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.”
Reported by The Hindu on Monday, Dec 4, 2006
ANANTAPUR: Sri Shirdi Sai Global Trust of Penukonda is planning to conduct 1,008 mass marriages on the campus of Shiva Sai Mandir from March 1 to 8, 2007. In a statement, spiritual leader Sai Kaleshwar, said on Sunday that interested couples can enroll their names with the trust after getting their age-proof certificates from the MROs concerned. — Staff Reporter
- Sri Kaleshwar Examines Medicine
- Dr. Clint Thompson, American doctor
- Free Meals Were Provided
On August 6, 2006 the Shirdi Sai Global Trust conducted a free medical camp for the needy, which was funded by the western students of Sri Kaleshwar. Free medical check-ups, medicine and food were provided for approximately 3000 people. This clinic was the first step towards the creation of what will be a permanent medical clinic providing for the poor. The following was a report from the Andhra Jyothi Newspaper.
Sri Kaleshwar, founder of Shiva Sai Mandir ashram, inaugurated a free medical camp on Sunday, August 6, 2006, at the Rama Bhadralayam Temple. The ashram’s trust, Shirdi Sai Global Trust, conducted the camp where medical checkups, medicine, and meals were provided for approximately 3000 people.
Sri Kaleshwar gave this message to the gathering, “Service to humans is service to God.” He said that the program was conducted with the blessings of Sri Shirdi Sai Baba. He also said, “Without proper health, there is no use of wealth. Every human must develop kindness and distribute to the poor and the people in need from their earnings. Presently, in our state, many people are suffering with chikungunya, which is why we are giving free treatment and medicine to the poor.”
Mr. Paul Aryeh, trustee of Shirdi Sai Global Trust, said the free clinic was created under the guidance of Sri Kaleshwar. A team of both Indian and international doctors participated. Dr. Gurumurthy, Dr. Neelema Reddy, Dr. Vanaja, Dr. Chandra Moulliswar Reddy (from Hyderabad), Dr. Clint Thompson (USA), Dr. Thomas Bissinger (Germany). Shirdi Sai Global Trust chairman S. Nagi Reddy, Ravi, and 15 students from Sri Kaleshwar’s ashram also participated.
Sri Kaleshwar, based in Penukonda, offered to donate Rs. 2 crores ($440,000) for the creation of infrastructure for the new engineering college to be set up by Sri Krishnadevaraya University. The University Vice Chancellor, A. Rama Rao, along with Registar, R. Ramakrishna Reddy, and University college Principal C. R. Reddy called urging Sri Kaleshwar to help towards the cause of education as the college was coming up in the drought-prone district.
As reported in the Hindu newspaper, Sunday, June, 11, 2006