Women Are The Repositories Of Truth And Culture…

19th November marks the Ladies’ Day…a special boon bestowed upon by Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai on the womenfolk, sending a strong message to the world around of the need to honour, respect and revere the blessed folk. What entails the Ladies’ Day celebrations in the eyes of Prasanthi Nilayam, rhymes Jullie Chaudhuri on the occasion.

Ever since 1995,
19th of November does come alive,
With celebrations for all ladies,
“Women are the repositories of Truth and Culture…”
Is what Bhagawan once did say,
…blossoming as a most significant segment…
…in this His Glorious Play,
This day has been so christened as Ladies’ Day…

Veda chanting by the Anantapur students,
Immense is their joy for these blessed moments…
And what of the brass band,
For this event so grand?
Elation indeed for the ‘little pearls’ -
The Primary School girls,
So too…fragrantly unfurls,
Buds of sheer delight in the heart…
…of the bright young mademoiselles…
…seniors and undergrads at the college campus…
Thus rolls out a wondrous chorus,
As together from Yajur Mandiram,

They lead the procession,
In to Sai Kulwant Hall for a divine celebration,
With joyous glee as they beat the drum,
The Lord is given a most splendid welcome…

This land of Bharat,
The Lord did state,
Has given birth to women noble and great,
That they may delve into their sacred qualities,
Then disseminate, communicate and release,
Their goodness everywhere,
This day should be dedicated to them,
He did declare,
To be blended harmoniously in the celebrations,
Leading up to the day of His Advent,
Therefore as a beatified consequence,
Ever since then…
…this stellar commemoration is glowingly prevalent…

Women with piety, morality, truth and grace,
The path of righteousness and purity did embrace,
Tested ever so often,
Their honour remained intact…never undone,
Mother Sita, Savitri,
Chandramati, Damayanti,
Whether facing a blazing fire,
Or saving their husband from Yama and the pyre,
Extinguishing flames with the power of truth,
Reducing to ashes an evil pursuit,
The inner strength of a virtuous woman no one can refute…

From women sages…
…and seers well versed in philosophy,
Like Maitreyi and Gargi,
To the ones lost in true bhakti,
Andal, Mirabai, Janabai,
Tales of valour too…to set their country free,
As did Jhansi ki Rani,
Annie Besant, Vijayalaksmi Pandit, Sarojini Naidu,
To name but a few,
As the great and solemn struggle for freedom did continue…

Presidents, Prime Ministers, Pilots too,
Women have crossed frontiers new,
Science, Medicine, Mathematics or Sports,
Army, Navy or Air Force,
Braving it as an astronaut in space,
Women ceaselessly continue to amaze,
Managing a home and career too,
Steadfastly attempting to bring about…
…a dulcet balance between the two…

But the most important role a woman does play,
According to what the Master does say,
Is that of a mother,
From this what can one infer?
On the woman extra grace the Lord did confer,
The womb of the mother does symbolize Mother Earth,
As the seed sown…so the birth,
Virtuous are thoughts, words and deeds,

Extraordinary fruits are the golden yields…

“Women are the repositories of Truth and Culture…”
The onus is on all women for sure,
To prove the Lord’s Words right,
Keeping the codes of ethical conduct in sight,
Living a life of clarity, depth, morality and insight,
Women were made in the likeness of the Mother Divine,
The shape of her character too…
…should perennially so incline,

She symbolizes creativity,
A fine blend of Bhakti and Shakti,
Shaping the destiny of her family,
Bhakti and Shakti leading to Mukti…

As a Mother, she is her child’s first guru,
From the womb this role does continue,
Caring, shaping, instructing,
Traits, character, aptitude and attitude nurturing,
Ever so vital is a child’s upbringing,
To ignore the household…a woman can’t afford,
Protect the home…for it is Dharma’s abode,
That is what the Lord has to say,
The dwelling area is no trivial place,
For if in the home there is harmony,
Order in the nation there will be,
Leading to peace in the world eventually,
A housewife is also a ‘home maker’ you see,
A home is a place from where the day does start,
Consequently made into a heaven with a mother’s loving heart,
Many a values she can impart,
Along with ethics, humility and truth,
Oh! How well turned out and tuned in then…
…will be our young ones and youth…

The patience of Sabari,
The purity of Anasuya Devi,
The valour of Maharani Durgavati,
The courage of Draupadi,
The pure love of Mother Kaushalya, Devaki and Yashoda,
And then the simplicity, intrinsic worth,
And compassion of Easwaramma,
Whose pristine quality impressed the Lord by far,
Through her our beautiful planet received an Avatar,
Earth – a Mother…tender, exalted and exemplary…
…who gives, gives and gives,

In spite of our callous ways she so readily forgives,
For…a golden age of peace sans any conflicts…
…her hope, patience and faith…
…wholeheartedly perceives and scripts,

Knowing on Earth,
In India,

In Prasanthi Nilayam…the Lord eternally lives…

Blessed are we all to know this truth,
Today we pay a befitting tribute,
To women of many a splendid attribute,
For inculcating values…a glorious conduit,
The Lord chooses to honour women on this day,
How can women…this honour repay?
By continuing on the path that is noble and true,
Each moment blazing forth achievements anew,
Diving within towards inner view,
A path that credits each person their due,
Just one sentence packed with aesthetics, ethics…
…and many a value,

Taking the Avatar’s message as the cue,
Believe in amity, in the harmony of Oneness,
Overcoming the chasm…
…the gap…the dividing rift when…
…man-made distinction and difference…
…in caste, creed, class, colour…
…gender, wealth, area, education…and species…
…one does pursue…
Salutations to all women…

…the exemplary reflections of -
Samastha Lokaah Sukhino Bhavantu…

II Samastha Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu II