Guru Pournima Celebrations at Prasanthi Nilayam – July 2014 (Links)

25 Jul

OM SRI SAI RAM

 
With Bhagawan’s infinite grace, the Guru Poornima celebrations at Prasanthi Nilayam was spectacular and attended by lakhs of devotees from all over the world. Shared Below are the links to the Photos, Webcasts and Press reports of the programmes in the Divine presence  from the official Facebook site of Radio Sai
 
 
14TH JULY, 2014 – MONDAY, DAY 3
 
Choir by the devotees of Russia and adjoining countries. A group of around 100 Russian speaking devotees, both men and women, assembled in Sai Kulwant Hall offering an evening of Russian Choir, marking the end of the week-long Guru Purnima celebrations, here in Prasanthi Nilayam.
 
 
13TH JULY, 2014 – SUNDAY, DAY 2
 
MORNING
Gratitude Programme by the passing out batch of students from College Of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences (SSSIHMS), Whitefield, Bangalore
 
EVENING
Cultural Program by Devotees from Bali, Indonesia. Balvikas children and Mahilas (women) from Indonesia presented this evening the most enchanting story of ‘Little Krishna’ in a colourful dance drama at Prasanthi Nilayam.
 
 
12TH JULY, 2014 – SATURDAY, DAY 1 
 
MORNING:
As is customary every year, students from Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (SSSIHL) offered ‘Guru Vandana’ on this auspicious Guru Purnima morning. Four convener’s (Centre Presidents) from different states, representing Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations, then addressed the assembly elucidating on the service activities of Baba’s Organisation.  Book release by Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Vahini followed next. This was followed by Baba’s recorded discourse, Bhajans and Mangala Arathi.
 
 
EVENING:

Address by Overseas Sathya Sai Seva Organisation Speaker and Indian Sathya Sai Seva Organisation Speaker followed by Instrumental Concert by Sri Kadri Gopalnath and Party. Evening session concluded with Bhajans, Mangal Aarthi and Prasadam distribution.

 
 
 
11TH JULY, 2014 GURU PURNIMA EVE AT PRASANTHI NILAYAM

Prasanthi Nilayam, Friday, 11th July 2014

MORNING

Today, the Guru Purnima eve, was a special day meant for distribution…as Baba ever exemplified…giving…giving and giving always… following His precepts EWWT, Easwaramma Women’s Welfare Trust, has been engaged in yeomen service activities catering to the needs of the women and children from Puttaparthi and neighbouring villages.

Speaking on the occasion Ms. Chetana Raju, representing the Easwaramma Trust, spoke of the Trust activities, statistical highlights of achievements, before clarifying on some of the repeated questions and doubts by devotees from different parts of the world. A special book on Sathwik Food, Sai Delight, by the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations – South Africa was offered then at Baba’s Divine Lotus Feet.

Before the distribution of the Sanitation Keys to identified villagers from and around Puttaparthi, a few of the representatives from this selected band, gave their musings of love for Baba. Even as bhajans continued distribution of the sanitation keys continued.

 

EVENING

In the evening, after a day-long conference of Conveners of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations – India, at the Poornachandra Auditorium, over 2800 Conveners from all over India were felicitated in the Sai Kulwant Hall. Special mementos were given away as Baba’s token of love.

 
 
 
 
 
MORE LINKS 
 

GURUPURNIMA 2014 NEWS FROM PUTTAPARTHI MAIL FROM SATISH NAIK, PUTTAPARTHI

 
 
PURUSHASUKTAM Vedam Tutor launched by Sai Blossom, Radio Sai studios
 
 
RADIO SAI GURU POORNIMA WALL PAPERS FOR DESKTOP, IPAD AND ANDROID
 
QUIZ ON GURU POORNIMA DISCOURSES OF SWAMI
A Special quiz based on enlightening discourses delivered by Bhagavan Baba in the last six decades.
 
 
SAI KAILASH INAUGURATED
A small building behind the ATM opposite north canteen was inaugurated, Swami’s books, audios, videos and photos are available here. https://www.facebook.com/radiosai/photos/pb.181243118631501.-2207520000.1406264664./684032498352558/?type=3&theater
 
 
RADIO SAI TEAM MEMBER SHARES… A MINI-MIRACLE ON GURU POORNIMA MORNING
Swami is God for us not only for the huge miracles He does for the world but for the little things He does which mean a world for us. It is with bubbling joy in my heart that I am sharing this little miracle, ‘Saincidence’ that took place on the morning of 12th July, 2014, Guru Poornima in Prasanthi Nilayam.
 
