What is true form of God? ‘Nirgunam Niranjanam Sanatanam Niketanam Nitya Shuddha Buddha Mukta Nirmalaswarupinam’. Nirgunam – He has no Guna, no attribute; Niranjanam – He is always in the state of eternal bliss; Sanatanam – He is always present, He was never born, never going to die, He is a continuum; Niketanam – He is the refuge, He is the one in which everything else resides; Nitya – ever present; Shuddha – pure; Buddha – aware; Mukta – free; Nirmala – without any desires, without any dirt, without any contamination. That is God. If you have to understand that, you have to become that. You cannot understand God by talking or listening. Yes, to give you an idea, God takes a form, moves around, gives you an idea. But to know God, you have to become God. -Baba
With the Blessings of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, we are delighted to present our One Hundred and Fifty Ninthissue of Ananda Vahini. The weekly newsletter includes interesting musings and short excerpts from the week's events.
In this issue, we bring you the Final part of the updates on Bhagawan's overseas visit to Malaysia, Singapore, Laos and Thailand between March 10 and 22, 2019.
In this week's INNER VIEW, Sri Madhusudan shares an interesting moment between Bhagawan and a devotee.
- Sathya Sai Grama Communications Team.
By Sri Madhusudan
Where God is not?
As the all excited host drove Swami in his car to the newly built Ashram in Kuching, a sleepy quaint town in the Borneo Island of Malaysia, He kept on repeating his joy of the most unfathomable opportunity of having God by his side and being driven by him.
“Swami, it is mind boggling to even think that You are by my side and I am driving You. How fascinating it is to have God by one’s side”, said the overwhelmed host-driver.
“Ah! That’s true, but how much more fascinating it is to realise that you are all the time not just beside God, but in God? God is all that surrounds you and fills you”, emphasised Swami.
In a moment, Swami had expanded the idea of having God by one’s side to being in God all the while. He often says, ‘God is in you, above you, below you, around you, beside you’, but today He said you are in God!
As a disciple once asked a Master, “Where is God?”.
The Master replied, “Where is God not?”
DIVINE VISIT – SINGAPORE AND LAOS
MARCH 17 AND 18, 2019
A bright and sunny morning was a joyous welcome sign for the students and staff who had accompanied Swami, as this meant a tour of the city yet again! Swami had advised the Sai youth in Singapore to take the students to the Museum, for them to learn the history of the nation that has achieved much against all odds like lack of natural resources, diverse population and minimum land, and in 54 years how it has earned the status of becoming one of the best countries in the world, thanks to the visionary leadership of its founder Lee Kuan Yew.
A little after 10 a.m. Swami departed from the Pillay residence to visit the office of some of His devotees. After blessing all with His precious advice, Swami returned after lunch to the Pillay residence, while all the Sai youth were preparing for an exclusive session with their dear Lord.
At around 5:30 p.m., amidst Bhajans, Swami emerged from His room in Sai Anandam Ashram. The next couple of hours was exhilarating and electrifying for all the youth who had gathered. Soul stirring Bhajans and devotional songs were presented, and thereafter a short presentation was made with an update on all the Seva activities which are currently underway. Swami told the youth, “Youth is all about struggle, all about facing the problem, conquering the peak and attaining it. Youth must achieve by putting in all efforts and not give up half way through.“
Swami spoke about the various projects which are underway in Fiji, Sri Lanka and Nigeria. He advised the youth to take up projects and initiatives, and ensure they are done consistently. “Follow the Master, face the devil, fight till the end and finish the game. This is the motto of the youth! What is devil? Devil is nothing....
March 17, evening: Satsang with the Singapore Youth
Talks by youth
Presentations on the ongoing service activities
Divine guidance to the youth
DIVINE VISIT – LAOS
MARCH 19, 2019
During Swami’s first visit to Laos in 2018, He had visited a school which is being run based on the Sathya Sai system of integral education. At that time, He had commanded that a High School should be constructed in two years, which would help the students to continue their education. So, all the devotees in Laos took it upon themselves to ensure Swami’s words would not fail. The land adjacent to the existing school was purchased, so that Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba would be able to bless the land and the Bhoomi Puja during this year’s visit.
So, soon after breakfast Swami proceeded to the land for Bhoomi Puja along with His entourage. Traditional rituals were performed, and Swami then proceeded to the Primary School building to bless all the children and staff. It was one of the sweetest moments, and the children welcomed Him in their midst, fully mindful of the fact that ‘Baba’ was amidst them. Swami walked around the classrooms interacting with the children, and proceeded to inaugurate the newly set-up Computer Lab. This was yet another command from the Lord, which saw fruition that blessed morning. Thereafter, He walked across the playground and went to bless the Medical Centre, which not only serves the children and their parents, but also to hundreds of people who live in that area. Yet again, adhering to Swami’s guidance, the Mother and Child screening was set up and Swami visited the consultation room, before walking up to the first floor where all the children and staff members had gathered to offer a cultural presentation.
