Issue Thirty Four - July 28, 2016
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"Every thought, every word, every action should be offered to God with love. Whether you give Me a fruit or a leaf or a drop of water, anything you give, you give with devotion, then I will accept it. With God, only devotion works and not tricks. Call Me with devotion; that moment, wherever you are, I will manifest there. All names and forms are Mine; I am in every form. Nobody can say at what point of time what I will take to manifest. But in whatever form God comes to you, the heart will immediately recognise it."
- Baba
With the Blessings of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, we are delighted to present our Thirty Fourth 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 highlights from Bhagawan's visit between July 22 - July 24 to Nigeria.

- Sathya Sai Grama Communications Team



Bhagawan’s second visit to Nigeria began with His entourage boarding the flight to Dubai on Friday, July 22. The connecting flight to Lagos, the capital of Nigeria was after 18 hours, and everyone utilised the lay over well to catch up on some much needed rest, after a glorious and packed Guru Purnima Celebrations at Sathya Sai Grama.

The next morning, Saturday July 23, the flight took off from the Dubai Airport at 7am, and after a six-and-a-half-hour midair rendezvous, Bhagwan’s entourage landed around noon in Lagos. A warm welcome awaited everyone by the hosts, Mr Anant Rao, Mr Ashok Pai, both former students from the Sathya Sai Institutions, along with Mr Ricky Sharma, an entrepreneur and an ardent devotee of Bhagawan, who were looking forward to bask in Swami’s Love for the next six days, in the country which was their home. The main highlight of the trip was going to be the inauguration of the new hospital in Enugu, which Swami had announced exactly a year ago.

The entourage arrived at the home of Sri Ashok Pai and Smt Swati Pai from the Murtala Muhammed Airport. The devout couple had spared no effort to ensure every comfort of Swami and His retinue, had been taken care of. After lunch and some rest, the evening Satsang commenced....


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Sri Ashok Pai, Smt Swati Pai along with the devotees at the Divine Lotus Feet.
 Brothers Nishad, Sumeet Tappoo and others offering soulful Bhajans at the Lotus Feet of Bhagawan.
Musical offering at the Lotus Feet.



Day Two of Bhagawan’s visit to Nigeria was set in the residences of Sri Anant Rao and Sri Ricky Sharma. The rain played its own role, and washed the roads to receive the Lord!

The Satsang in the morning was hosted in the house of Sri Anant Rao, and after breakfast, Bhagawan proceeded to his residence. The house was abuzz with activity and Brother Anant’s wife Smt Kamala was at the helm of affairs, looking after every single detail. As Swami arrived, He was welcomed with traditional drums and the Purna Khumbam. The living room was already packed to its brim with devotees, youth and alumni, to spend a blissful Sunday morning with the Lord. After a few bhajans, Swami asked all gathered to have their breakfast that had been arranged at Brother Anant’s residence, as all had been eagerly preparing to welcome the Lord, and hence breakfast was the last item on their agenda.

As everyone reassembled, Swami asked Sri Narasimha Murthy to speak. Sri Narasimha Murthy began by recounting an occasion in Singapore early this year, when Swami while visiting....


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Dance performance offered at the Lotus Feet by Brother Anant's daughter, Ms Gargi.
Satsang at the residence of Brother Ricky Sharma.

What is the purpose of all spiritual practices? – Summary of Divine Discourse on 21 July 2016


The one and the same Atma is present in all beings. Those bound by the physical, material world find it impossible to understand. It is through eyes that we see the world around us. But can we see our own eyes? In the same way, it is Atma that pervades all that is material, physical and perceived by the senses. But we are unable to see the Atma Tatva in all that we see.

Truth-Awareness-Bliss: this is the quality of Atma. Only all that which gives these three on a permanent basis must be considered as an aspect of this principle of the Atman.

Through body and through the senses if you try to experience this happiness, it does not last. As long as the senses are in touch with pleasures, it gives you joy. The moment they are separated, the joy ends. Can we experience it with the mind? Mind has also its parts. Mind holds Buddhi, the intellect, which differentiates one thing from the other. Chitta remembers what we have experienced earlier. Every time mind comes across a person, a place or a situation, Buddhi, its advisor, looks into this library to understand what it is. And the doership of it all is....

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