Your Life is My Message
The Almighty, Omnipresent, Omniscient and Omnipotent Divinity chose His name and form as Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba at the present age of calamity to re-establish righteousness, human values in the society and thereby to enlighten man to be aware of DIVINITY within him and finally merge in the Universal Integrated Supreme Consciousness.
“I have come to light the lamp of love in your hearts, to see that it shines day by day with added lustre. I have not come to speak on behalf of any particular religion; nor have I come to collect followers for any doctrine. I have no plans to attract disciples or devotees into my fold or any fold. I have to come to tell you this universal faith, this athmic principle, this path of love, this duty of love, this obligation of love” – Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Ordinary man cannot perceive and experience the Truth (in its nakedness) which is nameless and formless. He descended to the human level to teach and elevate humanity. He did not establish a particular faith, but in fact brought together humanity under the principles of the brotherhood of man and the fatherhood of God. He exhorted a Hindu to be a better Hindu, a Muslim to be a better Muslim, a Christian to be a better Christian. The symbol/emblem of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organizations established by Bhagawan represents major religions. Everyone from Tibetan monks to Islamic scholars, Hindu pundits to Christian clergy, Sikh gurus to Buddhist preachers visited him and were received warmly and lovely manner. They were amazed at His deep understanding of their religious tenets and often admired the insights he provided.
My Life is My Message
Baba, a 20 year old boy wrote a letter to His elder brother Sheshama Raju on 25th May 1967 “I have a task :To foster all mankind and ensure for all people lives full of bliss. I have vow: To lead all who stay away from the straight path, back again into goodness and save them. I am attached to a task of love: To remove the suffering of the poor and grant them what they lack. You yourself will see the full glory upholding in the coming years”.
The world applauds Him for His massive social welfare projects – Drinking water schemes, Super Speciality Hospitals, Free education from KG to PG.
The schools and university were a result of the idea that education is a process of drawing out what is already latent in the individual. And that latent treasure is love, truth, right conduct, peace, understanding and compassion which Swami demonstrated in His physical form.
Swami has built healing temples with love at no cost. There are thousands of cardiac, neurological, urology, plastic, eyes, orthopaedic surgeries and free consultation for lacks of patients every year. The entire treatment including diagnosis, the procedure, stay in words, medicines and food is free. In fact hospitals have no bill-collection centres.
Sri Sathya Sai water project had provided water to over a 100 million people in India who had lived all their lives at the edge of drought and despair.
He rebuilt innumerable lives shattered by calamities and above all united people across all faiths, cultures, countries and classes with the universal love and tolerance by Swamis pure and selfless love.
True to His words, the change is there for the world to see. The sleepy ant-hill tiny village infested Puttavardhini to Puttaparthi, a busting International township – to transform many lives, to serve the helpless, a being who guided millions on the path of selfless service, and teacher whose love and compassion were boundless. No project was impossible, no task was daunting, no cost too high for Swami for benefit of the underprivileged and the helpless.
He stood as Role-Model and taught the way of (Divine Life) LIFE DIVINE. He showed his visiting cards of Leelas and Mahimas, then refining the individuals, by love and services to the society, realising that the “Other is not different from oneself” lead to the ultimate realisation of truth. In fulfilment of His declaration “My Life is my Message” has become true.
Sri Sathya Sai Organizations (India & International) conducts a very effective 9 years model of education (Balvikas or SSE) started by Swami in 1969, for the age group of 5 to 15 years across the world. It is the brain child of Swami, and benefited millions of children. Swami says “Education is for life, not merely for a earning and living” holds solutions to all the present-day problems including religious fanaticism, violence, greed, economic crisis and moral crisis. It has grown into a sturdy tree bearing sweet fruits for mankind and continuous to grow by His Loving and Divine blessings.
There are close to 100 Sri Satya Sai Schools in India and close to 50 in other countries implemented universal human values of Sai education within the framework of the local academic curriculum.
Inspired by Swamis Medicare projects, Sri Sathya Sai Organizations across the world are also deeply committed to the cause of free healthcare to all the needy and poor patients through medical centres, clinics, nursing homes. The organizations also conduct regular medical camps (mobile hospital service) in order to reach out those in the remote areas. They provide Sai Protein food; educate villagers on hygiene, food habits, disease prevention techniques etc. The spiritual component of this service in remote villages has strengthened community bonds and demonstrated how practicing human values leads to positive health and happiness brings in their lives.
The power of Babas unconditional love transformed many in India and other countries to take up mega water projects to serve the needy by providing pure drinking water in remote villages.
Nature’s Fury – God’s Mercy: Be it an earth quake, flood or famine, Sri Sathya Sai Organization, led and guided by Swami, has always been forefront of every disaster relief programme across the world to help the needy. Inspired by Swamis messages and teachings, “Love All – Serve All”, “Service to Man is Service to God”, thousands of volunteers from India and overseas are ever ready for the call of service, and often the first to reach and serve the affected with love and compassion at a high level of discipline.
In the process of Transformation
It is this pure love that distinguishes Swamis Projects and Institutions from others. It was this pure love that drew millions from around the world to his small village and galvanized them to serve their best to the society. Swami advocated the service as the highest form of worship.
The Sri Sathya Sai Organization started by Swami in 1960s stands for service with love, discipline with dignity, charity without publicity, relief beyond costs and help without distinction. Inspired by Swamis messages and living example of selfless love, millions of devotees throughout the world have embarked on the path of self-transformation and realization of their innate divinity through love, right conduct, peace, truth and non-violence.
Swamis recently in His late 80s changed His earlier statement of “My Life is My Message” to “Your Life is My Message”.
He has therefore placed onus on His Property, Who is His Property? – His Students, His Devotees, members of His Organizations from all over the world to practice His teachings through service to mankind. The time has come for each one to live upto the lofty ideals shown and trodden by Bhagawan.
Especially each member of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organizations -let us re-dedicate ourselves to practise and preach through the multifarious activities of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organizations and extend the service and our co-operation in the wings of Balavikas, Spiritual, Service, Mahila Vibhag, Youth and IT activities. So that our Master, Guide, Father, Mother and Philosopher, find all of us as befitting instruments in His master plan of rejuvenation of the whole humanity.
All of us in the organization have been personally taught by Him and it’s now our duty to continue His service to society with renewed enthusiasm –Transform self to transform the world.