Volume 11 - Issue 03
March 2013
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Posted on: Mar 13, 2013


A Radio Sai Snapshot of the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust
- Annual Report 2011 - 2012

a conversation with Prof. Anantharaman, Media Coordinator SSSCT

Part 02


Prasanthi as Vibrant as Ever

Prof. AR: After social impact, we introduced a new column called ‘Festivities at Prasanthi Nilayam’.

KSM: Yeah, ours is a very very diverse; multi-faith, multi-cultural calendar of celebration.

Prof. AR: The Buddhists, the Moslems, the Jews, people from all over the world – how they come and perform, we've just given a snapshot of a few of these functions that took place in Prasanthi Nilayam. One of the significant features was ever since the Mahasamadhi, not one function has been let go. We are having every single function conducted exactly the same way as before. So, we thought we'll give a pictorial representation and a description of all these functions.

KSM: And what people find very touching is the decorum and the dignity with which every celebration begins with the members of the group walking up to the Mahasamadhi to offer the card as we did when Bhagawan was in the form and that moment is so poignant that people feel the presence is still there. Nothing has really changed. Prasanthi Nilayam is even more vibrant.

Prof. AR: Absolutely! I think it is the University which must take the credit for establishing this. If you recollect, past two years during the convocation, they even had the recorded voice of the Founder Chancellor declare the convocation open.

KSM: So, when Bhagawan's voice came on the PA system, everybody felt His presence right away.

Prof. AR: Absolutely! People went, received their medals, kept it to the chair; it was almost as if Bhagawan was sitting there, except that His form was not there; everything went on as usual. That tradition which the University started, is being followed by everybody now.

KSM: Very rightly said! It's a very good positive tradition; it's very heart-warming.

Prof. AR: There are several organisations responsible for the Sai movement. So, we didn't want this to become just a report of the Central Trust with just numbers of money received, money paid, etc. We wanted to use the opportunity also to talk about all the activities of the Central Trust. So, we divided them into three areas – Medicare, Educare and Sociocare. In Medicare, we wanted to talk about the hospitals, in Educare we wanted to talk about all the educational institutions and in Sociocare, we want to talk about all the organisations. So, we wrote a brief preamble.


I think I can read what we have written here. We say here, 'While the initiatives of the Sathya Sai Seva Organisations are categorised under Educare, Medicare, and Sociocare, they are in fact integrated. The movement has witnessed an emergence of an institutional framework that connects, consolidates and integrates many of these activities. This connection is a powerful force for it brings high efficiency, drive for excellence and professional expertise.

Being technology-driven, it is transmitted fast across different geographies, resulting in quantum leap in scale, outreach, and quality of service. More than anything, they are all cemented together by Baba's concept of universal and selfless love. This is exactly what we want to project in this –the whole thing is cemented together by Swami's concept of Love All, Serve All’.

KSM: Very beautiful! And the Annual Report has beautiful pictures – very nice colour printing, because a good picture speaks a thousand words.

Prof. AR: We had this amazing picture of the Whitefield Hospital. A friend in Bangalore one day telephoned me and said, “Today, there is thunder and lightning. I'm going to go and take a picture of the Whitefield Hospital.” I said, “Go ahead.” He immediately sent this picture to me; it's a beauty.

Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Whitefield, Bengaluru

KSM: It's like the heavens are opening up and light is just pouring into this beautiful temple of healing.

Prof. AR: Exactly! You can visualise and imagine whatever you want out of this.

Taking Forward the Master's Medical Mission

KSM: It's very heavenly! Now, there are beautiful statistics here. Let's talk about the kind of work we do under the Medical Trust. Not only are our hospitals continuing the good work that Bhagawan has initiated but they seem to be upgrading and improving with each passing day.

Prof. AR: We have two super-specialty hospitals and two general hospitals.

KSM: And a Mobile Hospital.

Prof. AR: Yeah. In both the super-specialty hospitals, we are adding new equipment. For instance, in the Whitefield Hospital, we are adding electrophysiology with 3D mapping, which is a new technology, and 3D echo-cardiography. There is also a fractional flow reserve which is a technique used for coronary catheterization. These are all the additional equipment that has been added. We are also adding a lot of equipment in our Prasanthigram Hospital also; there was one that was added recently. We wanted to give a record of all these. Another interesting thing that has happened is the reach of our Mobile Hospital, a 'Moving' Marvel.

SSSIHMS Whitefield Stats

SSSIHMS Whitefield Stats

SSSIHMS Prasanthigram Stats SSSIHMS Prasanthigram Stats

SSS General Hospital Prasanthi Nilayam Stats SSS General Hospital Whitefield Stats


KSM: It's tremendous, isn't it?

Prof. AR: Yeah. Our Mobile Hospital alone has dealt with a total of 83,000 patients to be exact in the last one year. And a new introduction in the last couple of years has been the Tele-health services, which is a collaborative effort between the Sathya Sai Central Trust and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) – it uses the power of Information Technology to extend the reach of our medical care and medical education and training. The whole idea is that we have an outstanding facility here, which is a model for everybody else to follow. (An International Healthcare Information Technology End Users' Conference was held in SSSIHMS, Whitefield in Nov 2012)

Sri Sathya Sai Mobile Hospital Stats Sri Sathya Sai Mobile Hospital Stats

Other people are in fact following this model. One more hospital has come up in Raipur on the same model as our Super-specialty Hospital here – created by another Trust, started by a devotee of Sai Baba. I'm sure there will be many more such efforts that are coming in. People are building schools to re-establish whatever we are doing through our own school system. Similarly, even our existing services – we want them to be made available to all, which is Sathya Sai Tele-health services.

KSM: Hmm! So that patients need not travel a long distance.

Prof. AR: Exactly. Through the Tele-health services, patients as far as Orissa can be given cardiac advice and service from somebody sitting in Whitefield and in Prasanthigram.

Sri Sathya Sai Telehealth Services Sri Sathya Sai Telehealth Services

KSM: It's a beautiful blueprint for resolving the healthcare issues of whole of India or for that matter the developing world.

Prof. AR: And imagine all this health delivery is given free of cost.

KSM: That's just totally mind-boggling! There must be crores and crores of rupees that the Central Trust spends to ensure this.

Prof. AR: That's the figure we have given in the first page here.




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