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Festivals & Plays

Here you will find videos of festivals, plays, and other events.

Athi Rudra Maha Yagna, 9-20 Aug 2006
 

Athi Rudra Maha Yagna:
Purnahuti

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Ten Commandments, 7 July 2006
 

Ashadi Ekadashi play on
the Ten Commandments

On the evening of 7 July, the children of Sri Sathya Sai Bal Vikas in the area of Mumbai performed 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.

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The Divine Commandment, part 2, 7 July 2006
 

Devotees from Mumbai perform the play, "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

 

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Akshadi Ekadashi morn, part 1 , 7 July 2006
 

Devotees from Mahrashtra and Goa perform on this auspicious day.
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.

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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?

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Kodai Kanal
 

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.

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26-27 February 2006 Sivarathri
 

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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26 December 2005 evening
 

Shalom! (Peace!)

Watch and listen to the Shalom group from Australia sing songs of peace to Bhagavan.

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26 December 2005 evening
 

Life is a Song: Sing It!

Devotees from southern California and Hawaii offer a musical performance to Bhagavan. They begin singing to us to "Save the Earth"!

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26 December 2005 evening
 

Bhajans!

Devotees from southern California and Hawaii continue to sing, this time in bhajan style, giving everyone in Sai Kulwnat Hall a chance to sing!

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Christmas Day 2005 evening
 

Merry Christmas!

This video contains excerpts from the evening Christmas festivities. Mostly Christmas carols, part of a play, and closeups of Bhagavan Baba talking to someone and materializing a necklace.

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Christmas Day 2005 morning
 

Merry Christmas!

Sai Kulwant Hall is filled to capacity. The festivities begin with Swami lighting candles and cutting a cake. Youth and College symphony play Christmas carols and songs. The chorus of college students join in. The video ends with Sanskrit chanting as Prasad is distributed and with Arathi.

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80th Birthday Celebration, 23 Nov 2005
 

Happy Birthday Swami!

This video shows some of the festivities that took place in the morning and evening in the stadium - The gala procession, the homage of the sportsmen, and excerpts from the speeches and Swami's Divine Message.

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Sai Intl Symphony Orchestra, 21 Nov 2005
 

The Sai Intl Symphony Orchestra

The Sai International Choir, consisting of 53 musicians from 20 countries, play classical music on the evening of 21 November 2005. Hungarian Rhapsody, "light Cavalry", theme from Rossini's The Magpie, and more.

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Sai Intl Choir , 20 Nov 2005
 

The Sai International Choir

The Sai International Choir, consisting of 170 members from 45 countries, sings to Swami on the evening of 20 November 2005.

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Chinese Symphony , 18 Nov 2005
 

Chinese Symphony
Devotees from the People's Republic of China give a wonderful concert, consisting of both musical instruments and singing. At the beginnings, several gifts were given to Swami and their meanings are explained. We learn a bit about the Chinese string and woodwind instruments.

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Northeast US Children's Choir , 1 Aug 2005
 

The children of the US Northeast region (with a few adults) sing to Swami. Hear "Chant the name of the Lord", "Surrender to Sai", "When dark clouds fill your sky", "Like the River", and others. Audio CD "Love Eternally" is available from Prasanthi and US Tustin bookstores.

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Guru Purnima Evening, 2005
 

The evening festival celebrations on Guru Purnima, 21 July, consisted of singing by two students of the SSSIHL. Near the end, there is also a dance by 8-9 of the students. Bhagavan Baba listens to the complete performance.

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Guru Purnima Symphony, 2005
 

On 20 July 2005, an orchestra made up of professional and amateur musicians from around the world played classical music in Sai Kulwant Hall. The packed Hall was thrilled to hear music of Beethoven, Dvorak, Mozart, and other composers, including some rousing Spanish pieces.

