As Swami descended down from His room to the Anand Nilayam hall, the students and staff were waiting to see Him off with heavy hearts.
All the students of Gulbarga woke up to an exciting sunrise on February 10, as the new hostel building, ‘Ananda Sadana’, was all decked up and awaited its eager inmates.
Swami’s entourage comprising of Sri B N Narasimha Murthy, Brother Madhusudan Naidu and a few staff members travelled to Hyderabad from Bangalore, on the morning flight.
The role of Sai Youth in Bhagawan’s mission is crucial. Swami has often reminded everyone that the energy and enthusiasm of the youth coupled with the experience of the elders is what is required.
After an early breakfast Bhagawan’s entourage proceeded to the Kuching Airport to catch their flight back to Singapore. It was indeed a tearful farewell to the Lord, as Mangala Arati was offered.
An early start of the day, ensured Bhagawan’s entourage reached the Changi Airport on time to catch their flight to Kuala Lampur. At the Kuala Lampur International Airport, the Sai youth of Malaysia welcomed everyone with a lot of love.
It was a very momentous day for the Sai diaspora as the ground-breaking ceremony for two schools, both for girls – was conducted on the auspicious ‘Basant Panchami’ Day.
The Bhoomi Puja (ground-breaking ceremony) of the Sri Sathya Sai Vani Niketanam was performed at Majjur village, located in Shirahatti Taluk, Gadag district in the morning of the auspicious ‘Basant Panchami’ Day.
Another early morning flight, and the Lord’s entourage touched down at Kuching, in the state of Sarawak. Swami was welcomed to ‘Sai Love’, His residence in Kuching by Brother Anthony Bong, his wife Mrs Magdelene, Brother Julius Tan, his wife Mrs Uma Tan and many others, in a ceremonial manner with Poorna Kumbham.
The second trip of the New Year with the Lord commenced, as His entourage which included Sri B N Narasimha Murthy, Sri K P Gopinath, Sri Venkateshwarlu, Sri Shiva Subramanya, Brother Sumeet Tappoo, Brother Pavan Kumar, Brother Karthik Patel and Sister Bhuvana, boarded the flight to Singapore on the morning of January 30.
The valedictory function of Sri Sathya Sai Annual Sports and Cultural Meet was held on the morning of 19th January in Sri Sathya Sai Grama, Muddenahalli. Bhagawan was welcomed by a procession of the Brass Band and the Chinese Lion Dancers led by the traditional Poorna Kumbham.
The penultimate day of the five-day long celebrations of the Annual Sports and Cultural Meet was a musical extravaganza.
The celebrations of the Sri Sathya Sai Annual Sports and Cultural Meet, like all Sai functions, got grander with each passing day. The evening of the third day regaled the gathering with many a spiritual lessons that can be learnt only at His feet.
After having spent months in the run up to the Sports Meet practicing and perfecting their offering to their Lord, the students of the Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva institutions were in a spiritual treat.
“Sport has the power to change the world,” said Nelson Mandela. “It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to the youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.”
Makara Sankranti, the festival of harvest is celebrated in myriad ways in different parts of the country. While it is celebrated as Makara Sankranti in Andhra Pradesh and some parts of North India, it is Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Lohri in Punjab and Bihu in Assam. The festival symbolises prosperity, plenty, abundance and harmony.
The day began with much anticipation as Bhagawan was to visit Sarvodaya, a Foundation established by Dr A T Ariyaratne. He is the Founder of the Sarvodaya Shramadhana Movement, which is based on the principles of non-violence, rural development and self-sacrifice.