Index of earlier Bulletins
January 14th, 2006
We begin this update by wishing all of you a very Happy Sankranti.
Last evening, an announcement was made that this morning, the
valedictory function of the Annual Sports and Cultural Meet would be
held at 8.30 a.m. All of us were seated in time in the Sai Kulwant Hall.
However, Swami made His entry only at 9.50 a.m. The Porte car with Swami
was led into the Kulwant Hall with a grand procession starting with the
Brass Band by the Anantapur students, followed by the Flag March by the
captains of various sports and cultural events and then the Brass Band
by the Prasanthi Nilayam boys. The flag bearers halted at the centre of
the Hall and formed two neat rows on either side of the pathway. Swami’s
car made its passage through the pathway amidst the flags saluting Him.
Taking a full round, the car approached the interview room. At 9.55 a.m.
Swami came out in His chair. He moved straight to the ceremonial lamp
and lighted the same with a candle handed to Him by the
Physical Director of the Brindavan Campus. Accompanying him were the
Physical Director of the Parthi Campus and the PD’s of the
Higher Secondary School and Primary School.
The Hall was decorated well with the giant puppets used during the
Opening and Closing Ceremony of the Parthi Campus Sports event on the
11th . Two were kept on either side of the dais while the others were
kept against the pillars in the Kulwant Hall. Even the huge cutouts with
Swami’s photographs used on the 11th were resting against some other
pillars in the Hall.
It was 10.00 a.m. by the time Swami walked and stood holding the
railings and finally sat down on His chair and the VC began his address.
The Vice Chancellor, Sri Anil Gokak spoke very briefly focusing on two
points. One, the Annual Sports and Cultural Festival of the Institute
and the second, the Makara Sankranti festival and its significance.
He spoke about the passion that the Greeks had for sports and how the
Olympiads had ‘peace among nations’ as their true purpose. In our
Institute, he said that Human Values and Sports were interwoven. Talking
about Sankranti, he said that it was the arrival of a new spirit. It is
the Uttarayana, when the sun enters the Makara Rashi. Spring or Summer
symbolizes activity and creativity in both outlook and attitude. The old
and worn-out must be gone and all new things must be born, the speaker said.
Again talking about the sportsman spirit, he stated that the passion for
perfection is much more important than the achievement of success. He
concluded his talk at 10.15 a.m. and prayed to Bhagawan to deliver His
Divine Discourse. Bhagawan stood up to everybody’s joy and delivered His
Here are the highlights of Bhagawan’s Message:
Human life is very sacred. Whenever God descends on earth, He takes a
human form only. There is no separate God other than a human being. The
human body is made up of five elements. Atma is the totality – formless.
We must prove our human nature through our behaviour and conduct.
Education is only for the body and the mind. It is external. Educare is
from within. It deals with the inner feelings. When inner feelings are
not pure, even vocabulary cannot be pure. Outer action is a function of
the inner feelings. Expression of educare in the outer world is true
education. Only experienced people can understand this inner principle.
All degrees such as BA, B.Sc…..are external. Those who have understood
the inner nature are very rare in this world.
There are three Gunas that drive us in life. Satva arises from within.
Rajas is passion in action. Control over these is most essential. Do not
use sports and games which stand for Rajas to communicate the higher
Truth – Paramaartha. Instead, based on Paramaartha carry out your
physical activities. Without Adharam (basis) there can be no Adheyam
Ekoham Bahusyaam. The One has become many. There are so many bulbs here
in this Hall. But the current that is lighting all of them is One.
Everything comes from God only. Sugar is the same in all sweets. Bereft
of Love you are not a human at all. True Will Power is also an
expression of the Atma. Atma is the source of everything.
When God descends on earth, He behaves like an ordinary human being so
that all humans can understand Him clearly. Atma represents oneness of
all beings. Degrees are different but learning is the same. Cows are
different but the milk is same. Ornaments are different but the gold is
the same. It is God only who manifests as Man, Woman and the child.
