November 9, 2007 - The Beautiful Sai Kulwant Hall was wonderfully Decorated today.
Swami came at 9.30 A.M in His Mobile Chair and gave the Most Wonderful Divine Darshan to the
Huge Crowd of Devotees on Deepavalli Day. Swami also blessed some Devotees in the Mandir
Verandah. Mangala Aarathi was taken till 9.45 A.M and Swami Blessed the Prasadam which was
Distributed to everyone and Swami left for His Divine Abode - Yajur Mandiram thus ending the
morning Deepavalli Programme. Deepavali and Gujarati New Year celebrations by the Gujarati
devotees continued this evening. Swami came onstage at 5.30 pm and the programme got underway
in a few minutes after offerings by the devotees with a welcome song followed by Dandiya
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November 8, 2007 - Devotees from Gujarat are here in strength to celebrate Deepavali
and their New Year in Bhagawan's presence. This evening, they presented two dance programmes and a drama. Swami
came onstage a few minutes before 5 pm, and the programme got underway after Swami Blessed
various items including a Poorna Kumbham brought up to Him by the devotees. The first Garbha
dance presentation had a Ganesha stuti followed by a dance in praise of the Mother Goddess.
The next dance was themed on "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam" and brought out the tolerance and
inclusive nature of Bharatiyas. The concluding programme was a half-hour drama which
highlighted the transitory nature of the pleasure gained from power and pelf using the story
of a retired IAS officer. Even as the drama in its last stages, Swami Blessed the main
character with a ring. Bhagawan came down from the stage after the drama and gave group photos
to the participants. Then He Blessed all the other children who participated in the dances
with group photographs, too. Prasadam was distributed, and Swami accepted Arati at 6.10 pm
before returning to His residence.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007 -
The Orissa devotees had their second day of programmes today. Bhagawan came onstage at 4.50
pm, and after He Blessed the articles brought up by the devotees, the drama "Bhaktha Dasia"
got underway. The atmosphere of Jagannath Puri was recreated in Sai Kulwant Hall with the
large idols of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra kept as the backdrop. The Lord accepts
the offering of the humble Dasia and sanctifies his life. Swami granted group photos to the
participants after their 45 minute presentation and briefly visited the interview room. The
next dance programme got underway once Swami returned. Fifteen minutes of Ghumura dance,
traditionally in praise of the Mother Goddess, with acrobatic drummers, who were Blessed by
Bhagawan with clothes after their performance. At 6.10 pm, after prasadam was distributed,
Swami accepted Arati and returned to His residence.
Monday, November 5, 2007 -
Devotees and youth from Orissa are here in thousands, and this evening they presented a
cultural programme. Some legislators and State Ministers from Orissa are also here. Bhagawan
came to the stage area at 5.10 pm and the devotees brought up some items for Blessings,
following which the programme began with a theme song on Bharat. A half-hour drama entitled
"Secret of Happiness" followed, portraying the dictum that one gets joy by giving joy to
others. Bhagawan came down from the stage to stand among the participants and grant them group
photographs. Gotipua dance followed. This is traditionally performed by young boys dressed as
Odissi dancers, performing many breath-taking acrobatic feats in their portrayal of the
eternal Love of Radha and Krishna. Bhagawan Blessed the performers with group photographs and
clothes. Ten minutes of Bhajans by the Orissa devotees followed as prasadam was distributed,
and Swami accepted Arati at 6.30 pm.
Friday, November 2, 2007 - This evening, after His darshan round in the car, Swami made a full round of Sai Kulwant Hall in His chair, starting with the upper verandah. He returned to the stage area and sat for a few minutes as the Vedam went on. One of the students got the opportunity to present a photo album to Swami, and after seeing many of the pictures, Bhagawan graciously Blessed him with a chain.