Volume 13 - Issue 04
April 2015
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Posted on: Apr 23, 2015


REVERENTIAL OFFERING OF SAI PANCHARATNAS

TO SRI SAI NADA BRAHMAM

On the Occasion of Aradhana Mahotsavam 2015

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From ancient times, music in India not only had a strong spiritual tradition but has also been regarded as one of the great vehicles of Bhakti, with God worshipped as Nada Brahmam, while the bhakta or devotee engages in nadopasaana or seeks to merge with the Lord via musical adoration. In a Discourse delivered in 1996, Swami said that God loves music (which is why He is called Nada Brahmam) and that an easy way to find liberation is for the bhakta to sing his/her way into the Lord’s Heart.

In keeping with that exalted tradition, musicians are gathering at the Sai Kulwant Hall, at the Sai Sannidhi to offer to Swami five specially-composed songs that describe the dazzling spectrum of Sai’s Prema and the way Swami ceaselessly showered His Divine Love on one and all during His physical presence on earth as the Sri Sathya Sai Avatar.

The musical bouquet of five songs being offered today is referred to as the Sai Pancharatnas, all the songs being in Telugu. The lyrics and the meanings of the different songs are given below. Two of those Kritis were offered at the divine lotus feet, by Bhagawan's Students on the morning of the Aradhana Mahotsavam last year (24 Apr 2014). This year, all the five kritis will be offered by an array of musicians along with Bhagawan's students.

Dearest Bhagawan, no words, no poetry or song is adequate to describe Your peerless love, or even the gratitude that that love kindles in our hearts. This is yet another feeble effort to glorify You Bhagawan; accept this humble offering of ours!

[The songs were composed by Dr. Vasanthalakshmi of Sri Sathya Sai Mirpuri College and set to music by noted musician Rajkumar Bharathi, great-grandson of the famous poet and freedom fighter Subrahmanya Bharathiar.]

  • Pranamaami Saayeesha
  • Sadaa Bhaavayaami
  • Charana Sevanam
  •  Kaliyuga Avathaari
  • Sathya Sai Avathaara
pranamaami saayeesha

The first song is tuned to the Ragam Ghambhira Naattai, which is derived from the ‘parent’ Ragam Naattai. Like the latter, Gambhira Naattai is considered auspicious for beginning a musical offering, especially because it generates an atmosphere of vigour and dynamism. The beat is that of Adi Taalam.

Offering salutations to the Sustainer of the Universe, the opening song expresses adoration to the Lord for graciously taking birth in human form to shower Love and Compassion and guide us on the path of Dharma.

Recalling the blessing of Divine Motherhood conferred on Mother Easwaramma of the Ratnakara family, the song celebrates the early days of Swami who mixed pranks, music and Leelas with profound teachings, making the daily experience of early devotees like the dance of waves on the Divine Ocean of Love.

Oh! How fortunate and blessed those devotees were!


Pallavi:

Pranamaami Saayeesha Sakala Bhuvana Shubhakara Ghanacharitha

Srushti Sthithi Kaaraka Sugunaakara Ratnaakara Vamshaabdhi Sudhaakara

Meaning:

I bow before You Lord Sai, the bestower of auspiciousness to the entire Universe; the one whose story is the most glorious; the preserver of all creation, the source of all virtues and the crest jewel of the entire Ratnakara clan.

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Anupallavi:

Pranathaarthihara Shivashakti Roopa Bhaaradhvaaja Gothrodbhava

Nee Padamu Soki Bhuvi Dhanyamaaye Nee Karunakilanu Evaru Saati

Meaning:

O dispeller of the devotees’ distress, You are the embodiment of Shiva and Shakti; the One born in sage Bharadwaja’s lineage. (When) the earth itself has been sanctified by the touch of Your feet; (then) who can equal You in compassion?

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(1)

Nee Divya-avataaramu Kalilo Prema Ithihaasamu

Tava Charanam Mama Sharanam Bhakti Mukti Pradaayakam

Meaning:

Your divine incarnation is a saga of Love in this kali age;

Your feet is my refuge, it confers upon me devotion and liberation.

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(2)

Saadhu Maunijana Praarthana Phalitham Easwaraamba Sutha Nee Jananam

Dharmoddharanaku Saaradhyam Vishva Maanavathaku Bhavya Bhavithavyam

Meaning:

Your birth as the son of Easwaramba is the fruition of the prayers of sages and saints,

It upholds Dharma and ushers in a glorious future for the entire mankind. 

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(3)

Surya Chandraagni Trinetra Shobhitha Roopa Jitha Bhaktha Hrudaya

Paamara Jana Thaapatraya Kshayakara Soothrathraya Bodhaka

Meaning:

Your form is adorned with the Sun, Moon, Fire and the third eye; it is capturing the hearts of the devout.

You dispel the worry of the ignorant folk by teaching them Your three fold message - Daiva preethi, papa bheethi, sanga neethi (Love for God, Fear of sin, Morality in Society).

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(4)

Chandra Bimbamuna Surya Golamuna Velige Thejo Roopam

Anthalona Druggocharamaiye Dashaavataara Vaibhavam

Meaning:

Your radiant form was seen in the moonshine and in the solar orb;

The very next moment You granted the glorious vision of Dasaavathara (Ten Incarnations of Lord Vishnu).

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(5)

Sangeetha Sarvajna Naigama Paaramya Bhaashyaartha Vachonipuna

Nee Leelaa Mahimalu Vinodamulu Chithra Vichithramulu

Divyamu Bhavyamu Navyamu Rasaramyamu Nee Padame Parama Padamu

Meaning:

Knower of all music; Expert in explaining the essence of all esoteric knowledge,

Your playful pranks and miracles are exhilarating, fascinating, divine, grand, unique and nectarous. Your feet are our ultimate goal.

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(6)

Korina Phalamulanella Nosage Chintha Drumam

Chelimikaandra Muchchata Deerche Kalpabhoojam

Thalachinanthane Srushti Jarugu Sathya Sankalpam

Premaroopa Sai Karathalame Kalpakam

Meaning:

The tamarind tree was transformed into the wish fulfilling tree, it gave everything Your childhood friends desired;

You possess the Sathya Sankalpa (Resolve of Truth) that make things happen the moment You will it. O embodiment of love, Sai, Your palm itself is verily the wish-fulfilling tree.

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(7)

Aadi Anthyamu Leni Adbhutha Leelaa Vinodam

Saayi Prema Kadhale Kerataala Laasyam

Bhakthaaliki Oka Kshanamuna Divyaanubhoothula Paaravashyam

Marukshanamuna Sathya Premaakarshana Maanava Sahaja Naijam

Pasithanambunane Paramaathmagaa Nerigina

Alanatibhakthula Bhaagyame Bhaagyam

Meaning:

Sai's delightful and fascinating play is without a beginning or an end; the stories of Sai’s love are like the gently dancing waves.

For the devotees, at one moment it is an overwhelming Divine experience (with You) but the very next instant, it is a powerful attraction to Your (human side) true love. 

To have recognised Your divinity even when You were young, is indeed a grand fortune of the devotees of yore.


Sada Bhavayami

This song is in the mellifluous Ragam Mayamalava Gowla which is supposed to evoke the 'freshness of the morning'. Being simple to learn, to sing this Ragam is also considered to be a gateway to Carnatic music. Like the previous song, this one is also set to Adi Taalam.

In this song the singers, after declaring that they always meditate on the Poorna Avatar aspect of Swami, eulogize His Compassion, the Prema with which He would join in during Vedam recitations though He Himself is the Source of the Vedas. The song also recalls the glory of the Vibhuti abhishekam Swami performed, and His bringing forth Lingam from within.

Lord He was of everything and yet, Swami made sacrifice the fragrance of His Life! As the Poorna Avatar, His entire attention was reserved for us, while the vast Cosmos received but a glance! How fortunate we are!

Pallavi:

Sadaa Bhaavayaami Sree Sathya

Sai Paripoornaavataaram

Meaning:

I always meditate on Sri Sathya Sai, the complete and absolute incarnation of God.

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Anupallavi:

Sadaa Naadopaasita Modam

Maayaamaanusha Vesha Dhaaram

Meaning:

One who always delighted in music, adorning an illusionary human form.

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Charanam:

Prema Thanumanisham Karunaa Hrudayam

Meaning:

The embodiment of love with a compassionate heart.

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(1)

Veda Purusha Veda Poshakam

Veda Saara Roopa Veda Gaanalolam

Meaning:

One who is extolled in the Vedas, the sustainer of the Vedas;

His form is the very essence of the Vedas; One who enjoys the recitation of the Vedas.

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(2)

Lingodbhava Bhasmaabhisheka Leelaa Vilaasa Parthi Shivam

Meaning:

He is Parthi Shiva who brings forth the holy Linga, performs the miraculous Vibhuti abhisheka

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(3)

Nenundaga Bhayamelananuchu Abhayamosage Anugraha Vrushti

Meaning:

He is the one who showers abundant grace by declaring, “Why fear when I am here?”

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(4)

Bhakthaapa Mruthyu Haranam Gathajeeva Praana Pradaayakam

Meaning:

Who wards off the fear of death through devotion, Who brings back to life even the dead.

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(5)

Poovu Puttagane Parimalinchu Reethi Baala

Praayambuna Tyaaga Sheelatha nerpe

Meaning:

Just like a flower spreads fragrance even as it blossoms, (Sathya Sai) taught the virtue of sacrifice in childhood itself. 

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(6)

Nee Avathaara Paramaarthamunu Sunthaina Theliyudure

Nirvyaaja Premaathishayamutho Ninnu Neeveruka Parachani Naadu

Meaning:

Who can ever comprehend even a fraction of the glory of Your incarnation! With boundless love You have revealed Yourself to all.

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(7)

Purushulalona Purushudavu Pasivaarilona Baaludavu

Mahilala Madhya Mahilavu Manaserigi Manoradhamuleederchu

Praana Vibhudavu Neevu Eakaanthambuna Vishwavibhudaveevu

Meaning:

You are a man among the men, child among the children, a woman among women; thus You become the beloved knowing each one’s heart and fulfilling their desires. When alone You are the emperor of the Universe.

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(8)

Yuvathaku Anusaraneeyam Sathyam Samaya Paalanam

Hitha Mitha Mrudu Bhaashanam Samuchitha Veshadhaaranam

Prathi Panilo Nindaina Samskaaram Seva Paraayanathvam

Sathyam Nithya Vratham Saayi Jeevithame Jagathiki Sandesham

Meaning:

You set an ideal for youth, by adhering to Truth and punctuality,

Through speaking that is good, limited and soft, through appropriate mannerisms.

Every act is suffused with refinement and the feeling of service.

Truth is Your eternal vow, Sai’s life is His message to the world.

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(9)

Deena Jana Sevaye Saayiki Santhushti

Sarva Jeeva Raasulapaina Kaarunya Drushti

Janabhaagadheya Easwaraamba Thanayaa

Mee Kanusannala Saagu Ee Sarva Srushti

Meaning:

Serving the destitute alone satisfies Sai,

His compassionate gaze is on all living beings

O Son of Easwaramma, the giver of all wealth,

The entire creation functions by Your mere glance.


Charana Sevanam

This song is in the Ragam Arabhi which is a very energetic tune, lending itself to much creative expression. As earlier, the song is set to Adi Taalam.

This song celebrates the 'human aspect' of Swami. Swami gave Himself so freely to His devotees and especially to His students that even the Devas became jealous!

Planting Himself inside as the Divine Light (Atma Jyothi) of every single individual, Swami was Mother, Father, Brother and Friend to everyone, but where students were concerned, Swami went even further to claim them as His property! Could there be a greater blessing?

Pallavi:

Charana Sevanam Parama Paavanam

Madhuram Madhuram Sai Roopa Naamam 

Meaning:

Serving the lotus feet is the most auspicious. Sai's name and form are most nectarous and sweet.

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Anupallavi:

Arishadvarga Haranam Harishadvarga Varadam

Apaarajana Parivarthana Daksham

Meaning:

Vanquisher of the six vices, bestower of the six divine qualities (Sathya, Dharma, Shanthi, Prema, Ahimsa and Thyaaga) and the One who has the ability to transform multitudes of people.

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Charanam:

Karunya Laavanya Kamaneeya Gaathram

Meaning:

The One whose enchanting voice is full of compassion and charm.

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(1)

Akhanda Vibhuthi Vaibhava Sundaram

Meaning:

The beautiful One of endless glory and grandeur.

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(2)

Sathyam Shivam Sundaram Maanavathaa Moolya Sambharitam

Meaning:

The One who is embodiment of Truth, Auspiciousness and Beauty and repository of human values.

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(3)

Vinaya Bhaasura Mrudhu Subhaashana Sahana Sheela Thyaagamaya Roopa 

Meaning:

The One who is radiant with humility, sweet in speech and forbearing by nature has sacrifice as His form.

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(4)

Pancha Bhoothaadhaara Sarvajeevanaadhaara

Sarvavyaapaka, Sarva Shakthi Maya, Sarvajna

Meaning:

The One who is omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient, and is the basis of all five elements and all lives.

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(5)

Vaathsalyaadhi Gunojwala Sai Sadayaa

Aadhyaathmika Soothrathraya Bodhanaa Chathura

Bhakthasakhaa Chitthaakaasha Jnaana Bhaaskara

Meaning:

Sai's compassion glows with motherly love. He teaches the trilogy of the spiritual principles. He is the dearest friend of His devotees and who is the effulgent knowledge in their minds.

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(6)

Maatha Pitha Gurudaivamu Mari Sakhudavu Neevainaavu 

Puraajanma Paramparaagatha Mokshadaayaka Punyaphalam 

Bhakthaaliki Paramanidhaanam Amulya Mooladhanam 

Meaning:

You have become our mother, father, preceptor, friend and God.

You are that good fortune that can liberate us from all our past actions and lineage.

You are the supreme spiritual home and the invaluable treasure for devotees.

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(7)

Animishula Keesu Janimpaga Anthevaasula Darishana Vela

Pari Pari Natanala Joopuchu

Kushalamuladuguchu, Lekhala Chekonuchu

Abhaya Mosaguchoo, Naa Hakku Meeranuchoo, Mee Vaada Nenanuchu

Sathkeerthinondaga Santhasinthunatanchu Sarvamuthaaneyai

Brathukubaatanu Poodotaga Chesina Hrudaya Brundaavana Vanamaali

Maa Tanuvu Needi Maa Talapu Needi

Maa Hrudhi Velugu Roopu Needi

Prema Sougandhikaabharithamou Maa Jeevana Kalhaarame

Needhu Charana Yugaliki Nivaali

Meaning:

Even the gods are jealous of the Anthevaasis (those who have Swami's proximity) when You grant them darshan

and bless them through various divine acts,

enquiring about their welfare, accepting their letters

and bestowing fearlessness,

Declaring, "You are Mine. I am yours and I will be happy when you get a good name for yourselves", You have become everything for us.

You are the gardener of our hearts who has transformed our path of life into a flowery garden.

Our body is Yours; Our thoughts are Yours;

The form which is shining in our hearts is Yours!

