Easwaramma Day Celebrations
at Brindavan: 6th May, 2004
May 6th every
year, is celebrated as Easwaramma Day, in honour of the saintly
lady who was blessed to be the mother to the Avatar of the Kali
age. Easwaramma was very fond of children and was one of the
pioneers of the Bal Vikas movement. Hence this day is also
celebrated as Bal Vikas Day.
This year, the
celebrations were organised in the picturesque lawns of Trayee
Brindavan, Bhagawan’s residence at Bangalore. The cool and
pleasant morning and the beautiful surroundings made for a
wonderful setting for the Bal Vikas students and teachers from the
city of Bangalore and devotees assembled there.
first granted Darshan from the balcony of His residence at around
8.15 a.m. A little while later, Bhagawan emerged from the main
door, to the singing of Bhajans by Bal Vikas students. The day’s
programme commenced with a Vedic invocation. Bhagawan then
graciously permitted two students of the MBA course at the Sri
Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning to address the gathering.
first speaker, Sri Jaipreet Singh, chose to speak on the motherly
aspect of Bhagawan that melts at the
suffering of His devotees. Next to speak was Sri Sanjay
Mahalingam. He narrated various incidents from the life of Mother
Easwaramma that demonstrate the qualities of simplicity,
compassion and love that she embodied. Her glorious earthly career
culminated in an equally glorious manner on 6th May, 1972. The
Mother had just partaken of her breakfast and was resting.
Suddenly, she called out to Swami and Swami responded,
Vosthunnanu,Vosthunnanu (I am coming,
I am coming), and thus she breathed her last with name of the Lord
on her lips. It is only a fortunate few who remember the Lord’s
name in their last moments and this, Sri Mahalingam said, was the
fruit of a life of piety and devotion.
Bhagawan delivered His Discourse in which he recounted how three
small wishes of Easwaramma had today taken the form of the
magnificent Super-speciality hospitals, the educational
institutions and the mammoth water supply project. He praised the
devotion of the students and the spirit of service which they
exhibited wherever they went. He said that the bond of love
between them was so intimate that the students cannot live without
Swami, and Swami too cannot keep Himself away from them. He
concluded His Discourse by saying that it is the primary duty of
children to respect their parents and obey their commands.
concluded with arati being offered to Bhagawan and later prasadam
was distributed to all the devotees.
Jai Sai Ram
E-Magazine, 1st June 2004