AUM SRI SAI RAM
Maha Samadhi Day Celebrations - 2012
Sri Lanka
Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba discarded HIS DIVINE PHYSICAL FORM on 24th April 2011. Considering the significance of this event, many suggestions were discussed, as to how the Maha Samadhi Day should be celebrated in Sri Lanka. Taking cognizance of the fact that Bhagavan’s Devotees are widespread in almost all parts of Sri Lanka, it was thought that the celebrations should be almost uniform in the Five Regions. Travelling on these lines, the Central Council designed a program to suit all Regions. Regions in operation are the Western & Southern, North, East, North Central and Central. A consensus was reached on the program scheduled for this celebration, in consultation with the respective Region Chairman.

Accordingly, it was decided to conduct a 12 Hour Akanda Bhajan on Tuesday 24th April, in culmination of all other Spiritual & Seva Activities planned ahead of this date. Sunday 22nd April was scheduled for a Walk named “ Sarva Dharma Sai Shanthi Walk”,  to be held in all Regions.

As the event is to remember Bhagavan leaving HIS Divine Physical Form , the walk was designed to carry Bhagavan’s Divine Messages , based on the following  :-

WE ARE DUTY BOUND AS DEVOTEES TO LOVE HIS MISSION, VISION AND VALUES.
HE WALKED AMONG US SPREADING LOVE.
HE WALKED AMONG US INCULCATING VALUES.
ITS TIME FOR US TO LIVE HIS VALUES.
HIS DIVINE MESSAGE IS NOT EXCLUSIVE TO THE DEVOTEES
BUT,
TO THE UNIVERSE
LET US RE-COUP OURSELVES AND PARTICIPATE IN THE WALK CARRYING HIS DIVINE MESSAGE.
FOSTER LOVE & PEACE TO OUR MOTHERLAND AND THE WORLD AT LARGE BY CHANTING HIS NAME SINGING HIS GLORY, DRIVING AWAY NEGATIVES AND BRINGING IN POSITIVES TO OUR THOUGHTS.


Besides, each Region was to identify a Village to implement Bhagavan’s SSSVIP ( Sri Sathya Sai Village Integrated Program ). This program was to be preceded by a “need assessment”, on the following basis :-

Primarily understand 
1.    The individual ( Health / Income / Education   issues /  )
2.    The Family       (Housing / Women development / Child care / Nutrition  )
3.    Village Needs  (Access to Drinking Water / Electricity / better livelihood opportunity/ Community management of local resources / Quality of School Education / Youth Development)

Alternatively,
1.    One Time Needs -    Well for Drinking Water, Toilets .
2.    Continuous Needs – Medical Support.
3.    Awareness Needs – Drinking Habits,  Better water management, Child Care & Woman Health,
4.    Expert Counseling Needs –
a.    Livelihoods Improved access to information-  Skill Training , Agriculture Technique etc,
b.    Child Care - Quality of School Education for children, Nutrition
c.    Better resource management - Better water management, forest based livelihoods
d.    Youth Development  - Better livelihood opportunities.

All Regions were enthusiastic in scheduling these events for Maha Samadhi Celebrations.
As planned, by Bhagavan’s Grace Akanada Bhajan was conducted in most Sai Centres while Narayana Seva too was carried out in all Regions on Tuesday 24th April.

Sarva Dharma Sai Shanthi Walk 2012

Western & Southern Region
Walk commenced at Marine Drive Bambalapitiya and proceeded upto ‘Sai Mandir’ at Barnes Place Colombo 7, covering a distance of 6 Km. Procession commenced with Veda Chant. There was Bhajan Singing and Chant of Gayatri Mantra until the procession reached the destination. More than 400 people participated which included the Young, Old and Children


Participants carried Placards depicting Bhagavan’s Divine Messages on Love & Peace. Besides, arrangements included First Aid Service and points where drinks and water was served . Bhagavan’s Grace, there was no necessity arose to give First Aid, and the Procession was peaceful. Procession reached Sai Mandir in two hours which was the target time, and the event was concluded with few Bhajans & Mangala Arathi. Devotees were served with Breakfast Prasad and Cool drinks.

Northern region

Procession commenced at 7.30 a.m from the Sai Centre . Distance travelled – 7.0 Km. Devotees included Sathya Sai School Children, Gurus and Trainees of Vocational Training Institute, Navaly. About 50 Banners were carried , and it took 3.5 Hours to conclude the Walk. All along Sai Bhajans were sung.

North Central Region

This took place in Mullaitivu, a district which was liberated from the recently concluded War. Participants are mostly victims of the War, who do not enjoy basic living facilities. But, they have shown their LOVE to BHAGAVAN.

