this issue of Prasanthi News, we bring to you memorable moments
the students of the Institute had with Bhagawan. Swami went
to the Institute auditorium almost every day and directed
the music group students in the nuances of music. These immortal
moments will be cherished by them for a long time to come.
12th July 2005
Today was yet another memorable day for the
Institute students. Bhagawan had given a clue yesterday evening
to the music group students that He may come to the Institute
Auditorium for a practice session. All preparations were made
for Bhagawan’s arrival. However, since the agenda was
restricted only to music programme practice, all other classes
were expected to go on as usual. Only the music group boys
were seated in the Auditorium awaiting Swami’s arrival.
After the Foyer session (before the classes
begin, the students and teachers have a solemn session of
prayer), all students went to their respective rooms for their
classes. The Management Workshop was in progress. At 8.40
a.m. Bhagawan made His silent entry into the College Campus.
He went straight to the auditorium side entrance and entered
the sprawling auditorium.
His sofa was placed in line with the first
row of chairs at the centre. Initially all the music group
members were seated down in front of Swami. There were no
microphones. The practice session began. Bhagawan was directing
the whole programme, selecting the songs, giving them some
tips, sequencing the pieces, etc. Later, He asked the singers
to move over to the stage and make their presentation. Immediately,
microphones were arranged. Swami was so concerned about the
singers’ throats that He asked for warm water to be
served to them. He sat watching the practice session until
9.45 a.m. Then He went to the Mandir where the Bhajans were
in progress. Then Bhagawan was offered Arati after which He
retired to His abode.
In the evening the students had a pleasant
surprise. As they were proceeding to the Mandir at quarter
past three, the Lord was proceeding to the Institute auditorium.
He was there in the College from 3.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. Another
hour of blissful Darshan! Many students ran from the Mandir
and made their way into the auditorium. Swami sat in the same
place. The singers were seated in front of Swami with mikes.
Two teams of instrumentalists were seated on the stage providing
musical support. The same set of songs was presented. The
well known ones were Madhura Mohana
Ghana Shyama Sundara Sai (the Lord’s form is
full of sweetness and is beautiful and captivating), Rama
Katha… (the story of Rama)
Bhagawan was so involved that it appeared
as if it were the first time He was watching the rehearsal.
That is Bhagawan. Each session is a fresh one for Him! The
singers were truly very lucky to sing His glory sitting right
in front of Him, looking into His Divine Eyes and He looking
at them. Can there be a better moment in life? At the end
of the presentation, Swami spoke to the singers. He asked
the Vice Chancellor for his feedback. Other authorities, the
Principal and some professors were also seated.
Swarmed by students on all sides, Swami
made His exit from the auditorium and proceeded to the Mandir.
He went into the interview room. Bhajans began at 5.00 p.m.
Swami retired soon after. Bhajans continued and Arati was
offered at 5.20 p.m.
13th July 2005
This morning was another golden day for the
Institute students. The music group boys were ready for
Swami’s visit. They had prepared and rehearsed the previous
evening and late into the night to put up a perfect presentation
the next morning. Bhagawan has been preparing this team for
making a grand presentation. Swami entered the College premises
at 8.45 a.m. just after the Foyer session was over. Even as
students were exiting from the Foyer, Swami’s car entered
the Institute premises. All the students stood in neat rows
to welcome Bhagawan and have His Divine Darshan before starting
Swami went into the auditorium and had a
long session till 10.00 a.m. along with the music group boys.
They sang all the songs that were selected by Bhagawan. Towards
the end some more songs were added. Two of our Telugu speaking
brothers and good poets, Sri Ranganatha Raju and Sri Uday
Girish, both from the I Year MBA class, had been selected
for writing Telugu commentary as an introduction to each of
the songs. Both of them presented the intro verses and Swami
was very happy. Towards the end, all the boys and the Warden
of the hostel prayed to Swami to have the evening practice
session in the hostel dining hall. The new dining hall in
the senior student’s hostel awaits the blessings of
Bhagawan. Swami smiled and said that He would see…
All preparations were made in the hostel
to receive Swami in the evening. However, Bhagawan chose to
have the practice in the Institute auditorium itself. He reached
the auditorium at 3.15 p.m. All the students proceeded to
the college from the hostel and occupied their seats in the
auditorium. A full fledged rehearsal commenced in the Divine
Presence. The Vice Chancellor, Principal and several other
professors were also present.
A commentary in Telugu preceded each song,
rendered by brothers Raju and Girish. The lead singers Om
Prasad and Sai Krishna filled the Auditorium with their melodious
voice and soul-stirring tunes. Namo
Sathya Sai Baba, Kondala Nellakonda, Dheera Sameere Yamuna
Teere, Madhura Mohana Ghana Shyama, Challa Gallilo, Rama Katha
Series, Sri Rama Parandhama, Ramanna Ramudu Kodanda Ramudu…
were the songs rendered by them.
It was 4.25 p.m. Swami was about to leave
the auditorium when the dance group students prayed to Swami
to bless them with an opportunity to present before Him. Swami
gave His consent. A team of 8 dancers danced to a melodious
At 4.30 p.m. Swami left the auditorium and
proceeded to the Mandir. In the Mandir, the car parked near
the interview room. Bhajans went on from 5.00 p.m. to 5.20
14th & 15th
This morning was a break for the music group.
However, in the evening, Swami went to the Institute
auditorium at around 2.30 p.m. and was present there watching
the rehearsal till 4.00 p.m.
15th morning, the Institute was blessed with
another Bhagawan’s visit. However, He came at 9.00 a.m.
when all other students were busy in their classrooms. He
sat in the auditorium fine tuning the music programme to perfection.
He blessed the singers with a light brown Kurta and Pyjama
which they were asked to wear immediately. The singers went
to the backstage, wore the new dresses and returned to the
Hall. Swami blessed them.
In the evening, the venue for the music programme
rehearsal got shifted to Sai Kulwant Hall. At 4.00 p.m. the
Vice Chancellor, Sri Anil Vinayak Gokak was asked by Bhagawan
to give an introduction to the programme. He said that all
these days we have been hearing the Vedic chants, but Swami
wishes that we put into practice the sacred teachings of the
Vedas. He then stated that the students of Swami would present
a music programme. All the songs were rendered in the planned
sequence. The programme concluded at 5.00 p.m. Bhajans and
Prasadam distribution followed, concluding with Arati.
JAI SAI RAM