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Navratri / Dasara
The Dasara festival is celebrated for 10 days. During the first three days the Goddess Durga (Kali) is invoked to kill the demons that reflect negative tendencies within man. During the next three days, Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped to cultivate the Divine qualities and wealth such as love, kindness, devotion, patience, endurance, non-violence, etc., which are within man. Goddess Saraswati is worshipped during the next three days as the final stage in man's spiritual evolution, so that Divinity may manifest through study of the scriptures and constant reflection and meditation. After these three stages are gone through in life, the last day Vijaya Dasami Day indicates the transcendence of the ego.
Avatar Declaration Day
20th October every year is celebrated as the Avatar Declaration Day. It is on this historically significant day in the year 1940 that the young lad Sathyanarayana Raju revealed to the world His Divine identity and the glorious mission on which He has come.
To celebrate this landmark event in Baba's life, the Avatar Declaration Day is celebrated every year with devotion and gratitude.
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.
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