Day – 3, Evening
The celebrations of the Sri Sathya Sai Annual Sports and Cultural Meet, like all Sai functions, got grander with each passing day. The evening of the third day regaled the gathering with many a spiritual lessons that can be learnt only at His feet.
The evening programme commenced as soon as Bhagawan entered the Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham Hall. Once Bhagawan was seated, the official proceedings began with the vedic invocation by the girl students from the Sri Sathya Sai Sriniketanam campus, Jayapura campus chanting the Pranahuti Mantram. The next presentation was a testimony to what heights art with a heart can achieve. Ms Rozario Ardonius, a devotee of Bhagawan, presented a beautiful painting, depicting Holy Spirit.
Two speakers selected by Bhagawan then addressed the audience. The first speaker was sister Sowmya, a student in the Sri Niketanam Campus, Jayapura. Offering her salutations at the Lotus Feet of Bhagawan, she spoke about how she was completely unaware about Bhagawan and His message when she joined the campus as a sixth grader. But having found Bhagawan now, she urged the gathering to entertain a desire only for God, to see good in everyone and serve all fellow beings.
The next speaker was Dr KP Sai Leela, an alumnus of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Anantapur campus. Having served and retired as a Professor in the English Department of the Anantapur Campus, she now is serving as the Chairperson of all the girls’ campuses in the Loka Seva Institutions. She began her talk by congratulating all the students on their spectacular performance on the day of the Sports Meet. She spoke about how Bhagawan had formalised the Sports Meet in 1988 and then went on to laud the students for their firm faith in Bhagawan, brought to fore by the fearless feats and daredevilry on display. She then shared a couple of personal instances from her life which showcased Bhagawan’s love for His students. She ended her talk thanking Bhagawan for taking care of her and prayed to Him to instil in her faith and a deep sense of gratitude for Him always.
The last programme for the day was the much-awaited Yakshagana, a traditional theatre performance that artfully balances music, dance, dialogue, make-up and stage techniques. It is popular traditional art practiced predominantly in the coastal regions of Karnataka.
Titled Veera Abhimanyu, the Yakshagana was a combined performance by all the students of the Muddenahalli campuses, including the Center for Human Excellence. Trained by Shri Shivakumar from the Yakshagana School, the performance was led by vocalist Shri Ananth Padmanabh. “Veera Abhimanyu” beautifully depicted the 11th day of the Kurukshetra war, when the Kauravas having suffered defeat were attempting strategies to go ahead with the war the following day. When Yudishtira was in a dilemma, Abhimanyu , son of Arjuna comes forward and bravely agrees to face the battlefield, in the absence of Arjuna. He was valorous and had even convinced his mother when she expressed worry and anxiety over his entry into the battle. After gaining a wonderful victory over Duryodhana, Karna and Drona, the Kauravas planned to kill Abhimanyu with a lot of deceit. Trapped in the Chakravyuha, Abhimanyu fought bravely till his last breath and attained Veera Gathi. After this incident, Dronacharya reiterated to the Kauravas that their victory for that day was momentary, and regardless of everything, success would always follow the path of Dharma.
Bhagawan blessed all the participants after the end of the presentation. The evening came to a close after the offering of Aarthi to Bhagawan.