The grand Guru Purnima celebrations at Muddenahalli began on the July 14, 2019 in the divine of presence of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Said Baba. With God Himself as the Guru, every devotee gathered here was bestowed with the abundant grace of the Lord.
The programme for the day began with three book launches. The first was the Kannada translation of ‘Sri Sathya Sai Divya Anandam’ by Sri B N Narasimha Murthy. This book narrates his experiences with Bhagawan and is a sequel to his autobiography ‘Sri Sathya Sai Divya Kripashraya’. It was presented by Sri Ananta Murthy, Chairman of Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva High School and his wife Smt Chaya Murthy. This was the couple’s 20th work of translation. The second book was ‘Inner View’, Volume 3 by Sri Madhusudan, which is a compilation of 100 short conversations with Swami and this was presented by Sister Usha Kotta and Brother Girish Katti from Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutha Prakashna – Books and Publications division. The last book was ‘Sai Hrudayam – In the Heart of Sai’ by devotees from Dubai, who were lovingly christened ‘Sai Hrudayam’ by Swami Himself. Swami has highlighted the importance of being in Swami’s heart, as compared to having Swami in the hearts of devotees.
The book launch was followed by a cultural programme by Mrs Tanushree Shankar and troupe. Based in the cultural capital of India, Kolkata, she is part of the lineage of stalwarts like Pandit Ravishankar, Uday Shankar and Smt Amala Shankar. She has performed in over 40 countries and has had the fortune of performing in the presence of Bhagawan on several occasions.
The troupe presented six pieces, starting with an offering to Lord Ganesha. The next piece, ‘Premanjali’ was based on the theme of the Sanskrit verse – “Asatoma Satgamaya..”. Pieces titled ‘Himalaya’ and ‘Serenity’ were beautifully rendered with a blend of Indian and Western styles. Next was ‘Shiva Taandav’ (the dance of creation, preservation and dissolution) was powerfully presented. The concluding offering of devotion, ‘Arpan’ was a mesmerising finale to the grand show.
Through this cultural programme, the audience witnessed the true essence of the Guru-Shishya tradition in the esteemed Guru Smt Tanushree Shankar and her students. Swami blessed her abundantly and her team, before retiring for the night.