Special Aashadi Ekadashi - Prasanthi Darshan Update - 20th July, 2010
Today is the second day of the Aashadi Ekadashi Celebrations by the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, Maharashtra & Goa. The programme started with Veda Chanting which extended for over an hour.
Swami entered the Sai Kulwant Hall around 5.10 pm and went round both on the ladies and gents side blessing many devotees. The hall was jam packed with devotees from all over Maharashtra and Goa The 'Dindi Yatra' pilgrims reached Puttaparthi today afternoon and were present in large number.
Bhagawan seemed to enjoy hearing the Veda Chanting. One could see Him chanting the Vedas along with the mammoth crowd assembled here. His face was glowing with radiance and was full of energy and love. As Vedic Chants reverberated through the Sai Kulwant Hall, rain gods too joined in.
Bhagawan showering His Love to all the devotees of Maharashtra and Goa today in Prasanthi Nilayam
The ever compassionate Lord was so concerned about the devotees standing outside the hall and soaking in the rain, that He sent a messanger to bring all of them in. One could see the look of happiness and great joy among all those devotees who were ushered in. It was nothing but Love in Action which only a Divine Mother can shower!
After the Veda Chanting, melodious bhajans were rendered by the students of the campus. The tempo of the bhajans was fast which further electrified and energised the Sai Kulwant Hall. These two spiritual activities are conducted here every day as per the directions of Swami. Veda Chanting and Bhajan singing are among the greatest sadhana since the words and the sounds permeate into the atmosphere thereby bringing about the necessary purification of the mind, body and atma (soul).
The programme concluded with Aarti to Bhagawan which was followed by prasad distribution.
After the Aarti, Shri Nimish Pandya, District President, Mumbai, sought Bhagawan's permission for the third day's programme and later made an announcement as under:
Wednesday, 21st July 2010
It was nearing 7 pm when Bhagawan retired to His Abode....
Tue, July 20, 2010: Today, in the evening that leads to the auspicious morning of festive Ashadi Ekadashi, Bhagawan emerged at 1715 hrs. to the holy chants of Vedam. Completing a full round of Sai Kulwant Hall, Bhagawan, upon coming onto the portico, spent quite sometime interacting with many including 'Russian' representatives, before coming onstage at 1735 hrs., round of Ganesha.
The 'Russian' representation had a photo album titled, "Beloved Swami in Ukraine" containing 62 images illustrating all-round service activiities by the Sai Organisation helping the poor and the needy in the country. Bhagawan flipped through each and every leaf of the album, scanning through all the photographs, in between seeking some clarifications. This is an extension of the 'Divine Romance' that was on show a week ago, wherein devotees from the Russian speaking countries made merry of His immediate presence singing their hearts out unto Him. Eversince, Bhagawan has been quite pleasingly entertaining the Russian representative who would invariably be sitting with bunches of letters from devotees or vibhuti packets (for distribution among devotees) for blessings.
Coming onstage, with Veda chanting on, Bhagawan sat through as hundreds of varkaris, who have arrived from Dharmavaram after a symbolic walk representing the Pandharpur tradition, were seated in the front block, wearing typical Marata headgear. Adding to the festive flavour on this penultimate Ashadi evening, soon heaven opened up sprinkling light shower over Prasanthi.
Veda chanting stopped at 1800 hrs. as indicated by Bhagawan, and, as bhajans began, Bhagawan moved off the dais, soon to return in five minutes. As the session progressed more and more varkaris arrived and Bhagawan, who was watching over, sent word to make them comfortbaly seated in the Sai Kulwant Hall. Half-an-hour into the bhajans, Bhagawan moved Himself to the left block of the dais, more towards the gents' side, and He sat through till 1840 hrs. when He called for Mangala Arathi.
An announcement about the Ashadi Ekadashi celebrations for tomorrow morning followed. Balvikas children from the state of Maharashtra & Goa would be staging a programme entitled "Veda Matha Gayathri" followed by an evening programme entitled "Natya Veda". Yet another programme, a dance drama on the life of Samartha Ramdas, would be staged by the students from Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Vihar, Dharmakshetra on the day after, 22 July.
After a pause, watching over prasadam distribution, Bhagawan moved off the dais to get into His car, retiring for the day. II Samastha Lokaaha Sukhino Bhavanthu II