The programme commenced with the School Principal emotionally welcoming Swami in their midst. For the next 15 minutes or so, all the children chanted Vedam in unison. They had also learnt the Niravana Shatakam, and much to the delight of Swami and everyone gathered, they chanted the versus by heart, which they had learnt in three days! Buddhist prayers were also chanted, and this was followed by traditional dances.
Swami then addressed all the children and said, “Though air exists, we cannot see. Similarly, God is present, though we cannot see. When we are happy and joyful, we should know God is around. If we don’t breathe for a few seconds, we cannot live and be happy. In the same way, if God is not there even for a few...
Morning: Bhoomi Puja of new High School – Sathya Sai School
At the new Computer Lab
Cultural Programme by students
DIVINE VISIT – LAOS AND BANGKOK, THAILAND
MARCH 20 AND 22, 2019
Swami recently told a devotee, “I am the only Avatar who has gone town to town, street to street, door to door to awaken the slumbering humanity. And I still do so without even a body, something that no Avatar has ever done before!” Truly, those who are able to fathom this unique phenomenon of the subtle form of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai, are joyful witnesses to these travels. And so, on the morning of March 20 while the students and staff were taken on a city tour of Vientiane, Swami decided to bless the homes and offices of a few devotees. After breakfast, He first proceeded to the homes of Brothers Kamal and Rajesh Jeswani. After blessing their homes, Swami blessed the Mandir they had specially built within the compound of their palatial residential premises. Thereafter, upon the prayer of the brothers, He visited their office, which was about 10 minutes away, and blessed them. There was a little plaque on the office wall which read – ‘Hope, Love, Faith’, and Swami was quick to impart a lesson to all who were there. He said, “Patience with oneself is HOPE; Patience with others is LOVE, and Patience with God is FAITH!”
Thereafter, Swami proceeded to visit the office of the Kolay brothers Avijit and Debojit, which was under construction. After giving them precious advise, Swami visited the residence of Brother Jitendra Singh and family. Yet again, an intimate affair with them which they received as an opportunity of a life time, Swami blessed all profusely. Mangala Arati was offered to Swami, and He then departed back to His Abode in Vientiane.
In the evening, close to 150 people had gathered to revel in the electrifying divine presence. Swami first called all His students and staff to His room and spoke to everyone. After blessing the devotees gathered, He commanded Sri B N Narasimha Murthy to address everyone, who reminded everyone of the opportunity.....
Visit to the Residence of Brothers Rajesh and Kamal Jeswani
Visit to the Residence of Sri Jitendra Singh and family
Evening Satsang in progress
March 21, evening: Siam Niramit - Thailand Cultural Show
DIVINE VISIT – BANGKOK, THAILAND
MARCH 22, 2019
A beautiful sunny morning, and also the final day of the glorious trip with the Lord, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai. From the wee hours of the morning, devotees from Thailand, Malaysia and other countries were preparing for the Public Satsang that morning at 10 a.m. Soon after breakfast at the residence of Brother Kumar, Swami departed to the Satsang venue. Teary eyed devotees, some of them experiencing Swami for the first time in this baffling form, eagerly received Him amidst Bhajans. Sister Gayathri Kumar welcomed Swami with gratitude, and invited Brother Murali who was also instrumental to host Swami and His entourage in Bangkok, to deliver the Welcome Address. He reminisced how 15 years ago, all devotees in Thailand were ecstatic as they had received the joyful news of Swami’s visit to the country. He emotionally thanked Swami as finally the day had indeed arrived!
Thereafter, Sister Ria Banerjee introduced the cultural presentation, which was to be offered by the children from ‘Baan Unrak’, a home for children in the remote village of Sangklaburi on the border of Thailand and Burma. The home for impoverished children was established by Ms Donata Dolci, an Italian who left her own country at a very early age and came to India on her spiritual quest, where she met her spiritual Guru Sri Ananadamurti. He inspired her to do selfless service for the uplifment of humanity and bestowed upon her the spiritual name of Didi Devamala. Didi had travelled all the way to the border of Thailand and Burma to start an agricultural project, in order to help the fleeing refugees and the tribes living in the forests. But fate had something else in store for her, when the locals handed her an abandoned baby! Didi had no experience in raising a child, and she had very little money, but yet she accepted the baby. This gave birth to ‘Baan Unrak’ or ‘Home of Love’ which started way back in 1991. Today, ‘Baan Unrak’ is a safe and loving home to 120 needy children from Thailand and Burma including the neighbouring Mon and Karen states. Didi takes care of their education and medical needs, and ensures that the children grow up in a very....
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