A Report from Borivali Samithi Text

As part of 90th  Birthday celebration program, Vocational Training center in collaboration with Mahindra finance, in Adivasi village – Vedhe was inaugurated by the Sarpanch and other officials of Panchayat on 8th Nov 2015.  About 200 Adivasis and others participated. On the four sewing machine purchased seven Adivasi girls and one boy have started taking sewing lessons.  There is a visible ray of hope amongst all the aspirants that now they can earn their livelihood afterwards. This is Phase I of our program.


A Report from Borivali Samithi

Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Akhand Path at Dharmakshetra on November 8, 2015 Text

To bring in the 90th Birthday celebrations of our Beloved Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the Bandra samithi of the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, Mumbai conducted the " Akhand Path Sahib " at Dharmakshetra. This sacred session which started on 6th Nov, with the continuous recitation (Non Stop reading) of religious verses from the holy book ' Guru Granth Sahib ' in all 1430 pages, lasted for about 48 hours by a team of Pathis (readers).This ritual ended on Sunday 8 nov evening bringing in peace and solace to all the attending devotees. It ended with Ardas (Prayer) & a garland of Bhajans with Mangal Aarti & Mahaprasadam.

This recital - (Path) was mainly undertaken to mark the occasion in celebration to 90th Birthday of our most Beloved Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.


Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Akhand Path at Dharmakshetra on November 8, 2015

Inauguration of 50th Mobile Medicare Van Text

The Mobile Medicare Project of the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, Maharashtra & Goa, inaugurated it 50th mobile medical vans today (22nd October, 2015) on the occassion of Dassera at Dharmakshetra at the hands of the State President of Maharashtra & Goa, Shri Ramesh Sawant. The van was donated by a devotee from Bandra Samithi.

Bhagawan had shown the world that selfless service is the real application of spirituality, and when people are suffering with poor health conditions, one’s prayers and efforts must be turned to serve them and save them from diseases. At the time of launching of this project, Bhagawan had said, “Do not wait for the opportunity to serve, go out and grab the opportunity that is already available,”


Inauguration of 50th Mobile Medicare Van

Sri Maha Chandi Homam (Morning) & Bhajans by Bandra Samithi (Evening) - 21.10.2015 at Dharmaksetra Text

On the 9th day of Navaratri Sri Maha Chandi Homam was performed at Dharmakshetra in the morning

The Worship of Goddess Chandi highlights the importance of feminine energy and this is reflected in many of its spiritual worships. Goddess Shakthi is the embodiment of all the divine forces and she is the Mother of the Universe. She is the savior of her children on the earth and protects them from all the evil. The Goddess had attained various forms to kill the Asuras
(Demons) who were torturing the humans and the Celestials (Devas).

Chandi is a very fierce and powerful deity. She is the primordial energy that is responsible for the creation, sustenance and destruction of this entire universe. She is the sum total of the energies of all beings of this universe. By performing the Maha Chandi Homa, one can become free of evil eyes, curses, obstacles and they are also blessed with a lasting health, wealth
and prosperity.

In the evening, there were bhajans sang by devotees of Bandra Samithi.

Sri Maha Chandi Homam & Bhajans by Bandra Samithi

Navaratri Bhajans by Fort-Walkeshwar Samithi 17/10/ 2015 at Dharmakshetra

90 Bhajans at Khatwari Darbar by Bandra, Khar and Santacruz Samithi - Oct 4, 2015 Text

As a part of 90th years celebration of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the devotees of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation of Bandra, Santacruz and Khar Samithi, conducted a non-stop 90 Bhajan session today at Khatwari Darbar, Khar, Mumbai.

The programme began at 2 pm with the lighting of the lamp followed by Veda Chanting for almost 30 minutes.

As Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba mentioned "Devotional singing (Bhajans) is the process of singing that originates in the heart, not from the lips or the tongue. It is the expression of the joyous thrill that wells up from the heart when the Glory of God is remembered. It is the spontaneous manifestation of inner ecstasy. No attention is paid to the blame or praise that others may give. It does not seek the admiration or the appreciation of the listeners. It is also one of the processes by which one can train the mind to expand into eternal values. Devotional singing induces in all a desire for experiencing the truth, to glimpse the beauty that is God, to taste the bliss that is the Self.

The devotees sang with devotion and charged the atmosphere with divine adoration. The bhajans were uplifting and provided an abundance of vibrations, creating a beautiful and energetic atmosphere for all.

Ms. Kaajal Chandiramani, the nightingale of the Sindhi Community and a talented Hindi/Sufi singer also took part and sang few melodious bhajans. She had performed last year, during Bhagawan's 89th Birthday Cellebrations in Prasanthi Nilayam on November 18th, 2014.

The Bhajan session concluded around 8.30 pm with the Aarti and Prasadam.

90 Bhajans at Khatwari Darbar by Bandra, Khar and Santacruz Samithi - Oct 4, 2015

Free Health Checkup Camp, at Dharmakshetra, 25th September 2015 Text

A free Health Checkup Camp was organised at The Sri Sathya Sai Health Centre, Dharmakshetra, Mumbai, on 25th September 2015. Over 150 plus seniors were registered and treated. The checkup included blood circulation test, bone density test, eye checkup , dental checkup, orthopedic checkup along with other regular blood sugar random , ECG etc.

Free Health Checkup Camp, at Dharmakshetra, 25th September 2015

Loving Farewell to Dharmakshetra Ka Raja, September 21, 2015 Text

Lord Ganesha is one of the most loved incarnations of the Lord.

“Atithi Devo Bhavah” – ‘the guest is God’ is what our Incredible India tells us. When the God himself comes as our Guest, He gets a royal reception, of course. After five days of treating Lord Vinayaka with unflinching devotion and love, it was time for us to bid farewell.

After his 5-days sojourn at the blessed Dharmakshetra venue, devotees of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation Mumbai bid a fond adieu to Lord Ganesha amid chants asking the lord to come back early next year. (“Ganpati Bappa Morya… Pudchya Varshi Lavkar Ya”).

The sky was cloudy, threatening to rain at any moment.

Aarti was offered to Lord Ganesha before immersion.

The immersion was done at Lokmanya Tilak Ganesh Visarjan Talav, Jogeshwari (East), Mumbai

Loving Farewell to Dharmakshetra Ka Raja, September 21, 2015

SAMARPAN - Sixth Edition - 20th September 2015 - Dharmakshetra Text

The sixth edition of SAMARPAN session was held at Dharmakshetra on 20th September 2015

Sri Ajit Popat is an ardent devotee of Swami and was drawn to the Divine Lotus feet in August 1983.

Inspired by Swami's love and guidance, he was instrumental in bringing groups of devotees from UK to Puttaparthi in chartered flights and more than 7000 devotees were blessed with Swami's Divine Darshan and interactions between 1990 and 2011. For the past 12 years, UK devotees and youth led by Sri.Ajit Popat were blessed by Swami to participate in the Annual Grama seva in Puttaparthi along with Sai students.

He has been actively involved in many service activities in the field of healthcare in UK and India over the past decade. He was inspired to start the 'Heart Valve Bank' in UK, to cater to the requirements of Super specialty hospitals at Puttaparthi & Whitefield, and this registered charity has provided over 7000 heart valves to needy patients all over the world till date. He is able to serve fellow brethren in need through the Cancer hospital at Jabalpur; General hospital at Potapalli, West Godavari Dist; Sri Sathya Sai Eye Hospital in Surat ; Sri Sathya Sai Heart Hospital in Rajkot and the various medical camps organized in Puttaparthi.

The programme at Dharmakhetra started with the Veda Chanting, followed by bhajans by Youth and Ex-sai students. Thereafter, Sri Ajit Popat spoke for more than 1 hours and 15 minutes, bringing tears to all about his wonderful experiences with Swami.

