Sai Ramesh Krishan Hall was decorated beautifully with buntings and
festoons. Paintings of Hanuman and Garuda adorned the stage. The electronic
message display placed on the top of the stage was scrolling messages
wishing the devotees the best wishes on the holy occasion.
lawns outside Bhagawan's residence, Trayee Brindavan, too was decorated
aesthetically. There was a small hut depicting Lord Rama, Mother Sita and
Lakshmana in front of their hut in the forest.
Bhagawan came for granting darshan to the waiting devotees at 7.08 a.m.
Nadaswaram and bhajans continued in the background. Swami entered Sai Ramesh
Krishan Hall along the path on the ladies side. Bhagawan autographed a book
brought by one of the devotees'. Swami then came towards students and
blessed birthday boys.
After that Bhagawan went up to the stage in the lift. Enjoying the melodious
bhajans, Bhagawan sat in His chair at 7:14 a.m. Bhagawan spoke to the warden
of the Sri Sathya Sai Hostel, Brindavan Campus, Sri B. N. Narasimha Murthy,
and indicated for the Vedam to begin. After the invocatory chants, Bhagawan
blessed the students who had chanted the Vedic mantrams.
After having taken Bhagawan's blessings, Sri Narasimha Murthy took to the
podium to introduce the two speakers who had been blessed by Bhagawan to
speak to the audience before the Divine Discourse.
two speakers were Sri K. Arun, and Sri Sriram Parashuram.
Sri K. Arun is a civil engineer from the IIT Kharagpur. Following this, he
joined the MBA program offered by the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher
Learning. After the completion of his academic career, Bhagawan blessed Sri
Arun to work with the Radio Sai Global Harmony.
Sri Arun, in his talk brought forth several parallels between Bhagawan and
Lord Rama. In this context, he recounted a few incidents relating to
Bhagawan's life. He narrated the incident where Bhagawan was stopped from
circumambulating the Hanuman temple with His childhood companions by Hanuman
The speaker narrated another incident wherein Bhagawan gave darshan to the
Raja of Venkatagiri in the form of Lord Rama, who was the King's Ishtadevata.
He also spoke of a lady singer by name, Smt. Nagaratnamal, who worshipped
the singer saint Tyagaraja. Sri Tyagaraja appeared to her in a dream and
told her that his Ishtadevata, Lord Rama, had come to Venkatagiri and
advised her to have His darshan. When Smt. Nagaratnamal came to Venkatagiri,
Bhagawan materialized for her the idols of Lord Rama, Mother Sita, Lakshmana
and Hanuman. He also granted her desire that Bhagawan would appear to her
before her death.
The speaker also narrated the incident from the life of Mother Easwaramma
wherein Bhagawan appeared to her as Lord Rama with the bow and arrow and
dressed royally with the crown when she was unwell.
After recounting these incidents Sri Arun explained the reason which,
according to him, was the cause for Bhagawan being worshiped as Lord Rama by
His devotees. He said that Sage Vashishta defined the word Rama as 'Ramyate
Iti Ramaha' or who confers Ananda is Rama. Bhagawan confers bliss and
joy to all His devotees and this is one of the reasons why we worship Him as
speaker ended by quoting Bhagawan and explained that, the true Rama Navami,
the Birthday of Lord Rama, was on that day when bliss is born in the hearts
of the devotees.
next speaker was Sri Sriram Parashuram, a former student of the Sri Sathya
Sai Primary School in Ooty and Prasanthi Nilayam. Following his schooling,
Sri Sriram joined the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning for his
Bachelors and Masters degree in Chemistry. After the completion of his
education, Bhagawan blessed Sri Sriram to pursue a course in Masters in
Public Health in the USA, which he passed with the first rank.
The speaker started with quoting Bhagawan's poem in Telugu and gave an
analogy. He compared the hearts of the devotees with different types of
lands and the seeds that fall on these lands with Bhagawan's touch. He said
that though the Lord touches the lives of many, history remembers only a few
of them. The speaker gave the examples of Shabari and Hanuman.
The speaker narrated an incident where Bhagawan blessed a deer that was
about to pass away by feeding it with apples in the last moments. Bhagawan
had told the devotees who had witnessed the instance of His all encompassing
love that "both the four legged deer and the two legged "dear" are dear to
Sri Sriram also narrated another incident that happened in Kodaikanal where,
when Bhagawan asked those present as to would who buy Him. A lady devotee
agreed to buy Bhagawan in exchange for her heart. At this Bhagawan rose and
went to her and while blessing her told her that, as she had offered her
heart to Him, He already belonged to her.
In conclusion the speaker narrated the story of how a life guard saved the
life of a drowning boy and asked him to ensure that the life was worth
saving. In the same way, the speaker said, our lives had been saved by our
life's guard, Bhagawan, and it is up to us to make our lives worth being
The speakers were followed by Bhagawan's Divine Discourse which began at 7:
54 a.m. Bhagawan concluded His discourse at 8:44 a.m. with the bhajan 'Rama
Rama Rama Sita'.