PARTHI NEWS - JULY 2013

 


For more photos update of Ashadi 2013 - please visit the link below.....

 

Part 2 July News ..... http://www.ssso.net/pnews-2013/pnews-jul213.htm

Part 3 July News ..... http://www.ssso.net/pnews-2013/pnews-jul313.htm

Part 4 July News ..... http://www.ssso.net/pnews-2013/pnews-jul413.htm

 


 

Puttaparthi Gearing Up for Gurupoornima 2013

 

Om Sairam dearest Sai Family,

Greetings to one and all on the holy occasion of Gurupoornima. Over the years this is one of the major festivals that happens in Parthi more so because this used to be the first major celebration in Parthi after Swami's return from either Brindavan or Kodaikanal. Being a holiday season in most of the countries in the African continent and kind of summer wave in America, many overseas devotees come to Prasanthi during this part of the year to quench their thirst of Sai's necatar.

 

The atmosphere in Parthi is already into festive mood as many devotees have landed in the divine abode of our beloved Lord. Puttaparthi will be witnessing almost a fortnight of activities starting from July 18th with the start of Ashadi Ekadasi programmes by the states of Maharashtra and Goa.

 

As it happens every year, this year as well, there were few hundreds of devotees who preferred to alight at Dharmavaram railway station (about 45 kms from Parthi) and walk to the Abode of our Lord. This has been a tradition over the years and the devotion and dedication in those " walking devotees" is very much the same even to this day.

 

This 45 kms stretch usually has two over night haults in Basampalli and Kodapagani Palli villages respectively.

 

Every year, these two villages, voluntarily prepare delicious food to these devotees and express their appreciation for all that they are doing in the name of Swami.

 

 

Where else! other than in India do we get to see this act of devotion......

 

 

Dressed in traditional dress of Maharashtra, singing Sai Bhajans right through these devotees forget all their worries and anxieties of life with an act of surrender..

 

 

When i asked this 70 years YOUNG man his age, with a twinkle in his eyes and with a 70mm smile he replied, " Main tho sathar varsh ka bacha hoon" I am 70 year old Child.. Singing His glory always keeps you YOUTHFUL!!!!

 

 

Devotees of all age groups walked all the way to Parthi singing the glory of our Lord.

VIVEKANANDA CHARIOT:

 

Commemorating the 150th Birth Anniversary celebrations to be celebrated in 2014, a specially designed chariot has been touring all parts of India since 2012, taking the message of Swami Vivekananda to the masses and also to awaken the youth in particular. This "Vivekananda Rath" is also accompanied by a mobile book stall by name " Viveka Bheri" which features all the books on Swami Vivekananda.

 

Many local school children watched the arrival of this Rath to Puttaparthi with lot of enthusiasm and keen ness. Here is a close up of the Swami Vivekananda Chariot..
 

 

CRICKETER V.V.S.LAKSHMAN VISITS PUTTAPARTHI:

 

Long time devotee of Bhagawan, Cricketer V.V.S.Lakshman visited Puttaparthi to offer prayers to Swami. This is the photo taken in Shanthi Bhavan upon his arrival.

 

 

SRI SATHYA SAI WATER PROJECT:

 

The work for prestigious Water Project with an estimated budget of Rs.85 crores that started on January 2013 is under full swing. Swami's favourite company L& T which built almost all the major projects has been playing another crucial role this time by taking up this project. The quality, punctuality, dedication among the work men all are the same as it used to be. The Pipeline length which is stretching to 67 KM is 90% over.

The Engineers and workmen are very confident to finish this project way before the deadline and being a technologically advanced era as compared to the 90s when the first Water Project was taken up by Swami, the construction and quality of work has been at the very best.

Huge Cement coated iron pipes with a longevity of almost 100 years are being used for this project. The pipes had to be laid along the Dharmavaram-Puttaparthi main road and right through the pipes had to laid in agricultural fields. Mr.Raj Kumar, Deputy Executive Engineer, representing the government of Andhra Pradesh deputed to over see the proper functioning of the project expressed his happiness as how co-operative the farmers where inspite of their fields being dug to lay these pipes. Being part of other major projects taken up by the state government else where, Mr.Raj Kumar knows exactly how difficult it is to convince the farmers and the settlement of compensations further delay the projects. But as this is with the blessings of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, there is literally no one who created any problem and thats how they are way ahead of their schedule and heading towards speedy completion of this project.

 

 

He also expressed his happiness for being blessed with like minded and dedicated staff which again in his own words is a blessing of Bhagawan. Even though it is not in the part of the project dead line, but as a mark of respect and devotion towards Swami, Mr.Raj Kumar and his team have plans to provide water supply for atleast 5 villages on Gurupoornima day as mark of sentiment and reverence towards Bhagawan. What a great joy it would be to the villagers!!!

HERE ARE FEW PICTURES OF THE SRI SATHYA SAI WATER SUPPLY PROJECT:

A welder carefully joins the two pipes to make it completely leak proof. After the welding, Cement mixed with advanced water proofing substance is put in the joint .

 

 

During laying of the pipelines, many a times they stumble into small, medium sized and some times heavy rocks. Minor blasts are done to make way for the pipeline. In this picture below, we can see two men drilling for a blast

 

 

The picture below is one of the nine clear water sumps. This photo is of one such sumps in Krishnapuram village about 50 kilometers from Puttaparthi..

 

 

The Picture below is the construction of Main water Sump in Kothacheruvu nearing 70%

 

 

A close up of the pipes that are being used for the water project..

 

 

Mr.Selva, Mr.Rajkumar and colleagues are seen discussing the day's progress at the site...

 

 

LATEST VIDEOS UPLOADED IN www.voiceofsai.com

 

Please note the following video titles have been uploaded.

 

Life is a Challenge: Nov 24, 2012

Faith and Commitment, by Prof Anil Kumar in Chennai Nov 14 1,2012

Responsibilities of Modern Women (With Tamil Translation), in Chennai Nov 15,2012

Punyakoti, a dance drama by Mangalore Balvikas students Jan 6,2013

The Uniqueness of Sathya Sai Organisations Jan 6, 2013 in Mangalore

Sai, the Doer (With Kannada Translation) Mangalore, Jan 6,2013.

Live for Sai, November 11,2012, Chennai

All these talks can be watched in the following link. http://voiceofsai.com/?page_id=42

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With Pranams at the Lotus feet of our beloved Lord,

R.Satish Naik

 


ASHADI EKADASI FESTIVAL BEGINS

Prashantinilayam,18th July 2013

Marking the beginning of the three day Festival sponsored by the Sathya Sai Seva Organisation (Maharashtra and Goa),Kulwant Hall witnessed this evening a unique musical offering entitled Divine Heritage by the Balvikas children from the twin states of Maharashtra and Goa Declaring that our real heritage is the Divine Heritage, the presentation was a depiction of the diverse cultural heritage of Goa. Beginning with the original legend, the tale connected to Lord Parashurama, even as the presentation progressed. Children in colourful costumes, from the state danced forward presenting an array of unique festivities with detailed explanation of the legend behind each festivity..

 

VIDEO - 'Divine Heritage' - Balvikas and Youth of Goa - 18 July 2013

On 18 July 2013, Balvikas children and youth from Goa presenting a unique musical drama entitled 'Divine Heritage', incorporating a Portugese dance, during Ashadi Ekadasi... Celebrations in Sai Kulwanth Hall, Prasanthi Nilayam.

The drama was about a U.S based NRI family’s holiday tour to the western Indian state of Goa, neighboring Maharashtra.

Ashadhi Ekadashi is the eleventh lunar day (Ekadashi) of the bright fortnight (Shukla paksha) of the Hindu month of Ashadha (June - July). This holy day is of special significance to Vaishnavas, followers of Lord Vishnu. On this day Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi are worshipped, the entire night is spent singing prayers, and devotees keep fast and take vows on this day, to be observed during the entire chaturmas, the holy four month period of rainy season.

Watch the video:
http://youtu.be/o0V99b1oLHE

 

"Divine Heritage" Drama by the Youths & Balvikas Students from Goa…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DRAMA BY BAL VIKAS CHILDREN AND YOUTH FROM THANE,MAHARASHTRA
Prashantinilayam,19th July 2013
 

The second day of the celebrations commenced wifth a dance drama entitled 'Divine Heritage' this morning at Prashantinilayam.The presentation... was a graphic depiction of man's plight today.Earlier in the morning there was a procession symbolic of the famous Pandarpur procession.

In the evening Bal Vikas children from Thane staged a play entitled Manav to Mahatma. The presentation was a depiction of the illustrious life story of the Father of the Nation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courtesy: Parthi Development (FB)

 


“Happy Ashadi Ekadashi” – A special Radiosai facebook timeline cover for the Auspicious occasion of Ashadi Ekadashi.

 



In the Hindu lunar calendar, Ekadashi is the eleventh day of the fortnight after a new moon or a full moon, and is considered auspicious for the worship of Lord Vishnu. The Ekadashi after the new moon in the Hindu month of Ashada is of special significance to the devotees of Lord Vitthal, a manifestation of Lord Vishnu.

There is a interesting story behind this occasion. Tradition has it that two of the greatest devotees of the Lord from the state of Maharashtra, Sant Jnaneshwar and Sant Tukaram had set out on a pilgrimage from their respective places to the shrine of Lord Vitthala in Pandharpur and reached the Divine Abode in fifteen days time on this auspicious day of Ashadi Ekadashi.

Following the tradition set by these great souls, devotees from the entire length and breadth of Maharashtra, set out for Pandharpur (the abode of Lord Vitthala), wearing basil beads and singing His glory on a pilgrimage to reach there in the stipulated period of fifteen days on this auspicious day to have Divine Darshan. These devotees are known as Varkaris and the pilgrimage is traditionally called Dindi Yatra.

In recent times, the holy festival of ‘Ashadi Ekadashi’ has seen multitudes from the states of Maharashtra and Goa make the pilgrimage to Prasanthi Nilayam to celebrate this important festival in the Divine Presence.

Devotees from the states of Goa will perform their cultural program today evening at 5pm and Dindi program will be presented by the devotees of Maharashtra tomorrow, on the morning of Ashadi Ekadashi Celebration. This is usually followed by a cultural programme presented by the Bal Vikas children of Maharashtra and Goa.

Here is the schedule of today’s and tomorrow’s program:

18th July (Thursday)
Morning - Veda chanting by Balvikas children
Evening - Spiritual Culture of Goa by Goa Youth

19th July (Friday)
Morning - Dindi programme and Drama entitled “Divine Car Rally” by Mumbai Balvikas children & Youth
Evening - Drama “Maha Atma” by Thane Balvikas children & Youth

Tune into www.radiosai.org to watch today’s evening program live from Prasanthi Nilayam.

Feel free to share this timeline cover with your friends and make this holy occasion more auspicious.

- Team Radiosai

 

 


 

'Sathya Sai with Students' Blog Update - Week 44

 


Sai Ram,

On the auspiscious occasion of Ashadhi Ekadashi and Guru Pournima, we express our heartfelt greetings to one and all.

We present the articles for Week 44 of the 'Sathya Sai with Students' Blog:

1. Discourses to Students: We often talk about and use the word 'spirituality' in our daily life and conversation. But 'What does Spirituality mean?'. Swami tells us the real meaning of spirituality and how it should be practiced in everyday life.

http://sathyasaiwithstudents.blogspot.in/2013/07/what-is-meaning-of-spirituality.html

2. Experiences of Students: Brother N. S. Ramnath writes on the theme: "Everyone has a friend... That's Me!".
 

http://sathyasaiwithstudents.blogspot.in/2013/07/everyone-has-friend-thats-me-by-n-s.html#.UedLXI3Qnwg

3. Conversations with Students: During this month, over a dozen years ago, Swami spoke elaborately about the various philosophies of the Santana Dharma and how they promote the message of unity in diversity. We reminisce "Conversations with the Jagadguru"

http://sathyasaiwithstudents.blogspot.in/2013/07/conversations-with-jagadguru-universal.html#.UedL443Qnwg

4.Management Lessons: Currently, the Indian Economy is going through a lot of turbulence. But what are the real problems behind these frequent ups and downs? In a Discourse given the the Management students at SSSIHL over two decades ago, Swami elaborated on the Problems facing the Indian Economy and the Solutions for the same. We have a two part series on this theme.

http://sathyasaiwithstudents.blogspot.in/2013/07/indian-economy-problems-and-solutions.html#.UedMS43Qnwg


5. This Day That Age: 45 years ago, on this auspiscious occasion of Guru Pournima, Swami inaugurated a landmark institution, which marked the beginning of His Divine Mission in Higher Education. We reminisce that golden moment 'When Sri Sathya Sai established a modern Gurukulam on Guru Pournima Day".

http://sathyasaiwithstudents.blogspot.in/2013/07/when-sri-sathya-sai-established-modern.html

6. Song for the Soul: Glory to Sathya Sai - Salutations to Him! On the occasion of Guru Pournima, we have a song "Namo Sathya Sai Baba", sung often by students at Prasanthi Nilayam.

