77th Avatar Declaration Day In Prasanthi Nilayam…

20th October is The Day of commemoration of the most stupendous announcement of all time. It was on the 20th day of the 10th month of the widely accepted Gregorian calendar  that the young Divine Sathyanarayana Raju asserted HimSelf as Sai Baba.

Blissful Joy surfaced for Mother Earth beings when The Supreme Personality of Godhead chose to decisively assert His Advent in the Physical on 20th October 1940, at the tender age of 14 years. Bathed in blinding rays of a splendorous halo, His Voice reverberated through the ether as He emphatically proclaimed: I Am no longer your Sathya. I Am Sai.  I Am going; I do not belong to you. Maya has gone… My bhakthas are calling Me…I have My Work…I can’t stay any longer.”

Today, when the Sai fraternity around the world is commemorating The Event, the alumnae of the Anantapur Campus of SSSIHL under the banner ‘Daughters Of Mother Sai’ assembled at the Sanctum Sanctorum feasting the occasion in joyful exuberance.

The session commenced at 1650 hrs. after 20 minutes of Veda chanting by the alumnae, with an introductory talk by an alumna, dwelling on the ‘day’s speciality’. Two speakers shared the podium this evening, interlaced by a beautiful video presentation. The final offering was a musical bouquet.

Addressing the august evening assembly first, Ms Padmasree Guduru from Singapore spoke on the greater significance of the ‘Mantra Of The Day’ Manasa Bhajare…as to how It is the ‘Elixir Divine’ for the man in his journey of life, heading for liberation. Urging fellow devotees to try to see Him, seeking Him within… Padmasree continued with snippets of her ‘little little miraculous experiences’ having profound impact. The speaker concluded with a prayer seeking discipline to follow His teachings, strength, courage, power and discrimination.

‘Hum Tere Hey Sai…’ is perhaps everybody’s right from a cosmic perspective. Yet, here we have this special bunch of His chosen students, who are special by having been His students in His educational institutions. What ensued next was a beautiful video presentation on the special Bond Of Love between The Mother Divine and His Daughters. The presentation was a mix of Divine Darshan and recollections by selected alumnae, recalling some of their priceless moments with Beloved Mother Sai. What is the shape of Love asked Bhagawan once to the tiny tots of His erstwhile Ooty School. Little ones came up with ‘tiny chirpings’, but finally the million-dollar question had its Infinitely Beautiful Answer from the Divine Lips. Bhagawan said: SAI IS THE SHAPE OF LOVE…SAI IS THE FORM OF LOVE… recollected one of the alumnae.

The second and final speaker was Ms Sai Sudha Narayan from Mumbai, who got into teaching profession as per His guidance. Speaking of her experiences and learning at His Feet, Sai Sudha concluded with an inspiring story with profound message, of a man in a restaurant seeking WiFi password. He was given the password, ‘eatfirst’ which he mistook time and again, delaying his time. The bottom-line was, God Is Ever There With A Ready Answer, But Man Has To Stay Tuned.

A musical feast followed next, comprising of solos and group songs. Solos were presented by Ms Kalaivani and Ms Ranjini. Beginning with a Ganesh Vandana, Hey Ganapati Vandan Gananayak…, as the session flowed on, the songs followed were, a soulful Darshan De Bhagawan…, a heart-wrenching plea for His Darshan, Sai Nee Sannidhi Lo…, a Telugu number, Ram Ka Gun Gaan Kariye… in Hindi, Baje Muraliya Baje…, a melodious Mira Bhajan, Hum Tere Hey Sai..., to name some of them.

Bhajans continued and the session concluded with Mangala Arathi to Bhagawan.

II Samastha Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu II