A BIRTHDAY GIFT FROM ANANTAPUR
commemorate the 78th Birthday of our Beloved Lord, Bhagawan
Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the teachers and students of the Sri
Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Anantapur Campus,
organised a social service project in which 78 physically
challenged persons were selected from various villages in
the mandals of Anantapur District such as Anantapur, Dharmavaram,
Hindupur, Pamidi, Kothacheruvu, Madakasira, Kadiri, and Bommanahal,
to be the recipients of tricycles, crutches, callipers, artificial
limbs, wheel chairs, walking sticks, etc.
With the permission of Bhagawan, the beneficiaries were called
to Prashanti Nilayam where they had the good fortune of receiving
these different props from the Divine Hands of Beloved Bhagawan
As 12th November, 2003, (the date fixed by Bhagawan for the
distribution ceremony) happened to be Bhagawan's
Birthday according to the Indian Calender (Bahula Tadiya Karthika
Maasam), the function at the Sai Kulwant Hall began with Bhagawan
lighting the Lamp, and then cutting the Birthday Cake. Beloved
Bhagawan, the Compassionate Lord, blessed each and every patient.
It was a moving sight as each one of them came forward, assisted
by one of the teachers, and received a pair of new clothes
from the Divine Hands of Bhagawan.
After the formalities were completed, Bhagawan graciously
sat for a time and listened to some songs sung by the girls
of the Anantapur Campus.
Throughout the function, Bhagawan's Love seemed to flow to
the handicapped patients. He called Prof. Jayalakshmi Gopinath,
Warden and Head of the Dept. of English, and asked her to
speak to them. When she started to speak in English, Bhagawan
turned towards her, and said that she should speak in Telugu
so that they would understand what she spoke. Prof. Gopinath
reminded the beneficiaries of their great good fortune in
being the recipients of Divine Grace, and advised them not
to disregard the value of what they had
To the surprise and delight of all the people gathered in
the hall, Bhagawan expressed a desire to speak, too! Bhagawan
spoke for nearly twenty minutes, without any translation!
Bhagawan's loving and soothing words to the handicapped
were like balm to a depressed heart. They brought tears to
the eyes of all who were present there. Bhagawan comforted
the patients by saying that they should not feel unhappy because
they are deprived of the full and proper use of their limbs.
Those who have all their limbs intact do not use their body
for the good of others, nor for the service of others, Bhagawan
said. He exhorted the handicapped patients to develop confidence,
and to work with such commitment that they put to shame the
full-bodied. Bhagawan promised them every possible help, and
asked them not to hesitate in expressing any of their problems
to Him. Bhagawan said that if any of them were interested
in further studies, He would provide them admission
in one of His institutions. He asked them to give courage
to their depressed parents who were already grieved that they
had children with handicaps. Bhagawan advised the Anantapur
teachers not to leave the good work they were doing at this
point, but to follow up on the steps they had already taken.
He asked them to keep in touch with the beneficiaries and
see to it that any repairs to the equipment or any help that
was needed was given to the needy from time to time. Bhagawan
said that it is the duty of the educated to serve the society,
and not lead selfish lives. Bhagawan graciously promised Rs.
10 lakhs for this service project.
After the mangal arati, Bhagawan announced that all the patients
should go to the Canteen and, after a sumptuous meal, happily
return to their hometowns. He once again blessed everyone