What is true Japam? Is it holding the Japa Mala and praying to God? No.
When you forget all worldly matters – that is true Japam. What is the
use of merely closing your eyes and sitting? Be it Japam or Tapam – all
of them ultimately lead you to the Atma. Honey bees fly around
everywhere and finally settle down for the nectar in the flower. It
could be a Jasmine flower or a rose flower. Ultimately, it is interested
only in the nectar!
Why did we start this College? It is to develop good virtues, character
and good conduct. Without desires you cannot achieve anything.
Therefore, consider this desire also as the Will of God. Be it a man or
a woman, if the heart is pure, he / she will be successful in any venture.
Realize the value of diamond. Diamond stands for Die Mind! Annihilation
of the mind. Mind is the basis of this whole universe. Without
controlling the mind, what is the use of all achievements? Annihilation
of the mind makes you a Paramahamsa. Do not follow the mind. It yields
sweets fruits outside but the juice inside is bitter.
Students, you may read so many books but understanding is very
important. What is the use of merely chanting the Vedas? You must make
an attempt to understand the meaning. Whether you like the Vedas or not
– Vedas are Vedas! They are very sacred.
Dear students. (At this point, Prof. Anil Kumar translated as –
Students. Swami corrected him saying DEAR Students and Prof. Anil Kumar
repeated DEAR Students!!) You know a lot related to the material world.
But you do not understand the inner feelings. Bulbs are many but the
inner current is one. We must be able to experience the spiritual
feeling even in this physical world.
Leave all your burden and responsibilities to God and discharge your
duties in this world. Then alone, you will be able to acquire true
education. Education is not just going through books. Be convinced of
1) There is Divinity
2) We must do everything, all actions, to please God.
God goes only by inner feelings and motives while the world goes by
outer expressions and behaviour. God is Bhava Priya and not Bahya Priya.
Each one must ask the question – Who am I? Not just - Who are you? A
true aspirant is one who understands this Oneness. Father, Mother all
these are based on physical relationships. Be true to your name. For
example, Ramaiah must live like Lord Rama. Many students have a desire
to complete their B.Com. and then go to USA for taking up of a job. Do
not entertain too many desires. I always tell the Ladies, wear one
bangle on each hand. If you wear too many bangles, they will clash with
each other and make sound. So have fewer desires.
Above all, have total faith in God. Students, I am not happy with your
just earning degrees. You should be pure outwardly and inwardly, both.
Be always happy. Get a good name. People should say – see this person,
he is so good, he always minds his own business, never interferes with
unnecessary matters. Never get the title of ‘Rowdy’!! Get the title
‘Good Boy’. This can come from good work, good thoughts and good
conduct. In Telugu, guddu means egg, not that guddu!
Students, you are all Embodiments of Love. You want God but your actions
are not in line with your wish. Therefore, develop unity of thought,
word and deed. I want you all to be united. Pray to God and get a good
name. It is only then that the purpose of setting up this Institute will
be fulfilled. I am always with you. Grow in your devotion and share the
same with all. That will make Me happy!!
Today is Uttarayana. If you have good thoughts and feelings now, you
will certainly get a good name, surely you will. When I see you all, I
feel so happy! Happiness is union with God. Do not worry about your
examinations. Write what comes to your head. I will take care.
Saying so, Swami sat down on His chair and sang the Bhajan – Bhajan Bina
Sukha Shanti Nahin…
He again continued…. Though My physical body is weak, I am attending to
all My duties.
After this, Swami gave away the Award Cups to the different Campuses,
starting with the Brindavan Campus, followed by the Prasanthi Nilayam
Campus, Anantapur Campus, Higher Secondary School, Music College and
finally the Primary School. Apple Prasadam was distributed to all. The
Band team played a few pieces. Swami then got up and went walking to the
car. At 11.40 a.m. Aarti was given and Swami retired for the morning. An
announcement was made by Prof. Anil Kumar that in the evening at 6.00
p.m. the Brindavan students of the Institute would present the play –
Adi Kavi Valmiki.
