Lord Ganesh ‘Returns’ to Prasanthi as Ganesh Chaturthi arrives…

Ganapathi is called Vinayaka because there is no master above Him. He is all powerful and independent. Without recognizing the esoteric significance of the Vinayaka Principle, people look only at the external form and offer worship in mundane terms.

What is the inner significance of worshipping the elephant-faced deity? The elephant is a symbol of might and magnitude. The elephant’s foot is larger than that of any other animal. The elephant can make its way through the densest jungle. In this way, it signifies the quality of a leader who shows the way for others. The elephant is also known for its fidelity and gratitude. In any circumstance, it will not forget its master. Even in its last moments, if it hears the voice of its master, it will open its eyes and look for him. It will sacrifice its life for its master. These are the lessons man should learn from the elephant. Intelligence without gratitude is valueless. Every man should be grateful to those who have helped him.  – Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Today is auspicious Vinayaka Chaturthi, symbolising the birth of elephant-headed God, Lord Ganesha, Son of Divine Parents, Lord Shiva and Mother Parvathi. Ganesh Chaturthi is festival that received its fullest dues over the years in the most inspiring physical presence of Beloved Bhagawan. Keeping those golden lively memories in the backdrop, Prasanthi woke up this morning, tuned to the Lord of remover of all obstacles, gearing up to celebrate the auspicious day.

(clips from Ganesh Chaturthi 2009 in the immediate Divine Presence)

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On the auspicious morning, students from Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning will offer a bouquet of devotional songs at 0820 hrs. after 20 minutes of Vedic Chants. In the evening Balvikas children from Puttaparthi will offer a Musical Dance Drama entitled “Parthi Parijathamulu”.

II Samasta Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu II