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Thiruvonam in Prasanthi Nilayam…

Monday, September 16th, 2013


Video Webcast of the Onam Day Celebrations, Evening Programme at Prasanthi Nilayam 16-09-2013



Video Webcast of the Onam Day Celebrations, Morning Programme at Prasanthi Nilayam 16-09-2013


Continuing the tradition set by Bhagawan decades ago, devotees from the State Of Kerala, pupularly known as ‘God’s Own Country’ celebrated their national festival Onam today here in Prasanthi Nilayam in the immediate Divine Presence of Bhagawan.



Ever since Bhagawan’s gracious magnanimity brought the festival to the hallowed Prasanthi precincts, Onam has been a dotted festival in the Prasanthi festive calendar. As per the legend, it is believed that the erstwhile emperor Mahabali returns to the State on Thiruvonam Day enquiring after the welfare of his subjects.



In this Thiruvonam morning the programme commenced at 0820 hrs. after half-an-hour Rudram chanting, with a devotional musical offering by popular devotional singer Sri TS Radhakrishnan & Co.  Presenting a garland of vernacular composition, singing in Malayalam, the blessed singer along with his two children, Shankar Vinayak and Lakshmi brought the nostalgic ‘Homely Feeling’ for the hundreds assembled in the Real Home away from home celebrating their major festival.



Some of the numbers were “Oruneramengalum Kaanathey Vayyente…”, “Enna Thapam Cheyyana Easwaramma…”, “Ambaadi Vaanambaadi Aanadaganam Paadi…”, “Sai Sai Sai Ramaaya Namo…” etc. Sri TS Radhakrishnan along with his son Shankar Vinayak (harmonium and vocal) and daugher lakshmi (vocal) was accompanied by Sri Nishikant Barodekar, faculty member at Sathya Sai Mirpuri College Of Music, Prasanthi Nilayam on Tabla.



Bhajans by Kerala devotees continued and ended with Mangala Arathi at 0930 hrs.

Evening Programme:

A dance drama, instrumental music and award ceremony for the winners of essay writing competition marked the Thiruvonam evening celebrations in Prasanthi Nilayam.



The programme commenced at 1650 hrs. with an instrumental music programme led by Thiruvizha Viju S Anand on Violin, accompanied by Palakkad Mukesh Kumar on Mridangam, Vellattanjoor Sreejith on Ghatam and Payyanur Govinda Prasad on Mukha Sankh. Beginning with “Mahaganipathim…” the foursome presented a half-an-hour scintillating display, playing many popular bhajan tunes, well appreciated by the august assembly.



Winners of Annual Essay Writing Competition was given away gold medals next. The winners are Kum Manju Krishna of Govt. Law College, Trissur for the inter-collegiate level, Sri Sai Shyam T of St. Thomas Higher Secondary School, Trissur and Kum Karthika R Krishnan of Fort Mission High School, Thiruvananthapuram for High School section, topics being “Glory Of Womenhood”, “Family – Father & Mother I Love You” and “Water – Gift Of God”. Over 20699 students representing 750 educational institutions participated in this year’s competition.



The final presentation for the evening was a beautiful dance drama, Mahabali, by the students of Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Vihar, Aluva, on the legend of Onam, illustrating the story of Emperor Mahabali.



The legend has it that Aditi, the Mother Of Devas pleaded with Lord Vishnu to curtail the powers of Asura ruler Mahabali who went on expanding his kingdom, conquering world after world….in response to Aditi’s prayers Maha Vishnu resolves to come as Vamana, as a dwarf, seeking a mere boon of 3 paces of land… Blinded by his pride,being a man of charity, when Mahabli loses sight,  questions the dwarf of his foolishness, as he sought a silly boon of 3 paces of land. Vamana sticks to his demand citing the necessity to be contented; the king agrees despite Preceptor Sukracharya’s advice. Mahabali decides to stick to his promise despite the threat of being annihilated from the face of the earth.



Vishnu in the guise of Vamana then increases His stature and with the first step covering the sky, blotting out the stars, and with the second, straddling the netherworld. Realising that Vamana’s third step will destroy the earth, Mahabali offers himself to the Mighty Lord.



Mightly pleased with Mahabali’s unconditional surrender Lord grants the emperor a boon to return to his kingdom once in a year….the Thiruvonam day.



Bhagawan’s Divine discourse followed that was well received by a packed audience with pindrop silence. Speaking high of the Emperor and his surrender, Bhagawan reminded the Keralites of their heavenly fortune of celebrating Onam in His immediate Divine Presence. Onam in Prasanthi Nilayam is the real Onam as all join together celebrating Onam together in Bhagawan’s Presence, said Bhagawan ending His Divine discourse with the bhajan “Hari Bhajan Binaa Sukha Saanthi Nahin…”



All the artistes were felicitated and bhajans continued, ended with Mangala Arathi at 1850 hrs.

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Satsanga Mahatmyam…

Sunday, September 15th, 2013


Continuing with the festive spirit of Onam, beautiful children from Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Peeth, Srisailam, Kozhikode, Kerala  presented a Musical Dance Drama entitled ‘Satsanga Mahatmyam’ this evening here in Prasanthi Nilayam.



The presentation was a thesis on the greatness of Satsang, that leads one to his Ultimate Goal of Realisation. Depicting the epochal rivalry between Sage Vishwamitra and Sage Vasishta, wherein Sage Vasishta repeatedly belittled Vishwamitra refusing to accept his Brahmarishi status, the presentation heralds the greatness of Satsang , which alone finally helped Vishwamitra the much coveted Brahmarishi status.



Beginning depicting Vishwamitra’s desire for the Celestial Cow, Nandini, a desire which was rejected by Sage Vasishta, subsequent scenes present Vishwamitra’s severe penance and his increasing rivalry that ends up in his attempt to kill Vasishta. Understanding his folly when Vishwamitra accepts Vasishta, beseeching him to initiate him into Brahmadeeksha, Vasishta in turn sends him to Lord Adisesha. Vishwamitra learns the finer lessons at the hands of Adisesha, who exploited Vishwamitra’s weaknesses, advising him to meditate on his guru Vasishta while trying to understand the greatness of Satsang.



The presentation was intertwined with beautiful dance and song sequences…ended in perfect style with Bhagawan singing His famous Bhajan, “Hare Rama…Satsangatwe Nissangatwam…”



Earlier the programme began at 1700 hrs. with two scholarly speeches by Dr KS Radhakrishnan followed by Dr KBS Rajan. Speaking first Dr KS Radhakrishnan, Chairman, Kerala Public Service Commission elucidated on the greater significance of Onam, which is Kerala’s national festival. Marking a mention of Bhagawan’s magnanimity that allowedKeralites to celebrate Onam in His immediate Divine Presence, Dr Radhakrishnan exhorted the greater need of the present time to develop spiritual equanimity.



Delivering a speech full of pun, in oxymoronic style,  Dr KBS Rajan, Member (Judicial) Central Administrative Tribunal, highlighted on the sad plight of the present day’s life. The present day’s life is tainted with marooned negative vision, which in contradiction to the olden golden days, and we need to inculcate Love – that is the Language Of The Heart, as preached by Bhgawan Sri Sathya Sai, said the speaker hoping for a better future.



Bhajans continued and ended with Bhagawan singing “Govinda Krishna Vittaley…” . Bhajans by the students continued and ended with Mangala Arathi at 1845 hrs.

Tomorrow is Thiruvonam…!!!

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Onam celebrations begin…

Satday, September 14th, 2013


A programme by SRP,  Sri Sathya Sai Rehabilitation Programme for the post operative cardiac patients followed by a ‘Bhajan Sandhya’ marked the first evening of the three-day Onam festival here in Prasanthi Nilayam today.



