At last the much awaited historic moment sprang up live on First of October in the evening at 4:30 IST in the Rashtrapati Bhavan, (President House), New Delhi on Saturday , when the prestigious award in due recognition for his contribution in the field of maritime exploration and Excellence in Public Administration, Academics and Management was awarded to retired IAS officer, Sir. C.P. Srivastava, our beloved Papaji by the President of India, H.E. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. The award carried a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh, a citation and a plaque.
Sir CP Srivastava has been designated as a Lal Bahadur Shastri Fellow and his name inscribed on the honours roll of the Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management, Delhi . The participants in the Rasthrapati Bhavan award ceremony included Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh, United Progressive Alliance Chairperson Ms.Sonia Gandhi, Union Home Minister Mr.Shivraj Patil, and the former Union Minister and son of Lal Bahadur Shastri, Mr.Anil Shastri along with other important dignitaries.
Mr. Shastri, who is also the chairman of the institute, said: "The award honours people from whom the younger generation can draw inspiration."
Sir CP. Srivastava is the founding Chancellor Emeritus of the World Maritime University , Malmo , Sweden . He has also been the chairman of the governing board of the IMO International Maritime Law Institute, Malta , and chairman of the Government of India Committee on Maritime Education and Training.
The Sahaja yogi present there at that gracious moment fondly recollects that the presence of Our Holy Mother gave the event a special quality and auspiciousness and that She was pleased. After, Sir CP was honoured with the prestigious award; he was subsequently invited to deliver his speech. The speech itself turned out to be historic in its own essence as our Papaji, Sir CP Srivastava addressed the gathering with very powerful English diction in praise of the service he rendered under the principle and guidance of the erstwhile Prime Minister of India, the late Mr. Lal Bahadur Shastri.
Concluding his speech, the eyewitness recollected that Sir CP spoke with all candid gesture and confided that whatever position he held today at 85, along with, all his achievements for which he is being honoured today, owe its all due credit to the values he has held through the love he received throughout his 58 years of married life and association with Shri Mataji and also the love that he received from his daughters Kalpana and Sadhna. He also mentioned that Shri Mataji as his wife “Nirmala”, who had always been at his side as inspiration and that Her principles were all that Mr. Lal Bahadur Shastri once prophesied as values in life and serving the cause of the humanity. She had been in that path only, helping mankind to improve upon all social activities and make a better living. He also added that he is now totally devoted and dedicated to this cause what our beloved Mother, has taken up as the holy task of uplifting the humanity and transforming them to be persons with values. Later, he thanked the President and all the honourable members present there for the honour conferred upon him.
It was half an hour ceremony and then all joined in the snacks and tea party hosted by the President of India, where all the dignitaries came and congratulated our Mother turn by turn. Shri Mataji was very very pleased. She was probably ...why probably!!! Indeed working on the Indian Government machinery.
Later, after the ceremony Mr. Anil Shastri, son of late Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri presented the volumes of the book entitled “Lal Bahadur Shastri “to the President authored by Papaji. Everything seemed to work subtly.'
The yogis present in the occasion expressed the moment to be historic. They were overjoyed in announcing and excited to reveal that Mother was very very pleased and that Pappaji's delivery of the powerful speech turned us all present in that moment speechless. It was a fountain of vibrations. Mother was vibrant all the time and seemed to be emitting enough vibrations in the hall of the President House for vibrating the Indian Government machinery to work better. The yogi present there added, “…in my life time, I have never ever before attended such a historic event in Sahaja Yoga. I am grateful to Mother for the moment ...” The entire proceedings of the evening's event was broadcast by the Indian TV channel Doordarshan in the DD News that evening only. It seems even Shri Vishnumaya was impatient in announcing the great event.
Jai Shri Mataji
Gurgaon Collectivity, India