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BEACON OF LOVE

BEACON OF LOVE

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There is only onereligion, the religion ofLove; There is only onelanguage, thelanguage of the Heart;There is only onecaste, the caste ofHumanity; There is onlyone law, the law ofKarma; There is onlyone God, He isOmnipresentI have come not todisturb or destroy anyfaith, but to confirmeach in his own faith-so that the Christianbecomes a betterChristian, the Muslima better Muslim, andthe Hindu a betterHindu”The end of education ischaracter.The end of knowledgeis love.The end of culture isperfection.The end of wisdom isfreedom.Politics withoutprinciples,Education withoutcharacter,Science withouthumanity andCommerce withoutmoralityare not only useless,but positivelydangerous.Start the day withLove,Fill the day with Love,Spend the day withLove,End the day with Love.This is the way to God.Life is a challenge,meet it!Life is a dream,realise it!Life is a game, play it!Life is Love, enjoy it!Do not give room fordifferences based onlanguage, religion,caste or nationality.Develop the feelingthat all are children ofGod. You mayworship God in anyform of your choice,but always bear inmind that God is one.Cultivate love andpromote unity andharmony among all.Each country is but aroom in the mansionof GOD.Be Good, See Good, DoGood — this is the way to God.A person's well-beingdepends upon her/hisdegree ofcontentment.Before you speak,think - Is itnecessary? Is ittrue? Is it kind? Will ithurt anyone? Will itimprove upon thesilence.Selfless service to theneedy is the highestspiritual discipline.
Life
 A university, schools, colleges, twolarge hospitals including a tertiary carefacility, a planetarium, an airport andmuseums abound along the tree-linedstreets of Prashanti Nilayam. Within thepeaceful premises of the ashram, thereis accommodation and other facilitiesfor thousands of pilgrims seeking ahigher purpose.That His teachings transcend all boundaries of race, religion or region is what appeals the most to His followers, whom He urges to embrace socialresponsibility as a way of life and seek the oneness underlying all diversity. With millions of followers,Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Babahas emerged as the universalteacher and humanitarian whose gospel of unconditionallove expressed throughselfless service, has inspiredthousands of voluntary initiatives by the membersof the Sai Organisation worldwide. At the heart of thisunparalleled spiritualactivism is the soon-to- be 85-year-old visionary who hassingle-handedly reformed andrevitalised the systemof education, steeringit towards a value- based model,redefined universalhealthcare andharmonisedspirituality with socialservice.hagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba was born SathyanarayanaRaju on November 23, 1926,in Puttaparthi, AndhraPradesh.The event and the village wentunnoticed in the history and map of British India. Yet, today, Baba’s ashramin Prashanti Nilayam situated in the village of His birth has emerged as theundisputed spiritual capital of ourtimes. Everyday, thousands of men and women from every continent, country,state, region, nationality, religion andculture arrive in Prashanti Nilayam to behold the Master whose life, messageand generosity has moved them to seek personal growth and transformation.Baba’s teachings of universal loveand acceptance have found their way into millions of hearts in India andabroad. In the past 70 years, severalmillion devotees have registered at theashram’s accommodation office. They came from every Indian state and 185other countries. Due to the ever-growing demand for lodging, a similarnumber are estimated to have stayed inthe township that has emerged outsidethe ashram.
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Baba
Message:
is My 
 
 M y 
Education for life, the Sathya Sai way 
haracter building thatfosters values andcamaraderie in society is often defined as thegoal of education. Even aspolicy makers have beenmulling over the ways toachieve this for decades now,the Sri Sathya Sai Educationsystem has silently beenachieving all this and muchmore.Universal teacher andChancellor of the Sri SathyaSai University, Bhagavan SriSathya Sai Baba says “realeducation is that whichpromotes unity, equality andpeaceful co-existence withfellow human beings.”It “flows from the heart,and is termed as ‘Educare’.”Therefore, “Educare should be pursued along with worldly knowledge.The Sai system of education is thefructification of this great vision. In a world riddled with growing intolerance between individuals, groups,and religions, it stands as a beacon of hope, fervently 
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chiseling and churning outstudents who aren’t justmarket-ready but life-ready.Based on the philosophy of Educare, and the soundpedagogy of integraleducation, this learningsystem draws its life breathfrom the five cardinal valuesof truth, righteousness,peace, love and non-violence.Implemented in morethan 90 countries now, the value-based educationsystem is both revolutionary in concept andcomprehensive in scope. What further sets it apart isits no-tuition fee policy across the board fromelementary school to PhDlevel programmes.Ever the champion for women’s empowerment,
University with a difference
Baba laid the foundation of His vision by setting up Hisfirst college exclusively for women in Anantapur in1968.Till last year, 22,000 women had received values- based education here. Soonto follow were two campusesfor men at Bangalore andPrashanti Nilayam. In 1981,the three campuses werecoalesced into the Sri SathyaSai Institute of HigherLearning, a deemeduniversity. Headquarteredin Prashanti Nilayam, it waselevated to the Sri Sathya SaiUniversity in 2007.
