Morning – Divine visit to the Girls’ hostel
Swami was escorted from the Pentagon building with Vedam chanting procession and with lamps. The programme commenced with Vedic invocation by girl students who chanted the Gayathri Ghanapatam, followed by a welcome speech by Ms Shwetha, chemistry lecturer of the University. The first student speaker, Sister Varsha Verma, from third year, BSc, spoke about her journey with Sai. Music is the simplest and easiest way to reach God. The students offered a bouquet of songs at Swami’s Lotus Feet. It was a beautiful sight to see the Lord of the Universe immersed in bliss while listening to soulful songs sung by the students. This was followed by two speeches by students of the final year BA – Geetanjali and Vaishali who shared about their transformation which brought peace not only to them, but also to their families.
The final year students offered a Power Point presentation to Swami on their internship training at Gadag. This was followed by a speech by another student Hema, from second year BSc, who offered her gratitude to Swami in Sanskrit, and the offering of poems by sister Navya Sai Sirisha, from first year BA. Swami delivered His divine discourse, thereafter.
He explained that the love which is blossoming in us for Swami is the result of the seed sown by Him many births before. He commanded all to eat well because the body is the temple of God, and God lives in us only when we are healthy. As a mother, He made us understand that vitamins, calcium and iron are very important for growing girls. At the end of His discourse, Swami allowed the students to ask questions and He answered all the questions with much patience. When a student asked about Chakras, He said that to become God we need not use any Tantra, Mantra or Yantra, but we must have Prema in our hearts. When He was asked about how to get the right balance between Seva and Sadhana, Swami explained that at 20 years old our Sadhana should be 20% and Seva should be of 80%. If we are 80 years old, our Sadhana should be of 80% and Seva should be of 20%. In our system, the curriculum is very well planned so that our Sadhana and Seva goes hand in hand. Swami also clarified doubts regarding dreams, incarnations of God and others. He then had His lunch and distributed ice-cream to everyone. After receiving Arati, He departed from the girls’ hostel, back to His residence. All the sisters had a wonderful day with their Master and it was truly a home-coming.
The rhythm of the music filled the atmosphere with peace and with love. Every Bhajan was sung with Bhava and all eagerly awaited for the arrival of the Lord. The Lord entered the Prayer Hall, went around blessing, smiling, nodding, receiving letters and blessing all. He signed pictures and student drawings, and spoke to students and elders, bringing solace to all. As Swami sat on His throne, He read each letter with love and concern, all the while enjoying every beat of the Bhajans which were being offered. The many musical offerings by the Music Students brought blissfull smiles to Swami’s golden face while He gently closed His eyes.
Thereafter, sister Lakshmi K, former Principal of the Jayapura Campus for girls and current Warden of the girls at the University, spoke about her transformation, gratitude, and her experiences with the Lord. She shared how Swami took care of each and every prayer that she made, and trained her all along to become a worthy instrument in His divine and vast mission. After the talk by sister Lakshmi K, Swami said that once she had prayed to Him to have a chance to speak about her life transformation, and now that she finally got the chance, she spoke only about Swami because she keeps Him as the centre of her life.
Swami said that one should not see the Pathra but should see the Padartha, experience, and then understand. “Whether a tumbler is made of gold, silver, copper or steel, it is the water that quenches our thirst, not the tumbler ; likewise, forms may be many, but the love within is that which must be tasted, for it is this love alone that can make us happy and not the forms. This love can never be explained, it can only be experienced. Names and forms of God are many but the love is one. Once we experience and taste God, all the doubts will be disappear.” Swami said we should always pray to experience God.
God responds to His devotees in the same way that the devotee prays to Him. To explain it and make the younger children understand, Swami narrated the story of Jambhavan from the Epic of Ramayana. He recounted that once Jambhavan had a desire to fight with Lord Rama just to know if he could defeat Him, but he never said a word about it to Rama. As Krishna, the Lord fulfilled Jambhavan’s desire by fighting with him for 18 days for the Shamanthaka jewel. When Jambhavan realised that it was Rama Himself, he surrendered himself to Him. Swami said, “people keep on testing the Lord, wanting Him to continuously prove that He is God, but once we understand that He is God we must not test Him again and again, because if God starts testing us no one can pass His test. God must not be tested, He must be tasted. By drinking just a spoonful of sea water, we come to know that its water is salty, there is no need to drink the entire sea. Likewise with God. He must be tasted, experienced and made the centre of our life.”
Swami also instructed everyone to take care of their health, as only when the body is fit can we become a true instrument in His mission of Dharma. After Mangala Arati was performed by students of the University, Swami blessed the Prasadam which was distributed to all, and retired for the night after dinner.