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A play-for the Lord of the Universe!!!
let your imagination run free for a moment. Imagine you are
in Whitefield preparing for a play that will be presented
to the Lord of the Universe. Your palms begin to sweat profusely
as you approach the stage. The hours upon hours of practice
that you put into the play seem to fade away and you simply
live in the moment, forgetting everything else except the
stage and the Lord watching you. For 50 children from Texas,
this was something that they did not have to imagine, since
they were given the chance to experience this joyous bliss
first hand. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to interview
a young lady who had just come back from Whitefield with some
very insightful experiences.
interviewed Devi Natarajan, a Young Adult from the Sathya
Sai Center of Dallas. Though Devi had not taken part in the
play herself, she was in Whitefield with the children who
had taken part and had firsthand accounts of the entire program.
Devi said that the entire center had been deeply involved
in seva right from the start of their trip. Their typical
day consisted of waking up and going to nagarsankeerthan,
then going to the hall for Darshan and meditation afterwards.
Once they were done with that, they went for seva till lunchtime.
The members of the center were given a chance to do bathroom
clean up, make goody bags, clean up trash, help in the canteen,
and do several other forms of seva, which was a great opportunity
to serve the Lord at His abode. After lunchtime, Swami would
send two speakers to talk to the congregation, and when the
speakers were finished, the group went back to do more seva.
Once they were done with seva, the youth would go off to practice
bhajans while the rest of the children and adults would go
to practice for the play. Finally, they would all meet at
dinner and then everyone was free to do whatever they liked.
Devi also gave me a very detailed explanation of the exciting
preparation that went on for the play. Swami had said that
the play would be performed on Thursday and the children immediately
set to work practicing harder than ever. They were now given
the chance to practice in the shed behind the hall, as opposed
to the small room that they were using.
When the day of the performance came, everyone was taken by
surprise since Swami wanted them to perform in the morning!
The Young Adults were also given a chance to sing two songs
as Swami came out in a golf cart, his first Darshan after
about 25 days. Two boys from the center then came up to Swami
and asked him to bless the program, which He gladly did. One
of the boys apparently reported seeing a bright light when
he was blessed. Swami sat through the entire program and constantly
asked one of the center members who was the best actor, all
the while knowing which one was best!!
the program, the children came down from the stage and Swami
created vibhuti and blew it on them. He also materialised
a necklace to a girl who was about 5 years old and commented
that she had been in Parthi on her 3rd birthday, a fact that
surprised almost everyone in the hall. Another boy asked Swami
if he could study at Swami's school, but Swami simply told
him that it was not the time for him to study at the school.
So, the boy asked if he could study medicine, to which Swami
Once the excitement of the play was over, all of the centers
from the region got together to share their experiences. Suddenly,
a man came over to deliver a card to one of the actresses.
The card said "My love and blessings to all," which
really was a message for all of the centers.
I was so caught up with the excitement while interviewing
Devi. I could just imagine the thrill the kids must have felt
when Swami was standing so close to them! Devi closed the
interview with a sigh and said that while the trip and the
excitement had come to a close, not one person from those
centers would ever forget the thrilling feeling of presenting
a play in front of Swami and the few magical weeks they spent
in the abode of the Lord of the Universe.
(Article by Vimala Narasimhan, Sai World Student Reporter,
attends and leads bhajans at the SSBC's of Encinitas and San
Diego, California. She is 13 years old.)