On the auspicious morning of the Varamahalakshmi festival, Swami first visited a Kalyana Mantapa at Makki Koppa that belonged to Sri Jayavant Bhat – the Chairman of the Campus, before proceeding to the Sri Sathya Sai Sriniketanam Campus for girls He was welcomed with Purna Kumbham by the students who the Durga Suktam with much fervour and devotion.
Swami first visited the Annapoorneshwari Devi temple and then performed the Bhoomi Puja for the new Prayer Hall- ‘Sri Hrudayam’. The Varamahamahalakshmi Vratam was in progress wherein around 350 staff, students and guests offered Puja to Goddesses Varamahalakshmi in the very presence of the Divine Mother. Kanya Puja was also offered to little girls, after which Mangala Arati was offered. Swami then very graciously went around blessing everyone with ‘Mantrakshata’ or sacred rice grains.
In His divine message, Swami explained the importance of festivals and Mantras and advised the girls to understand the meaning of all the Mantras. “Ya Devi Sarva Bhooteshu Shakthi Roopena Samsthita“- since ancient times women are worshipped as Shakti Roopini – embodiments of strength, and not ‘Abalas’( weak ones). Nowhere in the world are women worshipped, as in India. Swami also elicited the meaning of the word ‘Namaskara’ – Na Ahamkara’ – no ego as all are considered as God.
Swami then blessed the devotees and staff with sarees. He then proceeded towards the Pre-University block and visited the classrooms, library, science and computer labs and also the office of the Principal. All the housekeeping staff also received tokens of love from Swami after which He partook His lunch with all the students.
The evening session began at 5.45 p.m. as soon as Swami arrived at the Prayer Hall. The programme commenced with Vedam by students of Grade Nine and Ten. Kumari Sai Sri Latha welcomed everyone after which Swami granted His divine discourse explaining how the school came up, and the significance of the new Prayer Hall – Sri Hrudayam, which will be constructed in the shape of the Sri Chakra. He also explained the importance of meditation. “God is able to see both the past and the future because He looks inside. In a class the teacher could be teaching, and the students may listen to him/her by opening their eyes wide, but their minds could be roaming here and there. However by practising meditation, although we are busy in worldly affairs we can concentrate on God.” He guided the elders to work in co-operation and co-ordination; advised the senior girls to look after the younger ones, the teachers to look after all the girls and both the senior and junior students to look after the teachers.
The girls then presented a cultural programme before Bhagawan. First a few songs were offered, after which there was a talk by Kumari Madhumitha of first year Pre-Uniiversity, who spoke about how she joined Sriniketanam and how Swami is looking after her. This was followed by a Bharatanatyam dance performance by students from the High School. Thereafter, a short play titled- ‘Bhagawat Vishwasa’ was staged by the Pre University students. The evening programme concluded with Mangala Arati, and Prasadam distribution. Swami then partook His dinner with the students and staff before retiring for the night.
The next morning, there was a farewell Satsang. After blessing everyone profusely, Swami departed to the Gulbarga Campus.