 

http://sathyasaiwithstudents.blogspot.in/search/label/6.%20Song%20for%20the%20Soul


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ANNOUNCEMENT - Conversation with Mr. V. Srinivasan, All India President of the SSSSO, on Uttarakhand relief effort - 11 July 2013

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17 June 2013, the north Indian state of Uttarakhand fell victim to nature's wrath. A cloud burst led to flash floods. Without warning, it destroyed thousands of lives and millions worth of property.

Within seconds, men, women, children animals, cars, trees, roads, bridges and buildings...everyone and everything in the path of the surging waters, perished.

Some of it was captured on camera. The world was horrified to witness the drama of nature's fury beamed across television sets.

How did Bhagawan's Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation (SSSSO) respond to the tragedy?

What were the challenges on the ground?

Well known for its disaster management skills, what approach is the SSSSO taking to reach out to the distressed?

Is there anything at all that you and I can do to help in the Uttarakhand relief and rehabilitation efforts of the Sai organisation?

Find answers to all these and other questions in the most candid interview ever, by the All India President of the SSSSO, Mr. V. Srinivasan.

SSSSO Uttarakhand Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation Project

Updated on Wednesday


ARTICLE - The Uttarakhand Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation Project - June & July 2013

All are aware that since 17 June 2013, there have been heavy rains accompanied by landslides and severe floods in Uttarakhand, particularly in the pilgrim centers of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Rudraprayag, and Joshimath. These floods have caused enormous damage to life and property, apart from totally dislocating all normal life in the state. There have been several thousand fatalities, apart from those injured. Communications have been severely affected with most roads washed away, making access most difficult, if not impossible. All rescue operation have had to be done by helicopters and the defense forces have done an admirable job in saving thousands of lives. They have evacuated thousands of people from remote  areas, using the most sophisticated and at the same time life-threatening methods.

The Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation (SSSSO) of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand started relief operations almost immediately. They first concentrated on the relief to the stranded pilgrims by supplying cooked food, biscuits, bread, drinking water, tea and medicines, and cell phone charging facility to enable them to call their near and dear ones. Relief camps were set up near the Dehradun Airport and the Bus Station near Rishikesh. The State Administration was overwhelmed by the tragedy and initially did not allow SSSSO Seva Dal to move into the disaster areas. Fortunately, with the roads being temporarily repaired, they can now go to a few places to offer much-needed service. Access remains a major problem. It rained more on July 4, further damaging the roads, even those recently repaired.

As the evacuation process was proceeding well, SSSSO decided to shift emphasis to the villagers of the affected areas who were still staying on. Sealed bags weighing over 20 kilos containing rice, wheat, sugar, refined oil, biscuits, rusks, candles, match boxes, etc, are being moved by light commercial vehicles to the nearest possible point of access to the affected villages, using a circuitous route and on foot. In addition, the SSSSO service workers are moving tents, medicines, blankets, clothes, cooking utensils, steel plates and solar lanterns (which give some relief to the villagers in the total absence of electricity at night). Photos of Swami with vibhuti packets are also being given to them for reassurance. This work will likely continue for some time. Initial target areas are five villages near Agastyamuni.

All the SSSSO units in other states chipped in with materials and funds. Youth volunteers in these states are on standby to help with the relief and rehabilitation work. The magnitude of the impact of the disaster is enormous and would take thousands of crores of rupees in expenditure and at least a few years to reach a state of completion. The most important aspect of the rehabilitation will be the reconstruction of the destroyed habitations and roads. Attention has also to be paid to not repeat past mistakes of gross neglect of environmental considerations. The other challenge is the short working period before the onset of the winter season when everything will shut down for 4 to 6 months.

