This evening Bhagawan arrived amidst bhajans, at 1920 hrs. and went for His usual round. Following the previous evening’s pattern, Bhagawan completed the day’s rounds with another half round, with the women devotees going lucky once again.

As bhajans continued, Bhagawan sat for the next fifteen minutes before calling for Mangala Arathi at 1945 hrs. Even as Mangala Arathi was coming to an end, Bhagawan entertained some of the frontbenchers who were vying for His attention.

Month of March is meant for Gratitude Programmes by grateful students who are passing out of the hallowed portals of Sathya Sai Institutions. This is one occasion when students pour their grateful feelings out, as an offering to Bhagawan. Often, every passing out batch produces creative multimedia presentations packaging their love and gratitude for Bhagawan.

Today’s frontbencher’s had such a collection of presentations for Bhagawan. Bhagawan went through the contents, before blessing the children and their ‘creativity’. Another student, a bhajan singer, who had a letter for Bhagawan earned His attention and Bhagawan lovingly ‘interacted’ with the boy by way of reading his letter, out in open.

A few seconds of pause and it was pin drop silence all over. His blessed palm went up in Abhayahastha and devotees responded with loud applause. Bhagawan indicated that it was time to move. Once again the crowd burst into applause, a regular affair during Prasanthi evenings these days. He took a right turn to come on to the lower verandah, inching along towards the car to retire to Yajur Mandiram at 2000 hrs.