One of the most important video interviews ever posted to Souljourns. This is the story of the life and spiritual practices of Sri Narasimha Murthy, a close associate of Holy Man Sri Sathya Sai Baba for more than 50 years.
Murthy leads the viewer through the many steps he has adopted in turning over the entirety of his life to the guidance of Sai Baba. With clarity and conviction, Murthy’s account of his life choices constitute the very definition of selfless service. For decades Sai Baba spoke of the virtue of non attachment. In this interview can be seen the model of this important spiritual stance.
Welcome to Souljourns. This interview was recorded on the Muddenahalli, India campus in January, 2013.
SAI LOVE SPECIAL – MUDDENAHALLI
About Sathya Sai Grama
Nestled in serene and idyllic surroundings sathya Sai Grama is located near the foot of Nandi Hills at a distance of 55 Kilometers from Bangalore. Surrounded as it is by five hills this picturesque place is an abode of peace.
Divine grace has descended on this campus in the form of a holy Ganesha temple, an exiquisite Mandir, a sacred Gayatri temple, Navagraha shrine, a spacious aduditorium, a magnificient dining hall, a fine array of class-rooms and dormitories, a grand building for CBSE students extensive play grounds, lush green farms, a big dairy and a Dhanvantari garden.
Bhagawan Baba Himself instructed the then Secretary Sri B.N. Narasimha Murthy in the year ___ to construct this arch gate. It is the sincere opinion of so many visitors that as soon as they see this gate and enter the campus they feel as if they are in a different world. They say without any touch of exaggeration that they feel spiritual vibrations as soon as they are in the precincts of the campus.
Higher Primary School
This was the building where the higher primary classes were housed in the beginning. In the present Higher Primary building High School classes were conducted in the initial stages.
Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Composite Pre-University College
The foundation stone for this building was laid by Swami on 6th November, 1981 and it was inaugurated by Him on February 1987. On the day of the inauguration of this imposing building there was a huge gathering of more than 10,000 devotees and Swami gave an illuminating discourse in chaste Kannada for more than an hour. In the course of His Divine Discourse He commended the generosity of Sri B.V. Ashwathaiah and his family who had donated this building. This Pre-university college consists of High School and PUC sections and are affiliated to the Karnataka Board of Education. In the hostels attached to this building nearly 450 students reside and they follow a well-disciplined and systematic daily routine.
During one of His gracious visits to sathya Sai Grama Swami said, “Here in sathya Sai Grama along with a vidyalaya (school) there is a Devalaya (temple) and there is a Vaidyalaya (hospital) as well. Now there should be a Bhojanalaya (dining hall) here”. He also laid the foundation stone for the dining hall. By 1998 the magnificent building for the dining hall was ready. May 16, 1998 was a red-lettered day in the history of sathya Sai Grama. On that day Swami arrived in sathya Sai Grama with about twenty students of MBA of Sri sathya Sai University and some other devotees at 7-45 AM and was here till 2-00 PM. He inaugurated the dining hall on that day and spoke to the teachers with great love. This dining hall cum prayer hall with modern facilities can cater to about 500 students at a time.
Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Kendra
According to SWAMI’S instructions a school with CBSE pattern of education was started in sathya Sai Grama in the year 1998. Swami inaugurated this school by blessing the plaque on 16th May 1998 in Brindavan. This exquisite building accomodates classes from VI to X and about 200 students.
Sri Sathya Sai Divya Sriram Soudha
Swami inagurated this building in 2008. This building houses the classrooms and hostel rooms for PUC Commerce and Science students
Lord Ganesha is the remover of all obstacles and He is also the God of learning. At an elevated place in the campus there stands Ganesha temple where one will experience an atmosphere of sacredness. This temple was inaugurated by Bhagawan Baba on 6th November 1981. In May 1998 He recharged the potency of the Ganesha idol by smearing the sacred vibhuti He created on it.
Sri Sathya Sai Auditorium, formally inaugurated in 1983, is an imposing building with a lofty tower. Even before the flooring and plastering work had been complete Bhagawan Baba had come into the spacious hall of this building and given His Divine Discourse. After 1983, He has given Divine discourses to the students and staff many times here. In 1993 on 26th January as part of the cultural activities a group dance programme was going on and a student clicked his camera to take a photo of this. A few days before this, the Respected Secretary, Sri B. Narayana Rao had prayed to SWAMI to pay a gracious visit to sathya Sai Grama on His way to Brindavan from Puttaparthi and SWAMI had kindly consented saying, “Yes, I will come” five times. On Feb. 8 Swami left Puttaparthi and went straight to Brindavan without paying a visit to sathya Sai Grama. The same evening the copies of the photos taken on 26th January were received and an incredible thing had happened. In the photo showing the group dance SWAMI had appeared in five different poses! Every one was beside himself with joy and wonder.
With an exquisite and majestic appearance, with aesthetic beauty and architectural splendour, the magnificent Mandir named as “Premdeep” by Bhagawan Baba, is indeed the cynosure of all the eyes. Devotees and others who visit the campus are fascinated by the beauty of this Mandir and they develop in them a deep feeling of devotion. This mandir was inaugurated by Bhagawan Baba on 15th August 1994. Bhagawan Baba has graciously visited and blessed this campus 27 times so far. Before the inauguration of this Mandir Bhagawan Baba used to stay in another small Mandir called SWAMI room and here He would talk to the teachers and karyakarthas.
Sri Sathya Sai Sudha Goshala (Dairy)
The dairy with about thirty cows provide pure milk to the inmates of the campus. Swami blessed this dairy by visiting this twice.
Sri Sathya Sai Boggaram Trust Hospital
A hospital is of indispensable necessity in a residential educational campus for the healthcare of the students and the staff. For this purpose a hospital was built in the campus and this hospital was inaugurated by Bhagawan Baba on 22 June, 1979. Sri B.V. Ashwathaiah, Sri B.V. Ratnaiah and Sri B.V. Sriramaiah – well-known industrialists and philanthropists belonging to the Boggaram Family munificently contributed money for the construction of this hospital and they also provide the necessary equipments.
For the convenience of the students and staff there are other facilities like post-office, a stationery stores and a branch of the Vijaya Bank adjacent to the campus. Ragi and a variety of fruits are grown in the extensive farms which has also about a thousand coconut trees that yield coconuts.