Issue Forty Two - September 21, 2016
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“There isn’t a more momentous and sacred occasion than the day a person turns his/her vision Godward!”
With the Blessings of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, we are delighted to present our Forty Second 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 Bhagawan's visit to the "Island of Fiji" and "Singapore" from September 12 - 18, 2016. Also the details of "Dussehra Celebrations" which will be held between October 1 and October 11, 2016 at Sathya Sai Grama, Muddenahalli are been given.

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
     In Fiji, one morning during breakfast, as the hostess informed Swami about the various dishes being made by different people, Swami exclaimed, "Look how each of the person who cooked is feeling proud that she has created the dish! But the truth is that nothing was truly created by man, it was all created by God and used by man. God gave the five elements from which the plants came using which the food was prepared. If there were no tomatoes created by God in the first place, how can one make tomato chutney! Man merely uses all that has been created by God, so be reminded of this truth at all times!"
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 Rendition by Mr Dimitris Lambrianos
October 8, Saturday - Mandolin Concert by Sri U Rajesh
October 9, Sunday - Yakshagana by Students of Alike Campus
October 10, Monday - Nachiketa, Drama by Students of Mandya Campus
October 11, Tuesday - Bharatanatyam Dance Performance by Dr Roshini Pillay



September 12 and 13 saw one of the most wonderful experiences in the company of the Lord on the beautiful island of Malolo Lailai in the picturesque Mamanuca Islands in Fiji. The two day Satsang cum retreat was organised by the Tappoo family and Swami had specially invited some select devotees from Singapore, the United States, New Zealand and Malaysia to be a part of this unique experience.

Monday, September 12, 2016

On the morning of September 12, a slight drizzle drenched the landscape, and nature glistened in all its glory. Truly, Fiji is blessed with bountiful blessings of Mother Nature. In the morning, Bhagawan inaugurated the mobile healthcare vehicle, ‘Health on Wheels’ a project by the youth of Fiji guided by Bhagawan, to cater to the healthcare needs of those who do not have access to quality healthcare. The brand new van stood proudly awaiting the Lord to inaugurate and bless the project. The medical team of volunteers who were going to maintain and run the mobile unit had set up a tent where they had displayed the equipment and charts in the ground floor of the apartment, where the Tappoo family lived. As Swami walked past the displays, He enquired each of the team members on their role.

The Tappoo family lived on the fourth floor, and while waiting for the elevator, Swami said, “Just like this elevator, God too comes down to take people up to higher....

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Inaugaration of the mobile healthcare vehicle
 Speaking to the healthcare team on the 'Health on Wheels' project
 Distributing kits to the devotees at the Island Retreat in Fiji
 Satsang on the beach
Swami's entourage on the way to Nadi, with devotees from Fiji



Day two of the island retreat was filled with more excitement, as there was a lot of fun in store for the chosen group of Bhagawan. A day filled with games and fun filled session on a sand mound in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, and a surreal Satsang in a quaint chapel in the evening. The day promised to be a memorable one with the Almighty Himself.

As everyone who had accompanied Bhagawan on the island retreat woke up, memories of the previous day were still fresh in everyone’s mind. Breakfast was a colourful affair, as everyone trickled in the dress code for the morning – green. Memories of the previous day were replaced with questions on how the day would unfold and the pleasant surprises that could have been planned by the Lord. The announcement came! A morning of fun and games had been planned on a sand bar which doubled as ocean floor during high tide, and a offshore island during low tide.

After breakfast, with the low tide visibly clear, everyone was ferried by a short 7 minute speed boat ride to the island. Beach umbrellas, carpets and Swami’s chair were the only props on the island setting the stage for a beautiful couple of hours of divine pleasure in the company....


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A stunning view of the Pacific Ocean
A fun filled satsang organised by Swami for His devotees from Singapore and Fiji
Children participating in lemon and spoon game, organised by Bhagawan Himself
Evening session in a quaint Chapel located on top of the highest hill on the island

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.



