January 9th 2005
Bhagawan came for Darshan at around 3.00 p.m. and as
He reached the Gents side where the boys sit, He asked
Sri Padmanabhan to take an abrupt turn there itself
between the students and the Mandir Staff. The Golf
Cart reached the dais, and Bhagawan got down and sat on
the sofa. Vedam was going on and after a while Swami
called brother Prusty and gave him some instructions.
Brother Prusty took a few boys with him and disappeared
somewhere! We were wondering what it could be.After
some time, boys started getting bundles and bundles of
cloth packets onto the dais. Bhagawan asked them to
leave all the packets on the dais, spread out in front
When the whole place was full of cloth packs, Bhagawan
called Prof. Anil Kumar and asked him to make an
announcement. Prof. Anil Kumar went over to the mike
with a beaming smile and with all gusto announced that
Bhagawan was going to Bless all the Post Graduate
students with Safari Cloth! Swami was not satisfied
with the announcement. He indicated something and then
Prof. Anil Kumar mentioned all the classes of the I
and IIPG - M.Sc., M.A., MBA, MBA(F), M.Tech ....
Still Bhagawan wanted something more. He called the
Parthi Hostel Warden, Dr. Siva Sankara Sai and gave him
some instructions. Accordingly, the Warden went over to
the mike and addressed the gathering with a brief talk.
He offered his Pranams to Bhagawan and spoke about how
Swami was the inspiration behind all the activities of
the Sports Meet. Bhagawan, in spite of all His
discomfort was coming to the grounds to charge the
students and pump them up with enthusiasm! The Warden
expressed gratitude on behalf of all the students for
all the Love and Grace being showered by the Lord. And
then he added that above all this, today Bhagawan had
decided to Bless all the students with Safari Cloth.
He announced that all the I and II Year PG students
may come one by one and receive the tokens of His Love.
What followed was an amazing event. Swami asked the
Warden to call out the names. All the boys were seated
in a random order. So there came the acid test for the
Warden! Would he remember all the names in a random
order and the class too? Well, he scored a fantastic O
Grade!! He kept calling name after name and even
mentioned the class of the boy! As the name was called
out, the student would come over to the dais and
receive the Safari cloth from brother Prusty who was
sitting next to the sofa hidden from our view. We could
just see a hand coming out near the sofa and our
student collecting the Safari! Bhagawan would look at
the student and also Bless at times!! Well, this was a
very unique way of distributing the Safari cloth
pieces. Every student had the rarest opportunity of his
name being called out in front of the Lord Himself and
drawing the vision of Beloved Swami towards him!! A
Slowly, the speed increased as there were so many
boys. Some senior students were smart enough to stand
behind the Warden and assist him in calling out the
names like the 'Prompter' in a drama. After the I and
II PG students were through, Swami asked the Warden to
continue. So then came the III UG students. They
too were Blessed. Then came the II UG followed by the I
UG boys. My!! It appeared as though there was an Akshay
Patram hidden in the dais. They kept taking and the
Safaris kept appearing!! How could we forget that we
were seated right in the presence of the Infinite and
the Cosmic Kalpavriksha!
As the distribution was in progress, word reached the
Hostel and the grounds and all the boys came running
and panting to receive their drops of Love. When the Prasanthi Nilayam
campus was about to come to a close, Mr.
Narasimhamoorthy, the Warden of the Brindavan Hostel, came in and took his seat next to
Bhagawan. The Brindavan students too were
assembling inside the Kulwant Hall. Swami then asked
the Brindavan Hostel Warden to continue the innings!
Sri Narasimhamoorthy Garu too scored very well in
calling out the names of all students impromptu!
The entire proceedings were over by 4.30 p.m. Hearts
full and overjoyed, the boys moved out towards the
Hostel for their individual practice sessions. What
an expression of Love and what timing for
the distribution of these tokens of Grace! This brought
in an additional surge of energy and power in all the
students inspiring them to give in their last bit too,
as an offering at the Lotus Feet. We discovered how
Bhagawan,through all these events was teaching us the
art of manifesting all our hidden potential gifted to
us by the Lord and making an offering of the same back
to Him. As Prof. G. Venkataraman puts it, it is the P-N
cycle. All talents and skills that we possess are
gifts of God bestowed on us. They are like the Prasadam
given to us by the Lord. This Prasadam should in turn
be offered as Naivedyam back unto Him. Only then will
the cycle of Love be complete!
January 10th 2005
This morning, there was to be a combined march-past
practice with all the three Campuses
participating. Around 8.00 a.m., Bhagawan came
to the grounds in the Silver Benz car driven by brother
Satyajit. The car was parked and Bhagawan continued
to remain seated inside. The command was given for the
march-past to begin. Swami sat in the car and watched
the entire proceedings right from marching,
flag hoisting, oath-taking to the lighting of the Torch
and the Mascot - Garuda - going up the hill! It took
about half an hour. As this came to a close, the
Anantapur students zoomed in with their bikes to present
a few stunts in His Divine Presence. Swami watched the
bike stunts for a few minutes before He asked brother
Satyajit to start the return journey to the Mandir.
