30 YEARS OF SEVA BY THE PRASHANTHI MAINTENANCE GROUP:
Prasanthi Nilayam, heaven on earth, HOME of every Sai devotee, has seen a set of sevadals who have been serving the holyland for 3 long decades (very quietly with no fanfare) unmindful of the scorching summer heat of Puttaparthi to facelift the Prashanthi Nilayam premises every year..
It all happened in the year 1986 when the main man behind this PRASHANTHI MAINTENANCE GROUP (PMG), Sri. B.M. Wadegonkar (Vadey- gaon- car) lovingly called as "BMW or Kaka" was blessed with an interview with Bhagawan.
In the interview Swami said "You are a millionaire as the whole Prashanthi Nilayam is yours". Even though it sounded a casual statement by Swami but Mr. BMW looked within and asked What is that i am doing to "my home"? This was the seed that was sown which is now become a gigantic tree where sevadals from the age of 6 to 80 throng to Prasanthi in the month of May and do what ever little they can do. This includes removing all the weeds, bush, thorny plants, repairing the septic tanks, drainage system, cleaning up all the rooms that are let out to devotees etc.
Many a times you can see kids accompanied by their mothers lending their helping hand in mopping, sweeping etc reminding of the little squirrel which took part in building the bridge in Ramayana.. Over the years the PMG group has developed a great rapport with the ashram authorities and Swami used to profusely bless the PMG group which had volunteers from all over India and from all walks of life.
AGE IS NOT A LIMIT TO SERVE HIM, IN FACT EARLIER THE BETTER:)
This year, which also happens to be the 90th year of the advent of Bhagawan, the PMG team was busy laying the cement roads within the ashram, cleaning up the whole premises. Every volunteer works with utmost dedication no matter how small or big, neat or untidy the work assigned to them is, setting aside their societal status as most of them are well off working in highly paid sectors like software and banking.
BEFORE AND AFTER IMAGES:
This indeed is the hallmark of a true devotee. In the battle of EGO the loser always wins. May Swami continue to inspire all of us and give us the role to be part of His divine mission..
For more photos click https://goo.gl/tmLbnx
PARTHI YATRA BY DEVOTEES OF GUNTUR DISTRICT, ANDHRA PRADESH:
As the academic year 2015-2016 started in India in the first week of June, Puttaparthi was back into bubbling enthusiasm as teachers, students returned after 50 days of summer vacation. As it just started raining in Prashanthi, a flood of 3000 devotees from Andhra Pradesh's "furnace" Guntur district came to Puttaparthi on June 7th as part of their 3 day Parthi Yatra. I was told that there were 70% of devotees for whom it was a maiden visit to the holy abode. The Sathya Sai Organisation of Guntur had a perfect plan in place where they had made arrangements for a sight seeing tour of Parthi, a special paduka puja in Poorna Chandra Auditorium was conducted where devotees carried padukas for special puja which also included Hanuman Chalisa and Yagna under the guidance of renowned priests..
They also had beautiful plays and musical presentations in Sai Kulwanth Hall.
A BUSY PRASHANTHI SCHEDULE:
As part of 90th year of Swami's advent, the Parthi Yatra by Guntur devotees was just a curtain raiser as there are so many Parthi Yatras (Parthi pilgrimages) planned right through the year until the end of November. Almost all the countries are given slots for visit to Prashanthi, apart from various states of India and Sai Centers who have series of programmes planned in Prashanthi Nilayam where in they will be coming in big groups. This is going to be a mighty task for the ashram management and arrangements are already underway.
The good part in the recent past is more and more "new" devotees are coming to seek Swami's blessings. Every one is awe struck looking at the good work done by Swami and taking back some good quality or other back to their homes.
AN IMPORTANT VIDEO OF BROTHER VEDA NARAYANAN:
The Sri Sathya Sai International Organisation has officially uploaded this 10 minutes video of Brother Veda Narayana. A long time devotee and a very familiar face of Sai Kulwanth hall whose life has been sanctified by chanting of vedas non stop for 4 decades, in the immediate presence of VEDA PURUSHA Sri Sathya Sai Baba Himself, has shared important views on the happenings in Muddenahalli and the alleged presence of LIGHT BODY there. Let this be a reminder to every one of us to focus on Swami and have direct contact with Him alone and none else. click this link to watch the video https://goo.gl/rr4ZcU
May Swami guide us all in the right direction and may He always be with us ..
With Pranams at the Lotus feet of our beloved Lord,