Sairam. These two pieces of News appeared in the The Hindustan Times :
21.1.05 and the The Hindu : 21.1.05 respectively. The first one is
related to a devotee of Swami and the second one to Bhagwan's new Water
Project. If you could take some time off, read on.....
Retd Lt Genís Wife Elected Village Panch
IT COULD be a pointer towards the way people have begun to look at
politics and definitely a big boost to Panchayati Raj. The wife of a
General, who took the plunge and contested for the post of panch in
Gangalkhedi village Panchayat, has won causing a pleasant and welcome
And because of her status, she could also be made the deputy sarpanch,
as the seat is reserved for backward class. However, the small panchayat
now has a very well-educated and suave panch to usher in development in
Meet Pushpa Malhotra, wife of Lt Gen (retd) S L Malhotra. It was her
zeal to work for the society that prompted her to contest the elections.
Pushpa's husband, Gen Malhotra, retired from the Indian Army as Director
General NCC in 1986 and served as commandant of Infantry School and GOC
Born in Karachi in Pakistan, Pushpa's parents migrated to India in 1947
and after her marriage she was involved in several social service
including serving the families of soldiers and civilian employees
through Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA).
Talking to Hindustan Times, she said that she started true social work
when Gen Malhotra was Deputy MD of Tata International in Dewas, where
started a small charity school in 1986 with 12 children of tribal
labourers of the factory. When she left the school in 1992, the strength
When asked about the aim she had in mind when contesting the election,
she said her first priority would be the uplift of the poor and backward
of the village through education, cleanliness drive and de-addiction
She said that her granddaughter Meghan Pasricha, who is based in the US,
was already running an anti-tobacco campaign throughout the world and
also consented to work in the village for the cause.
She said she was already imparting training of sewing and weaving to
young girls of the village, which would gain magnitude after her role in
village Panchayat. Being a disciple of Sathya Sai Baba, she said that
she had entered political service by the grace of Sai Baba to serve the
deprived, as she used to do in various missions of Sathya Sai Baba in
Pushpa will be one among 12 panchs, and because of her status, she could
be well be made the deputy sarpanch.
(The Hindustan Times : 21.1.05)
"Ex-engineer To Supervise Water Schemes"
R. Kodala Rao, former engineer-in-chief, Panchayati Raj, has been
appointed by the State Government to assist the Satya Sai Central Trust
in implementing drinking water supply schemes to the upland areas of
East and West Godavari districts.
Mr. Rao is currently advisor to the Government for School Education and
Panchayat Raj Departments.
According to an official press release, Mr. Rao will be provided
technical assistance by the Chief Engineer (Rural Water Suply) in the
execution of the schemes, which are expected to cover 500 habitations
with 5.5 lakh inhabitants.
At the district level, the Collector will head a committee to provide
support required by the Trust. This committee will have the
(Rural Water Supply) as member-convenor.
(The Hindu : 21.1.05)
Sairam. The past three days have been quite
uneventful at the Mandir. Sorry, uneventful is a very wrong word to use in
relation to Bhagawan. He comes for Darshan and goes away into the
interview room and so we may feel that there is nothing special happening.
But there could be nothing farther away from the truth. Every wave of His
Hand during Darshan may be answering so many queries, a single nod of His
Head may be soothing so many hearts, one Look of His and thousands in that
direction are filled with inexplicable joy! What appears as normal Darshan
to us is filled with mysterious events and happenings that draw hundreds
of His devotees closer to Him. Therefore, we first apologize for using the
word uneventful. Let us put it this way: for the past three days, there
were no special programmes in Sai Kulwant Hall, nothing visibly happening
that we could relate to you.
On 23rd morning, Swami came out only for Bhajans. However, in the
evening, Swami came out for Darshan at around 3.15 p.m. and sat outside
after a long gap of several days, giving all of us wonderful Darshan
for full one hour. That came as a downpour on the desert like dry hearts
of ours owing to the recent drought!!
On 24th morning again, surprisingly, Bhagawan came out early in the
morning at 7.15 a.m. There were very few people even in the Portico as all
were used to Swami's arrival after 8.30 a.m. These are His wonderful
ways! He definitely keeps us on our toes!! In the evening, Swami came out
by 3.15 p.m. but disappeared immediately into the interview room, only to
emerge out for the Bhajans.
On the 25th morning, Bhagawan did not come out for Darshan, but in
the evening, He came out at 4.40 p.m. He sat outside and asked the Bhajan
to start Bhajans. We had lovely Bhajans till 5.30 p.m. and once again it
was a feast to our eyes to watch Him sitting on the sofa and keeping beat
to the soul stirring Bhajans!
26th January 2005
26th morning, all students and staff assembled at the Institute for the
Flag Hoisting ceremony, marking the 56th Anniversary of the Republic of
India. At sharp 7.00 a.m. our Tricolour Flag was hoisted followed by a
brief inspiring talk by our revered Vice-Chancellor. Subsequently, we all
rushed to the Mandir. Swami came out at 7.55 a.m. As He came and got down
on the dais, He spoke to brother Nitin about something. We saw brother
Nitin moving towards the Bhajan Hall and then Swami was continuously
looking towards the Poornachandra Hall side. We thought that Swami was
expecting some guest. There was news that the First Lady of Kazakhstan was
arriving at Parthi for having Bhagawan's Darshan.
