Brindavan is the ashram of Sri Sathya Sai Baba located near Whitefield, a suburb of Bangalore. The ashram is 24 km from the centre of Bangalore city and is located adjacent to the Whitefield Railway Station. It was inaugurated by Baba on 25th June, 1960.
Situated on about fifty acres of land on the outskirts of Kadugodi village and next to Whitefield railway station, the focal point of the ashram is Trayee Brindavan which serves as Bhagavan's residence and the Sai Ramesh Krishan hall where Bhagavan gives darshan. The ashram also houses the Brindavan campus of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning. This is a campus for men offering undergraduate courses in the sciences and in commerce subjects. The other landmarks in and around Brindavan are the Sai Krishan Kalyanamandapam; a residential complex named as Sri Sathya Sai Gokulam and Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Whitefield a Super-Speciality hospital.
Bhagawan has laid down the daily schedule to be followed in the Ashram. Every activity of the Ashram routine is suffused with deep spiritual significance. See the table below for the Ashram schedule:
|5.10 a.m.||Aumkar, Meditation and Suprabhatham|
|5.40 a.m.||Veda Chanting and Nagar Sankeertan (Circumambulating the Mandir)|
|6.30 a.m. - 07.30 a.m.||Pooja inside Trayee Brindavan to Trayeeswara Lingam (Restricted entry starts at 06.30 a.m.)|
|8.00 a.m. - 9.00 a.m.||Veda Chanting|
|9.00 a.m. - 9.30 a.m.||Bhajans|
|9.30 a.m. - 10.30 a.m.||Darshan of Bhagavan in Sai Ramesh Hall|
|4.30 p.m. - 5.15 p.m.||Veda Chanting|
|5.15 p.m. - 6.00 p.m.||Bhajans|
|6.00 p.m. - 7.00 p.m.||Darshan of Bhagavan Baba in Sai Ramesh Hall|
Aumkar is the chanting of ‘Aum’, the primordial sound, also called the ‘Pranava’. The vibrations that emanate from chanting ‘Aum’ have the potency to purify the inner personality of an individual as well as the surrounding environment. That is why the day at Prasanthi Nilayam begins with the chanting of 21 Aumkars.
‘Su’ signifies good, auspicious and ‘Prabhath’ means morning. ‘Suprabhatham’ refers to the morning prayers that are chanted in praise of the Lord to awaken the divinity present within each individual. It is the act of dedicating oneself to the Lord and praying for His blessings right at the start of a new day.
Vedas are ancient spiritual scriptures revealed to great sages and seers while in communion with God. Chanting or listening to these hymns confers spiritual as well as physical benefits. That is why Bhagavan gives a lot of importance to Vedas and encourages everybody to chant these hymns and understand their meaning. The students of Bhagavan chant these hymns in the early hours of the morning while circumambulating the mandir complex, and also during Darshan hours in the morning and afternoon sessions in the mandir.
‘Nagar’ means city or locality and ‘Sankeertan’ means devotional singing. After Suprabhatam, devotees circumambulate the mandir complex while singing devotional songs and clapping their hands keeping beat. It charges the atmosphere with holy vibrations and one begins the day with the name of the Lord on one’s lips.
Bhajans means “Singing aloud the glory of God”. Bhajans in the divine presence of Bhagavan Baba are unique as they are universal in their scope and appeal and emphasise the unity of faiths.
‘Arati’ is the ritual of waving lighted camphor to the deity to mark the culmination of worship. During Arati, devotees sing a devotional song in praise of the Lord and end with a prayer for universal peace.
A cloak room is made available to devotees at the entrance of the Brindavan ashram. Devotees can contact the office to the left of the entry gate.
No institution or individual other than the following are authorised to receive any donation inside the Ashram on any account:
Devotees are requested to note that the Trust does not solicit any donation through intermediaries or agents. Individuals, trusts and other bodies soliciting donations on behalf of Bhagavan or the above-mentioned trusts are doing so illegally. Individuals or Institutions making donations to such unauthorised bodies are doing so at their own risk, and the above-mentioned trusts are not responsible for their acts.
The Government of India has amended the schedule to the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act 1950 to include the following as protected names and emblems under the said Act:
In view of the above, no person shall use or continue to use for the purpose of any trade, business, calling or profession or any patent, trademark or design the aforementioned protected names / emblems or any colourable imitation thereof without the previous written permission of the Central Government. Any person who contravenes the above is liable to be proceeded against and punished under the provisions of the law.
Any person who is using the aforementioned names and emblem in contravention of the provisions of the Act is hereby notified and required to cease and desist from using the said names/emblems with effect from: 22nd July 2004.
Devotees are also required to beware of touts who collect money inside the ashram for any of the ashram services. Devotees are not required to pay to anyone inside the Ashram except for services like accommodation, food, etc. at the respective offices and canteens.
For any enquiries or further information please contact:
Sri Sathya Sai Ashram, ‘Brindavan’
Ph: 0091 - 080 - 28452622
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