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June 18th, 2005

Here we are again with great good news!! Swami is back at Parthi. It all started at around 10.45 a.m. this morning when some of us received the message that Swami was about to start for Parthi. However, we were not very sure whether this was authentic news or just one of those rumours! But then to our delight at 11.00 a.m. we got the information from reliable sources that Bhagawan had indeed left Brindavan just then.

Oh what a surprise! Once again there was hustle and bustle all around. Toranams (Garlands) and Banners started going up at the gates and across the road near the Mandir. Possibly, by now the local Samithi members were trained to handle such surprises! Therefore, in just two hours the whole road was filled with colourful Rangolis and flower toranams (garlands) tied across the width of the road.

By 1.30 p.m. we were all moving towards the Mandir. The Vedam group was ready, clad in red Dhoti and white Angavastram (top covering) near the Gopuram Gate. School children were also positioned there with flowers in their hands to bedeck the path as Bhagawan's car would come along. Yet another team of school boys was ready to swing into action with their Bhangda dance to welcome the Lord.

At sharp 2.00 p.m. the silver coloured Mercedes Benz made its appearance at the Gopuram gate. A loud Omkaram filled the air as the Vedam students started their chanting. They rendered the Ganesha Atharva Shirshopanishad, as they marched along leading the car into the Kulwant Hall. Simultaneously, the welcome song written and composed by the Institute students, burst forth through the dozens of speakers in the Kulwant Hall. There was joy and cheer all around! Our Lord was back Home once again!

The car made a brief halt near the centre of the Hall. We could see Swami seated inside the car bright as the sun and with a smile - cool as the moon! He was watching all the students and devotees straining to catch a glimpse of His Divine Form. As the car halted, the Pujari came forward along with some teachers and Aarti was given. The car proceeded towards the Poornachandra Hall.

By 3.40 p.m. Swami was already out again, now in the Toyota Porte. He had taken a round along the interview room and the Portico and had gone out the main gate to some place inside the Mandir Premises. The car re-entered the Mandir and the Vedam chanting began once again. Swami was sitting in front with brother Satyajit maneuvering the car next to Him. The car turned towards the Poornachandra. Oh! Would He go back so soon? Our hearts were yearning to have a longer glimpse.

To everyone's joy, the car went towards the Ladies side and then took a turn towards the interview room. The car halted near the interview room and the automatic chair made its mechanical manoeuver to enable Swami to exit the car. Brother Nitin Acharya wheeled the chair / sofa towards the stage. The sofa was stationed on the stage, but near the Primary School children. The moment Swami sat there, the Primary School Children raised their voice and started chanting Vedam so loudly, that it almost shook the entire Hall!

Swami's face looked bright as ever and His loving glance fell on all seated around. He sat there for just a few minutes and then turned around to face the Vedam students who were seated in front with their red Dhotis. Swami looked at them lovingly and Blessed them. Then the sofa was wheeled into the interview room. Hardly a few minutes elapsed and Swami came out and proceeded into the Bhajan Hall.

All students rushed into the Bhajan Hall. In fact the whole Kulwant Hall with all devotees and students appeared like a mighty river gushing to merge into the ocean. All were rushing to get a close look at Swami. Thirsty eyes longed for His Glimpse but at the same time were drenched with drops of His Love. It was a sight to see. We all had truly missed Swami for so long!

After a minute or so, the sofa was wheeled out again and now Swami got into the car. The compassionate Lord chose to drive through the Portico and move amidst the Gents section. All sat covering the pathway on both sides and Swami looked at everybody showering His Love and Grace. The car glided along slowly, enabling one and all to have His Darshan. By 4.15 p.m. Swami had crossed the Kulwant Hall gate and moved towards the Poornachandra.

There we could see Swami entering the new building for a short while. Minutes later He came out again and proceeded to His abode - the Poornachandra. Saturated with this brief but yet loving and wonderful Darshan, we sat enjoying the cool breeze! Yes, Nature too had begun its welcome song! At 5.00 p.m. Bhajans began and at 5.30 p.m. Aarti was given.


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.

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