In the evening, Bhajans began at 4.50 p.m. and concluded with Aarti at
5.10 p.m. Swami came outside and sat on the dais. At 5.15 p.m. the play
commenced with Lord Rama and few other characters presenting a bouquet
and card to Swami. The same play that was enacted on the 12th in the
College Auditorium (see below) was presented in the
Kulwant Hall. It was received very well by the audience and at the end;
Swami gave group photographs to all the artistes and the sets and
costumes boys. He took Aarti and retired to Poornachandra by 6.30 p.m. Prasadam was
distributed to all.
January 13th, 2006
This evening Bhagawan came out for Darshan at 4.20 p.m. Having
taken a full round, the car stopped near the interview room and the car
door glided open. The Brindavan Warden Sri Narasimhamurthy Garu and the
Vice Chancellor were summoned and were spoken to. After a while, Swami
went into the interview room and came out again at 4.35 p.m. The Primary
School drama was slotted for this evening and it was already 4.30 p.m.
But the compassionate Lord knew the requirements of the presentation. It
was an audio-video show with projections to be made on a huge screen
that was set up behind the pathway leading from Poornachandra. For this, the
surroundings needed to be dark. Therefore, Swami made Prof. Anil Kumar
announce that there would be Bhajans now and then the Primary School
children would present their play.
Bhajans began at 5.00 p.m. and went on till 5.45 p.m. when the sun had
just crossed the edge of the Ashram walls, thus providing the necessary
ambience in the Kulwant Hall. Swami then asked the programme to
commence. First, the girls of the Primary School presented a violin
recital – a large number of them producing a beautiful music. Meanwhile,
Swami came out and sat at the centre of the dais. He signaled to Dr.
Goldstein and Dr. Narendra Reddy to sit on the chairs behind Him. The VC
and Sri S.V. Giri also joined them.
Young children dressed in bright coloured costumes went forward to
present to Bhagawan a bouquet and the Programme card. At 6.05 p.m. the
play titled “Sai Prema Dhara” began. This same play was enacted earlier
by the Primary School children on the occasion of the International
Children Festival celebrated at Prasanthi Nilayam in October 2005. It
was the same show. A beautiful blend of audio-video effects and actual
skits by the children! Basically, they depicted the entire life of our
Swami right from the childhood days, highlighting some of the most
important and significant events.
The uniqueness was that the video was used to depict characters before
they actually came onto the stage. For example, children dressed as Lord
Ganesha and Subramanya are shown in the video to be flying in the sky
coming towards the earth from heaven and then as the video fades away,
the same children in the same costume appear on the stage. This gave a
very realistic effect to the play. Characters like Sri Kasturi Garu and
Mr. John Hislop were depicted as anchors, who narrated various events in
The Kalpavriksha episode, Sri Subbamma Garu witnessing the Cosmos in
Swami’s mouth, the Virupaksha temple episode, and the various projects
of Bhagawan were depicted very well. The great saints like Meera,
Tyagaraja, Andal, Purandara also come onto the stage and glorify our
Lord. A number of video clippings of Swami of the earlier days were
shown in the background making the presentation very lively.
The play went on till 7.00 p.m., the best part being an interview that
Swami gives to the children, wherein, the children on the stage ask
Swami several questions and Bhagawan is shown answering those questions
through appropriate video clippings! In conclusion, all the children
assembled together in front of Swami and swayed to the song Madhura
Mohana Ghana Shyama Sundara Sai….. Swami was very very happy and
materialized a chain which He put around the neck of the boy who acted
as Prof. Kasturi. After a while, He also materialized a ring for a
student who acted as one of the Sai Baba’s in the play. There were many
Sai Baba’s in the play to depict Swami at different points of time!
