Let me give you a brief about
happenings at Parthi. Last week was a very busy one here for us
as we had one week of Grama Seva. As usual, it was a very
wonderful experience. We covered around 50 villages in
Puttaparthi and Kothacheruvu Mandals. Swami was fully involved
in the programme. Every morning He would come to Sai Kulwant
Hall by 7.00 a.m. itself to bless all the staff and students. We
would then circumambulate the Mandir and start on our journey to
the villages. The people at the villages were ecstatic to
receive Bhagawan's Prasadam. In the afternoon we would be back
in Kulwant Hall by 3.30 p.m. There used to be talks by two to
three students and faculty. Some days we had beautiful music
programme by the Music College students. Swami would come to
Kulwant Hall either in the golf car or on the sofa-on-wheels.
Dussera celebration went on as every year. Yajnam started on the
29th of September and concluded today. Half of the students
would stay back for the Yajnam while the other half would go for
Grama Seva. Swami would sit in the Poornachandra Hall everyday
watching the Yajnam. He would be wheeled onto the stage on a
normal sofa on wheels. On two days, Bhagawan insisted that the
sofa be wheeled all along the stage and even below so that He
could give Darshan to the students and others from close
Ayudha pooja was celebrated on Ashtami, i.e. on Friday. Swami
spent almost an hour blessing all the vehicles, giving
photographs to His chauffeurs, and distributing sweets and
chocolates to students and devotees as He usually does.
(Photographs in the album).
Yesterday was the climax of all the celebrations. Poornahuti of
the Yajnam was performed by Swami at around 9.45 a.m. He sat on
the sofa with wheels. Later during Poornahuti, He stood up and
blessed the Yajnam. He materialized a beautiful chain for the
main Pandit. He then went to the corner of the stage where the
Devi Pooja is performed. Aarti was offered and Swami blessed the
Pandits with the sacred water. However, sprinkling of water was
limited only to the Pandits. Even after this Swami sat on the
stage for quite some time. Music College boys sang some Devi
songs. The Pandits chanted Vedic Mantras in Ghana Patham style.
Swami was lost in Bliss!!
In the evening, Sri Ajit Popat from U.K., Dr. Narendranath Reddy
from U.S. and our dear Prof. K. Anil Kumar shared their
experiences with the assembly. After this, suddenly Swami
consented to give His Divine Discourse. Believe it or not, He
stood up and gave a full fledged Discourse with Bhajan and all
that. A brief about His talk…
During His talk He mentioned that all of us feel that He is not
keeping good health because we look at Him from the physical
body point of view. He declared that He is keeping very good
health, very good health!! He said that He was not the body but
the indweller of our hearts and that nothing could happen to
Him. In fact He revealed that He would remain perfectly fine
until the age of 96 years. He said that because we feel that
Swami is having a problem, He appears to us in that way. "Yad
Bhavam Tad Bhavati". If we feel He is beyond the body and is
perfectly fine, He will be so. Then He spoke about the
significance of Devi Navatri. The key points He covered were:
a) The main message of Swami to all is Love.
b) When you get up early in the morning, remind yourself
that you are the embodiment of Love. Then the Love will
manifest through you.
c) You and I are one. Remove all differences.
d) Tell yourself `I am God' all the time.
There are several photos of the Dussera celebrations in the
Well, this was in brief the excerpt of the Discourse. Today
evening there was a programme by the students of Swami's school
in New Delhi. We all enjoyed it. Swami materialized a beautiful
chain for a young child who performed excellent Bhangra dance.
Jai Sai Ram.