Tuesday, November 30, 2010

List of Sai centers in Gauteng Province - South africa

I have collected the list of Sai centers in Guateng Province in South Africa with the help Sister Saloshani. Hope it reaches people in search of a center who are new to this country. All the centres have bhajans every thursday.

The chairperson of Midrand Sai is Srinath and can be contacted in 0712645745.

Region: Lenesia
Shri Sathya Sai Centre Ext 3 Lenasia      
Soobramaniar Temple
cnr Heron & Primary Streets, Ext 1 , Lenasia

Sri Sathya SaiCentre Lenasia Ext 11a
382/383  Godavari Street, Ext 11a, Lenasia

Shirdi Sai Centre
Islamabad Street, Lenasia

Region: East Rand

45 Honeysuckle Drive, Bakerton

Actonville Sivan Temple, Khan Crescent, Actonville

Kempton Park
Cresslawn Primary School, 37 Rigger Rd, Cresslawn, kempton Park

Cnr  Haggie & Main Reef Rd, Dunswart, Boksburg

Region : Johannesburg

SandtonSandown High School , cnr Grayston & Rivonia Road

RandburgAnne Harding Chesire Homes, Fourth Street Randburg

LindenMelpark Primary School 2nd Ave. Melville

Southern SuburbsMondeor Recreational Hall, Cnr Daylesford & Columbine Avenue,Mondeor

MayfairNo 1 pancras Road Homestead park

Palmridge4 Bottlebrush street Palmridge

PageviewCnr Krause & Bartlet Sts. / Pageview

JohannesburgKensington Senior Secondary School,Protea st,Kensington

JHB NorthHA Jack School, Jauncey Street, Highlands North

Kingfisher2809 Kingfisher St, Lenasia South

Ext 4Tygerberg Street, Ext 4, Lenasia South

Region : Pretoria

Heuweloord Heuweloord Community Hall, Wildeperske St, heuweloord

MidrandHalfway house primary school, Midrand

Laudiumlaudium Primary School, Cnr Carmine St & 15th Ave, Laudium

Pretoria EastTheosophical Society, 2 Esselen Street, Trevenna, Pretoria

Wingate ParkPretoria chinese School, Halse Street, Wingate Park, Pta East

Thursday, November 18, 2010

My way of looking at baba

Baba is always looked at as a man of miracles. I feel the miracles draw one's attention towards him. Once into the stream of Sai the development of self discipline improves. Thanks to radio sai. Now we are able to listen to the voice of baba. Listening of his discourses has become a mouse click away. The request He makes is to follow the principles and path He shows us. Swami says one need not run behind him. He would follow those people who listen to his words and act accordingly. Chanting mantras/ reading scriptures will not make one great. Doing service to the needy and society is equally important. He started his mission as a 14 year old boy without money in hand. Now the service he does to the society is enormous. He emphasizes that love is important to serve the society and not money. The transformation he brings in the minds of youngsters and educating them to serve the society is making me awe. One can be proud to say that they are students of God's own university. There is a peace revolution on progress in Prashanthi nilayam and among his devotees. The discipline is not imposed on the devotees. It is developed by the devotee himself that is why it lasts wherever they are. Swami says not everyone understands or asks what he has come to offer us. He says people ask for promotions, wealth etc., and those coming unto him asking for spiritual excellence is handful. I have felt people would spend time gossiping but not in introspection which is what Baba asks us to do. Swami says "I am God and so are you. I have realized it and want you also to realize it". Destroying hatred and developing love with everyone is his mantra to all of us. Only those who have developed a heart to heart connection with him can understand him. For such h2h connection one must try to become a better human being!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Akhanda bhajan

In the month of November on the second saturday-sunday akhanda bhajans are carried out globally on all sai centers. This means a continuous session of bhajan for 24 hours.
Here is a collection of details about Akanda bhajan:
The Bhajans (spiritual songs) start with the lighting of the Akhanda Jyoti (the sacred lamp) that is kept continuously burning for 24 hours."

Akhanda bhajan involves constant contemplation on God in the morning, evening, and even during the night. It is constant contemplation on God during all three states: the waking, dream, and deepsleep states.

As part of the birthday celebrations of Bhagawan Baba, on the second Saturday-Sunday in November, Bhajans (devotional singing) are conducted continuously for 24 hours at all Sathya Sai Centres on a global level praying for peace, harmony and bliss to all mankind.

This is being done not for the sake of one individual, one nation or one community. It is for the welfare of humanity as a whole. The bhajans that are sung permeate the ether in the form of sound waves and fill the entire atmosphere. Thereby, the whole environment is purified. Breathing in this purified atmosphere, our hearts get purified. The Akhanda Bhajan should make devotees feel their unity with the Divine and, at the emotional level, and fill them with love for entire mankind

3. About the origin of Akhanda Bhajan:

Story of Sri Seshagiri Rao and Sunderamma:

When Swami was still a young boy, Sri Seshagiri Rao, his daughter Sunderamma and her mother-in-law and her six-year old daughter went to Puttaparthi to visit a relative named Karnam Subbamma. This lady had figured prominently in Sri Sathya Sai Baba's early life since it was she who had first helped to organize bhajans when Swami first announced himself at the age of 14. The family was called in for interview and after materializing vibhuti for the ladies, and sweets for the gents, Swami asked what Sundaramma wanted. She was very shy, but Swami knew her heart, and said `Ah, so you yet want a son? Yes, a son is coming. Be happy.'

That prediction soon came to pass, and the family became frequent visitors to Parthi. On one of those trips to Puttaparthi, Sunderamma was alone in her room with her baby boy who had a slight tempearture. After the thermometer was inserted in his mouth, she sat for a moment looking at the child, and recalling what Swami had said at their first meeting. Yes a son is coming- be happy. In that reverie, she turned her face to the light from the window, and looked outside at the monkeys nearby. In that quiet time alone she was thinking about Swami's recent announcement that he would protect the devotee as the eyelid protects the eye.

Then suddenly she heard a sound of glass breaking and turned to the child in his bed. The two-year old baby boy had bitten through the thermometer and the mother saw the shards being swallowed by the infant. Prying open the tender mouth, she saw blood and screamed. The family was frantic as they rushed in to help. As if from next door Swami, without a word, came to them and massaged the baby's stomach. He looked at the mother and smiled. `Like the eyelid protects the eye,' she thought.

As quickly as he had come, Swami left. Picking up her child, the mother was astonished to find the mercury and glass bits which she had seen in the mouth, now under the baby boy's blanket.

Thought about Akhanda bhajan

Nine families started an Akhanda Bhajan Mandali in 1944. They had bhajans every thursday evening regularly. After this, Sunderamma began regular weekly bhajan meetings in her own native place, all with great dedication and without interruption for an entire year.

In 1946 her father, Sehagiri Rao, thought they should celebrate the completion of the year of bhajan-singing in suitable style. Each member of the family thought up a different way to celebrate the anniversary in befitting manner, but it was Seshagiri Rao's idea that was adopted: uninterrupted bhajans for one whole day and one whole night. They would begin by lighting a Jyothi in Swami's honour, and then sing nonstop for 24 hours.


The decision having been taken, they got down to planning the performance at their house -- which songs to sing, what prasadam to distribute, pooling of resources to obtain the ingredients of the prasadam. (This was particularly difficult as, in those days, there was rationing of rice and a system had to be worked out for cash or kind to gain enough foodstuffs for the party). After making all the preliminary arrangements, father and daughter went to Puttaparthi to announce their intention to Sri Sathya Sai Baba. He was very happy to hear of their plans and responded, "I have come only for the sake of my devotees. Go ahead with the AKHANDA BHAJANS. I myself will come, and be with you throughout the singing."

Sunderamma was startled at that, since up to that moment they had planned only a very simple celebration. But, if Sri Sathya Sai Baba was himself going to attend, then she felt she ought to make more elaborate arrangements. But Swami told her not to fear, he himself would see that all went well. He asked where she had planned the meeting, and then suggested instead she book a place in town for the `akhanda bhajan', so that all those who wanted to attend could do so more conveniently. He also advised her to ask other devotees to assist in helping her make the arrangements. Sunderamma was in a quandary at this unexpected turn of events. To cope with an occasion such as it was turning out to be was a gigantic task in those days when even transportation was very difficult.

Preparation of food:

She did contact other devotees and together all arranged for the hall, but she herself felt it was her responsibility to prepare the food for the group. She calculated that about a hundred regular devotees might turn up for bhajans and so had PRASADAM prepared for that number. Little did she know that the crowd would continue to grow as the hours passed. As the crowd passed two hundred persons, Sunderamma became anxious about how she would provide enough PRASADAM to go round. At that late date it was impossible to acquire more food, all her friends had already used what rations were available, and since rationing was so strictly

enforced, she feared that nothing could be done.

