Sri Sathya Sai Aradhana Mahotsavam
A day of celebration or mourning?The 24th of April every year is significant for those who love or revere Sri moncler outlet store Sathya Sai Baba. It is on this day in 2011 that He ‘died’. The quotes for that word moncler outlet are because someone who embodied eternal values of Truth, Righteousness, Peace, Love and Non Violence can never ‘die’. He continues to live on in the hearts of people who hold Him dear. However, the , as the day is called, often brings pangs of pain and tears of lamentation for many because they miss their Swami in their midst.
Strangely, this anniversary of His ‘passing’ has been termed a ‘Mahotsavam’ which translates into ‘great festival’. Why this irony? Isn’t it sprinkling salt on a wound by terming a day of mourning as a day of celebration? What is one expected to do on such a day and how should one celebrate moncler outlet sale it?
In 2012, exactly one year after that earth shattering day, I got ready and prepared myself for the solemn ceremony at Prasanthi Nilayam in Puttaparthi.
experience of 2012Waking up early in the morning, I got dressed in the traditional white shirt and white trousers after a bath. It was already 7:00 am and I had to hurry to mandir. As I served some Semiya (Indian vermicelli) for myself, my mother called out,
“Have you kept breakfast for Swami?”
It had become a practice at home to offer food and water to Swami’s photograph in best moncler jackets the altar in an attempt to feel His presence at home. So, I took the special silver plate and served vermicelli on to it. As I placed it at the altar, I noticed the silver tumbler there had water from the previous day. I took the consecrated water, poured it into my glass and filled the tumbler with fresh water for Swami. That was when a thought crossed my mind.
When people invited Swami to visit their homes, Swami would often say,
“You want me to be at your home but you do not give me food and water!”
That moncler outlet woodbury was His way of reminding people that His was a constant and unseen presence in moncler sale online every uk moncler outlet home. Desperately hoping to feel that in my home, moncler online store I told Him in my head,
“Swami, keeping food and water for you is a maintenance job. It is noticed only when it is not done! There is no appreciation if food is kept daily, but if it is missed, You complain!”
I smiled to myself as I said this. moncler womens jackets Since Puttaparthi summer temperatures get searing, I added half a glass of chilled water, placed the silver tumbler at the altar and said,
“There, cool water for a hot day.”
I then gobbled breakfast and soon, the four of us, my mother, my father, Pooja and I, left for the mandir. The other three planned to have breakfast after the morning programme in the mandir.
Being part of the Radiosai team, the official moncler outlet prices media coverage unit for moncler usa the mandir in the Ashram, it was also my professional duty to cover the day’s proceedings.
The students’ music programme brought copious tears in my eyes. They were singing all of Swami’s favorite songs and there were beautiful visuals of Him on the TVs and giant screens. Seeing it was such nostalgia that one wished to keep one’s eyes fixed only on the screen and forget everything else. But sadly, I could not do that for I was manning a camera! Those beautiful 30 minutes were followed by the book release and then the governor’s speech. His speech took everyone by a storm almost.
He simply cheap moncler sale discarded the speech paper which had moncler outlet online been prepared and spoke straight from the heart. He made it clear that he had not come as the governor but as ‘an admirer of Swami’. He said, “I am ashamed that whole governments are not able to do for the people what a single individual did. Swami is such a positive force that moncler sale He gave a fantastic meaning even for vices. He said that one must have Kama (desire) for service, Krodha (anger) if one is not able to serve and Lobha (greed) to serve more and Matsarya (jealousy) towards those who are able to serve more!
Shedding tears he recalled how Swami cured someone very dear to him with just one statement, “Don’t worry! Nothing will happen.” And as the governor choked, the ruthless press photographers clicked away, firing flashes into him.
“I am sorry I am getting moncler outlet emotional” the man apologised, “I simply cannot help it.”
I was in tears. I was thinking that Swami is a real silent worker. Without the slightest announcement or advertisement He was cheap moncler jackets transforming and changing lives everywhere. And I missed Him!
I missed Him with all my being. My heart pined and ached for Him. Ah Swami! How much I desire to see you.
And then, the governor said, “Swami should not be seen! He should be experienced!”
A Divine reminderIt was as if Swami was slapping an answer to me. I wiped my tears but they refused to stop. I then remembered all the assurances of Swami.
“I am always in you, above you, around you, below you and with you.”
“You may leave me, but I cheap moncler jackets womens will never leave you till I deliver you to your destination moncler sale outlet which is yourself.”
I felt better. My heart welled in gratitude and love for Him. I felt blessed that Swami had given me the chance of knowing Him and recognising His divinity. Really! Aren’t we blessed to know that the Lord is in our midst? This is one aspect where I feel that ignorance is definitely not bliss!
Swami’s discourse was the final part of the programme. Swami exhorted everyone to see Him in all and ‘never let God out of your https://www.cheapmoncler.com lives’. After that moving discount moncler jackets session in the mandir, I was returning with my dad on my motorbike when I met mom and Pooja at the coconut seller.
As we uk moncler sale stopped there, Pooja moncler uk outlet told me,
“You know, today I missed Him so much! I cried so much during the programme.”
The same was the story with my mom too. Dad, the wisest in such matters, had a smile on His face. It was as cheap moncler jackets mens if he was returning after having cheap moncler coats mens had Swami’s darshan in the mandir.