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The Sathya Sai National Human Values Day: Remembering the Divinity within

Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the Avathar of the Age, took Mahasamadhi two years ago on the 24th of April 2011. To mark this epoch-making event, devotees in the United Kingdom gathered this year on the 27th of April in Leicester with immense love and gratitude in their hearts. This important occasion was observed as the Sathya Sai National Human Values Day where the gathering of about 900 devotees celebrated the Divine Message and Mission of Bhagawan.

The theme and the dedication of the day to the celebration of the 5 Human Values seemed so apt to every assembled devotee. For, in the 85 glorious years of the earthly sojourn of our Divine Master, every single moment , every single word and every single deed of His epitomised the perfect manifestation of these 5 Values: Truth, Right Conduct, Peace, Non Violence and Love. In fact, as everyone knows, He was the very embodiment of selfless, divine, universal Love. As He lived these Values and ‘walked the talk’, His Message to the world, exhorting and advising everyone to integrate and practise these Values in daily life, has a profound transforming impact. Many a devotee in the assembly, as well as millions worldwide, could vouch for this from their personal stories of spiritual transformation and expansion of their hearts and minds.

Love in Speech is Truth
Love in Action is Right Conduct;
Love in Thought is Peace
Love in Understanding is Non Violence
Sathya Sai Baba

As devotees arrived from various parts of the country to a warm reception, their spirits soared at the sight of a beautifully decorated Stage! It had the blue sky as the background with huge lotus petals in the front, upholding a 6 feet high ‘Sathya Sai Human Values Emblem’, in the centre of which was a bewitching picture of our dearest Bhagawan! It was later learnt that this design was an inspiration from one of the Stages put up in Prasanthi Nilayam for one of Bhagawan’s Birthdays! No doubt then, that this fragrance of Prasanthi Nilayam was experienced by all those assembled through out the day’s programme.

The Programme commenced with uplifting bhajans and human values songs. As the singing continued, the children of Sai, our dear beacons of love and light marched in procession towards the Mahasamadhi, holding their banners of human values as an offering to Swami. They prayed in unison to bless their mission to always be the example of these human values.

Our UK National Chair Dr Kiran Patel, a graduate from the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning and a former lecturer there, welcomed the gathering of various dignitaries that included leaders from various faiths and religions and the Guest speaker for the day, Dr T Ravi Kumar from Brindavan, India. The highlights of the day are summarised in the hope that we may all immerse ourselves in this divine truth and recharge our spiritual batteries.

Our Master tells us...

"There is only one religion, the religion of Love;
There is only one language, the language of the Heart;
There is only one race, that of Humanity;
There is only one God, He is Omnipresent."
Sathya Sai Baba

Each of the five human values was highlighted by a team of speakers from the Youth Wing of our Organisation and the guests from various faiths and religions. Whilst each Human Value was introduced by the Youth speaker quoting from Bhagawan’s Discourses and from personal experiences, the multifaith leaders shared their understanding on this from their Scriptures and experiences. The Multifaith speakers from the following religions were present- Baha’I, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Sikhism and Zoroastrianism. It was exquisite hearing each speaker. Each emphasised the glory of human values within religion and highlighted the unification of religion. It was a session filled with prayers from these various religions and scriptures, and an opportunity to experience the common thread running through all religions and binding together all humanity.

The session closed with the radiant children from the Good Values Club in Leicester singing their hearts out in unison celebrating the fact that the human values are a great treasure within each and every one of us. All we need to do is to be aware of this and manifest the values in our thoughts, words and actions. It was evident the hearts of us all were touched, as we gathered in unison knowing no bounds of caste, creed or religion but knowing as our Bhagawan tells us:

"True dharma is unity of true human life, unity is the goal of life : unification of the divinity. Therefore all shall be united." – Sathya Sai Baba

We had the great pleasure of listening to Dr. Ravi Kumar our esteemed guest speaker, a former Sai student and a present Faculty member and Warden of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Brindavan campus. He lovingly shared his unique experiences with the divine master. The experiences with Swami thrilled our hearts and reaffirmed our faith and love in God. Such experiences remind us that surrendering to God is the best way. As stated in the Bhagawad Gita, not even a blade of grass can move without the Will of the Divine Master. This was brought to mind as Dr Ravi Kumar shared many experiences, especially how Swami cured his father from cancer with a seemingly simple but Divine Statement: “Cancer cancelled!”

After a delicious lunch, prepared and served by the loving and devoted volunteers of the Lord, the day continued with beautiful musical melodies, initially by the lovely children of the Sai Spiritual Education (SSE) who offered their lamps of love and gratitude, and then from talented musicians. Tharsica Sivagnanasithiyar an exceptional Violinist and the talented Sai Ganesh Ketheeswaran on Mridangam with their Carnatic interlude. The audience particularly enjoyed their collaboration on the popular song “ Sai Natha Tere Hazaro Haath” ( O Lord Sai! You have a thousand hands!).

Mr Deepakbhai Kumar Fakey who was most recently presented by Her Majesty the Queen with the prestigious award of an OBE for his longstanding dedication to education and community cohesion through the Human Values project, the Good Values Club at the Abbey Primary School in Leicester. He delivered a heart warming talk and spoke passionately about his journey in participating in the Sathya Sai Mission of Human Values, and the great need to highlight these to the children of today through the education system. He encouraged all to be a part of this divine mission and to get involved in actively serving it.

"End of education is character" - Baba

We were further blessed with a scintillating musical performance by a team of highly accomplished and well known musicians namely- Roopa Panesar (Sitar), Upneet Dhadyalla (Tabla), Rishi Chowdhary (Tabla), Kaviraj Dhadyalla (Santoor, Vocal) and Poonam Panesar (Vocal). They captivated the audience with their heavenly compositions and classic sai bhajans. Our hearts and minds were once again transported to Prasanthi Nilayam as we reminisced the feeling of the warm breeze, as our Bhagawan would come out to give His Divine Darshan.

Councillor Manjula Sood MBE from Leicester City Council, an ardent devotee of Bhagawan, awarded Ceritificates of Appreciation to all the children who participated in the various activities during the Programme. The day came to a close with Arathi offered to Bhagawan by Dr T Ravi Kumar.

Over all the Sathya Sai National Human Values Day embraced the essence of Bhagawan’s teaching and reminded us all that we hold in our hands the greatest opportunity of all lifetimes: To realize the eternal truth and experience our true nature, that we are divine! It is through the portals of the human values and their constant practice that we can excel on this exciting spiritual journey!

'Human values are the qualities that already lie within each of us like a golden effulgence and can be drawn forth into consciousness in all our cultures through Educare. Educare is the spiritual process of eliciting the 5 human values latent in every person. The five human values are the essential ingredients for good Character, which is the end product of education and the catalysts for sweetening and strengthening the daily life curriculum into something that can benefit society.' – Sathya Sai Baba

Dr. Bijal Sisodia
Leicester Central, Region 4, SSSSO UK