July 21st, 2005 - Gurupoornima
On this most auspicious occasion of Gurupoornima, in the most auspicious
year of the Avatar’s 80th Birthday, let us all offer our sincere and
respectful Pranaams at the Lotus Feet of our Sadguru, Bhagawan Baba.
This morning, we were all seated in the Mandir by 6.45 a.m. Five minutes
later, the Naadaswaram team began playing their mellifluous tunes,
starting with Mahaganapatim Bhaje….This Gurupoornima, there were no
floral decorations in the Mandir. Instead, the pillars and the inside
Portico were all decked with pearl garlands, decorative hangings, and
colourful chandeliers. The main Kulwant Hall was shining with the red
Chinese lamp shades.
At 7.35 a.m. the Porte car stationed itself in front of PC. All the
lights in Kulwant Hall went on. The Naadaswaram was now accompanied with
Pancha Vadyam played by the Institute students and Vedam chanting. It
was a mix of so many sounds and tunes merging into an indescribable
symphony! Swami took a full round of the Hall. By 7.45 a.m., Swami was
seated in the centre of the dais. The Naadaswaram group stopped playing
and Swami was now watching the students playing the Naadaswaram. After a
while He smiled at them and asked them to sit down.
Swami then asked the Vedam group to chant the Rudram. The Primary School
joined the chanting with full enthusiasm. In between, Swami too was
chanting some lines along with the students. A few minutes later, Swami called the
Vice Chancellor, Prof. Anil Gokak and spoke to him. He also spoke to the
All India President, Mr. V. Srinivasan.
At 8.05 a.m., the mikes were placed on the dais. Mr. V. Srinivasan was
the first speaker. He began by offering Pranaams to the Jagadguru on
this auspicious day of Vyasa Pournami. This is the day when we pay
homage to the Teacher of all teachers. He spoke extensively on the
Universal Love of Bhagawan that encompasses all of humanity. His Love
brings rain to the parched deserts and it is this Love that drives His
He described how Swami is touching the lives of millions of people all
over the globe, giving several instances of Divine miracles. He
emphasized on the magnanimity of Bhagawan who not only practices and
sets an example Himself, but also exhorts us to follow other good and
great leaders like Abraham Lincoln, Easwar Chandra Vidya Sagar and others.
The three most important teachings of Bhagawan, according to the speaker
were, Faith in God and oneself, Service to humanity and Naamasmaran.
There is nothing impossible with His Grace and Love. The word
‘impossible’ does not exist in God’s dictionary.
Swami was very pleased with the talk delivered by Mr. V. Srinivasan and
to his surprise, materialized a gold ring for him. It was a ring studded
with diamonds all around and a diamond ‘S’ on it. Swami put it on the
finger of the speaker.
At 8.20 a.m., Prof. G. Venkataraman was summoned to share his views with
the audience. Prof. Venkataraman commenced his talk saying that this
most unique day should be etched in our hearts for ever. He elaborated
on the role of a Guru, stating that the Guru can never give Jnana to any
disciple. Jnana is right within our own self. All that the Guru does is
to remove Ajnana (ignorance) that covers the Jnana (wisdom) in us.
However, a Sadguru does something much more special. The Sadguru, said
the speaker, creates a thirst in us for Jnana. The Love behind every
smile of His, and every word of His, propels us to look within and
search for our Truth. This is possible for Him as He is absolutely
selfless from top to toe. There is no word called ‘selfish’ in God’s
dictionary. He also brought to the attention of the audience the fact
that, in 1963, it was on this very day that Swami had cured Himself from
a paralytic stroke and declared the secret of this Avatar to all
gathered there. Again in 1968, on this very day, the Anantapur College
was inaugurated by Bhagawan. That very day, Swami had sown the seed
which today has become a huge Banyan tree.
Prof. G. Venkataraman concluded his talk lamenting over the state of
affairs today where knowledge is being marketed like a product. This,
according to him was the worst sin. Prof. Venkataraman was followed by a
student speaker, Sri R. Satish of the II MBA (Finance) class. Finally, we had
the Vice Chancellor, Sri Anil Gokak speaking to us.
Sri Anil Gokak, elaborated on the meaning of the word Guru. ‘Gu’ stands
for Gunateeta (Attributeless) and ‘Ru’ stands for Rupa Varjita
(Formless). In olden days, it was a matter of shame for any person to be
without a Guru. That is how the word ‘Anatha’ came into existence.
He then went on to differentiate between an ordinary teacher and a Guru.
The teacher provides Shiksha but a Guru provides Diksha. A teacher
imparts knowledge while a Guru imparts impulses. This day is celebrated
as Gurupoornima. Purnima means a full moon day. The full moon has
significance for both the Guru and the disciple. The cool light of the
full moon symbolizes the serene and fully illuminated mind of a Guru.
The full moon also symbolizes the inner awakening in a disciple.
