Ashadi in Prasanthi Nilayam…

Ashadi Ekadashi…


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 Evening Video Webcast of the Ashadi Ekadashi Celebrations

- Prasanthi Nilayam - 9th July 2014


 Live Video Webcast of the Ashadi Ekadashi Celebrations

at 8.15 a.m. (IST) from Prasanthi Nilayam - 9th July 2014


Ashadi Ekadashi…

What Mother India stands for and what entails her greater glory?.. this was the central theme of the beautiful presentation entitled “Yenna Bharath Tanna Bharatha…” by the Bal Vikas and Youth of Pune District of Maharashtra on the auspicious Ashadi Ekadashi morning herein Prasanthi Nilayam today.

Today is Holy Ashadi Ekadashi, the holy 11th day in the month of Ashada. This is the day when lakhs and lakhs or pilgrims from every nook and corner of Maharashtra flock to the Abode of Lord Vittala at Pandharpur seeking His Divine darshan. Symbolic to this Varkari tradition, devotees of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai take up Dindi procession every year, walking on foot from Dharmavaram to Prasanthi Nilayam in three days, presenting themselves to Sai Vittala seeking the bliss of His Divine darshan.

This morning’s programme commenced with the arrival of traditional Dindi procession marked with great spiritual and religious fervour. Soon Sai Kulwant was heard reverberating with the refrain “Jai Jai Rama Krishna Hari…” and “Jai Jai Vittala…” bringing the Pandharpur flavour to Prasanthi Nilayam. Over 1100 pilgrims joined this year’s Dindi procession to Prasanthi Nilayam.


Ashadi Ekadashi…


The presentation that followed next had the Essence of Bharat’s pristine glory. When Bharat’s own spiritual ideology “Sanathana Dharma” and “Vasudeva Kudumbakam”, understanding everything as one single family, form part of its ‘constitution’, Bharat promotes the most potent and highest of all teachings of spiritual awakening, Aham Brahmasmi and Sarvam Brahmamayam…that, everything is Brahmam, the Truth Eternal.



Unity in Diversity, Bhagawan’s message for a nation with diverse culture, worshipping the Mother as Divine in the Indian perspective, worshipping Cow, Motherland, Vedas, Nature, Mother Earth etc as Mother…, Para Vidya, the Supreme Knowledge or the Eternal Atmic Principle understanding that Life is Eternal and Sathya Sai is the True Sadguru and Bharat’s own specialty being the land of Avatars etc. were depicted beautifully in the next one hour through segmented presentations, with colourful children dancing to the fore to the tunes of Bhagawan’s own compositions. Popularly known as Padyams, these compositions often preceded Bhagawan’s Divine discourses, entailing essential wisdom in a nutshell.

Bhajans continued and ended with Mangala Arathi at 0955 hrs.



From Bhagawan’s padyams to music of variety… Continuing the Ashadi celebrations in the evening talented youngsters from the city of Mumbai presented a 90 minute musical offering regaling Bhagawan and the capacity audience. The troupe of 6-talented youngsters included two of Bhagawan’s alumna, Bro Sanket Modi and Bro Nishad Mishra, working as a music faculty at Atharva Music Academy and as a full time composer respectively.



Ms Swarna Tiwari, Ms Deepali Sathe, Ms Kirti Killedar, Ms Rushy K Kuddyady were the other singers joined Sanket and Nishad in the evening.  Producing rich music with diversity, ranging from Hindustani to Marati Abhang, Punjabi Folk to Zufi Devotionals theyregaled the audience for over an hour and a half.  The Team – 6 3were accompanied by Amit Bhavar on Keyboard, Sandeep Kulkarni on Flute, Dhiren Raichura on Guitar, Ashish Jha on Tabla, Sai Prasad on Mrudangam and Sanket Modi himself on Harmonium.



Bhajans continued and ended with Mangala Arathi at 1900 hrs.



