Aum Sri Sai Ram
Press Release by
Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust
September 19, 2012
Ganesh Chathurthi at Prashantinilayam:
Celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi, students from the Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning offered a string of hymns propitiating Lord Ganesha this morning here in Prasanthi Nilayam. Singing special hymns invoking the Lord, hailing Him as as ‘Prathama Vandana’, the students regaled the audience with devotional music interlaced with instrumental renderings and dance for forty-five minutes.
The songs were Ganashtakam beginning with Ekadantam Mahakayam, Mein Ganapathi..., Tatwamariya Tarama, a Carnatic piece, Tujhe Kripaa Taari Ya Jaaga, a Marathi Abhang, Aradhanam Abhivandanam, Apni Dil Kee Pukar Aaye Hain Tujhko Sunaane…The dance was to the tune of Mudaakadaara Modakam, the Ganesha Pancharatnam featuring the purport of the hymn. The instrumental piece was a fusion of Sitar, Violin, Tabla, Flute and Electronic Keyboard playing the bhajan Gowri Nandana Gajanana.
The function concluded with the recorded broadcast of one of Baba's discourses on the relevance of Ganesh Chathurthi . Calling Vinayaka as the Lord without an Over Lord, Baba discoursed touching upon the inner significance of the festivity. “Our history is replete with sacred inner meanings. But the modern youth do not pay any attention to our history. They waste their time in reading novels and meaningless stories. These kathas (stories) will give only vyathas (sorrow). Divine story alone teaches you the ideal path” said Bhagawan urging the students to take the right path towards Divinity. Speaking on about Brahmacharya, Bhagawan stressed on the need to lead an ideal Brahmacharya life, practising constant contemplation of Brahma.
The Divine discourse came to an end with the bhajan “Hari Bhajana Binaa Sukha Shanthi Nahin…”. A string of Ganesha bhajans followed before Mangala Arathi offering at 0950 hrs.
Even as bhajans continued students from the Primary followed by senior students offered festive handmade greetings to Bhagawan at the Sanctum Sanctorum.
How the little lad born in a tiny remote hamlet in Andhra Pradesh went on to become the Beacon Light ‘Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai’ was the theme of the presentation entitled ‘Parthi Parijatalu’ by the Bal vikas children of Puttaparthi.
The presentation was based on the story of two youngsters, who were sceptical towards Baba and His Divinity. As their doubting minds needed a touch of evidence before accepting Bhagawan as the Avatar of the Age, the youth were taken to a ‘guided tour’ by experienced devotees narrating tales of glory of His Avatarhood and Divine Mission, as experienced by them. Some of the episodes shown were: the story of cholera epidermic being kept away by the Pandari Bhajans led by little Sathya, the episode showing grandfather Kondama Raju hearing ‘Omkara’ from little Sathya’s breath, Bhagawan curing Himself of the paralytic stroke, etc.
The presentation had excellent interludes of song and dance sequences, heralding the glory of Sri Sathya Sai Avatar. This is the maiden cultural presentation by the Balvikas children of Puttaparthi . Hundred children from in and around the village participated in the presentation.
The presentation ended with the children along with elders taking a vow that they would dedicate themselves to the Mission of spreading Bhagawan’s message of Love and Service.
Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust
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