Devi Navarathiri Celebrations, Day 4 - Evening ; Prasanthi Vidwan Maha Sabha-Day 1
The Prasanthi Vidwan Mahasabha, ensemble of the learned, a custom that Prasanthi has been following for years during the Devi Navaratri celebrations commenced this evening marked with a speech, Divine discourse and a musical offering.
Addressing the august assembly of students and devotees, Sri Ruchir Desai, Associate Professor at the Dept Of Commerce, Brindavan Campus of SSSIHL, spoke on the supreme significance of the Yajna that teaches one and all the importance of sacrifice. Beginning his talk with a reference to Bhagawan’s famous declaration of His Task, way back in 1962, Sri Ruchir Desai explained how the Dasara Yajna truly becomes a Jnana Yajna, as it teaches one to sacrifice to reach immortality.
Bhagawan introduced a tradition that Lord Shiva had started long ago after vanquishing the threat of Bhasmasura, which is slated to be the first ever Yajna done for the welfare of mankind, observed Sri Ruchir Desai, divulging in detail on the legend of the Yajna initiated by Bhagawan. Calling Bhagawan’s initiative as a reintroduction of what Lord Shiva had initiated in ancient times, the speaker then took the audience to a flashback to the famous ‘reassuring’ Bharadwaja story at the icy peaks of Mt. Kailash, happened in the Treta Yuga, wherein the sage earned the Divine Promise of His triple incarnation as Shiva..Shiva-Shakthi and Shakthi in the epochal Sai-Triune Advents. As the storyline went on, he spoke on the bodily affliction that Bhagawan had taken upon way back in the sixties, only to ‘heal’ Him miraculously. Touching upon the bodily afflictions that Bhagawan had undergone during the ‘final’ phase of His earthly sojourn, the speaker identified the same as His way of teaching the mankind vide His Body demonstrating the true message of sacrifice.
Yajna teaches one to sacrifice, said the speaker in conclusion, exhorting students and fellow devotees to be exemplars in following the path laid by Bhagawan by being ready to sacrifice only to redeem themselves.
An exhilarating Divine discourse followed next, delivered in the late eighties, played on the public address system. Man is not born to lead a selfish life, but to serve the society, exhorted Bhagawan reminding man of his prime duty to be dedicated to The Divine. Discoursing on man’s untruthful and unrighteous efforts, …where love and truth have gone into oblivion, …wherein spirituality is becoming pompous show, …where consciousness is reaching its low… Bhagawan stressed on the absolute importance of acquiring Daiva Preeti, (Love For God), which takes one to Papa Beeti, (Fear of Sin), that ends with Sangha Neeti…Morality In Society. Sadhana helps man to reach this objective, said Bhagawan, explaining in detail on how to go about it. Real worship is a combination of devotion, action and wisdom. Bhagawan concluded His Divine discourse with the bhajan “Prema Muditha Manase Kaho Rama Rama Ram…”
Where words fail to communicate, expression comes better off with heart -wrenching and soul-stirring feelings making serious efforts to reach out, to reach out Him. Calling themselves as Blossoming Flowers of His Garden At Muddenahalli, students from the Muddenahalli Campus of SSSIHL then offered a string of devotionals at Bhagawan’s Lotus Feet.
Beginning with “Vignarajam Bhaje…” a Jai Ganesh offering, the ensuing session turned out to be an ‘Open-Heart One To One’ with the Lord Supreme, lighting up the Prasanthi precincts in an overcast Sunday evening turned twilight. The numbers that followed included “Jaya Durga Durgati Pariharini…” singing paeans to Goddess Durga, beautiful rendering of ‘Ramashtakam’, “Love Is My Form…” presented in a customized fusion style to conclude with a Qawwali singing Parvar Digare Alam…
Bhajans next concluded with Mangala Arathi to Bhagawan.
Earlier, the evening session commenced with an invocatory Vedam by the tiny tots of Bhagawan’s Primary School. The beautiful children chanted the first anuvaka of the Sri Rudram with eloquence, well appreciated by the evening assembly.