The seventh day of the Navaratri Celebrations at Muddenahalli continued to reverberate with divine vibrations, for verily Kailash- the abode of Sai Shiva had come down on earth. Along with the Shakti Swaroopa, one witnessed the celebrations of the glory of the Purusha aspect, Maha Parameshwar. Truly, it was the Homage paid to the Shiva Shakti Avatar- Bhagawan Sathya Sai Baba.
On the Seventh Day the divine mother aspect worshipped is Kaalaraatri – considered the fiercest form and is the destroyer of all negativities and demonic activities and the protector of Her believers.
The Seventh Day also marked the commencement of the Maha Rudra Yajna at the Hrudaya Mandir Grounds. The Hiranya Garbha Lingam was taken in procession from the Premamrutam Hall to the Yajna Grounds in the wee hours of morning for the Parayanam, Abhishekam and Rudram Homam. 40 priests from various different schools of Vedas had come to oversee this four-day Maha Rudra Homa under the able headship of Revered Sri Nanjunda Dikshit.
Bhagawan was welcomed to Hrudaya Mandir by the traditional Nadaswaram, accompanied by the coordinated beats of the Dhakis from West Bengal. Bhajans and Vedic chants filled the listeners and singers with delight while the Yajna suffused the air with divine vibrations. It was time to fulfill the yearning hearts and Bhagawan lovingly graced the occasion by blessing all the gathered devotees with divine Darshan.
It was the day of the Dhanvantri Homa and Vishnu Sahasranama Homa. After the Vedic chants by the Pundits, Archana was offered to the Goddess after which Bhagawan blessed the offerings for the Purnahuti.
The Head Priest then explained the significance of the Homas performed stating that body is like a water bubble and is bound to decay one day. While on earth, it becomes one’s duty to keep it healthy in order to discharge one’s duties in the righteous manner. To attain good health, one must bathe and drink water permeated with Vedic vibrations, performed in the Dhanvantri Homa. Holy ash of the Yajnas must be smeared over the body and can be eaten too as it protects the body from harm. He also expounded on the purpose and benefits of chanting Vishnu Sahasranama.
In the Mahabharata, Bhishma extolls and explains the Vishnu Sahasranama to Yudhishtra. Vishnu Sahasranama is a true gem given to the society for chanting the thousand names of the Lord with devotion can cure one from all the weaknesses in their life.
After the Homa, Bhagawan distributed tokens of His love to all the ladies gathered, gifting them all with saris and bangles. The Pujari along with the Dhaks too were also lovingly blessed by Bhagawan. This was followed by the Durga Arati performed and throughout the ceremony, the Goddess is propitiated by the beats from the Dhaks, the Dhunuchi dance, all the while waving fan for her and showering her with flowers filled with pure love.
Thereafter, Bhagawan Baba proceeded to Maha Rudra Yajna Shaala where the Yajna was going on simultaneously along with Navaratri Homa and Durga Puja. Offerings of flowers were offered to the glorious Shiva Linga. After the Yajna, a song was sung beautifully by one of the Pundits to propitiate Lord Shiva. It truly was a treat to the ears and the heart. This was followed by Mangala Arati for Bhagawan after which Bhagawan retired before blessing every devotee. A truly magnificent day ended filling every heart with uninundated bliss.
Bhagawan, the Veda Purusha was welcomed with Purna Kumbham, Veda Chantings and Bhajans. After He took His seat on stage, the compere gave a short re-cap of the morning proceedings. The evening programme began with a chanting of the Bhu Suktam by students of Grade 6, 7 and 8 of the CBSE Section of the Muddenahalli Campus. Following this, Purohits from the Veda Parayana group rendered Ghana Paata verses from the Sama Veda.
The guest speakers for the evening session were Revered Sri Nanjunda Dikshit, Sri Shiva Rudram Bhagawan Ji and Sri Shiva Bhagawan.
The first speaker of the session was Sri Nanjunda Dikshit, a retired Professor of History and an authority in many Agama Shastras who had officiated many Ati Rudra Maha Yajnas at Puttaparthi, Whitefield and now continues at Muddenahalli. He, in his very own unique style proved that Vedas were indeed a creation from the Supreme Godhead. His knowledge and scholarship in History as well as Vedas were evident from his speech, which was filled with awe-inspiring information about the Vedic chants and their significance. He also shared the most important message from Bhagawan about Vedas – that they are universal and does not belong to any specific sect. He explained in detail about the various routines of Chanting Rudram – Ekadasha Rudram, Maha Rudram, Ati Rudram.
The second speaker, His Holiness Shiva Rudram Bhagawan Ji, is the Peetadhipati of the Beli Matha, Bangalore. He dispelled the confusions in the society today regarding the various castes, religion and such. His definition of castes, he said was inspired by Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, categorising all the beings – human, birds, animals etc and mud, metals like gold silver etc. He minced no words stating it is totally wrong to cast people based on colour, race etc. He mapped all the religions of the world to the many different lamps and that all shine with the same light. Though there may be many different forms of lamps, the light is the same. He concluded His talk by stating that a Guru can be identified when He brings together the Vedanta and Vignana ie Spirituality and Science together, and when He shows the unity underlying in them.
The third speaker of the evening – His Holiness Sri Shiva Bhagawan – is the Peethathipati of the Shaiva Kshetram, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. He was ordained to start a Shaiva Peetam as he travelled from place to place doing Abhishekam to his favourite diety Lord Shiva. His speech dwelled upon the significance of the Jnana Yajna and He said Bhagawan has always said that He is God and so we all are…He explained this with a nice example whereby different stones in the temple – the stone carved out as the Primary Diety, the stone on which people walk about and the stone on which devotees throw and break coconut take a hypothetical discussion. As they were comparing themselves with each other, they understand that the Primary Deity was carved out of a stone that was able to withstand the chiselling whereas the other two stones were not able to and were assigned to other usages. He praised Baba’s students for having accumulated good merits for, they have attained Lord’s lotus feet. He said, regardless of country, status, race etc, what is supremely important is one’s connection with God – Bhagawan Baba. His concluded his speech evoking great positivity and applause.
Bhagawan’s divine discourse underlined the importance of purity of heart. The unlettered milk-maidens of Brindavan could comprehend Lord Krishna whereas the great Kings of the Kaurava dynasty could not. He said it is this purity of heart that helped the monkeys, birds and bears understand and identify the divinity whereas a brahmin adept in 64 arts – King Ravana could not recognise Him. Bhagawan pointed to Sri Shiva Bhagawan’s speech equating Bhagawan’s unconditional all-encompassing love to the Sun’s Shine that falls on all without discrimination. Bhagawan said – this being the case, it is the Chitha Shudhi – the purity of mind that attributes to some comprehending God’s love while other fails to. Bhagawan interpreted the true Jnana Yajna as all actions that are dedicated with a feeling of sacrifice and total non-attachment.
Bhagawan brought His Divine discourse to a close with a word of gratitude to all the priests who had come from various parts of Bharat to officiate and conduct these Yajnas, and the evening session with Mangala Arati and Prasadam.