Gujarathi New Year 2011

Celebrating Gujarati New Year Balvikas Children from Sri Sathya Sai School, Surat enacted a drama entitled “Living in Sai’s Omnipresence” this evening in Prasanthi Nilayam. The presentation was an attempt to portray some of the true incidents, as testimonies, to His Divine Presence!

The first episode was an illustration of a story of transformation of a young British Royal Force officer by name John Wright. Right who came over to Prasanthi Nilayam at the instance of a stranger, whom he met at the airport, finally ended up waiting for a week to get Divine permission to leave the precincts, again at the instance of an overseas devotee, who advised him to do so. Jeopardising his career for not reporting to duty in time, upon his return an apprehensive John was received with a pleasant surprise of a double promotion. Omnipresent, all loving Bhagawan had been present ‘on duty’ doing exceptional flying in the guise of John, while he was away from Prasanthi, earning a dedicated faithful John true reward for his transformation, a double promotion and transformation of his heart!

The next episode was the true story of a little lad by name Ahmed who was blessed with a dream physical darshan in the Sri Sathya Sai Super Speciality Hospital, Prasanthigram, where he was to undergo an operation against his consent. His operation was cancelled by Bhagawan Who appeared near his bed, in physical, showing His omnipresence, reposing the little lad’s faith in Him. Audience was taken to nostalgic days of Divine physical darshan when the drama had Bhagawan coming out into Sai Kulwant Hall granting coveted darshan.

Prasanthi’s Divine Theatre had witnessed many a cultural programme, some quite atypical, over the years in Bhagawan’s physical presence. The final programme for the day was ‘Beda Dance’ by renowned artist Sri Chirag Mahida from Baroda. The artist, with his scintillating balancing feats enthralled the audience for the next fifteen minutes gradually scaling the benchmark of his breathtaking feats of balancing while engaged in dancing, before peaking into grand finale balancing more than ten round pots arranged one on top of the other.

Earlier the programme commenced at 1700 hrs. after regular half-an-hour Veda chanting with State President of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organization, Sri Manohar G. Trikannad wishing the audience with New Year Greetings. The State President also narrated a episode featuring an incident wherein Bhagawan showed His unseen hand helping devotees, who are reposed in faith. The president’s speech was followed by chanting of Maha Ganesh Pancharatna Strotram by Sai Youth Girls from the state followed by a short dance programme, “Gananayakaya Ganadaivataya…” by Balvikas Girls.

Bhajans by Gujarat devotees continued for the last fifteen minutes before Mangala Arathi was offered at 1830 hrs. The final bhajan was “Rama Kodanda Rama…” in Bhagawan’s mellifluous voice, a Thursday Special. All the participating children and the guest artist were felicitated and prasadam was distributed to the entire assembly.