Guru Purnima Celebrations – July 19, 2016 (Morning)
A sense of festive fervour hung in the air as the students and devotees gathered in the majestic Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham Hall to celebrate the auspicious Guru Purnima, with their Guru and Lord, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. At around 10 am, Bhagawan was escorted into the hall by the boys’ brass band amidst Vedic chants and bhajans.
The morning programme commenced with a musical play that brought to fore the unifying strength that lay in music, dwelling on how music as a medium can lead one to the ultimate goal of oneness with the Supreme Lord. The play was interspersed with bhajans and devotional songs, rendered by musicians and senior alumni from the Sri Sathya Sai educational institutions. The entire performance, part of the new initiative ‘Veena Vahini’, was a treat to the ears and beautifully brought the entire audience together in a devotional crescendo.
Bhagawan then officially launched the Veena Vahini programme. It is a unique initiative, which will bring together musicians from diverse geographies, cultures, age and backgrounds in the spirit of unity and love. Music, as is widely known, is a very powerful unifying force that cuts across differences in language, religion and race. Veena Vahini will harp on this unifying strength, the inherent oneness in the diverse forms of music, to bind the world into one big family.
This was followed by a musical rendering of a few devotional songs by the students and alumni. Bhagawan was then presented the fourth volume of the Sai Uvacha series, comprising of thirteen discourses delivered during December 2014 and the experiences of a few eminent Sai devotees. Bhagawan also launched the book ‘Love without Boundaries’. Authored by Ms Bhuvana Santhanam, an alumna from the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Anantapur Campus, the travelogue available as Volume 1 and 2, covers Bhagawan’s overseas trips to 20 countries as well as the summer sessions in Kodaikanal 2015 and 2016.
The final programme for the morning was a musical offering by renowned singer couple, Sri Kunal Ganjawalla and Smt. Gayatri Ganjawalla. They were accompanied by students, alumnae and alumni. Celebrating the festival of Ashadi Ekadashi of Maharashtra, the couple and the rest of the performers were garbed in traditional Maharashtrian attire. It was later announced that Bhagawan Himself had selected their costumes and songs for the presentation. The artist duo captured the audience’s attention right from the start, holding everyone in a devotional stupor with their perfect rendering of the several Abhangs and Ghazals. After the performance, Bhagawan blessed the artists with shawls and tokens of His love.
The morning programme ended with the offering of Arati to Bhagawan.