The programme commenced at 1700 hrs. with an introductory speech by Prof Mukundan, State President Of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations – Kerala, who spoke of the rare nodtalgic beauty of Onam celebrations of yester years in the immediate Divine Presence. Presenting a brief outline of the ‘Hridaya Sanghamam’ programme by SRP, the State President next invited Dr Anand Mohan, the State co-ordinator of the SRP programme to elaborate on what entails SRP. Elucidating on the project in brief, Dr Ananda Mohan next introduced a couple of speakers, Sri Mithun, an SRP volunteer followed by Advocate Balakrishnan who was a beneficiary turned volunteer to speak on the activities of SRP.



The Sri Sathya Sai Rehabilitation Programme under the auspices of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations takes care of post operative care of patients operated at the twin temples of healing instituted by Bhagawan, at Prasanthigram and at Whitefield in Bangalore. Over four hundred beneficiaries have come to Prasanthi Nilayam as part of the Onam contingent.



A music programme  by Sri Sathyanarayanan Nair, a former Balvikas student, in the lead followed next. Beginning with a couple of Prasanthi Bhajans, Sri Nair, a disciple of legendary Anup Jalota, sang some interesting numbers, namely, Sai Baba Bolo…, Mera Jeevan Tere Havaley Prabhu… etc. Sri Nair was accompanied by Sri Nishikant Barodekar on Tabla and Sri Sridhar on Violin apart from his three sisters on vocal.



At the end of the presentation all the artistes were felicitated and Prasadam was distributed.

Bhajans continued and ended with Mangala Arathi at 1830 hrs.

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Archive Onam 2010



Monday, August 23,2010 - Onam 2010 - Sai News & Photo Updates: Onam marks the "Home Coming" of erstwhile ruler Mahabali, visiting Kerala once in a year, reminiscing his good olden days in the land known as "God's Own Country".... When thousands from the state have flocked to the "God Owned Country" celebrating Onam in the Divine Presence, this day, 23 Aug became yet another festive Kerala day in Prasanthi Nilayam in His immediate Divine presence.

...And on this expectant auspicious evening, The Lord made His grand entry at 1710 hrs., escorted by auspicious tunes of Panchavadyam, a temple associated art form of music with an orchestra of five instruments, that was preceded by a group of band girls from Sri Sathya Sai Vidyapeeth, Sri Sailam, Vedam and nadaswaram boys apart from girls with Thalappoli, who stood on either side at the ladies' end, welcoming The Lord!

Completing a full round Bhagawan moved further into the ladies' side before turning above to come onstage at 1725 hrs. Proceedings began in the next five minutes with the State President making an announcement on the Inter Collegiate and School Level Essay Writing Competition held in the state by the Organisation attended by over 15000 participants. Gold Medalists, Kum. Anjani Hariharan and Kum. Sukanya, from each of the category, were introduced to the audience who came onstage to receive the medals from the Divine hands.

Bringing in the essence of Kerala's cultural and spiritual heritage, combining art forms from the length and breadth of the state, a group of 99 Balvikas children presented a unique programme entitled "Keraleeyam" that ran for twenty minutes. To the background scores of medley of songs in vernacular malayalam, these coloufully attired children danced forth depicting stories of the glory of Adi Shankara to Parashurama, to the story of Prahlada and Narasimha Avatar finally talking about the 'home coming' of Emperor Mahabali. Singing folklore Onam songs they danced heralding the arrival of harvest and the festival of onam depicting the golden olden days of the Emperor. Depicting scenes from the minority Chrstian and Muslim population, the presentatiion culminated with a song hailing the glory of the Avatar of the Age, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Popular art forms, namely, Kathakali, Ottanthullal, Oppana, Kavadiattam, Vanchippattu etc. were depicted illustrating the illustriuos cultural state.

"Margadhara", a dance drama presentation by the Balvikas children from the state followed, that depicted the illustrious story of 'Balatapaswi', child ascetic Dhruva and his pious, virtuous mother, both of whom were rewarded by the greater heaven to become eternal stars for their surrender and highest devotion to God.

Beginning with a Kailasha scene wherein Nandeeshwara informs of the entry of a "new star" into the gates of Kailasha, The Lord reveals the illustrious story of Mother Suneeti to a growingly anxious Mother Parvathi, explaining the virtue and devotion of Suniti and her son Dhruva.

The epical story of Suruchi vs. Suniti, the jealous and wicked vs. the virtuous and godly was well depicted through flashback scenes beginning at King Uttanapada's royal court. Great affection and understanding between the two little brothers, Suruchi's demeaning attempt at Suniti aided well by a slandering woman, Suniti's righteous approach bearing all sufferings at the hands of Suruchi with composure were depicted before the climax scene wherein the Little Dhruva was insulted by Suruchi, who dragged the little prince out of the King's lap calling him unworthy. A desolated little Dhruva was comforted by his mother, who advised him to meditate on Lord Maha Vishnu, who would accomodate him on His Divine Lap, the Highest Abode! ...and thus began the highest penance that shook the three worlds finally bringing the great good to him and his mother, ascencion to the Highest Kingdom of Godhood!

The scene comes back to Kailasa where a wonderstruck Mother Parvathi pays 'salutatiions' to the newly ascending star, Suniti, who was conferred upon to be an eternal star, guiding mothers till eternity, while Dhruva was ascended to the heavens to be shone forth as Eternal Pole Star. The drama was unique with its humorous touch in dialogue delivery and enacting. Participating children have undergone hectic preparations before the final show and the make up for the presentation started as early as at 0800 hrs. this morning.

Bhagawan had moved off the stage for a short while and was back in time for the final scene wherein Lord Vishnu was conferring the boon on to the little lad. Upon the end of the one hour presentation, as per His command, safari pieces and sarees were given away to the participants. Soon it was Mangala Arathi time and as the Arathi song was being sung, Bhagawan moved down the dais to pose with the tiny tots for the day's evening session. A couple of boys were blessed with materialised Vibhuti prasadam.

Returning onstage, Bhagawan asked for an encore of "Samastha Lokaaha...." before blessing the concourse with abhayahastha...Moving off the dais, Bhagawan retired for the day at 1925 hrs. bringing curtains down on this year's episode of auspicious Onam! Special prasadam brought from Kerala was distributed to the capacity audience.

Malayalee contingent of students from both Brindavan and Anantapur Campus have also joined Prasanthi Nilayam celebrating their chosen festivity along with thousands of devotees from Kerala and other parts of the world.

|| Samastha Lokaaha Sukhino Bhavanthu || 


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Wednesday, Sept 02, 2009

Thiru Onam dawned at Prasanthi Nilayam with Sai Kulwant hall and Yajur Mandir decked in festoons and floral decorations. Swami was welcomed into the hall with resounding Panchavadyam by the students and devotees and the girls' brass band of the Srisailam school as the bhajans went on at 9.30 am. Small girls with traditional lamp plates lined Bhagavan's route. Once He sat onstage after His darshan round, He listened to the bhajans for half an hour more before asking Prof. Anil Kumar to announce that He would address everyone in the evening. Accepting Arati, Swami went to the interview room for a few minutes before returning to His residence at half-past ten.

In the evening, Bhagavan arrived for darshan at 4.20 pm and after His darshan round went into the interview room. A few minutes later, He came onstage and began the programme. The Kerala state President introduced the speaker for the evening, Sri Jayakumar IAS, in-charge of arrangements at the Sabarimala shrine. After his short speech, Swami commenced His Divine Discourse at 4.45 pm. Reminding all of the story of Mahabali, He exhorted the people of Kerala to follow Emperor Bali's example in upholding values. The 45-minute Discourse was followed by a drama on Bhaktha Nandanar by the children of Sri Sai Vidya Vihar, Aluva. As the drama came to a close at half-past six, Swami blessed one of the participants with a chain. Prasadam was distributed after Bhagavan blessed the children with a group photograph. He then asked them to sing a bhajan, following which He accepted Arati and returned to His residence at 6.45 pm. 
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Morning Darshan, Divine Discourse, Drama on 2nd September - Evening Programme

Onam Divine Discourse...2nd Sept 2009


Morning Darshan,

Posted at 0230 hrs. on 3rd Sept 2009

When festive Kerala was abuzz, busy welcoming her erstwhile ruler Emperor Mahabali, a miniscule of the state descended in Prasanthi Nilayam welcoming the Mighty Lord amidst them, invoking Divine Blessings on the auspicious festive occasion of Onam.

The venue, Sai Kulwant Hall, bore a festive look of gaiety and majesty, with natural decorations reflecting the state’s greater cultural values and traditions beautifying the seat of the Lord in Prasanthi Nilayam to pristine splendor and beauty.

Plantain trees tying a green belt around the periphery of the spacious Sai Kulwant Hall, decorated parasols, muthukkuda, of varied hues standing upright majestically, symbolizing class, temple architectural designs made out of plantain stems adding to the aesthetic cultural beauty, tender coconut leaves hanging all over heralding auspiciousness, palm leaves covering huge pillars, it was a mini green revolution all over at the venue in Sai Kulwant Hall.

Bhagawan was accorded a befitting welcome with girls in traditional attire arrayed on both sides in the pathway giving a ceremonial welcome. Band Girls from the state accompanied them, amidst Bhajans and Panchavadyam (an orchestra of five instruments popularly known as God’s Own Orchestra) by both University students and a special troupe from Kerala.

Traditional floral decorations with Nirapara, full measure of paddy heaped for ceremonial offerings in traditional measuring container called 'Para' decorated with ‘Thengin Pookula’, opened coconut flower, offshoot of coconut tree,

 was arranged in the centre of Sai Kulwant Hall opposing the seat of the Lord on the dais. University boys with Kerala origin from Brindavan and Prasanthi Nilayam campuses along with Higher Secondary School had various creative cards and presentations wishing Bhagawan “Happy Onam”.

Bhagawan came for a full round at 9:20 a.m. while bhajan was on, and an announcement was made about a scheduled Divine Discourse at 4 p.m. Arathi was offered just after 10 a.m. before Bhagawan retired to Yajur Mandiram.


Evening Programme

The evening proceedings started with Bhagawan coming out at 4:20 p.m. Bhagawan came onstage after a full round of darshan and all eyes were on Bhagawan expecting the promised Divine Discourse. At the outset, State President Prof. Mukundan introduced Mr. A.Jayakumar, IAS, Chief Addl. Secy., Home & Vigilance, Govt. of Kerala, the lone speaker for the session preceding the Divine Discourse.

In a tone that sounded humble and a tenor that reflected submission, Mr. Jayakumar mentioned that, while back in Kerala people from all over the world come back home to celebrate the festival, devotees of Bhagawan come to their ‘real home’ in Prasanthi Nilayam to celebrate the festivity in the Divine Presence of Bhagawan. While there was a sense of abundance and well being all over the state with the festive season in Kerala, devotees of Bhagawan come to Prasanthi Nilayam to have abundance of Bhagawan’s love.

Mr. Jayakumar mentioned that, while back in Kerala people from all over the world come back home to celebrate the festival, devotees of Bhagawan come to their ‘real home’ in Prasanthi Nilayam to celebrate the festivity in the Divine Presence of Bhagawan.

Divine Discourse

Bringing parallels between the festivity and Bhagawan, taking a cue from Emperor Mahabali’s great act of surrender to the Will of Lord Vamana, Mr. Jayakumar reminded fellow devotees that it was time for sacrifice and surrender to the Will of Bhagawan for the greater benefit of humanity. Against the floral decorations that are done ten days in advance to the Onam festivity in Kerala, symbolizing purity, devotees have their hearts ready with floral decorations all the days, all through for Bhagawan to come, concluded Mr. Jayakumar.

Lucidly explaining the story of Emperor Mahabali, mentioning that his kingdom of yore was ruled in perfect fashion, taking care of the subjects and their needs to best of his abilities, Bhagawan, touching upon various incidents in the life of the Emperor further mentioned that the Emperor was sent to the neither world and ever since it had become Brahma Loka and the Emperor had attained liberation.

Talking of the legend of the festivity, Bhagawan mentioned that the subjects were grief stricken at the loss of the Emperor and reciprocating to their fondling feeling the Emperor had promised them that he would be visiting them once in a year and thus came into being the festivity of Onam.

Mr. Jayakumar mentioned that, while back in Kerala people from all over the world come back home to celebrate the festival, devotees of Bhagawan come to their ‘real home’ in Prasanthi Nilayam to celebrate the festivity in the Divine Presence of Bhagawan.

Bringing a comparison of the monsoon that starts from Kerala and spreads all over the country, Bhagawan mentioned that God was one and One alone and this One God was taking care of the entire humanity, declared Bhagawan to thunderous applause.

Hailing Kerala to be a Gift of God, Bhagawan mentioned that the people of Kerala think of the mystery and glory of the Emperor even today, which in turn helped them to make advancement in their lives. The state was blessed with plenty and prosperity.

Though individual difference, due to the effect of Kali, caused some changes in the state, still the people of the state follow Truth, said Bhagawan adding that the people of the state give great respect and care to the elderly people. Drawing attention to the three God given principles, Love for God, Fear of Sin and Morality in Society, Bhagawan mentioned that Kerala was the only state where service to elderly people was undertaken in this Kali age. Discoursing in detail on the subject or Morality, Bhagawan said, Kerala has given great importance to the teaching, Sathyam Vadha, Dharmam Chara…

It is not mere celebration in a grand gala way, but one should make every effort to fulfill the promises given to the Emperor, added Bhagawan..


Exhorting the devotees not to consider the festivity like any other festive occasion, Bhagawan said that, true significance was to follow the ideals of the Emperor. Taking bath, wearing new dresses, purifying our hearts ever thinking of God is real Onam, said Bhagawan divulging in detail about various kinds of preparation done by Keralites during the occasion. Keralites make twelve types of sweet dishes from plantain and they do it with sacred feeling, offering the same to God. Kerala is the only state where preparations are done with such sacred feeling, said Bhagawan. Referring to the state’s devotion, Bhagawan urged the devotees that all should give up all silly thoughts distancing themselves from all sorts of worries understanding that heart is the seat of God. Citing Emperor’s example, Bhagawan advised everyone to follow His often repeated maxim, LOVE ALL SERVE ALL enlightening that there was no bigger penance than following the same.

Coming back to the subject, Morality, He stressed on the greater importance of the same to follow the same in our lives. One should learn obedience and humility from the life of the Emperor and following these ideals his life could be redeemed, concluded Bhagawan.
Bhakta Nandanar

 Happy Onam
Drama on 2nd September

Drama by Students of Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Vihar, Aluva

The Divine Discourse was followed by a Drama entitled “Bhakta Nandanar”, by the students of Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Vihar, Aluva. Bhakta Nandanar was one of the celebrated devotees of Lord Shiva, belonging to the famous Nayanar saints of South India. The drama had few incidents from the life of Nandanar, who was an epitome of true, pure and unsullied devotion.

Born in Andhanur village of Tanjore, Nandanar endured at the hands of the mighty in the name of untouchability. Being born in the paraya community, he was considered to be an untouchable. As a child he showed exemplary devotion to Lord Shiva though he was permitted to worship only tribal Gods.
The first episode depicted a scene wherein the orthodox belief and theory that - the untouchables should not be allowed to worship Brahmin Gods - was affirmed and reaffirmed by the friends and colleagues of Nandanar. Nandanar was still nonchalant and determined with his devotion to Lord Shiva. Despite cautions and warnings the young Nandanar was unmoved and finally he was taken to his mother. His mother gripped with fear, finding her son suffering from fever, attributed the fever as a punishment meted out to Nandanar for worshipping the Brahmin God. To redeem the effect, she promised to offer goat sacrifice to Lord Shiva. Nandanar was distressed at this sight and called upon his mother to stop such nonsenses, telling her that it was not acceptable for him to sacrifice one life for another; he would rather prefer to die, declared the young Nandanar. The scene ended with Nandanar getting miraculously cured after applying sacred ash taken in the name of Lord Shiva.

