Today was the last day of Grama Seva and Navarati festival. At 4.40am twenty one Omkars and Sri Sathya Sai Suprabhatum was offered to the Lord. This was followed by Jyoti mediation, Baba’s thought of the day and yoga.
At 7.30am, the UK Grama Seva Group was part of the Vedic procession around Swami’s Maha-Samadhi Mandir in Sai Kulwant hall. Vedams decipher the mystery of creation as well as the acknowledgement that the world is impermanent. Before making our way to the vehicles we offered our prayers to Swami’s lotus feet. We then made our way to Janakampalli village (Puttaparthi district), located just a few miles from Prasanthi Nilayam and next to the Chitaravi river. The population of the village was 5000. Baba’s prasadam was delivered to 1500 houses. The group also gave pencils, sweets and pocket-sized calendar pictures of Swami. The small children were so happy on receiving these items as well as prasadam.
At the centre of the village, once grama seva was complet, the group sang Bhajans along with the villagers. Everybody felt spiritually uplifted and blissful.
Maha Lakshami Sukrum
In addition to Grama Seva Popat Sir would narrate to the group in detail the Mahalakshmi Stotram. Goddess Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth and prosperity, both material and spiritual. This invaluable Satsang took place just before afternoon Darshan. Sir would initially recite the individual verses before explaining in detail with examples Mahalakshmi’s divine attributes, physical form (e.g. significance of her four hands, lotus buds and gold coins and elephants), knowledge, how to acquire her grace, and how to be content in life.
Afternoon Darshan in Sai Kulwant Hall began everyday at 4.30pm with Vedams recited by Baba’s students. As we are celebrating the festival of Dasara 2-3 keynote speakers would be invited to address the devotees. They ranged from highly respected Sri Sathya Sai Institute students/staff to regional spiritual scholars. The talks were focused on Baba’s teachings and how his life’s message is an inspiration for all of us. Following this devotees were blessed with archive footage of Baba’s divine discourses on large projector screens. Baba’s discourse would be followed by a musical programme and/or drama. Dramas have been performed by the Sri Sathya Sai Hospital, Drama College, and Deena Janoddharana Pathakam (DJP) boys. The dramas were clearly performed from the heart for Swami. A musical offering was also given by the Sri Sathya Sai Music College.
Afternoon Darshan would be brought to a close with Bhajans, Mangala Aarathi, Samasta Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu and Baba’s prasadam.
Evening and morning talks
During Grama Seva pilgrimage a number of highly respected and experienced speakers gave talks to the group in private after the evening meal and during morning Suprabhatam. Sri K. Chakravarthi discussed with the group openly their professional work and the current status of the Central Trust and its future obligations. Dr Sara Pavan held a question and answers session with the group and also discussed the book ‘No Country No Name’. Prof. G. Venkataraman gave a talk on science and conscious awareness. Finally, Dr. Anil Kumar gave an enlightened talk on de-attachment with examples from the Ramayana.