NAVAMI MESSAGE OF DR. C. B. SATPATHYJI
Festivals: a time for celebration and contemplation
year we celebrate Ram Navami on the 15th of April 2016.
Ram Navami is an important festival for most of the people
living in India, especially for the Hindus. It is celebrated
with great enthusiasm. We celebrate Ram Navami because
Shri Rama is deemed to represent the excellence in human
personality on earth. He is referred to as Marayada Purushotam
which means someone who is the embodiment of dignity and
has an imaculate personality possessing all the virtues.
Here the word Marayada does not mean that Shri Rama maintained
the dignity of Kings only. Instead He is given this title
because of the respect and dignity he offered to every
individual who came in contact with Him. The Ramayana
notes the dignity that Shri Rama accorded to all groups
and individuals around Him.
Rama’s activities, at that time, were to make sure
that the best of the human beings evolved in society and
were protected. Those detrimental to the growth of others
were impeded, and if necessary, annihilated. As a realised
soul, he knew that every person has both, virtue and evil
in him. Shri Rama held even the enemy with dignity. For
example, when Ravana lay dying on the battle field, Shri
Rama went to him and asked him to share his knowledge
of administering the kingdom. Here the dignity of the
enemy was also maintained.
Baba’s devotees also celebrate this day because
they believe this is to be the birthday of Sai Baba of
Shirdi, although this is not authenticated. We celebrate
this day because of the qualities of Baba that we know
of through accounts of the time He spent in Shirdi. He
looked after all His devotees cutting across all social
barriers of language, religion, caste and creed. This
is what has been written in all the books on Him. This
is what the Sai Satcharita is all about. The Sai Satcharita
only provides a few anecdotes from the life of Baba that
were recorded by Govind Raghunath Dabholkar. Other writings
of that time however reveal that Baba did much more than
what the Sai Satcharitra projects.
being a time for enjoyment, religious festivals hold a
spiritual significance. They are meant to evolve and expand
the spirit of cooperation and social cohesiveness. Festivals
are a time for celebration and contemplation. When we
pray to Lord Rama or celebrate the birthday of Baba, we
need to reflect on His deeds of compassion and the teachings
and the morals He imparted to the society. Today people
living in India and beyond have so many temples and activities
dedicated to Shirdi Sai Baba only because He was a Purushottama,
representing the best of what a human being could be and
a role model to His devotees. Today is a day when we get
a chance to free ourselves from mundane rigmaroles of
life and reflect on the values that Shri Rama and Sai
Baba of Shirdi propounded and practiced.
Shri Sai Bless you all!
C. B. Satpathy, Gurgaon