Issue 14 - April 2, 2017
Editors Note...

Looking at a youth clicking pictures during a private Satsang, Swami said, "Just like the camera man, God is also taking pictures! You should always be ready. You do not know when He is clicking your picture." And we should be ever ready to embark on any opportunity to serve, as the primary duty of this body is to help and serve others. Everything else this body does or engages in is incidental!

Swami's message to the Sai youth around the world this week:

"There is no force on earth which can delay for an instant the mission for which this Avatar has come. Simply participate in the work that is being done and partake the bliss that is being derived from such Seva. 

But thinking that you are helping someone is wrong, as it raises your ego. Thank the person whom you are serving, as he or she is giving you the chance to serve. Self transformation is the outcome of engaging in Seva, and the receiver is greater than the person serving.

Do your duty with unwavering Love, seeing all as God. Be patient. In time, everything will be given to you. Be happy. There is no need to worry about anything."

Yours in His Service

Bhuvana Santhanam 

Holi Celebrations at JP Nagar Breakfast Service Centre 
South Bangalore, India
March 12, 2017

The real joy of festivals is in the coming together of family and friends. It wasn’t any different this Holi at the Jayaprakash Narayan Nagar (South of Bengaluru) breakfast centre, which saw the congregation of volunteers and children. Over a dozen volunteers and children celebrated the festival of colours, and in no time drenched everyone gathered in the joy of togetherness and celebration.
Thousands Quench Their Thirst This Holi
March 11, 2017

Pure water is the world’s first and foremost medicine. But this nature’s elixir isn’t always available to everyone on tap.

On the holy occasion of Holi, the festival of colours, team Annapoorna gifted the thousands who live in S Devaganahalli, a village about 40 kilometres from Muddenahalli in Chikkaballapur district in Karnataka, with a clean drinking water plant.
New Drinking Water Plant Installed on Ugadi at Yeranagenahalli Village

This is the ninth reverse osmosis plant installed by Team Annapoorna which will provide clean drinking water to approximately 1000 inhabitants of this village.

So far they have provided clean drinking water to over 15,000 villagers to date.

Annapoorna Cluster E Schools
This is a new service initiative taken up in rural schools apart from Annapoorna Breakfast Programme. The cluster comprises four government primary schools: Dinnehosahalli GPS,       Ankanagondi GPS,
Arikere GPS and
Hanumanthapura GPS.

It may be a small school but it hopes to make a lasting impact in the lives of its students.

Activities in Kolkata
The month of February witnessed a landmark in the furtherance of Bhagawan’s goal to provide medical relief to the suffering masses of Bengal with the inauguration of Sri Sathya Sai Amrutham, a completely free of cost centre for specialised outpatient care. Associated with the inauguration was a bouquet of celebrations in the form of stage performances, Bhajans, Puja and Narayan Seva over a period of four days amidst congregation of devotees from all over India for the occasion.
Raipur Seva Updates
Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital, Naya Raipur, Chhattisgarh: 100  paediatric cardiac surgeries were conducted in March 2017 and 3,169  surgeries have been conducted in Sai Sanjeevani since its   inception in November 2012, with patients coming from all over the country and other developing countries, t otally free of cost...
Real Happiness Lies in Giving
Youth Activities from Colombo

Youth from Colombo, Sri Lanka's capital city, felt the agony in themselves when they found an school in Colombo consisting of 60 children carrying out their education in a very old decrepit building with minimum facilities or one may say no facilities at all.

These young hearts are setting out a model for all...
Saga of Service from Batticaloa
Nutrition Session for Parents

The future generation is the wealth of the nation. When committed youths, set out in determination, there witnessed a gathering of parents at Dharmapuram, a village community in Batticaloa district in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka. This monthly Nutrition Awareness session meant to create awareness on hygiene practices is going to set the path for a future healthy generation...

Supply of Monthly Provisions to Families
Food rations enough for a month were given to five households having children diagnosed with moderate malnutrition in youth medical screening camps. Mothers from these families shared their experiences on causes of malnutrition in the nutrition session with other mothers. 
Good Teachers, Good Students
Teacher's training conducted on the 'Total Well Being of the Child' focused on six to twelve year olds to empower primary school teachers.

Observations in classrooms, discussions with teachers and additional training, if necessary, will be carried out to ensure the effective and timely implementation of the techniques...
Love Flows in Middle East 

What the world needs badly today are such selfless men and women with hearts filled with compassion and love for fellow-beings.    

It is really amazing to see that almost 350 blue-collar workers have benefitted from the Seva activities undertaken by these youths. A subtle and heartfelt smile from the beneficiaries is all it takes to melt these young hearts. It is in those smiles that they see the reflection of God.


Breakfast Service in Lagos
A group of dedicated youth from Nigeria is setting an example for selfless service. The inspiration they get deep within, is converted into the act of providing breakfast for children studying in Ereko Methodist Primary School in Lagos, the largest city in Nigeria.  

Medical Camp in Lagos
Yet another service activity from the enthusiastic young hearts of Nigeria - a medical camp was organised under the initiative of “Praying Hearts and Helping Hands”, a charity initiative...