Easwaramma Day is held on the anniversary of the death of Sai Baba’s mother Easwaramma. It is an annual celebration held by the SSIO to honour and remember her and as her particular concern was the welfare of children, it also marks ‘Children’s Day’ in which children of the SSE classes frequently provide inspiring and educational education.
Easwaramma was a tender-hearted, poor, illiterate but pious and pure lady. Over the years her home village expanded dramatically as thousands were drawn to Sai Baba. She had to move out of her comfort zone as much of her understood concepts of race, creed, caste and customs were challenged and broken as Sai Baba’s mission of human uplift escalated. She had to broaden her concept of love, expanding it beyond the confines of family and community to embrace all as the phenomena of Sai Baba attracted more and more people. She was particularly loved and was concerned about the character, education and hardships of children and encouraged Sai Baba to assist them. The day honours the principle of motherhood and the role the mother plays as the child’s first teacher.
‘Motherhood is the most precious gift of God. Mothers are the makers of a nation’s fortune or misfortune. They should teach two lessons, fear of sin and fondness for virtue. Both these are based on faith in God, being the inner motivator of all. If you want to know how advanced a nation is, study the mothers; are they free from fear and anxiety, are they full of Love towards all, are they trained in fortitude and virtue? If you like to imbibe the glory of a culture, watch the mothers, rocking the cradles, feeding, fostering, teaching and fondling the babies. – Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol 7.6 1968
Numerous celebrations will be held throughout Australia although, most will occur over the weekend preceding the date. During the celebrations, there is often an emphasis on contributions and performances by children of the Sai Spiritual Education (SSE) classes. All are very welcome to attend these functions.
Please refer to the Flyers available for download for details of events in your area.