Issue Forty One - September 15, 2016
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"Purity of motive is the best guarantee that you will have Peace. An uneasy conscience is a tormenting compassion. Righteous action will have no bad effects, to disturb your sleep or health. If there is righteousness in the heart,  there will be beauty in character: If there is beauty in character,  there will be harmony in the  home; When there is harmony in the house, there will be order in the nation; When there is order in the nation,  there will be peace in the World. So, be righteous; avoid all prejudices against others on the basis of caste, creed, color, mode of worship, status, or degree of affluence. Do not look down or up on any one; look upon all as Divine as you really are."
- Baba
With the Blessings of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, we are delighted to present our Forty First issue of Ananda Vahini. The weekly newsletter includes interesting musings and short excerpts from the week's events.

In this week's issue, we bring you highlights of the current ongoing visit of Bhagawan to the "Island of Fiji" and the details of "Dussehra Celebrations" which will be held between October 1 and October 11, 2016 at Sathya Sai Grama, Muddenahalli.

In this week's INNER-VIEW, Brother Madhusudan Naidu shares yet another interesting moment between a devotee and His Lord. True wisdom straight from the innermost sanctum sanctorum of the direct Divine Presence! 

- Sathya Sai Grama Communications Team


-By Sri Madhusudan Naidu
Speaking about a devotee who was having chest congestion while eating food, Swami said, "How can someone breath and eat simultaneously!? When you eat you can't breath, when you breath you can't eat. The number of breaths one can take in a life time are already decided, and therefore if you breath faster you will have to leave early. A dog that breaths faster has a shorter life, likewise a man who is always worried and excited would have short and fast breathing which reduces his life span. Therefore through pranayama, the yogis perfected the art of breathing and thereby lived long and healthy lives.

Breath is also the fuel for the mind, and faster breathing excites the mind which is then difficult to control. When we are calm we tend to breath slowly. So as both breath and mind are interlinked, by breathing slowly we can calm the mind and bring it under control. Practise Pranayama which is a part of the eight fold path of yoga and conquer the vagaries of the mind. Once mind is pure and still like the waters of the lake it can help you see the bottom of the lake, which is the truth within you."
In the Presence of the Yajna Purusha Himself, the Maha Rudra Yajna will be performed on four days from the 08th to 11th October 2016. Rudra Homa is performed for universal peace and prosperity. As the glories of Rudra are chanted from many texts, come and soak yourself in powerful vibrations and divine energies to be filled with renewed vigour and hope.
Venue : Yaga Shala (Sri Sathya Sai Hrudaya Mandiram Grounds)
Date : 08 to 11 October 2016
Time : 08 October - 07:00 AM to 12:30 PM
          : 09 October onwards - 05:30 AM to 12:00 PM.
* Rudra Homa, Rudra Abhishekam and Sai Gayatri Homa will be performed on all four days. The Maha Poornahuti will be conducted on the final day - October 11, 2016. Idols of Shiva, Parvati, Ganesha and Kartikeya made specially for this Yajna, have been brought from West Bengal.
Navaratri is traditionally celebrated in honour of Devi, the Divine Mother. Spiritual practices such as homas are conducted to heal the mind and the body, provide solace and usher in peace throughout the world. In gratitude and reverence to the Divine Mother Sai, do participate in the Navaratri Homa.
Venue : Sri Sathya Sai Hrudaya Mandiram
Date : 01 to 11October 2016
Time : 05:30 AM to 12:30 PM
          : 04:00 PM – Lalitha Sahasra Nama Archana.
October 01st  : Sahasra Modaka Ganapati Homa
October 02nd : Pavamana and Vishnu Sahasranama Homa
October 03rd : Shiva Panchakshari and Maha Mrutyunjaya Homa
October 04th : Chandika Homa
October 05th : Dhanvantari and Mahalakshmi Homa
October 06th : Lalita Homa
October 07th : Saraswati and Medha Dakshinamurty Homa
October 08th : Navagraha Homa
October 09th and 10th : Laksha Sai Gayatri Japa Purasara Homa
October 11th : Durga Homa, Maha Purnahuti.

With the Divine blessings and in the immediate presence of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the Durga Puja will be celebrated from 01st to 11th October 2016. On this auspicious occasion, the Srishti Shakti is worshipped for nine days with reverence in nine forms- Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayini, Kalaratri, Mahagauri and Siddhatri.
Venue : Sri Sathya Sai Hrudaya Mandiram
Date : 01 to 11 October 2016
Time : 08:30 AM to 11:30 AM
          : 07:00 PM – Sandhya Arathi.
Highlights about the Puja
* The idols of Mother Durga, made of river clay, have been specially brought from a traditional potter's corner at Kumortuli, in northern Kolkata, Bengal.
* Traditional drummers from Bengal, known as Dhakis, will rent the air with festive rhythm and enchanting beats.
* Kumari Puja will be conducted on the Maha Ashtami Day where young, unmarried girls will be worshipped as Mother Durga.

The highlight of the evening programmes will be the Divine Message of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. There will also be illuminating talks by scholars. Finally, there will be a unique display of music and fine arts treating your eyes and ears to various forms of celebration.
Venue : Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutam
Date : 01-11 October 2016
Time : 04:00 AM to 07:30 PM
04:00 PM – Mangalavadyam
05:25 PM – Bhajans
05:35 PM – Geetha Saptaham by Sri Badri Narayanan (5th to 11th October, 2016)
06:05 PM – Talk
06:15 PM – Divine Discourse
07:15 PM – Cultural Programme
07:45 PM – Aarti and Prasadam Distribution.


October 5, Wednesday - Classical Concert by Smt. Bombay Jayasree
October 6, Thursday - Musical Offering by Students, Alumni, Alumnae
October 7, Friday - Instrumental Music by Dimitris Lambrianos
October 8, Saturday - Mandolin Concert by Sri U Rajesh
October 9, Sunday - Yakshagana by Alike Campus Students
October 10, Monday - Nachiketa, Drama by Mandya Campus Students
October 11, Tuesday - Bharatanatyam Dance Performance by Dr Roshini Pillay



Bhagawan’s second visit to the island nation of Fiji was with a purpose. It was the auspicious Bhoomi Puja of the new Ashram. The entourage commenced their long journey from Muddenahalli in the early hours of Thursday, September 8, 2016 to Singapore. After an overnight stopover, Swami gave some of the senior devotees an audience with the compassionate Lord, the next morning at Sai Anandam Ashram. The stopover in Singapore also gave the visiting team some time to rest for the entourage, before boarding the long flight to the beautiful pacific island, blessed bountifully by Mother Nature.

Bhagawan’s entourage flew to Nadi, Fiji after a 10 hour flight, and members of the Tappoo household (the Tappoo family has had the good fortune of hosting Swami during the last visit) welcomed the group with much love. The final destination was Suva, and after a very short connecting 30 minute flight, Bhagawan’s entourage reached the the city. As the plane made its touchdown, the rain washed scenery outside the window, seemed just perfect! The next few days were going to spent in the confluence of the trinity of Man, Nature and God.

Upon landing, the entourage was driven to Sri Mahandra Tappoo’s (father of Brother Sumeet Tappoo) house where a sumptuous  breakfast had been arranged. After breakfast, Bhagawan’s entourage checked-in at the hotel,  where they had a chance to freshen up and get ready for the highlight of the entire trip -Bhoomi puja of the upcoming Ashram, located in Pacific Harbour, an hour’s drive from Suva.

A little past noon, Swami’s car followed by the convoy carrying the entourage....


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 A young one welcoming Swami at the Bhoomi puja site of new Ashram in Fiji
 Another young one offering a garland at the Divine Lotus Feet
Sri Nanjunda Dixit performing Bhoomi Puja for the new Ashram 
 Tribes of Fiji honoring Swami cerimoniously according to their tradition
Sri Nanjunda Dixit explaining the significance of the various pujas that had been done that morning – Gana Homa, Navagraha Homa and the Sudarshana Homa

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.