President of India Mrs. Pratibha D Patil (extreme right) andher family at Prashanti Nilayam in May 2009Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh at the Sri Sathya SaiUniversity’s convocation ceremony in 1995Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar withBhagavan Babain 2005Leading Indian industrialist Mr Ratan Tata withBhagavan Baba in 2009
ETHICS & ECONOMICSFormer RBI Governor Dr. Y V Reddy (to Baba’s right) and RBI Governor Dr. D Subba Rao (to Baba’sleft) at the Sai University’s Ethics and World of Finance conference in August 2009. (Top right) Prashanti Nilayam campus
 This Institute stands out as acrest jewel among theuniversity education systemin the country and this modelis worthy of emulation by the institutes of higher learning in the country andelsewhere, so that thesebenefits would be reapedfast and on the widestpossible scale.
during itsvisit to the Sai University in 2002.The peer team accredited theUniversity at the highest level(A++) among Indian universities.
NAAC Committee,
 The Sri Sathya SaiDrinking Water Project is alifeline to 10 millionIndians, delivered through5,020 kilometres of pipelines.
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 AN OASIS AMIDST DESERTS
Striving for humanperfection through selflessservice : Sai Organisation isrooted in the maxim Serviceto Man is Service to God.
SATHYA SAIHEALTH-CARE
 As healthcare turns commercialelsewhere, Bhagavan Baba’shospitals are trendsetters,providing world-class treatmentmixed with a dose of love andcompassion — and have no cashcounters.
SALVATION THROUGHSERVICE
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his is where we used toget our water from,” saidSitamma , pointing to a well. Branches anddebris float on the surface of themuddy brown water, in a village inthe Rayalaseema region — thehottest belt in Andhra Pradesh.Two decades ago, more than 50percent of the remote villages in thedrought-prone districts of AndhraPradesh had only wells as the mainsource of drinking water. They notonly lacked clean drinking water, but also suffered from bone anddental deformities due to excessfluoride content in groundwater.In the tribal hamlets of East and West Godavari districts of AndhraPradesh, though the river Godavari was flowing just 15 km away fromsome settlements, drinking water was scarce. The story in the 320 villages of Medak andMehboobnagar was no different.The crisis was not restricted to APs hinterland alone.Neighbouring Tamil Nadu wasunable to meet its capital Chennai’sdemands for clean and safedrinking water.The issues that deprivedthousands of this life-sustainingnecessity for so many years may have been numerous. Yet, true tothe identity of India’s unity, 10million Indians in Rayalaseemaregion and districts of Medak,Mehaboobnagar, East and WestGodavari and the city of Chennaihave a common factor unitingthem now — the Sri Sathya SaiDrinking Water Project pipelineshave become their lifelines.The seeds for the water project were sown in 1994 when BhagavanSri Sathya Sai Baba referred to thedrinking water problem inRayalaseema region in a discourseon November 22, 1994. At Hiscommand, the Sri Sathya SaiCentral Trust executed the projectto provide drinking water to 731 villages in Anantapur district. The9th Planning Commissiondescribed the project thus: “TheSathya Sai charity has set anunparalleled initiative of implementing on their own, without any state budgetarsupport, a massive water supply project with an expenditure of Rs3,000 million to benefit 731scarcity and fluoride/salinity affected villages and a few towns in Anantapur district in 18 months”.For Bhagavan Baba, themotivation was simple. "From My earliest years, I have been
Copious flow of selfless love
concerned about providing threeprimary requisites for our people -free education, free medical aid,and free basic amenities likedrinking water. Education is forthe head; medical care is for theheart; and pure water is for the body. These three cover the mainrequirements of life. To providethese three gives one the greatestgratification," He said.Following the Anantapurproject, came the Godavari andMedak-Mehboobnagar projects.Next, the Sri Sathya Sai CentralTrust extended its drinking waterservices to Chennai. This involvedthe lining and renovation of theKandaleru-Poondi canal andincreasing the capacity of theKandaleru reservoir. With its four major waterprojects, the Sri Sathya Sai CentralTrust has laid a total of 5,020 km of pipelines, or one-and-a-half timesthe distance from Kashmir toKanyakumari, which is a mere3,496 km by comparison! It hasalso constructed enormous tanks,installed water treatment plantsand placed large concrete watercisterns with taps at differentplaces