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The rainbow hues of Swami's laughter...


The story behind this gallery...

The sight of dear Swami (Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba) smiling is an unforgettable one. A single smile is able to soothe, comfort, delight and extract a reciprocation smile. And when He laughs, it is so infectious that the ripples seem to travel through the hearts of everyone present without exception. His laughter is whole-hearted and like that of a child. It is a sheer delight to watch Him smile or laugh. On those rare occasions when one witnesses Him smiling and laughing, what one feels cannot be expressed!

The gallery to follow is about one such occasion when Swami smiled and laughed. He actually started off with a smile and then progressed to hearty laughter.

Date: 5th of January, 2000
Venue: Sri Sathya Sai Vidyagiri Stadium, Puttaparthi
Occasion: Rehearsal for the Teachers’ Sports

The 11th of January every year witnesses the Annual Sports and Cultural Meet of the Sathya Sai educational institutions. In the year 2000, as a special gift to Swami for His 75th Birthday, the teachers too decided to join in the sports. When Swami was told of the events to be held, He was happy and excited as a child. He wanted to attend the rehearsals too (as always). And when He came for the rehearsal, one of the events displayed was the variant of the Blind Man’s Buff.

The teacher who came forward to participate was the jovial and genial Prof.Anil Kumar. He was blindfolded and given a stick in hand. He had to move forward about 10-15 steps and break a pot that was hanging by a string, striking it with a stick. After he was blindfolded, a student gently made him turn 2-3 circles to ‘confuse’ him. Then as Prof. Anil Kumar went ahead swinging the stick wildly in the air, trying to break the pot, Swami began to smile. The sweet professor, began to make very vivid expressions (in an attempt to make Swami laugh) and began to swing even more wildly in thin air. He succeeded and Swami began to laugh.

I was lucky to be present at the scene with my camera. The series of photos that I shot is one of the best and happiest ever of my life. Just like the 7 colors describe a beautiful rainbow, seven photographs describe the various hues of Swami’s laughter.

I am grateful to Prof. Anil Kumar for making Swami laugh so much and grateful to Swami for allowing me to make these captures for all humanity to enjoy. Swami was laughing so hard that in the last picture, you cannot say whether He is laughing or crying! Let me assure you, He was laughing!

It started as great interest...


The first swing of the professor and He could not control Himself...


The second and third swings began to bring more smiles...


The facial expressions the professor made brought even more humor to Him...


By now, everyone joined Him and there was laughter all around...


Soon, He was laughing uncontrollably...


Tears came out of His eyes and the laughter continued...


I have seen Prof. Anil Kumar make Swami smile and laugh in all kinds of situations through his words and actions. But personally, I feel this was his best effort!


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© 2012 Aravind Balasubramanya


Lata Shettigar on July 08, 2020:

Sairam brother Arvind,

Thank you for sending the laughing photographs of Swami. Very beautiful photos clicked by you. Keep sending these kind of photographs.

Rajinee.S on February 14, 2018:

Thank you bro. It's really very beautiful.

Shaloo Walia from India on January 02, 2016:


Sunita Menon on April 11, 2014:

Such lovely photographs Aravind, and so rare.

Hats off to Prof Anil Kumar to be able to bring about that laughter from Swami.

Its great to see God enjoy such a small simple act. Love Swami.

SAishwarya from Ahmedabad on April 26, 2013:

Such beautiful pictures!!

Definitely made my day!

Kokila Vaidyanathan on April 14, 2013:

These are fantastic pictures. Brought a big smile on my face. Thank you for capturing such beautiful rare and delightful smiles of The Lord :-)

SaiAvataar on November 25, 2012:

These are fantastic pictures! I remember having copies of the same but in pristine sharpness. Just beautiful!

Manu on November 10, 2012:

Please, can we have more of such photo galleries. Being a photographer, I'm sure you will be be having a treasure trove of Baba's pictures.

juan on November 06, 2012:

Om Sri Sai Ram Bhagavan... ♥ ~ॐ~__/\__ ~ॐ~ ♥

yogini on October 27, 2012:

His True Sat-Chit-Ananda Swaroopa!

And He has given it to us even as we have seen these photos :)

romangsin on October 24, 2012:

Thanks for the great posts of our Beloved Bhagawan. Very inspiring and provoking smiles for all of us to live in peace.

tpudayasankar on October 24, 2012:

sairam-delighted to see the last but one photo (6th one) the moment of His forgetting His Divinity and becoming part of humanity. If you had added the photo of Prof Anil Kumar sir, we could have joined in the laughter with the Divinity. Sairam

Sevadal on October 23, 2012:

Sairamn!thanks a lot for sharing these pics of swami.youmade my day today.god bless you for bringing a smile on everyone's faces(all those who love swami).

Rajesh M on October 22, 2012:

Thanks a ton for this. Enjoyed Swamis laughter and the narration.

Remember a video posted in youtube where Swami is giving a discourse and someone(not Anil Kumar Sir) was translating. Not sure what happened as background was a song. All were laughing so much including Swami. Always wondered what it was. Will post the link if I am able to get it again

lrao on October 22, 2012:

So funny...I was just at another website where I found a beautiful picture of Swami laughing posted today. I sent to a group of friends. And a minute later I saw this blog... maybe Swami is saying cheer up :). There is plenty of gloom, but one look at his picture and a smile is the only answer. Not able to paste it here.... but it looks like it is from the same episode!

Poon Ratnam on October 22, 2012:

It was so beautiful smile of our dearest Swami. I love Prof.Anilkumar for his sense of humour. I had the good opportunity to meet him in Canada and never miss his saiwisdom talks. May God bless that noble soul.

saisarannaga on October 22, 2012:

You are fortunate to capture the incredible laughing poses one after the other. This is the first time, i see Swami laughing which produced tears in his eyes. What prompted you to click one after the other is really a 'miracle' Sairam.

An Impressed Reader on October 22, 2012:

In spite of being the God Almigty, how human he can get !! Thanks for the lovely photographs

Sai Student on October 22, 2012:

I was sitting near the Chiar and so vivid..I am sure you also remember Swami's expressions when Radhaswamy sir attempted to break the pot!!!

sundar on October 22, 2012:

Sai Ram .Thanks very much Aravind for this beautiful posting.




Jayanthi on October 21, 2012:

Truly Monday morning was a blessed one seeing these photographs.

Shrut on October 21, 2012:

This brought all those beautiful memories back....

sai santoh on October 21, 2012:

Wonderful! thank you for sharing... The pics brought a big smile on my face :-)

Srinivas on October 21, 2012:

I always recollect one of such photos displayed in kalyan mantap in brindavan..i always wondered what could have made Bhagawan laugh so much..:-)

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