Saturday, January 21, 2006 to
Saturday, February 18, 2006
In response to earnest prayers of the devotees of Brindavan, Bhagavan blessed them with His Physical Presence from 21st January to 18th February, 2006. He returned to Puttaparthi on 18th February. A few celebrations were held in Brindavan during Bhagavan’s stay over there.
The students of the Brindavan Campus presented a few interesting and beautiful programmes in the Divine Presence of Bhagavan during His stay at Brindavan. Their first programme was ‘Hridayapushpam’ which was held on the afternoon of 29th January, 2006, in Sai Ramesh Hall at Brindavan. The students presented soulful group songs in different languages interspersed with speeches. They narrated their experiences of Bhagavan’s Divinity. They expressed their love and gratitude to Bhagavan for the wonderful opportunity of His proximity that was bestowed on them.
Brindavan Campus students presented their second programme entitled ‘Bhaktisagar’ on 5th February, 2006, in Sai Ramesh Hall. The students described the nine modes of worship of God, citing examples of great devotees like Prahlada, Meerabai and Hanuman, etc. They described each mode of worship with appropriate songs in different languages. Besides Bhagavan, some other dignitaries including Sri Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, Vice President of India and Sri T. N. Chaturvedi, Governor of Karnataka enjoyed this Presentation. The programme concluded with offering of Mangala Aarati to Bhagavan at 6.45 pm.
Chinese New Year Day was celebrated in the Divine Presence on 6th February, 2006 at Whitefield. Devotees numbering over 200 from Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia came to Brindavan to celebrate this New Year Day in the Divine Presence. On the 6th morning, Bhagavan was led from His residence to Sai Ramesh Hall (the venue of celebration) in a procession by the lion dancers at 9.45 am. Bhagavan took His seat on the dais amidst Vedic chanting. The Chinese devotees (men and women) went on the stage and made their offerings at His Lotus Feet. Some of them showed Bhagavan the photographs of tsunami which destroyed the concrete buildings on the coast of Philippines but had left the wooden mosques untouched, to prove how Divine Grace saved these places of worship. Thereafter, a group of Chinese children presented a skit highlighting the customs associated with New Year celebrations and their significance. Then, the Chinese devotees led the Bhajans. Prasadam was distributed to all. The programme concluded with offering Mangala Aarati to Bhagavan at 11.05 am.
A Yagna for the welfare of the humanity was performed from 10th to 14th February, 2006, in the Divine Presence of Bhagavan in Sai Krishan Kalyana Mandapam at Brindavan. On 14th morning, Bhagavan performed the Poornahuti to mark the completion of the Yagna. He distributed the clothes to the Priests who performed the Yagan and blessed the couple who organized this Yagna. Bhagavan then blessed the devotees by sprinkling Akshatas (sacred yellow rice) on them.
The third and final programme of the students, ‘Poet’s Meet’ was presented in the Divine Presence in Sai Ramesh Hall in the afternoon. 15 students dressed in the traditional costumes of poets, exhibited their poetic talents reciting beautiful poems in many languages. The themes covered by these budding poets in their poems included the Glory of the Sai Avatar, Sai’s Mission, and role of students in the Divine Mission of Bhagavan and the message of Bhagavad Gita etc. At the conclusion of the programme, Bhagavan blessed the students and posed for photographs with them.
Bhagavan returned to Prasanthi Nilayam from Brindavan on 18th February, 2006. The joy of His students was worth seeing when they formed a colourful procession and performed Bhangra dances in front of His car when He arrived from Brindavan. They welcomed Bhagavan into Sai Kulwant Hall with Poorna Kumbham amidst Vedic chanting. On 19th afternoon, after Bhagavan’s Darshan in Sai Kulwant Hall, the Vice-Chancellor of Sri Sathya Sai University, Sri Anil Vinayak Gokak and two students of the Institute expressed their feelings of delight and happiness on Bhagavan’s return from Brindavan.