January 11th 2005
The Great Day finally dawned! Early in the morning,
soothing music and holy chants were being played on the
stadium speaker stacks and were charging the entire
place with their holy vibrations. We woke up to
that wonderful music. Some got up at 4.30 a.m. while
some boys like the Maintenance boys came in to catch
some sleep at that early hour!
Sports Meet is an experience by itself, in which all
of the students learn so many things. There were many coaches
literally staying and moving along with the students. They too were struck by the
commitment and dedication shown by all the students in
preparing this grand offering to the Lord!!
Well, coming back to the 11th morning
celebrations, powerful Vedic Chants from the Anant CD
(a CD brought out by the Parthi students containing
Vedic Chants by students of different batches compiled
together) were enveloping the entire stadium! The
whole ground was pulsating with the intonations of the
chants piercing the cool morning air! At 7.35 a.m.
Bhagawan made a royal entry into the grounds in the
Lamborghini, driven by brother Satyajit seated behind
Swami. As you may know, the Lamborghini has
Bhagawan's sofa in front with the chauffeur's seat
fixed behind. That enabled all the devotees to have a
lovely Darshan of Swami and that too in His White
Robe!! That was a bonus!!
Swami's vehicle was of course led by the Escorts team
comprising of students from all the campuses, the
Anantapur and Prasanthi Nilayam bands, the Brindavan
boys on horses, the slow-march boys and even Sai
Gita who had taken a short cut and just come in from
the side of the stage.
Swami ascended the dais standing on the lift. He sat
on the sofa placed at the centre. A beautiful floral
arch adorned the centre of the backdrop on the stage,
with a beautifully carved Nataraja (in thermocol) on
the top of the floral arch. Seated on the dais along
with Bhagawan were the Vice-Chancellor Sri S.V. Giri, Prof. G.
Venkataraman, Sri V. Srinivasan, Sri Naganand, Dr.
Geeta Reddy and others. But most importantly and what
will interest all of us most, was Major Rajyavardhan
Singh Rathore - the winner of the Silver Medal
in Shooting in the recently held Olympics, seated in
the first row. That really surprised all of us.
How lucky he was to reach such great heights in sports
and then come to the Lotus Feet of the Highest One who
made all that possible for him!!
The march-past began and the children fro the Primary school in their
most colorful dresses, shining and bright, filled the
ground with cheer and delight. Marching in perfect
coordination and harmony, these colourful tykes
looked like hundreds of multi-coloured roses in the
Divine Garden, blossoming with joy and happiness!
This was followed by the Anantapur students, the School
boys and then the Brindavan Campus finally concluding
with the Parthi campus and the last squad being
the Athletic squad.
This was followed by the Oath taking ceremony and then
the Torch was lit. The torch that was used to mark the beginning
of the Sports Meet this time was presented by the
Olympic Champions of Greece and it is a copy of the
same Torch that was used to commence the Olympic Games
this year in Athens. They had offered this torch to
Bhagawan to be used by the students on the Sports Meet
Day! It's a lovely sleek silver coloured torch that is
fired with gas.
The Torch song was played ... the Music Group students as usual has been slogging out
for more than a week, with continuous nights-out to
give shape and birth to the Torch Song, Closing
Ceremony song and this time even the song for the Shiva
Tandavam Dance. The final outcome was needless to say -
The Garuda Mascot took off, gliding up the hill and
with scientific precision triggered off the spark at
the end of the rope that in turn lights the huge Torch
Cup on the top of the Hill. Subsequently the Marching
squads dispersed and the Anantapur students took up the
grounds for their presentation.
Their presentation was titled "Dharma Margame Sai
Margamu" - "The path of Dharama is the Path of Sai".
They had a mix of several items that included
Martial Arts, Sword Fighting, Fencing, etc... and
concluded with stunts on motorbikes.
In between, they had some cultural dances etc. The
stunts on bikes had several formations on the bikes, Criss-crosses, Ramp Jumps, Jumps through Fire and even
human ramp jumps over 16 students! It was a very spectacular display of
courage and adventure!
Coming in after the Anantapur Campus were the children
from Deenajanoddharana Pathakam, who were stationed on a
moving vehicle platform. Their play was staged on this
platform as it stood in front of the dais. The
presentation was a series of stage magic tricks
but portrayed to communicate the teachings of Bhagawan,
through the lyrics of the accompanying song and
Meanwhile, a Micro-light aircraft flew across the
light blue sky with a long banner trailing behind it
and written on it was "Happy 80th Birthday". The
Brindavan Campus as it normally does, had made its
grand entry in the high skies. We are sure our
Brindavan brothers would have several stories to share
about the efforts that went in to make all
these wonders happen. Their events included Celestial
Rhythms, Creative Expressions, Plankrobatics (a medley of exercises on wooden
planksby the united effort of 120 gymnasts) and
Reverse Bungee Jumping.
The Brindavan Presentation was titled "A Journey from
I to we... and we to He".
