February 10, 2010 – Talk by Mr. Ajit Popat in the Divine Presence

The Sri Sathya Sai Organisation in Hyderabad is ever so active in serving the deserving. And Swami from His side has always kept the Divine inspiration going in His own way. On February 10, another feather was added in their service cap as they sought Divine blessings to inaugurate the mobile hospital van “Sri Sathya Sai Prana Mitra”. The van, decked in its flourescent blue stood majestically outside the Yajur Mandir building.

Shortly before 4:20 p.m., Swami arrived and the Grama Seva president along with the concerned conveners prayed to Swami to bless the endeavour. Swami was more than happy to do so. He moved towards the van and asked as to how it would function. "Swami, starting from this Shivarathri, it'll be available on a 24X7 basis for all emergencies. People can be safely taken to the hospital."

The next question was, "How much did it cost?" "Swami, 12 lakhs." Swami nodded and said that He was very happy and that service should be done. He blessed everyone associated with the project and accepted roses and letters from them.

The rear doors of the ambulance were opened and Swami seemed to scrutinize every inch of the van as He charged it with Divine healing and calming potency.

As He moved towards the Sai Kulwant Hall, He asked one of the security guards as to where he came from. He told Swami and then prayed for admission of his child in primary school. Swami nodded a "We shall see", and then moved ahead into Sai Kulwant Hall.

He accepted letters and moved through the students into the gents’ side. He accepted letters as He passed by the students and then arrived on stage by 4:40 p.m.

The Veda chanting was on and the students were holding a card to seek permission for a programme on Shivarathri. Swami smiled and He threw a packet of vibhuti for one of the students. The student took that as a blessing as well as the permission to go to Swami, so he moved up and informed Swami about the planned programme. Swami again smiled, nodded and sent him back.

Turning to His left, He called Mr. Ajit Popat to address the gathering. The next half an hour or so was an energy-filled talk as Mr. Popat, the Puppet as he calls himself, dilated on the simple rule to being close to God - Swasth raho, Vyasth raho aur Mast raho!" (Be healthy, busy and joyous). Health referred to both physical and mental aspects. Being busy in contemplating upon, "Who am I? Where do I come from?" is the way to wisdom.

Finally being happy by living in the present and neither anticipating the future nor worrying about the past was the way to lead life. The speaker presented many anecdotes from the fictional life of Mullah Nasaruddin which is metaphorical of man's life today.

He concluded his speech with three forceful “Jai Bolos” to Bhagavan. Swami seemed moved with his speech and blessed him profusely.

Swami then looked at the bhajan group and said, "It’s time! Start bhajans." Bhajans followed for the next half an hour almost. At the end of it, Swami asked for aarthi and then started returning to His residence.

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