We reverentially offer our lives as a garland fragrant with the nectar of love at Your Lotus Feet.

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  Kaliyuga Avathaari Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai

The next song is arranged in that Crown Jewel amongst Ragams, namely Todi. A challenging tune, it is tough to render. But handled with skill, it allows singers to exhibit a wide range in creative tonal modulation, especially at a medium pace at which the Ragam is best sung.

This song not only expresses deep adoration for the Avatar of the Kali Age but, more importantly, sings the glory of Swami’s various social welfare projects.

The song is intended to elevate the musical tempo to a great height, before preparing to bring the curtain down.


Pallavi:

  Kaliyuga Avathaari Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai

Meaning:

Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai - the Divine Incarnation of the Kali Age.

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Anupallavi:

Paalithajana Mangalakaari Paavana Chitraa Thata Vihaari

Meaning:

You take care of people by bestowing auspiciousness; You dwell on the banks of sacred river Chithravathi.

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Charanam:

Prema Sudhaapooram Sevaa Soundarya Bhaasitham

Meaning:

You are full of nectarous love and You shine with the beauty of service.

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(1)

Darahaasa Vilasitha Vadana Sarojam

Kutilakunthala Viraajamaanam

Meaning:

Your flower like face shines with a bright smile. You are adorned with curly hair.

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(2)

Nee Mrudhulaadhara Nirgalitha Vaaksudhalu Groli

Mari Mari Thalachi Thalachi Pulakinchi

Mukthamathulayye Suptha Chitthamulu

Meaning:

Soaking in the nectarous words emanating from Your tender lips and contemplating on them over and over again, filled with ecstasy, the minds which were in slumber are awakened to the reality.

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(3)

Kalayo Vaishnavamaayayo

Sathya Sankalpa Paramaardhamo

Parulu Parule Kaadhu Paramaathmaroopulana

Bruhath Sevaa Pradaayakaa

Meaning:

You have taught us that others are not truly others but very embodiments of Divinity and given us the opportunity to participate in gigantic service projects which reflects the power of Thy divine will and make us wonder if all these are a dream or a divine mystery.

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(4)

Gangajataadhara Kataaksha Veekshanamuna Upponge Sai Ganga

Sujala Pathakamanaga Daahaarthula Aarthi Deerpanga

Meaning:

The compassionate glance of Sai Shiva has given birth to the Sai Ganga Drinking Water Project.  That project has slaked the thirst of the drought-struck millions.

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(5)

Divya Bhishagvarudu Adbhutha Bhavaroga Nivaarana Samardhudu

Pedala Aatmabandhuvai Velayinche Ghana Aarogya Dhaamam

Meaning:

You are the wonderful Divine doctor; capable of curing even the disease of worldliness. As the dearest friend of the poor, You have established a temple of healing.

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(6)

Thyaaga Yogamule Punaadhi, Sathseelame Paramaavadhi

Padhaardha, Paraardha Yekeekrutha Ihaparajnaana Vaaradhi

Nihshulka Bodhanaankitha Vishishta Vidyaalayamidhi

Meaning:

Sacrifice and yoga as the foundation,

character-building as the ultimate goal,

combining the study of the material and the spiritual,

the knowledge of here and beyond,

this special University is dedicated to imparting the ‘Highest’ learning, totally free.

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(7)

Sai Divya Darshanam Ghanapaapanaashanam

Divyapaada Sparshanam Karmamochanam

Sathya Sai Sankeerthanam Aathmaanu Sandhaanam

Meaning:

The divine Darshan of Sai relieves one of the darkest sins. The touch of the Divine feet relieves one from bondage of actions. Singing the name of Sathya Sai brings about the union with the Atmic principle.

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Sathya Sai Avathaara Vaibhavam

The final Kriti is arranged in the Ragam Madhyamavathi, often used to end a concert. As for the beat, this song also is set to Adi Taalam.