The second episode had an interesting incident related to the Thirupangur Temple, wherein the untouchable Nandanar was found in a distressed state with no option to have the holy darshan of his favourite Lord. With the huge statue of Nandi blocking the view of the sanctum sanctorum, and by being an untouchable, he was not allowed to cross over the Nandi statue, he was left with no option than to fervently pray to his favourite Lord. Having surrendered completely to the Will of his Lord, he was immersed in praising His glory and lo! The Nandi moved to the side letting Nandanar to feast his eyes with the holy darshan of His favourite Lord.
Once, after hearing the glory of the Lord of Chidambaram, Nandanar grew into an intense desire to have the darshan of the Lord. His Brahmin Landlord upon hearing his desire literally run down on him, hurling abuses, showering insults, calling him profane names reminding him that he was an untouchable and would not be allowed to have the darshan of Brahmin Gods.

Upon repeated pleadings from Nandanar, the landlord granted permission on condition that Nandanar harvests forty acres of land all by himself! Happy beyond measure, taking the name of Lord Shiva, Nandanar completed the task overnight to the astonishment of all. Understanding his folly and realizing the greatness of Nandanar, the landlord sought pardon from Nandanar.

It was trial time for the great devotee, even after entering the city of Chidambaram. He was accused by the Brahmins over there and a vailing Nandanar was in deep contemplation of the Lord. But, the same night, the Dikshitars of the temple had a dream of Lord Nataraja commanding them to purify Nandanar to allow him to the sanctum sanctorum. They set Fire Test for him…Agni Snanam, the Test of Fire. To the utter astonishment of all, Nandanar who ventured despite warnings from his well wishers came out of the fire unscathed in the attire of a Brahmin to merge at the Lotus Feet of His chosen Lord!
At the end of the programme, grateful children from the school fervently prayed to Bhagawan thanking Him profusely for the great grand boon bestowed upon them with His immense grace and love. Bhagawan moved down to pose for a photo session. Clothes were distributed to all the thirty two participants. The cast of Nandanar, who acted with precision and great feeling, almost living with the role, was presented with a golden chain in appreciation by Bhagawan. Arathi was offered before Bhagawan retired to Yajur Mandiram bringing the curtain down for the grand festivity Onam 2009.- Source sssbpt.org


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Eye witness account by a devotee

Om Sri Sairam dearest Sai Family, - Onam update 2nd Sep.2009 Eye witness account by a devotee

The beautiful state of Kerala, where many of our overseas Sai Devotees make it a point to visit for its refreshingly natural serene atmosphere, for its vast knowledge in ayurveda, for its excellence in upholding the Indian culture is also famous for its beautiful festival Onam, which brings joy and happiness in every Keralite's family.

Onam in Prasanthi Nilayam is always a special occasion. It is the day when Maha Vishnu, our Lord Sai explains the circumstances by which He had to descend on the earth in the form of dwarf Vamana to emperor Bali who was ruling the beautiful state of Kerala. Emperor Bali was lauded for his charity. God wanted to test his charity and came in the form of Vamana, who looked like a poor priest and asks for three foot steps of land. Emperor Bali, thinks, I own a big emperor and this three steps is NOTHING and asks Vamana to take the land. When Vamana puts one foot the whole earth, is covered and the next foot was covered by the sky and there was no place to put the third foot for which Emperor Bali asks to put it on his head which signifies total surrender, shedding of ego. Appreciating His noble character, God confers the boon to Emperor Bali, to visit his kingdom (Kerala) once a year and this is the time of the year when Kerala's yesteryears' emperor Bali visits this beautiful place on the earth and Keralites' welcome their emperor with utmost devotion and faith irrespective of caste, creed or religion or faith. We all know, the first monsoon enters India through Kerala and every one eagerly awaits the arrival of monsoon. Kerala is a land of plenty and prosperity due to abundant rainfall all through the year. Rain God, seems like has accompanied the Keralites' and thus Puttaparthi is witnessing heavy rainfall for the past 3 days and thanks to Swami, this place is getting cooler and cooler...

The second day of Onam celebrations witnessed an excellent drama On Bhaktha Thukaram
and there was also a musical programme by Mrs. Chitra, the famous play back singer who has been blessed with a very sweet voice and has sang 18,000 songs till date in 9 different languages. Born in Trivandrum, Kerala, Mrs.Chitra speaks six languages

and has been in Sai's fold for about 18 years now from the days of Spirit of Unity concert. After the programme, Swami had a lengthy talk with her and Swami called upon her little daughter Nandana, who was born after 12 years of prayers to Swami. Just a year before her birth, it seems Swami told her that next year she will have a good news and needless to say, little Nandana came into her life. The same year, Swami gave her the name Nandana. As she is the chosen one, Swami preferred to specially bless her and Swami even materialised a little chain to little Nandana for which she smiled back with an innocent smile. It was a rare blessing for a family which was spiritually charged and it was a treat to watch Swami interacting with the blessed family..

After the programme, Swami had a lengthy talk with her and Swami called upon her little daughter Nandana, who was born after 12 years of prayers to Swami. Just a year before her birth, it seems Swami told her that next year she will have a good news and needless to say, little Nandana came into her life. The same year, Swami gave her the name Nandana. As she is the chosen one, Swami preferred to specially bless her and Swami even materialised a little chain to little Nandana for which she smiled back with an innocent smile. It was a rare blessing for a family which was spiritually charged and it was a treat to watch Swami interacting with the blessed family..

2nd September 2009.

This morning, the beautifully decorated Sai Kulwanth hall was eagerly awaiting the arrival of our beloved Lord. Though the crowd was bit less compared to last year, but the spirit and grandeur of this holy festival was the same. Bhajans commenced at 9am and Swami blessed the august gathering at 9:30am amidst loud cheers from the devotees gathered in the hall. Swami was given a traditional welcome in Kerala style and after taking a full round Swami came on to the dais, which had two little hut like things one each on the lions. Swami had a keen look at the huts and stayed on stage till 10:15am listening to bhajans.
While the bhajans were still on, Swami called upon Prof.Anil Kumar and it was announced later that Swami would be delivering His Onam divine discourse at 4pm later in the evening which was received with loud applause from the devotees. Like a loving mother Swami again asked to announce for every one to go and have their breakfast which brought smiles to every body.
In the evening, Swami in His discourse, praised the land of Kerala and appreciated the people of Kerala for safeguarding the spiritual riches of this land. Swami said Kerala is a land of plenty and prosperity and there is so much of love among people there.

Click: Onam Divine Discourse...Full text -  2nd Sept 2009

They have pure heart and on this special day, they make 12 different kind of dishes just with plantain. This is very unique and every dish tastes very good and this is because there is so much of love in preparing those dishes. They offer it to God and prepare it with pure heart.
Swami also said a person without Neethi(morality) doesn't belong to any Jathi, (can't be called a human). Swami in His divine discourse asked all of us to respect one's own mother and father and God at the end. If mother and father are happy God also will be happy. He gave the example of Kerala, where elders are treated very well and especially on this Onam day, they are given new clothes and every one seek their blessings which shows how well elders are taken care. Swami asked not to hate any one. Even if you come across your enemy say hello and he will respond with the same tempo... Swami asked all of us to have sacred thoughts and noble intentions. Seated in His car chair Swami spoke for good 45 minutes and later asked students to clear the middle area of the hall for the drama Bhaktha Nandana to commence.

Swami was given arathi around 7pm.There were also some anxious faces in the devotees who were thinking of Chief minister of Andhra Pradesh Dr.Y.S.Raja Sekhar Reddy and his family, whose helicopter went missing at 10am and 9 hours since then there was no trace of his where abouts. Dr.Reddy who visited Swami many a times to seek His blessings and suggestions on the various irrigation projects which his government was involved with is very much liked by Swami. Swami was very much impressed with the idea of building irrigation projects instead of wasting the river water to flow into oceans... Dr.Reddy an excellent leader and good administrator also brought back congress party into power second time. He has done many good things for the state of Andhra Pradesh and is liked by many even in Puttaparthi and let us all pray and hope that he comes back home safely and let him be a humble instrument of Swami in the years to come..
With Humble prayers and Pranams at the lotus feet of our beloved Lord,
Source:  SBOI-Group


Bhakta Thukkaram

Onam 2nd Day
Dance Drama on the life of Sant Thukkaram

Dance Drama on the life of Sant Thukkaram

Posted at 0215 hrs. on 2nd Sept 2009

From the life of Shankaracharya to the life of Sant Thukkaram, from the doctrine of Advaita to the efficacy of Namasmarana…On the 1st September evening, it was Maratta flavor all over in the first half of the second day’s programme. The evening witnessed a dance drama on the life of Bhakta Thukkaram, staged by the students of Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Peeth, Sri Sailam, Calicut.

The drama was a depiction of Thukkaram’s unflinching devotion and faith in Lord of Pandharpur, Lord Vittala. The saint who led a devoted life, singing abhangs in praise of the Lord of Pandharpur was oblivious of worldly life and responsibilities.
The drama began with Namadev seeking a special boon from Lord Vitthala to bless him to compose hundred crores of hymns in praise of the Lord. Pleased by Namadev’s immense faith and unflinching devotion, Vitthala Himself took upon the task of taking down the notes completing 94 crores and 60 lakhs of hymns followed by another five crores and forty lakhs in Namdev’s next incarnation as Durgadas who later became Samarta Thukkaram.

When the house was in distress with the children put to suffer without proper clothing and food, Thukkaram always had one answer to his grieving wife that His Lord Vitthala would take care of everything and he went on singing abhangs propagating the greater efficacy of Namasmarana. To a distressed Dharmapatni, better half, he told in certain terms that he would be ever ready to relinquish anything and everything including his wife and advised her to be ever ready to sacrifice anything that come in between she and her Lord.
When he was caught in a storm in the forest, having lost everything, he cried out to his Lord to come to his rescue and in a trice he was transported back to his place, with abundance. Back home, Jijabhai was happy and was wondering at the miraculous deeds of Lord Vitthala. When she went to her brother’s house to repay the debt due to him, she was informed that Thukkaram had already paid off the debt due, with fairly good percentage of interest. To an inquisitive Jijabhai, who suspected unfair means by her husband, Thukkaram convinced her that it was his prayers in distress that brought His abundant grace upon the family.


Tuesday, Sept 01, 2009 - Bhakta Thukkaram, Dance Drama and Music by KS Chitra - Onam 2nd Day
This morning, Bhagavan came for darshan at ten minutes to nine, and in the evening at ten minutes to five. He came directly to the stage and asked for the drama of the evening to begin. The children from Sri Sathya Sai Vidyapeeth of Srisailam, Kerala, presented a half-hour play on the saint Tukaram. After their play,
the famous playback singer Smt. Chithra presented a 45 minute programme of songs. After her programme, she brought up her child also for Bhagavan's blessings. Swami created a chain for the child and put it on her neck. Swami had a group photo with the singer and accompanists and Arati was then offered while prasadam was distributed. Bhagavan then asked the students to sing a couple of songs with Alap after which He left for His residence just before seven o'clock

To an emotional Jijabhai, Thukkram advised her to maintain her state of steadfast devotion in surrender to the Lord. However, hard times hit the family once again. Seeing her husband completely oblivious of family responsibilities, always engaged in Namasankirtana, Jijabhai grew ever more anxious and worrisome.

On an Ekadashi day when a distressed one came and asked for alms Thukkaram gave away the lone spare sari belonged to his wife in charity. An enraged Jijabhai questioned her husband’s motives, hurling abuse at Vitthala. Abusing that His name was heard and overheard over and over again and that He had bestowed upon them nothing but perennial poverty. She had decided to put an end to her husband’s madness. In a fit of rage she wanted to break the idol of Lord Vitthala.
Back in God’s realm Lord Vitthala was narrating His consort the drama at Thukkaram’s house and advised her to pacify Jijabhai giving her pearls of Divine Wisdom. The Divine Mother came wearing the same sari that was given in charity by her husband telling Jijabhai that she had come to bless her and she was blessed to be the consort of such a great devotee, Thukkaram.
Nightingale Special for The Lord
Music Concert by K.S.Chitra

K.S.Chitra, popularly known as the “Nightingale of South India”  with Sri Sathya Sai Baba

She is K.S.Chitra, popularly known as the “Nightingale of South India” who lends her voice in the South Indian Film Industry, whose foray into the field of playback singing earned her a distinct name in the Indian Music Industry; The stage was the seat of the Lord in physical, the dais in Prasanthi Nilayam; The occasion was Uthradam, the day preceding to Thiruvonam, Kerala’s most important festivity.

…And the popular playback singer would never forget the day when she was abundantly blessed by Bhagawan. On the beautiful evening that preceded the auspicious Thiruvonam, K.S.Chitra was fortunate to share the stage with her Mighty Lord, who was onstage enjoying the programme, to sing a collection of selected devotionals.
Starting off with Ganesha Vandana she had a string of ten songs that included one bhajan, a fruitful mix of variety songs including carnatic pieces that exhibited her rare talent of weaving vocal magic.

The songs included, Madhura Mukhada Sai Natha…, Bhaavayami Gopala Baalam….. Jai Jai Jai Jai Sai Janani…, Aalarey Giridhara Gopal…, Pashupathi Thanaya Vighna Vinashaka…, Krishna Nee Begane Baaro, Koi Kahiyo Re Prabhu Awan Ki etc… followed by the popular Prasanthi Bhajan “…Chittha Chora Yasoda Ke Bal, Navaneeta Chora Gopal”…


Tuesday, Sept 01, 2009 - Bhakta Thukkaram, Dance Drama and Music by KS Chitra - Onam 2nd Day
This morning, Bhagavan came for darshan at ten minutes to nine, and in the evening at ten minutes to five. He came directly to the stage and asked for the drama of the evening to begin. The children from Sri Sathya Sai Vidyapeeth of Srisailam, Kerala, presented a half-hour play on the saint Tukaram. After their play,
the famous playback singer Smt. Chithra presented a 45 minute programme of songs. After her programme, she brought up her child also for Bhagavan's blessings. Swami created a chain for the child and put it on her neck. Swami had a group photo with the singer and accompanists and Arati was then offered while prasadam was distributed. Bhagavan then asked the students to sing a couple of songs with Alap after which He left for His residence just before seven o'clock

During one of her earlier visits to Prasanthi Nilayam, in the mid nineties, she had an opportunity to sing in His Divine Presence, in an unscheduled programme held in the Poornachandra Auditorium. And along with many other popular devotionals she had sung the same bhajan, “Chittha Chora Yasoda Ke Bal…”
Hers was melody that sounded soothing, often touching lower tones, suddenly pitching up to ecstatic heights, a sign of devotional ecstasy, bringing the audience spellbound with what one could call the ‘Nightingale Special’ for The Lord. The packed audience gave the singer rounds of applause when, one after one, she came out with a variety mix sung with elan.

After the programme Bhagawan spent quite some time with the singer talking and blessing her. Her seven year old child, Nandana, was specially called on stage at the instance of Bhagawan. Bhagawan materialized a gold chain for the little one and presented sari to the singer and safari pieces to the accompanying artistes. Bhagawan most lovingly posed for photo session making the day a most memorable one in her life.




Onam Day 1

Swami blessed "Shankara" with a chain  - 31 Aug 2009

Dance Drama on the life of Jagadguru Shankaracharya

Posted at 2210 hrs. on 1st Sept 2009

In a dampened evening that appeared to have lost its natural splendor when rain clouds concealed heaven in the sky, The Heaven on planet earth did not relent.

Onam is the biggest and the most important festival of the state of Kerala, celebrated by all communities with secular feeling beyond religious boundaries. It is supposedly the harvest festival of the state and is celebrated with joy and enthusiasm. Thiruvonam is the day when Keralites, according to the legend, welcoming their erstwhile King Mahabali whose story is tagged with the story of Vamana. Mahabali, shunning his ego, while returning to the neither world as per the command of Lord Vamana was blessed with a boon to return to the state once in an year, and this return is celebrated throughout the state as Onam.
Adi Shankara’s illustrious story is quite familiar to the Sai Fraternity as his story comes quite often, referentially, in Bhagawan’s Divine Discourses. The day’s evening programme was on the life story of the illustrious philosopher saint, Adi Shankaracharya who was the most authoritative proponent of the Advaita philosophy.