in the villages close to thehouses.Completed between 1994 and2006, the four projects provideclean drinking water to over 10million people, or the equivalent of the entire population of Jammuand Kashmir.Explaining the efficientexecution of the projects that usedIndian technology, All IndiaPresident of the Sri Sathya Sai SevaOrganisation, Mr V Srinivasansaid, "The projects were executedentirely by the SSS Central Trustand after completion, weremaintained for about two years.Thereafter, they were handed overto the government free of cost…The improvement in the quality of life of the beneficiaries isunmistakable. The villagers nolonger have to walk long distancesto collect drinking water. Theirhealth and incomes haveimproved.” After completing the projects,the Sai Organisation furtherlaunched village improvementprojects in all the villagesconcerned by organising medicaland veterinary camps, vocationaltraining and Bal Vikas classesregularly.Given the all-round benefits tosuch a large segment of thepopulation, the projects havereceived worldwide acclaim asmodels for the future and have been presented in World WaterForums.The Sai Drinking WaterProjects have demonstrated thataccess to clean water is not aluxury, nor an act of charity, but anobligation of the global community to ensure that no Sitammaanywhere in the world is deniedthis right.
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Rayalaseema should beensured water supply allthrough the year. Today it isRaallaseema (a rocky region).It must be transformed into aRatnalaseema (land thatglitters as a diamond).
Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba,
announcing the Anantapur water project,November 22, 1994
Bhagavan Baba’s promise toChennai residents,
Today, I have made a newresolve. Madras is sufferingfrom acute shortage of drinkingwater. The rich can buy watersold by tanker service, but whatare the poor to do? I have there-fore decided to work towardsbringing drinking water toMadras, no matter how difficultand costly the task is.
January 19, 2002
Bhagavan Baba,
We are executing a waterproject for the East and WestGodavari districts. It is possibleto live without food but notwithout water. Water is highlyessential. These people live bythe side of Godavari but do nothave potable water.
announcing the Godavari water project,December 26, 2004
(Top) The Sri Sathya Sai Drinking Water Project in Anantapur district, Andhra Pradesh, and glimpses of other water projectsSHOWERS OF LOVE
Dr APJ Kalam,
Former President of India, Eminent Scientist
An antiballistic missile has beenlaunched by Bhagavan Baba againstpoverty. How does this missile workagainst poverty? Through water,education and healthcare.
Water relief all the way 
Benefitted: about 500 villagesLength of pipeline: 1,175 kmInitiated: December 2004Completed: May 2006
ANANTAPUR DRINKINGWATER PROJECT
Number of villages benefitted: 731Length of pipeline: 2,500 kmInitiated: November 1994Inaugurated: November 1995
CHENNAI
Benefitted: City of Chennai Total length of canalrenovated: 175 kmInitiated: April 2002Completed: November 2004
MEDAK ANDMEHABOOBNAGAR DISTRICTS
Number of villages benefitted: 320Length of pipeline: 1,170 kmInitiated: March 1999Completed: November 2000
EAST AND WEST GODAVARIDISTRICTS
Sathya Sai healthcare:
Healing with love and compassion
He was barely in His twenties, whenMother Eswaramma expressed herconcern about the plight of the local villagers. They were poor andsuccumbed easily to diseases in theremote and neglected village, Puttaparthi.For someone whose life is rooted in theaffirmation, ‘Help Ever, Hurt Never’, Baba couldnot resist His mother’s call for altruism.Immediately, He set up the Sri Sathya SaiGeneral Hospital, inaugurating it in 1954. Thus began the story of the Sri Sathya Sai Healthcaresystem, which has now expanded into a network of general hospitals, super-specialty hospitals,mobile medical hospitals, medical camps, virtualhospitals and charitable beds in city hospitals, allat no-cost to the patients. Every single patientirrespective of religious, economic or social background receives state-of-the-art medicalcare, with a difference!Unconditional love is the sole currency tradedhere. The absolutely free treatment includes —consultation, scans, X-rays, treatment andmedication. Freedom from the burden of payment is a boon to many, while the mortality rate at Sai hospitals is among the lowest in the world. With several general hospitals and regularmedical camps already running full swing, it wason His 65th birthday, on 23rd November, 1990,that Bhagavan Baba, declared that a tertiary carefacility, offering free state-of-the-art healthcare would be set-up within a year, in Puttaparthi.True