Man proposes and God disposes
, and at times, He even re-proposes!
As is the truth that the Sai Fraternity is bound to and by His Will, the Prasanthi Carnival called the 90th appearance Day of Beloved Bhagawan earned an extended day today, ‘thanks to’ His Supreme munificence.
The Jhoola Mahotsavam on the Birthday evening was rescheduled to this evening,owing to a brief spell of rain after prolonged inclement weather over the past almost two weeks.
It has been the set tradition in Prasanthi for past some years to have Bhagawan entertained with the melody of musical offerings on Birthday evenings. Prasanthi’s rich tale of Birthday evenings have many shining chapters of such artistic expressions, especially musical offerings, where the Nada Brahma Himself would preside over the sessions, accepting the offerings…and for the landmark birthday occasion(s) Bhagawan with His supreme munificence would allow Himself to swing on the Jhoola, only for the happiness of devotees and for the greater good of His creation!
In the evening, Prasanthi Mandir, bedecked for the grand occasion resplendent in shining glory like a blushing bride, ever ready to embrace Beloved Bhagawan, Who was…and is… ‘Swami’ for the devout ones.
A legendary offering was in the offing and the artist was Ustad Zakir Hussain, internationally renowned Tabla maestro.
Striking a familiar chord with India’s rich ‘Guru’ tradition, Ustad, a picture of ‘adorable’ humility, began with musings, bursting into the famous Guru Mantra, “Gurur Brahma Gurur Vishnu…”. Pointing to Jhoola Sai, he said, Guru is there, Guru is here (in his heart) and Guru is everywhere. He then recounted his heart’s rich content of familiarity with Bhagawan the he was blessed to enjoy during the 1970’s, and later during the 70th Birthday Celebrations of Bhagawan, when, he, along with his father Ustad Alla Rakha Khan performed for Bhagawan.
In the next one hour, Tabla stole the limelight, with Ustad weaving his magical spell for Bhagawan.
Our Music Correspondent adds:
Ustad commenced his recital with the spell bounding " Peshkar" in the traditional style of Punjab Gharana. Following this, he moved on to play two "Kaidas" of Delhi and Farukkhabad Gharanas. Next was the thunderous " Rela" in Madhya Laya. He explained the importance and significance of the word "Tala". His magical tabla brought out the sounds of " Damaru" (the percussion instrument of Lord Shiva), the conch, Steam engine and the energetic horse galloping. The concert ended in faster tempo with " tukdas, chakradhars and dhir dhir rela" leaving the devotee-audience, wishing there was more from him.
His countless magical finger beats in the evening struck a resonant chord with the equally countless heartbeats present in the august ‘november’ evening, transporting the them to meditative, ecstatic, euphoric heights. Every finger beat appeared representing the exuberant joy of Mother Earth, celebrating the Foot Steps of Beloved Bhagawan… Every finger beat appeared representing the euphoric elated celebration of the countless heavens watching the carnival on Earth.
He played for an hour and the audience sat in absolute silence, immersed in spellbinding enchantment.
As Bhagawan continued to swing on the Jhoola, Prasanthi Music Group sang for an hour next, resounding Prasanthi with Sai Fraternity’s collective heartbeats, singing adoring paeans at Beloved Mother Sai.
Bhajans continued and the session ended with Mangala Arathi at 1930 hrs.