Summary of the 3rd day....

Friday, July 3, 2009

This evening, the Maharashtra devotees continued the Ashadi Ekadasi programmes. Bhagavan arrived at Sai Kulwant Hall at 5.15 pm, and coming onstage after His darshan round, commenced the proceedings. Many devotees and some of the artistes involved in today's programme came up to Him for blessings, and the presentation got underway at 5.40 pm with the traditional Dindi dance. The Balvikas children and youth presented "Maharashtra Bhakthi Gaatha", an offering of song and dance, with the songs being performed on the raised stage erected in the centre of Sai Kulwant Hall. At 6.45, Swami called up one of the protagonists and blessed him with a chain, just as a song concluded beseeching Swami to visit His devotees in Maharashtra. Arati was offered at 6.50 pm and Bhagavan retired for the day.


Prasanthi Update - Divine Memories taken back in time

As always when Aashaadi, it is the day of joy for the Maharashtrians. Every year devotees from Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra come to the Lord's Divine Lotus Feet and present before Bhagawan some wonderful Cultural Programmes. Over the many years the quality and magnitude of these festivity have increased in a very big way and as the eager and wonderful devotees go all out to please the Lord in every possible way. This year also there was no exception.

The uniqueness of this year’s celebrations was the very special stage that was erected in Sai Kulwant hall. In Morning Swami did not come for Darshan and the programme was held in the evening. After the initial introductions and some nice music, some of the participants of the Programme took Swami's blessings and went up the stage.

The theme of the Programme was visits of Swami to various places in Maharastra. The wonderful Programme took everyone present to those great and wonderful old days when Bhagawan paid visits to places like Sholapur and Pandarpur among other places. The Programme also nicely depicted that how in each of these places there were great saints who came to change the the people and bring them to the path of Divine Spirituality. The Whole programme was a mixture of dialogue, songs and dance, In short the Programme was a wonderful and true portrayal of the rich cultural heritage of Maharashtra.

One of the dialogue that touched everyone’s heart and brought an instant smile was asking Swami if everyone will be able to experience all those Wonderful days again. It was a great and touching moment as those days were the most wonderful days that anyone can imagine in His Divine Presence.

As the Programme was a bit long and as Swami came only after 5.30pm, Swami cut short the programme, although by not much as it was it probably another five minutes before the Programme was to end. Swami blessed one of the actors with a Golden Creation and also blessed everyone of the participants.

Everyone present during the Programme were transported to Bhagawan's Wonderful yester years filled with Great Divine Memories.

Om Sai Ram

Courtesy: KM - Saturday, 4 July, 2009 10:48 AM

A Glorious Ashadi Evening...

"Maharashtra Bhakti Gaatha - A Music and Dance Programme

Posted on 4th July 2009 @ 01:30 hrs. IST

July 04, 2009

Maharashtra Bhakti Gaatha, the scheduled programme for the morning of Ashadi Ekadashi was shifted to the evening session as per the Divine command. The postponement came as a blessing in disguise as the tenor, the colour, the act, everything related to the show bloomed to boom into a wonderful showpiece on the twilight of the auspicious Ashadi Ekadashi Day in the immediate Divine Presence. Maharashtra is a rich saga of Bhakti and the presentation titled Maharashtra Bhakti Gaatha was a saga of song, dance and melody with the central theme revolving around the rich religious tradition of the state.

Presented by the Bal Vikas students and Gurus of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations of Mumbai, Nasik and Pune, the Musical Drama was a walk through to the times of great spiritual masters of the blessed state. Tablets inscribed with Bhagawan’s quotations highlighting the greater importance of Namasmarana were displayed in vantage points in the hall while the sprawling stage which was the centre of performance on the previous day was again put to use as the music artistes played on their instruments on the two levels of the stage.

Mumbai, the capital city of Maharashtra is popularly known as the financial capital of India. At a time when the world is reeling under economic recession, the Bal Vikas children from the twin states had some important message for the world that often tend to run after money. Presenting the greater importance of Namasmarana and the folly behind running after “dabbu”, the children aptly conveyed the message running through the great lives of saints of Maharashtra, through dance, dialogue interspersed with commentary. The world is caught in the grip of economic recession, but in Maharashtra, there is only “Sai Session”. This is true because Maharashtra believes that to enjoy continuous peace and happiness, simplicity must be the way of life.

The great saints of Maharashtra have proved from their own lives that even a humble householder by chanting the name of the Lord and doing his daily duty with sincerity and devotion would be able to scale great spiritual heights. The time spent in Namasmarana alone is the time rightly and worthily lived.

