Monday, Aug 15, 2011
Today is National
Independence Day, 15th August! As the
whole nation is gripped in patriotic fervour,
commemorating the occasion, Prasanthi Nilayam, as she
has been for past many years, once again got into
celebrating mood joining the countrymen, commemorating
the occasion in 'The Divine Presence!'.
The schedule for
the day was a drama presentation, in the evening, by the
postgraduate students of SSSIHL, Prasanthi Nilayam
campus. The presentation entitled "Aaazaadi - Inner
Dependence" was a portrayal of India's independence,
with flashbacks from the past, highlighting how two
cardinal values, Truth and Righteousness strung together
playing the vital 'chord' in the national Independence
a dance of rejoicement celebrating Freedom, the Spirit
of Independence made a guest appearance giving an intro
to the programme, promising to take the audience through
the story of Independence struggle.
Two of the
illustrious sons of India, Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore
and Chandrasekhar Azad took the centrestage as
narrators, taking the storyline with interlaced
commentary showing flashbacks of illustrious lives and
Raja Harischandra whose adherence to Truth and
Righteousness, who showed exemplary character at the
face of oddities, being strictly duty bound, Chatrapathi
Shivaji whose courage, valour and love for Motherland
made him an illustrious son of the land were illustrated
before the scene shifted to a jail scene showing the
trial and tribulations of the countrymen who were made
to suffer at the hands of cruel British officers.
The final scene
was from the Mahabharat, where Pandavas in exile, make
an attempt to fetch the forbidden fruit of Sage
Romarishi and as a consequence while facing the wrath of
curse from the Rishi, Lord Krishna Himself appears as
saving grace... true reward for their constant
contemplation and complete surrender.
ended with the Spirit of Independence making a final
appearance offering his salutations at Bhagawan's Lotus
Feet. Narrating the symbolic link between Bhagawan and
the Tricolour of India, the spirit went on declaring
Bhagawan as the greatest patriot, at Whose behest and
blessings the nation changed her course, winning
independence from the British.
tunes erupting into an Aazaadi song echoed in the
backdrop, the drama cast came forth, one after one, to
the Altar, offering a "Flower Of Love" each at the
Divine Lotus Feet! Indeed faces were full of emotions as
memories of nostalgic golden days, where The Lord in
physical would Himself bless these children, gushed
forth engulfing the entire assemblage.
one-hour presentation bhajans continued for another
fifteen minutes before Mangala Arathi offering at 1845
hrs. Prasadam was distributed to the entire assemblage.
session commenced at 1630 hrs. with Vedic Chanting for
45 mts. that was followed by bhajans for the next 15 mts.
before the curtains unfurled for the "Aazaadi"
MOTHER INDIA A HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!