The programme ended with Aarti to Bhagawan

SAMARPAN - Sixth Edition - 20th September 2015 - Dharmakshetra

Ganapati Darshan at Dharmakshetra - 17th Sep 2015

The Inter-Collegiate Music Competition - K C College - 23rd August 2015 Text

The Inter-Collegiate Music Competition was held in The K C College Auditorium, Churchgate at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday 23rd August, 2015

The Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organization as a part of its Youth Awareness Program  had the second event - the intercollegiate Music Competition. College bands presented songs based on socially relevant issues and inspiring themes like patriotism, positive thinking, unity of religions, anti-dowry etc. The program was kickstarted by a grand rendition of Prem Ishwar hai by Ms. Uma Bolangdy with Mr. Sanket Modi on harmonium and Shri Arun Dhareshwar on the flute. Eminent luminaries of the music industry Shri Anandji of Kalyanji Anandji fame, Sapna Mukherjee, Shaan and Shriram Iyer judged the event which was inaugurated by Shri Naresh Chandra , Principal of Birla College and former Pro. Vice Chancellor of the University of Mumbai.

About 9 colleges participated with the winner being VES College from Chembur, Mumbai


The Inter-Collegiate Music Competition - K C College - 23rd August 2015

Inter Collegiate - Street Play - Manik Sabhagraha Bandra - August 22, 2015 Text

The Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organization held the first event kick starting its Youth Awareness Program with a Street Play Competition today, August 22, 2015 at Manik Sbhagraha, Mumbai.15 colleges participated in the event.

The themes were left to the choice of the colleges with the condition that they must be socially relevant and the plays must focus on solutions rather than merely stating the problem. The colleges presented themes of women empowerment, saving the tiger, corruption, Inner Peace, Fake advertising, Social hypocricy, the girl child among others.

The performances were power packed, creative and amazingly thought provoking. Eminent theatre and film personalities like Juhi Chaturvedi who has written the films Vicky Donor and Piku, Abhigyan Jha founder of one of the world’s leading online media companies and screen writer and Ashutosh Pandit, well known theatre personality judged the event.

Siddharth Collge won the first prize with their innovative and wonderful performance on the theme, ‘drishti nahi drishtikon badlo’ followed by Patkar College on Advertising and Social hypocricy. Bhavan’s College was the second runner up on the theme ‘Cleanliness’


Inter Collegiate - Street Play - Manik Sabhagraha Bandra - August 22, 2015

Independence day celebrations at Dharmakshetra on 15th Aug by Bandra, Khar and Santacruz Samithi

Guru Pournima Evening Celebrations at Prasanthi Nilayam 31 July 2015 Text

SadhGuru Devotional Sandhya by Suresh Wadkar

Lilting melody… with magical lifting touch… powered by devotional ambience engulfed the hallowed Prasanthi precincts on this Guru Pournima evening as legendary playback singer and long-time devotee of Bhagawan, Sri Suresh Wadkar crooned at the Sanctum Sanctorum singing for The Supreme Teacher Of All Teachers, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai.

Nothing could have been any better to begin with than the lilting, lifting Marathi devotional dedicated to The Supreme Teacher “Omkara Swarupa… SadhGuru Samartha…”. Catching the pulse of the auspicious evening with the lifting song, the number that followed was one of Swami’s favourite songs that he sung on the occasion of 70th birthday, Aur is Dil Mein Kya Rakha Hai Tera Hi Pyaar…

A Vittala Marathi number Vittala Namacha Re Taho next was followed by Ore Raahi Tuche Jaana Hey Parthi Nagariya…,calling the mind to travel to Puttaparthi.

The evening that ensued kept the house in rapt attention with a string of exhilarating devotionals, namely  Tuu Pyaar Ka Sagar Hey…, Araj Suno Mori SaiNath Peer…, Ithni Shakthi Hame Dena Dada…, Guro Paramatma Pareshu…, Suno To Ganga Ye Kya Sunaye…and Kanada Raja Pandharicha….

The artist and accompanists were felicitated. Bhajans continued and ended with Bhagawan singing “Vahe Guru Vahe Guru…”

The gifted singer had the rare blessing of performing in the immediate Divine Presence many times, from the nineties on.

