What is the first quality of a true devotee? – Summary of Divine Discourse on 31 July 2016

A person who is filled with love sees only love everywhere. Love is our property. What you have, you can give it to others. We should not bother whether they give anything back or not. Whatever is inside will come outside. Simply uttering like parrots ‘Love All Serve All’, ‘Help Ever Hurt Never’ is not enough. We can call ourselves true devotees only when we behave like devotees.

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The God of Small Things

I would like to recall an incident when Swami recognised such an effort, which was made for an offering to Him. When I was the Warden of Prashanthi Nilayam hostel, Swami was once distributing watches to students in Mandir. Suddenly, He stopped the distribution and called for His car and went out. We were surprised as to why He suddenly did this. But when we came to know the background, we were thrilled.

Divine Visit to Nigeria – Enugu – July 26, 2016

Bhagawan spoke of how the principle of love is universal. “Love without service is no love, and service without love is no service which is evident in all of nature – river gives water to all, the wind blows for all without differentiating between people, race, color etc.” Swami said man too should live by this principle. Giving healthcare free-of-cost without any discrimination, Swami assured Father Charles and the people that the hospital will grow in time, and He would take of everything.

My Incredible Sai – both within and without

While attending the youth meet was only a pretext to come to Muddenahalli and see Swami for me, it offered me more than that. I was privy to such rich spiritual talks and speeches, that it left an indelible mark on my personality. Listening to Bhagawan’s discourses made me realise the importance of the opportunity I had been bestowed with and I decided to soak into the spiritual extravaganza, as much as I could.

Divine Visit to Nigeria – Enugu – July 25, 2016

After the songs by the children which filled the hearts of all gathered with much joy and love. Bhagawan then asked young Sai Prasad, son of Brother Ashok Pai and Smt Swati Pai, to perform two songs he had specially composed for his dear Swami. Strumming the guitar and singing with deep devotion, the youngster was a inspiration to behold.

Divine Visit to Nigeria – Lagos – July 24, 2016

Swami spoke briefly about the importance of devotion, and explained the nine types of devotion as prescribed in sacred texts with examples. “Listening (King Parikshitha), singing (Valmiki), chanting (Prahalada) , worshiping ( by offering leaf of body, flower of heart, fruit of all actions and waters of blissful tears) , praying (Kunti), serving the Lotus Feet ( Lakshmi), servitude ( Hanuman) , friendship ( Arjuna & Uddhava) and surrender ( Bali Chakravarthi). You have nine choices; choose any and you will reach God. Easiest of all is to listen to God’s glory, by participating in a spiritual gathering or Satsang of devotees which will pave your way to self-realisation.”

In the company of compassionate Lord Sai – Sri. S.Thiagarajan

Our earliest interaction with Swami’s Subtle Form was in January 2012. A friend had a vision in which Swami asked him to convey a personal message to us. Subsequently, our friend shared that he had been having visitations from Swami in His Subtle Form for many years, even when Swami was in the physical body – sometimes being asked to pass on messages from Swami to individuals.

Divine Visit to Nigeria – July 22 and 23, 2016

Swami’s discourse was studded with beautiful analogies. Explaining how one should go inwards to realise one’s true identity, He gave the analogy of drilling for water where one encounters rocks, earths and sand (tamasic rajasic and Satwic qualities). Overcoming these obstacles, one reaches the water of divinity that one seeks.

What is the purpose of all spiritual practices? – Summary of Divine Discourse on 21 July 2016

As long as a cinema is running, you cannot see the screen by itself. But the moment you switch off the cinema, immediately the screen becomes visible to you. Just as silence was not brought from somewhere, it already was; just like the screen was not created from somewhere, it already was; likewise Atman is – it is the activity of the body, the senses, the mind, which are not allowing us to experience what already is.

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The Wind beneath our Wings

One on occasion, when Swami was addressing a group of devotees, I was fortunate to be a part of that session. Swami said, “Do you think that I am always only in Anandam or Muddenahalli? After I left My physical body, I am in a different loka, which is the highest loka in the cosmos i.e. Satya Loka. Most evolved souls such as the Saptarishis are always surrounding Me there in the Satya Loka. But now for the sake of My Mission, most of the time I am staying in Muddenahalli.”

Guru Purnima Celebrations – July 19, 2016 (Evening)

The word Guru has two syllables- ‘Gu’ meaning darkness and ‘Ru’- the one who removes. Therefore, a Guru is one who dispels the darkness of ignorance. The festival of Guru Purnima, is observed to pay homage to the Guru. An offering of art and culture at the divine Lotus Feet of Bhagawan over the course of three days in Muddenahalli, to celebrate the festival of Gurupurnima, was a feast for the senses.

Guru Purnima Celebrations – July 19, 2016 (Morning)

A sense of festive fervour hung in the air as the students and devotees gathered in the majestic Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham Hall to celebrate the auspicious Guru Purnima, with their Guru and Lord, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. At around 10 am, Bhagawan was escorted into the hall by the boys’ brass band amidst Vedic chants and bhajans.

How can you develop divine consciousness? – Summary of Divine Discourse on 19 July 2016

When Swami tells us you are an embodiment of bliss and love, we have to completely believe it and make it the basis of our lives. Resolve that you will develop divine consciousness. You can’t attain it in one day. But gradually we can achieve it. Do something good for others every day. Gradually we can get rid of our selfishness, our body consciousness and develop divine consciousness.

Guru Purnima Celebrations – July 18, 2016 (Evening)

While the first day of the Guru Purnima Celebrations in Muddenahalli showcased the cultural extravaganza of the European countries, the second day was a celebration of the rich South Indian art and culture. Bhagawan arrived a little after 6 PM to the beautifully bedecked Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham Hall, led by the students chanting Veda and the lilting rhythms of bhajans being sung in the background. The mere richness of the scene was enough to set the spiritual tone for the evening’s proceedings.