The various social initiatives of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, be it health, education or water, have always been a huge blessing to humanity. Swami has always said ‘My Life is My Message’, and it is indeed very endearing to see how so many devotees around the world have taken cue from these projects and have tried to implement them in their own countries. One such inspiring example which Swami’s entourage were to witness was right in the heart of Vientiane! A Sathya Sai School and a medical Centre, offering values-based integral education as per the principals of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. The school serves the underprivileged children of about 16 villages, comprising of about 9,000 people. The school has about 163 children and eight staff members, from kindergarten to Grade 5. The Medical Centre provides basic out patient services, and day-to-day medical requirements of children and elders. Swami and His entourage reached the school at around 10:45 a.m. and were received by all the little children who were lined up outside holding roses, and sweetly greeting all with a ‘Sairam’. The devotees including the Jeswani and Kolay Brothers who are managing the running of the school lovingly welcomed Swami. The Indian Ambassador to Laos H E Mr Ravi Shankar Aisola along with his wife were also present at the school. Swami visited every classroom and blessed all the children. He said this primary school will have a High School by next year, and will eventually grow into a University! Swami then walked up to the Medical Centre which is within the same premises, and blessed the doctors and nurses. He commanded the devotees to set aside one room exclusively for the Divine Mother and Child Health Program, and instructed Sri C Sreenivas to send some doctors from India who can train the team in Laos.
Swami then walked up to the Hall where a short cultural programme was presented by all the children. The first 10 minutes was Veda Chanting by all the children in unison. It was a sheer delight to see these children chant these Mantras including Sai Gayathri. Thereafter, two short cultural Laotian dances were presented. Swami then blessed all the students and staff with His divine discourse. He said that the most important lesson that education must teach is the existence of God, love for God and how one can love God. “If one learns all the knowledge of the world, and not the knowledge of God, then education is incomplete. The question ‘Who is God?’ should be asked before one learns to love Him. God is the one who is closer to us, than our own mother and father. For He loves without any expectations and desires whatsoever, completely and selflessly. ‘Does such a God even exist?’ one may ask. How do I know He loves me so purely and selflessly without any expectations? The very proof that God loves is in nature. This whole creation has come into existence by God. To have a shirt, one needs to have a tailor to have the shirt stitched. To make a chair, a carpenter is required. To have food, there has to be a cook. None of these can exist without their creator. The sun, mon and earth, fire, wind cannot come into existence without someone having created them. You may not know the tailor or carpenter, but they exist. Similarly, all of God’s creation is there to show God exists. So you can simply say all this has been created by God for all of us. He gave the sun who gives his light, earth to walk….why? God gave all this totally free without expecting anything in return. Therefore, He has given all these without any expectations, so His love is very pure and selfless. Beyond all subjects that are taught, the knowledge of the presence of God in our lives is important, and we should be able to love Him!” Swami then blessed all the children with Prasadam, and proceeded back to His residence for lunch. After lunch, Mangala Arati was offered to Bhagawan, and His entourage proceeded to the Airport to board their flight to Singapore.