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Divine Discourse and Dance Drama


July 06, 2009

Love my uncertainty, said the Lord time and again, indicating of the greater importance of the time when humanity is blessed to be with the physical frame of the Lord walks the earth. Just a day before only Prasanthi witnessed a taste of this uncertainty, when out of turn Bhagawan called the Chicago, Region 5 devotees for a private informal session to bless the contingent that missed out the physical presence just the other day, when their turn came to sing in Prasanthi Nilayam.

On the 6th evening, the penultimate day of Guru Purnima, Bhagawan came after a long wait just after 1700 Hrs. and coming on stage after taking a detour, He asked for the mike and there started the Divine Discourse.

In the Divine Discourse that lasted 50 minutes Bhagawan stressed on the greater need to develop Morality in Society. Discoursing on the present day’s plight of deteriorating morality in society, Bhagawan said, Today, man has lost the fear of sin. Man has to understand the consequences of his sinful acts. Sans fear we lose morality in society that tempts man to behave egoistically. One should take every care to ensure that no bad looks, bad actions, bad thoughts are committed as consequences have to be faced. Morality in society is of prime importance.  Man without morality in society is no human being at all, said Bhagawan stressing on the greater importance of righteous living.

Man should be careful in following the three principles given by God, namely, Love for God, Fear of Sin and Morality in Society.  Love for God is essential. Pointing out at the current day tendency among the generation to question all sorts of things, as to why to develop Love for God and why to follow Morality, Bhagawan exhorted to: BE GOOD, SEE GOOD AND DO GOOD; without these three all our spiritual endeavours would be futile.  

Earlier, starting His Divine Discourse with a reference to the Trinity Godhood, Brahma Vishnu Maheshwara, Bhagawan said, names and forms differ, but Divinity is one and one alone. There should be only one name, Atma, that is, consciousness. Same consciousness indwells in all, added Bhagawan. Brahman and Atma have no beginning and none can qualify these two as they are blemishless, resplendent and radiant without any attribute. Atma is existential in nature. It never goes. One who has complete faith in consciousness will never face any loss and failure, added Bhagawan.

Intermittently when it rained lashing from the ‘heavens’ causing disruption in the audio due to the thud it made on the roof, Bhagawan urged that one should not be afraid of rains, hailstorms etc. Drifting His Discourse into the devastating flood that caused havoc in the state of Orissa, Bhagawan said that He had sent His Divine Assurance to the bereaved, affected people of the state; and the assurance was “Don’t Worry; Be Happy”;“I will feed you and take care of you”.  He even made a mention of the grateful act of the ill-affected people of the state that made them to travel all the way to Prasanthi Nilayam expressing grateful thanks.

Once again referring to the main theme of the day’s discourse, Morality in Society, Bhagawan said: You may escape from the sight of the society, but one should not try to escape the eyes of the God. If you want to do something, do good or else one can keep quiet. Referring to the Upanishads, He said, once we come to know as to who we are in reality, then we will know everything.  

Claim of mine is illusion; everything is God’s Gift, Property; none has any right on these properties; We are wasting our time. Time waste is life waste. Bhagawn concluded His Divine Discourse making a mention of the anticipated Musical Drama presentation by the Youth and Balvikas from Tamil Nadu.


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Imagine a single stage where world’s celebrated masters and apostles appear preaching good old principles and philosophies aimed at the emancipation of mankind. On the 6th July evening Prasanthi Nilayam was set to witness such an imaginative utopian scene wherein greatest preachers and masters of world’s foremost religions along with exalted devotees came onstage in the immediate Divine Presence of the Master of all Masters, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.  

As a prelude to the big day, Guru Purnima, the day dedicated to the Sadguru, Sai Youth and Balvikas Children from Tamil Nadu presented a Musical Drama entitled, Sai Yugam Swarna Yugam. The presentation was essentially a journey through time, from the twilight of Dwapara unto the present age of the Kali Yuga Avatar Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, essentially the Timeless Divine Phenomenon.

