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Holy Buddha Purnima In Prasanthi Nilayam…

Today Is Holy Buddha Purnima in Prasanthi Nilayam. Rededicating themselves at Bhagawan’s Lotus Feet, re-pledging to follow the teachings of ‘Sai Buddha’, devotees from Region 4 & 5 of SSIO comprising of countries Srilanka, Nepal, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong commenced their 2-day Buddha Purnima celebrations this evening in Prasanthi Nilayam. The theme for the year’s celebrations is Chatur Brahma Vihar, 4- sublime attitudes of Buddhism.

A serene procession of Buddhist monks to the backdrop singing of Narsingh Gatha marked the commencement of celebrations this evening. Ceremonial lighting of the lamp at the Sanctum Sanctorum by the SSIO officials followed next, accompanied by recitation of traditional Buddhist slokas and chants.

Delivering his opening remarks, Programme Coordinator  Sri Amar Karki, Chair, 4A of SSIO reminded the audience of the significance of Bharat Varsha, that is a unified region embracing many countries where Siddhartha ‘Buddha’ was born 2563 years ago. Referring to the theme of the celebrations Chatur Brahma Vihar, he then invited the Guest Speaker for the occasion Mr Teerakiat Jereonsettasin, a medical professional, former minister, currently a senator, from Thailand and above all a long-time devotee of Beloved Bhagawan.

The experienced speaker who had the great good fortune of being in His ‘close’ physical presence on many an occasion commenced by reminding the audience of the rarest of the rare opportunity, that is to be in the immediate Divine OmniPresence of The Supreme Lord in Prasanthi Nilayam. He Is Buddha Sai, what the seekers seek and not a monk, said the speaker reminding one and all of the importance of reaping the best of His Presence.

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Talking on the Chatur Brahma Vihar, four aspects of love of Buddhism, the speaker then divulged into Teachings of The Buddha as expounded by Beloved Bhagawan. The ‘sailent’ pointers he touched upon this evening talking on ‘Buddha’s responses to the abuses’ were rejecting all abuses or all that can be labelled ‘bad’, practising detachment, where detachment becomes ‘Deep Attachment To God’  and   attachment, ‘Detachment From God’. On the sacred chants ‘Buddham Sharanam Gacchami… the speaker explained what he learnt about the same at His Lotus Feet, important one being to embrace fundamental discrimination that helps the society at large. This alone will help one to transform the mind, said the speaker quoting Bhagawan.

Summarising his talk on the sacred teachings of Bhagawan on Buddhism, he asked the audience to develop Peace Within & Love Without that is very much in line with Bhagawan’s favourite axiom ‘Love All Serve All’ – ‘Help Ever Hurt Never’. As a parting message he reminded the august assembly yet again of the rarest of the rare opportunity befell on them all. By having His Darshan we are all enlightened and now we have to preserve it, by not losing it… which is the rarest of the rare reminding ourselves that SAI SHARANAM GACHCHAMI.

Devotees from the Himalayan Kingdom, Nepal took over the final session, presenting a series of offerings. Commencing with dance to the tune of a Ganesha Strotram, the next to come was a drama offering entitled Buddham Sharanam Gachchami  that spoke about how The Buddha post his enlightenment effectively served the society at large, bringing in transformation. The final offering was a dance presentation on the theme ‘sacrifice and self control’.

Bhajans by the SSIO followed next and the session ended with Mangala Arathi to Beloved Bhagawan.

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Grand Finale Of The Spiritual Retreat On FaithLift…

The 4-day Spiritual Retreat on the theme FaithLift with the slogan ‘May The Source Be My Force’ by Zone 4A/4B Young Adults of SSIO culminated this evening in Prasanthi Nilayam marked by a speech, presentation of camp resolution and a drama offering on the theme ‘FaithLift – Let The Source Be My Force‘. read more »

FaithLift Retreat by the Sai Young Adults of Zone 4A/4B of SSIO…

Vishwas is a MahaShwas, commented a spiritual preceptor once, talking on the most casually used, yet infinitely profound term ‘faith’. read more »

Easwaramma Day Celebrated…

He searched for a womb as pure as ‘pure’ can be… and His eyes fell on her… The reference to ‘He’ is pointing towards the ‘Supreme Most’ Divine Persona creation has ever witnessed, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai and the third person reference is about His Chosen Mother – Mother Easwaramma. read more »

Navavidha Bhakti – a unique presentation by Sai Students…

All roads lead to the same destination… The True Truth! If alone God on Earth has a mission, it is Bhaktodhdharana, emancipation of devotees. Exhibiting unique camaraderie practising His precept of unity that leads to Divinity, Sai Student fraternity, both old and new, join alike this Aradhana Day evening offering a unique programme on Navavidha Bhakti at the Sanctum Sanctorum in Prasanthi Nilayam. read more »

Reminiscing S-A-I… Sai – Antaryami – Indweller… On Sri Sathya Sai Aradhana Mahotsavam…

Prasanthi Nilayam today reminisced the nostalgic beauty of ‘The Beauty Beyond Compare’, The Love That Conquers, Sri Sathya Sai, observing the holy Sathya Sai Aradhana Mahotsavam in His immediate Divine OmniPresence. read more »

Prema Aradhana… a drama on The Essence Of Sri Sathya Sai…

Being contemporary to the most potent Divine Persona, Who Is… The Incredible, The Inexplicable, The Inscrutable…, is the best of the most incomparable blessings man today can aspire for. read more »

Grand Culmination To Vishu – Kerala New Year…

Back in Kerala there is a prevalent custom in the auspicious Vishu morning, a customary tradition of Vishukkaineettam, a symbolic monetary gift from the elders to the youngsters, within a family. read more »

Impressive cultural parade marks the Kerala New Year ‘Vishu’ in Prasanthi Nilayam

Bharat, the land with rich cultural diversity celebrates many a new year, all with traditional piety n’ gaiety. In this series of new years that fall in the month of March – April comes Vishu, the Kerala New Year. …And for the Sai fraternity, the festivity comes with greater significance, as the festivity came into His immediate Divine Presence through His ‘direct’ initiative. read more »

Tamil New Year In Prasanthi Nilayam…

The infinitely auspicious Sri Rama Navami today also coincides with Puthandu Vazthukal, the Tamil New Year Day. After the sacrosanct Sita-Rama Kalyanam this morning, in the evening the Tamil Nadu contingent of devotees presented a garland of Carnatic songs, offered by Ms. Gayathri Venkataraghavan from Chennai. read more »