'Whispers' from Master Divine
an interesting week with lessons galore...
Posted at 20:00 Hrs. June 7, 2009, Prasanthi Nilayam:
1st June, the first day in the academic year, began in an upbeat mood. Having been blessed by Bhagawan just a couple of days ago, teachers and staff of the Prasanthi Nilayam campus were high on spirits and so were the students whose spirits were up with the anticipation of their new stint with their Beloved Master. … And the week that passed by had enough in store for the Sri Sathya Sai University. The first Thursday, 4th June witnessed Bhagawan visiting the Prasanthi Nilayam campus of the University to deliver an exhilarating Divine Discourse. His magnanimity did not end there as He went further to the Senior Boys’ Hostel, most unexpectedly, blessing the student community moving around the entire hostel, in the process, inaugurating a new room dedicated for their ‘Beloved Swami’. The week also witnessed change of guards in two key administrative positions in the University, the Registrar and the Controller of Examinations respectively. Dr. Naren Ramji, and Sri G.S.Srirangarajan, both alumni of Sri Sathya Sai University, have been appointed as the Registrar and Controller of Examinations respectively with effect from the new academic year.
The week was special for its sumptuous darshan sessions and an unusual act of Divine Love. Barring two or three mornings, the week witnessed glorious morning darshans when Bhagawan chose to come out granting coveted darshan sessions. The evening sessions were blissful, with Bhagawan moving among the devotees often ending up on the dais, sitting at times for longer sessions.
5th June 2009, marked an unusual happening that stood out as an apt depiction for His all-conquering love for humanity. On this doubly blessed evening when torrential downpour drenched hundreds of devotees, who got stranded in the lashing rains, Bhagawan most lovingly sent word to accommodate them inside the vacant space behind the Sita Rama Idols. Despite the instructions, when ladies were still not allowed, further instructions went to accommodate them as well. While the whole ‘drama’ was happening, the Lord’s attention was focused on this particular set of devotees. His compassion knew no bounds. After the bhajans and arathi, He moved towards them, to bless them with His close coveted darshan. It was a wonderful evening when the compassion of the Lord came to the fore in apt display of His own dictum, Love All Serve All; Help Ever Hurt Never.
Veteran devotee and bhajan singer Raja Reddy’s name is synonymous with his disciplined devotion towards Bhagawan. Raja Reddy had a long stint with Bhagawan during His early days, serving Him from close quarters. He was an accomplished bhajan singer and during those days, Bhagawan would enjoy bhajan sessions led by the accomplished bhajan singer. Sri Raja Reddy had been ailing for sometime and left his mortal coil a couple of weeks ago in Mumbai. Reminding one and all of His famous dictum, If you take one step towards me, I will take a hundred steps towards you, Bhagawan came out on the 6th morning granting an exclusive interview session for the bereaved family of the veteran devotee. This was followed by yet another session in the evening which was preceded by an open session in the Bhajan Hall for Mrs. Raja Reddy and her son.
The first week also witnessed the tiny tots from Primary School coming out in full force for Bhagawan’s darshan. Thursdays and Sundays, the beautiful mornings, are ‘reserved’ days for the tiny tots of Primary School in Prasanthi Nilayam. 5th morning, being the first Thursday, the school came in full force. They got yet another opportunity in the evening as there was no darshan in the morning. As Bhagawan went to the University Campus that evening, they missed the coveted evening darshan to full satisfaction and the school yet again came, en masse, on the Friday evening to enjoy His presence in full followed by two more darshan sessions on Sunday. With fresh faces for the first standard also joining this week, Primary School will yet again be the focus of attention for Bhagawan on Thursdays and Sundays.
Summer seemed to be slowly losing her grip over Prasanthi as the monsoon trials have already begun. The week’s weather that had been a mix of both summer and rainy season experienced a cloudy day on Sunday, the last day for the week, heralding the imminence and prominence of a monsoon experience.