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Report on Ashadi Ekadashi Celebrations - 29th June, 2004

‘Ashadi Ekadashi’ is one of the major festivals celebrated in the state of Maharashtra in India in worship of Lord Vithoba or ‘Vitthala’ as He is lovingly addressed by his devotees. The devotees from the states of Maharashtra and Goa thronged Prasanthi Nilayam to celebrate Ashadi Ekadashi at the lotus feet of their Lord Sai Vitthala.

The Divine Padukas being brought in the palanquin

Bhagawan arrived at the colourfully decorated mandir at 7.30 a.m. amidst Vedic chants. The morning programme commenced with a welcome song, followed by the traditional ‘Dhindi’ procession lead by a palanquin carrying the Padukas (sandals) of Lord Sai and with men donning saffron-coloured turbans dancing to the mesmerizing rhythm of cymbals. The devotees placed a garland strung of tulsi (basil) leaves, which is believed to be pleasing to Lord Vitthala, at the Lotus feet of Bhagawan.

A scene from the play The Supreme Verdict

The Bal-Vikas children and the Youth of the city of Mumbai then presented a musical drama entitled – ‘The Supreme Verdict.’ The presentation attempted to provide an answer to a question that has been baffling the minds of devotees of God for a long time: “Should one be content with worshipping the physical form of the Lord or should one go further and realize God’s omnipresence through the Form. The first scene opens with a lawyer who builds his case in support of both the modes of worship by drawing instances from the epic Ramayana. He cites the example of Lakshmana who served his brother Sri Rama in person and thereby followed ‘Sagunopasana’ or worship to the physical form of the Lord. On the other hand, Bharata worshipped Sri Rama as ‘Atmarama’ or the soul that permeates everything and every being, and thus demonstrated ‘Nirgunopasana’ or worship to the Formless God. He then pleads on behalf of two devotees of the Lord - Swaroop and Sarvesh, who follow the ‘Sagunopasana’ and ‘Nirgunopasana’ respectively, in the Divine court where they are being tried for ‘cheating’ God. Swaroop is charged with neglecting God who is present in all living beings and restricting himself only to the worship of the stone idol and not surrendering his ego to the Lord, thereby digressing from the example set by Lakshmana. Sarvesh, on the other hand, is charged with the crime of showing disrespect to the physical Form of God and also taking the credit for the acts of seva done by him instead of surrendering them to God, which goes against the rules of worship of God as practiced by Bharata. In the Divine court with a panel of jury consisting of great saints and devotees of God from various schools of philosophy and religion, it is decided that only God can deliver ‘The Supreme Verdict’ for this case and they decide to approach Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, God-incarnate in the Kali Yuga. Then, they played a discourse of Bhagawan where Bhagawan declares that it is foolish to search for God when you are God yourself; the end of Sadhana lies in realizing the supreme truth – “I am I,” thus bringing the dispute to a conclusive end.

A scene from the musical- Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Hassan Chisti

After the play, Bhagawan posed with the group of participants for photographs and distributed prasadam to each one of them and brought joy to everyone. Thereafter, Bhagawan sat listening to Bhajans as all the devotees assembled in the Sai Kulwant Hall feasted on the Divine Name and Form of their Lord to their heart’s content. After the arati, Bhagawan got on to the golf cart and proceeded to Poornachandra.

The evening programme started at 3.30 p.m. when Bhagawan came out for darshan to the accompaniment of Vedic hymns, followed by rendition of melodious devotional songs by the devotees from Maharashtra and Goa. Then, the Bal-Vikas students presented a play on the life of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, the Sufi saint of Ajmer, popularly referred to as Garib-Un Nawaz. Sufism, as a movement, was inspired by the mystic love of God and the need to realize the innate harmony between all the faiths of the world. Among all the Sufi saints, Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Hassan Chisti stands out as a Saviour of the Suffering and Supporter of Peace. Born in 1143 A.D. Born in Sanjaristan in East Persia, he was initiated in to the path of Divine Love by an unknown mystic very early in life and later received formal spiritual training under another mystic saint for more than 20 years. Afterwards while on a pilgrimage to Mecca, as per the bidding of an angel, he migrates to Ajmer in India to spread the Love of God in that war-ravaged region. Though initially he is met with opposition from the locals, he wins them over with his stupendous faith in God and his pure, selfless love. Khwaja Saheb left for his heavenly abode in 1233 A.D., but the heart-stirring story of his life and his teachings continue to inspire many people from all faiths and walks of life even today.

