Mass wedding on May 16th, 50 couples to tie knot

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba


Mass wedding on May 16th, 50 couples to tie knot

The Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, Pune, will organise a mass wedding on May 16, the birth anniversary of Sathya Sai Baba, at Phulgaon village in Pune.

“We have booked 50 couples, which include some Muslim and Buddhist couples, who have agreed to get married on the appointed day,’’ said, Venkatesh Jalgi, district co-ordinator Pune, Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation.

The couples have been chosen from different rural areas of Pune and are not able to afford marriages. “The couples have been drawn from diverse backgrounds and they came forward for the marriage, which is being held free of cost. We are providing utensils and clothes to the couples,’’ Jalgi said.

The marriages are being held in an austere setting without any pomp and show and the estimated expenditure incurred by the organisation on each marriage is between Rs 10,000 and 15,000, he said.

“Some of the couples are from slum areas and some belong to families of farmers. We took the initiative as in villages such as Phulgaon, couples have been running into debt and cannot afford weddings,’’ Jalgi said.

The organisation looks into the area of socio-economic development of the people from the rural backgrounds of Pune, and it is for the first time that it is organising the marriages on such a large scale.

“We are targeting the solemnisation of around 85 marriages on Sathya Sai Baba’s 85th birth anniversary. This is being held on the auspicious occasion of Akshaya Tritiya,’’ added Jalgi.

The Sathya Seva Organisation plans to keep the event sombre. He said the organisation booked the marriage offers through its Grameen Seva Kendra at Phulgaon village and has collected donations for the event.

“We have a well-established network of philanthropists, who have come forward to fund the event. We are doing this as there are hardly any organizations that work towards helping people conduct marriages, thus laying the base for the basic social unit of the society,’’ said Jalgi.

He added that most of the couples who have come forward have got their respective matches arranged by their parents.

Indian Express Reference

Sathya Sai Organisation Of Australia In Fiji

Sathya Sai Organisation Of Australia In Fiji

Free checks draw crowd
By Mereseini Marau
Saturday, August 22, 2009

A TEAM of 32 doctors and nurses provided free medical service to people of Navua and surrounding areas at the Lomary Catholic Primary School on Thursday.

The team includes six general practitioners, four nurses, three dentists, one dental processor, two eye specialists, three pharmacists and two gynaecologists. They are members of Sathya Sai Organisation of Australia — a non-governmental organisation.

Team leader Dr Gunu Naker said they saw more than 3000 people at Tavua, Ba, Sigatoka and Navua.

“Many people come for eye check, blood pressure, heart check and skin rash,” Dr Naker said.

“Some problems we had were people didn’t bring their medication and glasses, so we are unable to offer much advice whether they should continue with that medication or start with the ones we give,” he said.

The main aim of the group was to provide free medical service to people in rural areas, who would otherwise could not go to hospital because they can’t pay for transportation.

“We met the Ministry of Health and they informed us which areas needed medical attention and we visited them.”

Ranadi Rokosalu had a free check at Lomary.

“I am happy because some of us from the interior find it hard to go to Suva for expert advice.”

The team was in Nadi yesterday.

Fiji Times Online Reference
Official Sathya Sai Baba Website

Sai camp provides free care
22-Aug-2009 11:25 AM

MORE than five hundred people of Nadi took advantage of a free medical camp set up by medical professionals associated with the Satya Sai Organization in Australia.

Team leader Doctor Gunu Naker who is a general practitioner based in Australia is in the country with a team of more than twenty highly trained specialists and general practitioner doctors.

Doctor Naker told Fiji Daily Post that the medical camp trip to Fiji which started last year is getting popular every year.

“Last year we were able to see over three thousand patients,” Doctor Naker said.

He said all medical services including specialist diagnosis given to patients were absolutely free.

“The Satya Sai Organization is not a religious but a spiritual organization and service to mankind is an absolute priority,” Doctor Naker said.

He said the medical wing of the SSO in Australia has a team of thirty medical professionals and there is a sister team based in New Zealand as well. “Our Kiwi counterparts have been coming over here for the past four years now and they mostly concentrate in Vanua Levu but they have spent two days in Viti Levu during their last visit as well,” Doctor Naker said.

