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Saturday, July 17, 2010 - Sai News & Photo Updates : On this Saturday morning, while sacred Vedic hymns rendered the air bringing soothing, holy touch to many an ear assembled in the Sai Kulwant Hall, the centre of main activity turned out to be on an elevated platform turned mandap (covered structure with pillars), in the centre down the stage, facing the original Seat of The Divine! The elevated platform, a square shaped one, had all the paraphernalia related to the morning rituals, including eighteen kalashas placed reverentially for worship along with a Sudarshana Yantram, apart from having a sacred fire pit for the proposed Maha Sudarshana Homam.

Nicely decked up, showing up with a riot of floral decor, quite pleasing to eyes offering a visual treat, the special seat of worship had the touch of grandeur and could be seen by everyone present in the hall without any exertion. The elevated platform also had two ramps on both sides, facing ladies and gents side, to felicitate Bhagawan to get onto the venue.


The morning proceedings commenced at 0700 hrs. with initial rituals for Maha Sudarshana Homam, worshipping the eighteen Kalashas, that lasted for more than an hour. By 0830 hrs. the activities were shifted to the sacred pit where the second and final part of the proceedings of the Sudarshana Homan began.

His entry is always timed by Him alone! As the Sudashana Homam went on with the holy chants of Vedam reverberating the air, Bhagawan emerged at 0955 hrs. to come for a complete round.

Coming onstage at 1006 hrs., Bhagawan spent sometime over the stage before moving off the dais to the bhajan hall. Spending sometime inside and later, around the interview room interacting with the organisers, Bhagawan came onstage at 1022 hrs., soon to return to the interview room. Coming onstage yet again at 1040 hrs., Bhagawan moved down the dais on His way to the Yajna Vedhi.

The Chantings that had been on from 0700 hrs., reached its highest point with Bhagawan climbing the aisle from the ladies' end to come onstage to officiate the Maha Poornahuthi. As He sat facing the sacred pit, priests got the sacred offering blessed by the Divine Hands, and as the chanting went on, these sacred offerings were made into the sacred pit officially marking Maha Poornahuthi. Bhagawan just spent five minutes onstage before moving down the aisle through the gents side to come upfront where another elaborate ritual was scheduled.
 


Sudarshana Moola Mantram chanting for 10000 times had been going for the past two days, chanted by fifteen participating priests, and the next ritual was an offering to the idol of Sudarshan Alwar. The double faced statue had both Sudarshan Alwar and Narasimha Swami, two in one, facing opposite to each other. As Bhagawan took His seat, facing upfront, down the stage, the rituals continued with sacred bath offered to the Lord, using the eighteen kalashas, that were being worshipped during the previous day and this morning. One after one priests took these Kalashas to get them blessed by Bhagawan before offering the same, giving the Lord a sacred bath, in the immediate presence of Lord of all Gods! These eighteen Kalashas, named after eighteen selected names of Lord Vishnu, namely, Kesava, Madhava etc. contained waters from selected holy rivers across India.

After the rituals "Vastram" was offered to the Lord, before He showed up on the specially erected dais facing the Seat of The Divine! It was 10 past 1100 hrs. and Bhagawan indicated for Mangala Arathi. Maha Mangala Arathi was offered to Bhagawan and upon Arathi Bhagawan moved onstage, moving off to Yajur Mandiram, not before blessing special prasadam for the session.
 


Tamarind Rice, Sweet Pongal and Curd Rise were offered to one and all as Prasadam marking the auspiciousness of the occasion.

Proceedings for the evening will have Nithya Pooja and Mangala Arathi before the final talk on three of the Alwars by Vidwan Nidumamidi Srikanta Rao of Bengaluru.


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Friday, July 16, 2010 - Sai News & Photo Updates : Adding festive fervour to this beautiful Friday evening, sonorous tunes of Nadaswaram rendered the air welcoming The Lord at 1720 hrs. to the august assembly in Sai Kulwant Hall. Being the third day of the ongoing Sri Alwarula Bhakti Samrajya Mahotsavam, the dais bore a festive decor of aesthetic theme, while the portico behind had a riot of floral buntings artistically hooked and on to the ceiling.

 

A full round of Darshan ensued before Bhagawan came onstage in fifteen minutes, at 1735 hrs. The priests were awaiting Bhagawan to come onto the dais, as the final rituals for the evening Nithya Pooja was to be done in His Divine presence. After the rituals, Mangala Arathi was soon offered to the Idol and Bhagawan in physical. Bhagawan continued to sit onstage and Veda chanting went on with added vigour till one minute past 1800 hrs., till Bhagawan indicated for the evening proceedings to commence.

Soon, Vidwan Nidumamidi Srikanta Rao took the podium after receiving blessings from Bhagawan. He had the pleasant task of introducing a speaker of repute, Sahithya Shiromani Samudrala Dr. Lakshmanaiah of Tirupathi. The renowned speaker dwelled on the lives of three Alwars, namely, Sri Andal, Thondaradippodi Alwar followed by Sri Thiruppani Alwar. His fifty minute speech ended at 1900 hrs. and as Bhagawan had by then moved in, a fifteen minutes silence prevailed till He emerged to come onstage at 1915 hrs. to accept Mangala Arathi. Upon accepting Arathi, Bhagawan moved off, retiring to Yajur Mandiram at 1920 hrs.

Earlier in the morning, as part of the rituals, consecration of 18 Kalashas was done followed by chanting of Sri Sudarshana Moola Mantram. Nithya Pooja followed in the evening upon which after Bhagawan's arrival Mangala Arathi was offered to the deity and Bhagawan. Fourth day's schedule includes Maha Sudarshana Homam followed by Mahapoornahuthi in His Divine presence. II Samastha Lokaaha Sukhino Bhavantu II


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2010-07-16

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Thursday, July 15, 2010 - Sai News & Photo Updates : Today, in the evening, upon emerging at 1625 hrs. to the chants of Vedam, Bhagawan went past the ladies' end before taking a detour from the gents' end to come onto the portico climbing the eastern aisle, to move into the interview room.

Spending an hour inside, Bhagawan came out at to glide past the upper portico, listening and blessing many to come onstage at 1730 hrs., enroute, blessing the speaker for the session, Sahasravadhani Sri Medasanimohan of Tirupati.
 

"Upon the end of the speech the speaker was blessed with a golden chain while receiving blessings from the Divine"


As Bhagawan sat facing the decked up Lord Ranganathar Idol, Vedam chanting went into a higher pitch with the priests awaiting the Lord to complete their nithyapuja (ritualistic offerings) before offering Arathi to The Lord.

Soon Veda chanting stopped as further proceedings for the the second evening of the "Alwar Mahotsavam" was to begin. Intoducing the speaker for the session, Sahasravadhani Sri Medasanimohan, Vidwan Nidumamidi Srikanta Rao presented a brief sketch of the speaker's high credentials to the august assembly.
 


Covering next three of the twelve Alwars, namely, Thirumalasai Alwar, Kulasekhara Alwar and Periyalwar after yesterday's elucidation on the first three Alwars, the learned orator speaking on the Alwars and their unparallelled devotion gave an intellectual rhetoric presentation bringing beautiful insights from the epics and the Bhagavad Gita, that lasted for an hour. Upon the end of the speech the speaker was blessed with a golden chain while receiving blessings from the Divine. It was 1845 hrs. and Bhagawan asked for Mangala Arathi.

Upon accepting Mangala Arathi, still onstage, Bhagawan asked the students for an encore of "Samastha Lokaaha...". Moving off the dais, Bhagawan spent awhile interacting with some devotees, including the visiting Minister for States, Railways, Mr. KH Muniyappa. Time was 2 minutes to 1900 hrs. and Bhagawan glided into the ladies' end retiring for the day.


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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - Sai News & Photo Updates :  Today, this evening, emerging at 1715 hrs. to the chants of Vedam, Bhagawan went for a complete round before reaching the Vedam block to have a detailed look at the dais that was decked up to grandeur, being the first day of the "Alwar Mahotsavam".
 


Coming onstage through the front aisle, Bhagawan continued to have the 'in detail' look at the various arrangements onstage before lighting the ceremonial lamp!

Entire Mandir including the dais was nicely decorated with big hoardings, flower buntings, billboards displaying details on various Alwars etc. The dais, the main venue, had a big statue of Lord Ranganathar or Sri Rangam (Lord Vishnu) along with that of Lord Ganesha and the 12 Alwars, with flowers and other ritualistic items spread all over.

Moving off into the interview room Bhagawan spent sometime inside before emerging at 1747 hrs. to come onstage, round of Ganesha, marked by a crescendo in chanting, joined by the Easwaramma English Medium children.

Sitting onstage, diagonally facing the gents' side, Bhagawan sat through as the chanting continued to 'beat the air', rendering subtle vibrations bringing in great sanctifying touch. The chanting ended at 1805 when the further proceedings with reference to the programme commenced with a scholarly elucidation by Vidwan Nidumamidi Srikanta Rao or Bengaluru who spoke on three alwars, Poigal Alwar, Bhoodattalwar and Periyalwar. His 45 minutes exposition in Telugu was full of profundity educating the audience on this select class of great devotees of The Lord. The speaker chose to dwelve in detail on some of the interesting episodes happened in the life of Lord Rama, involving King Bali and Lord Hanuman, to the great delight of the august assembly.