Maharashtra Gatha by Balvikas, Navi Mumbai…

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014


Beginning the week-long Guru Purnima celebrations, this evening being the auspicious Ekadashi, Balvikas children from the Satellite City of Navi Mumbai presented a dance ballet entitled “Maharashtra Gatha” herein Prasanthi Nilayam today.  The presentation was a depiction on the Cultural and Spiritual glory of the State of Maharashtra, lovingly referred to by Bhagawan as “Mahan – Rashtra”.

Beginning with a depiction of boisterous, yet highly religious festival of Ganesha Chaturthi, with a traditional Lezim dance, the ‘Maharashtra Gatha’ continued with the illustration of its famed sons and daughters whose contribution in the filed of social and educational sector brought about radical changes, reforming the state to its current pristine glory. Mahatma Phule, Savitribai Phule, Dr Anandibhai Joshi, Panditha Ramabhai were some of the names found mention in the evening.


Maharashtra Gatha by Balvikas, Navi Mumbai…


Still on with the presentation, the beaitufil children then depicted the traditional Mangalagauri Puja to Lord Shiva involving women-folk, Povada, a folk form depicting the dual between Chatrapathi Shivaji Maharaj and the infamous Afzal Khan, a presentation on the great devotee cum social reformer Gadge Maharaj, references to the great social reforms done by Dr Abhay & Rani Bhai couple reforming the Adivasi (aboriginal) class… and of the social reformer Baba Amte for his contribution to the leprosy afflicted ones. Colourful children dancing to folklore Maratha tunes added lustre to the evening’s Maratha glory.


Maharashtra Gatha by Balvikas, Navi Mumbai…


Final phase of the presentation had the traditional Dindi Procession of Ashadi Ekadashi, when lakhs of Varkaris from literally every single village in the state go on pilgrimage to have the Darshan of Lord Vittala at Pandharpur. The presentation ended with a beautiful energetic dance offering “Jai Maharashtra Maata…Jai Maharashtra Maata…”.



Earlier, the evening programme commenced with a brief introductory talk followed by a couple of speeches on the just concluded 3-Day Sri Sathya Sai Education Conference held in the Poornachandra Auditorium, from 6 July until this evening, on the theme “Sathya Sai Ideal Education”. The conference was organised by the Sri Sathya Sai International Organisation and was attended by over 280 delegates from over 55 countries.


Maharashtra Gatha by Balvikas, Navi Mumbai…


The speakers for the session were: Dr (Ms) Margaret Taplin of Institute Of Sathya Sai Education, Hongkong and Dr Manuel Alberto Morales from Sathya Sai Institute Of Education, Mexico. Dr Margaret Taplin spoke of the impact of Sathya Sai Schools and Institutes in the society and at government levels helping spreading the message of Educare. Speaking of everyday transformation, she narrated in detail of the positive response for the greater effort being done in Mainland China involving 58 schools and over 700 teachers.


Maharashtra Gatha by Balvikas, Navi Mumbai…


Acknowledging the bright positive side of SSE, bringing transformation in societies around the world, especially in children, the next speaker Dr Manuel Alberto Morales said practising Human Values is the key to developing understanding between all humanity, building a new and authentic society. Hundreds and thousands of Sathya Sai Institutes around the world has one aim, to serve Bhagawan’s mission to restore Human Values, ushering in a gloden age, said the speaker presenting conclusions and recommendatioins of the 3-day conference.

Bhajans by tinytots, participants of Bhajan Mahotsava in the State of Maharashtra, turned out to be soulful experience for the capacity audience in the twilight.

Mangala Arathi at 1900 marked the end of the evening’s proceedings.

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Ashadi in Prasanthi Nilayam…
Friday, July 19th, 2013


Celebrating Ashadi Ekadashi, the Marata festival of great spiritual significance, Balvikas children along with devotees  from the State of Maharashtra presented a variety of cultural programmes yesterday at the Sanctum Sanctorum in Prasanthi Nilayam.


Ashadi in Prasanthi Nilayam…


On the auspicious morning the programme commenced at 0820 hrs., after half-an-hour Rudram chanting, with a Dindi procession, symbolic to the age-old tradition of Varkari Yatra to Pandharpur, Abode Of Lord Vitthala. A couple of dances to the tune of Marati abhangs followed next.


Ashadi in Prasanthi Nilayam…


Balvikas children from Mumbai then offered a Musical Dance Drama entitled ‘The Divine Kaar Rally’. The Divine Kaar Rally this morning was an encore, with a modified version, of the 1999 presentation in the immediate Divine Presence of Beloved Bhagawan.


Ashadi in Prasanthi Nilayam…


The presentation was a graphic depiction of man’s plight today.  Man, completely enmeshed in materialism, yielding to lower instincts, looses his track forgetting his real nature.


Ashadi in Prasanthi Nilayam…


To get into the “I to He Highway” he has to cross over Ahamkaar…then Mamakaar…to progress into Chamatkar wherein he will start experiencing Divine Touch Of Grace as miracles. From there, while in tune, he will progress with the help of a special bonus, Paropakaar, to Sakshaatkaar, Self Realisation!


Ashadi in Prasanthi Nilayam…


Presented with a touch of humour, with subtle yet profound messages, the presentation brings in a protagonist who drives in, with his ‘Ahamkaar’ that breaks down only for him to seek helpf from Sathya Sai Garage…the garagemen were helpless as ‘Ahamkaar’ broke into pieces and was beyond repair…Mamakaar drives into the scene then which also fails to further owing to break down.


Ashadi in Prasanthi Nilayam…


Even as he thinks how to reach his destination ‘Chamatkaar’ drives the protagonist to much better position wherein he was offered further assistance by the garage man to rely on Sathya Sai World Bank for ‘financial assistance’ to progress to ‘Namaskaar’…from there to ‘Sanskaar’ and finally to ‘Sakshaatkaar’.


Ashadi in Prasanthi Nilayam…


In the process the protagonist was asked to seek the help of Sri Sathya Sai Driving School wherefrom he got the essential lessons of Nine Point Code Of Conduct, to promote to the Sanskaar class.


Ashadi in Prasanthi Nilayam…


As advised by the Sathya Sai World Bank official the protaganist understands the luring schme, that yiels a special bonus as well, of 1 percentage extra grace before reaching Sakshaatkaar, his final destination.


Ashadi in Prasanthi Nilayam…


Presenting symbolically the presentation was full of values, as preached by Bhagawan, illustrating present day man’s plight owing to ignorance.


Ashadi in Prasanthi Nilayam…


At the end all the children were felicitated with special presentations and bhajans by Maharashtra troupe continued until Mangala Arathi at 0940 hrs.


Ashadi in Prasanthi Nilayam…


In the evening Balvikas children from Thane district presented a thought provoking dance drama entitle Manav to Mahatma, illustrating the mateoric rise of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi to Mahatma Gandhi, India’s Father Of Nation.


Ashadi in Prasanthi Nilayam…


The presetation based on Bhagawan’s Divine Discourse as well as from the tale of National Independence Struggle depicted how his Mother Jija Bhai instilled greater values in Gandhiji as a young lad, that helped him to take a firm resolve to adhere to truth to finally sacrifice his life for the natioin winning National Independence. Episodes from his sojourn in South Africa, the famous episode of Hindu – Muslim dispute at the Azad Maidan wherein Gandhiji brought them together, the trial at the British Court etc.  were also shown. The presentation was intertwined with beautiful dance and song sequences.


Ashadi in Prasanthi Nilayam…


At the end, Bhajans continued and Mangala Arathi was offered at 1820 hrs.

The three day Ashadi festivity will continue today witha Musical Offering entitled Quantum Signature of God – Confluence of  Science & Spirituality Sri Ganesh Atre & team.

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