The excitement was palpable. It was the beginning of the 90th birthday celebrations of our dear Lord. What it made it even more special was the inauguration of Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham, an auditorium cum prayer hall, with a seating capacity of 10,000!
The day’s proceedings began with Bhagawan inaugurating the hall by cutting the ceremonial ribbon. Sri Indulal Shah, the grand sire of the Sai family pressed a button to unveil the grand stage of the auditorium. The centre stage of the auditorium was tastefully adorned with statues of Shirdi Sai and Sathya Sai placed on either sides of the Hiranya Garba Lingam (from the Athi Rudra Maha Yagnam), which was placed at the centre. “The centre space is kept vacant for Prema Sai to be seated when He arrives” remarked Swami to the audience’s delight. The silver plaque for the hall was inaugurated by legendary Indian cricket player, Sri Sunil Gavaskar by lighting the lamp.
The formal proceedings began as soon as all the dignitaries and elders from the Sai family took their seats on the stage. The first speaker for the day was Sri BN Narasimha Murthy, senior Trustee, Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Trust. He revealed how the idea of the Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham was conceived. “It was during the 89th Birthday Celebrations when the devotees had to sit in an open stadium for the programmes in the cold November evening, Swami expressed His wish to have an auditorium that could accommodate all the devotees. The divine whispers is a clarion call for His devotees. Immediately, the devotees from Singapore sprang into action and came forward with a proposal to build this mammoth auditorium for the Lord.” He went on to explain how Swami helped the architect come up with the perfect design for the hall, showing him the interiors and exteriors of the completely finished auditorium through a dream.
Bhagawan then honoured the chief architect and engineers who were involved in the construction of the hall. The devotees from Singapore who were instrumental in the construction of the hall were also honoured by Bhagawan.
This was followed by the launch of the book ‘A life in service – Indulal Shah and Sarla Shah’ authored by Ms Bhuvana Santhanam. The book written at the behest of Swami chronicles the story of love, sacrifice and service of this divine couple. More about launch
The big announcement for the day however was the launch of an internet radio station, “Sanathana Vani – The Voice Eternal”. Conceived and executed within a month’s time, this radio channel is a platform to invite, associate, speak, listen, contemplate, seek, practice and realise the truth taught by all the great beings that ever walked the face of our planet. Bhagawan launched the radio channel by pressing the live button. Renowned singer Sri Sumeet Tappoo and his team then presented the jingle for the radio channel.
Sri C Sreenivas, Trustee, Sri Sathya Sai Health and Education Trust, addressed the audience next. He impressed upon the audience the magnificence of the monument that Premamrutham was and how it stands as a testimonial to the labour of love of a large number of volunteers. This was followed by a brief talk by Sri Sunil Gavaskar, who shared how it was purely the grace of Swami that made it possible for him to attend the function.
The divine discourse followed next. Swami spoke about how the big mansion was built to make people understand and recognize the great power of supreme, selfless love. He said, “Within a short time, I will come again as Prema Sai and in the same hall, I will grant My darshan, I will bless My devotees, I will shower My Love and Grace on My devotees in the form of Prema Sai. That is why if you look behind, you find on one side Shirdi Sai is sitting, on the other side Sathya Sai is sitting. In the centre we have left the place for Prema Sai.” Read Summary
An enthralling concert by legendary carnatic musician Dr M Balamuralikrishna followed next. He captured the audience with his beautiful renditions and was ably supported by his team of musicians. Bhagawan gifted the singer with a navratna chain.
The evening’s proceedings ended with Aarathi
Watch the proceedings below: