On Thursday 24th December 2020, devotees across Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Papua New Guinea, gathered online to celebrate Christmas. The event was hosted by Victoria Regions East & West and South Australia, in collaboration with the National Devotional Wing of Australia. It included presentations from the Young Adults and the SSE students.
The celebrations commenced with the chanting of Om and Gayatri Mantra by Sri Sathya Sai Baba, followed by multi faith prayers.
The program then continued with beautiful displays by the SSE students on how to celebrate Christmas in quarantine and the true meaning of Christmas, which is about being happy, spending time with the family and also remembering that God is our true family. A play by the Young Adults depicting the Birth of Christ then followed, accompanied by beautiful Christmas Carols.
The Christmas celebrations continued with wonderful English Devotional Songs by the Young Adults, followed by the Divine Discourse of the Lord on the occasion of Christmas in 1996 and 1998. Swami emphasised the importance on developing the feelings of fraternity – the brotherhood of man and the fatherhood of God. Swami also materialised a micro-bible and mentioned that it is only in Prasanthi that all faiths come together to celebrate Christmas the way it is meant to be celebrated. The celebrations concluded with English Mangala Arathi.
The National Christmas celebration was a beautiful informative opportunity for devotees to reconnect with the significance of Jesus, who showed us that a life of equanimity and love for all, leads us to the ultimate truth. Jesus initially came as the messenger of God. He then said He was the Son of God. Finally, He showed us that Him and His Father are One.
The celebration was very well appreciated by devotees across the globe. Many shared positive feedback and requested for a re-run.