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• posted 26th Oct - A.R.M.Y Revelations No1 Monday 26th Oct 2015
• posted 20th Oct - A.R.M.Y Experiences DAY5 Saturday 17th Oct 2015
• posted 20th Oct - A.R.M.Y Experiences DAY4 Friday 16th Oct 2015
• posted 20th Oct - A.R.M.Y Experiences DAY3 Thursday 15th Oct 2015
• posted 20th Oct - A.R.M.Y Experiences DAY2 Wednesday 14th Oct 2015
• posted 10th Oct - Understanding the Yagna
• posted 10th Oct - Ashram Info: Form C
• posted 10th Oct - Ashram Info: Lodging
• posted 10th Oct - Ashram Info: Miscellaneous
• posted 10th Oct - Ashram Info: Timings
• posted 10th Oct - Ashram Info: Transportation
• posted 10th Oct - Ashram Info: Western Canteen
• posted 9th Oct - 17 Countries Ashram Project Report. Whats Happening? Friday 9th Oct 2015
• posted 5th Oct - The Universe is My Mansion Wednesday 17th Jul 1968
• posted 2nd Oct - Swami's Divine visit to Malaysia Wednesday 30th Sep 2015
• posted 2nd Oct - Swami's Divine visit to Singapore Tuesday 29th Sep 2015
• posted 1st Oct - Fiji Experience 3 Monday 28th Sep 2015

  

ARTICLE - posted MONDAY 26th October 2015
A.R.M.Y Revelations
                 

A.R.M.Y Revelations No1 - click here


EXPERIENCES - posted TUESDAY 20th October 2015
EXPERIENCES A..R.M.Y: Day 5
                 

Navarathri marks the auspicious times when the earth pulsates with ‘Shakthi’ or the power of the female aspect of consciousness. The foremost puja for the Navarathri Homa is the Shaneeshwara Shanti puja, and the main theme involves invoking the Jnana or Wisdom represented by the sun's light, to dispel the darkness ie., ignorance represented by Shani. This puja was performed today, day five of the holy Athi Rudra Maha Yagna, Navarathri Homa and Durga Puja. Swami graced the venue of the Navarathri Homa and Durga Pujo, and sat through all the rituals for more than an hour.

The priest explained about the science of astrology and the movement of planets. It is said there is a significant impact of these planets in our lives. He illustrated this by saying how there are many students in a class, but each responds to the teaching in a different way and have different capabilities and IQ. The priest explained the influence of the moon in human beings is quite significant. Vedic astrology considers moon as the governor of mind and thus the inner being itself -‘Chadrama Manaso Jaatah’. Even Lord Rama had to go to the forest when he was supposed to ascend the throne due to the influence of his stars. He extolled the mother aspect of God in the form of Mother Bhoomi and how she bestowed the same benevolence on all without differentiating. Unfortunately, man has created divisions like religions, castes etc.

Arathi was performed and Swami proceeded to the Yagna Shaala, where the regular proceedings of the Athi Rudra Maha Yagna, Panchamirtha Abishekam, Rudra Homa, Rudra Abhishekam, Rudra Parayanams etc., were in progress. The sparkling white ‘Hiranyagarbha Lingam’ glowed in the ethereal hue and every person basked in the divine vibrations of the sacred chants! After Maha Mangala arathi, Swami retired for the afternoon.

Afternoon session started with Swami coming around 5.15 pm as the bhajans were going on. veda chanting was done by the students of alike who had come on Swami's invitation. After the Purushasuktham chants, Bhagwatha Parayanam was done by Sri Badri. People are looking forward to Bhagwatha Katha, not because the story is new but becaue the way it is being told is very interesting. Sri Badri has made Swami also want more of the story of Bhagawatham. As Sri Badri approached to take namaskar, Bhagawan commanded hi to recapitulate the story of Daksha Yajna that he had told on the previous day as there was going to be a Yaksha Gana performance by the students of Alike on the same story a while later. He promptly did so. Thereafter he narrated the story of Bali Chakravarthi was was the grandson of Prahalada himself. Misguided by his guru Shukracharya, he performed 100 ashwamedha yajnas to conquer the seat of Indra ( The Lord of heaven). Vamana - the dwarf Avataar of Vishnu born to Aditi and Kashyapa, came all the way to seek alms as a brahmin boy. Bali out of arrogance agreed to his request of 3 footsteps measure of space. Vamana grew bigger in size and gained the whole earth in one step, covered the other worlds in the second and the third step, He panted upon bali's head and sent him to netherworld. the significant thing to note is that, Bali's guru, the demonic sage Shukracharya cautions him yet the king says, " if the one who has come as a dwarf is Mahavishnu himself then what can be greater fortune then to give him whatever he asks, it is his compassion on me that he has come to ask, else he could have as well taken it all away by force by tearing me apart like my great grandfather Hiranyakashyapu". Bali was blessed then to rule the nether worlds and Vamana himself became the door keeper. Tears flowed from the eyas of Sri Badri as he wondered whether we are here to serve The Lord or The Lord is here to serve us. The atmosphere was filled with teh most sacred of all emotions - Devotion. Swami told Bro Badri that He feels like listening more of His story though him.

The next speaker was the purohit from Sringeri, Sri Yajna Murthy Bhat, who is conducting the navarathri homa. He expressed his gratitude and felt blessed that Swami, Bhagawan himself asked him to conduct this yajna. He recollected incidents from his past where Bhagawan has been his saviour and guide.

Sri Vijay Sai, a very popular alumnus was the next speaker, he had the good fortune of living with Swami in brindavan and belongs to a family that has been devoted to Swami. Brother recollected many sweet experiences and concluded that "Sai will take care" no matter what, we need to surrender and be fearless.

Swami gave a short discourse, with the main emphasis being , the relation ship with God alone is the permanent one, rest are all temporary, we must develop this bond with God as all else is mere bondages. Swami said that before marriage one is not even bothered about the girl next door but after marriage one is extremely worried about her. Likewise the relationships of body are changing where as the Athmic relationship alone remains.

Swami walked amidst the devotees while the stage was readied for Yaksha Gana. Swami enjoyed the performance and so did we. He specially blessed the, Bhagawatha or the narrator/singer of the yaksha gana as well the boy who acted as Shiva. Swami commented, see you have put on the make up and look different but once we remove the makeup and costumes we know our true self, like wise body is a costume and we are all playing our part, where as our true reality is atman.

Swami gave clothes to all the students as HIs token of love and retired around 9.30 pm.

As the evening programme concluded Brother Subhajit invited Swami for the Devi Bodhan. Swami graciously accepted the invitation and started to walk towards the Durga Puja Arch

Witnessed by the vibrant idols of Goddess Durga, the drums reverberated amidst the enchanting Sanskrit slokas, bewitching all, as goddess Durga is welcomed , in grandeur and glory. Swami was greeted by the Bengal Dhakis experiencing a sparkling session of Devi Bodhan, in the presence of Bhagawan.

To the delight of the devotees, the 'dhakis' of Bengal welcomed Bhagawan, making way by dancing to the rhythmic beat of the drums and the gong. Bhagawan blessed the offerings and permitted the initiation of 'pratima Puja' on the holy day of Maha-panchami. Bhagawan's presence and blessings enthused the purohit (priest) to chant the symphonic syllables of shama Veda, and Mark the initiation of Durga Puja. Hailing from West Bengal, India, the purohit was assisted by a companion of his clan. In addition to reciting the Sanskrit slokas, they skilfully supplied explanation of the same, but solely to soothe the ears of the Bengalis( since the explanation was in Bangla). Ocassional songs in Bangla, made the environment enthralling. Every song and sloka, was accompanied with hearty offerings, and soulful gestures by the purohit, which matched the rhythm of his chant.

Bhagawan blessed the occasion and with the drums and dance of the dhskis , 'arati' was offered to Bhagawan and idols on dias. Bhagawan blessed the occasion and narrated the significance of mother Durga, he said that since his students have to stay 'here', he has lovingly arranged Durga Puja, 'here' itself. Later Swami enquired how many devotees have come from Bengal. As there were few more families are yet to arrive Bhagawan asked to inform Him once every one arrives !


EXPERIENCES - posted TUESDAY 20th October 2015
EXPERIENCES A..R.M.Y: Day 4
                 

The fourth day ( 16th October ) of Athi Rudra Maha Yagna began with Panchamrutha Abhisheka to the Hiranyagarbha Linga, followed by Rudra Parayana and Rudra Abhisheka at the Yagna Shaala. Simultaneously, a Chandika Homa and an elaborate Durga Pujo, by priests from West Bengal were in progress at the Sri Sathya Sai Hrudaya Mandiram. Swami spent about an hour watching the Durga Pujo and later the Purnahuthi of Chandika Homa. The grace filled face of the devotees who took part in the rituals was the proof of the effects of the positive vibrations emanating from the Homa and Yagna. Sri Badri Narayanan, an alumnus from the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning gave insights into the Chandika Homa and the significance of Devi Mahatmyam, also known as Chandi in West Bengal. It is the story of how the Devi killed Madhu and Kaidabha, killed Mahishasura as Lakshmi, and killed Shumbha and Nishumbha as Saraswathi. Sri Badri stressed, She ALONE exists. Everything else is just a manifestation of Her Leela. The feeling of 'I' and 'mine' is an illusion and she is responsible for creating this as well, but no one realizes it. Everything in this Universe is the Dance of the Shakthi.

Rudra Homa and Sai Gayatri Homa were performed with full gusto at the Yagna Shaala. Ashtavadhana Seva was also offered to the Lord by the priests and students combined. The underlying meaning of Ashtavadhana Seva is to recognize God as the embodiment of knowledge. One has to recognize this fact by concentrating one’s mind on the eight types of knowledge. Those who witness this Seva will be granted this knowledge as well as the knowledge of the Para Brahma.

Maha Mangalarathi brought to close the morning session. The devotees partook the lunch Prasadam. Tasty breakfast, lunch and dinner is being served to all the devotees attending the Yagna every single day. Sevadals have been tirelessly working day and night to make this event organised by Bhagawan a grand success!

Thereafter Swami went to the construction site of Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham Hall, which will be opened on 18th November. He gave them all the much needed motivation as only a month is left to complete the Herculean task. He blessed the Main Door frame which was fixed and was waiting for Him. The door is being very artistically carved by highly skilled craftsmen who are following the intricate designs of the Mysore palace doors. All this has been selected and guided by Bhagawan alone. Swami blessed an engineer profusely who has been working day and night coordinating so many activities at the site. After lunch Swami retired around 2 pm .

In the afternoon, around 4.30 pm, Swami spoke to the team of architect, engineer and the landscape contractor for a few minutes about how he would like the work of the upcoming Bhajan Hall to be done in the coming days, given that it's less than a month to go. Swami envisaged a large garden with fountains on the western side from where Swami would enter the hall.

Thereafter Swami came down the lift, two ministers with their families were waiting downstairs to receive Swami's blessings and guidance. Swami blessed both of them and guided them about their political future. They were overwhelmed by Swami's gracious blessings and followed Him to the Yajna Shala for the eve program.

The program began around 5.30 pm with bhajans going on as Swami entered the hall. Veda was recited by lady devotees from 5 countries of America, India, Singapore, Malaysia and UK. Swami was so happy to see their respect and devotion for Vedas. He blessed a malaysian lady especially.

This was followed by a short program of devotional songs rendered by the girls of the Prashanti NIkethanam Campus of CHikballapur that started during June 2015. They made Swami proud by singing to Swami's satisfaction. Swami called them all and gave namaskar. Also said, " I dont have any gifts for you now but I will come to your campus and bless all of you specially". I still remember, when Swami visited the chikballapur school in November last year, He was disppointed with the Quality of music and bhajans, thereafter He sent musicians to train them and bring them up to this level in a short span of 6 months so that they could perform confidently in front of such a large gathering. For us it might have been a musical affair but for the young women it meant much more than that.

After this Bhagawatha Parayanam was continued by Sri Badri, the story of Daksha Yajna was narrated. He pointed out that how a desire that arose in the heart of dakshayani to attend the yajana of daksha prajapathi despite not being invited lead to her separation from shiva himself. Sati lost her Pathi ( Husdand) due to a desire, later Swami commented. GOD + Desire = Man, Man- Desire = GOD, Swami added. As bro Badri finished and came to seek Swami's blessings, Swami said, " You speak so well that I feel like listening to you more", Badri ji Replied, " Swami you only speak through me", Swami said, " Yes! I love listening to myself through you".

Has this whole world is not of His doing alone,? Does he not enjoy seeing himself perform through so many? Will He not rejoice when we let Him do His will through us by being completely surrendered! Once Swami told me that He created the whole world for His Pleasure, I understand what it means now.

Next was a scintillating Mandolin performance by Sri U Rajesh, a mandolin maestro and younger brother and disciple of Late Sri U Srinivas. He played a few bhajans too that enthralled the audience. Swami blessed him and the team that accompanied him after the performance.

Swami had blessed one of the central ministers, Sri K H Muniyappa who spoke about his experiences with Swami both when He was in physical frame and even now. He said, " we have heard of deva loka or seen some interpretation in films, but today we can experience it right here". His humility and devotion inspired all.

This was followed by a talk by Dr. A R Manjunath, Director of Sri Sathya Sai Centre for Human Excellence, the centre established by Swami two years ago for training men of character who would be the future leaders, teachers and administrators of Swami's institutions. He recollected how Late Rev Madiyala Narayana Bhat had a desire to have one institution in every district of Karnataka an now Swami is fulfilling that. Swami later corrected him, "Narayana Bhat was a great man and He had no desires, only Prayers. in Desire there is " I " ness whereas the prayers are all about " God".

Swami gave a brief discourse thereafter, praising the land of India and reminding us of our great good fortune to have been born in this sacred land. He appealed to the devotees to protect its rich cultural and spiritual heritage. Once is thrice blessed if one gets a human birth, desire for liberation and company of great guru. We are having an additional blessing of having been born in India, the land divine. He roared that Education should not be sold in schools.

After blessing all He left around 8.30 pm. Days are getting longer, but time stands still in the presence of the one beyond time.


EXPERIENCES - posted TUESDAY 20th October 2015
EXPERIENCES A..R.M.Y: Day 3
                 

Third day of Yajnam commenced at 8.00 am in the morning. Medha Dakshinamurthy Homa was performed as a part of Navarathri celebrations. This is to grant us the buddhi that helps us see our own divinity through the grace of the avatar Dakshinamurthy, a guru who speaks in the language of silence. Swami keeps saying that Prema sai would speak through silence, "if you can't understand my words how can you understand my silence?" This yajna seems to be extremely important to earn the grace to understand the language of silence. Chandi path was also going on as a part of the Durga Puja rituals.

Swami came to bless the gathering around 10.30 am. He went straight to the Navarathri Homa venue and sat through the poornahuthi. Thereafter He went near the stage where Durga Puja was being done, guided them and came back saying that He will attend the Panchami Puja and Ashtami Puja.

Thereafter Swami walked to the Rudra Homa Yajna Shala, the final part of the Homa was going on, Swami accepted arathi after Homa poornahuthi, walked amongst the devotees and blessed a devotee from Indonesia who takes care of a small ashram in Bali.

