The First Veda Purusha Saptaha Jnana Yajna in Prasanthi Nilayam


Sri Sathya Sai with the Vedic scholars during the Yajnam

October 1, 1962 

Swami came in a procession from Prasanthi Nilayam Mandir accompanied by Dr. B. Ramakrishna Rao and Brahmasri Kameswara Ganapathy to the Yaga Shala.

The first Veda Purusha Saptaha Jnana Yajna was inaugurated by Swami on this day at 9.30 am. This was a major step forward in Swami‘s mission of ‘Dharma Samrakshana’. In the inaugural discourse Bhagavan highlighted the true significance of the Yajna. He said:

"Yajna (Sacrifice), is the destiny of every living being. Life is sustained by the sacrifice, of the living. Every being, from the tiniest amoeba to the most profound scholar, is perpetually engaged in Yajna. The mother sacrifices for the child, the father for the progeny, the friend for the friend, the individual for the group, the present for the sake of the future, the rich for the poor, the weak for the strong---it is all Yajna, sacrifice, offering. Only, most of it is not conscious; most of it is not voluntary; most of it is not righteous. It is done out of fear or greed or with a view to the fruits thereof, or by mere instinct or primeval urge. It must be consciously done, it must be for spiritually elevating purposes, especially in man. Then, when Life becomes  Yajnamaya (sacrifice-filled), egoism will disappear and the river will merge in the sea. Bring out the priceless pearls of India's past The stream of Yajna is the river Saraswati of the Vedic Triveni; the meaning and significance, of every single hymn and rite of the Vedas is Yajna. Every single syllabus of the Vedas is a name of God; it has about thirteen lakhs of such syllables. When the river Saraswati underneath the twin rivers, Ganga and Yamuna, dries up, it will be a terrible tragedy; so also when the stream of Yajna dries up, it will be a great loss of spiritual wealth; because when that happens, India cannot continue to be India. Bharatavarsha is called Karmabhumi, since  Yajna is the karma that is the most worthwhile. It is Vedabhumi (land of Vedas), not the Vedana Bhumi (land of anguish) it is fast becoming. Vedana  or suffering can never come if the Vedas  are learnt and practised again."

The next eight evenings saw a galaxy of Vedic scholars headed by Brahmasri Uppaluri Ganapathy Sastry, expounding various aspects of Sanatana Dharma. These sessions were followed by Swami further elucidating what the speaker for the day has spoken about. Sri Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao gave a musical recital on the fifth day. A Burra Katha was performed by Krishnamadhava Rao and party on the eighth. On the Vijaya Dashami Day, Bhagavan elaborated on the true offerings that He expects each one of us to make in the Poornahuti. He said:

"I observe many of you are getting active to procure from Bangalore or Anantapur, in time for the  Poornahuti,  articles like sandalwood, gold, precious stones, etc. to be put into the Sacrificial Fire when the final Aahuti is made. I am not permitting anybody to do that. It is easy to throw away a few rupees and purchase a few material objects from some shop and bring them here and throw them into the fire and go about saying that you have done a great big act of sacrifice. I am going to set you a more difficult task; you cannot escape by doing the easy thing. I want that you should all, when the  Poornahuti  is offered into the fire, stand up and reverentially offer into the same fire everyone of the Durgunas (bad qualities) that you have--- the faults, the failings, the temptations, the transgressions. Search for these today, unearth them from their hidden places, bring them with you here tomorrow, nicely packed, and with one final heave of mental exertion, throw them in when the flames of Poornahuti rise aloft. That is the share you have to secure in this Yajna. That, nothing more; and nothing less."

1 comment:

  1. This is very exciting to read of Swami and see pictures from days gone by We love and miss you Sri Sathya Sai Baba

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