The celebration of Navarathri in Sathya Sai Grama entered in to its ninth day with unabated enthusiasm and devotion.
Abhishegam was offered to Saieshwara Lingam and Laksha Sai Gayatri Purusara Homa was performed with continuous chanting of Sai Gayatri by all the devotees assembled in the Hridaya Mandiram.
Due to worldly distractions, man loses the path towards liberation. Therefore, the Sai Gayatri Homa was performed to help man stay on the path to realizing his true self, and to ask Mother Gayatri to bestow the highest knowledge and wisdom on mankind.
While the yagna was being performed, Bhagawan proceeded towards the stage in the hall to witness and bless the dance performance by the devotees from Kolkatta on the occasion of Mahaashtami day. The entire setting was elevating with the altar of Mother Durga in the background and dance recital of Shiva and Parvathi in the presence of Lord Shiva Himself!
After the Homa was completed, the Durga Aarthi was offered. The morning session ended with the offering of Aarthi to Bhagawan.
Bhagawan arrived at the Srn i Sathya Sai Premamrutham hall to a grand welcome led by the ceremonial Poornakumbam, Vedic chants and melodious bhajans in the background by His students.
The first speaker for the evening was Shri B S Vijay Sai, senior alumnus of the Sri Sathya Sai Institutions and currently visiting faculty at Sri Sathya Sai Centre for Human Excellence, Muddenahalli. He began by saying that the Navarathri was the celebration of transformation and that was the purpose for which Bhagawan had descended on the earth. He then went on to share his own experiences of transformation from his student days. The next speaker was Shri Sanjeev Shetty Sir, Trustee, Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Trust. He spoke in Kannada.
Sri Badri’s rich and insightful Geetha exposition followed next. A week-long presentation, his Geetha talks have been much-anticipated and followed by everyone. He began by explaining how just like an iron is attracted to the magnet due to some similarities between the both, God too was loved by the man and vice versa. “Both wisdom and love for God go hand in hand in building this relationship. Gradually, when man evolves himself to the highest state of bliss, he becomes one with the God or a step above.” Taking inferences from the anecdote of magnet, he stated that if man lives his life with no expectations and desires, then God is attracted towards him and elevates him to His level.
Sri B.N Narasimha Murthy, Chief Mentor, Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Institutions addressed the audience next. He began by praising the land of Bharat as expressed by Bhagawan in His poem, as the land of sacrifice and ethics and went on to share an experience that brought to fore the rare fortune of being in the proximity of the Veda Purusha Himself.
This was followed by the much-awaited Divine Discourse.
The last programme for the evening was a Yakshgana presentation depicting the Mahishasura Mardhan by the students of the Alike Campus. Yakshagana is a traditional theatre form that combines dance, music, dialogue, costume, make-up and stage techniques in a unique style and form.
The evening session came to a close after Aarthi was offered to Bhagawan.