Open Campus At Satya Sai Institute

Open Campus At Satya Sai Institute
Category » Bhopal » Posted On Tuesday, January 19, 2010
By Our Staff Reporter

Bhopal: A two-day open campus was held under the aegis of Sri Satya Sai Institute of Science and Technology from January 15 for providing employment to MBA students. The selection process was organised under the aegis of Infotel Communication Pvt Ltd (DNA Info). General Manager of the company Biju Simon and Manager, Human Resource (HR) Amit Chauhan were present in the selection process.

The training and placement advisor of Sri Satya Sai Institute of Science and Technology Anand Manjarkhede, training and placement officer Ravindra Gupta were also present. Around 162 students of MBA 3rd semester from various institutions of MBA, Indore, Bhopal and other places took part in the campus selection.

The officers of the Company informed in detailed to the students about job profile and company. After students were divided into various groups and group discussion was started. Around 51 students were selected for final interview. Total 23 students were selected finally.

Five students from Sri Satya Sai College of Science and Technology, 9 from VNS College (Bhopal), 4 from IPER (Bhopal), 1 from CRIM (Bhopal), 1 from SIRT (Bhopal), 1 from LNCT (Bhopal), 1 from Bhabha Engineering College (Bhopal), 1 from Bansal College were selected finally in the selection campus.

Central Chronicle Reference

A Prayer Answered

Sathya Sai Baba Hands

Sathya Sai Baba Hands


A Prayer Answered

Hospitals may provide the facilities for treating a patient but in the ultimate analysis, it is God who really cures. There are innumerable instances of how Sathya Sai Baba intervenes, when the doctor feels that the situation is hopeless. Here is just one example, an episode narrated by Ravi Mariwala, which proves the point. Ravi Mariwala is one of Sathya Sai Baba‘s students; a graduate of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration. The Super Speciality Hospital in Puttaparthi came into existence just at the time he was graduating. Many boys, especially with MBA degrees, volunteered to serve in the hospital, and Ravi was one of them. Ravi Mariwala operates the Heart-Lung machine, the vital instrument in cardiac surgery. This is what he had to say:

A patient being operated for a congenital defect was unable to recover heart function sufficiently, to come off the heart-lung machine and generate adequate systemic pressure. We tried everything but nothing seemed to work. Everyone was beginning to despair. We discussed the matter, rested the heart again, and added some more drugs. We only failed once more. We were absolutely helpless. It occurred to me that we had tried everything but prayer.

Prayer for a person not known to me? Would it work? I think that is why it did.

As I had been in the theatre for five hours already, I was briefly relieved by a colleague. I came into the corridor outside the theatre and stood silently for a minute, trying to recollect Sai’s face in my mind’s eye. I said a silent prayer for the patient’s recovery.

Immediately thereafter, I returned to the theatre. The situation had changed completely. The blood pressure had improved, and the heart had recovered! Strangely, no one knew how or why; I did not say anything to anyone.

The incident passed. The patient’s recovery was smooth. On the Sunday that followed, Swami came to me, created vibhuti, put it into my hands and lovingly said, “This is for the prayer that you said for that patient.” He then proceeded to describe the incident to others. Here was Sathya Sai Baba rewarding me for the miracle.

Robotics – The Next Big Career Path

Robotics – The Next Big Career Path
Raj Singh Rathee

In India, the industry is expected to grow at a rate twice the global average.

Ever imagined that the bike you ride, the car you drive, the bus or train you travel in of even the clothes and groceries you buy has robots and robotics involved in it at some point or the other? Well it true. Robotics has grown far beyond the realm of fantasy, imagination and sci-fi. What we remember as robots being toys with blinking lights and mechanical sounds or as one would remember from the Hollywood blockbuster Robocop, are now left far behind. Robots and Robotics is far more firmly entrenched into our day to day life, though invisible and working in the background.

Let’s first define Robotics. Robotics is a field of engineering that deal with design and application of robots and the use of computer for their manipulation and processing.

How to be an expert?
Robotics being an inter-disciplinary course, students who have completed their graduation in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, instrumentation engineering or computer engineering with an interest in robotics and artificial intelligence can pursue a career in Robotics.

In India, there are few institutes imparting the state-of-the-art professional skills wherein people from industry and also the student community are trained on different aspects of robotics. Different types of courses from Basic Robot Programming to Expert Robot programming are being offered.

A course in Robotics trains and educates an individual in artificial intelligence, computer aided manufacturing, computer integrated manufacturing system, computational geometry, robot motion planning, digital electronics and micro-processors, robot manipulators.

