Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
Celebrating Chinese New Year 2015, over 250 devotees have arrived from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan, camping in Prasanthi Nilayam. Commencing a 3-day New Year celebrations, delegates from the participating countries presented a solemn, colourful evening today, rich with Chinese-Buddhistic tradition here in Prasanthi Nilayam.
The programme commenced with a brief spell of Buddhist Mantra chanting that was followed by Chinese Gu Zheng – ancient Chinese musical instrument – offering by the Indonesian children.
Chinese New Year Coordinator from Malaysia, Bro Billy Fong then addressed the assembly of devotees. Speaking on the greater significance of the occasion, Billy Fong compared the usual ‘Chinese’ urge for heading ‘homeward’ during the New Year celebrations with “Sai-Chinese” heading to Prasanthi Nilayam to be with Bhagawan during the holy occasion. The speaker identified Indian and Chinese as the two ancient civilisations that could impact the global scene positively.
A colourful traditional Chinese dance – Thousand Arms Kuan Yin – followed next. Rich with colour and aesthetic patterns with symbolic formations, the participating children from Indonesia won the hearts in the audience for their graceful offering.
A musical offering, medley of Chinese and English songs/bhajans followed next. As the session progressed, Aum Mani Padme Hum, the six-syllabled Sanskrit Buddhist Mantra, familiar to Prasanthi reverberated through followed by Happy New Year compositions… as well as Prasanthi Bhajans in Chinese tongue.
Bhajans by the Chinese delegates continued and the session ended with Mangala Arathi to Bhagawan.
II Samastha Lokah Sukhino Bhavnatu II
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