The rituals of Sri Sathya Sai Veda Purusha Saptaha Jnana Yajna (day V) was offered today in the morning at Poorna Chandra Auditorium.
As the traditional Prasanthi Vidwan Mahasabha entered into day-5 today, this evening’s session was marked by two speeches, Bhagawan’s Divine discourse and a dance offering by the Prasanthi Dance Group.
Commencing at 1640 hrs with invocatory Vedic chanting by the students of Anantapur campus, followed by an introductory talk, this evening session had two speakers, Dr. (Miss) Deepa Seetharaman, Asst Professor at Dept of Physics, Anantapur campus followed by Sri Sanjay Sahni, Associate Professor at Dept of Commerce, Brindavan campus. Sri Sahni is also the Director of the Brindavan campus of SSSIHL.
Speaking first, Dr Deepa Seetharaman presented a thesis on the subject “From Fear To Fearlessness” defining ‘fear’ with the help of ancient scriptural texts and words from some of the spiritual masters. Fear is an apprehension about a possible extinction of something precious about life. There are three stages in the process, namely Bhaya (fear), Nirbhaya (effort to overcome fear) and Abhaya (absence of fear). It is imperative that God instilled the feeling of fear in man as it would help him depending on Godhood for ‘fear’ of his incapacity or powerlessness. Quoting to Masters like Vivekananda and Adi Shankara, the speaker put forth the theory that ‘fear comes out of ignorance, ignorance of man about his true nature’. The most effective tool to overcome the feeling is Bhakthi and Jnana; with Bhakthi one gets immersed in the chosen God that grants the needed assurance; Jnana on the other hand grants the Supreme Wisdom of “Brahmam” where fear finds no place. With Bhagawan Baba amidst us, one should be able to progress from Bhaya to Nirbhaya to Abhaya to reach Him, concluded Dr Deepa.
Sri Sanjay Sahni, a seasoned speaker, who had the rare good fortune of speaking in the Divine Presence many times, delivered a structured speech with sprinklings of exciting, revealing experiences from the nostalgic golden past, describing the indescribable, delve deep into Sai Bhagavatham.
Speaking on the theme of gauging the one who has seen God, the right proof of having seen and touched by God is to imbibe the qualities and nature of God in one’s own life. While concluding he recalled the 3 P’s - Purity, Patience and Perseverance, as the three most essential qualities in emulating Bhagawan.
Bhagawan’s Divine discourse was played on the public address system, and ended with the bhajan “Sathyam Jnanan Anatam Brahma…”
Next to come was the final act of the day’s session, an exhilarating, innovative Dance Drama presentation by the Prasanthi Dance Group. Entitled “Jantoonam Narajanma Durlabham” the presentation had man’s own story, the story of humanity as its central theme.
Illustrating man’s changing colours of ego, selfishness, pride, vanity and his never-ending confusion in knowing the Truth from untruth, Reality from illusion, the ‘multi-art’ presentation with songs, dance, shadow-play in perfect alignment, weaving the story of man was a stark reminder to man telling him ‘how he is different from the animal kingdom and how his life on earth is the most precious one’.
The Prasanthi Dance Group comprises of students from the Primary School, Easwaramma English Medium School, Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary School and the students from the three men campuses, Muddenahalli, Brindavan and Prasanthi Nilayam. The ‘troupe’ earned a rave appraisal for its brilliant show, receiving rapturous applause from the capacity audience at Kulwant hall.
Bhajans continued and ended with Mangala Arathi at 1920 hrs.