Mon, Jan 31, 2011: Today, on this final evening of the month of January, Bhagawan arrived at 1850 hrs. in His car blessing the audience with His Divine Darshan.
Coming on to the dais after a full round, Bhagawan blessed some of the senior faculties of the Institute, tossing Vibhuti packets unto them, with interactions. Reading a prayer from Editor, Sanathana Sarathi, Telugu, Bhagawan continued with His blessing spree before adorning the dais, assuming His seat. In the meanwhile, outgoing Sevadal batch, both men and women, from Kerala was filing into the hall, that had an exclusive session in the Poornachandra Auditorium in the evening.
As bhajans continued, Bhagawan turned busy with devotees' letters till He accepted Mangala Arathi at 1925 hrs. The session was far from over. Tossing a Vibhuti packet, Bhagawan beckoned one of the singers for a conversation that lasted for a few minutes; He continued with a couple of more boys. Bhagawan whispered, boys listened and responded and the packed audience in the backdrop of pin-drop silence, except for occasional coughings, sat enjoying the session thoroughly. The session came to an end with Bhagawan leaving the dais at 1940 hrs. to retire to Yajur Mandiram at 1945 hrs. Before leaving the dais Bhagawan raised both of His hands in 'abhayahasta', blessing the audience.
Earlier, in a fresh initiative that Prasanthi witnessed today, the outgoing batch of sevadals from the state of Kerala was blessed with an exclusive session in the Poornachandra Auditorium. The highlight of the session was Bhagawan's physical presence towards the end of the session. Showing up at 1840 hrs., Bhagawan came down the ramp to take His seat on an elevated platform granting closer Darshan. After interacting with the State President of the Organisation, Bhagawan blessed three ladies from the group with interactions before blessing the entire group with Prasadam. Accepting Mangala Arathi, then Bhagawan left for the main darshan venue, Sai Kulwant Hall. Earlier, the session commenced at 1630 hrs. with an hour long video presentation on Bhagawan's Advent.
Sun, Jan 30, 2011: This weekend Sunday evening had Bhagawan emerging at 1805 hrs., coming into the hall in His car.
As bhajans continued, Bhagawan completed His round of darshan before coming on to the dais in ten minutes. For the next twenty minutes He was busied Himself going through devotees' letters before turning His attention on to the higher secondary boys who were awaiting to grab yet another evening from Bhagawan seeking blessings for various projects. Bhagawan blessed all of them spending time with each one. Birthday benedictions followed.
Then came the turn of the tiny tots from the Primary School. Little ones in small groups swarmed unto Bhagawan seeking blessings, and each one of them was holding something or other to be blessed. Bhagawan with atmost love and patience spent time with each of the groups, blessing all with Vibhuti Prasadam and Padanamaskar. The session lasted for half-an-hour.
Bhagawan then moved into the interview room for a brief pause before emerging in another ten minutes. Following the 'day before pattern', Bhagawan glided past the upper verandah to return to the dais at 1915 hrs. It was time for Mangala Arathi.
As Arathi was on, blessed prasadam, Italian chocolates, went for distribution among students and staff. Bhagawan sat for a while watching over the proceedings before leaving the dais after blessing the concourse with abhayahastha.
Bhagawan left for Yajur Mandiram at 1930 hrs., in His car.
Sat, Jan 29, 2011: Emerging at 1845 hrs., this evening, as Bhagawan's Divine Carrier took the pathway in Sai Kulwant Hall
, devoted public yet again got into frenzy mood, this time tussling with their own selves to catch a precious glimpse of The Lord! Catching the mood, Bhagawan, from His side, was seen tossing Vibhuti packets 'at random'.
After a slow and steady round of darshan Bhagawan alighted at the Verandah to get into the Interview Room. A brief pause ensued before Bhagawan emerging out of the Interview Room. Gliding past the upper verandah, Bhagawan arrived on stage at 1910 hrs. and bhajan was in full swing. Interacting with one of the devotees in the front row, Bhagawan showed up on the stage, a 'feast' public thoroughly missed for last couple of days. He had a couple of letters on His lap and soon got Himself busy, reading them.
After a few bhajans, in next five minutes, Bhagawan asked for Mangala Arathi.
Session was to continue as students, who were awaiting their dues that they probably had missed last couple of days, were gearing up to grab the opportunity. Bhagawan's compassionate eyes were scanning the audience, especially at the front block. Scenting the opportunity that was up for grab, they turned unto Him, taking a beeline.
Starting with a couple of greetings, some students took over, turning up with their academic work for blessings. As each one of them turned up to Him, Bhagawan most graciously flipped through the pages, listening to many of them, blessing each one of them with Divine Whisperings, Vibhuti Prasadam and Padanamaskars. Birthday benedictions followed. A few students had some 'handiwork' of sketches to present to The Lord. Bhagawan blessed all of them before asking for a repeat of Mangala Arathi. ...And the devoted public enjoyed every bit of it as the extended session turned out to be a 'bonanza' after two days of short darshans.
Time ticked past to 1950 hrs. Leaving the dais, Bhagawan went into the Interview Room only to emerge just before 2000 hrs. retiring to Yajur Mandiram.
Fri, Jan 28, 2011: This evening, at 1840 hrs., Sai Kulwant turned fully lit and scenting His arrival the packed house went into a frenzy, realigning to order, welcoming The Lord.