Earlier, on a day that had a long waiting for Bhagawan to come out, He was accorded a conventional Maratha welcome by the men dressed in traditional attire, typical of Maharashtra, blowing conch shells, surcharging the surrounding with spiritual vibration, while taking one and all to the nostalgic past of Maratha legacy. After the artistes and organisers offered their obeisance to Bhagawan, the programme started with the collective chanting of Pandurangashtakam:

“Maha Yoga Peete thate Bheema Radhya,
Varam Pundarikay Dathum Muneendrai,
Samagathya thishtanthamanandakandam
Parabrahma lingam baje pandurangam …”

“I worship that Panduranga, who is the absolute Brahman,
Who is the source of immense happiness,
Who stays in the great seat of yoga, in the banks of Bheema,
Along with great seers to fulfil the boon to Pundarika …”

As the song “Jai Jai Vitthala Jai Hari Vitthala …” (Victory to Vitthala) was sung to the accompaniment of sweet music, two youth blew bugles to signal the formal commencement of the programme. At the outset, Dindi procession group members offered their humble salutations to Bhagawan to the song, “Maze Mahe Pandhari …” (my native place is Pandhari).

Why was this theme chosen? As the announcer went about explaining the concept of the musical, it became clear that the only solution for the present economic crisis was constant contemplation of God, chanting His name incessantly. People want Dabbu, Dabbu, Dabbu (money, money, money). Money is everything, money is life for them. They struggle day in and day out for earning money. The world is caught in the vortex of economic crisis. The only way out is chanting of God’s Name. Namam is Dharma (righteousness), Jnanam (wisdom), Santhi (peace), Sukha Pradayakam (bestower and happiness and welfare). The only way to peace and happiness is simplicity in life. In Maharashtra, great saints have proved beyond doubt that by chanting the Name of God even a householder can scale great heights in life.

Songs accompanied with deft movements of dancers provided the perfect relief and acted as interludes to the musical.

Maharashtra is home to illustrious saints like Sant Tukaram, Sant Ramdas, Sant Jnaneswar, Sant Namdev, Sant Sakkubai, Sant Eknath etc… These saints took refuge in the Name of the Lord. What saints did was “Sai Session”, but now because of misuse of money there is economic recession. The name of the Lord must dance forever on the tongue.

It is because of these saints that Bhagawan visited Maharashtra a number of times in the past. He visited Satara, surcharged the idols of Vitthala and Rakumai at Pandharpur.

He would visit Dharmakshetra quite frequently. Maharashtra is the State where the earlier incarnation of Bhagawan lived. Shirdi Sai Baba gave the message of Sraddha and Saburi (steadfast faith and patience) to the whole world from Shirdi.

The depiction of famous Chavadi Procession of Shirdi Baba with the accompaniment of the Bhajan “Dham Dham Dham Damaru Bhaje” evoked nostalgic memories of those glorious days of the previous incarnation.

Interestingly, as if evoking a positive response from Bhagawan, the narrator in his innocent, childish voice posed a question to Bhagawan, “Swami, is it true what we heard that Swami would again visit Dharmakshetra?” and pat came His answer, when He smilingly nodded indicating His positive response.

This offering of song and dance concluded with earnest entreaties by the cast to Bhagawan to visit Maharashtra again…they sang in chorus… “Raava Raava Rakshimpaga, Kapadaga, Palinchaga, Paripalinchaga …” (“come, come to protect, to save, to look after …”).

Yes the old memories will come alive again was the chorus. After the distribution of Prasadam, Arati was offered to Bhagawan at 6.50 p.m.

The songs “Ananda Lahari Bhajave …” and “Dheem, Dheem Dama Damaru Baaje …” by the two vocalists and the taals (vocal beats) by the Panditji kept the appreciative audience riveted to their places with intermittent applauses for more than an hour.

There were also interludes in the form of performances by the flautist, one each on the tabla, on the Sarangi, on the harmonium and on the keyboard that added variety to the performance.

The whole concept was designed in an innovative way as the Panditji was well known for it, to make it an apt offering to the Musical Divine in physical frame.

At the end of the performance, Bhagawan asked the State President, Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations, Maharashtra and Goa to honour the artistes with shawls and white safari suit pieces. Bhagawan also blessed the artistes with Padanamaskar and a group photo session. Prasadam was distributed to the entire congregation of devotees. After Arati, Bhagawan retired for the day at 6.45 p.m.


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