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Ladies Day

Since 1995, the 19th of November every year has been celebrated as Ladies Day. Bhagawan always emphasizes the greatness of women and the ideal of motherhood and advises women about the significant role they can play in the shaping of individual and national Character. The Mandir is tastefully decorated on this day and all the programmes are organized entirely by women devotees. Bhagawan is welcomed into Sai Kulwant Hall by a procession consisting of women students of the Anantapur Campus of Bhagawan’s university chanting Vedam led by the brass bands of the Primary school and Anantapur Campus. There are colourful dances and other cultural programmes followed by talks by distinguished women devotees of Bhagawan. After these talks, Bhagawan blesses all with His divine discourse. The students of the Institute and the Higher Secondary School too present programmes.

Excerpts from Bhagawan’s Discourses:

“Today women, because they are educated, compete with men to take up jobs. There is nothing wrong in going for a job. However, they must take care of their home needs before taking up a job. When wife and husband go to offices, who will look after their children at home? As the mother is not at home to guide them properly, the children go astray. If both the parents go out for jobs, they may be able to satisfy their desire for money, but there is every possibility of their children getting spoiled, as there will be nobody at home to discipline them. Whatever moral values you have learnt, you have to teach your children. Whatever you have studied will have value only when you care for your children's progress. Education is meant to bring out the innate potential of an individual.

This day is being observed as Ladies Day. What does it mean? You think that this day is meant to do some sacred acts, listen to Swami's discourse, etc. It is not merely that. You should spend time in a sacred manner. What you learn today should be an ideal for your lifetime. Develop self-confidence. Under any circumstances uphold your self-respect….

This day is very sacred. Griham Ammayi, the mother of this body, used to speak to all with love. She could never withstand the suffering of others. She would come upstairs and plead with Me, saying, "Swami, they are in a sorrowful state. Please call them and talk to them." Her heart was filled with compassion. That is why her fame has spread so much. In order to attain a good name, you have to utter sacred words and help others. Whenever Mother Easwaramma would come to Me with such a plea, I used to pretend to be angry and chide her, saying, "Why are you coming here with recommendations? I don't want to listen to them". But she would persist. She would continue to plead, "Swami, please take pity on them. They are in dire need of Your help. Please talk to them once." It pleased Me to see her compassionate and kind-hearted nature. Hrith + Daya = Hridaya meaning, that which is filled with compassion is Hridaya (heart). But, today man does not possess such a compassionate heart. He utters harsh words and thereby is put to disrepute. One should talk softly and sweetly. Never hurt others' feelings with harsh words”.

- Divine Discourse: November 19, 2002

"This day of 19th November is celebrated as Ladies Day in order to delve into the sacred qualities of women and disseminate them. Women are the repositories of Truth and Culture. Though earth is one, the plants vary depending on the seeds sown. The womb of mother symbolizes Mother Earth. As is the seed of thought sown in it, so is the fruit it yields. You cannot expect mangoes by sowing a neem seed. So, the mother should be filled with good thoughts, good words and good deeds. Only then can her children be virtuous.

Today we find many children with bad character and bad behavior. The reason for this can be attributed to the bad thoughts of their mothers. Aryamba was a woman of virtues and noble character. She spent all her time in the contemplation of God and undertaking noble deeds. As a result, Jagadguru Sankaracharya was born in her sacred womb. Noble souls like Vivekananda and Ramakrishna Paramahamsa could attain exalted positions in their lives only due to the sacred feelings of their mother.

This land of Bharath has given birth to many noble women like Savitri, who brought her husband back to life; Chandramati, who extinguished wild fire with the power of truth; Sita, who proved her chastity by coming out of blazing fire unscathed; and Damayanthi, who reduced an evil-minded hunter to ashes with the power of her chastity. It is because of such women of character that Bharat (India) has attained the reputation of being the land of plenty and prosperity. It is the teacher of all nations”.

- Divine Discourse: November 19, 2000

"What we have to safeguard and protect today are Truth and Righteousness and not the nation. When Truth and Righteousness are protected, they will protect the nation. Hence, righteousness should be fostered in the home. A home is no trivial place. The home is the abode of Dharma which protects and safeguards the country. The home is the beacon which illumines the world and sustains it. Women should realize that, irrespective of their education or position, their foremost obligation is to protect the home.

Wherever women are honored there is prosperity and happiness. Women should never be slighted or treated with disrespect. A home in which the housewife sheds tears will be bereft of all prosperity. This is the ancient conception of the role of women in the home”.

- Divine Discourse: November 19, 1996

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