Christmas is one of the major festivals of
the world that celebrates the advent of the Son of God –
Jesus Christ. At Prasanthi Nilayam, this festival gains more
significance and charm as the devotees of Christ have the
great fortune of celebrating the advent of the Son of God
in His Father’s Presence.
25th morning, the beautifully decorated Sai Kulwant Hall was
packed to its capacity with many devotees from India and abroad
waiting for a glimpse of the Lord. At 7 a.m., Bhagawan’s
car glided into the Hall amidst the strains of soft choir
music and Vedic chants. After going around the Hall granting
Darshan to the multitudes, Bhagawan alighted from the car
and was seated on the dais. The first programme was a musical
presentation by the students of Sri Sathya Sai Primary school,
Prasanthi Nilayam. The young virtuosos held the audience captive
for close to 15 minutes playing on their violins and flutes.
next item was a musical offering by the Brass Band of Sri
Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Prasanthi Nilayam.
The band leader came forward and
showed a beautiful card to Swami and sought His blessings
for their programme. They kept the audience enthralled by
carols. Following this, the students sang many popular carols
like “All night long I shall burn my Christmas candle”,
“Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer, had a very shiny nose”.
The songs were preceded by a brief commentary by two students
on the significance of the song. As the song “Jingle
Bells” was being sung, Santa Claus came to the front
and after getting his bag of toffees blessed by Bhagawan,
went dancing and distributing the goodies to everyone in the
Hall. The morning session concluded with Arati.
the afternoon, Bhagawan arrived in Sai Kulwant Hall at 3.50
p.m. Devotees from overseas had assembled to present a musical
offering in the form of Christmas carols. The program began
with a short skit which explained the true spirit in which
Christmas is to be
celebrated. The skit portrayed how the celebration of the
birth of the Saviour has been reduced to a mere shopping and
merrymaking exercise instead of being imbued with sacred feelings
of gratitude and veneration. At the end of the play, a child
dressed as Jesus Christ came and bowed before Bhagawan and
prayed to Him to bless everyone and guide them along the path
of love. This was followed by the choir by the overseas devotees,
first by children and then by the adults. After the invocation
to Lord Ganesha, the devotees sang a number of carols celebrating
the Yuletide spirit. The sound of hundreds of voices united
as one in adoration of the Divine filled the hall lifting
the hearts of the thousands who gathered there. The songs
were in worship of all the manifestations of Divinity, Jesus,
Allah, Krishna, Buddha, Mahavira and Zarathushtra, set to
The programme concluded with Arati and Prasadam
being distributed to the devotees.
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a
Happy New Year!