Between You and Us
Sai Ram and Greetings. In this issue we feature
two articles of importance. The first is about Swami's unparalleled
water projects that have brought safe drinking water to one
and a half million people living in the villages and small
towns of the Anantapur, Mahabubnagar and Medak Districts of
Andhra Pradesh. While reading our presentation on these great
gifts of Compassion of our beloved Swami, we hope you would
also take time off to reflect on water-related issues.
We can no longer take water for granted. We must know how
to care for the gift that God has already given us, and how
to preserve it for the future. We should not imagine that
our only concern is how to use the water available. We must
also remember that we are supposed to be the Trustees of God
and preserve all natural resources, water included, for the
future. In this context, Water Education
based on Human Values assumes great importance and
Brother Victor Kanu is doing wonderful work in this area in
Africa. Based on the success of his work, the UN
Millennium Task Force on Water and Sanitation is planning
to take Swami's Message of Human Values all over the world.
Incidentally, we see here a beautiful example of how the Sai
Message is spreading quietly around the world. Later may be,
we would do a feature on this exciting development.
The other article we would like to draw your attention to
is the report on the recent Conference of Vice Chancellors
held here in Prashanti Nilayam. Way back in the eighties when
the University Grants Commission granted recognition as a
Deemed University to Swami's Institute, the Review Committee
appointed to examine the issue of recognition said that the
day when would come when this Institute would be the torch
bearer for values in India. That has indeed happened, and
by way of celebrating its Golden Jubilee, the University Grants
Commission decided to hold a Conference on Fostering Values;
and what better place than Prashanti Nilayam?!
We hope you like these features and would
also reflect on the messages they imply. Please do draw the
attention of your friends to these articles, in case they
are not aware. And, as usual, we invite you to write and tell
us what you think. Just to remind you, we can be reached at:
Best wishes, and Jai Sai Ram.