Masalila Rallies Batswana To Donate Blood, Save Lives

Masalila Rallies Batswana To Donate Blood, Save Lives
By Potso Thari

FRANCISTOWN – Botswana is in great need of donated blood, says the Assistant Minister of Local Government.

Speaking at the Global Blood Donation Camp day organised by the Sri Sathya Sai Organisation in Francistown over the weekend, Mr Ambrose Masalila said according to the Botswana National Blood Transfusion Service (BNBTS), the country needs about 40 000 units of blood per year but collects only half of that amount per year, which is not adequate.

He said it is also disheartening that just one per cent of the people donate blood annually while about 80 per cent may need blood at some time.

Mr Masalila said it was for this reason that the Sri Sathya Sai Organisation should be applauded for having continued to run these kinds of camps for the past 19 years saying they have been donating blood selflessly for a long time.

He said this is a selfless effort as the organisations and individual donors neither know the recipients of such blood nor the recipients ever know the donor, but that has not stopped them from donating blood.

He said as donated blood is used for various situations, at times critical, it was important for every eligible blood donor to register with the Sri Sathya and the BNBTS to donate blood to save lives.

Mr Masalila said donating blood is a safe measure and no diseases can be transmitted as only new and sterile disposable equipment is used for each donation.

Therefore all those eligible should donate and meet the country’s Vision 2016 pillar of “a compassionate, just and caring nation”.

He further said donating blood was in line with the President’s road map of the four Ds of Development, Democracy, Dignity and Discipline. He said:

“The act of donation of blood supports all these Ds because in a democracy people should practice the act of ‘give’ and ‘take’ which happens when a donor gives blood and a receipt receives it. For development to take place, people should be healthy and for an anaemic patient to feel fully healthy and dignified they need a pinch of blood.

“As for discipline, we can only commit to donate blood regularly if we are disciplined and committed to the exercise”.

The Camp Coordinator, Dr Viera Sayana said about 90 per cent of the blood they collect from the camps was used in hospitals. He appealed to eligible donors to always donate blood as this will save the lives of others.

He also said they usually get more than 100 pints of blood from the camp. It would be nice if more people donate blood. He said contrary to what people might think, donating blood was a healthy exercise. BOPA


Sathya Sai Baba Reveals His Omniscience To The Rani Of Chincholi

Shirdi Sai Baba Rainbow

Shirdi Sai Baba Rainbow

Sathya Sai Baba Reveals His Omniscience To The Rani Of Chincholi

The Raja of Chincholi was a very ardent devotee of Shirdi Baba. Baba used to spend a few months every year at Shirdi, Akalkot and other holy places in the company of Siddhas and Sadhakas (holy men). After the passing away of the Raja, the Rani (queen) was pleasantly surprised to hear of the incarnation of the Lord as Sri Sathya Sai Baba at Puttaparthi and she visited the place.

She prayed to Bhagawan who was just fifteen years of age at that time to accompany her to Chincholi and Hyderabad. What a surprise it was for her, when Baba on arriving at the palace, asked her about a Margosa tree that had stood Shirdi Sai had visited them, a well that had been filled up, a line of shops that had been newly built. Baba told her that He had seen the places years ago while ‘in His previous body!’

Sathya Sai Baba asked her about a small stone image of Anjaneya which had been given to the Raja while in the previous body; the Rani did not know that it existed; Baba himself discovered it for her! He also said that there must also be found a picture of Sai Baba and that too was later discovered in the house.

Three years ago, the Rani had been rummaging the huge store-room at Chincholi for old brass, bronze or copper which she could sell off and save space when she came upon a brass ‘Kamandalu’, a drinking vessel used by Sadhus, whose shape was quaint and artistic. The water has to be poured through a slit in the handle and the spout ends in a cow’s-head figurine!

Some one suggested that it could be polished and displayed as a decorative article in the drawing room of her Hyderabad House. The mystery of the Kamandalu deepened next day when they found a cobra coiled round it! “Baba alone can solve the secret,” she said to herself, while propitiating the cobra with the traditional Puja (worship).

She arrived at Puttaparthi on the first day of Dasara, and as soon as she entered the premises, Baba sent word, asking her to come up, “with my drinking vessel”!

As soon as the Kamandalu was in His Hands He showed some devotees standing nearby the letters inscribed on the vessel in Devanagari characters, ‘S A A’ followed by a pair of short vertical lines, ‘B A A’ with the two lines again. ‘SAA’ indicating Sayi and ‘BAA’ for Baba!

Readers may wonder how the saint of Shirdi who, according to all accounts, never left Shirdi for years, could have gone to Chincholi and Hyderabad, and left a Kamandalu with the Raja. But, devotees who have seen and experienced the Avatar of Sri Sathya Sai Baba will have no difficulty on this score. In fact, it is the honest belief of the Rani as well as some old servants of the Palace that Sai Baba stayed a few days every time He came and that He used to ride in a Tonga drawn by bullocks far out of the town, in order to have talks with the Raja who accompanied Him.

This Tonga is now at Prasanthi Nilayam and is on display at the Chaitanya Jyothi Museum.

Reference: “Sathyam Shivam Sundaram” Vol-I by Prof. N Kasturi. Published by Sri Sathya Sai Books and Publications Trust, Prasanthi Nilayam.