Swami left Kodai this morning at around 9 am. Had darshan of him
sitting in the car.
Eswaramma day was incredible. In the morning there were veda chants
followed by bhajans. Swami gave darshans as usual and then distributed
saris and food to the poor. All devotees were fed lunch as prasadam. In
the afternoon, Swami left with his guests to go somewhere at around 2:30
pm. We all then went in to the bhajan hall and waited for him there
from 2:30 to 4:30. Usually by 4:30 the bhajans and darshans are over
but yestereday Swami came in at 4:30 pm into the bhajan hall.
He sat on his chair and the State President gave a talk in Swami's
presence for about 15min. He then said that some balvikas students were
going to perform if Swami allows. Swami said that he will give
discourse instead. The discourse was not like any I've heard before.
Swami was relating incidents from his childhood and with regards to
Eswaramma. He talked about the Mother being higher than God. He talked
about Bengal, Punjab, and other successful people being so only because
of the greatness of the mother. It was a thrilling sight to see him
talk from such close a distance and him making jokes and everyone
laughing. He then sang a bhajan and there was Aarti. Everyone thought
Swami would leave but he did not forget about the balvikas students.
The children performed in side the bhajan hall and Swami blessed them
and gave them apples. Apples were also distributed to us inside the
bhajan hall. This was the first darshan of Swami from head to toe in
the standing pose from such close a distance.
Swami left the bhajan hall at
around 7 pm. Nearly 2.5 hrs. it was incredible. Again Swami's main
message has been Faith and Surrender in God...and nothing else being
more important than this. What is destined will happen and the
best we can do is to hold God's hand while we go through such
Anyway, I'm heading to Whitefield at 6 pm. tonight...and will arrive
there on 8th morning at around 8 am. Long journey!
At long last, Bhagawan arrived in Bangalore today afternoon. The
chartered flight carrying Bhagawan and the entourage of about 75 members
that included boys and trust members touched down at Bangalore airport
at 04:20PM on Saturday, 07th May. About a hundred devotees were waiting
for Swamy at the Airport. At about 04:40PM, Swamy drove out through a
side way in a golden color Sonata, preceded by a police jeep. Devotees
on both sides were very happy to have caught a glimpse of the Lord.
Everybody was so eager to touch the car. Swamy kept
signalling them by hand. We ran along with the car for some
distance and then as the car sped past, stayed back to contemplate on
the Avatar of our age.
Swamy drove to one Sri Balaram's house from the Airport. Already quite a
crowd had gathered at the Ashram to welcome Bhagawan. HE reached the
Ashram at 8:00 PM. Since the news of Swamy coming today had appeared in
the newspapers on 06th May, many devotees had known of HIS arrival and
so lot of devotees were already at Ashram waiting for Bhagawan. HE
arrived at 08:00PM and immediately retired.
Rejoice Bangaloreans, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba is at Brindavan! Let
us pray for blissful darshans. As and when possible, we will bring you
Jai Sai Ram.
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\ Sri Sai Ram
This morning Krishna Sai was granting His Darshan in Brindavanam. He
started walking by His own (some helping hands) by Trajee Brindavanam
and about ten minutes later He passed the gate, walking directly to Sai
Ramesh Hall (about 8.30 am).
Using the left side elevator He got up on stage for Bhajan. Later on He
went down by elevator on gentīs side and went a full circle around
gentīs side by golf cart. My be this was about half an hour happy holy
Time was lost.
The crowd (Sunday!) was very happy. Swami too!
Are You happy now too?
Jay Sai Ram
Came to Whitefield this morning and was able to get Swami's first
darshan here. Oh My, there are so Many devotees here. I was way back
in the morning...and really miss the close proximity of Kodai!!
Oh well! things will be like this from now on. I'll see if I can do
some seva in the hospital and somehow sit a bit closer!
Brindavan Darshan - 8th
It is a very quenching darshan,
this, coming after a long wait. The crowd there was always
gathering. By 6.30 am Ramesh hall was full and there were more
people coming towards the Ashram. After a long wait SWAMI's arrival was
heralded initially by nadaswaram and later by the music with a jazzy
sort of a beat. Soon there was din all over the place and people
stood to have a glimpse of the Lord even as hair stands on end for
a person in a blissful state.
The best part of the darshan was to see SWAMI walking down from
Trayee Brindavan to the ladies-side entrance of Sai Ramesh hall. Infact
he walked up to the elevator and went up the stage. After some time he
came down by the gents side elevator and boarded his old Golf car which
was often the 'chariot' the year before the last. He took the lane in
front of the students' block and took left near the Ganesh idol and went
straight down the central aisle till the 'erstwhile end' of the Ramesh
hall (not the extension). There He took left and turned again to come
straight and turn left again in a position to exit through the passage
He had entered. Earlier, He was welcomed with a 'Swaagatam' song by the
Bangalore devotees which was followed by bhajans.
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Brindavan Darshan -
Afternoon - 8th
Failed to make myself ready for the Sunday morning darshan. Sundays are
beautiful in Brindavan. A sea of humanity in silent anticipation is a
rare thing in this world. Only Swamy could make it possible! I didn't
want to miss such a beautiful day and reached Brindavan by 2:30PM for
the evening darshan.
I surrender my 'luggage' of mobile phone in the cloak room. Free now, I
think and reach the entrance. There is a beautiful arch made of flowers
that said 'Welcome to the Lord of Brindavan'! How sweet!! I pass through
the security and get into the Ramesh hall to find it completely full by
then. Bhajans are going on without the speakers. Despite the fact that
they have been on since morning, there is quite a tempo in the Bhajans.
Devotees start sitting in the
extension. We reckon that Swamy might not come for rounds in the
afternoon and take vantage positions from where we could
comfortably see the Lord when HE is seated on the stage.
Following the bhajans that I
know and chanting HIS name while I can't make out some of the bhajans.
I cast my eyes around. It really looks festive. 'Thoranams' all around,
marigold garlands spiralling round the pillars, banners that read '80
years of Love in Action, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba', Saraswathi idol
painted, hostel gets a facelift..... my eyes slowly move towards the
stage. The Muralidhara idol has been decorated with arches of flowers
and the stage bedecked breathtakingly with flowers. All this
coupled with the Bhajans reaching their crescendo and the eager
anticipation for the Lord of Brindavan, altogether elevated the mind to
a different (higher) state!
3:30PM, the wait continues.....
4:00PM, no luck yet. But by now the hall looks completely full even on
ladies' side. Bhajans are on in full swing. I couldn't help noticing the
Bhajans that beseeched the Lord to appear soon, such Aao aao Sainatha,
Mandir mein Aao madhava and many more, the whole Aao series was there! I
tell myself this is the tapas that we need to do in this age to have a
glimpse of HIM.
4:30PM, suddenly the audio speakers go live and resting backs get erect,
necks craned... I focus on the Trayee gate. I could see two boys
carrying buckets, presumably containing prasadam, going towards Trayee.
I think, they are going to get
blessed, the Lord must be on HIS way... The boys go back and before
long, the curly hair, the red robe is seen....The Lord is here! HE is
coming by walk!! The golf cart following
at a distance feels left out... As Swamy comes near, I see HIM more
clearly... holding Dr. Jain's hand for some support, HE is coming, it
looks from this distance of about 50m, as floating.... HE enters the
hall from the ladies' side. And keeps walking towards the stage..... on
the way, HE speaks to someone briefly. Soon HE is on the elevator. Swamy
is on the stage and soon assumes HIS throne. Devotees express their
happiness by loud claps. All eyes focussing on HIM, the Bhajans are
stepping up tempo. Swamy listens to all Bhajans and timing them. HE must
have sat for 5/6 Bhajans. At 5:05PM, HE signals it is time for Arati and
gets up from the chair and stands holding the railing. Beautiful!!
Immediately Arati comes and we
sing 'Om jai Jagadeesha hare...'. Arati over and an army of youngmen in
whites are trooping out from behind the stage. They are holding prasadam
in bucketfuls. Swamy stands holding the railing and watches devotees
receiving the prasadam. And then slowly walks out, this time through the
backdoor on the stage.
I thank the Lord for HIS darshan and the prasadam. Very happy at having
spent a wonderful afternoon at the Brindavan. I just prayed, oh Lord
please compensate for your late arrival this year and bless us with
extended rain of your grace in this Summer!
Jai Sai Ram