Kodai Summer Retreat – May 14, 2017 (Morning)

A cool mist filled morning welcomed the guests and students. A hub of activity from 6 a.m. as car loads of guests started arriving for the morning Satsang at Ananda Ashram. Ofcourse, breakfast was the first agenda, and delicious South Indian dishes made their way to hungry stomachs. When with Swami, then and now, food is given utmost priority, especially in Kodai.

At around 10 a.m., after a few interviews, Swami commanded everyone to start moving to the Satsang Hall, as He entered in the midst of soul stirring Bhajans. It was Mothers Day, and everyone were filled with gratitude to be with their Divine Mother that day. Swami commanded Mrs Penny Jayewardene, daughter in law of late Sri Jayewardene, former President of Sri Lanka, to address everyone. She spoke of the war which went on for 30 years, and narrated how she and her husband decided to come to Parthi to see a God man, and pray that He blesses everyone. Mrs Penny confessed that she found God, and went on to speak about those early days with Bhagawan, and her many trips to India to have His Darshan. She also spoke about the various activities of the Sri Sathya Sai Karuna Nilayam Foundation, and the upcoming Hospital which will start serving the residents of Batticaloa by end of June 2017.

Sri B N Narasimha Murthy thereafter spoke about the power of love and compassion. He lovingly spoke about late Mr Ravi Jayewardene, who merged in Swami a month ago. “His aspiration to experience and know the truth was remarkable”, he admitted.

Swami in His divine discourse spoke about two things which are common to all beings – mother and motherland. Janani and Janma Bhoomi are definitely higher than heaven. This is the highest truth, Swami said.

“Those who do not respect and honor their mother and motherland, can not be happy. In this world, the love of the mother is something which is higher than any kind of love. She sacrifices everything for the welfare and happiness of the child. It is the highest duty of every person to have gratitude for their mothers. Also, any man who is born is this world cannot live in solitude. The company of beings in the form of society is important. Society is part of a nation, and therefore it is necessary to uphold the national honoring.

One day in a year is not Mother’s Day, every day is Mother’s Day as she does not merely gives birth but sacrifices, serves and cares for the child every single day. She undergoes many hardships and sacrifices to bring up her child. In today’s world people do not respect mother or motherland. They forget the sacrifices made by their mother and motherland, which has nourished them. Anyone who disrespects mother and motherland can be happy.

When you give love, you get love, as that love will be returned. In any kind of relationship, you should learn to love selflessly. The most sacred relation, after God and devotee, is that of a mother and child. Love, sacrifice and tolerance are the values one should learn from the mother. Apart from mother’s love, develop love for God.”

Swami also said that, in modern times mothers are taking up jobs to provide for the expense of the household, including high cost of education in public school thinking that they are doing this for the child’s welfare. They go for work leaving the children in the care others. This is not right. Today, if they go for earning money leaving child in a day care, by paying a fee, tomorrow when they get old, children also will go for earning and pay a fee to their old age homes. Mothers of today should also lead an ideal life of selflessness like the mothers of yore, only then can they fulfill the scriptural statement of ‘Matru Devo Bhava’.

After Mangala Arati, Swami returned to the bungalow, and dined with all the mothers and their children. It was a sweet and memorable afternoon with the divine Mother who showered His abundant love on all.