Summary of 01.07.2009
This morning, the devotees
from Maharashtra commenced their three-day Ashadi Ekadasi
celebrations, welcoming Bhagavan into Sai Kulwant Hall in a procession
with Vedic chants. The Balvikas children, youth and devotees chanted
Vedam for nearly an hour as Swami sat onstage, with Arati being
offered at five minutes to ten.
In the evening, Swami came
for darshan at 4.30 pm and sat onstage for a few minutes after His
darshan round before moving to the interview room. He emerged at five
o'clock to begin the programme - a Hindustani vocal concert by Ms.
Kalapini Komkali, the daughter of renowned musician Kumar Gandharva.
After the hour-long concert, Swami blessed the artiste with a chain
and a pendant and the accompanists with clothes. He then asked the
students to sing some bhajans with alap, and at the end asked for a
song on Vithala to be sung. It was 6.30 when Arati was offered. Swami
moved to the interview room for a few minutes before returning to His
residence in the car.
Prasanthi Update - 1st July - A Memorable
The Aashadi Ekadasi festival is on 3rd of this month and it is usually a
Great and Wonderful chance for the Devotees from Mumbai to celebrate the
Festival with great Devotion in the Divine presence. This year also they
all have assembled and the Programmes started yesterday morning which
had Vedam chanting for almost one hour by the Mumbai devotees which
resulted in no Bhajans.
In the Evening there was a nice Vocal Music Programme and Swami
materialized a gold chain for the lady singer at the end of the
Programme. The wonderful part of the evening was the singing of the most
melodious songs, although they were only three in number they were most
melodious and Bhagawan and everyone else enjoyed the singing.
Of Course Swami has His Divine way to praise and publicize the talents
of His students and this was one such occasion. Just immediately after
the music program by the lady singer, Swami indicated to the students to
sing some Bhajans with an aalap, and after that Swami called one of the
students and instructed him and the result was a superb and a wonderful
" oh vittale" which enthralled everyone present. Swami then took Mangala
Aarathi and retired to Yajur Mandiram thereby brining to an end a most
memorable Musical evening.
Om Sai Ram
Posted on 02.07.2009 - KM
Veda Chanting Procession and
Hindustani Musical Concert by Kalapini Komkali
Posted on 2nd July @ 0015 hrs IST
Ashadi Ekadashi, one of the most auspicious days in
the Maratha vernacular calendar brings the legacy of Maharashtra along
with the state’s devotional fervour for her presiding deity, Lord Vittal
Rakumai of Pandarpur.
In fact, Ashadi is the day, when lakhs and lakhs of
Varkaris from all parts of the country, especially from the state of
Maharashtra throng the spiritual capital of the state, Pandarpur to have
darshan and blessings of their chosen deity, Vittal Rakumai.
Ashadi Ekadashi marks the beginning of the Chaturmasa
and ends with Kaarathik Ekadashi. It is celebrated during the months of
June-July, known as Ashada Shukla Paksha in the vernacular calendar.
People consider the two eleventh days, “Ekadashi”, of every month to be
of special significance. The eleventh day of Ashadi is known as the
great Ekadashi or Maha Ekadashi. This is the day on which people go on
walking in huge processions to the Abode of Lord Vittala in Pandarpur,
which is popularly known as Vaarkarari Sampradaya.
This is a time honoured cult and an important
landmark in the colourful history in the state of Maharashtra. According
to historians devotees have been performing Vaari long before
the advent of Sant Jnaneshwar in the 13th century and the current
practice of carrying the paadukas of the saint in a palki from
the Samadhi of the saint to Pandarpur for the holy darshan of Lord
Vittala was started by the son of Sant Thukkaram by name Sant Narayan
Maharaj in 1685.
Like the previous years at Prasanthi Nilayam, a large
contingent of devotees from the twin states of Maharashtra and Goa
arrived at Prashanti Nilayam to celebrate Ashadi Ekadashi in the Divine
Presence. The celebrations that began this morning would conclude on
3rd July 2009, the day of Ashadi Ekadashi.
Bhagawan was accorded a traditional welcome with
Poornakumbham by Veda chanting Bal Vikas children and Youth. Chanting of
the Vedas in unison by about 300 people, young and the old surcharged
the atmosphere with divine vibrations. Bhagawan listened to their Vedic
chants for about an hour before retiring for the session
Speaking on the preparations and the hard work put in
by about 300 people ranging from 8 to 72 years of age in learning the
Vedic Mantras, one of the core member of the group who is also a former
student of Bhagawan, said that Veda chanting classes started in the
scorching summer month of April in the twin states of Maharashtra and
The classes were held in different parts of these two
States, namely, Nagpur, Akola, Amaravati, Goa, Sholapur, Parbani,
Bhiwandi, Thane, different parts of Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, Nasik and
Pune. The classes would commence at 11 a.m. and would go on till 8 p.m.
in the night; such was the dedication of the group, said the leader. The
group members were supplied with Veda Mantra books and CD. At each and
every stage of their learning, Bhagawan’s presence could be felt.
Speaking on a wonderful experience, the leader said that on one of these
classes which was held in a temple, there was a secluded cloud cover
over the temple which proved that Bhagawan’s unseen hand was guiding and
guarding them. After the primary preparations, combined practice
sessions for the whole group were held in Dharmakshetra, Mumbai.
Samasta Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu (May all the
beings of all the worlds be happy!). Peace and welfare of the world was
their motto. Even the Samana Suktam, which they chanted at the end of
the morning session speaks of Unity, Purity and Divinity, said the team
The programme for the evening session was a
Hindustani classical concert by Kalapini Komkali, the daughter and
disciple of Pandit Kumar Gandharva and Vidushi Smt. Vasundhara Komkali.
Pt. Kumar Gandharva was a Hindustani classical
singer, famous for his unique vocal style and innovative genius. The
name Kumar Gandharva was a title given to him when he was a child
prodigy; a Gandharva is a god of music in Hindu mythology.
Kalapini could be said to possess an Alto just a
little husky but true as a blade. Her Akar is perhaps the closest yet to
that of Kumar Gandharva, a magical mixture of the five vowels that make
language ring true and unforgettable. She uses much the same technique
her father used to do, that lets you hear the Swara as part of the Raga
and the Swara also as pure Swara kindled separately and individually.
Smt. Kalapini, after offering her obeisance to
Bhagawan said that all the songs that she was going to sing during her
concert were sung by her late father Pt. Kumar Gandharva. Beginning with
a Tukaram Abhang: “Lakshmi Vallabha …”, the songs of Smt. Kalapini grew
from strength to strength both in terms of tenor, pitch and clarity.
Singing in her booming voice Kabir Das’s Nirgun Pad, “Sunta Hai …”
Nirgun Pad is a form of devotional song which believes in formless God.
After singing a Mira Bhajan she concluded the concert with a Gorakhnath
Bhajan. Bhagawan blessed the singer by materialising a chain and
presented her with a Sari. The accompanying artistes were also presented
with clothes by Bhagawan.
It was the turn of the students of the University to
take over; they not only sang bhajans in tandem, but also sang solo
songs. When Bhagawan asked a student to sing a Hindi song, he sang the
evergreen composition, “Hey O’ Vitthale Bhakta Jana Vatsale …” with such
beauty and mellifluousness that the entire audience was enraptured at
the devotional height combined with artistry. At the end, Prasadam was
distributed to the entire congregation and Arati was offered to Bhagawan
at 6.30 p.m. before He retired to His “Divine Abode”, Yajur Mandiram.