BORDER OF HEAVEN
GATEWAY TO THE GODS, SOLEMNLY SITS THE GOLDEN EAGLE
WATCHING ALL WHO APPROACH THE HOLY WORD.
Love is My form… Truth is My breath… Bliss is My food.
My Life is My Message… Expansion is My Life.
No season for Love, no reason for Love, No Birth no Death.
Prema, Sathya, Ananda, Dharma, Shanthi, Ahimsa.
Shirdi Sai, Sathya Sai, Prema Sai Jai Jai…
Shirdi Baba, Parthi Baba, Prema Baba Jai Jai…
Original Paintings by Caaz
Listen to Swami singing now
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.
Paramam Pavithram Baba Vibhuthim
Paramam Vichithram Leela Vibhuthim
Paramaartha Ishtaartha Moksha Pradhaanam
Baba Vibhuthim Idham Asrayami
It is again the divine inspiration of Bhagavan Shree Sathya Sai, who is the presiding deity of the triple Gaayathree (or “Sai-three“) manthras that prompted the preparation of this Sai Yanthra (or Chakra), which is a diagrammatic representation of Sathya Sai related Manthras, characteristics, powers, principles, pursuits, philosophy, preachings, miracles, glories, service activities, vital messages, etc. This Yanthra is the key to the understanding of the essence of the Sathya Sai Avathaar. It is a potentised mapping of the Sathya Sai spiritual ‘terrain’, being a subtle expression of Sai in Vedhik terminology. It is a composite multi-metric portrayal of Sai spirituality. This Chakra was prepared at the holy Brahma Muhuurtha (early dawn time). Monday 11th October 1999; that same afternoon, Baba called this writer (Ghandikota V. Subba Rao) for an interview at which He blessed this Yanthra thrice, after a discussion of its contents.
OM SOMESHWARA VIDMAHE
SUVARNA LINGAAYA DHEEMAHI
Sarva Dharma Aikya Stupa in Prasanthi Nilayam
(Original Infrared Photo by author 1992)
A 50ft high pillar celebrating the unity of all religions,
was built in 1975 to mark the advent of the Avatar.
At its base are symbols of five of the world’s major religions, along with the associated sayings shown below. The pillar, with its concentric rings, represents yoga, or Union with God. The rings indicate the stages of yogic discipline required for unfolding the “lotus of the heart”, whose petals are at the top of the pillar. The flame of inner illumination is in the center of the lotus. Just as the lotus plant lives in water but does not get contaminated by it, so we should live in the world but be untouched by it.
|Hindu Om: Listen to the primeval Pranava (Om) resounding in your heart as well as in the heart of the Universe.|
|Buddhist wheel: Remember the wheel of cause and consequence, of deed and destiny, and the wheel of dharma that rights them all.|
|Zoroastrian fire symbol: Offer all bitterness in the sacred fire and emerge grand, great, and godly.|
|Islamic crescent and star: Be like the star, which never wavers from the crescent but is fixed in steady faith.|
|Christian cross: Cut the “I” feeling clean across and let your ego die on the cross, to endow on you Eternity.|
Let the different faiths exist, let them flourish, and let the glory of God be sung in all the languages and in a variety of tunes. That should be the Ideal. Respect the differences between the faiths and recognize them as valid as long as they do not extinguish the flame of unity.
Sathya Sai Baba