Gujarati New Year celebrated…

After yesterday’s joyous Diwali celebrations, today, many hundreds from the State of Gujarat assembled in the holy precincts of Sai Kulwant Hall celebrating the advent of Gujarati New Year in the immediate Divine ‘omnipresence’. This is the 12th year in succession the State is celebrating the New Year in Prasanthi Nilayam.

At the outset, delivering his introductory speech, Sri Manohar Trikarnad, State President of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisatons – Gujarat spoke on the significance of the New Year. Even as the State President continued, various paraphernalia associated with the occasion were offered at Bhagawan’s Lotus Feet by the devotees from the State. Wishing the devotees from the State a ‘Happy New Year’, the State President concluded with a prayer to Bhagawan, to make them worthy instruments.

Youth Girls from the State then continued with a devotional song, “Tera Pyaar Hai Aparambar…”, a classic vocal expression of Divine Romance, singing paeans to The Mother of Infinite Love…praying to light the lamp of love within and to take it to spread, encompassing everything.

The final programme for this year’s twin celebrations was a 40-min drama presentation by the students of Sri Sathya Sai School, Surat. …And the evening turned vibrantly potent with the talented children enacting the enticingly captivating saintly story of Meera Bai, overwhelming the hall with  sweet‘ Krishna Flavour’.

The presentation was set in the backdrop of a play in Sai Kulwant Hall, where a curious devotee from the US, was brought to watch a drama by the students, on Bhakta Meera.

Music and action followed…Titled, “The Epitome of Bhakti”, the presentation was a depiction of the illustrious, ‘intoxicated’ life of Meera Bai, a mystic poet and one of the foremost devotees of Bhagawan Sri Krishna, lived over 600 years ago. Meera’s childhood passion and devotion for Krishna, marriage with Rana, ill-treatment at the hands of relatives, Meera’s meeting with Goswami Tulsidas, Visit to Sri Krishna’s Dwaraka and Final Merger with Krishna, were the scenes depicted with great artistic flavour. Beautiful children from Sri Sathya Sai School deserve accolades for their brilliant all-round show. Be it costumes, dancing or enacting these children gave their best as a dedication to Beloved Swami.

Outpouring’s of expressions of Meera’s Pure Love for Krishna is a possession for eternity that helps devotion to peak to greater realms of bliss. Showcasing highlights from Meera Bai’s God-centric life, single-minded passion for Krishna, the drama recounted the greater contribution of ‘Bhkata Meera’ helping true aspirants to rise in their journey towards Supreme Bliss, Atma Sakshatkar. Mere presence of such exalted devotees adds holiness to everything they touch…making it Divine!

Soulful bhajans by Gujarat troupe followed. All the participants were felicitated. Mangala Arathi at 1820 hrs. marked the end of the proceedings.

Over thousand devotees from the State have joined this year’s Parthi Yatra, led by the State President of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations. Test is His taste, it is said in general about Bhagawan’s ‘modus operandi’. State President Sri Manohar Trikarnad recollects how, more than a couple of occasions, Bhagawan tested the faith, patience and perseverance of the devotees and officials, including tiny tots, by approving the Diwali/New Year programme ‘straight away’ in the nick of time, at the last moment, asking the State President to “start” the programme (the drama).

State of Gujarat has fond memoirs of Bhagawan and His Love…!!!

II Samastha Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu II