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Saturday, October 18, 2008 Bhagawan came for darshan by 4.30 pm on Thursday. Chocolates were distributed to the students as Bhajans began in the Bhajan Hall at 5 pm. On Friday, Swami clarified at the Bhajan Hall that the Bhajans were to commence every day at five o'clock. Accordingly, this evening the Bhajans began at five and Bhagawan arrived at 5.45 pm. He came onstage for a round in His chair before moving to the Bhajan Hall through the rear door and accepting Arati at six o'clock. Swami has been visiting the Hill view stadium sometimes in the mornings and occasionally in the evenings to view the progress in the work going on there preparing for the Sahasra Chandra Darshanam function in mid-November. Frequent showers have cooled down the environs.
The final day for the UK Sadhana Camp in Prashanti Nilayam had arrived! The group waited eagerly for Swami's Darshan, however it would appear that Our dear Sai had yet more of his great Leelas to enact with the Group, similar to those played between Krishna and his Gopis!
Today Bhajans continued for about 1hour 20 minutes. Although Swami did not appear in His physical form, His presence was very much felt by one and all.
Afternoon Darshan: The Group had the honour of sitting next to the Vedam boys for afternoon Darshan. As they eagerly waited for Swami to arrive, it soon became apparent to the boys that once also Swami was either testing the Group or had some un-enacted Leelas still to perform. Swami did not come until 5.23am.
When Swami emerge from His Divine Residence, he gave Darshan to the ladies side only. Unusually today also, Rudram was not chanted to welcome Swami's arrival, instead a different Hymn welcomed our Beloved Mother Sai.
Swami headed straight to the Mandir, where he instructed the boys to start the Bhajans. Swami did not speak to anyone on the Veranda, not even Puppet who was eagerly waiting for a chance to talk to Baba to seek His permission for the Group to depart. Instead Swami just kept looking at the ceiling when going to Mandir and interview room and back to Mandir.
Swami did not come to where the boys sat for the performance. Swami called for the aarti and then headed towards his car. The group leader Puppet could not stand the thought of having to leave Prashanti without speaking to Swami; he therefore spoke to Swami while Swami was in the car and ready to move.
Swami said he is very happy with him and the Group and if the Group had some things to do in Bangalore then we should leave. From Swami's words it was clear Swami was upset that the Group was leaving. Puppet understood that Swami did not want us to leave until the next morning. Puppet begged Swami several times "Baba please come in the morning". The Group stayed in Prashanti until next morning; bags were loaded from the cars and hotels bookings were cancelled. Only Swami knows the reasons why he does what he does, but everyone was very happy that we will spend an extra day with Our Beloved Mother Sai.
This evening, Bhagawan arrived at Sai Kulwant Hall in His chair for darshan a few minutes after five o'clock. Moving straight to the verandah after crossing the ladies' side, He came onstage and listening to the collective Rudram chanting by the students. Once all eleven Anuvakas of the Namakam part of Sri Rudram were completed, Bhagawan called up Sri Ajit Popat, spoke to him for a while, and asked him to address the gathering at 5.25 pm. Sri Popat spoke on the need for all of us to be Grateful, Gracious and Godly. After he concluded at 5.45 pm, Swami asked one of the students to speak. His fifteen minute Telugu speech was followed by Bhajans in the Bhajan Hall. Bhagawan soon arrived there from the stage and at 6.20 accepted Arati before returning to His residence.
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Thursday, October 9, 2008 And finally the grand day arrived! Today was Vijayadasami, the 90th death anniversary of Shirdi Baba, the final day of the Dasara celebrations and also the concluding Poornahuti ceremony of the Veda Purusha Saptaha Jnana Yajna. It is very rare that humanity does anything without expectation of a reward. Even the stotrams (stanzas in praises of the Lord) or the suprabhatam (waking up prayer to the Lord) have the last portion dedicated to what is called the Phalashruthi which states what are the benefits one would accrue by reciting them! In the similar fashion, the Poornahuthi day of the grand yajnam can be considered as its Phalashruthi for it is on this day that the heart thrills and the eyes get a feast - the reward for the meticulous and sincere attendance of the week long prayer. The previous evening it had been announced that Swami would make the Poornahuthi Poornam(complete and sweet!) at 10am today. So most of the devotees chose to go straight to the Poornachandra auditorium rather than wait in Kulwant hall. But the truly greedy ones for His darshan (and who can blame them for being so for isn't our Lord so attractive and wonderful to see that the eyes experience what only the tongue was cursed to feel - thirst!) sat in the Kulwant hall hoping that He comes there first and then goes to the auditorium.
October 9, 2008
It was about 9:15am when Swami arrived out of Yajur mandir. The little Gita was waiting to be fed by the Lord and Swami fed apples to her. Then to slake the thirst of the eyes we talked about earlier, Swami moved towards the Kulwant hall on a magnificent "throne chair", golden in its colour and tall in its height. It became very evident that He had come only to give joy to those waiting in the hall as He took a small round and then quickly hurried towards the auditorium. Now everyone too rushed there and in a few minutes the Kulwant hall wore a deserted look with the only people there being the spillover crowd from the auditorium! Just past 9.30 Bhagawan arrived onstage, and interacting briefly with the priests, moved to the Western end of the stage. Along the way, all the teachers and students clad in orange and cream had a good darshan and formed a sort of backdrop for the Lord in orange! At the western end of the stage, Swami blessed garlands to be placed on the mound of kumkum and turmeric that represents the supreme and receives devotion during the conduct of the yajna. The water to be sprinkled on all as a sign of divine blessing and benediction too was blessed and Swami received Aarthi. The priests then sought permission to go to the mandir and fetch the necessary tools to perform the poornahuthi. Swami permitted them and moved backstage.
The priests literally rushed to the bhajan hall where the wooden tools and materials were placed. A long wooden pole with a channel through which ghee (clarified butter) would flow to feed the flames of the yajna fire was the main among them all. They returned in a procession and Swami too came onstage as soon as they arrived. He then moved to the centre, and the priests chanted mantras to complete the final offerings into the sacrificial fire. The mop of lovely hair around His head marked Swami in the group of saffron bodies that surrounded the equally saffron flame. Swami on the throne looked so magnificent and heavenly as the flames lapped up higher and higher as if attempting to look at Him in all His grandeur. An orange bundle containing all the final offerings to the fire was opened before Swami. Swami inspected it and then blessed it to be placed into the Yajnakundam. As that was done, a burst of joyful applause filled the entire auditorium. Swami then moved around the stage and blessed all there with His proximity. The priests then gathered around Him once again after a brief visit to the western end of the hall.
Swami blessed the priests and the wife of the chief-priest with clothes, and they all went backstage, changed into the new clothes and returned. As they gathered around, the head priest and Swami both asked for all the chantings to cease. All the priests now chanted at a very high pitch and high decibel levels as Swami sat through intensely looking at all of them. Then the head priest sang out some hymn and Swami was very touched with his rendition. After that, Swami received Aarthi at about 10:15 am and retired for the morning into Yajur Mandir.
Bhagawan arrived for darshan in the car at 5.30 this evening. The devotees have all got so much used to the chair that the car was indeed a novel experience! Once He came onstage, Swami noticed Nepalese students seated in the front with huge kumkum marks embedded with rice grains on their foreheads. Swami asked them as to what was that mark all about. The 40 odd students went up to Swami and sought His blessings for the traditional Durga Pooja practice that is common in Nepal. Swami blessed all of them and accepted letters He spoke to a few of them too A wonderful thing has to be mentioned here. The Nepalese students from the Institute, music college and school get together during the summer vacation to carry out seva activities in their region. The most impressive aspect of this service is that all the finance is obtained from the "spiritual savings" if we can call them so) of these students. They put a ceiling on desires and many of them wash their own clothes and save the dhobi fees. Such savings are directed towards the service. As Swami says, charity gets meaning when it involves sacrifice. The 100 Rs given by a millionaire pales into insignificance before the single rupee saved by hard effort! The photos of the previous years service activities were shown to Swami and Swami was appreciative of them After He blessed all those students, He heard the vedam chants for a while.
Then, Sri. T. G. Krishnamurthy, former Sai Organisation State President of Tamil Nadu, was asked to speak. After his half-hour speech, Prof. G. Venkataraman, former Vice-Chancellor of the Sai University, spoke for twenty minutes. The professor outlined as to how the world that does not root itself in Swami's teachings of Love undergoes one bust after another like the dotcom bubble and the housing bubble. Sensing that Swami wanted to deliver His divine message, the professor concluded his talk. Bhagawan then indicated that He would deliver His Vijaya Dasami message and His microphone was brought up.
The discourse today would become one of epic proportions in terms of its' significance in reminding humanity and rendering a wake up call to it.
Many people pass through pleasure and pain. When it is pleasure we say it is good luck and in the other case we say that it is misfortune. But it is all karma. Yad Bhavam Tad Bhavathi. As is the feeling, so is the experience. The whole world revolves around action. And so the actions must be sacred. What is Dusshera? It is nothing but the result of 10 days of action. The Poornahuthi can be considered as the culmination of the actions of the 10 senses. (5 karmendriyas and 5 Jnanendriyas.) In this world action is inevitable.
In the Navarathri the divine mother is worshipped. The first is Devi Shakti who gives the might to perform all the actions. Basing on this, Lakshmi confers all that is needed. And Saraswati fosters the knowledge. The worship of these three is called Navarathri. Tridalam Trigunakaram Trinetram cha Triyayudham. (three petaled, embodying the three gunas, three eyed and having the three ayudhas) applies for the Devi too. The inner significance of Navarathri is to get the Navavidha Shakti. (The nine forms of strength)
For all this Dharma is important. One has to always discriminate. The Buddhi is very important and is embodied as Vishnu. Like the current in everything, the intellect pervades the body. Whether good or bad, you have to face the consequences. It is only their actions that makes us hold people like the Pandavas in high regard. So, all must do sacred actions. Lakshmi is made out of the letters la, ksh ,ma and i. She is forever seated in Narayana's heart. Lord narayana is eternal and so is she. Sitting there she confers blessings on all humanity. Lord Narayana is not Lakshmi Narayana but Sathyanarayana.
Sathyanarayana smiles and walks in human form in our midst. Just as Lakshminarayana is Garudavahana Sathyanarayana is sarpavahana. He looks like a normal human but his power is immense. He appears as if he does not know anything. But Sathya is the essence of Sathyanarayana. He stresses on the principle of truth always. From truth comes righteousness or dharma. Sathyanarayana is the combination of sathya and dharma and he has incarnated to establish them. Vishnu himself says that Sathayanarayana raju is very important. He is no ordinary one. People may consider him so but what he says is the truth and the absolute truth. That means that he says what is in his heart and does what he speaks about. The entire creation has come from truth and to truth it will return. There is no place without truth and that is the pure truth. Man is not careful. He thinks that Sathyanarayana is telling lies or that he is joking. Sathyanarayana may speak smilingly or jokingly but it is the truth. Even those who are close also do not believe this. They neglect his words and take it in a very easy and light manner. All that Sathyanarayana says will manifest in the future. Those who are incapable of thinking of the future alone think of them as lies. You will soon see the manifestation of this truth. The age of this body is 83 years. Till today I have not forgotten anything. I may appear forgetful but there is nothing that is forgetfulness in my life. I am the eternal witness. And today that sakshi (witness) is being neglected. I have chosen to speak it today and I have never done so before. As the time is fast approaching, I have to reveal all this. People have spoken their thoughts in the past few days. That is not the truth. But nothing wrong in it since they have spoken of their thoughts and feelings. People have to recognize the truth. Truth has no hatred enmity anger or differences. I have no difference. You consider others with differences. All are equal; all the children of Sathya.
Whoever comes and speaks to me I always smile. I am never angry with anyone. Even when I appear angry, it is a pretention to correct you. The students here wonder that they get they disappointed, dejected and comment on others but how is it that swami maintains composure. All are one; the shakthi in all is the same- that is the Atma shakti. There is only Atmanarayana. There may be many names and forms but God is one. YOu see bulbs here. But all the lights go out when the current is gone. God is the Atmic current. God has been doing a lot for the bliss of his devotees. But he has no likes or dislikes; he has no desires. God has only one desire and that is "Loka samastha sukhino bhavanthu". Each one faces the consequences of one's karma. And so some will have to face sorrow and misery. I do not have even one desire. I have incarnated for your happiness. But to make anyone happy is not my desire. Bulbs are many and you see that the intensity of their lights vary- some are bright and some are dim. But the current is the same and no one can find fault with the current. The lord is the current. Joys and sorrows are of your own making.
