HEALING WITH LOVE
The Sri Sathya Sai Institute Of Higher
Medical Sciences, Bangalore
"Yada yada hi dharmasya
glaanir bhavati bhaarata/
Abhyudhaanam adharmasya tadaatmaanam srjaamyaham/
Paritraanaaya sadhuunaam vinashaaya cha dushkrutaam/
Dharma sansthapanaarthaaya sambhavaaami yuge yuge//"
there is a decay of dharma and rise of adharma, then I embody
myself, O Bharata. For the protection of the good, for the
destruction of the wicked and for the establishment of dharma
I am born age after age."
These are the words of Lord Krishna to Arjuna
on the battlefield of kurukshetra ages ago but today in the
modern context, Bhagawan Sri
Sathya Sai Baba says:
" Love all Serve all "
the words may seem out of context when placed together but
what is apparent is not what is the intent. One has to See
Always Inside to understand the import. In the past wickedness
was limited to a few individuals and could be eliminated by
eliminating them physically which is what the Lord did in
his earlier incarnations. But man today has both good and
evil within him and were the lord to follow his earlier procedure
he would be very lonely. It is for this reason that Bhagawan
Sri Sathya Sai Baba, said that in the present age the wicked
would not be destroyed but would be transformed. For affecting
this transformation, he uses the most powerful of all weapons
Baba, in his munificence has presented mankind with three
gifts. Of education, health and water. The first: to enable
man to earn his livelihood in this world, the second: to enable
him not only to earn his livelihood in this world but also
sustain him for more sacred work and the third: water, called
the elixir of life, for it is the most important of all elements
to sustain life.
narayano harihi" (the doctor is Lord Narayana
and Lord Hari) is an aphorism from ancient Indian culture
that places a doctor on par with God. In the western system
of medicine a man is considered a doctor only after he has
taken the "Hippocratic Oath" named after the Greek
Physician Hippocrates who is considered the father of modern
medicine. As part of this oath is the following line:
hold him who has taught me this art as equal to my parents
and to live my life in regard his offspring as equal to my
brothers in male lineage and to teach them this art - if they
desire to learn it - Without Fee And Covenant"
Unfortunately words do not transform themselves
into action. Health care is one
of the most expensive fields both
to learn and to practice. It is a rare doctor who would diagnose
an ailment free of cost, let alone treat and cure a malady.
As torrents to douse the conflagration of professional prejudices
and economic considerations, in which laymen are charred,
came the blessing of the Lord in the form of two Temples of
Healing. The Sri Sathya Sai Institute of higher medical sciences,
Prashantigram, 12 years ago in 1991 and the The Sri Sathya
Sai Institute of higher medical sciences, Whitefield in the
year 2001. They are the manifestation of Bhagawan Baba's Will
that free health care should be provided
to the poorest of the poor totally free of cost.
"Paropakaaraartham idam shareeram"
is an ancient upanishadic tenet that says, "This body
is meant for the service of others".
The SSSIHMS embodies this very spirit in its entirety. The
hospital is based on the service motive and this alone is
the inspiration and its sustenance. Medical care is an issue
of both compassion and finance. Two apparently diametrically
opposite ends of the circle of life, yet intricately interrelated
in the modern paradigm, one emotional and the other rational.
Though painted in a different color the past was in no way
far removed. "First do no harm" is the primary objective
of every true doctor and this is reflected in every moment
of the existence of SSSIHMS.
The touch is
said to be one of the most powerful ways of communication.
Add to this a smile and then an act of understanding
smile, a reassuring touch, an act of understanding, compassion
all these are not exceptions but the norm in this Temple of
healing. Starting with the lowest orderly to the heads of
departments, harsh words are a rarity when it comes to serving
the patient. It is the opinion and experience of many that
nothing can be earned without first losing something. But
when one enters the aegis of SSSIHMS, all that one has to
lose is oneself. At every step everything is provided to the
patient absolutely free of cost with complete redress of all
problems - minor or major. The smile of satisfaction of the
patient when he is discharged from the hospital, the smile
of trust of a child when entering the operation theatres for
surgery, the smile of reassurance of the doctor when he treats
and the list goes on.
undercurrent of the entire hospital, the source of its sustenance
is a simple yet powerful emotion - Love. It is the greatest
of all weapons and the solution to all maladies. It is the
rope that binds different minds to one goal. How else is it
possible to run such a mammoth institution - whose foundations
are in God's love for Humanity - but through love?
"Na tapaamsi na
teerthaanaam na saastraani japanicha/
Samsaara saagarodhaare sajjanam sevanam vina//
Not by penance nor by pilgrimage nor by study
of scriptures nor by chanting can one cross the ocean of life.