Eastern Region

“Shanthi Walk” took effect in three districts namely Batticaloa, Kalmunai and Akkaraipattu. About 1000 devotees participated in all. Duration of Walk at each District was 2.5 Hours. Distance walked was around 3.0 Km. at each District. Glory of Bhagavan was sung, whilst Banners depicting Swamy’s Values were carried.

SRI SATHYA SAI VILLAGE INTEGRATED PROGRAMME 1 - SSSVIP

SSSVIP was launched in the Eastern Region in Nehrupuram a Village in the Ampara District. This is a small, remote village having 18 Houses and populated by 76 People. Houses are not in good condition. They do not have Toilets , Pure Drinking Water and Electricity. Hygienic conditions were very low.

Why upliftment is needed ? 

Community draws drinking water  from an Unsafe common Well, which is in a very high Un-Hygienic state. It is reported that there has been a death of a child, when that child had to go pass that Well. Further, as there are no toilets , any part of the land is used for this purpose. During Rains, all these dirt get washed down into the Un-safe Well.

Lack of Electricity supply endangers the Life as Elephants visit in the Nights. Presently, Crackers are thrown for Elephants to retreat, but this is not the best solution. Elephants even damage the buildings etc.

Community practices Hinduism, seem to be pious and God fearing. However, Value Education is essential for Children and Adults. Houses are relatively tiny, has bare minimum space, preclude having a Shrine.

Seva Needed

  1. Pipe borne Water Supply.
  2. Construction of Toilet Pits.
  3. Supply of Electricity.
  4. Bhajan Hall
  5. Bal Vikas and value Education.
  6. Regular Medical Check ups.

Merciful Grace of Bhagavan has enabled implementing SSSVIP in this village, and a Toilet for each house has been constructed. Pipe borne water supply and electricity would be provided in short time. A Bhajan Hall is to be constructed. Regular Bhajans are conducted  under a shed at present  on Fridays, and the Villagers are Greeting each other “ Sai Ram “. A Spiritual Transformation is expected, with the Bal Vikas and Value Education that is to be commenced.

Present state of the village

Our Prayers to our Beloved Lord is to make this a model “Sai Village”.

SRI SATHYA SAI VILLAGE INTEGRATED PROGRAMME 2

The second program under SSSVIP is in the North Central Region in a Village called “Poombhuhar “. A need assessment of this Village has been carried out on this Village.  Population  - 157 Families consisting of  603 People. A need assessment reveals the following General Issues faced by the Community :-

Insufficient electricity for daily usages and for farming

Living in mud houses that will not support for providing electricity

Lack of water facilities and unprotected wells

Lack of knowledge in farming

Lack of awareness of other avenues of income earning

Health and Hygienic issues Latrine facilities

Dropping of School at younger age

Lack of future planning or foreseeing the future mostly war related issues

Core areas of Service in terms of SSSVIP

Individual Care  

Ensuring access to appropriate shelter, electricity, water, sanitation,     etc. and creating awareness on personal hygiene.

Well construction and completing the unprotected wells - Construction of new wells and financially supporting to complete the unprotected wells and to help the people with farming and access to clean water.
Latrine Facilities  - Construction of new latrines and reconstruction of incomplete latrines.
Housing Development - Catering housing development for the families who are living in huts/ mud houses with clay walls. This will be considered unless the government has sanctioned the housing for these families. Housing will be mandatory to facilitate the families with electricity supply.
Electricity/ Wiring to the houses - To facilitate the housing with the required equipment and/or wiring to supply electricity.

Agriculture Care

Supporting the farmers with pump or motor to facilitate sufficient watering. 
Training on structured farming with relevant guidance to improve productivity Organizing farmers’ meets with experts and training farmers with latest cultivation techniques.
Any other support services
providing seeds & pesticides. 

 Education Care

Imparting Sri Sathya Sai BalaVikas program for bringing about value based transformation in children.
Providing relevant support to the school from equipment, stationary, etc. and improving school infrastructure.
Reducing absenteeism in schools and reducing the rate of discounting from schools.

 Medical Care

Providing access to primary medical care Continuing the regular medical camps addressing the stated health issues above.

Spiritual Care

Teaching Bhajans
Creating awareness on conducting Sathsang/ Study Circles.

 Social Care

Creating awareness on community needs and community development.
Ensuring participation in village reconstruction as part of SSSVIP.
Creating awareness on importance of maintaining cleaner surroundings.
Tree planting around the village and school in view of providing a better surrounding to provide shades to people.
 

This   Service project will be covered in three phases based on the immediate need and subject to availability of Funds. 

Our Humble Prayers to Bhagavan for accomplishing SSSVIP in this Village.

JAI SAI RAM