Bishwa Nath Singh
Last seven days had been the witness of two unforgettable events of our life - most of us spread round the globe, one being very sad and touching occasion to our heart and another very soothing to our ears and eyes.
(Photo of Prashanti Neelayam of Puttaparth of Andhra Pradesh of India)
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Bishwa Nath Singh:
Sri Sathya Sai Baba of Puttaparhi had left for heavenly abode on Sunday, the 24th of April 2011 at 7:40 AM after nearly a month of his being hospitalized for treatment in Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences ,Ananatpur clos...e to his southern Indian ashram Puttaparthi had caused a great vacuum in religious cult difficult to be fulfilled in and has come as standstill in the personal life of most of us.. The great was eighty four years old of our modern era and remained bachelor all throughout his life. He was known as a Godly person an incarnation of His Holiness Sri Sathya Sai Ram Of Shirdi widely revered for his religious pursuits and social-service, making most of us cry and shaken with grief who was given Mahasamadhi ( last rites) with full state honor amidst chanting of Vedic Mantras by learned Hindu Priests. His last rites were performed at Sai Kulwant Hall of Prasanthi Nilayam at Puttaparhi of Anantpur Distrct of Andhra Pradesh of India on the 27th of April 2011 amidst chanting of Vedic mantras and amidst presence of religious leaders belonging to different religion and faith the ritual was carried out by his nephew who is also a trustee.Sri Sathya Sai Baba and his organizations used to support a variety of free educational institutions, hospitals, and other charitable works in India and abroad. The number of active Sathya Sai Baba adherents was estimated to be over six million, although followers' estimations are far higher. Since there are no formal ties of membership, the actual figure may never be known The Sathya Sai Organization reports that there are an estimated one thousand twelve hundred Sathya Sai Baba Centers in one hundred fourteen countries worldwide. Sri Sathya Sai Baba of Puttaparthi was a cultural .icon of India who had attracted Presidents and Prime Ministers from India and beyond who have become his devotees; , he claimed to have followers in nearly two hundred countries of the world. It was one of the greatest sad news that had shaken most of us with grief. Just two days, after Sri Sathya Sai Baba was laid finally to rest, the moment of joy came to our life to enjoy and be happy to watch much publicized and costliest Britain Royal wedding of Prince William and his fiancée Kate Middleton in the Westminster Abbey- Church at London with solemn dignity by watching the whole ceremony through medias that was life telecaste on Friday, the 29th of April 2011. It was told that the bride Kate Middleton had visited her mother-in-law Diana’s grave before her wedding to seek blessings from her for her new life. It was said that it was one of the biggest royal occasion after nearly three decade and one which supporters hope heralds a renaissance for a monarchy that, following the divorce and death of Princess Diana, had seemed at peril from calls for a British republic. Prince William was looking smart in a red tunic of an Irish Guards colonel whereas Kate was looking stunning in an Alexander McQueen creation, exchanged vows and rings in front of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, at the altar. There were fifty foreign royals among the one thousand nine hundred guests at Westminster Abbey Church at London close to Birmingham Palace- official residential Palace of Royal family of London. Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Duke of Edinburgh had attended their grandson’s Prince William wedding. The queen was seen in an egg yolk colored dress. Kate’s Brother James Middleton read the lesson and congratulated the duo whereas her father has escorted his daughter Kate Middleton to the Westminster Abbey- church for her wedding and was seen in a very gay mood all throughout the ceremony. Prince William‘s father Prince Charles was also present along with his second wife to grace the occasion. Prince William was escorted to the church for his wedding by his most loving younger brother who too was seen a very jolly mood. Thousands had gathered outside the Westminster Abbey to greet the newly-wed couple. Around five thousand police personnel were on duty on Friday and looked after the security of this high profile marriage ceremony. It was a very joyous occasion for all spread round the globe. Now, Prince William and his newly wedded wife Kate will be known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as proclaimed by the Queen of England.On their return to Buckingham Palace in traditional horse drawn Chariot, the royal couple appeared on Buckingham Palace balcony on Friday in the evening seen kissing each other keeping tradition that was established by Prince William’s Parents : Prince Charles( Prince of Wales) and Princess Diana when they had returned at the same place after their wedding on 29 July 1981 whose wedding was held at St. Paul's Cathedral, was televised and watched by a global audience of over seven hundred fifty million people. Nevertheless to mention that Diana had become a most important public figure from the announcement of her engagement to Prince Charles, who was born into an old, aristocratic English family with royal ancestry, and remained the focus of worldwide media scrutiny before, during and after her marriage, which ended in divorce on the 28th of August 1996. The media attention continued following her death in a car crash in Paris on the 31 st of August 1997, and in the subsequent display of public mourning a week later. Diana also received recognition for her charity work and for her support of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. From 1989, she continued to be the president of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children till her last. That was also one of the reason that the recent Britain Royal wedding of Diana’s eldest son Prince William with Kate Middleton drew lot of applaud and sympathy from people living drawn from all over the world and everybody was happy to see them wedded with great honor and watched their Royal Kiss from the Buckingham Palace balcony on Friday, the 29th of April 2011 after their return to the said Palace in view of their family members and huge gathering of Public waited outside for this happy moment to seal their wedding and togetherness of Royal couple with joy. There was another reason also to be jubilant as Kate Middleton came from a very simple family with no royal stigma on their back on their shoulders and people had reason to see as how she fares as spouse of a Royal Prince William. The people had watched maid of honor Kate’s sister following Kate-the bride and her father escorting loveliest bride being his daughter to the Church where Prince William and Kate Middleton were happily wedded with gaiety and fervor .Let us once again wish the newly married couple all the best in their long, happy and successful marital life!
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