September 28, 2006
Bhagawan came to Sai Kulwant Hall at 9.30 this morning. Once He
reached the Mandir verandah, He asked for Prasadam to be
distributed, so the students got busy with the apple vessels once
again. Next, Swami gestured for the students to go around the
Mandir and proceed with the Grama Seva programme. That was done,
and the Vedam group students left for the Poornachandra auditorium
where the Yagna was underway from early in the morning. Bhagawan
also came to the Poornachandra by 10.10 am. After sitting for
sometime onstage observing the proceedings, Swami said that He
would 'go and come' and left. Once again, at 10.30, He came
onstage in His chair, sat for a minute or two, and then asked for
the Arati. The priests conducted their concluding rituals with
Arati to Bhagawan to the chants of the Mantrapushpam at the
western end of the stage and Swami retired to His residence.
Today's Grama Seva was to villages in the Bukkapatnam and
Evening darshan was at around 4 pm. Bhagawan went into the
interview room and came onstage at 4.15 pm. This evening there
were two speakers, Sri Ajit Popat from the UK, followed by Sri V.
Srinivasan, All India President of Sai Organisations. Both of them
stressed the need to practise Bhagawan's teachings in our daily
life. At 5.30, Bhagawan rose and gave His 40 minute Divine Message
in which He exhorted all of us not to be swayed by modern bookish
learning, but to give importance to Wisdom. Following Bhagawan's
Discourse, which He concluded with 'Hari Bhajan Bina', bhajans
were sung for 15 minutes with apples being distributed to all,
finishing with Arati at 6.20 pm.
September 27, 2006
This morning, Bhagawan came to Sai Kulwant Hall at 8.45 am. At
9.10, the students were asked to proceed for the Grama Seva. Swami
came and stood onstage while the students were circumambulating
the Mandir prior to going for Grama Seva. After the students left,
Bhagawan called some devotees for interviews, and left for the
Poornachandra at 11 am. After taking Arati there to the priests'
chanting of the Mantrapushpam, Swami retired to His residence.
Today's Grama Seva was for some of the villages in Puttaparthi
In the evening, Swami went inside the interview room after His
darshan round in the car, and came onstage around half an hour
later. Just a minute or two after He sat onstage, He asked for Sri
S. V. Giri, the former Vice-Chancellor of the Sri Sathya Sai
Institute of Higher Learning. After Blessing the "Birthday boys"
Swami asked Sri Giri to speak. Sri Giri narrated a personal
experience of his where Bhagawan saved him from a very sticky
situation when he was in charge of relief operations during the
floods in the Telangana and Godavari districts in 1986. His theme
was the gratitude which we must all offer to our Divine Parent for
all that He is doing for us. After his 30 minute talk ended at 5
pm, Swami stood up and delivered His Divine Discourse (link to the
text will come in a day or two) for nearly 50 minutes, concluding
with the bhajan 'Prema Mudita'. Then He asked for more bhajans to
be sung. After 20 minutes of bhajans by the students, Swami
accepted Arati and retired for the day.