Index of earlier Bulletins
November 13th, 2005
This morning, Bhagawan came out for Darshan at 7.20 a.m. The mikes for the singers were put on at 6.00 a.m. itself. Bhagawan sat inside the Bhajan Hall for a while and then went into the interview room. There was a possibility that He would go to the Institute for watching the rehearsal of the Convocation Drama and also for inaugurating the new 'Humanities Block' that has been constructed in the College Campus. However, He went straight to His abode at 8.30 a.m. and retired for the morning.
The cooks in the canteen are busy preparing the Prasadam for the Akhanda Bhajan. Puliyora (Tamarind Rice) and Chakkar Pongal (Sweet Rice) which will be served to all this evening after Aarti. The crowds are huge and the Hall was packed last evening. The main road outside the Ashram leading to Yenumulapally, along the Institute and the Hostels is being redone. The tar laying machines and equipment are working non-stop to get the roads ready in time for the Birthday. The Stadium is also busy with a number of Seva Dals engaged in decorating the ground.
In the evening, Bhagawan was out by 3.30 p.m. The Prasadam Coordination and arrangement task began at 4.00 p.m. with tractor loads of Puliyora and Chakkar Pongal being delivered from the Canteen into the Kulwant Hall. Students were also passing on bowls of Prasadam across long human chains, shifting the vessels from the Canteen to the Mandir. By 5.15 p.m. all arrangements were completed. We were all set for the distribution. Swami sat inside the Bhajan Hall for most of the time and at sharp 6.00 p.m. Aarti was offered.
Few minutes later, signal was given to commence the Prasadam distribution. Swarms of students spread themselves across the dozens of bays in the Kulwant Hall, distributing Prasadam to the devotees. As the distribution was taking place, Swami came out in His chair, moved across the portico and proceeded towards the gents' side of the Kulwant Hall. He moved along the rows of students who were seated in neat bays receiving Prasadam. As He approached the Primary School boys, the young children who were waiting for His Presence, spontaneously started chanting Brahmarpanam Brahamahavir Mantra! Following this they partook the Prasadam. Watching this, Swami was overjoyed! A good lesson for all of us.
November 12th, 2005
Today being the second Saturday of the month of November, we know that it is time for the Global Akhanda Bhajans. This evening at 6.00 p.m. Bhajans will commence at Prasanthi Nilayam. Sai Centres in various nations start the Bhajans at 6.00 p.m. according to their local time. Therefore, at some point, the sacred vibrations of Bhajans will envelope the entire globe, initiating a massive cleansing of minds. Let us all actively participate in chanting the name of the Lord.
This evening, Swami came out at around 3.30 p.m. and proceeded to the grounds as He has been doing everyday. He returned at 4.10 p.m. and went straight into the Poornachandra. We all sat in Kulwant Hall waiting eagerly for our Lord. The Bhajan Hall was packed to its full. At 5.45 p.m. the Toyota Porte glided into the Kulwant Hall. All the lights came on instantly, including the chandeliers and the series lighting across the roof of the Hall. The entire place was shining brilliantly welcoming our Lord.
Swami went straight into the Bhajan Hall. To everybody's delight, Swami stood up from His chair and took a few steps to light the ceremonial lamp. There was loud applause. A few minutes later, the Omkaram began marking the commencement of the Akhanda Bhajans. Swami sat in the Bhajan Hall until 7.00 p.m. The mikes were kept on even after Swami retired and were put off only at 9.00 p.m.
November 7th to 11th, 2005
November 7th was Kartika Somavaram - as you know, Bhagawan's Birthday according to the Indian calendar is also on a Kartika Somavaram, but when the Ardhra Star is in alignment. Bhagawan came out for evening Darshan and asked for a Music Programme. This was just out of the blue. However, as the Music Group Students had prepared a programme for Deepavali which did not materialize that day, they were able to immediately present a good programme. While singing Rama Katha, Swami went inside the interview room and then after a while the programme came to a close followed by Bhajans.
On the morning of the 9th, Bhagawan came out for Darshan close to 9.00 a.m. Bhajans were from 8.30 a.m. to 9.00 a.m. Subsequently, Swami visited the Maha Lakshmi temple that is almost ready close to the Gayatri temple near the Round Blocks. Very soon, this temple will be inaugurated.
On 8th and 9th, Swami drove out into the Vidyagiri Stadium at around 11.30 a.m. He spent more than half an hour in the stadium, supervising all the seva going on there. A lot of decoration and other arrangements are being made in the stadium. Flags of all nations have been fixed vertically on poles along the railings on top of the stadium. This gives a colourful look to the whole stadium.
Swami has been entering into the stadium through the huge entrance on the Primary School side. A wide space has been marked on the grounds on which Swami's car can move straight towards the Shanti Vedika stage. It just passes by the pitch on the Cricket Ground. Subsequently, Swami went up to the Hanuman Statue and as He returned, all the students stood along the road and had a beautiful Darshan.
The Shanti Vedika stage has been completely tiled now. All the Sports Meet structures that had been fixed on the ground earlier have been removed and this makes the ground appear very spacious.
We are also awaiting the inauguration of the Humanities Block - the new building in the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning Prasanthi Nilayam Campus that is now ready. It will house the Economics department and possibly the I and II Year Under Graduate classes will also be held there. This will create more space for the existing departments in the old building.