Ladies Day – 19th November 2018

“This day of 19th November is celebrated as Ladies Day in order to delve into the sacred qualities of women and disseminate them. Women are the repositories of Truth and Culture. Though earth is one, the plants vary depending on the seeds sown. The womb of mother symbolizes Mother Earth. As is the seed of thought sown in it, so is the fruit it yields. You cannot expect mangoes by sowing a neem seed. So, the mother should be filled with good thoughts, good words and good deeds. Only then can her children be virtuous.”

– Divine Discourse: November 19, 2000

Wherever women are honored there is prosperity and happiness. Women should never be slighted or treated with disrespect. A home in which the housewife sheds tears will be bereft of all prosperity. This is the ancient conception of the role of women in the home”.

– Divine Discourse: November 19, 1996

Posted in Sai | Comments Off on Ladies Day – 19th November 2018

Rathotsavam – 18th November 2018

Rathotsavam-2008 (Rathotsavam – 18th November 2008)

Photo by author

Subsequent to the Divine Marriage, ‘The Divine Couple’ along with Lord Venugopala Swami were escorted out in a royal procession as part of the annual Rathotsavam. ‘The Gods’ mounted on a chariot were taken out along the road in royal procession.

The Prasanthi Reporter

The Rathotsavam (Chariot Festival) at Prasanthi Nilayam is a tradition that goes back to the early 1950’s. This festival marks the beginning of the Birthday Celebrations of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. On this day, the students of Bhagawan, chanting Vedic hymns and singing Bhajans, lead a procession with the idol of Lord Krishna on a rath (chariot) and the idols of Lord Rama, Lakshmana and Mother Sita on a palanquin from Sai Kulwant Hall to the Old Mandir, or what is now the Kalyana Mantapam, in the village of Puttaparthi. After worship is offered to the deities, the idols of Rama, Lakshmana and Sita return to the Mandir. Later, in the evening, the idols are taken out in a procession in the village of Puttaparthi, amidst joyous celebration by the villagers.

Posted in Puttaparthi, Sai | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Rathotsavam – 18th November 2018

Global Akhanda Bhajan (10th – 11th November 2018)

Global Akhanda Bhajan, the timeless intonation promoting Universal Peace and Harmony is one of the most significant and far-reaching annual spiritual exercise initiated by Bhagawan way back in the mid forties.

Ever since, every second week-end of the month of November has been a fixed schedule for this 24 hour marathon non-stop bhajan saga.

The Akhanda Bhajan had its origin way back in 1945, started in Bangalore by a group of eight families. Upon the culmination of the year-long Thursday bhajans, they had been conducting quite regularly from 1944, during the World War II time, the group of eight families showed up to Bhagawan in Puttaparthi seeking blessings for conducting bhajans. The Divine Visionary that He is, Bhagawan blessed the group, praising the idea of bhajan singing and named it Akhanda Bhajan. Bhagawan even promised the group that He would bless the same with His physical presence. This grand Spiritual exercise has been going on uninterrupted ever since and the years that passed had been fortunate to have the spirited physical presence of Bhagawan during the occasion.

Purify-Yourself-and-the-World-by-Singing-Bhajans

“Today we are having the Akhanda Bhajan. This is being done not for the sake of one individual, one nation or one community. It is for the welfare of humanity as a whole.

The bhajans that are sung permeate the ether in the form of sound waves and fill the entire atmosphere. Thereby, the whole environment is purified. Breathing in this purified atmosphere, our hearts get purified. Reciting the Lord’s name is a process of give and take. Singing the Lord’s name should become an exercise in mutual sharing of joy and holiness. It should be remembered that the sounds we produce reverberate in the atmosphere. They remain permanently in the ether as waves and outlast the individual uttering the sounds.

– Divine Discourse on Akhanda Bhajan day on November 8, 1986

Posted in Puttaparthi, Sai | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Global Akhanda Bhajan (10th – 11th November 2018)

Deepavali – 7th November 2018

jyotibabaDeepavali, the festival of Lights is celebrated on the new moon day in the month of ‘Ashwin’ of the Indian lunar Calendar.

It usually falls in late October or early November.

Deepavali or Diwali, , is a festival of lights symbolizing the victory of righteousness over evil and the lifting of spiritual darkness. The word ‘Deepavali’ literally means ‘rows of lamps’. The lamp is not merely the symbol of knowledge of Truth, but also of the one Atma (spirit) that shines in all.

