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SSGT Holds Swine Flu Prevention Clinic, August 5th, 2009
Aug 29, 2009 medical charity

Courtesy of Sakshi

In response to the growing global concern about the threat to public health by the Swine Flu (H1N1) virus, the Shirdi Sai Global Trust (SSGT) along with the Penukonda Police Department conducted an educational meeting on August 5th, 2009 in Penukonda, India. The purpose of this meeting was to explain the facts regarding swine flu to the local people, to teach them how to prevent the illness and to distribute preventative medicine.

A distinguished panel of senior community leaders, local officials and doctors emphasized the importance of education regarding swine flu. Those in attendance were informed that there are 3 stages of this virus: A, B and C. The first 2 stages, A & B, are considered not as dangerous as the 3rd stage, C. In order to reduce the risk of contracting this virus, it was explained that care needs to be taken with regard to sanitation and hygiene around the house and community.

Specific measures, such as the proper use of surgical masks, avoidance of high-risk situations and ways to strengthen the immune system were explained to reduce the risk of exposure to the virus as well as ways to limit its spread throughout the population.

The local people were advised that in case of any instances of flu symptoms such as vomiting, high fever, and respiratory complications, they should immediately report these to their local hospital. Public health posters about the swine flu virus to be placed throughout the community were shown to those who attended.

All the speakers and local officials expressed their appreciation and gratitude to the SSGT for supporting this Swine flu educational seminar, as well as the distribution of large quantities of medicines to those who attended.

Guru Purnima 2009
Jul 07, 2009
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Guru Purnima – the Full Moon of the Guru – is one of the most important festivals in India. It is the time to celebrate one’s spiritual master and teacher. Many people travel thousands of miles to spend just a few precious moments with their guru on this auspicious occasion. This year, over 500 students from over fifteen countries around the world came to Penukonda to celebrate Guru Purnima with Sri Sai Kaleshwar Swami. It represented a new milestone in the growth of the ashram. Never before in the history of the ashram had so many people attended a program.

Swami went into high gear even before the program officially began by meeting with students as they started arriving at the ashram. He spoke of the need to really know what one’s expectations are, to be able to implement the spiritual gifts received forever and ever, to stay focused on one’s target and to dedicate one’s life to the Divine to create a mission of peace, wisdom and pure love for the planet.

Swami clearly stated that whenever you know exactly what you want, you’ll create the victory. He said, “Love is immortal. Love is a bond. Once if you have that commitment bond, you will have the victory. Have a bond with the Guru Parampara. Have a bond with yourself, your dedication. Your determination will bring you the success.”

As the program began, Swami announced that this Guru Purnima would include the first initiation for attending the Immortal Enlightenment Course and that next year’s Guru Purnima 2010 would be held in Europe, followed by 2011 in Benares. He emphasized the importance of unity and said, “Once you are really as a group with a strong unity, you really can create such a bliss in this mission.”

On July 5th, Swami said that every Avatar has two things in the planet – love and power. He said, “If you have only one, it’s very hard to lead the planet, to lead the souls. Every spiritual being who wants to get enlightenment, the first thing is love – Satya (truth), Dharma (duty), Shanti (peace), Prema (love). Second is the power. The miraculous power. Without power, especially in this Kali Yuga, in these upcoming days, if you really need to heal, to help in the future, the power needs to be utilized to take care of a lot of aspects.”

Throughout the Guru Purnima program, fire pujas were held in the morning to receive the blessings of the Divine. Petals from 100,000 lotus flowers were also offered to Baba and then these protection petals were distributed along with sandalwood paste for all the students to take home as powerful protection and to insure the success of their spiritual process. Swami told all the students to share these Mother Divine protection petals with all their students back at home.

Guru Purnima day began with an amazing abishek in the Baba Temple during which many sacred substances were offered to Baba. Afterwards Swami gave shaktipat to all in attendance. Following the abishek, Swami proclaimed that he had never seen Baba looking so powerful and announced “now it has begun.”

