Friday, January 13th, 2017
How beautiful is our Mother and Motherland. Janani Janmabhoomishcha Swargaadapi Gariyasi, thus goes the saying, reverberating from the time of Lord Rama.
After yesterday’s spectacular Sports & Cultural Meet at the Sri Sathya Sai Vidyagiri Stadium, last evening, students of Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary School presented a drama entitled “Swargadapi Gariyasi” here, in Prasanthi Nilayam.
The presentation showcased two college-mates from India, Ashutosh and Vishwas, with contrasting backdrops, pursuing higher education at the prestigious Stanford University in the United States. At the end of the two-year education that they completed with flying colours, a principled Vishwas returned to India only to excel as an ideal Indian, winning accolades, whereas Ashutosh decided to pursue the western materialistic ambitions that finally deprived him of mental peace and happiness.
A chance meeting after five years at the very same campus brings a twist in Ashutosh’s life, thanks to Vishwas, who pulled him back to India and to the physical presence of his ailing mother, in the name of Love for Mother and Motherland.
Finally, at the end of a torrid ordeal, seeing his mother in a hopeless condition, Ashutosh gets into fervent prayer mode, praying to Bhagawan to win his DehaMata, physical mother, DeshaMata, India, DaivaMata, that is SaiMata… for a happy ending, winning his ways back to an ideal ‘principled’ Indian.
The presentation with a couple of anecdotes from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, with interesting dance interludes was based on Bhagawan’s oft-repeated maxim, Janani Janmabhoomishcha Swargaadapi Gariyasi, a Sanskrit sloka emanated from the Divine Lip of Lord Sri Ramachandra, meaning, Mother and Motherland are greater than heavens.
Bhajans next ended with Mangala Arathi at 1835 hrs.
II Samastha Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu II
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