July 25, 2018
The third day of the five-day celebration in Muddenahalli had dawned and the devotees were eager to dive deep into the ocean of devotion, enjoying the most sacred benediction of spending their time with the Lord. Swami entered the Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham Hall in Muddenahalli from the stage-side and glided among the devotees, accepting letters from almost everybody.
The evening commenced with a talk by Sister Bhuvana Santhanam about the second meet of the Sai Global Federation of Foundations that was held that very morning with Bhagawan preceding the session. The Sai Global Federation of Foundations is a platform bringing together all the Trusts, Societies, Organisations, and groups that are working in the various fields of selfless service, be it education, healthcare or nutrition, taking Swami’s Universal message of ‘Love All Serve All’ to the four corners of the world. Trustees and members of various organisations from 18 countries took part in the meeting. A video presentation encapsulating all activities done by close to 30 countries were showcased, which gave a perspective of the magnitude of the work being carried out in the last six years! Bhagawan has divided all the countries into four regions across the world, and region-wise arious projects and activities were shown in the presentation.
Devotees watching were amazed to see all the work, and truly without Swami guiding them, there is no way so much could have happened in such a short time. Proof enough that Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, like other Avatars and Masters, have no birth or death, their eternal spirit lives on, and continues to guide humanity.
This was followed by a rendition of Hari Katha by Dr Prema Pandurang—the famous exponent of scriptures who enchants her audience with an erudite and refined language proficiency in English, Sanskrit, Hindi and various other languages.
In an hour-long rendition, her topic was Bhakti, focusing on the uniqueness and singular beauty of Gopis towards their everything—Lord Krishna. She enraptured every heart with her talk. Starting with a praise sung to Lord Shiva, because He is the controller of mind, she started the story of the Bhagavatham. Interspersed with beautiful anecdotes, Sanskrit Slokas, Hindi songs and a life-long knowledge of philosophical expositions, she carried her audience through various emotions of devotion, where joy…rather tears of joy happened were simultaneously.
Through her exquisite gestures and movements sitting on the chair, she gave glimpses of an accomplished dancer at the same time. Her demeanor and her composure while relating the historical and the contemporary was exemplary. It felt that she could have gone on and on for hours, and the audience would not have blinked an eye, for such was her captivating charm!
Visibly moved by the flow of devotion and the call of emancipation, Swami walked on to the stage and blessed the veteran spiritual bard.
Mangala Arati was offered to Bhagawan and thus an uplifting session on the topic of Bhakti came to a fulfilling close.
July 26, 2018
The fourth day of the five-day celebrations was full of deserving fervour and excitement. Bhagawan was granting daily Darshans and delighting and satiating the pining devotees who had come from various places across the globe for some divine moments, which they would cherish life-long.
Swami spent considerable time with the devotees; accepting letters, flowers, and listening to their prayers and questions and also providing counsel as necessary. After a full round, Swami sat off-stage for the programme to begin.
After a treat of musical and vocal renditions during the previous couple of days, it was time for a dance performance. The famous exponent of Bharatnatyam Padma Bhushan Dr Padma Subrahmanyam and her troupe performed in Swami’s presence.
She was accompanied by Dr Gayatri Kannan, Kumari Radhika Muthukrishanan, Sri Guru Bhardawaj and Sri Shruti Sagar on Vocals, Tabla and Flute respectively. Sri Kannan Balakrishanan accompanied on the Veena and Kanjira. Kumari Mahati Kannan accompanied Dr Padma Subrahmanyam, and it was indeed a visual treat for all.
The group depicted various stories and also performed the essence of various Slokas from the history carrying great spiritual significance. The performance was interspersed with vocal explanations of the particular pieces for audience to comprehend what was being depicted. At the end of the programme, Swami blessed all the artists and also posed for photographs.
Mangala Arati was offered to Bhagawan and thus the day came to a close.