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Sathyanarayana has also been called Vishnu that is explained in detail in the vishnupurana. Vishnu moves in the world as Sathyanarayana. Sathya is his hallmark. Why did I not speak for 10 days? All spoke in their own ways. It is to declare the truth that I speak. I love those that love me, those that hate me, the demons - everyone. But people do not understand this. They say Swami is not talking with me. Is he angry? I have only hunger for devotees and not anger towards them. God is the embodiment of love and Navaratri is celebrated to demonstrate this principle of truth. People worship in different ways that they choose. But there is no difference for Bhagawan. All are embodiments of love and must mingle as brothers and sisters. Remember that men are more valuable than all the wealth of the world. Have faith in the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man. Have love and treat everyone well. People stay away from you till they are able to glimpse your love once love is there they will come instantly. All those who spoke based it on their experiences and feelings. That is not wrong. But there are very few who have known the path of truth.
Be the same to all. Have no differences. All are one. Though they look different at one moment you will realize that all are brothers and sisters at the next. All are one be alike to everyone. Love all that is my message.
In a tree there are buds. Some of them flower immediately and become fruits while others take time. One must wait for that fragrance and sweetness. Today is Poornahuti. What is it? It is complete thyaga (sacrifice). Swami is complete thyaga always. Poornamadah poornamidam poornath poornam udhachyathe. This is full. That is full. And if you remove fullness from fullness it still remains full. Children are like buds and may not understand that depth now. As they grow and mature they will understand.
One more thing every child has a small cellphone today. It leads to misuse, bad thoughts of connection between boys and girls. If you do not want bad thoughts do not have bad connections. Do not use a phone much. It may look and feel nice and savvy but will lead to misuse. For 83 years I have never used a phone. The devotees may cry and die but I will not pick up a phone. I have not spoken on a phone but I have the right to advice you. You are all children and so act as children must. Be careful. If you are careless the world will be careless towards you. You may say that I am speaking well and good. But others may take the wrong meaning. So do not give scope for misinterpretation. It is okay will elders but people who are young completely misunderstand and so you miss the understanding. If given a choice throw the cellphone in the well. Do not buy them; if you do so have connections with the right people. Using the cellphone to gossip and carry tales about others is not good. If you do not use the phone and speak for a while you will think " Ayyo I have not spoken to so and so" and get worried. Be very careful and get a good name.
This evening, Bhagawan arrived at Sai Kulwant Hall at 5.30 pm and when He reached onstage, former Vice-chancellor Sri S. V. Giri was asked to speak. After his half-hour talk on the Dasara celebrations, Bhajans commenced in the Sai Kulwant hall. Swami accepted Arati after 20 minutes and moved to the interview room before returning to His residence at 7 pm. Prof. Anil Kumar was asked to make an announcement about the Poornahuti celebrations marking the end of the seven-day yagnam tomorrow
The eighth or ninth day in Dusshera is celebrated as Durga pooja or Ayudh pooja. The festival is replete with many practices and rituals. For instance, there is a legend related to the exhibition of toys that is known as Golu (spelled Kolu in some regions). Since the goddess Durga needed tremendous power, all other gods and goddesses transferred their power to Goddess Durga and they all stood still as toys. To respect the self-sacrifice of these deities during the festival days, Hindus revere toys that are in shape of particular gods and goddesses.
After the slaying of Mahishasura and other demons by Durga or Chamundeshwari, there was no more use for her weapons. So the weapons were kept aside and worshipped. This Ayudha puja is being celebrated since ancient times. The Ayudha Puja is a worship of whatever implements one may use in one's livelihood. On the preceding evening, it is traditional to place these implements on an altar to the Divine. If one can make a conscious effort to see the divine in the tools and objects one uses each day, it will help one to see one's work as an offering to God. It will also help one to maintain constant remembrance of the divine. In India it is customary for one to prostrate before the tools one will use before starting one's work each day; this is an expression of gratitude to God for helping one to fulfill one's duties.
And so, in Puttaparthi too, all vehicles and implements are worshipped and revered this day. The Saab, Merc, BMW and Toyota stood beside each other awaiting their Lord! In this place, not only the devotees from all parts of the world sit with each other, machines and vehicles from everywhere too rest side by side! An altar had been made amidst the cars and the whole place was spotless clean.
A few minutes after 9:30am Swami arrived for darshan rounds. There was a Mangalavadyam team standing in readiness to welcome Swami.. Swami was not accepting letters and understandably so for today was the day of the machines! As He crossed the students' area and entered the gents side, the Mangalavadyam escorted Him. With Swami, the wonderful thing is anything looks beautiful and thrilling for He is the one who lends beauty and Grace to anything. The escort group that led Swami for a short distance erupted wonderful feelings within every heart nevertheless. As Swami neared the cars area, all the members of the escort party grabbed the opportunity to place prostrations at His Lotus feet.
Swami then moved to the altar that had been made specially for the occasion. He sat in front of it looking and gazing at it. And for those few moments, amidst all the noise and celebrations, a kind of silence enveloped all those standing near Him. His silence is so powerful and it stills even the most turbulent of minds into placid calmness. Trays and bowls holding chocolates and coconuts were brought to Him for blessings. He placed His palms over all of them and blessed them to be broken in front of the decorated vehicles in the traditional manner. As Swami watched on, coconuts were broken in front of each of the cars. Then bowls of prasadam and chocolates were blessed for distribution. Having done that, Swami continued His darshan rounds through the Veda chanting area and the Primary school blocks. Then He arrived to the stage where He sat listening to the Veda chanting going on The Rudram began and everyone vociferously joined in the chanting.
Swami then moved towards the Poornachandra Auditorium. As He moved out of Kulwant hall, everyone else to rushed for places in the auditorium. In the meanwhile, there were two more garages and cars there too had been worshipped. Swami blessed coconuts to be broken. The first coconut hurled did not seem to have force enough to shatter. Swami smiled and told the person to take the coconut and break it properly That smile reminded one of the days when Swami Himself would break the coconuts. He would hold one in each hand and collide them against each other. The coconut on the left would always be left as it never broke but the coconut in the right hand would break exactly into half! This would go on till the last pair of coconuts were left. This time however, when He would crack them against each other, both the nuts would crack! Leaving all the witnesses with nostalgic memories, Swami moved into the auditorium.
