Deepavali in Bhagawan’s OmniPresence…

Devotees from Gujarat have come in huge numbers to sacrosanct Prasanthi Nilayam celebrating twin festivities of Deepavali and Gujarati New Year. This year also commemorates the golden jubilee year of Bhagwan’s Dwarka visit, His capital during His earlier sojourn as Lord Sri Krishna in the Treta Yuga. A symbolic Dwarka – Parthi procession this morning entered the venue at Sai Kulwant Hall marking the commencement of the two day celebrations. The palanquin procession to the backdrop chanting of holy names was followed a soulful session of devotionals, singing paeans to Bhagawan Sri Krishna.  

In the evening, the session commenced with an address by Sri Hemant D. Patel, State President of SSSSO – Gujarat. Thanking Bhagawan profusely for His all-conquering Love, wishing one and all holy greetings on the auspicious festivity the SP then presented the activity report of SSSSO at Bhagawan’s Lotus Feet. Chanting of Sri Hari stotram, composed by Swami Brahmananda propitiating Lord Vishnu, followed next, presented by the teachers of Sri Sathya Sai School, Surat. Girl students from the same school followed next presenting a short-drama ‘Gopis’ Sublime Madness’ themed after the unparalleled love of the gopis for Lord Krishna.

Presenting the ‘gopis’ with hearts full of love and devotion, the drama takes a flashback to the golden gokul days of yore, manifesting the nostalgic magic of His Presence.  The presentation was based on Bhagawan’s sayings on the incomparable devotion of the gopikas, well interlaced with flashback stories from the Krishna time. Beautiful thought-provoking episode of ‘Krishna’s-Headache’, curing at the ‘hands’ of selfless love and devotion of the gopis, much against the reservations of Rugmini, Satyabhama, Sage Narada illustrates the Parama Bhakti that transcends all. Uddhava’s emissary episode next showcases the unflinching devotion of the gopis, who refuted the messenger saying their minds have eternally reserved for Krishna alone. Eternal Queen Of Love RadhaRani’s final moments, with her soul-stirring call for her Beloved depicts the essence of love, with absolute surrender.

Commemorating the golden jubilee of Sri Sathya Sai Balvikas, Balvikas children from the state then presented a drama, Sai Sanathana Samraksha, a story from the life of Showrya Rathod, hailing from a family of soldiers, who went missing during a military action. In 2010 as the family was about to get-together celebrating  a Deepavali , the news about his missing came in. His little son comes in picture, pausing many a question to  his Balvikas teacher seeking solace. As advised by the Balvikas guru, facing the trauma upfront, the boy gets to listen to his inner voice only to develop self-dependence. Adding to the spirit, the grandfather at home recaps heroic stories from his and his father’s military exposures, of experiences with Bhagawan. Showrya grows into a young valorous Balvikas child, practising His precepts only to become a proud ‘Sathya Sai Student’ and the proud child of his parents and grandparents. Needless to say, the story ends with a happy reunion of the family, with the missing son/father appears only to celebrate Deepavali with the family, after nine long years of captivity. Greater faith and reliance on Him had the last laugh. Uncle Lion, Radio Sai’s famous cartoon character, comes as the story teller, enthusiastically joined by a little one by name Vikas.

Bhajans by the Gujarat batch of devotees next ended with Mangala Arathi to Bhagawan.

Post the Mandir session, following the tradition set by Bhagawan, students from Sri Sathya Sai Institutions celebrated the Colours Of Deepavali in the waning twilight at the Yajur Mandiram premises. The session concluded with Mangala Arathi to Beloved Bhagawan.

This year’s Gujarat Parthi Yatra is named after Bhagawan’s Divine visit to the holy Dwarka, Dwarka – Parthi Yatra.

II Samastha Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu II