Divine Visit to Mandya, Melkote and Mysore - February 18 to 20, 2021

Sri Sathya Sai Sharadaniketanam, Mandya - February 18 And 19, 2020

 During Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai’s visit to the Mandya campus in November 2020, Sadguru had also visited the Sri Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple in Melkote. There, He had blessed the priests and promised that He would offer a gold-plated Suryamandala for the Rathasaptami festival in February 2021. Therefore on 18 February 2021, along with some guests, students and staff Sadguru embarked on a two-day visit to Mandya, Melkote and Mysore.

On Thursday 18 February, Sadguru departed from Muddenahalli by helicopter and landed at Sri Sathya Sai Sharadaniketanam, Mandya at 10:30 a.m. He was lovingly welcomed by the students and staff of the campus with a grand procession and guard of honour. Sadguru proceeded to the prayer hall, ‘Sai Hrudayam’, where after Bhajans, the music group offered a bouquet of songs. The gathering was then welcomed by Sri Shashank Narayana, Warden of Sri Sathya Sai Sathya Niketanam, Hassan campus. After an invocatory chant of the sannyāsa sūktam, four students expressed their gratitude to Sadguru and shared their learnings from the parāvidyā classes and expressed their readiness to serve in Sadguru's mission and to follow His words.

Sadguru then answered a few questions asked by the students and then went on to explain the vision behind the introduction of the Gurukula system of education and the NIOS system.

Emphasising the importance of being in good company, Sadguru expanded on the examples of the Pandavas and Duryodhana. Commanding the students to develop good habits which would make their present and future life strong, positive and sublime, Sadguru concluded by saying that by becoming a good and selfless servant of society, anyone can become like Him.

In the evening, Satsang was held at the Dhyana Mantapam in the majestic Lord Shiva temple. After a few Bhajans, the Music Department of the Sri Sathya Sai University for Human Excellence presented devotional songs in Kannada, by various saints of Karnataka. Sadguru then spoke about the teachings of Adi Shankaracharya in the Viveka Chudamani and expanded on the importance of sense control. Narrating the examples of five animals who lose their lives due to lack of control of one sense, Sadguru cautioned that human beings must be very careful as they possess all five senses. He said that before doing anything, one must always ask whether the action will take one closer to God or away from God. Sadguru spoke further on the topics of viveka and vairāgya and thereafter received Mangala Arati before retiring for dinner.

The next morning on 19 February, the students and staff gathered for a special prayer session as they chanted Suprabhatam in front of Sadguru’s residence. Sadguru granted Darshan to all of them from the balcony and then descended down at 6 a.m. Speaking to the students, Sadguru guided them on choosing the right path saying that if one chooses the right path, one reaches the right destination. Sadguru spoke about the festival of ‘Rathasaptami’ and referring to the movements of the Sun, explained that jñāna mārga is like moving in a helicopter whereas, bhakti mārga and karma mārga are like moving in a car. Therefore, it is jñāna mārga that will take one to the final destination quickly.

After interacting with the students, at 6:30 a.m Sadguru proceeded to Melkote by helicopter.

 

Sri Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple, Melkote And Mysore– February 19, 2021

Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai arrived at Sri Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple at Melkote by 7 a.m and as the first rays of the morning sun on the auspicious day of Rathasaptami or Surya Jayanti touched the feet of the utsava mūrti, special pūjā was performed to the Swarnaprabha Vahanam. Thereafter, the murti was placed on the Vahanam and drawn in a grand procession. Sadguru then went inside the Sanctum Sanctorum for Darshan of the main sannidhi and then departed to Mysore.

In the evening at around 5 p.m, everyone gathered for a Satsang at the home of Professor J Shashidhara Prasad, former Vice-Chancellor of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Prashanti Nilayam. After a few Bhajans and songs by the music group, the grand-daughter of Professor Shashidhara Prasad offered a devotional song on Goddess Lakshmi at Sadguru’s feet. When Sadguru asked the little girl as to what she would ask for if the Goddess came to her home, she responded saying that she would not ask for anything. This made Sadguru very happy and He said that the dearest of devotees are those who ask for God only for God’s sake. He explained that just as democracy is for the people, by the people and of the people, in the same way, spirituality is for God, by God and of God.

Sadguru then concluded the session and after interacting with a few devotees, retired for the evening.

