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Region 1 - Brixton Sai Centre Celebrates Ladies Day

‘If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character.
If there is beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home.
If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation.
When there is order in the nation, there will peace in the world.’

On Sunday 19th November, the Sai sisters of Brixton Sai Centre marked the auspicious occasion of Ladies’ Day. The morning celebration comprised prayers and group devotional singing. It was a wonderful morning as we offered our reverence and homage to our Divine Mother.

A special surprise activity, organised by some of our Sai sisters, awaited us next door. As we made our way to our surprise, we saw the tables neatly laid with tablecloths, blocks of butter, jars of pickle and packets of shredded cheese. When I heard that we were going to mark the special day by making sandwiches and donating them to the Mother Teresa Home in Elephant & Castle, I was reminded of my time in Prashaanti taking part in graama seva (service to villages).

While making the sandwiches, we chanted the Gaayatree Mantra. Our SSE children excitedly helped us and were very curious to understand what we were doing and why we were taking part in this service activity. This was our opportunity to offer a small token of our love to our Swaami by serving our community.

We were able to finish four boxes of sandwiches in half an hour; this really showed that working together is better done when we have unity and devotion. The children decorated lovely notes to stick on the boxes; and soon the sandwiches were ready to deliver.

On 19 November 1995, out of His immense love and compassion, Swami initiated Ladies’ Day. This day is now an annual event, observed worldwide on 19 November. Women are represented as the qualities of truth and culture and these qualities will protect the nation. Bhagawaan has very lovingly guided women about the significant role they can play in shaping individual and national character. In His divine discourse on 19 November 1995, Sri Sathya Sai Baba explained:

‘If the nation has to prosper, improvement must start with the parents. Without peace and harmony at home, there can be no peace in the nation. This message should be propagated throughout the country on every November 19th, by observing it as Ladies' Day. You should teach people how to run their homes well and how to bring up children on right lines. You must deal calmly and tactfully with the men, if they are not cooperating. Though Raavana was evil-minded, his noble wife, Mandodhari, tried to correct him as much as possible. She advised him strongly not to keep Seetaa in Lanka, but to restore her to Raama.’

Our Ladies’ Day service activity was one in a million! We thank Swaami for being able carry out this service and especially remind ourselves the value of a mother’s love.

Kirtee Parmar