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Region 2 - Slough Sai Centre Easwaramma Day Celebrations

The mother is the first of the five Maathas (Mothers), that the child encounters:
Dhehamaatha (the mother that gave birth to this body); Go-maatha (the cow that gives sustaining milk); Bhoo-maatha (the land that grows the crops which feed the body); Desha-maatha (the Native country that gives protection, care, love, rights and chances to serve and elevate oneself to one's full height), and Vedha-maatha (the heritage of spiritual treasure that reveals the aim and purpose of human life and takes one step by step, towards the Goal of Self-realisation. The Dhehamaatha must reveal to the child the glories of all the other four; so her responsibility is the greatest and most crucial.

The celebration was based on mother earth and how to protect her. For this yearís Easwaramma day celebration we focussed on how we should protect the earth and not put rubbish on it. We started off with a procession where we took candles and placed them at the altar and then we began to chant the Ganapati prathana and the first Anuvaaka from the Sri Rudram, then the SSE students sang some bhajans.

Next was our saving the planet sketch through which we started explaining the five Maathas that a child encounters [see above] then went to explain the importance of the Mother earth and reminded the people of the cruel things we are doing that hurt mother earth. It is down to us to look after this precious Gift of God simply by following Babaís three Dís: Duty, Devotion and Discipline. We used recycled and homemade props to express our points. Then we explained how to help mother earth using the three Rís Reduce Reuse Recycle. Also demonstrated the need to save water, energy and nature [esp. trees]. Finally, we ended the programme with Aarthi, Vibhuti, thought for day and one big photo.

Thank you to Bharti Aunty, Madhuri Aunty and Roja Aunty for helping us prepare for this event.

Jai Sai Ram

Prajwal [SSE student]