On August 20, 2018 Bhagawan visited Sri Sathya Sai Sharadaniketanam, the glorious Mandya Campus. He was received by all the students and staff in a grand procession, which was led by a batch of students chanting Vedas, another group of students performing a welcome dance, a group performing the traditional Kamsale dance, few students playing trumpets and also a band of Mangala Vadya played by renowned artists from Manyda district. The entire scene looked majestic! All the students welcomed Swami by singing the song ‘Pyar Hai’ and offered flowers.
Swami inaugurated the grand and impressive Mother Saraswathi statue made of marble in front of Sai Hrudayam Prayer Hall. This was followed by Swami presiding over the Sai Gayatri Homam performed by the students of the Campus. Swami Himself performed Purnaahuti for the Homam and thereafter, Mangala Arati was offered. Swami released the newsletter of Sri Sathya Sai Sharadaniketanam prepared by the Alumni and blessed the coordinators of Each One Educate One (e1e1) for their efforts to reach the target of supporting all the students with free education.
In the evening, Swami inaugurated the ‘Sri Sathya Sai Community Health Centre’ and guided the Doctors to take care of students in the Campus, and the villagers surrounding the Campus. In addition to the treatment, Swami informed the co-ordinators to serve food during medical camps. He also blessed Dr Balakrishnan, as the designated Doctor of the Campus. Swami explained the significance of the verse ‘Vaidhyo Narayano Harihi’. He said that only two professionals are compared to Lord Narayana Himself – Doctor and Teacher. He blessed one of the alumni, Sri Siddalinga Hugar to coordinate the ‘Divine Mother and Child Programme’ in Mandya district, also instructed Dr Ramesh Rao to open such health centres in all Campuses and to visit them frequently. Swami also instructed him to construct a hall with two beds for admission and a dental clinic.
While speaking about the inauguration of the new laundry machines, donated by His loving devotees from the UK, Swami said, “You should wash your life with the soap of purity and water of Seva, and redeem yourself.”
Swami proceeded for the Public Satsang where more than 350 students, staff and around 300 devotees and parents had gathered. The students of Grade 7 and Grade 8 chanted Sai Namakam. He appreciated them and asked them to chant Sai Chamakam also, which the students chanted with perfection. Sri Rajashekar G B, Chairman of the Campus welcomed the gathering and hailed the fortune of students, staff and parents to be gathered in the Divine Presence. Two students were blessed to speak thereafter. Sai Shivansh shared his journey towards God and his readiness to be a part of the Divine Mission. Swami blessed his family with a group photograph. Another student, Chethan spoke about the expectations of Swami and responsibility of His students. Swami blessed this boy with a ring and prophesised that he would become a good leader in His mission!
A soulful musical rendition by the students of the Campus, guided and supported by the Alumni was the next programme for the evening. Students presented five songs in different languages: Kannada, English, Hindi, Marathi and Telugu. A group song ‘O Sai Maa’ was sung by all the 302 students of the Campus. Another student, Mahesh Bhat performed a Bharatanatyam recital for Swami. ‘Prema Jyothi’ the annual school magazine was released by Swami, thereafter.
Sri Jeevan S, a former student of Sri Sathya Sai Centre for Human Excellence, currently serving as an Intern at the Sri Sathya Sai Sharadaniketanam, spoke next. This was followed by Sri B N Narasimha Murthy, who reminded them of their fortune of being with the Divine. In His Divine Discourse, Swami urged the parents to pray and wish to have good children rather than great children. Arathi was offered to Swami by all the 302 students and staff together, which by itself was a feast for the eyes. Swami then dined with al the students in the dining hall.
On the morning of August 21, 2018 Swami visited all the rooms of the students and staff, and blessed them with group photographs in each room. After returning to Sai Hrudayam, Swami blessed the music group students with gifts. Arati was offered to Bhagawan, and He proceeded to the temples in the Campus, blessed the statue of Sri Gavisiddeshwara by creating Vibhoothi and applying on the forehead of the statue, before departing to see His children at the Hassan Campus.
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