4 - Issue 01
SAI SEVA IN CHENNAI AND JAMMU
Here we bring you news of Seva carried out in two parts of India, literally at opposite ends of the country, from the States of Jammu and Kashmir and Tamil Nadu. Though separated by thousands of miles the Seva Dals are motivated by the same love and inspiration - that of helping the suffering and pleasing their Lord.
FLOOD RELIEF SEVA IN TAMIL NADU
300 people received food and 100 sarees and 150 children’s clothes were given out at Bharani Nagar, Alapakkam. 100 people were given food at IDPL grounds, Nandampakkam and Bharathi slum, Nesapakkam.
1000 people who were sheltering in a school in the same area were attended to with hot milk, biscuits, Vibhuti and Swami’s picture.
These details are only a summary in words of what transpired in desperate situations. Please bear the limitating factor of words in mind and take some time to contemplate on the real life feelings of the seva dal and those whom they went to help. Of all the devotion and dedication, the sacrifice and joy, the sympathy and compassion that guided the seva dal. And the pain and anguish of those suffering, who found their lives lit up in their hours of need by service inspired by Sai.
Disaster Management Training
Some of the Seva dal involved in the above report have been trained in disaster management. These instructions become vital in life and death situations. You can see some of the training in these pictures. It was imparted at a 3 day intensive course near Tanjore. The topics include water rescue, rescue using ropes, first-aid training, cardio pulmonary resuscitation techniques and fire-fighting training. So far 500 seva dal have received disaster management training in Tamil Nadu. And some have gone on to become trainers themselves, even instructing people outside SSSSO!
This article is based on our latest information from the state president of the Tamil Nadu Seva Organisation. Next issue we will be updating you with more such reports.
SAI ACTIVITIES IN JAMMU AND KASHMIR
Narayan Seva in Kashmir Valley for the First Time!
It was a significant moment for the Organisation when the Seva Dal members, undeterred by the spate of militancy related activities in Kashmir Valley, organized the first ever Narayan Seva on the eve of Bhagavan’s birthday when food packets were served to hundreds of people.
Apart from the regular Narayan Seva that is carried out by the Organization every second Sunday of the month, Sai youth organized a special Narayan Seva on the eve of Bhagavan’s 80th Birthday. Food packets were served to the poor and physically challenged living in the outskirts of Jammu City, in Jhuggies (temporary houses). In addition to this, several Sai Youth visited a lepers’ home in the Bhagwati Nagar area of Jammu City, where delicious food was served to nearly 80 lepers. As a part of the Narayan Seva, Sevadals also distributed clothes to 530 people, including families with members suffering from leprosy and physical disabilities.
“Shanti Rath Yatra” – Peace March During November
Peace is such a rare commodity these days. To promote brotherliness and harmony, the devotes and Sai workers had a “Shanti Rath Yatra” (A Peace March on The Chariot) in Jammu City during November 2005 to commemorate Bhagavan’s 80th Birthday.
The “Rath Yatra” helped in creating awareness about Swami and His message of love and Service among the people. The Chariot was decorated with banners and was accompanied by cars decked with pictures of Swami and lead by six Sai youth on motorcycles. Akhanda Bhajan was also held for 24 hours, attended by 600 people in three locations.
Many would be aware of the recent earthquake that hit the state of Jammu and Kashmir and even some areas in Pakistan. Many alumni from the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning rushed to the spot to help and aid the victims. There are really moving stories of servic and of love. We will bring you all these stories in the next issue of Heart2Heart. Watch out for the Cover Story of Feb 2006!
- Heart2Heart Team
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