In Events, Events and Updates, AnniversaryNovember 26, 20234 Minutes

Celebrating Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s 98th Birthday

A tribute to the teachings and legacy of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

In honour of the 98th birthday of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the day unfolded at Sathya Sai Grama with a diverse program featuring guest speakers, awards for selfless service, and cultural enrichment. Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the spiritual mentor and inspiration for Sri Madhusudan Sai, set the tone for the day as an observance of “Seva Divas,” dedicated to selfless service. As Sri Krishna wisely stated, the noble conduct of individuals in society becomes the guiding example for others to follow. Thus, the day emphasised that becoming ideal examples of selfless service is the most impactful form of service to all.

The commitment to this ethos was evident as five new Sai Swasthya Wellness Centres were inaugurated, providing essential primary healthcare services and preventive diagnostics in rural areas. The Sai Prakashana Team contributed to the occasion by presenting 31 publications in 19 major world languages, including 26 books and 5 audiobooks.

Esteemed guests, including Sri K H Muniyappa, Minister for Food and Civil Supplies, Government of Karnataka, cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar, Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam, legendary dancer, and Ustad Amjad Ali Khan Saab, Sarod Maestro, enriched the morning session with their insights on service and spirituality.

Transitioning to the afternoon, the 7th Sri Sathya Sai Awards for Human Excellence took centre stage, recognising individuals who exemplify lives of service and sacrifice. Under the theme “Rural Upliftment – Women of Excellence,” seven exceptional women were honoured for their outstanding contributions. Their stories, ranging from educating those with blindness to providing sanitation in slums and access to water to advocating for girls’ rights, reviving traditional forms of embroidery to teaching sport as a means of upliftment to children, were celebrated as exemplars for the world.

In Sri Madhusudan Sai’s keynote address, he congratulated the awardees, emphasising their representation of the real women power of India. He acknowledged their significant impact, achieved without the backing of large organizations or NGOs. These individuals, working tirelessly in their respective fields, embody the examples that the world needs to celebrate.

Highlighting the importance of rural development, Sri Madhusudan Sai echoed Prime Minister Modi’s vision for the next 25 years. He emphasised that a developed nation ensures every citizen has access to education, healthcare, and social needs, promoting the idea that helping rural geographies is key to making the world, the country, and communities better.

The Chief Guest, the honourable C. P. Radhakrishnan, Governor of Jharkhand, expressed delight at the ceremony and praised Sri Madhusudan Sai’s exemplary teachings on serving society.

Sri A Balasubramanian, MD and CEO of Aditya Birla Sun Life Mutual Fund, offered closing remarks, acknowledging the rare opportunity to witness such inspiring individuals on one platform.

Concluding the day on a harmonious note, the evening featured a musical performance by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, his sons Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan, and grandsons Zohaan and Abeer. This family affair of music, with the classical sarod taking center stage, beautifully demonstrated the tradition of parampara, symbolizing the passing down of knowledge through successive generations.

As the day drew to a close, the collective festivities, service initiatives, and cultural expressions served as a wonderful tribute to the teachings and legacy of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, fostering a sense of unity, compassion, and a righteous path to follow.