Courses in Robotics are offered by leading institutes like IIT – Kanpur; National Institute of Technology – University of Hyderabad (M.Tech in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics); Kuka Training Centre – Pune; Jadavpur University – Kolkata; BITS – Pilani; Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning – Prasanthinilayam in Andhra Pradesh and PSG College of Technology – Coimbatore. These are a few names.

Avenues for you
The scope for a career in Robotics in India is tremendous and people can explore career opportunities in diversified sectors ranging from space research organisations to pure manufacturing companies. Apart from Automobile companies, which account for 70 per cent of Robotics applications in India, other sectors like foundry, food, logistics, healthcare and entertainment are also aggressively looking at adopting robots.

The big ones
Blue chip companies like Tata Motors, Hyundai Motors, Reliance Industries, Mahindra & Mahindra, Ashok Leyland, etc have separate designated departments to handle the programming and functioning of robotics.

Many small and medium enterprises in India are also warming up to the idea of investing in robotics to increase their global competitiveness.

The cases in point are the two prominent industries of the SME sector – Forging and Diamond. Robots contribute substantially towards rationalising cost-effective automation solutions in all areas of the forging industry. Whatever the application, be it loading and unloading of die-casting machines, deflashing presses or machining centres; spraying; finishing processes like milling, sawing and grinding, or handling hot, heavy forgings, these robots meet every need including applications in harsh ambient conditions. Trends suggest that internationally the diamond industry is moving towards very high precision workmanship. Robots play a critical role for this industry which is pegged at Rs. 60,000 crore.

Robots actually help SMEs to transform their competitiveness and deliver significantly enhanced levels of productivity, efficiency and profitability.

Robots are also used in the field of nuclear science, sea-exploration, servicing of transmission electric signals, designing of bio-medical equipments etc. A candidate having an M.E. degree in Robotics can get job opportunities in space research organisations like ISRO and also in industries which manufacture microchips.

Job opportunities also exist in Indian Institute of Technology for doing extensive research work in artificial intelligence.

Furthermore, The Indian Institute of Chemical Biology offers openings research fellowships in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence.

Internationally, a Robotics Engineer can get employment opportunities abroad to program, troubleshoot and maintain robots; Research fellowships are also available in research institute emphasising on humanoid robotics and computational neuroscience.

Companies like Intel recruit robotics and artificial intelligence specialists for microchip manufacturing. The Robotics Industrial Association in North America provides job opportunities in robot manufacturing and maintenance systems integration. NASA is the ultimate job destination for those interested in applying robotics to space science.
While Japan is often thought of as most adept at the use of robots, India now labelled as the new manufacturing hub of the world is emerging as the top market for Robots.

Future of Robotics:
Ever consider the Future of Robotics? What will it really be like? Did Science Fiction get it right, if not how close were they? Will robots be everywhere and involved in every aspect of life? Will robots eventually take over all the modern Factories; will robots be making robots too? Which sectors will we see robots excel in?

  • Robots in Commerce – Retail, Services, Fields
  • Robots in the home – Maids, Washing Car, Doing Chores, Mowing the Lawn
  • Robots in Security – Guards, Guard Dogs, Bomb Sniffers, Bomb Squads
  • Robots to the Rescue – FEMA, Earthquake, Hurricanes, Wild Fires
  • Robots for the Weather and Environment – Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
  • Robots in Transportation – Light Rail, Cars, Aircraft
  • Robots in Distribution – Trains, Warehouses
  • Robotic Androids – Assistants, Mentors, Educators
  • Robots and Artificial Intelligence – Thinking Machines and Systems
  • Robots in the Military – Smart Munitions, Net-Centric Systems, UAVs

With the global robotic industry pegged at $17.6 billion this industry is expected to take rapid growth strides in the future.

In India, the industry is expected to grow at two to two-and-a-half times the global average with robots worth about Rs 3500 crore already being sold so far. If working with computers and mechanics sounds interesting and if you have science and math skills, then pursuing a career in Robotics might be just right for you. If you like to build new things and fiddle around with electronic gadgets then consider robotics as a career option.

The exponential growth of robots in India is fuelling the demand for skilled manpower that can design, build, operate and repair robots and robotic machines. Robotics is now emerging as the new hot destination where more and more graduates are establishing lucrative careers.

Deccan Herald Reference

Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba


Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning
A BEACON LIGHT OF INTEGRAL EDUCATION
by Sanjay Sahni

SRI SATHYA SAI INSTITUTE OF Higher Learning is the visible manifestation of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba‘s vision of education which is not only an important means for the transformation of mankind, but also a panacea for the ills that are afflicting it today. More particularly, it is a precious gift of Bhagavan to the youth whom He is moulding to become shining examples of ethical and spiritual awareness to make them the torchbearers of moral regeneration and spiritual reawakening of the world. The Institute has evolved the integral system of education which lays as much emphasis on inculcation of values as on achieving academic excellence. Come 2006, the Institute, a deemed university, will be celebrating its silver jubilee. The birth of the university represented a significant milestone in the glorious unfolding of the Divine Mission of Bhagavan whose watchword, “the end of education is character” forms the main objective of all its activities. From a humble beginning in improvised premises to be acclaimed today ‘as the crest-jewel of higher education in India’, the Institute has come a long way. On 22nd November 1981 this deemed university was inaugurated by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Y.V. Chandrachud at Prasanthi Nilayam, and Bhagavan bestowed on it a unique honour by accepting to become its Chancellor.

Divine Vision of the Revered Chancellor
The spirit behind all its achievements is the Revered Chancellor of the Institute, Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba who from the very beginning chartered its course by His Divine vision. While laying the foundation stone of the Sri Sathya Sai College for Women at Anantapur in 1969, Bhagavan declared:
“It is indeed deplorable that education of the spirit has been totally neglected while attention is devoted to the training of skills and for gleaning and garnering information… My Sankalpa is to provide the youth with an education which, while cultivating their intelligence, will also purify their impulses and emotions and equip them with the physical and mental disciplines needed for drawing upon the springs of calmness and joy that lie in their own hearts.”

In another Discourse to the students and staff of this college in August 1974, Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba observed:

“This college has not been established just to prepare you for earning degrees. The main purpose is to help you to cultivate self-knowledge and self-confidence, so that each one of you can learn self-sacrifice and earn self-realisation. The teaching of university curricula and the preparation for presenting you for the university examinations and the award of university degrees – these are only the means employed for the end, namely, spiritual uplift, self-discovery and social service through love and detachment.”

Again, while speaking at the Brindavan College on 31st March 1974, Bhagavan revealed:

“Do not be under the impression that you and I have come together only now, since you study in this college; you have come to Me for the sake of far higher triumphs, as a consequence of merit acquired in many previous lives. You and your teachers are destined to achieve tremendous tasks under My guidance, in the execution of the Mission on which I have come.”

Another milestone was reached in the history of the Institute when on Vijaya Dasami day after the Poornahuti of the Veda Purusha Sapthaha Jnana Yajna on 8th October 1981, Bhagavan announced that from that day the colleges at Prasanthi Nilayam and Anantapur would be raised to the status of the campuses of the new university.

Evolution and Growth
It was Prof. V.K. Gokak, the first Vice Chancellor of the university, who gave a concrete shape to the vision of Bhagavan. In 1982, the Institute launched its Five Year Integrated courses and PG courses in the sciences and humanities. The same year, the Brindavan College became the third campus of the university. I recall how Prof. Gokak outlined before us, first year UG students then, the grand vision of the academic education in the Institute. To inculcate in students a wide and liberal mental outlook, education in the university was envisaged as a pyramidical structure. The pyramid has a wide base and accordingly the students in the undergraduate courses would begin with the study of languages and awareness courses along with their respective courses in core areas. At the end of the second year, the languages would drop off and the science students would start specialising in their area of interest. This would continue into the PG, after which the student would choose a narrow niche for undertaking research. In 1984, Bhagavan started the Ph.D. programme with the intention of preparing His future teachers. Many doctorates have now joined the university as faculty.

In 1986, the MBA and B.Ed. programmes were launched. Many MBA and PG alumni have gone on to man Bhagavan’s institutions in the Ashrams, hospitals, schools and colleges. Others have made their mark in the wide world. Other courses got added in subsequent years: B.Sc. (Hons.) 1992; B.Com. (Hons.), M.Tech. (1993); M.A. (Economics) (2001); M.Phil (2004).

Many academic reforms and innovations were adopted by the Institute right from its inception. It has a merit-based open admission policy enabling students from all over the country to seek
admission to various courses, irrespective of income, class, creed, religion or region, making it truly national in character. Education is provided to students free without any fees whatsoever, in sharp contrast to the rapid commercialisation of education elsewhere.

Sri Sathya Sai Integral Education
The Revered Chancellor of the Institute, Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba has given the Institute its philosophy of integral education and has been inspiring and guiding the administrators, teachers and students of the Institute since its inception in the practice of this philosophy. According to Bhagavan, “One should have the head of Sankara, the heart of Buddha and the hands of Janaka”. An integrated personality is a harmonious synthesis of a discerning intellect, a compassionate heart and efficient hands; it is a beautiful combination of nobility and ability. Nobility without ability is useless to society and ability without nobility is dangerous to it. Spiritual education is the basis of integral education. This is what Bhagavan calls educare. Ultimately, all education should converge into educare.

Integral education aims at the all-round development of the human personality – the physical, the intellectual, the emotional and the spiritual. Acquisition of knowledge when supported by its proper utilisation leads to skill; the harmony of knowledge and skill leads to balance of mind which is the basis for spiritual insight. The surest sign of spiritual insight is the blossoming of true love in the heart, springing out of recognition of the oneness of all existence.

The university is a modern Gurukula combining the best of the past and the present. All the campuses of the Institute are wholly residential. The students reside in the hostels along with the Warden and a band of resident teachers carefully hand-picked by Bhagavan. Character moulding is a twenty-four hour endeavour and the Institute could not be otherwise. The key to success in community living in the hostels, which represent a mini-India, is understanding and adjustment. Mutual tolerance and courtesy, sacrifice and service to fellowmen, civic sense and social sensitivity – the blessings of community living under the watchful eyes of committed teachers are immense. The daily routine in the campus is designed with the guidance of Bhagavan and has multifarious activities to foster the development of integrated personalities.

Prayers before sunrise and at bedtime, before meals and at the commencement of classes in the Institute help the students to still their minds and periodically reconnect to the Divine who is the source of all succour and energy. Spiritual talks in the college and-hostel, the value-based Awareness Course, the spiritual study circle sessions and above all exposure to the divine influence of Bhagavan strengthen the moral and spiritual fibre in the student’s personality. Since 1990, a number of summer courses in Indian Culture and Spirituality were organised for the benefit of all students.

Physical culture is encouraged through participation in jogging, games, sports and yoga in the mornings. The objective of physical culture is physical fitness, though annual competitions are organised to spot and nurture sporting talent. The Annual Sports and Cultural Meet on 11th January is an important event in the academic calendar of the Institute and represents the expression of students’ love for Bhagavan manifesting in the form of breathtaking sporting feats and aesthetically delightful programmes, charming one and all.

While co-curricular activities in literature, music, dance, drama and other fine arts along with harmonious community living foster emotional balance and self-reliance in students, social service activities instil in them self-confidence, humility, dignity of labour and helpful nature apart from nurturing their talents. Service in the kitchen and dining hall, cooperative stores, dispensary, maintenance, audiovisual department, garden and myriad other areas is undertaken by the students under the guidance of their teachers. The annual Sri Sathya Sai Grama Seva in the villages around Puttaparthi during Dasara celebrations and initiated by Bhagavan in 2000 is a great educational experience for the students and staff of the university.

The Crest-jewel of Higher Education
At the first Convocation of the Institute on 22nd November 1982, the late legal luminary Sri Nani Palkhiwala observed, “This Institute is a tribute to the great organising genius of its founder, Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Without His initiative and inspiration it would have been impossible to found an institution of this character. We are witnesses to a great event in the history of our country. This deemed university is a memorable experiment in the moral and spiritual regeneration of India. It stands for nothing less … This Institute aims at becoming a nation-builder.”

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President of India declared at the Institute’s Convocation in 2002, “The purpose of real education is to initiate a learning process that transforms students into good human beings with knowledge and value systems. Is value education possible? Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning has given an answer in the affirmative.”

In December 2002, the Peer Team of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), which is set up by the University Grants Commission to assess and accredit higher education institutions, visited the Institute and reported:

“The Peer Team puts on record its appreciation for providing the members of the Team the opportunity to spend time with the Institute faculty and the students so as to develop a thorough insight into the higher education process of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, particularly the integral higher education interwoven in the blueprint and design of higher education products. This made us realise that there is a way to correct our already degrading university education system in India, if we decide to do so.

The Peer Team feels that this Institute stands out as a crest-jewel among the university education system in the country and this model is worthy of emulation by the institutions of higher learning in the country and elsewhere, so that these benefits would be reaped fast and on the widest possible scale.”

NAAC granted accreditation at the A++ level to the Institute for five years in 2002-03 placing the Institute in the highest bracket of Indian universities (Ref).

I would like to conclude with the following experience of an alumnus of the Institute. He was facing a job interview and the Managing Director of the company, who was on the interview panel, enquired, “I understand that you are a student of Sai Baba’s college. I have heard that Sai Baba creates and gives rings, necklaces, etc., to his devotees. What has He given you?” Spontaneously, the boy replied, “Sir, I am a village boy. Today, this village boy is sitting and talking with so much confidence to the M.D. of one of India’s most prestigious research based companies. The confidence that you see in me is Sai Baba’s gift to me.”