Mangala Arathi at 1845 hrs. marked the end of the glorious Guru Purnima evening.

 

Guru Pournima Evening Celebrations at Prasanthi Nilayam 31 July 2015 Image

Guru Pournima Evening Celebrations at Prasanthi Nilayam 31 July 2015

Guru Pournima Morning Celebrations at Prasanthi Nilayam 31 July 2015 Text

Guru Pournima at Prasanthi Nilayam 31 July 2015

Guru Pournima At The Holiest Of Holies…

Esteemed beyond compare by virtue of her special status, being The Abode Of Lord Supreme, Prasanthi Nilayam always embraced Guru Pournima with unbounded spiritual passion, celebrating the occasion many a time in the immediate Divine Presence Of The Selfsame Master Supreme. Today, when Guru Pournima returned to Prasanthi yet again, it is this reminiscent immaculate reflection of The Supreme Incarnate engulfed the hallowed precincts that had woven innumerable tales with The Master Supreme.

When the auspicious morning dawned with a touch of nostalgia, the curtains of Bhagawan’s Sanctum Sanctorum remained open for a brief session during the Omkar Suprabhatam, granting the bliss of darshan to the mass of devotees, evoking innate nostalgic feelings.

This morning’s special session commenced with regular Vedic incantations followed by a brief spell of percussive melody by the Institute ‘Percussion’ band playing some holistic notes heralding the advent of Guru Purnima, greeting SadhGuru Sri Sathya Sai.

Musical band took over next with “Guru Vandana”, singing Gurupaduka Strotram, followed by a string of devotionals namely, “Namo Sathya Sai Baba… Namo Sathya Sai…”, “Ganga Jaisa Nirmal Pavan, Yamuna Jaisa Pyara Pyara…”, “Sai Nama Smaranam… Sai Roopa Dhyanam…”, “SadhGuru Sai Nath Hamare…”, “PandariNatha Govinda…”, “Easwaraambaa Sutam… Vande Sathyam JagadGurum…”, “Gurur Brahma Neeve… Param Jyothi Neeve…” to end with a Qawwali, “Tere Darbar Me Hum Aaye Yaham…”.

Sri Nimish Pandya, Vice President, Sri Sathya Sai Organisations – India addressing the assembly,  emphasised on the absolute need of ‘Unconditional Love’, the crux of Bhagawan’s teachings. To be part of His Divine Mission is the greatest opportunity and one should be ever ready to utilise the platform of Sri Sathya Sai Organisations, urged the Vice President emphasizing on practice, the hallmark of spiritual sadhana.

George Bebedelis, an alumnus of Athens University, and office bearer of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations – Greece delivered a quality ‘wisdom’ speech next, with rare sparks of ‘practice’ from his own life. The westerner spoke, quoting Indian scriptures and teachings with elan, citing Bhagawan and Sanskrit slokas often, divulging on the essence of man’s ultimate goal, Atma Jnana.

The earnest seeker from Greece entertained the assembly with his lucid recital of Telugu and Sankrit hymns, spark of yearning for Ultimate Truth. He concluded singing, “Love Is My Form… Truth Is My Breath…”. George was well received by the appreciative audience who burst into rapturous applause for his simple, straightforward ‘wisdom’ speech.

Bhagawan’s in His Divine discourse, referring to Sadhana and Navavidha Bhakti, exhorted devotees to follow the path diligently, without giving up, ensuring success. Man is wasting time owing to ignorance. God Is time, Master of time and transcends time, reminded Bhagawan adding that the wisdom that comes out of suffering lasts forever as true bliss is present in difficulties and trouble alone. In this context Bhagawan also narrated Mother Kunthi’s story of seeking difficulties until her last breath. The Divine discourse came to an end with the bhajan “Prema Muditha Manase Kaho Rama Rama Ram…”

As Bhajans commenced, students from the Primary and Easwaramma Schools made a beeline to the Sanctum Sanctorum offering their ‘hadiwork’ at Bhagawan’s Lotus Feet.