Everyone woke up to a bright, sunny and chirpy morning on the island of Malolo Lailai. After breakfast, the chosen group gathered for a Satsang at Bhagawan’s villa. The host family, Brother Sumeet, his father Sri Mahendra Tappoo, his mother Smt Maya and his little daughter Saisha, had all prepared a bouquet of songs which they lovingly offered at the Lotus Feet of the Lord. Brother Sumeet sang the song, ‘Swagatam Sai’ with much devotion. When he sang the line in the song, ‘…Baba Fiji Padhare…’ (Baba has graced Fiji…), he was choked with emotions, and there was not a dry eye in the room! The atmosphere was charged with much gratitude and love for the ever compassionate Lord, for out of the billions of people, sitting at His Lotus Feet at that moment  were the chosen fifty!

The first speaker of the day was Mr Issac Tigrett who said that the past two days was like a picnic, where each one had brought their picnic basket. Now, when the time to leave had arrived, it was important for each one to look into their picnic baskets and see what one is taking back. The thought provoking and timely advise framed the importance of the past two days, and the lessons Swami had taught everyone during its course. His talk certainly left everyone to ponder and introspect within.

The next speaker to be called by Bhagawan was Sri Yugumaran, one....

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Mr Issac Tigrett addressing the gathering at Bhagawan's villa
Brother Sumeet Tappoo offering soulful of songs at the Divine Lotus Feet
Satsang at the residence of Sri Chetan and his wife Smt Sheetal Punja in Lautoka, the second largest city of Fiji.



It was a day of rest for Bhagawan’s entourage who were staying at Denarau Island, on the main Island of Viti Levu, which is than 10 kilometres from Nadi. It boasts of eight large resorts and stunning beaches. It was the group’s last day in Fiji, and there was much to reminisce about the trip, which began with the auspicious Bhoomi Puja of the Ashram, the island retreat,  the wonderful Satsang sessions with the Lord and the intimate moments when the family would serve a meal to Bhagawan.

It was simply amazing to witness conversations happen between the Lord and tiny tots, and the simplicity of Swami’s answers which they could easily comprehend! One morning while serving breakfast, Brother Sumeet’s daughter asked Swami, “Why did God create the earth?” Swami simply replied, “It is just like how your father built the home for you all to stay together and live happily. Likewise, God created this earth as a home for all His children, from insects to birds to beasts and humans. He created rivers and oceans for the fishes, He created the sky for the birds, He created terrain for animals and men, so that all can live as a happy family.” The little girl was quick to ask another question, “So are there other earths where people live?” Swami replied by pointing to the other houses seen around from the balcony, “Oh yes! Just as there are many houses around, there are many worlds where beings live. Either they have to visit you or you will have to visit them like neighbours do and you can know them!”

A short sightseeing around the island was organised in the evening. An early dinner was served to everyone. During dinner Swami lovingly named the upcoming Ashram....

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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 Sri Dimitris Lambrianos from Greece sharing his experiences with his Lord. A repeat broadcast of
Dr Dato Leong Wai Meng (Part II) from Malaysia would be aired on Monday, September 26  at 0900 hrs IST and 1900 hrs IST.




In the early hours of September 17, the entourage landed in Singapore for a two-day stopover en-route to India. A Satsang was organised in the house of Sri Kishore and Smt Rekha Parekh this morning. Close to 75 devotees had gathered on a Saturday morning at their residence. As Bhajan’s were underway, Bhagawan arrived around 11:30 am, to a warm welcome by the Parekh family amidst Veda chanting.

Bhagawan asked Sri Narasimha Murthy to address the gathering. Sri Narasimha Murthy shared the highlights of the Fiji trip – Bhoomi Puja of the Sai Prerna Ashram and the inauguration of the mobile medical unit among other solemn and the divine fun aspects, including the lessons that Swami benevolently taught all in the process. Reminding all of the extraordinary times we live in, he urged all to offer themselves at Bhagawan’s feet and thereby redeem themselves.

The next speaker that morning was Sri C Sreenivas, who began by expressing  expressing how he felt an abundance of Love that morning at the Parekh household in Swami’s divine presence. He said he witnessed how each one there that morning had come to find the expression to Love, which had sublimated in their Love for the Lord. The other sublime feeling that he found expression that morning was that of Service. He asked everyone present to strengthen these feelings which would eventually help one to transcend from the ordinary to the Divine.

Bhagawan’s divine message began with a quote of Kabir, “Man remembers God only when he is in trouble, and forgets when he is in good times. Why would the bad times come.....

