The auspicious festival of the Keralites, Onam was celebrated in a grand way in the Divine Presence at Sathya Sai Grama, Muddenahalli in the Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham Auditorium. The stage was decorated in traditional Kerala style, with Nettipattam also called as Elephant Caprison and Thidambu.
The morning began with soulful Bhajans. Bhagawan arrived in the Hall amidst Veda chanting by the devotees of Kerala. He hoisted the flag called Kodiyettam. The women devotees from Kerala then chanted the Sri Narayana Suktam with utmost precision and devotion, setting the mood for the morning’s celebrations.
Annual Report – Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Group of Institutions
The first event for the morning was the launch of the Annual Report of the Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Group of Institutions and its allied trusts in the divine presence. The report captures the service activities of the five Trusts – namely, Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Trust, Sri Sathya Sai Saraswathi Education Trust, Prashanthi Bala Mandira Trust, Sri Sathya Sai Aradhana Trust and Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutha Prakashna Society.
Speeches by devotees
The first speaker of the day was Sri Janardhanan, a retired Sergeant and an ardent devotee of Bhagawan. In his talk, he reminded and urged everyone to be aware of the blessing bestowed on them for being seated in the Divine Presence. “It is not ordinary that Swami chose us to give His Darshan in the physical form and now continues to grant us the joy of His presence in the subtle”, he remarked.
The next speaker was Sri B N Narasimha Murthy, Chief Mentor, Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Group of Institutions. In his powerful speech, he highlighted how qualities such as humility, faith, devotion, surrender and love were embodied in the people of Kerala. Bhagawan had sent him to the sacred land of Kerala in the year 2010, he remarked expressing his happiness at having visited the state. He then reiterated the statement of Ms Srikala, an alumna of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Anantapur Campus, from her speech the evening before. In her speech the evening earlier, she had spoken about how Onam would from now be the celebration of the not just the return of King Mahabali but that of our Bhagawan too in the Sookshma Roopa. Recounting many experiences and words of divine wisdom, he regaled the audience with his spiritual understanding.
After the divine discourse, there was a short musical presentation by Dr Hiramalini Seshadri, a Rheumatologist by profession. She has authored many books on Bhagawan and is widely known amongst the devotees for her many skills. She began her musical offering with a short experience and kept the audience glued in to her beautiful rendition of Sai Kritis.
The morning celebrations came to a close with the offering of Mangala Arati to Bhagawan.