Bhagawan arrived in His car and took a detour driving outside from the main entrance. The house continued with singing bhajans and an hour passed before it welcomed Bhagawan once again at 1947 hrs. Even as Bhagawan entered in, He stopped for a while at the centre before asking for Mangala Arathi. With arathi on, Bhagawan's car moved on to the gents' side, this time completing the earlier incomplete round of Darshan. Completing the round Bhagawan's car sped past heading to Yajur Mandiram, at 1952 hrs.
Thu, Jan 27, 2011: This evening Bhagawan granted one of the shortest darshan sessions. Emerging at 1905 hrs. in the car, even as Bhagawan arrived on the Verandah outside the Interview Room, He blessed a veteran devotee calling him unto the car to bless him with Vibhuti Prasadam. Remaining in, Bhagawan asked for Mangala Arathi and with Arathi on, offered jointly by the priest and the senior devotee as commanded by Bhagawan, Bhagawan's car moved further, cutting across the lower verandah, moving into the gents' side. Sai Kulwant Hall had a packed audience and as Bhagawan's car moved at a snail's pace, taking a 'reverse' round, devotees at the gents' side went into a frenzy repeating the refrain, "Jai Bolo..." in devotional fervour. At the ladies' side Bhagawan blessed many lucky ones from the Primary School tossing Vibhuti packets, as He moved past.
Tue, Jan 25, 2011: Emerging at 1820 hrs., this evening, Bhagawan came on stage at 1840 hrs. after a full round of darshan. A combined music programme by devotees from two different nations, Czech Republic and New Zealand was scheduled for the evening. During His darshan round, Bhagawan spent awhile at the front block interacting with the combined troupe.
Five minutes after adorning the dais, Bhagawan nodded to commence the programme. Initial blessings ensued that was followed by an invocatory prayer "Ganaanaam Thwa...". The troupe sang for the next half-an-hour, Czech Repulic followed by New Zealand. Songs were in the native languages of both the countries apart from English and a numbr in Telugu-Hindi mix. The programme lasted well over half-an-hour. Bhajans by the troupe followed before Bhagawan accepted Mangala Arathi at 1930 hrs. With Arathi on, Bhagawan blessed the concourse with an abhayahastha.
As Bhagawan continued to sit, He blessed a couple of youth from the troupe, one each from Czech and New Zealand with Vibhuti Prasadam before calling some more lucky ones, two ladies, again one each from both the countries, to come on to the stage to receive His blessings.
His blessing right palm turned upward, lifting itself producing an 'inimitable' circular motion. With His index finger He did another 'inimitable' action, His very own, 'scribbling something in the air' as His gaze turned fixed at the august assembly. ...It was time for Bhagawan to leave.
Leaving the dais, Bhagawan moved into the Interview Room to spend next ten minuters in before retiring to Yajur Mandiram at 1945 hrs.
Mon, Jan 24, 2011: Making an 'early-entry' at 1805 hrs. Bhagawan ascended the dais in the Sai Kulwant Hall in twenty minutes after a full round of blessings this evening here in Prasanthi Nilayam. During the darshan round Bhagawan spent awhile at the front block listening to a prayer from the students from Music College.
Carnatic lover that Bhagawan is, Prasanthi have heard umpteen references about the Poet Saint Thyagaraja from Bhagawan Himself. Music College students, knowing the pulse of Bhagawan and following the tradition in carnatic fraternity, that celebrate Thyagaraja Aradhana during this period, had a prayer at Bhagawan to bless them to offer a musical bouquet in the name of the Poet Saint.
Ten minutes into the bhajans Bhagawan nodded at the boys to come on to the dais. The dais was to be reset as Bhagawan wanted the progarmme on the stage. Bhagawan repositioned Himself, sitting facing the ladies' end. A 'Sangeet Aradhana' was to follow.
Beginning with a Ganaesha offering "Sri Ganapathi Nee Sevimpa Raray" the next fifty minutes witnessed the students regaling with some interesting numbers that included some hindustani pieces as well. The evening numbers included "Bhajamana Ram Charan Sukhadai...", a hindi bhajan by Saint Tulsidas, "Jagadanandakaraka..." of Saint Thyagaraja, a jugalbandhi, stringing many a chord with various musical instruments, "Rama Kodanda Rama...", one of Bhagawan's favourite bhajans to end with a mangalam song, a thankful prayer and conclusion to the musical event. The programme lasted for fifty minutes. At the end Bhagawan individually felicitated each one of the artistes, draping shawls over them.
Mangala Arathi was offered at 1945 hrs. and Bhagawan retired to Yajur Mandiram at 1950 hrs. not before blessing the concourse with 'abhaya hastha'. Prasadam was distributed to the entire assembly.
Earlier in the morning, Bhagawan visited a newly renovated office of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, sanctifying the same, opening its doors for functioning.
Emerging at 1135 hrs., Bhagawan, upon arriving at the office via Poornachandra Auditorium, lit the lamp, marking the official inauguration. Cutting a cake on the occasion, Bhagawan went round the office premises overseeing the facilities and interacting with the officials. Bhagawan was accompanied by Sri K. Chakravarthi, IAS (Retd.) Secretary, Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust and Sri SV Giri, IAS (Retd.) Trust Member, Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust and was received with Poornakumbham at the new office premises.
Subsequently, Bhagawan visited the ground floor section of the office blessing the staff members. After seeing around and posing for a group photo Bhagawan accepted Mangala Arathi before leaving the premises after spending around forty minutes.
Leaving the premises Bhagawan drove down to Super Speciality Hospital to retire in an hour, via the western gate, at 1225 hrs.
