When ‘November 23′ smiled a smile yet again…

The Day that became the most important of all other festive days for the Sai fraternity has come again… November 23!In the tiny hamlet of Puttaparthi then, on this Day over 94 Novembers ago, the village folks were chanting the holy names of Lord Siva acknowledging that the Day was a Monday of the holy month of Karthika devoted to the sacred worship of Lord Siva. That Day was even more auspicious because the ascendant star was Ardra! Adding to the mysterious grandeur, the year was Akshaya, the “never declining, the ever-full!”


November 23, 1926, smiled a smile ever so beatific,

It could scarcely believe it’s sublime destiny,

That it would enjoy a place upon the pages of His Story…

…from the mighty tree of time…a tiny sprig …

…now to be renowned as a blessed obelisk,

On that sacred Monday at 05:06 hrs,

Myriad angels did euphorically exclaim,


That ‘Blue Shimmer’…immaculate and pure,

That most sacred energy radiating sheer azure,

Which had selected the womb of Eashwaramma,

…to tenderly hold It and endure,

To be revered as His Griham Ammayi forevermore,

At this exact moment added significance to all existence,

That Transcendental Sankalpa willed an Appearance,

A Divine Birth!

The Epochal Divine Advent!!

Advent Sri Sathya Sai!!!

The corresponding Gregorian calendar date for this epochal ‘Advent’ was the most blessed November 23, in the year 1926!

Today, when the same Gregorian calendar turns to November 23, Puttaparthi, the village that did penance, and Prasanthi Nilayam, the cosmic hub of everlasting spiritual evolution, are upbeat in welcoming the EverPresent, OmniPresent Cosmic Master, as tradition would have it, celebrating the Day in a devotional frenzy.

For the past over a week, sacrosanct Prasanthi Nilayam precincts were lit with a brilliant fusion of colourful light, a heralding sign of the imminence of The Day!

On the Birthday morning, the Sanctum Sanctorum in the Sai Kulwant Hall bore aesthetically woven colour-stud decorations. The session commenced at 0830 hrs, after half-an-hour Vedic incantations, with the Prasanthi Mandir Bhajan group presenting a magical spell of musical melodies to The Supreme Guru, SadhGuru Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai.

The 55-minutes session next scored soulful thematic tunes of Sri Sathya Sai Avatara Vaibhavam mixed with a pack of resolutions, self-reminders and Birthday Greetings, presented in a mix of Telugu, Hindi and English. A soulful devotional

The 55-minutes session next scored soulful thematic tunes of Sri Sathya Sai Avatara Vaibhavam mixed with a pack of resolutions, self-reminders, and Birthday Greetings, presented in a mix of Telugu, Hindi, and English. A soulful devotional treat for the hundreds assembled and for those hundreds of thousands attending via virtual media. The musical numbers included Avarinchuda Anuthallo, Jyoti Jalayenge Hum…, Jai Jai SaiRam… Jai Jai SaiRam…, Omkaramoola Bheejaya Shivaya Paramatmane…, Pyare Saieee Hamare…., We Love You, Baba!!!…Happy BirthDay To You!!!, a riveting Carnatic Thillana song to conclude with Prasanthi’s evergreen Qawwali, Sai Ke Darbar Mein.

Sri SS Naganand, Trustee, SSSCT, presented the activity report of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust for the year ending March 2020 next. Various exemplary activities in the field of educare, medicare and sociocare were listed out along with a mention on the Ashram developments with an eye on the centenary celebration of Bhagawan, coming in five years.

A new initiative of setting up a Sri Sathya Sai Global Council to monitor and guide the activities of the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations, both India and worldwide, under the supervision and guidance of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, was placed at His Lotus Feet during the occasion. This proposed body will have its headquarters in Prasanthi Nilayam and is expected to function from Guru Purnima 2021.

A Multimedia Museum in Brindavan, Whitefield, Bengaluru, and a new Convention Centre at Prasanthi Nilayam, both in the final stage of completion, along with the newly uplifted and rechristened Sri Sathya Sai Media Centre, formerly Radio Sai, were the other highlights of Sri Naganand’s speech.

Referring to the pandemic that has been causing havoc for the past over eight months, Sri Naganand stressed on seeing the positive outcome of the same, turning one’s vision inward, seeing Bhagawan within. He ended his talk reciting selected quotes from Adi Shankara’s Nirvana Shatakam. 

Divine Benedictory Address followed next, aired on the public address system. Bhagawan spoke on the need to follow His teachings, following the path of Love, eschewing bad traits. He exhorted the audience to sacrifice animalities at His Feet, sans any excuse of procrastination. ‘Hari Bhajana Bina Sukha Santhi Nahin…’ in His mellifluous Divine voice brought the Divine discourse to an end.

With bhajans in the backdrop, prasadam distribution continued. Mangala Arathi at 10:25 hrs marked the end of the morning proceedings.

The venue, Sai Kulwant Hall, was full with a capacity audience, who assembled following the prevailing social distancing norms.

The blessed November 23 keeps smiling, smiling the most blissful smile, and so does sacrosanct Prasanthi Nilayam along with the millions, billions and gazillions of devout souls from all over the globe and beyond. The grand Mission Sri Sathya Sai Is On…!!!

II Samastha Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu II