Sai Vandana 2000
The Convener, Sri Sathya Sai Books and Publications Trust
Available In The AshramAs in the past, the faculty, the students and the well-wishers of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning have brought out this quinquennial homage volume on the blessed occasion of the 75th Birthday of their unique Chancellor.
Among the most illuminating articles, mention may be made of the following:
Dr. Mario Mazzoleni, a theologian and scholar of philosophy who after discerning the identity of the teachings of Baba and Jesus and after experiencing Baba’s love in person, declares that Baba is verily the Father, the spirit of Truth leading us to the complete truth as promised by Jesus.
S.V. Giri cites some instances where the students of the Institute demonstrated the values they had imbibed — sacrifice, humility, dignity of labour and equanimity. K. Chakravarthi however has only a cautious ‘yes’ in answer to the question whether the students will be able to live by the teachings of Swami after they leave the Institute. Since many factors are involved in determining and professional circumstances, this answer is most realistic and judicious.
Dr. Safaya owns that he felt like a novice at hospital administration when he took over the administration of the SSS Super Speciality Hospital because of its very uniqueness.
T. G. Krishnamurti highlights an interesting similarity between the names of the most significant Avatars : Rama, Krishna and Sayi are all two – letter words (when Sanskrit letters are used) !
Victor Kanu gives a very valuable account of Sai Lessons at the Sai schools in Africa. Though it is only an outline it is indicative of the great work done through him in Africa.
B. N. Narasimha Murthy points out very relevantly the challenges to value based education in a University. It is a very useful article because it is rooted in the practice of the principles of Value Education. Similarly useful is Rama Mohana Rao’s piece on value oriented education in Sai Institutions. Kabir Duggal’s mention of a student who become a doctor and practised Swami’s values with great success is highly heart – warming and engenders great hope about the Alumni of SSSIHL.
Dr. Sara Pavan and Dr. David Gries have beautifully expressed their experiences in their articles. Jack Hawley notes how he was surprised when the word reverence popped out of him during an analysis session with the employees of a company. It was inspired by Sai and made his analysis very effective.
Lastly mention must be made of the two concluding lines of Ms. Sunayana Trasi:
"What I am is your gift to me
What I become is my gift to you"
Let us hope that the students of SSSIHL will realise this.
O. P .Vidyakar
|SOURCE OF THE DREAM
My Way To Sathya Sai Baba
By Robert Priddy
Sai Towers Publishing 1999
The author of this fascinating book has been a teacher of philosophy and social science, in a number of universities and institutions in Norway and is an ardent Sai devotee. This book of 302 pages has 27 chapters. In the first 20 chapters he describes graphically his personal background, his earlier experiences and how he came under the umbrella of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s grace. In the last seven chapters viz. ‘ The Universal World Teacher’, ‘Understanding Baba’s Teaching’s’, Science and spiritual knowledge; ‘Education and Transformation’, ‘The unfathomable nature of Avatar’, ‘Liberation. In the greatest mystery, and ‘The world Beyond’, he has tried to critically examine the various aspects of Baba’s divine personality and his unique Avataric mission on earth.
In 1983, Sri Sathya Sai Baba had appeared before his 81 year old mother who had intense pain and he assured her that henceforth she would not have any pain. The author came in contact with a Swamiji of Ramakrishna Mission in U.K., who sowed the seeds of spirituality in him, persuaded him to go in for a formal marriage with the lady with whom he had been living for five years, and formed the earliest link between the author and Sai Baba.
Sacred fascinating dreams, described kindly by the author in the book, were seen by him, in which Sai Baba had appeared before and indicated a number of things and these significant dreams persuaded him to came to Prasanthi Nilayam on a number of times. Here he and his wife were almost immediately showered Baba’s deep love; they were given several personal interviews and miraculous materlizations by Baba and he soon became a very respected, wellknown and much sought after foreign devotees of Baba. He has described very graphically all these experiences which are quite interesting and rather too personal or subjective, like so many other foreign Sai devotees.
The best part of the book is the author’s critical appraisal of Swami’s nature, his teachings, and His world-wide organization. He has praised Swami’s organization lavishly, and expressed his total agreement with all the ideas given by the Avatar for the betterment of the mankind. A number of very appropriate quotations of Swami on love, spiritual education, science and his divine leela and his maxims have been beautifully interwoven by the author in his book and provide rich food for serious introspection to many readers and enlighten all those who have not yet seen the Purusha of the age. He has successfully and eloquently shown how Swami’s personality is "so vibrant, his presence so fascinating and magnetic’ and "how’ he (Swami) is here to touch, inspire, and transform both the good person and the not-no-good, eve the evil-minded."
S. P. Ruhela