Mangala Arathi at 1100 hrs. brought the curtain down for the enlightening morning session.



Guru Pournima at Prasanthi Nilayam 31 July 2015 Image

Guru Poornima at Dharmakshetra 2015

Ashadi Ekadashi Evening Celebrations 2015 at Prasanthi Nilayam 27 July 2015 Text

Sant Janabai’s ecstatic story by Kolhapur Balvikas

The story of ecstatic elixir Divine – of Lord Vitthala continued in this Ashadi evening as Balvikas children from Kolhapur district of Maharashtra presented a dance drama on the illustrious life of Sant Janabai this evening here in Prasanthi Nilayam.

The colourful graceful presentation took the audience to the nostalgic ancient 13th century days of Pandharpur, where lived one of the foremost saints of Maharashtra, Sant Janabai.

Came to the Feet Of Lord Vitthala as a little child along with parents, Jani, the child relented to return, sticking to Lord Vitthala. Having found the little girl alone at the Pandharpur Temple, Sant Namdev granted shelter to the girl, who was taken in as a ‘little house-maid’.

The story next depicted the most astounding Madhura Prema Bhakti of the little girl-turned-maiden, who breathed Vitthala every single moment, enforcing the Lord to be her Eternal Breath.

Being an accomplished poet by herself, Janabai used to compose abhangs on Lord Vitthala and the Lord, sensing the purity of devotion, would pen down His devotee’s compositions. To an astounding Sant Jnanadev who caught up with The Lord’s secret, The Lord revealed: I was happy to write down the verses of Jani and I will bless anyone who reads her verses, and no calamity will ever befall them.

At the end, having grown in her devotion, Janabai accepted Namadev as her Guru as pleaded for Ultimate Wisdom. …And her Lord, Vitthala granted her the boon of Jeevan Mukthi, enshrining His devotee par excellence as a shining example in the annals of His Story.

It was yet another beautiful ecstatic elixir from the unending spiritual reservoir of Maharashtra.

The drama was intertwined with beautiful philosophical Maratha  compositions of Vittala devotion and the children danced merrily bringing out a dazzling, soul-stirring presentation. The evening assembly sat in wrap attention drinking the nectar of devotion presented by the Balvikas children from Kolhapur.

Bhajans continued and ended with Mangala Arathi at 1810 hrs.

 

Ashadi Ekadashi Evening Celebrations 2015, Sant Janabai’s ecstatic story by Kolhapur Balvikas at Prasanthi Nilayam 27 July 2015

Ashadi Ekadashi Morning Celebrations 2015 at Prasanthi Nilayam 27 July 2015 Text

Ashadi Ekadashi morning in Prasanthi Nilayam…

Prasanthi was gripped in Maratha festive fervour this morning as twin western Indian States of Maharashtra and Goa celebrated Holy Ashadi Ekadashi in the Divine Omnipresence of Bhagawan here in Prasanthi Nilayam.

Popular traditional ‘Varkari Sampradaya’ of Maharashtra, wherein lakhs and lakhs of devotees walk on foot to the Holy Abode Of Lord Vitthala at Pandharpur every year in the month of Ashada, had its symbolic replica here this morning, with hundreds ofSai Varkaris arrived at the Sanctum Sanctorum singing paeans to Lord Sai Vitthala, commencing the auspicious morning’s proceedings.

Adding colour to the ‘gaiety galore’, youth from the State danced to the tune of a Maratha devotional number, sharing devotional ecstasy of the grand festive occasion.

Adding unadulterated Maratha Vitthala flavour, the session then continued with a musical offering by young legendary classical vocalist Swaradhish Bharat Balvalli. Singing ecstatic elixir of Lord Vitthala in classical Marathi, the session ensued sent an apparent message, to the auspicious morning’s assembly, of the unmatched significance, of the 11th lunar day of the month of Ashada and of Lord Vitthala to the Maratha community.  The talented singer regaled the audience for over fifty minutes, immersing them in ecstatic Vitthala devotion. The numbers included an inciting “Hari-mana Tumi Govinda-mana Tumi Gopala-mana Hari Narayana…”

Earlier, MLA of Kolhapur Dr Sujit Minchekar offered a Tulsi garland at Bhagawan’s Sanctum Sanctorum, paying obeisance to Beloved Bhagawan.

Bhajans continued and ended with Mangala Arathi at 0950 hrs.

 

 

Ashadi Ekadashi Morning Celebrations 2015 at Prasanthi Nilayam 27 July 2015

Ashadi Ekadshi Celebrations - 26th July 2015 Text

What’s Up??? – Socio-Techno-Religious-Drama by Mumbai…

Presenting an evening of ‘insight’ and ‘astuteness’, Balvikas children from Mumbai district of Maharashtra offered a socio-techno-religious-modern-day- drama entitled ‘What’s Up’ on this Ashadi Eve here in Prasanthi Nilayam.

The presentation as the title suggests, portraying the plight of modern-day-gadget-addicted man, asks man to shun What’s App to turn to What’s Up, living purposefully, knowing His True Self.

Sensible use of analogies of modern-day-technological jargons with reference to spirituality made the presentation an interesting one, sending the message across to the evening’s assembly of devotees.

In the presentation, Lord Ganesha at the instance of Lord Shiva comes down to earth in the guise of ‘God Jobs’ to raise man from the lost track, teaching him to ‘login’ to the Cosmic User Name ‘Only You’ with the password ‘Soham’ to get into the world of The Ultimate Technocrat, Sai Supreme.

Man’s journey is to know his True Self and the dance ballet with the potent modern-day theme, ably assisted by interludes of songs and dances captured the essence, concluding with a parting song, singing Soham Shantidhaamam… Soham Jyotiroopam… Soham Parama Brahma Swaroopam.

Bhajans by the Mumbai devotees continued and Mangala Arathi at 1810 hrs. marked the end of the evening’s proceedings.

 

Ashadi Ekadshi Celebrations at Prasanthi Nilayam - 26th July 2015 (what's up)

Puja for 43rd Mobile Van for Mahad, Text

The Sri Sathya Sai Mobile Medicare project on 16th July, inaugurated their 43rd Mobile Van. (Van No MH.43.5652), The puja was performed at Dharmakshetra on Thursday 16th July, 2015 by the State President of Maharashtra & Goa, Shri Ramesh Sawant and office bearers. As per the statistic updated on 31st March, 2015, the project has, with Bhagawan's Blessings, reached out to over 30.82 lakh patients since inception. Approximately 32.50 lakh pat...ients have been covered upto 30th June, 2015. The SSSSO Organisation Maharashtra & Goa is gearing up for the Maha Medical Service from 23rd August, 2015 for the Kumbha Mela in Nasik and likely to service over 5 lakhs patients.

Kumbha Mela is a mass piligrmage of faith and is considered to be the largest peaceful temporary gathering in the world. Every three years, Kumbha Mela is held by rotation in India in Haridwar, Allahabad, Nashik and Ujjain. Then there are the Ardha Kumbha Melas at Haridwar and Allahabad, every six years, the Purna Kumbha Mela held only at Allahabad every 12 years. The last Kumbha Mela at Nashik in the 12-year cycle was held in 2003. As such, the ensuing Kumbha Mela will be held there during July 2015 to September 2015. It is expected that over 1 crore pilgrims would participate in the Mela. People from across the globe also visit the Mela. It is now a location for great documentaries, including National Geographic channel and other channels.

On an average Over 45000 plus patients are receiving treatment every month for a wide variety of diseases including hypertension, diabetes, allergies, digestive, respiratory, gynaec and other ailments. The mobile dispensaries are fully equipped with a range of medicines and equipments for diagnosis and treatment of patients. The medical vans are the most viable alternative in terms of cost, time and manpower resources, to reach out to distant and also remote areas. Instead of resting at this goalpost, the SSSSO Organisation Maharashtra & Goa continues wholeheartedly to this seva of taking Bhagawan's love to the masses, by undertaking many innovative methods.

Nashik is the venue for the next Kumbha Mela 2015 which will be held on the banks of river Godavari. Kumbha Mela in Nashik happens after a period of 12 years. As per the survey conducted by the government, around over 1 crore pilgrims are expected to arrive and take holy bath in the river Godavari to cleanse their body and souls. The Kumbha Mela is scheduled from 14/7/2015 to 26/9/2015, with the Shahi Snans (holy bath).

Puja for 43rd Mobile Van for Mahad, at Dharmakshetra

A Talk by Prof Anil Kumar Kamaraju at Dharmakshetra Text

On the occasion of the 4th edition of SAMARPAN session on 12th July, 2015, Prof. Anil Kumar shared his wonderful experiences with His Divine Master, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba at Shanti Deep, Dharmakshetra.

The program began at 4.20 pm with the Lighting of the lamp and Vedic Chanting followed by a short film ....Prof Anil Kumar spoke for almost 2 hours.

Prof. Kumar regaled the devotees with intimate and revealing reports in his own lucid, humorous, and straight-forward style about the conversation and tales of his spiritual master. He is an inspiration to one and all. His talk today were full of wisdom and humour.

The entire talk was very informative and a perfect example of Anil Kumar's ability to keep an attentive audience through his enthusiasm and wonderful storytelling skills. 

The program ended around 7.30 pm with soul stirring bhajans by Sathya Sai students and Raviraj Nasery followed by Aarti.

Talk by Prof Anil Kumar Kamaraju at Dharmakshetra

Satsangh with Prof Anil Kumar Jain Mandir Hall (Mulund) - 11th July, 2015 Text

Professor Anil Kumar Kamaraju from Prasanthi Nilayam hardly needs any introduction Bhagawan Baba, bestowed upon him the unique opportunity to render live translations of His Divine Discourses in Telugu into English. And this sacred but difficult duty, Professor Anil Kumar performed with great devotion, humility, enthusiasm, concentration and clarity.

Hailing from State of Andhra Pradesh, Professor Anil Kumar was educated in the famous Andhra University and worked as a Professor of Botany in Andhra Christian College in Guntur. He belongs to a very scholarly family who were staunch followers of Brahmo Samaj, a progressive thinking reformist movement in India and known for its worship of the Brahman as the Formless. However in early 1970s, Bhagawan Baba entered his life through the faith and devotion of his wife, Srimati Vijaya Lakshmi. After some initial hesitation and scepticism, Professor Anil Kumar soon found convergence of his Brahmo Samaj ideas with those of Bhagawan’s teachings: Only, Bhagawan’s explanations were clearer, fresher, interesting, inspiring, gave great joy and solace.

He never looked back after this, and with his trademark enthusiasm and in his inimitable style plunged into the Divine Sai Mission. He studied and digested Bhagawan’s Discourses with great dedication, and toured many places to interact with fellow devotees and spread the Divine Sai Message. He has endeared himself to students, staff, devotees and others, and above all to our dearest Lord Sai!

Prof entertained the very creator of the universe with wit and humour, whilst all the time he relaying to us His divine message. We are indeed fortunate to have him amidst all of us and sharing his unique experiences, deep understanding and love of our dear Bhagawan and His teachings................

The programme began with the Vedic Chanting by the Balvikas children followed by bhajans

For over one and half hours Prof Anil Kumar narrated his personal experiences with Swami to devotees who assembled at Jain Mandir Hall (Mulund) on 11th July, 2015. Being very popular with the Sai Devotees, Prof Anil Kumar kept them smiling throughout with his light-hearted talk and good sense of humour. At the end of his talk there was a few question and answer session. The program ended around 8.30 with the Aarti and Mahaprasadam.

Satsangh with Prof Anil Kumar Jain Mandir Hall

Tree Plantation Drive - SSSO, Mumbai Text

It is with great pleasure and sincere gratitude to Bhagwan, we wish to inform you that the Sapling Plantation Drive undertaken by the Youth wing of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisaton in association with Hariyali NGO , on 28th June 2015 at Bhavale village,dist.Thane was carried out with great success.

