MUMBAI: INDIA’s revered leading lady of entertainment Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Fiji-born Bollywood singer Sumeet Tappoo led the tribute to commemorate the third anniversary of Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s Mahasamadhi in Mumbai recently.
About 7000 attended the mega event at the NSCI indoor stadium in Mumbai and were treated to a musical extravaganza by leading singers of India including Anup Jalota, Pankaj Udhas, Kavita Krishnamurthi, Richa Sharma and Sumeet Tappoo.
Sumeet said it was a surreal experience when he and all the other artists sat on stage together and sang songs based on human values both as a group and individually.
This exemplified Sathya Sai Baba’s teachings of unity, purity and divinity.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, a former student of the Sathya Sai Bal Vikas Program in Mumbai, said she was honoured and humbled to be invited to be the guest of honour. She shared her experiences as a student in Mumbai during the program’s Sunday school learning on human values and the various stage dramas and dances. The emotional megastar also shared her experiences of meeting the Divine Sathya Sai Baba in Mumbai and Puttaparthi and said that the interactions with him has given her inspiration and strength for a life time.
Sumeet said the event was a fitting tribute to Sathya Sai Baba who had inspired millions of devotees through his teachings of love, truth, non-violence, right conduct and peace as well as a very direct focus on the unity of religions and serving the poor and needy.
He added that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s attendance was expected to inspire millions of children in India and around the world to participate in the Sathya Sai Human Values program “which teaches them to honour and respect their parents, to treat and love all as one, to respect all religions and serve those in need”.
Background Information on Sathya Sai Baba – the world spiritual leader
Sri Sathya Sai Baba has spent His entire life in an unparalleled continuous endeavor to elevate man to the highest degrees of human excellence. His Universal message of human values and His astonishing models of EDUcare, MEDIcare and SOCIOcare inspire faith by proving the ‘actionability’ of Divine Love. These models have stunned the most advanced economies of the world with the sheer magnitude of their work and magnificence of their philosophy.
Educare offers the most advanced education complete with contemporary academics, world renowned faculty and state-of-the-art facilities to students from all religious and economic backgrounds. The system is designed to not only elevate the students’ intellects but also to offer a deep spiritual anchor that equips them with resolute self confidence and character such that knowledge is used only for the benefit of mankind at large. All education, from kindergarten to postgraduate studies is absolutely free of cost to students, each of whom is admitted solely on the basis of merit.
The Sri Sathya Sai Medicare Projects embody a harmonious blend of the ‘Philosophy of Healing’ with the ‘Science of Love.’ Here every doctor though distinguished in his field and equipped with state-of-the-art healthcare facilities second to none in the world, regards every patient, as an embodiment of the Divine. This is why all treatment including advanced cardiac and neurological surgeries are done completely free of cost for one and all.
In the Sri Sathya Sai Sociocare, Baba has initiated and implemented multimillion dollar Drinking Water Schemes with no government aid whatsoever, alleviating the sufferings of millions of rural Indians. He has taught people all over the world that service is not an act of philanthropy but it is a means to connect with the Divine Life Force which exists within every speck of creation. It is as much an aid for the ‘benefactor as much it is for the ‘beneficiary’
Together, Baba’s work and message signify the resoluteness of positive endeavor based on the strength of character and right action to usher the world into a new era of peace and joy. No other spiritual leader ever has had such a wide reaching, global influence which has not only shattered all barriers of religion, caste, economic status, race and nationality but also continues to inspire millions even three years after His having left His Physical Frame.