The play had a great impact on the audience and all gave a loud
applause. Swami gave group photographs to all the participants. In a
very orderly fashion, the children came in small groups and sat around
Swami’s chair for photographs. Swami had some word for each group
filling their hearts with joy! By 7.30 p.m. Swami took Aarti and retired
to the Poornachandra.
January 12th, 2006
This day turned out to be a very significant day for the
Institute as Swami Blessed the College Campus not once but twice in the
evening to watch two dramas – one by the Brindavan Campus students and
another by the Parthi Campus students.
The plan as per Bhagawan’s instructions in the morning was that He would
come to witness the Brindavan play first at 3.30 p.m. and later after
the evening Bhajans He would come again for the Parthi play. The College
Auditorium and the Foyer below was bustling with activity right from the
morning. Sets were being arranged and the artists were donning their
costumes. We all were seated in the Auditorium by 3.00 p.m. It was an
in-house affair with only the Brindavan and Parthi Campus Institute
students seated in the Auditorium.
At 4.10 p.m., Swami arrived at the College Campus. As His chair rolled
in and was positioned at the centre, the announcement was made and the
play began. The title was ‘Adi Kavi Valmiki’. It was an excellent
presentation that went on for an hour. The best part was the fantastic
sets that gave a real lift to the whole drama. It was an aesthetically
breathtaking and technically intricate effort to have all those
contraptions and multi sided cutouts that would turn and immediately
become a new background for another scene.
Even before the play started, Lord Rama, Lava and Kusha came down the
stage to offer a bouquet and the welcome card to Bhagawan. The first
scene was about the highway robber Ratnakara who attempts to rob the
seven sages and in turn is robbed of his own evils and gets transformed
into the great poet saint Valmiki. The stage was set into two sections
at different heights, that enabled two different scenes to be depicted
The next scene directly takes us to the Ashram of Saint Valmiki on the
banks of Tamasa. Here Valmiki gets the Darshan of Narada who reveals to
him the secret of the One who has all the 16 Kalas and is currently
present on earth in a Human Form. Later, Valmiki discovers how his Soka
(sorrow) upon seeing a bird killed by a hunter metamorphoses into a Sloka
(hymn). He then gets the vision of Lord Brahma who Blesses him to write
the poem Ramayana and offer it to humanity. At the rear end of the
stage, there was a hydraulically operated platform that was raised and
lowered as desired. For example, Lord Brahma appeared out of nowhere
from below and having said his dialogues disappeared with the lowering
of the platform. This was a very unique and creative idea!
Thus Valmiki starts composing the Ramayana in the Anushtup Chandas. Lava
and Kusha come into the scene – the ones Blessed to propagate the
Ramayana to the world. The rest of the play was the entire Ramayana
Katha song that we often hear in Bhagawan’s Presence. Ramakathanu
Vinarayaa….As the song was being sung by Lava and Kusha the relevant
scenes were depicted on the raised stage behind in quick succession. The
best part was that there was no break for change of scenes. Everything
was so well organized, the artistes coming in from one end, moving out
through the other end. Some of the characters like Shurpanaka and the
deer appearing from below at the rear end.
The best part was the beginning of Rama’s story when the sacrifice is
being performed. A Yagna Kundam is placed on the rear stage with the
fire lighted and in an instant, the cutouts at the back open up
revealing a beautiful massive sun chariot with the Sun God standing
behind. The moment the sacrifice is over, during which the Fire God
appears again from below on the hydraulic platform, giving the feeling
that he is really coming out of the fire; the cutouts close up bringing
us back to the original backdrop.
Scene after scene kept moving in font of our eyes with such precision
and accuracy of movement and coordination that it was a breathtaking
experience! The scene of Mandara poisoning Kaikeyi’s mind, the exile of
Lord Rama, the deer attracting Sita, Ravana coming and taking her away –
again the movable platform making the depiction look so realistic. The
killing of Vali, the bridge across Lanka, the slaying of Ravana and
finally the most touching event, the Agni Pareeksha of Mother Sita.