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Ashadi Ekadasi 1, 2005
 

Sai devotees from Maharashtra and Goa celebrate Ashadi Ekadasi in Swami's presence. After receiving traditional welcome by the office bearers, and a Welcome Song, the "Varkaris" dancers arrived and danced. This was followed by a musical play (continued below)

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Ashadi Ekadasi 2, 18 July 2005
 

(continued) titled "God: the only Friend" by the bal vikas children and the youth wing of Maharashtra. The central theme was that we are not the doer, and the sooner we realize that God is the doer, the sooner we will reach His Feet.

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Kerala youth conference drama, 12 April 2005
 

The Kerala Youth presented a play in Kulwanth Auditorium in Prasanthi Nilayam. At the end of the play, they sang bhajans for Bhagavan Baba.

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Overseas devotees concert, 24 Aug. 2004
 

This video begins with shots of Bhagavan Baba in the Purnachandra in Prasanthi Nilayam. There is a short talk on the eastern and western kinds of music. Devotees are then treated to a classic piano concert, with works of Chopin, Mozart, and others.

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Krishna Janmashtami, 6 Sep. 2004
 

This video contains songs by students on the evening of Sri Krishna Janmashtami 2004. First the Anantapur women and then the Prasanthi Nilayam men. The video ends with Bhagavan Baba's discourse.

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Dasara 2004, Part I
 

Dasara celebrates the triumph of Rama over the evil king of Rakshasas, Ravana. This ten-day ancient fire ceremony also worships Devi, the divine mother, in her many forms. Part I is of the beautiful rituals and practices at Puttaparti.

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Dasara 2004, Part II
 

The profound discourse of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba during the colorful and deeply meaningful Dasara Celebration.

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Ramadan, 15 Nov 2004
  A cultural program by the students of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning explains the significance of the most holy ninth month of Ramzan, or Ramadan. Practicing the principle of self control, Muslims fast from dawn to sunset. Also bhajans by the students.
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Christmas 2004, Part I
  An entire program of traditional and original Christmas carols bring bhakti tears to the singers as Swami shows his enjoyment and ever-flowing love.
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Christmas 2004, Part II
  Conclusion of the 2004 Christmas Celebration in Prasanthai Nilyam, with many more carols and darshan from Bhagawan.
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Shivalingam 2004
  This video captures Sri Sathya Sai Baba bringing forth a new Lingum on 18 February 2004. "I came to the Sai Kulwant Hall at 1 o'clock," Baba said, "It is during this auspicious time that the divine lingas emerge from Kailasa. The lingas emerge of their own accord at the divine will."
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Guru Purnima 2003
 

Video clips from 10-14 July 2003 celebrations, including the Maharasthra youth play, excerpts from 4-5 speeches by Vice-Chancellor Venkatraman, Brindavan campus Warden Narasimhamurthi, and others, singing, and, of course, excerpts from Bhagavan Baba's discourse.

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Texas drama, 25 June 2003
 

"There is only one religion". A drama performed by children from Texas, USA, in Brindavan. Footage of Swami beforehand, accompanied by wonderful music.

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Guru Purnima 2002
 

Video clips from 18-24 July 2002 celebrations, including extracts from singing, plays, a dance drama, discussions about the Sai Heart Hospital in Rajkot, and excerpts from Bhagawan Baba's discourses.

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Ganesh Chaturthi 2002
  On 10-12 September 2002, the Ganesh Chaturthi festival took place. This video shows some of the fextivities, including excerpts from Bhagavan Baba's discourse and talks by Prasanthi Dignitaries.
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Shivalingam 2002
  On 12 March 2002, Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba once again brought forth a Lingum materialized inside his body. In this short four-minute film we can see from various camera angles in Sai Kulwant hall Swami's actual materialization as the Lingum comes out of his mouth.
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76th Birthday Montage
  Devotees from around the world attend the 76th Birthday Celebrations for Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba in this nine- minute montage of scenes taken from 18-23 November 2001 at Swami's ashram in Puttaparthi, India. A special soundtrack that features Swami singing accompanies the film. This is the last year Swami wore his white robe on His Birthday.
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