'Yatho Vacho Nivartante Aprapya Manasa Saha’ – That which cannot be understood by mind, cannot be explained by words, it is beyond the mind, that is God. How can words explain? How can mind with all these limited faculties understand? So, don’t waste your time. Just experience God and enjoy, as it is the right way of dealing with God. For everything else there is possibility of experimenting. Don’t experiment with God! -Baba
With the Blessings of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, we are delighted to present our One Hundred and Sixtiethissue of Ananda Vahini. The weekly newsletter includes interesting musings and short excerpts from the week's events.
In this issue, we bring you the updates of Bhagawan's visit to South Bangalore on March 24, 2019 and visit to Gulbarga from March 25 to 27, 2019 for the official commencement of Sri Sathya Sai University for Human Excellence.
Also, we bring you the first part of Bhagawan's ongoing trip to UAE, UK and Europe.
In this week's INNER VIEW, Sri Madhusudan shares an interesting moment between Bhagawan and a devotee in Dubai.
- Sathya Sai Grama Communications Team.
By Sri Madhusudan
Attitude Changes All
In Dubai, Swami lovingly enquired with a devotee couple about their home construction which was underway. The couple gladly informed Swami that it would be ready within this year, after which Bhagawan should come and inaugurate the home. Swami lovingly accepted the invitation with an advise, “Here onwards, don’t think that Swami is living in your home, but instead think that you are living in Swami’s home. The home remains the same, you remain the same, I remain the same, but the attitude changes and that makes all the difference. One binds, whereas the other liberates.”
‘Mana Eva Manushyaanaaam Kaaranam Bandha Mokshayo’, quoting the Upanishads, Swami said that like the same key is responsible for either opening or locking the door when it is turned either ways, so is mind and the attitude arising from it responsible for our bondage or liberation.
DIVINE VISIT – SOUTH BANGALORE
MARCH 24, 2019
On the morning of March 24, 2019, Bhagawan blessed the devotees of South Bangalore with His presence. He departed at 8.15 a.m from Muddenahalli and first visited to the residence of Brother Jayaprakash and his wife Mrs Hamsa, where He had breakfast and then proceeded for the public Satsang held in RV Teachers’ College Auditorium, Jayanagar, Bangalore, which was a culmination of over flowing gratitude, love and joy. The auditorium was packed to the brim with devotees, almost 1000 yearning hearts, wishing to partake the divine energy that would fill the ambience.
Swami was welcomed with Poorna Kumbham, and the programme began with the soulful rendition of Bhajans. Bhagawan’s grand entry to the venue amidst the beautiful decorations was a festive sight to behold. Vedic chants by the young boys being served as part of the breakfast Seva set the tone for the event. A formal Lighting of the Lamp paved the way for the rest of the ceremony. The significance of South Bangalore and its devoted volunteers was aptly brought out in the introductory talk by Dr Girish Suryanarayana, reminding the audience that it was here that the Annapoorna Breakfast Seva programme was born through Seva activities in Doddabele and Vinayakanagar villages. This was followed by a musical offering by a group of devotees including alumni, which spiritually moved the entire audience through the meaningful songs rendered.
Sister Bhuvana Santhanam then gave a vivid narration of all the wonderful work being undertaken as part of Bhagawan’s mission in Education, Health and Nutrition. One can only surrender with awe at the magnitude of Sevabeing done by Bhagawan’s will through His many instruments. Bhagawan had said that Sankarshana, Sandarshanaand Sankramana are the three phases in His mission. Sankramana being the current phase.....
Visit to the residence of Brother Jayaprakash and his wife Mrs Hamsa
Public Satsang at RV Teachers College Auditorium, Jayanagar Vedam chanting by children
Presentation on service activities by the children
At the residence of Sri Prabhakar
DIVINE VISIT – OFFICIAL COMMENCEMENT OF CLASSES AT THE SRI SATHYA SAI UNIVERSITY FOR HUMAN EXCELLENCE, GULBARGA, KARNATAKA
MARCH 25 TO 27, 2019
The ongoing mission of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba paved a new path in the field of Education by bringing out its real essence, ‘Atma Vidya’ or ‘Self Knowledge’, which is the most important than all kinds of wordly education. ‘Atmano Mokshartham Jagat Hitaaya Cha’, emphasisng on spiritual education for the redemption of one’s own self and thereby the welfare of the society, is the principle behind Sri Sathya Sai University for Human Excellence. To mark the official commencement of classes at the Sri Sathya Sai University for Human Excellence, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba visited Gulbarga Campus from March 25 to 27, 2019, creating a new chapter in the history of global education.
Before visiting the Gulbarga Campus, He blessed the students, staff and teachers of the Sri Sathya Sai Vishwaniketanam, Hampi Campus, with His Divine visit on the morning of the March 25, 2019. It was a short but sweet reunion of the Master and His disciples, the doting Mother and Her pining children, and of course, the Divine Guardian who has taken upon Himself to take care of the welfare of these children. Bhagawan was welcomed by the students and staff of the Campus. He spoke to the students and conveyed His abundant blessings to them. Mangala Arati was offered to Bhagawan before He left for Gulbarga.
At 11.15 a.m, Bhagawan arrived at the Gulbarga Campus, Sri Sathya Sai Vidyaniketanam and Sri Sathya Sai University for Human Excellence (SSSUHE). He was welcomed by Sri PDN Srinivasu, Vice Chancellor of the University, and the eagerly waiting staff and students. He visited the new Pre-University College (PUC) Hostel building which is being prepared to house the PUC students of the Campus.
Upon His arrival, Bhagawan lovingly spoke very briefly to the students who were waiting to hear their Lord.
In the evening, a Satsang was held in Bhagawan’s presence with students and staff of the Campus, which started with Vedic invocation by the students and talks by the Sri PDN Srinivasu and Sri Kamath, Warden....
March 25, morning: Bhagawan being welcomed by His loving Children at Sri Sathya Sai Vishwaniketanam, Hampi
March 25, morning: Bhagawan being welcomed by Sri PDN Srinivas, Vice - Chancellor at Sri Sathya Sai University for Human Excellence, Gulbarga
Evening Satsang with students and staff
March 26, morning: Bhagawan with the dignitaries and guests
Official commencement Of classes at Sri Sathya Sai University For Human Excellence
Sri B N Narasimha Murthy speaking about the University
Talk by Sri T B Jayachandra, Former Minister Govt of Karnataka
Sri GT Devegowda, Minister for Higher Education, Govt of Karnataka
Sri Anilkumar, IAS
March 26, evening: Satsang with students and staff - Musical offering by the students
Blessing the kitchen staff
DIVINE VISIT – DUBAI
MARCH 31 AND APRIL 01, 2019
It was time for yet another glorious trip with Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, as He continues to enthrall and charm His beloved devotees around the world with His greatest teaching to mankind, ‘Love All Serve All’. Five countries were to be blessed during the spring of 2019, and devotees in each country had been joyfully preparing for Swami’s Visit. Sixteen students along with their Warden from the Sri Sathya Sai University for Human Excellence received an opportunity of their life time, as they were to join Sai in the subtle for this trip. On the morning of March 31, the entourage boarded their flight to Dubai, and were received at the Airport by Brother Vishal Chhabria and the Sai Hrudayam family. A quick 15 minutes drive, and everyone reached the Chhabria residence ‘Aasthaa’ late afternoon amidst melodious Bhajans. The entire Chhabria and Raheja family welcomed Swami with traditional Poorna Kumbham. Mrs Pooja Chhabria emotionally prostrated in front of Her divine Father, and her joy knew no bounds. Having been under Swami’s divine guidance and protection ever since she was a little girl, along with her sisters Poonam, Vandana, and Brother Sunil, who studied in Prasanthi Nilayam, the Raheja family led by their mother Smt Pushpa Raheja, had all arrived from Mumbai to be a part of this divine experience. Upon arrival, Swami spoke about the four kinds of people – Arthi, Artharthi, Jignasu and Jnani. The first ones – Arthi – come because of their problems and pains, so that God would resolve and relieve them. Second ones – Artharthi – come for fulfilment of certain worldly desires – name, fame, position, power and the likes. Thirdly, there are those who are curious about the nature of God, and want to experience God, know the truth; they are the Jijnasus, the curious ones. Finally, the Jnanis who know the nature of God, and don’t desire anything. Even if they are in pain and distress, they don’t ask God for cure or relief, because....
March 31, evening: Public Satsang at Chhabria's residence
Sister Bhuvana Santhanam speaking about Bhagawan's ongoing global mission
Talk by Mr Isaac Tigrett
April 01, morning: Gayatri Homa being performed in the Divine presence
Bhagawan speaking to the students
DIVINE VISIT – LONDON
APRIL 02 TO 04, 2019
Sumptuous Sindhi and South Indian dishes made their way to the breakfast table at the Chhabria residence, after which Swami came down to the living room for Mangala Arati before departing to the next destination, London. A long but comfortable flight, and after 7.5 hours, Swami’s entourage landed at London Heathrow. Devotees led by Dr Grish Malhotra welcomed the retinue, and everyone were driven straight to the Malhotra residence at Chigwell. Rush hour traffic consumed a large part of the evening, and finally a little past 7:30 p.m. everyone reached home. The entire Malhotra and Tandon family along with the Trustees of the Anugraham Trust, embraced Swami yet again in their midst. Dinner was served, and immediately everyone retired for the night.
The next morning, April 03 Swami sent His student interns on a city tour of London. Answering prayers of a few selfless devotees, Swami decided to visit the new edifice which would be blessed as the ‘Sai Grace Ashram’. An hour away from Chigwell, Swami along with a few chosen guests drove through some sublime landscape. Sprawling acres of greenery dotted with sheep and horses, the beginning signs of spring with the about-to-bloom yellow mustard fields, deer wandering aimlessly, the clouds almost wanting to open its gates to sprinkle a few showers; alas, the beauty of London’s countryside at its best! Swami spent a little over 30 minutes walking around, and then returned to Chigwell for lunch. In the evening, a private Satsang was held at the Malhotra residence where members of Anugraham and Sai Grace Trusts along with their families had...
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