Jai Sai Ram,
Celebrating the Advent of Sathya Sai Baba gives us an often-overlooked chance to focus on His most important teachings of love, service and detachment. He lit the lamp of selfless seva activities uniting us across the world with a shared set of ideals, irrespective of gender, religion or creed. Baba spoke strongly on the need to travel light, to reduce our attachment with materialistic attractions. Whether it is greed, jealousy, vanity, pride or a host of other self-inflicted enemies, we all have our individual challenges to overcome. However, it is through His teachings, ‘Love All, Serve All’ and ‘Help Ever, Hurt Never’ that we can all achieve a calmer state of mind and a deeper sense of peace.
Since 1988, when Swami entered our lives, He has inspired us and many devotees, through Saisruti, to engage in humanitarian projects such as education; food and clothing distribution; support for widows; a skills programme to ensure self-sufficiency that includes tailoring driving and computing; the installation of bore wells to provide clean, fresh drinking water; aiding the disabled and funding eye, dental and medical camps. In addition to this Saisruti Gaushala cares for abandoned cows, saving them from slaughter, and further initiatives are in place to feed birds and stray dogs. We would like to thank everyone for their donations and support. Our projects can be seen on our website www.saisruti.com and the accounts can be accessed at the Charities Commission website by simply putting our charity registration number 1123808.
We are all custodians to this world and each other, instruments to serve and nurture creation. His teachings have inspired our actions, and will continue to do so as we understand just how the complexities of life are unravelled by the simplest of notions.
In Swami’s own words: ‘I do not ascribe one particular date in the calendar as My birthday, for I consider the day when divinity blossoms in your heart as My birthday in you. Therefore, each of you should individually celebrate such a day as My birthday. The day when you resolve to practise My advice, to follow My directives, to translate My message into acts of service, and to engage in sandhana – that day is My birthday for you.’
Saisruti is working to provide food to those people who have nothing and are suffering mentally. We go to remote villages to help the underprivileged people.
Sai Sruti holds regular Health Care Camps in Indian remote villages to provide mass treatment.
There is an urgent need for this project as people without some kind of skill are unemployed and have no future.
Educational aid is considered to be amongst the best gift one can give to someone. We are sponsoring 6500 children who are receiving full support since last five year.
This project is not as difficult as the other projects since Indian Government is encouraging primary education.
Saisruti holds regular Medical Care Camps in Indian remote villages to provide mass treatment and awareness on cleanliness which is the main case of illness.
Why a cow centre? I was on a special mission to help underprivileged children in India during May 2009 and while walking on the streets of Anand I noticed many abandoned, sick and homeless cows wandering for food and water in vein. Some of these animals were lying on the street with wounds and broken legs.
There is a serious shortage of fresh drinking water in many remote villages and therefore the poor villagers have to walk for miles in search for it. The villagers are often forced to use highly polluted water from ponds or rivers which is unfit to drink, as a result of the shortage of fresh water.
Sai Sruti holds Dental Camps in remote villages of India to provide mass treatment and advice to patients and non-patients regarding dental care. We feel it is extremely important to provide right guidance to people in order for them to avoid being victims of dental problems like tooth decay, foul smell in the mouth, gum disease etc.
In Gujarat state 35% people are suffering from blindness and with a population of 6 crores, NGO, Government and various charities are engaged in helping to cope with the situation by holding camps and researching to find the core of the cause.
There are many charities which distribute second hand clothing in India. However, saisruti has a special respect for people whom they distribute the clothing. We think just handing over any garment to cloth the people is not right and hence we distribute correct size clothing.
This is a special project under taken by saisruti and here we visit the real needy families in remote villages in India and after full survey we list the family for monthly quota.
Shri Sathya Sai Baba has always emphasized on making people independent and saisruti has taken quite a few steps to encourage people to be independent. After careful study and inquiries we have started training classes for tailoring. We are giving training to young as well as those keen to leave with pride.
Computer literacy is considered to be a very important skill to possess while in developed and developing countries. Employers want their workers to have basic computer skills because their company becomes ever more dependent on computers.
We have devotees who sponsors books, stationery, bags, Uniforms, Note Books, Shoes/Sleepers, sweaters or total needs at a go. However, owing to requests from individuals we are now introducing individual child sponsorship which will give opportunity to many devotees who are unable to sponsor a whole school.
Saisruti is providing manual wheelchairs to people with disabilities to give them freedom of movement
Our survey unveiled a staggering information - most young widows are harassed by man specially when they live alone and struggling to support young child-we give them training in Skills of their interest which majority woman go for tailoring as they can work from home-the total cost to train and supply a sewing machine is only sterling £.100 (this includes transport, material for training and a sewing machine) She will become independent and earn her living with dignity and pride. Such a small amount will give her a fresh start and lifelong income.
These are helpless ladies mostly labor work - their income is very little and struggling to survive - give them monthly food and some clothing - it only cost Sterling Pound 12 to 15 per month.
We provide eco-chula to people living in huts and places where there is no electricity or gas facility. The cost of providing an Eco-Chula is sterling Pound 10 per person. These Chula's are developed by SAISRUTI which are smokeless and hence protect users from eye injuries .
During winter many people sleeping without adequate clothing on streets outside railway stations, bus stops etc and we provide them with Blankets and Sweater to protect them from cold making them comfortable. The cost of such seva is only Sterling Pound 3 per person.
People in remote villages have no clean water - they get their water from small ponds which generally is polluted and makes them ill and victim of lot of disease. There are many Schools where water and toilet facilities are disgraceful. The cost to provide a complete clean water facilities is Sterling £.400 to Sterling £.500 depending on the work involved.
This is another important project where one can give a person eye for life by just donating sterling £.10 per person ( normally we do O.P.D and average Eye Camp costs in the region of Sterling £.300 to Sterling £.450 - the cost depends on the amount of surgeries, medicines, glasses etc provided.
In medical camps we check blood, blood pressure and all ailments. Provide person full treatments for their ailments. The average cost per person without major illness is around £.10 only. Along with medical camp we hold dental care camps where we carry out extractions, dental filling, provide dentures, bridges, braces and general medicine
LORD WILL PROTECT HIM WHO POSSESS FAITH AND PATIENCE.
BE ENTIRELY PRIDELESS AND EGOLESS AND YOUR SPIRITUAL PROGRESS WILL BE RAPID.
ABANDON LUST, WRATH AND AVARICE AS HEY LEAD TO SELF-DESTRUCTION.
BE LIBERAL AND MUNIFICIENT BUT NOT LAVISH OR EXTRAVAGANT
BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO PRAY FOR OTHERS, FOR IN DOING SO THEY BECOME AWARE OF THE UNITY OF ALL LIFE
PRACTISE THE VOCABULARY OF LOVE - UNLEARN THE LANGUAGE OF HATE AND CONTEMPT - BABA