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Reporting from Prasanthi Nilayam - 19th November 2005

Ladies' Day at Prasanthi Nilayam

"The day of 19th November is celebrated as Ladies' Day in order to delve into the sacred qualities of women with a special emphasis on the quality of motherhood and disseminate them. Women are repositories of Truth and Culture" declared Bhagawan on 19th November 1995 during the 70th Birthday celebrations. Bhagawan also said that henceforth 19th of November every year would be celebrated as Ladies' Day. Ever since, it has been the privilege of women to celebrate this day as Ladies' Day in His Divine Presence at Prasanthi Nilayam.

Quoting innumerable anecdotes from the lives of women of chastity and virginity, namely, Mother Sita, Anasuya, Draupadi, Gargi, Mother Easwaramma and the likes, Bhagawan has been exhorting the women in general to uphold the great cultural heritage and traditions these noble women upheld through their illustrious, dedicated and devoted lives. Dedicating the day for the womenfolk, Bhagawan said, "As today (19th November, 1995) is a sacred day, dedicated to women, they should change themselves and help to transform the men and children. They should develop qualities of sympathy, compassion, love and sacrifice." Urging women to emulate the lives of great personalities in the past, He added: "Study the lives of great women, who were models of patience, fortitude, compassion and sacrifice. I desire that you should take the reins of leadership and bring peace and prosperity to the nation by leading ideal lives."

Prasanthi Nilayam witnessed yet another eventful ladies' day, today - 19th November 2005; the mark of the day was recognized much before dawn, when the day started with Suprabhatam at 5.00 a.m., followed by Vedic chants by the Ladies and by a resounding Nagar Sankirtan around the Ashram. As the eventful day dawned, the devotees poured into Sai Kulwant Hall, the beauty of the already ornate hall was doubly enhanced by the simple yet elegant decorations that comprised of multi-hued floral decorations, colourful festoons, banners with inspirational quotes and well-carved statues of Dashavatars. Bhagawan was accorded a traditional welcome into Sai Kulwant Hall by the Nadaswaram and Special Band troupe from the Anantapur Campus and by the girls' wing of Sri Sathya Sai Primary & Higher School, at 8:25 a.m. to the accompaniment of welcome song tuned to Hindustani style by Ms. Kalpana Sumanth from Bangalore. The function formally got underway when Bhagawan sanctified the day by lighting the lamp which was soon followed by a short but spirited display by the girls' bagpiper band of the Primary School.

Before the commencement of the speeches for the day, Bhagawan blessed and released a Souvenir commemorating the 80th Year of Love in action, brought out by Easwaramma Women's Welfare Trust, Prasanthi Nilayam

The three speakers for the day were Smt. Mallika Srinivasan, an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, USA and Director of Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited (TAFE), followed by Smt. Geeta Rao, a school teacher from Washington D.C., and Smt. Chetana Raju from Prasanthi Nilayam. Smt. Srinivasan highlighted Bhagawan's definition of the ever expanding role of women in the modern world while drawing attention to the various initiatives undertaken by Bhagawan for the welfare of women. Ms. Geeta Rao, enthralled the audience with the narration of a few incidents from her life that showed the sublime, transcendental love of our all-knowing Bhagawan. Smt. Chetana Raju, the third speaker for the session spoke about the Mission of Bhagawan while highlighting the need to be responsible enough to not lose this golden opportunity of deriving maximum benefit of having the Lord in our midst. As requested by Smt. Chethana Raju, Bhagawan to the delight of all devotees consented to deliver His Divine Discourse

For the benefit of readers, we are giving a gist of the Divine Discourse, Bhagawan delivered this morning.

  • One should see God in everyone. When one starts looking at others as human, feelings of hatred, jealousy and anger will arise in one's heart. So, one should recognise the innate divinity in every creature and every being of the universe. To reiterate this point, Swami pointed to the tiny sparrows which were busy picking flower petals from the ground in front of Bhagawan, and said God is there even in these sparrows also. Always think that whatever happens is because of the Will of God and develop love for your fellow human beings
  • Swami then gave a detailed account of "The Three Promises" He had given to Mother Easwarmma. She asked for a school to be built. Swami told her, "Wait for the right time to come. I will fulfill your wish."
  • She saw poor people carrying their sick children to long distances for medical treatment. Her heart melted at this sight. So, she asked Swami to build a small hospital in the village.
  • She saw small girls taking the heavy burden of carrying big pots of water from a long distance. She requested Swami to make arrangements to dig a well in the village. Swami said everything would be done at the opportune moment. As promised by Bhagawan, all her wishes fructified at the right moment.
  • Swami said that she asked for small things like a small school, a medical dispensary for immediate treatment and a well in the village. But I have now built a much bigger university, hospitals and drinking water projects. Apart from all these, Swami also brought electric supply to Puttaparthi and neighbouring villages.
  • Develop broadmindedness. All My Discourses, Bhajans are for this purpose only. What gives happiness to you will give happiness to others too, and what makes You suffer also gives suffering to others. So realize this Oneness. Go beyond the concept of the body and see the indwelling God present in everybody.
Bhagawan concluded His Divine Discourse with the Bhajan, "Prema Muditha Manase Kaho ?"


A view of Sai Kulwant Hall
? Decorated to the occasion
Simple yet elegant
Veda Chanting
Bhagawan arrives?
Lighting the Lamp
Bagpiper Band Troupe
Bagpiper Band Troupe
Mrs. Mallika Srinivasan
Mrs. Geeta Rao
Mrs. Chetana Raju
Divine Discourse
The Ladies' day cake
Cake being cut

19th November 2005, 9:00 a.m. IST Reporting from Prasanthi Nilayam

A Delectable Chinese Treat

Devotees from mainland China and Singapore were lucky indeed to present a delectable music feast as an offering at His Divine Lotus Feet on the 18th November evening as a part of Eightieth Birthday celebrations. It appeared as though Bhagawan was eagerly waiting for this occasion, as Bhagawan gave His consent to commence the programme immediately after His arrival at the podium. Two devotees from the gents' side offered roses to Bhagawan, while a few ladies and children were lucky to make traditional Chinese offerings. The programme commenced with the devotees playing instrumental music on traditional Chinese instruments which comprised four stringed and two wind instruments. As the entire hall was resounding with this rare musical feast, midway through the programme, Bhagawan asked the troupe to sing Chinese songs. The instrumentalists along with the vocalists sang a few Chinese songs to the joy of devotees filled to capacity in the Sai Kulwant Hall. Immensely pleased with the performance Bhagawan graciously consented to pose with these graceful artistes. Prasadam was distributed to all the devotees; then Bhagawan went near the girl students and lovingly asked the teachers to distribute saris to the students. To receive a gift blessed by Bhagawan and that too on the eve of Ladies' Day is indeed very special and worth treasuring! The Love of even a thousand mother would not be matching THE LOVE OF BHAGAWAN!

Chinese Music - Images

An offering at His Lotus Feet!
For Beloved Bhagawan?with Love from little hearts
A traditional Chinese offering
Swami blesses Prasadam
Swami enjoying the Programme
Divine appreciation!
Instrumentalists performing in the Divine Presence
A pose with the Divine!
A life opportunity!


Source: http://www.srisathyasaipublications.org/PrasanthiNews.htm


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