Dasara Celebrations (2015) - Veda PurushaSaptaha Jnana Yajna Day – 1
Keeping up with the inestimable and priceless spiritual tradition set by Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai, the week-long sacrificial ritual corresponding to the Devi Navarathri festival (Dasara) - Veda PurushaSaptaha Jnana Yajna commenced in Prasanthi Nilayam this morning, marked with great spiritual fervour.
The legend has it that Dasara signifies the victory of the Devas over the Asuras, i.e., victory of Righteousness over the forces of evil. The Prasanthi Dasara, unique in its conduct and style, brings nostalgic memoirs of the grand festivity of olden days in the immediate Divine Presence of Beloved Bhagawan.
On this sacred morning, the proceedings commenced at 0830 hrs with a ceremonial procession of the sanctified Kalasha to the Poornachandra Auditorium, the Yajna Vedhi, to the accompaniment of full-throat Vedic incantations.
Agni Manthan, churning of fire by friction, was then performed leading to the commencement of the Yajna. This ancient age-old Indian tradition of ‘fire by friction’ is done with twin wooden logs, rubbing at each other. The fire generated and sanctified at Bhagawan’s Lotus Feet was subsequently placed in the sacred sacrificial pit, marking the commencement of the week-long JnanaYajna.
Earlier, Kalasha Puja and Kumkumarchana and allied rituals were offered to Bhagawan at the bhajan hall that was followed by the Yajna Sankalpa by the Priests, swearing of sacred oath on the conduct of the ritual.
A packed ‘devoted’ house attended the vibrant morning function at the Poornachandra Auditorium.
It is to be noted that this sacred ritual of Dasara Jnana Saptaha Yajna was initiated by Bhagawan Himself decades ago, with the Divine resolve to raise the universal consciousness. Needless to say, the sacred vibrations emanating from Prasanthi Nilayam will engulf the world at large, bringing the Sai resolve into a reality. Devotees are welcome to Prasanthi Nilayam to participate in the week-long Yajna and thus to partake the unceasing grace of Beloved Mother Sai. The Yajna will culminate on 22nd October with the offering of Maha Poornahuthi.
Sri Sathya Sai Grama Seva is into day-4 today, covering villages in and around Puttaparthi. As the Yajna continued, students joined their ‘call of duty’, dispersing with their Mission – Love in Action.