SSSSO is working on modern methods of construction with the minimum use of labor. The organisation also wishes to select a few villages for reconstruction and create a working model that others can replicate. A detailed proposal will be submitted to the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust for consideration. SSSCT is experienced with rehabilitation work in many areas such as those affected by the Gujarat earthquake and Tamil Nadu Tsunami; and post-flood housing projects in Orissa.

Another aspect to which SSSSO will pay attention is the large number of children who have been orphaned. Over a decade ago, Bhagawan Baba has established a residential high school at Rishikesh. Apart from this, there are 101 Sai Schools all over India with over 55000 students. SSSSSO will explore the possibility of these children being admitted to the Sai Schools.

 

Courtesy: Radiosai FB

 


'Sathya Sai with Students' Blog Update - Week 43

Sai Ram,

We present the articles for Week 43 of the 'Sathya Sai with Students' Blog:

1. Swami has always highlighted that since centuries India has been a world teacher, and has been home to the most reputed educational institutions and scholars from diverse subject streams. We conclude the two part series on the Ancient Indian System of Education.
http://www.sathyasaiwithstudents.blogspot.in/2013/07/the-ancient-indian-system-of-education_11.html


2. Brother Srinivas Rao writes on the theme: "Don't worry, Baba will pass you...".
http://www.sathyasaiwithstudents.blogspot.in/2013/07/dont-worry-baba-will-pass-you-by.html


3. We reminisce an interaction in the Prasanthi Nilayam portico in July 1995 between Swami and students. He tells them, "I have many eyes..."
http://www.sathyasaiwithstudents.blogspot.in/2013/07/i-have-many-eyes.html


4.In a Divine Discourse, 25 years back, Swami discussed the concept of 'Attitude-based Costing'. To explain the concept, He also materialised a Sheaffer pen and gifted it to the then Vice-Chancellor, SSSIHL - Dr. Somnath Saraf.
http://www.sathyasaiwithstudents.blogspot.in/2013/07/attitude-based-costing.html


5. Exactly 5 decades ago, in this very week, Swami cured Himself of paralysis by sprinkling water on Himself, and declared for the very first time that He was Shiv-Shakti incarnate. We reminisce the golden even in the Avataric History.
http://www.sathyasaiwithstudents.blogspot.in/2013/07/fifty-years-since-divine-declaration-i.html


6. As the festival of Guru Pournima will be celebrated this fortnight, we present a series of songs on the Guru. This week, in the section on the 'Song for the Soul', we have the Jagatguru Stotram
http://www.sathyasaiwithstudents.blogspot.in/2013/07/jagat-guru-stotram.html


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Mr. Litesh Majethia - July 20/21, 2013

 

 

 

SaiRam!

Bro. Litesh Majethia, from Mumbai (India), will visit the United States this month. His schedule (subject to Swami's Divine Will) in NY/NJ is as below. He will speak on the topic, "Omnipresence, Omniscience and Omnipotence". We hope you will be able to attend one of this, wherever convenient.

July 20 (Sat) - NJ Sai Centers (10 AM, Shirdi Sai Temple - 465 Lincoln Highway {Route 27}, Iselin, NJ 08830, Contact: righayal1@hotmail.comcskalari@yahoo.com )
July 20 (Sat) - Metropolitan Sai Center, NY (6 PM, Community Church - 28 East 35th Street, New York, NY, Contact: sssbc@centrosaimetropolitanny.org )
July 21 (Sun) - Flushing Sai Center, NY (2 PM, Hindu Center - 4552 Kissena Blvd, Flushing, NY 11355, Contact: sjayagopal@aol.com )

Mr. Litesh Majethia:

Bro. Litesh was blessed by Bhagawan to be at HIS Divine Lotus Feet since childhood. After completing his Bal Vikas, he joined the Mumbai SSSO Youth Wing and with Bhagawan’s Blessings took up leadership in implementing several service projects, including, Drinking Water, Community Center Development, Rural School Redevelopment and Sri Sathya Sai Village Integration Program (SSSVIP), in several villages in the State of Maharashtra. He was an integral part of Bhagawan’s visits to Mumbai, Latur, Hadshi, Shimla and other places. He had the rare opportunity of serving Swami in HIS residence at Dharmakshetra and other places during HIS Visits to Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra. He was also Blessed by Bhagawan to attend the one month Summer Course at the Brindavan Campus in 2002. Litesh has traveled extensively in Maharashtra and other parts of India giving presentations on Swami's Message of Service and Love, including at Poornachandra auditorium during the World Youth Conference in 1997 and at Brindavan during the Way Forward National Sai Retreat last year.

