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17th Nov. 2008 Sahasra Chandra Darshana Mahotsava Yagnam

Om Sai Ram dear Sai Family,

Words can't explain the kind of bliss that thousands of devotees witnessed
during the last day of Sahasra Poorna Chandra Darshana Shanthi Mahotsavam.

Apart from the many thousands, there were many Swami ji's belonging to various
temples, spiritual organisations and Institutions. The atmosphere was totally
Divine and why not - it was the day to thank the DIVINE for coming to His world,
and witnessing 1000 full moons in this BODY.

People started coming in as early as 5am into the stadium. The security staff
were all alert and everyone wanted this DREAM day to be a very grand one in
typical Swami's style.

All the VVIPS one could think of were present in Puttaparthi apart from many
other dignitaries. And while we all were waiting for Swami, Prof.Anil Kumar and
Nagaphani Sharma rendered some beautiful poems praising our beloved Swami's
compassion and love.

It was around 9am when Sri Jayendra Saraswathi from Kanchi Peetham arrived into
the stadium followed by Swami Shivakumara from Sri Siddaganga muth, Karnataka,
followed Sri Sakthiamma Swami from Sri Narayani Pitham and others

At 9:45 am the most auspicious time, a profoundly memorable moment in our lives,
that moment which is undoubtedly a result of years and years of sadhana, that
moment of glory, which made every one jump in joy and that moment of joy which
took us to Samadhi state came when the Lord of the Lords clad in bright golden
yellow robe, seated in the golden coloured Mobile Throne appeared.

He sat in Supreme Bliss looking at all of us majestically from His Golden
Chariot as it entered into the Sri Sathya Sai Hill View stadium amidst Veda
chantings with 3 huge elephants leading the procession followed by students
chanting Vedas. The priests and all the Swamiji's on the dais watched the
Greatest Avatar the man kind has every witnessed. Thousands in the stadium were
wiping their eyes, to take away the tears of joy and have a good view of the
MATCHLESS Lord whom we very rarely see in His Golden Chariot.

Swami's chariot which had small tyres was pulled by Sevadals, (they
might have done lot of meritorious deeds in their past lives to be chosen
for this once in a life time chance), and the chariot took its time and it
was just beautiful to watch Swami in His golden chariot seated all alone,
blessing all the devotees seated on either side, watching all the

arrangements in the stadium and a sweet smile in appreciation.

The Chariot slowly came closer to the dias, all the primary school kids seated
right across the dais were in full swing with their characteristic full throated
Veda chanting. Swami sweetly looked at them appreciating their devotion and
them from the Golden Chariot. As the Golden Chariot came closer to the
dais, He was slowly wheeled on to the dais and all the Spiritual heads
looked at Him, some of them were here for the first time and we could
see the bliss on their faces and a first hand experience of what our Swami is
and what we devotees mean to Swami and the love He has for us.

The Chariot stopped in front of the dais and Swami transferred on to the
dais. He then proceeded to see the vedic activities taking place by the priests
and Swami visited each and every Yagna Kunda and blessed the rituals while
witnessing the poornahuthi thus ending the Most memorable Event which the Man
kind has ever witnessed so far. Swami then came forward and all the Swamiji's
were seated on either side of Swami. It was a treat to watch this particular
scene where the Avatar of this Kali age with Swamijis from distinguished
Spiritual organisations (Muths) in India on either side. Sri Shiva Kumara Swami
from Sri Siddaganga Muth Spoke in kannada thanking Swami for this opportunity
and asked the humanity to uphold the Indian culture and Dharma. The Swamiji who
is a centurion was seated next to our beloved Swami and Swami had a sweet smile
when He exchanged words with Him.

It was around 10:45am and Arathi was given to Swami and taking leave from all
the blessed souls, Swami left to His Physical Abode in His usual Porte car thus
marking the end of a magnificent, never before SAI morning and there were
smiles and just smiles on every one's faces... and any particular reason for
that broad smile??? Its the reflection of Love we have for Swami and if you are
smiling or there are any tears in your eyes while reading this report.. its all
Swami and His love being reflected on you.....Will we have another holy day like
this.. probably yes if Swami blesses us...

Prasadam was distributed to all the approximate150,000 devotees (the chosen
souls) and we all left for our homes with our families hoping to come back again
at 5pm for a cultural programme by Ms.Mahalakshmi Iyer and Troupe and hopefully
a divine discourse from the 1000 full moon Swami... while others headed to the
Bangalore International Airport to get back to their countries after their 3 or
4 day after having witnessed one of the most important days in the history of
the universe.
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 Evening update: Monday, November 17 2008  A Celestial Wedding and twilight music extravaganza - 17th evening - Kulwant Hall

Sai Baba Blessing 17th Nov 2008 - Evening- Kulwant Hall - Prasanthi Nilayam

17 Evening, was held at Sai Kulwant Hall. Bhagawan came to the Hall at 5.25 p.m. and went round the Hall to the delight of the huge gathering. The Sankaracharya of Puri was present on the dais on this occasion. The arrangement of idols for this evening’s programme, Rukmini Kalyanam (marriage of Rukmini with Lord Krishna) was Lord Krishna’s idol placed on a pedestal on one side, decorated in all splendour and His consorts Rukmini, Sathyabhama on another pedestal, on the other side. The celestial wedding was performed in the traditional manner with all its piety.  Click here to read more and see today evening's photos slides




Sahasra Chandra Darshana Mahotsava Yagnam
Updates: Nov. 16, 2008  Morning & Evening


Updates: Nov. 16, 2008  Morning & Evening

Lord had a special invitee and from the heavens rained droplets; drizzles dripped in the wee hours bathing Prasanthi as if showing gratitude; unwilling to budge from the sight that was heavenly , she went on showering herself, making merry of the boon bestowed upon…
Yes, rain god forced her entry into Prasanthi and was unwilling to desist. The day 2 of the Yajna had a dizzying start due to the sudden rains, but things fell in place soon when lashing rains subdued to cooling drizzles retaining the charming freshness and adding to this freshness arrived Bhagawan at 9:30 a.m.


While spirit beyond the platform was bit dampened due to the intermittent rain, the dais was yet again a scene for bustling actions. The morning rituals included Yagasaala Suddhi and Pratah Kaladharanam. A group of priests were engaged in Sarva Veda Shakha Parayanams while another set of Rithwiks were engaged in Navagraha Parayanam and Maha Mrithyunjaya Japam.

Two main rituals for the second day of the Yajna were Satharudra Abhishekam and Maha Mrithyunjaya Homam. Satharudra Abhishekham was performed to the Sayeeshwara Lingam that was consecrated during the Ati Rudra Maha Yajna held in the year 2006. Abhishekham was done to the linga with milk, curds, clarified butter, turmeric paste, sugar, vibhuthi (holy ash), coconut water etc. Maha Rudrabhishekam is performed invoking greater benediction from Lord Rudra. As each of these items were offered under strict religious discipline with accompaniment of vedic mantras, the Linga that was charged by the Divine hands during the Atirudra was shining in splendour evoking nostalgic memoirs.
Maha Mrithyunjaya Homam was done invoking immortality for all living beings. The two hour long homam was done by the Chief Priest for the Yajnam. With the accompaniment of holy chants and Bhagawan presiding over, Poornahuthi was offered to the Yajna Purusha. Oblations including vastra, phala etc. along with a golden chain materialised by Bhagawan were offered to the holy fire followed by Mangala Arathi.

These are the spiritual exercises that entail detailed scriptural procedures to follow in precision and the blessedness that it brings goes not for any limited sect, but for the universe at large, ensuring greater benediction for world harmony.

Earlier, His Holiness Parama Pujya Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji, the Pontiff of Avadhoota Datta Peetham at Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Ashrama in Mysore came on stage paying obeisance to Bhagawan. After spending sometime with Bhagawan and watching the Poornahuthi proceedings, the Swamiji left the stage while proceedings were still on.

The Yajna Vedhi was indeed a sight of greater benediction with 150 priests sitting around chanting vedic mantras and performing rituals along with 150 boys chanting Rudram. With weather taking its toll showering rain drops from heavens beyond the sky, and Bhagawan in His majesty showing up with His pristine presence, two elephants taking guard on either side of the platform raising trunks in reverence reminding one of the kingly days, the sight was absolutely dazzling and spiritually elevating. Gods of the highest heaven would also be watching this heavenly sight through the holes of heaven,
if there be, when Yajna Vedhi was virtually transformed into a virtual heaven…and they seemed to be singing to the fraternity on planet earth…
This is the house, the house of the Lord!
We wish the best for you!
This is the house, the house of the Lord!
We wish the best for you!

Bhagawan who came at 9:30 a.m. spent an hour on the platform, at times watching the rituals, often moving around blessing the pundits and students onstage and the devotees who dared to show up in spite of intermittent rains. Managala Arathi was offered at 10:30 before Bhagawan retired to His Divine Abode.

World may watch this Divine cosmic drama without entreating much into the greater import it entails. But, anything that happens at His instance has a greater meaning and it is aimed at Loka Kalyaanam, for the benefit of world at large!


Nov 16, 2008 Evening update

The weeklong Bhagavata Saptaha came to a grand conclusion on 16th November 2008. On this evening, Bhagawan came to Sai Kulwant Hall at 4.40 p.m. Needless the say, the number of devotees have swelled to enormous proportions. As Bhagawan came to the dais, the priests started abhishekam (ceremonial sacred bath) of the idols of Lord Krishna and Rukmani and Sathyabhama (the consorts of Lord Krishna). The abhishekam was done with religious fervour, chanting of Vedas by students and priests. As the ceremonial bathing of the idols with milk, curd, honey, diluted sandal paste, tender coconut and Kumkum continued in the traditional way, the students chanted Sri Rudram, Purusha Suktam, Sri Suktam, Bhu Suktam and Narayana Upanishad from the Vedas. After each ceremonial bathing with water, the idols were dried with soft cloth and arati was offered to the Lord. Lord Krishna with His consorts was garlanded with different types of garlands. If it was Tulasi (basil) garland one time, it was a fragrant rose garland next time. With such scrupulousness and devotion, the entire ritual was performed. An LED screen placed at the eastern side of the Hall, gave a view of the entire landscape of the proceedings. After completing the abhishekams, elaborate decoration was done on the idols. It was sight to watch the Lord and His consorts adorned with jewels and gems of exquisite beauty and diadems on the head.