The Balvikas children from the district of Trivandrum had a simple yet thematically rich presentation, “Shankara Digvijayam” that covered the life story of the great saint. The drama began with a backdrop wherein an inquisitive little mind, a little boy, who, during the last leg of his lengthy pilgrimage, to various holy places along with his father, meeting up with someone to open up a conversation on the holy life of Shankaracharya. The inquisitive mind who already nurtured a desire to lead the path of an ascetic posed a vital question. ”…How did an eight year old boy who left his home became Jagadguru Shankaracharya?” and there unfurled the story of the illustrious life of one of the greatest Saints of Bharat, Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya.
The first scene depicted Shivaguru, father of Shankaracharya narrating a dream to his better half, Aryamba. The dream was about a promise by Lord Shiva to end their long agony of not having progeny as Lord Shiva Himself would be taking birth as their son.


Monday, Aug 31, 2009 - Shankara Digvijayam - Onam Day 1- Dance Drama 31st Aug 2009

This evening, a backdrop at the centre of Sai Kulwant hall announced the beginning of the Onam programmes by devotees from Kerala. Bhagavan arrived for darshan at 4.30 pm and came onstage after His darshan round to begin the programme ten minutes later. The hour-long drama by Balvikas children 'Shankara Digvijayam' portrayed the story of Adi Shankara. Swami blessed "Shankara" with a chain and sent clothes for all the participants as bhajans by the devotees began. Prasadam was distributed and Swami accepted Arati just before six o'clock before returning to His residence.

But, Aryamba’s joy was short lived as Shivaguru, after seeing the child’s horoscope revealed that the child was destined to take up sanyasa. Shivaguru in his attempt to pacify his wife went philosophical telling that ignorant, myopic vision of the ordinary could not fathom Divine Foresight. “If God has a different plan, we should accept it”.

Shankara was extraordinarily brilliant and intelligent in the Gurukula and his inner thirst to embrace the life of an ascetic was burning with intensity. But, in the meantime his father passed away. His mother, who was ever reluctant to part away her son by permitting him to become an ascetic finally had to yield when she was caught in a fixed situation, as her son was caught in a crocodile’s clutch and she had to pledge her son to Lord Shiva allowing him to become a Sanyasi.

To a worried mother who raised her concern that she would be missing her son during her last moments, the young Shankara promised that he would be at her “beck and call” in her final moments and would perform her last rights.
Shankara moved on, travelling extensively. He met his guru, Govindacharya on the banks of Narmada under whose tutelage he was trained to become a great scholar. Later at the instance of his guru, Shankara left the holy city of Kashi and wrote commentary on Brahmasutra and several strotras including Kalabhairava Strotram, Annapoorna Strotram. While in Kashi, he initiated his first disciple Sanandan, who later came to be known as Padmapada. In Kashi, the seat of knowledge, great scholars and saints conceded to Shankara’s great wisdom who thus earned the title Shankaracharya.

The next episode showed great wisdom dawning upon Shankara wherein he was made to learn the oneness of all, by lifting the veil of illusion. While on the move he was encountered by a beggar who came on his way. Shankara’s disciples with the thick veil of illusion tried to drive away the beggar who in turn retorted asking Shankara, questioning him as to whether the person who wrote “Brahma Sathyam Jagad Mithya” could command the soul to move away. With wisdom dawning upon, Shankara sought to touch the feet of “The Lord” conceding that his veil of illusion was removed.

In the meantime it was emotional scene back at his home in Kaladi, Kerala. Mother was wailing as she was waiting to breathe her last and fondling memories of her beloved son was haunting her soul. She was expectant and as per the promise given, Shankara finally reached home to an emotional scene. Imparting wisdom to the departing soul, telling her that she was not the body, but was the fearless refuge, Shankara helped her to regain her composure to become courageous to face death without any worries. Accepting her last wish Shankara recited Govindashtakam to liberate her to the ultimate freedom.
In an emotional scene, tiny tots, the narrators of the dance drama, remembered Bhagawan and Holy Mother Easwaramma singing the glory of the illustrious mother telling that no son could repay a mother for all the sacrifices and pains she endured.

In the meantime Shankara Digvijayam was already a happening and there were real concerns from some quarters who feared that Shankara was converting everyone into Advaita philosophy. Kapalika, a cruel king belonged to a sect which had been worshipping Goddess Kali, had been nursing a grievance against Adi Shankaracharya, whom he viewed as a potential threat to his faith and sect. Obtaining consent from Shankara in the name of Lord Shiva, Ugrabhairava, the lieutenant of Kapalika, wanted to behead the wisest man living on earth, who was supposedly Shankara. He took the Acharya to a nearby cave, made necessary arrangements for the sacrifice-ritual and prepared himself to behead Adi Shankaracharya. The Acharya agreed that Ugrabhairava could behead him once he entered in trance.

However, when the Kapalika lifted his sword and readied himself to chop off his head Sankara's disciple Padmapada, envisioning this murderous scheme rushed to the cave. Having possessed by Lord Narasimha, he verily, became the man-lion Lord himself to save Shankara.

The Digvijayam was on and Shankara was on the move across the length and breadth of Bharat. Thousands followed him abandoning worldly life. Finally he summoned his four major disciples, Padmapada, Hasthamalaka, Thotaka and Sureshwara, asking them to travel to the four corners of Bharat spreading the Advaita philosophy, empowering generations with the light of Advaita. He declared that he would be going to Kedarnath and would never return.

The drama ended with a declaration that Advaita philosophy was as popular and effective even today and one should serve the society with selfless love and service, as desired and willed by Bhagawan. The final scene showed the little ascetic aspirant desired to have the darshan of Bahgawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba at Puttaparthi.
The presentation by 54 Balvikas children from Trivandrum had emotion packed scenes, powerful dialogue delivery and to top it all, scores of beautiful songs, intertwined, some from original Shankara composition in Sanskrit. Shankara Digvijayam was the portrayal of one of the greatest saints of India, whose doctrine of Advita stands in good stead for the days to come.

Towards the end of the presentation Bhagawan distributed clothes to all children participants. Prasadam was distributed and Arathi was offered before Bhagawan retired to Yajur Mandiram.

Eariler Prof. Mukundan, State President, Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations, Kerala introduced the programme stating that it was due to the greater love and compassion that enabled the state to organise Onam 2009 in Prasanthi Nilayam, in the immediate Divine Presence. Subsequently he announced the programme for the evening, Sri Shankar Digvijayam which was corrected by Bhagawan...He made yet another announcement admitting that he was under Divine Correction as Bhagawan said, the drama title was Shankara Digvijayam...


Onam Divine Discourse...2nd Sept 2009


Onam Divine Discourse...2nd Sept 2009 -- Source- sssbpt.org


Man is born out of, grows in, and finally departs from this world due to karma. Karma is verily the embodiment of Divinity for man. It is only due to karma that happiness and sorrow occur in this world.
(Telugu poem)

Embodiments of Love!

Dear devotees of Kerala! Emperor Bali used to rule the state of Kerala in ancient times. He used to treat his subjects as his own family members and provide several conveniences for their happy and comfortable living. He used to develop sacred feelings among the people and create a proper environment to foster them.

In order that the people tread the right path and to set an example to them, he once started a yajna (ritual, sacrifice) by name ‘Viswajit’. Several people gathered to witness that event. Emperor Bali performed the yajna on a grand scale by donating land and money to several people and gave away gifts to a number of people on the occasion. During the Yajna, his family members were also seated on the Yajna Vedika along with him.

