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Annual Sports & Cultural Meet
Bhagawan has always emphasized that active sports and upholding of the Indian Culture are essential parts of an Integral System of Education in Human Values. On January 11th every year, the Sri Sathya Sai Primary School, Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary School and the three University campuses at Brindavan, Prasanthi Nilayam and Anantapur come together for this Annual Sports & Cultural Festival. The Meet is marked by a march past by the students of all campuses, extraordinary feats of adventure, colourful and artistic group performances by small children and well co-ordinated, rhythmic group drills. The various cultural, sports and games competitions in the campuses culminate in the Valedictory and Prize Distribution Function which coincides with the Makara Sankranthi on January 14.
This festival falls on the 14th of January. On this day, the sun enters the house of Capricorn (or Makara as it is known in the Hindu Almanac), so it is known as Makara Sankranthi. It marks the commencement of the sun's journey to the Northern Hemisphere and is considered to be of great spiritual significance in the scriptures. It is also the time when farmers rejoice after the toils of the year result in a bountiful harvest in the fields, and is celebrated all over the country. Indeed, the harvest festival is common to many cultures all over the world and is an occasion of joyful celebration and warm conviviality.
In Prasanthi Nilayam, the festival coincides with the valedictory function of the Annual Sports and Cultural Meet of Bhagawan's educational institutions, when the prizewinners of the various events and competitions held during the year are felicitated.
26th January 1950 was one of the most important days in Indian history as it was on this day the constitution of India came into force and India became a truly sovereign state. In this day India became a totally republican unit. 26th of January was decreed a national holiday and has been recognized and celebrated as the Republic Day of India ever since.
Jay to the true independence and freedom of our soul, free from all worldly bondage, the inner happiness of self-realization.
Manifestations of Swami's Omnipresence
On April 24th, 2011, our dear Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba's physical body has taken rest. But He lives ever so strong in the hearts of every one of us and He is with us, in us, above us, behind us, & in front of us always, to protect us, guide us and lead us to salvation.
The Samadhi (resting place) is at Sai Kulwanth Hall, Puttaparthi, India.
From out of the example of our Mother Sai , it is now up to our instruments to proceed with our mission.
Being out of His physical form, Swami is now showing Himself all over the world to His devotees, appearing in various manifestations.
Antwerp, Belgium - appearing as reflection in window
Picture taken end of December 2012