19th June 2005
came out for Darshan at 3.45 p.m and sat outside in the centre
of the stage. Suddenly, there was a lot of activity as Swami
had asked for the microphones to be arranged. What followed
was an invigorating Divine Discourse on Seva activities to
be performed in the drought affected villages of the region.
Excerpts from His Discourse:
Students – Boys and Girls, Administrators – In
Bharat, of late, we have been coming across a number of problems.
This is quite natural. But it is our responsibility to enquire
and investigate. In the last couple of months there have been
a number of problems and obstacles that have caused a loss
of happiness and bliss to people. More than our studies, our
actions are important. We must necessarily make an effort
to improve the existing situation.
There is no water to drink. Earlier we have
taken every care to supply water for drinking. Now the problem
is very severe and has spread all over Anantapur District.
We are not born merely to earn a living, we do not study merely
to fill our stomachs; all that we have learnt must be put
into practice to serve our fellowmen and community.
We have to realise the plight of the people
in every district. Right from tomorrow – Monday, we
must first convince ourselves and then share with others the
Supreme Will and Mystery of God. Food should be served when
one is hungry. One must determine to undertake the task though
it may be strenuous. Service cannot be done by wealth alone.
We need men of character. Foreigners too will be participating
in this mega service programme.
We have to supply drinking water to every
village. The problem does not end there. We must supply
food too. All aged 10 years and above must participate in
this programme. We must be determined to accomplish the project
in its entirety. Temperament and attitude is very important.
Yesterday, in discussion with the Vice Chancellor
and others, it became clear that this will be a gigantic project
and will require thorough planning. We must begin with serving
food. All the Anantapur Seva Samithi members must be determined
to get the task going. We must set apart some part of the
food that we eat. It is not enough if we supply rice alone.
They will have to cook it and make it edible. Therefore, they
will need water too. First we must cater to those areas where
there is no water. This work should be started right now and
not postponed to tomorrow or the day after. Very soon cooks
will be arriving.
It is not enough to merely go through books
and study; essence is more important. Not many understand
the purpose of education. Lorries will arrive for transportation.
Each one must consider this as one’s own job / duty.
Each one must feel – “I am serving myself”.
That should be the spirit. Every person must prove the power
of society. We are also ready with clothes for distribution.
Consider this project as a mighty task of the Sri Sathya Sai
Seva Organisation and work for it.
The Vice Chancellor also is very keen on this
project. From tomorrow the Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, Registrar,
Teachers and students will all work together! (loud applause).
All of you must be enthusiastic. When once you are enthusiastic,
you will have enough energy to serve all. When once food is
supplied, the head will also start functioning. When food
and head join together rest of the problems can be easily
You should spread the glory of Prasanthi
Nilayam everywhere. Younger children can participate in distribution
of water without wasting. In fact, the work will start with
distribution of water. All devotees can also participate and
work with the students. Never make an attempt to escape this
duty, saying – “I am not well” and such
other reasons. Bhagawan will give all that is necessary for
us. Bhagawan will Himself come and inaugurate the programme
Students should work with zeal and enthusiasm.
We must also enthuse those who are inactive to make this programme
a success. Health is very important. Only when there is good
health can there be enthusiasm. First pray to God. But God
is everywhere. All feet, hands, heads are His! He directs,
monitors and guides the universe in the right direction! This
is only the beginning. In future Swami will provide everything
should proceed in a perfect way such that Prasanthi Nilayam
will become radiant and brilliant. We need elders too –
to guide and direct – to assume leadership. With this
sacred motivation, we can achieve anything!
As you get up tomorrow morning, offer prayers
sincerely. It will give you physical, mental and spiritual
strength. Very soon, bags and bags of rice will come and get
stocked here. Devotees too may not have place to sit! You
do not need to be told more than this. I have told you all
that is necessary at this point of time. (To students) Consider
this as a homework given to you.
What do you want? (Students reply –
Swami is always there. With you, Above you,
Below you, Around you … (loud and prolonged applause)
Each one must discharge his responsibility
without giving up. Senior students should be leaders and must
guide the juniors in making good use of this golden opportunity!
You should proceed with all the confidence that you will be
successful. All students gathered here are extremely lucky
It was around 4.50 p.m. when Swami concluded
His Divine Discourse. He then blessed the boys who had their
birthday on this day. Ararti was offered to Bhagawan at 5.55
p.m. Swami once again started interacting with some students.
The new students seated in front were so happy to see Swami
from so close quarters that one could see the joy and enthusiasm
on their faces. Swami too was responding to their spontaneous
devotion! At 6.05 p.m., Bhagawan retired for the day.
20th June 2005
This morning Darshan was at 8.05 a.m. Swami
spoke to the Vice Chancellor and other authorities. Then He
blessed some of the faculty members and senior students who
were to proceed for a reconnaissance of some of the villages
in Puttaparthi, with regard to the Grama Seva. Later Swami
called them to the Poornachandra Hall and spent nearly an
hour talking to them and giving them important instructions.
He again returned to the Mandir for taking Ararti, gave an
interview to some devotees and then returned to His abode.
In the evening, Swami came out for Darshan
at 3.25 p.m. It was the 3rd anniversary of the Deenajanoddharana
Pathakam (Orphanage – started by Swami). The students
of the Orphanage were ready with a programme. At 3.40 p.m.,
the children began their colourful presentation. It was a
mix of dances, Burra Katha (folk art of narrating stories
interspersed with songs), short skits… The audio recording
was very professional and the children did put up a very good
show. It was full of Swami’s teachings. The highlights
being – Namasmarana, Importance of good company, Money
comes and goes, but Morality comes and grows, Loka Samasta
Sukhino Bhavantu… and so on. The programme came to a
close at 4.30 p.m. after which Bhajans began. The children
were all seated at the rear end of Sai Kulwant Hall, waiting
eagerly for Swami to talk to them or bless them. At 4.45 p.m.
Aarti was offered to Bhagawan.
Swami asked the Bhajan boys to start Bhajans.
He sat there listening to a few Bhajans and then
signalled the car to take a reverse. Then Swami’s car
moved towards the Gopuram gate. He went just close to the
Deenajanoddharana children and spent some time talking to
them. After that, the car was again reversed and returned
to the interview room. Then began a series of blessings! Swami
called for the children scene by scene and blessed them. All
along, Bhajans were going on in the background. Meanwhile,
all the children came forward and sat down. Finally, Swami
came out at 5.35 p.m. and once again Arati was offered to
Him and then He retired to His abode. Thus, ended another
momentous day at Prasanthi Nilayam.
JAI SAI RAM