The one who makes the rivers flow,
stars twinkle and the heart beat.
To that master who dwells in Parthi,
And who lives in all atoms, we bow.
From Dharmasketra to Goa.
From Goa to Parthi
Aum Sri Sai Ram,
When our sai brothers had gone to Dharmaskreta (in Mumbai) to attend a meeting, they hardly knew about the sweet surprise that Swami would give them. ‘Sai Jyoti’s were lit from the main flame and each zone of Maharashtra and Goa was presented one. One such lamp was handed to the sai youths of goa, who travelled with it from Mumbai, and then to the various parts of the small state.
During the journey:
After the meeting set on to their long journey. They had to bring the Sai Joyti to Goa without extinguishing the flame. They made a mistake while returning. They did not re-fill the fuel tank. On the way, the driver (who is a Sai youth) had a strong feeling that the fuel tank was empty- but the vehicle kept on moving. On reaching Goa, they rode to the said destination and enthroned the ‘‘Sai Jyoti’’ there. When the driver returned to his vehicle to go home, he found the fuel tank was totally empty. They had traveled some 100 kms without fuel.
The district president called on for a meeting of all the youth coordinators. There are eight local sai samitis in goa. So each samiti was allotted nine days. The samitis were told to carry out various programs in their province when the ‘Sai Jyoti’ would stay with them. This ‘Sai Jyoti’ will be passed on to all the samitis in the state of Goa and later taken to Puttaparthi before Swami.
Everyday, the ‘Sai Jyoti’ will travel from one home to other. Every morning there would be Suprabhatam and Nagarsankirtan. And every evening, devotees would gather and chant the following:-
· Chanting of vedam (preferably Rudram) – 15 mins.
· Chanting of Sai Gayatri – 10 mins.
· Hanuman Chalisa – 10 mins.
· Ram raksha – 10 mins
· Mahalaxmi Astha suktam- 2 mins
If time favours bhajans, meditation, study circle and satsang can be added to the program.
23th – 31th October
The ‘Sai Jyoti’ is Swami’s blessing upon us. Karmali samiti got the privilege as the firs t samiti to host the divine lamp. During these nine days the samiti carried out various activities. Around 150 lamps were lit and taken to numerous homes of the karmali village. On Sunday (26th Oct) they organized ‘Sri Sathya Sai Samuhik Sathya Narayana Katha- Mahapuja’ in the temple of Shri Shirdi Sai Baba at Ribandar. Around 83 couples and 15 individuals took part in the puja with ‘Sai Jyoti’ as witness.
1th – 9th November
After Karmali, the ‘Sai Jyoti’ was passed on to Ponda samiti. The jyoti went to one home each day. This year Ponda samiti hosted the Akhand Bhajan. The venue was the sacred abode of Sri Ramnath, situated admist the ancient temples of Goa at ponda (ramnathi).On Saturday, at 5:45 pm, the ‘Sai Jyoti’ arrived at Shri Ramnath temple. From there, the ‘Sai Jyoti’ was carried to the Bhajan hall with veda chantings hymned by the balvikas students. After the installation of ‘Sai Jyoti’ on the stage, the Akahnda bhajan began. It went on until the next day, 6 pm where the bhajan ended with Aarti and prasadam.
10th –18th November
At Margao, ‘Sai Jyoti’ was taken to about ten homes. In the morning they sang suprabhatam in their home and in the evening sung bhajans and vedic chanting. On the ninth day, Savordem samiti took the ‘Sai Jyoti’ to their home.
19th –27th November
In Savordem, the ‘Sai Jyoti’ travelled to about 35 homes. During this tenure, the samiti carried out seva in government hospital and in an old Age home at cuncolim. On 22nd, the samiti conducted seva activites at three villages. From here the ‘Sai Jyoti’ was passed to Vasco.
28th November -6th December
Vasco samiti had decided to take the jyoti to as many homes as possible. These also included a large numbers of non-devotees. The ‘Sai Jyoti’ visited about 178 homes in nine days time. On Sunday, the samiti organized a blood donation camp in the Vasco city.
7th –15th December
After busy days in Vasco, ‘Sai Jyoti’ was welcomed at Kundaim. The ‘Sai Jyoti’ visited about twenty homes. On 14th November, the samiti carried out a seva of painting a primary school at Cuncolim. Later, there was also a food serving seva at Lord Balaji temple. From here the ‘Sai Jyoti’ was passed to Panaji samiti at the early hours on 16th December.
The ‘Sai Jyoti’ is at Panaji, the capital city of Goa. The samiti planned various programs and took the ‘Sai Jyoti’ to about 35 homes. They adopted 6 below- poverty- line families and provide food provisions of about three months.
25th –31st December
After Panaji, the ‘Sai Jyoti’ travelled to Mapusa. From here the ‘Sai Jyoti’ along with about 150 sai youths travelled to Puttaparthi to attend the All Maharashtra and Goa Youth conference scheduled on 2nd to 5th January.
Other photos of seva activities in the presence of ‘Sai Jyoti’
1. Sai youths carrying the palki during the rally at ponda on 23rd November in the eve of Swami’s Birthday.
2. Sai youths carrying the palki during the rally at Vasco on 23rd November in the eve of Swami’s Birthday.