Jay Sai Ram on 23.1..2003 – 12.51 h MEZ
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Sai,
Sri Sai Ram
Wishing to all an holy and joyous Baba Birthday!
Our beloved Bhagavan arrived at 7.25h in Sai Kulwant Hall and
granted two big rounds of Divine Darshan by car.
At the end of His bright Divine Discourse
He was singing “Sai Bhajana Bina Suka Shanti Nahi” as an special
sweet to our hearts.
Jay Sai Ram
Posted on 17th November, 2003 by
Vickie and lovingly consented by April
From: Sai Sister in Puttaparthi
Sent: Sunday, November 16, 2003 3:34 AM
Subject: Some Darshan descriptions
Here all is fine. Birthday is only a week away, and crowds are noticeable
increasing. Anantapur girls are here, as well as Brindavan boys and of course,
all of our Parthi students. Many familiar faces are showing up. Excitement and
anticipation is in the air!
Swami continues the same routine of Darshans (with irregular timings), and
continues to slowly, slowly improve walking. Still He is only walking a few
steps, with a limp.
It is charming to see the routine in the mornings. After Swami goes in for
lunch (during bhajan arathi), Sathyajit comes running from the Poornachandra.
He runs around the outside of the compound, lady's side, then in via the back
lady's gate (nearest to the old Ice Cream shop). He dashes into the kitchen
(near to Krishna relief on the wall), the door of which isn't locked. Perhaps
Swami wishes him to be there for lunch!
When Swami comes out 15-25 minutes later, Sathyajit is holding Swami's hand
and helping Him to walk. Swami slides into the car seat next to the driver,
then Sathyajit leans over and positions Swami's legs in the car. Next,
Sathyajit puts his hands under Swami's arms and pulls Swami up in the seat, so
He's sitting straight.
Seeing that Swami is comfortable and well positioned, Sathyajit then closes
the car door and opens the back car door, and sits in the seat behind Swami.
Often, one of Swami's brother's two daughters (who sit near to the path of the
car, just beyond the verandah), gets up. Swami will have the car stop while He
talks to them. There is no sign at all of their mother, the widow of Swami's
brother. One day, Swami called for an assistant and asked that apples be
brought. Then He handed an apple each to the two daughter of his brother, and
one apple to a granddaughter who was also with them.
While going out, Swami often raises His hand in blessing, smiling gently. On
some occasions, He briefly stops the car just before leaving the hall, to talk
to some VIP lady. Otherwise, there is no chance for anyone to talk to Swami,
give Him letters or get interviews (except, of course, for the gents who sit
on the verandah). Even when coming for Darshan, Swami goes on the same
wheelchair-isle route, not the straight route of ladies. And of course, it has
been ages since He ventured onto the gents side to give Darshan.
Posted on 17th November
Subject: Parthi News - II
On 16th morning, Swamy came for Darshan about 7:30AM. These days darshan music
soon gives way to Veda chanting. Swamy came in car and stood for a while near
the railing after alighting. Then HE slowly went inside the interview room.
The chanting continued, but without the sound system. It went on for one and a
half hour during which time Swamy was inside the interview room. HE came out
of that and went into the Mandir. Bhajan started at 9AM and went on for about
half an hour. After Aarati Swamy went inside again and came out and left by
car at 9:40AM to Poornachandra (PC).
Swamy emerged from PC at 3:30PM and drove to Mandir. Chanting was on. After
about 20 minutes Swamy left for the Institute Auditorium, perhaps to supervise
the Convocation drama. The Director is doing HIS favourite role! It was time
for us to leave. When we came outside. People had lined up on either side of
the road from Ashram Gopuram gate all the way up to the Institute Auditorium.
We left before Swamy returned to Mandir.
ramesh k. sistla
Posted on 17th November
Subject: Parthi News
Last weekend (15th, 16th November) we were at Parthi by the grace of our
beloved Swamy. I would like to share what I experienced there.
My seven month old daughter and eighty year old grandmother were making their
debut at Prasanthi Nilayam. This was the first occassion they would get to see
Bhagawan physically. So we took Saturday morning bus at Bangalore and reached
Parthi by 12noon. After assuming our room in West-3 and finishing lunch, I
came to know that Bhagawan is coming for darshan at about 3:30PM but didn't
want to take that very seriously (love MY uncertainity!!). So I was near
the Kulwanth hall by 2PM. Usually lines are formed in the path leading to
Museum from the Ashram.
There were no lines there. People were
sitting near East Prasanthi and going in on a first-come-first-in basis. So I
got in quite early and managed a vantage point from where I could see the
chair Bhagawan would be sitting in. Sitting in Kulwanth hall and waiting for
Swamy to emerge is a wonderful experience. I can see the negative thoughts
first surfacing and then flying far off and the love of Swamy alowly but
surely engulfing. I tell myself, in this majestic hall, the Avatar will enter
shortly. Wow, hair stands on its end, as if this is the first time I am going
to see God in flesh and blood! But then that is what Swamy calls we should
have - Constant integrated awareness, awareness that we are divine. I think it
is indeed a big deal. Being constantly aware that we are seeing God is
challenge enough for us. But I am sure we are heading in the right direction,
thanks to Swamy. I sit there thinking, contemplating, chanting and above all
thanking Swamy for this chance to be here. I have managed to remember through
the years what Swamy has said, that no one can enter Parthi and see Swamy
unless HE wills it! So we all who get there have a duty to thank HIM. I sat
thinking how Swamy would come in the car (I came to know from the web). At
3:40 PM, music started and all the faces turned west ward from where Lord
enters the Kulwanth hall. The red Esteem (?) is in sight.... here it rolls
further ..... and there the Lord with HIS characteristic halo and the robe! We
have spotted him and now pay obeisances. And soon the music dies and a high
pitched OM Ganaanaamtwa.... the Vedam boys have picked up and welcoming the
Lord with Vedic chants. It will stir your soul if you are there. For once Sama
vedam (the music Veda) has given way to others, I thought. The Lord drives
through the ladies side quickly and the car comes right into the Mandir and
goes behind the Ganesha, out of sight.
If you are facing Ganesha, Swamy sits
to the left. HE got down from car, slowly, supported by the ever present three
gentlemen, who I think are having the luckiest times of all their lives put
together. Swamy slowly makes HIS way and stands holding the railing. Some boys
stand up and go to HIM with trays that hold something (birthday boys?), HE
lovingly blessed those trays and then assumed HIS seat. The veda chanting is
on. Swamy is closing HIS eyes and listening to it. Oh what a sight. It is
sight for the Gods to behold and we are treated to that sight. It made me
feel, we often under estimate our own good fortune! I sat looking at Swamy,
that Majestic and Charming Form that has captivated us... The boys are
chanting in a very high pitch. The vibrations in the air are Divine. Whoever
among us knows whatever little is also chanting loud. As it goes on, Swamy
with HIS finger indicates that pitch has to rise further. And boys step up
several notches. The chant contiues for about 45 minutes with Swamy sitting
there. After about 45 minutes or so, Swamy asks the singers to go inside the
Mandir. They follow HIS command and go there. Swamy briefly goes inside the
interview room and then goes to the Mandir. Bhajans start. It goes for nearly
half an hour. It is about 5:15PM. The Lord decides it is time to go back to
HIS earthly residence. Aarati given and in the meantime the red car turns and
is ready to carry the Lord back. Swamy went back as fast as HE came. We sat,
thinking, thanking, contemplating, wondering ..... and happy that we have seen
the greatest phenomenon of our times.
Mind couldn't stop feeling sad that perhaps those days in which Bhagawan used
to walk to us and shower HIS grace are over. HE will continue to shower grace,
perhaps more than before, but I do miss that lovely walk. Let us pray that
those days are back again and soon.
Lokah samastah Sukhino Bhavantu. Jai
ramesh k. sistla
The Prayer of India:
lOkAh samastAh suKhinO bhavantu -- Let the entire world be in peace!