Issue Thirty - June 30, 2016
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"You are all talking about changing the world, doing this, doing that – we all want to see the difference in the world outside us. But all these efforts are simply not going to find fulfilment unless we have learnt to change ourselves within. That is why it is said, you may achieve everything on this earth that is possible but at the end if you cannot turn your mind inwards, make it still, make it realise the truth, everything else is simply a waste!”                                                                                                                                                                                                   - Baba
With the Blessings of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, we are delighted to present our thirtieth 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 the continuation of Bhagawan's visit to Canada, the United States of America and Mexico.

- Sathya Sai Grama Communications Team


San Jose, USA – June 17, 2016

The Patel household was abuzz with activities, in preparation for the public Satsang in the evening. After breakfast, Swami with His entourage proceeded to the residence of Brother Bobby Patel, a young entrepreneur and also the Youth Leader (Men) for USA. The Lord was received with the traditional Poorna Kumbham. After a few bhajans, Swami blessed the family and close friends who had gathered to receive the Lord. Thereafter, Swami had His lunch, granted family interviews and proceeded back to Sri Divyogi’s residence for the afternoon.

Swami and His entourage left at 5:30pm from the Patel residence for the Satsang venue. Close to 500 people had gathered at the community hall of Sunnyvale Hindu temple, attached to the Shiva Temple, a 15 minutes drive from the residence. Ms Connie Shaw was the first speaker for the evening. She said, “In today’s fast changing world, your present and future are far less about what you do than about what you become. And in our becoming – Baba has said so often, ‘Being is lost in becoming’ – as we learn to....

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Glimpses of the continuing mission of Bhagawan was shown in a special exhibition at the venue.

Santa Maria, USA – June 18, 2016

It was a very early start to the day, as the journey from San Jose to the residence of Dr Ram Setty and Smt Usha Setty, at Santa Clara was almost four hours. ‘Sai Arpanam’ was getting decked, with last minute preparations underway to receive God! Swami and His entourage reached ‘Sai Arpanam’ close to noon. As soon as Swami sat down in a beautifully decorated throne, He lightly commented that like Sage Durvasa and his forty disciples ever ready to eat, I have landed up here in Sai Arpanam. Swami said Sage Durvasa was a sage who could be easily pleased and angered. His anger would result in a curse always. Swami compared the nature of the Sage to Lord Shiva, and said that both were similar with regard to their temperaments. However there is one difference.....

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Newport Beach, USA – June 19, 2016

After a wonderful breakfast of piping hot Indian food specially brought to the hotel where we were staying prepared with so much of devotion by the devotee’s of Irvine, the entourage got ready to go on a boat trip, at the Lord’s command. The love of the devotees in every country where the Lord visits on these overseas trips is overwhelming. Every bit of meticulous planning & detailing, done over many months reaches its pinnacle with the arrival of the Lord! Swami often says, ‘expansion love’, and it truly is!

The two hour boat ride into the ocean, of the very famous tourist Newport Beach, reached its climax, when the Lord manifested on the boat, in the middle of the ocean! The ‘Satsang at the Ocean’ was incredible! A handful of His chosen ones, about 15 of them were indeed very fortunate. “It is fine if a boat is floating on water. But, it is not fine when the water enters the boat. As long as man floats in this ocean of the world, it is perfectly okay.

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Newport Beach, USA – June 20, 2016

It was the last day in Irvine, and the Lord visited the residence of Prof Venkatesan and his wife Smt Sarojini. A short 30 minutes drive, Swami was welcomed at their residence with the traditional Purna Khumbam. Prof Venkatesan’s family and relatives were all present to welcome their loving Lord.

Bhajans and chanting of the Sai Rudram were offered at the Lotus Feet of Bhagawan, who was very happy with the bhajans rendered by the children. He said, “Like Bhojan (food) is for the body, Bhajan is for the soul. If we don’t feed our soul, we will become weak spiritually. Looking at the list of Bhajans that were on different Gods prepared to be sung, Swami said,” just as we want variety in our food, we need vegetables, lentils, rice, sambar etc to give us complete nutrition of vitamins, minerals, iron, carbohydrates, proteins etc we sing the names of different Gods so that we learn something from everyone. Bhajan session is like a meal served with a variety of items”. Swami encouraged the children to learn the meaning of Sai Rudram, which was chanted earlier and said that the original Chamakam asks for wealth, name, progeny etc. But the Sai Rudram.....

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Brother Sumeet Tappoo offering soulful Krishna Bhajans at the Lotus Feet of Bhagawan.
Chihuahua, Mexico – June 21 and June 22, 2016

After a very early breakfast and Arathi to the Lord, the entourage proceeded to the Los Angeles airport to catch a flight to Chihuahua, via Dallas.

Chihuahua (pronounced Chiwawa), is the largest state in Mexico, which is mostly characterized by rugged mountainous terrain and wide river valleys. As the flight began its descend into Chihuahua Airport, the rugged terrain was visible in all its glory.

Ms Rosario Ordonez, the host of Bhagawan, along with a large team of devotees welcomed the entourage with much warmth and love. Everyone was driven to the house of Mrs Erma, where Swami would be staying for the two days. It was a beautiful house, and Mrs Erma along with her family, received the Lord and His entourage, and expressed her gratitude. Everyone retired after a long day of travel.

Chihuahua, Mexico – June 22, 2016 – Morning session :

After delicious Mexican and Indian breakfast, a small Satsang at the living room of Mrs Erma was organised with family and close friends. Swami asked Sri B N Narasimha Murthy to address the gathering. He said, “The house of Mrs Erma is very blessed because Bhagawan Baba had chosen to stay for two nights of His trip to Mexico.” He recollected the incident on April 16, 2016 in Italy, when they visited the very majestic and beautiful....

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Morning Satsang in progress in Chihuahua.
Bhagawan welcomed by traditional dance during the evening public satsang at Chihuahua.
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