Day – 2, Evening
After having spent months in the run up to the Sports Meet practicing and perfecting their offering to their Lord, the students of the Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva institutions were in a spiritual treat. The proceedings of the second day of the Annual Sports Meet function for the evening commenced with the arrival of Bhagawan at the Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham Hall. Traditional poornakumbam and vedic chants to the background of lilting bhajans made the entire experience surreal.
Once Bhagawan was seated, the students from the Sri Sathya Sai Vidyakendra, Muddenahalli campus chanted the Hiranyagarba Stotram, post which speakers chosen by Bhagawan addressed the gathering.
The first speaker was Kumari Divyasri, a student from Sri Sathya Sai Prashanthiniketanam College, Chikkaballapur campus. She spoke about her journey from Shirdi Sai to Sathya Sai, sharing instances of how her faith in the principle of oneness in both the forms of Bhagawan developed. The next speaker was Sri Govind Reddy, Chairman, Sri Sathya Sai Vidyaniketanam, Gulbarga campus. Having come to Bhagawan as a teenager of 14 years, he went on to serve at many of Bhagawan’s institutions. He even had the rare fortune of having driven Bhagawan by car for several years. He shared many exhilarating experiences, which brought to fore Bhagawan’s immense love and compassion for His students and devotees.
‘The Sukshma Sathya Sai’ – a drama presentation by the students from all the campuses of Bhagawan’s institutions followed next. Just like how a drop in an ocean is empowered by the compassionate ocean itself, this drama too received guidance from the Lord Himself, perfecting the presentation. The drama showcased revealing incidents from Bhagawan’s life at different points of times that highlighted His love for devotees. It also beautifully captured instances from the lives of Lord Rama and Lord Krishna as well as of great saints and seers such as Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Swami Vivekananda and Swami Paramahansa Yogananda and seamlessly connected their lives to highlight how they all went through periods of suffering due to the physical separation from their Masters and later realised how their Masters had been with them all their lives.
The evening session came to a close with the offering of Mangala Aarthi to Bhagawan.