Friday, December 26th, 2014
What could be the best ‘virtuous’ offering to God? Beautiful children form Sathya Sai School, Toronto, Canada has the answer, as they spelt it out in a drama entitled “Eight Virtuous Offering To God” this evening as part of the ongoing Christmas celebrations here in Prasanthi Nilayam.
The presentation in the backdrop of Great Canadian outdoors, with Christmas Eve and Winter Solstice aligning together, was a depiction of the essential characteristics of a true spiritual seeker, underlying theme being ‘Unity In Diversity’.
The drama opens up to the Great Canadian outdoors with the First Native Chief, Chief Ailen pondering over the best virtuous gift as an offering to Great Spirit, Kitchi-Manitou. His Grandfather’s wisdom responds to his call, advising him to offer Non-violence as one, in a pack of eight virtues, as the best possible offering… Practising Non-violence by living in harmony with all beings, being alike to everyone and everything. The Grandfather further advises the Chief Ailen to seek the counsel of various religious heads in the State on the subject.
Subsequent scenes open up with various religious heads coming up with their perspective and ideology on the subject.
A Zoroastrian Priest shows up first with a ‘Peace’ offering, backing up his claim with the story of the Parsi community in Gujarat, India, that successfully settled in the State, sharing love, sweetening lives with their innate love.
Muslim community comes next with the idea of Sense Control being the best offering. Sense Control is more than just controlling the temptations of the tongue as the community follows during the Ramadan month, enlightens the Imam.
The Buddhists project Meditation as the best gift, as peace and sense control can be achieved through Meditation and…
The Hindu Priest talks about Penance as the finest virtue, recounting the story of Hanuman who demonstrated great harmony in thought, word and deed by being an exemplary servant of Lord Rama, thus winning Divine Friendship.
Finally arrives a Christian Priest talking high about Jesus and his virtues. Showing up the nativity scene, of the birth of the Divine Baby, the Priest extols Jesus’ extraordinary Compassion for all, his supreme Forbearance, facing up oddities all through his life successfully, finally to proclaim the virtue of Truth that Jesus realized.
At the conclusion, the drama crew came forward offering maple leaves of virtues at The Lotus Feet of Beloved Bhagawan.
Earlier the programme commenced at 1700 hrs. with an introductory ‘appreciation’ speech by Mr John Behner, International Christmas Committee Chairman. Mr Benher highlighted on the Pure Love in all hearts, being the rich experience of thousands assembled in Prasanthi Nilayam for the Holy occasion. Referring to Laing Ron’s writings about his Interview Room experience with Bhagawan, wherein Bhagawan acknowledged Himself as ‘The Cosmic Christ’, the veteran speaker then appreciated the various components of the Ashram and overseas delegates in making the Prasanthi Christmas a grand success.
Post the drama presentation Bhajans continued and ended with Mangala Arathi at 1830 hrs.
II Samastha Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu II