More than a thousand ‘full moons’ ago a day dawned that was
to brilliantly enhance the destiny of mankind. The glorious
day saw the ‘birth’ of a Divine Babe, in a tiny hamlet of
South-India, Who would be called ‘Sathya’ and Who would
usher in a golden era of great moral and spiritual
regeneration. The Day was 23rd November, 1926. Subsequently,
after ‘formally’ launching His Avataric Mission in later
years, The Unique Graciousness called Sri Sathya Sai most
magnanimously granted His ‘folks’ acquiescence to celebrate
The Day as ‘His Birthday’.
This was the day when The Lord would enchant His folks, out
of His Cosmic Compassion, in the name of ‘His Birthday’,
year after year for decades, at the same Darshan ground, in
Prasanthi Nilayam. …And when Prasanthi woke up to 23rd
November yet again this morning, it was golden nostalgia of
‘His Love That Conquers’ that lingered around.
In the morning, the proceedings began with a host of
offerings by the grateful students of SSSIHL. Commencing
with Brass Band offering, Anantapur and Prasanthi Nilayam
campuses played in turns, pulsating the fresh morning with
sonorous tunes of musical auspiciousness. As they sang
“Happy Birthday’ wishing the Immortal One for His ‘mortal
appearance’, the packed audience burst into rapturous
applause. Next to come was Institute Percussion Band that
played some Carnatic tunes, followed by Devotional Songs by
Welcoming the Chief Guests, Trust Member and All India
President Of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations, Sri V
Srinivasan enlightened the audience with the just completed
II Phase of Sri Sathya Sai Drinking Water Supply Project.
The II Phase covers 128 habitations in the three Mandals of
Kothacheruvu, Bukkapatanam and Puttaparthi serving over
two-and-a-half lakhs of inhabitants. Dy. Chief Minister and
Home Minister of Andhra Pradesh Sri N China Rajappa then
inaugurated the scheme, dedicating the same to the public.
Officials from L & T, who were instrumental in the
successful implementation of the Water Supply Project were
felicitated at the hands of the Dy. Chief Minister.
Trust Members Sarvasree R Chakravarthi and RJ Ratnakar then
handed over the Water Project officially to the Govt. Of
Andhra Pradesh. The Dy. Chief Minister complied with the
request, accepting the offer, publicly announcing the same.
Speaking on the occasion, in Telugu, the minister hailed the
Trust’s initiative supplying free drinking water to the
needy. The minister also hinted upon developing Puttaparthi
into a tourism-cum-pilgrim centre.
The Annual Report of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust for the
year 2013-14 was then released by the Governor of Karnataka.
Speaking on the occasion, Sri V Srinivasan reiterated the
Trust’s emphasis on transparency of its affairs. Elucidating
on various Trust initiatives, Sri Srinivasan also announced
the appointment of the new Vice Chancellor at SSSIHL, Prof
KBR Varma, who is substituting Prof J Sashidhara Prasad, who
is laying down the office today, after successful completion
of his term.
Chief Guest for the occasion, His Excellency Governor of
Karnataka, Sri Vajubhai Rudrabhai Vala then addressed the
audience in Hindi, delivering a witty, poetic, heart-filling
and inspirational speech. Referring to the just commissioned
second phase of the Water Supply Scheme, the honorable guest
exhorted the audience to carry on with the task of
Bhagawan’s Mission, assuring them of His immense blessings.
Divulging into his personal meeting with Bhagawan some years
ago, the Governor with a touch of humour narrated his
interview room experience of Bhagawan’s Divinity. Bhagawan
Sri Sathya Sai Baba never had any kind of differentiations,
whatsoever, and He served everyone alike. Reminding the
audience of the ancient scriptural maxim ‘Vasudaiva
Kudumbakam’, The One United Family, the Governor ended his
inspiriting speech ‘sloganeering’ “Bharat