One particular episode narrating the story of Kulasekhara Alwar from Kerala, who was the ruler of the land. The Aklwar would be so immersed in the story of Ramayana that when the story depicting Lord Rama stood facing the demonic hordes the Allwar would invariably stop, quite instinctively, the narrative. He would then command the general to have the armies ready for battle on Rama's side!
 

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"ALWAR STATUES SANCTIFIED AHEAD OF SRI ALWARULA BHAKTHI SAMARAJYA MAHOTHSAVAM ON 10-JULY-2010

Another narrative, this time that involves Lord Hanuman! It was an interesting story set during the construction of the great bridge across Lanka. All the boulders on which the name of Rama was written floated miraculously to set the bridge. When Lord Rama threw a rock, it went straight down! Lord Rama was 'perplexed' and asked Hanuman about his explanation on the the same. Hanuman replied, "Lord! The power of your name works to make the boulder float. When You don't hold on to something and drop it, what else can happen other than sinking!"

One more episode was lucidly narrated that illustrated Bhakti, devotion as the highest and biggest thing in this world.

Earlier, in the morning, the Mahotsavam proceedings began at 0600 hrs. with Shuddha Pravachanam followed by consecration of Ranganatha Swami and Alwars. Chanting of Sri Sathya Sai Ashtothara Satha Namavali followed before continuing the session in the evening with Nithyapuja.
 

 


Mangala Arathi was offered at 1855 hrs. and upon accepting Arathi off He moved into the interview room. Emerging shortly, He spent sometime outside the interview room interacting with some seniors before gliding down to the ladies's end at 1920 hrs. retiring for the day. Laddu prasadam was distributed to the entire assemblage.

Ahead of the ensuing Ashadi celebrations, scheduled for the next week, Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations, Maharashtra & Goa are organising a Jaipur Foot Camp as a part of their Medical Seva activities, in Prasanthi Nilayam. The main objective of the camp is to help rehabilitating physically challenged to live a life of dignity. Over 200 selected men and women from three districts of Andhra Pradesh will be benefited out of this service. They will be aided with artificial limbs, calipers, modified footwear, special shoes etc. This camp will be continued till the 18th of this month. Being the first day of the camp, Mr. V. Srinivasan, President, Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations gave away the related items to the first batch of selected beneficiaries.  Samastha Lokaaha Sukhino Bhavantu

 

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2010-07-14

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - Sai News & Photo Updates :
Today, in the evening, emerging at 1724 hrs. to the chants of Vedam, Bhagawan went for a complete round before coming onstage at 1740 hrs., round of Ganesha, after spending quite sometime in the lower verandah interacting with some devotees.

Being the second day of the Russian Cultural Programme, 'centre-stage' was set with a colourful, scenic backdrop, thematic of the ensuing presentation.

The presentation for the evening, entitled Hallowed be Thy Name, talks about the Love of Bhagawan that reaches ever nook on planet Earth, opening up people's hearts, flowing through songs, glorifying God in all languages. The presentation narrates the story of a youngster from Russia, who sets out on a journey covering many countries, collecting songs on God's glory. In the process the youngster learns about the present day Avatar, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba!
 


The twenty minute presentation was interlaced with many songs, all featuring the Name of Sai. This programme was followed by a musical session having songs in different languages, lasted for ten minutes. At the end, Bhagawan blessed one of the participants with a golden ring. As many of the participants made a beeline unto Him, a somber sounding solo, sung by a lady in praise of Allah, followed. As they continued to sing in group, Bhagawan was busy giving away gifts to individuals. One particular number followed, typical of Russian, having many beats, started at a slow pace, raised a bit to fall down further, then to climb to peak finally to end up emitting a loud cry with a tail, calling His Name, that faded off merging in silence.

Bhajans by Russians continued and the clock was ticking to 1900 hrs. Bhagawan indicated for Mangala Arathi. Upon accepting Arathi, Bhagawan sat through, personally giving away clothes to all the participants who made a beeline, coming unto Him in disciplined order. At the end Bhagawan asked the group to sing bhajans and after one bhajan another Arathi followed. Moving off the dais at 1915 hrs. Bhagawan interacted with one of the students followed by a senior before gliding into the ladies' end retiring to Yajur Mandiram.

Alwarula Bhakti Samrajyam, a five day programme highlighting the devotion of Alwars (great devotees of The Lord) will be commencing tomorrow to culminate with a grand Sathya Narayana Vratham on the 18th July, in the immediate Divine presence


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