Guru Poornima celebrations commenced this morning at Sai Kulwant Hall.
This morning's programme commenced at 0820 hrs., after 20 mts. of Rudram chanting, with the Institute Percussion Band playing heralding the advent of the festivity, greeting Beloved Baba.
From percussion to vocal...Singing Band from the Institute took over the proceedings with Gurupaduka Strotram, offering homage to the Sadguru that was followed by a a couple of Carnatic pieces, a Hindustani one and an enthralling Sitar Instrumental.
Speaking first, Sri Sathyajith, who is currently heading the Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Vahini Programme, began with a mention of the poignant memories of Baba before giving a detailed account of Baba's 85th Birthday gift, Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Vahini, that is designed to impart "Education For All...Education By All..."
Giving a brief account of the inception and inspiration received from Baba, the speaker remembered with gratitude of the assistance being received from various corporates especially in the area of Information Technology. Listing out objectives of the Programme, he further elaborated statistical details of progress being achieved in the front, in spreading the unique model education to the length and breadth of the nation.
The first speaker for the morning was Dr Srikanth Sola, currently working as Cardiac Consultant, Dept Of Cardiology, SSSIHMS, Whitefield, Bangalore.
Speaking of the 4 Fs, often quoted by Baba, that one needs to follow in pursuit of spiritual excellence, the inspirational speaker narrated, quoting his own example of following the first of the 4 Fs, Follow The Master, as to how he often ended up excelling in various fronts. Once you follow the Master, rest of the 3 Fs are well taken care of said Dr Sola guiding the audience as to how to Follow The Master.
The second speaker was Prof Dalton de Souza Amorim, presently a Full Professor at University Of Sao Paulo and Zonal Chair for Zone 2B, covering South America. Prof Dalton's speech was organisation-oriented, speaking about the various service and spiritual activities being done under the auspices of Sri Sathya Sai Organisations - Worldwide. Speaking about the responsibility and challenges posed by Sai devotees, especially the ones who are holding positions in the organisation, the speaker stressed that His life has to become our message. Highest spiritual aspiration - realisation seem to be difficult at times, but Baba says, it is our birthright said the Professor ending his speech with the 'Asathoma' prayer.
Baba's Divine Discourse followed next. Baba spoke of Soham Principle, elaborating on the purified auspicious breath that helps man reminding himself of his reality. Soham is Brahmam Principle. Baba also explained in detail of Omkar Mantra, demonstrating how the mantra has be to chanted properly. Baba ended His Divine Discourse with the bhajan "Prema Muditha Manasey Kaho..."