After this, it was the turn of Sahasraavadhani Medasani Mohan, another erudite scholar to conclude the proceedings of the Bhagavata Saptaham. He dilated at length on Sri Krishna Leela, right from the Lord’s birth to His killing of demons and the childhood pranks of Krishna. His narration started from Sri Krishna’s birth in the jail and how he heard an akashvani (audition from the sky), which foretold his end. He continued with how the river parted when Vasudeva was carrying the child Krishna to rescue it from the tyrant Kamsa and the killing of Poothana. He gave a beautiful analogy by saying that Lord Krishna had all the traits of previous Avatars like Matsya, Kurma, Varaha just like human beings inherit the traits of their previous births. The butter stealing episode of Krishna too found a mention in the speaker’s inimitable style. At the end of his didactic speech, Bhagawan blessed the speaker with clothes and materialised a chain for him.

If it was the mellifluous rendition of Priya sisters yesterday, it was the beautiful compositions and their singing in ornate style by Malladi Brothers from Vijayawada today. All their songs were sung in Carnatic classical style. Bhagawan released a DVD “Sai Naada Jhari” sung by the brothers. As it was being released, a song from the album, Sai Namasmaranam Sada Rupa Dhyanam was played on the public address system. Their father who also happens to be their Guru gave a lead to the songs in the form of verse in a melodious manner.

The first song Sri Raghuvara Sugunalaya …sung in Bhairavi raga was preceded by a Sanskrit verse and Telugu verse by their father in Mohana raga. The next song Janulamadhya Tirugadhe Jagapati …was sung in Khamas raga. One song followed the other in quick succession. Janaki Ramana Dasaratha Nandana sung in Kaapi raga was the next Carnatic classical song. The next song was the famous Ramadas Kirtana, Takkuveni Manaku Ramudu Okkadundu Varaku ... sung in Suryakamti raga, Capu Tala had a spellbinding effect on the audience. Disathu Me Sarva Sukhadayi …, a Sanskrit song was the next one sung in Sankara Bharanam raga.

It is worth mentioning here a Telugu poem sung by their father: “Dear Lord, in times of misery and difficulty, I have been fortunate to receive Thy grace without Thy knowledge. So, I have now become a thief. Oh Easwara, it is my humble prayer, please catch hold of me and do not let go off Thy hold.” This was sung in Tilang raga.

Now it was the song for the occasion, Sathya Paritraana, Dharma Paala, Santhi Varada, Prema Swarupa Sai…” This raga “Sai Chandrika” needs special mention here as it was invented by Malladi Brothers themselves. Sai Chandrika is the derivative of Kokila Priya Raga, which is the 11th raga in the list of 72 Mela Kartha Ragas (fundamental ragas) in the Carnatic School of Music. Since it is the 83rd Birthday of Bhagawan, the 11th raga in Carnatic music, i.e., 83 subtracted by 72 Mela Kartha Ragas was chosen as the raga for this song. Their next composition was Sai Namamamrutham Sai Charitamathulitam sung in Yama Kalyani raga. Another composition for this occasion was sung by their father – Sahasra Chandra Darshanam …The raga for this song was Madyhyamavathi. They capped their performance with the famous Mangalam song Rama Chandraya Janaka …Then Bhagawan blessed the singers and the accompanying artistes with clothes. Mangalarati for the day was offered at 7.45 p.m. to Bhagawan.

Watch out this space for the concluding day report of this grand and glorious festival.


Saturday, November 15, 2008

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Maha Yajnam for Universal Peace

Setting of the Venue:
The three-day Maha Yajna for Universal Peace started on the morning of 15th November 2008. The Yajna is being held in the sprawling Hill View Stadium. People thronged the stadium right from 4 ’o clock in the morning. Elaborate arrangements have been made for devotees’ convenience. The entire stadium has been carpeted and the stage where the 12 Homa Kundas are constructed is in an elevated place for better viewing of the proceedings of the Yajna. A beautiful idol of Lord Venkateswara occupied the centre stage.
Beautiful photographs of Bhagawan adorned all sides of the galleries with the caption, “Glory to our Lord Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba”. Giant LED screens provided the entire panorama of the proceedings in the stage and the stadium. Flags of different countries punctuated both sides of the galleries. Sound acoustics was so well arranged that the Veda Parayanas could be heard clearly even at the end of the stadium.

Proceedings of the Yajna:
At 7.30 a.m. 150 students in their shining ochre dhotis and angavastrams occupied their positions in the Yajna Vedika. It is worth mentioning here that the dhotis were personally given by Bhagawan to these students. 150 priests are conducting this Yajna for universal peace. Out of them 62 are from Shringeri and the rest are from Andhra Pradesh. The officiating Chief Priest of the Yajna is Lakshminarayana Somayaji. The Yajna began at 7.45 with a prayer to Lord Dakshinamurthy and chanting of invocatory Mantras to Lord Ganesh. At the outset, the Chief Priest outlined the various aspects of the Yajna. To mention a few: Ganapati Homa, Lakshminarayana Puja and Suryanamaskar (salutations to sun god) was performed by 4 priests. The Chief Priest then instructed 6 priests to officiate in each of the Yajna Kundas.