Several minutes passed by and Swami kept enquiring about something. We
were wondering why the guest was not arriving and were concerned to see
Swami standing and waiting for the arrival. Wow! How important that
person could be for Swami to wait so long. Then Swami again called brother
Nitin Acharya and signaled towards the boys. Still, we were not clear what
Finally, the VIP arrived and we could see the delight on Bhagawan's face.
Boxes of Perk Chocolates were brought in by the boys into the Portico. My
God! So that was what our Divine Mother was waiting for! For our Divine
Mother, showering Her Love on Her children is what gives the greatest joy.
We thought that Swami was waiting for some VIP - Very Important Person.
Least did we know that He was waiting for the VIP - Very Important
The chocolates were distributed to all the students. Then came Wafers that
were distributed to all devotees. Swami was sitting and observing the
entire process, giving some instructions and guidance here and there to
ensure perfect logistics and delivery! Bhajans started at 8.25 a.m. and
went on till 9.15 a.m. By then the distribution of Prasadam was through.
All had the sweet chocolates and wafers in their pockets but their
attention was on the source of all sweetness - our dear Lord sitting on
the sofa with a gentle sway that kept beat with the Bhajans!
In the evening, Swami came out at 3.15 p.m. He got down and came towards
the sofa. Would He sit down or would He turn and go back into the
interview room? To our delight, He sat down on the sofa amidst loud
applause. He spoke to the Warden and then the Vice-Chancellor. It was
obvious that Swami was looking for some student to give a talk. The lucky
student was Sri Jagadish Chandra, a student from the II M.Sc.(Physics)
class. Bhagawan called him forward and spoke to him. Meanwhile, the
mike and the podium were kept in place. Brother Jagadish went over
to the stage and delivered an inspiring talk filled with patriotic
feelings, reminding us about our obligation to our sacred Nation and
evoking tides of Love for our dear Motherland!
Following him, brother Sudhindran, who is part of the Vedam Chanting core
group, was called upon by Bhagawan to translate the Sri Suktam for all of
us. The rest of the core group chanted two lines at a time followed by a
vivid translation and an occasional explanation about the inner
significance of the Vedic utterances. The entire Sri Suktam was chanted in
this manner. After brother Sudhindran completed his talk, brother Shashank
Shah, who has completed his MBA Course and is now pursuing his M.Phil. at
was Blessed by Swami to share his thoughts with the audience.
Brother Shashank spoke at length, detailing the major landmarks in the
life of our dear Bhagawan, starting right from His declaration to the
world about His Avataarhood, until the latest Chennai Water Project
commissioned coinciding with the 79th Birthday celebrations of
Bhagawan. Incidentally, he video describing the Chennai Water Project in
detail, produced by the Prashanthi Digital Studios, is available for
viewing at www.saicast.org. He
completed his talk at 5.05 p.m. Swami called him closer and materialized a
gold ring with a green diamond for him and slipped it onto his finger. The
student was filled with great joy and gratitude at this spontaneous Love
27th January 2005
This morning, Bhagawan came out for Darshan at 7.45 a.m. The First Lady,
Her Excellency - Sara Alpysovna of Kazakhstan had arrived yesterday night.
She is the wife of the President - His Excellency - Nursultan
Abishevich Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan. She is also the President of "Bobek"
Children's Foundation, established in 1992. Bhagawan gave her and her
party an audience. The First Lady also visited our Institute with her
party members at 11.00 a.m. She went around the various departments and
the A.I. Lab,followed by a special session, where the VC gave a talk
supported by a video
film, explaining the salient features of the Value Based Education offered
at our Institute.
In the evening, Swami came out at 3.00 p.m. He first took a group of
devotees into the interview room. After a long while, the door opened, but
then the First lady of Kazakhstan went in with her team. It was close to
5.00 p.m. when Bhagawan came out and went into the Bhajan Hall. Bhajans
began at 5.00 p.m. and at 5.30 p.m. Bhagawan took Aarti and retired to PC.
Even as we were moving out of the Sai Kulwant Hall, the convoy of the
First Lady of Kazakhstan left the Mandir to make a visit to the Chaitanya
For your information, a few years back, one of our alumni Sri Kshitij
Gupte who had completed his MFM from our School of Management was working
at Kazakhstan. During that period the First Lady of Kazakhstan had
contacted him and had shown keen interest in the Value Based Education
imparted to students here. In fact, she had asked him to assist in framing
a Value Based Education Model for her country. It was at that time, that
he had accompanied the First lady along with her team, in a chartered
flight to Prasanthinilayam.
