Issue Fifty Three - December 8, 2016
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"The body is the temple of God, isn't it?  Well, what does the priest do in the temple every day?  First, he cleans the utensils and sacred vessels in the shrine, then he sweeps the room and washes the altar.  The senses are utensils for the worship of the God within.  They have to be cleaned and assiduously kept free from dirt.  Inner cleanliness is Godliness.  It is possible only through sense control and mind control, or what amounts to the same spiritual discipline - dedication of all desires and acts to God."
With the Blessings of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, we are delighted to present our Fifty third issue of Ananda Vahini.  The weekly newsletter includes interesting musings and short excerpts from the week's events.

In this issue, we bring you the video of Prime Minister's address during the Inauguration Of Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani International Center For Child Heart Care & Research, Baghola, Haryana on 27 November 2016, with subtitles. A brief glimpse of the Gana Homa, Durga Puja and Poornahuti performed on the occasion of auspicious 56th Foundation day of Loka Seva Vrinda at Sathya Sai Grama on December 7, is also presented in this issue.

In this week's INNER-VIEW, Brother Madhusudan Naidu shares another interesting moment with the Lord.

Ananda Vahini has completed one year in spreading His message, and the team takes this opportunity to offer gratitude to Bhagawan for His continuing guidance.

- Sathya Sai Grama Communications Team


-By Sri Madhusudan Naidu

Swami was discussing with the team of trustees and kitchen in charge on Dec 7, as to how should we give the best nutritious and well balanced food as per Sai Ahaaram Programme to our children at the least cost possible. An alumni who is an accountant now, also joined in to help with the numbers.

After the discussions were over and it was concluded that the expenditure was way beyond the budget and might be a burdensome amount for the children, Swami compassionately pitched in to make good for a large part of the deficit and relive the children and parents of the financial burden.

Once the meeting was over and Swami was returning to His room, He asked the young alumni accountant, "Did you ever realise how much care Swami takes to help the students and their parents when you were a student? I have been doing this for decades, but I do not tell about it to anyone. My way is that it is silent Seva. Today, when you are an accountant for the Trust, you are able to understand what goes on behind the scenes to help the children. Only when you become a father, you will understand the silent sacrifices that your father made for you. Many are grateful for this, but most students do not understand. But I do not seek any award, reward or recognition. I am not even disturbed that many are not even grateful for all that I do. But I still do, as that is My duty. The tree does not stop bearing fruits just because a few of them do not ripen and fall half way. It does it, as it's Dharma, season after season for the sake of others."

I was listening to this heart touching conversation and could not agree more with Swami. For Swami, it's not even duty with love, but it's love without duty.

May we not deviate from this selfless path He shows us by first walking it Himself!

56th Foundation Day of Loka Seva Vrinda - Sathya Sai Grama, Muddenahalli
56th Foundation Day of Loka Seva Vrinda - Sathya Sai Grama, Muddenahalli



A simple, but touching, ceremony was held in the wee hours of the morning to commemorate the establishment of the Loka Seva Vrinda on this day, fifty-six years ago, on December 7, 1960.

A large canopy was set up in the open space in front of the Ganesha Temple in the campus and a stage set up for the morning ceremony. The back-drop had two large pictures, adorned with flower garlands, of both the Shirdi Sai as well as the Puttaparthi Sai Avatars. A sizeable gathering consisting of students, teachers and the staff of all the educational institutions located in the Muddenahalli campus, as well as a representation of devotees, from both India and abroad, had assembled to witness and participate in the holy Vedic rituals to be conducted to mark this occasion.

The ceremony started in the pleasantly cool winter morning with a Homa to Lord Ganapati. A Homa or the sacrificial fire ritual to Lord Ganapati is always conducted first to remove the obstacles in achieving our goal and mitigate the differences between people in all walks of life in both worldly and spiritual matters. The Ganesha Homa was also conducted on this sacred day, of the anniversary of the establishment of the Loka Seva Vrinda, for the welfare of mankind and to further world peace.

The Beej (Seed) Mantra used in the Ganesha Homa is:

Aum Aum Shreem Hreem Kleem Glowm Gum Ganapathaye Vara Varadha Murthaye Sarvajanam Maye Vashamaanaya Swaha

AUM – the holy word.

SHREEM HREEM KLEEM GLOWM – tantric words to invoke God.

GANAPATHAYE – Lord Ganesha.

VARADHA – keep away.

SARVAJANMAYE – all kinds of.

VASHAMAANYA – squabble.

SWAHA – holy chant.

This very powerful mantra is chanted to invoke Lord Ganesha, the....

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Priests performing Gana Homa and Durga Puja on the occasion of the 56th Foundation Day of Loka Seva Vrinda
Kalasam and the offerings for the Puja and Homa
Priests performing Durga Puja
Offerings to the Homa during Durga Puja, in the Divine Presence
Sprinkling of holy water after Poornahuti

Summary of Divine Discourse – 07 December 2016


Detach from the world and attach yourself to God

The very motto of the institution of which we are celebrating the Foundation Day is Atmano Mokshartham Jagat Hitayacha. The first part Atmano Mokashartham is a question. How are we going to attain self redemption? And the second part of the motto is the very answer to the same question –Jagat hitaya – by serving the society.

The Founder of these institutions, Madiyal Narayan Bhat was born in a well-to-do family. He was the only son and therefore, he was to inherit all the wealth that was coming from his forefathers. He was extremely intelligent and had every opportunity even in those days when such opportunities were rare to become a man of great repute by intellect, earn enough wealth and further promote his family’s well-being. His parents too desired the same way.

But he chose to be different. He decided to offer all his talents, knowledge, wisdom and wealth for the service of society. And he sowed the seed of Loka Seva Vrinda in the hearts of men and women. And that Loka Seva Vrinda, which started as a small sapling in Madiyala has now grown into a mighty tree. And from this tree comes lot many more seeds and each of these seeds are being now sown in different parts of Karnataka. In future, all these seeds will grow into trees and bear more flowers, fruits and seeds and they will further spread to all the parts of the world. 

In a few months from now, the students from the Centre for Human Excellence are going to graduate from their B.Sc. and B.A. courses. And they will soon spread out to all parts of Karnataka to carry out this mission of Madiyal Narayan Bhat by the command of Swami. Narayan Bhat prayed for a few people to lead this mission of service to society....

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Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba has been travelling all over the world in the Subtle to keep His promise of visiting their countries. Below is the link to the Google Drive library of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s divine visits overseas.

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And as Swami continues travelling in 2016 and beyond, and new Booklets are created, they will be added to the Google Drive Library.

Divine Discourse Summary – 04 December 2016

Only when we give up ego and attachments, we can get happiness

What you need to give up is worldliness, desires and attachment to the world. What needs to be known is the Divine principle. What you need to attain ultimately or reach ultimately is the Lotus Feet of God. Once we do it, everyone will attain great joy and bliss.

What is the goal that you have to reach in your lives and what is the end of the journey of life? It is nothing but attaining the Lotus Feet of God. In the journey of life, when you have to ultimately reach God’s Lotus Feet, there are some stations that come on the way. What are these stations? These are truth, righteousness, love, peace and nonviolence. But when we move in the opposite direction, we find the six stations: desire, greed, anger, pride, infatuation and jealousy. Once we recognise that these wrong qualities – desire, greed, anger, etc. – are growing day-by-day in our heart, we should know that we are not moving towards God. To think you also want to go to the same destination since there are a lot of people travelling in this bus, even though it is moving in the wrong direction, is ignorance. In spite of all obstacles, hurdles and difficulties on the path, you have to choose the right bus, get into it and traverse.

In today’s world, worldliness, worldly desires, worldly attachments are on the rise. Therefore, a big number of people are moving in that wrong direction. When you are young and when your body and mind are strong, if you discriminate between what is permanent and what is temporary and take to the path that leads you to the permanent destination, you will be happy and will ultimately reach the Feet of God. The road and bus may look very attractive at that point of time, it....

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