Sri Sathya Sai Vrindawith Love, at His service

Divine Visit – Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh – December 3 & 4, 2019

The final leg of the twelve day tour was to be spent in the holy land of Rishikesh. The Lord of Lords along with His entourage, reached the land of Devas on the evening of December 3, and was lovingly welcomed by His Holiness Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji. It was a very touching and emotional welcome and was so glorious to see the beautiful relationship between Bhagawan and Pujya Swamiji. Thereafter, dinner was served to Bhagawan and all retired to their rooms to rest for the night.

The next morning, Bhagawan proceeded along with Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji for the Bhoomi Puja of ‘Sai Nivas’, which will be Bhagawan’s residence at Parmarth Niketan. After the rituals were performed, Bhagawan proceeded for a beautiful and glorious Satsang. This Satsang was indeed the highlight of the last few days spent with Bhagawan.

Sadhvi Bhagawatiji first addressed the gathering and welcomed everyone back to Parmarth Niketan. She spoke about Bhagawan’s upcoming residence, ‘Sai Nivas’ and reminded everyone “to keep ‘Sai Nivas’ within our own hearts because that is what will keep us coming back to our Selves.” She also reminded everyone to engage further in service and make use of this blessed opportunity of being in the lap of Mother Ganga.

Pujya Swamiji then spoke next, and reminisced some of his experiences with Bhagawan, narrating how Bhagawan had promised Swamiji that whenever He would come to Rishikesh, He would come to Parmarth. Swamiji spoke about how Parmarth Niketan had been built and the journey that led to the Ashram that it has become today. Swamiji also spoke about the power of meditation and urged everyone to engage in meditation, so the inner connect can be achieved.

The next speaker for the morning was Sri B N Narasimha Murthy. Expressing the collective gratitude of everyone to Pujya Swamiji and Sadhviji, Sri Narasimha Murthy spoke about the holiness of Mother Ganga. He narrated that when Brother Srinivas Bhamidipati, an alumnus from Swami’s Institution was driving Bhagawan from the airport to Parmarth Niketan the previous night, he had asked Bhagawan which were the holiest places to visit in Rishikesh. Bhagawan replied, “There is no holier place than the lap of Mother Ganga.” Sri Narasimha Murthy then spoke about the selflessness of Mother Ganga and when he emotionally expressed his gratitude to Her for allowing everyone to be in Her lap, there was not a single dry eye left in the room.

Bhagawan then granted His Divine Message and spoke about the relationship of love between God and His devotees. Bhagawan reminded everyone to keep God at the centre of everything, since loving God is the prime purpose of this creation. He said, “God loving man and man loving God is the basis of creation.” Bhagawan also spoke about the journey of Parmarth Niketan and also urged everyone to engage in meditation.

After a short musical recital on the flute, Mangala Aarti was offered to Bhagawan, thus concluding a blissful Satsang with the Lord.

In the evening, everyone gathered at the ghat on the banks of Mother Ganga for Satsang and to offer Aarti to Mother Ganga. During the Satsang when Sadhvi Bhagawatiji beautifully declared that this coming together of Sai and Parmarth was a Prayag, Bhagawan lovingly added saying that it is rather a Prema Prayag. 

It was also the commemoration of ‘Aao Kumbh Chale’ to invite everybody for the Kumbh Mela 2019. The Kumbh Mela has been declared by UNESCO as the ‘intangible cultural heritage of humanity’ and 2019 Kumbh Mela is expected to see 150 milliom people converge to Prayag, with people of various faiths expected to participate.  

A pledge was also taken to protect Mother Nature and the glorious Ganga Aarti was also conducted that evening. Thereafter, there was the launch of ‘Life – a Prayer’, a programme on Sanathana Vani, Internet radio which once a week, airs the talks of Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji and Sri Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji.

Bhagawan then proceeded to the Kutir of Swamiji, for a short Satsang and thereafter group pictures were taken with all the students and staff. Then, Bhagawan and Swamiji dined with a few guests before retiring for the night.