While everyone was watching the grand spectacle, a handsome boy entered the sacrificial hall holding a small umbrella made of palmirah leaves. As He was approaching the altar, Emperor Bali’s daughter Ratnamala saw Him. She was captivated by the beauty and effulgence of that charming young boy. Immediately, she was lost in deep contemplation, thinking, “How fortunate it would be if I had a child like Him!” The boy went straight to the altar. While everyone present in the sacrificial hall was watching happily, Emperor Bali welcomed Him, washed His feet reverentially, offered a garland, and asked Him to sit on an ornate chair. He then asked the young boy, “Who are You? Where did You come from and why?”

The young boy replied, “I have heard that Emperor Bali is doing several acts of charity. I too have a desire to be fulfilled.”The Emperor then asked, “What is it?” The boy replied, “I don’t need much. I will be happy if small piece of land measuring three feet is given to Me in charity.”

Emperor Bali wondered, “What! Such a small request! I thought You would ask for some big things. I am surprised at your small request. Is that enough? You may ask for something more.”

The young boy replied that it would be enough if His request is fulfilled. He covered the entire earth with one step and the sky with the second and was waiting to take the third step. But there was no space left for the third step.

Emperor Bali then told the boy, “Dear one! You covered the entire Earth with one step and the sky with the second. Now there is no space to set the third step. Hence, put Your foot on my head, if You wish.” So saying, he bent his head before the boy, who was none other than Lord Vishnu come in the form of Vamana Avatar. The moment Lord Vamana set His foot on the head of Emperor Bali, Bali was pushed down under its weight to the nether world! That was how Lord Vishnu liberated Bali.

The people of Emperor Bali’s Kingdom were very sad at the developments. They expressed their feelings of forlornness thus: “Oh God! Our Emperor is no more with us. He used to rear us like his own children. He is our protector. How can you live without him?” Their helplessness and agony over the separation from their beloved King were very painful. The happy event of Yajna being celebrated on a grand scale came to an abrupt end. This is an example of the saying, “Pleasure is an interval between two pains.”

As the people were thus grieving, Emperor Bali declared from the nether world, “Oh my dear children! You are all very dear to me. I will always look after your welfare, wherever I am. I will see that you do not undergo any trouble. I will protect you. You need not feel that I am away from you in a different world. Every year on this day, I shall come and see you. Commemorate this day of my coming as a festival. Take a head bath, wear new clothes, and enjoy a feast with a variety of dishes on this day.”

Since then, the people of Kerala celebrate that day as ‘Onam festival’ in remembrance of their most beloved King and protector Bali.

Emperor Bali used to do a lot of good work for the benefit of people and make them happy. This is why the people could not bear separation from their beloved King. Even today, Kerala remains a land of plenty and prosperity. Nature showers its bounty on the people of Kerala. In fact, the rains start in Kerala and then spread to the entire country. There is no dearth of food grains and drinking water in Kerala, which is nature’s gift to the people of Kerala. It is customary to see people in other states worrying about the arrival of the monsoon saying, “Oh! The rains have not yet started in Kerala.” It is a land where the omnipresent God incarnated as Lord Vamana. He may incarnate in one place but is present everywhere.

God is omnipresent, though at times He incarnates in one form at one place. God is only one, not two, though people refer to Him by different names and forms. Ekam sath viprah bahudha vadanti (truth is one, but the wise refer to it by various names). It is only our illusion to ascribe different names to God like Rama, Krishna, Govinda, Allah, Jesus, etc. The sun is only one, and it appears in different parts of the world at different times. It is now 9.00 a.m.; but it is night in the U.S.A. Similarly, the one God dwells in different people in different forms.

Do not be under the impression that God has different forms. He is beyond names and forms. Ekoham bahusyam (God is one but manifests as several beings). Divinity is present everywhere and in every country and in every individual. It is omnipresent. Since your perceptions are different, you ascribe different names and forms to the one God.

The land of Kerala is the gift of God. The people of Kerala follow the commands of the noble Emperor Bali even today. That is why the state has developed in several ways. There is no dearth of food and amenities for a happy living in Kerala. Emperor Bali provided all comforts to the people before he left for his abode. It is a small state, and densely populated. Whatever may be the size of population, people enjoy a lot of comforts, peace, and happiness in Kerala.

Of course, changes in people’s aspirations and lifestyle are taking place in recent times due to the impact of Kali Yuga, but the core of their hearts and feelings remains the same. They still follow the Vedic injunctions Sathyam vada, dharmam chara (speak truth and follow righteousness). They respect the elders and serve them with love and affection.

What could be the reason for this? Love for God. It is a land where love for God exists even today. They have fear of sin. Those who have love for God naturally develop fear of sin. Consequently, such people will have a high degree of morality in society, which is very important for its orderly functioning. Thus, the people of Kerala scrupulously observe the three principles of Daiva preethi; papa bheethi, and sangha neethi (love for God, fear of sin, and morality in society). They respect elders and give due recognition to them.

One should have morality and integrity. The same principles have been enshrined in the Vedic injunction, Sathyam vada, dharmam chara (speak truth and follow righteousness). The people of Kerala follow these two principles scrupulously in their daily lives.

It is not enough to celebrate the Onam festival with a lot of religious fervour and devotion. You have to live up to the expectations of the noble emperor Bali. It is said Matru devo bhava, pitru devo bhava, acharya devo bhava, atithi devo bhava (revere your mother, father, preceptor, and guest as God). (Mother is God, father is God, teacher is God, and guest is God). First comes the mother in that order. She gives birth to you, brings you up, and teaches you good things in your formative years. Then begins the role of father. He is your second guru. Then the teacher (guru) teaches you education to enable you to make a living in the world. And finally God takes command. Thus, your life in this physical world begins with your mother and culminates in God.

Hence, do not under any circumstances forget your mother. Love your mother more than anyone else and show her due respect. You will find that the people of Kerala respect the elders very much, particularly their mothers. They lend a helping hand and take good care of them. They keep them happy always. How fortunate are the people of Kerala to have an Emperor like Bali, whom God Himself accompanied to Vaikuntha (heaven)!

What is Onam? It is a day in which people take a good bath, wear new clothes, and pray to God with a pure heart. The people of Kerala prepare a variety of tasty dishes, particularly with banana. In fact, they prepare twelve varieties of dishes with the banana fruit. It is a unique celebration. They prepare these dishes with a pure and loving heart. Hence, they will be very tasty.

They offer these preparations first to God wholeheartedly and with a lot of devotion and then partake of it along with their family members and relations. They serve these dishes one after the other. Both the cooking and serving of the dishes is done with a pure and loving heart in the true spirit of Onam celebrations. They keep their houses clean and maintain a sacred atmosphere for God to manifest. They consider them not merely as houses, but temples of God. It is only in Kerala that such a sacred atmosphere prevails.

Even if some people have some misgivings about the festival of Onam, they get them cleared and celebrate the festival in its true spirit as a day on which Emperor Bali conferred blessings on his people from Vaikuntha (the abode of Lord Vishnu), which he ultimately reached.

It is a tapas (penance) for the people of Kerala to remember the words of Emperor Bali on this day and lead their lives accordingly in a spirit of love and service. “Love all and serve all”! There can be no greater penance for anyone.

Whomsoever you come across, offer your salutations. Even if you encounter your enemy, offer your salutations to him first. Surely, he will reciprocate your noble gesture. Thus, people have to conduct themselves with mutual love and unity. It is only such people that deserve to be called human beings. They are, in fact, the people with morality.

You have to develop such morality today. Love for God enjoins one to develop morality in society. Hence, you have to develop Daiva preethi, papa bheethi, and sangha neethi (love for God, fear of sin, and morality in society). Do not ever forget these three principles.

Those who have no morality are not human beings at all! Can a nation or race exist without morality? No! You have also to develop the qualities of humility and obedience, besides morality. This was, in fact, the message of emperor Bali to his people. If you can cultivate and develop these qualities, your life will be sanctified. - Source- sssbpt.org




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Every year Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, Kerala organises the Onam festival at Prasanthi Nilayam with great devotional fervor. The entire Mandir would be aesthetically decorated and wears a festive look. The Onam festival will be celebrated for about four days with the entire Sai family from Kerala and from around the world making it to the Lotus Feet of Swami.
The festivities begin in Sai Kulwant Hall with Mangala Vadyam by well-known Nadaswara Vidwans in the Divine Presence of Bhagawan Baba. Thereafter, Sai Kulwant Hall reverberates with NadaswaraVadyam and Pancha Vadyam music on all subsequent days of celebration.
Cultural programmes by the Balvikas Children from the state of Kerala would mark the festivities. On the day of Onam Bhagawan would be received in a traditional Procession from Poornachandra Hall with Poorna Kumbam amidst vedam chanting Bhagawan blesses the gathering with His Divine Message exhorting the devotees to emulate and imbibe the sacrificial qualities of Emperor Bali . The four-day festivities transform Prasanthi Nilayam into Kerala what with the entire Kerala assembling at Prasanthi Nilayam for Divine Blessings on the auspicious day. Emperor Bali performed the action of supreme surrender to Lord Indra at the end of the battle by offering him all his possessions, body, mind and soul on this day in the sacred land of Kerala. The battle between Bali and Indra represents the mind battling to control the senses. Vamana opened Bali's eyes to help him realize the Divine and Bali sought a boon from the Lord that He should visit Kerala every year on this day of Shravan. This day is celebrated as Onam by Keralites. This day also extols the merits of gifts, renunciation, charity, however little, to any one, for all are reflections of God Onam is the harvest festival of Kerala. On this day, homage is paid to their illustrious king Bali, who had surrendered himself to the mighty little god Vamana. It is believed that Bali re-visits his empire that day. It is an enchanting sight to see the Keralites in their traditional dress offering their worship to the Lord. They are blessed with the privilege of touching the lotus feet. Swami graces the occasion and showers his blessings on them. source: srisathyasai.org.in

Onam: The Harvest Festival, is the most popular festival of Kerala. A festival that celebrates a happy blend of myth and reality, Onam is part of the cultural repertoire of every Malayalee. Year after year, for centuries, the people of Kerala, irrespective of caste, creed or colour, join together to celebrate Onam. The ten-day Onam festival falls in August-September, coinciding with the beginning of the harvest season. According to local belief, in a war that took place between the gods and the demons, the demons won. Deeply hurt by the defeat of the gods, Aditi, their mother prayed to Lord Vishnu to destroy Mahabali, the Demon King. Consequently, Lord Vishnu, in the guise of a Brahmin boy, Vamanan, went to Mahabali and asked him to grant him three steps of land. The wish was granted and Vamanan covered the whole land with his two steps and then he came back to the King asking him where can he place the third step. The King to honour his word, offered his head as the third step. Vamanan pushed Mahabali deep down into the earth. Pleased by his honesty and generosity, the lord in turn granted him a wish that he could visit his kingdom and people on a particular day once a year. Preparation of a floral carpet called "Athappookkalam" in front of houses, from the first day of 'Atham' to the tenth day of 'Thiruvonam' is part of the festivities, which is a symbolic gesture to welcome King Mahabali. The state government conducts Tourism Week celebrations in connection with Onam, showcasing the gems of Kerala's culture. Onam resonates with Carnivals, Boat Races, Dance, Music and Feast. A sumptious meal on plantain leaf and the traditional sweet dish of Kerala 'Payasam' etc are served in every house.

According To Mythology

The Bhagwat Purana (ancient Hindu scriptures) tells the engrossing story of Mahabali. He was a noble and virtuous king. Although he was an asur (demon) king, he was known far and wide for his generosity and good sense. It is said that if a person asked Mahabali for something, he never returned disappointed. The story goes that once Mahabali decided to perform the Ashvamedha Yagna (a horse-sacrifice in order to be proclaimed the most powerful and distinguished king in the three worlds – heaven, earth and the nether world). The devtas (gods) felt especially threatened by this ritual for as noble as Mahabali could be, he was after all an asur. The devtas rushed to Lord Vishnu (the Preserver in the Hindu Holy Trinity of Creator-Preserver-Destroyer) imploring him to rein Mahabali in.

The Interesting Tale of Mahabali And The Dwarf

These are celestial matters and we should leave the gods to work in their own mysterious ways. Coming back to Mahabali and the elaborate preparations of the Yagna; the venue of the Yagna was to be the banks of the holy Narmada River. It is believed that while Mahabali was proceeding to Narmada, a charming little boy holding an umbrella stopped him. Seeing the boy who was actually a dwarf, Mahabali realised that this was no ordinary fellow. Mesmerised, he told the dwarf to ask him for anything he desired. The dwarf simply asked him for the measure of area he would cover in three strides. Taken aback by such a trivial wish, Mahabali asked him to demand something more substantial. The dwarf did not change his mind and again repeated his wish. Mahabali had little choice but to agree. The dwarf assumed his original self – Lord Vishnu who had appeared in his fifth avatar or manifestation (the fifth reincarnation of Vishnu in the form of a dwarf is called Vamana).

Assuming gargantuan proportions, he took his first step on earth, the second foot was leisurely placed on the heavens and well, you could say that not much was left for the third step! So Mahabali, the magnanimous king that he was, rose to the occasion and offered his head for the last stride of the Almighty. Vishnu promptly obliged, thus pushing Mahabali into the realms of the nether world. Moved by the nobility of this demon king, Vishnu proclaimed that even after losing every worldly possession, Mahabali would earn eternal wisdom and the love and affection of Vishnu. Mahabali accepted his fate unflinchingly and only asked for one wish in return. This wish, more than anything, proved how worthy a king he was. He asked for the chance to come back to his cherished land and people at least once a year. It is believed that since that day, Mahabali comes every year to visit this sun-dappled land of coconuts and his beloved people. This day is called Onam.

The Celebrations Of The Festival

Onam falls, on the 12th day of the waxing moon in the Hindu month of Bhadon (around August September) once the golden yellow rice fields have been harvested at that time of the year. There is no specific god associated with Onam. Neither is any special puja (a ritualistic prayer ceremony) performed.

The celebrations of Onam start ten days before the big day. The first thing people do is decorate the gates or main doors of their homes. No balloons or festoons for these folks. They adorn their homes and gates with fresh branches of red coconut (red coconut is considered auspicious on Onam), banana leaves and coconut fronds.

If you happen to be in Kerala around Onam, you will see banana and coconut fronds just about everywhere, sometimes even popping out of trucks and buses or tied to the horns of the neighbourhood cow, all with a pinch of the auspicious vermilion powder.

The first day of Onam is called Attam. Women get up earlier than usual, have a bath, wear fresh clothes (women wear off-white cotton saris with a zari border on festive occasions), neatly pin strings of jasmine and other seasonal flowers in their long black tresses and adorn themselves with jewellery. Children get dressed and go to the market to buy flowers and flower petals which they bring back to their mothers and sisters. The ‘mummies’ prepare a small part of the ground on the eastern side of the house (east is considered sacred because the sun rises in the east and Hindus have worshipped the rising sun since time immemorial).

The Attam

The House Yards are smoothened out, and cow dung spread evenly on it. Flowers are placed over this patch in beautiful patterns. These patterns are generally circular and a lump of cow dung is placed in the centre symbolising Ganesha (the elephant-headed god - see Ganesh Chaturthi).

The creation with dung and flowers is called Attam. Once the Attam is completed, the women sing songs in praise of Mahabali and perform a lovely dance of simple but graceful steps around it.

The Attam is considered very sacred and a fresh decoration is made everyday till Onam. The old decoration is not removed, instead the cow dung is moistened with water, then a thin layer is spread over the Attam and a new pattern is made. People sing and dance around the Attam everyday and remember Mahabali, who perhaps watches them from somewhere. These days, community Attam where all the members of a community come together and rejoice around the sacred spot, is becoming quite popular. These very members take turns to keep a constant vigil over the Attam.

On the third day, people hold big feasts in their homes and invite their relatives and friends. The feast is strictly vegetarian and consists of rice, which is eaten with various curries, curds, vegetables, crisps, pickles, and sweets (see Cuisine).


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