This year, Christmas Eve marked the beginning of three days of Christmas celebrations in the Divine presence of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Many people from various different countries had gathered to bask in the love of their heavenly Father and the evening saw a beautiful presentation of Christmas songs by the International Choir. While it is the season of love and light, Christmas is synonymous with carols and music, the International Choir group were blessed to perform for the third consecutive year. Bhagawan had explained the choir members last year that not everybody who can sing, is a singer. Only they who sing for God, to please God alone, is a singer. When God is pleased, everyone is pleased, and their hearts are full of love and joy. It is this spreading of love and joy that is the true spirit of Christmas. Therefore, when Bhagawan formed the choir in 2015, He named it as the Sai Love and Joy International Christmas Choir. Under the guidance of the Choir Conductor Mrs Wendy Cameron and her husband Mr Robert Cameron from Australia, 60 devotees came together from across 17 countries – a true representation of the brotherhood of man and Fatherhood of God!
The evening began with Bhagawan’s arrival at the Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham Hall, which was gloriously decorated with beautiful ornaments, lights, Christmas trees and a nativity scene by the devotees of Singapore. After walking amidst everyone who had gathered for the celebrations from around the world, Bhagawan took His seat while members of the Choir offered cards and flowers to seek His blessings for their performance. The Choir rendered a total of nine Christmas carols and songs, including popular ones like Silent Night and Feliz Navidad. On Bhagawan’s command, some of the carols included renditions in various languages such as German, Japanese, Spanish, Croatian and Italian. The offering by the International Choir was interspersed with a few short speeches from various members of the group who spoke about Christmas traditions in their own homes and countries. The final song, Gloria, also saw the participation of members of the Sai’s Angels Brass Band on a number of instruments. It was truly a fitting finale for a most wonderful offering to the Heavenly Father on Christmas Eve.
Bhagawan then blessed all the performers with tokens of His love and took photos with the members of the Sai Love and Joy International Choir. Thereafter, Mangala Arati was offered to Bhagawan, followed by Prasadam distribution.