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9th April: Swami has left Prasanthi Nilayam, Puttaparthi. today morning Swami's flight left Puttaprthi airport  for Kodaikanal

Photos 9th April: Swami on the way to the airport.

THAILAND

On 8th October 2005, an earthquake of magnitude 7.6 on Richter scale devastated north-eastern Pakistan. The immediate estimated death toll was over 87,000. On 17th October 2005, the Sathya Sai Baba Organisation of Thailand donated 30,000 Baht (or 33,000 rupees) for the relief efforts. This led the Pakistani Ambassador of Thailand to enquire more about Bhagavan Baba and the Sathya Sai Organisation.

A medical camp was held on 16th October 2005 in the Khut Tung Khaophuang district in Chengdau. Thirty Sai devotees volunteered for the camp where 186 patients were seen for health screening and preventive healthcare.
Lunch was served to all patients during the camp and the young adults played value games with children for two hours during the camp.
Bhagavan's Birthday was celebrated in Thailand on 23rd November 2005 with ceremonial chanting by Buddhist monks at the Sathya Sai Foundation in Rajdamnern,




Bangkok This was followed by serving food to the monks followed by Bhajans. It was attended by approximately 100 devotees. A cake was cut for our Beloved Bhagavan and a birthday song sung in honour of the Lord.

Sai devotees of Thailand visited the Klong Tooey slums on 4th December 2005 to



distribute 600 packets of full meals and deliver Swami's teachings on human values. This is part of a monthly service activity which also involves distribution of toys and clothes.

LAOS

The People's Democratic Republic of Laos is landlocked between China, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. In this tropical country, the Sathya Sai Organisation has been engaged in monthly activities and special celebrations. On 23rd November 2005, they celebrated Bhagavan's 80th Birthday with Bhajans and continued their weekly human values school attended by about 230 children.
In addition, they have opened a Sathya Sai Community Centre and carry out weekly


SRI LANKA







Devotees in Sri Lanka have been working on providing housing for the poorest of the victims. The district of Hambantota is a multi religious set of villages located about south-east of Colombo and was devastated by the tsunami. Sai devotees in a undertook a project to provide; for tsunami victims by Sai devotees of Sri Lanka. for those families. A total of 10 furnished houses were built and donated to families  during December 2005.

SWITZERLAND

In a large cooperative effort by Sathya Sai devotees of Ticino, Switzerland and Sri Lanka, several container loads of milk and rice cereal have been distributed to malnourished children between the ages of one and five in tsunami-devastated villages. This project continues to the present day since the tsunami, and 254 children from several refugee camps have been given milk and rice cereal daily. The children are also visited by Sathya Sai physicians and screened and treated for any health related problems.

ITALY

Large public meetings were held on 4th and 5th February 2006 at the Serena Majestic Hotel by the Sathya Sai Baba Organisation in



Pescara, Abruzo, one of the largest commercial and tourist cities on the bank of the Adriatic sea. The event was highlighted by four movies on Bhagavan and talks by four devotees. The first film shown was on the 80th Birthday celebrations in India. This was followed on the same day by screening "Sai Schools in the World." The next day, two films were shown entitled "Social Service in Africa" and "Water Project in Madras." On the second day, Gabriele Ducross, Amilcare Monaldi, Alberto Caratti and Gianni Cecere spoke of their personal experiences with Bhagavan and how they have had a major impact on their lives. Finally, Marco Pesce highlighted the messages of the 8th World Conference of Sai





Organisations and committed to a two-year programme of national activities.

JAPAN

The historic city of Kobe, which is a twin city of Osaka, has one of the busiest ports in the world. Kobe which means "God's Door" in Japanese established the first Sathya Sai Centre in Japan over 30 years ago. It was in this milieu that Japan's Sathya Sai public meeting was held on 11 th December 2005.
More than 350 people from all over Japan attended including special guests such as the Ambassador of India to Japan, Sri Manilal Tripathi, Consul General of India in Osaka, Sri Om Prakash and President of Kansai IndiaJapan Cultural Society, Sri Kazuaki Kurosawa.
The programme began with the screening of the movie "His Work" followed by inspiring talks by the Indian Ambassador, and by Ryuko Hira, Masako Yamamoto and Genzo Makino, the vice chairman of the Sathya Sai Saba Organisation of Japan. They spoke about the national and worldwide activities conducted by Sathya Sai Organisation and were grateful for the opportunity to serve their fellow human beings. Finally, Hiromasa Fukai, the Councillor of the City of Ohmi Hachiman spoke on Shagavan's Education in Human Values.

