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Date: May 6
6th May 1972 was the day when Mother Easwaramma, left
her mortal coil. Every year since then, the day is observed as Mother's
Day by the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations. In the past few years,
Bhagawan has been either at Brindavan or Kodaikanal on this day. This day
is marked by charity to the poor, with Bhagawan distributing food, clothes
and blankets to the weaker sections of the society. Bhagawan emphasizes on
the need to love and respect one's parents. He also explains how much
Mother Easwaramma used to love Bhagawan and His Devotees when she was
alive. He elaborates on the greatness of Motherhood and their influential
role in shaping the lives of their children.
The choice of becoming mother to the present day Avatar Bhagawan Sri
Sathya Sai Baba was conferred on Easwaramma. On December 31, 1970 Bhagawan
Sri Sathya 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
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."
EASWARAMMA-THE CHOSEN MOTHER - book is a befitting tribute to the life of
Easwaramma whom Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba the God incarnated chose to
be His Mother. It provides rare glimpses into her psyche; her curiosity,
compassion and wonder. She was tenderhearted and pious and like an earnest
Sadhaks, had to trudge along the inner path that leads from Maya to the
This short narrative of the earthly life of
Easwaramma ('God's Mother') pictures lucidly her expanding awareness, and
delineates hesitations, hazards and hopes that she had to encounter.
Naturally simple, meek and modest, she always stepped back from publicity,
admiration and adoration. As Mother of the global family of Sai, her love
had to be all-enveloping and unconditional.
When we review the life of the Mother of the Avatar,
we find ourselves progressing through curiosity, expectations, compassion
and wonder and landing in appreciation, admiration and adoration.
Easwaramma was allotted the well-nigh-impossible task of expanding her
awareness beyond the ring of hills, beyond the barricade of tradition and
taboo and the wall of custom and caste. Burdened with the prestigious and
pardonable pride of the most precious motherhood a woman could aspire to,
she could not inspite of consistent effort jettison the homage she
attracted from all the continents. Even while in this predicament, she,
like any other earnest Sadhaks anxious to win His Grace, had to trudge
along the inner path that leads from multiplicity to unity, from
dispersion to concentration and meditation, from egoism to detachment,
from passion to serenity, from unconcern to the love that cares and
shares, from Maya to the Master.
And, all this journey while busy as mother and
grandmother in the Raju family as well as in the fast multiplying
multi-lingual, multi-racial, multi-cradle, global family of Sai. As
Mother, her love had to be all enveloping, all protective and
unconditional. It was mainly through the teachings and Grace of Baba that
she succeeded in this assignment of expanding and deepening her love.
Baba, in His elucidation of Dharma, has revealed that woman represents the
concretization of God's beneficence. She has a natural aptitude for
spiritual endeavor, being endowed with fortitude, meekness and modesty.
She is intelligent and vigilant. She has an innate sense of honor and
loyalty to virtue. Easwaramma, as the closet devotee of Sai, was aided by
Him to uplift herself to the heights marked out for the ideal woman.
Swami has often declared that this Sai Avatar descended because the saints
and sadhu of all lands prayed for His arrival. "I chose the mother who was
to experience my closeness during gestation. The Avatar alone has this
freedom of choice. In other cases, karma determines the time and place,
the group and the grade," He had said. The mother is the first recipient
of the Avatar's Grace. The father, who protects and nourishes the mother,
is rewarded with the fame bestowed on his name. When Pedda Venkappa Raju
threw off his mortal coil in 1963, Swami wrote a note for the sake of
those who lamented the loss of the 'father'. It was published in the "Sanathana
Sarathi". "Well, you say that he was a blessed soul since he passed away
in the fullness of years without falling ill and incomplete possession of
his memory and consciousness. It was not thus alone that he was blessed.