 

Mysore And Mandya - February 20, 2021

On the morning of 20 February, Sadguru proceeded to the home of Brother Sai Manohar who is currently serving as a site engineer at the Sri Sathya Sai Vaniniketanam, Gadag. Sadguru spent precious moments with all the family members and after blessing them all profusely, departed to Sri Sathya Sai Gokulam, a dairy products company founded by alumnus Sri H N Prashanth.

After a grand welcome by Sri Prashanth, and his family, Sadguru inaugurated the company factory. Various homas had been underway and Sadguru then performed the pūrṇāhuti before inaugurating the office space and spending precious moments with Sri Prashanth and family. Sadguru then blessed all the workers and staff of the factory and all the devotees who had gathered. Speaking to all the devotees, Sadguru emphasised the importance of working for dharma and not for money or fame. He said that if one works for dharma, all else automatically follows. Sadguru also guided on a collaboration of Sri Sathya Sai Gokulam with the Saisure initiative of the Annapoorna Trust. After speaking to the family and guiding them on how to proceed further, Sadguru partook lunch and then departed back to Mandya campus, reaching around 12 p.m.

After a brief rest at the campus, Sadguru then spent a few moments with the staff and students. Promising to return after two months, Sadguru then departed by helicopter at 4 p.m and returned to Sathya Sai Grama, Muddenahalli at 4:45 p.m.

 


Divine Visit To Sri Sathya Sai University For Human Excellence, Gulbarga - February 14 And 15, 2021

The morning of 14 February saw a continuation of the Chairpersons' Meeting as all the Heads of Institution, Chairpersons and Post-Graduate students gathered once again for discussions on the next steps of the education mission. Later in the morning, Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai along with the University faculty members joined the meeting where Sri B G Jayaram presented a brief recap of the Chairpersons' discussions.

Sadguru granted further guidance on how the institutions should proceed and spoke about the National Education Policy 2020. He then elaborated on various aspects of the educational institutions and spent some time answering questions that had arisen during the discussions. The morning session concluded thereafter.

In the early evening, everyone gathered at the volleyball and basketball courts where the students of the campus had prepared to play matches. Sadguru arrived and enthralling matches of volleyball, followed by basketball took place. The teams which consisted of students in Post-Graduate programmes, Undergraduate programmes, the Pre-University College and High School, played with much energy and vigour, giving their all just to bring a smile to their Lord's face. In these institutions, playing sports is not about competition, winning and losing but rather an exercise in teamwork, cooperation, and good sportsmanship and indeed - the boys demonstrated these qualities in abundance. As the matches came to a close, Sadguru blessed all the team members and after taking group pictures with them, everyone proceeded towards the Prayer Hall for the evening Satsang.

The Satsang began with two Post-Graduate student speakers. The first was Brother Niketan T C. Brother Niketan spoke on the topic of 'paravidya - as a student, teacher and seeker'. He spoke about how paravidya classes with Sadguru had brought about a change in perspective in his life and about how teaching paravidya to younger students would enable them to possess a better perspective at a younger age. Brother Niketan also spoke about the importance of not only being near to Sadguru, but rather being dear to Him.

The next speaker for the evening was Brother Battu Bhargav Sai, who narrated three short anecdotes on the topic of 'Organisation as a family'. Brother Bhargav Sai shared through his own experiences how love, compassion, forgiveness, and acceptance are essential for everyone to live as one family. The two inspirational speeches were followed by a scintillating music performance by staff and students from the Department of Music, Sri Sathya Sai University for Human Excellence. Brothers Pranav Kashyap and Srinivas Viswanadha rendered a number of Annamacharya Kirtanas and devotional songs, after which Sadguru expressed His happiness and conveyed that He would personally take care of the music and Vedic studies departments as the world was only created for man to love God and these two departments facilitate the inculcation of such love. He also explained that the only thing that one needs to do on Earth is to love God and be loved by God. All else is unnecessary and avoidable. Sadguru said that only the life of one who has learnt to love God and God alone, is worth living and can be considered successful and all other pursuits and achievements are a sheer waste. Promising to return after a few months, Sadguru brought the session and a wonderful three days to a close. Mangala Arati was offered and Sadguru retired to His residence where He partook dinner along with His guests.

On the morning of 15 February 2021, after profusely blessing the campus staff and students, Sadguru departed from Gulbarga and arrived at Sathya Sai Grama, Muddenahalli in the afternoon.

 


Divine Visit to Sri Sathya Sai University for Human Excellence, Gulbarga - February 13, 2021

On the morning of 13 February, all the chairpersons, Heads of Institutions, University staff members and Post-Graduate students gathered at the state-of-the-art conference room in the pentagon building. As soon as Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai arrived, Sri B G Jayaram welcomed all gathered, delivered a brief introductory talk. Thereafter, Sri B N Narasimha Murthy addressed everyone. He spoke about Sadguru's vision for the educational institutions and how Sadguru has changed the structure of the institutions from being educational institutions providing spiritual knowledge, to being spiritual institutions providing academic knowledge.

This was followed by Sadguru's inaugural address of the Chairpersons' meeting wherein He outlined the journey of the Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Gurukulam in the last ten years. He spoke about various challenges and problems that had surfaced over the years and the ways in which He had dealt with each of them, leading to the institutions becoming what they are today. Sadguru emphasised the importance of both jana (people) and dhana (monetary contribution) in sustaining such institutions and explained how both were equally important.

After a presentation by brother Pavan Deshpande, alumni and Chartered Accountant who has dedicated His life in service of this noble mission, Sadguru granted precious guidance to all the staff members gathered about the next steps in the future of the education mission.

Thereafter, there was a short break for refreshments after which everyone gathered in the Prayer Hall for a quiz by the Post-Graduate students of the University.

Six rounds of fun and learning took place on the theme of the book 'God Management' by Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai, after which Sadguru blessed everyone and retired to His room for lunch and rest for the afternoon.

In the evening, all were gathered once again at the prayer hall for evening Satsang. The session began with a welcome address by Brother Devendra who is currently pursuing his second year at the Sri Sathya Sai University for Human Excellence, followed by speeches by two Post-Graduate students, Brothers Snehil Naidu and Anil Chandra. First, Brother Snehil spoke on the topic of 'Vision and Mission of Sathya Sai' and beautifully spoke about the ways in which Sadguru has brought about a complete educational reform through His institutions, emphasising more on the spiritual aspects of life rather than the material and worldly aspects and outlined what Sadguru expects of each one playing a part in this mission.

Thereafter, Brother Anil Chandra spoke on the topic of 'The triangle of parent, teacher and student'. He narrated his own experience of the importance of the tri-partite relationship between parent, teacher, and student by recollecting anecdotes from his own internship at the Hampi campus. Brother Anil elaborated on the equally important roles of parents, teachers and students in the education of a child and shared his own learnings on the topic.

Sri B N Narasimha Murthy then addressed the gathering and spoke about the importance of inspiring teachers who encourage students to be the best they can be. Sharing some of his experiences, Sri Narasimha Murthy demonstrated how an inspirational teacher can mould a child and guide them towards a life of service.

Sadguru then granted His Divine message and explained how a person whose thought, word and deed is always in line, never suffers. “If one chooses to serve and do good, then one would never experience regret.” Sadguru spoke about the importance of making decisions in life that are based on what is good (śreyas) rather than what is pleasurable (preyas) so that regret is not experienced at the end of life. He also reminded everyone that at the end of life, nothing would matter other than the good that one has done with one's life and therefore, one must live life so that it is fulfilling and satisfying and one does not feel regret about anything that one may or may not have done.

The evening session concluded with a wonderful quiz on apara vidya, with questions on general knowledge and awareness of current affairs. Whilst a great deal of emphasis is placed on para vidya or higher knowledge, the Sri Sathya Sai educational institutions also place an equal amount of importance on creating well-rounded, wholesome graduates and in this regard, general knowledge and awareness is a key aspect of the curriculum. After a fun-filled session of laughter and learning, Sadguru blessed all the participants of the quiz and after Mangala Arati, He retired for the evening.


Divine Visit To Sri Sathya Sai University For Human Excellence, Gulbarga - February 12, 2021

On the morning of 12 February 2021, Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai departed to Bangalore airport along with a group of staff, students, and guests, and proceeded to board the short flight to Kalaburgi. Upon landing, Sadguru was welcomed by the University Management team and He was escorted to the Sri Sathya Sai University for Human Excellence campus. As He arrived, Sadguru immediately proceeded to the newly refurbished guesthouse, ‘Sai Vishranti’, which He inaugurated along with His guests. He then retired to His room for lunch and rest.