Lighting of Akhanda Jyothi:

As the hour approached to begin the festivity, Swami entered the hall. In his presence, PUJA to Sri Shirdi Sai Baba's and Sri Sathya Sai Baba's images was performed under a gaily bedecked floral canopy. Sri Sathya Sai Baba materialised a silver figurine of Sri Shirdi Sai Baba to keep beside a large bust of Sri Shirdi Sai Baba especially made for that occasion. Then, with circular movements of his hand, He produced 108 golden flowers for the PUJA. After ARCHANA (Offering with MANTRAS) of rare flowers, Seshagiri Rao performed PAADA PUJA (worship of the feet) to Sri Sathya Sai Bba and lighted the AKHAND JYOTI (everlasting flame) at that first ever akhanda BHAJAN meeting.

Sundaeramma’s worry:

Sunderamma then touched his feet and Swami sensed she had a question. He lowered his head to her ear and said `Yes Daughter, what is troubling you?' She requested Sri Sathya Sai Baba to come into the kitchen. He did as she asked and in the kitchen he carefully looked at each dish she had prepared, and so realized her concern that there was not enough food for all those who had come. He then smiled at her and loudly said "AKSHAYA" thrice, sprinkled water on the food and simply left the kitchen. Bhajans began immediately. Sunderamma did not know what to think, but realizing she had done all she could do, she surrendered to what must come.

Swami’s miracle :

Bhajans continued for several hours and as the evening progressed, devotees would come into the kitchen for refreshment, and be served by Sunderamma. That day from the food she herself had prepared for a hundred pesons, she easily fed several thousand people, even generously. The pots containing the PRASADAM simply never became empty! At last as the 24 hours came to a close, Sunderamma entreated Sri Sathya Sai Baba to let the pots be empty and only then did the food supply decrease.Later when she told this story, Sunderamma said "Such was the nature of Swami's blessing that it ensured an unending stream of food". The event was truly remarkable. Many of the guests were totally unaware of this miracle, and assumed foodstuffs had been provided by some wealthy devotee.

That first meeting where the Jyothi lighting was organized by Seshagiri Rao, has led to the lighting of thousands of other JYOTIS on AKHANDA BHAJAN day in SAI SAMITHI BHAJAN centers throughout the world. Though Seshagiri Rao is no more, Sri Sathya Sai Baba Himself recalled his contribution on one such occasion, by referring to him as "the devotee who was the first to light a JYOTI to Swami."

Akhanda bhajan Prasanthi Nilayam 13 November 2007

One has to understand what is meant by “akhandabhajan”. There are two kinds of bhajans.
One is khanda bhajan and the other is akhanda bhajan. Khanda bhajan is for a specific time, for example, the bhajans held for a limited period either in the morning or evening.
On the other hand, akhanda bhajan involves constant contemplation on God in the morning, evening, and even during the night. It is constant contemplation on God during all three states: the waking, dream, and deepsleep states. It is “sarvada sarvakaleshu sarvathra harichintanam”.
Suppose you are watching a clock. There are three hands in the clock: the second hand, the minute hand, and the hour hand. The second hand is the longest, the minute hand is slightly shorter, and the hour hand is the shortest of the three. When the second hand crosses sixty spaces, the minute hand moves forward one space. When the minute hand crosses sixty spaces, the hour hand moves forward one space. Which one of these three hands is important? Undoubtedly, the hour hand is important. On the same analogy, doing namasmarana and bhajan only in the morning and evening is like the second hand. The divine Name is highly potent. Each one of the several names of God has one type of power specific to it. If you wish to make good use of this power and derive lasting benefit out of it, you have to participate in akhanda bhajan.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

My letter to Baba from Johannesburg!

I have got a unique opportunity to write a letter to Swami about which I have never thought of atleast from Johannesburg. People on pilgrimage to Prasanthi Nilayam (which is estimated to cross 3000 )during the end of this month are handing over a collage with hand written messages. Though HE can read our minds before we could pen down ,it would be one of those wishes of the heart come true when such a thing happens. The collage is named TellSai 2010. He has proved time and again that he is my supreme father and mother always guiding me from within and I consider this as a token of love from me.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Books written by Sathya sai baba

Through "Sanathana sarathi" Baba has given valuable information to devotees. Those are the golden words. There are various topics covered under the vahini series
The best way to understand Him and his principles is to read the articles published in the journal written by Baba which are collated by prof.Kasturi

