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All Souls' Day
November 2nd is celebrated as All Souls' Day. It is a day of remembrance of ancestors, friends and loved ones who have left their physical body.
All Souls' Day is a day filled with prayer wherein some traditions flowers are offered or candles are lit to guide wandering souls.
Divinity has no borders…even in death…Love is the key….
Deepavali is the Festival of Light. During this day, the inner light - the indwelling divine soul (Atma) - is celebrated. She dispels darkness (ignorance) and leads to victory of good over bad.
Mainly also the homecoming of Rama with his wife Sita is celebreated, after conquering and killing the demon Ravana. It was a return after 14 years and hence the city of Ayodhya was very happy to receive their King back. They expressed this happiness in the form of lighted lamps and flowery decorations and songs and dance. It was a long period of festivities and joys. In today's world it can symbolically be said as a conquest of good over evil. This is the victory of Good and we all should celebrate it with joy.
Global Akhanda Bhajan
The vibrations of the sacred sounds which arise from bhajan singing have a mystic energy that draws the omnipresent Divine to the devotees whose heart strings vocalise it.
Swami states that there is no greater spiritual practice in this era of the Kali Yuga than singing bhajans.
Bhajans are conducted for 24 hours in Swami's ashram. On a global level at all Sathya Sai Centres, akhanda bhajans are organised for conferring peace, harmony and bliss to all of mankind.
Rathotsavam - Chariot
The Rathotsavam (Chariot Festival) at Prasanthi Nilayam is a tradition that goes back five decades to the early 1950's. On this day the students of Bhagawan, chanting Vedic incantations and singing Bhajans, lead a procession with the idol of Lord Krishna on a rath (chariot) and the idols of Lord Rama, Lakshmana and Mother Sita on a palanquin, to the Old Mandir or what is now the Kalyana Mantapam, in the village of Puttaparthi. After worship is offered to the deities, the idols of Rama, Lakshmana and Sita return to the Mandir. Later, in the evening, the idols are taken out in a procession in the village of Puttaparthi, amidst joyous celebration by the villagers.
Since 1995, 19th November is celebrated as the Women's Day or the Mahilas Day every year, as per Bhagawan's Divine Guidance. Bhagawan always emphasises the greatness of Women, (motherhood in particular) and advises them about the significant role they can play in the shaping of Individual and National Character. He quotes the example of the role of Jijabhai in the moulding of Shivaji and the unique reminder of Innate Divinity which the ancient mother Madalasa gave to her children. All the events of the day are managed only by Women, right from the Veda chanting, playing of the band to the cultural programmes.
SSS University Convocation
The Convocation of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning is celebrated on the 22nd of November every year.
An excerpt from Swami's Discourses:
"Students, Boys and Girls!
Give up selfishness. Develop the spirit of sacrifice. Be prepared to sacrifice your life for the sake of Sathya and Dharma (truth and righteousness). Today people are afraid to follow the path of truth. Why should one be afraid to speak the truth? In fact, one should be afraid to utter falsehood. One who adheres to truth is always fearless. When you do not follow the path of truth, the fire of fear will burn you to ashes."
Happy Birthday Swami!
On the 23rd of November, we celebrate the anniversary of the Advent of our Lord Sai amongst us. It is an opportunity for mankind to pay homage to this embodiment of selfless love. Swami says that His real birthday takes place the day God is born in our heart.
Guru Nanak Jayanthi
This day is observed as the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism.
He is revered as a great seer, saint, mystic and poet and gave great importance to bhajans (devotional singing).
His main message was to spread love, peace, and truth. He was influenced by both Hindus and Muslims, especially Sufism.
This festival is celebrated with pride, honor and great respect. Processions are carried out and the temples are decorated and illuminated.
Manifestations of Swami's Omnipresence
On April 24th, 2011, our dear Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba's physical body has taken rest. But He lives ever so strong in the hearts of every one of us and He is with us, in us, above us, behind us, & in front of us always, to protect us, guide us and lead us to salvation.
The Samadhi (resting place) is at Sai Kulwanth Hall, Puttaparthi, India.
From out of the example of our Mother Sai , it is now up to our instruments to proceed with our mission.
Being out of His physical form, Swami is now showing Himself all over the world to His devotees, appearing in various manifestations.
Antwerp, Belgium - appearing as reflection in window
Picture taken end of December 2012