ASHADI CELEBRATIONS - 3rd DAY
Summary of the 3rd day....
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
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
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
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,
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.
with deft movements of dancers provided the perfect relief and acted as
interludes to the musical.
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.
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
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
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.