Our Bharatiya tradition is a gurukula tradition. Such luminaries, Swamijis are heads of the Mathas, and because of them there is still some discipline and order in society. For this, we all must express our gratitude. In our country, we never sold education. We never sold food; we have always done Anna dana, we never sold food, we never sold Arogya means Vaidya; Vidya that is Akshara, Anna and Arogya – these three were always given free of cost in our country. That is the culture of India. So Sathya Sai Baba’s only vision is to bring back these basic things to the people free of cost because everybody deserves a good education, food and also good health.
If we worship mother on this day saying that “You are the mother for the whole world, you are the Vishva mata, Jagat mata,” then all are her children and these children have to be given food, they should not go to school on an empty stomach, they should be given right kind of education Para vidya and Apara vidya, a combination of both – the worldly knowledge and the spiritual. And alongside you should also take care of their health. A hungry stomach, a suffering body or an uneducated, illiterate mind cannot understand the higher truths. So, if we want that Ananda to come to the children, to the people, Akshara, Anna, Arogya has to be offered to them free of cost in accessible way with compassion.
Truly the time of India has come. The spiritual roots of India are growing again. The government has joined hands with God, I must say, in bringing up this Vishvaguru sthana, this status of Indian culture as the teacher of the whole world. And there is no doubt in coming times, not in a very far future, in very near future, the whole world will again look up to India to teach them the basic fundamental things of life – to be kind, to be compassionate. Our Upanishads say Tyaktena bhunjitaha with sacrifice, you consume, you enjoy. We talk about sustainability. Unless we learn to sacrifice, there is no sustainability. Unless we give more and take less, there is no sustainability in this world. So, let us on this particular day, on this auspicious day, let us come together to do Manava Seva is Madhava Seva. I would not be wrong if I say Desha Seva is Daiva Seva. To serve the people is to serve God; to serve the country is to serve God. With this idea, we celebrate these great spiritual festivals of India. In the old times, all the kings were always taking advice from the spiritual masters. And that culture is coming back again in this country. It is a great occasion to rejoice. May this country prosper. May the world prosper.