On the morning of Saturday 16th February, Bhagawan proceeded to Whitefield, Bangalore for a visit to two residences and a public Satsang. Bhagawan first visited the residence of Dr Suresh Kodapala, a former student of the Alike campus, a professor and in-charge of Neurology at the Vydehi hospital and a trustee of the Each One Educate One Foundation. Departing from Muddenahalli in the morning, Bhagawan reached the residence, Sai Sadana and was welcomed by Dr Kodapala, his wife Mrs Veena Kodapala and their son Vivek Kodapala. Bhagawan spent some time interacting with the family and guests and thereafter He proceeded to Palm Meadows, the residence of Sri Sampath Narasimhachari, a long standing devotee of Bhagawan and Chairperson of the Sri Sathya Sai Annapoorna Trust.
After Sri Sampath and his family offered a traditional welcome to Bhagawan and performed Pada Puja, Bhagawan continued to the Pandal where the public Satsang was to be held. Around five-hundred devotees had gathered, not just from Karnataka but also from other neighbouring states and Bhagawan lovingly walked among all the devotees, accepting letters and flowers and blessing everybody before taking His throne on the dais.
The morning’s proceedings began with a musical offering to Lord Ganesha by Mrs Vatsala Sampath, a Carnatic musician and aficionado, along with her students. Sister Mathangi, daughter of Sri Sampath then welcomed the gathering, briefly narrating some of her experiences with Bhagawan. This was followed by a briefing by Brother Sathyanarayana on Bhagawan’s ongoing global mission. He spoke about the various service projects being undertaken and played a short video summarising these activities.
Sister Mathangi then introduced Sister Geetha Sundar who presented a Bharatanatyam dance recital. Sister Geetha performed a beautiful bouquet of newly choreographed dances set to various mantras, music and bhajans. Bhagawan then commanded Sri Sampath to say few words and in his short talk, he reminded everyone that Bhagawan alone is the doer and this concept is what will help us to understand His continuing mission in the subtle form.
The next speaker was Sri B.N. Narasimha Murthy, who spoke about the four hallmarks of God when He incarnates. He explained that these four hallmarks are that: He shows complete involvement but no attachment; perfection in everything but desire for nothing; though Divine, the Avatar works like a human being; and finally, though He owns everything, He accepts only that which is offered with love.
Bhagawan then blessed the gathering with His Divine Discourse and emphasised the importance of service. He mentioned that the direct beneficiaries of various service projects are actually the secondary beneficiaries and the ones who do Seva are the primary beneficiaries. While undertaking service activities, we think less of ourselves and more of others. Therefore, this reduced thinking of ourselves will one day make us self-less. He continued to say that serving others is the sole purpose of a human body. Very poetically, Bhagawan then went on to explain the meaning of word ‘Paropakara’. ‘Para’ means ‘Divine’, ‘Upa’ means ‘near’, while ‘Kara’ means ‘to do’ or ‘to make’. Thus, the true meaning of Paropakara is ‘that act which takes us closer to Divinity.’ Bhagawan also reminded everyone to reduce the feelings of ‘I’ and ‘mine’ and increase the feelings of ‘we’ and ‘ours’. Remembering the soldiers who lay down their lives in service of the nation, Bhagawan urged all to make efforts in making the country a better place so that nation can be at its best and become deserving of their sacrifice. Blessing everybody present, Bhagawan brought His discourse to a close. The Bhajan, ‘Prema Mudita Manase Kaho’ was sung and Mangala Arati was offered to Bhagawan.
Thereafter, Bhagawan and His guests proceeded to the Sampath residence for lunch and after interacting with devotees from Kerala who were present there, He visited the residence of Ms Vijaylakshmi Mishra and office-cum-shop of Ms Mathangi Sampath. Bhagawan then returned to Muddenahalli, bringing a wonderful Divine visit to Bangalore to a close.