Friday, July 18, 2008
Bhagawan arrived in Sai Kulwant hall at 8.50 am on this Gurupoornima morning resplendent in a
yellow robe, in a special gold-coloured chair,
by His baby elephant which was bedecked in festival finery. After a full round of the Hall, He
came to the veranda and blessed the
Gurupoornima cake arrayed there. When He came onstage, He blessed the congregation with both
hands and sat for a while listening to the Vedam chanting along with the Nadaswaram and
Panchavadyam performed by the students. Sri Shivraj Patil, the Union Home Minister,
presented a book to Bhagawan for release. This tome on the Bhagawad Gita was written by him
and was made available in English, Hindi, Marathi and other languages. Bhagawan asked Prof
Anil Kumar to announce the details of the book and then Sri Shivraj Patil was asked to address
the gathering. In his short speech, Sri Patil thanked Bhagawan for inspiring the book. Swami
then indicated that His mics be brought.
Bhagawan spoke for nearly an hour, seated onstage, outlining the story of Ekalavya and
commending Sri Shivraj Patil on his book. He then mentioned that one of the lecturers of the
Sai University was going to Hungary for a presentation, and that He wished that in this way,
the ideals of the Sai
University be propagated
in all countries. The students sang a couple of songs after Swami's Discourse as prasadam was
accepted Arati and returned to His residence in the chair after eleven o'clock after listening to a few more minutes to the students' Panchavadyam troupe. In the evening, Bhagawan arrived at 5.10 pm, once again in the
gold-coloured chair. After His darshan round, when He reached the verandah, He asked the
Malladi brothers to sing. Some of the students and staff accompanied them on harmonium, tabla
and mridangam. The stage was prepared and their concert began at 5.25 pm. Bhagawan Blessed the
singers with shawls and clothes,
and the accompanists received
clothes too. Swami accepted Arati at 6.40 pm and moved slowly towards His residence in the
chair, interacting with many devotees on the way, while prasadam was distributed.
LIGHTING THE LAMP OF WISDOM WITHIN…
Sathya Sai Baba’s mission is holy in essence and holistic in approach and this
mission has ever been focussed in promoting individual as well as societal
transformation. What could be aptly described as a spiritual and cultural
renaissance was the most happening thing under His Divine Mission and every
festivity and event in Prasanthi Nilayam consciously or subconsciously is aimed at
attaining this end result. With primitive age old customs and traditions no longer
getting due attention and are engaged in a hard-fought battle for survival,
Prasanthi Nilayam very often witnesses festivities celebrated in the very presence
of the Promoter of Cultural and Spiritual Renaissance of the modern age, Bhagawan
Sri Sathya Sai Baba and there unfolds the most subtle significance of each and every
The Sanskrit meaning of the term Guru is a person having great knowledge, wisdom and
authority in a given area and used the same to guide others. ‘Gu’ is darkness and
‘Ru’ is light and thus the term gets the finer meaning as the one who dispels
darkness. Where else one could turn his attention to remove the veil of ignorance,
darkness than the preceptor of all preceptors, Sathya Sai Baba? Guru Purnima has
always been a festival with foremost reckoning in Prasanthi Nilayam.
Who is a Guru? He is the Divine dispeller of the darkness within you. The Divine
Trinity have been described as Guru. This implies that the Divine should be regarded
as the supreme preceptor who can destroy the darkness of ignorance. Forgetting this
basic truth, people run after men wearing ochre robe who profess to impart a mantra
and stretch their palm for money. This is not what is meant by Guru. Install God in
your heart. The vibrations that emanate from the heart will elevate you spiritually
and confer Divine Wisdom. – Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai
Moon connotes the mind and on a perfect moon day mind is believed to be regaling in
cool and calm composure. When the moon’s perfection coincides with the Sun’s
transition heralding the advent of the month of Ashada based on the vernacular
calendar, it marks the arrival of Guru Purnima, with a silent reminder to man of the
salient need to pay respect and obeisance to Teacher or Guru.
18th July 2008, Prasanthi Nilayam was filled to capacity and bore a festive look.
Gliding past from the Ashadi backdrop that has been there for the past four days,
Prasanthi got into a higher gear with the festival with a greater significance
arrived and with it a bout of attached events. On the serene and beautiful morning
that was supposedly spotless with sun shining bright, it was He, The Sun of all the
suns came out emerging from His Divine Abode in sparkling yellow robe, dot at 8:50
a.m. Regaled entire Prasanthi and the thousands thronged to have a glimpse of the
Lord when the Lord made His way through to the thousands with a beaming smile on His
beautiful face completing a full round before coming on to the dais after cutting
the cake specially made for the occasion.
