Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
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July 2013, Prasanthi Nilayam: Holy Quranic verses resonated throughout
the Holy Prasanthi precincts with hundreds of men and women from Region
94 of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations – Worldwide, comprising of the
Middle East and Gulf countries assembled here greeting The Lord with
‘Ramadan Mubarak’ here in Prasanthi Nilayam today.
It is Holy Month Of Ramadan, the Month of severe austerities to tread the righteous path towards Godhood. Worldover when Muslims are engaged in strict religious discipline, celebrating the Month, a miniscule of devotees from thef Middle East and Gulf countries, converged here singing paens to Him celebrating the Holy Month.
The word Ramadan is derived from the Arabic word Ramida, meaning scorching heat and dryness, symbolic of fire of hunger and thirst at a physical level while spiritually it connotes to intense spiritual yearning. It is only when one is turned away from senses, he is turned towards God; main principle behind Ramadan is the control of the mind.
The programme for the evening had a mix of songs, commentary and narrations on Islamic Culture and interactive (recorded) conversations presenting ‘what entails the Holy Month.
The programme commenced at 1700 hrs. with a greetings followed by a brief introduction about the Five Pillars Of Islam. The Five Pillars are Shahada, declaration of faith in Allah, as One God and Mohammed as His final messenger, Salah, the five-time prayer offered as per Islamic faith, month-long fast observed, and Hajj, the fourth pillar, holy pilgrimage to Holy Mecca and the fifth and final Pillar is Zakat, charity offered during the holy month as the very religion is based on love and surrender.
Soulful rendering continued, some in Arabic, tuned to popular Indian devotional numbers. The songs were Azaan…, Alla Tero Naam…, Anta Bahural Hubbi…, Suno Ramazaan Ki Dastaan…, Indama Tafshal…, Chahe Ram Kaho Rahman Kaho…, Moula Moula Moula Mere Moula…, Love All Serve All – Listen To The Call Of The Lord etc. Even as the songs continued, it was intertwined with commentary and narrations speaking about the significance of fasting, abstaining from evils, walking the righteous path, importance of charity etc.
The Sanctum Sanctorum bore festive decorations, symbolic of Arabic style, with lanterns and crescends and stars parading all over.
The Holy Pilgrims ended their programme on a high note with a refrain, Love All Serve All, singing the final composition in English, Love All Serve All – Listen To The Call Of The Lord. Bhajans by the pilgrims continued and ended with Mangala Arathi at 1810 hrs.
II Samastha Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu II
Saturday, August 10th, 2013
Islam Stands for i shall Love All Mankind,
declared the Higher Secondary School children presenting a thematic
drama on the occasion of Holy Ramzan this evening here in Prasanthi
The presentation entitled Ramadan For Human Excellence was about what entails the holy festivity, Ramzan, being celebrated today. Ramzan is the 9th month of Islamic Calendar that Muslims around the world celebrate with fasting, austerity and spiritual adherence.
This evening’s presentation began at 1700 hrs. after half-an-hour Vedam chanting. Beginning with a village backdrop scene wherein a grandfather explains his little grandson of the story behind the festivity, the presentation evolves into a fully-woven story explaining finer details of various religious practices that form part of the festivity.
The grandfather begins with a brief explanation on the three phases of Ramzan, divided into ten days apiece. The first ten days are days of mercy; the second phase of ten days is for forgiveness, and the final phase is for seeking refuge from Hellfire to reach Godhood. Narrating significance of each ten-day period, the drama, with the help of a couple of beautifully woven episodes from old-time stories, highlights the salient features of the festivity, namely, adherence to Truth, elimination of desires, sincerity etc. A beautiful dance, tuned to a quawwali, was also interlanced in between, depicting the joyous mood of the festivity.
At the end the programme came the story of the Mosque in Puttaparthi, constructed and consecrated by Bhagawan Himself in the year 1978. Hearing the inspiring story of Sathya Sai Baba and His adherence to all religous beliefs the little grandson develops a special taste for ‘Sai Allah’ and thus the trio, grandfather, son and grandson sets out to Puttaparthi seeking Sai Allah. Recollecting from what Bhagawan had spoken about Islam, during the inauguration of the Mosque in 1978, the presentation gives a beautiful definition for ISLAM, in His own words…Islam Stands for i shall Love All Mankind.
The programme ended with a beautiful group song by the entire set of participants, crying out to Sai Allah!
Bhajans by the Higher Secondary wing continued and ended with Mangala Arathi at 1810 hrs.
II Samastha Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu II
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