ELEVENTH VASANT UTSAV ON 14TH FEBRUARY 2013 CELEBRATED AT SAI KA AANGAN
The premises of Sai Ka Aangan came alive with glee and merriment as it celebrated its Eleventh Vasant Utsav on the 14th of February 2013. The ambience was lively with the vibes of jubilations that touched everybody with soothing solace. The décor of the temple was done up with basanti marigolds and embellished with Baba’s chaddars, the motifs of everlasting blessings and assurance of protection by Shri Sainath. The reverberations of Sai mantras transformed the atmosphere to that of spiritual relief from earthly worries.
The programme began with the lighting of the lamp by Ms. Kumkum Bhatia and Smt.Kusum Uddhav Rao Deshpande, fondly referred to as Kusum Tai, the daughter –in-law of Shri Madhav Rao Deshpande,(Shama),who was a steadfast devotee of Shri Sai Baba, and served Baba during His lifetime. Kusum Tai came all the way from Shirdi to be a part of this grand celebration. Ms. Kumkum Bhatia then accorded a symbolic welcome to Shri Satpathyji by offering a shawl and a skull cap at the seat designated for Him. The invocation was done by Anamya, a seven year old girl, who offered the Ganesh Vandana and Saraswati Vandana recital and also presented a Sai bhajan composed by Shri Satpathyji, at the feet of Shri Sainath. Her melodious voice left the audience awestruck with a wonder at her ability to emote spiritualism at this tender an age.
As wished by Shri Satpathyji, the theme for this year’s celebration was Punjabi folk dances and Sufi music. The in house performance of Bhangra and Gidda was a carnival of its own kind. The rhythm, lyrics, music, drum beats as well as dance steps left a long lasting magic charm on the audience. The colourful outfits and parandis of the participants and the devotee workers added to the charm of the Aangan and seemed to prove true that a thing of beauty is indeed a joy forever.
A documentary on the conception, birth and growth of Sai Ka Aangan was like retrospection on how this abode of Shri Sainath came into existence with the blessings of Shri Satpathyji. The film was prepared by Shri Karan Rai as a mark of respect to the Sadguru.
The qawwals ,Chand Nizami and his troupe from the Dargah of Nizamuddin Aulia stole the show with their Sufi melody. They sang in praise of the master and the passion of being in love with Him. It was Valentine’s Day indeed at the Aangan, because the shayaris of the qawwals offered nothing but love at the lotus feet of the Sadguru on behalf of all those who were present for the occasion.
The vibrant programme culminated with a unique medley of Sufi songs with Bhangra dance… the entire venue burst with the grandeur of spiritual bliss, physical energy and mental rejuvenation in the midst of the joy of union with the omnipresent.
Ms. Jyotsna Rai, who has been the Master of the Ceremony for all major events at Sai Ka Aangan, kept the audience in the know of the progress of the occasion. Her elocution was commendable as always and added special touch to the programme. As she announced the names of the participants, they were presented with souvenirs and shawls used by Shri Sainath. The mementos were presented by Kusum Tai and Ms. Kumkum Bhatia, after which the latter gave the vote of thanks.
The worker devotees at the Aangan were particularly self motivated and left no stone unturned for making the festivity a grand success. Everyone did their bit from welcoming and escorting guests, arranging for the presentation of souvenirs, taking care of the shoe stands, selling books of Baba at the book stall; to serving langar Prasad… every little gesture was a mark of karmic tribute to their beloved Sadguru.
As Langar Prasad, everyone was delighted to have paranthas from the famous Paranthe wali Gali of Chandi Chowk, adding up to the old world charm of Sai ka Aangan.
REVERED GURUJI HONORED WITH BUILDING BRIDGES ACROSS THE NATIONS AWARD ON 27TH SEPETMBER 2012 AT SEATTLE BY WASITRAC (WASHINGTON STATE INDIA TRADE RELATION ACTION COMMITTEE)
Gurujee Dr. Chandra Bhanu Satpathyji was awarded the ‘Building Bridges Across the Nations Award’ at Seattle, on the 27th September 2012 by the Washington State India Trade Relation Action Committee (WASITRAC) for his immense contribution in linking the World by His humanitarian efforts.
This event was a part of the opening ceremony of the First Washington State Summit on US-India Trade and Commerce. The award was instituted for Guruji’s Revered Shri Satpathy ji’s vast contribution in bringing the communities of the world together through his brilliance in literature, music, philanthropic and spiritual endeavours
The Lt. Governor of the state of Washington Mr. Brad Owens was the Chief Guest for the occasion. Speaking at the juncture Mr. Brad Owen offered to assist Indians in times of need and Consul General of India, San Francisco Shri N. Parthasarathi who was the Guest of Honour congratulated Gurujee for the award and wished him many more awards in future. Mr. Debadutta Dash and Mr. H. Habib were part of the host committee co-chairing WASITRAC.
