AMARNATH SAFAYA PASSED AWAY IN DELHI ON JANUARY 10, 2013
DR. AMARNATH SAFAYA PASSED AWAY IN
DELHI ON JANUARY 10, 2013
Prashantinilayam,10th January 2013
It is with deep regret that we report the sad demise of Dr.Amarnath
Safaya,the former director of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical
Sciences(SSSIHMS), Prasanthigram, Dr Safaya passed away in Delhi on January
He was chosen as the first director
of SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram by Baba himself in 1991 and had served in that
position for two decades.He also served as the director of
SSSIHMS,Whitefield,Bangalore in its initial years. During Dr. Safaya's tenure
SSSIHMS,Prasanthigram saw an all-round development and established itself as
an institution par excellence. Four specialities viz
Cardiology,Urology,Opthalmology and Orthopaedics were started during his able
directorship. He was also instrumental in organising three international
Cardiac Conferences and three international Orthopaedic Conferences in the
Dr.Safaya had resigned from the post of Director of the hospital owing to
health reasons in October 2011 and had settled down with his family in Delhi.
In his illustrious career,before being the director of SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram
Dr.Safaya had served as the Medical Superintendent of the All India Institute
of Medical Sciences, New Delhi for 16 years and had been the founder
president of the Association of Hospital Administration. He was also the Vice
President of the National Board of Examinations,Government of India from 1990
Dr.Safaya was born on October 2,1932 in Srinagar,Jammu and Kashmir. He did
his MBBS from Agra University and took his MD degree from the University of
Kashmir in 1964.
First Director Of Super
Speciality Hospital, Dr.safaya Passes Away
Om Sairam dearest Sai Family,
With a heavy heart, it is to inform all brothers and sisters of Sai that the
first director of Sri Sathya Sai Super Speciality Hospital, Dr. A. N. Safaya
has merged in Swami this afternoon ( January 10, 2013) in New Delhi leaving
a great legacy of pure dedication and devotion. It is a great loss to the
Medical world along with the devotee world, but it is for sure that he would
be welcomed by Swami with open arms as he enters the doors of the heaven.
(In this file photo Dr. Safaya is seen waving to the staff of Super
Speciality Hospital after his formal retirement in June 2011)
The octogenarian Dr. A. N. Safaya, was the director of the prestigious 2000
bed hospital of India, All India Institute of Medical Scence (AIIMS) in New
Delhi before heading Swami's super speciality hospital in Puttaparthi..
Little did Dr. Safaya knew the "divine plan" of becoming the head of Swami's
prestigious and world class super specialty hospital.
When Swami announced the plans of
constructing the Super Speciality Hospital, Dr. Safaya was appointed the
Chariman of a Committee which was looking into plans for the hospital
On the divine command, he arranged few of Swami's "chosen" students to get
them trained in Hospital management in AIIMS for four months giving them a
professional training before absorbing them into the hospital..
Here is a re-production of a Radio
Sai Interview where Dr.Safaya narrates the intense moments he underwent
before the hospital inauguration.
Still, on 18th Nov, a day before the operating theatres were supposed to be
cleaned, fumigated and sealed, it looked as if the whole project would be a
non-starter. The monitors were not installed in the Operation Theatres and
ICU. There was some problem with the Oxygen and medical gas supply and even
the Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) was getting interrupted regularly! Even
to this day, Dr. A. N. Safaya, the Director of SSSIHMS, vividly recounts,
those days, that tried and tested his competence, resolve and faith!
"The target time and date of
commissioning of Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery wings of the hospital was
9:00 AM on November 22nd, 1991. Work was going on at the hospital site at a
hectic pace, throughout the day. All the men, the engineers and the newly
recruited staff were busy with work, driven by the motive to get the project
done, by D-day. I too was working with the crowd, doing my part, unmindful
of my time or position. On 18th, midnight, I returned to my room in
Prasanthi Nilayam, tired, crestfallen, and slumped down on my bed. Suddenly,
tears started rolling down from my eyes and I was sobbing softly, something
I had never done before, in my professional life! I was unaware of this
breakdown, till my wife shook me back to reality. I just told her that I had
failed my Master, my Swami, because there was no earthly way by which we
could open the hospital on the 22nd of November, as Swami had declared.
Operation theatres, Catheterization laboratories and the Intensive care area
had to be readied before the scheduled date, and more importantly, made
sterile. Environmental sterility had to be tested, before the surgeons could
operate. Laboratories had to be geared up. We had to have the Blood Bank
functional with at least 30 bags of properly grouped and matched blood,
ready for use on the 'opening day'. " Nothing is ready, and I have utterly
failed!" I told my wife. I appealed to her to pack the bags, so that we
could run away to Delhi, rather than lose face. My wife simply chided me,
for behaving so, and encouraged me to have total faith in Swami. She told me
to pray and then rush back to the hospital, to fight the odds. She reminded
me that this was Bhagawan's work, and it would never fail; with His Grace,
all will be completed, as per Divine Decree. The next morning, when I rushed
back to the hospital site, Col. R greeted me joyously and said that he had
already sent the swabs for testing the sterility of the Surgical Theatres!
"Wonderful!" I exclaimed, "What had happened during the six hours of the
night, when I was away?" A miracle. He informed me that everything went on
swiftly and smoothly. All the areas were now in the desired shape, and were
A miracle indeed, it was, when, on 22nd November 1991, the surgeon's scalpel
touched the skin of the first patient, at 9:00 AM, sharp, as predicted a
year ago by Bhagawan, in His public Declaration! On that day, when the Prime
Minister of India cut the ribbon and entered the magnificent central dome,
accompanied by Bhagawan, several Governors, Chief Ministers and Union
Ministers; it turned out to be the best setup, with the state-of-art
equipment, most modern fittings and fixtures, and was fully functional. The
set-up was one of the finest in the country. Nay. Comparable to the best in
the world. Who turned the tides, between the 18th and the 22nd November?
Swami did it; our prayers and faith in Him, did it. I, along with thousands
who worked and witnessed the Inauguration that day, will testify it!"
His Word had come true! Needless to say, all the four open-heart surgeries
performed on that Opening day were a great success.
I had the great fortune of meeting this blessed soul in his house, in the
super speciality hospital campus some where in the year 2002 during Diwali.
when I was to deliver some sweets sent by his family friend from the ashram.
In spite of being a busy man and head of such a prestigious institution, Dr.
Safaya was very humble and down to earth. The meeting that i thought would
last less than 2 minutes ( as i went just to deliver sweets) went on for 45
minutes and he and his humble wife didn't let me go without partaking
Apart from speaking about his experiences with Swami, quite informally, he
also said, the director's quarters (residence) in the hospital is located in
a very secluded place which almost falls behind the hospital and house
facing the compound wall (not sure if it is changed now). Dr. Safaya, said,
the "real challenge" started right from the house that is allotted to the
director and on a lighter note he said, apart from seeing the divine form of
Swami, he also saw different types of His creations from the "reptile
family". He also said there is one huge cobra which passes infront of his
house at a fixed time in the evening and he either avoided that timing or
stayed indoors watching the cobra pass by his door and then head to darshan..
But for a "blessed soul" all these were no hindrance to do His work.
In spite of crossing the retirement age, Swami some how made him "wait" and
that wait was bit painful for Dr. Safaya, But only our Lord knew that if it
weren't for Dr. Safaya, no body else could have handled such a situation
especially when he had to announce that Swami is no more with us physically.
During the course of his 20 long years of association with Swami's Super
speciality hospital, Dr.Safaya would definitely have had his share of tense
moments, challenges, yet he did his dharma that was given by Swami.After
serving Swami and His hospital for so long, even though he was misquoted in
the media that he resigned from the job. Dr.Safaya retired formally in June
May His Soul rest in peace. Please spare a minute to do a small prayer for
the "already" blessed soul to be blessed by Swami. Lets also pass our heart
felt condolences to his family members and also to his colleagues, staff
members of Swami's hospitals..
With pranams at the Lotus feet of our beloved Lord,
Courtesy: Saibabanews - 11.01.2013
Talk by Dr. Safaya - former Director of the Sri
Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences - at Brindavan on 18
I have not seen anybody, any teacher
in my life who has taught me as much as He has taught. I had been
administering for 18 years the All India Institute of Medical Sciences
Hospital, the country’s biggest hospital and South East Asia’s biggest
hospital. We have 35 medical specialties there. After coming here, I had
practically to unlearn most of what I had earlier learnt! - Dr. Safaya
Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences (SSSIHMS),
Here in this Temple called the
Hospital, God heals the patients. The patient is placed at the highest
pedestal. So whatever you do or think or plan for, is for the benefit of the
patients. This is theoretically true in all other hospitals also but in
practice it is different - may be because of money, personal ego or
something else like that. But in this hospital there is nothing else. Money
is not involved and personal egos are not involved. So there is no self
aggrandizement. - Dr. Safaya
By establishing the Puttaparthi hospital, Bhagavan has not merely helped
poor people suffering from heart disease, but also created some unique
prototypes for mankind to see and to derive the benefit of that wonderful
experience. One of Bhagavan’s novel experiments is the induction of highly
motivated young men into various technical jobs associated with the
hospital. These people did not come from a medical background. Rather, they
all are graduates from Swami’s University, mostly in the field of
Management. In the University, they excelled in their own subjects, but here
in the hospital they have picked up medical technology, developed the right
aptitude and understanding. The net result of all this is that these
so-called Swami's students are now able to guide younger medical staff and
even middle-cadre medical staff.
- Dr Safaya
(In this file photo Dr.Safaya is seen waving to the staff of Super
Speciality Hospital after his formal retirement in June 2011)
"I tried to meet a large number of people, religious people and saints, not
only Hindus but belonging to all religions, and the only thing that clicked
with me was Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba."
- Dr. Amarnath Safaya
A devotee who surrendered totally at HIS feet.
Dr. Safaya first heard about Swami through Howard Murphet's book 'The Man of
Swami's Hospitals are open to everybody irrespective of class, colour,
creed, religion, country. - Dr. Safaya