In this issue of Prasanthi News,
we give you details of the happenings at Prasanthi Nilayam
on the 3rd
and 4th of July 2005. Bhagawan created a sparkling gold necklace
and explained its significance on the 3rd morning and a magnificent
play titled “The Only Element” was presented by
the children of Region X, USA on the 4th evening. Please read
on for details …
3rd July 2005 (Morning)
Being Sunday, the students of Sri Sathya
Sai Primary School, Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary School
and Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning were seated
in Sai Kulwant Hall by 7.30 a.m. Bhagawan came out at 8.00
a.m. and sat on the dais facing the students and devotees.
After a while, at 8.45 a.m., Swami called one of the Veda
teachers and gave some instructions. A former student, presently
working in Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust was called by Bhagawan
to translate the Vedic chant into English for the benefit
of other students and devotees. The Mantra chosen was Narayanopanishad.
The student gave an
apt translation of each line of this Vedic Mantra. Bhagawan
was very keenly listening to the translation.
When the word Vaikuntha was used while translating
the line ‘Vaikuntha Bhuvana Lokam Gamishyati’,
Swami asked him the meaning of Vaikuntha. The student then
spelt out the meaning of Vaikuntha as that which is all pervasive.
After the entire Mantra was recited with explanation, Bhagawan
called the student. Even as everyone was watching him come
forward, Swami’s right Hand moved in circles and out
sprang a beautiful gold necklace! This was an ornamental thick
necklace with so many intricate designs on it.
Bhagawan explained the significance of the
necklace to the student and a teacher. Out of His love for
devotees and other students, Swami asked the student to reveal
the message to the audience.
This gold necklace contains the power of
the sacred mantra - “Om Namo Narayanaya.” He went
on to explain that all the Vedas, Upanishads and the other
scriptures illumine the path that man has to take to attain
his final destination – Divinity. The Mantra “Om
Namo Narayanaya” contains the essence and power of all
the scriptures. The fatherly and motherly aspect of divinity
is contained in this Mantra. Without either of them, there
can be no creation. But, if one were to contemplate deeply,
one would realise that there is no difference between the
two aspects - Purusha (God) and Prakruti (Nature), they are
indeed one and the same. The power of this Mantra is contained
in the necklace. The student continued, “All the Beejaksharas
(root letters) of this Mantra are potentially present in this
Thus, it was verily a Mantropadesa by the
Lord. No one, except Bhagawan can give the essence of this
Mantra in a nutshell, yet so profoundly.
Bhajans started at 9.10 a.m. and by 9.20
a.m. Swami retired for the morning session to His abode.
3rd July 2005 (Evening)
This evening, Bhagawan came out at 3.30
p.m. The car moved forward, crossed the portico and came on
to the stage. Swami sat on the dais for a long while. Around
4.00 p.m. Bhagawan started calling boys with letters. He spent
considerable time with each one of them answering their questions
and giving them some loving advice and message. After a while
He signalled to the boys who had their birthday on this day.
They too went in an orderly manner and sought His blessings.
At 4.35 p.m. Prasadam was distributed to all devotees, students
and staff. Bhajans began at 4.45 p.m. and at 5.15 p.m. Swami
was offered Ararti and then He retired to His abode.
4th July 2005 (Evening)
A large contingent of devotees from USA had come to Prasanthi
Nilayam to have Bhagawan’s Darshan. On this evening,
the children of Region X USA presented a magnificent play
titled “The Only Element”.
Many years ago the land now known as North
America was the home of the Native Americans. They respected
nature and worshipped the five elements – Earth, Water,
Fire, Air and Ether as life sustaining forces and as the Great
The play revolved around the theme of “Thanksgiving”
which has its roots down memory lane when the Native Americans
helped a group of weary pilgrims to cultivate crops. When
they had a bountiful harvest the next autumn, a function was
arranged to thank the Lord. The Natives were also invited
for this function, the first American Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is celebrated in America even
today. However, people in the cities and towns have lost touch
with Nature and the Elements. Thanksgiving is now an occasion
for families and friends to meet and celebrate.
A beautiful backdrop, wherein each element
was depicted pictorially formed the setting of the play. The
entire play was presented in the form of dances. The storyline
is as follows: Shawn and Sid are the two principal characters
in the play. Shawn’s family is quite affluent. He and
his family are good people with family values, but have fallen
out of touch with the harsh realities that the poor people
face everyday. Sid’s family is too quite affluent. They
derive joy in serving the poor and needy and in doing so,
they feel that they serve the Lord. One thanksgiving day Shawn
joins Sid’s family for the Thanksgiving feast. After
the feast, Shawn joins Sid’s family in serving the poor
and downtrodden. Shawn was intrigued by the experience. It
was wonderful to share the gift that Mother Earth has bestowed
upon us in abundance. He realises the significance of the
element Earth. Shawn goes on to serve
a thirsty person with Water; serves a person shivering in
the cold with a blanket (Fire); a person wilting in heat with
a fan (Air). When he experiences the affection and love of
the very people he serves, his joy knows no bounds. All this
takes place in the space (Ether) created by God.
Shawn travels in his journey of giving and
sharing through the various seasons, a journey that reveals
to him the connection between service and the five elements
that make up this entire universe.
All these service activities help Shawn
in ultimately experiencing the all-encompassing Love –
“The Only Element”. At the end of the play, all
the participants and organisers converged at the performing
area with Bhagawan’s beautiful picture in the background,
joining their palms in thanksgiving and reverence for the
wonderful opportunity bestowed upon them.
JAI SAI RAM