Sri Lanka Celebrates Birthday Of Sai Baba

Sri Lanka Celebrates Birthday Of Sai Baba
Colombo, PTI:

Hundreds of devotees celebrated the 83rd birthday of Sri Sathya Sai Baba of Puttaparthi with traditional lighting of lamps, songs and other renditions on the occasion.

The glittering Sai Baba Centre at Colombo witnessed a sea of people on Sunday with the devotees waiting patiently to get a glimpse of the highly decorated Sai Baba’s portraits on his birthday.

At the crack of the dawn, people were seen queuing the centre as the celebrations began at 5 am with recitation from the Omkar, Suprabhatam and Nagarsangeerthan at the venue.

The people sang along with the music from the loud speakers at the centre on the occasion as the celebrations continued through out the day.

A chariot procession was also taken out on the eve of Sai Baba’s birthday on Saturday while people followed the illuminated rath chanting religious hymns.

The global akhanda bhajan (non-stop twenty-four hour devotional singing) was held at Sai Mandir on 8th and 9th November as a prelude to the birthday celebrations of Sai baba.

The Sai Mandir in Colombo also witnessed various functions on the occasion, with religious saints initiating the mangala arathi, veda chanting and omkar bhajan.

The Sivananda Nilayam and the Ramakrishna Mission Hall also hosted religious functions on the occasion.

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Baba Gifts Varsity Campus To Muddenahalli

Baba Gifts Varsity Campus To Muddenahalli
24 Nov 2008, 0014 hrs IST, B S MANU RAO, TNN

Puttaparthi : A campus of the Sri Sathya Sai University will be set up at Muddenahalli by Sri Sathya Sai Baba. This campus will offer degree courses to help students from the area acquire a degree without having to incur the costs of coming to a college in Bangalore. Like all of Baba’s institutions, this too will be totally free of charge.

Baba made this announcement on Sunday evening while addressing a huge gathering of devotees on the occasion of his 83rd birthday celebrations at the Sai Kulwanth Hall, Prashanti Nilayam. Presently, two schools aided by Baba’s Trust offer SSLC and CBSC schooling free of charge.

Over a lakh of devotees thronged Prashanti Nilayam on Sunday for the birthday celebrations. The bedecked ashram wore a festive look. Rameshwar Thakur, Governor of Karnataka, and cricketer Sunil Gavaskar were among the devotees.

Baba stressed on the need to cultivate love. He called on the devotees to harbour love for all, regardless of whether others help or hurt them.

Bhajans and talks on spirituality marked the occasion. “It is only the seeds of love that can lead a person to peace and out of this epidemic of turmoil all around. And this is just what Baba is doing. This is what his birthday is all about”, said C Sreenivas, who has been closely associated with Baba for decades and has worked on all his major social welfare projects.

Sreenivas summed up the significance of the celebrations aptly, “Baba’s discourse on Saturday dwelt on love. It is perceptible here. This is what we need in these troubled times”.

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Muddenahalli is a village situated 7 km from Chikballapur in Kolar District of Karnataka State. It is the birth place of Sir. M. Visweswaraih, one of the profound engineers India has seen. 0.5 km from Muddenahalli is the residential school, Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Pre-University College. The School has hostel facility in seven batches, State syllabus from 8th standard to 10th standard both English and Kannada, junior high school from 5th standard to 7th standard Kannada medium only, CBSE syllabus from 6th standard to 10th standard and PUC commerce & Science. The School was created by Mr. Late Madiyal Narayana Bhat, primarily in Alike, South Canara and eventually in Muddenahalli. After the death of Sri Madiyal Narayan Bhat the School is run under the guidance & blessing of Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

The school has a dedicated team of more than 70 lectures, whole dedicated to the upliftment of the society, and with commitment of serving for the cause for which the school has started. Sri B Narayana Bhat is the honourable secretary of the institution.

Every year hundreds of students from all grades pass out of the institution with full discipline and moral integrity developed within them through the institution. Today Muddenahalli has grown as full fledge college having science,commerce, arts in pre-university level. Today hundreds of students having strength of shining character, incredible attitude towards teachers, parents, elders andsociety.

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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