Ringing In The The New - 2019
As the old is ringing out giving way to the New, Prasanthi Nilayam is abuzz with celebrations galore. As is the tradition over the years, the student fraternity, both old and new, is sharing the honours celebrating the advent of the New Year. The morning proceedings commenced with a Brass Band display by the Institute Band followed by recitation of His 108 Names, Sri Sathya Sai Ashtothara Shata Navavali. Addressing the august morning assembly during the occasion, Sri Bharat Sethuraman from the batch of 1996 - 98 then shared some of the invaluable lessons learnt at His Feet during his tenure as a student at the hallowed 'Prasanthi' precincts. Duty is Divine, said the speaker, asking fellow pilgrims to do their best to complete any ordained task by The Master. One needs to approach Him sans any expectation or preplanning to win His grace of attention. The New Year resolution in His Presence should be to practise His teachings in day-to-day life to make them a part of the life, summed up Bharat assuring the audience of His protecting grace that would follow. Sri Bharat Sethuram is currently CFO at Thai Bank, Bahrain and also the National President of SSIO, Kingdom Of Bahrain. Bhajans next ended with Mangala Arathi to Bhagawan.
II Samastha Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu II
Alumni of SSSIHL celebrates New Year Evening In Multifaceted Style...
Connecting a bridge across time spanning over five decades, alumni of Sri Sathya Sai institutions in sizeable number joined in unison presenting a solemnly beautiful evening of 'Bond Of Love' with Beloved Mother Sai this auspicious New Year evening here, in Prasanthi Nilayam.
Commencing with offerings galore comprising of slow march past flag-bearing squad and poornakumbham, the evening presented rich variety of talent and proficiency, both in bundled packs as well with live offerings, being offered back with infinite gratitude at His Divine Lotus Feet. Adding to the grandeur, the past masters of the illustrious University Brass Band played some nostalgic tunes, rich enough to evoke the memoirs of the golden-past in His immediate Divine Presence. The session with interludes of commentary reflected the voice of the hearts many, offering at Him in a uniquely single voice of harmony, all with overflowing love and gratitude. A brief video summing up the all-round service activities initiated by the alumni next was followed by the final offering a drama entitled 'The Journey', symbolic of the life of every individual.
King Parikshit, after having victimised by his ill-temper is faced with the dire consequence of death in seven days, and in his desperate 'hunger' for liberating wisdom Parikshit reaches out to Lord Krishna's long-time confidant Uddhava and thus the story-line for the evening. Uddhava speaks about the devotion heights of Hanuman whom he met during his times of 'missing' Rama, and later about Radha who was the essence of Divine Love, who, in her pining for Krishna transformed herself beyond the physicality to become one with Him. Yearning to hold the hand is more important than holding the hand, reminds the drama portraying Parikshit and Uddhava showcasing true pining for The Ultimate One.
Yet another 'Prema Bandhan' with a 'sailent' reminder to ready for the Stellar Shift, Intensely drawing in to connect and know that Essence, to Feel and witness ‘That’ Presence, 'within' and 'without' as One.
Bhajans next ended with Mangala Arathi to Bhagawan.
II SAMASTHA LOKAH SUKHINO BHAVANTU II
...CARE FOR LIFE...CONCERN FOR NATURE...RESPECT FOR CREATION...