Palasdhari Sri Sathya Sai
Samaj Dhyan Mandir Inaugurated
At the dawn of 7th June 09, Village Palasdhari woke up to a new reality.
That they are Cared for! It is a reassurance for the second time after the
huge Water project by Sai Youth.
It is not the availability of Resources as much as change of mindset that
is the Game changer. Both for the ones who are served and the ones who
serve. Seva changes mindset of both.
After year and half of hard training, we learnt from the village that
consistency pays. A bus load of Chembur Samithi Volunteers kept visiting
the village every third Sunday, rain or shine,continously for SEVA. And
some even slept their overnight supporting the night school seva.
As one more attempt to underwrite their welfare, Sri Sathya Sai Samaj
Dhayan Mandir, a community hall cum Shirdi Baba Temple was dedicated to
the Village in a low key function on 7 th June 2009.
It is also for anyone who would love to meditate in a
serene setting in the lap of Mother Nature over looking the lake down
The community centre is constructed in such a way that the breathtaking
view of the mountain and the lake are in unobstructed view as one sits
there and set out to meditate.
Lose yourself meditating over this lovely sunrise
Many devotees, young and old from near and far pitched
in to make this small project happen.
A young doctor got the photographs of nine Maharashtra
saints and an Eighty two year old devotee got all those framed nicely and
hung them on the temple roof.
More touching was a couple of cancer patients (served by Chemburseva) with
their escort came to Palasdhari and stayed overnight and did painting and
cleaning work in temple saying that they didn't want to miss this Seva
when they are mobile now. A Cancer Patient with the skill to write on Rice
grain wrote 'Om Sairam' on a few grains of rice which were kept buried
under the seat of the Lord along with Nama Ligitha Japa written by many
and Pancha Loga and Navrathna Stones. A Sri Sathya Sai Sai Yantra was also
kept with them.
The ones staying near 9 sacred rivers in India specially collected the
water for this temple and sent by courier and special messengers. When the
little gals of the village carried the River water on their head and 'catwalked'
into the village with the names of the Rivers dangling, it was like a
scene from the heavens with Deva Kanyas floating around.
Sacred river water over their head-Deva Kanyas
Abhishek was done,amid Vedic chant, with the sacred
water from NINE rivers and Lake Manasarovar - Brahmaputra, Ganga, Yamuna,
Sarayu, Narmada Godavari, Chitravati, Netravati and Cauveri.
There was a group of Veda Pandits specially invited for
the occasion who filled the air constantly with vedic vibrations.
A village youth sat in traditional Pooja and the entire village lined up
to do Abhishek of their dear Sai Baba who arrived in their village to take
care of them for the rest of their lives.
Vedic chanting.... Villager doing Pooja
Village doubly blessed by both Babas...
Chembur Samithi Convenor narrated in detail how the Sai
Youth achieved the magnificent task of setting up the Water Project in
Village Palasdhari and how the village has been transformed since then.
Narayan Seva was done at the end of the function. And thus arrived Baba in
the Village of Palasdhari greatly inspiring one and all.
The proof of pudding..... Yes. As a proof of the divine vibes working,we
learnt later, that the villagers collected on their own in the evening and
sang their folk bhajans from 8 pm to 11 pm.
Now a Village folk art form called "Samna" is being organised in which two
sets of village artists who double up as poets would sit in two opposite
groups and there will be sessions of questions and answers in poetic form.
This draws many villages nearby and runs for hours. We shall be
'indoctrinating' the two sets of poets to deliver moral messages against
tobacco, alcohol and how health and education are important etc. and
deliver the same in the 'Samna' being sponsored by us.
In the days to come, many welfare programmes will roll out with the Grace
of our Divine Master as per His divine Sankalpa like this one, while we
shall stand on the side in obscurity and watch in wonder as we did now.
We plan to have a overnight stay to silently meditate and enjoy the
natural beauty of Palasdhari in the company of Baba sitting along - on
18th July Sat and return on 19th Jul Sun morning. Interested ones can
contact ChemburSeva through this mail. (No charges).
Come. Join the new experiments with Divine Love.
Posted by R.Chandrashekar