to His word, the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, also known as the SSSSuper Specialty Hospital was inaugurated on22nd November, 1991.Ten years after its success, its sister facility at Whitefield, Bangalore, opened in January 2001,emphasising the message of love and selflessservice as necessary potions for a true healthcarereform.Taking a cue from Baba’s magnanimity, privatemedical facilities in Chennai have been inspiredto do their bit. Today, the city runs a virtualnetwork of hospital services under the SriSathya Sai Health Care Project (SSSHCP) sinceJanuary 2007. Initially, sixty-three localmedical institutions, offered a free bed,treatment and medication to the needy patients brought in by the Sai Organisation.The goodwill generated has evoked furtherphilanthropy and the number of beds at thedisposal of the SSSHCP has now crossed 90and the programme’s popularity continues togrow among private hospitals. This uniqueinitiative involves no additional cost of construction, and is being expanded to otherparts of the state beyond Chennai.In addition, the two well-equipped and well-staffed general hospitals in Puttaparthi and Whitefield continue to serve thousands daily,as do the mobile medical hospital vans, theregular medical and veterinarian campsorganised by the Sai Organisation under itsSSS Village Integrated Program across ruralIndia and worldwide.
MEDICAL MARVEL  The Sri Sathya SaiInstitute of Higher Medical Sciences at Whitefield, Bangalore The foyer of theWhitefield hospital. All Sathya Saihospitals are knownfor their pleasant environment andhigh levels of hygiene
 
Flood leaves behind a miracle
he beaming smiles ontheir faces betray nothing. They do not tell you of the tears shed overa year ago, as they saw their lives being washed away, orthe anguish as they swam miles justto be alive.It is over a year since Orissafaced one of its worst floods fromSeptember 18 to 22 in 2008 thataffected over 2.5 million people. Atleast 50 people were killed and2,500 villages were inundated asincessant rains caused theMahanadi River to swell andoverflow into villages.The state recorded a loss of property of about Rs 2,500 crore,and BBC News called it the “worstflood in 50 years”. Yet, a cluster of 16 villages along theMahanadi tells a different story — astory of victory over circumstances. Within four months of the calamity,the Sri Sathya Sai SevaOrganisation — the non-profitservice organisation run by Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba — built 699 homes in Orissa's worstaffected regions.“Much before any NGO beganthe flood reconstruction, theSathya Sai trust came forward tohelp the people of Orissa… The 699houses were completed in recordtime and are of the best quality,”said Mr Ajit Kumar Tripathi, thethen Orissa chief secretary, andcurrently Orissa ElectionCommissioner.The beneficiaries were selectedafter a survey based on lossincurred.The new colonies are self-sufficientand the houses have been designedto withstand future floods.“We had lost everything… Somepeople gave us food and otheressentials. When we asked them who they were, they said Sai Babahas sent them. It was then that weheard about Sai Baba,” said TaraJena, a farmer’s wife from Samsara,Kendrapada district.“The next day, they told us that we would get a new house. Only God can do such a thing forunfortunate people like us,” shesaid."We lived in temporary thatchedhouses; even in our wildest of imaginations we could have never built such (concrete) houses,” saidSanchita Behera (45), who lives with her husband and four childrenin her new house in Pentho village,Kendrapada district. While most of us might have been sleeping in the comfort of ourhomes on the night of September19, 2008, in an eastern corner of India, men, women and childrenstruggled to keep themselves afloat.Floods are no stranger visitorsto Orissa. However, the 2008 floodchanged many lives forever.In a state where over 70 percent of the people depend on agriculturefor livelihood, the flood mercilessly uprooted over 4 lakh hectares of 
