Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organizations of Karnataka are
performing Samoohika Upanayana Mahotsavam on 12th June '05 with the
blessings of Bhagawan. About ten days back, before HIS one day trip to
Parthi, Swamy had approved the programme and personally chose 12th June
for the sacred ceremony. Accordingly Brindavan decked up to host this
grand ceremony tomorrow. When I reached in the afternoon, there were
people everywhere wearning different badges, viz. Vatu (the boy whose
Upanayanam will be performed), Parent, Relatives. There were registration
counters operating in the space between the boys' hostel and the old boys'
Post registration, the Vatus occupied the space behind the students' block
in the Sai Ramesh hall. The Parents were seated behind this block. Other
relatives, three of whom were allowed per Vatu were also seated in a
special block. The organizers had planned to brief the Parents about
tomorrow's programme in the Kalyana Mantap after the darshan.
4PM. The chandliers on the stage lit up. Omkar starts, followed by bhajan.
It is 2/3 songs before Bhagawan appears on the stage in HIS mobile throne.
Heart leapt in joy to have caught a glimpse of That beloved form after
about two weeks. Bhagawan is seated in the middle and was taking notice of
the preparations of the grand ceremony tomorrow. The Brindavan students
had prepared a small programme highlighting the significance of
Sandhyavandanam. Bhajan was stopped and Swamy commanded to start the
programme. While some boys chanted the different mantras associated with
the Sandhyavandanam, there were two of them narrating the significance of
each. This was well done at a very short notice and very appropriate.
Swamy was keenly observing this holding the railing with both HIS hands
and inclining forward with great interest! HE enquired about the Vatus and
wanted to see them all! What a day it is turning out to be in the lives of
these young children!!
The programme is presently paused and the Vatus form a line, nay a
beeline, go till the Ganesha idol and take a left to the Kalyana mantap.
They are all seeing Swamy at an incredibly small distance of less than 10
ft. Swamy is happily smiling at them all and watching them all with great
keenness. There were about 500 of the vatus to be initiated the next day
in to a new life in which Gayathri will bve their Mother.
All the Vatus have now gone to the Kalayana mantap. Swamy now commands the
Parents of the Vatu to follow suit! A thousand of them cannot really
believe their good fortune!! As they troop past Swamy into the Kalayana
mantap, Swamy is looking at all of them. This is definitely going to be a
day which will be etched in the memory of many of these parents. In this
age when Swamy is most of the time busy with HIS various humanitarian
projects, HE has taken time out to bless even the parents with a close
The parents and the vatus assembled in the Kalayan mandap. Meanwhile the
pasued programme resumed and completed at the Sai Ramesh Hall in Swamy's
presence. The Vatu and the parents were called one by one and given
clothes, a sari for the mother, dhotis for the vatu and the father. And
now, Swamy has sent word from Sai Ramesh Hall that all the Vatus with
their parents go back to SaiRamesh Hall. The front space in the Hall was
cleared as Vatus with their parents and the clothes run and occupy a
closest available space in the Sai Ramesh Hall. Once all of them assemble
back, the chief priest read out the programme of tomorrow with Swamy's
permission. All the Vatus and parents will assemble at Sri Sathya Sai
Gokulam gate at 6:15am, from where they will come in procession to
SaiRamesh Hall. At 7:30AM, the ceremony will start with Sankalpam and
various homams and then around 9AM is the time Brahmopadesam and
Bhagawan commanded that all the students should chant all the mantras they
know tomorrow. On HIS direction, the chants started immediately and
Purusha suktam, Sree suktam, Sivopasana mantram were chanted in unique Sai
Student style -- high pitched! Swamy thoroughly enjoyed it and even showed
HIS own eyes when the chant went as 'Chaksho suryo ajaayate', a chant from
Purusha suktam. Now it stopped. And Swamy called for the warden. HE
conveyed some message through Sri. Narasimha Murthy. It was: ** Sai's home
is your home. Sai's dwelling place is your dwelling place. You might find
some discomfort in your stay tonight. Please bear with it. I will make you
happy tomorrow. **
When the warden announced it, Swamy called him again and said something.
This was ** If you want anything in life pray to SAI. HE will grant it. **
And he was called yet again! This time it went like: ** All the Vatus,
their parents and relatives will be served a sumptuous lunch after the
ceremony is over. **
I could not help marvelling at the meticulousness of the Master Organizer.
There were huge cheers everywhere and my eyes went moist at HIS infinite
love. I am sure it was an extremely touching moment for most of the
devotees present there.
Having drenched us with HIS love thus, Swamy retired to Trayee at around
06:30PM or so. There was no mood to look at time. We only wished, it stood
still frozen, supplying us with constant bliss which we tasted just now.
Thank you Bhagawan. Looking forward to tomorrow.
Jai Sai Ram.
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