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Divine Visit to Sri Sathya Sai Premaniketanam, Bijapur and Pandharpur – September 14 to 17, 2019

September 14, 2019

On September 14, the Sri Sathya Sai Premaniketanam Campus was once again blessed with a Divine visit. As Swami entered the campus where the students had lined both sides of the road, He was welcomed by the Chairman, Sri A R Manjunath along with the interns and staff who performed Paada Puja for their Lord. After enquiring about the arrangements for lunch, Swami proceeded upstairs to see the construction of the magnificent dome which is being constructed above His residence. He spent some time there showing the construction to His guests, Brother Venugopal and his family, explaining His future plans for the magnificent campus. After taking lunch along with all the students and staff, Swami retired to His room for the afternoon.

In the evening, all the staff, students and guests gathered for a Satsang with the Lord. The evening session began with Vedic chanting by the students and Swami expressed His joy at seeing these young students chanting so very well. Brother Mahesh Kumar then welcomed Swami and His guests, after which the students offered an outpouring of their love for Swami in the form of songs and speeches. Swami then asked Brother Venugopal to speak and share his experiences with Swami. Brother Venu narrated his sweet experiences in a beautiful way and afterwards, Swami granted His Divine message to all who had gathered. After Mangala Arati, Swami then retired to His room for the evening.

September 15, 2019 – visit to Pandharpur, the land of Lord Panduranga or Vitthala

Morning:

During the earlier part of His stay in Gulbarga, Swami had announced that He would take the students of the Sri Sathya Sai University for Human Excellence on a trip to Pandharpur, the land of Lord Panduranga or Vitthala. The famous Vithoba temple dedicated to Lord Vitthala attracts many devotees, including the Warkaris or pilgrims who are known for undertaking the entire journey on foot whilst singing praises of the Lord.

On 15th September, the awaited moment for this trip arrived and after leaving Gulbarga in the wee hours of the morning, around 200 students and staff of the Sri Sathya Sai University for Human Excellence arrived in Bijapur in time for breakfast. After breakfast, Swami came out into the prayer hall and blessed everybody to begin the journey from the campus, whilst He would follow shortly after. After reaching the temple at around 11:30 a.m, the staff and students proceeded inside the temple to an area in front of the Sanctum Sanctorum, which had been arranged for Satsang with Swami. Swami made His way to the inner Sanctum of the temple along with a few guests and performed a Puja there. He then came to the area where all the staff and students were seated and took a seat on His throne, commanding the students to sing some Abhangs, which are songs to Lord Vitthala. The boys and girls of the University offered a number of soulful Abhangs infused with love and devotion and Swami expressed His happiness and bliss on hearing their heartfelt renditions.

Following this most beautiful session, Swami proceeded for lunch and then back to the Bijapur campus, while the students and staff remained in the temple to take Darshan of Lord Vitthala and His consort, Rakhumai. After spending some precious time in the holy precincts, the staff and students departed to take lunch before returning to Bijapur for the evening.

Evening: 

Upon reaching the campus in the early evening, everyone assembled in the Prayer Hall for another divine Satsang with Swami. Swami had returned early from Pandharpur as He wanted to listen to Abhangs again and so in the evening, He commanded the students to sing Abhangs again and expressed His desire to continue listening to these renditions which the students were offering with great love and devotion. However due to time restrictions, Swami concluded the Satsang saying that He would listen to them once again upon returning to Gulbarga. To the delight of all, He recounted how upon entering the Vithoba temple, Sant Namdev had come to welcome Swami saying, ‘Aavo Sai Maharaj’ or ‘Come, Sai Maharaj’. Citing the examples of various saints of Pandharpur, Swami explained the power of Bhakti and how it can redeem a person. Thus concluded a most divine session with Swami and thereafter, Swami partook His dinner along with all the students and staff of the University. After distributing ice cream to everyone, Swami blessed them to begin the journey back to Gulbarga.

September 16, 2019

On 16th September after breakfast, Swami proceeded to Indi to bless a Sai Samithi run by Sri Galagali at Indi Taluk. Swami blessed the married couples who were performing Sai Sathyanarayana Puja and then came for a Satsang with all those who had gathered. Sri Galagali welcomed the dignitaries and the chief guest for the occasion, Sri Yashavanthrayagouda Patil, MLA of Indi taluk. Sri AR Manjunath, Chairman of Sri Sathya Sai Premaniketanam campus, Bijapur, then addressed the gathering after which, Sri Yashavantharayagouda Patil spoke to all promising his support for all the work and projects undertaken by Swami. Swami then blessed everyone with His Divine message, in which He clearly explained that He is the same God who has come back again for the sake of His devotees. Thereafter, Swami blessed Sri Galagali and his family by visiting their home for lunch, before returning to the Bijapur campus.

In the evening, the students and staff gathered for Satsang with Swami. The students offered a performance of Yogasanas. Swami was so happy with the performance of the students, that He commanded their instructor, Brother Viroopaksha to train 100 students from both the Bijapur and Gulbarga campuses so that they can perform Yogasanas for the upcoming Sports Meet in January 2020.  Swami then commanded Sri Venkatesh Kamath to address the students and staff. Sri. Kamath narrated his experiences and shared how he was inspired to completely dedicate himself to serving Swami. After this, Swami spoke about how being with and serving Swami and His Mission is such a great opportunity to shape the future of the nation and the world at large. He then announced that Sri Kamath would be taking the role of Chairman of Bijapur Campus from now, as Sri AR Manjunath is currently busy with work for the University. After receiving Mangala Arati, Swami then retired for the evening.

September 17, 2019

On 17th September, after partaking breakfast, Swami blessed all the non-teaching staff with gifts and spoke to the students, guiding them on how they should face examinations. He then blessed all the students and staff abundantly and departed back to Gulbarga campus.