He said the free medical camp this year had taken place following a medical conference which was held at Dr. Umanand Prasad Medical School based at the University of Fiji. “We were very fortunate to have had the company of the Honourable Minister for Health Dr. Neel Sharma in the conference as well.”

He said the medical conference was well attended by the medical fraternity and is gaining momentum each year.

“The conference and free medical camp will now be an ongoing thing because it was very important to have a good medical facility so that everyone benefits in the end.”

“Students from the school have been joining us as well ever since we started last year and it is nice to have them amongst us as they get to learn a lot from their experiences,” Doctor Naker said.

He also thanked the management and staff of Andrews Primary School for providing the venue for yesterday’s medical camp.

By SHALENDRA PRASAD

Fiji Daily Post Reference
Official Sathya Sai Baba Website

Free Medical Camps

Free Medical Camps
Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Sathya Sai Service Organization of Fiji will undertake free medical services in the rural areas of Northern and Western Division with the assistance of medical volunteers and other personnel from New Zealand, Australia, including local practitioners.

Chairman of Sathya Sai Service Organization Dr Narendra Reddy says medical camps have been organized for villagers in Daku and Vunika and today they are conducting clinics in Tukavesi.

He says from this Friday the group will be providing services in the western division.

“This year we are having 2 big medical camps in 2 regions. One is being performed in Vanua Levu this week and there are 34 doctors in that group. 32 from New Zealand, 1 from Australia and I from Australia. The second group is coming later this week.”

He said the group of 32 Australian doctors will be concentrating largely on Viti Levu. He adds consultations will be provided by experienced medical personnel.

“These doctors come with all the different fields in medicine so they are gynecologists, dentists, physiotherapists, general practitioners and all the various fields in medicine. The group will consist of just about all the major needs of places. On that basis they come here.”

Dr Reddy says they have been organizing these free medical camps from 2005 and every year more than 4000 people benefit from this.

The Sai Medicare camps will be undertaken from 9.00am to 3.00pm daily.

Radio Fiji Reference

Official Sathya Sai Baba Website

81 Ways to Serve Mankind

Sri Sathya Sai

Sri Sathya Sai


81 Ways to Serve Mankind
Helping the Less-privileged Sections of Society

  1. Organising Narayana Seva by distributing food and clothes to needy people.
  2. Organising free food centres for needy people.
  3. Providing Amruta Kalasham (bag of food items) to needy families.
  4. Providing rugs and blankets during winter season to poor people.
  5. Providing Sai Protein to meet the nutritional needs of poor people.
  6. Organising systematic poverty alleviation schemes for the most needy sections of society by adopting needy families.
  7. Organising Grama Seva in villages for conducting programmes of total village uplift.
  8. Providing training and means of self-employment to needy people.
  9. Providing training and efficient tool kits to plumbers, electricians, carpenters and other trained professional workers to make them self-reliant.
  10. Organising self-help groups in villages for maintaining sanitation and for constructing public utility conveniences like approach roads, water storage tanks, bus shelters, etc.
  11. Constructing houses / shelters for those who are without shelter.
  12. Providing help in repairing of houses for those who live in dilapidated or unsafe houses.
  13. Setting up orphanages to take care of destitute children.
  14. Setting up old age homes for old people.
  15. Organising visits to old age homes to help aged people.
  16. Providing drinking water to people in scarcity affected areas by digging wells and setting up water supply schemes in rural and remote areas.
  17. Providing electric supply to remote areas which are still without electricity.
  18. Organising cleanliness drives in villages.
  19. Adopting villages for village uplift programmes.
  20. Providing the services of agricultural scientists to farmers at their doorstep to improve the agricultural yield.
  21. Conducting mass marriages to save on wasteful expenditure on marriages.
  22. Organising rehabilitation programmes for homeless street children.
  23. Providing tricycles to physically challenged persons to make them mobile.
  24. Conducting Seva camps during religious fairs for providing sanitation, medical aid and guidance to pilgrims.
  25. Conducting youth camps to guide the youth on the path of Seva and spirituality.
  26. Conducting youth camps to provide training in disaster management.
  27. Organising disaster management during calamities like floods, earthquakes, etc., for saving lives of people.
  28. Organising relief measures for the rehabilitation of victims of disasters.
  29. Setting up small-scale village industries for providing employment to villagers, especially the housewives to utilise their spare time and increase the income of the family.
  30. Providing electronic devices like iCARE developed by Sathya Sai Organisation of Arizona (U.S.A.) to help the visually challenged persons to read books and to identify people.
  31. Helping the villagers to make water safe for drinking by chlorination of wells and water tanks.
  32. Setting up agricultural institutes for training the children of farmers in better techniques of farming.
  33. Providing value-based education to students for proper use of water and other natural resources so as to avoid wastage.
  34. Organising tree plantation drives for planting more trees to combat deforestation.
  35. Conducting surveys in villages for providing need-based services to the villagers.
  36. Organising Bhajans, meditation and lectures in jails for the reformation of the inmates.
  37. Conducting health check-up camps and organising health education meets to prevent the spread of diseases.
  38. Putting up health education exhibitions to provide guidance to people on health education.
  39. Organising medical camps for providing free medicare to underprivileged sections of society in villages, urban slums and remote areas.
  40. Setting up free homoeopathic, ayurvedic and allopathic dispensaries to dispense medicines to needy people.
  41. Setting up hospitals for providing free medical treatment to less privileged sections of society.
  42. Setting up hospices for terminally ill patients like the one set up by the Sathya Sai Seva Organisation of Sri Lanka
  43. Organising malaria eradication programmes like the Sainet Project started by the Sai Organisation in Kenya.
  44. Organising visits to spastic homes to help spastic children.
  45. Setting up leprosy home for rehabilitating lepers and providing treatment to them.
  46. Setting up schools for deaf and dumb children for their rehabilitation
  47. One single act of service offered to the God whom you visualise in another is worth all the years of yearning for God.
  48. Providing hearing aids and spectacles to needy people.
  49. Providing artificial limbs to needy physically challenged people.
  50. Organising medical help and counselling to mentally challenged people.
  51. Setting up schools for the visually challenged.
  52. Monitoring and improving the health and nutritional needs of expecting mothers.
  53. Providing health check-ups in schools and colleges for students.
  54. Organising special medical camps for drug de- addiction and freedom from bad habits like smoking.
  55. Visiting hospitals and distributing gifts with humility and love to patients on various festive occasions.
  56. Conducting free veterinary camps for treating domestic animals in rural areas
  57. Providing the services of livestock experts to villagers at their doorstep for improving the health of the livestock, and for the eradication of diseases of the livestock.
  58. Setting up schools, colleges and other educational institutions for providing free value-based education to students.
  59. Conducting literacy classes to eradicate illiteracy in rural areas, urban slums and other backward areas.
  60. Providing scholarships, books and other teaching and reading material to needy school children.
  61. Conducting free coaching classes for helping needy students.
  62. Constructing buildings for schools in villages with the help and cooperation of villagers.
  63. Conducting Bal Vikas classes for providing education in human values to children.
  64. Conducting seminars to provide value-orientation to school and college teachers.
  65. Conducting interfaith meetings to foster love and harmony between followers of different religions.
  66. Conducting summer courses on Indian Culture and Spirituality to spread awareness about Bharat’s cultural and spiritual heritage.
  67. Setting up forums of professionals like lawyers, professors, businessmen, doctors to provide value-orientation to professionals.
  68. Setting up exhibitions to spread the teachings of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba on social service, village uplift and for spreading the values like Sathya, Dharma, Santhi, Prema, Ahimsa in society.
  69. Conducting Pallaki Seva (palanquin processions) and Nagar Sankirtan in villages, towns and cities for the spiritual regeneration of people.
  70. Spreading awareness about the need of values in society through Ratha Yatra, seminars, conferences, etc.
  71. Organising cultural activities like dramas, Burra Katha to spread values among people.
  72. Holding exhibitions and seminars on Sathya Sai Parenting to educate the parents how to inculcate values in children.
  73. Setting up Sathya Sai Human Values Institutes to train human values teachers.
  74. Conducting Bhajan classes and Bhajan centres.
  75. Conducting spiritual retreats and Sadhana camps for the spiritual advancement of people.
  76. Conducting functions like Mass Upanayanam to initiate children on spiritual path.
  77. Conducting Yajnas for the welfare of the world and promoting the teaching and learning of Vedas by setting up Vedic schools and honouring Vedic scholars.
  78. Publishing books and magazines and producing films to make people aware of the humanitarian work of Bhagavan.
  79. Producing serials on the Life and Message of Bhagavan for broadcasting to educate people about the ideals of Bhagavan like “Love All Serve All”.
  80. Producing ACD’s VCD’s, DVD’s on the teachings of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba to spread values in society.
  81. Holding meetings at local, national and international levels to propagate the ideals of morality, ethics, spirituality taught by Bhagavan.

