Aum Sri Sai Ram
Press Release by
Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust
November 11, 2015
Deepavali Celebrations by youth of Parthi Yathra Group from Gujarat
Celebrating Deepavali, the festival of lights marking the victory of good over evil, and the advent of the New Year, devotees from the State of Gujarat, under the auspices of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations commenced a three-day Cultural Offering this evening, in the Divine Abode of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba at Prasanthi Nilayam.
Commencing the proceedings at 1700 hrs, Sri Manohar Trikarnad, State President of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations – Gujarat, welcomed the devoted assembly with a “Happy Deepavali Greetings”, expressing gratitude to Beloved Bhagawan for His abundance of love and blessings. The State President then introduced the guest speaker for the evening, Prof Mehboob U Desai, an eminent educationist from the State.
Speaking in Hindi on the subject ‘Sarva Dharma Samabhavana in Bhagawan’s Context’, Prof Desai spoke on the wonderment he had experienced after reading and researching, watching and listening Bhagawan for over a period as to “What is this Wonder Of Beauty who have pulled the world behind Him???”
Quoting Bhagawan’s Mission in one line, “I have come to light the lamp of wisdom…” the speaker then enumerated on the four pillars of Bhagawan’s teachings, summarizing that Divinity dwells in every single atom of every being.
“Before coming here, I have heard, read and researched and watched about Sai Baba a lot. Now, I am here and feel very happy and peaceful,” commented Prof Desai, who earlier, interacting with our correspondent, baring his heart about Prasanthi Nilayam.
Prof Desai is currently serving as a Professor and Head of the Department of History & Culture, Gujarat Vidhyapith, Ahmadabad, Gujarat, which was by Mahatma Gandhi.
After the speech, the session continued with an invocatory devotional number, presented as a medley of various strotras, by the Youth girls from the State, invoking Mother Sai as Saiyeeshwari.
Omnipresent He is, yet children from the State cashed in with the opportunity invoking Him vide a traditional Ganesha dance, “chahoo aur tumhara gunjan hey…” by the Balvikas girls from Vadodara.
Where duty becomes God and work turns worship, where man relies on God more than anything else, he is sure to sale through to the shore of Divine Love. This evening’s drama presentation by the devotees from Vadodara district was based on these twin points.
The presentation entitled “Saiyeeshwaraarpanam” portrayed the tragic-turned-fulfilled-life of a cobbler named Vishwas, who had lost his loved ones in a tragedy, yet could continue with his life adhering to principles of righteous-devoted living, not withstanding him questioning the very existence of God.
As he trudged along with his righteous life, sooner he accidentally bumped into a little lad by name Madhav, a cowherd boy in the nearby temple premises, who, in no time replaced his loving ‘long lost’ son.
As is His saying, Test is His Taste, his claims of interactions with Madhav became the butt of a joke in the town, for all wrong reasons, as none else, apart from Vishwas was able to see this ‘invisible and invincible’ cowherd. Madhav was termed a lunatic, only until He revealed Himself in presence of the real ‘lunatics’ of the town, proving that the ‘Madhav-Story’ was a reality.
Overwhelmed with compassion, when Vishwas took a pair of sandals for his Madhav, he was blocked from entering the Sanctum Sanctorum to meet his Madhav. To the one who is denied to His Presence, He Himself makes His Presence.
Madhav appeared before Vishwas outside only to accept the sandals, which, in the climactic end appeared at the Foot of The Lord at the Sanctum Sanctorum.
Bhajans by the Gujarat devotees continued and the session came to a close with Mangala Arathi at 1830 hrs.
Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust
Prasanthi Nilayam 515134
Tel: +91 8555 287390 Extn 209
Jai Sai Ram!