On March 06, the whole campus rejoiced because the first phase of the new school building at the Sri Sathya Sai Vaniniketanam campus at Gadag, was scheduled to be inaugurated by Bhagawan.
As the chopper was seen in the sun-lit sky, the grounds resounded with enthusiastic shouts of, ‘Jaikar’ for the Lord. As the helicopter landed, Bhagawan was escorted in a procession of Vedam, Poorna Kumbham and Karaga dance and He proceeded directly to the new building. Bhagawan graciously inaugurated the new classrooms which have been equipped with smart class HD screens and educational content, while also having been designed with special care, to be child-friendly classrooms.
Vastu Homa was performed in the new building and Bhagawan performed the final Poornahuti, while listening to the chanting of Mantra Pushpam by the tiny tots of grade 6. He then lovingly spoke to them and explained the importance of performing the Homam.
After a short rest, Bhagawan made His way to the prayer hall, where the children welcomed Him with Veda chanting. They then offered a selection of songs and dances, which greatly pleased Bhagawan as these young children are always ready to receive their Lord, even at short notice.
Bhagawan spoke to everyone and said that one should always be ready in life for God. He explained that just as He has two feet of the same size, so also one must balance study of the world and of spirituality, in equal measure. He emphasised that everyone must develop love, which is the language of the heart. Just as an artificial flower, regardless of its beauty, can never attract a bee or a butterfly, so too a heart without love can never attract God. Bhagawan also reminded everyone to develop the quality of Tyaga or sacrifice, as it is only through sacrifice that one can become truly immortal.
Bhagawan then concluded His message and after distributing gifts to the engineers, He partook lunch with the students. Thereafter, with heavy hearts and eyes filled with tears, the students bid farewell to their Lord as He departed the campus and returned to Muddenahalli at 3:30 p.m.