GUWAHATI, Dec 21 - Tributes were paid to the hallowed memory of Satya Sai Baba, one of the most outstanding religious reformers of modern times, at a function held under the auspices of the Satya Shree Sai Samiti and Sri Satya Sai Trust of Assam on the occasion of the fourth anniversary of Sai Madhuram at the GMCH auditorium here on Saturday.
Addressing the function as chief guest, senior journalist and president of the Assam Theosophical Federation, DN Chakravartty said that the message of peace, love and universal brotherhood as preached by Satya Sai Baba had received universal acceptance across religious faiths and national boundaries in view of the scientific interpretation of the origin of creation and the goal of human existence so adroitly made by the great guru and pathfinder of the 20th century.
�Without asking the modern man to engross himself in sacerdotal sacraments and scriptural rituals, Satya Sai Baba laid stress on alleviation of human suffering, control of ego, and the inexorable link between man and his natural surroundings including plants, all kinds of animals and living organisms,� he said.
Chakravartty said that reinterpreting the eternal teachings of the great Indian saints and scriptures, Satya Sai Baba called upon modern man to exercise control over self through discipline of mind, body and spirit.
�While advocating the importance of physical health in the pursuit of moral and spiritual excellence, Satya Sai Baba asked modern man to submit to the will of the supreme being by thinking good, doing good, and remaining ever concerned for the welfare of the weak and the downtrodden. Explaining the essence of dharma, Satya Sai Baba had said that the word religion was insufficient to carry the true meaning of dharma which in the proper perspective and analysis stood for truth, compassion, service to all beings, and abstinence from anger, hatred, greed and passion,� he observed.
Dwarik Sarma, chief adviser to the Sri Satya Sai Trust of Assam, welcomed the guests and explained the significance of the occasion. Nishad Mishra, a close disciple of Satya Sai Baba and an accomplished musician, presented a number of songs dear to Satya Sai Baba.
A group of musicians, including Biplab Mukherjee, Biswajit Roychoudhury, Devajyoti Changmai, Prashanti Roy and Priya Das, presented devotional numbers in glorification of Satya Sai Baba.