Prasanthi Nilayam

Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh

Soulful drama on ‘Sakhya Bhakti’ illustrating Namdev – Vittala Bond

Sports and Cultural Festival allied to Annual Sports & Cultural Meet 2020 is on for day-3 in Prasanthi Nilayam today with students from the Brindavan campus of SSSIHL presenting a drama on the illustrious life of Sant Namdev.

The session commenced at 1650 hrs with the Brindavan Brass Band offering 5 pieces of band music. Naive and youthful, the young talents commenced with a heartfelt admission of their love and gratitude for Bhagawan, praying to tune their lives with His frequency, while moving on in the game of life.

The drama presentation next entitled ‘Sant Namdev’ was on sakhya bhakti, friendly sentimental devotion towards Godhood, from the holy land of Pandharpur.

Setting the stage for the evening old time friend of Krishna, Sudhama enters The Lord’s court, pleading Lord Krishna to reminisce some telling stories of devotion, and thus the adorable tale of Sant Namdev from Pandharpur.

The presentation comes up with episodes showcasing the illustrious life of Namdev, with his soul-stirring love for Vittala, traversing through episodes many, including that involving Namdev and Jnanadev, the votary of ultimate path of Jnana. The tale of Namdev’s final enlightenment, involving potter saint Gora, who certified him as half-baked comes with the ultimate message to cross the barrier of physicality to see Him in everything, everywhere, at all time. Veil of illusion disappears and Nama understands that Vittala can’t be limited to Pandharpur alone, that in reality He is all-pervading.

Scenes from the yore, of Krishna time with Sudhama along with that of Namdev’s life with Lord Vittala, intertwined in the evening drama presenting a soul-lifting evening for the august prasanthi assemblage. Beautiful Marata abhangs and kirtans sung with devotional fervour added to the beauty of the evening presentation. A group song, serenading Lord Vittala… ‘Aaye Dwaar Tera Vittala… Maajhe Praan Vittala…’ brought the curtain down for the soulful evening presentation.

Namdev’s legacy is remembered in modern times in the famed Varkari tradition, along with those of other greats, with devotees en masse walking together in biannual pilgrimages to holy Pandharpur.

Bhajans next ended with Mangala Arathi to Bhagawan.

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