Lovingly shared by Gerald of Ojai
Posted on 27-11-2003
Thursday Morning: There was increased police presence as the chief
minister of Andhra Pradesh was here. This was the earliest I have seen
Baba make an appearance.
It was 6:55 when Babaís car drove onto the menís side with Baba blessing
everyone. He entered the verandah from there. He took several people in
for interviews. About 8:15 the chief minister showed up with his
entourage. His car stopped right at the womenís entrance where he and
about 20 other people escorted him through the womenís section, the way
Babaís car normally goes, to the mandir and into the interview room.
After about 10 minutes he exited the same way. He returned to the VIP
building where I believe he held a press conference. He left late
Baba entered the temple and stay through bhajans. He left after arathi.
Wednesday Afternoon: Bihar Bal Vikas were prepared to present a skit.
The kids were sitting on the white tile waiting for Baba. Just before
4:00, the car appeared. With Baba in the car, it entered the hall and
once again surprised everyone as it continued straight instead of right.
As it did so, some of the kids had to get out of the way. It went onto
the menís side with its entrance onto the verandah from the menís ramp.
The play dealt with Hanuman and Rama. Baba had his picture taken with
the cast. Bhajans, arathi and off into the sunset by car.
Wednesday Morning: Baba surprised everyone by coming out at 7AM. As the
car drove in, it was turning to make a right just inside the entrance to
go to the verandah through the women's side, when all of a sudden the
car is going straight instead. The car moved about 5 mile an hour.
It went straight to the men's side, turned right twice and instead of
using the men's ramp to the verandah, the car went along the mandir with
it on the right and entered the verandah from the women's side.
Baba blessed everyone as the car was moving. However, when the car
stopped, Baba called some people in for interviews. An hour later, Baba
left in the car.
Bhajans and arathi at 9:30.
Tuesday Afternoon: Baba came out at 3:55 for the play by bal vikas of
Malaysia. It started immediately. It was a story about the importance of
turning to god for help and seeking the forgiveness of those you have
wronged. The performance was over at 5:00. Baba left.after arathi. No
Tuesday Morning: Baba came out at 7:10. He gave the college boys from
his various schools a set of whites, tops and bottoms. He personally
gave some to the people on the verandah. .He went into the interview
room. At 9:00 he came out to sit in his chair for bhajans and left after
The crowds are back to normal. Next we wait for the holiday rush.
Posted on 25/11/2003
Subject: Birthday News
Medical camps were set up at Round Building 5 for various treatments.
Also, there were aryuvedic and homeopathic camps. Opposite the North
Indian Canteen, food to go was setup. I believe it was free. The lines
for this were very long.
Western Canteen continues to be served by Italian cooks who will be here
until the 6th.
Saturday Afternoon: The hall was decorated with flowers on the verandah,
red carpet from womenís side to center and from center to verandah and
white chairs near the verandah menís ramp. On the verandah were wooden
chairs with marooned padding on the back and on the seat. Two lecterns
were set up: one in the center with the other on the womenís side.
At 2:00 Baba came out in a silver car. There were very few people in the
hall. He drove around checking the setup and had a long talk with the
boys. After about ten minutes, he returned to the Poorna Chandra.
The hall filled to capacity with people watching from outside. Babaís
boys sat down in the driveway. Behind them were more people. Television
set remained set up helping all of us with the view.
In the center, on the menís side next to the driveway, was a staircase
structure where photographers took pictures.
Because the vice president of India would be a speaker, there was extra
security. Indian security men, many, dressed in suits and immaculately
groomed were present as well as other men dressed more casually.
Commencement began with the college boys band leading the way followed
by three men carrying what I believe are called standards.
Next was a convertible with Baba and the vice president in the back. The
car drove up the center toward the mandir where both Baba and vice
president got out to walk up to the verandah. The vice president sat in
a chair on the left of center and Baba sat on the right. Both faced
forward. Behind the vice president were security people.
Special recognition was given to students from Brindivan, Puttaparthi
and Anantapur who excelled. About thirty or forty students received a
parchment from Baba. Students wore color banners across their chest
indicating their field of study.
The vice president praised the Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning
and its students. They set an example for the world. Teaching values as
part of education is what needed everywhere. Students should listen to
Baba spoke about the important of values.
The evening ended with the singing of the India national anthem.
Everybody rose. Baba emphasized the India needs unity.
Many people lined up as early as midnight. The hall was fully packed
with a tremendous crowd outside between the hall and West Prasanthi. At
times, this crowd created problems. At one time, security lost control.
At 7:30, the vice president visited Baba in the Poorna Chandra briefly
and then left.
The procession started with two different womenís bands followed by a
menís band and pundits chanting
Baba came out in a red golf cart with no top and that had been
decorated. The driver was in the back. Baba sat in the front giving us
full view of him.
Seva dals and security was not prepared for what Baba did. The cart
entered the womenís side, continued following the white to the menís
side turned right. It entered the verandah from the menís side and
exited to the womenís side going straight turning right until it got to
entrance/exit where it turned right again going down the white center
line back to the menís side. Here it turned right and instead of going
back up onto the verandah went in front and next to it to the womenís
side where it entered the verandah. The cart moved at about 5 miles per
It is always amazing that no matter how unruly the crowd is before or
after Baba comes, His presence always calms them.
The crowd was happy. He gave great darshan and blessed everyone with his
hands and smile. Many felt the energy of his love.
Three people spoke in tribute to Baba: The former chief justice of
India, Jumsai from the Thailand Sai school and Michael Goldstein.
Baba gave a discourse for about an hour. He retold the story of his life
with special emphasis on certain events and on his divinity.
An older man was honored by Baba. He has known Baba all his life and
dedicated his life to Baba. He told some stories about Baba.
There was prasad for everyone. Baba left.
Full length calendars was passed out to everyone as was prasad.
Baba came out at 4p.m. in the same cart wearing a yellow gown. He was
blessing everyone. The cart went across the hall on the white line to
the menís side turn right twice to enter the verandah from the menís
side. It continued to the womenís ramp where it turned to come on front
of the verandah stopping by his chair on the menís side.
Baba blessed everyone. The crowd
was a bit smaller. We were entertained by a famous Indian classical
singer, Parveen Sultana and Dana Gillespe.
Afterwards, Baba blessed a poet who had written poems in Telegu about
Baba and read a few. He was presented with a shawl.
Monday Morning: Baba came out at 8:30. We thought he wasnít going to come.
He gave good darshan. There were bhajans, arathi and Baba left at 9:50.
Monday Afternoon: At 2:55 Baba came out for the 3:00 performance by
students from the Sathya Sai Primary School. They enacted a skit with
words, singing and dancing. It involved the five elements, Baba and how
his message and love is spreading around the world. About fifty students
were involved. Flags from various counties were also used. They are very
much devoted to Baba. It showed in their actions.
Before them, there was a performance by the drum band of the primary
school consisting of about 15-20 girls.
Anantapur girls told a story in English which was emphasized by a vedic
chants. They were wonderful. It was moving.
A college boy recited verses in English with the other boys repeating in
Sanskrit what he said.
Last, there was a poem read.
A few bhajans, arathi and prasad. It end about 5:20.
Posted on 22nd November,
Saturday Morning: Baba came out at 7:10 to an almost full hall. A
slight rain did not dampen the spirits of many who lined up as early
as 2A.M. Baba standing looked at the men then holding onto the
railing walked over to the womenís side giving them a great view.
As he walked passed the center ramp, he walked unassisted. He walked
slowly and surely by himself as he walked on the verandah to guest
who were sitting on the womenís side of the verandah. The crowd
He gave an interview to this group. Meanwhile, prasad was passed out
in the form of sweets and apples. Bhajans started at 8:45.
This afternoon everyone must be seated by 2:30 for the commencement
where the vice president of India will deliver an address. Afterward
we are to go into the Poorna Chandra for performances by college
Friday Afternoon: Baba came out at 2:15 surprising everybody. The
men who sit on the bench were just let in and those that sit on the
floor were coming in. There were only a few women inside. In the
center driveway, people were busy setting up for the play that was
to be performed at about 4:00. The hall was basically empty.
The car drove in stopping at the womenís entrance for about five
minutes while Baba spoke with a volunteer. The car, instead of
turning in its usual place, turned at the big space in front of
where the Anatapur girls sit. The car proceeded up the verandah.
Baba spoke with a few people.
The car continued down the ramp on the menís side making a sharp
left to go in front of the verandah and next to it. Objects had to
be moved for the car to be able to go through. The car went in the
center on the while tile as though to exit. When it got to just past
the center driveway on the womenís side, Baba called about a dozen
women over to the car. They went up to the womenís side of the
mandir. The car continued to the first aisle where it normally goes
and proceeded to the verandah. Baba went into the interview room. I
am not sure if those women were called in for interviews.
About 3:45, Baba came out and the play started. It was put on by the
Sathya Sai Baba Centre of Middlefield in Toronto, Canada. It was
called ďFamilyĒ. It dealt with the importance of harmony in the
family and putting human values into practice.
Posted on 21st November,
Thursday Morning Baba came out before 8:00. He gave great darshan facing
the men then the women for a period of time while the boys chanted.
After Baba sat down, the chanting stopped. Baba asked one boy to go to
the microphone and lead the other boys in reciting verses. He was
supposed to say it in English, line by line, while repeated it in
At any rate, he couldn't do it. Another boy came up and led the group
through two long verses. I think the first boy got nervous and couldn't
remember. He stood there as the other boy led the group.
This continued until 9:00 when bhajans started followed by arathi. Baba
left at 9:30.
Thursday Afternoon: Baba came out at 3:30. There was a skit put on by
Bal Vikas of Singapore. It involved dialogue, singing and dancing with
several backdrop changes.
It was about a boy who searches for how to have righteous in the heart.
The next part of the program was a professional singer from Southern
India whose name I was unable to learn. It is amazing that all the
people I asked knew that she had won several awards but none could
remember her name.
She sang Hindi classical bhajans. A few bhajans were sung by the boys
with arathi at 5:30.
I sensed that the singer was disappointed that she didn't do arathi. I
also felt that while her music was great and sang with some degree of
devotion, that love was missing. I do not know if these impressions are
correct. I wanted so much to become her music, I couldn't . I hope I am
wrong about her.
p.s Corrections sent on
I am happy to announce that I was wrong about the Hindi bhajan singer.
Upon further checking, I learned that she would have had no expectation
of doing arathi. With a few exceptions, men do all the arathis.
Also, what I didn't mention was that she was accompanied by three men. I
am told that although she was singing with intense love and devotion, it
might not have manifested that way. While she was singing, part of her
energy was devoted to being professionally correct musically and
coordinating with the men.
This is different from someone who perform alone or who is not a
Friday Morning: Baba came out at 7:10, sat in the chair while the boys
sang bhajans and left at around 8:00 after arathi. Prasad was passed out
The netting has been removed along with some of the flowers and a banner
that said LOVE ALL SERVE ALL.
This banner had been put up on Ladies Day just above the first gate as
you go down the driveway.
The televisions are still there with Baba videos being shown while
waiting for his actual physical appearance.
Posted on 20-11-2003
There has been talk about
Baba's health with people comment how old he is, how bad his injury
is, he can't walk right, too bad about what happened, etc. The
emphasis has been on the negative. Baba says that these kind of
thinking and talking is hindering his progress.
Baba wants people to think
only in the positive. He has repeatedly said that he has no pain and
that his health is fine.
If your thinking and
attitude can affect the avatar, just think about what it does to
everyone else such as family, friends, co-workers and the world.
Posted on 19th November, 2003
Ladies Day Afternoon: The
program was in the Poorna Chandra. Baba came out at 3:30 in a
wheelchair. He went down the ramp on the ladies side to the front of the
stage where he spoke with some women and returned the same way to behind
At 4:00, Baba walked over to the
lift on the menís side and descended into the orchestra pit where about
a dozen dignitaries were sitting. Baba sat in a big chair slightly on
the womenís side where his eyes were probably at stage level.
The first performance was
western type music performed by about 20 women who seemed to be
non-Indians. They were followed by six women giving speeches. The sound
system was not loud enough for everyone to hear them clearly.
