Friday, October 3rd, 2014
As the Dasara festivity in Prasanthi Nilayam is coming to a close tomorrow, today, on the penultimate evening, the Prasanthi Vidwan Mahasabha featured an exhilarating talk by Dr N Gopalakrishnan, a reputed scientist and promoter of India’s scientific and spiritual heritage. Bhagawan’s Divine discourse followed next.
Earlier, the evening proceedings commenced at 1640 hrs. with invocatory Vedic chanting by the students of the Prasanthi Nilayam campus. Sri Bhavani Shankar Pandey, Research Scholar at SSSIHL, Prasanthi Nilayam did the introductory talk, presenting the ensuing session to the august assembly.
Dr N Gopalakrishnan, a well acclaimed scientist with vast research experience, has been the recipient of many prestigious scientific awards and also the author of several books on scientific and cultural heritage. He possesses a unique blend of modern scientific knowledge with knowledge about Indian heritage. Dr Gopalakrishnan had the unique opportunity of addressing in the Divine presence during the Ati Rudra Maha Yajna – 2006, in Prasanthi Nilayam.
Reflecting his thoughts on the glorious Indian Culture, Dr Gopalakrishnan began referring to the nine different days of Devi Navarathri. Recounting his personal experience with Bhagawan during the 2006 Ati Rudra Maha Yajnam and subsequent Divine ‘visitations’ he had of Bhagawan, the erudite scholar divulged into presenting six points that would ensure that everyone leads a purposeful, meaningful life. The six points are relating to Mind, Body, Family, Culture, Society and Nation.
Elevating the Mind with filling positive thoughts, Nurturing the Body and keeping it healthy by following a disciplined life, Making the Family a living nucleus of perfect love, protecting the Culture, serving the Society and thus making our Nation golden…as it ought to be.
Keep the Ideal of Bhagawan and march towards practising His teachings, traversing to Light, exhorted the speaker who at the beginning asserted that he would not speak anything that he does not practise, nor he would give any advice that is difficult to practise.
Stressing on the greater good fortune of the Sai fraternity in spreading the messages of Bhagawan, Dr Gopalakrishnan advised the devotees to utilize the internet and the social media services to spread the same, irrespective of the results thereof, whether it is being accepted or not.
Develop “Yajna Bhava” while engaged in service, advised the speaker to the students and the assembly at large, narrating his personal experience at Edmonton, Canada during the early nineties, wherein Sai volunteers would engage themselves in ‘silent service’ with atmost dedication sans any expectation or publicity. Listen to Bhagawan’s stories and messages, experience Him and practise His precepts, concluded Dr Gopalakrishnan his inspiriting speech.
The capacity audience sat in rapt attention and at the end the speaker was given a rousing round of applause, in appreciation of his inspiring speech.
Bhagawan’s Divine discourse followed next (played on the PA system) and ended with the bhajan “Hari Hari Hari Hari Smarana Karo…”
Even as bhajans commenced, the guest speaker was felicitated by Sri V Srinivasan, President, SSSSO – India. Prasadam was distributed to the entire assembly of devotees. Mangala Arathi at 1830 hrs. marked the end of the proceedings for the evening.
Thirteen villages of Puttaparthi and Bukkapatnam mandals have been served today, on the 8th and penultimate day of the Grama Seva Yajna. Sri Sathya Sai Grama Seva would culminate tomorrow with the women students from the Anantapur campus completing the Yajna, serving inmates of Prasanthi Nilayam precincts.
Poornahuthi of the Veda Purusha Saptaha Jnana Yajna would be offered tomorrow morning, Vijaya Dasami, at 0930 hrs. in the Poornachandra Auditorium marking the culmination the week-long Yajna.
II Samastha Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu II
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