The evening celebrations for day two of the third Annual Sports and Cultural Meet 2016 was a treat to the senses, albeit with a touch of humour.
Bhagawan arrived in the Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham auditorium amidst vedic chants. Students from all the campuses of the Sri Sathya Sai educational institutions were present, eagerly waiting to receive Bhagawan, some to catch His attention while others to simply bask in His presence. The loving Lord too reciprocated by talking to a few and receiving letters from some, before sitting on His chair.
The proceedings began with the invocation by the grade 10 students of the Prashanthi Bala Mandira, and the first year Pre-University students of the Prashanthi Niketnam, Chikkaballapur campus.
Lights, Camera, Action
This was followed by a drama titled “Moving in the Immovable”, which was a collective presentation by the students of the Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Kendra, the Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva High School and the Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva PU College, Muddenahalli campus.
The play was a humorous take on an interesting journey of a young boy named Archie along with Jesus Christ – who teaches him life lessons, through various stories and anecdotes from his own life. Archie progressively realizes the significance of Christ’s own dictums, slowly transitioning from ‘I am in the light’ to ‘The light is in me’ to ‘I am the light.’
The distilled wisdom of Jesus Christ was beautifully brought out by the protagonist Archie, who believed that God was somewhere up beyond all the universes and galaxies, and hence desired to become an astronaut. Lord Jesus appeared in his dream to take him on a journey across different levels of existence and consciousness. Archie is invited to ‘Come, Explore and Experience God’. He first meets Isa in his dream, who has been on a quest from the past 12 years in a desert, to find his ‘Real Father’. Little Archie gets confused about who this real father is when a father already exists in body. Archie bids goodbye and gives Isa his torchlight, to light up at night in the desert. Isa then conveys a very profound message that he was surrounded by light all the time, and the divine light was guiding him.
Later, Christ along with his disciples teach Archie to chant God’s name. They took him to a secret garden, meditated together and taught him to practice silence, and love God. Finally, when Archie is purified and ready, he is initiated into the holy spirit of God. During his baptism he has a vision of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba and Archie goes into a state of bliss. He asks Christ who this person was, and Jesus then reveals that Sai Baba is the Real Father that he was talking about. Archie is so excited after experiencing the love of Sai Baba in the vision, that he wants to feel His love over and over again.
The drama was widely appreciated with a thunderous applause from everyone seated in the hall.
Divine outpour of love
Bhagawan then came on to the stage to bless the team of actors and the backstage artists with a group photograph. He showered His love on Mr Cass Smith and Ms Shama Smith, the couple who wrote and directed the drama. The duo have been devotees of Bhagawan for the past 30 years. Mr Smith is a practicing psychologist and the composer of the famous song – ‘I keep feeling your love in me’ – dedicated to Bhagawan. Ms Shama Smith is a professional psychic and teacher of Indian culture and spirituality.
The evening’s proceedings came to an end with mangala arati and prasadam distribution.