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crop.The Indian Air Force helicoptersdropped food packets, many of  which were swept away by the waters, while the governmenthelped to evacuate people fromaffected areas.However, compared to theextent of the disaster, the relief operations were far inadequate andmismanaged, district officials said. Within a few hours of the flashfloods, a band of 300 volunteersfrom the youth wing of the SriSathya Sai Seva Organisation of Orissa reached the spots with food,medicines, clothes, temporary shelters, and hope.“When we heard of this, we werein a meeting in Bhubaneswar.Immediately, we packed the foodcooked for the meeting and rushedon our motorbikes to the troubledareas… The water was seven-feetdeep in most places and our youthswam through the tides with thepackets,” said Narayan Sar, Joint Youth Coordinator of the SaiOrganisation in Orissa.The state chapters of the pan-India Sai Organisation also sent aid worth Rs 1.5 crore to Orissa.In Puttaparthi, Baba announcedthat He would undertake the OrissaFlood Relief and RehabilitationProject. He allotted Rs 10 crore to build houses for the villagers by deciding to sell two of the Trust’ssprawling properties.On October 7, 2008, Babafurther directed Mr V Srinivasan,President of the Sri Sathya Sai SevaOrganisation of India, to announce:“These houses will be strong andsturdy concrete structures which would be permanent. Also, it wouldnot only be homes, it would besupplemented with schools andother necessities.”Moved by the volunteers’service, the villagers too offeredtheir lands at lower prices.By March 2009, theOrganisation had built 699 houseson high plinths so that thefoundation stands intact even inthe event of erosion.It also built schools and healthcentres, now fully functional, within the colonies.In April, the beneficiariesreceived the keys to their housesfrom Baba in Puttaparthi. Theorganisation has now adoptedthese 16 villages under its SriSathya Sai Village IntegratedProgramme to ensure the villagers’all-round well-being. While it may generally take years to undo a flood's aftermath,these villages are a far cry from thesand-and-water wasteland they  were 18 months ago. The new pink-and-yellow houses cannot escapeanybody's attention, and only accentuate the cheer on the villagers' faces.Pushpalata Behera, a resident of Manibad village in Cuttack district,said they had seen death that day, but Baba had given them a secondlife, said."The God who saved our livesgave us shelter too. In fact, from theday the devotees of Sai Baba placedtheir feet in my village, lifechanged.”
 The Curse of Mahanadi
 An NGO with a Difference
 
Ocean of mercy:(Clockwise) A row of houses built by the Sai Organisation in Orissa; (Inset) A map of Orissa’s affected regions; Secretary of the Sri Sathya Sai Trust Mr. K Chakravarthi receives amemento from Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik; temporary huts in which the flood victims lived earlier 
Sathya Sai healthcare:
Healing with love and compassion
 would be able to walk again. But here I am on my two legs.” Sunil’s mother adds, “We did not haveto spend a single paisa on his treatment in thishospital. We had completely given up hope. ButSai Baba works through the doctors here, who areliving embodiments of His love. My son has got anew life.”Today, healthcare has emerged as a majorchallenge in many countries. The ongoing debatein the USA has clearly pitched healthcare reformas a contentious policy issue for Americans.Even for the economic superpower, the idea of afree and universally accessible healthcare systemfor all citizens is unthinkable.Here in India, Bhagavan Baba is the only humanitarian to demonstrate a solution to thisgrowing concern with His practical example of translating spirituality into social activism.Thanks to the gentle nudge from MotherEswaramma 55 years ago, today, the saga of purelove continues to unfold every day in SaiHospitals, serving as ideal models for the healthconcerns of a pluralistic society.
Visit www.sssmt.org.in
The varied initiatives under the SaiHealthcare program have a common threadrunning through all of them — free, lovingservices with absolutely no strings attached. Well-known for professional efficiency, lovingservice and spotlessly clean environments, Saihospitals are described as temples of healing by the patients treated here.Sunil Verma, a college student from AndhraPradesh who almost lost a leg, was able to walk again, after an operation at the SSS SuperSpecialty Hospital says, “I never believed that I
 TEMPLE OF HEALINGThe SriSathya Sai Instituteof Higher MedicalSciences at Prashanthi Gram,Puttaparthi,Andhra Pradesh The imposing entrance to the Super Specialty Hospital inPuttaparthi
PURI DISTRICT
houses1 school
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CUTTACK DISTRICT
houses
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HAPPY HOMES
The Sathya Sai Organisation built 699 houses in theflood-affected regions along the Mahanadi river inOrissa. Here is a district-wise break-up of theconstructions:
KENDRAPARA DISTRICT
houses1 school
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(Clockwise from top left) The Sri Sathya Sai General Hospital in Whitefield; Services offered at the various hospitals run by Bhagavan Baba

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