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Press Release by Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust

July 15th, 2011

GURUPURNIMA CELEBRATIONS

One of the significant features of this year’s Gurupournima celebrations at Prashanti Nilayam was the unveiling of the Mahasamadhi of Bhagawan Sathya Sai Baba. The function began with Vedic chanting at 7.30 A.M. The Sai Kulwant Hall was packed to capacity, exactly as in the days when Bhagawan was physically present. At the stroke of 8 A.M, the red curtains parted, revealing Mahasamadhi, which is a green and white marble masterpiece. This will now become the beacon which will attract millions of His devotees from all over the world.

The Mahasamadhi is located in the middle of the front semi-circular porch of the Mandir at the southern end of Sai Kulwanth Hall in Prasanthi Nilayam, exactly at the place where He used to sit for giving Darshan to His devotees. The main portion of the Mahasamadhi is a rectangular pure white marbled-clad edifice 9 ft long, 6 ft wide and 2 ft 2 inches high, located exactly over the final resting place of Bhagawan. This in turn is situated in the centre of a 6 inches high white marble platform, 21 ft long and 12 ft wide. Two large pillars supporting the porch roof have also been clad with white marble and tastefully decorated. The remaining floor area of the porch has also been redone in white marble. The two flanks of the porch have been remade with deep green marble with a white marble border.

The unveiling of the Mahasamadhi was followed by a presentation entitled “Guruvandana” by the students of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning who extolled the several facets of the personality of their Guru, Bhagawan Sathya Sai Baba. This was followed by two speakers. The first speaker was Mr. Leonardo Gutter, a psychologist and a member of the Prasanthi Council from Argentina. Mr. Leonardo Gutter spoke about the four great blessings of the devotees-to be born as a human being, to be a contemporary of the Avatar, to be aware of His divinity and to be His chosen instrument. He also spoke about devotees who came to criticise Bhagawan but who went back overwhelmed by the love of the lord.

Sri Nimish Pandya, the district President from Mumbai, after expressing his gratitude to Bhagawan for the manifold blessings he has conferred on him, spoke about the activities of the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust.

After the Aarthi, everyone among the assembled gathering filed past Mahasamadhi in reverence. 

 

Media Coordinator
Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust
Prasanthi Nilayam

Jai Sai Ram!