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For the last few days, Swami has been coming at around 3.00 p.m. to the
Mandir and going to the interview room. He would come out at around 4.40
p.m. to the Bhajan hall. All of us have been praying since many days that
Bhagawan should visit the hostel and bless the newly renovated Dining Hall
and the new Altar. For this, various plans were made to invite Swami. And
Swami, in His infinite love listened to all our pleas.
One of the first ones was to show an album with photographs of the new
Dining Hall to Bhagawan. Bhagawan very interestedly saw the album and boys
prayed "Please come to Hostel Swami." Swami said, "But no one is there in
the Hostel. Not even a watchman! All of you are here. What will I go there
and do?!" Everyone in the Bhajan Hall was smiling at Swami's innocently
The next day we all made a big card with photographs of the new slope
made at the Hostel entrance. A new slope has been constructed at the
Hostel entrance so that Swami's car can go straight inside till the Dining
Hall. He need not get down and walk. The card was shown and Swami saw it.
"Please come to Hostel Swami." Swami said, "Where is the Hostel? Someone,
please give me the address! Two years are over, no one has called Me
to the hostel!!" Again all of us were smiling at the affectionate
innocence in the Lord's reply.
The third day, the boys hit upon a novel idea. They video recorded
the Hostel car getting into the Hostel through the new slope and going
right till the Dining Hall. It was a three minute video. They took a lap
top to the Bhajan hall and sat in front. Swami came and asked, "What is
that?" He saw the full 3 minute video and then asked the Primary
School Principal - "Do you have a slope in your Hostel? See these college
Hostel boys have a slope." All of us were so happy that Swami had
acknowledged the new idea. But He did not answer in the affirmative as to
when He would come to the Hostel. Meanwhile
ardent prayers are being made in the Hostel for Swami's Divine visit.
March 1st, 2005
The sisters from the 12th class of the Primary School presented their
gratitude programme in the Sai Kulwant Hall. Swami came quite early
and went to the interview room. He came out at 4.30 p.m. and for nearly 45
minutes listened to the songs sung by the sisters. Thereafter He
asked the boys of the Institute to sing. They sang very nicely and at the
end again prayed to Swami - "Please come to Hostel, Swami". He said "Yes,
I will come, I will come." But He did not give any other details. After
Bhajans at around 5.35 p.m. Swami retired for the day.
March 2nd, 2005
Swami came early and went to the interview room. Then at around 4.40
p.m., He came out and sat in the portico. He asked one of the students to
perform a dance. The student is a trained dancer and has danced in the
Divine presence a number of times before. He danced for 3 songs - Chinni
Krishna Murlidhara, Ram Ram Ram Sita and then he with another student
danced for the song Kanula Mundara. Swami was very happy. He then asked
for the Bhajans to commence. He retired for the day at 5.20 p.m.
March 3rd, 2005
Today, the devotees from the Nilgiri Hills (Ooty) presented
traditional tribal folk dances in the Divine Presence. Swami came at
around 3.00 p.m. and sat outside in the Portico and permitted the
programme to commence. First, a group of men presented a folk dance. This
was followed by a group of women. The interesting thing was that a number
of them - both men and women were quite old in age, may be over 60 years
but they all participated whole heartedly with total devotion and
love for Bhagawan. Swami responded to their love. He was watching the
programme with such keen interest! At the end of each item, Swami would
bless them with His Abhaya Hasta. The scene was wonderful and awe
These tribal people who stay in some far off tribal villages in the
Nilgiri Hills, who are so orthodox about their traditions, customs and
beliefs, have so much of love and devotion for Bhagawan, who might have
possibly visited their villages once many decades ago. They are so sincere
in their commitment to the Lord and had traveled all the way to
Prasanthinilayam to participate in the celebrations of the 80th year of
the Advent of the Avatar.
Thereafter Swami asked a few students of the Institute to present
their dance. They were prepared with several pieces. Five of them
presented a 5 minute group dance on the theme of patriotism. Swami was
very happy and He called one of them and materialised a chain for him and
Himself put it around the neck of the student. The student was overwhelmed
at this act of Divine Grace and Love. Thereafter Bhagawan instructed
brother Nitin Acharya about something. Two minutes later, 5 glasses of
cool fruit juice were brought from the interview room for these 5 dancers.
Bhagawan was playing the role of a perfect Mother! Thereafter two of those
students presented one more dance, on the song - Bho Shambho, Shiva
Subsequently, Swami went into the interview room. At 5.00 p.m., He
came to the Bhajan Hall and sat till 5.30. Aarti was offered and He
retired for the day at 5.30. p.m.
March 4th, 2005
This evening, Swami went straight into the interview room after
Darshan. He came out at 4.25 p.m. and sat down on the sofa placed in the
centre of the stage. The Music College students were ready with a special
programme this evening. The presentation was titled "Ananda Dhwani".
Ananda means joy and Dhwani means sound. The piece presented on the Sitar
was a composition of Sri Deepak Choudhury and was prepared and conducted
by Sri P. Bhattacharya and Sri Jayantu Sarkar who are currently serving as
visiting faculty in the Sri Sathya Sai Mirpuri College of Music.
The first part of the programme was based on the theme of "Ananda
Dhwani' which is based on two Ragas - Hamsa Dhwani and Anandi Kalyan. Raga
and Time Theory have a significant role in the Hindustani System of Music.
There are special Ragas suited to be played during day, night and some
during specific seasons. The Ragas played this evening represented the
four seasons. Rag 'Shudda Sarang' represents the Summer, Rag 'Miya Malhar'
the Rainy Season, Rag 'Sree' the Winter Season, and Raga 'Bahar Basant'
depicts the Spring Season.
The second part of the programme was a Saraswati Prarthana based on
the Rag 'Bhagya Sree' and another composition based on Rag 'Maj Khamaj'.
This Rag is an _expression of welcome to one and all.
The Sitar recital started at 4.30 p.m. and went on till 5.15 p.m. There
were four students playing on the Sitar and a pair of singers accompanying
them. There were several solo pieces on the Tabla and the Mrudangam. The
entire programme was very enthralling and received loud applause from all
At 5.15 p.m., Bhagawan got up and Blessed the participants. The Golf
Cart came to the centre of the Kulwant Hall in front of the dais. S Swami
moved towards the Golf Cart, all the participants came closer and Swami
Blessed them and also spoke to a number of them. Bhagawan retired
for the day.
March 5th, 2005
This evening, Swami came out for Darshan around 3.00 p.m. He sat on
the sofa for quite a while amidst Vedic Chants. At 3.40 p.m., He got up
and proceeded into the interview room. However, a few minutes later, He
came out and got into the Golf Cart and retired to the Poornachandra
Auditorium. Bhajans commenced at 5.00 a.m. and Aarti at 5.30 p.m.
March 6th, 2005 (Morning)
Bhagawan was out very early this morning. By the time we reached Kulwant
Hall at 7.05 a.m. Swami was already standing on the dais listening to the
Vedic Chants. He stood for a long while giving His Divine Darshan to one
and all. After a while, Swami sat down on the sofa placed in the middle of
the dais. He accepted letters from a number of boys. Then He signaled to
the College Birthday boys and Blessed them. There were almost a dozen of
them moving in a single file to get individual attention from Swami. Next
it was the turn of the birthday boys from the Primary School. Tiny tots
forward with bright red and pink roses in their hands. They all
crowded around their Divine Mother. It was a wonderful sight! At 7.40 a.m.
Swami called one of the main dancers from the Institute. He is brother
Ganesh, who after completing his Post Graduation in Physics, is currently
pursuing his Diploma in Indian Culture and Philosophy at our Institute. As
you have already read, for the past few days, Swami is giving a number of
opportunities for these dancers to express their talent.
All the arts - fine arts and performing arts have taken their birth
from the Divine Source and find their fulfillment in Him. Bhagawan is
giving an opportunity to these young students to sanctify their talent by
offering it at the Divine Lotus Feet!
In the first piece, brother Ganesh danced to the famous Khanda
Khandantara ...poem sung by Swami in praise of the Motherland. The next
piece was a series of dance steps (Mudras) accompanying the chanting of
Narayana Suktam - a very novel idea! However, after a few lines,
Swami called him and gave him some instructions.
Five more students got up in their dance attire and joined brother
Ganesh. They performed a dance to the song Chandana Charchita - Jayadeva's
composition. This was followed by the dance they had performed in this
year's Convocation Drama.
As the presentation concluded there was loud applause. Bhagawan
called brother Ganesh and materialized a green diamond ring for him! It
was 8.00 a.m. Swami signaled to the Bhajan boys. They started singing
group songs. For the next 15 minutes we had Rama Neela Megha Shyama..,
Shiva Shiva Shiva Shiva Anaraada., Tumhi Ho Maata Pitaa Tumhi Ho.., and
Itni Shakti Hamein Dena Daata..
At 8.15 a.m. Bhajans began. Simultaneously, Prasadam distribution
also started. Bright pink-red apples were served to all the students and
At 8.30 a.m., Swami received Aarti and retired for the morning.
Sivaratri falls on the 8th of March - Tuesday. The Brindavan students are
arriving on Sunday night. We all look forward to having a very auspicious
and sacred Sivaratri in the Divine Presence of our Sai Shiva. As of now
crowds are not so heavy. We will get back to you with the details of
A Anatha Vijaya