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Press Release by Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust

January 15, 2014


SSSIHL ANNUAL SPORTS AND CULTURAL MEET 2014-Fifth Day

The Prasanti Nilayam campus provided the right finale to an interesting four day cultural meet.

The drama  they p[resented was based on the great epic Mahabharata, which was named ‘jaya’ by its composer sage Vyasa. Amidst incorrigible platitudes of greed, anger, arrogance, a brutal war and its bloody aftermath the pandavas emerge victorious. But what constitutes ultimate victory?

In a seemingly desperate attempt to win, Yudhisthira wagers his youngest step brother Nakula first. Years later when confronted by the guardian of the lake, he chooses Nakula to be revived. He has attained victory by making the right choice over an apparent smart choice (of choosing much adept and mightier Arjuna and Bhima). Arjuna learns from Lord Krishna that defeating an enemy at the battlefield doesnot necessarily makes him great. There are greater traits of heart and spirit that needs to be cultivated. Arjuna outgrows his own reliance on brute strength and ego and attains ‘Jaya’. After Draupadi forgives Aswathhama; the one who massacred her 5 sons, Krishna extols her as the symbol of the new society that the Pandavas must nourish on the basis of forbearance and love. She has defeated the feeling of vengeance and shown that forgiveness demands more courage than retribution. Yudhisthira reaches heaven and is surprised to find the wicked Duryodhana and his brothers enjoying the felicities of heaven, where as his own brothers and wife are suffering in hell. He renounces heaven and decides to stay in hell to give relief to his brothers. Krishna’s vision gives him the ultimate revelation, that at this stage he must renounce his sense of worldly attachments and seek the Divine everywhere. When the eldest Pandava sees Krishna everywhere he understands that it was Krishna who was guiding them through trials and tribulations of life to this ultimate victory. He understands that Man’s ultimate victory lies in seeking Divine grace, conquering his own self, discovering the Divinity within and everywhere. Then Man rises triumphantly and becomes one with the Divine.       

The drama was based on Baba's  discourses on Bhagwatam and Mahabharata. with  help from the different versions of the epic written by Sri C Rajagopalachari and Smt Kamala Subramaniam.

  

Media Coordinator
Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust
Prasanthi Nilayam

Jai Sai Ram!