Sunday, April 1st, 2012
Eons ago, in the Treta Yuga, on an auspicious ninth day of the growing moon in the month of Chitra, the Lord embodied in physical frame as Sri Rama. Sri Rama has been the most exemplary human face on planet earth Whose adherence to values, to Truth, to Righteousness is the essence of India’s treasured epic Ramayana.
Avatar of the age, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai, Who coined His Name Sai with His previous Avartar’s Name, Ram, to form the most endearing one word Mantra, “SaiRam” has always been exhorting Sri Rama’s glory teaching erring humanity to tread the path of Truth and Righteousness. Sri Rama Navami marks the annual commemoration of the advent of the Lord in Tretha.
This year Sri Rama Navami was celebrated on the 1st of April with special programme. The programme for the morning session began with 20 minute Vedic chanting followed by a 40 minute musical offering by the students from Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning. The songs were in dedication to Lord Ram and Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai. The programme with interlaced songs and commentary had the songs, namely, “Sri Ram…Sri Ram…”, “Sai Ram Subha Dayee Ram…”, “Shuddha Brahma Paratpara Rama…” a song detailing the beauty and grandeur of His Advent, “Ramjee Ke Mahima Apaar…” that lasted 30 minutes.
A short clip of Bhagawan’s Divine Discourse followed that enlivened the audience with golden memories of Bhagawan narrating Ramayana stories. Bhagawan, dwelling on the greater significance of Ramayana, stressed on the ideal life led by Lord Ram and brothers, highlighting the exemplary brotherly relationship among them. Bhagawan also touched upon the efficacy of Vedas in relation to the epic, relating the four brothers with the Chatur Vedas. Concluding His Divine Discourse, commenting on the sweet story of Rama and grandeur of Ramayana, Bhagawan exhorted the audience to install Rama in their heart. Divine Discourse came to an end with Bhagawan singing “Rama Jayam Raghu Rama Jayam…”
Bhajans continued for some time and Mangala Arathi was offered at 0930 hrs. Prasadam was distributed at the end of the session.
Indian Classical Music’s two prominent versions, Carnatic and Hindustani, a couple of instrumentals and a ghazal by the music college students marked the Sri Rama Navami evening in Prasanthi Nilayam. Richly talented and devoted, the special bunch of musical students whose inner musical instincts were nurtured at the hallowed portals of Prasanthi presented a scintillating musical display that lasted seventy minutes. The programme concluded with the bhajan in Bhagawan’s voice, “Rama Kodanda Rama….”. Mangala Arathi was offered at 1830 hrs.
II Samasta Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu II