XIMBians Leave An Enduring Smile In Orphans’ Life

XIMBians Leave An Enduring Smile In Orphans’ Life
Kalinga Times Correspondent
Bhubaneswar, Dec 7:

A little way off Damanna Chhak of the city, exists a little group of houses that was home to over 60 children and their caretakers. Welcome to Anand Mission Ashram, run by a group of Sathya Sai Baba devotees and maintained over the years by the kind hearted donations that keep flowing in from the generous public. The children belong to the age group of 2-17 years, with the oldest girl now taking up graduate studies in a local college.

It was with a mission of repairing their broken down computer that a group of 10 XIMB students, calling themselves Dus Bandar Class Ke Andar, ended up in the Ashram. This computer, donated by enthusiastic donors had long since been ruined by disuse and had to be replaced. But the group was so moved by the conditions within the Ashram, they decided that putting a smile on the children’s faces was just as important as repairing their computer.

The fun activities directed at the children started with movie screenings, where the latest animated Hindi movies were shown, much to their obvious delight. Diwali saw the entire group landing up in the Ashram to brighten up the Festival of Lights for the orphans with loads of firecrackers and sweets in tow, a gesture that was much appreciated by the caretakers.

Children’s Day on November 14 saw the biggest initiative in what was called `Project Smiles’, where all the children were brought down to XIMB campus. There were competitions galore, from drawing and singing competitions to lemon and spoon and musical chair competitions and lots of prizes and goodies to boot as well.

According to one of the caretakers of the Ashram, the children were totally exhausted but very, very delighted with their day of fun and frolic on the campus. Project Smiles had indeed achieved its desired impact.

When asked about what his biggest learning from the entire project was, Chandrasekhar Kartha, one of the members of the group said:

“There were a lot of Ashram centric activities that we performed, including providing a new computer so that the children can never lag behind their peers in computer education, distribution of cold weather material, provision of a netted frame over the well so that their frequent well cleaning expenses are significantly reduced and replacing water purifier candles so that they can get pure, safer drinking water.

But the biggest thing that I will remember is the pure joy in the faces of the kids as they ran around during musical chairs and the pure exhilaration they showed when playing outside in the football grounds. I am sure everyone in the group will definitely agree.”

Perhaps that is why, at the end of the term exams, the entire group is planning another trip down to meet the kids again. It is because Project Smiles has just started.


Recent Events At Prashanti Nilayam – Sathya Sai Baba Ashram

Sathya Sai Baba - Recent Events

Sathya Sai Baba - Recent Events At Prashanti

Recent Events At Prashanti Nilayam – Sathya Sai Baba Ashram
Curtesty RadioSai:

Sunday, October 26, 2008
If yesterday it was the chance of the Iranian student to chant Vedam onstage, today it was the turn of the two American brothers, one in the school and one in the college. Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba came onstage after His darshan round in the car at 4.30 pm, and asked Prof. Anil Kumar to announce that the Vedic hymns are not limited to any country or religion, and then called up the two American boys to chant onstage. After ten minutes of their chanting, Swami sat for a few more minutes while everyone chanted together, and then moved to the Bhajan Hall and then to the interview room. During the Bhajans which began at five o’clock in the Bhajan Hall, Swami asked for the two bhajans with Alap to be sung – ‘Sri Raghavam’ and ‘Allah ho Akbar’. At 5.45, He accepted Arati and returned to His residence.

Saturday, October 25, 2008
This evening, Bhajans began at five o’clock and Bhagawan arrived for darshan a short while later. He sat onstage and blessed many students with letters and gave a chain to one of them. Ten minutes past six, He asked for the Bhajans to stop, and collective chanting of the Rudram began. The Iranian student from the Primary School was asked to stand onstage and chant into the microphone. Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba asked Prof. Anil Kumar to announce after the chanting that the boy was from Iran, and that he was the first to learn Vedam there. After a few more minutes of chanting, Swami accepted Arati at 6.35 pm and returned to His residence.

Friday, October 24, 2008
This evening, youth from the North-Eastern states Assam and Manipur presented some dances. At four o’clock, Swami went to the Stadium directly from His residence in the car, and returned directly to His residence after half an hour. Later, He came onstage at 5 pm after His darshan round in the chair, and the programme commenced shortly thereafter. Youth from Assam presented Sattriya dance and Guru Vandana followed by Krishna Vandana. Manipur youth then presented Thougal Jagoi dance. Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba sent clothes for the participants and Bhajans began by the youth at 6 pm. Prasadam was distributed during Arati at 6.20 pm, following which Swami came down from the stage and blessed all the participants with group photographs before returning to His residence in the car. See: “Vandana”, Saatriya Dance Presentations by Assam Youth and a Thougal Jagoi Dance Presentation by Manipal Youth

Tuesday, October 21, 2008
This evening, youth from Kerala presented a dance followed by a music programme. Bhagawan came onstage after His darshan round by 4.30 pm, and in ten minutes, asked the Kerala State President Prof. Mukundan to introduce the programme. After the 20 minute dance, Swami went to the interview room briefly before coming out to begin the musical performance. Forty minutes of popular devotional Carnatic and Hindustani songs were followed by bhajans by the students for twenty minutes before Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba accepted Arati at 6.10. He Blessed the singers with clothes and the dancers with a group photograph. The main dancer was blessed with a ring, and Swami interacted with him for a few minutes before returning to His residence in the car after granting padanamaskar for all the performers at 6.30 pm. See: ‘Sivashtakam’, a Classical Dance Ballet and Classical Music by Sri Prasanna Venkataraman and Kum. Lakshmi

Ramdev Lays Foundation For Yoga Centre In Houston

Baba Ramdev

Baba Ramdev

Ramdev Lays Foundation For Yoga Centre In Houston
Houston, July 20 (PTI) Noted Yoga guru Baba Ramdev has laid the foundation stone for a USD 20 million Yoga and Ayurveda research centre in Houston.

It is the first international centre based on the model of ‘Pathanjali Yog Peeth’ in Haridwar, founded by the spiritual guru 15 years ago.

“When the Haridwar centre was established, Rs 20,000 was borrowed to start the project. But in Houston, one-fourth of the needed funds was raised on the very first day,” Ramdev told PTI after the ceremony yesterday.

The centre will be set up in a sprawling 94-acre land in Rosenberg in Fort Bend County, about 25 miles from here.

Notably, over USD 4 million was raised for the project and USD 2 million was raised in two hours at a fundraiser in Houston on July 18.

Ramesh Bhutada and Shekhar Agrawal, who were involved with the project, said the centre would become functional from early next year.

“The vision of Swami Ramdev a year ago is now taking shape fast. The Indian community will stand united and help bring the project to fruition,” Bhutada said.

“Our vision is to develop it as a major centre in the western world to impart various aspects of Vedic culture and custom with emphasis on Yoga and Ayurveda,” Agrawal said.

The project includes a clinic to treat chronic ailments, housing for active seniors and retirees; a herbal garden, retreat centre, vedic Gurukul school for young children and a University. PTI