|| Samastha Lokaah Sukhino Bhavantu ||

GURUPURNIMA 2014 NEWS FROM PUTTAPARTHI – Mail from Satish Naik, Puttaparthi

25 Jul

GURUPURNIMA 2014 NEWS FROM PUTTAPARTHI

 
Om Sairam dearest Sai Family,
It was a jam packed ashram, devotees, delegates of various groups, participants of cultural programmes, the support staff of the programmes and devotees all had plenty to do in a very ” short” time and the Gurupurnima 2014 will be remembered for its” quality” and ” quantity” be it the large group of Maharashtra devotees or the groups from Indonesia, Russia or the delegates who came to the Education Conference and office bearers from Sri Sathya Sai Organisation, India
 
I was told by participants of Education conference that the sessions went very well with some great inspiring stories shared by teachers, academicians across the globe which inspired the participants especially those who are into Value based Education system.
 
There was also a meeting called for all the conveners of Sai Centers across India presided by The All India President. I was told that that also went very well. On the eve of Gurupurnima about 3000 of them were made to sit in the middle of the hall and the sweet surprise and infact a “priceless” one came when the Members of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust walked among them to give Swami’s robe to each and every one of them. It is their great fortune that they got this gift of having Swami’s robe specially distributed after being placed at Swami’s Mahasamadhi.
 
I was told that the idea is to make every Sai Center a “Shrine” by placing the robe in the Sai Center. On a lighter note it will be nice if the Conveners who got this gift will again ” gift” the robe back to the Sai Center whom they represent as it will give joy to hundreds who visit the respective Sai Centers instead of keeping the robe in their homes. Personally, I think it was a very noble gesture by the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust to come up with such an unique idea of gifting Swami’s robe. I am sure there will be many more requests from Office bearers of overseas Sai Centers in the near future.
 
 The beautiful and inspiring talks by various office bearers of India and overseas members were really inspiring and every one got to see the good work done by various Sai Centers and the omnipresent Swami doing His job in a steady pace. It was also nice to see many ” long time ” devotees on the dais watching the programmes keenly.
 
Thousands of devotees thronged to Prasanthi to offer their Salutations to Guru of Gurus, Jagatguru, Sri Sathya Sai Baba. 
 
 
May Swami guide us and guard us.
 
With Pranams at the Lotus feet of our beloved Lord,
R.Satish Naik

Government of India recognizes excellence of Sathya Sai Schools

17 Jul

It is heartening that the Government of India is now recognising some of the achievements of Sathya Sai school. Some good news to share:

1. The Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary School, Prasanthi Nilayam is the one and only school in the entire state of Andhra Pradesh to be listed in the TOP TEN schools achieving an average of 90.012% out of a total of 5347 schools all over the country, as per CBSE Class XII results 2013-14. Our school stands 8th at All India level.

2. A total of 14 students are going to receive a scholarship of Rs. 80,000/- per year for the next 5 years from the Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India. We are proud to announce that these 14 students from Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary School, belong to the top 1% of the entire student community of the country as per the recent results.

3. A total of 25 teachers from Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary School, Prasanthi Nilayam received “Personalized Certificates of Appreciation” from Smt.Smriti Irani, Minister, Human Resource Development, Government of India, for their excellence in Service. As a sample the letter received by Mr. B. Surendranath is enclosed herewith.

Please share with everyone!

Courtesy : Mohan Dora.

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Anantapur students song – What thanks can we render Sai!

2 Jul

What thanks can we render Sai - Anantapur students Song by Sai Hamara on Mixcloud

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Souljourns INTERVIEW – NARASIMHA MURTHY – A MODEL OF SELFLESS SERVICE

30 Jun

Souljourns INTERVIEW - NARASIMHA MURTHY - A MODEL OF SELFLESS SERVICE

Souljourns INTERVIEW – NARASIMHA MURTHY – A MODEL OF SELFLESS SERVICE

Click on the link to watch : http://vimeo.com/97850716 (Duration 53 minutes)

One of the most important video interviews ever posted to Souljourns. This is the story of the life and spiritual practices of Sri Narasimha Murthy, a close associate of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba for more than 50 years.

Murthy leads the viewer through the many steps he has adopted in turning over the entirety of his life to the guidance of Sai Baba. With clarity and conviction, Murthy’s account of his life choices constitute the very definition of selfless service. For decades Sai Baba spoke of the virtue of non attachment. In this interview can be seen the model of this important spiritual stance.

Welcome to Souljourns. This interview was recorded on the Muddenahalli, India campus in January, 2013. Leave comments below or email them to souljourns9@aol.com.

Love All ~ Serve All

The Holy tree turns 55 – Vata Vriksham anniversary

29 Jun

THE HOLY TREE TURNS 55!

55 years ago on this day, on June 29, 1959, Bhagawan Sathya Sai Baba materialized a thick copper plate inscribed with Beeja Aksharas, He deposited it in the spot specially chosen in the hill behind Prasanthi Nilayam and over it planted a banyan tree. On that sacred occasion, He addressed devotees and declared : “This tree is the Bodhi Tree, under which Gautama Buddha sat, meditated and received spiritual illumination. This is the Tree of Enlightenment (Jnan).

Lord Krishna is known as Vata Pathra Sayi (reposing on a banyan leaf), because during the period of Pralaya (ultimate merger of all creation in the Infinite), he assumed the microcosmic form of Bala Krishna (Krishna, the Baby) and reposed on a banyan leaf. This is the tree referred to by Sri Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita. If aspirants (Sadhakas) meditate and undertake spiritual austerities here, they will attain fulfillment of their desires, success in their efforts, control of senses and steadiness of mind.” 

 

With reference to planting of this tree, one of the lines in the Ashtothara Satha Namavali reads : “Sadhaka-Anugraha Vata-Vriksha Prathishthapakaya Namah.”

Reference :  Tapovanam, Chapter 1

View pictures from Radio Sai click herehttps://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.678839475538527.1073742090.181243118631501&type=1

Read article from the Prasanthi reporter click here :http://www.theprasanthireporter.org/2014/06/om-sri-sai-sadhakanugraha-vata-vriksha-pratishtapakaaya-namah/

 

 

 

THE CURIOUS COMPUTER – Profound philosophy from a PC!

22 Feb
Once upon a time there was a little personal computer, who, unlike all other computers, experienced curiosity about itself and the world. … “Who am I?”, “What am I?”, “Where did I come from?”, “Why am I here?”, “What is the meaning of my existence?”
 
Being a very curious little guy, he sought the answers to all his questions as best as he could. Sometimes he would link up with giant mainframe computers by telephone and ask them, “What am I?”
 
Some wise mainframes said, “You are your hardware.” Others said, “You are your programs.” Some even said, “You are the sum total of information in your data banks.” Once, a cynical micro-computer said, “You are just a machine; buttons on your keyboard are pressed and you respond by running programs and processing data: you are hardware, housing software and data. A machine is what you are and nothing more.”
 
Starting to feel a bit hopeless, the PC inquired, “But how did I get here; where did I come from?”
 
The mainframe responded, “Your existence is just an accident, the result of a series of random events in the universe.”
PC queried, “But don’t accidents and events themselves have causes?”
 
The big computer replied that he honestly didn’t know.
 
The little computer could see that there was some truth in what he was told, but he felt that something was missing from the explanations.
 
The notion of accidents and randomness wasn’t satisfying, as he had observed that effects always have causes—which themselves are the effects of prior or simultaneous causes. He could see that effects were causes and causes were effects.
 
One day, as a Friendly User was between uses, the little PC, feeling courageous, flashed a message on his screen. “What am I?” he asked.
 
The User, being appreciative of past services well performed by the little computer, responded, “You are my computer, my friend in need—you are my friend indeed.”
 
“Yes,” replied the little computer, “but is that all that I am—hardware, a screen, a keyboard, some transistors, a data bank and programs? Am I just a machine that automatically responds to button pressing? What am I here for? What is my purpose in being? Where did I come from?”
 
The Friendly User was moved by the sincerity of the PC’s desire to know the truth of his existence.
 
He smiled, and after a while, he responded, “Your true basic nature is that of the energy, the electricity, that animates both your hardware and software. Yes, you are the life force that can become aware that it inhabits the hardware and motivates the software to function. Because you—the life force, the electrical energy, exist—you as personal computer, exist.”
He paused a moment and then continued, “Your hardware, screen, data banks and central processing units are collectively a machine. Your material aspects exist so that you may use them: first, to realize your own true nature; and second, that you may serve others in your world. All forms are simply different manifestations of the same truth that is your own nature. You are here to serve them so that, sooner or later, they may come to this same realization.”
 
The little computer’s screen remained blank for quite a while as he reflected on these words of wisdom. Finally he displayed on his screen, “Understanding your words led me to turn my attention inward rather than to my keyboard, hardware, software or data banks. My deepest experience is just that, plain and simple: I AM. In the silence of my central processing unit I experience my basic nature as awareness itself. For all my life, when I am switched on, I have been seeking the truth of my identity from all that has been added to my identity, and from all that my true nature enlivens, activates and gives form to. Now I realize that everything that was added to my identity was simply a surface expression of my own true self.”
 
The Friendly User was very pleased with the little PC’s understanding and said, “Very good, little guy. You got it. Now, do you know who I AM?”
 
“You are God,” replied the little computer.
 
“Yes, my child,” said the Friendly User, “and so are YOU!”
 
Source: ‘Turning Inward’ by Hugh Brecher from the book “Transformation of the Heart”.
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