Bhagawan arrived at the Hill View Stadium at 8.40. As He was nearing the Vedika, he was given a grand welcome from the Hanuman hilltop with a display of pyrotechnics. At the Yajna Vedika, He was traditionally welcomed with Poornakumbham. Then the students and priests began the Yajna with the chanting of Ganeshatharvasheersham. This was followed by Purusha Suktam, Sri Rudra Prasna. As the chanting was in progress, the sacred fire for the Yajna was produced in the traditional way by the process of churning one piece of wood over the other. The Veda chanting continued with Narayana Suktam, Sivopasana Mantra, Sri Suktam, Vishnu Suktam, Bhu Suktam, Medha Suktam, Neela Suktam, Suryopanishad, etc. Auspicious items were offered in the Yajna with the chanting of Vedic Mantras. Bhagawan went around the Yajna Vedika seeing the proceedings and granting the bliss of His Darshan to devotees in the stadium. At 10.25 a.m. Arati was offered to Bhagawan and He retired for the morning session.

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Sahasra Chandra Darshanam Yagnam Mahotsavam


Grand Opening for the epochal event : Sahasra Chandra Darshana Mahotsava Yagnam

Published on Sat, Nov 15, 2008 at 15.00 Hrs. IST

What entails when the Almighty Lord comes out in the open on a fresh morning that is slated to be infinitely auspicious? He spends time oozing compassion, while being dispassionate all along.

This was what Prasanthi had in store when Bhagawan emerged out of His Divine Abode driving down to the venue of the epochal event, Sahasra Poorna Chandra Darshana Mahotsavam.

The day that promised much finally arrived. Much before the golden rays peeped from the eastern sky to the hallowed spiritual township, Prasanthi Nilayam was up on her feet, bustling with joy and enthusiasm at the imminence of the moment much awaited. And every attention was on to the Sri Sathya Sai Hill View Stadium, the venue that was finally spruced up to perfection for the formal commencement of the big event.
As the Yajna Vedhi was getting beefed up with final touches before the formal beginning, 150 Rithwiks designated for the yajna along with the crux of the vedam boys from the ashram were readying themselves for the final whistle to blow.

The programme formally commenced at 7:45 am with Punyaaha Vachan followed by Sankalpam by the person designated to conduct the function. Adoring the centre stage on the dais was a replica of the Lord of Seven Hills, Lord Venkateshwara, well decked, matching the pristine splendour and spiritual aura of the presiding deity of Venkatadri.

Morning rituals included chanting of the names of Lord Ganesha, the Lord who removes obstacles, one lakh times followed by Sahasra Modaka Ganapathi Homam by 62 Rithwiks from the Sringeri Sharada Peetam. This was followed by Shatha Rudra Abhishekam and Navagraha Japam — chanting of 10,000 names for each of the nine grahas, which will continue till evening. Of the 12 homa kundas only three were lit for the day, one each for Maha Ganapathi Homam, Sudarshana Homam and Maha Mruthyunjaya Homam. Lakshmi Narayana Puja was performed to the main deity of Sahasra Poorna Chandra Darshanam.

The Chief Priest officiating the Yajna, Lakshmi Narayana Somayaji from Sringeri Mutt, was in an ecstatic mood while sharing few words with us. He felt that officiating the Yajna in the Divine Presence was a great fortune and he had got it also because of the blessings of Bhagawan and his Guru, His Holiness Jagadguru Shankaracharya Bharati Teertha Swamiji of Sharada Peetam, Sringeri.

Earlier Bhagawan was given a rousing reception, Poornakumbha Swagatham, at the Shanti Vedhika at 8:40 am and simultaneously crackers went bursting at the Hanuman Top atop the Hill, heralding the auspiciousness of the occasion. Onstage, Bhagawan was taken to the main shrine of Lord Venkateshwara and priests were seen explaining and seeking blessings from Bhagawan. Subsequently, the Yajna fire was generated with the ceremonial churning and rubbing of wooden blocks to produce fire in the most natural way formally commencing the Yajna. The most compassionate Lord moved around the stage several times blessing devotees with His fulfilling presence.

Mangala Arathi was offered to Bhagawan at 10:25 am before the Lord retired to His Divine Abode. Navagraha Japam continued till 12:30 pm. In the afternoon, Sudrashana Japam has been scheduled to be from 3:30 to 6:30 pm, and Sundrashana Homam from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

In the evening, the focus of attention would be shifted to Sai Kulwant Hall as Bhagawata Saptaaha will continue for the sixth day, followed by a cultural programme by the famous carnatic classical duo Priya sisters scheduled for the twilight session.


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Om Sairam dear Sai family, it was a beautiful morning and the day of the most auspicious occasion of Sahasra Poorna Chandra darshana Shanthi Mahotsavam was full of joy and contentment. The stage was all set for the most auspicious event. the crowd started getting into the stadium as early as 5am and by the time Swami arrived the stadium was almost full. The crowd may double in the coming days

The priests and the students selected for Veda Chanting with the learnt priests arrived on stage around 8am and the Ganapathi Prarthana began...

Swami came to the Hill View stadium, as the sun was just up and as the clock showed 8:40am. Swami came in His usual Toyota Porte car straight away got on the stage with the help of a specially designed lift. There were fire works on the hill top near the statue of Lord Hanuman. 3 huge screens were arranged for devotees sitting far to see the happenings on the stage..

