Cultural Programme by Devotees from Chittor, A.P.
Any venture taking shape in the Divine Presence, backed by a noble intent is bound
to find fruition. Over the years Prasanthi has been witnessing a phenomenal movement
– Parthi Yathra – annual pilgrimages suffused with rigorous spiritual practices
running for several months, culminating in the Divine Presence of the Avatar of the
age, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Prasanthi has been rejoicing to receive and
celebrate hundreds and thousands of such devotees from various districts of Andhra
Pradesh, coming with prepared schedules, one followed by another district as part of
this solemn spiritual endeavour, Parthi Yathra.
The latest entry in Prasanthi Nilayam was by Chittoor, the privileged South Indian
district of Andhra Pradesh that is housing the Lord of seven hills, Lord
Venkateswara of Tirupathi apart from boasting two other pilgrim centres of fame,
namely, Kanippakkam and Srikalahasti. Over 3500 devotees from the district have
joined this year’s Parthi Yathra, scheduled for 2nd, 3rd and 4th February 2009.
Various range of activities like chanting Sai Gayathri for crore times followed by
multifarious service and spiritual initiatives have been going on in the run up to
this Parthi Yathra.
'SRI PADALU', a skit
February 03, 2009
The highlight of the 3rd evening was a dance drama, Sri Padalu by the youth from the
district portraying effective transformation a Sai Student could make in the lives
of the youth of India and the world. This was the story of a youth from Chittoor,
who turned out to become an Atomic Scientist whose master designs of nuclear weapons
turned out to be disastrous, killing millions. Upon coming back to India, after duly
getting transformed with the holy association of an alumnus from Sri Sathya Sai
University, the scientist wanted to seek amends in his life as an act of repentance.
Towards achieving this end he was taken to a pilgrimage to the various temples in
Chittoor district, namely Kanippakkam, Srikalahasthi and Tirupathi. Showed, guided
and inspired by the Sai Student friend, the scientist, seeking His Divine Lotus Feet
prays to Bhagawan to pardon his sins to follow the path shown by Bhagawan. An
affective portrayal suffused with melodious music aptly depicting the story of
Speech, Distribution of Essential Implements & Music Programme
February 04, 2009
With His famous dictum Practice the Precept Bhagawan had invested a modest yet
commanding influence on the Sai Fraternity, the world over, to walk the talk with
His teachings spreading His message, Love all Serve All, Help Ever Hurt Never. Love
all serve All Serve All has been the affective practical mantra for the world wide
Sai Movement, Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations, passing His teachings affectively
translating His yet another famous dictum, My Life is My Message, serving and
transforming individuals and society en masse.
Taking a cue from His teachings, the inspired youth from the district organized
distribution of implements to the selected individuals from the district, who have
been brought over to Prasanthi Nilayam as part of the Parthi Yathra. Over 85 such
selected ‘hapless’ turned lucky souls had the rare privilege of receiving these
extra graciousness while receiving His chosen blessing, His Divine Graciousness on
the evening of 4th February 2009 in the Sai Kulwant Hall, Prasanthi Nilayam. With
the Lord watching over, as their names were called out, these selected folks came
forward one after one, offering their heart-felt pranams before receiving
implements, namely, sewing machines, grinders, iron boxes, weaving machines,
sprayers etc. Before the distribution, introducing the programme, Prof. Anil Kumar
spoke about Bhagawan’s special affection for Chittoor, narrating with rhetoric
excellence, some of the anecdotes taken from the early years of His Story. This
included the revival of a great devotee by name Radhakrishna, from death back to
life! Distribution was followed by a bouquet of soulful rendering by devotees lead
by Balakrishna Prasad and party followed by reminiscing amidst music by the family
members of Kuppam Radhakrishna, as a special offering at His Divine Lotus Feet.
Bhagawan has always been stressing on spreading His message to the nook and corner
of the world and Sri Sathya Sai Organisation in Andhra Pradesh seems to be carrying
His words in the right earnest in organizing district-wise Parthi Yatras every year
with en masse participation that includes inspired fresh faces. Subtle ways of the
Lord not are to be taken lightly. He pulls the strings and the world comes to His
Lotus Feet; He wills and everything happens.
Bhagawan accepted Mangala Aarathi before retiring to Yajur Mandir.