and 3rd February 2005
the 3rd evening, Swami came out for Darshan at
3.15 p.m. He went inside the interview room and came out for
Bhajans at 5.00 p.m. Bhajans continued for twenty minutes
after which Arati was offered to Bhagawan. Then He left for
Poornachandra Auditorium. By then the devotees and students
had started dispersing. Within a few minutes, there was a
lot of activity near Swami’s residence. Suddenly Swami’s
car emerged out of the Poornachandra Auditorium. Students,
teachers and a few devotees who were fortunate to be there
had a glimpse of Bhagawan. The car came out of the Gopuram
gate and meandered its way through a beeline of devotees standing
on either side of the road to the College premises. Swami’s
car stopped near the Institute’s library. Swami spoke
for some time with the Institute’s Vice Chancellor and
returned to the Mandir. Again the students and teachers had
a fulfilling Darshan as Bhagawan waved to them from the car.
This evening (03-02-05), Bhagawan came out for Darshan at 3.45
p.m. As soon as He came closer to the sofa, Bhagawan spoke
to a professor and instructed him to pass on a message to
somebody on the other side of the dais. Swami sat down on
the sofa and after a few minutes asked the Vedam chanting
to be stopped. Sri A.V.S. Raju, Chairman of the Nagarjuna
Constructions Limited was asked by Bhagawan to render his
poetic compositions to the large gathering. He has presented
his poems in Telugu a number of times in the Divine Presence.
He composes poems extensively, spontaneously and the list
runs to thousands. For the next half an hour, Sri Raju engaged
the audience to a mellifluous rendering of graceful poetry.
Swami then called for the Bhajan students. They took their
place in the front row and the Bhajans started at 4.30 p.m.
At 5.00 p.m. Swami retired for the day after He was offered
These days Prasanthi Nilayam is witnessing a large influx of devotees. About 6,000
devotees had come from Vizianagaram district, Andhra Pradesh.
They presented a variety of cultural programmes with emphasis
on folk arts. On the 3rd night, they went round the thoroughfares
of Puttaparthi displaying these art forms, singing in unison
the glory of the Lord. The rich tradition of Bharat was vibrant
in these people. The devotees also performed Sri Sathya Sai
Vratam in one of the common halls of the Ashram. Bhagawan
satisfied the yearnings of these devotees with Divine Darshan
and also an opportunity to put up a dance drama in His presence.
In the morning, Swami came out for Darshan
at 7.50 a.m. and went back to the Poornachandra
Auditorium at 8.00 a.m. Everyone thought that Swami would
possibly come back only for Bhajans. Suddenly, Swami came
out at 8.30 a.m. and as the golf cart came half way through
the Sai Kulwant Hall, it took a left turn and went outside
the main gate. All were taken in by surprise! Who can ever
gauge the ways of the Lord! Swami went in the golf cart along
the road beside the South Indian canteen. Hundreds of devotees
who stood in the queue had
a wonderful glimpse of Bhagawan. Swami went round the Poornachandra
Auditorium and again entered Sai Kulwant Hall to be in the
Bhajan Hall right in time!
This evening again, Swami came out at sharp 3.45. The golf cart took a turn at the centre
of the Sai Kulwant Hall towards the dais. As the golf cart
reached the centre of the Hall, Swami looked at the four children
standing with a flag in their hands in front of the backdrop
of the dance drama. Another two children standing on either
end of the backdrop carried a long banner with an ‘offering
message’ written on it. Swami got down from the golf
cart at the centre of the dais, climbed up the steps and sat
down on the sofa. Instantly there was a loud applause from
the huge gathering of devotees from Vizianagaram who had occupied
every inch of space in the Hall. At 3.55 p.m. the Vedam chanting
stopped. Two young girl dancers came forward and offered rose
flowers to Bhagawan. Swami blessed the roses and gave them
As the girls were retracing their steps,
Bhagawan lovingly, but immediately cautioned them about the
steps as they were facing the Lord while going back. Then
Bhagawan consented for the programme to be started. What followed
was an interesting dance drama on the theme of unity of religions.
The backdrop of water gurgling through rocks and pebbles in
sylvan surroundings formed a beautiful stage setting to the
dance drama. The storyline is as follows: A poor sculptor
was passing through a jungle when he came across a beautiful
black stone. He thought of sculpting an idol out of it. As
he started to chisel, he heard the sound of Pranava from the
stone. He was astonished to hear sound emanating from
the stone. At that moment, a few Hindu priests happened to
pass through that way. They asked him to carve a beautiful
idol of Lord Krishna out of it. Then came, Muslims, Christians,
Buddhists and Zoroastrians one after the other. When the representatives
of the respective religions came, the sculptor could hear
a sound indicative of their religions. All of them expressed
their wish to make an idol of their chosen deities. He was
baffled and could not decide on his next step. They coaxed
and commanded the sculptor to submit to their demands. A scuffle
broke out between them, one jostling the other in trying to
put forth their demand. Each one was claiming the superiority
of their religion.
After a few minutes of clashes, light dawned on them through
little girls coming in with lighted candles and then followed
a song describing the eternal truths of life as revealed by
Bhagawan. All religions are one. Every religion teaches us noble
things. If the mind is good, then which religion is bad?
“There is only one religion, the
Religion of Love.
There is only one caste, the Caste
There is only one language, the Language
of the Heart.
There is only one God, He is Omnipresent.”
The culmination of the dance drama came
with the declaration that the essence of all religions is
Religion of Love. This was followed by a song, Manava Jati,
Prema Matamu, Sai Daivamu … All the children assembled
in an orderly group half way from the dais. Bhagawan raised
both His hands and blessed them profusely! He then moved towards
the interview room.
This was a commendable performance by the 74 Bal Vikas students
from Vizianagaram district. It was also their first performance
in the Divine presence. Then the Bhajan singers from the district
led the Bhajans. Prasadam was distributed to all on this occasion.
Meanwhile, the students continued the Bhajan singing from the
Bhajan Hall. It was a long session which went on till 5.20 p.m.,
at the end of which Arati was offered to Bhagawan.
JAI SAI RAM