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Bhagavan Baba has been continuously engaged in relieving the suffering of humanity throughout His sacred life. But the 1900’s saw the manifestation of His in gigantic proportions, first with the huge Super Specialty Hospitals and then the mammoth drinking water projects in Anantapur, Chennai and in the East and West Godavari districts.

When people close to Swami doubted whether the Central Trust could execute such massive schemes He simply brushed away the doubting Thomases by saying “I will demonstrate that good work combined with Total Purity would always find fruition…Water is very essential for the survival of everyone. It is the sustainer of life. What else can be of greater service than providing drinking water to the needy? It is the source and sustenance of life. That is why I have resolved to provide pure drinking water to the needy.”

It is this sacred determination originating from Pure Love that has made every massive project a model for humanity. In the cover story of the current issue, we have a comprehensive account of the East and West Godavari Water Project. In the below quiz, we take you through what Swami has Himself said about His water projects on many occasions.


1. Bhagavan Baba used His birthday celebrations of 1994 to set in motion His massive drinking water projects. In the presence of the then Prime Minister of India, Bhagavan referred to the problems of perennial water shortages and inter-state quarrelling between states over water resources.

To which specific area of the country did Bhagavan refer to as particularly in need of water, marking the beginning of a new mega project of stunning proportions?

2. In a Divine Discourse in 1995, Swami reveals the real cause behind calamities, particularly water shortage: “Today righteousness has declined among the people. As the level of righteousness goes down, the water level also goes down! If good qualities arise in men, the water level will also rise. What is the reason for the failure of timely rains and the shortage of food crops? It is _____________.”

3. In a Divine Discourse delivered in 1997, Swami revealed many global reasons for water shortage problems: “What is the cause of droughts and floods which occur in the world? Man seeks to enjoy the benefits of Nature, which has grave consequences. Here you have a globe; if you hit it one way, its balance is disturbed. We should always see to it that in the utilization of natural resources a proper balance is maintained. Excessive use in any one direction will result in harm in another direction.”

According to Swami, what leads to the exploitation of natural resources?

4. During a Divine Discourse in 1995, Swami stated how to ensure there are no water shortages: “We have many perennial rivers and vast areas of fertile land. But these resources are not being fully used. The nation's perennial rivers should be treated as national property. Then there will be no room for inter-State disputes. All river waters should be used for the benefit of all the people. It is because of lack of unity and the assertion of separatist claims that a good deal of river water is actually getting wasted. If the Prime Minister endeavours to promote a national approach to the harnessing of river waters, the nation will prosper.”

According to Swami, to avoid any water shortages, what attitude should the neighboring States adopt for the welfare of the society?

5.In a momentous speech in 2002, delivered during the celebration of the first year’s anniversary of the Bangalore Super Specialty Hospital, Swami made a historic and far-reaching declaration about the launching of a water project.

To which area did He refer to in this discourse?

6. During a Divine Discourse in 2002, Swami related how the World Bank was approached for funding the Drinking Water Project in Chennai: “At present, the people of Chennai are suffering from scarcity of drinking water. The rich can afford to buy water and quench their thirst. But what about the poor? They are drinking impure water and spoiling their health. Hence, I have decided to provide them pure drinking water so that they can lead a happy and healthy life.

In this connection, Chakravarthi (Secretary, Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust), V. Srinivasan from Chennai (President, All India Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organizations) and Indulal Shah from Mumbai (Chairman, Sri Sathya Sai World Council) met the World Bank authorities yesterday and explained to them about the selfless service activities and we did not expect anything in return. They repeated what Swami had told them to convey.”

What was the response from the World Bank when the Sai Organization presented the selfless and noble intention of undertaking the project of providing pure drinking water for the poor?

7. In a Divine Discourse delivered in 2001, we learn the depth of the stupendous expansiveness of Swami’s Love when He undertakes such humanitarian projects: “Take the water project in Anantapur. Even now there are some areas where there is scarcity of water. I have spent 300 crores of rupees and made water available to the extent possible. Take Mahboobnagar; it is another water-starved area in Telangana. I asked the Chief Engineer, Kondal Rao, what it would cost to arrange for water supply there. He gave an estimate of about 60 crores of Rupees. I told him not to bother about crores but to go ahead and carry out the project. There is no point in putting up a project from a depleting source like bore wells and pumps…”

What alternative and innovative method did Swami use to make fresh water available to those water-starved areas?

8. In a Divine Discourse in 2001, Swami conveys His advice to the rich: “The pollution of food, air and water is the main cause of the diseases. That is why I have resolved to provide pure drinking water to the needy… Wherever there is scarcity of drinking water, one should make every effort to provide it. We need not give money; it is enough if we provide safe drinking water to the people. There is no dearth of rich people in the country….”

What message does Swami convey to the rich for how they should be utilizing their money?

9. In a Divine Discourse in 1995, Swami shares another effective method for overcoming the calamity of water shortage apart from channeling water from rivers: “Rendering service whenever it is needed, you must be prepared to dedicate your life for service. You can become a leader only when you are filled with the spirit of service. Today you pray to a river: ‘Oh river! Overflow with water.’ Don't pray to the river.”

Then to whom does Swami want our prayers to be addressed, to alleviate the drinking water problem?

10. In a Divine Discourse in 1997, Swami reiterates what can raise our awareness and consciousness to take part in noble tasks thus: “I wish to assure you of one thing. Whether in India or in any other country there will be no lack of resources for carrying out welfare schemes.”

According to Swami what can impede others from undertaking such noble tasks successfully?

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- Heart2Heart Team

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