The second day of Dussehra celebrations began in the morning with Pavamana Homa and Ashlesha Bali Homa that were performed in the presence of Bhagawan. The Governor of Uttarakhand among other diginitaries were also in attendance. Chaturveda Parayana started from this day with Rig Veda being chanted by priests who had come from Tirupathi Devasthanam.
Children from West Bengal performed an endearing dance depicting the joys of the Durga Puja called ‘The festival of Joy’.
The programme concluded with the grand Arati to Maa Durga.
The evening programme of Day two of Dussehra Celebrations at Muddenahalli had eminent guests in attendance including Sri Vidyaprasanna Teertha Swamiji from the Subrahmanya Math at Kukke in Karnataka; Pandit Sri Yogendra Mahant from Madhya Pradesh, Former minister in the State Legislature; Sri KH Muniyappa, Former Union Minister, Government of India
The proceedings commenced with Veda chanting by girls of Grade seven and eight of the Sri Sathya Sai Vaniniketanam, Gadag, who chanted the Purusha Suktam.
The first address by Sri B N Narasimha Murthy, Chancellor of Sri Sathya Sai University for Human Excellence, spoke of the miracles one can witness today. The Prime Minister of India, Sri Narendra Modi, in his inaugural address during the inauguration of Sanjeevani Hospital had highlighted that, though there are several miracles that Baba performed during his lifetime, the biggest miracles were gift of Education and Health that He gave to several thousands of people. The same work continues to this day, on a greater scale.
The next address was by Pandit Sri Yogendra Mahant, who is known for the Krithrim Anga Kendra – an Organisation which serves differently abled individuals. He expressed his wish to contribute to Swami’s cause.
This was followed by an address by Sri K H Muniyappa, who has served as Member of Parliament for seven terms from Kolar district in Karnataka. He spoke of Swami’s contributions for Loka Kalyanam (upliftment of the world) and Desha Kalyana (upliftment of the nation). His grand announcement of availability of required land for the girls’ campus in Kolar, as willed by Swami, was received with much applause and gratitude.
Sri Vidyaprasanna Teertha Swamiji – the 30th pontiff of the Subramanya Math at Kukke, addresses the gathering. With degrees in Law and Sanskrit, he has greatly contributed to the education of the underprivileged and has also established several Goshalas. He spoke of the significance of the festival of Navaratri and the significance of having these rituals. During Navaratri, Sharada Devi (Goddess of Knowledge) gives knowledge to those who seek. In the Sri-Bhu-Durga form, she helps an individual turn towards their Satwik nature, reducing Rajasik qualities and eliminating the Tamasik nature.
The Pavamana Homa is done to overcome challenges and the Ashlesha Bali Homa is done to remove sarpa dosha and bless one with Family, Wealth and Health. With these significant offerings being done at Sathya Sai Grama, he said that this spiritual centre is a truly divine place for seeking the Truth of existence.
Swami’s discourse gave all the devotees a deeper understanding of Sanathana Dharma. Swami started by saying that Sanathana Dharma is not a religion or caste. It is an idea. An idea that there is only One in this creation. No two. “Though externally, we may find differences, from within, we are all One. For one’s spiritual growth, three things are essential – human birth, urge to seek the Truth and a Guru. During such festivals, through the speeches given by learned seekers, one gets to experience this triad. It is in this Dharma, that everything, animate and inanimate is worshipped. That is also the reason why no animal has to be killed for food. It is the richness of this culture that has attracted people from across the world to come together in this great land of Bharat.”
Swami also named the upcoming girls’ campus in Kolar as Sri Sathya Sai Krishnaniketanam, after Sathyabhama, wife of Krishna, who was also called Krishnaa.
A cultural programme was offered thereafter, a drama performed by the girls from the Gadag campus about Basavanna. He propagated the idea of One God. He was a Finance minister of the king of the present day North Karnataka region in 12th century. He was also a great spiritual leader who initiated several social reforms by demolishing Caste, Creed and Gender based distinctions. He established the Anubhava Mantapa which brought together spiritual seekers like Akka Mahadevi and Allamaprabhu.
After Mangala Arati, Bhagawan retired for the day.