Last updated on 11th April 2017
Given below is an extract from Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba discourse, 21st Feb. 2009, http://sssbpt.info/ssspeaks/volume42/sss42-04.pdf :
The women of Bharat (India) earned great name and fame for their sterling quality of chastity. They are not to be treated lightly. A few examples of such noble women are always worth remembering and emulated [Ravi: emulating?]. Savithri could bring her deceased husband back to life, by the power of her chastity. Sita was a great woman who entered the fire to prove her chastity and came out unscathed. There were several such examples in this country of Bharat, which shone as a beacon light to the entire world. Bharat is a holy and sacred land.
How fortunate you are to be born in this great land of Bharat! Therefore, you must sanctify your lives by following the rich and sacred culture of this country. Bharat is a holy land where the qualities of magnanimity and sacrifice flourished. The spiritual outlook of Bharat is unparalleled. In fact, it is this spiritual outlook that sustained this country since times immemorial and took it to great heights. The people of this country are enjoying peace and bliss even today, while the whole world is passing through difficult times. It is for this reason that people from all other countries visit this country and find solace here. We have to sustain this rich legacy of spirituality.
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Given below are comments from my Facebook post, https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/1890301404519761, associated with this blog post:
Terry Reis Kennedy wrote:
Thank You, Swami, for creating Ladies Day here in Prasanthi Nilayam. In this very hot weather wearing a sari and our dupattas is sometimes difficult. Especially for a Born-in-the USA woman like me who used to feel hot in shorts and a T shirt.during such scorching weather. But why do we dress as You asked us to....and required us to? Because we know it is Your Holy town. Out of Love and Devotion and Gratitude for You, we sweat a little more in summer.
Michelle Bickmore wrote:
yes thank you Swami for Ladies Day and for welcoming women from around the world into your Holy presence and for introducing us to the grace and beauty of Indian woman who have such dignity and femininity, a true inspiration, the Sari transforms us into true elegance.
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