“Today is the day on which Naraka, the demon was killed. What does this event signify? It signifies killing the demon in man. ‘Nara’ means man and ‘Asura’ means demon. This demon is present in every human being. It is not necessary to acquire great weapons to kill this demon. Man is called ‘Nara’ because there is Atma (spirit) in him. That Atma is the embodiment of love. It is possible to kill the demons only through love. Therefore, realize the Atma Tathva and develop love. This is true Bhakti (devotion)”.

– Divine Discourse: November 4, 2002

sai-jyothi-2

“The flame of a lamp has two significant qualities. One is to banish darkness; the other is a continuous upward movement. Even if a lamp is kept in a pit, the flame is directed upwards. The ancients have taught that the upward movement of the flame denotes the path to wisdom and the path to divinity. However, the external light can dispel only the external darkness, but not the darkness of ignorance in man.

Asato mA Sadgamaya |
Tamaso mA Jyotirgamaya |
MRRityormA AmRRitaM Gamaya ||
Om Shanthi Shanthi Shanthihi
Lead us from the Unreal to the Real
Lead us from Darkness to Light
Lead us from Death to Immortality
Om Peace, Peace, Peace

Deepavali ushers in the light of prosperity

From the very name of today’s festival–Deepavali–it can be seen that the Divine effulgence is manifest in it. Deepavali means “the array of lights.” “Thamasomaa jyotirgamaya” (Lead me from darkness to light) is an Upanishadic prayer: This means that where there is darkness light is needed. What is this darkness? Sorrow is one form of darkness. Peacelessness is another. Loss is another. Disappointment is one form of darkness. Misery is yet another. Lack of enthusiasm is another. All these are different forms of darkness. To get rid of the darkness of sorrow, you have to light the lamp of happiness. To dispel the darkness of disease, you have to install the light of health. To get over the darkness of losses and failures, you have to usher in the light of prosperity.

Continue reading

Posted in Puttaparthi, Sai | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Deepavali – 7th November 2018

Dasara (Navaratri) 10th October – 19th October 2018

Poornahuthi 17th October 2010.

Dasara or Navaratri is a ten day festival, usually falling in the month of October, that is celebrated all over India in the worship of the Divine as the Mother principle. Bhagawan has explained that the festival of Dasara is a celebration of the triumph of good over evil signifying the vanquishing of the ‘six demons’ of lust, anger, attachment, greed, pride and jealously within us.

14th October 2018

DURGA MATADurga Mata Mandir in Puttaparthi

Durga is worshipped the first 3 days, Laxmi the next 3 days then Saraswati the final 3 days.

Vijaya Dasami Day being the 10th Day.

The Dasara celebrations at Prasanthi Nilayam begins with the Kalasha Sthapana Puja in the Bhajan Mandir. After this, Kalasha puja is performed during all days of the Navarathri.

The Meaning of Navarathri

The Light and Delight of Dasara

(from Radio Sai)

10th October 2018

Durga Mata Puja

Sarva Mangala Maangalye,

Shive Sarvaartha Saadhike.

Sharanye Tryamba Ke Gauri,

Naaraayani Namostute.

Adorations to Goddess,

who is the auspiciousness of all that is auspicious,

who is the consort of Lord Shiva,

who is the bestower of every desire of one’s heart.

Adorations to You!

O Devi, I have taken refuge in you.

Is the mother of the universe and believed to be the power behind the work of creation, preservation, and destruction of the world. Since time immemorial she has been worshipped as the supreme power of the Supreme Being and has been mentioned in many scriptures
– Yajur Veda, Vajasaneyi Samhita and Taittareya Brahman.

Devi Durga stands on a lion in a fearless pose of “Abhay Mudra”, signifying assurance of freedom from fear. The universal mother seems to be saying to all her devotees: “Surrender all actions and duties onto me and I shall release thee from all fears”.

“WHY FEAR WHEN I AM HERE” …Baba

hindu-goddes-poster-DG91_l

“The life of a man who cannot respect and love one’s mother is utterly useless. Recognizing one’s mother as the very embodiment of all divine forces, one must show reverence to her and treat her with love. This is the true message that this nine-night festival (the Navaratri) gives us. The supreme Shakti manifests herself in the form of Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati. Durga grants us energy – physical, mental, and spiritual. Lakshmi bestows on us all forms of wealth – not just money but intellectual wealth, the wealth of character, and others. Even health is a kind of wealth. She grants untold riches to us. And Saraswati bestows intelligence, the capacity for intellectual inquiry, and the power of discrimination on us. The Navaratri festival is celebrated in order to proclaim the power of the goddesses to the world. One’s own mother is the combination of all these divine beings. She provides us with energy, wealth, and intelligence. She constantly desires our advancement in life. So she represents all the three goddesses that we worship during the Navaratri festival.”

