I am there in your faith, in this Shraddha. I am in THAT. THAT is how I exist. So I don’t mind if you put up your own photo and say, ‘I worship my own self!’ Shraddha is the most basic prerequisite to experience divinity outside or inside, in whatever way. And that Shraddha is something that the Guru is capable of giving, because by listening to the words of a Guru, by following his footsteps, by practising what he tells us to do – Shraddha can be developed. This helps one to realise the divinity in all forms, in all names, and in all places!
With the Blessings of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, we are delighted to present our One Hundred and Sixty Ninthissue of Ananda Vahini. The weekly newsletter includes interesting musings and short excerpts from the week's events.
In this issue, we present you the updates of Bhagawan's visit to Bijapur and Pandharpur between September 14 and 17, 2019.
Also, we cordially invite you to the glorious celebrations of Maha Rudra Yajna, Navaratri Homa, Durga Puja and Chaturveda Parayana, which will be held between September 29 to October 08, 2019 at Sathya Sai Grama, Muddenahalli. The details are given in this issue.
In this week's INNER VIEW, Sadhguru Sri Madhusudan Sai shares about an interesting moment between Him and devotees.
- Sathya Sai Grama Communications Team.
By Sri Madhusudan Sai
Four steps to Divinity
To the family of devotees who have been with Swami for four generations now, with two new arrivals in the family, Swami was speaking about what great blessing it is to be born as human beings out of 84 lakhs species. That’s something we have heard Swami telling often. But what was more interesting was how He explained the greater blessings of being associated with the Lord.
He said, “Having been born as humans, to know that Sathya Sai Baba is the Lord, is a great blessing, for only a few millions out of billions know it. Then, to be devoted to Swami is greater than just knowing, and out of millions of those who know Swami, only a few hundred thousands are devoted and pray to Him. Out of those devoted, only a few hundred serve Him and so their blessings are greater than others before. And finally through serving Him, only a handful become Him, and their blessing is the greatest.”
He encapsulated this progress by comparing it with primary, high school, Pre-University and University studies. While speaking to students a while later, He said, “From to ‘Know’ one must rise to ‘Pray’, from to ‘Pray’ one must graduate to ‘Serve’, and from to ‘Serve’ one must ultimately achieve the highest that is ‘ to become’.
So there it is, to know, to pray, to serve and to become, four steps to divinity!
DIVINE VISIT TO SRI SATHYA SAI PREMANIKETANAM, BIJAPUR AND PANDHARPUR
SEPTEMBER 14 TO 17, 2019
September 14, 2019
On September 14, the Sri Sathya Sai Premaniketanam Campus was once again blessed with a Divine visit. As Swami entered the campus where the students had lined both sides of the road, He was welcomed by the Chairman, Sri A R Manjunath along with the interns and staff who performed Paada Puja for their Lord. After enquiring about the arrangements for lunch, Swami proceeded upstairs to see the construction of the magnificent dome which is being constructed above His residence. He spent some time there showing the construction to His guests, Brother Venugopal and his family, explaining His future plans for the magnificent campus. After taking lunch along with all the students and staff, Swami retired to His room for the afternoon.
In the evening, all the staff, students and guests gathered for a Satsang with the Lord. The evening session began with Vedic chanting by the students and Swami expressed His joy at seeing these young students chanting so very well. Brother Mahesh Kumar then welcomed Swami and His guests, after which the students offered an outpouring of their love for Swami in the form of songs and speeches. Swami then asked Brother Venugopal to speak and share his experiences with Swami. Brother Venu narrated his sweet experiences in a beautiful way and afterwards, Swami granted His Divine message to all who had gathered. After Mangala Arati, Swami then retired to His room for the evening.
September 15, 2019 – visit to Pandharpur, the land of Lord Panduranga or Vitthala
During the earlier part of His stay in Gulbarga, Swami had announced that He would take the students of the Sri Sathya Sai University for Human Excellence on a trip to Pandharpur, the land of Lord Panduranga or Vitthala. The famous Vithoba temple dedicated to Lord Vitthala attracts many devotees, including the Warkaris or pilgrims who are known for undertaking the entire journey on foot whilst singing praises of the Lord.
On 15th September, the awaited moment for this trip arrived and after leaving Gulbarga in the wee hours of the morning, around 200 students and staff of the Sri Sathya Sai University for Human Excellence.....
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