Sai Ram to all,
I wish to share my Parthy visit for Maha Siva Ratri. As many watched it
live, I will avoid the Siva Ratri details shared by others.
Before going to Puttaparthy I was having two minds (Monkey mind), Whether
to go to Parthy to view Swamy’s Lingodbhava or stay at Bangalore to attend
Veda / Rudram Chantings arranged by our Veda Group, and watch Live
telecast of Lingodbava by Samskar Channel.
For Sivaratri our Veda Chanting Group at Bangalore arranged two programs.
In morning veda Chanting at MANJU NATAHA SWAMY TEMPLE at DOMLUR from
05:30 to 08:00 hrs, And RUDRAM chanting at SAI DARSHAN between 17:30 to
One part of my mind says that if I stay at Bangalore I am able to do
regular puja rituals on this auspicious day like offering fruits and
flowers, chanting slokas, litting Deepam and do archana with Kumkum to God
Photoes. I can also watch closely Live telecast of Lingodbava by Samskar
Channel, and many more Sacred Siva Places temples by Other TV Channels.
But if I stay at home, But, I am not sure of sacred, auspicious
environment whole day during this period at home. I observed this happen
in many festival days at home, Me and Phani my wife may get easily exited
with words, and harmony at home is easily lost.
Instead If I go to Parthy, I can focus totally in mind on Swamy or Shiva
or in the sacred environment of many Bhaktas Yogis at Parthy. It is also
a great opportunity to see Lingodbhava by Swamy a rare event in once life.
As now I am staying in Bangalore, It is very feasible. I don’t know about
tomorrow where God puts me.
But due to heavy crowd at Parthy, I may not be directly seeing lingodbhava,
As people stand and block the view in Hall. If I go to Parthy I may not be
able to do regular puja rituals on this auspicious day like offering
fruits and flowers, chanting slokas, litting Deepam and do archana with
Kumkum to God Photoes. My friend with whom I share accommodation do not
have much inclination to the rituals and Puja.
What is Good and right for me to do. Both ways it is interesting. I left
it to Swamy’s Will to decide what is Good for me. Finally decided to go to
parthy only. Reached Parthy by bus from Bangalore on 17 FEB 2004, at 19.30
18th February 2004, Maha Shivarathri day morning Darshan:
Woke-up at 3.45am and went into Q
at 5.00am. The Q was moving into SK Hall. I wanted to attend to Omkar,
but it is filled by then, and I joined Q going into Sai Kulwant Hall.
Morning Swami came in the Red Maruthi car in his Safron Robe at around
7:20 a.m. Till 8:00 a.m. Veda chanting was going on. At 8:00 a.m., the
students gave a devotional singing Lingastakam, that lasted till 9:15 a.m.
Morning Swamy called One Poet who wrote 11000 Poems on Sai to read them to
audience. He picked up some of them and read them. Swamy spent time very
Leisurely with the devotees who gathered in SK Hall. Swamy was in Sai
Kulwant Hall till 10.00 am from 7.00 am. He did not show any hurry to
go.He was very pleasant. It is very nice to all devotees staying in the
Hall. Sweets and apples were distributed to all those assembled. I got one
apple. It was announced that the evening program would start at 4:00 p.m.
crowd this time are more than it was during last year. The crowds are very
large this time.
Afternoon Darshan & Lingodbava Q started at 10.00 am on wards. Me and my
friend MuraliKrishna joined Q at 12.00noon We Got seat in the Middle Isle
in-Between Gents & Ladies Isle.
In the afternoon, Swami came in the golf cart in YELLOW dress at 3:20 p.m.
Veda chanting continued till 4:00 p.m. Swami started the discourse at
5:00 p.m. Swamy said that there is Lingam in every one of you. You are all
Lingams. While He was speaking about the formation of Lingam, His speech
was interrupted at 5:40 p.m., and the signs of emergence of Lingam
appeared. Swami started drinking water and at 5:55 p.m., He materialized
the Lingam from His mouth.
I will cut short that part of items shared by Other authors about the Siva
Swamy showed the lingam to all devotees Swami said that the Golden Lingam
was very heavy and gave different appearance at different faces which the
devotees would not be able to withstand when they see it. This part was
not clear to me. Swami also said that more Lingams are to come. He started
getting restless and could not even sit. He was taken inside His room on
the wheeled sofa and at 6:20 p.m.
It was announced by Anil Kumar that two more Lingams emerged from Him.
Swami came back walking to the lobby at 6:30 p.m. He said the students are
his Prana and He is for them and they are for Him. They need not worry
about anything as he would be always with them to protect.
HE ALSO SAID FROM TOMORROW HE WILL START MOVING FREELY WHEREVER HE WANTS,
and his health would be perfect here afterwards. He then sang three Bhajan
songs and told the students to go and have their dinner and come back and
do the Bhajans. Swamy said He would be coming back in the Night. But
Physically He did not come.
After Swamy left I tried to go near Dais to Watch the Lingam, But it was
not kept on Display as it was done last year.
Bhajans continued by the Bhajan troops whole night. As the microphones
were Switched off Bhajans were not audible and most of the devotees are
not able to hear them, and participate in singing
19th Feb 2004:
Bhajans continued by the Bhajan
troops. Bhajans were not audible not able to hear them, and participate in
singing. Many people in gents side were Physically slept in Sai Kulwant
Hall. Seva Dal did not woke them up. Sat till 00.15 hrs, and to break
sleepiness, in early hours, Me and
Narasimham Went to Ram chakka’s room. Played some Bhajan Casetts in room
till 2.30am. Took Bath at 3.00 and After Bath came to S K Hall at 3.30
At 3.30 am Lot of People started coming. Seva Dals are there and
controlling Queue to enter SK Hall. Went inside SK Hall. hall is nearly
full by 4.30 am. Bhajans going on. Usually Baba comes early to Hall on
the next day of Maha Shivarathri. Hence, we are all expecting Swamy from
5.30 am onwards. But this time Swamy did not come till 6.45 am.
Anybody Guess why Swamy did not come at usual 5.30 hrs. As I have to
attend Office and hence I booked my return ticked in 7.30 am Bus. I was
doubting weather I can have Swamy’s darshan and his permission to leave
before I get up to go to Bus stand.
Swamy came to SK Hall in Red Car at 6.50 am. Me and Narasimham were
sitting next to each other in the hall. Swamy’s went round the Hall, and
from Dias looked at devotees with lot of love and Kindness turning in all
sides, and blessed people. Swamy is looking very fresh and Energetic.
My Bus is at 7.30 am I could not wait till Swamy’s completed his Talk and
Prasadam distribution. Narasimham garu told me to take prasadam, and then
go later. As there is a meeting to attend in Office, at Bangalore, I
requested for Swamy’s permission and Pardon. When Swamy from Dias
Blessing and looking at devotees in all directions, and was slowly about
to sit in chair, I got up from my seat, turned towards him, and slowly
backwards to go out, in the Path created by Seva Dal for the Prasadam
Came out of SK Hall at 7.10am, Went to room running, to collect Suitcase
and came running to Bus Stand. Bus is on Plat form. Got into it and
Reached back Bangalore by 12.00 noon on 19th Feb 2004.
Thank you very much Swamy (despite my monkey mind trying to stop) for
allowing me to come to Parthy, and stay in your abode and have your Divine
In Sai Service