Posted on 16.12.2003
This was sent by a USA devotee presently staying at the Ashram. This is
very interesting and heart warming that Bhagavan is responding to
our prayer to walk among us again.
Take care and God bless!
Om Sai Ram
On every one of the last 10 days I've been in PN, Swami seemed to asked
for the same two things:
1- For us to learn to Love His Uncertainty, and
2- For us to learn the Vedas.
Every new day Swami surprised us with a different "trick"! It has been fun
here: very few people and great, fulfilling darshans with Baba playing
leelas and giving us so much attention!
Everyday He gives us a completely different darshan. Every new day He
takes a different way in, around and out of the Darshan Hall. The
other day he came in the Hall, went around it, and went out, back to His
house. That morning, most devotees thought darshan was over, and left the
Darshan Hall. But darshan wasn't over! Swami returned after 10 minutes,
and proceeded with another turn around the Hall, interviews, bhajans and
The day after that, looked like He was going to do the same: He came in
the car, went round the Hall, and left for His house. Many people (who had
not learn form the day before) left the Darshan Hall. But Swami came back
again after less than 10 minutes! Only this time, instead of proceeding to
the veranda, He left again from the big South Gate. Now most people were
convinced that this time He wouldn't be back, so the great majority left.
Not 10 minutes passed... the Darshan Hall was allmost empty... and...
there He was again, coming from His house gate again! He came in laughing
so much, with a "naughty" Krishna expression on His face! He made us all-
who were still there- laugh so much too! Everyday He will play a
different one. "Love my Uncertainty", seems to be the message.
Now, about the Vedas. Almost everyday, instead of Darshan Music and
Bhajans, we listen to Veda chanting. Live. Swami comes in while the
priests are chanting the Vedas. While He is in the Interview Room the Veda
chanting continues. Later, He will sit on the chair for sometime and
listen to the Vedas. Vedas, vedas, vedas...
Some parts of it we know how to sing along. For instance, its easy when
they chant "Shivaya Namaha, Babaya Namaha," etc., to respond "Shiva
Lingaya Namaha, Baba Lingaya Namaha", etc. But that is pretty much what
overseas devotees seem to know how to chant. One really fells he is not
participating as much as he could. One wishes he could chant the Vedas
too, and be a more active part of it all.
I look around and observe some Indians who know it. Some carry little
booklets -written in Telugu- with them to darshan, and they read it and
chant along. I wish I had one of those in English, with the pronunciation
and meaning of those Vedas. If any of you know know where I could that
from, please let me know. That is all they let you take in for darshan
now, those booklets with prayers or Vedas, or tiny mini Githas. No books
allowed inside anymore. And no letters, no papers of any kind.
But Bhagawan does take letters from the men in the veranda. They are
allowed to carry letters. And some people -mostly men- somehow manage to
sneak letters in, and Bhagwan many times accepts them.
Students are allowed to take letters too. They place all their letters in
a silver tray. Sometimes Baba asks for the tray, and picks some of the
letters. The other day He asked for the tray while sitting on the chair
during bhajans (wich were not bhajans, were Veda-chanting). Then He opened
and read those letters, slowly slowly, one by one. It was so sweet.
Only when Swami sits on the chair is that He makes those circular motions
with His hands, and "writes on air". Because when He is standing He is
almost always holding somebody's arm, or the veranda rails, or the car
door. But the other day He was walking by Himself-and surprisingly fast
Another day He not only stood up and walked... he also gave darshan from
7:30 to 9:30, non-stop!
He has been giving us so much attention! Well, of course He always
does, but what I mean is, He has been spending a lot of time in the Hall,
and, by going round and round with the car like that, He allows everyone
to get a good close look at Him. He is also giving many interviews.
Sometimes during darshan He went out (with the car) on the streets. So
even people outside the Ashram are getting darshan. I was out the other
day when He went until the Music School and back, and the car was going
really slowly, so people on the street got a real good car darshan.
Right now is just like a dream come true - to be able to attend darshan
sitting so close to Him and so comfortably... but my guess is, new like
this are going to start spreading, and the Ashram pretty soon will get
Jay Sai Ram