Swami came back in the evening around 5 pm. After a few bhajans, the program began with Veda Chanting by the students of Alike. Swami was very impressed with their Veda recital when He had heard them during His last visit to Alike and had invited them to come and chant here. After blessing all the Veda students with Pada Namaskar as vibhuthi Parasadam, Swami invited Bro Badri Narayanan to speak on Bhagawatham. He spoke about Dhruva and pointed out the subtle difference between Dhruva and Prahalada. Dhruva went with a desire to Narayana, that of the boon to be seated on his father uttanapada's lap, however Prahalada was desire less. The highest of the devotee of the four kinds is the one who prays to God only for God's sake. Bro Badri was running a high fever yet he made it to the program. Swami blessed him with a gift and told him that this is the right way, despite illness Swami never stopped giving Darshan and blessing devotees because the body is meant only for service to the others. " paropakaram Idam Sariram". After Bhagawatha parayana, band students from all campuses of Swami including two alumni sisters from Anantapur, joined the students of Muddenehalli , Sai's Angels, to perform a few numbers. Bhajans like Om Namaha Shivaya, Ganga jatadhara and Manasa bhajare were beautifully set to the western notes and chords. Brass explosion was another piece that was Played. Swami was very happy that the students had picked it all up from scratch within a year and were able to play so well. He asked them to re-play Manasa Bhajare tune. A few senior band students played Hari Bhajan also. After blessing all with gifts and Namaskar Swami even granted them a group photo.

The speaker for the day was chosen by Swami, a priest from Sringeri who spoke about the importance of the Navarathri Homa and also the details of the program.

After which Swami granted His divine message. Swami said that when Krishna promised that He will look after the Yogah Kshemam of His devotees, he only meant the highest good which is self realisation. Seeking petty things is not the right way. Ask for God himself and you will have everything. Swami said that many people doubt as to why Swami is offering such precious things in to the sacrificial fire and wasting them! Swami lamented that He too feels so sad when He sees people wasting away the precious human birth in pursuit of worldly wishes. All that is offered in to fire is converted from Sthula ( gross) form in to Sookshma ( energy ) form so that the gods who are in Sookshma ( subtle or energy) form may accept them and bless us. Like the fire in our stomach converts all the gross food that we eat in to ( Rasa) subtle energy that sustains us, the yajna fire too converts all gross in to subtle. Fire is like a postman which delivers our prayers to the address in the form the mantras specific to the dieties. However if the postage stamp of Love is missing the letter of prayers can't be delivered. We ought to realise our divinity by giving up the three deviations of Mala ( impurity of desires), Vikshepa ( darkness of ignorance which causes duality) and avarnana ( body consciousness). We must seek self realisation As the only gain from this yajna. Happiness is union with God and therefore when we pray that the whole world should be happy, it can happen only if all unite with God, their true identity. All other joys are temporary and we Should not hanker after them. This is the right time to undertake such sacred activities as after one becomes old, doing all this will be impossible. Do not procrastinate and postpone spiritual deeds.

After taking arathi and blessing all, swami retired around 8.15 PM .

P.S: While halving dinner Swami said something very wonderful. He said that purest form of communication is Feelings, lower than that is thoughts, lower than thoughts is Words, lowest is actions. First the feeling of devotion arose in sages, which made them think of God and His attributes, then came out the words in the form of Vedas and finally the rituals to please him. Since all can't understand feelings, according to their capacities we need to conduct such activities. He said that He has been speaking for 90 years now about the same thing, because we still do the same old things and do not change. We aren't tired of old habits so he has to speak the same thing time and again. Should we not change and spare Him the efforts of speaking again and again the same things?

Something to seriously consider, isn't it?


EXPERIENCES - posted TUESDAY 20th October 2015
EXPERIENCES A..R.M.Y: Day 2
                 

Day two of the Yajnam was divine! This morning Swami spoke to the people involved in webcasting the proceedings. It was a Herculean task to quickly lay the optical fibre line and make the event available for all to see through out this world using Internet ( considering the other world beings have direct access through inner net!) Swami guided them at length about the need for preaching and propagating Sanathana Dharma ( the religion of love ) through various media including Internet. Swami's talk left everyone in the interview room spellbound! More will unfold during birthday, I shall not let the cat out of the bag too soon! Thereafter Swami left for the yajna shala, first He went to the venue of Devi Homa where today Pavamana Homa was performed, after blessing the poornahuthi, swami walked up to the priest who was telling about the importance of Pavamana Homa and spoke to him briefly revealing to him things that left the priest speechless. After blessing him profusely Swami went to the Ati Rudra Homa yajna Shala where the Rudra homa was going on, Swami walked amongst the priests and sat through the Yajnam. He blessed the managalarathi and instructed the head priest Sri Nanjunda Dixit to speak in the eve about the importance and significance of yajna. As Swami walked towards the ladies side, a few ladies from abroad thanked Swami for conducting the Yajna to which He said, this is for world peace. " I WANT PEACE", is what all say, but when we remove "I" which is ego and " WANT" which is desire, what is left is "PEACE". So simple yet so profound!

Swami noticed the devotees had Come from many countries like malaysia, singapore, Italy, Croatia, australia, Canada, U.K., Usa apart from various parts of India. To a resident of Chikbalapur Swami said, " all these people are now coming to your Chikbalapur town which was not visited by any one, because I am here". Swami came for the evening session around 5 pm. After a few bhajans the program started with Vedic chants by the girls of prashanthi nikethanam campus, Swami was proud of them. This was followed by the most interesting and powerful discourse on the story of Prahalada from Bhagawatham by Bro Badri Narayanan. His narration left all in tears as we understood the significance of Prahalada's devotion who when asked by the Lord Narasimha to seek a boon, after initial refusal finally agrees to ask only one boon that, " let him be granted a boon that he Should never ask any boon from God". Such was the faith of the 5 year old, who though was born to an atheist demonic father, was ultimately crowned the " emperor of the empire of all the devotees " ( Bhakthi Samrajya Chakravarthi).

This was followed by a brief music program by the ladies accompanied by a few musicians. Prof Nanjund Dixit spoke next about the guidance that he has received from Swami about the Ati Rudra Homa earlier and recollected the pristine moments when Swami called and blessed all the 150 priests. He briefly mentioned about the importance of Yajnas. Swami's discourse followed where He emphasised that we are born pure, seeking our identity as we cry " koham" ( who am I) however unfortunately we are told the untruth that we are the body and the mind. Though the right answer is " Soham" ( I am that divine principle). Our breath reminds us of this divine nature all the time. He narrated a story from the Upanishads where in a lion cub gets separate from its mother and is rescued by a flock of sheep. Due to the company of sheep , it starts believing that it's a sheep, till a real majestic lion roars and shows it, it's true face in the reflection of the river. Like the little lost cub we have forgotten our true identity, however we can find our true divine reflection in the pure and still water of our mind. A mind that is steady and free from all desires alone can help us realise our divinity! Swami said that all these programs are to give us an opportunity to participate in Satsangha ( good company) so that we may change and become divine. Listening, contemplating and more importantly practicing is required to truly benefit from This. Swami praised the family that sold their property to conduct this Yajnam and also Prof Nanjund Dixit, who despite having a health issue of his daughter, is conducting the Yajnam. Swami blessed that his daughter's heart issue will be cured. "Bypass has been passed", said Swami. After blessing all Swami returned back around 8.30 pm. Sairam.


ARTICLES - posted SATURDAY 10th October 2015
Ashram Info and Understanding the Yagna
                 

Understanding the Yagna
Ashram Info: Form C
Ashram Info: Lodgings
Ashram Info: Miscellaneous
Ashram Info: Timings
Ashram Info: Transportation
Ashram Info: Western Canteen


ARTICLES - posted FRIDAY 9th October 2015
17 countries Ashram Project Report
                 

Ashram Project Report. Whats happening ? - click here


ARTICLE - posted MONDAY 5th October 2015
Past Discourse from 17th July 1968
                 

Past discourse from 17th July 1968 - The Universe is My Mansion - click here


EXPERIENCES - posted FRIDAY 2nd October 2015
Malaysia Experience 30 Sept 2015
                 

End of another blissful trip to Swami again, I would like to share the love that I have experienced to the depth of my heart!

30/09/2015

The day dawned with full of love in our hearts and the eagerness to be at our Lord's presence once again in Malaysia...a land of true devotees according to Lord's own words! "SAI ANANDA" the heaven in Malaysia was geared up with divine energy in all the devotees to welcome "The Lord". Sai youths who were tirelessly working day and night to serve their best to the Lord and His Devotees, were amazing. Their love and energetic service brought everything possible.

We were blessed to do some seva in the kitchen by cutting vegetables in the morning as the Session was to be started at 2pm. Everything was organised perfectly, taking care of minute needs of the devotees attending satsang. The beauty of decorations of Sai Ananda was beyond words! Registration started at 1pm and devotees are served with food before entering the hall. We were seated by 2.30pm and had a 1hour of blissful bhajans.

Swami and the group had arrived at 3.30pm to the venue and straight proceed to newly constructed MEDICARE CENTRE for the inauguration ceremony. The Medicare building was just next to Sai Ananda building where 600 devotees were seated and was waiting for Swami. Inauguration ceremony and all what was happening at the other side was given live telecast to all who were seated in the Sai Ananda, full of 2 floors, through huge projector screens every where. So that every one wittnessed everything. Swami has entered the 3 story building of the Medicare Center, blessing the whole project. HE made Brother Ayavoo (the owner of Sai Ananda and the founder of the medicare centre)cut the ribbon to enter the building. Uncovering of the sign bord was performed and Swami went every where in the building to see all the love that HIS devotees poring on HIM. 3rd floor of the building which is fully dedicated to Swami with a grandiouse room for HIM and all the facilities.

Swami came out of the building and walked to Sai Ananda building blessing the Balvikas children and youths who were welcoming Swami with Malaysian flags on their hands. Every one eagerly waited to welcome the Lord...and their dreams came true. Swami has walked up to the main hall in the 2nd floor Huge Bhajan hall where 350 devotees were seated. Swami graciously blessed few of them by talking few words...accepting their roses and letters,invitation cards and all. When Swami came near my son HE gave a lovely smile and collected the Rose and his letter..and smiled to him again. My son was extreamly happy as I could see from far. When Swami reached to my location HE said "DONT WORRY " and smiled..indicating with hands like BE SEATED...or CALM DOWN...then HE took my Rose and the letter and went to His joola and sat down. I was in the bliss supreme as Swami's words and the gesture itself cured my heart which was with worries of my nephew whom I love most...and my perpose of the letter was that.

