Despite the heavy rains for the past few days, the divine Sankalpa ensured a bright sunny day on 2nd October, so the chopper could take off from Muddenehalli to Yelburga, in Koppal District where the new land was ready for the auspicious ceremonies to begin. Yet another beacon of hope, an educational Campus for boys with residential facilities, that would start functioning from June 2018, with the first batch of students in Grade VI. The story of this Campus is no less than a miracle. Last year during the Alumni meet in September, the Higher Education Minister and District incharge of Koppal, Mr Basavaraj Rayareddy, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest, and having visited Muddenehalli for the very first time he was massively impressed with the educational infrastructure and free work being done by Swami in rural India. With a prayer on his lips for a new campus in his constituency of Yelburga, Koppal, he left the place assuring everyone of all his support. Swami who heard his plea, immediately responded by announcing a Campus in Koppal that would commence from June 2018. Overwhelmed by Swami’s consolation, the Minister himself took all the pains to identify a suitable land of 52 acres, and also secured the various permissions from the Education and land department to help start the campus sooner than one could imagine. As a result, Swami blessed that the Bhoomi Puja be conducted on 2nd October in the outskirts of Yelburga, in the village of Kudri Kotagi on the D Day.
The town that was known for its arid weather was wet with heavy rains for the last week or so, a first in its history. A divine sign of unprecedented grace! However, the rains washed away the temporary helipad, and when everyone were worried as to what had to be done, the Minister came to the rescue and offered a newly made government helipad for Swami’s use! Not only that, he in fact prayed that Swami’s chopper to be the first to land, and thus bless the new helipad! And so it was done.
The chopper took off a little after 10 a.m. with a thousand pairs of eyes watching it rise from the stadium grounds, up in to the skies with guests from Greece, Mr George Sioufas, his wife Ms Evantia and their little son five-year-old Sai Narayan, along with Swami. It landed an hour and ten minutes later at Yelburga town where devotees were waiting to receive Swami. A quick 10 minutes drive, and everyone reached the Campus where a temporary structure was erected to conduct the public meeting, and the hall was already full with more than 500 people waiting along with Sri Basavaraj Rayareddy, the Minister and Sri Karadi Sanganna, Member of Parliament from Raichur district.
Swami first inaugurated a small two-room residence that was constructed on the site, and then amidst much curiosity and excitement of the onlookers, He did the Bhoomi Puja along with the Greek guests and Ministers.
Thereafter, all proceeded to the dias and took their seats. Sri Yatish Setty, who is an alumnus from Alike and currently serving as the Warden in Bijapur Campus is now the chosen instrument to serve as the Secretary of the new Campus at Koppal, ‘Sri Sathya Sai Sevaniketanam’, all of 28 years or so. He is an old head on a young shoulder, as was apparent from his welcome address to the gathering. Thereafter, Sri M S Sathyanarayana, Chairman of the Campus spoke, and this was followed by giving of gifts to the village people who had given their lands for the Campus. Sri Basavaraj Rayareddy in his eloquent oratory, mentioned his inspiration as Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, who’s mammoth drinking water projects inspired the 750 Crore water project for Yelburga and Kushtagi districts of Koppal, incidentally being undertaken by the same construction company which executed Swami’s projects, Larsen and Toubro. He was all praises for the continuing mission of Baba in the present times though chosen instruments like Sri B N Narasimha Murthy whom he also loving referred to as Murthy Anna. He reminisced the glorious moments in Muddenahalli where he received the grace of the new Campus in his place. “World class infrastructure coupled with high quality education for free, is the hall mark of Sathya Sai Education”, he remarked. Taking cue from his previous experience, he prayed for a girls campus as well in the Hyderabad- Karnataka region which seems to have a poorer than national average when it came to women literacy, and assured all the support to bring up the Sathya Sai University for Human Excellence in Gulbarga, the very next academic year.
Sri Karadi Sanganna, MP from Raichur, echoed his sentiments when he too joined him in praying for a girls campus in Raichur and assured all his support. He emphasised that after his grandson joined the Muddenehalli campus this year, he has truly understood the value of Swami’s educational institutions. Overwhelmed by the good work, he assured all support needed to the Trust in continuing the good work.
Sri B N Narasimha Murthy, took everyone through the awe inspiring projects of public welfare that Swami is undertaking now in the field of education, nutrition and healthcare apart from expanding His global mission worldwide. He acknowledged the ministers for all the support and praised Mr Basavaraj Rayareddy as the Bhagirathi of Koppal.
Swami in His concluding discourse, emphasised that the Sathya Sai education is not merely about world class infrastructure or free of all charges, its more importantly about human values which are diminishing from the society, causing destruction and restlessness all over the world. He graciously consented the prayers of the ministers to start the girls residential campus in Raichur after two years, as He was waiting for the Centre for Excellence girl students to graduate and join His institutions.
Thus ended a wonderful event that was being thought of as impossible a few hours ago, but Swami’s will made everything possible! After lunch Swami took off again to the next campus of Gadag, a little before 4 p.m. in the afternoon.