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The Spiritual Renaissance

On the 80th year of Advent of the Avatar Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the program on "Sri Sathya Sai Namasmaran" left a deep impact on the thousands who gathered on the cool evening of the 29th of January, 2005. This program was held at the Andheri Sports Complex at 6.30 pm.

The program was graced by the Governor of Maharashtra, His Excellency. Shri S M Krishna, Shri Jayant Patil - Minister for Finance Government of Maharashtra, Shri Ashok Chavan - Industry Minister Government of Maharashtra, Ms Shailaja Patil, Shri D Y Patil Vice Chancellor of D Y Patil Deemed University, Shri Gokul a trust member, and  The Little Master - Cricketer - Shri Sunil Gavaskar - India's best ever opening batsman.

The program commenced with the blowing of the conch and chants by Bal Vikas Children, introductory speeches by Shri Ramesh Thakkar -Trust Convenor Maharashtra and Shri Ramesh Sawant - State President Maharashtra.

Shri Nimish Pandya, District President of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, Mumbai, said that never in the history of the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, Mumbai was such a program held. He added that this program is not a celebration but " A Tribute " to the Divine Persona of Shri Sathya Sai Baba. Today's age is the age when man and nature have drawn battlelines against each other. It is the agitation between man and nature which needs to be calmed. Namasmarana, a simple thing, can lead to peace pf mind, divinity and removes ashanti. It can lead to peace and shanti. It is a privilege of the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations of Maharashtra and Goa to participate in this Namasmarana program. This program will be taken to all cities and to all schools and colleges in Mumbai.

The Governor of Maharashtra, His Excellency Shri S M Krishna also addressed the huge gathering along with Dr. Keki Mistry, Trustee of the Sri Sathya Sai Trust. The Governor of Maharashtra, His Excellency Shri S M Krishna said that because of our good deeds in the previous births that we are enjoying the blessings of Bhagavan Baba.

This program fell on the 85th birthday of Shri Indulal Shah and he was duly felicitated and honoured. Shri Indulal Shah and Smt Sarlaben Shah were present on stage and Dr. Keki Mistry , Trustee - Sri Sathya Sai Trust, Maharashtra, read out the citation.

Sri Sathya Sai Organisation is the world's largest spiritual organisation involved in seva (service) and spiritual upliftment. A number of 18 projects  are already been sanctioned by the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, Maharashtra, during the year like establishment of Sarva Dharma Stupa, Books Exhibition etc (details can be viewed at http://om-namo.tripod.com/Nama/80-1.htm)

The Audios and CD Cassettes on Namasmarana were released by Shri Ashok Chavan and Shri D Y Patil respectively. A book on Namasmarana was released by the Governor's wife.

This was followed by a laser show and the entire stadium watched the magnificence of the lights synchronising with the background of the audio sound.

A visual show on Bhagavan and his mission were also shown. Fireworks in the open skies were also added to the mystique of the night.

Shri Nimish Pandya also spoke about the Sri Sathya Sai Bal Vikas Program and mentioned that what was unique about the program was that it is the children who influence parents and lead them on the Sai path. Smt. Arushi Deepak Pandit and Shri Deepak Pandit a model parent were called up on the stage and it was heartening to know that Shri Deepak Pandit would be shooting a mega film on spirituality called "Sai - The God Within".

In short the film will convey the universal value of love and it will depict the three avatars - Shirdi Sai (Past), Sathya Sai (Present) and Prema Sai (Future) with their power of love - the magical touch. The program is backed by a dedicated team and a thorough research. The trend of the film will range from the past to the contemporary. It will be shot on real locations, and the film will not only try to be authentic but also have that earthen touch. The musical score of the film signifying peace will have an universal appeal. "Sai- The God Within" is worth the making and worth the wait

Scintillating music by Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma on his santoor, bhajans Begum Parween Sultana, Suchri Sadhana Sargam, Suchri Richa Sharma, Smt Padmaja Phenany-Joglekar, Shri Suresh Wadkar, Smt Kavita Krishnamurti and Shri Anup Jalota left a very deep impact on the audience. The Sai bhajans sung by them involved the huge gathering in the bhajan singing.

Each of the celebrities received a memento from the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, Maharashta. They were also presented a Sai Gold Picture by Shri Jatindar Shad who had come all the way from New Delhi on that day. (Details about SAIGOLD can be viewed at http://www.sailopics.com.)

Bhagavan Baba also sent Vibhuti Prasadam to the celebrities through Shri Indulal Shah who had returned from Parthi on that day.

The program ended with the celebrities and Ministers who were called on the stage for the finale - A Sarva Dharma Namasmarana recitation. The program concluded with the vote of thanks by Shri Ramesh Thakkar - Trust Convenor Maharashtra and the Aarti.

The program was compered by Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma and Smt. Nandini Babu.

Glimpses of Sathya Sai Namasmarana - The Spiritual Renaissance - at Andheri Complex on 29th January , 2005. can be viewed at  http://Namasmarana.tripod.com/Nama