After taking Darshan of the Goddess Mahishasuramardini, who is the epitome of divine beauty, strength and courage and who vanquishes every evil and obstacle that Her devotees may face, devotees gathered at Hrudaya Mandiram Auditorium at Muddenahalli, took their seats to witness the Navaratri Homa on the fifth day, whilst singing the divine glory and waiting eagerly to seek Bhagawan’s Darshan.
Bhagawan arrived to bless the gathered devotees, pleasing every yearning heart. The entire ambience electrified in His presence and filled every heart with bliss. A beautiful star Mandala, Sri Chakra enclosed with symmetrical colourful petals adorned the floor next to the place where the Rama Taraka Mantra Homa and Sai Gayatri Homa were being performed. Ashtotra in praise of Goddess Durga was sung while Archana was being done to the deity who is also called ‘Simhavahini’. Vedic hymns were chanted by the Pundits after which Bhagawan blessed the items to be offered for Purnahuti.
In the Ramayana, one encounters many characters of opposite nature, one such is Kubera and Ravana. Though both were born to the same great saint, the former earned proximity to Lord Shiva (as Kubera is called ‘Shivasakha’) due to adhering to the path laid down in Vedas, respecting the elders and always being in good company. Ravana on the other hand was in the company of the wicked due to which he went down the adharmic path and ultimately this led to his downfall. Even during the warfare, while Lord Rama and His troops adhered to Dharma, the wicked son of Ravana, viz. Indrajit employed tricks and magic due to which Lakshmana, the younger brother of Lord Rama could never defeat him. At one point, Lakshmana became desperate and with complete faith in Lord Rama prayed that if it be true that Lord Rama had led a righteous life and was indeed the manifestation of the Truth, then that arrow which Lakshmana was about to release should slay Indrajit.
The Rama Taraka Mantra is the name of the Lord Rama that everyone chants and the Rama Saraka Mantra was the Mantra pronounced by Lakshmana to slay his indomitable opponent. This shows that the Lord’s name always confers victory and happiness. Even Bharata ruled the kingdom during Lord Rama’s exile by taking His name constantly. It was indeed the Rama Nama that ruled the Kingdom.
In this age, when people have failed to recognise the importance of Bharatiya culture, it is Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the Lord who has incarnated, for the upliftment of humanity, and has come to revive the Vedic culture so that peace and happiness spread throughout the world.
After the Homa, the devotees from Bengal presented a beautiful dance performance after which the priest offered Arati to Maa Durga whilst the Dhakis played rhythmically on their Dhaks. This was followed by the Mangala Arati and before retiring, Bhagawan blessed the Dhakis and the priest, who reverentially offered their Pranams to their Master on this auspicious day.
“Ya Devi Sarva Bhuteshu Shakti Rupena Sangstitha, Namas Tasyai Namas Tasyai Namas Tasyai Namo Namah.”
The evening session commenced with sacred chantings of Sri Rudram and the mandatory repetitions of Samasta Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu, and Bhagawan was welcomed to the Premamrutham Hall amidst Purna Kumbam, Vedic chanting and Bhajans. After Bhagawan went around the hall, collecting letters, guiding and surprising and sprading sheer joy with His sweet and timely enquiries, He took His seat on stage. A short introduction to the morning programme was presented by the compere. On day five, Ma Durga is venerated as Goddess Skandamata representing courage, valour and virtue. The evening programme began with a Vedic invocation of Ishavasyopanishad by the Second Pre – University boys students. In continuation of previous day’s Vedic chanting, in the following evening, Vedic scholars chanted a verses from Shukla Yajur Veda. The guest-speaker for the evening was His Holiness Sri Vivekananda Saraswati Bhagawanji – the Kulaadipathi and Head of the Gurukul Prabhat Ashram, Meerut. He spoke in Sanskrit about the knowledge offered by Vedam regarding health-care. He said the sound AUM itself and alone is very potent and got the entire assemblage to chant AUM in unison. He said all the world’s medical cure is available in Nature. He spoke at length about the power of water and its many healing powers. He quoted Vedic chants that state that healing potencies available in our two palms. He concluded his speech, urging all to practise chanting AUM in Brahma Muhurtam.
The next speaker that Bhagawan blessed to speak was Sri Narasimha Murthy. He spoke about the four Vedas and the uniqueness of each of these four branches of study. He shared an incident that happened way back in 1984 when he approached Bhagawan to clarify about the theory of relativity which was discovered by Albert Einstien. The outcome of his discussion with Bhagawan revealed that Albert Einstein has indeed drawn his knowledge from Upanishads. This information was received amidst loud applause in the hall.
Bhagawan’s divine discourse started with a simple but profound explanation of the Vedic Shanthi Mantra – Sahana Vavatu. Bhagawan in His inimitable style gave a line by line explanation to this significant Shanthi Mantra that also elucidated the fact that Vedas teaches selflessness because it did not spring from a human mind, it is Apourusheya – it is beyond human mind and inventions. Bhagawan said Vedas help man to know his truth. He said the very goal of Vedas is to lead the human toward self-realisation. He said the natural curiosity of a man led him to the path of finding out who he is. He is not body, that is changing, He is not mind that keeps changing too. By eliminating one by one, the man started his search of the inner-self. He concluded His speech with the message that the knowledge of oneness alone could give us bliss in which we could stay established at all times. He gave the two techniques – Practice and Detachment – to get human to attain self-realisation.
The day drew to an end with Mangala Arati and Prasadam.