These are mere signs and pointers. On the day that he could be known as
the 'father' of the Manifestation, on the say that this Manifestation
allowed it to be known that he was his 'son', that very day, he was
blessed and his life was rendered holy and sanctified. This good fortune
can be won by only one individual, in one entire age (Yuga). It is beyond
the reach of others."
EASWARAMMA- the love with which she treated the women blossomed wider as
she watched Swami healing the stricken. He showered Compassion on them and
applied Vibhutti profusely on their brows. Easwaramma decided that she
would not condemn or ridicule any women on the basis of her apparent
faults or failings for they were only, she knew, the symptoms of
maladjustment or neglect or persecution and poverty.
The Mother thus became more than their own mother to an ever-increasing
number of women in distress. She was a friend with a burnished mind.
Contemplating the Mother among those who were rescued by Swami, the
publisher likes to repeat Rabindranath's exclamatory poem on Women:
'Women! You are blest!
You have your home, your household work-
In the midst of it you keep a little gap
Through which you hear the cry of the weak.
You bring your offering of service,
And pour out your love,
Your patience is endless-
Their helplessness calls out your mercy.
The devotees discovered in her a never falling source of strength and
wisdom. They sought her out more and more often and honored her as the
Mother, assigning her distinct roles during festivals and holy days.
Easwaramma did not yield as soon as the women surrounded her and pleaded
that she should guide them or bless them. But how long could she keep them
at bay? On holy days dedicated to the worship of Varalakshmi (the Goddess
of Wealth ready to grant boons) or Gowri (the Fair Consort of Siva, mother
of Ganesha), she had to accept the first offering of homage from every
women who needed her. During the nine days of Navarathri, the Festival of
the Mother, she was honored for the first three days as Durga (the
smoothener of the path, the provider of safety and security of Her
children), in the next three days as Lakshmi (the provider of food,
clothing and shelter, status, power and renown) and on the last three as
Saraswathi (the Teacher who implants the yearning for learning and for
liberation, for material skill and moral strength).
"We women must learn more about the world," she sighed. Swami had left
Africa after addressing a Guru Poornima meeting there in the morning and
had arrived in Bombay in time of the Guru Poornima celebration at
Dharmakshetra in the evening, and so it happened!
The Guru heard the cry of the Mother on behalf of her daughters. Within a
week of His landing on the soil of India, he inaugurated the Sri Sathya
Sai Arts and Science College for Women at Anantapur, the Headquarters of
the District to which Puttaparthi belonged. "Swami, you have done the
right thing! Women must be as well educated as men. When one animal is
bold and alert and the other is cowardly and blind, how can the cart to
which they are yoked move forward?" She commented. Lakshmidevamma, the
Headmistress of the Girls' High School, Anantapur, told her that Swami had
promised this College a year ago when He had presided over the High School
Day. "I find that the girls who complete their high school have now to go
to distant colleges at Tirupati and Kurnool," He had said, "I shall
therefore establish a college right here very soon." And so, the girls of
Anantapur got a college, a college dedicated to the realization of the
universal and constructive ideals of Sathya Sai Baba.
The Mother, it must be conceded, was the foremost pupil of the 'son'. She
was an exemplary housewife and an unquestioning conformist in the
observance of vows, vigils and fasts declared as obligatory in the Hindu
calendar. She delighted in visiting holy places, bathing in holy rivers
and offering worship at shrines. And like the high cast women of
Puttaparthi and other villages, she was loyal to the lawmakers who laid
down the dos and don'ts, which should govern daily living and social
Woman has been extolled in ancient scriptures as well as classical poetry
as grihalakshmi, the Goddess of Prosperity in the Home. She is the
Dharmapathni, the Companion of the Husband in the fulfillment of the
Duties and Rights of wedded life as a householder.
