Celebrating the Lunar ‘Chinese’ New Year – 2016, devotees from the Chinese speaking nations presented a glittering cultural evening here, in Prasanthi Nilayam today. The session, attended by over 300 Chinese speaking devotees from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia turned out to be an exuberant one, marked with piety and gaiety and varied hues of devotional fervor. Coinciding with the Chinese New Year back in the South Eastern nations, this year Prasanthi Nilayam is engaged in two-day celebrations comprising of varieties of spiritual-cultural offerings. Based on Chinese astrology, each New Year is associated with an animal sign, occurring in a 12-year cycle, this New Year being that of Monkey.
This evening’s session commenced at 1700 hrs with lighting of the lamp by the organizers.
‘Thanks Giving’, an essential traditional feature of the Chinese New Year followed next, offered by a group of selected children from the participating countries, who offered traditional Chinese delicacies at the Sanctum Sanctorum.
Devotees from Medan, Indonesia took over for a brief session next, airing sacred Chinese Buddhist Mantras.
Delivering his welcome address, Bro Billy Fong, Chinese New Year Coordinator from Malaysia, spoke of the essential message of the New Year, from Chinese parlance, that being man’s Ultimate Goal, Realization. Bro Billy Fong also enlightened the audience of the Sadhana regulations and procedures, prescribed by Bhagawan Himself.
Following next, devotees from Malaysia played a few Instrumental Bhajans, played on the Mouth Organ.
Delivering the guest address, Bro Alvin Leo, a second general Chinese-Australian and an active youth member of Sathya Sai International Organization, spoke on the Chinese spiritual legacy that points to the Inner Spiritual Essence. Sadhana is to be followed as prescribed by Bhagawan, as it is a must for mind control and to amplify the will of inner voice. Narrating a personal experience with Bhagawan aftermath the typhoon Haiyan in Philippines, the speaker reiterated with a voice of greater confidence and enthusiasm that “God Is There For All Good Things.” Bro Alvin is currently Media Coordinator for Zone 3 and a committee member of the International Youth Programme, of the SSIO.
Medley of Chinese New Year songs, in Chinese Mandarin next was followed by lively International Sai Bhajans, in a mix of Chinese Mandarin – Prasanthi.
Bhajans by the students continued and the session ended with Mangala Arathi at 1850 hrs.
The session showcased in ample measure the traditional glitter and spiritual glory of the rich Chinese-Buddhistic culture.
Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust
Prasanthi Nilayam 515134
Tel: +91 8555 287390 Extn 209