Thursday, February 10, 2005
|Sri Sathya Sai with the one of the blessed couples during the Bheema Ratha Shanti Programme in the Sai Kulwant Hall|
|Sri Sathya Sai delivering the Divine Discourse on the occasion|
|Sri Sathya Sai with the blessed couples|
These days, we are ignoring these elders, considering them to be not useful to society. This is not correct. In fact, the strength and energy latent in these elders are not to be found in the youth. When you wish to undertake any new activity, it will become fruitful only when you take the guidance of the elders and walk in their footsteps.
Nowadays, a human being is unable to recognise the qualities of a fellow human being. The term “Manava” (human being) means a person who can make the quality of humanness blossom. People generally tend to describe the physical strength of body, whenever a mention is made of Bhima, the younger brother of Dharmaraja, the Pandava King. But that is not the real strength.
|Blessed couples in Sai Kulwant Hall|
Unfortunately, nowadays the younger generation grudges even to provide one square meal a day to their elders. They think it is an avoidable expenditure. Do not by any means let this happen. Even if you put them on a sustenance diet, they will maintain the dignity and reputation of your family as if they are well fed. The concern and enthusiasm displayed by these elders in bringing up the children in a proper way is not found in others. In the ancient times, kings and nobles made use of the great wisdom of the rishis by seeking their advice regularly. Even to this day, the great treatises on spiritual and temporal matters compiled by the great rishis of yore are an authority to the younger generation. Unfortunately, they are not able to understand the great truths expounded in those treatises. It is Swami’s advice that from now on we must popularise this great ancient tradition of Bhima Ratha Shanti. It has great significance and value for the coming generations. The ritual of Bhima Ratha Shanti signifies nourishing and nurturing the quality of humanness by undertaking spiritually powerful and noble activities.”
|Sri Sathya Sai blesses Smt. Sudha Raghunathan|
Source: Sri Sathya Sai Digvijayam (1986 – 2005)