World Peace got a well deserved fillip today with the commencement of the three-day Vishwa Shanti Loka Kalyana Homam this morning at Prasanthi Nilayam. The three-day Vishwa Shanthi Homam is being organised as part of the Sri Sathya Sai Aradhana Mahotsavam 2013 ..
Amidst loud Vedic chantings, well supplemented by nadaswaram music, the programme commenced at 05:45 hrs. with the priests taking out a procession circumambulating Prasanthi Mandir.
The specially erected, well decked up, Yajna Mandap had the fire-pit at the centre, facing Baba's Chair kept in the Mahasamadhi.Idols of the Eternal Divine, Shiva and Parvathi, along with Kalashas, adorned a make-shift podium set next to the fire-pit.
Initial proceedings for the Homam began at 0600 hrs. with Swasthi Vachanam, Ganapathi Puja, Punyaha Vachanam followed by Sri Sathya Sai Ashothara Archana.
Even as the priests retired to the Bhajan Hall, for Vastra Dhaanam, Veda Chanting by the students continued until they returned after Dheeksha Dharanam to continue with further proceedings. Worshipping the cow, Go-Puja, came next, followed by an array of rituals, namely, Ritwik Varanam, Panchagamya Prasnam, Mandapa Aradhanam, Ganapathi Homam, Navagraha VAasthu Pancha Suktha Homam etc.
Even as the Homam continued, simultaneously worship was also being offered to the Divine Couple by a set of priests.
The morning function pertaining to the Vishwa Shanti Homam concluded with the offering of Poornahuthi at 10:00 hrs.
Bhajans continued until Mangala Arathi offering at 1015 hrs. marking the end of the morning session.
Today, in the first evening of the three-day Sri Sathya Sai Aradhana Mahotsavam erudite scholar from Andhra Pradesh Dr Nori Narayana Murthy gave a scholarly exposition in Telugu talking on the epic Ramayana that was followed by Chaturveda Parayanam by the priests conducting the Vishwa Shanthi Homam and bhajans by the students.
Earlier, the evening session commenced with Rudram chanting by the students at 1700 hrs. Dr Nori Naryana Murthy, presenting an eloquent musical expression based on the epic Ramayana presented a beautiful narration of Sita Rama Kalyanam. Intertwining his scholarly exposition with melodious singing of bhajans and verses from epics Dr Murthy regaled the audience for 45 minutes narrating wonder-tales from the Ramayana, often reminding the audience of the Oneness as preached by Baba.
Baba's discourse, played on the public address system, followed next.
"With the passage of time man has not changed; ill-feeling has not disappeared from human hearts.",said Baba. "This is not a desirable trend",Baba continued, talking of the greatness of Bharatiya culture.
At the end of the discourse, continuing with the Vishwa Shanthi Loka Kalyana Homam priests engaged in chanting holy traditional renditions from Mantra Pushpam, chanting Chandi Saptashathi, Navagraha Mahamrithyunjaya chanting, Sudarshana chanting etc.
Bhajans by students continued and ended with Mangala Arathi at 2000 hrs. Prasadam was distributed to the entire audience.