Bhagawan poses with the participants of the evening programme

After the play, Bhagawan graciously granted photographs to all the participants and the programme concluded at 5.00 p.m. with arati to our dear Lord Sai Vitthala.

Jai Sai Ram!

Source: http://www.srisathyasai.org.in/pages/Ashadi_04_report.htm

Ashadi Ekadasi

Ashadi has come…with the typical Maharashtra flavour…29th July 2004 was again a day marked for devotees from Maharashtra….they sung, danced and made everybody happy including their Vittala, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

In fact this is the day, when lakhs and lakhs of Varkaris from all parts of the country, especially from the state of Maharashtra throng the spiritual capital of the state, Pandarpur to have darshan and blessings of their chosen deity Vittal Rakumai.

Bhagawan was accorded a traditional welcome to the beautifully decorated Sai Kulwant Hall at around 7:30 a.m. to the accompaniment of Vedic chants by students of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Prasanthi Nilayam. There was riot of flowers in the dais set for Bhagawan as it was beautifully bedecked with flowers of various hues…and a statue of Lord Vittal adorned the dais. An invocation song by the Maharashtra Choir and the subsequent arrival of ‘Varkaris’ dancing in ecstasy (symbolically signifying the ‘Dindi Yatra’ that happens every year during this period in Maharashtra) surcharged the atmosphere with divine vibrations. This was reminiscent of those days when two of the greatest saints of Maharashtra, Sant Jnaneshwar and Sant Tukkaram set out for Pandarpur with their hearts resonating with …Jai Jai Ram Krishna Hari and mind fully engrossed in spiritual ecstasy. This time Varkaris from 22 districts of Maharashtra participated in this Dindi Yatra from Dharmavaram to Prasanthi Nilayam.

It was a fine blend of old and new, devotion and perspective of yore, and the so called devotion and confusion of the present times that set the stage for the morning presentation entitled “The Divine Verdict”. The programme clearly depicted the modern man’s confused mindset to choose the right path to attain Godhood. Whether one should follow the Dwaita (worshipping the form) path?.... Is not Adwaita (worshipping the formless) proclaimed by Adi Shankara the proper path?....then what about Visishtadwaita…which defines your relationship with God?...Yes…we are a confused lot…and the Bal Vikas and Youth Wing from Maharashtra had something definite to say about it. At the climax they invited the jury of experts to the Divine Appellate Court. St. Francis of Assissi, Sant Kabir Das, Saint Thyagaraja, Guru Nanak, Narsi Mehta, Sant Jnaneshwar all of them gave their version and with them joined the preceptors of three different paths, Madhwacharya, Adi Shankaracharya and Ramanujacharya. …still no consensus on the contentious issue and it was left to the Ultimate Divine…Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. …the curtain came to a close when Bhagawan’s Message was aired to the august gathering.

‘The Supreme Verdict’ commands us to look inward rather than concentrating on mundane illusory world which is unreal. To understand the Atmic Principle that the Supreme Divinity is present in every atom of the universe, and true devotion to Bhagawan is to recognize this Truth first in our own selves and then through Saguna Bhakti (worship with form) moving on to Nirguna Bhakti (formless worship) and thus establish eternal relationship with the only One.

Bhagawan blessed the participants with a photograph session which was followed by bhajans by Maharashtra devotees. Prasadam was distributed and Mangala Aarathi was offered to Bhagawan in the end.

In the afternoon the Bal Vikas and Youth Wing of Mumbai gave an illuminating presentation on the life and teachings of the illustrious Sufi Saint Hazrat Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti of Ajmer. As the Musical Drama unfolded to its climax, it was his message of love, humanity and brotherhood, which even won over his enemies, was lingering in the mind of the audience.

The Musical Drama came to a close at 5:00 p.m. with Magala Aarathi offered to Bhagawan.

Source: http://www.sssbpt.org/Pages/Trust/Updations02.htm

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