Monday, September 8, 2008 and
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Another land mark event in promoting Vedic studies was initiated at Prasanthi Nilayam in the Divine Presence of Bhagavan on 9th September, 2008.
On 8th September, 2008, Bhagavan gave instructions that everybody should be taught the Vedic hymn Rudram, in His presence. At 5.10 pm, He asked the former Vice-Chancellor Sri S. V. Giri to announce this Vedam Tutorial. After a brief introduction by one of the students working in the Ashram, the teaching of the hymn began. Bhagavan’s instructions were that before His Birthday festivities this year, all should learn this Mantra and chant together for the cause of the welfare of the entire world.
Collective chanting of Rudram was started on the afternoon of 9th September, 2008, in the Divine Presence of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba in Sai Kulwant Hall at 5.20 pm with the objective of peace and welfare of the world. Four senior members of the Veda chanting group of Prasanthi Nilayam chanted a part of Rudram and the entire assembly of students, staff and devotees in the hall repeated the Mantras after them in chorus.
This practice of chanting has been continuing daily in Sai Kulwant Hall both in the morning and afternoon since then. All are encouraged to learn the entire Rudram by heart. These everyday sessions in Sai Kulwant Hall are invariably graced by Bhagavan by His Divine Presence.