Report On New Year's Day
Celebrations: 1st January, 2006
The New Year was ushered in with
joy and festivities at Prasanthi Nilayam in the Divine
Presence of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. On the morning of
1st January, thousands began the New Year in the most
auspicious manner by feasting their eyes on the beautiful
Form of Bhagawan as He went around Sai Kulwant Hall granting
Divine Darshan. After listening to the intoning of Vedic
chants for some time, Bhagawan blessed the Institute Brass
Band to perform on this occasion. Their programme consisted
of a variety of pieces ranging from Western Classical tunes
to bhajans. After this, a bouquet of songs was presented by
the students of Bhagawan's educational institutions. They
kept the audience enthralled for close to half an hour by
rendering melodious songs in different languages. At the end
of the programme, Bhagawan graciously cut the cakes prepared
by the students.
The afternoon session witnessed
a musical offering by the "Sri Sathya Sai Students", the
alumni association of the men's campuses of the University
and School. The programme marked the commencement of the
Silver Jubilee Celebrations of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of
Higher Learning. Each song was accompanied by a small
commentary in Telugu that beautifully captured the feelings
of love and gratitude the students have for their Chancellor
and Lord, and the memories of the glorious days they spent
as students in Bhagawan's care. These feelings had earlier
been expressed in the form of Grama Seva and medical camp
conducted on 30th and 31st December in Puleru village, about
45 kms from Prasanthi Nilayam. The medical camp offered
consultation in general medicine and ophthalmology, and
diabetes screening at the village.
During the evening programme, Bhagawan also blessed and
released CDs and cassettes of Bhajans rendered by the
alumni, entitled 'A Bridge Across Time'. At 6 p.m., Bhagawan
was offered Arati, and Prasadam was distributed to everyone.
Thus, the New Year began on an
auspicious note, with the promise of enjoying more and more
of Bhagawan's Divine Love and Benediction during the year.
Wishing everyone a Happy and Prosperous New year!