Gurujee’s involvement towards the spread of the message of his Master Shri Shirdi Sai Baba in being sensitive to humanity at large, in being pure, loving, compassionate, charitable, tolerant and understanding was recognized by the Lt. Governor of the state of Washington Mr. Brad Owens who stated that when the world events needed reflection on the need for greater humanity and compassion, Shri Satpathyji inspired benevolent activities like the organizing of medical camps, provision of food and shelter during natural calamities, Sponsoring of medical treatment and education for the under privileged and his offer to the state of Washington for building a special bridge of understanding and compassion, he hoped ,that Shri Satpathyji may return to the State of Washington many more times to celebrate the Sai Movement brought about with effect from the moment.
The appreciation came in form of a three Commemorative Inscriptions, the Award Plaque, the Souvenir from the office of the Mayor Mr. Mike McGinn of the city of Seattle ,and a Memento from the Lt. Governor highlighting the various attributes of Shri Satpathyji’s diverse contributions in the service of his Guru Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi.
The contributions included the setting up of more than 250 Shirdi Sai Temples and Cultural Centres built under His patronage.
The appreciation also was for the many books authored by Shri Satpathyji in English and Hindi which have been translated in various regional of India and also in Nepalese, Spanish, French and Slovenian.
The Soul stirring music to calm and soothe the listeners and His spending time in looking after those who are in distress and help them in every way possible to bring comfort and peace to their troubled psyche was also recognized.
A Cultural programme on Indian Dance and Music and then by Pacific Islanders followed.
Accepting the award, Gurujee thanked all present on the occasion of the decoration ceremony. He said He believed that this would a send powerful message for all those who have been striving to build such bridges amid nations, be it individuals or organizations.
Gurujee said that he shared the honour with all those who have come together and are ready to be connected in this way.
Revered Shri Chandrabhanu Satpathyji emphasized on the need of involving cultural, educational and need based initiatives amongst nations to build better bridges and fill gaps. He further said, that the gaps can be filled by encompassing two vital principles in addition to existing models in planning ventures at all levels, the first was to create happiness in the people involved in the processes; and the second was to ensure maximum happiness among the maximum number of people for the maximum period of time, for those who will be fortunate by this undertaking.
He acknowledged the influence of a Spiritual Perfect Master Shri Shirdi Sai in his life. In his concluding statement he expressed gratitude the organizers, the City of Seattle and State of Washington for the great compliment and Honour accorded to him.
Ms. Christine Gregoire, the Governor State of Washington, and the Secretary of State, United States,Ms. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Ms. Kiran Ahuja, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders sent their best wishes and congratulatory messages for the event.
DR. KARAN SINGH’S VISIT TO SAI KA AANGAN ON THURSDAY THE 26TH JULY 2012
FOR A SPECIAL PALKI
Dr. Karan Singhji , member of Rajya Sabha and an eminent personality ,with vast comprehension of spiritual literature arrived at Sai Ka Aangan at 5:45 p.m. on the 26th of July 2012 to attend a special Palki procession of Shri Sainath. The advance party arrived at the premises about 45 minutes earlier. The visitors were received by the Managing Trustee Ms. Kumkum Bhatia and were escorted in, with a traditional greeting near the entrance.
Dr.Singh was then ushered into the Dwarkamai where he most courteously offered a shawl at the Lotus Feet of Shri Sainath.
He was then led cordially to the “Gurunchi Chavdi” where he was received by the core group of Aangan devotees and offered hospitality. He was captivated by the sight of the original painting of Shri Sainath placed in Revered Guruji’s meeting room. This work of art for which Shri Sainath had Himself posed for has been restored to the present state by Shri Satpathyji efforts.
Thereafter, Dr. Karan Singhji was taken for the Palki, where he paid obeisance to the Master by offering flowers at Shri Sai’s portrait placed in the palanquin.
After the ritualistic puja at the Chawdi, Dr. Karan Singh ji was accorded a conventional Dogri reception at the Sabha Mandap by Smt. Kiran Kher. After the ceremonial lamp was lit by Dr. Karan Singh sji, he was honoured with a welcome address by Managing Trustee Ms. Kumkum Bhatia , a stole, flowers and renditions of Sai Bhajans. He then addressed the assembled group of devotees and advised them to do good to the lesser fortunate members of society for their spiritual upliftment. He also offered the English and Hindi versions of Shri Guru Bhagwata part II at Shri Sai Baba’s Lotus Feet.
The guest of the day spent over two hours at Sai Ka Aangan and left by 8:00 p.m.