Date: May 6
Legend: This is the day to commemorate the passing away of the
mother of Bhagawan Sri Satya Sai Baba. The choice of becoming mother
to the present day Avatar Bhagawan Sri Satya Sai Baba was conferred
on Easwaramma. On December 31, 1970 Bhagawan Sri Satya Sai Baba announced:
"I resolved on My birth. I decided who should be My mother"
in answer to a question from the editor of "Nav Kaal" a Bombay
Daily paper. On another occasion Swami was asked by a Pundit, well versed
in the Puranas, who felt a sudden urge to ask a question, "Swami, was
your incarnation a "Pravesha" (an Entrance) or a "Prasava"
(Enceinte). Turning to Easwaramma seated in front, He said, "Tell
Rama Sharma what happened that day near the well after your mother-in-law
had warned you."
Mother said, "She had dreamt of Satyanarayana Deva and she had
cautioned me that I should not be frightened if something happens to
me through the Will of God. That morning when I was at the well drawing
water, a big ball of blue light came rolling towards me and I fainted
and fell. I felt it glided into me." Swami turned to Rama Sharma
with a smile. "There you have the answer! I was not begotten. It
was Pravesha, not Prasava."
"From ancient times, it has been the practice in Bharat
to revere the mother as
God. From the outset, the Vedas have declared: 'Revere the
mother as God, father as God and preceptor as God.' If they are gods,
for what purpose are they gods? In the ordinary course of daily existence,
they are gods for worldly purposes. For the human body the mother,
father and preceptor are to be deemed as divine. But, for the pursuit
of life the Divine is the only God. There is another Sanskrit saying
which hails God as mother, father, kinsman, friend, wealth, knowledge
and in fact the Supreme Lord of everything. This means that for the
spiritual life, God is everything.
The mother and father are residents of the home. The preceptor
dwells in his Ashram. But God is the indweller of the heart. Only
God can reside in the heart. It is true that mother, father and preceptor
are divine, but they are not entitled to dwell in the heart. They
have to be revered, adored and made happy. God alone deserves to be
worshipped. 'God is nearer to man than his mother, closer than even
the father. To give up such God is a heinous sin. This is the truth
proclaimed by Sai'. (Poem)"
"When I appeared in the form of Lord Shiva to her [Easwaramma],
she would ask, ‘What Swami? Why are you adorning the snakes around
your neck?’ I would act innocent, ‘Well I don't have any snakes on
Me.’ She would move away saying, ‘Look, there are some snakes inside.’
But later on not finding any snake inside, she would ask for forgiveness.
Like this on many occasions, she had the experience of My Divinity.
Similar was the case with Kausalya and Yashoda. Though they knew that
their sons were Divine, they used to get carried away by their motherly
affection towards them. Mothers are highly noble and virtuous. Their
nobility cannot be described in words. It does not matter if you do
not acquire worldly wealth, but you should try to win the wealth of
your mother's grace. Only then your life will be sanctified."
Legend from N. Kasturi, Easwaramma - The Chosen Mother,
Quote from Discourses: Easwaramma Day Message, May 6, 1998 and
Kodaikanal, May 6, 1999