Swami stayed for the whole morning session and overlooked all the rituals, not forgetting the thousands gathered to have a glimpse of our beloved Lord.. Swami came on all corners of stage, for quite sometime, for the devotees to have a heart full darshan and dip in the ocean of bliss.

Swami around 10:30am asked for Arathi and it was announced by Prof.Anil Kumar that there would be cultural programme in Sai Kulwanth Hall. a vocal concert by Priya sisters.

tomorrow's programme will commence at 7:30am and the much awaited Suvarna Ratha Darshana Utsavam (Swami coming in His golden chariot ) will be on 17th November after 9am... So stay tuned to Puttaparthi, to our Lord Sai...

With loving pranams at the lotus feet of our beloved Lord.
R.Satish Naik from Puttaparthi




Setting the Stage for the Sahasra Poorna Chandra Darshana Shanti Mahotsavam

Prasanthi Nilayam is gearing up to have a date with destiny, as the epoch making event, Sahasra Poorna Chandra Darshana Shanti Mahotsavam is scheduled to get underway on the 15th November on a grand scale. The festivity is scheduled to have a formal beginning with the commencement on the 14th evening with a group of 170-200 learned priests entering the specially erected Yajna Vedhi in the Sri Sathya Sai Hill View Stadium. The festivity would continue for three days to have a grand finale on the 17th in the Divine Presence and will be attended by devotees from all around the world.


The preparations are in full swing in the Hill View stadium with a 56 ft Yajna Vedhi being completed at the Shanti Vedhika. This extended portion is a temporary build that has a permanent base built with granite walls and laden with sands, protruding to the front as an extension to the existing Shanti Vedhika structure. There are 12 homa kundas evenly marked on this extended platform. This extension is being done in such a way that the existing structure is left in tact underneath, well covered by this newly erected platform…

Apart from the venue, Yajna Vedhi, all the statues adorning the huge Hill View Stadium have been repainted to resplendence; all the roads leading to the venue have been resurfaced, a huge arch is being done on the road leading to the stadium and bamboo barricades are being done in the stadium for proper crowd control.

Prasanthi Digital studio teaming up with the students of Sri Sathya Sai University is gearing up to provide deferred telecast and video streaming of highlights everyday for the benefit of viewers across the world. Two huge LCD screens are projected in the stadium to facilitate a better view of the proceedings to the massive crowd expected to attend the function. Closed Circuit TV transmission will be provided in Sai Kulwant Hall adding on to their effort to reach out devotees with better coverage.

Hundreds of extra hands, ranging from masons to welders & carpenters, painters to sculptors, technicians to engineers are being pressed into service, and hundreds and thousands of extra sevadals from different states have been already deployed to meet the emerging festive demand, Prasanthi Nilayam, the global spiritual town housing the supreme divinity is doubly ensuring not to leave any stones unturned and thus making the event a momentous one! Above report courtesy:


Lustre, Grandeur and Heavenly - The Venue a Day before

The entire township was seen bubbling with enthusiasm with devotee influx scaling with the tick of time. A visit to the railways station in the early morning found huge number of devotees flooding the platform, all beaming with great joy at the prospect of being in the Divine presence of the Master Beloved.  

Yajur Mandiram was seen decked up with parading lights of various hues shining in brilliance as it ought to be. And at the venue, it was a heavenly sight on the previous night as the stadium was already at its luminous best with gleaming white shafts flashing through the halogens, installed all around, lighting the entire stadium granting a classy dazzling touch, with gobos and parcans adding on to the brilliance and glamour. Huge hoardings with Bhagawan’s pictures and messages have already been mounted and the hilly terrain and the newly painted statues on the south of the stadium have been properly lit up along with the two monumental edifices on top, the museum and the university building, that perfectly accords with the dark sky on top, carving a perfect picturesque setting in the backdrop of the entire stadium. Two LED panels are projected on either side of the Shanti Vedika to facilitate close view of the proceedings on the stage. Sound and light professionals are on the job to ensure perfection to match the demanding occasion; sound effect that is expected to generate would be sufficient to cover a mammoth congregation of 4.5 to 5 lakhs of audience. The stage decorations are still on with lights and flowers taking lead role adding to the glitter and grandeur. Students of the Sathya Sai University along with senior students from the higher secondary school are on high alert to press into service any time, if required. Green carpet has already been laid on the sprawling ground that has been divided into various blocks with bamboo barricades.

150 priests, 60 from Shringeri Sharada Mutt and the balance from various mutts of Andhra Pradesh would be participating in the three day long Yajna that would  be officiated by Lakshminarayana Somayaji of Sringeri Sharada Peetam. The primary function of the Yajna began at 20 Hrs. today with the priests congregating on the platform chanting vedic mantras that lasted for 90 minutes. The grand opening of the Yajna is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. IST on Saturday morning.


It is the fraternity’s privilege to rejoice anticipating the grandeur of the occasion felicitating the grandsire of the family as per the traditional custom.  It is its privilege to run the show for Him and it is again the fraternity which is privileged to get felicitated by this sire, through this wonderful opportunity that is bestowed upon to humanity by the all mighty Lord walking on two feet.


