Prasanthi Vidwan Mahasabha – Day 1
The essence of being in the immediate Divine Presence is ‘learning’ – learning the art of living and the art of being. Commencing the Prasanthi Vidwan Mahasabha, ensemble of the learned, on the sidelines of the Devi Navarathri festival, Sri S Sai Manohar from the Muddenahalli Campus of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning delivered an insightful speech studded with ‘His Stories and learnings’ this evening, here in Prasanthi Nilayam.
Beginning with a mention of Bhagawan’s 1947 letter to His ‘physical’ brother Sri Seshama Raju Garu, which is historically referred to as the ‘Mission Statement’ of Sri Sathya Sai Avatar, Sri Sai Manohar then deliberated in detail speaking on the Divine Mission vs. devotees mission.
As Bhagawan’s Mission is to live a life as His message for the world to learn and emulate, devotees on their part need to seek God within following the Divine injunctions, said the speaker narrating how, Bhagawan in person, taught Him during his primary school days that God Is The Indweller, Hrudaya Vasi.
The task of seeking Him with faith and prayer comes next. The speaker then illustrated these twin facets narrating two distinct incidents, the ‘faithful’ experience of Bhagawan’s foster mother, Karnam Subbama, followed by a ‘prayerful’ anecdote from 2006 of the Brindavan students.
In conclusion, Sri Sai Manohar also narrated a heart-touching incident from the ongoing Grama Seva Yajna, wherein a, grieving mother, who lost her 13 year old son in a freak accident some days ago could feel His Presence amid tears and deep sorrow, when His Army of students made their entry as Grama Sevaks, serving Bhagawan’s Love.
Bhagawan’s Divine discourse followed next, aired through the public address system. Man has to control his Mind, immerse himself in Atman before reaching Nirvana, exhorted Bhagawan defining M-A-N. The Divine discourse came to a close with an exhilarating “Shiva Shiva Shiva Shiva Enarada…”.
Following this, the students from the Muddenahalli Campus offered a musical stream of love at Bhagawan’s Lotus Feet.
Beginning with a Mahalakshmi Stuthi, in praise of the Divine Mother, the session produced some new exciting compositions that included a scintillating instrumental, playing, Enna Tavam Seithanai…, Moula Tumhi Mera Jaan…, Deena Dayalu Rama Jaya Seeta Vallabha Rama… a popular Malayalam devotional, etc.
Bhajans next ended with Mangala Arathi to Bhagawan at 1850 hrs.