In the evening, everyone gathered at the prayer hall of the magnificent pentagon building and as melodious bhajans filled the atmosphere, Sadguru descended from His room. The evening Satsang began as Sri A R Manjunath, Pro-Chancellor welcomed Sadguru back to the campus after a gap of almost one year and offered his deep gratitude for blessing the campus staff and students once again. He briefly spoke about the history of the campus and the mission of the Sri Sathya Sai University for Human Excellence as fulfilment of Sri Madiyala Narayana Bhat's noble vision for upliftment of the nation.

Thereafter, Sri B N Narasimha Murthy, Chancellor of the University addressed the gathering. He recalled the amount of effort that had gone into building this very campus and recollected how the site was when he had first visited the land almost ten years ago in 2012. Sri Narasimha Murthy recounted how he would travel from village to village with Sri Madiyala Narayana Bhat in order to gain support for the institution at Muddenahalli and offered his gratitude to Sadguru for the blessings showered for making the institutions into what they have become today, with the Sri Sathya Sai University for Human Excellence at the helm.

Sadguru then spoke about the importance of the joint efforts of nara and narayana. He said that just as Lord Krishna was the guide and Arjuna had to fight the war, so too, God can only guide and man must make efforts to fulfil the shared vision. Emphasising on selflessness, Sadguru explained that one's life must be for the sake of others and one must live to serve others as selflessness is most important. If one serves selflessly, the ego slowly disappears until all that remains is God.

The Divine discourse was then followed by a para vidya quiz which saw the participation of four teams made up of younger and older students from different campuses, along with staff members. The quiz brought a lot of joy to Sadguru and everyone gathered, serving as a reminder of all the learning that took place in the last one year. After the quiz, Sadguru graciously blessed all the participants with gifts and after receiving Mangala Arati, retired to His room for dinner and to rest for the evening.


Divine Visit to Sri Sathya Sai Prashanthiniketanam, Nallakadirenahalli - 04 January, 2021

It was the happiest day for the girl students of Sri Sathya Sai Prashanthiniketanam, Nallakadirenahalli, as they waited in anticipation for the Lord. The previous day was spent in cleaning, decorating, preparing cards, making garlands, song practices and much more. As the staff and students threw themselves enthusiastically into the assigned tasks, there was only one aim in every heart:   To make Swami happy. That wonderful morning, the whole campus was decorated with colourful garlands, handmade crafts and dressed in grand sarees, the beaming students stood ready to receive the Lord. 

Finally, Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai arrived with His entourage and was welcomed by the girl students in a Veda procession. Swami and His guests were presented colourful flower bouquets by the Heads of the institution. Swami visited the upcoming hostel building which is under construction and provided guidance to the contractor and workers.  

Swami was then led to the prayer hall where the staff and students had gathered. The programme commenced with an auspicious Vedic invocation by the University students. The welcome address was given by Smt. Purnima.M, Principal of Prashanthi Bala Mandira Girls’ School. This was followed by an inspiring speech in Sanskrit by the faculty of Prashanthi Nikethanam PU College.  Ms. Roopa, a tenth-grade student then expressed her gratitude to Swami for taking care of her entire education and for supporting her family in times of crisis. Ms. Amrutha, a PU college student, spoke about the gift of education that she is receiving in this institution, about her learnings from the paravidya classes and the joy of service that she experienced during the lockdown period. 

The talks were followed by soulful music renditions by students from the school, PUC, and the University. It is so rightly said that ’music is the fastest and surest way to reach God’! 

Thereafter, Swami delivered His much-awaited divine discourse. Swami elaborated that it was His dream to see the school, college and University in one campus which had manifested into reality that day and named it as the” Triveni Sangama.’’ Swami encouraged the girls to excel in sports, especially volleyball. He said that He plans to hold a volleyball match between the school, college and university level girls. After motivating all the students to play games regularly, Swami partook lunch with the tenth grade and the second-year PUC students. He distributed ice-cream to everyone. 

Post lunch, Swami visited all the classrooms, laboratories, office and staff rooms before blessing the elders with an interview. After the Mangala Arati was offered, Swami departed from the campus leaving everybody in a state of deep bliss.