NEWS - Vol. 20
this issue of Prasanthi News, we give you a glimpse of Swami’s
interaction with students and the emphasis Bhagawan is giving
on Vedic chants; then a soul-stirring musical presentation
by the students and to top it all, Bhagawan’s visit
to the Institute.
5th July to 9th July 2005
On 5th morning the students in the campus
were taken by surprise when Bhagawan came in the car at around
9.40 a.m. He went until the Music College. Nobody would have
ever imagined seeing Swami there at this time. Therefore,
Swami’s car stopped outside the Music College for a
few seconds, and before anybody could react, He was moving
back again to the Mandir. His Leelas are so wonderful!
In the evening, Darshan was at 3.30 p.m.
Swami sat outside all the while and there was continuous Veda
chanting. It was great to see Bhagawan chanting with the students
from time to time, and He was all the while encouraging them
to chant with vigour by often nodding His head synchronising
with the intonations of the chants.
The same pattern continued on the following
days. Swami spent long hours sitting outside in full view
of the devotees giving everyone a golden opportunity to feast
on His Divine Form. He would sit all the while, absolutely
still apparently looking into the emptiness and this gave
us a feel of what Divinity is all about. He is the unchanging
eternal Witness and that is the feeling one gets these days
when Bhagawan sits outside during Darshan.
But now and then, He suddenly asks for letters
and then it is great to see one student after the other, going
forward and giving their letters to Swami. Bhagawan spends
quite some time with each boy talking to him, asking him some
questions and giving him some answers. It is a great sight
to watch the Divine interaction.
The best part is when Swami calls the boys
whose birthday falls on that day. They move forward like a
train with a number of compartments. Each one makes the best
of the opportunity, giving letters, getting blessings, praying
for solutions to their problems, etc. Very patiently, Swami
caters to the needs of each one and the whole episode goes
on for quite some time, to the delight of one and all!
One evening, Swami went inside the Bhajan
Hall. He spent some time inside the Bhajan Hall talking to
the Bhajan singers and others seated in front. He spoke to
them about the life of Panchali (Draupadi) and Savitri. In
the course of His conversation, He materialised a huge locket
(round disc) having a colour portrait of Lord Rama –
in the typical posture of holding the bow and arrow. The other
side was shining with gold. Bhagawan gave the sacred locket
to a senior faculty member.
On 9th July, the Dean of the School of Business
Management, Prof. U.S. Rao sat in front in the Darshan lines,
to pray to Bhagawan for Blessing the Management Workshop that
commenced in the Institute on the 11th and will go on till
the 13th. (The theme is: “Service Sector in India –
Building World Class Organisations”.) As the car went
gliding by the stage, Swami called him and spoke to him for
a while and gave His blessings for the Workshop.
10th July 2005
This evening, Swami came out for Darshan
at 3 p.m. The music group boys of the Institute had
planned for a music programme. They were all set, waiting
for Swami’s arrival. Bhagawan immediately stopped the
Vedam chanting and asked the boys to begin their presentation.
The first song was Deva Namo Deva (salutations to You Oh Lord!)
– a Telugu composition. Then they sang the popular song–
Madhura Mohana Ghana Shyama Sundara Sai … (Swami’s
form is enchanting as that of Lord Krishna). He called the
lead singers front and gave them some instructions. Then they
began the Telugu song, Kondala Nelakonda Koneti Rayuduvadu
…(The Lord has installed Himself at the top of Seven
Hills) and Sai Charanam Baba Charanam Sharanam (We seek refuge
in Sai) and many other songs followed one after the other
to the delight of all.
By 4.15, the ‘music programme’
came to an end. This evening, Bhajans began at 4.30 p.m. itself.
A few minutes later Swami went back to the Poornachandra Auditorium.
Bhajans went on till 5.00 p.m. and then Ararti brought the
day to a close.
11th July 2005
This morning was an unforgettable one for
all students and staff of the Institute. The Foyer prayer
session had just begun and the Management students were getting
prepared for their Workshop. Veda was being taught in the
Foyer as part of the prayer session, when there was some brisk
movement on the road outside. Swami’s car was making
its way forward. As Bhagawan’s car came close to the
Institute entrance gate, devotees came rushing forward. To
everyone’s surprise, the car turned inside the College
Campus. The car slowly moved forward and was finally parked
near the entrance of the Institute Auditorium. Bhagawan’s
visit was an unexpected one for the students and staff. Soon
the students plunged into activity and were busy with arranging
Swami’s chair, public address system and so on.
A short while later, the guest speakers
for the Management Workshop also arrived and took their seats.
It was 9.00 a.m. The Lord sat in the car waiting for the preparations
to be made for a full 40 minutes. When the merciful Lord decides
to shower His grace, it is virtually a downpour.
The Vice Chancellor offered a rose to Bhagawan.
Swami entered the Auditorium and sat on a chair in the centre,
in front of the stage, facing the first row of chairs. There
was a podium arranged next to Swami’s Chair. Bhagawan
looked at everybody seated in the Hall and then signalled
for the Veda chanting to begin. Swami then asked the Vice
Chancellor to speak. The Vice Chancellor gave a brief talk
for around 5 minutes, summing up the various initiatives taken
in the Institute since June 2005 in the areas of various academic
programmes, Human Values integration, etc. Then Bhagawan asked
the music boys to begin their musical presentation. Within
minutes, the music group was ready on the stage. Microphones
were arranged and the songs began. Thyagaraja Kirtanas, Pibare
Rama Rasam and other classical songs were rendered. It was
around 9.30 a.m. when Swami asked them to sing the Rama Katha
song. Now the musical presentation reached its crescendo.
was very much involved in the music. At 10.00 a.m. the Rama
Katha came to a close. Swami was very happy with the performance.
The two lead singers Sri Om Prasad (I M.Sc. Physics) and S.V.B.S.
Sai Krishna (II MBA) came running down for His Blessings.
There was a long feedback session and Swami gave them a number
of tips regarding singing.
In the course of His interaction, suddenly,
Bhagawan waved His right Hand and created a gold ring for
Sai Krishna. There was a loud applause. Prasadam blessed by
Swami was distributed to all. Swami was offered Ararti and
then He left for the Mandir in the car. An unexpected visit,
and a moment to be cherished by the students.
In the evening, Bhagawan came out for Darshan
at around 3.00 p.m., took a full round of the Darshan Hall
and stopped near the interview room door. He waited until
all the students came for Darshan and moved over to the centre
of the dais. Veda chanting went on with full vigour. At 4.10
p.m. Swami called the Veda teachers forward. Sri Sudhindran,
Dr. Anil Kumar and Sri Veda Narayana went towards Swami. Bhagawan
spoke to them for some time and then with a wave of His Hand,
materialised a beautiful gold chain for Sri Vedanarayan and
put it round his neck. There was a loud applause in the Hall.
After this, Veda chanting stopped for some
time. Prasadam distribution began and at 4.20 p.m., Sri Rudram
chanting commenced. At 4.25 p.m. Swami went inside the Bhajan
Hall and had a session with the Bhajan singers. He asked them
to sing some songs, suggesting changes, telling them the correct
way to sing, etc. After the interaction, Bhagawan retired
to His abode at 5.15 p.m. Bhajans went on till 5.30 p.m. concluding
with the Ararti.
JAI SAI RAM