An integral part of the youth wing of Mumbai, he is instrumental in taking up various service initiatives and projects on behalf of the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organization of Maharashtra & Goa. Litesh lives in Mumbai and currently serves as a Director & Regional Product Head in a multi-national Bank.

During this visit, Litesh will also be accompanied by Mrs. and Mr. Acharya from Mumbai. They have been in Swami's fold since the 1960s and Mrs. Seema Acharya has been an active Bal Vikas Guru since the 1980s. Their sons, Nitin Acharya and Neeraj Acharya studied in Swami's institutions and were Blessed by Swami to serve in HIS Trusts, Neeraj in the Central Trust and Nitin in the Books and Publications Trust. For many years, Nitin was Blessed to serve in close proximity to Bhagawan as HIS personal attendant. Brothers Nitin and Neeraj live in Puttaparthi and aren't visiting the US now.

 


 

Back from Uttarakhand​... 2

Om Sri Sairam

Our team is back. From the hills.

As mentioned earlier, after a miraculous escape
from Kedarnath one day before the disaster struck
we went with a small team again back
to the hills to survey for seva.

When He pulled us out in time ,there must be a reason.

Whatelse other than dedicating the rest of the life for seva.

We landed in Dehradun on 29 June to meet the victims
and evaluate any Track 2 seva possibilities.

NGOs and their fully laden trucks with foodstuff
were already lined up all over.

News channels cried foul showing the rotting food
not able to reach the disaster spots.

We wondered whether adding one more truck to the line
would have any value addition.

It was reported that money was pouring in from all over.

(see photos at the end of this mail)

We went straight to the hospitals in Dehradun and Rishikesh
and saw the victims hospitalised there.

Then moved over to the relief centres set up
in Rishikesh and met the SDM incharge
and spoke at length over the real needs of the people stranded.

He was surprised that we returned back from Mumbai for seva
after going back from Kedar. He spoke to the SDM in the hills
and gave us the first hand account of all that was needed.

We set up a communication channel with the real people up there
in charge of the relief work doing great seva.

While many blame the govt staff, we found them tobe
going much beyond the call of duty and doing their best.

An officer from Rishikesh Municipality Mr.Bhat was
all the time in Relief centres helping all the states desks.

In Rishikesh bus stand, each state put up their own centre
to receive the victims and quickly
despatch them to their homes free of cost.

We were in the Maharashtra centre watching them do
excellent seva tirelessly .

Even as we were waiting and watching
victims were arriving from Helipads fully distraught
having lost their relatives and group members.

Receiving them and pacifying them was a task by itself.

In the Orissa centre, a victim who was uncontrollable
was surrounded by the staff and it was touching to see
a staff lifting the entire pedestal fan directing at the victim
for more air while others consoled him. Love was overflowing.

He just arrived from helipad alone
and probably lost his relatives.

With wet eyes we moved on.

India has never seen a tragedy like this in the recent memory.

To lose the relatives live to the floods before ones eyes
can cause unimaginable trauma that
will linger for the rest of life.

Many such families are shattered.
Even now hoping for their return.

We saw many of them aimlessly
hanging around with the photos of
their near and dear in their hands
enquiring from everyone coming along.
It was reported 400 cars have been washed away
from Govind Ghat in one go.
How many went with that is anyone's guess.

We soon realised that there is a huge inflow
of money and food stuff
but there is a channel block due to disconnected roads.

There is anyway a Track I established by all NGOs
to remit money and send food packets .

We can write a cheque and be done with it.
But we wondered whether there is any way to
establish a Track II as add on to the regular channels
so that more help is rendered by other means
direct to home(DTH), however small.


We met a small group of local Sai devotees led by one Sh.Harinder Singh who managed to reach
the first lot of food packets by
venturing out by walk with his team after their truck stopped.

They were stranded for 36 hrs but returned safely and was
preparing for their next trip
to survey more villages disconnected.

