel good, may I always speak the truth.”

After the music stops, the students are asked to reflect on what they were thinking of.

“I imagined what the world was like without pollution,” said Dhiviya Muthucumarasamy, 11. “I thought about what ways I could help the world. So I sent the light to everyone.”

The idea of peace is just one of the principal values at Sathya Sai School. The Scarborough private school of 160 students — from JK to Grade 6 — works on five core values of truth, right conduct, peace, love and non-violence, stemming from the philosophy of the school’s founder and south Indian guru, Sathya Sai Baba.

These values are embedded in regular classes, so you will find love in math and non-violence translated through science. A 40-minute “human values” class is scheduled each day where teachers and students discuss the core principles of the school. Two months are devoted to each of the five values.

Students also get 45 minutes of yoga classes in the gym each day.

This inner-peace is most likely responsible for the 100% scores on all Education Quality and Accountability Office tests in 2008 and the perfect 10 position for the second consecutive year in the Fraser Institute studies, said the school’s principal, Dr. Revathi Chennabathni.

“It’s the dedication of the students and teachers,” she said. “When we start the day with meditation, it helps them to calm down. I think the yoga and discussion in each of the classes on human values and reflection on that is adding to a better intellectual potential.”

This is the only Sathya Sai-influenced school in North America among 45 schools worldwide. It opened its doors in 2000 and has bounced from two other locations in Scarborough before landing at Ellesmere and Principal Rds.

The tuition was originally free for the first 6.5 years, but Chennabathni said it has since risen to $2,300 a year to cover renting the space. They are looking for a building of their own in the near future.

The majority of children who attend the school are of Tamil, Hindu and Sri Lankan heritage, but Chennabathni emphasizes that the school is open to all religions and all socio-economic backgrounds. They follow the Ontario curriculum with the addition of an extra holiday on Nov. 23 — the founder’s birthday. The only thing that isn’t allowed is eating meat on premises.

“The vegetarian lunch program helps them give good thoughts,” Chennabathni said.

The lessons learned in the classroom will help students translate it at home and in the community, Chennabathni said. Each month, the kids distribute sandwiches to the El Mocambo club at College St. and Spadina Ave. for the homeless.

On May 31, the pupils will go on their annual Walk for Values at Dundas Square. Instead of raising money, the goal is to pledge their commitment to one of the five values and promise to practice it for a year.

“Parents are very sure that their child would learn good values here,” Chennabathni said. “Not everyone’s a follower of our founder, but (parents send their kids here) because of the good values their child can learn and that they can build character.”

Toronto Sun Reference