The Celestial Rhythms was a breathtaking display of
grit and grandeur on a grid at an awesome height of 80 feet. The students, as
they were raised into the sky by the huge crane, formed
a beautiful pattern of 80, welcoming the 80th year of
the advent of the Avataar! The formations on the aerial
grid were interspersed with the other events like 'Creative Expressions' which involved various formations
on small hollow metal cubes that were independent
entities but were arranged together in different
permutations and combinations to deliver an enchanting
display of beauty and symmetry.
The Brindavan programme came to a close at around 9.30
a.m. Bhagawan retired for the morning. In the evening,
Swami was back again in the silver Benz Car by around
3.00 p.m. The stadium was packed to capacity.
The evening presentation began with the Primary School
children who were at their best as usual! They started
their presentation with a Shiva Tandava dance. A grand
mix of bright colours, dances, gymnastics.... Suddenly
different colours would spring up from nowhere and
various objects would emerge from their hidden places,
making the dances so thrilling and exciting - giving
delight to one and all!!
The Primary School presentation was over by 4.00 p.m.
and the Prasanthi Nilayam students took their positions.
In the limelight was the
22 feet high Nataraja 2-D idol, wheeled on a 16' x 16'
trolley, into its position on the ground. As the
trolley turned, bringing the brilliantly shining,
golden coloured, Nataraja into the view of all those
seated in the grounds, there was thunderous applause!
The theme of the Parthi programme was Nataraja, the Cosmic Dancer.
"He is the Grace of Shiva
Tandava, the command of Roller Skates, the agility of
the Gymnasts,the courage of the Carabiners and the
harmony of the Waves."
The presentation began with the Opening Ceremony boys
running in with their flags and a team of Vedic Pundits
moving in, in a ceremonious way chanting Vedic hymns.
This set the mood for the Shiva Tandava dance. The
dancers sprung onto the ground from behind the
Nataraja and took their positions. What followed was a
beautiful dance, the highlight of which was Lord Shiva
and Parvati dancing on a 6 foot high stage, in front of
the massive golden Nataraja. It was a sight to see! The
costumes boys had spared no effort in dressing them up
so well that many people later were asking whether
Parvati was a boy or a girl student!
Next was the carabining event, which had students moving down ropes at tremendous speeds from
about 80 feet above the ground along a distance of about 600 feet,
performing various stunts like yoga postures, tent-pegging, etc.
To draw attention of the entire audience, they started
with a colourful explosion up on the hill. As all eyes
turned towards them, the carabiners began their
This was followed by gymnasts on mini trampolines doing various stunts
like dunking a basketball while doing a somersault. Then
there were the Prasanthi wheels with synchronized
movements. The Gun drill focused on perfect synchronization as the boys
performed various movements with their guns. As the
boys made their movements one after the other in
rapidsuccession, a lovely wave effect was produced
which was very well appreciated.
On display next was a synchronized set of moves
by over 70 boys of the Higher Secondary School with sticks, which
was followed by U-ramp stunts on roller-blades and skateboards done for the
first time in India. The U-ramp
measuring 24 feet by 10 feet was designed and
fabricated by our maintenance crew in record time! The
highlights of this program were a 16 foot drop into the
ramp, a front somersault on the quarter pipe and a
stupendous leap over a Maruti Van off a ramp. The jump
was fantastic and even drew applause from
Then came a School mass event set to wonderful
music and the boys made various wave formations. Then, the
Brindavan students were back again with their mighty
crane to perform what is called reverse Bungee
Bhagawan was sharing the thrill that all the VIPs had
on the stage! He was telling them about the event and
how it works. The performers went over to Bhagawan to
offer their gratitude in the form of a bouquet. Swami
Blessed all of them.
Finally, the Closing Ceremony song was played. Swami sat
throughout the song. As it was coming to a close, the
dancers who played the role of Shiva, Parvati and
Karthikeya ascended the steps right at the front of the
dais and came over to Bhagawan to offer the Card of
Gratitude on behalf of the Prasanthi Nilayam Campus!
Swami lovingly welcomed them, received the Card and
gave them a beautiful photograph! Bhagawan got up and
proceeded to the lift. At this point, the Closing
Ceremony song came to a close. Immediately, Swami asked
for the song to be played again! What a Blessing
for the composers and singers of this song - to be
sought to be heard by Bhagawan Himself again!
Swami got into the Benz Car and proceeded to the
Mandir. At the Mandir, several boys had gathered to
witness the car glide away into the Poornachandra
The Annual Sports and Cultural Meet 2005 thus came
to a close, leaving all with a sense of
fulfillment and joy! As the thousands of devotees, like
huge waves, moved out of the Shanti Vedika Grounds, the
Golden Nataraja stood there blazing in the evening sun,
as proof of the unchanging, eternal reality! All may
come and go, but He remains!!
The 80th year of "Love in Action" had finally begun in
a grand way! May the rest of the year witness several
such spectacular and soul stirring events that hail the
advent of the Lord and spread His Glory far and wide!!