– Divine Discourse: 14th October 1988

Veda Purusha Sapthaha Jnana Yagna

radiosai-dasara-wallpaper-02

During Dasara Celebrations the Yagnam commences with the rubbing of wooden blocks to produce fire through friction. Thereafter, the sacred fire thus produced, is placed in the ‘Yagna Kunda’ (the sacrificial altar into which oblations are offered)

The most important component of the Yagnam is the ‘Rudra Homam’, an invocation to Lord Siva, in which the oblations of clarified butter are poured into the Yagna Kunda while chanting hymns from the ‘Sri Rudram’. Other rituals also take place simultaneously like the Surya Namaskar, or the worship of the Sun as the visible symbol of the Supreme. The Srimad Bhagavatham Parayana, and the Ramayana Parayana and the Devi Mahatmyam are simultaneously performed by noted scholars, and a few pundits and Bhagavan’s students simultaneously chant various hymns from the Vedas. Another priest worships the Sri Chakra, a mystic drawing representing the Supreme Mother. The first 6 days the Yagna follows this routine daily.

The Dasara Celebrations come to an auspicious close on, Vijaya Dasami Day, the 7th day of the Yagna. Poornahuthi or the Valedictory Offering is made.

After seeking the blessings of Bhagavan, the priests make the final offering of clarified butter into the fire while chanting hymns from the ‘Chamakam,’ praying for the physical and spiritual welfare of all the beings of the world. Bhagavan blesses all the priests by sprinkling sacred water and akshada (turmeric coated rice) on them.

From RadioSai

Listen to the various Vedic chants that are recited during the Yagnam with introductions.

Veda Paraayana

Surya Namaskar

Rudrahomam

Sahasralingaarchana

Mantrapushpam

Posted in Puttaparthi, Sai | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Dasara (Navaratri) 10th October – 19th October 2018

Sathya Sai Darshan

from Radio Sai

Posted in Sai | Comments Off on Sathya Sai Darshan

Ganesh Chaturthi 13th – 15th September 2018

 Ganesha Chaturthi is celebrated on the Chaturthi, i.e., the fourth day of Indian lunar month of Bhadrapada.

It usually falls in the month of September in the English calendar. Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed God is usually worshipped before commencing any activity in order to remove obstacles and ensure success of the endeavour. He is also the bestower of worldly intelligence and spiritual wisdom.

shuklaambaradharaM vishhNum

shashivaraNaM chaturbhujam

prasannavadanaM dhyaayet

sarva vighnopashaantaye

Let us recall the benign countenance of the omni-present Lord,

with a moon-like complexion, having four arms

and clad in a white garment.

May He remove all impediments in our path.

The festival is usually celebrated for a period for three days in Prasanthi Nilayam. On the first day, the students sing devotional songs and Stotrams (hymns) and present cultural programmes in the Divine Presence and Bhagawan grants His discourse.During the next two days, students and staff of Bhagawans Institutions worship idols of Lord Ganesha in their respective premises. On the third day of the festival, the idols are brought to the Sai Kulwant Hall in a grand procession of colourful and exquisitely designed chariots amidst chanting of hymns and singing of Bhajans. After offering final worship and Arati, it is customary to immerse in the idol in a nearby lake or pond as it is the belief that Lord Ganesha takes with him the troubles and the bad tendencies that act as obstacles on the spiritual path.

Ganesha Chaturthi Pooja & Aarti performed in Puttaparthi

Om Gam Ganapataye Namo Namah

“Vinayaka (Ganesha) is one who drives away all sorrows, difficulties and miseries. He is the enemy of all obstacles. He will not allow any obstacles to come in the way. He is the destroyer of obstacles. He confers happiness and peace (on his devotees). He is the master of all these powers (Buddhi and Siddhi). What is Siddhi (fullfillment)? When there is purity of mind you achieve peace (which is Siddhi). Vinayaka is thus Lord of Buddhi (the intellect and Self-Realization). Hence every human being should aquire control over the mind…

Vinayaka is the Lord of learning (Vidya). Does learning mean bookish scholarship? No. Everything pertaining to the cosmos is included in the term learning (Vidya). Walking, talking, laughing, sitting, eating, strolling, thinking – every kind of activity is related to learning. Vinayaka is the master of every kind of learning…

