February 27, 2010 – Songs of Gratitude by X and XII Girl Students

Like every other day, on February 27 too the Veda chanting gave way to bhajan singing at 5:00 p.m. At about 5:20 p.m., Swami arrived into the Sai Kulwant Hall. The Primary School block which is normally empty other than on Sundays and Thursdays, was today sparsely populated.

The reason was the arrival of the outgoing batches from the girls' side. The X and XII class students had arrived, carrying with them cards, cushions, letters, pens, vibhuti and most importantly their hearts filled with gratitude. Swami took a complete darshan round and blessing the few birthday boys among the students, He moved into the Primary school area.

As He passed by the girls in the lines, He accepted letters and saw cards. Reaching the end of the lines, He saw that there was a girl seated with the harmonium. He asked her to begin playing and start the programme. The girl appeared confused as even though she began to play on the harmonium, it was barely heard above the speakers which were in full blast.

Swami then moved onto the stage for bhajans. Even as He sat for the bhajans, He looked once or twice at the beseeching girls. After a few bhajans, He called the birthday boys and blessed them once more! He also placed vibhuti packets into the trays of some of the boys. A couple of bhajans after that, as the clock showed 5:55 p.m., Swami asked for aarthi.

The loving Mother then moved towards her children who were waiting to open up their hearts. Swami asked the girls to begin their programme even as He sat in the western corner of the veranda, facing them. The girls began to sing out their hearts in Telugu, Hindi and English, the gist of all their songs being - "Swami, You are our everything. Without You, we are nothing. But with You by our side, there is nothing that we cannot achieve.

We seek You and nothing else." The power and thrill of singing in unison could be felt by all in the hall. They had no mikes to amplify their voice, but their hearts amplified their rich feelings as Swami sat listening. Now, the students began to move to Swami one by one offering various things.

A set of them offered to Him a soft velvety foot mat. With His permission, they raised His feet and placed them on it. The joy and satisfaction was all writ large on their faces. Soon, a line was formed with each one of the students being blessed with the opportunity of a personal interaction.

They gave Him letters and sought some clarifications. Pens and refills were blessed to be used as instruments of His grace during the exams. The songs were on continuously in the background. The half an hour was thus filled with joy, music and gratitude. At 6:25 p.m., blessing all the girls, Swami moved towards His Residence.

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