It reads well…the full moon on 13th November, and the very next day on the 14th, India marked her presence on the moon to become only the fourth nation to scale this historic milestone, when the national tri-colour was planted on the moon’s surface, and 15th November will be marking the beginning of the epochal event in Prasanthi Nilayam, the spiritual capital on planet earth. The splendorous full moon was shining in the backdrop of the dark sky wondering at the drama happening in her name on planet earth and she was seemingly saluting the Lord for she has been privileged to witness eighty-two glorious years of the Avatar’s Divine mission on planet earth!




Photographic Delight

Published on Sat, Nov 15, 2008 at 23.00 Hrs.IST

A lens man's journey through the hustle and bustle of a big event in a township like Prasanthi Nilayam would be most satisfying. He understands the angle, he understands the shot, he understands the activity, he understands the expressions, and as he moves through the crowd, he gets photographic delight.


We have our special lens man who had flown in from Germany to ensure that he would not miss the best of actions during the momentous festivity. And these photographs tell us the facets of this hallowed township and that of the devotees who are the life of the spiritual saga of Prasanthi Nilayam.

When Narayana swayed in the swing, and music flowed…

Published on Sat, Nov 15, 2008 at 23.00 Hrs.IST

With each passing hour, every inch of space in Puttaparthi and the Ashram is getting filled with devotees. Yes, it is with each passing hour, instead of the oft repeated each passing day, that multitudes are flocking this spiritual epicentre. All that one sees is a sea of humanity.

Sai Kulwant Hall, the venue of the evening programme was filled to its seams, and many were waiting outside the Hall craning their necks to have a glimpse of the Lord of Puttaparthi, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

Today also happens to be the penultimate day of the Bhagavata Saptaham. The decoration of Govardhanagiri (Lord Krishna lifted the Govardhana hill to save the cowherds of Vrindavan from prosecution by Indra, the Lord of devas and rain) was done on the idol of Venugopala Swami. The idol was beautifully placed on a swing, with priests continuously swaying the Lord.

The evening talk on 15th November was by Dr Rajagopal Chakravarthi, a scholar. He began his talk by saying that Bhagawan’s abode was the confluence of Puttaparthi and Tirupati.

Throwing light on the Bhagavatam, Dr Chakravarthy said it was first discoursed by Narada, who in turn passed it on to Vyasa and thereafter his son Suka Maharishi gave a sermon to King Parikshit in his final moments.

The story of Ambarisha in the Bhagavatham is very sacred. Sages Vashishta and Gautama once instructed King Ambarisha to perform the Aswamedha Yaga. During the Yajna, Ambarisha forgot his kingdom and even his body. He concentrated only on Lord Narayana. At the end of the Yajna, Lord Narayana appeared and presented His personal weapon, Sudarsana Chakra, to Ambarisha. Armed with this blessing of Sudarsana, Ambarisha was able to enjoy the world and surmount all difficulties in his life. He had no worries, sorrow or desires. He concentrated wholeheartedly on the Lord.

Sometime later, Ambarisha performed the Dwadasi Vratam, a twelve-month vow. After observing certain disciplines for twelve months, Ambarisha was to fast on the day prior to the completion of the one-year period. The fast was to be broken at a particular time the next day, just before the one-year ended.


These were the stipulations of the vow. Ambarisha was getting ready to break his fast on the last day when Sage Durvasa arrived unexpectedly. Ambarisha received him with great respect. Durvasa said, “Oh King, no one has performed such a vow in the world. You will achieve great fame.” Ambarisha pleaded, “Swami, you must accept my hospitality today.” Durvasa said, “With pleasure. But give me some time. I will go to the river, bathe and complete my daily prayers.”
So saying, Durvasa left for the river with his entourage.

The next programme for the evening was a classical Carnatic music performance by the famous duo, Priya Sisters – Shanmukha Priya and Hari Priya.

The first song was an invocation to Lord Ganesh in Raga Naatai – Mahaganapatim Manasasmarami…What followed this was a torrential outpour of mellifluous music. To name a few: Bantureeti Koluviyyavayya Rama… sung in Hamsa Nada Raga, Mudakarata Modakam Sadavimukti Sadakam… in Yamuna Kalyani Raga, Jo Achudananda Jo Jo Mukunda… in Neelambari Raga. This song, which is specifically sung as a lullaby song, had a special significance today evening as the Lord Venugopala Swami was being continuously swayed in the swing.

The soulful renditions also included two bhajans, Jaya Maa Jaya Maa Jagadeeswari Sai Maa and Shankara Siva Shankara Siva Shankara Shambo sung in Darbaari Kaanada and Chakravagam respectively. After the programme, Bhagawan blessed the sisters and the accompanying artistes with clothes. The eventful day ended with offering Arati to Bhagawan at 7.30 pm.  



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Reflections of the Township - Roy Christie

Sprucing up to the occasion, the township is bustling with enthusiasm as the clock ticks to the scheduled hour for the epochal event to get underway. Roy Christie, a veteran South African journalist who is currently camping in Puttaparthi reflects the mood and vibes outside.

Sathya Sai Baba's ashram in Puttaparthi has always been a vibrant place – the energizer of the Cosmos resides there, after all, in human form – but in recent weeks it has gone into hyper drive.

