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Personalities visiting Sri Sathya Sai Baba

From Sanathana Sarathi, July 1994

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The president of India, Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma visited Brindavan topay his respects to Bhagavan on June 5th of 1994. Bhagavan entered the Santhi Vedikain Sai Ramesh Mandap together with Dr. Sharma.

The President, in his address, hailed Bhagavan as the great Acharya, who is ashining example of the term Acharya. Acharya, he said, means not only one who teaches but one who practices the teachings.

From Sanathana Sarathi, Nov. - Dec. 1995

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In the morning of November 18th, 1995 at Poornachandra Auditorium, the Prime Minister of India, Sri P.V. Narashimha Rao, inaugurated the supply of pure drinking water to Ananthapur town, by pressing a button, when the pumps in town were activated by remote control and water started flowing in the taps at Ananthapur. A message was received on the telephone, which was amplified on the public address system, so that thousands of people gathered could hear. There was a working model of the water project on the stage. A report on the Drinking Water Project was given by Sri K. Chakravarthy. Technical details of the project were spelt out by Sri Kondal Rao, Engineering Consultant of the Andhra Pradesh Government, who expressed his gratitude to Bhagavan, but for whose sustained interest, the work could not have been completed in such record time. The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh spoke expressing his gratitude to Bhagavan.

The Prime Minister then spoke in Telug, on the magnitude of the project which had been carried out by the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust to provide drinking water to lakhs of villagers.

Bhagavan then addressed the gathering and made special mention of the co-operation extended by the State and Central Governments in executing the project. He made a powerful plea for making rivers national property controlled by the Centre, so as to eliminate inter-state dispute.

On November 22nd at 3:30 p.m. at the occasion of Fourteenth Convocation of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning Bhagavan Baba, the Chancellor of the Institute, The Chief Guest, Dr. Manmohan Singh, Finance Minister, Government of India, Sri S.B. Chavan, Union Home Minister, The Vice-Chancellor, Dr. K. Hanumanthappa, Members of the Governig Body of the Institute and Members of the Academic council, arrived at the Vidyagiri Stadium and went in ceremonial procession to the Santhi Vedika.

Dr. Manmohan Singh, Finance Minister, Government of India, stated in his address "In our own time, Bhagavan Baba with his emphasis on Dharma, right moral conduct, and the fundamental unity of human relationship is preparing humankind for the new universal civilization of love and brotherhood. The lamp lit by Bhagavan is no ordinary lamp. I am confident that the light it emits is powerful enough to reach every nook and corner of the world".

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On 23rd November, even from the early hours of the morning people were trekking in their thousands to the Stadium to witness the historic celebration of the 70th Birthday of the Avatar. Precisely at 7:30 A.M. Bhagavan came in a gaily decorated gleaming silver chariot, dressed in a white robe. Large hatches of folk dance performers marched ahead. Seven hundred devotees dressed in yellow dhotis, marched in procession carrying Kavadis. Sai Gita, draped in richly embroidered silken robe, headed the procession, with Veda-chanting boys following her. It was a magnificent spectacle for the vast gathering of devotees. A glider was circling over the stadium dropping flowers and confetti over the Santhi Vedika.

From Sanathana Sarathi, January 1996

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The third International Symposium of Cardio-Vascular Diseases was held in Sathya Sai Institute Auditorium at Prasanthi Nilayam on December 16, 1995. The three-day symposium was formally inaugurated by Dr. Karan Singh, former Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare. The keynote address was delivered by Dr. J.S. Bajaj, Member, Planning Commission and President, National Board Examinations.

Arrangements had been made for the symposium, which was attended by 201 delegates, including 48 delegates from overseas countries, and 107 special invitees. Among the foreign delegates were many outstanding specialists in their respective fields, including Dr. Ronald Ross from U.K., Dr. George Reed, U.S.A., Dr. Lawrence I. Bonchek, U.S.A., Dr. Bruce Davis, Australia, Dr. Carlos Mestres, Spain, and Dr. H.S. Saw, Singapore. Several distinguished Indian doctors were among the overseas delegates. The Indian participation was also at a high level.