The song reminds us that Swami as the Source of Primal Sound (OM) loved music, loving it best when there was a harmony of Bhava or feelings, Raaga or tune and Taala or beat. Bhajans were thus a favourite of Swami because they not only combined the triple harmony Swami referred to but were in addition also accessible to all.

The song also reminds us that Bhakthi without Karma and Jnana would be incomplete. For Swami, Karma translated as Love All, Serve all, while Jnana meant, 'There is only one religion, the religion of Prema or Love!'

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Pallavi:

Sathya Sai Avathaara Vaibhavam, Nithya Noothanam Sathya Sanaathanam

Meaning:

The grandeur of the Sathya Sai incarnation is ever new, true and eternal.

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Anupallavi:

Sathya Dharma Shanthi Prema

Prathihrudhi Nilipina Vishwaprema Prasthaanam

Meaning:

You are the source of Universal Love that established Sathya, Dharma, Shanthi and Prema in every heart.

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Charanam:

Prema Ekaika Matham Sai Bodhaamrutha Saaram 

Meaning:

‘Love is the only religion’ is the essence of Sai's ambrosial message.

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(1)

Udaattha Maanaveeya Sevaye Aadhyaathmika Saadhana Tholi Sopaanam

Meaning:

One who is extolled in the Vedas, the sustainer of the Vedas;

Noble service to mankind is the first step in the practice of spirituality.

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(2)

Graama Sevamari, Deena Jana Sevaye Karma Yogam Chakkani Raaja Maargam

Meaning:

Serving the villages and the downtrodden is true karma yoga (path of action) and verily the royal path.

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(3)

Naada Brahma Sai Sankeerthaname Kalilo Mukthi Maargam

Meaning:

Singing the name of the Lord Sai, who is Nada Brahma (the Primordial Sound), is the pathway to liberation in the Kali age.

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(4)

Bhaava Raaga Thaala Melana, Bhajanaanandame Bhakthi Maargam

Meaning:

Experiencing bhajan bliss through the harmony of the feeling (Bhaava), tune (Raaga) and rhythm (Taala) is the path of Devotion (Bhakti Marga)

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(5)

Soham, Soham, Soham Yerukaye Jnaanam              

    Anuvanuvuna Ninnu Kanugonute Jnaana Maargam

Meaning:

Realising ‘I am That’ with every breath is the True Knowledge (Jnana). The path of Knowledge (Jnana Marga) therefore lies in finding You in every atom.

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(6)

Kalushitha Kali Maanava Medhaahamkruthi Doorikaranam

Kula Matha Deshaatheeta Vishwajaneena,

Sathyapathanirdheshanam Saayi Mahitodhyamam

Meaning:

Warding away the intellectual arrogance of the impure minds of humanity in Kali age; 
Bringing universality by transcending the caste, religion and nation; 
Guiding everyone on the path of Truth This is the grand mission of Sai.

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(7)

Premaakarshana Shakthiyutha Sayee    

Janaganamanamula Divyathwa Jaagruthiki Velasina Vishwa Viraat Roopaa

Nithya, Shuddha, Buddha, Chaitanya Deepthaa Apuroopa Leelaavathaara

Meaning:

Sai is endowed with the magnetic power of Love. Sai is the Cosmic Being whose advent is for awakening the Divinity latent in all. Sai is a rare incarnation of divine playfulness; the effulgent Consciousness which is eternal, pure and enlightened.

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(8)

Sai Siddhaanthamulu Vannemeera Saakaaramaaye

Bhuvi Dharmakshetram, Jagathi Vasudaika Kutumbam

Digdhigantha Dheedhithula Thejarille

Sathya Sai Vibhavam Apoorvam Akhandam Anantham

Meaning:

Sai's principles have taken shape in a grand manner turning the Earth into a land of righteousness, and the entire world into one family by spreading its effulgence in all directions.  The grandeur of Sathya Sai is unique, ceaseless and infinite.

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