Recent Events At Prashanti Nilayam – Sathya Sai Baba Ashram
Sunday, October 26, 2008
If yesterday it was the chance of the Iranian student to chant Vedam onstage, today it was the turn of the two American brothers, one in the school and one in the college. Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba came onstage after His darshan round in the car at 4.30 pm, and asked Prof. Anil Kumar to announce that the Vedic hymns are not limited to any country or religion, and then called up the two American boys to chant onstage. After ten minutes of their chanting, Swami sat for a few more minutes while everyone chanted together, and then moved to the Bhajan Hall and then to the interview room. During the Bhajans which began at five o’clock in the Bhajan Hall, Swami asked for the two bhajans with Alap to be sung – ‘Sri Raghavam’ and ‘Allah ho Akbar’. At 5.45, He accepted Arati and returned to His residence.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
This evening, Bhajans began at five o’clock and Bhagawan arrived for darshan a short while later. He sat onstage and blessed many students with letters and gave a chain to one of them. Ten minutes past six, He asked for the Bhajans to stop, and collective chanting of the Rudram began. The Iranian student from the Primary School was asked to stand onstage and chant into the microphone. Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba asked Prof. Anil Kumar to announce after the chanting that the boy was from Iran, and that he was the first to learn Vedam there. After a few more minutes of chanting, Swami accepted Arati at 6.35 pm and returned to His residence.
Friday, October 24, 2008
This evening, youth from the North-Eastern states Assam and Manipur presented some dances. At four o’clock, Swami went to the Stadium directly from His residence in the car, and returned directly to His residence after half an hour. Later, He came onstage at 5 pm after His darshan round in the chair, and the programme commenced shortly thereafter. Youth from Assam presented Sattriya dance and Guru Vandana followed by Krishna Vandana. Manipur youth then presented Thougal Jagoi dance. Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba sent clothes for the participants and Bhajans began by the youth at 6 pm. Prasadam was distributed during Arati at 6.20 pm, following which Swami came down from the stage and blessed all the participants with group photographs before returning to His residence in the car. See: “Vandana”, Saatriya Dance Presentations by Assam Youth and a Thougal Jagoi Dance Presentation by Manipal Youth
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
This evening, youth from Kerala presented a dance followed by a music programme. Bhagawan came onstage after His darshan round by 4.30 pm, and in ten minutes, asked the Kerala State President Prof. Mukundan to introduce the programme. After the 20 minute dance, Swami went to the interview room briefly before coming out to begin the musical performance. Forty minutes of popular devotional Carnatic and Hindustani songs were followed by bhajans by the students for twenty minutes before Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba accepted Arati at 6.10. He Blessed the singers with clothes and the dancers with a group photograph. The main dancer was blessed with a ring, and Swami interacted with him for a few minutes before returning to His residence in the car after granting padanamaskar for all the performers at 6.30 pm. See: ‘Sivashtakam’, a Classical Dance Ballet and Classical Music by Sri Prasanna Venkataraman and Kum. Lakshmi
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