AP Gets Rs 800cr From Centre

AP Gets Rs 800cr From Centre
Express News Service
First Published : 24 Oct 2009 04:03:52 AM IST

Chief Minister K Rosaiah seeking the blessings of Sri Sathya Sai Baba at Prasanti Nilayam in Puttaparti on Friday

Chief Minister K Rosaiah seeking the blessings of Sri Sathya Sai Baba at Prasanti Nilayam in Puttaparti on Friday

PUTTAPARTHI: Chief Minister K Rosaiah today said the State had received Rs 800 crore from the Centre towards crop insurance for the last Kharif season and an order was issued for payment of Rs 386 crore to the affected farmers.

Addressing a gathering at Satyasai Airport, the Chief Minister thanked the people of Anantapur district for their help to flood victims. At a time when the government had declared 981 mandals in the State drought hit, unexpected and unprecedented floods wreaked a havoc.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi visited the flood affected areas and announced an immediate relief of Rs 1,000 crore, he said.

Rosaiah who arrived here from Bangalore, drove straight to Shanti Bhavan enroute Sai Kulwanth Hall in Prashanti Nilayam. The Chief Minister touched the feet of Sri Satya Sai Baba and sought his blessings. Sathya Sai Baba gave a private audience to the Chief Minister in the Green Room for about 30 minutes.

Earlier, he was received by Agriculture Minister N Raghuveera Reddy, former minister JC Diwakar Reddy, ZP Chairperson T Kavitha, Anantapur Mayor R Parasuram, Anantapur MP A Venkatarami Reddy, Hindupur TDP MP Nimmala Kishtappa, TDP legislators P Raghunatha Reddy, Abdul Ghani, Congress MLAs B Gurnadha Reddy, K Madhusudhan Gupta, K Venkatarami Reddy, District Collector B Janardhan Reddy, SP MK Singh, Joint Collector Anitha Ramachandran, Congress leaders T Bhaskar Reddy, Y Visweswar Reddy and others.

Later, Rosaiah left for Bangalore.

Express Buzz Reference

India Floods – Government Of Karnataka Flood Website Launched

India Floods – Government Of Karnataka Flood Website Launched
Bangalore, Oct 11, DH News Service:

Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Sunday launched an exclusive website — karunadu.gov.in/floodrelief2009/, which gives a detailed information about the recent flood fury.

It also has information about the relief and rehabilitation works the Government has taken up. The website will post the names of those who contribute for the relief works. It is connected to the official website of Karnataka Government — http://www.karnataka.gov.in

Meanwhile, donations for flood victims kept pouring in. As a contribution towards relief of flood victims, Sri Panduranga Vishnu Sahasranama Mandali, has transported and distributed 20,000 chapatis and bun packets.

The President of the International Federation of Karnataka Christian Associations (IFKCA), Bangalore, Ronald Colaco has donated a sum of Rs 10 lakh towards the CM’s relief fund.

Karnataka Medical Council has contributed Rs 1 lakh towards Chief Minister’s relief fund to help rehabilitate flood affected victims.

Basavanagudi Srinivasa BJP Mahila Morcha collected Rs 21,600 and donated it towards CM’s flood relief fund.

Karnataka State Tailor’s association contributed Rs. 1 lakh towards CM’ relief fund. Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations (founded by Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba), Karnataka have sent 5 truck loads of relief materials.

Federation of Karnataka Electricity Board Employee’s Union and Associations and all Escoms has contributed one-day’s salary and Rs 3 crore towards Chief Minister’s relief fund.

Karnataka Soaps and Detergents Limited have contributed Rs 50 lakh towards CM’s relief fund.

Deccan Herald Reference

Government Of Karnataka Flood Relief Website

Mystery Of The Missing Yogi

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba

Mystery Of The Missing Yogi

Read up on Giri Naidu’s (12th standard student in Prashanthi Nilayam shcool) experience as published in Sanathana Sarathi, March 1985.

A few days remained for the Navaratri festival to begin at Prasanthi Nilayam. I was at Madras, having no hopes of witnessing the grand celebrations at Parthi.

One night Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba appeared in my dream. The next night too He appeared in my dream and repeated His order, “Leave for Parthi immediately.” I dreamt that I pleaded with Him, “Oh Baba! How to come to You when I am caught in the coils of never ending troubles.” Bhagawan replied, “Nonsense! Come immediately.” I was worried how I could leave for Parthi when my mother and sister were critically ill, and I not much better than they. The day passed while I was in a dilemma.

On the third night again my Lord appeared in my dream but not as Sai Baba, but as Sai Shiva, for He looked at poor me with angry eyes and lashed and thrashed me verbally for not obeying His divine command, and once again He summoned me to Parthi, without regard to my tearful pleadings.

I woke up in the morning dazed. I was unable to make up my mind. But the thought of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba again coming in my dream made me tremble. I dared not keep my head on the pillow, fearing I would fall asleep and He might again appear in my dream and give me another sound verbal thrashing. Somehow I decided to leave for Parthi that very night.

That day Madras seemed to have incurred the wrath of Indra for it rained incessantly. With the help of our sympathetic neighbour, my ailing mother, sister and myself boarded the night bus for Anantapur. We were to reach Anantapur at dawn. We spent the night miserably but waiting for the glorious day to dawn. As the bus sped by, tearing through the dark night I pined to see the golden rays of the sun. My childish emotions overpowered me, for I accused the sun of being lazy and a late riser. It was not too long when my angry accusation turned into prayers too. I prayed to the sun to rise fast at least for my sake. But the sun took his own sweet time, and the day dawned.

The bus was nearing Anantapur when it came to a halt with a sudden jolt. There was a bridge which it had to cross. It was heavily flooded. All around was a scene of destruction. The bus took an hour to cross the flooded bridge, with great difficulty. After we had crossed the bridge, to our great delight we found a bus going to Puttaparthi trying to cross the bridge. Our bus conductor advised us three to quickly get down and board the bus leaving for Parthi, without our going to the Anantapur bus stand. We hurriedly brought our luggage down and boarded the Puttaparthi bus. The latter’s conductor was very hostile. He rudely said, “There is no place, so get off the bus.” When I tried to request him, he took our luggage and threw it out of the bus, and forced us to get down. To our great dismay we found that the Anantapur bus was nowhere in sight and the deserted look all around made me shiver in fright. To my great surprise, as soon as we got down from the bus bound for Parthi, the bus could not move as its engine refused to start. Half of its chassis was in the water and half on dry land. It could neither proceed forward nor go back. It refused to move an inch.

My mother and sister seated themselves on the luggage and were on the verge of collapse. I stood beside the raging river and viewed the angry waters, while mother sat lost in prayer or despair, I do not know. Broken logs of timber rolled and came dashing against the bridge. The corpse of a goat was caught in the swift current of the swirling waters. The dark sky above seemed to be determined on a downpour to drench us, The grim situation cast a gloomy spell on me. I cursed myself for being responsible for the watery grave I had chosen, as I felt our end not far.

Something said within me that the Lord is my host and why should I give myself away to despair and frustration. No sooner had this thought occurred in my mind than I felt the pressure of a hand on my back. I whirled round and saw, “a white long robed yogi with a white beard and matted hair” smiling at me. He had a tender voice and spoke softly. His eyes twinkled and his face shone with splendour. I stood bewitched while he spoke, “Son! You seem to be troubled. Tell me, it may be that I could help you.” Hearing him speak such kind words, I was very much delighted. I told him of the soup that we were in. He gave me a reassuring smile and said, “Is that all! O. K. How many persons are you?” I replied, “There are three of us.” Then I saw him dig his hand into the side pocket of his robe and take out three pink tickets. The smiling yogi said, “I don’t need them, you can take them.” Now with tickets in our hands we boarded the bus that still stood there. As I was boarding the bus, I again felt a pat on my back. I looked behind and saw. It was the smiling yogi. He then uttered these mysterious words, “You go to Puttaparthi and `I’ shall meet you there.” And he hurriedly walked away.

We climbed the bus. The bus conductor gave us a threatening look before he could speak out a word, I showed him the tickets that the yogi gave me, The conductor was shocked and he questioned me, “From where did you get them.” I told him about the yogi. He got down from the bus to look for the yogi. The yogi could be found nowhere. He seemed to have melted into the thin air of the deserted region. The conductor climbed into the bus. He looked shaken. He timidly got three seats vacated and offered them to us. As soon as we took our seats, the engine that had refused to start for two hours miraculously started all of a sudden, and the bus moved towards its destination.

The happy passengers shouted with joy and the air was rent with shouts of JAI SAI RAM!


Sathya Sai Housing Project In K’para Reaches Final Stage

Sathya Sai Housing Project In K’para Reaches Final Stage
BHUBANESWAR | Monday, March 30, 2009 | Pioneer News Service | Paradip

The Sathya Sai Housing Project at Samjori, Tikhiri and Mahanangala villages in Kendrapara district is on the verge of completion and the keys of the houses will be handed over to the beneficiaries soon by Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba himself at Prasanthi Nilayam in the first week of April.

It is worth mentioning here that after hearing the plight of the villagers affected by floods last year, Baba had declared to construct economical houses funded by Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, Prasanthi Nilayam with technical expertise from L&T for the poor villagers. Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, Orissa had reached to the interior areas of the villages during flood to distribute relief. The organisation also carried out surveys in the marooned villages and selected beneficiaries to be included under the housing scheme.

Thereafter, a target was fixed to complete the houses within two months. However the same could not be completed within the stipulated time due to inaccessible road conditions for transporting construction materials, earmarking of lands for constructing the houses and other various factors.

However, due to the tireless efforts of the devotees of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, Orissa and the grace of Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the project is in the final stage.

