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Festivals, Plays, Events 2006
Christmas Day, 25 December 2006

Christmas Day evening

John Behner talks about Swami curing his eye. Arthur Hillcoat speaks of Jesus and of the need for Love. Father Charles Ogada talks about how Swami came to him and about the great Power in His name. Swami then gives His divine Discourse.

Christmas Day, 25 December 2006

Christmas Day

Students of the Primary School presented a violin programme, and the Institute Brass Band followed with a thrilling performance. Singing of carols then commenced. At the end of the performances, Swami walked around and looked at the splendid cakes that had been baked for the occasion.

Christmas Eve, 24 December 2006

Christmas Eve

In the evening, a children's choir and then a choir of adults sing Christmas carols and songs of praise for Bhagawan on this special Christmas eve. Swami blessed the conductors of the two choirs with saris.

Birthday celebration, 23 November 2006

Evening celebrations

We see Swami entering the gymnasium, part of the badminton match between India and Indonesia, a glimpse of the Harlem Globetrotters game, and Swami with the players. The venue then switches to Sai Kulwant Hall for a wonderful music concert and cake cutting.

Birthday celebration, 23 November 2006

Excerpts from the celebration

We see the opening parade, Swami's arrival and sitting with the President of India, the President's remarks, excerpts from Swami's discourse, and Swami cutting birthday cakes. There are also excerpts from the music program in the evening.

Inauguration of Stadium, 22 November 2006

Inauguration of Sri Sathya Sai Intl Center for Sports

We are treated to the inaugural procession with Swami, the President of India, and the governors of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh; the national anthem; speeches; and a film. Members of the world class Greece and Switzerland gymnastics teams perform, and there is a volleyball match between the Sri Lankan and India teams.

Ladies Day evening, 19 November 2006

Evening festivities

Swami enters Sai Kulwant Hall. He materializes a necklace for a young girl and then hands out saris to women. We are treated to some beautiful dancing by young women groups and exquisite singing by a group of two women. At teh end, Swami accepts Arathi.

Ladies Day morning, 19 November 2006

Morning festivities

The primary school band leads the procession into Sai Kulwant Hall, while women students chant the Vedas. We see a flag salute, with women wearing costumes of various cultures. We are treated to a bagpipe presentation by primary school students and singing by women from the United Kingdom. Several talks by women follow. Morning festivities end with bhajans, led by women, and Arathi.

Athi Rudra Maha Yagna, 20 Aug 2006

Athi Rudra Maha Yagna: Purnahuti

Purnahuti means "complete offering". The offering of the Purnahuti marks the completion of the homa (ritual).

Athi Rudra Maha Yagna, 9-20 Aug 2006

Athi Rudra Maha Yagna: Excerpts from discourses

Bhagavan Baba gave several discourses during the Athi Rudra Maha Yagna. This video contains excerpts from them. Read about the yagna in the Prasanthi Bulletin.

Athi Rudra Maha Yagna, 9-20 Aug 2006

Athi Rudra Maha Yagna: Ashtavadhana Seva

Ashtadvadhana refers to doing 8 things at one time. This Ashtavadhana Seva is a particular worship service, done every day of the yagna. Swami is seen a lot in this video. Read about the yagna in the Prasanthi Bulletin.

Athi Rudra Maha Yagna, 9-20 Aug 2006

Athi Rudra Maha Yagna: Afternoon puja

This puja (worship) was performed every afternoon of the yagna. Read about the Yagna in the Prasanthi Bulletin.

Athi Rudra Maha Yagna, 9-20 Aug 2006

Athi Rudra Maha Yagna:
The Rudra Parayanam

This video documents the Rudra Parayanam, which is the recital of the Rudram 11 times by 121 ritwiks. It was performed every day of this yagna. Parayanam means devout reading. Read about the Yagna in the Prasanthi Bulletin.

Athi Rudra Maha Yagna, 9-20 Aug 2006

Athi Rudra Maha Yagna: Rudra and Sai Gayathri Homams

A homam is a ritual in which the primary action is making offerings into a consecrated fire is the primary action. These homams were performed every day of this yagna. Read about the Yagna in the Prasanthi Bulletin.

