81st Birthday Celebrations of Bhagawan

Easwaramma Women's Welfare Trust Program

20th November 2006

On 20th evening, on completion of two years of Sai Seva, Easwaramma Women’s Wefare Trust had organized a function in Sai Kulwant Hall in the Divine Presence of our Lord. That evening, Bhagawan arrived in Sai Kulwant Hall to grant Darshan at 3.45 p.m.  As Bhagawan was moving amidst the crowds, a troupe of folk artistes played on drums.

The programme commenced with the distribution of bicycles to the employees of Easwaramma Women’s Wefare Trust. In addition to their household chores, these women had to traverse long distances on foot from the nearby villages daily to get to their workplace in the Ashram. This gift of the bicycle would prove to be a great blessing for them as they belong to the lower economic class and hence cannot afford any other mode of transport. Following this, there were two folk dances from Andhra Pradesh.

Then, four employees of the Trust spoke and sang songs expressing their love and gratitude to Bhagawan for having provided them an opportunity to serve Him even while earning their livelihood. If not for the basic needs like water, healthcare and education, provided by Bhagawan, their lives would have been one unending saga of misery, they said.

In keeping with one of the primary objectives of the Trust, namely, Mother & Child Welfare, on this occasion, nearly 1000 women who are mothers or mothers-to-be were chosen from the surrounding villages of Anantapur District for receiving gifts from the Divine hands. Since pure drinking water is the prime requisite for good health, especially for these women, water filters were distributed to them. In addition to this, they were also gifted baby apparels and toys. After this, the doctors who provided voluntary service in the Mother & Child Welfare Programme and the administrative staff of the Trust were felicitated with tokens of love from the Divine hands.

Dance Program by Students of SSSIHL

20th November 2006

Following this, the students of Prasanthi Nilayam Campus of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning presented a dance programme at the Divine Lotus Feet. The programme started with an invocatory prayer to Lord Ganesha, the remover of obstacles. Then there was a ‘Yakshagana’ performance based on the childhood exploits of Lord Sri Krishna. ‘Yakshagana’ is a folk dance from the South-Indian state of Karnataka. The next item was a dance-drama depicting the ‘Dashavatara’, the ten incarnations of Lord Maha Vishnu as depicted in the Hindu legends. The dance, based on the Sanskrit verses of Poet Jayadeva, had the audience enthralled with its pleasing music and excellent choreography. The final piece was set to a song in Telugu, which beautifully conveyed the love and divinity of Bhagawan Baba. The students arranged themselves in various formations like the word ‘SAI’, the shape of heart and the figure of ‘81’, thus offering their love and salutations to their Lord Sai on His 81st Birthday. Thereafter, Bhagawan granted photographs to the participants.

The evening programme concluded with a video show entitled “Who am I?” that vividly answered the philosophical questions that have intrigued man since time immemorial – Who is God? How did creation take place? Who is man and what is his role in the creation? The graphics and the background commentary were of excellent quality. At the end of the show, Bhagawan accepted Arati and retired to His residence.