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Report on Deena Janodharana Programme
20th June 2004


Bhagawan exhorts us to fill our hearts with pure selfless love and transmute that love into acts of service to our brethren in a spirit of dedication and, above all, with the clear understanding that all that is being done is unto ourselves. For, as He points out, there is none to be called ‘another’. Setting an ideal example Himself, Bhagawan, moved by the saddening news of a mother having committed suicide by consuming poison after poisoning her three children as she could not combat the abject poverty they found themselves in, declared that He would provide food, shelter and clothing to all such destitute children besides educating them to be self-reliant.

Sai Sankalpa (resolve) is Vajra Sankalpa. Action followed with lightning speed. To begin with, construction began for two-room tenements to house the first come orphans and destitutes converting His own orchard into a housing colony. Sixty children from such families were selected from Bukkapatnam, Kothacheruvu and Puttaparthi Mandals and were adopted under the Sri Sathya Sai Deenajanoddharana Pathakam Project. They are receiving school education under the loving care of Bhagawan. Not only that; a sum of one lakh rupees has been deposited in the name of each child to meet its needs as and when it came of age. Every week, on Thursdays, they are brought to the Presence for Divine Darshan of the Universal Mother. It is a sight to see how the Lord looks Love at them, His charming smile drizzling compassion. None can call them ‘anathas’ anymore as the One ‘A’natha has made them all ‘Sa’nathas.

Love that transformed…..

Last Sunday, 20th June 2004 was a red letter day for these lucky children for that was the day they had their maiden programme in the Divine Presence of Bhagawan. The programme started with an ‘intro’ given by students from Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Prasanthi Nilayam campus explaining how the project came into being, how these children are transformed by Bhagawan’s Love, how they all secured distinction in the recent examinations….all were moved including Bhagawan.

The boys started with a Sai Katha in the tune of the very pouplar Rama Katha, “Sree Ramuni Charitamunu..”. Four boys were compeering the show. They kept expressing their joy and happiness at all that had been bestowed upon them. One after another they shared their earlier life experiences, how they struggled without proper food, without parents, and how it all changed with the coming of compassionate Bhagawan into their lives.

Most boys never knew one alphabet of English two years back. Now most of them speak fluent English. One boy stood in front of Bhagawan and gave a scholarly talk for ten minutes expressing their gratitude to Bhagawan.

Yet another boy narrated a poignant story. His mother had passed away when he was very young. He was in distress at the loss of his mother that he kept crying for days together. This affected his throat and he developed throat cancer and could not speak anymore. After coming to Bhagawan, Swami cancelled his cancer and today amidst tears of gratitude he spoke in front of Bhagawan about his own experience.

Another boy enacted his own past life. He was an orphan and his only companions were three goats whom he would take for grazing every day. He had no one to talk to; no one to share his joys and sorrows until he came into Bhagawan’s fold.

In another case, a child was one among three sons. The mother was a widow and could hardly make both ends meet. Every day, the children would go to bed without food and no proper clothes to wear. Now he is so happy to see so much of food and good clothes!! …Above all the Love of Swami which surpasses any physical Mother’s Love.

As these skits were being enacted there were hardly any eyes that were not moist.

Another boy shared his story. He was very poor at Mathematics. After his seventh class he came to Swami and this year he had to write his tenth exam. Swami instilled courage and confidence in him that he did very well and scored 97 out of 100 in the subject. All the boys who appeared for the tenth exams passed with distinction. There were no failures. They spoke about the sacred day when Swami came to their home at DJP and encouraged them to write their exams with loving words of advice asking them not to worry as He was there all around them, in them, behind and front of them. He had also materialized Vibhuti Prasadam for all of them.

The programme came to an end with the rendering of a beautiful song. The song included a stotram with chantings of Rudram and Chamakam in between. Bhagawan enjoyed the song keeping the beat with hand. Finally, all boys went in groups and took photographs with Bhagawan.

Prasadam was distributed to all the children and Mangala Arathi was offered to Bhagawan in the end.

Source: http://www.sssbpt.org/Pages/Trust/Updations01.htm

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