Sun, Jan 23, 2011: When 'waiting' turned out to become 'penance for His lordly entry', Prasanthi experienced the bliss of a longer spell of bhajans, invoking and awaiting The Lord, today, here on this weekend evening. Celestial rhythms of bhajans emanated in soulful tunes was overlaid with great devotional fervour and Prasanthi revelled in the opportunity of the extended hour, invoking her Lord. Bhagawan made His entry at 2015 hrs. and went for a full round of darshan.
The large gathering in the evening has been reinforced by the outgoing contingent of sevadals from the state of Kerala. Adding to this was the Primary School children, showing up on their Sunday Darshan Special.
Bhagawan's 'slow-going' round found hundreds upon thousands, in their devotional frenzy, vying for a closer glance. As He moved through the students' block, Bhagawan blessed the day's birthday beneficiaries at the boys side followed by His special attention at the Primary block. He further moved into the ladies' side, for an 'extra mile', a regular feature these days, that has formed part of His 'full round' of Darshan.
Ascending the dais at 2035 hrs. Bhagawan got into attending to devotees' letters and bhajans rose in an exuberant swell filling the packed assembly with powerful vibrations.
Upon finishing the letters, Bhagawan accepted Mangala Arathi at 2055 hrs. Even as Bhagawan sat glancing at the students post Arathi offering, +2 students of higher secondary wing made a beeline unto Him seeking blessings with their computer science projects. Bhagawan, with atmost love and compassion, leafed through the project records, and quite interestingly, was seen passing comments and suggestions in between. At the end Bhagawan also blessed the teacher in-charge of the Computer Science Department at the School.
The day was not over yet. A group of students turned up with a huge greeting that was followed by a couple of birthday blessings. Finally it was the turn of a boy who had a prayer, whispered into His ear. Bhagawan's actions are 'awe-intersting' and a treat to watch. Our Lord, in a swift response to the prayer, removed the boy's spectacles to bless his closed eyes with His tender finger touch! Lo! it was a sight to see as not very often we get to watch such rare actions in public, a demonstration of God's Motherly Love! Bhagawan blessed the boy profusely, spraying yellow rice that was followed by a short interaction.
It was 2125 hrs. and Bhagawan left the dais into the interview room. Emerging at 2130 hrs. Bhagawan left for Yajur Mandiram, retiring for the day.
Sat, Jan 22, 2011: Granting an early darshan Bhagawan arrived at 1805 hrs. to soulful tunes this Saturday evening here in Prasanthi Nilayam. As He moved past the pathway at a slow pace many received His blessings that included the birthday beneficiaries, both senior students and the little
ones from Smt. Easwaramma English Medium School. Distinct voices of the 'little one's' from the school were heard, who sang with great enthusiasm. Coming on to the Verandah Bhagawan continued with His blessing spree as a couple of devotees earned His diligent attention.
Ascending the dais at 1830 hrs. Bhagawan got Himself busy with the 'day's mail' for the next twenty minutes. Even as He completed the same, Bhagawan beckoned one of the senior bhajan singers on to the dais conversing with him for sometime. At the end, Bhagawan blessed the 'student' with a materialised golden chain.
It was time for Mangala Arathi. At 1900 hrs. Bhagawan accepted Arathi before blessing the assembly and retiring to Yajur Mandiram at 1905 hrs.
Fri, Jan 21, 2011: Winter has loosened its grips in the township and the day has been warm with a temperature of 28°C. As the day progressed into evening, it was the 'warm' feeling of expectation of The Lord's darshan that overweighed the 'warm - weather- feeling', today here in this Prasanthi township.
Beginning the day's story, this evening, Bhagawan arrived just after 1830 hrs. to go for a full round of darshan before appearing on the dais at 1850 hrs. As He adorned the dais men and women turned glued to the radiant Divine Form, while bhajans led by the students filled the air with devotional verve. The capacity audience followed the singing, focal point being the centre of attraction adorning the dais. Showcasing His dispassionate face Bhagawan sat on, reading through the day's mail from devotees, occasionally raising His head glancing at the assembly. The status continued for the first half-an-hour till Bhagawan finished reading the letters.
The Lord often finds His best company with students. His interactions with them turns into a lovely tale, a sight that Prasanthi ever relishes to watch and rejoice. This evening, after finishing the 'day's mail', Bhagawan started picking up boys from the front block, blessing each one of them with Vibhuti packets. Beginning with lead singers, Bhagawan called many a student and the session lasted for ten minutes before The Lord asked for Mangala Arathi at 1930 hrs.
Accepting Arathi, blessing the assembly, Bhagawan left the dais to leave for Yajur Mandiram at 1935 hrs.
Earlier, as He was coming on to the dais, Bhagawan blessed the Editor, Sanathana Sarathi, Telugu with a golden chain. As the Editor showed the latest issue of Sanathana Sarathi, Bhagawan leafed through the magazine, glancing and blessing the same.
Thu, Jan 20, 2011: Fulfilling the 'holyday's' aspirations and prayers from thousands congregated in the Sai Kulwant Hall, Bhagawan emerged from the Divine Abode at 1823 hrs. here this Thursday evening. Coming for a full round of darshan, once again out in the open much to the joy of the thousands, Bhagawan went for a slow round blessing many, including the tiny tots from the Primary School.
Arriving on the dais at 1850 hrs. Bhagawan sat for the next 15 minutes, busy with the day's mail from the devotees, before accepting Arathi at 1905 hrs. As blessed prasadam went for distribution Bhagawan sat through for some more time watching over the distribution.
Blessing the concourse, Bhagawan left the dais at 1915 hrs. retiring to Yajur Mandiram.
