Report on Deena Janodharana
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.
(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.
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
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
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
distributed to all the children and Mangala Arathi was offered to
Bhagawan in the end.