The last performance was by Uma
Subha, professional, accompanied by three men on instruments, who did
ragas. Her performance was for 40 minutes. It was heavenly.
Arathi was at 6:10 with the
Ladies Day Morning: As we
entered the hall in the early morning hours, we were greeted by banners,
flowers, netting and lights that were added during the night. One banner
on each side on the hall had a message in Hindi about the importance of
women. There were flowers on the mandir second floor level, on the
columns of the mandir as well as on the columns on each side of the
white tile area. Over this center area were four clear nettings that
went from the center on the ceiling to four columns.
Outside, surrounding the Sarva
Dharma statue, a fence had been up with lights in a decorative fashion,
some of them were flashing.
Ladies did all of the morning
prayers. It sounded nice. At one point about 50 ladies marched singing
from the womenís side in front of the mandir to the menís side, around
back and exited to return through the center driveway.
Baba car was in front of the
Poorna Chandra at about 6:50. A procession started with a group of women
marching into the hall, followed by a band consisting of Anantapur
students and the car with Baba. The path in the hall on the womenís side
was lined with small girls and small lite candles on the floor. The car
went its normal path to the verandah, while the band continued playing.
They were powerful, terrific, and wonderful. They marched to the center
and maneuvered into a space on the womenís side by the driveway. The
bandleader had a five-foot baton-like object. She marched up to Baba and
presented him with a parchment paper that was rolled up.
Babaís chair was on the womenís
side. Just to the right and behind his chair was a five-foot picture of
his mother, Easwaramma. He lite a candle in front of her picture.
There were program pamphlets. A
two-part play entitled "Shakti Ek Roop Anek" was presented by the Delhi,
educational wing of the Sai Seva organization. It involved singing,
dancing and storytelling. One part dealt with the creation and
importance of the female aspect of creation. The second part was about
several important woman including Yashoda, the Queen of Jhansi, Florence
Nightingale and Easwaramma.
Several times girls that seemed
younger than five presented something to Baba for his blessings.
The play ended with a tribute to
Sai Baba. Baba, at times, moving his hands to the music. The women did
arathi on Baba. He spoke with some men and left at about 8:30.
The play was very powerful and
moving. At times, I was brought to tears, not by the skit but by the
love and devotion that emanated from the players. Their love and
devotion for Baba and their message was overwhelming.
Television sets around the hall
carried the play to those who had trouble seeing.
Tuesday Afternoon: 11-18-03. The
performance was announced for 4:00 but Baba came out shortly after 3:00
catching everyone off guard. The set for the play in front of the
driveway. It seemed that when Baba saw that, he commented on them
blocking peopleís view. There were televisions for people to watch the
The play was about Saint
Panduranga. I am not sure about the spelling. He developed a big ego and
Narayana taught him a lesson. There were several backdrop changes. After
the performance, Baba had his picture taken with the casts who were bal
vikas children from Kerala.
Arathi was about 4:45 with Baba
On Wednesday 11-19-03, Jack
Hawley gave another talk at the North Indian Canteen. He and Louise
spoke about detachment and surrender.
Posted on 18th November, 2003
Monday afternoon Baba gave only
slight darshan. At 5:00 bhajans started, a few minutes later the car
came with Baba. It stopped at the beginning of the verandah where Baba
entered the temple where the bhajans were being sung. After arathi at
5:30, Baba left by car.
However, this morning Baba sat
for over an hour in the chair giving great darshan and blessings. The
hall has more decoration including all the columns. Streamers have been
put up over the driveway from the door of the PoornaChandra that Baba
uses until the entrance to the hall on the women's side. They are in
different colors. When the sun hits them, they glitter. The poles in
that area have also been decorated.
Televisions sets have been set
up next to columns throughout the hall. They are about 13" size and are
set on tables/stands that is completely covered with a maroon colored
cloth.There are about 13 sets on each side. There are also television
sets in the center driveway up to the outer arches.
The camera is by the pole in
front where Baba usually sits. The picture is focused on Baba.
Today, Tuesday morning, was the
procession of the idols to Puttaparthi. The idols were paraded so that
the villagers can view them and have darshan.
