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January 1st, 2006

Let us begin with wishing each other a very Happy and Prosperous New Year that brings us closer and makes us dearer to our Beloved Swami.

The day at Parthi began with a long but most fruitful wait in the Kulwant Hall for the Darshan of our Bhagawan. Swami came out for Darshan at 9.20 a.m. The Kulwant Hall was packed to its capacity. The dais looked very colourful with bouquets hanging all around the centre Portico. The elegant floral decoration was done by the Sri Sathya Sai Students. As we all know, the 1st of January every year has now emerged as the ‘Alumni Day’ for all the students of Swami’s Parthi and Brindavan Educational Institutions. Over 300 Sai Students were able to make it for the Meet this year. Yesterday, they all successfully conducted a Medical Camp – an annual feature, in a village named Puluru in the Gorantla Mandal – around 44 kms. from here.

When Bhagawan came out for Darshan at 9.15 a.m. and took a full round in the car, it slowed down as He approached the Sai Students. Few representatives, seated in front, knelt down and showed Swami the Music Programme card that contained the list of all songs to be offered to Swami in the evening along with the names of the singers. Swami, very keenly went through all the details and said ‘Manchidi’.

Then, the Sai Students also prayed to Swami to permit the Vice Chancellor and the former Vice Chancellors to address the Alumni during the formal Meeting in the College Auditorium. Again, Swami nodded His Head and said ‘Manchidi’. The car moved along. Thus the Music Programme was Blessed to be put up in the evening.

The front pillars in the Hall had vertical banners along its length that read – Sri Sathya Sai Students. On other pillars there were banners wishing all devotees a Happy New Year in English, Telugu, Kannada, Tamil and Hindi. The wide pillars on the dais had spiral windings of beautiful colourful flowers along its full length.

Swami got down from the car and moved onto the dais. He sat at the centre of the dais listening to the canting of the Vedic Mantras. At 9.50 a.m. He called the Institute Band Leader and his colleague forward. They came walking briskly to Swami. While one of them offered the programme card, the other student offered a flower bouquet to Swami. Blessed by Bhagawan, they returned to their team and commenced their presentation. The next 20 minutes was a treat to all ears and a boost to the soul. Lovely band pieces filled the Hall with a feel of joy and cheer.

At 10.10 a.m. they bowed down to Swami. Swami acknowledged with a smile and they sat down next to their instruments. Next came the Music group Students. They moved towards Swami and prayed for His permission to offer a few songs. Swami conceded to their prayer. The students sang three songs – Sai Naam Sumiran Jo Bhi Karein, Brahmam Okate Parabrahmam Okate, and Sri Ramji Ki Mahimaa Apaar. Swami, then spoke to the singers and at 10.35 a.m. He took Aarti and retired for the morning.

In the evening, Bhagawan emerged from His abode at 4.00 p.m. He sat on the dais watching all the Sai Students seated in the block right in front of Him. It was a full one hour of silent but so meaningful Darshan pregnant with so many fond memories and golden moments of student days at His Lotus Feet. At 5.00 p.m. Swami signaled to the core music group members of the Sai Students to come forward. A group of four to five members went forward and offered to Swami the Programme Card and flower bouquets.

Swami spoke to them for a while, enquiring about the songs they were going to sing and other details. The programme commenced with an English song Om Sai, We all have come to say, We Love You Sai. There was a commentary that interluded the songs now and then. Other songs included Sai Natha Bhagawan, Paala Kadali Pai Pavalinche…, Tumse Achha Kaun Sai Maa, Jagadabhi Rama Raghukula Soma, Naa Sai Nannu Chera Radaye, Shambho Shambho Sankara….The presentation went on for a full 55 minutes lifting our souls. Melodious voices of a number of Bhajan singers Blessed by Swami over the years and lilting songs charged the Kulwant Hall with devotional vibrations. Swami often kept beat with His Hand.

At 6.00 p.m. Swami took Aarti and the singers rushed forward to seek His Blessings. One of the Sai Students mentioned to Swami about the Silver Jubilee celebrations being planned by the Alumni. Swami said that He was very Happy and would see them the next day. That was great news and thus leaving the Sai Students with this bright hope, Swami retired to the Poornachandra.

December 28th, 2005

This morning, Swami came out around 9.30 a.m., sat for a Bhajan and then went out again on the chair. He went along the gents devotees, hand picked up a big group for interview and was inside the interview room talking to them until 10.30 a.m.

In the evening, Swami came out for Darshan at 4.30 p.m. He took a full round and went into the interview room. At 5.00 p.m. Swami emerged from the interview room and there was loud clapping. What could it be, we were wondering. There was Swami, not on the chair, but walking with just one brother holding His Hand. Swami went straight into the Bhajan Hall and sat down on the throne. After such a long time, one could see Swami sitting on the Bhajan Hall throne.

He spent around 15 minutes talking to some boys acting in the Drama to be presented on the 11th of January evening. He also spoke to Sri S.V. Giri, the former Vice-Chancellor. Then He stood up and came out walking, once again amidst loud applause. We hoped with all our hearts that He would come onto the dais so that all of us could see Him walking. How could He not answer the prayers of so many people? We were getting more and more excited as all the students sitting on the extreme corner, who could see Him near the interview room, were smiling with Bliss radiating from their faces.

Within minutes, Bhagawan stepped onto the dais. Brother Divij was holding Swami's right Hand and Swami came walking so smoothly, with hardly any limp. He was radiating with joy and Bliss and was holding letters in His left Hand that kept tapping on His left thigh - as though keeping beat to some silent Cosmic rhythm. He walked so fast and so nicely that we were taken back in time to those good old days - just a few years back...... Those days must come back again!

He walked all along the dais and approached the other end. Over there, He stood and asked - How is drama? Of course after a while, Prof. Sudhir Bhaskar did come and give an update of the drama practice going on. But the way He asked, it appeared as though He was referring to His drama... Who can understand God's Drama - it is all a mystery.

After this brief conversation with Prof. Sudhir Bhaskar about the 'drama', Swami walked further up the slope onto the middle Portico and went walking adjacent the VIPs seated over there. He spoke to a few devotees and then went into the Bhajan Hall. He again sat on the throne even for the Bhajans. It's truly a dream come true for all devotees. After Aarti, we could see Swami coming out walking. The chair was placed near the interview room. He sat down and then the usual pattern was repeated - the chair going into the Porte and driving back to Poornachandra.


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