Bhagawan has never given singular importance to studies, neither to any particular field of education—He always stressed that students should be exposed to various capacities and capabilities with which a human is born so that they could find divinity in all spheres of their lives. The vigour and vibration of the Annual Sports and Cultural Meet had not died down when the next evening they enjoyed yet an episode of what ‘being a Sai student’ could constitute. Complementing their skills on the Track & Field, students offered songs, dance, and Yogasana presentation showing their repertoire through which they wanted to offer all of themselves at the Lotus Feet of their beloved God.
Bhagawan walked down the stage, accepting letters, flowers and prayers of devotees, blessing the birthday candies, and assuaging the thirst of the pining hearts of the devotees through His guidance, assurance, advice, and mere presence that installs a sense of divine faith.
The programme started with the chanting of Sai Namakam and Sai Chamakam by the students of Nigeria, who had so greatly pleased Bhagawan with their dedication when He visited Enugu that He asked them to come to Muddenahalli and perform during Sports Meet. Driven by the Divine command, they surprised everybody in the Premamrutham Hall with their clear and chaste pronunciation of Sanskrit words; never looking uncomfortable with the long words of a foreign language. It was a sonic treat to listen to them as they tread the difficult path of intonation and enunciation with much ease.
The story of Father Charles Ogada and how he brought so much joy to the children of many villages is a testimony of Bhagawan’s love, truly. He started Heart of Love Children’s Home and Embodiments of Love Academy to provide shelter and education to needy children, and they were here performing for their Divine Mother and Father. The Amazing Grace Choir, consisting of girls and boys and also their teachers sang six songs in English and Igbo languages. Stunning vocals, harmonies, and joyful dance were part of the offering, and it left everybody mesmerized with the power of love between God and His devotees—transcending barriers of cultures, backgrounds, languages, and literally everything. At the end of the presentation, Father Ogada related how Bhagawan blessed Him to open his hearts to these children and also blessed them to come to India and perform for Him, which was the fulfillment of children’s hearts’ desire because last year they could not come due to visa issues. Visibly moved by their devotion and love, Bhagawan blessed them and also posed for group photographs.
The next offering of the evening was Yogasana Presentation by the students of Grade 6 to 10 of Sri Sathya Sai Vidyaniketanam, Gulbarga. The group showcased their skills and agility in achieving complex Yogasanas with ease. It was an effortless display by the students as they performed individual poses and also group synchronizations and formations. Happy with their efforts, Bhagawan blessed the group and posed for photographs.
The last presentation of the evening was a Dance Ballet named ‘Dashavataram’ by the students of the Sri Sathya Sai Prashanthiniketanam, Hyderabad.
The presentation started with an invocation to Goddess Durga followed by a short Shiva dance where students of Grade 4 performed on a rotation wheel. This was followed by a group discussion by senior students who detailed various projects undertaken by Bhagawan and how He is impacting every life He comes in contact with, moulding the lives for the upliftment of society. The group also discussed various incarnations of Lord Vishnu, their characteristics and also missions for which they descended on earth from time to time. This was followed by the dance depiction of the various Avatars, ending with Bhagawan as the incarnation of the modern times, showing different parts of His mission on the background screen. Bhagawan was pleased with their offering and went on to the stage to bless all the participants and also posed with them for group photographs.
Afterwards, Mangala Arati was offered to Bhagawan as the programme came to a close.