The blessed festivals of Sri Ram Navami and Tamil New Year converged on the same day according to the Calendar of the year 2019 and it was a delightful experience for devotees to celebrate the arrival of the New Year with Sai Rama Himself.
Bhagawan entered the Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham Hall from stage-side and blessed the devotees with Darshan, Sparsham and Sambhashanam, giving guidance, solace, and inspiration. He accepted letters and flowers, showered Akshatas, and gave everybody ample time to derive maximum joy of being in His presence.
After almost half an hour of spending time with devotees, Bhagawan went on to the stage and signalled the two young boys to present their Rama-Katha, a musical offering in traditional way retelling the story of Lord Rama. He was pleased with their efforts and applauded their presentation.
A series of releases and launches by Bhagawan including a CD release of nine songs by Sister Pooja Vaidyanath named Ananda Sudha Volume II, the book release of ‘The Story Divine Volume II’ in Telugu by Brother Sai Srinivas, and a Kannada musical of three CDs by Brother Nagathalli Ramesh, was next in the evening’s proceedings.
This was followed by a brief recap of Bhagawan’s visits to various countries in the last two weeks including Dubai (United Arab Emirates), London (UK), Paris (France), Rome (Italy) and Assisi (Italy), and Athens (Greece).
Sri B N Narasimha Murty spoke about Lord Rama next, that He was the first integrator of the country as He travelled from North India to South India, binding the people together emotionally and spiritually.
Bhagawan delivered His Discourse by reminding everybody about the teaching that one should imbibe from Lord Rama’s life, and the ideals He set for everybody in different walks of life. He mentioned that today’s relationships are based on selfishness and therefore are fragile in nature. He stressed on the importance of Rama’s Name and why simply observing the New Year Day is not enough—rather, one should strive to inquire about the transformation within. He exhorted everybody to read about Lord Rama’s life and learn the divine principles.
Mangala Arati was offered to Bhagawan and He retired for the night.