Athi Rudra Maha Yagna, 9-20 Aug 2006

Athi Rudra Maha Yagna

This 20 minute clip documents the abhishekam, the ceremonial bath of the Lingam, which is done at the commencement of the puja at 5AM every morning. Read about the Yagna in the Prasanthi Bulletin.

Athi Rudra Maha Yagna, 10 Aug 2006

Athi Rudra Maha Yagna

A 20-minute video of the second day of the yagna, up to the Chief Priest's speech. Read about this part of the Yagna in the Prasanthi Bulletin.

Athi Rudra Maha Yagna, 9 Aug 2006

Athi Rudra Maha Yagna

Inaugural day, with clips from both morning and evening. Read about this part of the Yagna in the Prasanthi Bulletin.

The Growing Garland, 13 July 2006

The Growing Garland

This play is performed by the children in the Sathya Sai School of Canada, in Toronto, Canada. The school was started in 2000. The play takes place in the future, about 2070, and revolves around an elderly lady who went to the school as a child.

Be a star in God's Heaven, 12 July 2006

Be a star in God's Heaven

This drama was performed by the childlren of Indonesia on 12 July 2006. The play depicted the story of Dhruva, one of the enduring tales of God's love from the Bhagatham, as told by a grandfather to his grandchildren. Throughout, God demonstrates that there is no force greater than the power of devotion. The play contained several enchanting dances, by the girls.

The Ten Commandments, 7 July 2006

Play on the Ten Commandments

On the evening of 7 July, the children of Sri Sathya Sai Bal Vikas in the area of Mumbai perform a musical drama: the story of Moses leading the Hebrews to freedom from slavery in Egypt and God giving Moses the ten commandments. A moving story, excellently performed.

The Divine Commandment, part 2, 7 July 2006

"The Divine Commandment"

The Lion King convenes a conference of all the animals, to question the right of humans to greatness. They end up deciding to help man realise his true nature: I am I – Aham Asmi Aham


Akshadi Ekadashi morn, part 1 , 7 July 2006

Devotees from Mahrashtra and Goa perform

Ashadi Ekadashi marks the beginning of the Chaturmasa. On this day, people walk in huge processions to Pandharpur, the abode of Lord Vitthal, chanting hymns, to have his darshan. This video shows the parade at Prasanthi Nilayam, Swami's entrance, a talk about the occasion, and a traditional dance.

Sai Intl Symphony Orchestra, 11 July 2006

The Sai Intl Symphony Orchestra

The Sai International Symphony Orchestra again performs in Sai Kulwant Hall, with a stunning array of beautiful classical works, with appropriate and helpful introductions to each piece. The musicians come from 22 countries. They start off with a bhajan that was arranged by a member of the orchestra --can you recognize it?

Evening concert, 8 July2006

Concert: Richa Sharma

A wonderful concert by one of the most respected and talented singer in Bollywood. Her beautiful voice kept the audience enthralled. She has been trained in both Indian classical music and light music.

Evening concert, 8 July 2006

Concert: Ranjan Kulkarni, Sudhir Phadke, and Nishikant Barodekar

The first item in the evening concert was the trio (tihayee) of the sitar, the sarod, and the tabla. Kulkarni plays the sarod, Phadke the sitar, and Barodekar the tabla. At the end of this concert, Swami materializes a ring for Sri Kulkarni.

Morning concert, 8 July 2006

Concert: Sri P. Krishnamurthy

The audience was treated to Krishnamurthy singing while playing the harmonium, with Vinod Sehgal on the flute, Sri Shantanu on the tabla, and Sri Rajesh on the violin. After the perfromance, Swami materialized a chain for Krishnamurthy and a ring for Singhal.

Kodai Kanal, April 2006

With the Lord in the Mountains

Video of Swami's 2006 trip to Kodai Kanal. Includes the flight to Madurai. Swami talks with students, gives beautiful morning darshans, and presides over bhajans. We also see parts of discourses and various festivals and musical performances. Swami materializes a ring that Rama gave to Sita.

26-27 February 2006 Sivarathri


Excerpts from the Sivarathri celebrations in 2006, including parts of the divine discourses, vedic chanting, bhajans, and the emergence of a lingam.

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