On 24th April 2016, more than 10,000 Sathya Sai devotees flocked to Chatsworth Stadium in Durban, South Africa, to participate in a Sathya Sai Aradhana Mahotsavam event, a day of remembering Sathya Sai Baba. The day commenced with the procession of a golden chariot, following the tradition of Prasanthi Nilayam. After the opening ceremonies, distinguished guests shared messages of love. The Guest of Honour, the Honourable Senzo Mchunu, Premier of the province of KwaZulu-Natal, referred to the white dress of SSIO members as signifying purity and goodness. In an inspiring speech, he encouraged everyone to internalise this goodness and let it thrive in the local communities. Professor Anil Kumar translated a video discourse of Baba, transporting the audience back to the Prasanthi Nilayam of olden days, and shared his experiences with Swami. The SSIO National Council President urged everyone to engage in selfless service, and the Central Coordinator reminded the audience that there is no difference between God and love, and all creation is immersed in love. The Chair of SSIO Zone 9A, Mr. Ramesh Hathiramani, requested everyone to spiritualise their lives by chanting the name of the Lord and singing His glory so that it resonates in the heart all day. Participants also viewed an inspiring video message from Dr. Narendranath Reddy, Chairman of Prasanthi Council, urging each person to act as a beacon of light and love by continuing to maintain Sathya Sai’s legacy of medicare, sociocare, and educare in local communities. Amidst inspiring talks and soul-stirring bhajans, the august assembly was treated to beautiful skits and dances by Sai Spiritual Education (SSE) and Sathya Sai Education in Human Values (SSEHV) children and youth. The youth also recited beautiful poetry written as offerings of love to Sathya Sai Baba. The National Ladies Forum hosted an exhibition showcasing their work. The memorable event received good coverage in local press and news media.
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