Thursday, January 13th, 2011
After two days of hectic sporting and cultural activities at the Vidyagiri Hill View Stadium, this evening, action returned to Sai Kulwant Hall with Prasanthi Nilayam Campus presenting a dance drama in the immediate Divine presence.
In the evening, Bhagawan arrived in His car at 1745 hrs. and after His usual round of darshan moved into the bhajan hall where the drama troupe was awaiting His arrival. Blessing the boys Bhagawan emerged through the rear entrance to appear on the dais at 1800 hrs.
This evening’s presentation was on the essence of Bhagavatham, entitled, “Bhagavatha Saaramu”. In the Sai Kulwant Hall, the centre-block had a special set up assisted by special lighting. Even as bhajans continued, Bhagawan went on blessing the day’s birthday beneficiaries.
Bhajans stopped abruptly at His command, at 1810 hrs., and blessings were sought before the commencement of the programme.
The presentation, a thesis on Bhagavatham, was a summation of the essence of the epic illustrated in the form of dialogue between Lord Vishnu and Sage Narada. Lord Vishnu, explaining the epic’s essence, spoke of the priceless pearls the epic offers, namely, Bhakthi (devotion), Jnaana (knowledge), Vairaagya (detachment), Thathwa (philosophical insight) and Mukthi (liberation). The epic is rightly described as Bhakthi Jnaana Vairaagya Thathwa Mukthi Saagaram. All these essential features were explained with flashback illustrations from stories of yore, namely, Hanuman’s story for Bhakthi, Lord Brahma’s story for Jnaana, Divine Mothers, Yasoda, Devaki and Easwaramma for Vairagya, Nachiketa’s story for philosophical insight and lastly, the story of Radharani illustrating Mukthi.
The hour-long presentation essentially portrayed as to how God and His devotees co-existed to make alive the epic called Bhagavatham. It’s essentially the story of God and His devotees.
After the presentation Bhagawan moved down to pose for a photo session with the troupe. Blessing the troupe as Bhagawan moved back on to the dais, He asked for Mangala Arathi, at 1920 hrs. After Arathi, Bhagawan blessed the sweets for distribution; as sweets went for distribution to the devotees, Bhagawan blessed the drama boys distributing in person.
Leaving the dais, en route, Bhagawan blessed many ‘helping hands’ who were instrumental at His hand for the successful sporting festival. Bhagawan retired to Yajur Mandiram at 1935 hrs.
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