“Whenever people want to commence any undertaking, they first offer worship to Vinayaka (Ganesha or Ganapathi)…Ganapathi is one who gives us spiritual potency and endows us with Supreme Intelligence…” – Sathya Sai Baba

He is one who instills purity in body, and fearlessness in the mind.” – Sathya Sai Baba

ganesha-created-by-sathya-sai-babaA Ganesha idol materialized by Swami for a student in 2004

“What is the inner significance of worshipping the elephant-faced deity? The elephant is a symbol of might and magnitude. The elephant’s foot is larger than that of any other animal. The elephant can make its way through the densest jungle. In this way, it signifies the quality of a leader who shows the way for others. The elephant is also known for its faithfulness and gratitude. These are the lessons man should learn from the elephant. Intelligence without gratitude is valueless. Every man should be grateful to those who have helped him”.

– Sathya Sai Baba

– Divine Discourse: 7 September 1997

Posted in Puttaparthi, Sai | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Ganesh Chaturthi 13th – 15th September 2018

Sri Krishna Janmashtami 2nd-3rd September 2018

lord-sri-krishnaBhagawan had declared that Lord Krishna’s advent took place at 3 a.m. on 20th July, 3228 B.C, the Ashtami Day (eighth day after full moon) under the star ‘Rohini’ in the dark fortnight.(Krishna Paksha) of Shravana Masa in the year named ‘Srimukha’.

Today we are celebrating the Birthday of Krishna. You are attaching importance to His body, but not to His teachings. You will be celebrating Krishna’s Birthday in the true spirit of the term only when you put His teachings into practice…Baba

SWAMI KRISHNA

The Mystical Sport of Sai Krishna

 Even the smallest acts of Krishna were saturated with supreme sweetness. Krishna was everyone’s dearest kinsman and fastest comrade. The Leelas (Divine Sport) of Krishna are sweet and meaningful. All activities of Krishna were for the well being of the World. His advent was for the uplift of the world from wickedness and unrighteousness. It was also for fulfilling the needs of those who are devoted to Him, for the establishment of righteousness and the revival of the Vedas. Though people caught in the coils of ignorance see the Leelas as self-centered and even motivated by delusion, genuine devotees cherish each one of these as significant and sustaining examples of Grace. The Lord showers Grace on each and every one in such a way that suits the time, the person and their aspirations.

– Bhagavatha Vahini, “Krishna Avatara” Chap 34.

OM SRI SATHYA SAI KRISHNAYA NAMAH


Continue reading

Posted in Puttaparthi, Sai | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Sri Krishna Janmashtami 2nd-3rd September 2018

Sacred Stone

Sri Venugopala Swamy Temple

Abhishekams to the sacred stone in the inner sanctum of Sri Venugopala Swamy Temple, Puttaparthi, India. 14th March 2016 (5.30am)

Gollapalli (Puttaparthi’s earlier name) was a prosperous village of cowherds at one time. However, evil fortunes fell upon the village when one incensed cowherd hurled a stone at a cobra that was sucking milk from the udder of one of his cows. The dying cobra cursed the village, and as a result, the cattle began to perish, and the place was infested with ant-hills. Its name was now changed to Valmikipura (the word ‘Valmiki’ denoting ‘anthill’ in Sanskrit, and Puttaparthi being the Telugu equivalent of the same). In an attempt to appease the spirit of the dead snake, the villagers installed the blood-splattered stone in a shrine and started worshipping it. Sathya Sai Baba instructed them to wash it and smear it with sandal paste. On doing this, the outline of the figure of Krishna (or Venugopala) holding his customary flute, became discernible. The temple was now called the Venugopalaswamy temple, and the curse on the village of Puttaparthi came to an end.

Posted in Sai | Comments Off on Sacred Stone

Guru Poornima – 27th July 2018

Guru Poornima is the full moon day in the month of ‘Ashada’, the fourth month in the Indian lunar calendar, corresponding to end of June or early July. It is also called ‘Vyasa Poornima’, as this full moon day marks the birthday of the great sage Veda Vyasa, who categorized the vast body of Vedic knowledge in to the four Vedas – Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva. Even the writing of the eighteen Puranas (ancient Hindu legends) was completed by him on this day.