The procession started at the
temple in Puttaparthi where the chariot was brought up to the Gopuram
Gate of the ashram. From inside the temple in the mandir, with the
village band playing loud music, followed by about 20 pundits chanting,
Rama and Krishna were each brought out on separate platforms. The
procession went down the center driveway where the idols were installed
in the chariot.
Baba came out at 7:15, the
procession from the mandir started about 7:30. Baba sat in his chair
with bhajans being sung waiting for the idols to be returned. During
bhajans, Baba seemed to be elsewhere, heavenly, as he leaned his head
back listening to the music. His hands sometimed moved with the music.
The idols returned about an
hour later. With the pudits they went into the mandir. The musicians
stopped in the driveway and sat down.
Baba entered the temple. About
8:45 there was arathi followed by Baba leaving.
There will be bal vika
performance this afternoon and performances tomorrow morning as part of
Posted on 17th November, 2003
The pace is picking up here as
Birthday approaches with all its other activities. More people are coming in
from all over the Earth and the spirit world. Baba is as active as any
avatar can be. He is enough to wear down any head of state or chief
executive. If you didn't see people helping him, you would never know that
there was anything physically wrong. His love and energy that he radiates is
strong and getting stronger. He always amazes me and continues to be as
unpredictable as ever. Those of us that even know the name are the most
fortunate entities in all of history.
On the 18th, there will be a
procession of the idols from and/or to the temple in Puttaparthi from the
The 19th is Ladies Day with special
events. I was thinking of wearing a sari but the seating is better on the
I heard that Bal Vikas from several
countries were going to put on presentations-plays,skits on the 20th or
21st. So far, there are Bal Vikas here from Singapore, Malaysia and Italy.
The dates are uncertain. I heard that it might be done on the 22nd.
The 22nd is Convocation which will
be held in the Hall.
Birthday, of course, will be filled
with all sorts of activities. As far as I know it will be at Highview
Baba has been supervising a play
that will be put on by the college boys at the convocation. He has left the
Hall a number of times for about an hour or so to supervise.
Each time he surprises us. He
usually goes from the women's side to the center driveway and exit to Main
Road.The other day he came from the verandah onto the men's side to the
driveway. A number of men felt the energy from his hand as he blessed them.
One time he returned up the center
driveway, right to enter the verandah from the women's side. Another time,
as we all waited in the hall and a big crowd on the Main Road, he entered
the ashram through a back road that leads from the college and comes out
behind the Ganesh statue. The car went along the back of the mandir and the
driveway on the ladies side between the mandir and the garden. He entered
throught the usual entrance. This manuever caught evereyone by surprise even
One day last week several vips,
probably government, were here because outside the men's side there were
about a dozen policemen with rifle and semi's. This last for two days. For
the moment, they are gone but there is a heavy police presence.
Professional cooks from Italy have
returned to cook for the Western Canteen. This is their seva for Baba. We
have had some interesting meals and I am looking forward to more. I will
just have to walk more.
Darshans have been about 15 to 2
minutes with good views of Baba.Many times he blesses the crowd. He has even
turned toward the woman's side giving them a better view.
The hall has been decorated with
hangings from the ceilings, the mandir, the gate and fence. I think more
decorations will be added. Tents have been erected for serving food.
Sent: Wednesday, November 12, 2003
There has been computer problem here.
Akhanda Bhajans 8-11-03 to 9-11-03
Saturday Morning: Baba came out for 20 minutes, went inside. Chanting, bajans
Saturday Afternoon: Baba came out about 3:45, took letters, asked about the
scaffolds. He watched the men remove the top of the scaffolding. The
scaffolding had been removed except for these two remaining and the men were
in the process of doing it then.
Baba went inside after about 20 mintues.
Akhanda bhajans started at 6:00 with a large crowd. Baba left at 6:45 from
inside. He just got in the car and left.
Over the night the volume was on low until Baba came about 7:30. It got loud.
The sound system was turned on. Before no one was joining the singing. I think
it was because they couldn't hear the words. The bhajans were being sung
inside the mandir.
