SRI SATHYA SAI SEVA
TAMILNADU - NILGIRIS DISTRICT
SRI SATHYA SAI GRAMA SEVA - 2003
As part of our beloved Bhagwan's 78th birthday celebrations,
Grama seva was conducted in78 villages of Nilgiris district
during the year 2003 by the sevadals of Sri Sathya Sai Seva
organizations, Nilgiris district.
theme of the Grama Seva was Educare
since swami lays a lot of emphasis on educare and has declared
it as the Vedas of the 21st century, "EDUCARE" was
chosen as the most appropriate theme for the 78 grama sevas.
In educare, Swami explains about the five elements and the
importance of living in harmony with nature.
Water is one
of the five elements and the scarcity of water was a problem
faced by many villages of Nilgiris district this year. Due
to scarce rainfall and afforestation, many water sources had
dried up. There was need to educate the villagers on the importance
of trees and protection of water sources. Hence as part of
grama seva it was decided to identify the water sources in
the villages and plant special tree saplings like weeping
willow etc., which had the property of enhancing the water
in the water sources. The saplings were to be planted near
the water sources.
13-7-2003 , Guru poornima day, the Grama seva was started
by the Divine grace of ever loving Bhagwan. Sevadals from
all over the District gathered at the Sri Sathya Sai Community
Centre Yellanalli. The sevadals set out for Grama seva in
lorry and jeeps chanting the divine name and singing bhajans.
after reaching the village formed into a group. Bhajans were
started and they proceeded to the main temple of the village.
After offering pooja and prayer in the local temple, saplings
were planted in the temple premises where pits were dug by
the sevadals. The village elders were made to plant the saplings
while the sevadal members chanted the sacred Gayathri Mantra
and sprayed vibudhi in the pits. Mean while Bhajans were being
sung continuously. After that the sevadals proceeded to the
water sources in the villages and dug pits and planted saplings.
Groups of sevadal members went past every house in the village
singing non-stop Bhajans and giving laddoos, Swami photo,
vibudhi and a pamphlet on educare to each family. After
visiting each and every house, the sevadal members boarded
the vehicles and set out for the grama seva in the next village.
When the sevadal
members reached every village, the villagers welcomed them
and took them to their temple. They also took part in digging
pits and planting the saplings along with the sevadals. Children
and elders sang Bhajans along with the procession and they
guided the sevadals along the entire village. Due to the spiritual
effect of the Bhajans which were never stopped from the start
to the end, the entire village was filled with divine vibrations
and the villagers showed their love by offering tea and coffee
to the sevadal members. The
purpose of the Grama seva and the main features of educare
were explained to the villagers.
In this way
Grama seva was completed in 78 villages from July to November.
Every morning, the sevadals assembled in the Sri Sathya Sai
Community Centre. The Grama seva was completed each day by
9 p.m. or 10 p.m. The houses in each village were scattered
and it was mostly a hilly terrain. It was indeed a difficult
job to go door by door without missing a single house. But
the sevadal members, especially youth, did not feel any difficulty
due to the grace of Bhagwan. They could feel His presence
eveywhere. Due to the Divine grace of our compassionate Lord,
grama seva was completed in 78 villages. The Grama sevas in
the remaining 38 villages was completed by the various samithis
in the district. The members of each samithi in the district
visited nearby villages and conducted grama seva in the same
way, keeping educare as the main theme. The Grama Seva
gave an opportunity to both the sevadal members, youth and
the people of those 78 villages to experience the love of