The Puranas and Sasthras stress the role of women as mother and extol the
mothers, who instilled high ideals in the minds of the children of the
land. The Vedas speak of Maitreyi and Gargi, as great scholars and
spiritual heroines. Gargi was revered in the assembly of Vedic pundits for
her mastery of the abstruse problems of the spiritual voyage into the
heights of self-realization. In historical times, we have the mother of
Sivaji who fed him on the epics and Puranas, and brought him up, as a
brave representative of the best in Hindu culture.
What a great inspiration is this Bharathi for all of us! Our Puranas and
Sasthras, the Upanishads, the Vedas, the lives of the saints and seers of
this land contain hundreds of such incidents which serve as beacons to
light your path, Learn about them and derive benefit from them. This has
always been our Divine Lord Baba's message to the women.
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In 1972, Bhagavan Baba conducted a month long Summer Course on Indian
Culture and Spirituality at Brindavan, Whitefield. 800 boys and girls
selected from colleges situated in all the various states of India were
chosen for the camp.
When Easwaramma, Bhagavan Baba's mother came to know about it, she desired
to be there. She took up residence on the ground floor of Swami's bungalow
with other families.
On the eleventh or twelfth day of the camp, the Mother had an experience
that reaffirmed her faith that Swami was God. She had high fever for four
days and Swami visited her enquiring about her health. When she looked up
she was amazed to see "Sri Rama with Kireetam and Kodandam" (Crown and
Bow). She raised her folded hands and struggled to sit up. But in a few
moments He became Swami again. He gave her Vibhuti Prasad and assured her
of recovery from her fever. She shared the thrill of this encounter with
an intimate friend.
This divine revelation proved to be the prelude for her merger with the
Paranjyoti (Supreme Flame). It was the 6th May 1972 about 7 in the
morning. Students had already completed Nagar Sankeertan; Swami had given
them a Darshan at its close. Then He went for His bath. Meanwhile,
Easwaramma had finished her bath. She drank her coffee and was seated on
the inner verandah. All of a sudden proceeding to the bathroom, she cried
out, "Swami, Swami, Swami!" Bhagavan responded, "Coming, coming." Within
that period she breathed her last. That was an authentic consummation, a
yearning at the final moment for God. It was the sign of her holy purity.
She was a model mother, chosen by God to be His mother.
Easwaramma was a poor, middle-aged, tender-hearted, pious, illiterate
rural housewife. When she was invested with the onerous responsibility to
mother God Himself, she rose to the occasion and with steadfast courage
enacted the role and encountered the challenges. She experienced all the
grief and joy, hope and despair, anxiety and assurance of the mothers (Kausalya
and Yasoda) of previous incarnations Rama and Krishna.
Easwaramma, like every other Hindu housewife of her region was conversant
with the Telugu ballads, legends, folk songs and tales that have gathered
around Rama and Krishna. But, it took years of intimate observation and
hundreds of inexplicable incidents and intimations to convince her that
the child she had fondled had come to prove the Bhagavatha and the
Ramayana as true.
As mother of the Avatar she was venerated by all the devotees. But, she
herself was an earnest sadhak guided by her Divine son through the tangles
of life. She expanded in her awareness beyond the barricades of tradition
and taboo, custom and caste of her people. She rose to be the universal
mother of the fast multiplying multi-lingual, multi-racial, multi-creedal,
global family of Sai.
May 6 for Sai devotees in Easwaramma Commemoration Day. On this auspicious
occasion Bhagavan Baba visits His mother's Samadhi and makes obeisance to
her memory, to set a model for others. In the evening He gives a discourse
highlighting the glory of motherhood. He reminds people of the roles of
Madalasa, Iswar Chandra's Mother, Putlibai and others in shaping the
destiny of their children. Mothers, Bhagavan says, have the unique
privilege of instilling the first seeds of spirituality and human values
in their children. Bhagavan lays equal emphasis on children revering their
mothers. He reminds them of Rama's words, "Mother and motherland are
greater than Heaven itself", and "Parents are the visible embodiments of
(Based on Easwaramma: The Chosen Mother by N. Kasturi)
Courtesy Saibaba News