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Region 1 - Easwaramma Day Celebrations at Merton Sai Centre

It is as a part of the SSE curriculum, that the children are encouraged to take part in plays as part of group activities. During the practices the children imbibe qualities such as co-operation, helpfulness and team work. Swami has said “Tell inspiring stories and make the children enact plays,” He said, “What they do, they will never forget.”

With practices for the plays having started at the end of February, and with a great deal of hard work put in by the teachers, parents and children; on 6th May 2013, Easwaramma day was celebrated at Merton Sai Centre with various presentations of bhajans, prayers and plays.

The programme began with invocatory prayers and bhajans being led by nursery children aged between 4 and 6 years. This was followed by a drama by Group 1 boys, entitled “All religions are one” which depicted incidences from the four major world religions, showing that they all lead to the same God.

Next, came a drama by the girls of Group 1 on the life and teachings of Gautama Buddha. The play depicted the most significant teaching of the noble eightfold path, which showed the way towards the ending of suffering and the beginning of self-awakening.

This was followed by a play by boys from Groups 2 and 3, on Advaita Vedanta as propounded by Sri Adi Shankara. The play showed the early life of Sri Adi Shanakara up to the time he met his guru, Sri Govindapada. The play included a recitation of the Nirvana Shatakam summarising Advaitic philosophy, which was sung by Shankara in reply to his guru who questioned him “Who are you?”

Finally, the Group 2 and 3 girls presented a play entitled “The religion of love” based on the life of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. Sri Ramakrishna in his lifetime, proved the reality of God and the truth of religion. As Swami declared in 1968, “Believe that all hearts are motivated by the one God; that all faiths glorify Him alone; that all names in all languages and all forms man can conceive denote the one Supreme Being; His adoration is best done by means of love.” The play showed how Sri Ramakrishna pined to have the vision of his beloved Divine Mother and how, after attaining the vision of mother Kali, he followed the different religions exclusively and subsequently attained the visions of the deities of those faiths.

The programme came to a happy conclusion with a few bhajans, Aarthi and distribution of Mahaprasadam.

It was commendable that all the wings of the Merton Sai Centre including SSE, Spiritual, Service and youth wings along with the parents of the SSE children worked together for nearly three months to make this event spiritually vibrant and enjoyable.

Jai Sai Ram