Bhagavata Saptaha by the Students…

A weeklong Bhagavata Saptaha was conducted in the college premises of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning. On the culmination of this Saptaha, a programme was organized by the students of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning in Prasanthi Nilayam in the evening on 20 September.

When this concept of Ramayana Saptaha was put before Bhagawan, He was happy and expressed that such programmes should be conducted more and more. This spurred the students and acted as a guidance and inspiration to conduct the Bhagavata Saptaha.

During the week, the students listened to erudite talks on this topic of Bhagavata Saptaha…and in the valedictory session in the Sanctum Sanctorum, the students had put up a well-knit programme of songs and dance. Punctuated with appropriate commentary for each song, the students enthralled one and all with their performance. Starting with a beautiful Mira’s song, Hari Bin Sawan… The commentator of the song brought the pangs of separation of Mira succinctly. The great devotee of Lord Krishna lived her life for Krishna. In her last moments, she ran barefoot in search of Lord Krishna to Brindavan. When she could not find her Lord there, she proceeded to Mathura where she merged in the Lord’s Feet.

What followed was a mellifluous rendering of Thyagaraja’s Kirtans, a devotee par excellence dear to Bhagawan. Bhagawan on varied occasions has sung these Kirtans: Rama Nannu Brovara… and Endaro Mahanubhavulu… The downpour of songs continued with Sarveswari Jagadeeswari… Here the commentary focused on another great devotee of Lord, Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. Bhagawan has said that this great devotee would imagine himself as Hanuman and Mother Kali as Lord Rama with the feeling of Dasya Bhakti. Due to his great devotion for the Lord, Bhagawan said that during this period even a tail grew in his back.

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Bhadrachalam Ramadas, another towering personality in the devotees of the Lord was immersed in the contemplation of Lord Rama. Paluke Bangramayana Kodandapani was next rendered flawlessly by the students. Ghatasala, the legendary playback singer came to Bhagawan when he was very ill. When he was unable to come for Bhagawan’s Darshan, Swami Himself visited him. This song, Na Sai Nannuchera Radaye sprang forth as a mark of gratitude to the Lord. A short dance performance Bhagavatam Vinte Bhagavatanu followed the music programme.

After a few Bhajans, Arati was offered marking the end of the day’s proceedings.

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