Index of earlier Bulletins
December 27th, 2005
This evening, Swami was out by 4.00 p.m. He took a full round and just
like yesterday went into the interview room. However, minutes later, He
was out again and moving on His chair along the middle Portico, He
slowly emerged onto the dais and sat down in the centre giving beautiful
Darshan to one and all. Vedam chanting was on in full swing. After
sitting for 10 minutes or so, He went out the other way towards the
interview room, but surprisingly, instead of moving into the room, He
asked the boys to take Him onto the Ladies side.
It was a bonanza this evening for the lady devotees. He went
slowly, moving along the path on their side. As He moved along, He
talked to a few devotees and signaled to a number of overseas lady
devotees, asking them to go into the interview room. Most of them were
part of yesterday’s singing group. This went on for quite some time and
Swami had taken a full round on the Ladies side coming back towards the
dais and then completing a circle by going towards the interview room.
He took all of them into the interview room.
While those who went in would have been ecstatic, even those who did not
were overjoyed, for after such a long time, they had a real close-up
Darshan of our beloved Lord! Hence, it turned out to be a win-win
situation! Typical of everything that He does! The lucky devotees were
in for a real long time and came out only at 5.15 p.m. Bhajans had
already started. Swami went into the interview room and sat for a few
Bhajans before He took Aarti at 5.30 p.m. He got into the Porte and
proceeded towards PC.
December 26th, 2005
Let us wish all our Jewish brothers and sisters a very Happy and
Holy Hanukkah. Hanukkah as we know is the Festival of Lights or the
Festival of Dedication. The festival is observed in Jewish homes by the
kindling of lights on each of the festival's eight nights, one on the
first night, two on the second night and so on. The word 'Hanukkah'
means "dedication." Spiritually, Hanukkah commemorates the Miracle of
the Oil. At the re-dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem, following the
victory of the Maccabees over the Selucids, there was only enough
consecrated olive oil to fuel the eternal flame in the Temple for one
day. Miraculously, the oil burned for eight days - which was the length
of time it took to press, prepare and consecrate new oil.
This evening, Swami came out at 4.05 p.m. for Darshan. He took a full
round and went straight into the interview room. The devotees from
California and Hawaii were seated right in front of the dais with
several music instruments. We guessed that there was going to be some
Music Programme. This was confirmed when we received booklets about the
Music Programme to be presented by the Sathya Sai Singers from Southern
California and Hawaii – titled “Life is a Song – Sing it”.
At 4.15 p.m. the interview room door opened and Swami’s chair came out.
A few feet away, the chair stopped and Swami stood up. With the help of
brother Nitin, He started walking towards the dais. Overjoyed, all the
devotees started clapping. He came to the centre of the dais and stood
for a while holding the railings. Then He sat down and signaled for the
programme to begin. At the outset a lady devotee from Australia came forward
and offered a card to Swami. With Swami’s Blessings, she conducted a
prayer song - Shalom. The Hebrew word Shalom is understood around the
world to mean peace. But peace is only one small part of the meaning of
the word Shalom. A word study in the New King James version for Shalom
says: Completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety soundness,
tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the
absence of agitation or discord.
It was a very melodious rendering. Subsequently, the lady conductor for
the rest of the songs got up and went to Swami. She sought Bhagawan’s
Blessings and commenced the singing. Interestingly, the songs they sang were
not the usual Christmas Carols but they were a very beautiful collection
of prayers written by different people. Some of them adored the almighty
Lord while the others sang in praise of Mother Earth with an appeal to
save the planet from the onslaught of the modern man.
They sang with all their heart for the next 45 minutes. The music was
very soothing and the lyrics were very meaningful and pregnant with
wisdom. It calmed our minds and lifted our souls. Swami was very much
involved in their singing. He kept beat with His Hand and had a Blissful
smile on His face throughout. This filled our hearts with thrill and
joy. At 5.00 p.m. the singing came to a close.
The lady conductor turned around, bowed to Swami and taking a deep
breath went to take her seat. One could witness how involved she was in
conducting the singing by her expression of satisfaction and joy at the
end. After she sat down on her chair, Swami called her front and stood
up Himself. Even as He was standing, He rotated His right Hand and
created a chain for her. Our brothers next to Swami helped in unhooking
the chain and placing it around her neck and Swami gave it the final tug
to put it in place! The lady was overjoyed and with a beaming smile
retreated to her seat.
Swami then asked them to sing Bhajans. They started with some English
Bhajans and then went on to sing our normal Hindi / Sanskrit Bhajans
rendering the lyrics so well that one could hardly make out that they
were overseas devotees singing our Bhajans. In the course of their
singing, Swami went inside the interview room and came out. Then He sat
outside but now more towards the Primary School children. He kept beat
with His Hand and at times was lost in Bliss with His eyes closed and
face radiating with an inexplicably peaceful smile! This sent a powerful
vibration across the Hall merging all of us in His eternal joy and
Bliss! The clapping became louder, the singing more powerful and all
this led us to a different world altogether!
All good things have to come to an end. At 6.00 p.m. after about an hour
of Bhajan singing, which included Hindi, Sanskrit and even English
Bhajans, Swami took Aarti and retired for the day.