This mail is from a student in
Brindavan Update 4, 5 and 6th
of May 2004
In the morning Bhagawan came out for Darshan and walked upto the 2nd
block. Here all the Sri Lankan devotees and other Buddhist devotees were
seated. As you may know, 4th of May was the festival of Buddha Jayanti.
Swami blessed these devotees and then turning back towards the first
block, He asked the boys to start Bhajans. Being a Tuesday, the Bhajan
boys were not prepared for singing Bhajans. Budhha Jayanti celebrations
were as such not on the cards. Therefore, there was a crisis management to
be done! The instruments were immediately procured and in a few minutes
Meanwhile, Swami went over the stage and sat on the chair. He sat for 19
Bhajans!! The Bhajan boys and their coordinator had a real tough time to
keep 19 Bhajans going without a predefined schedule!! To add to the test,
Swami got up in the middle of a Bhajan and started walking towards Trayee!!
For a moment, they thought Swami may want to continue Bhajans till evening
– Akhanda Bhajans!! You can imagine their plight. However, Mr. Padmanabhan
slowly approached Swami and indicated about Aarti. Swami was still not
very inclined but then He gave permission – the ever compassionate Lord!!
In the evening, Swami unexpectedly came out very early. Instead of the
usual ‘post 4.00 p.m.’ Darshan, He came out at around 3.35 p.m. Bhajans
started. After a while, Bhagawan indicated to two faculty members to come
up onto the stage. They were Dr. Ravi Kumar and Sri Sanjay Sahni
(Principal). Swami asked them to speak.
Dr. Ravi Kumar narrated some of his experiences, including the incident in
Kodaikanal last year, where Swami had materialized an idol of Buddha,
which Swami said, had been made from the actual soil of Lumbini.
Sri Sanjay Sahni also spoke about the teachings and episodes of Lord
Buddha. One episode was about a disciple of Buddha who comes out to the
gathering and declares that Buddha was the greatest and there was none
such before, or none would come later. Lord Buddha reprimands the disciple
for speaking like that and says, “Endero Mahanubhavulu..”. There are so
many great one’s in this world.
As you all may know by now, 5th was a day of uncertainty and suspense.
Swami did not come out for morning Darshan. Same thing happened even in
the evening. However, in the evening, there was an announcement that the
next day, all devotees would assemble inside the Trayee complex itself and
Bhagawan will give Darshan from the new Balcony of Trayee Brindavan. No
one was sure what happened. But at least they were sure of Darshan the
Happy Eswaramma Day. Let us all pay respects to the Holy and Sacred Mother
who gave us our beautiful Lord!!
Possibly for the first time in the history of the Trayee Brindavan,
devotees were seated inside the Trayee complex. As you may know, there is
a Krishna idol inside the Trayee gardens. Gents were seated to the right
of it (i.e. towards Sai Ramesh Hall) and Ladies were seated to the left of
the Krishna idol (towards the guest house side).
On the cemented pathway, chairs were arranged for the VIP’s. Boys were
seated in the lawns immediately facing the Trayee building. Around 600
Balvikas children had come for the Eswaramma Day celebrations. They were
seated on the lawns opposite to the one where boys were seated.
As all sat expectantly, around 8.30 a.m. the lights in the balcony of
Trayee went on. All eyes instantly focused up. The door opened and there
was Bhagawan seated on a sofa (on wheels). Brother Satyajit wheeled out
the sofa into the balcony, until Swami was right next to the grill of the
balcony. There was a maroon shawl wrapped around Swami’s chest and the
robe was visible below.
(Before going further, let me first tell you what happened. Of course,
later in the Discourse Swami will Himself reveal the story. Swami had a
injury on His right hand, either on 4th evening or 5th morning. The
injury seems to have caused a hair line fracture (??) in Swami’s right
hand (between shoulder and elbow). They have put a strap and a sling that
holds His hand in the folded
Swami’s face was in full Bliss. No indication of any pain whatsoever! He
asked for Bhajans to start and the Balvikas children started singing
Bhajans. Swami then briefly spoke to brother Satyajit and indicated
something. Soon there was some commotion and it was clear that Swami
wanted to come down. A few minutes later, the Trayee ‘rose wood’ doors
opened and there was our Lord on the sofa. Swami smilingly indicated to
two students to come closer. What happened next was unimaginable. A lesson
for us on transcendence of mind and matter!! With all that discomfort,
Swami got up from the sofa and believe it or not, He came walking down the
steps of Trayee to the front garden. Boys held Swami helping Him get down
The sofa was brought and placed on the cemented pathway, outside the front
entrance. Swami came and sat down on the sofa. After a while He indicated
to two students to speak. A few Balvikas children stood up and chanted
Vedam. Subsequently, the first talk was given by Sri Sanjay Mahalingam and
the second by Sri Jaipreet Singh (both being ‘just passed out’ MBA
students). They spoke on the significance of Easwaramma Day and the
importance of worship to the Mother.
Swami then asked for the Discourse Table to be arranged. It was around
9.20 a.m. Bhagawan stood up. The shawl still around Him. He could not
place His hands as He usually does on the Discourse table. He waved
(Swami’s typical hand movement) His left hand often and many a times even
waved slightly with the folded right hand too!!
The highlights of the Discourse follows:
Ø Matru Devo Bhavaa, Pitru Devo Bhavaa, Acharya Devo Bhavaa, Athiti
Ø Swami narrated the entire story of Eswara Chandra Vidyasagar. He
spoke about his difficult childhood, how he studied under the street
lights….. Later, he became a highly educated person. When he returned
home, his mother had three wishes. The first was to build a clinic in
their village, the second was to build a school and the third a well for
water. Of course she prayed for each of these at different points of time,
one after the other and Eswara Chandra Vidya Sagar fulfilled each of these
Ø Swami also narrated the incident where Vidya Sagar was once going
to give a talk. He gets down the railway station. He sees another
gentleman, an IAS officer who was looking for a Coolie. Vidya Sagar
approaches him seeking to help him. This man mistakes Vidya Sagar for a
Coolie and asks him to carry his luggage. In fact, this IAS officer was
going to attend a talk to be given by
Vidya Sagar himself. It is only in the auditorium, when he sees Vidya
Sagar delivering his talk, that the IAS officer realizes his folly. Such
was the humility and nobility of Vidya Sagar.
Ø Swami then switched over to the story of Mother Eswaramma who had
made similar prayers to Swami to build a school, dispensary and a well for
providing water. Mother Eswaramma had seen ladies suffering to carry water
from far off wells, she had seen children burdened with carrying slates
and pencils for long distances and also ladies with sick children deprived
of medical facilities. She kept all this in her mind and at an appropriate
moment made these requests to Her son. Swami then said that Sathya Sai has
not just fulfilled her wishes but has done much more!!
Ø One must fulfill one’s Mother’s wishes, however difficult it may
Ø Swami then narrated the story of how He had fractured His hip last
year. One day, there was a boy tying a mango leaf toranam onto one of the
doors in Trayee. He was standing on a long stool. Suddenly Swami opened
the door. The boy was so startled to see Swami that he lost his balance
and fell down. The stool on which he was standing fell on Swami. This is
how the hip got a fracture.
Ø Swami then went on to explain the recent fracture(?). He said that
inside Trayee, in His room, one brick was loose because of which there was
some protrusion which caused the injury. He clearly stated that this was
not on account of any Karmic consequences. He said that it was a “Chinna
Paripatu – a small mistake”.
Ø After this the rest of the Discourse was an uninterrupted flow of
praise for His students. It was so overwhelming that one could not contain
it. Swami said that the boys who were with Him were taking care of Him so
well. He said that, overnight, they had stitched a special robe for Swami,
making it very easy to wear the robe. Although they do small small things.
These are so valuable!!
Ø Students who have gone outside are all working in big companies.
They are all doing so much of service.
Ø In fact the only purpose of giving a Discourse today is to make
you all aware of the glory of My students. They may look small but all of
them are double PG’s. You all devotees should take care of My students.
Ø My goal is to make such students of noble character.
Ø Swami also praised the two speaker students and said that they
were so keen to serve Swami.
He brought His Discourse to a close at around 10.10 a.m. Aarti was given.
He indicated for Prasadam to be distributed. He then went inside Trayee,
climbing the steps again!! Just after this there were heavy rains in
Brindavan. As though the clouds were just waiting for Bhagawan to retire!!
(A personal note: One really wonders why Swami is taking over so much of
suffering on His body. He is beyond all this, but to see His body going
through all this is so tough. However, what most of us here feel is that
Swami is demonstrating what it means to transcend body and mind. Come what
may, He is not stopping any of His regular activities. You see Him and He
is always Blissful. Not a streak of strain on His face. There is a very
very great lesson for the entire humanity to learn from this most selfless
sacrifice of our dear dear Swami. Let us pray to Him to help us too, in
overcoming the feeling of body consciousness and raise ourselves to Divine
jai sai ram
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