92nd Birthday Celebrations of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba – November 23 2017 – Morning
Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham was flooded as devotees were pouring in, unable to contain their joy and happiness, eager to wish the Lord on His Ninety Second Birthday. Bhagawan, who is love manifested in human form, didn’t disappoint anyone in the audience, going round the hall and distributing chocolates, ensuring that nobody was left out. As people leapt to catch the chocolates playfully thrown by the Lord, every heart leapt in celebration. Swami patiently and lovingly cut each cake that had been brought by devotees from around the globe with the sole intention of pleasing Him.
Bhagawan was welcomed onto the stage by a soulful ‘Swagatam’ song rendered by Sri Sumeet Tappoo. This was followed by a birthday song from all assembled, wishing their beloved Swami in one united voice. The morning proceedings commenced with the Vedic invocation by the students from the Jayapura Campus.
The first presentation on this glorious morning was by the devotees of Bhagawan from Singapore. The Singapore delegation continues to play a pivotal role in the ongoing mission of the Lord in the subtle form. Swami had blessed the group, which comprises of highly accomplished professionals who humbly submit themselves to their master, to offer a garland of songs at his lotus feet. The songs were outpourings expressing love and surrender, the collective emotion of everyone present in the auditorium.
The guests for the morning were Sri Satyapal Singh, Honorable Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Resources and Minister of State in the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Sri Sunil Gavaskar, former Indian Cricketer and member of the World Cup Winning Squad. Bhagawan blessed the certificates to be handed over to the delegates for having participated in the World Youth Meet after which He blessed the release of ten publications which included several foreign translations of Sathya Sai Uvacha books, following which was released Volume Seven of Sathya Sai Uvacha in English. This was followed by the much awaited launch of the book titled ‘Inner View’ by Sri Madhusudan Naidu, a compilation of several short conversations between the author and Bhagawan, providing an insight into the heart of the Master.
The first speaker for the morning was Sri B N Narasimha Murthy, chief mentor of the Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Trust. Sri Murthy spoke of the ongoing mission of the Lord in the subtle form and expressed his gratitude to Bhagawan for continuing to guide devotees even after casting away his physical form. The next speaker was Sri Satyapal Singh, who thanked Bhagawan for not just showing mankind the true meaning of love and service, but also for inspiring many others to follow and practice his teachings. He urged everyone to embrace the underlying principle of oneness that binds every form of creation and shed all divisive identifications.
Sri C Sreenivas, Chairman of the Sri Sathya Sai Health and Education Trust, was the next speaker. Sri Srinivas asked each individual to lead every living moment in accordance with the wishes and based on the directives of Bhagawan. Sri Srinivas spoke of the ongoing healthcare projects undertaken by Swami out of his infinite love and compassion for the poor and the needy. He concluded by offering his life in service to the Lord.
This was followed by the Divine Discourse.
The morning session concluded with Arati being offered to Bhagawan.