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Region 1 - Regional Easwaramma Day Celebrations

On Monday 5th May 2014, Sai devotees from around Region 1 (London) congregated to commemorate Easwaramma Day. The day that is marked to honour and offer our respects to Mother Easwaramma who is remembered as the most modest, humble and purest and who had the rarest blessing to be the chosen mother of our Lord, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

Baba had revealed ‘Easwaramma was the chosen one. I chose her to be my mother. That is the ultimate relationship between mother Easwaramma and myself.’ Mother Easwaramma was an ideal daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother. Her extraordinary life was certainly an inspiration and is an example to all women today. Her love towards others was unconditional. She could not bear the suffering of another and strived hard to help those in need.

After lighting of the lamp, the SSE children from centres of the region commenced the event with a procession carrying human values placards which were finally placed in a vase; they then offered their humble gratitude to the divine mother Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. The event was attended by several members of the UK Central Council.

The day comprised of various items led by the SSE students such as the recitation of Vedic chanting and multi faith prayers. This was followed by the SSE students of Tooting Sai Centre who presented three songs entitled ‘Mother of mine’, ‘Teach us’ and ‘One way’. The SSE students of Brixton Sai Centre presented a drama entitled ‘Change comes from within’ which lucidly demonstrated how peace can be brought about from within oneself when the outside world is perturbed by confusion and anxiety. A medley of English devotional songs was offered by SSE students of Lewisham Sai Centre. This was followed by the SSE students of Bromley Sai centre who performed a stunning and thought provoking play that depicted the work of Adi Shankarcharya. Each presentation was wonderfully presented with the master of ceremonies, brother Anand infusing sparks of inspiration with anecdotes of Mother Easwaramma’s remarkable life. The SSE students of Wimbledon Sai centre performed a vibrant musical drama based on Swami’s childhood anecdotes inspiring the audience to reconnect with our Divine Master when obstacles in life led one astray from the right path. The SSE children of Kingston Sai Centre offered a melodious musical offering entitled ‘Sai Chalisa’. It was heart rendering to see the commitment, dedication and effort shown by the SSE teachers, parents and students to be able to make these reverential offerings at the Divine Feet. The session ended with the SSE children of Merton Sai Centre who offered a drama entitled "Good Work and God's Work"; this depicted the lives of two young ladies and how they try to put Swami's teachings of 'Service to Man is Service to God' into practice.

Finally, the children, parents and adults were inspired by the words of the guest speaker, Dr Mahesh Narayan, who thrilled everyone that had gathered. The event concluded with devotional songs and Maha Mangala Aarati.

‘It is the foremost duty of children to fulfil the wishes of their mother and make her happy. Serve others to the extent possible. You need not take up any service activity beyond your means and capacity. If you find your neighbours suffering, give them solace. Help them to the extent possible and make them happy. This is what I expect you to learn today. On the occasion of Easwaramma Day, I exhort all of you to practise these three principles of service, experience bliss and share it with all.’ Sri Sathya Sai Baba: 6th May 2006

Alisha Manandhar - Sathya Sai Centre of Brixton (Region 1)