SPREADING HIS LOVE : SERVICE BY SAI STUDENTS
on the outskirts of Mudigubba, 36 kms. from Prashanti Nilayam,
exists a small hamlet called Maarala, that was designed to
be venue of the 24th Grama Seva Camp conducted by the Sri
Sathya Students, held on the 30th of December 2003.
visits by our brothers revealed that, as is typical of the
Indian landscape, especially in these confines, Maarala comprised
mostly of agriculturists and cattle raisers.
In keeping with Bhagavan's directives over
the past seven years, prior arrangements were made to address
the health and well being of the inhabitants and their surroundings,
with a fervent prayer to Swami that these efforts facilitate
an eventual improvement in their lifestyle. Accordingly, a
total of 41 doctors and several paramedics from Vishakapatnam,
Coorg, Coimbatore, Bangalore, Hyderabad and a group from overseas
as well participated in the camp.
The specialities that were covered
in by this team included:
- General Medicine
a prayer and bhajans, the various departments were set up
and the doctors and paramedics In addition to medicine and
food, hope, too was distributed, and in abundance.
departments were set up in the classrooms of the village school
and the elderly, the householders and the children were diagnosed
at the different departments, were allocated their respective
Simultaneously, the tables for the registering
of the patients commenced and continued till late afternoon
reaching a total of 2455 patients.
Each person was directed or taken to the
respective department depending on the complaint / ailment.
While the paramedics assisted the doctors, the students ensured
that everything proceeded smoothly and efficiently.
Once the diagnosis was done, the patients were directed to
the pharmacy where the prescribed medicines were given along
with instructions in their local language (Telugu) on dosage
faces of the villagers beamed with hope and satisfaction,
that there was someone who cared deeply for them.
After the villagers received their medicines, food was distributed
in a shamiana.
A Bal Vikas class was conducted on the school
playground for the school children and others from the village
- bhajans, shklokas, etc.
A shaminana was replete with posters on Health
and Hygiene and several students gave general healthcare instructions
to the villagers.
Here too Chunam and Spatikam was distributed
to the villagers for de-fluoridation of drinking water explaining
the process to them.
Sai protein was distributed to the children
and 300 saplings were planted in the village.
Blankets, sarees, and dhotis were given to
the elderly persons of the village.
keeping with the common practice of Swami to bring relief
in various forms directly to the doorstep of the beneficiary,
these camps are held quarterly totally free of charge in the
various villages around Puttaparthi and Bangalore.
The objective was clearly in line with Swami's
message: bring spirituality to the poor in the form of food,
medicine and shelter.