SSIO Annual Report 2018-2019
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The main objective of the Sathya Sai Organisation is to help humanity recognise its inherent divinity.
Sathya Sai Baba, January 6, 1975
Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the incarnation of love and the universal teacher, in His infinite compassion and love for humanity, has given four commandments for our redemption: Love All, Serve All, and Help Ever, Hurt Never. It is the greatest blessing to be a contemporary of the Paripoorna Avatar and have the good fortune to serve in the divine mission. Baba has prepared us for many lifetimes to do His work and be instruments of His love.
He has founded, nurtured, and guided educational institutions, medical institutions, humanitarian service projects and the Sathya Sai Organisation which bears His sacred name. These noble establishments allow its members to participate and practice these divine commandments. The members of the Sathya Sai International Organisation (SSIO), who are present in about 120 countries and more than 1,800 Sathya Sai Centres, sincerely attempt to practice His teachings with love and unity.
The 2018-2019 SSIO Annual Report, offered with love and humility on the occasion of His 94th Birthday, provides highlights of activities in education, healthcare, humani- tarian relief, leadership, and interfaith and Go-Green initiatives.
Healthcare – For All
The principles of Sathya Sai Ideal Healthcare, as given by Baba, are comprehensive, compassionate, preventive, state-of-art, universal and free healthcare, provided with love and humility. Healthcare professionals provide ideal healthcare to millions of people around the world based on these principles.
Education – Precious Gift to Humanity
Sathya Sai Education is a precious gift of Sathya Sai Baba to humanity. There are 44 Sathya Sai Schools and 33 Institutes of Sathya Sai Education (ISSEs) established in various countries, delivering values-based education. In addition, Sathya Sai Education in Human Values (SSEHV) programmes teach the fundamental human values to the community in general, and also to specific professional groups.
Nature – Manifestation of God
The best way to express our gratitude to Mother Nature and God is to live in harmony with Nature. The first Go-Green Conference was held in July 2018 in Prasanthi Nilayam to dwell on this theme. Delegates from more than 70 countries came together to discuss how-to live-in harmony with Nature. Conference Resolutions are being implemented by the newly formed SSIO Environmental Sustainability Committee.
Young Adults – The Future
Young Adults (YAs) form an important part of the SSIO. They are beacons of light for humanity and torchbearers of the divine mission of Bhagawan. They have undertaken many initiatives, including the Sathya Sai International Leadership Programme – which has graduated more than 1,300 YAs from over 50 countries, who are active leaders in the Organisation.
Harmony of Religions – Unity of Faiths
Baba repeatedly emphasised that there is only one religion – the religion of love, and there is only one God – who is omnipresent. He has shown that all paths lead to the same goal. Thus, all major festivals such as Buddha Poornima, Christmas, Chinese New Year, and Hindu festivals are celebrated in Sathya Sai Centres around the world with love and unity.
Various earthquakes, floods and tsunamis around the globe took a heavy toll on animal and human lives and caused widespread damage during 2018–2019. SSIO members immediately sprang into action in many countries. For example, in Indonesia, after a tsunami, volcanic eruption and earthquake struck, SSIO volunteers provided food, water, shelter, and medical services, and built 220 homes, a place of worship and a school.
Golden Jubilee Celebration of Baba’s Visit to Africa
The SSIO celebrated the Golden Jubilee of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s maiden visit to East Africa, the cradle of civilization, in July 1968. During this historic visit, Baba delivered landmark divine discourses which encompassed His eternal message, “Love All, Serve All.” The Golden Jubilee was celebrated for three days, commencing on 13th July 2018.
Adoption of 95 Global Communities
As an offering of love to Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba on His 95th Birthday, the SSIO has initiated the Global Adoption of 95 Communities, to make a difference in the lives of needy people by providing education, healthcare, food, shelter, drinking water, and other services. The target has already been exceeded, and more than 110 communities have been adopted, as of November 2019.
Finally, all these initiatives and programmes are intended to foster unity and harmony so that we may all live in peace and happiness. Keeping this in mind, the 11th World Conference of the SSIO, to be held in November 2020 in Pras- anthi Nilayam, will have the theme, “Unity is Divinity; Purity is Enlightenment.”
This golden opportunity to serve in the divine mission comes rarely in one’s lifetime. Let us give the highest priority to His work and rededicate our lives to serve Him selflessly with all our heart, mind, soul and strength.
May all the worlds be happy.
Jai Sai Ram.
Narendranath Reddy, M.D. Chairman, SSIO
Love all beings-that is enough. Love with no expectation of return. Love for the sake of love. Love because your very nature is love. Love because that is the form of worship you know and like.
When others are happy, be happy likewise. When others are in misery, try to alleviate their lot to the best of your ability. Practice love through seva (selfless service). By this means, you will realise unity and get rid of the ego that harms.
Sathya Sai Baba, March 5, 1973