Independence Day Celebration

Today is National Independence Day, 15th August! As the whole nation is gripped in patriotic fervour, commemorating the occasion, Prasanthi Nilayam, as she has been for past many years, once again got into celebrating mood joining the countrymen, commemorating the occasion in ‘The Divine Presence!’.

The schedule for the day was a drama presentation, in the evening, by the postgraduate students of SSSIHL, Prasanthi Nilayam campus. The presentation entitled “Aaazaadi – Inner Dependence” was a portrayal of India’s independence, with flashbacks from the past, highlighting how two cardinal values, Truth and Righteousness strung together playing the vital ‘chord’ in the national Independence saga.

Commencing with a dance of rejoicement celebrating Freedom, the Spirit of Independence made a guest appearance giving an intro to the programme, promising to take the audience through the story of Independence struggle.

Two of the illustrious sons of India, Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore and Chandrasekhar Azad took the centrestage as narrators, taking the storyline with interlaced commentary showing flashbacks of illustrious lives and selected episodes.

Raja Harischandra whose adherence to Truth and Righteousness, who showed exemplary character at the face of oddities, being strictly duty bound, Chatrapathi Shivaji whose courage, valour and love for Motherland made him an illustrious son of the land were illustrated before the scene shifted to a jail scene showing the trial and tribulations of the countrymen who were made to suffer at the hands of cruel British officers.

The final scene was from the Mahabharat, where Pandavas in exile, make an attempt to fetch the forbidden fruit of Sage Romarishi and as a consequence while facing the wrath of curse from the Rishi, Lord Krishna Himself appears as saving grace… true reward for their constant contemplation and complete surrender.

The presentation ended with the Spirit of Independence making a final appearance offering his salutations at Bhagawan’s Lotus Feet. Narrating the symbolic link between Bhagawan and the Tricolour of India, the spirit went on declaring Bhagawan as the greatest patriot, at Whose behest and blessings the nation changed her course, winning independence from the British.

As sonorous tunes erupting into an Aazaadi song echoed in the backdrop, the drama cast came forth, one after one, to the Altar, offering a “Flower Of Love” each at the Divine Lotus Feet! Indeed faces were full of emotions as memories of nostalgic golden days, where The Lord in physical would Himself bless these children, gushed forth engulfing the entire assemblage.

After the one-hour presentation bhajans continued for another fifteen minutes before Mangala Arathi offering at 1845 hrs. Prasadam was distributed to the entire assemblage.

Earlier, the session commenced at 1630 hrs. with Vedic Chanting for 45 mts. that was followed by bhajans for the next 15 mts. before the curtains unfurled for the “Aazaadi” presentation.