The valedictory function on December 18th was presided over by Sri. A.R. Antulay, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, who commended the unique service rendered by Bhagavanユs Super Speciality Hospital, which had no parallel anywhere in the world.

The inaugural function began precisely at 8 a.m. when Bhagavan Baba arrived at the Auditorium accompanied by Dr. Karan Singh and Dr. Bajaj. After they had taken their seats on the exquisitely decorated stage, there was invocation by students.

Dr. Karan Singh lighted the sacred lamps on the stage to mark the inauguration of the symposium.

From Sanathana Sarathi, April 1996

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On the occasion of Yugaadi, the lunar new year day, of March 20, 1996, Bhagavan at the Sai Ramesh Mandap in Brindavan, whitefield with Sri Shivraj Patil, Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Sri S.B. Chavan, Union Home Minister, Mr. Khurshe Alam Khan, Governor of Karnataka, Sri H.D.Deve Gowda, Chief Minister of Karnataka, and Dr. Somaiya, Vice-President of the Somaiya Trust.

From Sanathana Sarathi, June 1996

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The summer school for the students of the Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning conducted at the Brindavan Campus was inaugurated by Bhagavan Baba on the morning of 20th May, 1995 at the Institute Auditorium.

The Chief Minister of Karnataka Shri. Deve Gowda, in his inaugural address on that occasion, paid glowing tributes to Bhagavan Baba for the great service to mankind that He is doing apart from restoration of the sacred Indian Culture and human values correcting the damage done in the recent past. He cite the establishment of the Institute of Higher Learning providing education of the highest standard totally free of cost from K.G. to P.G., a parallel to which could be found nowhere in the world. The Superspeciality Hospital established by Bhagavan is another example of His compassion and interest in provision of medical aid of the highest standard free of cost to the people without distinction on any sort. He extolled the recent scheme of Bhagavan for providing supply of pure drinking water to villages in backward areas at a cost of several hundred crores, which is being executed at a fast pace.

From Sanathana Sarathi, December 1997

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The Six-teenth Convocation of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learnig was held on 22nd November, 1997 in Poornachandra Auditorium by the presence of the Chancellor, Bhagavan Baba, the Chief Guest, Sri Krishna Kant, Vice-President of India, and the Vice- Chancellor, Dr. G. Venkataraman.

Sri Krishna Kant, Vice-President of India, stated while delivering his Convocation Address "The very presence of Sri Sathya Sai Baba ensures the Instituteユs unique place, which will remain unparalleled. It is under His guiding hand that the students of this Institute are preparing for life, not merely with tools of academic excellence, but with reserves of morality and values which will mark them out as future leaders of society".

From Sanathana Sarathi, January 1998

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December 30, 1997 has become yet another Red-Letter-Day in the annals of the Sathya Sai Era. On that day, a one day cricket match of a kind never witnessed before in history of cricket was played in the Sri Sathya Sai Hill View Cricket Stadium in the presence of Bhagavan Baba by an India XI and an International XI witnessed by an immense gathering of enthusiastic devotees, with the inspiring figures of saints and gods watching the scene from Vidyagiri Hill. It was truly a unique event in cricket history.

In the opening ceremony, the flag was hoisted by Sri I.K. Gujral, Prime Minister of India, amidst loud cheering and clapping.

Apart from the Prime Minister, among the special invitees present on the dais were Sri Chandra Babu Naidu and Sri J.H. Patel, Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka and Sri Lakshman Khadirgamar, Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka.

From Sanathana Sarathi, December 1998

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On 22nd November of 1998, the 17th Convocation of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning was held in Sai Kulwant Hall by the presence of the gusts, Prime Minister, Sri Atal Behari Vajpayee and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Sri N. Chandrababu Naidu. Sri Atal Behari Vajpayee, Prime Minister of India stated while delivering his Convocation Address "The Indian tradition believes that Truth or Sathya is God. As the Sai model of education affirms, the students of this university are not just students, but seekers of Truth. The divine guidance of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba has, thus, elevated even education to the level of worship of God".

From Sanathana Sarathi, March 1999

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The King and the Queen of Nepal with Bhagavan.

