Aum Sri Sai Ram
Sai Ram Brothers,
This email is to update all about the trip some of us (#60) made to Parthi
on the occasion of Sivarathri.
March 7, 2005
The mood in the railway station was exuberant; it was resounding with
Swami's glorious name. There were only two thoughts on everyone's mind -
1) Seva opportunity in the Canteen 2) Our beloved Lord's darshan (off
course a guy like me would have also thought about service near "Sai
Geetha" and the two buckets of complimentary fresh Sugarcane juice
Peddireddy garu usually gives!! ;-))
March 8, 2005
5 am??? Yes, that's correct. The train was scheduled to reach Parthi @
7:30 am, but all of us got up early to get fresh and be ready to start
the service in the canteen as soon as we touch base (ashram). By the time
we reached there, around 8 am, Swami had started the discourse (its
unusual for Swami to give the discourse in the morning on Sivarathri
day). Because of that the accommodation office was not open and we did
not have a place to keep our luggage, nevertheless nothing was going to
stop us from starting the service; we dumped the luggage under a tree near
the sheds and two of our brothers volunteered to watch them.
There was decent amount of work in the canteen with thousands of devotees
pouring in for breakfast, lunch and dinner. None of us left the canteen
till late in the afternoon when all the work for the Lunch session was
over, including cleaning of utensils. Whenever there was little time we
did the much-needed job of cleaning the canteen!
March 9, 2005
25 bags of rice were cooked as prasadam (Pulihora), which was to be
distributed in the morning Darshan. By about 4:30 am prasadam was ready
and we transported the vessels into the mandir, each weighing a good
200-300 Kg. It was a sight to be seen as all the boys from Hyderabad (in
their almost black clothes...thanks to the smoke and dust in the kitchen)
working in unison with the brothers from Swami's college (in their
lightening white clothes). I am sure Swami must have been smiling from
his room looking at the scene. task accomplished!
Swami poured his love on us by allowing us to sit behind the students,
straight in front of him, special darshan!! After all the work in the
night most of our brothers were in a state of meditation, also called
sleep ;-). Swami jolted every one of us back to the awareness state when
he started drinking water profusely. our eyes were glued to the
television set right in front of us to get better view of what was
happening on the stage, my immediate thought was, "liberation from this
cycle of life and death has finally arrived" ;-). Immediately Swami's
hi-tech chariot was called for and the Lord was paced into Poorna Chandra
Hall. My search for Liberation started all over again!
After the darshan was over we had our share of Prasadam and headed to our
sheds to get some rest and also get ready to do service in the fields
where Sai Geetha resides. We reached there at around 5 pm and started
cleaning the grounds. Peddireddy garu was also there with us and we
thought that it was the right moment for us to request him to address the
group and share his experiences with Swami. This was a unique
opportunity; the details of it would be sent in another email, don't miss
to read it.
March 10, 2005
We were all eagerly waiting for this moment; it was Darshan time! All of
us got ready by 4 am, did Omkaram and Gayathri Mantram recitation, formed
two lines and headed to Sai Kulwant Hall. Swami once again blessed us
with a Special Darshan place both in the morning and afternoon. Some of
the brothers in the group came to Parthi for the first. Darshan was a
mind-blowing experience for all of us alike. Swami blessed the group both
in the morning and afternoon Darshans.
4 pm. reality struck us. It was time for us to leave to Hyderabad. We
prayed for one last time to the glorious form and vowed to return as
better human beings/citizens. Swami, bless us all in this endeavor.
The journey back home was equally exiting, we sang Bhajans for about 2
hours and then retired for the day.
Dear Lord, we thank you once again for giving us this opportunity and pray
that we get more of such in the future too.
Jai Sai Ram