The fourth day of Navaratri at Sathya Sai Grama, Muddenahalli, teemed with vibrant and holy energy everywhere. By Bhagawan’s grace, devotees could experience the Homams along with the well-known Durga Puja observed in West Bengal. Swami arrived at Hridaya Mandiram, bringing a beaming smile on the face of devotees waiting to welcome the Lord.
The Lakshminarayana Homam was performed to bestow the eight kinds of wealth needed by man in the physical world. Through this Homam, one also prays to Moksha Lakshmi to confer upon man liberation from the bondage of the world.
After the Homam, the Durga Aarti was performed accompanied by the Dhunuchi dance and the rhythmic play on the Dhaks to appease and invoke the blessings of the powerful Goddess.
At the end of the morning celebration, the Mangala Arati was offered to Bhagawan after which Swami graciously collected letters from the gathering, before leaving for His residence.
Awakening every soul immersed in deep sleep, and illumining the life force towards the path of self-realisation, is the very purpose of the Navratri celebrations at Sathya Sai Grama, that Bhagawan has compassionately ordained for the benefit of His worshippers.
Bhagawan arrived at the Premamrutham hall in the evening, blessing the entire gathering before taking His seat. The evening session began with the Vedic chant by the junior students of the Sri Sathya Sai Vaniniketanam, Gadag. The proficient and eloquent chant from the little girls spread smiles of appreciation across the entire assembly.
The first speaker blessed by Bhagawan for the evening was Divyashree G, a student from the Nallakadirenahalli campus. Her immaculate and candid talk was filled with love and devotion to Swami. It was a delight to hear her story of transformation after she became a Sai student.
The next in stream was the Bhagavatha Saptaha by Sri Sanjeev Shetty, who is known for bringing to life many characters of the Hindu scriptures by his captivating recital. He spoke exquisitely about the birth and purpose of the Purna Avatar Lord Krishna. Everyone journeyed and witnessed the birth of the ninth Avatar, due to his stimulating way of narration.
Sri K H Muniyappa, Member of Parliament from the constituency of Kolar, was the third speaker of the day. He spoke about the glory of Dharma, which always triumphs due to the support of Deva (God). Hence, the Bala (strength) of hundred Kauravas lost to the Pancha Pandavas because of Daivabala (strength of God). Sri Muniyappa also paid his gratitude of Bhagawan for bringing about reformation of the humanity (Manavatvam) in the entire world, thereby bringing about Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.
Bhagawan then gestured to Sri B N Narasimhamurthy, Chief Mentor of Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Institutions, to give his talk. On Swami’s command, he spoke about Sri Muniyappa who has been a great supporter of Sathya Sai mission. He has been elected seven times consecutively and this reflects his popularity among the people. Sri Muniyappa is the right combination of great political ideology and spiritual knowledge.
Swami then delivered His discourse delving into the fourth type of Bhakti – Archana – the worship man discharges to please the Lord. Swami affirmed the fact that the best form of worship is when man offers with pure love the fruit of his actions and his entire self at the lotus feet of the Lord. This, indeed, is the true form of worship.
After the discourse, Bhagawan was offered Mangala Arati, after which the program came to an end. Devotees after receiving Prasad left with an untold bliss which can be only experienced in the presence of Bhagawan.