Grandeur and festivity marked the celebration of Christmas at Prasanthi Nilayam, in which a large number of devotees from overseas countries came to participate. The entire Prasanthi Nilayam bore a festive look with various types of Christmas decorations. There were fabulous decorations in Sai Kulwant Hall, the venue of the celebrations, and Yajur Mandir, the abode of Bhagavan. Beautiful and colourful lights on these and other buildings at night presented an enchanting scene. Nativity scene and colourful display of Christmas tree in light and other decorations in the lawns of Western Canteen were the object of great attraction for devotees.
International Adult’s Choir
The three-day Christmas programmes began with an enrapturing presentation of Christmas carols and devotional songs by International Adults Choir on 24th December 2012. The choir comprising more than 250 ladies and about 100 gents singers and musicians from overseas countries began their presentation at 5.00 p.m. in Sai Kulwant Hall with prayer to Lord Ganesh. What followed this was a soulful rendition of 18 Christmas carols and devotional songs which enlivened the Christmas spirit. Befittingly, the final composition was a Sanskrit verse, “Sarva Rupa Dharam Santham” (the embodiment of all beings and source of peace) and inspiring words, “Always be happy, happy” in the golden voice of Bhagavan. At the conclusion of this enchanting presentation, the singers and musicians were felicitated and clothes were presented to them. This was followed by distribution of Prasadam and Bhajans which came to a close with video screening of Bhagavan singing the Bhajan, “Prema Mudita Manase Kaho.” The programme came to a close with Arati at 7.00 p.m.
Musical Presentations and Christmas Carols by Students
A huge congregation of devotees from all parts of the world basked in the ambience of true Christmas spirit on the holy day of Christmas which was celebrated with great piety and gaiety on 25th December 2012.
Singing of Christmas carols by all devotees in Sai Kulwant Hall from 6.30 to 7.00 a.m. was the first item of the programme on this sacred day. While the singers sang Christmas carols with deep devotion, video screening of Bhagavan’s Darshan from the balcony of the Mandir revived fond memories of Christmas celebrations at Prasanthi Nilayam in olden days.
The next item of the day’s programme was musical presentations by the students of Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary School and Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning. This programme began at 8.30 a.m. with violin recital of Higher Secondary School students who played sweet and soulful tunes. It was followed by the brass band display by the students of the Institute who presented lively beats in keeping with the spirit of Christmas. Thereafter, the students of the Institute presented a beautiful programme of Christmas carols, each rendition of which was preceded by an inspiring and informative conversation on the inner meaning of Christmas celebrations. Beginning their programme with the joyous song, “Merry Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,” the students enthralled the devotees with joyous rendition of Christmas carols for nearly 45 minutes, concluding their programme befittingly by singing the song, “Sri Sathya Sai Baba My Lord.” This was followed by Bhajans which the entire assembly of devotees followed in chorus with great devotion. The morning programme came to a close with Arati at 10.00 a.m.
International Children’s Choir
The programme in the afternoon started at 5.00 p.m. with the presentation of Christmas carols by the International Children’s Choir, in which about 70 children from various overseas countries took part. The children expressed their devout feelings by their enchanting singing of carols accompanied by sweet music, enthralling the devotees for nearly 30 minutes.
Talks by Distinguished Speakers
After this excellent presentation of Christmas carols by children, three distinguished speakers addressed the gathering. The first speaker was Ms. Petra von Kalinowski from Germany. Referring to Prasanthi Nilayam as the true home of all, the distinguished speaker observed that it was the hallowed place on earth where men and women from all cultures, religions and nationalities came together to joyfully celebrate their main festivals with unity. The second speaker, Dr. Deborah Ellens from U.S.A., narrated her unique experience how during a Darshan session Bhagavan walked straight up to her, and His form kept changing from Baba to Jesus and Jesus to Baba, convincing her of the oneness of Bhagavan and Jesus. The last speaker was Sri V. Srinivasan, All India President, Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations. Sri Srinivasan exhorted one and all to come to Prasanthi Nilayam again and again as this was their home. We should make our speech, behaviour and actions ideal in order to make our life the message of Bhagavan, he said.
These speeches were followed by a Christmas Discourse of Bhagavan, in which Bhagavan said that God has no birth and death and no beginning and end. Narrating the story how Jesus in his childhood was lost in Jerusalem and later found in a temple listening to the teachings of the priest, Bhagavan exhorted one and all to follow the teachings of Jesus and realise their divinity as everyone was the embodiment of the Divine. Bhagavan’s Discourse was followed by Bhajans. Meanwhile, clothes were offered to the children who presented the Christmas carols, and Prasadam was distributed to all. The Bhajans concluded with the Bhajan, “Govinda Krishna Jai Gopala Krishna Jai” in the golden voice of Bhagavan. The programme came to a conclusion with Arati at 7.00 p.m.
Christmas with Gogo: A Drama
On the third and final day of three-day Christmas celebrations, children from South Africa presented a drama entitled, “Christmas with Gogo (granny)” on 26th December 2012. The programme began at 4.30 p.m. with usual Veda chanting. This was followed by the thanksgiving speech of this year’s chairman of Christmas Committee, Sri John Behner who offered salutations at the Lotus Feet of Bhagavan by whose grace Christmas celebrations were a grand success. He offered thanks to the Central Trust and devotees from many overseas countries who helped in organising the Christmas programmes.
This was followed by the drama entitled, “Christmas with Gogo.” The story of the drama was narrated by a grandmother under a giant Baobab tree which served as a beautiful backdrop for enacting various scenes of the drama. The drama showcased the similarities of teachings of different religions, unconditional love of Jesus and Bhagavan Baba and unity of all creation through sweet songs and thrilling dances of children in colourful costumes and excellent make-up. In conclusion, the drama offered tributes to Bhagavan who gave to the world the values of Sathya, Dharma, Santhi, Prema and Ahimsa and taught by His example, “God is Love, Live in Love.” The drama which began at 5.00 p.m. came to a close at 6.00 p.m. A prolonged loud applause of the devotees spoke volumes about the excellent quality of the performance. At the conclusion of the drama, clothes were presented to the cast and Prasadam was distributed to all. In the end, there was a brief session of Bhajans which concluded with the video screening of the Bhajan, “Om Sivaya Om Sivaya” sung by Bhagavan. The programme came to a close with Arati at 6.25 p.m.
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Charity is the ornament for the hand, truth is the ornament for the neck,
scriptures are the ornaments for the ears. Of what avail are other ornaments?
GOD IS ONE WITHOUT A SECOND
Embodiments of Love!
brahmanis full oflove and, in fact, is the embodiment of love. Your love should merge with this love. It is the only one and there is no second. It is the non-dual state. The essential nature of love is sacrifice. Under any circumstances, it does not give room to hatred. It is love that brings even a person far away closer to you. It is love that drives away the feeling of separateness and promotes the feeling of oneness. Love also raises a person from the animal to human level. Prema (love) is the Prana(life principle) of man, and the Prana itself is Prema.One without love is verily a living corpse. Love is shown only to persons who are alive. No one will love a corpse. Love and life are therefore inter-related and intimately connected.
Forgiveness is the Greatest Power of Man
In this worldly life, love is manifesting in several forms such as the love between mother and son, husband and wife, and between relatives. This love based on physical relationships arises out of selfish motives and self-interest. But the love for the Divine is devoid of any trace of self-interest. It is love for the sake of love alone. This is called Bhakti(devotion). One characteristic of this love is to give and not to receive. Secondly, love knows no fear. Thirdly, it is only for love’s sake and not for any selfish motive. All these three qualities of love jointly connote Prapatti(surrender). When one revels in this attitude of Prapatti,one experiences the bliss of the Divine. For this, the prime requisite is Kshama(forgiveness).
Only a person who has this attitude of Kshamacan be considered to be endowed with sacred love. This cannot be learned from textbooks. Nor can it be acquired from preceptors or from anyone else. It is to be cultivated by oneself at times of difficulties, trials and tribulations that one is forced to meet. This quality of forbearance and forgiveness has the scope for taking root only when we face problems and difficulties that cause grief and misery. When you are confronted with problems and difficulties, you should not get upset and become victims of depression which is a sign of weakness. In such a situation, you should bring tolerance and an attitude of forgiveness into play and should not get agitated giving rise to anger, hatred and revengeful attitude. You are embodiments of strength and not weakness. Therefore, in times of despair, you should be filled with the feeling of forbearance and be ready to forgive and forget. This quality of Kshama(forgiveness) is the greatest power of a human being. If one loses this quality, one becomes demonic.
That Thou Art
A tree has a trunk covered with bark and myriad roots to feed it and hold it firm. It has branches spreading in all directions, tapering into twigs. It has millions of leaves which breathe and borrow energy from the sun. It fulfils itself by attracting bees to fertilise the flowers into seeds. All this variety of colour, fragrance, taste, smell, softness, strength, toughness and tenderness has emanated from one single seed. All creation has emanated similarly from God. This is the Reality inherent in all. Tattwamasi (That Thou Art). Be firm in that faith.
