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Onam 2012, News from Puttaparthi

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ONAM 2012, NEWS FROM PUTTAPARTHI:
Om Sri Sai Ram dearest Sai Family
“Onam” the beautiful festival of “God’s own country” Kerala was celebrated with tons of happiness and bliss in “God’s Own Land”, Puttaparthi. The Kerala Sai Organisation had planned a 3 day programme this year and the third day was the highlight for this year’s Onam, when the whole Kerala group of devotees came out in the streets of Puttaparthi as part of their “Maha Nagar Sankeertan”. This concept of “Maha nagar sankeertan” has gained lot of interest among visiting groups to Parthi in the recent past, but if one had to rate all the “Maha Nagar Sankeertans” so far, there will be just one name that would come to mind and that is Kerala. There was so much variety in their programme. All the major happenings, traditions, rituals of Kerala were brought right infront of your eyes and the whole of Puttaparthi came to stand still watching the whole procession with rapt attention. The one hour long programme that started at Hanuman Temple ended up at Ganesh gate and it was just fantastic to watch the beautiful culture of Kerala “walking” right infront of your eyes. If there is any place in this world where Onam is celebrated in such a grand way out side Kerala, it is undoubtedly Puttaparthi. The whole atmosphere seemed as if Swami was very much around physically. All credit should go to Prof.Mukundan, State President of Kerala Sai Organisation and his devoted team for displaying such a fantastic devotion and making every one more devoted.
The musical programmes, dance dramas, talks by Hon.Justice Thottathil B.Radhakrishnan and others were very inspiring. Many years ago, Swami had personally mentioned in one of His discourses about the Quality of Kerala programmes be it musical presentations, dance or Dramas. This “Quality” was very much maintained which again is only His grace.
Another major divine project taken up by the Sri Sathya Sai Organisation of Kerala is a special rehabilitation center for all the patients operated in Swami’s Super Speciality hospitals in Puttaparthi and Bangalore providing all the post operative care needed for patients. This project has served and saved so many patients operated in Swami’s Super Speciality hospitals and this seva is definitely second to none..

SRI SATHYA SAI GIRI PRADIKHINA:

This month of August is very unique as we witness a rare phenomena of two full moons in one month. As many are already aware, Sri Sathya Sai Giri Pridikshina, cicumambulating of Prashanthi Nilayam starting from Ganesh gate and going round the whole ashram (from outside) and ending at Ganesh gate will commence at 6PM on August 31st. Devotees who are camping in Prashanthi right now may utilise this opportunity to “Walk on the holy soil that has been sanctified by the Divine Lotus feet of our beloved Lord”.

SAAMUHIKA UPANAYANAM PROGRAMME IN SEPTEMBER:
“Upanayana” literally means “leading or taking near”. It also means “introducing the novice to the stage of studenthood”. Upa means “approaching towards, by the side of”. Nayanam means “leading, directing, bringing”.
Upanayanam or the thread ceremony is the sanskara (ritual) performed to mark the beginning of studenthood or Brahmacharya ashram for a Brahmin, Kshatriya orVaishya boy, to formalise his eligibility to read and study the sacred books. Prior to the ceremony, a child of any caste is considered “once-born” or a Shudra. With the performance of the Upanayanam, he becomes “twice-born”. or dvija. This initiation rite marks his second, spiritual birth after his first physical one, for not only is he now admitted to the privileges of his caste and into society in general, but also embarks on adolescence.
Under the guidance of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, Sri Sathya Sai Organiation of Karnataka is conducting this sacred thread ceremony in Sai Kulwanth Hall on September 26 and 27. The registration process is already started and i was told that the last date for receipt of application forms has been extended for another 3 days. For further details for enrolling your boy for this most sacred thread ceremony, in the divine presence of our beloved Lord, please email saisubm2012 at the earliest.
With pranams at the Lotus feet of our beloved Lord,
Thanks to R.Satish Naik

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