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July 11th to 22nd, 2006

After the Guru Purnima celebrations on 11th July, there were many international groups from various countries awaiting the opportunity to present their programmes before Bhagawan.

The Indonesian devotees were the first to put up a skit on ‘being a Star in God’s Skies and a Flower in His Garden’. They portrayed child Dhruva as an ideal who epitomised the 5 Ds of Devotion, Dedication, Duty, Discrimination and Determination. These formed the 5 parts of a star that can guide the world like the pole star or Dhruva Nakshatra. Bhagawan was immensely pleased with their programme and this reflected when He spoke about the programme later in the evening in the Bhajan hall.

Next was the turn of the devotees from Canada. It was a programme on the growth of the only Sathya Sai School in Canada . Portraying the miracle of how the garland on Bhagawan’s picture grew 75 inches on the 75th Birthday, they explained that ever since its inception, the school has seen abundance of His love and grace. Their programme was entitled, “The Power of ONE” and it starred a grandmother in 2070 AD reliving and recapitulating her days at the Canadian Sathya Sai School . This programme too made Bhagawan so happy that He descended down amidst the children to pose for a photo session. It was a beautiful sight to see Bhagawan surrounded by a sea of 'little hearts'.

An International Conference on “Next Generation Information Technologies for Societal Advancement and Integration” was conducted by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (DMACS) of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning from 15th to 17th July 2006. The Inaugural address of the Conference was delivered by Mr. Rajeeva Ratna Shah, Member Secretary, Planning Commission, Government of India. After the keynote address, speakers from the corporate world, visiting faculty to the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and also a few of the alumni of the Institute, who are working in reputed companies and in Bhagawan’s Institutions addressed the session. The sessions of the Conference were held in the Institute Auditorium and more than 300 delegates were attended. As part of this international conference, the students had put up a play entitled, “From I to We to HE” in Sai Kulwant hall on 15th July, in the immediate Divine Presence. This thematic play on the importance of revolution of the spirit, highlighted that revolution is a “physical“ one as it improved power and efficiency while the IT revolution is “mental“... but, mere networking is of no consequence without human connectivity. “We are all networked, but are we connected?” So in a logical sence, a revolution of the spirit is due and is happening in Prasanthi Nilayam.

There has been interesting news from the sports front also. The construction is in progress for a new indoor stadium, being built opposite to the senior boys' hostel. The bhoomi pooja had been performed on the auspicious Aashadi Ekadasi day, in the immediate Divine Presence and ever since Bhagawan has been evincing keen interest in its progress and more so in the construction of a new palatial stable for Sai Gita Bhagawan's pet elephant). Sai Gita has now been temporarily housed in a shed behind the planetarium and her home is fast coming up next to the planetarium. The progress board in front of the indoor stadium says: ‘Days to completion: 106’ and the countdown has begun. The entire place has been levelled and is bustling with activity round the clock.

On the 19th, Bhagawan came out at 3:45 p.m. and there was a musical concert by the students, who sang on the glory of Lord Rama and importance of Rama Nama (Lord's Name) in carnatic style. Bhagawan was immersed in this and this was evident as He was swaying to the tunes of the renderings. A lucky student from the music college was blessed by Bhagawan to play sitar and the boy performed with such finesse and deftness, that Bhagawan materialised a chain with a pendant for the boy. The Bhajans were held outside and Bahgawan sat through the entire sesssion till 5:35 p.m. before retiring to His Abode, Yajur Mandiram after receiving Managa Arathi.

On the 22nd, devotees from Japan had been graciously permitted by Bhagawan to put up a programme. The programme began with a traditional dance by tiny tots wielding a percussion instrument consisting of a plate and stick. They danced gracefully making few charming acrobatic moves. Then a short skit on the true story of how the Veda chanting spread all over Japan was performed. Three students were portrayed as being Bhagawan’s instruments in doing so. The lead character, a Japanese youth wanting to desperately learn the Vedas in the drama, was called by Bhagawan, halfway through the drama. Bhagawan materialised a ring for him and there was thunderous applause. The icing on the cake came when all the Japanese began to chant the Mahanarayanopanishad, Ganapathi Atharvashirsham and the Shanti Mantra with such clarity of diction that everyone sat spellbound. So pleased with the Veda chanting, Bhagawan asked two overseas students studying in Higher Secondary School and Music College respectively to chant Srisuktam. The Japanese were allowed to sing few Bhajans who sang both in Sanskrit and Japanese. It was indeed a thrilling experience for devotees from Japan and a memorable week in His Divine Presence.


source: sssbpt



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