Every few minutes, two anchors would come onto the stage and narrate
the significance of the events being depicted. Finally Lord Rama accepts
Mother Sita. After this there was a brief break with the curtains
closed. Minutes later, the curtain parted to reveal a beautiful palace
scene with a lovely throne and the Pattabhishekam of Lord Rama. Lord
Rama is coronated and the citizens dance with joy. The final scene
brings all the artistes together in prayerful obeisance to Bhagawan.
No doubt, there was loud applause for the wonderful play. Bhagawan was
very pleased and even asked them to present the same drama once again in
Sai Kulwant Hall to bring joy to all the
devotees. Swami spent quite some time Blessing the artistes and talking
to them. He left to the Mandir at 5.30 p.m. At the Mandir He took Aarti
and retired to His abode.
Meanwhile, the Parthi drama boys were all dressed up in their costumes
anticipating Swami’s arrival. A few minutes later, an announcement was
made that the drama was postponed to another day. But would our
compassionate Lord disappoint His students who were waiting for Him
ready with all their costumes. Once again there was a message that Swami
will be coming today itself to witness the Parthi drama too. Giving enough
time for the Parthi boys to set up the stage and get ready, Swami
arrived at 7.15 p.m. A rare Blessing for the College campus in its 25th
year of existence!
The Parthi drama was a display of ancient scriptural wisdom in a
contemporary setting, titled Bhakti Pravaham – a title selected by
Bhagawan Himself. The play began with an interview of two young
scientists in the studios. Mr. Mukherjee and Mr. Prajnaat. Mr. Prajnaat
who is lost in the world of science is guided and shown the true path by
Mr. Mukherjee – a scientist turned inwards. In the course of his
dialogues with Mr. Prajnaat, Mr. Mukherjee narrates instances from our
scriptures to show how Science is not the ultimate but just a prelude to
Three plays were part of this drama. One was that of the Pandavas. It is
a period of their exile. All the brothers criticize Dharmaja for being
responsible for their current plight. Dharmaja unable to bear the agony
opens the leaf on which Lord Krishna had given him a message – a message
that was to be used as a Mantra in times of unbearable grief. Opening
the leaf, the brothers find on it written – This too shall pass! The
message – nothing is permanent in this world. Everything is a passing
cloud. Name, fame all come and go.
Incidentally, both the scientists lose an award which they were
expecting to win. Whereas Mr. Mukherjee is able to take it with
equanimity, Mr. Prajnaat beaks down. The next message is depicted
through the story of Tyagaraja. How he offers everything to the Lord and
nothing else matters to him. No worldly pleasures or wealth is able to
take him away from singing the glory of the Lord.
The final scene is that of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who gets lost in
ecstasy the moment he utters Lord Krishna’s name. Finally, the play
culminates 10 years later, when the transformed scientist Mr. Prajnaat,
realizes his dream of winning the Nobel prize for his achievements.
However, he now offers this at the Lotus Feet of Bhagawan for he has
realized that all name and fame is a gift of God and man is truly a
puppet in His hands. Saying so, he comes down the stage and offers the
award to Bhagawan seated on His chair. Thus the play ends in a very
This drama too had very good sets, with many scenes being depicted at
the rear end behind a curtain. When Tyagaraja sings, Lord Vishnu
reclining on the Adishesha is seen in the background and so on.
It was 8.30 p.m. Bhagawan was very happy and said – very good drama. He
raised His Hand and Blessed all the artistes assembled on the stage.
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Tyagaraja came down and bowed at His Feet.
Swami spent some time talking to them and once again Blessed all the
actors. He said that this was only a rehearsal and asked them also to
make a presentation once again on the 15th for a larger audience. There
was loud applause appreciating the fantastic drama and Swami moved out
towards the Mandir.