Prema Vahini - The Stream of Divine Love
Dhyana Vahini - The Practice of Meditation
Dharma Vahini - The Path of Virtue and Morality
Jnana Vahini - The Stream of Eternal Wisdom
Geeta Vahini - The Divine Gospel
Prashanthi Vahini - The Supreme Bliss of the Divine
Sathya Sai Vahini - Spiritual Message of Sri Sathya Sai
Prasnothara Vahini - Answers to Spiritual Questions
Sandeha Nivarini - Clearance of Spiritual Doubts
Leela Kaivalya Vahini - The Cosmic Play of God
Sutra Vahini - Analytical Aphorism on Supreme Reality
Vidya Vahini - Flow of Spiritual Education
Upanishad Vahini - Essence of Vedic Knowledge
Bhagavatha Vahini - The story of the Glory of the Lord
Ramakatha Rasa Vahini, Part - I - The Sweet Story of Rama’s Glory
Ramakatha Rasa Vahini, Part - II - The Sweet Story of Rama’s Glory

The links for individual vahini series pdf files are in the following website:


Dhyana Vahini is such a great article for anyone who wants to know about meditation.

His teachings on importance of Namasmarana/japam are good advises for people from all communities.


The answers given in Sandeha nivarani would fade away most of our day to day doubts in life.

For non-beleivers of Baba I am sure these articles will pass on the language and message of universal love. "Love is God" "Live in Love" are the messages from Him to all the human beings in this world!.

Jai Sai Ram!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Information about Sai centres in Johannesburg

I started this post having in mind sharing details for lot of devotees like me who are in Johannesburg, south africa about the centres where sai bhajans and activities related to the organization are being conducted. Let me first share the details about Midrand and Sandton centres. I will update the remaining centres after collecting details from concerned people.

In Sandton "Grayston Preparatory School". Bhajans are held every thursday evening.

In Midrand "Half way house primary school hall" , Vorna valley.Bhajans are being held every Thursday evening between 7.15 p.m and 8.30 p.m. Sathya sai spiritual education or Education in human values(EHV) are being conducted on friday between 6 p.m and 8 p.m

Sarva dharma priniciples

All religions in the world believe that we should love everybody. If we believe in religion we should accept that everyone can believe in God in different ways and not judge or criticize anyone else’s beliefs. If someone criticizes you for believing in your religion you should say “I’m sorry you feel that way, but I believe that all religions are pathways to God” and walk away.

These values if incorporated in children's mind then there would definitely be peace in the future world!

Radio Sai

I stumbled on radio sai one fine morning. It is an online radio broadcasted from Prashanthi Nilayam. Bhajans and discourses can be downloaded or listend online.Though it has been there in existence for a long time I was unaware of it. The link has a very informative journal called heart to heart, which is an e-journal. The link also has bhajan tutor which helps many like me to know about the raga and meaning of a particular sai bhajan.
The link for radiosai is as follows

The link for bhajan tutor is

Sai ram!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Swami and me

Dear readers of my experiences, Sairam to you!

My connection with Baba started when I was 11 years old. But those were immature days during which I was fascinated only by the miracles he did. Though no such miracle happened to me I would expect vibhuthi or kumkum to come out of his photo every day. The untold inner belief was there within me and it grew with years.

He always connects personally to every devotee in one way or the other. It is difficult to realize that. But his protection would be there around his devotees. As years grew I looked at him as my guru, who would by his supernatural powers would protect me from anything bad happening.

When it was time for me to get married, he showed lots and lots of signs of his presence in my house. Whenever my parents got some communication from my hubby's house He would show that he is at home. My husband is not a devotee of baba but he is not against him. When we met for the first time, during the conversation he asked me about being sai devotee. At that spur of the moment he took his purse and said if its sathya sai I have him in my pockets and opened his purse to show baba's photo inside. Someone who gifted the purse had kept his photo inside which he did not remove!

Years passed by and every now and then he would make sure that I realize that he is with me.

When we moved to Johannesburg I didnot have any clue about the place where I could attend bhajans. But recently I had a dream of baba wearing a blue robe giving medicine to my sister -in-law on a Sunday morning. Later I came to know she underwent some treatment on that particular day.

The following week on Saturday we unexpectedly met a friend who is granddaughter of smt.P.susheela. Around 10.30 pm I asked if she knew anything about bhajans going on in our area. She replied with details and address. The following day, (Sunday) morning me and my family were at the bhajans!

Few weeks passed away. Due to my son's flu and cold we could not send him to Bal vikas classes for 2 weeks. Third week on saturday I slept without even remembering about the classes on sunday. Again on that Sunday morning Baba came in dreams with a message to my husband questioning about his musical knowledge. He was interested in singing as a lead singer in the bhajans. I woke up and got reminded of the classes and we rushed to the place on time.

My husband has started preparing to sing this week! As far as Baba is concerned one should feel the personal connection. Instead of merely praying to him one should involve in sadhana and also read the articles of baba's advice to us. I pray to him everyday asking him to guide me in life and lead me as a better human being.