SATHYA SAI’S LEGACY OF ‘LOVE ALL, SERVE ALL’

Hailing from Puttaparthi in Anantapur district, one of the remotest villages in Andhra Pradesh, a young lad born on November 23, 1926, drew followers from around the globe.

Words: Team Urban Vaastu

Sri Sathya Sai

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Sathya Sai attracted people from across the world without travelling to any of the countries except Kenya.

Today, the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation is an international, multi-cultural spiritual service organisation.

It celebrated the 91st birthday of Sri Sathya Sai Baba recently. Nimish Pandya, all India president, Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations, India, and an eminent international corporate attorney, says the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust and the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations, India, have taken several projects in the country.

The Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust promoted the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, a deemed university with an A++ accreditation.

It offers free education from the KG to post-doctoral level.

The uniqueness of the university is that besides imparting world-class teaching and learning, it also teaches the students the importance of values and human ethics for a being a good citizen.

In medicare, the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, runs super speciality hospitals at Prasanthigram, Puttaparthi, in White Field, Bangalore and the Sri Sathya Sai General Hospitals in Puttaparthi and Bangalore.

They are “rich in architecture in terms of infrastructure and world class facilities with dedicated teams of doctors, nurses, and volunteering staff.

FINEST HOSPITALS

“Built with more than `500 crore of capital investment, these temples of healing are a unique model for the world to emulate,” he points out. “Perhaps these are the first hospitals which are world class and do not have cash counters.”

The Sathya Sai Rural Vocational Training programme started in 2014 sees rural youth being trained in vocations to earn a livelihood. The 3-6 months training is provided free of cost.

THE MAIN OBJECTIVES INCLUDE:

» To train unemployed youth from villages and surrounding areas in multi skills
» To help the trained youth to set up small service centres in their villages.
» To avert migration of village youth to towns and cities.
» To inculcate in youth ethics and values.

The students are trained in vocations which generate income locally such as repairing of pump sets, tailoring, embroidery work, electronics, mobile repairing, tractor and two wheeler repairing.

The programme has opened 21 centres in 11 states; they have trained 5,641 male and 3,780 female students, with a total of 65 trainers. The average age of each student is 22 with a qualification of 8th class to degrees.

The trainees are also gifted free tool kits so that they could set up their shop on day one after training and start earning a livelihood.

DISASTER MANAGEMENT

The Sathya Sai Disaster Management programme not only trains Indian youth to serve their motherland in the event of a calamity, but also deploys their teams to places in need of support.

In 2002, SSSSO India launched its Disaster Management Training programmes on a national scale. These efforts got a boost in 2012 when this was made a national initiative to mark the 90th Birthday of Sri Satya Sai Baba, and the 50th year of the Sai Organisation.

These efforts created a large pool of trained Seva Dals, both as faculty members for training and first response force during disasters. There is a twin fold focus of these programmes:

» To create teams of well-trained first responders during disasters, using a common sense approach with whatever equipment that is available at that time
» To create Disaster Awareness in the public at large, particularly the youth.

To give a bird’s eye view of the programmes done in all states in the last 4 years of launching the program, the SSSSO India has organised close to 900 one/two day programmes and have trained close to 45,000 students of different colleges across the country.

The wide spectrum of public covered under the Disaster Awareness programmes include students from IIT Khargpur, NITs in Trichy, Durgapur and Silcher; NSS, NCC volunteers; police and fire service personnel in Tamil Nadu Police Academy, Kerala and J&K; corporates like L&T,TCS, SAIL, Thomson Press; and defence personnel like Assam Rifles, 32 Battalion CRPF Manipur.

REACTING TO CALAMITIES

The Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations, India were the first to react to calamities. Their teams went into action following the 2004 tsunami in Tamil Nadu; 2011 earthquake in Sikkim; 2015 floods in Chennai; the August 2015 floods in West Bengal; and the cyclones in Andhra Pradesh and Orissa.

The disaster preventive measures were also undertaken during the Pushkarams in Godavari and Krishna and Simhastha Ujjain in 2015 and 2016.

Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Prasanthigram, Puttaparthi

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The Sathya Sai Disaster Management programme not only trains Indian youth to serve their motherland in the event of a calamity, but also deploys their teams to places in need of support. In 2002, SSSSO India launched its Disaster Management Training programmes on a national scale. These efforts got a boost in 2012 when this was made a national initiative to mark the 90th Birthday of Sri Satya Sai Baba, and the 50th year of the Sai Organisation.