Swami sat on the stage as the yajna progressed. The "Suryanamaskar priest" once again did his prostrations and prayers at the Lotus feet by placing a lotus there. All the various priests were deeply engrossed in the worship. We have often heard Swami say, "Work is worship". For these priests, it is so apt as literally worship is their work! After a while, Swami moved across all the students chanting on the stage to the western end of the stage and received Aarthi and the chantings of all the priests who gathered there in a single file. Swami was there for about 10 minutes after which He moved back across the stage and then retired for the morning.
In the evening, Swami arrived a few minutes after five o'clock. Once He came onstage after His darshan round, He asked the All India Sai Organisation President, Sri. V. Srinivasan to speak at 5.15 pm. The speaker dwelt on what Swami meant to everyone in all parts of the world.. Talking about the relationships that one adopts with Swami, the speaker stated that they can be as diverse as that between a mother and her child to that between friends! As he concluded his talk, Swami called him and told something in his ears. A kind of anticipative thrill spread across the hall and slowly the speaker came back to the podium. He stood still for a while, obviously contemplating and gathering thoughts and words on the magnificence and munificence of the words that the Lord had whispered to him.
And then he spoke with surging joy, "The people of Orissa have been struck by floods and about 7 districts have thousands of homeless. Swami's heart has gone out to them. He is immediately sanctioning 10 crores for their relief." The applause was deafening. While people in power were busy playing the blame game and trying to find the fault, the Lord had planned massive relief! Swami has directed that houses be rebuilt by the Sai organization along with building Primary Schools for the villagers. And these shelters will not be permanent. Like Swami's glory, they also would be permanent - not mere tents or wooden structures, but sturdy concrete homes. Swami didn't want mere houses to be built, His intention was that homes be rebuilt! Swami also said that He would sell away the hilltop house in Kodaikanal and the Sri Sathya Sai airport at Puttaparthi and direct those funds for service.
For the Lord, only the present moment exists. Right now there is help needed and that will be rendered. Financial estimates and practical difficulties are not to be given prominence when people are suffering for everyone belongs to Him and as He has said, "If you need me, you deserve me." As the speaker narrated the troubled conditions of Orissa which he ascertained during his recent trip, Swami seemed deeply moved. The Lord seemed to be shedding a tear, feeling fully for His children. For the One who initiated everyone into chanting, "Samastha Loka Sukhino Bhavanthu" since He wanted not only the people of this world but all the worlds to be peaceful and happy, any suffering melts the heart. As the speaker went on, Swami called him and issued another command, "Right after Vijaya Dashami, you, Sri Kondal Rao of the AP government and Sri Ramakrishna, the director of L&T leave for Orissa and make plans so that in 2 months time, those people have homes!" If the previous applause was deafening, this one was such that even the deaf would hear!
After these announcements, Swami asked for Bhajans. Very aptly the bhajan chosen by the students was, "Deena Dukhiyon Se prem karo". Prasadam was blessed and distributed to all. As that was done, Swami received Aarthi and left.
The 8th morning was quite uneventful as Swami remained indoors. The Yajnam went on and all the devotees attended it. In the evening, Swami arrived and completed the darshan rounds. After coming on the stage, He blessed Sri.S.V.Giri, the former vice chancellor of the Institute to speak. Sri Giri spoke on the significance of Navarathri and Dusshera. The greater part of his speech however was dedicated to what we should do in order to express our love and gratitude to Swami. He listed an eight point plan which was simple yet effective in its approach and implementation. Faith, respect for elders, love for children, good company and positive thoughts were some of them. Swami too applauded as he concluded. Then there were bhajans. After about 4 bhajans, Swami subtly indicated to a student to sing the "Allah hu Akbar" bhajan! And so the next bhajan was powerfully rendered with the introductory Aalaap.
Swami blessed prasadam to be distributed to all and then received Aarthi. He then went into the interview room for a short while. He retired as the announcement, that the next day would be Poornahuthi for the Yajna, was on.
Monday, October 6, 2008 &Sunday, October 5, 2008 Navarathri in its direct sense means nine nights. But Nava also stands for "new". It is this meaning that also finds equal fruition if not greater with Swami. Swami continued in His beautiful flights of loving uncertainty and thrilled everyone filling them with eager anticipation and joyous guessing. The third and fourth days of the Vedapurusha Saptaha Jnana Yajna were beautiful and fulfilling. On the morning of the 5th, all had assembled in the Kulwant hall while the Yajna proceedings began in the Poornachandra auditorium. Informed decision makers, speculators, gamblers and spectators are not only the people who play at the stock markets - they are very much present in Puttaparthi too playing the guessing game as to what Swami's next move will be. And so, while some people continue to sit in Kulwant hall, some of them move out to occupy vantage positions in the auditorium! Today morning, it paid off for those who had laid their bets on the auditorium as Swami went straight there out of Yajur Mandir! He arrived on the stage and saw the proceedings for a while. In the meantime, the priest performing the physical exercise of the suryanamaskars moved to Swami a
nd offered the rose. This priest has the privilege of performing one pradakshina and offerings directly to Swami whenever Swami is physically present on the stage- on other occasions he does it to the Swami that is omnipresent! As the priest fell flat in full prostrations, Swami accepted his rose and blessed him. Then He moved to the ladies corner of the stage where the head priest and his wife were engaged in worship. Behind Him all the other priests also gathered and chanted out aloud. Swami received Aarthi there and as the camphor was waved He smiled at all the devotees and priests. All the ladies outside the auditorium heaped on each other and craned and strained to catch a glimpse of that sweet smiling face. Swami then returned to the gents corner of the stage.
As we wrote, those devotees who placed their bets on the auditorium had their payoff, but with Swami there is nothing like the losing side. Once you are on God's side, you are always on the winning side. Those who had held on to sitting in the Kulwant hall also won as Swami moved at bllistering pace from the auditorium into the darshan grounds. The hall was now quite empty and thus the devotees who had held on and remained too had the opportunity to get wonderful darshan blessings. Swami completed a full round and then moved into the portico via the gents side. The Union Home minister, Sri Shivaraj Patil had arrived and Swami blessed him with an interview. After the interview was complete, Swami came out and sat listening to the chanting of the Rudram that was on. He listened to one complete cycle of the Rudram and that in itself takes more than 30 minutes. The students have a tendency - to slowly move closer and closer to Swami as they sit near Him and who would not do so given the chance! As Swami wanted all the Veda-knowing students in the front, the block was literally bursting at its seams and the students were seated almost till His lotus feet! He called a few students and then asked them what they had for breakfast? He collected letters and interacted with many more students. He enquired into the well being of some of the members of the staff too. He interacted with the students some more, asked one of the students to demonstrate the Jaikar, and returned to His residence at 10.45 after some more Jaikars from the assembled devotees. It was a wonderful session which concluded with Aarti and Jaijaikars to the Lord.
