It was a red-lettered day for the district of Udupi when Bhagawan, our beloved Sai Krishna, set foot on the soil of this land, thereby sanctifying it. The town of Udupi is renowned for the tale of the great Saint Kanakadaasa, whose deep pining, pure love and steadfast devotion managed to move even the idol of Sri Krishna. Likewise, the pining and devotion of the devotees of this region moved our benevolent Lord, and out of his compassion, He chose to establish the Sri Sathya Sai Ananyaniketanam, a sea facing magnificent boys educational institution, a temple of learning.
The helicopter with Bhagawan in it, arriving from the Karwar campus, made touchdown at around 3 p.m. Following a brief break, Bhagawan reached the venue for the Bhoomi Puja with His guests, Mr Anthony Tan and Mrs Karen Tan from Singapore, and other dignitaries. Bhagawan received a traditional welcome with local musicians playing instruments unique to the coastal region of Karnataka.
Bhagawan then performed the Bhoomi Puja for the site.
Thereafter, Sri Madhusudan Nayak, an alumnus of the Sri Sathya Sai Institutions, hailing from Puttur, delivered the welcome address.
Sri Mahendra Hegde, the Chairman of the Udupi campus, addressed the gathering and in his talk, highlighted the expanding educational mission of Bhagawan. He reminisced about the vision of late Sri Madiyala Narayana Bhat, the Founder of Alike & Muddenahalli Institutions, whose desire to have value based teaching in every district of Karnataka was being realised today.
Mr Anthony Tan, Bhagawan’s ardent devotee from Singapore, spoke in brief and thanked Bhagawan for choosing the town of Udupi for establishing the new campus, a pristine hamlet where one could feast their eyes on the vast expanse of the sea and their hearts on the wonderfully intriguing tales of Krishna.
Sri Narasimha Murthy, Chancellor of the Sri Sathya Sai University for Human Excellence, who spoke next, elaborated on the four campuses for which the foundation stone was being laid during the course of the three day tour. He also announced that in the coming academic year, Bhagawan would be starting five more educational campuses, dedicated to providing value based learning for girls. He also revealed that Bhagawan would lay the foundation stone for the Madurai girls campus in May 2019.
This was followed by the Divine Discourse where Bhagawan stressed on the fact that right kind of education alone can transform the world and there is no other way! Bhagawan said for God who has created this universe, starting four campuses is not a great deal. And He also said, as the day progresses He would reveal His future plans. If all His plans were to be revealed now, it would be too much for people to take it! Bhagawan promised to visit Udupi campus again in June 2019.
Bhagawan, along with His devotees, then walked to the beach and stepped into the water. He spent a short while with the devotees and retired for the night.