The morning proceedings began with an introductory speech by Prof. Anil Kumar who
thanked Bhagawan for His greater magnanimity conferring the chosen blessings on
multitudes. Referring to the lakhs and lakhs of devotees around the world who could
not make it to Prasanthi Nilayam, he hoped that Bhagawan’s blessings would be there
for the entire world. The Chief Guest for the morning session was Hon’ble Home
Minister of India, Sri Shivaraj Patil who was seated next to Bhagawan on the dais.
Inviting Sri Shivaraj Patil to address the gathering, he mentioned about Mr. Patil’s
book on Bhagavad Gita that was just released by Bhagawan, that Sri Shivaraj Patil
has extensively studied the Gita to write his own book on the celestial song and the
book was already written in various other languages.
Offering pranams at His Divine Lotus Feet and to the devotees assembled the minister
said: Bhagawan inspires, guides, encourages and blesses all of us, and whatever is
done or achieved is done only with His inspiration, encouragement and blessings,
making an indirect reference to his composition on Bhagavad Gita. He does it at
times covertly and otherwise overtly. He said: Bhagavad Gita would not have seen the
light without His inspiration. Talking about Bhagavad Gita’s significance, He said,
Bhagavad Gita teaches one to live in the world righteously, fighting the battle to
realize the purpose of life. Touching the point to reach out the masses affectively
the minister highlighted the importance of such works to be written and translated
into various languages. With a prayer on his lips to bless the entire humanity and
the cosmos in entirety, the minister concluded his inspiration speech.
BHAGAVAD GITA IS THE VERY BREATH OF GOD
The whole universe emerges out of the principle of Truth and merges back into Truth.
Upon investigation one cannot find a single space without Truth. Truth is
omnipresent and for all actions Truth is the primal cause, said Bhagawan commencing
His Divine Discourse.
Switching over to Shivaraj Patil’s latest composition on Bhagavad Gita, He said, the
composition is especially significant as the minister would show the script to
Bhagawan for His Divine guidance and guidelines. The book is Bhagavad Gita in
essence; the essence of Bhagavad Gita imprinted in his heart was translated and
passed into paper.
Gurupurnima is not as one thinks an occasion to show adoration and veneration to the
elders, preceptors and celibates. Reciting the famous Guru Manthra, Gurur Brahma…Gurur
Visnu, Gurur Devo Maheshwara…Bhagawan said, Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara are the
real gurus and as such God is the Guru and remembering God with adoration,
veneration with a spotless mind signifies the real meaning of Guru Purnima. Bhagawan
went in detail into Ekalavya’s story narrating the Preceptor – Disciple
relationship. In spite of knowing that he would not be able to use all the skills
that he has learnt at the feet of his master, through his dedication, concentration
reverence and love for his guru Dronacharya, when it came to offering Guru Dakshina,
he never ever hesitated even a bit, to offer his thumb, without which his skills
would be of any use. The feeling of “I” and “Mine” are to be cut to know the essence
of Bhagavad Gita. Any investigation would be futile without removing the feeling of
“I” and “Mine” and one would not be successful in knowing the Atma Tathwa without
achieving the same. He referred to the holy cross as the finest example as a most
useful weapon to reach out Jesus, the Godhood. Bhagavad Gita has three important
messages, namely, Self Confidence, Self Sacrifice and Self Realisation. Bhagavad
Gita is the very breath of God. The celestial song may not have subtle explanations,
but, one is sure to find many answers to his various questions.
Referring to the last sloka in Bhagavad Gita, Yatra yogeshwara Krishno yatra Partho
dhanur dharaha. Tatra shreer vijayo bhutir dhruvo nithir mathir mamaha, Bhagawan
said, the essence of Gita lies in same.
One may be reading so many books, but it comes to no use until and unless one tries
to put the same into practical life. Students and teachers should not only read and
recapitulate, but, also should practise and share the knowledge with others.
Students in Prasanthi are good and have sacred hearts. Sacred Hearts would lead to
Secret Place that is Destiny, added Bhagawan. He called out a faculty from the
Department of Physics who have been invited by the Govt. of Hungary for a
presentation and said other students also should emulate such fine examples and
achieve distinction. Whatever one has learnt as a student in the portals of Sathya
Sai University and at the Feet of Bhagawan should be shared with students from other
Yes, full moon is spotless, said Bhagawan and commencing the Divine Discourse He
said, Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara are to be revered and worshipped. Worship God
with a spotless mind was essence of the message of Bhagawan on Guru Purnima Day.
Way back in 1964, during the Guru Purnima Divine Discourse, Bhagawan said:
Being Guru Pournima Day, I am reminded of a lady at Shirdi, an old devotee called
Radhabai Desh¬mukh, who was worshipping Me in My previous Sariram. She wanted
initiation into a Mantra and fasted for three full days, in order to persuade Me to
do it. Shyama came running and announced she was very exhaus¬ted. She was brought to
Dwarakamayi. Baba asked her what she wanted and wanted her to explain what she meant
by Guru. She repeated the sloka, “Gurur Brahma Gurur Vishnu, Guru Devo Maheshwarah,
Gurusaakshaath Parabrahma Thasmai Sree Gurave Namah". Then, Baba asked her, "If the
Guru is all that, what other Mantra do you expect him to give? Why should He give
you the name of any other Form of God? Then He told her,” This is the Gurusthanam as
well as Devasthanam for you. My Name is enough for you. Go." Some people may ask:
“If we are immersed in Namasmarana, what is to happen to our lives and to those who
are dependent on us?" But I tell them, “They are not dependent on you; when you
depend on the Lord, they too are His responsibility. Why should you carry your
luggage on your head, once you have boarded the train? Sit down in comfort. The
train will take you, along with the luggage." If you get immersed in Namasmarana,
the Lord will provide not Annam, but Amritam.
You too have secured the Presence not merely of the Guru but of God. You are in
Bhagavatsannidh¬yam, (in the immediate Divine Presence) not just satsangam. How
lucky you are! Make the best use of this golden chance."
Does it not sound significant to all of us who are hearing the Divine in physical?
We need to dig out, we need to introspect, meditate to know the Truth, to realise
Let’s sing in chorus…
The light of wisdom within me shines brighter today because of you.
The knowledge of the first light has been fanned by you
I have within me all the Truth that is, and is to be
I am unaware of all that is
With You, O Great One, I shall realize the Truth;
With gratitude, I honour Your Name, which is many;
With humility, I bow to Thy Form, which is changing;
With trust, I merge my mind with Thine, to become the One Mind;
With Thee as my Guide, Teacher, Guru, I know
I will come to know my true self, the One Self of all
Your name is Sathya, You are Truth
The Truth that I am…
Music is the inner or universal language of God, and God’s love for music is no
secret. Soulful music awakens the inner heart as it embodies the absolute supreme.
We have umpteen instances where godly passion for Music melted the Divine in various
forms. Bhagawan Himself used to sing carnatic vocals in His youthful days and He has
always been encouraging musicians from various parts of the world who found it a
rare blessing to perform in His Divine Presence. Music is as powerful as Love and
when Love for God and Music come together, Divine has to manifest. …What Prasanthi
Nilayam witnessed on the Guru Purnima evening was heavenly indeed with the famous
duo Malladi Brothers sang their hearts out with a bout of carnatic compositions that
turned the auspicious twilight into a most memorable one.
The concert started off with a Guru Dhyana Slokam of Saint Thayagaraja, in Guruleka
Ragam and Gowrimanohari Thalam. The second rendition was Sujana Jeevana of St.
Thayagaraja in Khamas and Roopakam. Next to come was Evarani in Devamrithavarshini
Ragam and Adi Talam. Through this famous composition Thyagaraja expounds on the
greatness of the name of Lord Rama as Bhagawan says, ``Ra'' is the Jeevakshara of
“Om Namo Narayana'', while “Ma” is the Jeevakshara of “Om Namasivaya”. Entha
Vedukondura in Saraswathi Manohara Ragam and Adi Thalam was the next, followed by
Nagumomu (nagumOmu ganalEni nAjAli telisi nannu brOvaga rAdA shrI raghuvara nI) in
Abheri and Adi that lasted for a scintillating fifteen minutes leaving one and all
spell bound. With Bhagawan watching from a very close quarter, the duo immersed
completely in rendition and the entire hall in pin drop silence it was the Goddess
of Music who was prevailing over the Lord in Physical who was seen in rapt
attention. The famous English poem written by Maharishi Aurobindo declaring that the
Lord has descended on earth, with a direct reference to Bhagawan’s Advent was
composed beautifully by the duo to sing in His Divine Presence as an apt offering at
His Feet on the auspicious evening. Sai Namasmaranam in Dwijawanthi and Adi followed
by Slokams in Telugu Sama, Kedaragowla, Sindhu Bhairavi and Hindola were also
rendered followed by Santhamuleka in Sama Ragam to end the evening programme with
the famous Venkatachalanilayam of Saint Purandharadasa.
To savour the sweetness of music in fullness, one need to have a taste for it and it
was sure that those who understand the language of God and the language of music
would have definitely found it a most memorable twilight with the duo brought their
mesmerizing touch to bring the feelings poured out by the eighteenth century music
exponent St. Thyagaraja in a in a most effective way that made Bhagawan to sit
through in full attention and the devotees spell bound. During a brief chat with our
reporting team, the duo said, singing for God is always a very special moment and
they cherish each and every moment of such opportunities. It was Bhagawan’s greater
magnanimity that got them the chance to sing for Him on the auspicious evening and
they were indebted to Him. Referring to composition on Bhagawan, they said, the
lyric was taken from our monthly journal Sanathana Sarathi and composed to the
occasion especially for Bhagawan as an offering at His Lotus Feet.
Indeed, Music is the Inner Language of God! He is Music Divine!
more Gurupoornima update from Sai Students Darshan18th July 2008 click here