Thursday, March 15th, 2012
Offering gratitude, passing out batches of students from Sri Sathya Sai Mirpuri College of Music and undergraduate students from SSSIHL, Prasanthi Nilayam Campus presented a Musical Offering interspersed with words of love n’ gratitude on the 18th evening in the Sanctum Sanctorum in Prasanthi Nilayam.
After initial offerings and introduction they began with a song “we always call You our God…we always call You our friend…we always call You our Mother…Whose Love Never Ever Ends…”. A poem followed reminiscing His glory, all that happened with Bhagawan’s physical disappearance and how Bhagwawan guided the boy in the darkest hour, loving him and guiding him in an unfathomable way. Different tongues spoke, in varied vernacular, but essentially in the language of hearts. Interspersed with songs in Hindi, Telugu and English, some of which were composed specially for the occasion, the group burst into singing expressing tears of love n’ gratitude for all that Bhagawan has been for them defining their lives in the most sanctified way.
A muslim student narrated his story as to how he got to adjust to the situation in Prasanthi Nilayam. When he joined the higher secondary school he was puzzled as he was a loner, only muslim boy, and thus had an apprehension about the viability of practising his religion. Soon his fear and apprehension vanished as fellow students and teachers were quite cooperative and encouraged him to follow his religion with earnestness. During the years 2010 and 2011, celebrating the month long Ramadan fasting, some of the fellow students who were non-muslims also joined the holy fast, encouraging him to follow his religious practice. He concluded reciting two verses from Holy Quran reiterating that during his stay with Bhagawan he learnt that Islam religion and Sanathana Dharma are one and same.
Another narration followed that was centred around Bhagawan’s omnipresence and love of Bhagawan. As an eleven year old boy when the narrator was playing a vertical tug of war with his elder brother, owing to the powerful pull from the opposite end, the boy who was in the 1st floor at 15 ft height, slipped and fell hurtling down only to land safe, withoug any major injuries. The lesson learnt was – when mortal aid is not there, if one is surrendered, Divine intervention takes place.
A scintillating Jhugalbandhi followed consisting of nine musical instruments, Veena, Violin, Tabla, Mrudangam, Pakhawaj, Khanjeera, Ghatam, Octopad, Keyboard etc. It was an apt finale came as an apt offering of gratitude, for these talented children learnt all these instruments in the Prasanthi portals as blessed by Bhagawan.
A group song in Hindi followed that summed up the feelings in the hearts passing out this year.
Various offerings at the Divine Lotus Feet followed. All the participating students were felicitated with special mementos. Bhajans continued for sometime that was concluded by the Thursday Special in Bhagawan’s voice, “Rama Kodanda Rama…”.Prasadam was distributed to the entire assemblage of devotees that was followed with Mangala Arathi at 1845 hrs.
II Samasta Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu II