The Day of untold
significance, of infinite proportions is back again. The dotted Day in the
Prasanthi Calendar, 23rd November...the chosen Day of His Divine Advent!
Week long festivity that commenced with traditional Venu Gopala Swami
Rathotsavam on Nov 18 set the tone for the festive week of celebrations and
ever since Prasanthi has been packed with back to back programme schedules,
both morning and evening sessions. Abuzz with infections festive mood, with
frenzy of devotees filing in, doting colourful decorations distinctly
heralding the beauty welcoming one and all, every nook and corner of
Prasanthi Nilayam is reflecting the unmatched glory of The Most Astounding
Divine Advent! At the venue in Sai Kulwant Hall a flood colours streamed
aesthetically all over, expressively expressing the unmatched ‘Divine’
grandeur that is in exhibition.
The session commenced with full-throated Vedic
chanting that continued for an hour. SSSIHL percussion band of Nadaswaram and
Panchavadyam played brief stints before the melodic musical offering by the
‘prasanthi music band’. Serenading The Supreme One they presented a bouquet of 8
numbers namely, ‘Namo Sathya Sai Anandadayi…’, ‘Aao Sab Milkar Gaaye…’, ‘Jai Jai
SaiRam…Jai Jai SaiRam…’, ‘Why Fear When I Am Here…’, ‘Tere Darbar Mein Kushian
Hey…’, ‘Madhura Mohana Ghana Shyama Sundara Sai…’ , ‘O’ Maa…O’ Maa…’, to
conclude with Prasanthi’s ever green ‘Hum Ko TumSe Pyaar Kitna…’.
Commencing the next phase of proceedings Sri SS Naganand, Member Trustee, SSSCT
gave a brief presentation on the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust and its all-round
activities. He then briefed some of the statistical details of the medicare,
educare and other missions happening at the behest of SSSCT. Annual Report of
SSSCT was then placed at Bhagawan’s Lotus Feet for blessing and subsequent
release by the Chief Guest. This was followed by the launch of version 3.0 of
the SSSCT website. He also made a mention of the change of guard at the SSSIHL
with Sri Dr Carani B Sanjeevi taking over as the new Vice Chancellor from the
incumbent Prof KBR Varma.
Chief Guest’s address followed next, delivered in Hindi. Chief Guest for the
occasion was Sri Nitin Gatkari, Hon’ble Union Minister for Road Transport &
Highways of India and Shipping Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises,
Government of India.
Referring to his earlier two visits to Bhagawan, Sri Gadkari expressed happiness
over the wonderful work being carried out by the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust,
following Bhagawan’s footsteps. Value based educational and family systems are
the pillars of our country, Bharat, and Bhagawan with His teachings have
encouraged us to do service in educational and health related areas, said the
minister, expressing happiness that the work is being carried out successfully
even after Bhagawan’s physical passing on. Knowledge alone is not complete, life
values and service are equally important. While following these values, we are
fortunate to have Bhagawan’s guidance and as a result world-over devotees are
moving in His direction, observed the minister.
Narrating a fatal accident he along with his family had in 2004, the minister
attributed the miraculous survival to his charity involvement and resultant
grace from the great ones and the beneficiaries. In conclusion, the minister
said, today I am seeking Bhagawan’s blessings for strength to continue to serve
Bhagawan in His Divine discourse next exhorted to develop Self-Confidence which
in turn brings Self-Satisfaction that in turn gives Self-Realisation which
finally takes one to Self-Sakshatkar, final merger. Stressing on the absolute
need to develop love, Bhagawan asked the devotees to tread the path of faith,
truth, bliss that takes one to God. There is nothing one can achieve without
love, and with love everything is possible, exhorted Bhagawan.
Students with their handiwork greetings made a beeline to the Sanctum Sanctorum
next, followed by various institutions with Birthday Cakes. SSSIHL brass band
played a brief stint that was followed by bhajans. Mangala Arathi at 1140 hrs
brought the curtains down for the glorious morning session.
Jhoola Mahotsavam, 94th Birthday Evening
Celebrations of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba - 23 NOV 2019
In the specially lit up twilight, what followed next was the heavenly beauty of
Jhoola Mahotsavam with The Lord on the jhoola, swinging and swaying to the
melodic tunes of accomplished Carnatic duo, Malladi Brothers, Sarvasree
Ramaprasad and Ravikumar.
With a packed hall of devotees, with every single eye glued to the centre-stage
where the blue-hued jhoola adorned by The Lord Supreme turned swinging and
swaying, the accomplished duo, who had many stints in His Personal Presence in
the past, sang for the next 75 mts presenting an expressively devotional musical
feast. Repertoire for the evening turned twilight had a couple of special jhoola
song, enthralling the Divine on the swing. The numbers included, Bhagawanudu
Puttina Panduga… the famed birthday song that resound the Prasanthi precincts
many a time, ‘Nagumo Moganale…’, ‘Janula Madhya Tirugaade Jagapathi…’, Uyyala
Looga Vayya Sai Deva Sarvabhouma…’(jhoola song), ‘Puttaparthi Nivasaya
Purushottama Roopaya…’, Uyyala looguma Sri Sathya Sai…’, ‘Brahmamokkade
ParaBrahmamokkade…’, ‘Jo Jo Jo Rama Ananda Gana…’, concluding with a customary
Sarvasree Sai Rakshit on violin, Aravind Sarma on mridangam, Sainath on ghatam,
Sivanand Yasaswi on khanjeera, Sai Dikshit on talam, Sai Charan on tanpura
accompanied the duo this evening.
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