Visit or click on the link below:


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



Day Two of Bhagawan’s visit to Fiji began with a sumptuous spread of breakfast. When the hosts served fresh Fijian coconut water along with a few pieces of tender coconut at the breakfast table, Swami asked, “What is the inner significance of offering the coconut to God, which is part of the worship rituals in most Hindu temples? The tender sweet inside of the coconut is covered with the hard case of the nut, which is further covered with the fibre, and this cannot be consumed. So we remove the fibre and the hard nut, and offer only the sweet fruit and water to God. Likewise, we are covered with the fibre of Tamasic Qualities ( Lower instincts) and the hard nut of Rajasic Qualities ( passion), and both have to be removed to offer the sweet Satwic ( divine) qualities to God. Every time we break a coconut, we need to remind ourselves of this inner truth behind!”

After speaking to the members of the Tappoo family, Bhagawan called the Fiji youth group who have been involved in various service projects, which are being guided by the Lord Himself. He also met the committee members of the Sai Prema Foundation. As the interviews came to a close, the living room was full with senior devotees and youth who had special plans for the Lord! As Bhagawan came out of the interview room, the group offered at His lotus feet, a medley of songs, specially prepared for the Lord.

The devotion in their voices was palpable and it was a treat to be in the presence of such Love between the Lord and His devotees. The prayers of gratitude included numbers like – ‘I keep feeling your love’, ‘Tu pyar ka sagar hain’, and the evergreen, ever emotional song ‘Humko tumse pyar kitna’.

Swami then spoke briefly to the gathered devotees, advising the youth....


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Gathering of committee members of Sai Prema Foundation with senior devotees and youth at Sri Sumeet Tappoo's home
Public Satsang in the Kshatriya Hall in Suva, Fiji – Sathya Sai Satsang 2016

Sanathana Vani is a platform to invite, associate, speak, listen, contemplate, seek, practise and realise the truth, taught by all the great beings that ever walked the face of our planet. 

A new show
'My Lord and I’ has been launched, which is a series of stimulating conversations, cutting across boundaries and barriers. Sweet stories of the Lord and His devotees from different walks of life, which are refreshing, inspiring and scintillating will be On Air every week. These will be a beautiful amalgamation of an individual’s journey from 'I' to 'We' to 'He'. 
Come, let’s listen, contemplate and bask in the divine bliss of the Voice Eternal, every Thursday at 1500 hrs IST and repeats at 2200 hrs IST. This week our guest on show is Dr Dato Leong Wai Meng (Part II) from Greece sharing their experiences with their Lord.


How should we worship Lord Ganesha?
Summary of Divine Discourse on 06 September 2016


The whole of Creation has emerged from Truth and ultimately will merge back into Truth. If you enquire into what this Truth is, it is nothing but absolute purity that is Purna Satvam. This body, which is composed of the five elements ultimately will go back into the five elements. During the Ganesha festival, we make idols of Ganesha out of soil. We adore Him, worship Him, offer Him all kinds of ritualistic worship and finally the idol of Ganesha that has been made of mud goes back into the earth. The Ganesha festival demonstrates this ultimate truth to us.

Man leads his life for the sake of the body and based on the faith that the body is permanent. Don’t be proud of the strength of your body or your youth or the people support that you enjoy. One moment can take away all these things from you. Only by understanding the truth that all this creation is illusory, will you enjoy the divine experience of the Lord. The festival of Ganesha and the adoration of Ganesha ultimately demonstrates this truth to us.

During the Ganesh festival, people make idols of Ganesha out of mud in their own field. They then worship Him in five ways and ultimately, they merge the idol into a pond or a well, which is in their agricultural field. Therefore, when the sacred idol of Ganesha, after worship, merges back into the soil in the agricultural field, the entire field becomes sacred and gives back sacred food. We eat it and get sacred feelings. That is the inner significance of the worship of Ganesha. Depending on our food, the mind....

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