Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Miscellaneous posts & comments on Facebook in September 2018

When author of post or comment is not mentioned, it should be assumed that it is me (Ravi S. Iyer).


From https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/2295551690661395

Wonderful and joyful rendition of Shirdi Wale Sai Baba song by small kids, Jayas & Ramshankar Ji Sing Qawwali | Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li'l Champs | Sat, 9 PM, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IU2-Dl8slgI
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From https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/2295328927350338

I am exploring renditions of the evergreen Shirdi Wale Sai Baba Aaye hai tere dar pe sawali/qawwali

Here's one of them: Shirdi Wale Sai Baba, Aaya Hai Tere Darpe Sawali by Mohmd Salamat | Full Hindi Movie Song, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jokKPiDyUEc

Shirdi Wale Sai Baba From Amar Akbar Anthony - Hemantkumar Musical Group Live Music Show, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrYAb7znX_k

Shirdi Wale Sai Baba full HD song, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywu8QX11nsk

And the original song: Shirdi Wale Sai Baba | Amar Akbar Anthony | Rishi Kapoor | Nirupa Roy | Mohd. Rafi | Evergreen Song, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPwS1UOSSM4
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https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/2295316744018223

Around 20 mins in Marathi & Sanskrit, Afternoon Shirdi Sai Baba arati, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHm2ZBX9pSU

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https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/2292198370996727

Enjoyed seeing this again!

Sometimes teachers cannot handle genius/very bright students and do not treat them properly. That happened to Swami too as a school student!

https://www.facebook.com/vr.ganti.1/videos/10213224109381955/

Text captions for above video:
DIVINE DISCOURSE

TEACHER FACES PUNISHMENT DUE TO HIS OWN ACTION - SWAMI NARRATES

AMAZING SAI MIRACLE
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If the teacher strays from the path of truth, the entire society will suffer.
Sai
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V.R. Ganti commented: Absolutely.
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Even ten persons who adhere firmly to truth can save the world. 
Sai

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On Facebook post, https://www.facebook.com/vr.ganti.1/videos/10213124312687100/, Ravi S. Iyer wrote on 3rd Sept. 2018:

It is tragic that so much bitterness has been created in Maharashtra Sathya Sai orgn. I think the core issue at hand is lack of transparency and accountability in such big changes like removal of a long standing and many decades long committed devotee of Bhagavan like Ramesh Sawant sir, from the state president post.

As far as I know, there has been no public clarification from Mr. Nimish Pandya on this matter. This is typical dictatorial approach. When Bhagavan was in physical form, Bhagavan had divine insight and so I gather that such matters would be left to Bhagavan to decide and everybody had to accept Bhagavan's decision as final.

But now the top administrators of Indian Sathya Sai orgn. do not have divine insight. So they have to adopt some level of accountability and transparency in their big decisions.

Silence from Mr. Nimish Pandya indicates that he does not consider himself accountable to Sathya Sai devotees at large or to former and long-time state president Ramesh Sawant sir. That is a very worrying thing for the future of Indian Sathya Sai orgn, in my considered opinion.

Power craze and dictatorial behaviour by top administrators is one of the most destructive things for a spiritual organization.

I should add that I am not saying that Ramesh Sawant sir should continue to be state president of Maharashtra. That is something that Maharashtra Sathya Sai devotee community in consultation with Prasanthi Nilayam top administrators should arrive at in a transparent manner with Ramesh Sawant sir being involved in the process. If they feel a change is necessary, they should give Ramesh Sawant sir a chance to articulate his views. This way, even if there may be some unpleasantness, there is transparency about the process.

No person can hold on to a position indefinitely. At appropriate time, either persons step down or changes may have to be made. Sometimes such changes will create pushback. But if the process has some transparency, suspicions of palace-intrigue type conspiracy do not arise.

Now, to be brutally honest, some person(s) are wondering whether Mr. Nimish Pandya's decision to forcibly remove Ramesh Sawant sir from state president position, is influenced by somebody from Muddenahalli group, as Mr. Nimish Pandya has NOT said one word publicly against Muddenahalli group, and seems to have met Madhusudan Naidu in Mr. Indulal Shah's house in 2014 or 2015.

I am very sad to see Maharashtra Sathya Sai orgn. which I was a member of for almost a decade, from around 1993 to 2002, get into such a sad situation.
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https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/2278565689026662, 2nd Sept. 2018

A terrific rendition of ISKCON bhajans (or at least ISKCON style) by Kalindi Dasi and group in a Dallas, Texas, USA school in 2011. Kalindi Dasi who seems to be an American white lady, sings very beautifully and joyfully and is accompanied very well by others. Great to see this again on Krishna Janmashtami (Krishna birthday). Around half an hour, Bhajan - Kalindi dasi - High School Program, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8E8VvUHyrU,

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https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/2278552835694614, 2nd Sept. 2018

Superb rendition of the Hindi Krishna devotional song - Shyam Teri Bansi Pukare Radha Naam, with a great flute (bansi in Hindi) solo at the beginning, around 8 mins, Shyam Teri Bansi Pukare Radha Naam by Nanuram Dogney & Gauri Kavi Live - Hemantkumar Musical Group, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dV0fhQCDIY

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https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/2278545369028694

In Hindi, 3 min 48 secs, the classic Yashomati Mayya song (on Krishna) picturized in a Hindi film, Satyam Shivam Sundaram - Yashomati Maiyya Se Bole Nandlala - Manna Dey - Lata Mangeshkar, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJmzQ-qtsYk

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https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/2278540662362498

4 min 38 secs, along with seeing the singer singing about Krishna, you see a painter paint Radha-Krishna! So double joy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymQd4Ej4JiY

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https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/2278533845696513

Swagatam krishna- Mohana- Oothukkadu Venkata Subbaiyer, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBrBtdAGiNM, 8 min 15 secs
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https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/2278505169032714

Achutam Keshavam- Gitanjali Rai (Art of Living), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wNIkTI14F4, slightly over 6 mins

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From my FB post, https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/2277786672437897, dated 1st Sept. 2018 :

618 free education schools in India achieved without any Asathya-Adharma drama of so called communicator and so called subtle body

https://twitter.com/SriSri/status/1035873934938439681 , dated 1st. Sept. 2018. The main text of the tweet of Sri Sri Ravishankar is: "The @ArtofLiving now runs 618 free schools, educating 67,887 students across 20 states of India. It is the need of the hour to provide education to those who cannot afford it, especially in rural India."

I congratulate Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and the Art of Living for this wonderful contribution to education in India for the poor and needy, and pray to Almighty God to continue showering His Grace on them.
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In response to a comment on above Facebook post, Ravi S. Iyer wrote (slightly edited): --Name-snipped--, Please give us a public audio/video clip of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar accepting claim of Madhusudan Rao Naidu of being a so called communicator of a so called subtle body of Sathya Sai based in Muddenahalli. 

The Art of Living - Dear sir/madam, could you please comment on the above comment and my above response? I would be very happy to share with your esteemed spiritual organization, our findings of Madhusudan Rao Naidu's so called communicator claim to be a false claim. Thanks.
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Ravi S. Iyer wrote: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar - Dear sir, my humble pranams. Thank you for all the spiritual wisdom and practical examples of following that spiritual wisdom that you have given us Indians as well as people from all over the world.

If you, sir, or your representative is able to have a look at the above two comments and give a response here, I would be greatly obliged.

Congratulations sir for opening 618 free education schools in India.
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