The evening celebrations began as Bhagawan was welcomed with melodious Bhajans. Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani International Centre for Child Heart Care and Research, a dream that can only be converted into reality through divine intervention, celebrated one year of offering comprehensive and free healthcare to children suffering from congenital heart ailments. The evening proceedings commenced with the rendition of Vedic hymns by the youth from Europe. This was quickly followed by a recital of popular Shlokas and chants by little children from a local school that was a part of the Divine Mother and Child Program.
The evening marked a gratitude program of sorts as volunteers and staff members from each department in the Hospital spoke a few words, pouring their hearts before the Lord. The first speaker for the evening was Sri Nutan, who reminisced about how, over the past couple of years during which period he was associated with the Raipur and Palwal Hospital, Swami saved his life on not one but two occasions. The next speaker, Ms Sangeeta, who was the first formal employee to be appointed was celebrating her first service anniversary along with the Hospital, expressed her gratitude to Bhagawan for providing not only her but also her husband the opportunity to work for Swami. Sri Devendar, a technician who was also completing one year of service at the Hospital, spoke next and focussed on the immense happiness he had experienced by working at the Hospital over the past year. The next speaker, Mrs Nanda Kulkarni, a former volunteer with Swami’s Super Speciality Hospital in Bangalore and currently employed as a technician in the Palwal Hospital, spoke of the immeasurable joy she had been experiencing by looking at the relief on the faces of the parents once their child had been successfully discharged and given the ‘Gift of Life’. Seeking strength and guidance from Bhagawan, she vowed to dedicate every remaining breath to the service of the Lord and His mission. Ms Pooja, the coordinator of the Divine Mother and Child Program in Palwal, spoke next and in her talk she emphasized on the transformation that had come about not only in her but also her immediate and extended family. She thanked Swami for not merely entering into their lives but also becoming the central aspect around which everything revolved. Sri Dinesh, a local resident working as a pharmacist, mentioned that the Hospital had become his home and his colleagues were his family and it was this faith that gave him infinite strength and courage to put his best foot forward. Sri Satish Kumar, the biomedical engineer, stressed that one cannot describe the joy and happiness one experiences when a child leaves the Hospital with a smile on its face and a healthy heart pumping blood in its body.
These short talks by the staff members were followed by Swami’s Divine discourse.
Thereafter, a dance performance by the children from BMCHP, which was conceptualised and coordinated by the volunteers and staff of the Hospital was offered at Bhagawan’s lotus Feet. The dance described the journey of a little child which came to the Hospital with a heart ailment and finally left with a heart, each beat resonating with the name of Sai.
The final presentation for the evening was a musical offering by Sri Sumeet Tappoo, an ardent devotee of Bhagawan and an accomplished artist and playback singer. Sri Sumeet’s songs on Lord Krishna, which were soaked in devotion, transported the audience to Brindavan to revel in the glory of the Lord who was amidst them. The evening programme concluded after Arati was offered to Bhagawan.