One can achieve it only by serving the poor. This is the ultimate
truth as evidenced by the lives of great men. Not only in
the field of medicine but in all other walks of life.
in whitefield, Bangalore was inaugurated by the Prime Minister
of India, Sri Atal Behari Vajpayee on the 19th of January
2001. This tertiary care hospital incorporates some of the
best technical facilities and provides high quality free medical
care and surgical treatment. It is built on 52.26 acres of
land donated by the government of Karnataka .
The work on the building commenced in September
1999 and was completed in October 2000. The hospital was
officially commissioned on the 19th of January 2001. The hospital
was a turnkey project built by the ECC (Larsen and toubro
- construction division)with all the latest hi-tech civil,
structural, mechanical, electrical and instrumentation works
including aesthetic finishing. All the electromechanical services
that make the buildings "intelligent" along with
a gamut of systems including water, sanitary, HVAC, elevator,
fire protection, security and surveillance systems, landscaping
and horticultural works were included and executed according
to plan. The contractors coordinated with BNA agencies for
internal telecommunication facilities, Bhoruka medical gas
agencies, various medical equipment suppliers including architecture
and medical consultants.
has two separate complexes. First, the Screening Block, where
the patients are screened initially, who after examination
and registration will proceed to the main hospital, next the
main block with the rest of the services. The hospital is
shaped in the form of the alphabet "K". The spine
of the letter contains the specialized diagnostics, laboratories
and theaters on different floors, while the arms contain the
wards and Out Patient Departments also on different floors.
The elevation is of three levels, the ground floor, first
and second floors from the front and has a basement in the
rear, which makes it four levels in the rear. The electricity
and uninterrupted power supply systems are located behind
the hospital. The pressurized oxygen that needs to be pumped
all over the hospital is stored in a separate tank away from
the hospital building. The hospital
has its own water treatment plant and incinerator making it
comprehensive in every sense of the term.
Apart from the
functional aspects of the hospital, which are world standards,
the aesthetics of construction make it look really like a
vast temple rather than a hospital. The ambiance is so designed
as to create in the viewer a sense of awe, reverence and humility
and most of all, gratitude to the most Merciful Lord, Bhagawan
Baba, who is granting the world premium, tertiary health care
free of cost. The central dome is 23 mts in diameter and reaches
more than a 100 feet from ground level. It is an awe-inspiring
sight with the cupola supported by eight massive pillars.
Stained glass widows on the walls of the dome act as skylights
throwing multi hued designs on the polished granite floor
and the sandstone walls. The primary emotion that any one
experiences on entering this area is an overwhelming sense
of peace and tranquility. This is the beginning of the cure
one is in the precincts of the Temple of Healing.
The SSSIHMS Whitefield has two main specialties,
cardiac sciences that include cardiology and cardio thoracic
and vascular surgery and the neurosciences that include neurology
|Intensive care units Pre and Post op.
|Coronary Care Unit
|Total no of beds
is also has a full laboratory facility with the latest upgradeable
equipment which can be interfaced with other systems. The
various departments of the hospital are located as follows:
Adminstration, staff canteen,
medical records department, the laundry, the Central
sterile services department, the central stores,
the medical stores, the dietary department, the
bio- medical and engineering services department.
The Cardiac out patient department
(north wing), Neuro out patient department (South
wing), the emergency Room, Physiotherapy, radiology
including, CT, MRI, Nuclear medicine, X-Ray, Gamma
Camera, the neuro consulting rooms, the laboratories
including bio-chemistry, serology, haematology,
and microbiology and the blood bank.
The pre- operative ward, The
coronary care unit, the cardiac Cath labs, the
Cardio Thoracic and Vascular Surgery operation
theatres, Intensive care units, the post operative
ward, the Hospital information management system
network and server rooms.
The pre- operative ward, The
neuro intensive care unit, the neuro Cath lab,
the neurosurgery operation theatres, Intensive
care units, the neuro post operative intensive
care unit, the neuro post operative ward and the
office of the nursing superintendent.
Electricity, UPS and air-conditioning,
water treatment, HVAC, sanitation, incinerator,
generators, staff quarters.
You have just been taken on a tour of the
hospital. You must have appreciated the grand architecture
and the great
But what sets apart this temple of healing
is that feeling of transformation that it has brought about
and is still bringing about in all those who are associated
with it : the people involved in the construction, the patients,
their relavtives, the doctors, the staff and the continuous
stream of dignitaries who come to see with their own eyes
,this wonderful Temple of Love
More in the next few pages..........