When Ratan Tata visited Sri Sathya Sai at Prasanthi Nilayam…

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Ratan Tata with Sri Sathya Sai
On the afternoon of 3rd December, 2009, Mr. Ratan Tata, Chairman of Tata Sons came to Prasanthi Nilayam to seek the blessings of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. On this day, the students of Sri Sathya Sai University had planned to present a drama to their beloved Bhagavan in Sai Kulwant Hall. Bhagavan made a last minute change of venue for the drama from Sai Kulwant Hall to the Institute Auditorium.

On the evening of 3rd December, 2009, Bhagavan sent word that all the students along with Mr. Ratan Tata to be seated in the College Auditorium itself and that He would arrive directly there. Soon Bhagavan arrived and was welcomed into the Auditorium. Mr. Ratan Tata offered his respects to Bhagavan. 
Ratan Tata with Sri Sathya Sai at the Prasanthi Nilayam Campus Auditorium
As soon as He sat in His chair, Bhagavan wanted the drama to begin. Since the actors were not ready with their make-up, Bhagavan was informed about their predicament. The ever-loving Lord asked for the Bhajans to be sung till the actors were ready.
Students, who had put up Drama, interacting with Sri Sathya Sai and Ratan Tata.
A little later, the lead actors came down the stage to seek the blessings of Bhagavan to stage the drama. Thus the play commenced with their Lord’s blessings. The drama portrayed many instances from the lives of great sons of Bharat who epitomised the great values of Satya, Dharma, Shanti and Prema. The drama also showcased the lives of the simple cowherd girls of Brindavan who won the grace of the Lord only by love. Bhagavan was very moved during every episode depicted in the drama.

At the conclusion of the drama, Bhagavan moved up the stage to pose for photographs with the drama team. Bhagavan invited Mr. Ratan Tata on the stage and introduced various members of the cast to him. Then Bhagavan called a senior foreign devotee, who was seated in the audience to come up the stage. After speaking to him a few words, Bhagavan all of a sudden made a declaration, “Everything is polluted. My students will go everywhere and clean up everything. That is their service to Me.” Then Bhagavan spoke about singing. He said, “Bhava, Raga and Tala – these constitute Bharata (India). Bhava or feelings are most important. The boys here have lot of feelings. They go to the villages and serve the poor people there.” Then Bhagavan introduced all the singers and the Warden to Mr. Ratan Tata. Bhagavan made each of them sing portions of some songs and Bhajans. Bhagavan distributed watches to all the participants of the drama and blessed them with Padanamaskar. Ensuring that all had received the gifts and were happy, Bhagavan moved out at 6.45 pm. 
Ratan Tata, R.K. Krishna Kumar and R. Venkataramanan with Sri Sathya Sai in the Prasanthi Nilayam Mandir
Mr. Ratan Tata got the privilege of accompanying Him in His car as Bhagavan called him in. Thereafter, he, R.K.Krishna Kumar, Director at Tata Sons and R. Venkataramanan, former student of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning and executive assistant to Mr. Tata, got a special audience with Bhagavan in the Prasanthi Nilayam Bhajan Mandir.

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