Sri Sathya Sai Aradhana Mahotsavam – 2018

Rejoicing The Presence that is most incomparable, a host of Carnatic musical talents from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra combined their hearts and souls presenting a unique offering of “Sai Pancharatnas” this morning on the auspicious Sri Sathya Sai Aradhana Mahotsavam in Prasanthi Nilayam. ‘Sai Pancharatnas’ has been an established tradition on the auspicious 24th April morning in Prasanthi Nilayam over the years, the day Bhagawan chose to halt His physical sojourn. Sai Pancharatna Kritis are fashioned in the popular Thyagaraja Pancharatna tradition and as the name indicates is a compilation of 5-gems that are set to five different ragas, focusing on different tenors.

The Kritis were: Pranamaami Sayeesha… in Ragam Gambhira Nattai, in Adi Taalam, Sadaa Bhavayami in Ragam…Mayamalava Gowla, in Adi Taalam, Charana Sevanam… in Ragam Arabhi, in Adi Taalam, Kaliyuga Avataari… Ragam Todi and Sathya Sai Avatara Vaibhavam… in Ragam Madhyamavarthi, in Adi Taalam. All the songs were composed by Dr R Vasanthalakshmi of Sathya Sai Mirpuri College of Music and music was composed by Sri Raj Kumar Bharathi, great grandson of illustrious freedom fighter and Tamil poet Subramanya Bharathiar.

A CD on Sai Pancharatna Kritis was released during the occasion.

Sri SS Naganand, Member, SSSCT, then delivered the welcome address. Addressing the august assemblage Sri Naganand recounted the fabulous 85 years of His sojourn that kindled devotion in millions upon millions. Bringing transformation infusing the concept of selfless service is the highlight of His mission, said Sri Naganand. Elucidating further the speaker enlightened the audience of the potent significance of the ‘Aradhana’ day conducted honouring the physical exit of Bhagawan. Quoting various spiritual texts and masters, Sri Naganand spoke on the unmatched glory of Bhagawan in His formless form. In conclusion, the speaker urged the audience to rededicate to Bhagawan by engaging in selfless service, with hearts full of love.

A multimedia presentation on the ‘Sri Sathya Sai Mitra Solar Power Project’, to be inaugurated later during the day, followed next.  The 2100 KW Solar Power Plant is slated to be the largest such project by any NGO in India. The project is expected to cater to 50 percentage needs of the power requirements of Sathya Sai allied institutions in Prasanthi Nilayam.

Addressing the audience next Sri Ajit Popat shared his invaluable experiences at His Lotus Feet. Speaking of his experiences the erudite speaker emphatically declared: Swami is here, now…and He has not gone anywhere. Bhagawan, Whose lone desire is to make everyone desire-less, the speaker declared that had confided to him in the privacy of the interview room that His lone desire is…The Best Of The Best For The Poorest Of The Poor.

Bhagawan’s Divine discourse followed next, played on the public address system. With all-round pollution everywhere, how can bhakti exist? asked Bhagawan, exhorting everyone to Help Ever, Hurt Ever. This is the time for rectification, for correction in the proper direction. That purification helps in purifying the feelings in heart. The Proper Study Of Mankind Is Man, said Bhagawan, exhorting to have unity in thought, word and deed. When Bhagawan Is standing like a mountain by your side, why should you suffer? asked Bhagawan, commenting on the increasing trend around the world in misusing His Name for perverted, selfish interest. Bhagawan has no interest in money. He is concerned with love, love and love only.

A Maha Narayana Seva was organised at the Sri Sathya Sai Hill View Stadium during the occasion, serving food and clothing to thousands of villagers from in and around Puttaparthi.

Post the Maha Narayana Seva, the ‘Sri Sathya Sai Mitra Solar Power Project’ was inaugurated at the SSSIHL campus, attended by member trustees of SSSCT along with other dignitaries.

In the evening, popular violin artist, son of legendary Lalgudi Jayaraman, Lalgudi Krishnan offered an hour-long violin concert at Bhagawan’s Lotus Feet.

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