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Saturday, February 28, 2009

This morning, Bhagawan gave padanamaskar to all the devotees from Adilabad district, more than two thousand in number. As the morning bhajans went on, Swami came at 9.45 am in the chair and went around all the devotees who were seated in lines. After the session concluded, Bhagawan came to the Bhajan Hall and after a few bhajans, accepted Arati at 10.45 am. In the evening, He came for darshan at 4.45 pm, and after His darshan round, came onstage as the five o'clock bhajans commenced. After half an hour, He asked for the bhajan with alap 'Sri Raghavam', and a couple of bhajans later, He accepted Arati at 5.45 pm before returning to His residence in the car.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Thousands of devotees from Adilabad district of Andhra Pradesh have come to Prasanthi Nilayam on their Parthi Yatra. This evening, they presented a drama by the balvikas children. Bhagawan came for darshan in the chair at 4.45 pm, and as He passed the drama backdrop, interacted with one of the alumni of the University here who was instrumental in giving shape to the drama. After Swami came onstage, the drama began at five o'clock. The devotion of the gopikas and other themes were presented through poems sung by Bhagawan in His Discourses, with touching Telugu dialogues. Bhagawan was very pleased with their presentation and blessed one of them with a chain even as the drama was going on. As the hour-long drama drew to a close, Swami came down from the stage for group photographs with the participants, and later sent clothes for distribution among them. Bhajans by the devotees commenced at 6.15 with prasadam distribution, and Swami accepted Arati twenty minutes later before returning to His residence in the car.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

The outgoing batch of students of the X and XII classes of the Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary School presented their Gratitude programme this evening. Bhagawan arrived for darshan at 4.35 pm and went around the Bhajan Hall and the verandah after His darshan round before coming onstage to begin their programme at 5.10 pm. The forty-five minute presentation consisted of songs and short heart-felt speeches by the students narrating how Swami had touched their lives. Swami came down from the stage to have group photographs with them, and also had a group photo session with the school teachers. The students sang a couple of bhajans before Swami accepted Arati at 6.30 pm and retired for the day.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

This evening, Bhagawan came for darshan after the five o'clock bhajans commenced. Sitting onstage for a while, He asked for Mr. Ajit Popat from the UK. After a brief interaction with him, Sri Popat spoke for fifteen minutes on the rarity of Human birth. Bhagawan then asked for the mics to be brought and spoke for nearly an hour. He went over the trio of Fear of Sin, Love of God and Morality in society and also spoke about the necessity to have names which invoke positive feelings. After His Discourse, Swami accepted Arati and returned to His residence at 7 pm.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The night-long bhajans continued this morning with the mics being turned on at 8 o'clock. Bhagawan arrived in Sai Kulwant Hall at 8.30 after first giving darshan at the Poornachandra hall where the devotees who couldn't be accomodated in the Sai Kulwant Hall were seated. As He came to the centre of the hall, He moved towards the outer gates and blessed the prasadam arranged there for feeding the mammoth crowd. Clad in a maroon robe, Swami sat onstage after going around the entire Hall and completing a second round of the ladies' side. Just after nine o'clock, He asked for the Arati and the bhajans concluded and the prasadam distribution began. Tamarind rice and laddoos were served to all in leaf plates as Bhagawan sat onstage and watched. After sitting onstage for nearly forty-five minutes during the prasadam distribution, Swami returned to His residence. In the evening, the bhajans went on for more than an hour with Swami seated onstage for the last half-hour, accepting Arati just after six o'clock.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Bhagawan arrived this Shivarathri morning at 7.30 am in the special golden raised chair. After His darshan round, He blessed the cakes on the verandah and moved to the interview room. After half an hour, He emerged and came onstage. For a while, He listed to the Vedam being chanted by the students and the youth from Karnataka. He asked for those with mics to stop so that He could hear the 1000-strong group chanting in unision. Wall calendars and prasadam was distributed to all after being Blessed by Bhagawan. Swami accepted Arati just after 9 am before returning to His residence in the chair.

In the evening, the Sai Kulwant Hall was not enough to hold all the devotees, and the Poornachandra auditorium was also opened to accomodate them. Screens with projectors were installed in the Poornachandra and the Sai Kulwant Hall so that the eager thousands could see the proceedings. Bhagawan arrived for darshan at 4.30 pm, moving first to the Poornachandra to grant darshan to the devotees there, and then coming to the Sai Kulwant Hall in a procession led by the University brass band. Bhagawan was resplendent in a yellow robe, seated on the golden raised chair, and just behind Him, an ice lingam more than a metre high was wheeled into the Hall and placed near the stage. Swami sat onstage as the Vedam chanting went on, and at 4.50 pm, asked Prof Anil Kumar to introduce the speakers for the day. Sri S. V. Giri, former Vice Chancellor of Sri Sathya Sai University, Sri. V. Srinivasan, the All India Sai Organisations President, and Sri Ajit Popat from the United Kingdom spoke before Bhagawan's Shivarathri message.

Bhagawan spoke for an hour, stressing that Hari and Hara are essentially formless, and that we should imprint the form of our choice in our heart so that all the time, we are in the Divine Presence. After Bhagawan's Discourse concluded at seven o'clock, the night long bhajans commenced in the Sai Kulwant Hall. Bhagawan returned to His residence after fifteen minutes, and the group bhajans continued into the night after 7.30 pm.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

In the morning, 1000 young men from Karnataka trained in chanting the Rudram were seated in the centre of Sai Kulwant Hall. Bhagawan arrived for darshan at 9.45 am while the bhajans went on in the Bhajan Hall. He moved around the Hall and the Bhajan Hall, sitting for a while onstage and accepting Arati at 10.30 am. An announcement was made that the Karnataka group was to be ready in Sai Kulwant Hall tomorrow at 7 am.

In the evening, Bhagawan graciously arranged for the distribution of Shivalingams with bases to many of the ladies. He came for darshan in the chair after the five o'clock bhajans began, and moved around the Hall going all the way back to Yajur Mandir also while the distribution to the ladies was going on. He sat for a while onstage as the bhajans continued before accepting Arati and returning to His residence at six o'clock.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

This being a long weekend culminating in Shivarathri, Prasanthi Nilayam is filled to the brim with devotees. Bhagawan had a surprise for all of them this evening. Arriving while the evening bhajans went on, Swami sat onstage after His darshan round and asked for Mr. Ajit Popat. At 5.25 pm, the bhajans were stopped and Mr. Popat took the stage, speaking for 45 minutes on the Joy we feel in the divine presence. Bhagawan then asked for the microphone and delivered a Divine Discourse. Bhagawan stressed the unity of creation and insisted on obedience to one's mother and confidence in the Self for achieving success in life, narrating the story of Abraham Lincoln. After His hour-long Discourse, Swami accepted Arati and returned to His residence in the chair itself, accepting many letters on the way.

Friday, February 20, 2009

This evening, the Hungarian devotees got another chance to present a musical programme. On Monday, only the choir group sang in Sai Kulwant Hall; today the entire group was prepared with songs. Bhagawan came for darshan in His chair, and when He came onstage, the programme got underway at 4.45 pm. The devotees sang songs and bhajans till 6 pm, with a short break when Swami went inside the interview room. Bhagawan blessed two members of the group with chains. Bhajans by the students began at six o'clock and Swami accepted Arati before returning to His residence at 6.20 pm.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Many sadhus from the Nilgiris region have come on a three-day pilgrimage to Prasanthi Nilayam along with the residents of the hills of Ooty. Today, they presented a 'Brindavan folk dance' in Sai Kulwant Hall. The centre of the hall had a large backdrop of Krishna dancing with the gopikas. Bhagawan arrived for darshan at 4.40 pm, and when He came onstage after a round of the verandah, the programme got underway just before five o'clock. The village folk danced to the tune of songs on Krishna in their language for more than 45 minutes. Bhagawan then called up one of them and blessed him with a chain. He gave clothes to all the performers as they came up to Him one by one. Bhajans by the students commenced after Swami went down for group photographs with the dancers. The dancer who played Krishna continued to dance as the bhajans on Krishna were sung and prasadam was distributed to the performers; Swami called him up for another photograph. Bhagawan left for His residence at 6.15 pm after Arati.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Last evening, Bhagawan had asked Mr. Chakravarthy to announce after bhajans that there is a large group of Hungarian devotees here; they are exemplary in their discipline; they would present a music programme the next day. Accordingly, this evening, the Hungarian devotees presented group songs. Swami came for darshan at 4.30 pm, and once He came onstage, the programme began at 4.45 pm. The programme of Hungarian songs went on for more than 40 minutes, and they sang a couple of English songs also at the end. Swami asked them to sing Bhajans, and a couple of bhajans by them were followed by bhajans by the students. Bhagawan interacted with a few of the Hungarian devotees and blessed one of them with a chain. At 6.10 pm, Swami accepted Arati and returned to His residence.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Bhagawan blessed the village of Muddenahalli near Chikkaballapur in Karnataka with a divine visit today. Driving down from Prasanthi Nilayam at 8.30 am in the Toyota Estima with a morotised retracting chair as in the Porte, He reached Muddenahalli in two hours. The public function there marked the foundation stone laying for the fourth campus of the Sri Sathya Sai University. In His Discourse, Bhagawan mentioned that the campus would be ready by next February. He returned to Prasanthi Nilayam by car, reaching the Mandir by 3.30 pm. Later, He gave darshan at 5.30 pm in the Sai Kulwant Hall while the Bhajans went on, accepting Arati after twenty minutes onstage.

Friday, February 13, 2009

This evening, the centre of Sai Kulwant Hall was filled with items for distribution to the needy: irons, electrician kits, wet-grinders, bicycles, push-carts and more, arranged by devotees from Prakasam district. Bhagawan came for darshan at 4.10 pm and went into the interview room. After half an hour, He came onstage and moved down among the materials for distribution, interacting with some of the Sai youth seated there. Once He returned onstage, Prof. Anil Kumar began the proceedings with a speech in Telugu about experiences of devotees from the region, and then read out the names of the recipients who came up to Swami for blessings. The leader of the group from Prakasam district spoke next, also in Telugu, about the service activities being done there. The items for distribution were then moved away from the centre of the Hall and the students began bhajans. Swami accepted Arati at 6 pm before returning to His residence.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

This evening, devotees from Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh presented their programme. Bhagawan arrived by 4.45 pm and when He came onstage after a brief visit to the interview room, the devotees brought up many items for Blessings and then began their drama "Prema Sankranti" after a brief presentation about the many illustrious sons of that region. After the 45 minute Telugu drama, Swami blessed the participants with group photographs and safari cloth. The devotees sang a few bhajans while prasadam was distributed and Arati was sung at 6.30 pm. Bhagawan then asked the students to sing the 'Sri Raghavam' bhajan with Alaap, and some more bhajans by the students followed. Fifteen minutes later, Swami left for His residence as Arati was offered again.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The last couple of days had extended bhajan sessions in the evening with Swami in the interview room for much of the time. This evening, Bhagawan came for darshan at 4.30 pm and while crossing the ladies, interacted with some of them. As a result, the students were asked to clear the centre of the hall, and a group of ladies from Hyderabad came up to present a music programme. They began with Vedam chanting while their accompanists scrambled to bring their instruments. Bhagawan listened to their presentation for 45 minutes before He went into the interview room and they began singing bhajans. Swami emerged in ten minutes with clothes for all the performers. While the sarees and safari pieces were being distributed, Bhagawan interacted with some of the group members. The students began bhajans and prasadam was distributed. Swami accepted Arati ten minutes later at 6.15 pm before returning to His residence in the car.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

This evening, devotees from Chittoor district had their distribution ceremony. Bhagawan arrived for darshan in the chair a few minutes after 4.30 pm. He came onstage from the interview room and after He blessed the items brought up to Him, Prof. Anil Kumar took the stage at 5 pm. With a brief Telugu introduction about Swami's association with places in Chittoor district, he called out the names of the recipients of the implements being distributed - irons, electrician kits, sewing machines, crop sprayers and more. The distribution was followed by devotional songs, including a song by the Kuppam family. Bhagawan accepted Arati at 6 pm and returned to His residence in the car.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

This evening, devotees from Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh presented their programme. Bhagawan arrived by 4.45 pm and when He came onstage, the devotees brought up many items for Blessings and then began their drama "Sri Paadaalu". After the 45 minute Telugu drama which presented the transformation of a scientist with scenes from the famous pilgrim centres of Chittoor - Kaanipaakkam, Tirupati and Kalahasti - the devotees sang a few bhajans while prasadam was distributed. Bhagawan accepted Arati at 6 pm before returning to His residence in the car.


You can see an illustrated version of happenings at Prasanthi Nilayam in the Prasanthi Diary of our monthly e-Journal Heart to Heart.

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