I passed through the ashram gates at 8 am, left my shoes at the gent’s shoe racks, and entered the mandir for morning Darshan. Once again, very friendly sevadals ushered me towards the front to join other overseas visitors. My mind was busy this morning, as I moved in and out of meditation, taking in the Shakti and peacefulness of doing the inner work. I played with letting the thoughts be and move by, relaxing into the peace as I focused upon my third eye and placed the tip of my tongue on the back of my palate –  thoughts and senses stilled. I embraced my Atma, and breathed the Violet Flame into where I felt some pain in my right hip and leg (an historical ache for me). All was remedied by not concentrating there, and staying with my Atma, focusing upon the stillness point of my third eye and the tongue position.

Slokas are chanted for the first hour in complete harmony and unity by gents, putting us into a deep meditative state, and at 9 am the slokas transition into bhajans (chants), led by a high melodious male voice (as they all have been over the years of bhajans), and we clap along and sing if we know the words (some I do). Then comes Aarti to Baba at the end which I provide below with an explanation, transliteration, and English translation. The Shakti increases and moves in waves through me as it is chanted, and as the hall is readied for everyone to pass by Baba’s Samadhi and pranam (bow their heads down) on the marble. The Shakti increases even more in its movement and intensity.

I provide below the Sai Gayatri that is chanted by us all during the procession of people past Baba’s Samadhi: the words are imbued with Baba’s Shakti and Grace. I go up to the Samadhi this morning, slowly pranam and feel deep respect as I honor and surrender to Baba’s Love (Prem). As I move on, a young student hands me two rose petals. I then proceed along with others to the Omkar room where we meditated and recited slokas for so many years at 5 am. I then leave the mandir feeling peaceful and content.

Take in Baba’s Aarti and the Sai Gayatri below, offered to you with great love and blessings from Puttaparthi.

OM JAI JAI SAI MAA

JAI SHRI KRISHNA

JAI SAI RAM

SAI BABA ARATHI (AARTI)“Aa-rathi” is a Sanskrit word meaning “The Close”. “Aa-rathi” is the prayer song sung at the close of each Bhajan session. The “Aa-rathi” at the close of Sai Bhajans is really of profound significance.The camphor flame has itself has been endowed by Bhagavan Baba with the value and validity of a grand prayer, the culmination of the hour-long yearning of all devoted hearts. Bhagavan says, “While it is being waved pray – O Lord! Make the allotted span of my life as pure, as fragrant and as transparent as camphor; let it consume itself in the fire, scattering light and the warmth of love to all around me and at the end of it all, let there be nothing left of me (as the camphor leaves no ashes or residue) to render me liable to another sojourn amidst pleasure and pain.” This is the prayer with which every session of homage to Sai can appropriately close.

Om Jaya Jagadheesa Harey Swami Sathya Sai Harey,
Bhaktha Jana Samrakshaka Bhaktha Jana Samrakshaka Parthi Maheshwara Om Jaya Jagadheesa Harey

Victory to Lord of Universe, Lord Sathya Sai, Who destroys grief, evil and miseries of life and Who guards and protects devotees. Victory to Lord of Lords – Lord of Parthi.

Sashi Vadhana Sree Karaa Sarva Praana Pathey,
Swami Sarva Praana Pathey
Aasritha Kalpa Latheeka Aasritha Kalpa Latheeka
Aapadh Baandhavaa
Om Jaya Jagadheesa Harey

O Graceful and Charming as a Full Moon! O Auspicious One! O Lord Sai! Thou art: the Indweller and life force of all Beings; the wish- fulfilling Divine creeper to those who have surrendered to Thee; and kinsman, protector and friend in times of distress and calamities. Victory to Lord of Universe.

Maatha Pitha Guru Dhaivamu Mari Anthayu Neevey
Swami Mari Anthayu Neevey
Naadha Brahma Jagan Naatha Naadha Brahma Jagan Naatha
Naagendra Shayanaa
Om Jaya Jagadheesa Harey

O Lord Sai! Thou art Mother, Father, Noble Teacher, Supreme Divinity and everything to us. O Lord Universe! Thou art Primeval Sound and art reclined on coiled serpent.

Omkaara Roopa Ojaswi Om Saayi Mahadeva
Sathya Saayi Mahadeva
Mangala Aarathi Anduko Mangala Aarathi Anduko
Mandhara Giridhari
Om Jaya Jagadheesa Harey

O Splendorous One! O Lord of Lords – Lord Sai! Thou Form is Pranava (Aum). We pray Thee to accept the auspicious waving of flame of light (signifying the removal of ignorance). Victory to Thee, O Lord of Universe, Resident of Mandhar mountain – Lord Giridhari.
[Sing the following three times, each time at a faster pace than the previous one]

Narayana Narayana Om
Sathya Narayana Narayana Narayana Om
Narayana Narayana Om Sathya Narayana Narayana Om Sathya
Narayana Narayana Om
Om Jai Sad Guru Devaa

Chant the name of Lord Sathya Sai Narayana, Whose Form is Pranava. Victory to Noble Teacher and Supreme Lord Sai, Sathya Sai.

SAI GAYATHRI

Om Sayeeshwaraya Vidhmahe
Sathya Devaya Dheemahi
Thannassarvah Prachodayath

Meaning:

I know through Gurus and Shastras (and by direct experience) that Sai is God Himself; He is Bhagawan and Easwara. I meditate on this form in my heart with all my mental faculties. He is the embodiment of truth, divinity, universal consciousness and the one who pervades all the worlds. I pray to Sathya Sai Parameshwar to direct our intellect to engage in auspicious and righteous activities. I meditate on this great Form.

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