In line with the holistic view ever emphasized by Bhagawan on women, celebrating the Womanhood, a 2-day All India Mahila Convention is being organized by the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organizations - India, a first of its kind event, in Prasanthi Nilayam. The Convention got underway this morning in Sai Kulwant Hall, inaugurated by Smt Kamala Pandya, National Coordinator, Mahila Wing, SSSSO. Addressing the vast audience of over 3000 pan-Indian women participants, Smt Pandya, herself a Balvikas veteran, beautifully narrated the story of creation, wherein God created the most potent part of His creation, the woman. The SSSS in the prestigious Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organizations stands for the wholesome message for every single devotee, Silent Sitting and Prayer, Study of Sai Literature, Self Audit to move on to Selfless Seva, reminded the speaker advocating the greater need for everyone to understand the inner strength each one has been conferred upon.
A Compendium on the topic, "Women - The Pillar of Strength and Values" was released next, by Sri V Srinivasan, former President of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations.
The Chief Guest for the day was Smt Vandita Sharma, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Govt of Karnataka , also had her stint with the Central Government in various capacities. Deliberating on the topic, "The Role of Women in Inculcating Values in Society in a Value Based Society", the speaker emphasized that despite a great decline in the status of women, after a glorious past from the Vedic times, women are still the foundation stone and pillar of the family, society, country and thus the world. Having placed at the crossroads now, we are in the midst of a very very turbulent society, wherein rampant materialism, onslaught of consumerism, with erosion in the focus of society leading to sense gratification getting an upper hand, reminded Smt Sharma, emphasizing the greater relevance of women in today's complicated times. One side a woman is as soft as butter and on the other side, she is as strong as steel, reminded the speaker, exhorting fellow participants to live up to their inner spirits.
Selected dignitaries from different States were honored next, for their outstanding contribution to the Sri Sathya Sai Service activities. A musical programme next by the Karnataka Wing of SSSSO was the final offering for the morning.
Bhajans continued and the session ended with Mangala Arathi.
Earlier in the morning, an exhibition entitled "Sri Sathya Sai Arpanam" by the Mahila Wing of SSSSO was inaugurated at the Sathsangh Hall near the Book Trust building by Sri V Srinivasan, former All India President of SSSSO.