The reason? The ashram is preparing for two events of significance – firstly to mark a moment with a proud place in Vedic tradition, as Sathya Sai Baba experiences one thousand full moons during His life so far.

Time-honoured ceremonies accompany such a milestone and Vedic scholars from all over India are gathering here to take part in the proceedings which begin on Saturday 15 November and conclude on Monday, 17 November.

Secondly, Sathya Sai Baba's 83rd birthday will be celebrated shortly afterwards, on 23 November.

The Full Moon ceremonies take place at the Hill View Stadium, capable of holding the vast audience of devotees who are expected to attend. The sacred programme of events will include special prayers for the well-being of all humanity and for world peace.
The ashram is always the centre of a swirling tide of comings and goings as the human throng ebbs and flows. Some time ago Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba announced that the great Indian population were now ready to receive His message and that they would be attending the ashram in greater numbers.

That, of course, has proved to be the case. In recent weeks the Poornachandra Hall and mandir have been crowded with Indian devotees with only a sprinkling of Europeans and others. Now that is changing. The Westerners traditionally flock to Puttaparthi for Sai Baba's birthday and also for the Christmas celebrations.

Where I live my next door neighbour is a Venezuelan and down the corridor there are an Iranian and a Briton. When I go for lunch at the Western Canteen I meet a Canadian, an American, a Sri Lankan and a Londoner.

At the Internet shop where I Google, the language mix has enlarged. French, Italian, Russian now join the melodious murmurings which resound from cubicle to cubicle.

And in recent days gangs of workmen have been carrying out a feverish upgrading of various aspects of the ashram.

At the main gate they placed a new, impressive structure atop the gate, constructed, according to a British builder I know, of a wooden base and plaster of paris superstructure. He watched the men as they worked.

He told me with a note of awe: "They put it up and painted it so fast I was impressed."

And security is clearly a primary concern. The newspapers revealed recently that a special detail of security forces had been deputed to saturate Puttaparthi with a cordon of safety.

Police are everywhere. You hear their vehicles in the still Puttaparthi nights, the occasional police siren triggering an outbreak of barking dogs and braying donkeys.

But apart from the town of Puttaparthi, Prasanthi Nilayam remains the Abode of Supreme Peace. When Sathya Sai Baba appears before the throng of worshippers, a stand-out vision in His red robe and with His distinctive halo of dark hair, a wave of love arises from the thousands of devotees and washes over Him – He who is self-described as "the embodiment of love."

There is an electricity in the air, the energy of adoration, and there is hardly a dry eye in the great concourse


The Lord of Thousand Moons: Avatars of God are spectacular occurrence at any given time in history. But, the triple Avatars of Sri Shirdi Sai, Sri Sathya Sai and Sri Prema Sai are in themselves unique in the history of the known Universe. And now we are living here as contemporaries of the Sri Sathya Sai Avatar, the second in line of three avatars spanning over three hundred years. When Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai is crossing the physical milestone of 83 human years of His glorious earthly sojourn, within all this wonderment, we are about to experience a most auspicious event, commemorating the epoch making occasion, Sahasra Poorna Chandra Darshana Mahotsavam.

Going by the Hindu scripture, a human being crossing 83 years in his physical frame is a remarkably significant occasion. This occasion comes with a greater import when he is supposedly sighting the moon the 1000th time during his physical sojourn. For the mortals it entails a greater significance. But, how does it signify, when it comes to The One who is credited with the onus of entire creation? An answer to this would come when Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the Lord walking on two feet is crossing this humanly attributed mile stone, as His physical frame is touching the 83rd year of His glorious sojourn on planet earth.

Commemorating this once in life-time happening, a Sahasra Poorna Chandra Darshana Mahotsavam is being organised in Prasanthi Nilayam from 15th to 17th in the immediate Divine Presence. The mysterious significance attached owing to the Divine stature of this festivity does make the event a rarity that goes much beyond human perceptions when it comes to the spiritual import of the occasion.

Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the Avatar of the age, will gaze upon His one thousandth full moon in His earthly lifetime, an occurrence that is significant from human perspective. This is perhaps for the first time ever in the history that an Avatar grants Poorna Chandra Darshanam! It is time for the humans, lucky being contemporaries, to thank their stars that we are here enjoying this auspicious time with Him.

Marking the symbolic significance of the ultra special occasion, Bhagawan is expected to mount the golden chariot, once again at the Hill View stadium for full public view that would be lead by a cavalcade of glittering combine.

How blessed are we that our Lord would be here among us to bless us with His Darshan on such a cosmically significant moment in history!

A Mirror of the Moon

A riveting account of a transcendental miracle of Divine as chronicled by Dr. John Hislop in Sanathana Sarathi, May 1974

Early in the morning of Dec 8, 1973, Swami departed Prasanthi Nilayam for Brindavan. After an hour or so of driving, He directed the three accompanying cars to turn off the road to a clearing in an uninhabited area of forest. Everyone got out. Swami was in a delightful mood, moving about amongst the party and cracking jokes with the men.

Beside the picnic area was a wood apple tree with a few large apples in view in the upper branches. The men tried to knock some of these to the ground by throwing stones, but without success. One small apple, about an inch in diameter, did fall to the ground, and Baba picked it up.
Holding the small wood apple between thumb and forefinger against the morning sun, Baba said, "Here is the moon.” Then He closed the small apple in His hand for a moment, and when His hand opened, the apple had disappeared and in its place there was a most extraordinary object.

The object in Swami's hand was a translucent disk (of stone?) thin at the edges and thicker at the centre. It reflected light in a brilliant way and throughout its body there was a puzzling variety of modifications. There were dark areas of uneven shape and size; there were short and longer veins of luminous mineral like materials of all shades of color; there were specks and dots of color that reflected brightly in the sunlight. The total effect of the disk was one of great beauty.

Everyone gazed at the object with intense interest and wonderment. Holding the disk to the sun, Baba said that it was the moon in miniature comprised of the moon's matter, that it was 'a mirror of the moon.' Nobody understood what He meant, and we started to ask questions at length and we understood that the two sided disk was an accurate miniature in stone and minerals of the two sides of the moon.

It was as if one were to photograph the moon as it is seen from Earth, and then to journey to the opposite side of the moon and photograph that side. Each side photographed would appear on a photographic plate as a circular disk. Thus, one side of the translucent disk created by Baba mirrored one side of the moon, and the other side of the translucent disk mirrored the opposite side of the moon. The darker unevenly shaped areas on the disk were the very large features of the moon's surface; the brightly reflecting specks and dots were individual mountains and smaller mountain ranges; the shorter and longer veins of brilliant varicolored mineral were additional features of the moon's landscape.
Indeed, the visual modifications to be seen in the disk were so complex that we could not readily understand it. Swami said that the mineralized appearance of the luminous features of the disk were in fact moon minerals, that they could be seen in the disk because it was thin and therefore translucent, and that the same mineralization was in the moon itself. The miniature moon was exact and fully accurate, and were there to be a photographic enlargement, Scientists could at once recognize all the landscape features with which they were familiar.

Baba told us that He would not give the miniature moon to anyone, and that the disk would be returned to where it came from. He did not describe that source and nobody asked Him.

At this point, food taken from the cars was ready, and a delicious breakfast was served by the ladies of the party. I had the moon disk in my hand, so I put it in the pocket of my jacket and kept it there until breakfast was finished. Then I returned it to Swami. He again held it up to the sun and all along the edge of the stone disk there was a rich golden light. Swami said, see there is the sunrise!

After we had all admired the golden light, Swami again closed His hand over the moon disk and when in a moment He opened His hand, the moon disk was gone and in its place was the original small wood apple.

By this time a few strangers had appeared from somewhere and Swami gave them the remaining food. The ladies tidied up the picnic ground, we all returned to our cars, and we resumed the drive to Brindavan thoroughly pleased by the breakfast picnic with Baba.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Bhagawan arrived at 4 o'clock this evening in His chair to Sai Kulwant Hall. The priests who were to conduct the Sahasra Chandra Darshana Mahotsavam ceremony from tomorrow were seated in front of the stage. Clothes and other ceremonial materials for them were brought out. After Swami's blessings, Sri Adikesavulu Naidu, chairman of the Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanam, distributed the items to the more than 120 priests. The Bhagavatha Saptaham speech for today began after the distribution at 5.15 pm. Dr. K. Ramanujacharya narrated the stories of Dhruva and the churning of the ocean, bringing out the inner meanings of the Puranic stories. As the speaker concluded at 6.30 pm, Bhagawan blessed him with a chain before accepting Arati and returning to His residence in the car. An announcement was made about the programme commencing tomorrow at 7.30 am in the Vidyagiri Stadium. The priests moved to the stadium, where they completed preliminary rituals onstage. is readying to carry video web streams of the highlights of the ceremonies over the next three days.

Programme Time table

7:30 a.m. Yajnam
9:30 a.m. Arrival of Bhagawan
1:00 p.m. Yajnam
3:30 p.m. Yajnam
6:00 p.m. Cultural Programme – Vocal Concert by Malladi Brothers


7:30 a.m. Yajnam

9:15 – 9:45 a.m.

“Sri Sathya Sai Suvarna Ratha Darshana Utsavam”

Golden Chariot Procession

In the Presence of His Holiness

Sri Sri Sri Dr. Shivakumara Swamigalu, Head of Sri Siddaganga Muth, Tumkur
Sri Jagadguru Madhwacharya Mahasamsthana Pejawara Mathadeesha H.H.Sri Vishwesha Tirtha
Sri Sri Sri 1008 Sri Sushameendra Thirtha Sri Padulavaru
Sri Jagadguru Kanchi Kamakoti Peetadhipathi Sri Jayendra Swaraswathi Swamigal
Jagadguru Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamiji, Suttur Mutt
Pujya Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji
Sri Sri Rangapriya Mahadesika Sri Sri
Sri Sakthiamma, Sripuram, Golden Temple, Sri Narayani Pitham

10:00 a.m. Poornahuthi
10:30 a.m. Benedictory Addresses
10:45 a.m. Divine Discourse – Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

5:30 p.m. Arrival of Bhagawan
Sri Rukmini Kalyanam
Cultural Programme – Ms. Mahalakshmi Iyer & Troupe
6:30 p.m. “Grand Finale”
6:45 p.m. “Maha Mangalarathi”




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