Baba gave brief darshan and went inside the mandir. About an hour later, Baba
got in the car to leave. The car was proceeding as it normally does. When it
reached the point where it normally makes a left to enter the driveway to the
Poorna Chandra, The car turned right heading toward the center of the hall. As
it did so, the college boys filled up the empty space where the white tile is
in the center. The car came down the middle and when it reached the center
driveway it turned left, proceeded down thru the arches onto the Main Road.
Baba head to the college auditorium to supervise a rehearsal for birthday or
What makes this interesting is that there was scaffolding between the first
and second arches. The car had to go between them. I am not sure if there was
I was outside the Ganesh Gate for Baba to return. He was gone about an hour.
As I watched him coming, I saw the lead police vehicle followed by Baba in the
red Maruti car and a wave of white following. The white were the college boys
following the car. Baba's car moved slowly, 5-10mph. Baba waved to everyone
and seemed happy. I believe he looked directly at me and blessed me, although
I felt no special buzz.
Back in the hall everyone was waiting for his arrival. He didn't come. He went
to the front of the Poorna Chandra by going around the P-C. After Baba was let
out. The car went back to it space in the P-C.
The volume was once again low and few people remained or sung. The crowd
started to build up at about 3:00. By 6:00 it was full..
Baba came about 4:10 giving a very short darshan and then went inside the
About fifty of the boys, maybe more, formed a human chain going down the
driveway to the outside of the north side of the hall. Food was brought in and
placed on the verandah, on the women's side and on the men's side. This took
about an hour. Big pots of food were brought in on wagons requiring two or
three boys each.
In the middle of all this, Baba came out. The workers who had been repairing
the hall had been seated on the white tile in front of the mandir and on the
women's side. Baba blessed them. Each man came before Baba and was presented
with a watch that was wrapped in red. Some of the men touched the floor by his
feet, others did hands together. They were grateful and happy.
Baba materialized a necklace for the supervisor of the men.
As they sat on the floor, Baba decided to feed them. Boys went rushing about
for bowls and food to give them. Each man got two bowls of food and the gift.
They left very happy.
Baba went back inside and the boys who were bringing in the food resumed.
After arathi at 6:00, everyone was served prasad which consisted of one bowl
of sweet rice and one bowl of sour rice. Life is both sweet and sour. The men
had formed lines where they were back to back and then a row. I understand
that on the women's side there was confusion.
In the midst of all this Baba left.
One proof of Baba's divinity was how he treated the workers. He made them
special. He took time out to thank them and to give them prasad before
Monday Morning: Baba came out at 7:20 for about 15 - 20 minutes. He blessed
everyone, went into the interview room. At 8:00 he came out. The workers had
been seated again in the same place. Baba once again blessed them as a group
and individually as they came up to receive a dhoti from him. He was on the
women's side of the verandah. The work is finished except for some finishing
Baba left at 9:45.
Monday Afternoon: Baba came out at 4:15, stood by the rail giving good darshan
and then sat down. Chanting. The scaffolding were gone. Bhajans, arathi. Baba
left at 5:45.
Tuesday Morning: Baba came out at 7:15, looked at everyone, spoke to a few
people and left at 7:30. Bhajans and arathi.
Tuesday Afternoon: Baba came out at 3:10 in the red car. There were very few
people there, a few students and a few VIP's. It entered as usual went on to
the verandah and kept going. It entered the men's side and turned left in
front of the mandir then down the driveway and out to the college once again.
Baba returned at 5:15 going straight to the PoornaChandra. There were bhajans
It was interesting how everybody waited for Baba's return. No mass exodus.
The big excitement while we were waiting was the monkey chase. Two small and
medium size monkeys were chased by a large monkey from the roof of the hall.
They went across to East Prasanthi by electrical line where the large one
chased the others particularly the middle size one. He didn't catch them.
Wednesday Morning: Today is Handicap Day. Baba gave various devices to about
50 handicap people of all ages plus a green cloth or cape. I am not sure what
that was. They were from different places in Andhra Pradesh. For a few day
there has been a large group here from A-P. Some girls sang songs to Baba in
Telugu and a description of the items were mentioned.
Today is Baba's lunar birthday. The A-P women got Baba to light three candles,
signifying purity, for his birthday. They sang Telugu bhajans and arathi.
Baba had given a 30 minute discourse, praising them and that handicap people
usually do more than people who are not.