Christmas Celebrations 2017 – December 24 2017, Day 1
It is that time of the year again when there is love in the air, there is palpable joy all around. It is the season of snow in many countries, it is the season of music, lights and holly; the season of carols and Santa Claus, of love and laughter; of giving, forgiving and sharing. It’s Christmas again! and devotees from several countries had converged at Sathya Sai Grama which seemed to resonate with the spirit of the season.
Devotees and students had assembled at the Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham on Christmas Eve when the joyous celebrations began. The entire hall was bedecked in lights, wreaths of holly and flowers galore. A majestic Christmas tree with bells and stars stood towering one side of the stage. Soulful Bhajans by the students were in progress.
Bhagawan arrived at the venue at around 6.30 p.m and walked down the aisles amidst devotees showering His Christmas blessings on everyone. Once He was seated, the evening’s programme began with a musical presentation by the devotees of Russia, Lithuania, Belarus and Poland. The group had performed during Christmas last year and were blessed to also perform in the Divine presence during Swami’s visit to Russia earlier this year.
The songs were written and composed by Sister Mira Levchenko along with Brother Alexander Gurtov who are both professional musicians. Besides leading the choir on vocals, the duo also lent support on the acoustic guitar. Sister Mira has to her credit more than 3000 songs and by Bhagawan’s grace has travelled all over Russia inspiring and transforming the lives of several prison inmates. The choir was accompanied by Mr Marcin Krol on the violin and Miss Natalia Kuznetsova on the percussions.
The group offered a bouquet of eight Russian compositions which seemed to touch every heart in the audience with their powerful lyrics and heartfelt rendition defying the barriers of language.
Bhagawan then blessed the performers with tokens of His love.
Mangala Arati was offered to Swami followed by Prasadam distribution.