Ponder on a river merging in the ocean. The waters of the ocean rise up as vapour when heated by the sun and form clouds, which fall down as drops of rain. Each drop has inside it the yearning to return to the ocean from which it has been exiled. But the feeling of individuality overcomes the yearning. The raindrops accumulate and flow as brooks and streams which swell into tributaries of rivers, flooding the plains. At last, the river merges into the ocean and loses its name, form and attributes. In spite of all modifications undergone in the journey from ocean to ocean, water remains as water in vapour, cloud, rain and river. Names and forms and qualities do change but the core remains unchanged. Man too emerges from the ocean of Divinity and his destiny is to merge in it. This is the Truth. This is the Reality. That Thou Art. Be firm in that faith.
Keeping God as your guide and saviour, whatever work you may do will yield sure success. God is your only true friend. All other friends may be with you as long as you have wealth, but the moment you lose everything, those friends will desert you. God is the only friend who will be ever with you. He is always with you, in you and beside you. Therefore, the only way for prosperity is to develop friendship with God. Being a human, you should make others happy. This is love. Your heart is full of love. You should share it with others. When you have some edible dish, you have to eat it and serve to others. Otherwise, it will get spoiled. You must share your love with at least five persons per day. You should practise, experience and share with others this Divine Love.
On this New Year day, you should make a resolve that you will start every day with love, spend the day with love, fill the day with love, and end the day with love. There should be no difference of caste, creed, colour, religion or nationality. Love knows no distinction of any kind. You must wish everyone to be happy. Fill the heart with love. The country will prosper and the world will prosper and everyone will be happy.
– From Bhagavan’s New Year Discourses.
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Effulgence of divine glory
NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD
I had seen a number ofobjects created by Baba and handled them also. I was convinced about the genuineness of the articles, but I was not sure whether Baba Himself created them. After thinking for a while, knowing very well that there were very few Muslims among Baba’s devotees, I decided to ask for an impossible article no one had seen so far!
I: Baba, please give me such a thing which embodies in it the entire universe and only my own religion is shown on it.
Baba: (With a sweet smile) Abdul, do you really think that you have put an impossible request before Me?
Without a reply, I only kept on staring at Baba.
Baba: Look at My palm. Do you see anything in it? Nothing is in My palm or behind it. You can verify it.
Baba turned his palm upside down; His cape was above the elbow. I could not dare to hold His hand. Then Baba caught my wrist forcefully and moved my palm from around His palm up to His elbow.
Baba: Now, go on looking at the centre of My palm for some time.
Within seven to eight seconds, the skin in the centre of His palm opened up and I saw a roundish large-sized object coming out of it. Soon the skin became normal as before and there was a beautiful luminous ring there.
Baba: (In Hindi) You pick it up and give it in My hand. Before that, have a careful look at it.
As ordered by Baba, I picked up the ring and inspected it very carefully. It had a crescent moon and a star engraved in gold. I put it back in Baba’s palm.
I: Baba, I cannot understand anything about this ring. Please explain.
Baba: You are only born as a Muslim. You do not understand anything about Islam.
That was the truth. Earlier I mentioned my religion to Baba to take His test. I am not a religious person in the true sense.
Baba: I have made this gold ring in Astakonas (octangular), embedded Navaratnas (nine gems); both represent the universe. And in the middle of the Navaratnas, I have put the Islamic symbol of the star and crescent in emeralds (green gemstones).
Look at these green stones. That is your religion. Now I will put this ring on the fourth finger of your left hand.
With this talk, Baba put the heavy ring on the said finger. Ah! It fitted perfectly. I bowed down again at His feet, now with plenty of tears. After a few minutes, I followed Baba to the outer chamber. Baba told the nine foreigners, who were waiting in there, about the ring and me as “My naughty (knotty) devotee.”
I came to the outer verandah. The fourth finger of my left hand became heavy with the ring. The ring is a heavy sparkling beauty. Sri Kasturi’s attention was drawn to it at first. He raised my palm, examined the ring minutely and exclaimed, “I have never seen such a beautiful creation by Swami so far. These are Navaratnas. But what is this in the middle green portion of the ring? Is it Aum?” Dr. V.K. Gokak, who also examined it, said, “It is not Aum certainly. Whatever it may be, this ring is an exquisite beauty. I too am witnessing such a creation by Swami for the first time.” A few other devotees also saw this ring and touched it to their foreheads and eyes.
I had almost lost my speech, finding it difficult to utter even a single word. As I came into the Darshan hall, a very large number of devotees surrounded me, amongst them many foreigners were also there.
One of them was a bearded American devotee. He came near me, saw the ring closely, took my hand with the ring, put it on his chest and said, “Alhamdulillah! (praise to God).”
I was astonished by this and asked him to tell me more. He answered, “I am a Muslim. The ring reveals that you too are a Muslim.” I asked him again, “How did you make this out?” He asked, “Can you read Arabic?” When I answered in the negative, he clarified, “It is inscribed in the middle all in green.” I further asked, “What is the meaning of the inscription?” He answered, “It is Allah in Arabic.”
Only at that time did I come to know that Baba had inscribed the word ‘Allah’ in the centre of the green emerald stone. I had asked Baba for my religion, and Baba blessed me in this wonderful manner!
– Excerpted from “Sai Sathya Sakha” by Sri Abdul Razak Baburao Korbu.
People don’t understand My ideal of perfection, which consists of purity, patience and perseverance. Patience means being in a state of Santhi (peace). I am always happy and peaceful. Even when some people wish me, “Happy Birthday,” I tell them that I am always happy and the wishes should be addressed to those who are not happy. Another feature of patience is not being elated by praise or depressed by calumny. I am not affected by pleasure or pain.
What is the necessary knowledge one requires for crossing a river? What he mainly needs is the knowledge of swimming. Any danger in crossing the river cannot be warded off by mere bookish knowledge without the knowledge of swimming.
In order to take part in a meeting of Vedic scholars to be held in a village on the other bank of a river, a great scholar once boarded a boat to cross the river. Due to the opposite flow of the current and adverse direction of the wind, the movement of the boat became a little slow. As the scholar had read many Sastras (scriptures) and learnt many Slokas (verses) by heart, he was in the habit of talking to anyone and everyone he met to show his knowledge. There was no other person in the boat with whom he could talk except the boatman who was engaged in rowing the boat, focusing all his attention on his task.
Finding no other person to talk to, the scholar had no other option but to talk to the boatman. He asked him, “How far have you studied?” “I did not have any education,” replied the boatman. Ridiculing the boatman for his lack of education, the scholar said, “Oh foolish fellow! Government schools have been started in every village these days. How can you survive in this age if you don’t have education? You should acquire at least the knowledge of the alphabet.” After some time, the scholar asked the boatman again, “Do you know singing?” “No, sir. I never learnt to sing,” said the boatman. “What a foolish fellow you are! Loudspeakers blare out cinema songs in every street, and all people can hear these. Don’t they? Leave that also if you do not like it. At least, you should have a transistor,” said the scholar. “What is that, sir? I do not know what it is,” said the boatman. “You are such a simpleton that you do not know what a transistor is. Life without transistor is useless. One-fourth of your life is wasted if you do not have a transistor.” After the passage of some time, the scholar asked him, “Do you have a newspaper?” The boatman said, “What will I do with a newspaper, sir, when I cannot read?” Then the scholar remarked, “In modern times, it is a fashion that illiterate people walk around with a newspaper under their armpit. If you do not have even a newspaper, then half of your life is wasted. By the way, do you have a watch? What is the time?” The boatman said, “I do not know how to tell the time from a watch. Then what will I do to have a watch?” On hearing this, the scholar said, “It does not matter if you cannot tell the time. At least, wear a plastic watch on your wrist. This is a fashion these days. Without a watch, three-fourths of your life has gone waste.”
Meanwhile, a strong wind started blowing. Soon, it became a big storm and started rocking the boat. The water level of the river began to rise and the boatman lost control over the boat. Then the boatman asked the scholar, “Sir, do you know how to swim?” The scholar replied that he did not know swimming. Then the boatman remarked, “In that case, your entire life has gone waste.” Saying this, he jumped into the river to save his life.
If you are crossing a river, then the knowledge of subjects like geography, botany, history, etc., is useless. Only the knowledge of swimming is useful. In the same way, knowledge of the Self and self-control are necessary for crossing the ocean of worldliness. Knowledge of what is permanent and what is not is very essential, and the power of discrimination to distinguish between permanent and temporary is also essential. Without this knowledge, human life itself becomes a waste.
Notification regarding D N B Family Medicine ( N R ) Training
Sri Sathya Sai General Hospital, Prasanthi Nilayam is an accreditated hospital from the National Board of Examinations, New Delhi for DNB Family Medicine (New Regulations) Training, since 31st January 2008. Sri Sathya Sai General Hospital, Prasanthi Nilayam offers DNB (FM) (NR) Course in the speciality of Family Medicine and there are two seats for DNB (Family Medicine) Training per batch / per year. Since 2008, two batches of DNB Trainees have successfully completed their DNB training and passed their final examination and third batch is now running. DNB (Family Medicine) Training in SSSGH, PSN, is totally free from charge and monthly stipend will also be paid as per the norms of National Board of Examinations, New Delhi.
This Notification is issued for favour of information and benefit of DNB CET Pass holders for their choice in Centralised Merit based Counselling for January 2013, admission session by National Board of Examinations, New Delhi.