Wed, Jan 19, 2011: This evening Bhagawan emerged at 1840 hrs. to come, 'out in the open', for a full round of darshan. Coming on the dais, Bhagawan sat through the next half-an-hour before accepting Arathi at 1925 hrs. Blessing the concourse with His abhayahastha Bhagawan retired to Yajur Mandiram at 1930 hrs.
Tue, Jan 18, 2011: Evening in Sai Kulwant turned golden yellow at the transitional twilight and with soulful tunes rendering the air, Prasanthi Nilayam reflected verily heaven on earth and was awaiting her Lord to emerge. Thousands sat immersed in bhajans and many eyes were tuned focussing at the western entrance eagerly anticipating signs of His emergence.
Bhagawan arrived at 1820 hrs. and went for a complete round before showing up on the dais in ten minutes. This was another day of Vibhuti blessings as Bhagawan tossed blessed packets unto many boys at the front block. Lucky ones got a 'double', Vibhuti with Padanamaskar. Towards the end Bhagawan blessed the Mandir Priest as well with a 'double'.
Bhagawan accepted Mangala Arathi at 1900 hrs. and retired to Yajur Mandiram at 1905 hrs.
Sun, Jan 16, 2011: Staffers from SSSIHMS, Whitefield, Bangalore have assembled in Prasanthi Nilayam this evening commemorating the occasion of a decade of service of the Temple of Healing that had its inception on 19th January ten years ago.
Bhagawan arrived at 1840 hrs. to come for a full circle of darshan. Ascending the Verandah, Bhagawan moved into the bhajan hall where panels of a proposed exhibition at the hospital were displayed. Bhagawan had a 'walk-through' of the panels before emerging to come on stage; soon Bhagawan lit the lamp before cutting a cake meant for the glorious occasion.
Even as bhajans continued Bhagawan sat through and blessed a couple of groups from the hospital with anniversay greetings. A new Cath Lab Project at the hospital with unique features that is ready for inauguration was also blessed by Bhagawan. The Cath Lab has features like ceiling suspended 'c' arm, head to toe scanning, modern flat panel technology etc.
'Loving His Uncertainty' is an essential ingredient of living with Sai. At 1920 hrs. Bhagawan asked for Mangala Arathi, though the musical troupe from the hospital had a prayer to sing a few songs in His Divine presence rejoicing the occasion. When it almost appeared that Bhagawan was winding up the session, magnanimous Lord brought a cheer on many a face seated at the front block, nodding to commence the programme.
After three four songs of love and gratitude for Bhagawan, at 1940 hrs. Bhagawan accepted Mangala Arathi once again before leaving the dais to retire to Yajur Mandiram at 1950 hrs.
Sat, Jan 15, 2011: Today was the day of sporting honours for the students. Deviating from the customary practice over the years, Bhagawan preferred this day to 14th Jan, to honour sporting heroics of His students, in the valedictory function of the Annual Sports and Cultural Festival held in the Sai Kulwant Hall this evening.
Sai Kulwant Hall, with colour and glitter around, reflected the celebrating mood of the twin occasion, the valedictory function and the auspicious Makara Sankranthi, signifying Sun's northward journey. Weekend ensured a capacity audience and additional venue, Poornachandra Auditorium, opened its gates for devotees.
Emerging just after 1800 hrs. Bhagawan went into the Poornachandra Auditorium to bless the convergence before coming into the Sai Kulwant Hall. Entering into the Sai Kulwant Hall at 1820 hrs., Bhagawan's caravan had the Institute Band and Flag Bearing Squad, preceding Him.
The dais in the Sai Kulwant wore a special decorative costume, adorned with trophies and shields meant for distribution.
As Bhagawan arrived on the stage, He blessed the trophies and shields that decked the dais. Before assuming His seat Bhagawan lit the lamp on the stage sanctifying the occasion. Proceedings for the session began with Sri Sanjay Sahni, Principal, Brindavan Campus addressing the gathering.
Sun's northward journey is symbolic of man's Godward Journey, said the speaker greeting one and all on the auspicious occasion. Referring to Shankaracharya's spiritual pursuits leaving the world for The Divine, the speaker added that, Sankranthi is the best time for spiritual pursuits and thus the significance of Sporting and Cultural heroics. In his short speech he also touched upon the legend of Sports Meet in Parthi, the inception of a world class indoor stadium etc., highlighting Bhagawan's special efforts towards sporting development in Parthi that in turn makes students fit enough to face the world. Referring to various items presented by all the institutions, he summed up declaring that Bhagawan Has Always Been Our Inspiration.
The second speaker for the occasion was Ms. Suma Rao, a former student with double post graduation, erstwhile all-rounder gold medallist, currently a faculty in the Dept. of Commerce at Anantapur Campus, pursuing doctoral research.
Ms. Suma, a veteran of over twenty sports meets, highlighting the speciality of Sathya Sai Educational System, that according to her brings out the 'soul quality', narrated some interesting instances related to the festival coupled with her observations that God Has Always Been The Doer. The Sports Festival is fully saturated with God's Love where it gets its full meaning, asserted the speaker. She ended her inspiring speech with a prayer to Bhagawan to "storm into our hearts to be the essence of our lives."
Prize distribution for the participating institutions followed next. As the names were announced, representatives from various institutions, namely, Sri Sathya Sai Primary School, SSSIHL - Brindavan Campus, Mirpuri College of Music, SSSIHL - Anantapur Campus, SSSIHL - Prasanthi Nilayam Campus, Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary School - Prasanthi Nilayam, all came in the order to receive trophies from the Divine hands. Subsequently Bhagawan blessed certificates and medals to be distributed among the winners from all the institutions.
Conveying His immense blessings Bhagawan asked Sri Sanjay Sahni to announce that He felt immense joy at the performance of the students during the festival. Special mention was made on the drama presentation held on 13th Jan evening.
Special benedictions were sent to the Muddenahalli Campus and Smt. Easwaramma English Medium School along with College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, SSSIHMS, Whitefield, Bangalore and Sri Sathya Sai Junior College, Anantapur. As Bhagawan sat on the stage, there was a flurry of greetings related to the Sports theme. Bhagawan blessed all of them.
Blessed Prasadam was distributed to the entire assemblage. As the distribution went on Institute Band played some soulful tunes that included bhajans.
Bhagawan accepted Mangala Arathi at 1950 hrs. and retired to Yajur Mandiram at 2000 hrs. As His car slowly moved past, Institute Band and Flag Bearing Squad joined Him forming the caravan.
Ace cricketer and former India Captain Rahul Dravid was in Parthi for evening darshan.
Thu, Jan 13, 2011: After two days of hectic sporting and cultural activities at the Vidyagiri Hill View Stadium, this evening, action returned to Sai Kulwant Hall with Prasanthi Nilayam Campus presenting a dance drama in the immediate Divine presence.
In the evening, Bhagawan arrived in His car at 1745 hrs. and after His usual round of darshan moved into the bhajan hall where the drama troupe was awaiting His arrival. Blessing the boys Bhagawan emerged through the rear entrance to appear on the dais at 1800 hrs.
This evening's presentation was on the essence of Bhagavatham, entitled, "Bhagavatha Saaramu". In the Sai Kulwant Hall, the centre-block had a special set up assisted by special lighting. Even as bhajans continued, Bhagawan went on blessing the day's birthday beneficiaries.
Bhajans stopped abruptly at His command, at 1810 hrs., and blessings were sought before the commencement of the programme.
The presentation, a thesis on Bhagavatham, was a summation of the essence of the epic illustrated in the form of dialogue between Lord Vishnu and Sage Narada. Lord Vishnu, explaining the epic's essence, spoke of the priceless pearls the epic offers, namely, Bhakthi (devotion), Jnaana (knowledge), Vairaagya (detachment), Thathwa (philosophical insight) and Mukthi (liberation). The epic is rightly described as Bhakthi Jnaana Vairaagya Thathwa Mukthi Saagaram. All these essential features were explained with flashback illustrations from stories of yore, namely, Hanuman's story for Bhakthi, Lord Brahma's story for Jnaana, Divine Mothers, Yasoda, Devaki and Easwaramma for Vairagya, Nachiketa's story for philosophical insight and lastly, the story of Radharani illustrating Mukthi.
The hour-long presentation essentially portrayed as to how God and His devotees co-existed to make alive the epic called Bhagavatham. It's essentially the story of God and His devotees.
After the presentation Bhagawan moved down to pose for a photo session with the troupe. Blessing the troupe as Bhagawan moved back on to the dais, He asked for Mangala Arathi, at 1920 hrs. After Arathi, Bhagawan blessed the sweets for distribution; as sweets went for distribution to the devotees, Bhagawan blessed the drama boys distributing in person.
Leaving the dais, en route, Bhagawan blessed many 'helping hands' who were instrumental at His hand for the successful sporting festival. Bhagawan retired to Yajur Mandiram at 1935 hrs.
Wed, Jan 12, 2011: This evening, on the second and concluding day of the Sports and Cultural Festival, Bhagawan arrived at the stadium at 1715 hrs. The Divine Chancellor was accorded a rousing reception at His arrival with the Brindavan Band along with little lions and dragons from Prasanthi joining the motorbike escorters from all the three campuses.
The evening presentation was earmarked for Primary School, Easwaramma English Medium School followed by Prasanthi Nilayam Campus.
Colourful pageantry of the little hearts from the Primary School ruled the stadium for the next one hour with intermissions coming in the form of little gymnasts performing acrobatic feats on the floor and on a mounted structure. There was dance to the tune of background music while the entire session promised a riot of colours.
With the sundown at the eastern horizon floodlights turned on and the little hearts, exhibiting graceful movements, formed into various colourful combinations often receiving round of applause from the packed audience. While Roller Skaters engaged in speed skating moved back and forth, often crossing various hurdles, little lions and dragons of Prasanthi came out prowling regaling one and all.
Easwaramma English Medium School, in its maiden outing, made an impressive beginning with a thematic presentation depicting man's monkey mind. Dance and formations followed to the accompaniment of musical score. They ended the session with a formation showing WE LOVE YOU SAI declaring loudly to Bhagawan that, YOU ARE OUR EVERYTHING.
The final programme was by the Prasanthi Nilayam Campus that included Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary School also. Presenting a huge indigenous plaster of paris structure of Lord Krishna, that was wheeled unto His presence, the hosts began their display with floor gymnastics by the higher secondary wing. Trained by Olympian Dimosthenis Tampakos from Greece children from higher secondary exhibited great dexterity and skill flexing their muscles showing various feats.
Reminiscing the Unity Cup Cricket Match held in Prasanthi in 1997 cricketing actions were brought to live with a mock India vs. Rest of the World match. Following the higher secondary wing, seniors continued the gymnastic feats with perfection, once again trained by the same Dimosthenis Tampakos of Greece.
Star Wars, Angels and Devils etc. were some of the other items that lit the stadium before Prasanthi Lions went on prowl bringing the curtains down for the Annual Sports and Cultural Festival 2011.
Bhagawan accepted Mangala Arathi at 1910 hrs. and returned to Yajur Mandiram just after 1930 hrs.
Tue, Jan 11, 2011: Annual Sports and Cultural Meet 2011 of SSSIHL and Sri Sathya Sai Institutions got underway this evening at Sri Sathya Sai Vidyagiri Hill View Stadium in the immediate presence of the Divine Chancellor.
Deviating from the existing practice of single day programme, this year's meet is conducted in the evenings alone, spreading over two days, 11th and 12th January.
At the venue, in the evening, after month-long hectic training schedules and preparations, students from all the campuses along with staff members were ready and upbeat, welcoming the Divine Chancellor.
Bhagawan, clad in white, was ushered into the the stadium at the stroke of 1700 hrs.; The Divine Chancellor was escorted by a host of procession led by the Institute Band. A column of motorcyclists, Anantapur Band and flag bearers representing various houses followed the Institute Band from Prasanthi Nilayam escorting the Chancellor.
At the Shanti Vedika Bhagawan was received by the Vice Chancellor and representatives from all the three campuses and other educational institutions. Upon ascending the dais, Bhagawan lit the lamp officially inaugurating the meet.
Even as He assumed His seat on the dais flanked by a host of dignitaries, student representatives from various campuses along with other institutions made a beeline unto Bhagawan greeting Him on the occasion.
March-Past followed as various contingents of the three campuses and other educational institutions marched sprightly to the tune of the Institute Brass Band. This year, two more institutions, College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, SSSIHMS, Whitefield and Smt. Easwaramma English Medium School, Prasanthi Nilayam are also participating in the meet.
The march-past was followed by the hoisting of the Institute Flag. This was followed by administering the oath of fair participation by the Institute Captain. As Bhagawan lit the Games Torch, a special squad of athletes carried the same in turns, rounding the stadium moving up to the urn at the Hanuman Hill. Simultaneously, the mascot for the year’s meet, Multi Coloured Tropical Parrot, moved up in the rope, finally lighting the urn atop the Hanuman hill. Symbolising Peace and Unity, Bhagawan set free a set of three white doves and balloons went flying in the air marking the rejoice on the occasion.
This evening was reserved for Anantapur and Brindavan Campuses to perform. Anantpur Campus presented a twenty minute programme titled "Aim High Soar High". Beginning with daredevilry on Motor Bikes, they had interesting formations coupled with exercises on the poles at heights delighting the audience. A short presentation by the students of College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, SSSIHMS, Whitefield, Bangalore followed. The nursing students presented a thematic dance programme entitled HEALING, depicting the art of healing.
The final presentation was by the Brindavan Campus. Beginning with the melodies of nascent Brindavan Band, students from the campus had dragon dance, chinese martial arts, drum music, colourful dance cum floor exercises with the theme "Guru Brahma Guru Vishnu..." to end up with a delectable display of aerial gymnastics with the theme WE LOVE SAI.
Mangala Arathi was offered at 1845 hrs. and Bhagawan retired to Yajur Mandiram just after 1900 hrs.
Dignitaries present during the occasion included Dr. (Mrs.) J. Geeta Reedy, Minister for Commerce, Andhra Pradesh, Palley Raghunatha Reddy, MLA, Puttaparthi, Ms. Charu Sinha, IPS, DIG, Anantapur etc.
Tomorrow's concluding session of the meet will have the tiny tots from Primary School and Easwaramma English Medium School taking their slots before seniors along with higher secondary children from Prasanthi Nilayam Campus ringing the curtain down.
Mon, Jan 10, 2011: This evening's 'session' with The Lord began with Bhagawan's entry at 1835 hrs. Coming on to the dais after a full round of darshan Bhagawan spent an hour presiding over the bhajan session.
Interesting are His interactions with His students. Today's turned out to be one such interesting evening when, Bhagawan, upon assuming His seat on the dais started tossing Vibhuti packets to many a student, mainly from the bhajan troupe, one after one. As Vibhuti packets went flinging in the air, lucky recepients came forward to snatch the 'double, Vibhuti along with Padanamaskar. A few of the lucky ones got 'His call' for a second time!
Earlier, as Bhagawan came on to the Verandah, Principals and Wardens from both Prasanthi Nilayam and Brindavan Campuses greeted Him with their prayer for the year's Sports and Cultural Meet. Even as Bhagawan sat on the dais, some of the students took their chances to greet Bhagawan with their handiwork with Sports Meet theme.
An hour went past and at 1940 hrs. Bhagawan accepted Mangala Arathi that was followed by a double Abhayahasta blessings. A short interaction with one of the bhajans singers followed before Bhagawan took a right turn to return to His car.
At 1950 hrs., as Bhagawan was leaving for Yajur Mandiram, Mr. Narasimhamurthy, Warden, Brindavan Campus made an announcement on the scheduled Sports and Cultural Meet. The meet would be held tomorrow and the day after, 11th and 12th of January, at the Sri Sathya Sai Vidyagiri Hill View Stadium, in the evenings. Read also...The Touch of Grace
Sun, Jan 9, 2011: This weekend evening earned an early darshan when Bhagawan came out at 1720 hrs. A full round in the car ensued before Bhgawan came on stage. Vedam continued beyond the scheduled hour as Bhagawan sat on till 1740 hrs. when He left the stage for bhajan hall.
Ahead of the scheduled Annual Sports and Cultural Meet House Captains and Vice Captains from all the three campuses and Higher Secondary School were assembled in the bhajan hall invoking Bhagawan's benediction. Bhagawan spent close to fifteen minutes inside, graciously moving among and blessing the captains with Padanamaskar.
Emerging at 1800 hrs. Bhagawan moved out of Prasanthi precincts for a drive towards Super Speciality Hosptial.
In the meanwhile twilight bhajans that commenced at 1745 hrs. continued in the Mandir. Bhagawan returned to Mandir after an hour and ten minutes, at 1910 hrs.
Mangala Arathi was offered at 1920 hrs. and Bhagawan retired to Yajur Mandiram at 1930 hrs.
This year's Annual Sports and Cultural Meet will be held on the 11th and 12th of this month, scheduled for evening hours.
Sat, Jan 8, 2011: This evening, arriving at 1805 hrs., Bhagawan, on completing His round of darshan came on to the dais in ten minutes marked by a crescendo in bhajans. Presiding over the session He sat for the next ten minutes before accepting Arathi at 1830 hrs. After Arathi, Bhagawan blessed some boys with Vibhuti prasadam before leaving the dais to retire to Yajur Mandiram at 1835 hrs.
For the past couple of days weather has turned bit chill in the township. Preparations for the Annual Sports and Cultural Meet scheduled for next week is gearing momentum; with students and staff getting busier day by day, fine tuning for the final show, darshan sessions barely see their presence except for a single column meant for bhajan and vedam boys.
A Tailpiece:“…Always think of Me, become My devotee, worship Me and offer your homage unto Me. Thus you will come to Me without fail. I promise you this because you are My very dear friend.” Thus spake Bhagawan Sri Krishna in The Bhagavad Gita. Here we have our Beloved Bhagawan, the selfsame Sri Krishna, came back in another physical frame, walking among us, telling us, It’s the pure heart that reaches the goal; follow the heart.
Fri, Jan 7, 2011: Fulfilling the day's aspirations and prayers from thousands congregated in Sai Kulwant Hall, Bhagawan emerged from the Divine Abode at 1820 hrs. here Friday evening.
For them, those who have assembled in the evening, His Mandir is a golden dream and to be in His presence is the gift supreme!
Taking His usual route, as Bhagawan moved past, hundreds upon thousands were glued to the Divine form, catching a precious, priceless glimpse from the moving car. Gliding past, at the gents' side, Bhagawan spent close to two minutes, blessing a youth group from Mumbai.
Alighting on the Verandah, Bhagawan came on to the dais just after 1830 hrs. Interestingly, He beckoned one of the lead bhajan singers and engaged in conversation for some time before blessing the singer with Vibhuti prasadam.
Even as Bhajan was on Bhagawan blessed birthday boys for the day, blessing each one of them with Vibhuti packets. Soon He got into the day's 'mail' from devotees.
At 1900 hrs. Bhagawan indicated for Mangala Arathi. He sat for some more time blessing one of the students, listening to His supplications.
His blessing right hand went up a bit and the index finger 'scripted' in the air before He ended up the session with a circular wave of His upraised palm. Bhagawan left the dais at 1910 hrs. for Interview Room.
Retiring to the Interview Room Bhagawan spent next fifteen minutes in, before emerging at 1925 hrs. to retire to Yajur Mandiram. Blessed prasadam was distributed to the entire audience.
A two-day seminar on Research Innovations and Reinnovations and Industrial Development and Rural Development was organised by SSSIHL on 6th and 7th Jan in Prasanthi Nilayam. The seminar held in the Multimedia Theatre of Book Trust had Dr. R. Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India speaking on the subject. The seminar was attended by many faculties and research scholars from the Institute.
Wed, Jan 5, 2011: Christmas and New Year are over and there is a letdown in the rush of devotees in Prasanthi. This evening Bhagawan arrived at 1920 hrs. in His car.
A glance from Him says many thing!...and for many, 'it's' everything! With His slow round of darshan, as He moved past, Bhagawan was radiating His blessed glance upon the mass of devotees through the entire stretch of pathway.
Coming on stage in ten minutes, wearing a smile on His face, Bhagawan sat through watching over the congregation of devotees. It's sports time in Parthi and students from outstation campuses, Anantapur and Brindavan, have arrived for the final round of preparations. As Bhagawan sat through, the students from Brindavan Campus, who have just arrived, were rushing 'with their attendance', into the Mandir to have a glance and more importantly expecting a Glance back from Him.
Bhagawan accepted Mangala Arathi at 1940 hrs.; even as Arathi was on Bhagawan blessed birthday boys, blessing each one of them with Vibhuti Prasadam.
Leaving the dais, as Bhagawan took a right turn, many eager faces were ready, up on their knees, expecting His blessings; Bhagawan, with atmost patience, blessed all of them before boarding His car to leave for Yajur Mandiram at 1955 hrs.
...And as He was leaving the dais, outside the Brindavan Hostel, close to the Mandir, there was a group of students, with folded hands, paying obeisance to Bhagawan. They had just arrived and could not make it to the Mandir...and never wanted to miss Him!
Tue, Jan 4, 2011: Bhagawan arrived for Darshan at 1910 hrs in His car. Even as the car was taking its usual route, Bhagawan asked the driver to stop the car near the mandir and resumed His journey in chair. Bhagawan interacted with some of the devotees on His way to the stage. Students sang with increased vigour, inspired by His attention. Bhagawan read a few letters while listening to Bhajans. Students of the institute were sitting with huge cards describing the various sports meet events. Even as they repeatedly attempted to bring the same near their Chancellor appealing for His presence for the practice sessions, The Lord lovingly beckoned them to sit hinting that the time has not yet come. Bhagawan beckoned the priest for Arathi at 1932 hrs. The students who had just started a bhajan concluded it smartly with a fading effect instilling smiles all around. Bhagawan retired to Yajur Mandiram in car.
