A blissful divine evening; yesterday, at Moulmein Sai Centre, Singapore marking the 19th Ladies Day celebration. Swami (Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba) had initiated this Ladies day celebration on 19th Nov 1994, in honour and recognition of women. Since then, Prashanthi Nilayam as well as other Sai centres throughout the globe celebrate this event every year.
According to Swami,
19th November is being observed as Ladies’ Day. Ladies’ Day is celebrated to make you understand the value of mother’s love and her concern for you. You owe your existence to your mother.
“The Bhagavad Gita says that a woman has seven qualities, whereas a man has only three. So, never look down upon women. They are most virtuous. They are the very embodiments of nature.
Men should realise the high status of women and honour and respect them accordingly. They should not make women weep and shed tears. A home where the woman sheds tears will be ruined. Men should give an honourable place for women and a respectable life.
“The Ladies’ Day should not be observed only by making speeches or holding Bhajans. They should endeavour to help the poor and the destitute.
The 19th year celebration of this day was celebrated yesterday at the Sai centre Singapore with much enthusiasm and fervour. The evening started with henna session, interactive games and dandiya (A form of dance in India) to warm up us with. This was followed by veda chanting comprising of all the Devi suktams, a lovely dance show invoking Lord Ganesha, set to the tune of the famous “Gananayakaya- Gandaivataya” by the Sai students.
Next was an interesting skit set to theme on “Arrival of the Golden Age” which was an eye opener to all of us. The skit brought out the deeper meaning of what is meant by Golden age, what to expect and how one can gear oneself to be part of that Golden period by raising one’s level of consciousness. To raise our level of consciousness one we have to understand the real purpose of prayers, meditation, and other spiritual practises and translate that in our day to day life without just doing all these as a ritual. We must practise “Love All, Serve All” and love the whole of mankind and selflessly serve whenever any opportunity presents itself.” This was beautifully portrayed by the humorous play.
This was followed by the videos on Swami and inspiring messages of eminent women, who spoke at Prasanthi Nilayam on the occasion of Ladies day in the Divine presence on 19th Nov 2003.
The final part of the program concluded with soulful bhajans, heart warming songs tribute including ‘the blessing hand of Swami’ (rendered in hindi) and the famous “Suraj ki garmi se……aisa hi sukh paya maine, jab se sharan teri aaya Sairaam” and Aarti.
A sumptuous dinner prasadam brought the session to a close.
All of us are eagerly awaiting to celebrate the 88th advent year of our Beloved Bhagavan on 23rd Nov.