Prasanthi Vidwan Mahasabha, ensemble of the learned, entered into day-4 today here in Prasanthi Nilayam. Two speeches, Bhagawan’s Divine discourse and a musical offering featured today’s schedule.
In the evening, proceedings commenced at 1640 hrs. with resonant Vedic chanting by the spirited boys from Brindavan Campus.
An Introductory speech followed next. The main two speakers of the day were, Miss U Suma Rao, Asst Professor with Department of Commerce at Anantapur Campus and Prof A Anantaraman, Professor (Hon), School of Business Management & Finance at Prasanthi Nilayam Campus.
Ms Suma Rao, speaking with great clarity, deliberated on the subject “Purusha & Prakruthi” quoting Bhagawan intermittently. Speaking high of the goldmine of Indian culture and spiritual tradition, Ms Rao explained in the next fifteen minutes how Bhagawan was a perfect confluence of Purusha & Prakruthi. Narrating her own personal experience with Bhagawan and stressing on the importance of obedience, Ms Suma Rao, drew upon the parallel from the story of Mahishasura, embodiment of ego, with man’s present day plight and predicament, wherein man often changes his colours, with greater ego, only to get more of inbuilt agitation. Ms Suma added, similar to the ancient story wherein Goddess Durga had to be pacified from her raging, fierce onslaught, man has to get connected to the Divinity within, to set himself free from evil and to get enlightened. Stressing on the greater importance of the three essential processes of centering, aligning and awakening, Ms Rao concluded her enlightening exposition with a self-composed prayer hailing His Love…Him Being The Essence.
Prof Anantaraman, a man with International business and teaching experience for decades, spoke next, on the theme “Bhagawan’s Life & Message”.
Beginning with, touching upon the legend of the festivity and his personal entry unto the Sai-fold, the Professor further elucidated in the next half-an-hour about his personal perceptions on the Sai influence in our lives, post Bhagawan’s physical disappearance.
Physical absence of Bhagawan has in fact brought the enormity of His mission much more; today, we see His all-pervasiveness, through several institutions…not to miss His Supreme Mission of transformation. Every act of Bhagawan was (is) an education, as HE perfectly practiced the art of being in the present, the power of now, said the Professor illustrating the same with His own experience. Alertness and awareness in every living moment is an absolute must, said Anantaraman narrating a Zen Master story. No need to lament about the absence of His voice in answer to our prayers…when we are truly attuned to HIM, our voice becomes HIS Voice. It is time, post Bhagawan’s physical absence, for everyone to introspect within, asking ‘ourselves’…various how’s with reference to practicing HIS precept, concluded the Professor.
Bhagawan Baba’s discourse was played on the public address system.
Bringing out their innermost emotions for Mother Sai with great touch of devotion, girl students from the Anantapur Campus then offered the last item of the evening, a musical programme entitled “Madhura Varshini”.
Commencing the offering, singing paeans to the remover of obstacles Lord Ganesha with the song “Jayaho…Jayaho Sai Gajanana…” the girls continued for the next half-an-hour singing “Nee Namame Madhuram”, a Telugu composition on Mother Sai, Prem Ki Jyoth Jalayi…Ab Tho Aao Sai…” an invocatory song to Mother Sai, to end up with a gratitude song to Beloved Bhagawan calling Him out, “Oh Maa! Oh Maa!...”
After bhajans & distribution of Prasadam, Mangala Arathi was offered to Lord at 1905 hrs.