The Legend Of Vidya Vahini & Amaravati Kshetra Purana…

As part of a 3-day Vidya Vahini celebrations, a group of Vidya Vahini affiliated schools from Andhra Pradesh and Telengana offered a bouquet of cultural presentations at Bhagawan’s Lotus Feet this evening here in Prasanthi Nilayam.

Vidya Vahini is Bhagawan’s pet project announced during the 85th Birthday celebrations that aims at integrating values in an innovative way into the school curriculum, using technology as an enabler of information dissemination.

Fielding first, twin schools from Andhra Pradesh, Sri Sathya Sai Vidyaniketan, Rayalpet and Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Vihar, Guntur presented a programme entitled “Daiva Moolam Idam Jagat”. The presentation was an illustration of the ‘Kshetra Purana’ of the famous energy centre at Amaravathi, capturing the story of the glory of the Shiva Temple in Guntur.

The legend has it that to end a longtime ordeal faced by the Devas, Lord Subramanya finally killed the arrogant demon Tarakasura in a fierce battle, piercing his chest with His spear. During the battle, the Shiva Linga,  acquired from Lord Shiva Himself and wore around His neck, was shattered into pieces, installed in different spots, foremost being the one installed at Amaravathi. The presentation with the message of ‘destruction of duality’ ended with a group song, Sathyam Vada Dharmam Chara… Jeevan Ka Adhaar…

Sri Sathya Sai Gurukula Vidyaniketan, Bejjangi, Karimnagar then presented the second and final presentation entitled “Jnana Pradayini Vidya Vahini” – a dance drama on the legend of Bhagawan’s own Vidya Vahini, as to how Modern Technology can be used as an enabler in information dissemination, helping in nation building.

Fielding the protagonist, Modern Technology, a robotic styled character, the presentation gets into the thick of the plight of MT, being widely misused with perverted interests causing all-round ‘destruction’. In a scene at Prasanthi Nilayam, coming with load-full of self-pity, at being trashed for its ‘adverse’ usage, the protagonist seeks counseling from Lord Hanuman and DevaRishi Narada about the way forward. The legend of Vidya Vahini shapes up here, with the twin ‘Divine’ envoys acknowledging the positive side of Modern Technology, which is being used by Bhagawan Himself, an unparalleled boon, as an enabler in the dissemination of His Teachings. To a yet-not-so- convinced protagonist the ‘duo’ then presents a couple of case studies on the effective implementation of the project, affecting lives with transformation.

At the end, MT sounds grateful at being used by Bhagawan and Hanuman backs up with emphatic declaration that Vidya Vahini is truly Jnana Vahini. Beautiful dance and song insertions, some with satirical rhymes, added flavour to the ‘colourful presentation.

Bhajans continued and ended with Mangala Arathi at 1830 hrs.