A ‘Soulful’ Evening Of Gratitude by Prasanthi Trust, USA

Members of Prasanthi Trust, USA, a philanthropic-socio-institution formed under the direct instance of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai offered a musical ‘gratitude’ presentation paying homage to Bhagawan this evening in Prasanthi Nilayam.

Commencing the proceedings at 1650 hrs., Dr. Ravi Dabir, founder Secretary and Trustee of the Prasanthi Trust addressed the assembly speaking a few words of love and gratitude. Recalling his family’s seven decade old connection with Bhagawan, Dr. Dabir had a prayer to Bhagawan, to take his hand and lead the way, serving the needy serving Sai all the time. Firm faith in Bhagawan is the absolute need to have Him hold our hands, reminded Dr. Ravi sharing his personal experience just three months back, when he was blessed with a miraculous ‘touch of grace’ experience of complete healing of a suspected heart problem, at the ever healing Hands Of Bhagawan.

Addressing next, Dr. Ramesh Wadhwani, CEO and founder trustee of the Prasanthi Trust shared the interesting inception story of the Trust, happened in 1992. Sharing with the audience some of the catchy stories involving Bhagawan’s ‘touch of grace’, the speaker called the Prasanthi Trust as an extension of the official Sathya Sai mission in the US, having a selfless motto of serving the needy following His dictum, Love All Serve All, Help Ever Hurt Never.

The Trust was inspired at one of the mission goals listed in Bhagawan’s famed letter written to His ‘brother’ Seshama Raju, written on May 25, 1945. Speaking about the mission, as to what really motivated them, the speaker divulged reading out one of the mission statements, meaning ‘to remove the sufferings of the poor and grant them what they lack’.

Life’s aim is to realise God within, reminded Dr. Ramesh, exposing the temporal nature of worldly affairs, stressing on the simplistic steps he is taking for effective transformation. As torch-bearers of Bhagawan, we have a duty to perform, making our lives His message, living our lives to the fullest, reminded  the speaker, reiterating Bhagawan’s Mission Statement that sounds, ‘I Am attached to My work that I love, to remove the suffering of the poor and grant them what they lack’, that being the trusts main motivation.

The Prasanthi Trust had its inception in the year 1992, in the very Divine Presence of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai, and has been instrumental in various projects including that related to the twin super speciality hospitals in Prasanthigram and Whitefield and the SSS General Hospital in Prasanthi Nilayam.

A musical offering followed next, presented by a talent bunch of Young Adults, led by Gana Praveena Sai Sisters, Sai Kiran and Sai Nivedita from the US, who are pursuing Indian Classical Music. ‘Lambodara Hey Girija Nandana…’, ‘Bhavani Dayani…Mahavakya Vahini…’, a short piece of ‘Vaishnav Jana To…’ (violin instrumental), ‘Maliyagiri Se Himalay Ki Choti Se…’, ‘Allahu Allahu Allahu…’, ‘Kanada Raja Pandharicha…’, ‘Hari Bhajana Bina Sukha Shanti Nahi…’ (violin instrumental), ‘Sai You Are my heart n’ soul’, ‘Remind me my Lord who I am…’,  were the soulful evening numbers.

The sisters were accompanied by a host of musicians, Nayantara Narasimhan on the violin, Prascilla Desai on the keyboard, Pranav Gataraju on the tabala, Hrishitej Srivastava on the guitar, Akshat Srivastava on Dholak and Harmonium, all from the US, joined by Sarvasree Sai Dutt and Prajapathi on Mridangam and Manjeera,  both from Prasanthi Nilayam, respectively.

Bhajans followed and the session ended with Mangala Arathi to Bhagawan.

II Samastha Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu II