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Divine Visit – Kalady, Kerala – March 03, 2018

The final day of the divine visit was a rather emotional one for the devotees who were busy ensuring that each and every arrangement was made as per Bhagawan’s liking! He had hinted the previous night during dinner, that He would take His students and guests to the temple inside the Ashram which is known by the name ‘Adi Shankara Janmabhoomi Kshethram’. A special venue was arranged inside the temple for a Satsang with Bhagawan – probably a one-of-its-kind experience.

Swami arrived at the temple by 10.30 a.m. A long red carpet welcomed the Lord to the inside compound of the temple. Like bees going around the flower, the entire gamut of students, devotees, and guests were following Swami wherever He went inside the temple. There were few ‘lucky’ devotees of Bhagawan who were visiting the temple as tourists, not knowing that Bhagawan was in Kalady. They were overjoyed for being recipients of such an unexpected blessing! After walking around the temple, Bhagawan arrived at the Satsang venue inside the temple. As He sat on His throne, He asked the student singers to sing. In a moment the entire gathering started singing the most-celebrated Nirvana Shatakam (Atma Shatakam) composed by Jagadguru Sri Adi Shankaracharya. This was followed by a song close to Bhagawan’s heart – Bhaja Govindam. As the song came to a close, Bhagawan asked the students what they had learnt from this divine trip to Kalady. One of them said it is the vibrations of the place which helped them understand and digest spiritual philosophies better. Swami acknowledged the reply and added on saying Kalady is a very sacred and pure land. And then He remarked “Imagine if Kalady is this pure now, how much purer it would have been 1,000 to 2,000 years back!” Swami then spoke about the significance of Viveka Choodamani, one of the greatest works of Sri Adi Shankaracharya. Later, he summoned Sri Manjunath, Director of the Sri Sathya Sai Centre for Human Excellence, and instructed him to include the reading of Viveka Choodamani in the syllabus, so that students will be able to appreciate the Adwaitha Siddhantha as expounded by Sri Adi Shankara in a much better way. Bhagawan then distributed photos of Adi Shankara to everyone gathered.

After accepting Mangala Aarti, Swami agreed to pose for group photographs outside the temple Gopuram. Students, devotees, and guests got themselves photographed with Bhagawan Amidst tearful farewell, Bhagawan blessed everyone with Abhayahasta and departed from the hallowed birthplace of Sri Adi Shankara, ready to drive to Kochi Airport.