The afternoon session began with a captivating talk by Swami Bodhamayananda from the Ramakrishna Mutt. Stressing on the need to have a physical, mental and spiritual strength to move forward, he spoke about the importance of training the mind to move from ignorance to light. “We are our own friend and enemy. Head should be used to think, heart to feel and hands to serve. The formula for spiritual success is Truth, Unselfishness and Purity”, he said.
Later in the noon, once Bhagawan arrived at the Premamrutham hall, the cultural programmes for the day began. The celebration of the Ladies day began with Veda chanting by women from five countries – Japan, UAE, Slovenia, Singapore and India.
The first speaker for the evening was Sri C Sreenivas, the Chairman of Sri Sathya Sai Health and Education Trust. A prolific orator, he spoke about how hardships were the greatest grace of Swami. “Let life throw any card, accept it.” He then went on to narrate an incident relating to an international tennis match between players from India and Thailand that he had organised in Prasanthi Nilayam some years ago. All the international players were in Puttaparthi and the matches had to begin at 4 PM. As he was waiting at the Yajur Mandir lobby to receive Swami and accompany him to the indoor stadium, Swami came out of the residence, and completely ignoring him, went straight to Sai Kulwanth Hall and asked for the drama to begin. The match did not take place.
Acceptance of the Lord’s ways is very important he explained. He also shared some insights from the “He Named Me Malala” documentary he had recently watched. “When Malala Yousafzai’s father was interviewed after the bullets were pumped into her, he said it was not a man or woman who tried to kill her but it was an Ideology.” He ended his talk, exhorting the delegates to develop the ideology of loving all and serving all.
Bhagawan then released a music album titled Timeless Love, a bouquet of love from the alumnae of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Anantapur campus.
The next speaker was Dr K Sudhakar, Member of Legislative Assembly, Chikkaballapur. In his heartfelt talk, he praised the Loka Seva Trust for its work and confessed that he couldn’t complete even small projects in the last two despite being elected as MLA. He said that the kind of transformation that the small village of Muddenahalli has undergone in the last couple of years is proof enough of Bhagawan’s presence here. He then assured his support in getting the necessary government approvals for the water project that Bhagawan had announced for the districts of Chikkaballapur and Kolar.
Bhagawan then blessed all devotees with His Divine Discourse. Read Summary
This was followed by a scintillating Odissi dance performance by Ms Chiara Salvatore Iozzia of Italy. The dance, with its graceful moves and pure emotion, was a spiritual expression of her devotion to Bhagawan. Group rendition of select Pancharatna Kritis by the Nitya Kalyani Ghana Vrinda, a group from Bangalore was the next performance of the evening. Their spirited performance mesmerised the audience. At the end of their performance, Bhagawan went up the dais and gifted a chain to the lead singer and distributed sarees to all the members of the group.
After this, Ms Roshni Pillai from Singapore enthralled the audience with her powerful yet graceful Bharathanatyam recital. The maturity and dignity she lent through her performance simply won over the audience.
The last programme for the day was a shadow play titled – The only purpose of life is to live a life of purpose. An offering by the alumnae of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Anantapur Campus and Sai Youth, the play showcased the inspiring work done by four remarkable women – Mother Teresa, Wangari Mathaai, Aung San Suu Kyi and Malala Yousafzai.
Bhagawan then distributed sarees to the artists and alumnae. The evening ended with Sarva Dharma prayer followed by Aarathi.
Watch the proceedings below: