The swinging garland miracle over the Mahasamadhi - May 22nd 2012
Something really wonderful and fantastic happened on the 22nd day of May, 2012. The day dawned like any other in Puttaparthi. The morning prayers, veda chanting and nagar sankirtan were completed in the morning. The Veda chanting in the microphone began at 8:00 am and concluded at 9:00 am.
I usually go for morning bhajans. I entered Kulwant hall and sat with the bhajan group. Being summer, the group had shrunk to about a dozen members. There was no reduction in the enthusiasm and energy though! For the past two months, after all the students have left for their vacations, a dedicated team has been carrying on the glorious schedule that Swami Himself has established.
The Aumkaaram (chanting of Om) began and all of us noticed that one huge garland at the Mahasamadhi began to sway. At first it was as if some sparrow or other little bird had disturbed the garland. Behind the Mahasamadhi is a fairly large chamber in which is the famous picture of Bhagawan looking straight into the eye. At the threshold of this chamber, long and thick garlands are hung. They are tied at one end to the top and their lower end hangs loose. There were five garlands in all. The two at the ends are the longest, then the two which are medium in length and one short one at the center.
The garand to our left, at the corner continued to sway even after the Ganesha bhajan was complete. Nothing else was even stirring! It was at this time that, one by one, the members in the bhajan group noticed that. The garland was right next to the cooler and so someone suggested that the air was blowing it. But then, what about the garland at the symmetrically opposite end? There was a cooler beside it too but it was not swinging!
Maybe there was a breeze blowing. But the garland continued to sway as the third bhajan was complete and the fourth bhajan began. This was simply unbelievable. I fished out my cellphone and took a video during the fifth bhajan. Being a cellphone camera, the video is not that clear but if you concentrate to the region behind the air conditioner to our left, you will see the swaying garland.
Cellphone shot of the swinging garland
And this went on! The whole half an hour as bhajans were sung, the garland kept swinging. The Aarthi was done and Samastha Lokaha chanted. The swinging garland did not stop! Since I am a staff here, I went up close to the garland. Devotees were moving in a single file offering their salutations to Swami. I noticed that both the air conditioners were closed from all sides. I was standing next to the garland and there was not a whiff of a breeze. Till all the devotees completed their salutations and the curtains were drawn, the garland continued to swing! I was simply amazed and I took a close up video of the same.
The video orientation is off by 90 degrees since I took it vertically in my phone. Please bend your head to a side and view the video.
A close-up of the same garland
My heart simply rejoiced at the way the Lord showed His presence. At the very same time, a massive service operation was on in the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences.
There had been a major train accident in Penukonda on the morning of 22nd May 2012 (Hampi Express). About 25 people died on the spot and around 70 of them were badly injured. Many of the injured were from Karnataka. Some of the injured had been brought immediately to the Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences for treatment.
The hospital was rendering full-scale service and treatment. (Not just primary aid as it happens in accident cases since they have to be investigated by police first.) The orthopedics dept was very busy with so many injured patients suffering from multiple fractures.Their service would eventually go on till late in the night. The ortho, anaesthesia & the staff of the blood bank were attending on the victims immediately. They had no idea that they would be sacrificing even food all through the day. Blood which was needed in truckloads almost would be arranged immediately with the people from Puttaparthi and the neighboring villages who would be crowding to donate.
And here was Swami showing everyone that He is aware and happy that His love and blessings were being shared. In fact, I did not publish these videos yesterday (22nd May) when it happened. I thought that I would keep it to myself. This is because many such wonderful miracles are happening!
But today morning, I got a phone call. It was from my classmate, Ranganatha Raju in Bangalore. He told me that he had a dream of Swami in which I was simply sitting with a camera. Swami asked with disappointment,
“Why is he not shooting? Why is he not doing what he is supposed to do?”
My friend asked me whether that dream meant anything for me.
I smiled to myself and sat in front of the computer to share this beautiful happening with the world.
And even as I complete writing this, my mother-in-law comes to me and says,
"I usually do not share such things. Yesterday, I went to the mandir for morning bhajans. I felt Swami was seated there. Did you feel the same?"
I smiled and told her to read the article...
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© 2012 Aravind Balasubramanya
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