There are 4 ways in which a Guru impacts the Shishya, according to the
speaker. They are: Look and Touch (illustrated by Ramakrishna
Paramahamsa and Vivekananda), Thought (as in the case of Ramana
Maharishi) and Word (Mantra). Transformation of the disciple is the
Guru’s task. Transforming involves two aspects: Unmaking and Remaking.
It is a journey from Sensuality to Spirituality.
The speaker drew a very good analogy, stating that God is like a
generator, the disciple is like a lamp and the Guru is like the wire
which connects the generator to the lamp. He then went on to give the
examples of disciples like Hanuman who stood for obedience and
servility, Arjuna who stood for Nishkama Karma and Svadharma, and
Vivekananda who propagated the Unity of all religions.
He concluded his talk on the note that today we have only transmitters
of information and not initiators of transformation. Educare, he said,
is the only solution to this problem. Educare comes from the root word,
‘educe’ which means to develop the latent (Divinity within) and make it
At 9.00 a.m., Bhagawan’s Discourse table was arranged. They tried to
place the stand mike next to Swami’s sofa, so that Swami could speak
while sitting, but Bhagawan was particular that He should stand and
speak. Therefore, the normal mikes were arranged. Swami stood up with
the help of our brothers who assist Him, amidst loud applause. All
devotees were delighted to see Swami standing after so many days.
Bhagawan then smiled and began His Divine Message.
Who can estimate the consequences of our actions in life? It is as
strange as an inverted bat. The bat flies around like other birds but at
night, when it retires, it hangs upside down on the branch. Is it not
its destiny to be like that?
Each one has to face the consequences of his/her actions. No one can
escape destiny. Actions are therefore very important. Be it a saint or
an ignorant one, no one can escape the results of their actions. The
consequences of your actions will follow you like a shadow. Bear in mind
the good and bad that you have done. One may live long, but he will have
to face the results of his actions. So be it, so be it….is continuously
being repeated. Ignoring this, we keep acting the way we like. Knowing
what is good and bad, we still are not able to give up the bad. It is
all our own making, just as the bat’s life too is of its own making.
None can gauge the Divine Will. You can cover your mistakes at a human
level, but the consequences will never leave you, be it good or bad. A
man may look mighty and talk in a bombastic manner, but when faced with
the consequences of his actions, he is unable to show his face. At such
times the true colours get manifested.
You may not be able to understand all that I am saying. But your own
experience will reveal the Truth to you. Results of your actions are
inevitable. In fact, the consequences come back with ten fold intensity.
The only way out of this cycle is to be the recipients of God’s Grace.
With God’s Grace, the consequences will not cause any pain to you. For
example, the medicine in a bottle will have its effect only within the
expiry date, beyond which it ceases to make any impact. So too, God’s
Grace can postpone the Karmic consequences to a date after which, they
will have no significant impact on you!
At this point, Swami described the case study of Maarkandeya, whose life
story is an ideal example of God’s Grace modifying the destiny of an
With Divine Grace, you can win over any obstacle in life. The noose of
death will fall only on those, who yet have to face the consequences of
their actions in this world. It was after the episode of Maarkandeya,
that people started praying to the Lord as their final days approached.
In the case of Maarkandeya, Eswara Himself appeared and said, “I gave
your parents that boon in an emergency, now I am withdrawing the same.”
Thus God can give boons and can also cancel the same. God has removed
obstacles from the lives of so many devotees. But some people try to
test God. This is a mere waste of time. God will never yield to such tests.
Deserve God’s Grace; then nothing in this world can touch you. Animals,
birds, and all beings can escape the consequences of their actions by
God’s Grace. Whatever Sadhana you may do, never forget God at any moment
of your life. Life is very important, even more than the human body.
With prayer, you can sustain this life. You need not pray loudly. Even a
silent prayer will do.
God is in the heart of man. Life may come and go. Worldly difficulties
will come and go. But never disconnect yourself from God. To deserve
God’s Grace, chant His Name. Nothing can happen to you if you keep
singing His Bhajans, singing His Glory. All of you who have assembled
here today have earned the highest profits. Retain it safely with you.
Swami is aware of the fact that you students are always thinking of Him.
Swami is not concerned about the volume of your prayers. You sing
Bhajans perfectly. Swami will listen to it and protect you. Never give
scope for any weakness. Your life is Blessed by Sai. You may sing any
name, but God is One. I have no objections even if you do not call Me by
any name. You may also call me as the one with a huge mop of hair. I
have no objections!
The East and West Godavari Water Projects are through. Officials from
L&T and Mr. Kondal Rao have gone into the forests areas, to identify the
villages deep inside, and plan out the water supply for them. They
encountered the Naxalites in those areas. But when the Naxalites came to
know that they have come from Swami, for helping them in providing water
to them, these same Naxalites took them around and guided them. All of
them will be coming to Puttaparthi shortly, to share their joy and
Gratitude with Swami for the great boon that He is showering on them.
Water is very important. It is life itself. I do not want their prayers,
worship etc. I will provide whatever you need, even before you can ask
Me. No government has come forward to take up such tasks, but Sai alone
will provide water to all countries of the world.
Swami wants all of you to pray for the welfare of all people around the
world. Never give up this prayer. Many are worried that Swami is not
able to walk. But remember, I have nothing to do with this body and
these legs. Swami is beyond and transcends all these. In fact, the
devotes from East and West Godavari districts have arranged a helicopter
to take Me around to their places. Very soon I will Bless them with My
visit! (Loud applause)
Bhagawan concluded His Discourse at 10.00 a.m. Bhajans followed. At
10.15 a.m. Aarti was offered. During the Aarti, Mr. Narasimhamoorthy –
Warden of the Brindavan Hostel of SSSIHL and Mr. Rajan – Convenor of the
Sri Sathya Sai Books and Publications Trust, offered the fifth volume of
‘Sathyam Sivam Sundaram’ at His Lotus Feet. Swami Blessed His biography
penned by Sri Narasimhamoorthy, with His autograph. Sri Nagananda,
Central Trust member offered to Swami the set of five souvenir volumes
on Swami and His Mission called the Pancharatnas prepared by the
Prasanthi Digital Studio , on the major projects of Bhagawan that have been great boons to humanity –
Education, Healthcare, Water Supply, and Grama Seva and the fifth one being
Divine Glories. These too were
Blessed by Swami.
In the evening, Swami was out by 3.00 p.m. He went into the interview
room. The Music Programme produced and Directed by Swami was to be
presented this evening by the Institute students. The two singers, Om
Prasad and Sai Krishna were Blessed to have their make up done under the
direct guidance of Swami. The Costumes team and the singers went into
the interview room. Swami wanted the singers to be dressed as Lava and
Kusha (Children of Lord Rama). He had made arrangements for their Dhotis
and Shawls. The entire make up was done right under His supervision. Who
else than Lord Rama alone, can perfectly guide the make up of His Lava
Swami came out at 4.25 p.m. The initial plans were that Swami would be
seated down, next to the Vedam group, to watch the programme. However,
out of His compassion for the devotees, Swami chose to sit on the dais
on the extreme right side. The Music group members took their seats. At
sharp 4.30 p.m., the charming young students dressed as Lava and Kusha
made their appearance on the stage.
Seeking Swami’s Blessings they took their seats and the Presentation
began at 4.30 p.m. Though we had witnessed the rehearsals a number of
times with Swami, the experience today was totally different. The sacred
atmosphere of the Kulwant Hall, the cool breeze caressing our faces, our
Divine Lord seated in front of us and the yearning hearts of devotees
all around, made the setting totally unique.
As the singers presented their songs one after the other with
commentaries interspersed, devotees were charged with ecstasy. Every
song was followed by loud applause. It was a soothing and soul stirring
experience! The programme concluded at 5.45 p.m. Swami spoke to the
singers and Blessed them. This was followed by Bhajans rendered by the
lead singers themselves. Aarti was offered at 6.00 p.m. and Swami
retired for the day.
Our Sadguru had saturated our heart with Love and joy and filled our
lives with hope and light. Even as the Porte car moved towards His
abode, the faces of all the devotees shone like the full moon of the
Purnima, reflecting the splendour of our Divine Sadguru!
July 20th, 2005
This evening, Swami asked the Symphony Orchestra to
present their program. Nearly sixty performers from
over twenty countries had assembled at Prasanthi
Nilayam to present a Gurupoornima Concert. We all
thought the programme was going to be on the 21st. But
suddenly it was advanced to the 20th. "Always be
ready", as Swami says.
The central part of Sai Kulwant Hall was occupied by
the musicians on chairs, and a backdrop of pictures of
musical instruments added to the ambience. The PA
system crew and the sound engineer who had come from
Germany scrambled to get the mikes in place before
Swami arrived - and today He came early!
Finally, the program began at 3.50 pm itself. Mr. Paul
Erhard who tutors the Institute Band made introductory
remarks in between pieces. The opening piece was the
overture from Mozart's Marriage of Figaro. This was
followed by the last movement of Beethoven's 7th
Symphony. Then came a piece by Rossini, and two dances
by Dvorak. Then the last movement of Beethoven's 5th,
followed by a lively piece by Spanish composer J.
Just as the programme began, the Rain God also decided
to join the Symphony, and started pouring in earnest.
The softer parts of the second piece were almost
drowned by the sound of the rain! But the downpour
soon tapered off to a drizzle, and the rest of the
programme was free from the extra rain sound effects.
After the last piece, Bhagawan spoke to the conductor
Mr. Klaus Maurer and materialized a chain for him.
Then, He wanted an encore! So, the Orchestra played
Jiminez's piece again. The audience was very
appreciative, listening in silence to all the pieces
and applauding enthusiastically at the end of each
piece. After the programme, Bhagawan asked the
students to sing bhajans and after a few minutes Swami
returned to His Poornachandra residence.