|Festivals Celebrated at Prashanthi Nilayam|
All Hindu festivals have a sacred purpose. Unfortunately, nowadays the festivals are observed only with external rituals without understanding their inner meaning. In the performance of all forms of worship there should be steadiness of mind and body. Only then concentration can be achieved. Today men are unable to maintain steadiness of body and mind.
"In the ancient traditional mode of observing these festivals, great emphasis was laid on good health as the pre-requisite for spiritual pursuits with a healthy mind. For achieving the four goals of human life, Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha (Righteousness, Wealth, Desire and Liberation), one should have basically a healthy body. If you want to earn wealth by righteous means and cherish desires which lead to liberation, you should have sound health."
" I desire that our festivals and holy days should be observed in the right spirit, with an understanding of their deeper meaning."
"Why holy days? All the sacred festivals celebrated by the Bharatiyas are full of significance spiritually and socially. Every festival is regarded as a holy event surcharged with divinity. It must be regarded as a day dedicated to the Divinity. All festivals observed have a marvelous inner meaning. Men in general view them only in terms of external observances and celebrate them with feasts and frolic. These festivals were really intended to be used for the exclusive worship of the Divine, enjoy the bliss of that devotion and overcome pain and sorrow. These holy days were instituted for the purpose of getting rid of ignorance and cultivating right knowledge, the higher wisdom and cosmic consciousness. Man has been endowed with intelligence together with human form. Along with this, man also has been given temporary existence. Man has; therefore, to use the life span allotted to him for leading a purposeful existence by the use of his intelligence. Man, unfortunately, misuses his intelligence and gambles away his precious life."
The above Festivals are celebrated in Prashanthi Nilayam and in Brindavan or Kodai wherever our Divine Sai is physically present.
These festivals are celebrated with a difference full of spiritual waves during those days where hundreds of thousand devotees flock together to be in the Divine Presence of the Avatar. The holy vibrations experienced are thousand times the trouble taken by the devotees. The devotees forget all the discomfort and return with re-charged batteries.
To make you feel this experience and take you over to Prashanthi each of the above festivals will be dealt individually with their date, legends and a Discourse to spread the Divine vibration experience during the festivals. Reading the discourse would take you mentally there and drown you in the ocean of Sathya, Dharma, Shanthi, Prema and Ahimsa.