The Sixth of May is celebrated all over the Sai fraternity as Eswaramma Day, the day marking the physical ascent of the chosen Mother. Mother Eswaramma stood for all the oppressed and the depressed, for the suffering and the forlorn, and it was that very compassionate nature of hers that came to the fore as she asked for three selfless boons from her son, known the millions today as Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba – a school for the village children, a primary clinic to help the sick villagers and to dig a few wells for clean drinking water. In answer to her prayers, Bhagawan undertook colossal projects on educare, healthcare and sociocare which He continues on a grand scale even now. His story is filled with such tales of unbounding compassion of the Divine mother, who never asked anything for herself but always prayed to Swami to fulfill the prayers of His devotees.
To pay homage to this venerable Mother on the auspicious day, students and devotees gathered in the Sathya Sai Premamrutham Hall waiting expectantly for their Lord to arrive. As Bhagawan arrived, He was welcomed with Poorna Kumbham and Vedic chants amidst melodious Bhajans. Once Bhagawan was seated on His throne, the evening’s programme began with Vedic invocation by the students of Sri Sathya Sai Centre of Human Excellence, Prashantiniketanam campus chanting the Devi Suktam.
This was followed by a presentation of three beautiful, heartfelt songs on the glory of Mother Eswaramma by the ladies’ music group. Swami then blessed the singers with tokens of His love, also posing for a group photograph.
The first speaker for the evening was Sri K Sanjeeva Shetty, Senior Trustee of the Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Trust. A Harikatha exponent, a writer and a brilliant orator, Sri Sanjeeva Shetty has been serving in Bhagawan’s mission for more than fifty years. He started his talk by describing Mother Eswaramma’s great good fortune in having procured the Divine Himself as her son. He highlighted the pious, selfless, Divine qualities that the Mother’s life was replete with. He also spoke about the sacrifice that every mother makes as she brings up her child, and advised the students to always treat one’s parents with the utmost love and respect. Citing examples from the life of Gandhiji, he declared that Mahatma Gandhiji would never have become a Mahatma had it not been for the good virtues taught to him by his mother, Putali Bai. Similarly, he explained that it is also the duty of parents to teach their children good virtues, values and morals. He then ended his talk thanking Bhagawan for blessing him with the opportunity to speak on this wonderful occasion.
The next speaker was Sri B N Narasimha Murthy, Chief Mentor, Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Institutions, who reminded everyone that from the physical body point of view, every person is but a bit of their mother, and therefore we should forever be grateful to them. He also pointed out the responsibility the parents have in bringing up their children the right way by teaching them devotion and faith in God which is the basis of all virtues and values.
The Divine Discourse was followed by Mangala Arati and the session concluded with Prasadam distribution.