The festival of Makara Sankranti, the day when Sun moves into the sign of Makara, is marked with the end of winter and start of longer days—a day when the Northward journey of the Sun begins. Loosely translated as ‘good change,’ this day is often used for all new beginnings that one is looking to embark upon whether they are material or spiritual.
The festival is celebrated with joy and piety at Sathya Sai Grama, Muddenahalli, and the devotees had gathered at Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham Hall to have a ‘Glimpse of their Lord,’ to start new beginnings and continue on their spiritual journey with renewed fervour.
The Vedam Group welcomed Bhagawan as He entered the Hall and very graciously blessed the devotees, accepting letters and their prayers, counselling and guiding them on various issues, and also providing assurance that He is with them, and thereby dispensing blissful moments to the pining hearts.
The programme started with the chanting of Saraswati Ghana Patha by the students of Sri Sathya Sai Divyaniketanam, Jayapura Campus.
The day also marked the First Anniversary of Sri Sathya Sai Sarla Memorial Hospital—the medical project started by Bhagawan, commemorating the yeoman’s service done by Late Smt Sarla Ma, the devoted wife of Sri Indulal Shah, who with her husband spent her life serving Bhagawan.
A short video clip was shown about her life and also the activities undertaken by the hospital and its progress from a small unit to a sprawling umbrella of service.
Dr K Ramesh Rao, the senior Dentist, presented a summary of the service activities undertaken by the hospital through various departments and outreach programmes like Divine Mother and Child Health Programme. He mentioned that patients from distant villages are also coming to the hospital because they think that being in Bhagawan’s hospital will cure them faster. The hospital caters to 4,000 patients per month.
On Bhagawan’s command, he also related his journey towards Bhagawan while he was working in the US and how he was asked to come to join Bhagawan hospital in Alike and how his wife also supported him. Later on, Bhagawan blessed the hospital staff and posed with a group photograph.
The next speaker of the morning was Sri B N Narasimha Murthy. He related an incident that happened in the General hospital of Puttaparti when Bhagawan saved a boy after he was declared dead in the hospital. He assured the students present in the audience that they should be fearless because Bhagawan will take care of them.
Afterward, Bhagawan blessed everybody with His Divine Discourse. He retold the story of Svetaketu and his father Uddalaka and how the father made the son understand the latent divinity in every being through the example of sugar mixed in water. Bhagawan mentioned that God’s pervasiveness couldn’t be seen but experienced only. He went on to say that only a pure heart can experience God.
He praised the selfless service rendered by the doctors and the other staff of the hospital, and congratulated them for their activities because they can experience God through their patients. He mentioned that the health of pregnant women in the district was very worrying, and therefore He started the programme Divine Mother and Child Health Programme, and He is happy that positive reports are coming from various corners now about the improved health index of these women. Good health is the basic requirement of any activity that anyone wants to undertake, and Bhagawan stressed on the fact of keeping a healthy mind, which will ensure a healthy body.
Mangala Arati was offered to Bhagawan and the thus the programme came to a close.