Water from Nine holy rivers of
India to sanctify 'Sri Sathya Sai Samaj Dhyan Mandir'at Palasdhari Village on
7th June 2009
Om Sri Sairam
When the world around is reeling under recession, the
Indian Rural is refusing to go under. The villagers are emerging tobe a force
to reckon with. The big brands are realising, that the 'Indian Village' is the
next big idea whose time has come.
Over the years, mindless destruction of natural resources and unbridled
pollution by the city folks, directly & indirectly, have disabled the
nature-dependent villagers from getting their legitimate share.
And turn to the outside world for help. Else they were fine with what they
had. No sensex. No Recession. Boom or Doom or similar Metro Maladies.
Now the least city folks can do to repay their debt to Nature which is
nourishing them unmindful of all the disastrous attack, is to visit a village
nearby and do their bit of Seva.
In a way it is not mere Seva. But a Prayaschita. To make amends. For the
collective sins of all who manipulated and milked Nature dry.
There is a silent revolution set in motion by Sri Sathya Sai Village
ChemburSeva's monthly engagement with Palasdhari Villagers every third Sunday
is by now a fixed agenda on the calenders of many Chemburites. Month after
month we have been visiting and doing medical seva, Bal vikas, Skill training
for youth, Narayan Seva (serving food) to the entire village everytime, review
of Bhachat Ghat of women etc besides our special education programme for
school dropouts. We have also taken many villagers to Puttaparthi for Baba's
With Patience, we have to work hard to improve their lot. And that is the
While at it, it was decided by the visiting devotees to build a small
community centre and a temple there. And thus "Sri Sathya Sai Samaj Dhyan
Mandir" was born.
That will operate as a community centre with a small Shirdi Sai Baba mandir in
In the lingo of the youth, it is our version of VAS ('Value Added Services')
for the Village. That will change the ringtone of the village with the temple
bells chiming now and then.
Before the roll out, we did the following -
1. Little earth was brought from Sri Sathya Sai Baba's Janmasthan (now a
Mandir) in Puttaparthi and added to the foundation
2. A rose flower blessed and given by Baba personally was reverentially put
into the foundation
3. Sai devotees who regularly visit the village every month have done "Likitha
Japa" (writing the name of the Lord , 'Sairam' on sheets of paper) which were
put right under the deity and covered.
4. Pancha loka and gems also will be placed under the Deity.
5. Arrangements made for bringing the sacred water from - Nine holy rivers of
India and Lake Manasarovar of Kailash for Abhishek of the Deity in our Samaj
The nine rivers and the collection spots by our devotees -
1.Brahmaputra (from near Guwahati)
2.Ganges (from Rishikesh)
3.Yamuna (from Triveni sangam)
4.Narmada (from near Omkareshwar)
5.Sarayu (from Ayodhya )
6.Godavari (from Nasik)
7.Netravati (from a location in Karnataka)
8.Chitravati (from Puttaparthi)
9.Cauveri (from Trichy)
And the unique "Manasarovar" to cap it all from Kailash.
A "Nava Nathi Pooja" will be conducted and then along with Manasarovar water,
all the river water will be applied over the deity of Shirdi Baba as "Abhishek"
amidst Veda chanting by a team.
The interested ones can join a brief session of Meditation thereafter in the
The function will be held on 7th June 09 in a low key and only the villagers
will be in the front while all Sai devotees will be behind the scene.
The construction of the Samaj Dhyan Mandir is done in such a way, anyone can
sit on the floor of the Dhyan Mandir and do meditation overlooking
the mountains and the vast lake at the foot of the hill. It is indeed a breath
taking view from the Dhyan Mandir.
While the villagers would be taught to sing community bhajans and do
meditation at the Dhyan Mandir, the city folks also can go there once in a
way and do Dhyan quietly. A free Divine De-stresser enriching mind and body.
We hope that this Samaj Dhyan mandir with heavy spiritual overtones will keep
emitting divine signals in the Village. And transform the folks around. And us
No doubt, for the outside world, this is going to be one more site where
lasting Peace can be searched.
At a time, the world is plunged into crisis going directionless with mindless
violence, Spirituality is the only succour. The version that is Religion
neutral. Spiritual Positive.
Come. Meditate in the Dhyan Mandir.
And discover a new world inside you.
All are welcome
" Direct your intelligence not to wander about but to dwell constantly in the
inner world! This is the inward quest (antar vimarsha), and meditation (dhyana)
is the most important instrument needed for this." - Sri Sathya Sai Baba