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Satsang at the residence of Sri Kishore and Smt Rekha
Sri C Sreenivas expressing his love for the Divine at the residence of Sri Kishore and Smt Rekha
Kolam (A design on the floor decorated with rice flour, flowers and diyas) decoration at Sai Anandam Ashram
Sri B N Narasimha Murthy addressing the gathering on Bhagawan's continuing educational mission 
Mr Issac Tigrett speaking to the audience about his spiritual journey


The last day of what had been a very eventful visit by Swami to the Fiji Islands and Singapore, came to a close with a Satsang at the house of Sri Umashankar in Singapore. 
Brother Umashankar's house exuded a festive look, all set to welcome the Lord. Around 40 devotees had assembled that morning to bask in the Love of the Lord. Swami arrived to a warm welcome by the host family and an offering of two classical songs were beautifully rendered for the Lord by two youth (children of the Singapore devotees). Among the gathered devotees were three reputed musicians - Ustad Rashid Mustafa Tirakwka (Tabla maestro); his son Ustad Shariq Mustafa Tirakwka (Tabla artist) and Sri Sangeet Mishra (Sarangi Maestro). They offered soulful instrumental music which transported all to a timeless dimension. The sound of the sarangi complemented by the tabla in perfect unison made perfect harmony.
After the performance, Swami started speaking about the musicians and amazed them by revealing incidents from their lives. Swami also spoke about the early days of struggle of Ustad Shariq Mustafa Tirakwka. He asked the sarangi artist Sri Sangeet Mishra to play the song that he had first started with, which was dedicated to the Mother Goddess. After the song, Swami told the gathering that Sri Sangeet Mishra used to play this song on the banks of the Ganges with tears in his eyes. He was very moved and one could sense his sudden gush of an  overwhelming feeling for the Lord.
To the young budding musicians in the gathering, Bhagawan said - "Music does not come to everyone. It is a result of three factors - merits of past births, present sadhana and dedication, and lastly the legacy one is leaving for future generations."
Swami then called upon Sri Narasimha Murthy to speak. In his talk, he underlined the importance of music in one's life. Quoting great thinkers, he said "Life without Music is a mistake. And Music is for men and women of penance (dedication) and not for the pleasure seekers." Commending the host that morning, he said "Sri Umashankar is an example of inner peace and external success." Speaking on inner peace, he gave anecdotes about the importance of achieving inner peace, which would then bestow external success. He spoke about the treasure that a father shared with his sons while passing on his legacy, and the essence of what he had learnt in his life.
Sri Narasimha Murthy shared life's three greatest lessons -
- Experience the presence of God everywhere in every moment of life wherever we are, and understand that His Will is the ultimate.
- Whomever we meet in your life, human or animal, is by design and has a previous connection. So be kind to them.
- Live in the present. Do not brood about the past and worry about the future. 
Bhagawan's divine message followed next, which was based on the importance of human birth and its purpose. Swami said everyone born comes with a expiry date. What matters is what one does between birth and death. "Human birth is the consummation of perfection in God's creation. Only when one attains one's divinity, does the human birth find fulfillment. By serving others one is serving God. By loving others can one love God. Before loving others, one should love oneself. Just as a sculptor chips away that which is not the idol, one should remove what is not Divine from within. Mind is the basis of all life; a pure mind without attachment and ego turns Godwards. Human birth is the rarest of the rare opportunities." 
Bhagawan blessed all to be single minded and reorient oneself towards God, and keep God as the center of life, and urged the Singapore devotees to join in selfless service, "One person cannot do it alone."
Two birthdays were celebrated in the divine presence - Sri Umashankar and Sri Ravindran. As the candles were being blown Bhagawan had a poignant message, "more than the cake it is the candle that gives a message to all. It burns and melts away, only to give light to others." The Satsang ended with Arati and lunch prasadam. 
Thus ended, yet again another glorious trip with the Lord, and His entourage boarded the flight back to India in the evening.
Bhagawan entering the residence of Smt Vidya and Sri Umashankar in Singapore
Ustad Rashid Mustafa Tirakwka, Ustad Shariq Mustafa and Sri Sangeet Misra offering soulful instrumental music at the residence of Smt Vidya and Sri Umashankar in Singapore
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