From Sanathana Sarathi, April 1999

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Prime Minister, Sri Atal Behari Vajpayee and other dignitaries with Bhagavan during His visit to Delhi from 11th to 14th March 1999. The first major event during the Delhi visit was the inauguration of Sri Sathya Sai International Center.

From Sanathana Sarathi, September 2000

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The Prime Minister of Nepal and his daughter with Bhagavan Baba during their visit to Prasanthi Nilayam on 5th August 2000.

From Sanathana Sarathi, December 2000

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Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, Chancellor, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, delivering His Benedictory Address on the 19th Convocation of the Institute dated November 22, 2000. Also seen in the picture (sitting left to right) are former Union Minister, Sri S.B. Chavan, Chief guest, Union Minister for Human Resource Department, Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi, Vice Chancellor, Sri S.V. Giri and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Sri Chandrababu Naidu.

From Sanathana Sarathi, September 2001

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The Vice-President of India Sri Krishna Kant with Bhagavan Baba on Krishna Janmashtami Day (11th August, 2001) in Sai Kulwant Hall.

From Sanathana Sarathi, February 2002

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"Sai Health Meet 2002" was held on the occation of the 1st anniversary of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Science, Whilefield (Bangalore) on 19th January 2002 by the presence of Sri Sathya Sai Baba, Union Minister for Health, Dr. C.P. Thakur, Karnataka Chief Minister, Sri S.M. Krishna and Maharashtra Chief Minister, Sri Vilasrao Deshmukh.

From Sanathana Sarathi, December 2002

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The President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam delivered the Convocation Address at the 21st Convocation of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning held in Sai Kulwant Hall, Prasanthi Nilayam on 22nd November 2002.

Appreciating the valuable role played by Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning in imparting value based education to its students under the divine direction of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam observed that this system of education would give to the country great leaders to make it a developed nation. He said, ?As the vision for Independence Movement created so many leaders, I am sure Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, with its value based education in this divine environment, will generate great leaders who will excel in various fields and actively participate in the mission to transfer India into a developed nation.?

From Sanathana Sarathi, July 2003

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Chief Minister of Karnataka Sri S.M. Krishna and Governor Sri T.N. Chaturvedi with Bhagawan Baba on Doctorユs day at Brindavan on July 5th 2003.

From Sanathana Sarathi, November 2003

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The seminar of vice chancellors on value education and ethics was held on October 28, 2003. The inaugural function was addressed by Dr. Arun Nigavekar, Chairman, University Grants Commission, Sri S.V. Giri, Vice Chancellor, SSSIHL, Dr. G. Venkataraman, former Vice Chancellor, SSSIHL and Justice Ranganath Mishra, former Chief Justice of India.

From Sanathana Sarathi, December 2003

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Sri Bhairon Singh Shekawat, Vice President of India, attended to the 22nd Convocation of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning on 22nd November 2003 as Chief Guest of the Convocation with the Revered Chancellor of the Institute, Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

See also: Vice President appreciates Sathya Sai System of Education

From The Tribune, India, February 12, 2004
Vajpayee meets Sai Baba

Puttaparthi (Andhra Pradesh), February 12
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had an one-hour-long audience with spiritual leader Sai Baba, the second during his two-day visit to this spiritual town, before emplaning for Delhi this morning.

Official sources said Mr Vajpayee met Sai Baba at his abode, Prashanti Nilayam, where the Prime Minister stayed overnight and had a 15-minute audience soon after his arrival amidst unprecedented security here yesterday.

In the wake of the activities of the outlawed PWG in Ananthpur district, the police had sanitised the entire route from the airport to Prashanti Nilayam. Bomb disposal squads were deployed and round-the-clock patrol held as a part of the beefed-up security. ? PTI

Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee with Sai Baba
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee with Sai Baba at Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday.
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Prime Minister Sri Atal Behari Vajpayee with Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

From Sanathana Sarathi, March 2004

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Prime Minister Sri Atal Behari Vajpayee and Andhre Pradesh Chief Minister Sri N. Chandrababu Naidu with Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba when they visited Prasanthi Milayam to have His Darshan on 12 the Februay 2004.


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