The evening session was again marked by a beautiful round of darshan after which Swami commanded Mr. Ajit Popat to speak. The next 40 minutes or so was an energetic and enthusiastic outpouring of love and devotion for the Lord by Mr.Popat in his characteristic style. He urged everyone to make the best of the Lord's availability and become dear to Him not by just touching Him in the physical sense but by touching His heart! "When the Ganges is flowing by our homes, why do we choose to bathe in our narrow bathrooms?", he questioned out aloud. As he concluded his talk, Swami blessed him and asked for the bhajans to begin. The bhajans began in the bhajan hall and soon after, Swami made His way to the bhajan hall. The day concluded with the waving of the holy fire to the Lord.
The 6th morning was again another display of the wonder and beauty of His uncertainty. All the devotees assembled in the Kulwant hall and Poornachandra auditorium for the "holy sighting" or darshan as it is called in daily parlance. It was about 10:15 am when Swami arrived to Kulwant hall for darshan. Completing a full round, Swami went to the interview room. Swami was desirous of distributing sarees to some of the ladies. He did so as He moved from the Kulwant hall towards the Poornachandra auditorium and the ones thus blessed accepted the gifts of Love with joy and gratitude. Once in the auditorium, Swami sat on the stage witnessing the Yajna. It is an amazing sight to see the way Swami sits at the ceremonies. The word "witness" is so apt to describe it. He is neither elated nor down but seems to be in a state of steady serenity! And that serenity radiates to everyone in His physical ambit. Devotees seem to forget everything and everyone sits calmly and reverentially as long as He is there. The magic of His presence proves that truly it is The Presence - like one is sitting face to face with ones' innermost Self!
After a while, Swami moved to the western end of the stage and blessed all the priests there. He received Aarthi to mark the conclusion of the day's quota of the Yajnam. Having done that, He again distributed sarees to many of the priests wives and to few other ladies. Sitting on top, Swami continued to distribute as the ladies gratefully accepted the sarees and had the privilege of padanamaskar as His feet were easily accessible at their head level almost! Then Swami retired to Yajur Mandir.
In the evening, Swami came to the Bhajan hall just before 5.30 on completing His darshan round. As the Vedam went on, He made two rounds down the aisle, distributing more sarees. These 9 days are dedicated to the Devi and it was so apt that Swami continued to distribute sarees. The students from the Anantapur campus of the University seated in the bhajan hall were all joy as they got bonus darshan blessings and Swami accepted letters from some of them. At 5.50pm, He asked for the Bhajans to begin and sat there for half an hour before accepting Arati. But as He moved out, His eye met the eyes of the warden of the Brindavan campus, Sri. B.N.Narasimhamoorthy. With a twinkle Swami told him," I will come out soon. Be ready to speak!"
And so when the whole Kulwant hall was expecting Him to retire for the day at 6:00pm, Swami called the warden and told him to speak. The warden requested, "Swami it will be Shrama (difficulty) for you as it has already been a long day." Swami replied, "Shrama Kaadhu, Prema. (Its not difficulty, its Love!)" He had a twinkle in the eyes as He came out and asked for the mike and podium to be placed for the speaker. The speaker then for the next 35 minutes spontaneously poured out his feelings of Love and gratitude to the divine mother. The climax of his speech was an incident where Swami had told him exactly the same words as today. In the summer of 2000 when he had been rendered almost immobile due to a severe backache, Swami had walked all the way to his room in the hostel climbing the steep steps! The warden had then asked Swami as to why had He taken so much "Shrama" and pat Swami had replied the same, "Its not Shrama dear, its Prema!"
He concluded his talk and everyone seemed overcome with emotion. When the glories of the Lord are relived and related, everyone is overcome with emotion. Only those that have transcended the realms of the world and have entered the higher planes of consciousness are untouched by emotion. Even those that are heartless by nature seem to find that noble organ within them and it wells with Love and emotion! As the speaker concluded, Swami blessed him and quickly moved back to the car and retired for the evening.
The morning of the second day of the Vedapurusha Saptaha Jnana Yajnam went on as per schedule and Swami chose to remain indoors. The evening turned out to be quite eventful however. At about 4:30pm everyone became alert and signs that Swami was coming out was very evident. And the master of uncertainty that He is, Swami came in the car! As He neared the central marble blocks, He took a turn and drove out of the main Gopuram gate. At the same time many of the devotees too headed towards the nearest exits.
The enthusiasm of the devotees to catch a glimpse of Him is so infectious. Even those who are not able to or not inclined to run also, find their legs moving faster and faster as they see the others doing so! And so, via the main road Swami visited the Vidyagiri stadium where the construction of a grand stage for the upcoming Sahasra Chandra Darshanam Homam was on. As always a huge following formed the tail of the car and athletic sevadal formed a security cordon of ropes alongside the car. Swami arrived at the stage and then the car halted. The glass was lowered and the chief engineers at the site went to Swami.
Veda Purusha Sapthaha Jnana Yajna & Prasanthi Vidwan Mahasabha
Proceedings of the first four days of the Yajna and Speeches in the evenings
October 03-06, 200
above slide show courtesy www.Sssbpt.org
The Lord in all His love and magnanimity gives opportunities to all of us to enjoy the joy of interaction with Him. And so armed with the different charts and sketches, the engineers explained to Swami the proposed plan of action and the progress achieved till then. All the workers stood with folded hands on either side of the car and were so happy at this wonderful darshan being conferred on them. Swami seemed to survey the Shanti Vedika and express satisfaction at the way things were going on. Swami was there for about 5-10 minutes. Then blessing the workers and devotees gathered on either sides, Swami slowly moved across the Shanti Vedika. He was on the seat opposite to the Shanti Vedika and it was "suggested" to Him that if the car came the other way He could see the work better.
