The morning of the much-awaited day of the year dawned to picture-perfect start in the beautifully bedecked Sathya Sai Grama. The entire ashram wore a festive look, and the excitement was more than palpable, as devotees, staff and students gathered in the Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham Hall to witness the glorious day.
Bhagawan was led into the Premamrutham Hall by a procession of students, consisting of the Brass Band Sai’s Angels, a veda chanting group of boy students and a dance parade by the girl students. The entire energy of the hall was on a spiritual high, leaving many teary-eyed and awed by the beauty and magnificence of the experience. It was pure love in the air, and made for an apt and befitting celebration of the birth day of the eternal one, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
After Bhagawan cut the cakes that had been prepared by the many groups of devotees, the formal proceedings of the morning began with Vedic invocation by women delegates from Japan, UAE and India. The morning also coincided with the Valedictory Function of the World Youth Meet. The next programme was a bouquet of songs presented by the Singapore devotees. The group, comprising men and women across age groups and professions, sang from their hearts and inspired everyone with their child-like love for Bhagawan.
After the song presentation, Bhagawan released 4 books and a music CD. The first book to be released was the SriSathya Sai Uvacha – Volume 5, containing 13 discourses that Bhagawan had delivered during the period December 2014 – January 2015 in Australia, Dubai and Muddenahalli. The second book to be released was Lord Sathya Sai Baba Speaks from His LIGHT BODY – by Mrs. Catherine Kapahi, a trained Reiki Master. The third book was The Energetic Centre of the Universe – Sri Sathya Sai Anandam, Muddenahalli by Irene Margaret Watson from Scotland. The last book to be released was Childhood Matters by Mrs. Sudha Kudwa, who has spent thousands of hours counselling children and parents. The book, written following Bhagawan’s command, is centered on the importance of the childhood. Bhagawan also blessed the launch of Swara Sudha – Volume 2 (Music CD), put together by His old students.
Bhagawan then blessed the Certificates of Participation for the delegates that attended the World Youth.
Following Bhagawan’s command, Padma Vibhushan Sri Sunil Gavaskar addressed the gathering. A famous cricketer, Sri Gavaskar is also an ardent follower of Bhagawan and credited his successful sporting career to the grace and love of Bhagawan.
He spoke about how he hadn’t planned on coming to Muddenahalli due to the ongoing India – England Test match. But since the matched ended ahead of schedule, he could make it to the ashram for Bhagawan’s birthday. In that too he had difficulties getting flight tickets, but thanks to Bhagawan’s blessings, he managed to book tickets a day before, he shared. “Even if we take half a step towards Swami, He takes a million steps to guide us, heal us and zeal us”, he added.
He then went on to narrate a beautiful experience through which Bhagawan taught him to not have ego. During one of the visits to Parthi, just after he was made Captain of the Indian Cricket Team, Bhagawan asked him to visit the school there. Bhagawan then asked him to ride along with Him in the car to the school. The cricketer felt elated and slowly ego crept in, making him think that Bhagawan was taking him to the school since he was the Indian team’s captain. But as soon as the car drove into the school, his ego shattered into countless pieces, he confessed, when he realised that everyone was only seeing Bhagawan and not him.
He ended his speech, imploring everyone to follow Bhagawan’s teachings of “Love All, Serve All” and “Help Ever, Hurt Never” as a gift for His birthday.
Sri B N Narasimha Murthy, Chief Mentor, Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Institutions spoke next. Adding to the divine experiences from the life of Sri Sunil Gavaskar, he spoke about how Bhagawan appeared in the kitchen at his mother’s house as an answer to her prayer to help Sunil do well in the Ranji Trophy match. Bhagawan told her that Sunil would score a century in the match, even though he wasn’t a part of the playing 11-member team. But true to Bhagawan’s words, due to an injury of the team Captain, he got a chance to play and scored a century.
He then went on to speak about the mission of Sukshma Sathya Sai and how Bhagawan was preparing the ground for the advent of Prema Sai. On 14th August 1978, when Bhagawan came to Muddenahalli for the first time, the very first words He said as He came of the car were that this is a Thapo Bhoomi, he shared. “He has now made Muddenahalli as the capital of His Divine Mission and this place will be the centre of Prema Sai for the decades to come”, he added.
He ended his speech by reminding the gathering that the only way to please and love Bhagawan was to love and serve all.
Bhagawan then delivered His Divine Discourse. The morning session ended with the offering of Aarthi to Bhagawan.