The session started with few vibrant bhajans and the introductory speach by Bro.Ayavoo who was giving a warm welcome to Swami and the group..thanking Swami for all HIS grace which made impossible to possible. Next speaker was Mr.Isacc Tigret who gave a short but a profound speach on "NONE CAN TELL YOU WHAT TO BELIEVE OR WHAT NOT TO BELIEVE". It was truely a wonderful message. Next speaker Sir Sri Srinivas brought a heart touching talk to us praising the seva which is done by Malaysian devotees...and he said that he is "baffled" by the love and service of Swami's devotees out of India...thanking Swami for bringing them all around the world showing the tremendous "Manava Seva" of His devotees out of so much of Love for Swami.

Next speaker was Sir Sri Narasimhamoorthy who shared wonderful experiences with Swami while in HIS physical sojourn and the similar experiences in Subtle sojourn.Also on Swami's hints HE had given on this current mission while HE was in the physical body. Swami declared to public in Sivarathree Discourse in 2007 that " VERY SOON SWAMI IS GOING TO GO ON A WORLD TOUR" but no one believed those words at that time bcos of Swami's body was weak and was on a wheel chair. All His words are coming true today...and HE is keeping all the promisses that HE had given to devotees around the world to visit their countries. Also he said that Swami already revealed in Fiji that " Swami is going around the world and preparing and setting up everything for Prema Sai who will be visiting all these countries and places where Swami is visiting now". A wonderful revelation it was!

Next was Swami's divine discourse communicated by bro.Madhusudan. Swami was praising Malaysian devotees for their love and service once again and HE said that HE is going to send 5 dialysis mechines immediately after the group returning to India. The concept of the free medicare centre which is going to serve free dialysis for kidney failure patients...and in the future, free medical care and dental care. (points of Swami's discourse will bring out soon in full)

Next was the Q&A session and many questions were answered by Swami spontaneously and profoundly with sense of Sai humour added at times.

Next was a devotional musical presentation by Sai youths with a Kawali song at the end which was by Sai Ananda youths...followed by aarthi. Swami stood up and started walking..commented on Thabla player telling he performed well...and asked the bhajan singers to practice more.

When Swami passing me I have offered HIM the chocolate basket which I brought to get blessed and distribute all as prasadam. Swami stopped at me and said "OH BIRTHDAY" and took a handful of chocolates making me extreamly happy and surprised as HE showed that HE knows my birthday is very very near. I didnt mean birthday at all by offering chocolates but Swami made it a point to surprise me and give me Mother's love! That made my day!

We had a grand dinner and then left the place with door gifts and prasadam sweets at 10pm... to come back to Swami next morning! What a blissful day it was with THE LORD OF THE UNIVERSE!


EXPERIENCES - posted FRIDAY 2nd October 2015
Singapore Experience 29 Sept 2015
                 

After a long twenty-something-hours, the Lord's entourage arrived at the shores of Singapore on the night of Monday, September 28. Dr Ravi Pillay along with the humble 'Singapore gang', as Swami very lovingly calls them, were eagerly waiting at the airport. Jet lag did get the better of everyone, but the indomitable Sai spirit was at an all-time high, for they were all going to be part of a historical event the next morning and it was going to be one of busiest day of this trip!

Singapore - Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - Morning

An excited Lord was up early to begin the day, despite the long travel of the entourage from Fiji via Sydney. Jet lags and time zones are not to slow down His pace! The morning commenced at 8:30am, when Bhagawan addressed the closely knit devotees of Singapore, pillars of His continuing mission. Their sacrifice and passion is worthy of emulation. They do not have a 'NO' in their dictionary when it comes to Swami's command and work! Though they have their own families, yet they all are one big happy family in Singapore, always ready to embark on furthering the grand mission! Around 12-13 couples waited to receive the Lord's instructions and blessings in the house of Dr Ravi Pillay where Swami was living. Dressed in a white robe, Swami was was beaming with joy when He saw His commanders and soldiers! After a brief talk by Sri B N Narasimha Murthy and Sri C Sreenivas, Swami expressed His gratitude and said that, "If Swami had a body now, many would rush to serve Him just as they did earlier, but only a few chosen ones are blessed to feel Him through their hearts, and will be remembered forever for being a part of this unique mission. Eventually the whole world will know and rush to Swami, but blessed are they who have believed in Swami first, and served Him when no one else was ready. In this world, all that we do are like castles of sand made on the sea shore, one wave can wash it all away any moment. However, that which is etched in the rocks will remain permanent, and the rest will be washed away like writings on sand. These devotees will be remembered whenever Swami will be remembered, and their names will be remain permanently etched in time by the side of Swami's name!" What an incredible blessing!

Swami also added, "Mothers are the basis of the entire society. Women is known for virtues, sacrifice and forbearance. They hold everything together. Always women are superior, as they are the ones who sacrifice a lot." And the women gathered were indeed beaming! Swami gave away the 90th Birthday sarees to all the ladies, and blessed all gathered with His guidance.

Adjacent to the Pillay residence is 'Sai Anandam', the ashram of Swami in Almond Street of Singapore which was tastefully decorated with fresh flowers, chandeliers and candles to host the first-ever conference on a very unique mission of developing, nurturing, motivating, training and rewarding teachers across the world - 'Guru Vikas'. The Lord had hand-picked a team of 28 people from 12 countries to attend the first-ever 'Guru Vikas' meet. As they were all seated with bated breathe, the Lord arrived into the mandir amidst high-tempo bhajans.

Sis Bhuvana Santhanam who was blessed with the assignment of coordinating between many people from many countries for this meet, welcomed everyone gathered, and explained about how this whole initiative has taken shape. She spoke about how this has been a very exciting journey so far, since the time Swami started talking about the need to train teachers in a more efficient way, while specifically guiding brothers from Japan in Kodaikanal, in May 2015. An absolutely remarkable metamorphosis since that day! The gradual progress and unfolding of the initiative, until one fine day in the US this June, Swami actually spelt out the name 'Guru Vikas'! Swami had said, "Like Bal Vikas, 'Guru Vikas will become a global movement cutting across geographies, philosophies, sects, languages, cultures and creeds. This would be a beacon light for teachers all around the world to transform themselves in order to transform the nation through education." Very ably organised by the devotees of Singapore, this would truly redefine education and pave the path for a new moral and spiritual revolution in the field of education!

Sis Bhuvana also narrated how the logo was created under direct divine guidance. Bhagawan had directed that the logo should have the SUN and a pair of hands in the gesture of Namaskar. "A Guru, like the Sun removes darkness (ignorance) by selflessly burning himself/herself out. It's only sacrifice that can teach love."

Sri B N Narasimha Murthy was the first speaker to address the gathering, to set the perspective for this meet. He said that even after giving up the physical frame, Swami works tirelessly because He feels the suffering and the pain of the others, and His love can't help but manifest as service to alleviate the sufferings of His people. He said, "Now Swami has no body but all our bodies are His and we need to be 'available' to Him whenever He needs us!"

This was followed by presentations on three existing methodologies of teachers training. Dr Jeanne Lilly, a psychologist and contemplative life coordinator from USA, presented on behalf of Mrs Rita and Mr Robert Bruce on "Love of Conscience". Mrs Bruce has been training people for nearly three decades across 45 countries. This unique methodology seamlessly integrates the emotional, intellectual, spiritual and physical aspect of one's personality and helps live a more meaningful life with Love.

This was followed by a presentation by Mr Ron and Mrs Suwanti Farmer from Australia. They have been working tirelessly since 1985, to train teachers in Human Values with the main focus of undergoing personal self-transformation to become good role models for the children. Their eight module approach to training is comprehensive, and has seen much success in motivating teachers to implement values in educational system especially in Australia.

They run a school, "Toogoolawa" near Brisbane which imparts education to children with difficult childhood, and who are generally not welcome in the mainstream education system.

The next presentation was by Mr Sunil and his wife Mrs Sangita Naidu from Australia, who are trained in the Institute of Human Values, Thailand under Dr Art-Ong Jumsai and Sis Lorraine Burrows. With a Masters degree in education, Mrs Sangita has been involved with research in the Sathya Sai Education in Human Values for the last 15 years. Having graduated and stayed in the Sathya Sai School in Thailand for a few years, they vividly presented the approach adopted by Dr Jumsai in training teachers.

Finally the time arrived for Swami to deliver His 'Guru Vikas' message eagerly awaited by all. Swami started His talk by saying,"Oh! I haven't made any presentation like them to show you. I am a school dropout. What can I tell you, teachers and trainers?" Ripples of laughter filled the hall!

Swami went on to say, "Teachers are architects of a nation, they are the most important professionals and must take great pride and honour in doing their work. He beautifully expanded every letter of the word TEACHER:

T - transformation and not just information
E - Example to everyone
A - Awareness of the truth ( oneness)
C - Culture of countries
H - Hands, Head and Heart
E - Environment
R - Role of Religion


Swami explained each of the above points very lucidly in a way that only He can do! "Teachers work is 24x7 and does not end with the school hours", He said.

Swami quoted stories and examples from His life and from lives of other Masters. Finally Swami answered a few questions of the delegates before heading for lunch. He graciously visited the home of a devotee for lunch, and blessed two families with interviews before leaving for Dr Pillay's residence.

As the Teacher of Teachers, He is instructing us herein for the supreme adventure of the soul! What a unique blessing!

Singapore - Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - Afternoon

Post lunch, Swami talked to the family members of Dr Pillay, the host. This family came to Swami way back in the 70s and his father Dr Kanda Pillay (octogenarian) was instrumental in setting up the SAI BABA Centre of Singapore. A well known orthopaedic surgeon, his family's devotion to Swami is unparalleled. The Manonmani Nursing Residential Quarters in Puttaparthi, was named by Swami after his late mother.

After a brief session Swami went to the hall where devotees were seated for a satsang. Over 300 people were awaiting Swami's arrival with much devotion. The session began with bhajans and it was so sweet of Swami to have picked up a tiny tot in the crowd to lead the bhajans. The boy, barely five-years-old sang, "Your heart is the master, love love love, live in love, God is love". Swami was pleased!

Swami in His divine discourse said, "Every person who is born in this world, comes with an expiry date written on his forehead. The date when he would leave this world. Everything in this world comes with a date of birth and simultaneously, a date of death. In between these dates of birth and death, is what we undertake as the journey of life. As we live our lives in this world, we are influenced by various things people around us are doing. Even if many people speak untruth, it cannot become the truth. And even if a single person speaks the truth, it cannot become untruth.

Heart is the master. Heart alone can show you the truth and take you to your destination. But in times like these, due to the influence of the mind, only seek to please the mind and not the heart. People live superficial lives and are happy with temporary gains and temporary joys. Death is certain, and all that we are trying to gather will be left behind. This alone will liberate us!"

Swami then narrated a story of the Pandavas. Each of them fell unconscious, except for Dharmaraja, when they were unable to answer a question posed by a voice, when they went to drink water at a pond. The question was, 'What is the most amusing thing in this world?' And Dharmaraja replied, 'People live as if they are never going to die, and they die as if they have never lived. They die in great remorse that they have wasted a whole lifetime given by God. Death is the most certain reality of life, which no one wants to believe. Life by itself is temporary, but everybody trusts life. This is most amusing thing to me.' Knowing the truth, people tend to ignore. Knowing the untruth, people tend to embrace it. If for a moment we contemplate on the nature of this life, immediately our mind will know the truth, and we will be liberated from the cycle of birth and death. Devotion to God is the only remedy, then, no consequences of the action will stick to you. Love for God will lead to fear of sin, which will lead to unity of thought, word and deed."

A short Q&A session followed thereafter, where Bhagawan lovingly cleared many disturbing doubts of the devotees gathered. When a question was posed on the kind of the activity one should be involved in, Bhagawan was quick to reply, "Any activity is Swami's activity. It is not Muddenhalli activity or Prasanthi Nilayam activity or Kodaikanal activity. All these are dividing Swami's activities into narrow ways. If you believe this, there is no difference. You say Sai Centre, but Sai should be the Center, isn't it? If you make Sai you center, then everything will be fine. Centre is because of Sai. Sai is not because of Centre. Different people will have different opinions. Nobody can drink or eat or sleep for you. You have to do it by yourself. Any decision needs to be taken by yourself. Ask your heart, and if you follow your heart, it will take you to the right path. Therefore, tell yourself - 'I Am here for Swami. I Am here to do Swami's work. That work may be through a church, or through a temple or mosque, or through any other organization. It does not matter. As long as it is good work, it is God's work."

After Aarthi, Swami spoke to a few families before He gathered the Gurus who had come from the various countries, into group sessions. He very lovingly guided them step-by-step about what needs to be done and said, "Don't be let down if you don't see the result immediately. 'Guru Vikas' is a 100-year project! What you are a going to do now will only sow the seeds. This will go much beyond your lifetimes." The statement was absolutely electrifying and left everyone baffled to see the expanse of His grand mission. He lovingly guided each one of them on various queries, before leaving for dinner to a devotee's residence, a 40 minutes drive from Sai Anandam, and the Lord with the entourage reached a little past 10pm! After spending some precious moments with the family, Bhagawan partook His dinner, an absolutely delectable spread, before returning to the Pillay residence.










EXPERIENCES - posted THURSDAY 1st October 2015
Fjij Experiences 3
                 

On this auspicious morning of Shirdi Baba's Birthday, September 28, we were all blessed to receive Swami's blessings in abundance. The Tappoo family had even kept a cake for Baba. Swami commented, "Oh! Shirdi Baba never cut a cake on His Birthday". Swami came out after breakfast from His room while all were seated in the living room. He was wearing a bright white robe. He said, "Shirdi Baba was born to Ganga Bhavadia and Devagiri Amma in Pathri near Kopergaon. However Shirdi Baba's parents took Sanyasa and left him under a tree soon after birth. The child was then taken care of by a Muslim family. After a few years the young boy was sent away to a guru under whom he learnt many things. When the guru passed away, Baba came to Shirdi as a young lad of 14 years. Baba was born by divine will, Pravesha and not Prasava. Similarly Swami was also divinely conceived and declared His avatarhood when He was 14-years-old. Same will be the case with Prema Sai Baba!"

Swami heard a song sung by Sri Sumeet and then took arathi, reminding the entourage to leave for the airport. He blessed all with Japa Malas and vibhuthi packets. He went back to His room thereafter, bidding all good-bye. As He was walking past the Australian youth, He turned around, smiled and said, " Hey Australia, Bye". All burst into laughter!

We packed our bags and left for the airport. Needless to say, the members of Tapoo family saw us off at the airport with a heavy heart. And when they went back to their home, teary eyed, for they missed their Swami who had showered so much of His love on them over the last two days, to their amazement they saw the footprints of Swami on the cushion which served as His footrest in His room! Their joy knew no bounds, is He not truly remembered as "Sarva Dukkha Nivaarine Namah". (remover of all sorrows). The tears of separation were replaced by tears of Joy!

 



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