Celebrating the Festival of Lights, Deepavali, echoing the beauty of the Advent of the New Year, Gujarat – Saal Mubarak, devotees from Gujarat are in Prasanthi Nilayam, celebrating the twin occasion.
Commencing the programme this morning, the State President of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organizations – Gujarat, Sri Manohar Trikarnad addressed the august assembly, wishing all Gujaratis present as well from around the world Holy Deepavali. The State President then presented a brief report on the activities of the SSSSO in the State.
A traditional Navaratri Garba devotional by the Youth Girls from Valsad District singing paeans to Mother Divine was the first offering of the auspicious morning.
Flagging off this year's celebrations, Sai Youth from Navsari District led by promising music talent Deepak Khansara then presented a medley of devotionals. The highlight of the presentation was a song entitled, Badley Yug Ki Dhaara..., a composition by Deepak himself. Commencing the session Deepak explained how the song was born in less than ten minutes, by Bhagawan's grace. The medley was followed by a customized Govind Bolo... Prasanthi Mandir Bhajan.
Bhajans next with Mangala Arathi to Bhagawan, marked the end of the morning session.
He blinded himself accepting a self-imposed punishment for a wrong-doing, of casting lustful eye on a woman. He was Bilwamangala, whose madness for his earthly lover Chintamani landed him in this self-inflicted isolation. He may have lost his outer vision, but this self-inflicted punishment turned him completely inward, madly in love with his Beloved Krishna. This is the story of legendary Sant Surdas, who epitomized absolute surrender.
Celebrating Deepavali, after the soulful morning session in the immediate Divine Omnipresence, students of Sri Sathya Sai School, Surat offered a drama on the life of Sant Surdas this evening here, in Prasanthi Nilayam. The presentation, interlaced with beautiful dance and song sequences, had some of the most potent snippets from the illustrious life of the legendary Saint, who, with his most soulful devotional renderings lived every bit of Krishna, living in the hallowed Brindavan.
Beginning with a flashback story of Bilvamangala's transformation into Sant Surdas, the presentation also showed his meeting up with Vallabhacharya, who advised him to be devoted to Krishna singing for Him in Brindavan, how the blind saint was time and again saved by the Hands of Krishna, his meeting up with Akbar, etc. Towards the end when his vision was restored by His Belvoed, he had only one desire to witnessing Radha and Krishna together in Rasleela. Here, after witnessing the ecstatic scene, the foremost devotee pleaded The Lord to take his vision back, as he would not want to see anything else with his eyes after seeing He, HimSelf. The evening turned out to be heart-wrenching with Sant Surdas elevating hearts many to ecstatic heights of Krishna devotion.
This is the 539th birth anniversary of the sightless saint of the 15th century.
Bhajans next with Mangala Arathi to Bhagawan, marked the end of the sessions of the day.