One of the most auspicious and revered days in the Indian calendar, Guru Purnima was celebrated in Muddenahalli with much joy, as devotees gathered from around the world at the Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham Hall for the morning programme of the last day of five-day celebrations.
After spending almost half an hour in the Darshan Lines, satiating the thirsting souls of the devotees, He also cut the Guru Purnima cake, marking the acceptance of everybody’s prayers and obeisance at the Lotus Feet of their Beloved Guru. Bhagawan then ascended the stage with Sri T B Jayachandra, Sri C Sreenivas, Mr Isaac Tigrett, and Sri B N Narasimha Murthy. Brother Madhusudan Naidu looked radiant in his yellow attire, which reflected the fact that Swami was dressed in His resplendent yellow robe!
The Bhajan Group regaled the Lord with the bouquet of their soulful renditions of various songs and Bhajans, specially prepared for this holy occasion. The morning programme commenced with Vedic invocation of the Prana-Ahuti Mantra, chanted by the Grade Six students of the Muddenahalli Campus. This was followed by a series of releases – books and a couple of CDs. In total, 33 books, two CDs were launched by Bhagawan which included seven books on Guru Vikas (an initiative for teachers), one book on Growing to be God (an initiative for children), Naada Brahma (Instrumental Bhajans performed by Mandolin U Rajesh, Dimitris Lambrianos on the grand piano and bass guitar, and Praveen Narayan on the tabla), Ananda Brahma (Meditative Bhajans by Dimitris Lambrianos on the grand piano, and vocals by Pooja Vaidyanath, Srinivas V and Tarashankar), Uvacha – Volume 8 in English, and 17 Uvacha books translated in various languages of the world along with their respective websites, and finally Love Beyond Boundaries – Volume 6, a travelogue with Sri Sathya Sai authored by Bhuvana Santhanam.
A prayer book for students, Nithya Prarthana, was also launched, and Bhagawan declared that every student would get a copy of this book.
After this, two teachers from Bhagawan institutions were felicitated for their service and dedication to the cause and mission of Swami’s educational system.
The first speaker of the morning programme was Sri B N Narasimha Murty. He expounded the sayings of the scriptures and also talked about the real meaning of ‘Sanathana Dharma’ as per Swami’s words. In a fervent and passionate appeal, he beseeched everybody to follow Swami’s word to the core, as it is everyone’s greatest fortune to have the very God, as the Guru.
This was followed by Bhagawan’s divine discourse. He described the meaning of the word ‘Guru,’ and how one needs a Guru to enlighten the path. He also emphasised that he/she alone is a true Guru who revels in the knowledge of the Self, because the one who hasn’t experienced that state himself/herself, cannot guide.
Mangala Arati was offered to Bhagawan and thus the morning programme came to an end.
The programme started with Vedic chanting of the Shikshavalli by students of the second year of the Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Pre-University College. They were joined by 600 students of grade six who have recently joined in Swami’s schools, to commence their glorious educational journey.
This was followed by a musical concert of the world-renowned and long-standing devotee of Bhagawan, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, the Santoor Maestro. He was accompanied by Pandit Ramkumar Mishra on the table who hails from the Benares Gharana.
Pandit ji started with a composition about Guru and then played two compositions in Raga Yaman. His mesmerising performance was interspersed with his talks. He also played a couple of Bhajans towards the end, which were very much enjoyed by everybody.
Swami blessed the artists and posed for photographs with them. Mangala Arati was offered to Bhagawan, and with this, the grand Guru Purnima celebrations concluded.