March 21, 2010 – Fifth Day of the Bhagavatha Sapthaham

The fifth day of the Bhagawatha Saptaham was dedicated for the wonderful leelas and pranks of the sweet Lord Krishna. King Parikshith has special interest in Lord Krishna for He had saved him in the womb.

And when all the hearts had been seeded with this kind of maddening Love for God, listening to the sweet leelas of Krishna, Swami decided to come at 10:25 a.m. Ah! What a joy and thrill it was! Swami has said that the pining for His proximity confers greater joy than proximity itself and everyone had shivers of joy seeing His beautiful form.

Blessed indeed is Rituraj Maharaj for he is His instrument in bringing so much joy to so many. Swami took a complete darshan round and then arrived on the stage. He too sat listening to the stories of His yonder days! It must have been a ride in nostalgia for the sweet Lord. At 11:30, the commentary concluded and Swami received aarthi and left.

In the evening, the commentary began again at 4:30 p.m. after the two summaries. As Swami arrived at 5:25 p.m., He took a detour after the ladies side and then moved to the stage. The story continued and Swami slowly got absorbed into it! It was at about 6:30 p.m. when the narrative concluded with "Jai Sai Ram."

Swami then turned to the students and asked them whether they had any songs ready and they readily obliged. They began with the classic, originally sung by Bhimsen Joshi, "Baje Muraliya Baje". The song beautifully brought out the magic that was weaved when Lord Krishna played on the flute. Swami seemed so lost in bliss as it was rendered.

The second song was in Telugu and it brought out the great glory that one attains by simply reaching the feet of Sai Krishna. The next song was, "Jag Mein Sundar Hain Do Naam" which depicted the beauty of the two names, "Ram" and "Shyam" and the commonality that both are won over by Love.

Then, accompanied with the melody of the flute, one was taken for a stroll along the banks of the beautiful river Yamuna. Some more songs on Rama and Krishna followed. The final song proclaimed, "Those who chant Sai's name will be freed of all their sorrows."

Even as the final song was sung, Swami turned and asked, "Is the programme over?" It was the perfect spot and all the singers in the first row nodded with a smile. Swami then asked for aarthi. He turned to Sri Rituraj and told him that He was very happy and all the people too were very happy with his pravachan.

He said that He was listening to him even from within His residence. A huge smile lit up the face of Maharaj and Swami blessed everyone before retiring for the day.

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