Anybody asks Me, "Are you God?" I ask them back, "Are you not?" Because that is the truth. The more we believe in this truth, the more we become the truth. And the more we become the truth, we experience the truth inside, outside and everywhere. All actions must be undertaken to purify one's own self. It is only in this purification can we realise who we truly are. - Baba
With the Blessings of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, we are delighted to present our One Hundred and Seventy Second issue 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 'End Malnutrition Campaign' held at Vidhana Soudha (Karnataka State Legislative Assembly Building), Bangalore on October 31, 2019.
Also, we bring you a report of Bhagawan's visit to Vishakapatnam from November 01 to 03, 2019.
Marking the beginning of 94th Birthday Celebrations of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the Global Akhand Bhajans were held at Sathya Sai Grama, Muddenahalli on November 09 and 10, 2019. A brief update on the same has been presented in this issue.
The youth of Belagavi, Karnataka has pioneered a new way to spread the the service initatives of Bhagawan, conducting a bike rally, 'Prema Jyothi Bike Rally' from Belagavi to Muddenahalli which covers eight districts and twelve taluka centres of Karnataka from November 16 to 19, 2019. The details are presented here.
We cordially invite you to World Youth Meet 2019 and glorious 94th Birthday Celebrations of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba at Sathya Sai Grama, Muddenahalli from November 18 to 23, 2019.
In this week's INNER VIEW, Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai shares about an interesting moment between Him and a Australian devotee.
- Sathya Sai Grama Communications Team.
By Sri Madhusudan Sai
Good to Great
Swami was talking to a Australian businessman who was His host and now the driver, driving Him back home from a meeting.
Swami told him to take good people in his business and not necessarily brilliant minds, reminding him of how he has had issues with very intelligent people but not honest, which did more harm than to help to his business. The business man could not agree more.
Swami said, “Take good people as it is easier to make them great. But to make great people good is very difficult.”
While the whole world wants to be great, greater and greatest, here is Swami who asks for good, better and best!
PREMA JYOTHI BIKE RALLY
FROM BELAGAVI TO MUDDENAHALLI, KARNATAKA
NOVEMBER 16 TO 19, 2019
The Prema Jyothi Bike Rally, covering a distance 600km from Belagavi to Muddenahalli, is a journey undertaken by, 94 One Nation Youth volunteers on 47 bikes along with an exhibition vehicle showcasing the free Nutrition, Healthcare and Education initiatives of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Covering eight districts and twelve taluka centres on the way to Muddenahalli, public Satsangs and programmes have been organised in each of the eight districts, in collaboration with local devotees and senior alumni in order to raise awareness of Bhagawan Baba’s unique mission of transformation.
A large number of people are expected for each of these Satsangs, during which elders and senior alumni from the Sri Sathya Sai Institutions will address the gathering to speak about Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba and His mission. During this time, two mega programmes are scheduled with one in Hubli and another in Bangalore.
The beginning of the rally will be marked by the lighting of a Jyothi or torch in the starting location of Belagavi. This torch will be carried along the journey, all the way to its final destination of Muddenahalli, where Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba will light the inaugural lamp for the World Youth Meet, 2019, from this very torch.
The aim of this rally is to reach out to the unreachable in spreading awareness about Bhagawan’s initiatives of: free Nutrition through the Annapoorna Trust; free Education through the Each One Educate One programme; and free Healthcare through the Divine Mother and Child Health programme, along with the Sai Sanjeevani chain of hospitals specialising in Pediatric Cardiac care.
The route and dates of travel for this unique initiative are as follows:
'Let us Spread the Light of Love through this Ride!'
GLOBAL AKHAND BHAJANS
SATHYA SAI GRAMA, MUDDENAHALLI
NOVEMBER 09 AND 10, 2019
Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba initiated the Akhanda Bhajan weekend in the city of Bangalore when He was just 16 years old, for the welfare of humanity as a whole. He had said that when the name of the Lord is chanted incessantly, it promotes comradeship, establishes concord and grants peace. As Bhagawan had made the Akhanda Bhajan a global movement in 1980, this year marked the 40th Global Akhanda Bhajan weekend and beginning on Saturday 9th November, the proceedings commenced at 5:00 p.m at Sathya Sai Grama, Muddenahalli.
Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai glided into the Premamrutham hall amidst Vedic chants and granted Darshan to everyone before ascending the stage. He lit the Akhanda Jyothi lamp as the sacred prayer of 'Asato Maa' was sung. Thereafter, as He took His throne, a melodious rendition of the Bhajan, 'Pahi Gajanana Deenavana' marked the beginning of 24-hours of continuous Bhajan singing. The Bhajans continued as momentum and tempo increased with each passing hour, sanctifying the surroundings with sacred vibrations, resounding with the blessed name of the Lord.
Bhagawan sat listening to the Bhajans for an hour before He once again in all His compassion, granted Darshan to all the students and devotees. He then retired to the interview room and much to the delight of all present, once again granted Darshan from the balcony above the stage. Thereafter, He retired for the evening as Bhajans continued into the night.
The next morning as Bhajans were in full force, Bhagawan arrived and after granting Darshan to everyone, ascended the throne. Thereafter, He sat enjoying the Bhajans for some time and calling Brother Srinivas Viswanadha, who had been instrumental in organising the Akhanda Bhajans, showered His immense love and blessings on him. He then proceeded to the interview room before returning to His residence.
The final hours of the Akhanda Bhajan are always filled with much gusto and energy and this year was no different. As everyone sat immersed in the blissful melodies of continuous Namasmarana, Bhagawan yet again blessed everyone with His Divine Darshan. After taking a round interacting and showering His love on all who had gathered, Bhagawan ascended His throne on the stage and listened to the Bhajans. As the end of the 24 hours approached and the Bhajans increased in their vibrancy, an exuberant medley brought the wonderful weekend to a close.
This was followed by a brief presentation recapping the last 24 hours, after which Sri B N Narasimha Murthy addressed the gathering. Sri Narasimha Murthy recollected the first ever Global Akhanda Bhajan in 1980 and reminded everyone that it is only the incessant chanting of the Lord’s name that can redeem once from the cycle of birth and death.
Bhagawan then granted His Divine message and spoke about the power of the Lord’s name. He recounted a story from the life of Lord Krishna, whose wives Satyabhama and Rukmini had decided to give away Krishna’s weight in gold. As they weighed Krishna on a balance and attempted to match Him with their precious possessions, neither was able to move the weighing balance. Upon the advice of Sage Narada who remarked that the only thing equal to the Lord is the Lord’s name. Taking a cue from this, Rukmini wrote Krishna’s name on a leaf and upon placing it on the weighing scale, the balance became equal.
Bhagawan encouraged everyone to keep chanting any chosen name of the Lord as the Lord’s name has the power to purify the environment and benefit everyone around as well as purify the one who chants. He then brought the session to a close and after receiving Mangala Arati, Bhagawan showered His immense love by serving Prasadam Himself to the elders, Bhajan group and a few devotees. After spending some time distributing Prasadam, He retired to His residence for the evening, thus concluding the Global Akhanda Bhajan at Sathya Sai Grama.
November 09, 2019: Lighting the ceremonial lamp initiating 'Global Akhand Bhajan'
November 10, 2019: Blessing the devotees
Talk by Sri B N Narasimha Murthy
Blessing the students with Prasadam
DIVINE VISIT - VISHAKAPATNAM
NOVEMBER 01 TO 03, 2019
November 01, 2019
As per the Divine promise that He would visit Visakhapatnam on the first of November every year, Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai arrived by chartered flight in the port city of Visakhapatnam at 12:15 p.m on November 01, 2019. Along with a few guests, Swami was led in a convoy from the airport to Sri Sathya Sai Ananda Ashram, the residence of Sri Madhusudan Sivakoti and Smt Vijaya Lakshmi. An alumnus of Swami’s Institution, Brother Sivakoti has been spearheading several service projects in Visakhapatnam for many years. On Swami’s command, Sri Sathya Sai Ananda Ashram has also been home to about eight orphaned children who are being looked after and educated with a lot of love. Along with these children who received Swami with Vedic chanting, a large group of alumni and devotees had gathered to welcome Swami, who interacted with them briefly before partaking lunch and resting for the afternoon.
At 5 p.m, Swami proceeded to the Sujatha Nagar colony where a public Satsang was organised. He first visited the Mandir which He had inaugurated last year on the same date. All the volunteers who serve in the Annapoorna programme had gathered in the Mandir and Swami lovingly blessed, and spoke to them. He advised everyone on how Seva should be done and spoke about selfless service and the transformation of each individual. Swami then distributed clothes to all the volunteers before making His way to a nearby community hall for the public Satsang. Despite the rain, hundreds of devotees had gathered, eager for a glimpse of Bhagawan. The overflowing crowd meant that devotees were seated outside the hall in tents and moved by their devotion, He first proceeded to grant Darshan to all those who were seated outside. As Bhajans were in progress, Swami then entered the hall and ascended the dais to take His seat on the throne.
The evening’s proceedings began with a welcome address by Sri Madhusudan Sivakoti, after which there was a talk by Smt Jyothi, an ardent devotee who was instrumental in setting up the Mandir...
November 01, 2019: Arrival at Anandashram in the Afternoon
Evening visit to the Mandir at Sujatha Nagar
Public Satsang at Sujatha Nagar
Welcome address by Sri Madhusudhan Sivakoti
Smt Jyothi offering her gratitude to Bhagawan
Musical Offering by Chaitanya Brothers
November 02, 2019 - Nagar Sankeerthan in the early morning
Blessing the devotees with morning Darshan after Nagara Sankeerthan
Evening: Launch of Annapoorna Breakfast Programme in Vishakapatnam
Brother Anand Kadali briefing about Annapoorna Breakfast Programme
Sri Adeep Raj, MLA addressing the gathering
Talk by Mandal Education Officer
Musical Rendition by Malladi Brothers
END MALNUTRITION CAMPAIGN
VIDHANA SOUDHA, BANGALORE
OCTOBER 31, 2019
It is said that children are the greatest asset of a nation, as they are the future of tomorrow. A country can prosper tomorrow only if its children are healthy today and for that, it is imperative to ensure the health of mothers, for only a healthy mother can beget a healthy child. Today, with India being home to about 50% of under-nourished children of the world and with an alarming rate of maternal and infant mortality, the Sri Sathya Sai Annapoorna Trust has made significant efforts in tackling this issue of malnutrition. Since the Trust’s inception in November 2015, it has provided nutritious breakfast to nearly 250,000 children in Government and aided schools. Alongside this breakfast initiative, Sai Sure which is a malt based multi-nutrient supplement was also introduced in Government Schools, complementing the Ksheerabhagya Scheme in Karnataka. This innovative and easy to prepare nutritious drink is an answer to the issue of hidden hunger, which is the lack of essential micro-nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, iron, calcium, etc.
On the morning of 31 October, 2019, a special programme was held at Vidhana Soudha, the Karnataka State Legislative Assembly building in Bangalore. The aim and objective of the programme was to undertake collective measures to end malnutrition in the country. The programme was attended by people of all walks of life, including: volunteers, doctors and health professionals, administrators and heads of institutions, politicians including several Cabinet Ministers of the State and the Honourable Chief Minister of Karnataka, Sri B S Yediyurappa.
The Honourable Chief Minister of Karnataka was escorted to the dais by the Sai’s Angels Brass Band from the Muddenahalli Campus and after a welcome address by Sri G B Rajashekhar, Chairman, Sri Sathya Sai Sharadaniketanam, Mandya. The programme began with an invocation prayer by children from Doddabele village who are beneficiaries of Annapoorna Programme. Thereafter Dr Satish Babu, Chairman...
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