As Swami moved down the slope of the road, the workers from the senior boys hostel too offered their salutations. The warden was also there and He invited Swami to bless the new "Dhyanamandir" that had been constructed at the hostel. Swami assured that He would do so later and then drove on. It was a pleasant surprise when Swami took an about turn and returned back to the Vedika. One may be tempted to think that He did so to to get a better view of the work in progress. But as one waited and watched, it would dawn that it was for the workers' "progress" that He did so! The car slowly drove across and Swami blessed all the workers who had gathered in a straight line and drank at His beautiful form. The scene reminded one of the Brindavan days of the Dwapara Yuga where everyone would abandon whatever they were doing to have a look at the sweet Krishna. The Karma yoga, like the mind, came to a stand still and the Bhakti-yoga, like the heart, continued at a frenetic pace. Swami thus left the stadium leaving behind the happy workers and devotees with cherished memories.
Swami arrived at Kulwant hall and took a darshan round in the car itself. Then He moved to the centre of the stage via the lower veranda. He sat out listening to the Vedic chants. He also began to participate in some of the chants and this encouraged everyone to exercise their vocal chords to a greater extent. Almost everyone in the first line held letters for Him. It is a wonderful type of game that goes on. Seeing that Swami was intent only on the Veda, the hands holding the letters began to drop down slowly. Finally only two or three boys seemed to have letters. After a few minutes, Swami suddenly called one boy and took his letter, opened it and read through. The next moment, the "letter count" had risen dramatically as now even boys in second and third lines held up their letters praying for acceptance! Smilingly, Swami called the boys one by one and took their letters. He read many of them there itself. One boy was reprimanded for writing huge letters." Write only what is necessary"- seemed to be the message!
As most of the letters were taken, Swami emptied His hands and began to sway them gently to the rhythmic chanting. He instructed that bhajans should begin in the bhajan hall. All the singers were seated out and so they rose and silently moved to the bhajan hall. Swami looked at each of them as they passed by Him. The bhajans began soon afterwards and needless to say His presence outside made a world of difference to the singing volume and enthusiasm outside. Swami sat outside for about five bhajans and it was a wonderful darshan-bhajan session. Then HE moved into the bhajan hall and two bhajans later, received Aarthi and retired for the day.
At Puttaparthi, the Dasara festival marks the beginning of the Vedapurusha Saptaha Jnana Yajna with the Vedapurusha, our beloved Swami, presiding over the Yajna in the morning and imparting Jnana in the evening, either through His discourses or through the inspiration He lends to scholars. The 3rd of October was to mark the beginning of this magnificent homam (fire sacrifice) as a homage and prayer for all humanity. The Kulwant hall had been decked to its brilliant best. The strains of the sacred Nadaswaram filled the air and the smell of incense filled hearts with the sense of deepest devotion. A brightly caparisoned Sathya Gita (or Krishna Gita as she is also known) marched regally, strutting around her tiny trunk, towards the Yajur Mandir. It was about 8:30 am when an announcement was made that on this holy day Swami would grant darshan in the Kulwant hall and then all could move silently into the Poornachandra Auditorium where the Yajnam would commence. At about 8:50 am, Swami arrived and He looked as fresh as a rose! Gita moved forward gently towards Him and with a tiny trumpet, offered Him a salute. Swami took apples from her caretaker and fed her. She greedily took apples from His hand and ate them. Swami was so sweetly observing her and He went on feeding her.
Swami permitted the little elephant to move to the Kulwant hall from the back entrance and He made His much awaited entry into the darshan grounds. Moving through the ladies and gents side, He came to the front. Then He moved into the bhajan hall where about a hundred students clad in saffron were chanting the Vedas along with the purohits (priests) who had arrived for the Yajnam. Swami sat there for a while listening to the chants. Then He got the traditional clothes to be presented to the priests. As per the custom, the head priest and his wife conduct a separate worship. Swami first gifted a green silk saree to the head priest's wife. Then He proceeded to give the dhoties and angavastrams to all the priests as they bowed at His feet and sought His blessings. They immediately changed into the new clothes and were ready for "takeoff"! Swami asked, "What about the turmeric and kumkum?" Those were also kept in readiness and Swami permitted them to leave for the auditorium. Before leaving they chanted loudly in unison, some hymns and mantras and then began to file out. Swami then instructed the students also to follow suit. He sat by the side blessing everyone as they left for the Poornachandra auditorium.
After a few minutes, Swami moved into the interview room after which He too made His way to the Poornachandra auditorium. There is a plethora of activity that goes on the Poornachandra auditorium stage. From the conduct of the Yajnam while chanting Rudram to the silent reading of the Devi Bhagawatam to the strenuous stretching and exercising of the Surya Namaskar. And this is shared between both groups, the priests and the students. As Swami arrived on the stage, the priests sought His permission to churn and begin the sacred fire to light up the Yajnam. He permitted them and then they began to churn the embers in a wooden cradle. As the first wisps of smoke rose into the air, they blew and fanned it lovingly into a flame. At the same time they took great care that no breeze or external force put it out. Showing it to all assembled, they placed it in the pit and fuelled it into a wonderful flame! The same breeze that once threatened to put out the spark now inflamed the holy fire to greater heights! Like Swami says that there will be many hindrances in the spiritual path in the beginning. But later these obstructions themselves hasten ones spiritual progress!
And thus, the Yajnam began and a silent thrill seemed to surge through the being of anyone who could comprehend, in part at least, the great blessing he/she was being subjected to. Swami accepted the garlands and He also lit a candle with a matchstick. This candle was used to light up all the oil lamps on stage. The priest engaged in Surya Namaskar, as is the tradition, came to Swami and offered a flower at the beginning and fell in full prostration, the Sashtangam as it is called, to Him. Swami blessed Him and then rising, the priest circumambulated Swami before continuing His prayers. The students, a large group on stage, kept the chanting alive and in one corner the Devi Mahatyam or reading the glories of the divine mother was on. After a while, Swami moved across the stage to the other corner where the head priest and his wife were involved in worship. He placed a garland and received their prayers. All the ladies rejoiced at the close darshan that they got as He came to their side. On His way back, Swami stopped at the Homakundam. He sat observing the offerings made to the fire. A magnificent wooden, exquisitely carved statue depicting the Vishwarupa darshana had been placed at the back of the stage. When Swami sat at the fire, the hood of the serpent on the statue seemed to form an arch over His head! Swami sat there for a while and then retired for the day The Yajnam went on till the Aarthi at about 12:00 pm.
In the evening, Swami arrived again in the chair. He moved through the ladies side which was packed with children from the Primary school and the students of the Anantapur campus of the University also. The evenings during the Dusshera are used as a platform for the wisdom of elders (Swami inclusive) to be showered on all. Today as Swami went around showering the joy of His darshan on all assembled, nobody had the slightest idea as to what the proceedings of the evening would be. Swami came on the stage and asked for the chanting to cease. Then He called the priest who performs Aarthi daily in the mandir on to the stage. Sri Narayana Bhatta was the speaker for the evening! As he was introduced, he prostrated and sought blessings from Swami. His topic was "Devi Bhagawatam". Using the 10 years of Vedic learning experience, he dwelt in a masterly manner on the significance of the Mother worship. He exhorted all to make attempts at least to read the Devi Bhagavatham as it was in very simple Sanskrit. As he concluded his half an hour talk, Swami asked him to speak some more on the Gayathri mantra. And thus he dwelt on that too. When the speaker kept addressing the chant as "Gayathri", Swami corrected, "Gayathri Maata"( meaning Mother Gayathri). The Gayathri mantra is actually addressed to the sun God and is not a goddess as common belief is, he said. "Gayathri" is actually a meter in Sanskrit and it is used to make some of the most powerful chants. He also went into the fascinating details and after he concluded, Swami applauded his effort.
For the next 10 minutes or so, Swami and the speaker were involved in a quite animated and deep discussion. After that, Swami smiled and called a student and asked, "Can you chant the Gayathri mantra?" He did so and Swami corrected him at some places. With a loving pat on his cheeks Swami sent him back to his place and called another student- an American boy this time. This boy too was told to chant and he did so. Swami smilingly latched on to his errors and after a loving pat, sent him back. The next student tested was the Iranian boy Sathya from the primary school. He seemed to impress Swami with his chanting. Swami was in such a comfortable and calm poise. He called boys holding letters and accepted them interacting with all of them for some time. There were smiles everywhere and the silence that filled the hall was occupied with prayers from the devotees and Grace from the Lord. Swami then asked for bhajans to begin. Three bhajans were sung during which the prasadam distribution went on. After that, Swami received Aarthi and retired for the day. MORE NEWS FROM 3RD OCT. The beginning of spring and the beginning of autumn are two very important junctions of climatic and solar influence. These two periods are taken as sacred opportunities for the worship of the Divine Mother in the Bharathabhoomi or India. The Navarathri festival or 'nine day festival' becomes 'ten days festival', Dusshera, meaning 'ten days', with the addition of the last day, Vijaya-dashami which is its culmination. On all these ten days, the various forms of Mother Mahisasura-mardini (Durga) are worshipped with fervour and devotion. The goddess is invoked as a spiritual force called Durga also known as Kali in order to destroy all impurities during the first three days. The next three days, the Mother is adored as a giver of spiritual wealth, Lakshmi who is considered to have the power of bestowing on her devotees inexhaustible wealth in all sense of the term. The final set of three days is spent in worshipping the goddess of wisdom, Saraswati. In order to have all-round success in life, devotees seek the blessings of all three aspects of the divine femininity, hence the nine nights of worship. And at Puttaparthi, this festival is celebrated in all its fervour and spiritual intensity. It marks the beginning of the Vedapurusha Saptaha Jnana Yajna with the Vedapurusha, our beloved Swami, presiding over the Yajna in the morning and imparting Jnana in the evening, either through His discourses or through the inspiration He lends to scholars. The 3rd of October was to mark the beginning of this magnificent homam (fire sacrifice) as a homage and prayer for all humanity. The Kulwant hall had been decked to its brilliant best. The strains of the sacred Nadaswaram filled the air and the smell of incense filled hearts with the sense of deepest devotion. A brightly caparisoned Sathya Gita marched regally, strutting around her tiny trunk, towards the Yajur Mandir. It was about 8:30 am when an announcement was made that on this holy day Swami would grant darshan in the Kulwant hall and then all could move silently into the Poornachandra Auditorium where the Yajnam would commence. At about 8:50am, Swami arrived and He looked as fresh as a rose! Sathya Gita moved forward gently towards Him and with a tiny trumpet, offered Him a salute. Swami took apples from her caretaker and fed her. She greedily took apples from His hand and ate them. Swami was so sweetly observing her and He went on feeding her. The scene was reminiscent of what many of us devotees do - He comes to us to give Himself and we just grab at the "apples" that are there in His hand thinking that they are the "sweetest" things He can confer on us!
Feeding her, Swami permitted the little elephant to move to the Kulwant hall from the back entrance and He made His much awaited entry into the darshan grounds. Moving through the ladies and gents side, He came to the front. There He scrutinized the dhoties that the Veda chanting students had worn and all were fine. Then He moved into the bhajan hall where about a hundred students clad in saffron were chanting the Vedas along with the purohits (priests) who had arrived for the Yajnam. Swami sat there for a while listening to the chants. Then He got the traditional clothes to be presented to the priests. As per the custom, the head priest and his wife conduct a separate worship. Swami first gifetd a green silk saree to the head priest's wife. Then He proceeded to give the dhoties and angavastrams to all the priests as they bowed at His feet and sought His blessings. They immediately changed into the new clothes and were ready for "takeoff"! Swami asked, "What about the turmeric and kumkum?" Those were also kept in readiness and Swami permitted them to leave for the auditorium. Before leaving they chanted loudly in unison, some hymns and mantras and then began ton file out. Swami then instructed the students also to follow suit. He sat by the side blessing everyone as they left for the Poornachandra auditorium.
As everyone left, Swami was almost alone except for 4-5 people in the entire bhajan hall. He sat so serene and composed, looking at the altar and the walls and the lights! He was at perfect ease with Himself and just looking at Him reminded one of His statement, "When I am alone, I am God!" He need not be isolated to be alone. His is a solitude that is perfect and He moves in and out of it at Will. After a few minutes, Swami moved into the interview room after which He too made His way to the Poornachandra auditorium. There is a plethora of activity that goes on the Poornachandra auditorium stage. From the conduction of the Yajnam while chanting Rudram to the silent reading of the Devi Bhagawatam to the strenuous stretching and exercising of the Surya Namaskar. And this is shred between both groups, the priests and the students. All had "taken guard" as Swami arrived on the stage. The priests sought His permission to churn and begin the sacred fire to light up the Yajnam. He permitted them and then they began to churn the embers in a wooden cradle. As the first wisps of smoke rose into the air, they blew and fanned it lovingly into a flame. At the same time they took great care that no breeze or external force put it out. Showing it to all assembled, they placed it in the pit and fuelled it into a wonderful flame! The same breeze that once threatened to put out the spark now inflamed the holy fire to greater heights! Like Swami says that there will be many hindrances in the spiritual path in the beginning. But later these obstructions themselves hasten ones spiritual progress!
And thus, the yajnam began and a silent thrill seemed to surge through the being of anyone who could comprehend, in part at least, the great blessing he/she was being subjected to. Swami accepted the garlands and He also lit a candle with a matchstick. This candle was used to light up all the oil lamps on stage. The priest engaged in Surya Namaskar, as is the tradition, came to Swami and offered a flower at the beginning and fell in full prostration, the Sashtangam as it is called, to Him. Swami blessed Him and then rising, the priest circumambulated Swami before continuing His prayers. The students, a large group on stage, kept the chanting alive and in one corner the Devi Mahatyam or reading the glories of the divine mother was on. After a while, Swami moved across the stage to the other corner where the head priest and his wife were involved in worship. He placed a garland and received their prayers. All the ladies rejoiced at the close darshan that they got as He came to their side. On His way back, Swami stopped at the Homakundam. He sat observing the offerings made to the fire. A magnificent wooden, exquisitely carved statue depicting the various incarnations of Lord Vishu had been placed at the back of the stage. When Swami sat at the fire, the hood of the serpent on the statue seemed to form an arch over His head! Swami sat there for a while and then retired for the day The Yajnam went on till the Aarthi at about 12:00 pm.
In the evening, Swami arrived again in the chair. He moved through the ladies side which was packed with children from the Primary school and the students of the Anantapur campus of the Institute also. The Veda chanting welcomed Him into what used to be called the Prashanti Vidwan Mahasabha - not that it isn't that anymore but it is not specifically called that way. The evenings during the Dusshera are used as a platform for the wisdom of elders (Swami inclusive) to be showered on all. Today as Swami went around showering the joy of His darshan on all assembled, nobody had the slightest idea as to what the proceedings of the evening would be. Swami came on the stage and asked for the chanting to cease. Then He called the priest who performs Aarthi daily in the mandir on to the stage. Sri Narayana Bhatta was the speaker for the evening! As he was introduced, he prostrated and sought blessings from Swami. His topic was "Devi Bhagawatam". Using the 10 years of Vedic learning experience, he dwelt in a masterly manner on the significance of the Mother worship. He exhorted all to make attempts at least to read the Devi Purana as it was in very simple Sanskrit. As he concluded his half an hour talk, Swami asked him to speak some more on the Gayathri mantra. And thus he dwelt on that too. When the speaker kept addressing the chant as "Gayathri", Swami corrected, "Gayathri Maata"( meaning Mother Gayathri). The Gayathri mantra is actually addressed to the sun God and is not a goddess as common belief is, he said. "Gayathri" is actually a meter in Sanskrit and it is used to make some of the most powerful chants. He also went into the fascinating details and after he concluded, Swami applauded his effort.
For the next 10 minutes or so, Swami and the speaker were involved in a quite animated and deep discussion. After that, Swami smiled and called a student and asked, "Can you chant the Gayathri mantra?" He did so and Swami corrected him at some places. With a loving pat on his cheeks Swami sent him back to his place and called another student- an American boy this time. This boy too was told to chant and he did so. Swami smilingly latched on to his errors and after a loving pat, sent him back. The next student tested was the Iranian boy Sathya from the primary school. He seemed to impress Swami with his chanting. Swami was in such a comfortable and calm poise. He called boys holding letters and accepted them interacting with all of them for some time. There were smiles everywhere and the silence that filled the hall was occupied with prayers from the devotees and Grace from the Lord. Swami then asked for bhajans to begin. Three bhajans were sung during which the prasadam distribution went on. After that, Swami received Aarthi and retired for the day.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008 - With the beginning of the new month, the whole of Prashanthi Nilayam shifted gears in preparation of Navarathri that brings the Saptaha Jnana Yajna in its wake. Almost all the students had become acquainted with the Rudram after the 20 days of intensive coaching. It was about 5:15pm that Swami arrived for darshan and was welcomed with the chants of the Rudram. He did not take the full round and used the detour after ladies side and went straight to the bhajan hall. Not very long after, Swami took a round in the bhajan hall and then moving via the upper portico, Swami came out to the main stage via the interview room.
He came and sat listening to the Vedas being chanted. He was observing as to who was chanting, who were shaky and and who were those over smart ones just lipping about here and there! Forget the divine, all-seeing eye, Swami's observation and sight are so keen that He immediately catches those who are not confident. And when He does so, it is to actually to inspire them and breathe confidence into them. As He sat swaying His hands and looking at everyone, it was such a wonderful feeling. All the students in the front few rows were stretching out their hands with letters, to the fullest as if wanting Him also to stretch 10 times more and receive them! But on some occasions Swami just chooses to look at all of them nonchalantly in a relaxed manner. After a while however, He began calling boys from the front rows in a "random" manner. Well things with Swami may seem random, but that's only to a mind that has not yet experienced Him. Many things in the universe like the way smoke twirls and rises into the skies or the way water eddies and flows in turbulent streams have been thought to be "random" - till a time when chaos theory made waves! The chaos theory, one in the frontiers of sciences today, is really about finding the underlying order in apparently random data. And so with Swami too, when we think or talk about His "randomness" its actually a reflection of that wonderful underlying order that He alone knows!
And so Swami began collecting letters. As a student would get up and go to Him, his place in the front row would be occupied by another student from behind who would have a letter! The first line therefore always had students holding out letters for Him! He called out for a member of the Veda group and asked him as to how many students were confident with the Rudra Prasnah? Swami wanted to know an approximate number at least. The answer given to Him was "about 50". Swami then called the tray boys and blessed all of them. One Iranian Muslim boy from the Primary school had also come for blessings as it was the occasion of Id. Swami called out to him and blessed him too. That being done, Swami went back to taking letters from the boys. Each boy sitting there was pining for that personal call from Swami when he could go and handover his letter to Him.
Swami sat outside till about 5:45pm and then He said that it was time for the bhajans to begin. He moved into the bhajan hall and the bhajans began. Aarthi was taken at about 6:10pm.
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