Prasanthi Today…

The Lord Who wrote a Divine Treatise on Meditation, titled Dhyana Vahini, with His Divine Fore vision had planted a small sapling on the idyllic hillock at the eastern side of Prasanthi Mandir five decades ago, precisely on the 29th June 1959. Bhagawan then declared that Yogis who have reached a certain stage of spiritual progress will automatically come to know of this tree and the mystic plate of inscription, materialized by Him on the Chitravati banks, and they will be drawn by the mysterious force of these toward the meditation grove which will then fully justify its name! This epochal Meditation Tree turned 53 today.

Commemorating the occasion, a function was held atop the Hill, in the Meditation Grove this morning, attended by Senior Trust Members, officials, students and devotees.

With the special ritualistic offering commenced and continued close to 0930 hrs. in the morning, a steady stream of devotees arrived post Bhajans and Mangala Arathi in the Mandir, comfortably occupying slots at various vantage points upon the hill behind the grove, and the area around, watching the proceedings.

After the special ‘Vruksha Puja’ even as Veda chanting by the officiating priest continued, students chanted Sai Ashtotharam that was followed by Arathi to the Tree. Three Bhajans followed, that began specially invoking Bhagawan with the particular Ashtothara Namavali referring Him to ‘Vatavriksha Pratishtapaka’, One Who planted the Meditation Tree. The programme culminated with Mangala Arathi at 10:30 hrs. Prasadam was distributed to the entire assembly.

As part of the developmental plan, the first phase of facelift of this grove has been completed. Fenced around with lighting poles, the grove now has a tiled circular space around where devotees can sit and meditate, at ease. Tiled steps have been laid, leading to the grove from the road, and facilitating wheel-chaired as well aged devotees, a tiled ramp has also been provided leading to the grove.

Earlier, in an another auspicious function held in the morning, the Gopuram gate entrance got an enhancement par excellence when a statue of Lord Ganesha was installed this morning welcoming the devotees to Prasanthi Nilayam.  The rituals started at 1900 hrs. last evening, the 28th of June 2012. After the Kalasa Stapana, a variety of Homams including the Sthala Shudhi Homam, Navagraha Homam, Ganapathi Homam etc., were performed. The idol and the kalasa which will adorn the top of the shrine were then immersed in sacred water before being installed in their sanctified positions. At 0530 hrs., to the sounds of Panchavadyam and Vedic invocations, the veil was removed and devotees assembled were advised  to have Darshan of the Lord through a mirror placed in front of the shrine before looking at the idol directly.

The Poornahuti of the homams performed the previous day was then conducted with all auspiciousness. The event was then paused as the the nagarasankirtan passed by sanctifying the atmosphere with the most powerful energy, the sound of the Divine Name.

The ritwiks then consecrated the Kalasam with worship and ablutions before shifting their attentions to the Master of the Mind Who sits atop the restless senses whose effect He has reduced to the size of a mouse. The Elephant Faced One, the Rider of the mouse Mushika, the Remover of Obstacles, the Auspicious One who is always worshipped first, Lord Ganesha was then lovingly bathed in a variety of traditional items including milk, honey, fruits, tender coconut and so on before being adorned with floral garlands, sandal and vermilion. As part of the ritual, Go Puja was done to a pair of cow and calf  brought from Sri Sathya Sai Gokulam.

Mangala Arati was then offered to the most beautiful form. One could not but recollect the various festivals, functions, events and even simple loving interactions that this particular form has witnessed when placed in the Sai Kulwant Hall, adorning the backdrop of the Seat Of The Divine!

Prasadam including Sweet Pongal and modak were offered to all assembled on the occasion.

Later, in the morning at around 0815 hrs., a new exit gate next to the existing Ganesh gate, opposite Chitravati Road, was inaugurated for the convenience of devotees who exit Ashram by foot. The short ceremony was marked with lighting the lamp and breaking of coconuts.

In the evening, announcement was made on the Ashadi Ekadashi programme, scheduled for tomorrow morning. The Dindi procession will march into the Sai Kulwant Hall at 8:20 am that will be followed by a Dance offering, depicting Ganapathi by the Nasik group of devotees. A dance drama entitled “Master The Mind, Be A Mastermind” will follow next, staged by the Youth of Mumbai. In the evening Sri Geet Sagar & Team will offering at Bhagawan’s Lotus Feet.

II Samasta Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu II