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Posted at 22:56:04 Hrs. IST on 29 Dec 2009

The Bal Vikas children numbering over 300 from Delhi - National Capital Region presented a vibrant programme of songs and dances titled “Bouquet of Love” in the Divine Presence on the evening of 29th December 2009.

Bhagawan came to Sai Kulwant Hall at 4.50 p.m. to the chants of Vedas. As Bhagawan came to the central part of the Hall, He spoke to a tiny tot lovingly who was part of the evening programme. A vast expanse of sky and a placid river formed the beautiful backdrop for the evening’s programme. The theme of the programme was the message of unity – the same thread of Divinity runs through the entire gamut of the diversity of creation, from the highest to the lowest forms of life.  

The first item of the programme was a prayer in the form of a dance to Lord Ganesha, who is the remover of obstacles and who bestows goodness on all. The Bal Vikas boys’ dance was followed by a joyful dance by the Bal Vikas girls which conveyed that the power of the divine name endows one with the strength and fortitude to face the trials and tribulations of worldly life.

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Rajasthan, the desert State in the west of India has a long history and rich culture of colourful dance and music. The next performance was a dance by the Bal Vikas boys in the Rajasthani tradition, full of verve and energy, expressing deep faith in the omnipresent God. The dance was colourfully choregraphed bringing alive the Rajasthani culture.

The last dance by the Bal Vikas girls conveyed the theme of unity – “We Bal Vikas girls, are Your little lamps that light up the world with Your love”. As all the Bal Vikas boys and girls and the Bal Vikas Gurus converged in the performing area for His blessings, Bhagawan gave another opportunity to the Bal Vikas children to express their love for Bhagawan. A short session of Bhajans followed. Though it was an extempore effort without much stress on Raga (tune) and Tala, pure unsullied heart of the children impressed Bhagawan who was very much appreciative throughout. Bhagawan materialised a gold chain for one of the Bal Vikas boys and lovingly put it round his neck. He also went amidst them and gave them the coveted opportunity to be photographed with Him. Prasadam was distributed to everyone. The day’s programme concluded with Arati to Bhagawan at 5.55 p.m.    

Children have undergone hectic practice sessions for over three months to present the same in the Divine Presence. Of the three hundred stong contingent, half of the children are from Rural Bal Vikas wherein Sri Sathya Sai Village Integration Programme is active, said Mr. Jatinder Cheema, State President of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations -Delhi, who led a 360 member group including parents, to Prasanthi Nilayam.