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Prasanthi Bulletin

(Updated till the 19th of April 2005)


April 15th, 2005

Swami came out for Darshan at 7.20 a.m. and went into the interview room. Bhajans were held from 8.45 a.m. to 9.15 a.m. followed by Aarti. In the evening, Bhagawan came out at 3.10 p.m. He got down and went walking across the dais to the interview room. He came out only at 4.40 p.m. and went into the Bhajan Hall. Swami retired by 5.15 p.m.

 

April 16th, 2005

Morning Darshan was at 7.30 a.m. followed by interviews and Bhajans from 9.00 a.m. to 9.25 a.m. In the evening, Darshan was at 2.30 p.m. followed by interviews and then Swami came into the Bhajan Hall at 4.30 p.m. Bhajans were sung from 4.45 p.m. to 5.25 p.m., followed by Aarti.

 

April 17th, 2005

This morning, Darshan was at 7.40 a.m. Bhagawan got down on the dais and went walking across, to the interview room. He stood for a long time on the dais, listening to the Vedam chanting by the few Primary School children who had stayed back during the vacation. He called one of the boys and materialized a chain for him. Bhajans started at 9.00 a.m.

 

April 18th, 2005

We wish all of you a very Happy Ramanavami. At 7.45 a.m. our dear Lord Sai Rama entered the Kulwant Hall in the Golf Cart. Swami got down near the interview room and came walking onto the dais. At 8.00 a.m. Bhagawan asked the general Vedam chanting to stop and called a small group to come and chant on the dais, as the practice was in earlier years. A few students went over to the mike and chanted Narayanopanishad. This was followed by a talk by Sri S.V. Giri. At 8.10 a.m., Swami gave His Divine Ramanavami Message.

Bhagawan said that the name of Rama is sweeter than sugar, tastier than butter, sweeter than honey and in fact the sweetest of all. Therefore sing the Glory of the name of Rama. Ramayana, Swami said, represents a sacred path, a door to Divinity. It is not the biography of just one individual but every character has a very significant role.

Bhagawan went on to elaborately describe the Putra Kameshti Yajnam, the manifestation of the Payasam (pudding), the episode of Queen Sumitra losing her cup and the other two queens sharing their pudding with her. He then spoke about the birth of the four sons, their naming ceremony and moved on to Sage Viswamitra taking Rama and Lakshmana for protection of the Yajnas. Following this came the picturesque description of Lord Rama’s wedding with Mother Sita.

Swami’s narration was so vivid that it literally transported us to the kingdom of Ayodhya and we felt as though we lived the entire story. As usual, Swami sang the songs describing the marriage of Rama and Sita. Bhagawan concluded saying that Rama Kalyanam actually meant Atma Kalyanam, i.e. the mergence of the Atma with the Paramatma.

It was 9.30 a.m. Deep red apples, sweet puris and chocolates were distributed to all as Prasadam. At 9.45 a.m. Swami took Aarti and retired for the morning. In the evening, Bhagawan came out a few minutes after 3.00 p.m. He spent the full session in talking to the boys whom He had selected to accompany Him to Kodaikanal. A lot of preparation was on since a few days. Around 34 students have been Blessed by Swami to go with Him to Kodaikanal.

 

April 19th, 2005

This morning, Swami came out for Darshan at 7.30 a.m. All the Kodai members assembled in the Bhajan Hall, where Swami gave them some final instructions. By 8.45 a.m. the group left for the Hostel to proceed to the Airport. Bhajans were as usual from 9.00 a.m. to 9.25 a.m. Swami took Aarti and proceeded towards the Poornachandra. Most of us stayed back to have Bhagawan’s Darshan as He left for the Airport. At 10.45 a.m. the Toyota car glided into the Kulwant Hall. Coconuts were broken, Aarti was offered and Jai Jai Kar filled the air!

As we are typing this update, it is 12.30 p.m. and we just heard the flight take off. The flight will take the party to Madurai from where Swami and the boys will proceed to Kodaikanal by road.

We hope that we will be able to update you with some brief about the happenings at Kodaikanal. Till then….Sairam.

 


You can see an illustrated version of happenings at Prasanthi Nilayam in the Prasanthi Diary of our monthly e-Journal Heart to Heart.

The previous issue of Prasanthi Bulletin is available here.

Here are Photo Albums of various events described in earlier Prasanthi Bulletins.

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