Courtesy of Eenadu, Andhraprabha, Surya, Sakshi, Andhrabhumi, Andhrajyoti, Vartha
Sri Kaleshwar distributed nutritious food for HIV effected children at Penukonda this April. On this benevolent occasion, he said, “each and every person should come forward to help the people who are suffering with this dangerous disease, while trying to make their lives happy and giving a sense of self-confidence to them. We should also try to support them to turn towards God. We should take responsibility for the welfare of HIV effected people and in the eradication of this dangerous disease.”
He also added that, “people will do mistakes knowingly or unknowingly, which has proven to be deadly to these kids and was also making the future of these kids dark.”
This program was organized by the Krushi Village Development Society. Sri Kaleshwar has also provided all financial support for this Society. The society’s president, Mr. Ramnjanayulu, expressed appreciation for his kind financial support. The persons who participated in this program included: Mr. Bhaskar Reddy (Shirdi Sai Global Trust official), Mr. Bedi who was the President of Young India Project, Women’s’ Welfare Trust and others.
Courtesty of Andhraprabha, Andhrajyoti, Vaartha, Surya
A free eye camp was been organized by Navyashree Eye Hospital at Hindupur. The local M.L.A. Mr. Ranganayakulu was invited as chief guest. In his speech he praised Sri Kaleshwar for conducting free eye camps for the poor patients who can’t go to private hospitals for their eye treatments due to their economic difficulties. Mr. Ranganayakulu also praised him for his other charitable activities organized for the betterment of the poor people.
The other’s who were present on this event were: the CPI leaders Mr. Dada Peer, Mr. Suresh Babu, Mr. K.T. Srinivasa Reddy, Municipal Chairman of Hiundupur Mr. Anil Kumar, Mr. Konka Mallesh who was the Managing Director of Navyashree Eye Hospital, Mr. Ramanna Manager and others.
Mr. Konka Mallesh, in his speech, said that this free eye camp was organized with the financial support of Sri Kaleshwar and he will extend these free eye camps for other places as well.
In this free eye camp more than 250 patients received treatment. Among this group, 67 members were badly in need of eye operations and were shifted to Navyashree Eye Hospital in Penukonda. The following day the hospital conducted free eye operations. Sri Kaleshwar, on behalf of Navyashree Eye Hospital, generously provided all transportation, boarding, lodging, medicines and spectacles.
Courtesy of Andhraprabha
Sri Kaleshwar and SSGT donated $250,000 (one crore rupees) for the development of Penukonda municipality, affecting 18 sections of Penukonda Village. Cement roads were constructed.
In addition $70,000 (30 lakhs) has been reserved for development of a “Model Market”, which would infuse into older, rundown areas of the district. This work would provide badly needed sanitation and drainage facilities for the town. Sri Kaleshwar has also committed to constructing a Community Marriage Hall, which will be particularly useful for the poor people.
Courtesy of Surya, Vaartha, Eenadu, Andhrabhumi, Andhrajyoti, Jan 8th, 2008
The Andhra Pradesh State Agricultural Minister, Mr. Raghuveera Reddy, attended the birthday function of Dr. Sri Sai Kaleshwar and praised him for his charitable activities.
Even though Sri Kaleshwar faced many obstacles during his youth, he still continued his spiritual & charitable activities without hesitation. The Agricultural Minister acknowledged and mentioned several of his recent charitable activities such as: The Free Food Distribution Programs for the state’s hunger stricken; Free Eye Camps where cataract operations are performed on hundreds of patients; Free Medical Camps where diagnosis, treatment and medication are offered to thousands that attend; Rehabilitation of old abandoned & neglected temples; New construction of buildings for educational development; Mass marriages for couples so poor that they are otherwise unable to afford these ceremonies.
In the interest of the most needy, Sri Kaleshwar, along with many of his students around the world, have donated millions of rupees for the benefit of these charitable activities.
The Agricultural Minister has further promised that his Government will support Sri Kaleshwar in the construction of a “Super Speciality Hospital” and Medical and Nursing College through direct donation of government lands specifically earmarked for this project.
M.L.A. Mr. Pamudurti Ravindra Reddy who attended his birthday celebration, said that “Swami Sri Sai Kaleshwar was a role model for society. Through his charitable activities, such as adopting 100 of the poorest villages in the district, he is inspiring people to think and act in a more socially and spiritually conscious way.”
Mr Pamudurti Reddy commented that “Swami never speaks of himself as a God; rather, he only refers and gives credit to Shirdi Sai Baba, his master”.
Kuala Lampur, Malaysia
Swami Kaleshwar was conferred with a Doctor of Honors from The Open International University of Complementary Medicine in recognition of his humanitarian works in India. During the awards ceremony in Kuala Lampur, Swamiji’s achievements were singled out by the Chairman of the University who said, “ Service is the highest station man can achieve. The people who receive this award have dedicated and sacrificed their lives for the sake of mankind and have done wonders in the world.” Previous recipients of this award have been Nelson Mandela and former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shaukat Aziz.
Swami Kaleshwar’s charitable activities in southern India were the cause for his selection for this award: creating a spiritual center in Penukonda where people from throughout the world come to receive spiritual solace and learning; establishment of food camps that fed 10,000 drought victims per day in the state of Andhra Pradesh; donation of 2 crore rupees (about five hundred thousand dollars) to build a College of Engineering at the Krishnadevaraya University; free medical camps for women and children, mega eye camps to provide free cataract surgery to the poor; and recently a pledge from a close devotee to build a 100 crore rupee specialty hospital in the village of Penukonda.
Swamiji commented that the Open University’s philosophy, from whom he received his Doctorate, was similar to his own. The healing practitioners were taught to connect to their patients humanity, for example, not just hand out prescriptions for illnesses, and to relate to the patient on a human level, to understand their suffering. Swamiji refers to this as ‘soul healing’, a fundamental part of his teachings. Swami says, “ Become a simple person – helping, helping, helping. Do some volunteer service. I recommend that every Saturday or Sunday that you go to any old-age home, any hospital, please go and take care of them. When they become used to seeing you, after you visited two or three weeks, then in the fourth week that patient is waiting for you. Hey! When are you coming? They’re very happy. They feel so touched. That you need. That is needed.”