28th January 2005
This morning, Bhagawan came out for Darshan at 7.15 a.m. The team from
Kazakhstan was once gain privileged to have an Interview with the Lord
that went on till 8.20 a.m. Subsequently, Swami came and sat outside on
the sofa. The Kulwant Hall was filled with thousands of devotees from
Anantapur District. Around 6000 of them had arrived at Parthi as their
part in the 80th Year Celebrations of the advent of Bhagawan. Ladies and
Gents wearing badges sat eagerly to have Darshan of the Lord. After Swami
sat down, Prof. Anil Kumar took over the mike. There was to be
distribution of Sewing Machines and Wet Grinders to the needy people from
Anantapur. This was an offering by the devotees of Anantapur to the Sai
installed in the hearts of these poor and needy people!
As their names were called out, the candidates, most of them being women
and a few men, came over to the front of the dais, bowed down to Swami and
received their tokens of Love. We were not there to witness this scene as
it was a working day for us. However, a visiting Professor who was present
in the Hall said that it was a very fulfilling event and it was even more
meaningful for those who realized that it was not just a sewing machine or
a wet grinder that was being offered to the needy but it was a source of
income - a source of livelihood for them that would change their whole
lives!! Around 100 of them were benefited by these gifts.
At 8.50 a.m., Bhajans were sung by the Gent devotees of Anantapur. This
went on till 9.15 a.m. when Swami took Aarti and retired to PC.
In the evening, Swami was out for Darshan by 3.00 p.m. The Anantapur
devotees had their backdrop ready for the cultural programme to be
by them. Swami got down from the Golf Cart and went inside the interview
room. He came out only at 3.50 p.m. He walked to the centre of the dais
and sat down on the sofa.
The dance drama to be presented by the Anantapur Samithi children was
titled, "Anantha Varadayee Sri Sathya Sai" - "The Bestower of Infinite
Boons - Sri Sathya Sai". The dance drama was presented in modules; each
module starting with a commentary by a small boy who would come forward
and speak in Telugu, with a mock mike. Of course, the commentary and songs
were all prerecorded. This would be followed by a dance, the lyrics of
which talked about the theme of that module.
The best part of the play was the backdrop, yet one more innovative idea
springing up in the Sai Kulwant Hall presentations. All the backdrops, a
dozen or more of them, were huge screen printings on canvas, but were all
on a continuous canvas sheet. The whole sheet was rolled up on an axle and
was rolled down one after the other as the scene would begin. This kept
the backdrop firm and tight enough between the two axles, and the rolling
was a very easy and smooth way to bring in the next scene!! Hats off to
this creative idea being implemented for the first time by the Anantapur
The first module spoke about the Lord as the one who bestows infinite
boons on humanity. The second module was on the Educational Institutions
started by Swami. The backdrop was a beautiful photograph of our
Administrative Block and on top was written - Om Sri Sai Vidya Dayine
Namaha - Sai the Bestower of Vidya (Knowledge). Towards the end of the
dance for thismodule, we had young boys coming in with small banners in
their hands exhibiting the photographs of the various educational
institutions started by Swami, the ones at Parthi, Bukkapatnam,
Kothacheruvu, Anantapur, etc.
The third module was on the Super Specialty Hospitals. The scene at the
had this written on the top - Om Sri Sai Arogyapradaya Namaha - Sai the
Bestower of Health. This was followed by Om Sri Sai Deenajana Poshanaya
Namaha - Sai the Caretaker of the Poor and the Needy - which talked about
the Deenajanodarana Pathakam - the orphanage started by Swami. The fifth
module was - Om Sri Sai Annavastradaya Namaha - Sai the Bestower of Food
and Clothes. This covered the Grama Seva, construction of Kalyana
Mantapams in villages and other services to the poor and needy.
The sixth module, needless to say was - Om Sri Sai Jeevadharaya Namaha -
Sai the Support of our Life - depicting the Water Project Gift of Bhagawan.
The first backdrop for this module was a lone villager sitting on a dry
land with huge cracks that mercilessly cracked the hearts of these poor
folk. Then came in a make shift well, that was fully dry and a tree with
no leaves. Following the dance, came the next scene of Swami's Water
Project Tanks, and a group of girls rushing in with blue saris in their
hands making wave like patterns! Sai Ganga had gushed in to save the
The final scene was a dance with the backdrop reading - Om Sri Sai Jagad
Rakshakaya Namaha - Sai the Protector of the Universe! The dance drama
came to a close at 4.30 p.m. All the participants assembled in front
of the dais. Swami got up from the sofa and got down the steps to Bless
them with group by group photographs amidst loud applause. The organizers
too, both Ladies and Gents were lucky to manage a photograph with Swami.
As Swami went and sat down on the sofa, classical songs filled the air of
Sai Kulwant Hall. Both the men and women rendered three songs. Bhagawan
signaled for the Aarti. It was 4.55 p.m. when our dear Lord, having
satisfied all the devotees from Anantapur by giving them an opportunity to
perform in His Presence and saturating their hearts with Bliss and Joy,
retired to PC. Day after day is ticking by as we approach the 80th
Birthday of our Beloved Bhagawan. Let us see what comes next in His
Agenda!. We will get back to you soon.