Christmas Eve Just As it Should be: With Joy and Splendour
The decked hall decorated in lights and colourful tinsel, the anticipation of seeing Santa on his reindeers – all of these announced that Christmas was just an evening away. At Sathya Sai Grama, Muddenahalli too, the spirit of Christmas was fervently visible as devotees of all faiths and backgrounds converged from various nations across the globe to celebrate with their beloved Lord. As is customary with Christmas, there was music in the air and all the buildings stood tall bedecked with strings of light reflecting love to one and all around.
Devotees were seated in the Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham auditorium which was adorned with special Christmas decorations, awaiting their Lord. Bhagawan arrived at the venue at about 6.30 P.M. and was received with the ceremonial Poorna Kumbham and Vedic procession by the students in the midst of melodious Bhajans.
Once Bhagawan was seated, the evening’s programme commenced with a choir presentation by devotees from Croatia, Slovenia and Macedonia. The group rendered a couple of Christmas carols along with Croatian songs on Bhagawan. The choir was led by Ms Uma Devi, a professional musician from Croatia who also played the keyboard. There were twenty-five men and women vocalists supported by others on the acoustic and bass guitars and percussions. After their performance, the entire group was blessed by Bhagawan with tokens of His love.
The second programme for the evening was a musical presentation by a devoted couple from Argentina. Mr Charlie Perez Lean, an architect by profession and his wife Mrs Ali Poulsen have been active members of the Sai Centre at Bariloche, Argentina. They were blessed to perform in the divine presence during Bhagawan’s visit to Argentina in October earlier this year. Bhagawan had then commanded them to compose Argentinian Christmas songs to be performed here at Muddenahalli for Christmas. The couple offered some of those specially composed songs in Spanish. They were accompanied by Ms Yani Milles – a self-taught musician, vocal coach and choir director from Australia, on the flute; Mr Tim Budden – a professional psychologist, on the electric guitar; Mr Dimitris Lambrianos on the bass guitar and the bouzouki; Mr Michael Mrithya on the acoustic guitar and Mr Adam Amijhich on the percussions.
The couple and all the accompanying artists were then profusely blessed by Bhagawan with tokens of His love and special photographs.
The session came to a close with Arati being offered to Bhagawan. Prasadam was distributed to all.