Mon, Jan 3, 2011: "The Bond of Love" that was celebrated for three days from the New Year eve continued its joyous run on the fourth day this evening with a sizeable number of alumni getting another closed door session inside the bhajan hall.
This evening, coming in at 1755 hrs., in His car, for a full round of Darshan, Bhagawan, upon completing His round went straight into the bhajan hall...and the doors turned closed.
Bhagawan spent half-an-hour inside, granting momentous moments to the alumni, moving amongst and giving Vibhuti Prasadam in person.
Emerging out, Bhagawan came on stage at 1840 hrs. and bhajans continued. The session ended with a special song sung at His instance, upon which Mangala Arathi was offered at 1855 hrs. Before leaving the dais Bhagawan blessed the assembly with Abhayahasta. Bhagawan retired to Yajur Mandiram at 1900 hrs., out in open, skipping His car.
It's sports time in Prasanthi. This evening, students block remained almost empty except for the bhajan block as hectic practice sessions are on at the Hill View Stadium.
Winter that made a strong entry during the latter half of december has considerably eased off and the township is experiencing mild winter over the past one week.
Sun, Jan 2, 2011: Where love reigns supreme everyone comes to Prasanthi returns filled and fulfilled. This evening, prior to the normal darshan round, Poornachandra Auditorium witnessed a special session, wherein alumni along with immediate family members assembled to receive Divine Blessings.
Entering in at 1800 hrs. Bhagawan spent an hour in the auditorium blessing the 'privileged folks' with close Darshan and Padanamaskar. Expressing grateful thanks to Bhagawan for His all out love and compassion and continued blessings, two of the former students, Dr. Mayur Pandya and Kota Shivakumar, shared the podium, with short speeches in English and Telugu respectively, before Bhagawan set out to move among the students and family members. At the end, Mangala Arathi was offered before Bhagawan left the auditorium, close to 1900 hrs.
Back in Sai Kulwant bhajan session was on. Emerging at 1900 hrs. in His car, granting Divine Darshan, Bhagawan took a detour to Verandah after cutting across from the ladies' end. Moving on stage Bhagawan accepted Mangala Arathi at 1905 hrs. Blessing birthday boys, interacting with a couple of bhajan boys, Bhagawan spent a few minutes on stage before blessing the assembly with Abhayahasta. Leaving the dais Bhagawan moved in to the Bhajan hall where a special group from Team Vidya Vahini along with a set of school children were awaiting His arrival.
The group appraised Bhagawan of the various developments of the project. A group of selected school children from Jagrathi Vidya Mandir, Darwa, Yamuna Nagar, HaryanA, where Vidya Vahini project is being implemented also was present along with teachers partaking the blessings. The school is being run by one of the alumnus of SSSIHL. Interacting with and blessing the group, Bhagawan came out of the hall through the rear entrance. Cutting across the upper verandah Bhagawan blessed many senior devotees before boarding His car to retire to Yajur Mandiram at 1950 hrs.
Sat, Jan 1, 2011:On this New Year evening, The Lord who is beyond Time, Lord of Timelessness was ushered into the Sai Kulwant Hall in a regal procession, apt for The Divinity! At the entrance gate at the rear western end, leading from Yajur Mandiram, there was a huge arch with wordings "Om Sai Kalaatheethaaya Namaha!", hailing the attributeless, timeless Divinity! This was a session earmarked for the alumni of SSSIHL, an annual affair they eagerly await, to come back to the portal.
The New Year dawned and the waiting for the evening, for the first glance of The Lord found its fulfilment at 1910 hrs. when Bhagawan was ushered into the Sai Kulwant Hall by a host of procession by the alumni comprising of flag bearers and Vedam Boys; while Parasols and Venchamarams (yak tail fans) added on to the colour spectacle granting the procession a religious flavour, in the backdrop there were sound bytes of soulful tunes of a welcome song.
Arriving on to the Verandah and blessing the cake for the occasion by the students, Bhagawan moved on stage for a round of applause from the capacity audience. On the stage, Bhagawan lit the lamp before cutting a special cake by the Alumni. Assuming the Seat of The Divine, Bhagawan blessed the organisers for the commencement of the proceedings.
A musical offering was in the offing and announcements in Telugu and English followed. The programme got off with the Alumni Brass Band presenting an interesting musical piece, a Ganesha Stuthi, that had adaptation from one of the popular numbers.
Children of Sai they are, they would often sing Love Songs to Mother Sai during their college days. Evoking nostalgic memoirs of of those golden past, they erupted with the beauty of a song, "Oh Sai Maa...Priyamaina Maa...." so meaningful for the occasion!
The Lord who played all 'silly games' with His students... for His students, watching them growing and glowing, came in for adoration as lavish praise was heaped unto Him when intermittent commentary pushed the session forward. Some more numbers followed including a Qawwali before they switched over to bhajans as commanded by Bhagawan. All the songs were tuned to the theme of Love, "The Bond Of Love" between Mother Sai and Her Children, "Prema Bandham!"
Bhajans continued for the next twenty minutes and the White Army took over with blessed prasadam went for distribution. At 2040 hrs. Bhagawan accepted Mangala Arathi. In between Bhagawan blessed one of the alumni with a materialised golden chain.
At 2045 hrs. Bhagawan left for Yajur Mandiram not before blessing the assembly with Abhayahastha.
Earlier, upon emerging from Yajur Mandiram at 1900 hrs., Bhagawan went into Poornachandra Auditorium granting darshan to the thousands assembled there.