COLUMBIA

The Sathya Sai Centre of Santa Elena has been renting a house for the past nine years for children who have been orphaned by violence. About 20 Sai devotees take turn to care for the 63 resident children. They wake up in the morning to prayer and meditation.
They then eat a healthy breakfast before going to school. The children are given a snack to take to school. Once a week, there is EHV instruction and they are asked follow one value during that week.

For the past five years, the Laureles Sai Centre in Medellin has been working with children who are homeless and are addicted to drugs on the street. There are 29 children in the programme at present and about 18 Sai devotees participate. They meet at at Sathya Sai Centre five days a week. Some the devotees teach while others prepare and serve meals for the children. They also provide ( EHV instruction once a week and through constant interactions share Bhagavan's love with the children. In fact, the children do not like weekends because there are no classes Many of these children have been motivated to return to school to study. This has resulted in their remarkable transformation from high risk social delinquents to loving responsible individuals.


U.S.A.

In Jacksonville, Florida, a medical camp was conducted on 28th January 2006 wherein 74 patients were seen and screened for cholesterol, glucose, hypertension, HIV and sickle cell disease. Dental and visual examinations were also performed. The influenza vaccine was also administered.
Primary prevention presentations were given on heart disease, obesity, cancer, stress management, diabetes and anger management. The event was covered by a local television station.

Amidst the glitz of Hollywood, downtown Los Angeles has a sizeable homeless population of about 48,000. These individuals have no shelter from inclement winter weather and often spend days without meals. The Glendale and Arcadia Sathya Sai centres teamed up on 26th January 2006 to provide blankets and toiletry bags to the homeless in downtown Los Angeles. The toiletry bags and full meals were handed out to 400 people. In addition, blankets were imported from China and distributed to 1000 people. These centres have be full meals to the homeless eve the past 18 years.

ARGENTINA

Inspired by Bhagavan's health the Sathya Sai Organisation of a regular programme called Sc provide both health education treatment. The programme beg; 2002 and, on an average, about 300 patients are seen in each camp. The camps are held 3 or 4 times a year in Santa Gonzales Katan, Gran Boul Cordova and Tucuman. Heal addresses topics such as we breast feeding, child development and family violence.

In addition, medical camps a which not only include medical also the serving of meals and entertainment for children. The medical camps conducted four times a year and about 3000 patients have been seen so far. In one of the camps an individual who was not familiar with Sri Sathya Sai was so impressed with the charitable and loving service that he donated 60 pairs of eyeglasses and free for all patients.

INDONESIA

A free cataract clinic was ( Surabaya in February 2006. At t~ the clinic, 388 patients were see them were deemed as requiring operations. First surgeries were ( 4th February 2006, and were more surgeries every wee




INDIA - BHARAT

Andhra Pradesh: Srikakulam district distributed 108 tricycles to physically challenged children at Srikakulam and opened multipurpose Community Centre at Polla village in the presence of the District Collector 25th December 2005. The district also distributed Amruta Kalasams to 300 poor tribal families at Polla and Killada tribal villages and came to the rescue of 65 fire-victim families providing food provisions, new clothes and utensils in Ungarada village on 20th December 5. This district came to the rescue of 201 victim families of Chillapeta village on 22nd January 2006 by providing to each of the families, 8 kg rice, one mat, one blanket, one sari, one Dhoti and a cooking vessel. Similarly, district helped 64 fire-victim families of Santhakaviti village on 12th January 2006 by providing one cloth-bed, clothes and 5 kg of rice to each family. The district organised a service camp at the pilgrim place Suravaram 18th January 2006, providing footwear keeping counter, drinking water supply, Jayana Seva to 7000 pilgrims, first aid ltre and information centre.

Assam, Manipur and N.E. States:

Akhanda Bhajan was held from 6.00 p.m. on November 12th to 6.00 p.m. on November 13th 18 centres of Assam, Manipur and Meghalaya. A total of nearly 1,500 people participated in the Akhanda Bhajan.

In Guwahati, Bhagavan's Birthday celebrations on 23rd November 2005 started with chanting of Omkaram, Suprabhatam and Nagar Sankirtan from 4.30 a.m. onwards followed by Abhishekam of Shirdi Sai idol up to 12.00 p.m. in a traditional way with Brahmaputra river water brought in vessels by 110 ladies. Narayana Seva was conducted from 12.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. for more than 1,000 people. Lighting of 80 lamps was done at 4.30 p.m. Bhajan initiated with Veda Mantras was conducted from 5.00 p.m.to 6.45 p.m. with more than 2,000 devotees participating. Bursting of fireworks marked the end of the programme. Bhagavan's 80th Birthday was also celebrated at Dibrugarh, Borgolai (Tinsukia), Digboi, Dhubri and many other places where various spiritual and social welfare programmes were organised to mark this important event. Similarly, many excellent programmes of far reaching importance were organised in Agartala (Tripura), Imphal East (Manipur) and Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh) to celebrate the 80th Birthday of Bhagavan.

Gujarat: A Conference was organised at Savani Hall, Rajkot on 5th February 2006 which was attended by nearly 800 persons.
The theme of this Conference was Unity, Purity, Divinity. After deliberating on this subject in the Conference, a workshop was organised to discuss this subject threadbare.
After the workshop, the recommendations of the Conference were finalised for follow-up action. Besides the State President and Trust Convener of Gujarat Sathya Sai Organisation and the Mayor of Rajkot, many dignitaries including the All India President of Sri Sathya Sai Organisation guided the deliberations of the Conference.

Haryana and Chandigarh: 24-hour Akhanda Bhajan was conducted in 30 Samithis of all the 13 districts of the State attended by approximately 500-600 people at each place on 12th to 13th November 2005.

On 23rd November 2005, Youth Wing of the State held celebrations in all the districts with Nagar Sankirtan, Veda recitation and 2 to 3 hours special Bhajan at Samithi level benefiting approximately 400-600 people at each place. Colourful Bal Vikas Rally at Panchkula, Ratha Yatra at Yamunanagar and Palki with 80 Kalashas with recitation of Veda Mantras at Hisar were highlights of the celebrations of 80th Birthday of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. On this auspicious occasion, special Narayana Seva was conducted in all the districts. Sai Samithis conducted health awareness and medical camps in all the adopted villages. 34 decently designed cushioned patients' trollies were also gifted to the PG I hospital by Chandigarh district for the convenience of the patients.

Declamation contests to create awareness about the Divine Mission of Bhagavan were held at school and college levels in Chandigarh, Panch kula, Gurgaon, Sirsa and Yamunanagar wherein 31 school and 17 college teams participated. 83 speakers took part in the contest in the presence of 1050 students and teachers.


Jammu and Kashmir: To follow the divine message that Grama Seva is Rama Seva and Manava Seva is Madhava Seva, two Samithis, namely, Talab Tillo and Marh, distributed blankets, shawls and other warm clothes comprising jackets, sweaters, shirts and pants among 558 very poor and needy villagers of Jammu district. Apart - from this, 50 kg rice and 20 kg wheat flour was provided to a poor widow in village Rehal Kandarian. This act was appreciated by all the villagers. In order to help the poor people, the Sai Organisation has decided to adopt 12 villages. Efforts are being made to spread the message of Bhagavan in all these villages.

Orissa: Global Akhanda Bhajan from 6 p.m. on 12th November 2005 to 6 p.m.
on 13th November 2005 was held in all Bhajan Mandalis and Seva Samithis of the State Sai Organisation in 1296 centres, covering 4 cities, 154 towns and 542 villages.

All the 160 Samithis and 549 Bhajan Mandalis and other 587 centres celebrated the 80th Birthday of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba with various daylong programmes in a grand manner with common activities like Nagar Sankirtan, Puja, Satsang, devotees meet, Bal Vikas students cultural programmes and essay / elocution competitions among school students. In addition to that, some special activities were organised by Balasore, Bolangir, Gajapati, Ganjam and Sundergarh districts to celebrate this important event. Bhubaneswar, Berhampur, Jarsuguda, Bhrajarajnagar Samithis also conducted many programmes to help the less privileged sections of ) society on this auspicious occasion.


 


Source SBOI - Original text matter excerpted from Sanathana Sarathi