Amazing spirit with abundant divine grace.

We offered to collaborate with them
and set up a supply chain Track II.

And choose one particular village disconnected needing supplies.

They readily agreed to allot a village to us. Village Chillon.

We agreed to send our team members
with the need based supplies
of food and non food items from Mumbai
meant for this allotted village.

Thus a small vein was established to carry supplies
to the heart of a chosen village disconnected
from the rest of the world.

For six months till the normalcy is restored.

The village chosen was Chillon , near Kali Math.

65 families mapped. And items needed listed out.

Mr.Harinders team was ready to be part of the supply chain
at the upper end while at the lower end
we keep pushing the supplies
needed for six months till they are on their own.

Ours is just a miniscule seva,
one part of 1335 to be more precise.

Hence nothing much to write home about. (or Email about.)

Yes. It was reported that 1335 villages are disconnected
up the hills of Uttarakhand and are in dire need of supplies.

Yet it gives satisfaction to precisely choose a target
and be of some help to them and handhold.

The credit goes to the local Sai workers led by Sh.Harinder.
who repeatedly goes up with his small team and deliver precisely
to the stranded villages by walk
after the truck stops for want of road.

It is a tragedy that reminded many that
accumulated wealth cannot accomplish much
in times of mega crisis like this.

Time to redefine wealth.
Deconsumerise and discover new contours of wealth.

Real wealth accumulates in another realm
when one reaches out to others in distress.

In that world, Namasmaran is a new currency.
that doesnt fall in value, like Rupee these days.
But rise by the day.

Seva is the real 'service' that adds to the 'Spiritual GDP'.

We saw many humble souls rising upto the occasion
doing their bit as unsung heroes.

Contrary to the normal criticism, many govt employees
pulled up their sleeves and worked round the clock
doing their best within their limitations. We salute them.

We could sense a new India struggling to emerge
in the midst of all these crises.

It was as though the great Indian Spirit
lying dormant at the bottom of every Indian heart
muffled by the recent unabated consumerism
got re-booted and flung into action.

Time to pray .
For the families who lost their near and dear.

And handhold the deserted villagers
who lost everything in the tragedy
and are looking up for help.

Every Indian can do his bit.

By restoring spiritual discipline.

And Pray .
And just Love all. Serve All.

Sairam

chandrashekar

ChemburDust

 


 

'Sathya Sai with Students' Blog Update - Week 42

Sai Ram,

We present the articles for Week 42 of the 'Sathya Sai with Students' Blog:

1. Swami has always highlighted that since centuries India has been a world teacher, and has been home to the most reputed educational institutions and scholars from diverse subject streams. We start a two part series of Discourses excerpts on the Ancient Indian System of Education.
http://sathyasaiwithstudents.blogspot.in/2013/07/the-ancient-indian-system-of-education.html



2. Brother Amrit Thapa writes on the theme: "It is not 'To Love', it is 'Two Love'...".
http://sathyasaiwithstudents.blogspot.in/2013/07/it-is-not-to-love-it-is-two-love-by.html



3. We reminisce an interaction in the Prasanthi Nilayam portico in July 1992 between Swami and students. He tells them, "I have all Remedies and Cures with Me."
http://sathyasaiwithstudents.blogspot.in/2013/07/i-have-all-remedies-and-cures-with-me.html



4. In the last one month, the Indian currency has seen a 'free-fall'. If the value of money keeps fluctuating so drastically, how does one do business? We recollect a Discourse where Swami gave insights on the topic: The 'Real Value' of Money.
http://sathyasaiwithstudents.blogspot.in/2013/07/the-real-value-of-money.html



5. In this week, on July 1st, India celebrated Doctor's Day to acknowledge the humane service of doctors for the welfare of society. We reminisce a similar event 10 years ago 'When the Divine celebrated Doctors' Day...'
http://sathyasaiwithstudents.blogspot.in/2013/07/when-divine-celebrated-doctors-day.html



6. In the section on the 'Song for the Soul', we have a Hindi song titled "Vaada Ye Hum Karein" - We Promise You, composed and set to music by the students on the occasion of the Annual Sports and Cultural Meet 2000-01
http://sathyasaiwithstudents.blogspot.in/2013/07/we-promise-you-vaada-ye-hum-karein.html



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