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Press Release by Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust

June 29, 2012

Fifty third Annual Celebrations of Vata Vriksham :

A special function held at the Meditation Grove atop the hill behind Prashantimandir  to commemorate the 53rd anniversary of the sanctification of the Tree when Sri Sathya Sai Baba declared that this place would henceforth be a "Tapovanam".

On that occasion His Biographer Kasturi reported as below.

"In April 1959 ,while talking one evening on the sands of the Chitravathi River to a gathering of devotees, Baba spoke of Buddha and the Bodhi tree, the “Tree of Wisdom,” and of the Sadhakas (spiritual aspirants) seeking some specially favorable spots for their austerities. Even as he was speaking thus, he “took” out from the sands a thick copper plate about fifteen inches by ten inches in size which contained mystic markings and letters of many known and unknown alphabets. He said that such mystic plates, cryptograms written on copper or stone, are planted under trees where aspirants engage in austerities so that they may be helped to develop concentration of mind and control of the senses. He announced that he would be placing the copper plate under a banyan tree that He proposed to plant in the grove. This was actually done on the twenty-ninth of June, 1959, and Baba declared that Yogis who have reached a certain stage of spiritual progress will automatically come to know of this tree and this mystic plate, and they will be drawn by the mysterious force of these toward the meditation grove which will then fully justify its name.”

The occasion ,attended by hundreds of devotees, was marked with special rituals, Sri Sathya Sai Ashtotharam, Bhajans etc. culminated with Mangala Arathi to Baba 10:30 hrs. 


Media Coordinator
Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust
Prasanthi Nilayam

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