A total number of 60 houses have been constructed in these three villages of Kendrapara district under the guidance of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samiti, Paradip.

It is reported that the Gruhapravesha festival is likely to be carried out during second week of April.

It is learnt from the youth coordinator of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samiti, Paradip, Narahari Subudhi, that the beneficiaries of the houses are travelling to Puttaparthi on March 31, 2009 by Prasanthi Express to receive the house keys from Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

The Pioneer Reference

Orissa Flood Relief: Housing Project

Orissa Flood Relief: Housing Project

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba

During third week of September, 2008, depression in the Bay of Bengal led to heavy rains & floods in coastal region of the state of Orissa in India. The embankments along the rivers Mahanadi, Brahmani and Baitarani were breached in many places thereby flooding more than 6,000 villages in 18 districts of the state leaving about 40 lakh (or 4 million) people homeless. The districts of Kendrapara, Puri, Jagatsinghpur and Cuttack were the worst affected. Relief work was slow and inadequate due to the continuous inclement weather and insufficient infrastructure. Many roads, bridges and railway tracks were either completely washed away or had become unusable. Having robbed thousands of their houses, properties, livestock, and livelihoods, nature’s fury left behind a trail of devastation and despondency of unseen magnitude in recent times in the country.
Sathya Sai Baba Blesses Orissa Flood Victims

Sathya Sai Baba Blesses Orissa Flood Victims

Meanwhile with Bhagawan’s blessings, the members of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations in Orissa and its neighbouring states rushed to their brethren in distress with food, clothing, medicines, and other relief materials. But Bhagawan was not content with this. It was on 7th October, the sacred day of Ayudha Pooja during the Dasara festival at Prasanthi Nilayam that everyone came to know of Bhagawan’s Sankalpa (resolve). Sri V.Srinivasan, the All India President of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations in his speech stated that Bhagawan was moved by the suffering of thousands of people who had been rendered homeless due to the recent floods in the state of Orissa and that He had decided to construct new concrete houses for them. The entire Sai Kulwant Hall was reverberating with applause for a long time at this spontaneous act of compassion of Divine Mother Sai for Her children in distress. Sri Srinivasan further mentioned that surveys were being conducted and plans were being drawn up at a rapid pace so that the houses would be ready at the earliest and, of course, Bhagawan was looking in to every minute detail to ensure that the people would feel happy and comfortable in their new homes. For instance, in places which are prone to frequent flooding, the houses are being constructed at safe height from the ground level. Also, agriculture being the predominant occupation of the villagers, space is being provided all around the house to shelter cattle and also to store the harvest.
Sai Seva And The Orissa Floods

Sai Seva And The Orissa Floods

A team comprising of representatives of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust and Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, Orissa conducted detailed surveys in various places. Beholding the messengers of hope, the flood-affected inhabitants of the villages welcomed them with great respect and expressed joy and gratitude that God had responded to their prayers for succour. Having conducted surveys and finalized the plans, the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, with the approval and cooperation of Government of Orissa commenced the Housing project with Bhoomi Pooja (ground breaking ceremony) on 30th November, 2008. As a part of Bhoomi Pooja, Nagarsankeertan (collective singing of Lord’s name while going around the village), Narayana Seva (distribution of food, clothes, blankets, etc.) was also conducted. Members of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation of Orissa have been providing able assistance in many ways due to their knowledge of local people and terrain.
Orissa Flood Victims Fed And Clothed

Orissa Flood Victims Fed And Clothed

Work is progressing in a planned and phased manner simultaneously in many villages in the districts of Kendrapara, Puri, Jagatsinghpur and Cuttack. Yet another saga of love is being unfolded… this time in a different setting and to a different section of people, but doubtlessly it is the same Divine Love of Bhagawan reaching out to His children.
Free Housing For Flood Victims In Orissa

Free Housing For Flood Victims In Orissa


Sathya Sai Baba Offers Rs 10 Crore Relief For Orissa Flood Victims

Sathya Sai Baba Blesses Orissa

Sathya Sai Baba Blesses Orissa

Sathya Sai Baba Offers Rs 10 Crore Relief For Orissa Flood Victims
Express News Service First Published : 08 Oct 2008 03:56:00 AM IST
Last Updated : 08 Oct 2008 09:47:24 AM IST

ANANTAPUR: Sri Satya Sai Baba has announced a relief of Rs 10 crore for flood victims of Orissa.

Sai Baba gave a darshan to his devotees at Prasanthi Nilayam in Puttaparthi today on the occasion of Dasara. Explaining the significance of the festival, he said it was the celebration of victory of good over evil.

All-India Sai Baba Seva Dal chairman Srinivasan said a team from Sathya Sai Baba Trust would visit the flood-hit areas in Orissa after Vijaya Dasami. Pucca houses would be constructed for flood victims with the relief announced by Sai Baba.

He also said the airport at Puttaparthi would be sold to mobilise funds for various schemes initiated by the trust for the welfare of the poor.