Though the Song Celestial Bhagavad Gita was sung in the Dwapara Yuga, the present age of Kali was set to reap the benefit in full essence. It was not a mere coincidence that made the Lord of Dwapara to sing the Song Celestial, but was essentially for the people of Kali age, that would be badly afflicted with all evil propensities.

From the Dwapara to Kali and from the Kali to the present age of Sri Sathya Sai, the drama was set in the backdrop of Dwapara Yuga that was in its twilight where Sage Vyasa contemplated on the great good fortune of the Kali Age for having been the recipients of the Song Celestial. The sage who went into the future of Kali Age, with his Divine Vision, was appalled at the evil propensities it had in the offing. Prompted by his greater compassion to mitigate the evil effects, He went on compiling 551 Brahma Sutras followed by 17 Puranas. Still not satisfied at his own solution for the Kali’s evil affects, he fervently prayed to his guru Sage Narada for guidance. In response Sage Narada appeared and advised him of the one and only solution that was to write the Story of the Lord.

Thus he compiled the Srimad Bhagavatham as was christened by Lord Krishna Himself. Vyasa who was in deep agony, explained the Lord the evil propensities in the offing praying Him to view the horrendous scenes of the ensuing age. The Lord in turn invited the sage to look into the positive side of the Age, wherein one could see the advent of many an apostle, saint…finally blurting out the Truth of all Truths that He sung through the Song Celestial, the Truth of His Advent as Lord in the Kali Age.  

The Musical drama moved through the times of great masters, namely, Zoroaster, Lao Tse, Buddha, Jesus, Prophet Mohammed, Adi Shankaracharya, Ramanujacharya, Madhwacharya followed by the times and teachings of the great devotees of the Lord, namely, Kabir, Nanak, Chaitanya, Mira Bhai, Purandara Dasa and Kanakadasa conveying their eternal messages. The greater teachings of these masters and great devotees would be handy when the Lord comes in physical again in the Kali age, ensured Lord Krishna to Sage Vyasa who was already brimming with greater eagerness to visualize the form of the Avatar of the Kali Age.

Moved by the sage’s fervent prayers, the Lord described the features of His future incarnation, in the Kali Age, who would be having a crown of hair, complexion on the face that varied at times from copper to that of golden, feet that would be tender, with a mole on His cheek, and with a name that would be Truth. Finally He asked the sage to look on to the dais on his front to have the darshan of the beauteous form of the Avatar of the Kali Age, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba!

The drama interlaced with musical pieces coupled with dance sequences in tandem was a portrayal of the story of Divinity through the passage of time often bringing nostalgic memories of those wonderful times of the great masters. At a time when Sathya Sai Speaks the Words of Wisdom, one would know that the masters preceded the Advent of the Avatar had similar teachings and preaching for the humanity, essentially indicating the Oneness of Godhood!    
Bhagawan had often mentioned of the exalted status of Sage Vyasa and his connection with Guru Purnima. “Vyasa was born on this full moon day. He completed the codification of the four Vedas on this day. He completed the writing of the eighteen Puranas on this day. Owing to the passage of time, Vyaasa Purnima came to be called Guru Purnima”. Thus the presentation was an apt offering to this great master whose bubbling enthusiasm towards the end of the drama to have the vision of the Lord of Kali was nothing, but the world’s collective offering at Divine Lotus Feet of the Master of all Masters on the auspicious occasion of Guru Purnima.

Indeed it was a clarion call by the Youth and Balvikas children from Tamil Nadu reminding one and all that we are very much in the Golden Age when Sai walks the earth, walking His talk!!!

Extremely happy with the presentation, Bhagawan came down the stage to pose for a photo session presenting them yet another priceless ‘memorabilia’. Prasadam was distributed and arathi was offered to the Lord before He retired to Yajur Mandiram.