“The term ‘Guru’ means one who dispels the darkness of ignorance. ‘Gu’ means one who is beyond attributes (or gunas), ‘ru’ implies one who is beyond forms (rupa). This refers only to God. That is why the Guru is hailed as Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva (the holy trinity of Hindu belief). Only God is the true Guru. All others are merely teachers, like the teachers of different subjects in a college. ‘Guru’ is the one who reveals the guri (target) to the disciple. ‘Guri’ here refers to the Atmic Principle (the principle of the self)”

– Sathya Sai Baba

GURU BRAHMA GURU VISHNU GURU DEVO MAHESWARA

GURU SAKSHAT PARA BRAHMA THASMAI SRI GURAVE NAMAHA

“Guru is Brahman. He is the Creator; He Himself is the creation and He is the One that exists in the creation. The universe is filled with Brahman. It becomes clear that the One who Himself has become the universe is the Guru.

Guru is Vishnu. Who is Vishnu? Vishnu is one who has the quality of pervasiveness. He is the Doer and also what is done. The universe is the action, God is the Doer. God is the consciousness behind the cause and effect. The whole universe is the form of Vishnu. This Vishnu is the Guru.

Guru is Maheshvara. Who is Maheshvara? He is the one who rules all beings in the Universe. He commands and ordains everything in the universe in the right manner. Sun-rise and Sun-set go on according to His command. Seasons, rain, the day and night are His commands. Eeshvara is one that makes everything–follow its discipline without any lapse. Guru is not one who merely teaches. A Guru is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent, He is God himself.

LOTUS FEET 3
Posted in Puttaparthi, Sai | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Guru Poornima – 27th July 2018

Know Who He Is

Know Who He Is
Who is He that dwells
In the castles you build on the clouds,
In the varied narrative of your hopes,
In the agonies of your mind,
In the wailings of your heart?
Who is He that dwells—but, yet, is mute?
Who is He that dwells
In the surgings of your breast,
In the coils and currents of your craving,
In all Your sweet imaginings,
In the swing of joy and pain?
Who is He that dwells—and with you, swings?
Who is He that dwells
In the streams of tears you shed,
In the warm sighs that must heave,
In the listless path you tread.
In the hazy tunes you hum?
Who is He that dwells—but, does not soothe?
Who is He that dwells
In the prayerful calls you utter,
In the thoughts you mould and shatter,
In the tiresome gasps you falter,
In the frolics that you dream?
Who is He that dwells—and, listening, nods?
Who is He that dwells
As the image in your eye,
As the star of your moving step,
As the sanctum of your heart,
As accomplice in your thievery?
Who is He that dwells—and, never himself reveals?
Who is He that dwells
In the very same place as you,
In the flickering faith you feel,
In the will and wish of your mind,
In the ‘my’ and ‘mine’ of your thoughts?
Who is He that dwells— and, yet, dwells not?
Who is He that dwells
Saying He knows your mind,
Admitting He feels your attachment,
Declaring “I am Yours”
Receding, when you approach?
Who is He that dwells—but, does not speak?
Who is He that dwells
Whose native home you do not know,
Whose name you cannot recognise,
Who is in every place you know,
Who is up to any task?
Who is He that dwells—and, hides?
Who is He that dwells
As the light of the minute star,
As the form of the refreshing breeze,
As the refuge of the weak,
As the solace of all who seek?
Who is He that dwells—and, feeds the fantasy?
Who is He that dwells
Over the milk-white moonlit clouds,
Above the distant stars,
In the chariot decked with jewelled imagery,
The Glory of all the Worlds?
Who is He that dwells—and, proudly pomps?
Well! He is the Master of All;
Eternal Joy of the Soul!
The God of Everyone!
Beyond all your flights of thoughts.
This is all He; He alone Is.
Effulgent as the Moon,
Majestic as Creation
Charming as the Sky
Mighty as the Ocean
Is the Lord, the Great One.
—Baba

Sanathana Sarathi 1960

Posted in Puttaparthi, Sai | Comments Off on Know Who He Is

Vibhuthi

Paramam Pavithram Baba Vibhuthim
Paramam Vichithram Leela Vibhuthim
Paramaartha Ishtaartha Moksha Pradhaanam
Baba Vibhuthim Idham Asrayami

Sacred, Holy and Supreme is Baba’s Vibhuthi
Pouring forth in endless stream His play of Vibhuthi
So auspicious is it’s might it grants Liberation
Baba’s Vibhuthi it’s power protects me

Posted in Puttaparthi, Sai | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Vibhuthi