Report on Annual Sports & Cultural Meet (Part 2): 13th to 15th January 2008
13th January, 2008: Drama ‘Sant Kabir’ in Sai Kulwant Hall
The students of Brindavan Campus of Sri Sathya Sai University presented a drama entitled “Sant Kabir” in Sai Kulwant Hall on 13th January 2008, portraying the life and teachings of the famous Sufi poet and saint of 15th century who was one of the greatest social reformers, an architect of the highway of unity of all faiths and a true messenger of God.
Kabir was found abandoned as a baby by a Muslim couple Neeru and Nima who adopted him and named him after one of the glorious names given to Allah. Right from his childhood days, Kabir was spiritually awakened. By Divine guidance, he approached Saint Ramanand on the banks of Ganges and requested him to initiate him on the spiritual path. In spite of opposition from various quarters that a Muslim should not be accepted as a disciple, Saint Ramanand accepts him saying that one should not entertain differences on any grounds while proceeding on the path to God.
By profession, Kabir was a weaver. One evening, he was approached by Hindu and a Muslim with a request that he should weave them a nice cloth to adorn their respective places of worship the very next morning. Even though this was humanly impossible, Kabir was prompted from within and he promised them that he would deliver the goods the next morning. Working through the night, Kabir fell asleep. In the morning when he got up with trepidation in his heart, he found to his utter surprise that two lovely cloths were lying on his loom ready for delivery. Kabir realizes that it was the handiwork of God, an act of Divine grace and compassion.
The drama was interspersed with many ‘Dohas’ (Hindi couplets) and songs that captured the true spirit of immortal teachings of Saint Kabir and Bhagawan Baba such as love, unity, peace and brotherhood. The final scene where Kabir is summoned to the king’s court and punished for false charges of creating tensions between Hindus and Muslims tested his faith in God and finally taught a good lesson to the king and his subjects. Fabulous sets, excellent direction and acting by the students marked the performance by the Brindavan Campus. Bhagavan watched the entire drama, blessed the students and posed for group photos with them. He also materialized a gold chain and a diamond ring for the student who played the role of Kabir in the drama. The drama which began at 5.20 p.m. came to a close at 6.45 p.m. with Arati to Bhagavan.
14th January, 2008: Music Programme in Sai Kulwant Hall
The women students of Sri Sathya Sai University presented a bouquet of devotional songs as an offering of their love and gratitude to their Beloved Mother Sai on 14th evening in Sai Kulwant Hall. They began with a song of invocation to Ganesh: "Namo Vratapataye." Through the next 45 minutes or so, they regaled everyone with their soulful songs which were of different genres - Carnatic, Hindustani and Fusion. They concluded their programme with a song in Tamil in praise of Lord Shiva of the famous Chidambaram Temple in Tamil Nadu. The opening words of the song "Yeppo Varuvaaro." were later changed to "Yeppo Varuvaayo Sai." meaning "When will you come Sai?" as prayer to their Mother Sai to visit their Campus and bless them with His Divine Presence. Following this, they sang Bhajans and the evening's programme concluded with Arati.
15th January, 2008: Makara Sankranthi Celebrations & Prize Distribution Ceremony
Sankranthi, the day when the Sun enters Makara Rasi (Sign of Capricorn), signifies the onset of Uttarayana. Bhagawan in His Divine Discourses describes Sankranthi as Samyak Kranthi Ithi Sankranthi, meaning change for the good is Sankranthi. He urges us to transform completely, a transformation, embracing the goodness, the innate Divinity. As the Sun enters the Makara Rasi (Sign of Capricorn), signifying the onset of Uttarayana, the period of auspiciousness, it is serves a silent reminder to one and all to move higher and higher.from darkness to light. Our legend has it that Bheeshma Pithamaha, the legendary warrior and great grandfather in the epic Mahabharata, waited for the onset of the auspicious Uttarayana to leave his mortal coil.
This festival brings joy into the hearts of one and all. It illumines the minds of people and induces the unfolding of inner feelings. It influences not only the mind, but also the powers of nature. Nature is the projection of the mind. The world is rooted in the mind. When the mind is turned towards the heart, and the heart is filled with the Divine, the mind will cease to be the source of trouble, says Bhagawan on the festivity.
15th January 2008, on the auspicious Sankranthi morning, Bhagawan was accorded a traditional welcome to a fully packed Sai Kulwant Hall by the Brass Band of the University at 8:10 a.m. to the accompaniment of Veda Chanting by Bhagawan’s students. After Darshan, Bhagawan came on to the dais that was decked with trophies and shields meant for distribution to the winners of Annual Sports and Cultural events for the academic year 2007-08.
Bhagawan lit the lamp to commence the proceedings of the day. He blessed the Physical Instructors of the various Sathya Sai Educational Institutions. The introductory address was given by Sri Anil Vinayak Gokak, the Vice-Chancellor of Sri Sathya Sai University. He was followed by a final year post graduate student Sri Dileep who said that the inspiration from the Chancellor and the cooperation among the students were the primary reasons behind the success of the Annual Sports and Cultural Meet.
Bhagawan then blessed the gathering with His Benedictory Address. At the end of His discourse, Bhagawan offered a double bonanza for all campuses by giving two cups each to all the six institutions: the three campuses of the University, the Music College, the Higher Secondary School and the Primary School. The first cup was for the teachers represented by the Principals and the Hostel Wardens and the second one for all the students represented by the respective Captains and Vice-Captains. Bhagawan also blessed all the medals and shields to be awarded to winners of the various individual and team events.
Bhagawan then instructed the University Brass Band to play a few tunes while the Prasadam was being distributed. At 10:15 a.m., Bhagawan accepted Arati and retired for the morning.