To facilitate the volunteers to reach the venue three buses and a few cars were arranged across the city of Mumbai.

One Hundred and Thirty-nine Volunteers proactively played a major role in making the event a great success. with the spirit of high enthusiasm . Each Volunteer attended the drive with great excitement and the drive was carried forward with a spirit of immense zeal & enthusiasm.

The Plantation Drive started at 8 am and concluded at 11.30 am wherein the following activities were carried out:

1)Total Number of 140 Saplings were Planted

2) 6 trenches were repaired
3) 4 trenches were dug in order to reduce the flow of water to help in percolation of pure ground water
4) 4 bunds are widened

As the lovely morning came to an end the Hariyali team thanked the Volunteers for exhibiting real efforts towards plantation drive and promoting green Environment.

The Volunteers in return passed the credence to the Hariyali Team for giving them a wonderful opportunity to serve Mother Earth. The drive ended on a positive note of Both the organisations mutually agreeing to extend cooperation to each other in future as well.


Tree Plantation Drive - SSSO, Mumbai

Yoga Day at Dharmakshetra - 21 June 15 Text

One fine example of what exactly Yoga is has been very beautifully defined by Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba - " You can hear the footsteps of God when silence reigns in the mind.”

June 21 was declared as the International Day of Yoga by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 2014. Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice or discipline that originated in India. In suggesting June 21, which is the Summer Solstice, as the International Day of Yoga, Narendra Modi had said that the date is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world.

From the perspective of yoga, the Summer Solstice marks the transition to Dakshinayana. The first full moon after Summer Solstice is known as Guru Poornima. According to Sadhguru, Lord Shiva, the first yoga practitioner(Adi Yogi) is said to have begun imparting the knowledge of yoga to the rest of mankind on this day and became the first guru (Adi Guru). Dakshinayana is also considered a time when there is natural support for those pursuing spiritual practices.

 

Yoga Day at Dharmakshetra - 21 June 15

Easwaramma Day celebrations at Dharmakshetra ON 3RD MAY 2015

Gram Seva and Inauguration of toilets at Yermal by Bandra, Khar & Santacruz Samithi

Inauguration of Sri Sathya Sai Wellness Centre at Dharmakshetra Text

A wellness center was inaugurated and 19th Diploma Course in Sri Sathya Sai Educare in Dharmakshethra on 5th April.

Sri. Indulal Shah graced the occasion. Sri. Ratnakar, who had arrived from Puttaparthi spoke during the function. He narrated a Sai event, which he had witnessed during his college days. Swami with the selected students were proceeding to Ooty, in Tamil Nadu. They were passing through Bandipur forest. Somewhere in half way, Swami’s car was caught in a traffic jam. Hundreds of cars had been stranded. When enquired the students came to know that a rogue forest elephant was standing in the middle of the road, blocking the traffic. The elephant had been standing there for more than 1-1/2 hours. When knew about it, Swami gave direction to overtake the stranded vehicles and go near the Elephant. Swami looked through the car window. The elephant also looked at Bhagavan, and quietly moved some 20 feet away and allowed all the cars pass through. Late in the evening a group of devotees arrived in Ooty. When enquired why they are so late, they explained that a Rogue elephant was standing in the middle of the road, and they waited for over 10 hours for the elephant to move from there. It means that the elephant had again come back to middle of the road, after allowing Swami’s troupe to pass through.

Dr B G Pitre, Director, Institute of Sathya Sai Education, Mumbai address to the august assembly the progress made by the Institute of Sri Sathya Sai Education (India). The Institute has been instrumental as a nodal agency to promote, coordinate and evaluate the value - based curriculum in all Sathya Sai Schools in India.. The Institute has been conducting training courses for teachers & educators, developing resource material for teachers & standards and evaluating quality students, through an Accreditation procedure.

 

Inauguration of Sri Sathya Sai Wellness Centre at Dharmakshetra