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Photos of Bhagawan on 19.11.2010

President speech on Women's Day

India Blooms News Service


Ladies and Gentlemen,

I extend my warm greetings to all of you on Women's Day which is being celebrated today by Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust and coincides with the birth anniversary of Smt. Indira Gandhi, a brave first and the only woman Prime Minister of India. In the morning today, the nation paid homage to her including in a ceremony at Shakti Sthal in New Delhi, in which I participated. Throughout her life, she worked tirelessly for the progress of the country and the welfare of the people.

Today, we are gathered at Puttaparthy to begin the 85th Birthday celebrations of Sri Sathya Sai Baba.I pay my regards and I wish him the very best on this occasion. His progressive views on the role of women are inspiring. His commitment to their upliftment was evident when in 1969 he opened a college for Women at Anantapur, which was among the first of the several educational institutions being run today by the Sri Sathya Sai Trust. I am truly impressed by the range of welfare activities undertaken by Baba to ameliorate the hardships of the poor. Services are provided free and in an atmosphere of love and tender care, to the poorest sections of society and women. What is remarkable is that these activities were undertaken in pursuance of the promises which Baba gave to his mother years ago.

A mother's impact on shaping the future of humanity is immense. A mother has been endowed with a special gift from nature to give unconditional love to her children and family and to bind the family together. Therefore, the saying that, "God created mother because he could not be present everywhere". Many of the values and approaches in life are learnt by children from their mother. A woman's role extends from being an important member of the family - daughter, sister, wife, and mother - to being a determinant of social development, as well as an architect of and contributor to building the nation. As love and kindness are the essential qualities of motherhood, women contribute to the development of a good family, a compassionate society, a progressive nation and a more tolerant world.

Women's participation in the political and economic activities of a society enrich the fabric of a nation. Many women in India have reached high positions and many others are doing well in different spheres and even in professions once unthinkable for women. I am, however, conscious about the constraints and difficulties that they face in realizing their full potential. Our efforts to empower women through education, awareness and opportunities must continue.

The progress of women occupies a special place in my priorities, and it is my endeavour to see forward movement on issues that have an impact on them. After the Governors' Conference held in September 2008, I constituted a Sub-Committee of Governors with the mandate to suggest steps for empowerment of women to move forward rapidly on the agenda of gender equality. Emerging from its recommendations, later the National Mission on Empowerment of Women was launched on 8th March this year, for the co-ordinated delivery of women-centric and women-related programmes of the Government. Proper and timely implementation of these schemes in a transparent and accountable manner is essential for achieving the goal of empowering women. Success in this will translate into manifold benefits to the nation. In this context, I recall the words of Swami Vivekananda that, "The upliftment of the women ...... must come first, and then only can any real good come about for the country - for India."

A foremost tool for empowerment is education. The Right to Free and Compulsory Education and the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan should ensure that every child, boy or girl, in the age group 6 to 14 years receives education. It would be well to remember that when a daughter goes to study, it has a ripple effect. Educated women can be the voices in the fight against social evils like female foeticide, child marriage, dowry and addictions, as well as against the discrimination and biases that exist in society against women. Educated women can help other women to become self-reliant and self-confident. They can counsel other women and share experiences about career choices, entrepreneurship, as well as in matters like nutrition and childcare.

Health is an area that deserves full attention. India's burden of maternal, newborn and child mortality is one of the highest in the world and needs to be addressed. Access to and affordability of healthcare, especially for women and children are tasks that must be accomplished. A sustained approach is required towards developing a strong health infrastructure throughout the country. All stakeholders - the Government, private sector, voluntary organizations and people have to work together for this objective.

Women should be actively drawn into the planning and development process, especially at the grassroots level in rural areas. I am happy that at the grassroots level in our elected bodies in villages and towns there are 1.2 million elected women representatives. They should focus on bringing women related issues to the forefront, so that not only do women progress, but there is overall improvement in the standard of living and opening of many more avenues of employment and productive work in rural areas. A fact, which is sometimes forgotten, is that agriculture is the main employer of women. 75 percent of the total female workforce and 85 percent of rural women are employed in agriculture. Women should be encouraged and empowered to be more active in obtaining food security in our country.

Diversification of the rural economy hinges on changes in agriculture, as well as on emerging opportunities in the non-farm sector. Our food production has grown, but we still face the challenge of enhancing our productivity, particularly in rainfed areas. This requires a radical change in the existing conventional methods of farming, crop diversification, better management of water and land resources, proper storage and transport facilities, as well as improved and scientific farm practices. I believe that linkages between the corporate world and the agriculture sector should be forged given the many complementarities that exist between them. Location of food processing industry and other agro-based industries close to rural areas will optimize benefits for both - business persons and farmers. Partnerships can also be evolved for marketing, research, micro-credit and skill building of men and women, amongst others.

I see in the gathering a number of girl children, youth and women, all very energetic. I see the people exuding self confidence. Sri Sathya Sai Baba's effort has been to assist every one to acquire self-knowledge and self-confidence, which I appreciate. Confident citizens constitute the foundation of a confident nation, as they can take the nation forward. Moreover, those who are working selflessly - giving their time, resources and energy, are the ones who are impacting lives and bringing change quietly, but resolutely. As Smt. Indira Gandhi had said, "My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition." I urge all present here to do their work honestly and earnestly. We have to work together to build a strong nation. No country can achieve its full potential without adequately developing the capabilities of its women.

With these words, I extend my best wishes to each and everyone here. I once again greet Sri Sathya Sai Baba, and I am sure with his guidance many will follow that path of service to humankind.

Thank You.

Jai Hind!



President seeks Sathya Sai Baba's blessings

2010-11-19 18:10:00

Puttaparti (Andhra Pradesh), Nov 19 (IANS) President Pratibha Patil Friday sought the blessings of Sathya Sai Baba and greeted him on his 85th birthday.

Patil, who addressed women's day celebrations as part of the birthday festivities, later met Baba at his ashram, Prashanti Nilayam, and sought his blessings.

Addressing the seminar, the president wished Baba on his 85th birthday, Nov 23. She said she was 'truly impressed by the range of welfare activities undertaken by Baba to ameliorate the hardships of the poor'.

'Services are provided free and in an atmosphere of love and tender care to the poorest sections of society and women. What is remarkable is that these activities were undertaken in pursuance of the promises which Baba gave to his mother years ago,' the president said.

She noted that Baba's effort have been to assist everyone to acquire self-knowledge and self-confidence.

Patil said Baba's progressive views on the role of women were inspiring. 'His commitment to their upliftment was evident when in 1969 he opened a college for women at Anantapur, which is among the first of the several educational institutions being run today by the Sri Sathya Sai Trust.'

As the women's day celebrations coincided with the birth anniversary of former prime minister Indira Gandhi, Patil paid her rich tributes.

'Throughout her life, she worked tirelessly for the progress of the country and the welfare of the people,' she said.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is also scheduled to participate in the annual convocation of Sathya Sai University here Nov 22 as part of Baba's birthday celebrations.



Festival of Divine Love Programmes

As Swami's Divine Birthday Celebrations are in Full swing in Prasanthi Nilayam and everywhere else in the World, Today, Saturday there will be the World Conference Session of Sri Sathya Sai Overseas Organisations.

Bhakthi TV is broadcasting as every Year some Wonderful Programmes of Swami through the day on November 23rd. The Day long Programme include Swami's Darshan Videos, Interviews with Devotees who relate some Wonderful Experiences and also Bhajans

There will be also a Recorded Telecast of Swami's Divine Birthday Function on Astha TV Channel at 21.30 Hrs on November 23rd.

Om Sai Ram

Posted by KM

Swami's Birthday Programme on SriSankara TV also


There will also be a telecast LIVE online from Puttaparthi on Swami's Birthday celebrations by Srisankara TV (www.srisankaratv.net) from Nov 19, 2010 to Nov 23, 2010.

Sri Sathya Sai Baba's 85th birthday celebration at Puttaparthi on 19th to 23rd November 2010
Watch birthday programme on Friday & Saturday, Time: 03:00PM & 11:00PM, morning 02:00AM onwards IST

Please visit the above website for the full detailed programme.

Sathya Sai Baba’s 85th Birthday-President Pratibha Patil's Address

Puttaparthi, 19TH NOVEMBER,2010 : President Pratibha Patil today attended the 85th birthday celebrations of Sri Sathya Sai Baba at Puttaparthi and her honorable presence and address, marked the commemoration of Women’s Day which has been specially organized as part Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s Birthday Festivities.

On the occasion of Women’s Day Meet organised by the Eswaramma Mahila Samkshema Trust and Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s forthcoming 85th Birthday on November 23rd, The President Pratibha Patil in her address, said that along with women’s day today it is also the birth anniversary of the Late Indira Gandhi, “a brave first and the only woman Prime Minister of India” and, “Today, we are gathered at Puttaparthi to begin the 85th Birthday celebrations of Sri Sathya Sai Baba. I pay my regards and I wish him the very best on this occasion. His progressive views on the role of women are inspiring”.

The President also quoted one of the greatest women of India, the Late Indira Gandhi who had said, that there are 2 kinds of people, those who work for a cause and those who work for credit and expressed her appreciation for the work Sri Sathya Sai Baba and his organization has done towards the empowerment of women. As stated by the President, “Sri Sathya Sai Baba's effort has been to assist everyone to acquire self-knowledge and self-confidence, which I appreciate”.

The State Information Minister J Geeta Reddy also graced the occasion with her presence and honored Sri Sathya Sai Baba for the tremendous empowerment the Project has delivered to women.

Recognizing Women’s central role in society, the Easwaramma Women’s Welfare Project-seeks to help in the development of women in a holistic manner by understanding and supporting the different roles which they play in life, be it daughter, mother or breadwinner. The Project is already producing a large number of products and has started marketing them initially through local outlets in the Ashram. The proceeds of the sales will be spent on remuneration for the women and will also go towards charitable projects in the villages.

This was a very significant day in the week long celebrations that began on November 15th to usher in Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s 85th Birthday, with the address from the President, Pratibha Patil.


President attends Sai Baba B-Day fete

PUTTAPARTHI (ANANTAPUR): President Pratibha Patil stressed the need for a strong bond between corporate world and agriculture sector so as to strengthen the farm and the non-farm sectors as well as empower rural women.

Patil took part as the chief guest in the International Women's Day celebrations held at Sai Kulwanth hall in Puttaparthi as part of Satya Sai Baba's 85th birthday celebrations on Friday. Addressing the gathering on the occasion, she observed that diversification of rural economy hinged on changes in agriculture as well as on emerging opportunities in the non-farm sector. "Our food production has grown, but we still face challenges of enhancing our productivity," she felt. Applauding the services of Saibaba, she said he had been a role model for society.



President of India - Her Excellency  - Smt Pratibha Patil addressing the devotees at Prasanthi Nilayam

Om Sairam dearest Sai Family,

Greetings to all the mothers, mothers to be and the beautiful daughters of the proud mothers who are living the real meaning of mother hood on the occasion of Ladies day.

Swami out of His immense grace has allowed to celebrate the Ladies day in the year 1995.

This ladies day which commemorates Swami's 85th birthday celebrations was a grand one. The Sai Kulwanth hall was beautifully decorated. A beautiful statue of Mother Eswaramma was placed to Swami's left on the dais.

Puttaparthi was completely surrounded with the security forces as the President of India her excellency, Smt. Pratibha Patil was coming to Puttaparthi for Swami's darshan and also as the chief guest of Ladies day celebrations.

Every inch of Puttaparthi was thoroughly checked by the police and it was also bit of an inconvenience to the devotees as there were so many restrictions, traffic diversions etc which again is a common thing during the visit of VVIPs.

The President landed in Puttaparthi airport at 11:30am and drove directly to the Sai Sreenivasa Guest house on the hill just behind the Ganesha. She then went towards Swami's residence along with Governor of Andhra Pradesh, Sri. Narasimhan, an ardent devotee of Swami and Sri.Shivraj Patel Governor of Punjab who is also a long time devotee of Swami.

The primary school girls were ready out side Swami's residence with their bagpiper band and little girls dressed in yellow dress were ready to welcome the VEDA PURUSHA with veda chants.Swami blessed the august gathering at 12 noon with His divine darshan. Seated majestically in His mobile throne, as the President of India walked to His right and Sri.Narasimhan and Shivaraj Patel to His left who were followed by other dignitaries of the ashram.The veda chanting girls entered first who were followed by the Bagpiper band and then Swami. Swami took a short cut much before the half way and went upto the dais. The President was alloted a seat next to Swami's right and Sri.Narasimhan to her left and Sri.Shivaraj Patel was seated to Swami's left and Smt. Geetha Reddy, Minister for tourism, Andhra Pradesh was seated next to him.

The proceedings of the morning session started with National Anthem and then Sister Chetana Raju, the Managing Trustee of Smt.Eswaramma Women's Welfare Trust welcomed the President and other dignitories.

Smt. Chetana Raju also explained to the audience the success achieved by the Eswaramma Women's Welfare Trust (EWWT) since its inception in the year 2005.

Apart from giving Vocational training to the rural women EWWT is also running Mobile Hospitals covering 100 villages around Parthi. Amidst loud applauds, she announced that they will be extending their services to another 100 villages.

There were two speakers who were blessed this morning. the first one was Smt.Mallika Srinivasan, a ardent devotee of Swami and owner of TVS motors Chennai. She thanked Swami for all His support and guidance which He has very graciously giving to the Women and also thanked Him for all the help in her personal life.

Smt.Geetha Reddy, Minister of Tourism, Andhra Pradesh was the second speaker.An ardent devotee of Bhagawan and a frequent visitor to Parthi, spoke how beautifully Swami blessed her life. She said, With Swami her life has become a carpet of roses. Every moment of success in her life was completely because of Swami. She continued: Politics is a tricky profession and also a risky one. But it was sheer grace of Swami that she was excelling in politics.

She explained how Swami kept the three promises he made to Mother Eswaramma and which now have become one of the beautiful and much appreciated projects be it Super Speciality Hospitals or water projects or the beautiful schools.

The next speaker was the President of India, who read out a pre written talk and appreciated the work done by Swami and said it is a great honour to be part of this Ladies day celebration. She being the first lady President of India, urged all the young girls to be courageous, role models. She shared a quote of Late.Smt.Indira Gandhi, the first lady prime minister of India " My grand father used to tell me. there are two types of people, one are hard working and the other ones are the people who take credit on some one else's work". Smt. Indira Gandhi said, she preferred to be like the first one as there is less competition there.

She hoped that by the grace of Bhagwan, the whole humanity would prosper and there would be happiness every where..

There was a cultural programme titled, "Mahisashura mardini" the story of the demon king Mahisa who had extra ordinary powers that prevented even Gods to defeat him. This was a musical drama like presentation with only music, dance and gestures. When the demon Mahisasura waged a war against the Gods, Durga, the embodiment of Shakthi,finally slays him, thus saving the Universe, restoring the Cosmic Order -- and earning the title, Mahishasura Mardini.

This dance form which was enacted by the students from the state of Tamil Nadu was of 30 minutes duration and was beautifully done. every body in the dais, including the President and Governors gave a big round of applauds.

The morning session was few minutes above one hour and it was very well managed and the morning darshan completed at 1;20 with Arathi to Swami which was followed by National Anthem.

With pranams at the Lotus Feet of our beloved Lord,

R.Satish Naik

Posted on 19.11.2010

About Sri Sathya Sai Baba – His Mission

An attempt to know about Sathya Sai Baba, unravels His mission.

Sathya Sai Baba was born in a remote inaccessible hamlet called Puttaparthi in Ananthapur District of Andhra Pradesh in India on 23rd November 1926 to the pious couple Sri Ratnakaram Pedda Venkama Raju and Smt. Eswaramma. Baba was named Sathyanarayana Raju. Young Raju was exemplary to others through his behavior. Even as a child, His spiritual inclination and contemplative nature set Him apart from other children of His age, and He was known as ‘Guru’ and “Brahmajnani’ (knower of Brahman or Godhead) among His peers and others in the village. However, He made the historic declaration of His Avatarhood, (‘Avatar’ means ‘Divinity Incarnate in Human Form’) on October 20, 1940. The world at large started learning of His divine phenomenon (about Sathya Sai Baba) and the Holy Mission started unfolding.

Sri Sathya Sai Baba has emerged as a beacon of hope in a world that is desperately seeking an end to the unrest and sorrow prevalent today. His message of “Love All Serve All – Help Ever Hurt Never” is a spiritual salve that will lead mankind from the pain of darkness and ignorance and to the light and bliss of immortality.

To know about Sri Sathya Sai Baba and His mission, He is a global phenomenon of contemporary times. He is revered and worshipped across the continents by millions of people for his teachings of value oriented life and for his innumerable projects in education, medical care and fulfillment of social needs. In the present global scenario of value crisis, Sathya Sai way of life: “Love for God, fear of sin and morality in society” is the panacea for all the illnesses of the society all over the globe.

Sri Sathya Sai Baba is an integral manifestation of Spirituality and Pure Love. He is a great spiritual Master, famed for His simple and sweet exposition of the greatest and most intricate of spiritual truths, which form the fundamental teachings of all the religions of the world. His formula for humanity to lead a meaningful life is the five-fold path of: Sathya (Truth), Dharma (Righteousness), Shanthi (Peace), Prema (Love), and Ahimsa (Non-Violence).

Thus knowing Sathya Sai Baba, simply unravels His mission on this earth.