Faith in oneself and faith in Divinity is truly the quintessence of education at the Lotus Feet of our Beloved Bhagavan.

sourced: Sanathana Sarathi pgs 384 to 389 November, 2005

Muddenahalli Gears Up To Welcome Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Sai Baba Bhaktas Anticipate Sathya Sai Baba

Bhaktas Anticipate Sathya Sai Baba


Muddenahalli Gears Up To Welcome Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

13 Feb 2009: Muddenahalli, which was hailed by Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba as a Thapo Bhoomi during His maiden visit to the place has a story of an assurance of a Divine Master Plan. The Divine Master Plan seems to have been evolving, simmering to take the desired shape as the Institution has been prospering over the years. But, the Divine Call came at the most unexpected time when Bhagawan made an epoch making announcement on the twilight of 23rd November 2008, during the occasion of Bhagawan’s 83rd year of Advent. Bhagawan, the Indweller that He is, long since recognised the severe hardships faced by the poor and illiterate village masses in and around the Chikkaballapur district. In 1986, while laying the foundation stone of the Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Junior College building in Muddenahalli, Bhagawan declared that he would start a full-fledged Arts college in the same campus. Ever true to His divine promises, Bhagawan announced on the 23rd Nov 2008 that He would establish a University Campus in Muddenahalli within the next one year.

Brushing aside the tremendous costs that would be entailed, He declared that it was His Sankalpa to bestow free education, boarding and lodging facilities on those that are unable to afford even the basic amenities of life. Moreover, in line with the vision and objectives of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, the education imparted here would be infused with spirituality. Muddenahalli graduates would attain specific scholarship in the scriptures of Ramayana, Bhagavata and Bhagavad Gita, which they would thereafter disseminate amongst the masses.

“There is a Sathya Sai college in Muddenahalli, near Bangalore. Several boys coming from poor families in the villages around it are studying in this college. A number of philanthropists extended help to the college in different ways. Some built classrooms, others a bhajan hall, etc. However, this institution is not affiliated with any University. Once the boys finish their education here, they have to go to places like Bangalore to pursue a degree course. When I thought of their plight, I got a good idea. Here in Puttaparthi, our college and University are housed in spacious and beautiful buildings. Suppose we establish a campus in Muddenahalli, the boys there will also be happy. Is it not? Hence, I have decided to establish a college campus of Sri Sathya Sai University in Muddenahalli too”.

Nestled at the foot of the iconic Nandi Hills about 50 km from Bangalore and strategically located just off the Bangalore-Puttaparthi highway, Muddenahalli, the birthplace of Sir M. Vishveshwaraiah, has become synonymous with Bhagawan’s residential school. Founded by an ardent devotee of Bhagawan, Revered Madiyal Narayan Bhat (fondly called Anna), this school is one of the educational institutions run by the Tyagajeevis of the Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Trust. August 1978 was the watershed date for these noble institutions when Bhagawan bestowed His infinite grace and took them under His fold as the sole trustee, in response to Anna’s fervent prayers. Swami, during His very first visit to Muddenahalli, remarked “This is veritably a Tapo Bhoomi.” In spite of the various problems that were ailing the location at that time, Bhagawan assured the Muddenahalli staff that they had nothing to worry and that he had a master plan in mind for this sacred place! In a manner that is customary to the avatar, Bhagawan declared that the number of Tyagajeevis would swell from a mere 6 at that time to not just 60 or 6000 but 60,000! A mere visit to the Muddenahalli campus is sufficient to acquire manifest proof of this fact, considering the number of selfless workers that are active there. No doubt these sylvan surroundings have become a heaven to all forms of spiritual and Seva activities of the Sathya Sai organization. Gram Seva, free medical camps, orientation courses for spiritual development, summer camps for children, etc. are the norm here.

The expectation that Bhagawan is going to lay the foundation stone of the University on 14th February 2009 has stirred a surge of feverish excitement, enthusiasm and activity in all the campus inmates, devotees and well-wishers of the institution. Led by the students and staff, work is on round the clock to make the Divine visit a memorable event and a cynosure of all eyes. A bird’s eye view of the extensive and meticulous arrangements in progress follows:

  • Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba has personally hand-picked the perfect venue for the foundation stone. This is the highest spot in the location, which in His words, “can be easily viewed even from the Puttaparthi-Bangalore highway”.
  • The hilltop has been levelled and a road paved with cobbled concrete blocks which snakes its way up to the summit. The slopes and bordering land have been manicured and beautified for the purpose.
  • A simple yet exquisite Mantapam has been erected on the hilltop, which commands an exhilarating view of the verdant surroundings.
  • The entire campus is being spruced up to welcome the Lord in all His glory. Starting from Premdeep, the sanctum sanctorum, the Bhajan Mandir, the temple ensemble, the school buildings and the hostel premises, to the innumerable grounds, parks and orchards, Muddenahalli is bursting forth like a garden in full bloom.
  • Needless to mention, wherever Bhagawan goes, the sea of devotees follow Him. Meticulous plans are being put in place for accommodating, managing and controlling the 8000 odd devotees expected. Important dignitaries of the Sri Sathya Sai organization have visited the campus to approve the plans and supervise the arrangements.
  • A special stage has been constructed in front of Premdeep for Bhagawan’s Darshan to the public gathering, with ramps on either side to facilitate Bhagawan’s free movement.
  • Areas have been clearly demarcated for the hosting of guests, parents of the students, devotees and other visitors and also for distribution of Prasad.
  • Shamianas will be put up to protect devotees from the hot sun and inclement weather.
  • Closed Circuit LED screens will be set up all around the campus for covering Bhagawan’s presence continuously so that devotees may feast their eyes on the Lord to their hearts’ content.
    Parking arrangements have been made for the deluge of vehicles that will descend on Muddenahalli.
  • 150-200 Sevadals will report at Muddenahalli on the previous day itself so that they can be assigned clear duties well ahead of time in aspects of crowd control, organization of the public function, cooking, etc.

The Divine backyard at Muddenahalli is all set to embrace the moment of glory in waiting. And she is fully geared to grab this destined good fortune with all her might. Muddenahalli is rejoicing and with her thousands of children who are being groomed to bloom.

Reference

Muddenahalli is a village situated within close proximity of the Nandi Hills in Kolar District. This village is well known as the birthplace of Visveswaraya, the great architect who built modern Karnataka. His ancestral home is situated there, which today constitute a museum. The nearest attraction includes Biligirirangana Hills, Agumbe Hill and the Madikeri Hills. Muddenahalli is about 38 km from Bangalore. The nearest railhead and airport are at Chikballapur and Bangalore respectively.

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Sathya Sai Baba In Muddanahalli

Sathya Sai Baba In Muddanahalli


Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony in Muddenahalli, 14 Feb 2009, Report & Images

Sai Spiritual Showers – Issue 69

Shree Sathya Sai Baba

Shree Sathya Sai Baba


Sai Spiritual Showers – Issue 69

Being a Sathya Sai Baba Student trained under Swami’s watchful eyes for years, Sri V. Vijayakrishnan associated himself with the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation immediately after his studies. He utilised the great opportunity to participate and witness the amount of work that Bhagawan’s organsiations undertake. To involve oneself in any of the activities, requires conviction and courage – conviction that one is obeying the teachings of the Avatar and the courage to traverse the indicated path against all odds. A gem from Fragrance – A Tale of Love, souvenir brought out by the School of Business Management – Accounts and Finance, Sri Sathya Sai University.

The Privilege of being a Sai Devotee
Hot sun… humid air…. smoky roads… It was a normal day in Chennai. A Sai devotee was driving her car. A police constable stopped her vehicle. She wheeled her car to a halt. The constable said, “Why are you speaking over the mobile phone while driving?” She opened her hand bag and showed the mobile and said “Sir, I was not using my mobile. It is in my hand bag”. Since the constable had an unexpressed hidden motive, he was not ready to believe her. An argument ensued. Slowly people gathered around. But she was not willing to monetarily compensate the constable to escape the embarrassment.

Suddenly a police vehicle arrived. A well dressed police officer got down. The constable, noticing the officer, immediately saluted and explained the situation. The officer turned to the devotee and looked at her and then at her car. There was a photograph of Swami pasted on the front glass. The officer then enquired whether she was a Sai devotee. She replied in the affirmative and said that she was a State office bearer in the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations. Immediately the police officer told the constable that since she is from the Sai Organisation she would not lie and hence he should let her go. The constable obeyed with a sullen face.

When we are ready to uphold Swami’s teachings against all odds, His Grace will surely flow! When Swami says, ‘Our life is His Message’, it is not a mere aspiration of Bhagawan, but the desire and expectation of the world. Apart from being a privilege, the titles ‘Sai Student’ and ‘Sai Devotee’ attaches additional responsibilities. The respect shown to any Sai Student or to any devotee is not to that individual but to the message that he or she represents. And the message is ‘Selfless Service with Abundant Love’.

With every passing day, I understand more clearly the Vision of Bhagawan and the depth of His Teachings. The experience of being a student in Swami’s Educational Institution expands one’s vision and gives clarity. We would have heard Swami saying that the four pillars of society, namely, Vidyalaya (educational institutions) , Bhojanalaya (food houses), Vaidyalaya (medicare centres) and Devalaya (temples) should generally be left to the benevolence of the benefactor and should not be priced. Bhagawan therefore, went on to establish Institutions providing various services free of cost.

It was a pleasant day at Sundaram and I was with the Sai Samithi State President. An old woman with a helping stick walked in with great difficulty. She stopped a passing devotee and showing a small old bag, asked as to where she could donate the money. The devotee pointed to the office and guided her. Then she came into our room and opened the small old yellow bag which contained some money. She slowly laid the money on the table and said, “Give this money to Sai Baba because He is giving water to us. We suffered for many years without water. I sold my belongings and this is all the money that I could get. Please give it to Him and ask Him to use it for our water project.” She had read some newspaper reports on Swami’s water project in Chennai. And she further added, “Because this project is for the benefit of all, I decided to dedicate everything.” Bhagawan inspires us to practice values and ensures the blooming of the goodness of human nature.

It was the first day after the devastating Tsunami hit the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu. We immediately rushed to the coastal districts. Being the State Youth Coordinator, a greater responsibility rested on my shoulders. The Nagapattinam Collector requested us to take care of the relief operations and body recovery activities at Velankanni, a small pilgrim town near Nagapattinam which was one of the worst affected areas. We, the Sai Youth numbering around fifty, immediately plunged into the work recovering bodies. The Tsunami hit on the day after Christmas and Velankanni was a Christian pilgrim centre. One can imagine the extent of loss to human lives.

The youth members were all from far off towns with a good financial background too. On the first day we did not have any protection material with us. But we all knew that it was Swami’s work. As we were cleaning the debris, a middle aged man came to us and said, “This was where my house was yesterday, and today it is in shambles. Moreover, my six year old daughter is missing. So could you just see whether she is caught anywhere in this rubble?” So we started carefully removing the debris. And after a few minutes we found his daughter. We slowly removed her body and placed it carefully on the ground. He identified her as his daughter and started wailing but was not prepared to touch the body of the child. A father was not ready to touch the decayed body of his own daughter, but the Sai devotees were ready to work with those bodies – all in the name of Bhagawan!

Many organisations later joined in the recovery and relief work, but there was a significant difference. Members of many social service organisations got themselves photographed, gave press reports and the publicity went on unabated. But here was a group of devotees, working silently and relentlessly, shying away from all potential publicity, only for the labour of Love – for the relationship with God.

Can the joy of being in Love with Bhagawan ever be explained? Can the joy of working for Bhagawan ever be worded? These are feelings beyond the expression of human language. Each moment, when we reflect and realise that we are the messengers of Bhagawan, every human cell gets infused with energy. This allows the blooming of the inner character shelled in devotion, that spreads the fragrance of selfless service permeated with abundant love.

When the Divine Painter takes the brush and colours the canvas, can the shades be anything but beautiful? When the Divine Sculptor chisels, can the statue be anything but exquisite? When Absolute Wisdom decides to teach, can the student ever be other than one of blemishless character? And can I ever express fully the privilege of being one such Sai Student?

Focus On Sathya Sai Institute Of Higher Learning

Sri Sathya Sai

Sri Sathya Sai

Focus On Sathya Sai Institute Of Higher Learning
A parable often retold by Sri Sathya Sai Baba is the story of a little boy who tore up his father’s world map into bits. While the father was furious, the boy decided to make amends and starts putting the pieces back in place to stick them up. Even as he puts in all his efforts he fails to put the world together again. Then he notices that on the reverse of the human body; a nose here, an ear there, a foot here and an eye there… and then an idea strikes him. He reverses all the torn pieces and puts the parts of the human body together so that they form the complete picture of a man. Then he turns the picture to have the whole world going into pieces; the only way to make the world united is by making each human being a wholesome person. There are no other short cuts to it.

It was precisely with this aim that Sri Sathya Sai Baba, revered as a world teacher, began his educational mission in 1969 with the establishment of a women’s college at Anantapur. Over the past three decades, the mission has grown to include a deemed university (the Sri Sathya Sai University) under which come the Anantapur campus, the Brindavan campus of the Sri Sathya Sai Arts and commerce college, Whitefield and the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (SSSIHL) at Puttaparthi itself, besides a dozen schools and colleges elsewhere in India and abroad following the Sathya Sai system of education.

The Ministry of Education in Mauritius, has adopted the Sathya Sai system of education. Likewise educationists in Zambia, U.K., Thailand, Brazil and many other countries around the world have taken up this programme entitled “Education in Human Values” (EHV).

EHV Programme
Historically the EHV programme has its roots in the Bala Vikas programme started by Sri Sathya Sai Baba in the Sixties. Women, usually housewives, were the Gurus and once a week they would interact with children sent to them by willing parents. These sessions usually included retelling stories from the puranas and bhajan singing; discussions on how to tackle anger, envy and so on; enacting plays on nature, conservation etc.

This EHV programme, with suitable modifications was made an integral part of the curriculum when the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation started educational institutions; and with the establishment of the Sri Sathya Sai University of which Baba is the Chancellor, the EHV programme has blossomed to fullness.

Two thirds of a student’s education take place outside the classroom; therefore to ensure that there is no dilution of the EHV programme, these institutions are strictly residential.

Admission to the institutions is based only on merit; and beyond the primary school stage, there is segregation of the sexes; no fee is collected; even hostel accommodation is free; the students only pay a nominal sum for food. Except during vacations when they are sent home, everyday is a working day; even festivals and holidays are converted into learning opportunities.

Academically speaking, these institutions compare with the best in the world in terms of qualified faculty and facilities; besides, classes and examinations are held very studiously. Naturally, the results are enviable and many of the alumni are scholarship students with the CSIR, Indian Institute of Science and so on.

Sports and games also get pride of place. But the main thrust of the Sathya Sai system of education is on moulding the personality of the student, for Baba says, “The end of the education is character; education is for life and not just for a living.” The watchwords in the Sathya Sai institutions are cooperation and harmony. Discipline, orderliness and patience needed for this are assiduously cultivated.

I asked an old student how this was achieved. She smiled and said; “Standing silently and waiting patiently for one’s turn—be it for a bath, breakfast, games or class and back; well, this disciplined routine itself is a great teacher!” Time management is another concept learnt by practice. There are no holidays to laze around; no whiling away over a pack of cards; no watching the idiot box; no gossiping. A key factor that ensures the success of the programme is that the teachers lead from the front.

Practical training in living together as a community is imparted by a self reliance programme. Although there are cooks, electricians, plumbers and so on at the hostels, the running of the mess, cleaning of rooms, maintenance of hygiene, electricity and water supply maintenance, keeping music equipment and sports equipment in good condition — all these activities are done by the students. A history student may thus learn how to change a fuse; a literature student may learn how to take care of overhead tanks; a physics student may learn how to cook and so on. Within one hour, five hundred students eat noiselessly in a mess and leave after all the plates and glasses are washed.

EHV is infused into the teaching of academic subjects as well. That products from trees are used in the manufacture of perfumes; this example, is converted into a fantastic EHV opportunity when the social studies teacher says:

“Look at the mango tree—you throw stones at it and yet in return it gives you delicious mangoes. And as for the sandalwood tree — it imparts fragrance even to the very axe that fells it. See their spirit of sacrifice! That is what we too should cultivate.:

The biology teacher while teaching about bacterial diseases explains how the loss of pain sensation leads to the mutilation of hands and feet in leprosy patients; as a spin off, he adds “So pain and suffering also have beneficial role on life.”

The chemistry teacher while teaching about subatomic particles says “Just as electrons exist unseen in all matter, living or nonliving, so does divinity exist unseen in all things.” Another facet of the EHV programme is the awareness module. Adolescence and youth are biologically explosive times when hormones race thorough the system and cause violent emotions and feelings. The awareness programmes help students understand themselves better. Fear, ambition, success, failure, inferiority complex, birth, marriage, death—students thrash out all these issues with teachers; often the Chancellor too participates and guides. For a practical exposition, the epics of various religions, the lives of saints and the scriptures of various faiths are also studied. In these days of communal and sectarian strife, the message clearly sent down in the Sathya Sai system is; there is only one religion—the religion of love; only one caste—the caste of humanity; and only one language. The language of heart. The students live this precept out, for the festivals of all religions are celebrated. A student of this system is equally at home singing Christmas Carols, chanting the Vedas and reciting the Suras of the Holy Koran.

An in-depth exposure to Indian culture and spirituality is another exercise that contributes to the success of the EHV programme. Be it Adi Sankara, the Sufis, Buddha, the Thirthankaras or Gandhiji, the students are exposed to everything; and to make the exercise more meaningful, the lessons are driven home through mime, theatre, plays and concerts. Fine arts are also given great importance; for it is art that uplifts and refines man. At the Puttaparthi campus, on every Tuesday, the boys have a fine arts session, aptly named “Saama,” when everything ranging form Carnatic music, Kathakali, Bachn’ Beethoven, and tribal music dance are demonstrated and discussed.

The flagship of the Sathya Sai university is the MBA course. Total quality Management and Re-engineering, the mantras of modern management schools are suitably modified here. TQM translates as “Total harmony in the quality of thought, word and deed” and RE as humility combined with co-ordination of head-heart and hand for without the former one would not accept the need for change and benchmarking; and without the latter the change would never take place. The cold, market economics usually taught at business schools acquires the warmth of compassion and human values at this institute.

Excerpted from an article by
Dr. Hemamalini Seshadri
The Hindu