dear Sai brothers and sisters,
Sai Ram. Wish you all Happy,
Prosperous, Healthy and Peaceful Ugadhi – New Year.
auspicious day of Ugadhi, I would like to recollect and share
some incidents, which happened many years back in Bangalore on
the eve of Ugadhi when we had the good fortune of experiencing
personally our Divine Lord Sai’s Divine motherly compassion,
which has no parallel.
in Bangalore during the Ugadhi festival at the time when the
Bangalore college building was nearing completion. We – the
members of Brindavan Sevadal – had gone to Brindavan the
previous day of Ugadhi itself for making arrangements for the
festival, decoration, preparation of food for Narayana Seva and
various other works. We divided ourselves into various groups
for different works and were carrying on the assigned duties.
Some cleaning the place; some tying buntings; some decorating
the stage; some preparing the audio systems; some canteen works;
some preparing food for Narayana Seva the next day, some on gate
duties, etc. Those days, all the present buildings were not
there. Our Sevadal room was in a shed-like building where the
present toilets are located behind the present foreigners’
quarters/canteen building. Our works were not completed by
evening. After our dinner we continued the works during the
night also. Since Swami was there, every one was working without
making any noise and talking in whispering tones.
Myself and other Sevadal brothers like Shri Rangarajan, Dy.
General Manager, BEML [now retired], Shri Gopalakrishnan, Senior
Industrial Relations Manager, HAL [retired and presently working
in Brindavan Hostel], and some other senior members were cutting
vegetables and other related works for the preparation of sweet
Pongal and sambar rice for Narayana Seva the next morning. It
was 1.00 AM. Our works continued. Around 1.15 AM, one of our
Sevadal brothers suggested preparation of tea or coffee to
overcome sleep and tiredness. One brother went into the kitchen
for the same and returned saying that there were only tea and
coffee powder, sugar and jaggery but not milk and so could not
make tea or coffee. One of us suggested to prepare black tea or
coffee itself without milk. But majority did not accept this
suggestion and suggested, recitation of ‘Sairam’ will remove all
our fatigue and the matter was dropped at that. All these took
just about five minutes or so and we had forgotten about it.
about 15 or 20 minutes, one student came into our room with a
can of milk. When we asked him why he brought milk at that odd
hour, he said that Swami had asked him to take milk to Sevadal
room saying, “Sevadal wanted to prepare coffee and tea but there
is no milk. They are working throughout night. They must be very
tired. Take the milk to Sevadal room and give. Let them prepare
tea and coffee for all”.
BROTHES AND SISTERS, YOU CAN YOURSELF IMAGINE WHAT WOULD HAVE
BEEN OUR FEELINGS AT THAT TIME. WE HAVE NO WORDS TO EXPLAIN
THEM! Our hearts melt like ice and we could only shed tears to
experience THAT DIVINE MOTHER SAI’S COMPASSION AND CONCERN,
WHICH HAVE NO PARALLEL.
have visited Brindavan would know the distance between the old
Sevadal room far away at entrance gate and the abode of Swami.
We were all thinking Swami is sleeping and did not want to make
any noise to disturb Swami’s sleep. Our discussion took place
inside a Sevadal room in the Sevadal building far away from
Swami’s abode. But our Divine Mother showed us that She is
always with us knowing everything we do and ready to attend to
our needs like a mother attending to the needs of her infant
MOTHER SAI IS EVER WATCHING US, CARING FOR US.
thought when our Swami is so compassionate to send us milk at
that odd hour, how could He have disturbed the sleep of the
student at that late night hour. Then we thought that it may not
be a student and Swami Himself would have come in the guise of a
student! This thought further overwhelmed all of us. This is one
of the many Divine experiences we had to realise the
OMNIPRESENCE of Swami. Oh, Mother Sai, how many births we should
take to repay our gratitude for your Divine Love and Compassion
took place at the time of inauguration of the Whitefield college
building. Swami was in Bangalore. We – all Brindavan Sevadal
brothers and sisters - were working at the college building.
Many of us were laying the brick borders on both sides of the
pathway and around the plants, in front of the fountain, etc.
One called Ramsingh supervised our work. We were all officials
and we did not know proper alignments of laying the bricks. Ram
Singh always used to insist us relaying the bricks very often.
The same works were done and redone many times right from 8.00
AM to 1.00 PM. Still there was no satisfactory progress of the
work. Swami was expected to visit the college building around
4.30/5.00 PM after giving evening Darshan. We were all working
with great tension. Again this Ram Singh came around 2.00 PM and
commented on our work and wanted to relay the bricks on the
pathway again. We all lost patience. Our friend Shri Rangarajan
got wild and shouted at Ram Singh saying, “Mr. Ram Singh, who
are you to give instructions to us? We will do our work in
whichever way we think it better. This much only we know and can
do. If you want to do it in a better way, you do it yourself. It
is none of your business and you are nobody to comment on our
works or give instructions to us. If our work is not good, let
Swami tell it. Who are you to tell it?” Then there were
arguments and counter arguments and with this Mr. Ram Singh
disappeared from the scene! Then we concentrated on the work and
about 5.00 PM, after giving evening Darshan in Brindavan, Swami
drove into the college campus. We were all standing lined up on
both side of the pathway from gate to the portico of the
college. You know what happened! Swami got down from the car
half way on the road and started walking. He walked and came to
the exact spot where the quarrel between Rangarajan and Ram
Singh took place, stood there for a
while seeing the works we had done, particularly which Ram Singh
said it was not good. Then seeing all of us, said: “Bagha undhi,
bagha undhi” [looks very nice, looks very nice] and then went
near the fountain, seeing the boys’ idols in the fountain, said,
“Fatty boys!! Antha bagha undhi, bagha sesiundaru bangaru” [very
nice, done well], saying thus went into the college auditorium.
We were all happy to hear these from Swami Himself and at the
same time wondering why Swami was telling these at the same spot
where the quarrel took place. Perhaps our Omnipresent Mother saw
the quarrel and wanted to tell and appreciate our work Himself
as commented by Rangarajan. This is another experience for us
to feel the Omnipresence of our Divine Mother Sai.
these incidents happened during Ugadhi days many years ago, I
thought it fit to share them with all of you on this auspicious
With Pranams at the Lotus Feet
of Divine Mother Sai