Later that day, the senior students asked Swami to allow them to take him on a procession through the village of Penukonda like Shirdi Sai Baba allowed his disciples to take him through the streets of Shirdi. A large photo of Baba was placed on a tractor wagon, which was decorated with garlands of flowers. All of the students walked through the streets of Penukonda singing, led by an orchestra of Indian musicians, while firecrackers exploded, finally arriving at a small Shirdi Sai Baba Temple where Swami paid his respects to Baba.

That evening, young local children performed traditional Indian dance on a stage in the Main Garden. Both the students and the ashram Indian staff and their families enjoyed the colorful costumes and lively performances. At the conclusion of the performance, Swami asked the head of the dance school what he needed. When the man replied that he wanted to build a new school, Swami immediately presented him with a check for 500,000 rupees. Afterwards Swami said, “I really want to say one thing to you. Help whoever comes to you if in your position, and you really can do it, don’t hesitate. Do it. Whenever you start to think of your own selfishness, you never ever grow. You never ever? Grow.”

Through the divine guidance of Swami, the hard work of hundreds of seva volunteers and the grace of Baba, Guru Purnima 2009 was a great success. Swami worked tirelessly, meeting with student process groups around the clock and said that he was very pleased with the success of the program. It left everyone looking forward to celebrating Guru Purnima in Europe in 2010 and in Benares in 2011 at the Immortal Enlightenment Course.

Procession Through Penukonda
Jul 07, 2009

During Guru Purnima 2009, students took Swami on a procession through the village of Penukonda like Shirdi Sai Baba allowed his disciples to take him through the streets of Shirdi. A large photo of Baba was placed on a tractor wagon, which was decorated with garlands of flowers. All of the students walked through the streets of Penukonda singing, led by an orchestra of Indian musicians, while firecrackers exploded, finally arriving at a small Shirdi Sai Baba Temple where Swami paid his respects to Baba.

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Making a Beautiful Road for the Bright Future of Children
Jun 19, 2009 education charity

Courtesy of Sakshi Paper

Sri Sai Kaleshwar inaugurated a program on June 4th, 2009 in the local Siva Sai Mandir to organize a mass elementary school program for children to learn the letters of the Telugu alphabet.

Sri Sai Kaleshwar stated that it is the parent’s responsibility to make sure that their children receive a good education to insure their children’s bright future. Swami said, however, that too many parents are making their children into child laborers instead of good educated citizens.

Sri Sai Kaleshwar spoke about the important role that government colleges provide. He said that the necessary steps should be taken to develop the Government colleges and to make them equal in educational standards to corporate colleges.

Swami recommended that parents should send their children to these government colleges and noted that many students who have studied there are currently working in well-paid and responsible jobs in foreign countries.

In that meeting the honorable Sub Collector, Praveen Kumar, stated that every student should attend school, remain to finish the curriculum and not drop out. He said that it is the responsibility of his department to keep the drop out rate low, and have enrolled his staff make sure that this is supported within their districts.

At this time, Sri Sai Kaleshwar started the mass AKSHAARABHYAASAM Program (Alphabet Learning Program) with his daughter, Navyasri, along with 500 school aged children. He was joined by his wife, Sri Mati Shilpa Kaleshwar, Chairman Nagi Reddy, Bhaskar Reddy and Jagadish, and additional staff of the Shiva Sai Mandir as well as education officers of Roddam, (Sri Ramalingam Reddy), Penukonda and Somandapalli mandal education officers.

Krushi Organization Services Are Remarkable, HIV Food Distribution
Jun 03, 2009 medical charity

On Tuesday in Penukonda, the Krushi Rural Development Organization (KRD) held a program to help children suffering from HIV by giving them nutritional food. Mr. R.W. Prabakar Rao and KRD president Ramanji Neyulu participated in this program.

In the program the MLA (Member of Legislative Assembly) of Penukonda, BK Parasaradhi, spoke of the many ways that the KRD is helping the people through its social welfare activities. He praised the organization and said its services are remarkable.

He especially commended the program offered by Sri Kaleshwar that is assisting children suffering from HIV, by providing them with nutritional food. He said that this was a very good model and very beneficial for society. He also said that he wants to give a permanent residence to the children suffering from HIV and that he will take this to the government and fight for it. Following his address, these nutritional foods were distributed to the to the suffering HIV infected children.

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