Sri Sathya Sai Youth Pilgrimage 2009, would not have asked for a better start, as Bhagawan asked the Tamil Nadu Youth convener to present the musical programme on the 14th and the drama the next day.
Over 1700 youth, 1300 gents and 400 ladies, have come on a Parthi Yatra for three days, from 13th to 15th November, under the auspices of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations, Tamil Nadu.
The 14th evening witnessed a Musical Tribute, Nadopasana, a bouquet of devotional songs by the Youth in the Divine Presence.
The enterprising ‘group of sixteen’ began its musical tribute, offering gratitude to Bhagawan for the wonderful opportunity, most benevolently granted by Bhagawan.
The programme commenced with an invocation to Lord Ganesha which was followed by Arunagirinathar’s rendition to Lord Muruga, “Muttai Tharu patthi thirunagai athhikkirai satthi saravana…” for initiating him from the world of self-centred to the sanctity of sainthood. The next piece was by “Andavan Anbe Shakthi Tharum…” invoking the Almighty for Shakthi, Siddhi, Bhakthi and Mukthi, which was followed by a beautiful chorus penned by none other than Bhagawan Himself, “Yentha Manchi Teepu Meerantha Sevimpudi…” The programme concluded with a song describing Bhagawan’s motherly love for the entire creation, “Janani Janakulu Panchey Prema Kanna Sai Matha Premay entho minna…”
Towards the end Bhagawan blessed the Balvikas certificates and the monthly journal for one of the districts. The evening programme concluded with a couple of bhajans by the Sai Youth of Tamil Nadu.
SATHYA KATHALU...dance drama from real iife incidents...
The drama entitled “Sathya Kathalu” was the depiction of two real life incidents attributed to the Sri Sathya Sai Village Integration Programme.
The SSSVIP is bringing in silent yet strong spiritual revolution by constructively galvanizing the youthful energy resulting in societal transformation.
To portray the success stories of Sai Youth, the drama brings in Tamil Nadu’s most famous patriotic poet, Bharatiyar along with epical character Narada.
Bharatiyar had a great vision about a future Bharat. He envisioned Bharat to be a progressive nation with equality ruling everywhere. Has his vision come true? The drama was still unfolding.
Narada was full praise for Bharatiyar, who stood for the saying “Janani Janmabhoomischa Swargadapi Gariyasi”, showing great patriotic feeling. Bharatiyar who had dreamt of seeing the nation to be the leader of the world wished to have a glimpse of the modern successful Bharata.
Sage Narada took the patriotic poet to a remote village, Karisangal, showcasing the travails of Irular community, a suppressed lot, suffering at the hands of the villagers, having branded as untouchables.
Three little girls were mercilessly driven away by a tea-shop vendor calling her an untouchable. Shocked by the developments Bharatiyar raised apprehensions at the credentials of Bharat post independent period.
This time Narada had something interesting to share with. He promised to take the poet to another scene where a group of young men and women were actively serving the society in the name of Sai Youth.
Sai Youth came into the scene and argued in favour of the ‘untouchables’. They argued with the shop vendor claiming that God has never created anything untouchable and it was man’s own imagination and creation. The youth were warned of repercussion of excommunicaton if they had helped the girl.
Bharatiyar was happy at the Sai Youth and the Sage explained him about the Sai Youth in detail. Still Bharatiyar had a trace of apprehension and posed the question as to whether this youth would be successful in bringing the needed transformation.
Narada had his answer in the form of a group of “untouchables” chanting Vedic mantras with ease. Finally the poet was happy at the progress being made that the once upon Brahmin monopoly was broken.
Going back to the British strategy of divide and rule prevalent in the pre-independent era, Bharatiyar hoped that after sixty two years of independence things would have changed substantially in other areas of social life.
Narada yet again took the poet to another village, Malliankuppam, wherein an argument was shown at the village temple premises, which had been closed for long twenty years. The villagers were discussing the issue of performing “Kumbhabhishekam”, but were locking horns at the issue of not allowing a section into the temple.
Having witnessed the proceedings from Malliankuppam, Bharatiyar lamented that hatred and jealousy had multiplied manifold post independence. The ever cheerful celestial Sage had something brighter to show the patriotic poet.
Narada, telling the poet that the scene that was shown was from the previous year, took the poet to the present scene at the same temple premises wherein he was shown the villagers rejoicing, celebrating the Kumbhabhishekam as a united family.
Further confirming the Sai Youth’s sweeping reforms that have become the happening thing, the poet was taken to another village, Melakkavatti, 20 kms from Ooty, wherein Sai Youth were distributing photos and prasadams at every household. At one house, the Sai Youth found one Subbaiah, a householder, who had been paralytic for twenty long years. Subbaiah had been at the mercy of his neighbours, not out of love and compassion, but purely out of compulsion.
Here comes Sai’s miracle. The Youth motivated by His teachings decided to adopt the hapless Subbaiah. Turn by turn Sai Youth would attend to Subbaiah, meeting his needs on a daily basis. This had been continuing for some time.
By this time the Sai Youth had made great impact in the minds and hearts of the villagers. Motivated at the gesture of selfless service suffused with love, the village head decided to own the responsibility serving Subbaiah, as every family in the village wanted to do it as an offering to Bhagawan.
…and when the Sai Youth wanted a place to conduct regular Sai Bhajans, the village head had no second thought about the propoded venue; they decided to have the same to be conducted at the vacant spot in front of Subbaiah’s house.
…and here comes the big miracle. Bhagawan came into the Subbaiah’s dream to give Him a Divine Massage and the man who had been lying hapless for twenty long years, without any kith and kin, almost forsaken by the villagers, but for their compulsory obligation, got cured completely from the paralysis, overnight…all through one dream sequence…at the Hands of The Lord!
His touch was the Elixir Divine! … and He massaged Him to normality.
From the world of fiction, spreading His message, with written scripts, Sai Youth all over the world seemed to have found the new weapon. They bring real life incidents portraying rare glimpses of transformation.
Towards the end, representing the transformed villagers, three of them came forward, showering grateful thanks to Bhagawan for having given an opportunity to serve at Prasanthi Nilayam. They had been here as part of sevadal group doing service representing the state for the past two weeks.
Here, it is not alone transformation at the individual level, it is transformation en masse, at the societal level.
Bhagawan went down the aisle to bless the participants, blessing them with a coveted photo session. Bhagawan was seen interacting with the three little girls, who had been “untouchables” in real life! Anathas have become Sanathas….
A little girl acted in the drama was blessed with a gold chain and all the little ones participated were blessed with special clothes at the Hands of Bhagawan.
Earlier, the Sunday mass of devotees had a long wait to have a glimpse of Bhagawan, till 5:50 pm. By then it was twilight and Bhagawan waded His way through the capacity crowd filled in the spacious Sai Kulwant Hall.
Bhajans by university students continued for sometime before Bhagawan called for Arathi.