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National Pilgrimage – Final Sadhana Meeting

The third and final sadhana meeting in preparation of our National Pilgrimage ‘Sai Samarpanam – One with Sai’ was held on Saturday 19th July.

A group of 50 pilgrims will soon be departing to the holiest of holy places, the abode of our Lord where many of us saw Him, touched Him, spoke with, and felt the bliss of being one with God! Even today, it is the place which fills us with amazement and inspiration, with hope and joy, with immense love and peace.

This being the last sadhana meeting, there was a great excitement and anticipation amongst all of us in the group. Any apprehensions about the journey soon faded away as the knowing that our Lord takes charge of our beings took hold: A knowing that usually happens almost imperceptibly in the sacred company of kindred aspirants! Apart from the frantic preparations in terms of finalising travel plans, accommodation, filling various forms, and instructions regarding matters such as general discipline, dress code etc., the day offered opportunities for individual and collective reflection too!

We were graced by the surprise company of Dr K L N Swami who served as principal to the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Brindavan Campus during the period 1995-2002. With humility, simplicity and with a great sense of humour, Dr Swami reminisced his early days on how he was drawn in to the divine fold.

He was a devotee living in Orissa, India. Looking around, he noticed a big deficiency in education. This inspired him to start a school. With little money, he made a start. Knocking at people’s doors, he succeeded in getting 20-25 children enrolled in the school. He personally used to pick up the children and drop them back at their homes on a bicycle! The school gradually grew in strength and reputation, despite resistance from a few jealous locals. Today, this little school is a well reputed and successful college! Dr Swami narrated how he felt Swami’s Divine Guidance in all those years of hardwork rendered with complete faith and love in Bhagawan. And in 1988, he was granted an opportunity to join Bhagawan’s University to serve as a lecturer in the Prasanthi Nilayam Campus initially.

Dr Swami cautioned the pilgrims not to fall prey to the mistake of considering Bhagawan Baba as an ordinary guru. Bhagawan, he said, was a unique phenomenon. He expressed this unflinching faith by saying that there was One God, and He was Sathya Sai Baba! Dr Swami truly believed that the moment one stepped into Prasanthi Nilayam, they would have no further births. Although Bhagawan was physically not there, He was 100% there in Prasanthi Nilayam. Bhagawan’s headquarters was in Prasanthi Nilayam and in no other place, he emphasised.

He elaborated on recent reports which talked about ‘subtle bodies’ of Swami or Swami appearing in someone’s dreams and instructing them. These experiences if true, were for the concerned individuals only, based on the relationship between that individual and Bhagawan, he said. Unfortunately, there are people trying to take undue advantage of Bhagawan’s physical absence, he commented.

Dr Swami’s talk was filled with the joy of his experiences with Bhagawan, many of which were humorous. He reflected that although Bhagawan was the Almighty Lord, He engaged with those around Him in a very human way too, so as to establish kinship and give joy.

Dr Swami’s presence at the sadhana meeting was clearly an icing on the cake before the pilgrims embarked upon one of the greatest journeys of their lives.

We look forward to a week-long stay 27th July to 2nd August in the hallowed precincts to saturate our beings with the divine vibrations and fill our hearts with the divine love of our dearest Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

Programme Overview

27th July – Arrival and Orientation
28th-29th July - Sadhana Camp ‘Sai Samarpanam’
30th July – Pilgrimage to Brindavan, Whitefield
31st July / 1st August - Musical Offering by SSE and Youth
2nd August – Visit to holy places in Prasanthi Nilayam, final reflections and departures

Dr. Kiran Patel
Chairman, UKCC