Sathya Sai Baba's 85th Birthday-Mass Marriage

Puttaparthi, India. 18 November, 2010: November 17th was an auspicious day at Puttaparthi as 85 brides and grooms were tied in the holy bonds of matrimony with the blessings of Sri Sathya Sai Baba. The Marriage Ceremony in all its splendor was organized by The Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, to celebrate the 85th birthday of Sri Sathya Sai Baba, on November 23rd, in His support towards marriage and family life.

The Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust was founded by Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, as a public charitable trust in 1972. The Trust is responsible for the running of the ashrams and has been serving society in the fields of health and education since inception and projects for supplying safe drinking water to rural areas. The guiding philosophy of the trust is that drinking water, medicine, and education, the fundamental needs of every individual, should be available to everyone free of cost. It also conducts mass marriages entirely free of cost for the under privileged.

As stated by the most respected Shri Ratan Tata, “Sri Sathya Sai Baba is a truly outstanding humanitarian. The Sai Trust’s facilities, including the Sai University and the Institute of Higher Medical Sciences are most impressive and I am overwhelmed by the quality and professionalism of the staff. These institutions are a standing tribute to the Swami’s vision and attention to detail. He has given so much. The world needs his kindness and service to humanity”.

The 85 such couples (who tied the knot on Sathya Sai Baba's 85th birthday in Puttaparthi) wore unconquerable smiles and carried joy in their heart as they were solemnized under the wedding vows and usher in their new life with their respective partners. Most of the couples were from the various neighbouring villages and Sri Sathya Sai Baba blessed them (the couples in mass marriage on His 85th birthday), like a loving parent with not only the marriages being conducted as per ritualistic and spiritual norms but also gifting them with necessary items to begin their new life. It was a beautiful vision to see each of 85 grooms tie the Mangalasutra around their brides neck as a mark of their union - a promise to take equal share in the joys and sorrows of life. The Marriage Ceremony concluded around noon.

The evening was as unforgettable as the morning with first performance was by Sri Ronu Majumdar, India’s ace flutist and a major innovator with the medium of New-age Music who has been musically associated with international greats such as Pandit Ravi Shankar, ex-Beatle George Harrison, ace guitarist Ry Cooder and several other legends.

Followed by Sri Sikkil Gurucharan, an extremely talented carnatic vocalist hailing from a family of musicians, having won a plethora of Indian and international awards. It was Sikkil’s first performance before Sri Sathya Sai Baba in Prasanthi Nilayam.

It was musical feast for all present and the fervor of the festivities at Puttaparthi heightens as Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s 85th birthday gets closer, with the mass marriage, an unforgettable aspect.


Puttaparti decked up for Baba's birthday

PUTTAPARTI: Prasanthi Nilayam, ‘the abode of supreme peace’, is teeming with a large number of national and international devotees, as the town is decked up for Satya Sai Baba’s 85th birthday on November 23.

The week-long birthday celebrations have already commenced. Global Akhanda Bhajan and Venugopalaswamy’s chariot festival were organised today as a part of the celebrations here today.

President Pratibha Patil will attend the birthday celebrations on Friday. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh be present at the Satya Sai University’s convocation on November 22. However, his tour was not yet finalised. The President will arrive in Puttaparti by 11.30 am in a special flight on November 19. Later she will address a women’s meet to be organised by the Eswaramma Mahila Samkshema Trust at Sai Kulawanth hall. After lunch, the President will leave for Delhi at 2.30 p.m. Prasanthi Nilayam is geared up for the visit of the VVIPs and the roads are teeming with devotees. Elaborate arrangements have been madefor the one lakh devotees expected on November 23. Around 120 free Annadanam counters would be opened at Puttaparti and Dharmavaram railway stations.

District additional SP Chowhan is camping at Puttaparti and overseeing the security arrangements. Three SPs, six ASPs, 30 DSPs, 60 CIs, 250 SIs, 500 head constables, 2,500 constables and around 1,000 home guards have been deployed in Puttaparti. Bomb squads and CLUES team were also pressed into service. Special check-posts were opened for frisking the vehicles.

Anantapur district collector B Janardhan Reddy, superintendent of police MK Sinha and other senior officials reviewed the arrangements.

They visited the helipad, the airport runaway, the guest houses and other places. SPG teams from Delhi also reached Puttaparti today and took control of the guest house, where the President will stay.

The Eswaramma Trust performed marriages to 85 couples today at Sai Kulwanth Hall