(Reference: Sanathana Sarathi Pgs 370-373 November 2005)

Mawar Presents Deepavali Goodies To The Needy

Mawar Presents Deepavali Goodies To The Needy

JOHOR BARU: Donations given to D. Mariyee put a smile on her face as she was touched for not been forgotten by society.

The 73-year-old was among 37 poor people who received Deepavali goodies from Majlis Wanita Johor (Mawar) at a ceremony in the Sathya Sai Baba Centre here on Friday.

The mother of four, who received items like festive cookies, tit-bits and cash, said, since her husband’s death 23 years ago, she had been working hard to provide for her family.

“I have been unable to work after falling and injuring myself three years ago. I rely on my daughter-in-law and donations to help me get by,” she said.

Mariyee said she was forced to stay with her daughter-in-law after floods washed away her house last year.

“I am thankful for the aid given by Mawar. I believe it will add to the festive cheer in our house,” said the single mother.

Mariyee receiving the festive goodies from Safiah while the Sathya Sai Baba Centre’s state coordinator Govindan Karuppiah (right) looks on at the event in Johor Baru recently.

In gratitude: Mariyee receiving the festive goodies from Safiah while the Sathya Sai Baba Centre’s state coordinator Govindan Karuppiah (right) looks on at the event in Johor Baru recently.


Another recipient, retiree T.S. Pakirisamy, said it was the first time he had received such help.

“My wife is a stroke victim and has been paralysed for 10 years. I hope the goodies can help lift spirits in our house,” said the 76-year-old.

Meanwhile, single mother M. Kalarani, 44, said she worked as a cleaner to support herself and six children.

“My husband passed away two years ago and I am the sole breadwinner for the family. I am grateful that Mawar is lending a helping hand as I do not earn much as cleaner and don’t have extra money for the Deepavali celebration,” she said.

Mawar Welfare Bureau chairman Datin Safiah Aris, who presented the goodies to the families, said she was pleased to see the smiles on the recipients’ faces.

She represented Sultanah of Johor Sultanah Zanariah Tunku Ahmad at the event.

Reference

Tanzania: Sathya Sai Baba Community Gives ‘Gift of Vision’ to Villagers

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Tanzania: Sathya Sai Baba Community Gives ‘Gift of Vision’ to Villagers
Arusha Times (Arusha)
31 August 2008
Shakuntla Vishani

As a part of the Sai Baba Community Service Project charity program and prior to Sathya Sai Baba‘s 83rd Birthday on 23rd November, the Community has organised Eye Camps to help people who suffer from eye problems and cannot afford to have treatment.

The project has managed to organise two Eye Camps in two months. The first Eye Camp took place in July this year and the second in August.

Both Eye Camps were organised in association with The New Century Lions Club of Arusha. The first Eye Camp was held at the junctions of Kilimanjaro International Airport and more than 300 people from neighbouring villages attended it.

Patients were given specialist treatment, medicine and glasses free of charge. More than 15 people needed Cataract Operation and were referred to Specialist Eye Hospitals.

Six of the elderly people from Lemara, Themi and Kijenge who needed Cataract Operation were referred to Meru District Hospital in Tengeru and were assured by the project of full post operation care.

The elders who were operated on got their vision back and thanked the organisers of the charity for their initiative.

After the outcome from the first Eye Camp, the project had a second Eye Camp in Njiro Container on 24th August in association with The New Century Lions Club of Arusha and with the help of Engutoto Councillor Mr. Alfred Mollel, the Ward Executive Officer Mr. Kitumbo and other Ward officers.

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