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Sri Sathya Sai Baba Teachings


 (Indweller of Hearts)
By Bombai Srinivasan

Chapter 19
The Super Speciality Hospital

Swami has christened it as "The Super Specialty Hospital". Can there be a more appropriate and apt expression of the most noble objectives and services that inform and activate this Hospital ? The Hospital is "Super Specialty” In terms of the excelling treatments and facilities it provides.
It is "Super Specialty" in terms of the most dreaded diseases it seeks to tackle. It is "Super Specialty" in terms of the category of persons it emphasizes and covers. It is "Super Specialty" in terms of the Divine impulses and vibrations that pervade the hospital activities. Above all, it
is "Super Specialty" because it has happened and it is marching ahead under Bhagavan’s Grace and Will.

The Hospital offers health care and specialized treatments for Heart, Kidney, Liver, eye and other such diseases. The treatments for such ailments are very costly and are beyond the reach of many. Sai had willed and had made it possible to provide free treatment for those who cannot afford such expensive treatment elsewhere, by establishing such a Super Specialty Hospital in Puttaparthi. Much has been said and written about this miracle. And yet, I do not feel discouraged to add my own about this Hospital

From the planning to the execution of the project, every experience has been SUPER. All the projects of Swami are time bound and He says very often that His Will or Sankalpa is "Vajra Sankalpa" It would happen according to the Divine plan Normally all such big projects are blessed and initiated by Bhagavan during His Birthday celebrations and inaugurated by the next year Birthday celebrations. The Super Specialty Hospital is also of one of such manifestations of His Grace. Swami blessed and lad the foundation stone during the 64th birthday celebrations and announced that the first Heart Operation would be conducted on His very next birthday, i.e. the 65th year of His Divine Advent.

There was a devotee friend from Kerala present during the functions when Swami was personally blessing the foundation stone laying ceremony. He referred to the belief in Kerala that the divine bird Garuda (eagles with white bands on its necks) would circle the place during the
Initiation of any Divine Program. He said that he had experienced such happenings many times in Kerala. He was wondering why the eagles were not showing up when Swami was embarking on a Divine program. Within a few minutes, we were taken aback to see 4 such eagles approaching the venue and circling the area. Quietly all the four of them flew down and perched individually on four different poles erected for decoration. They sat through the function and till Swami drove away from the scene. We were delighted at this strange and extraordinary event, happening within a few minutes of my friend's utterance. It is only a reminder that all the programs of Swami are auspicious bringing Mangalam, i.e, well being and happiness to His devotees nay, to the entire mankind. We were visiting Parthi several times during the year and nothing seemed to happen in the site after the foundation laying ceremony. During the summer, Swami had left Parthi for Kodaikanal and then Whitefield. Eventually Swami returned to Parthi by the first week of June that year. And suddenly the place was humming with lot of activities. The rocky terrain was being cleared and much machinery was seen moving towards the site for construction activities. From June that year till November 22nd, it was only 5 months period left and the entire project costing couple of hundred crores of Rupees, was to be completed within this short period, something unimaginable.

in Dwapara Yuga, the devotees of Sri Krishna witnessed the miracle of the Govardhana Giri being lifted by the tiny hands of the Divine Boy Krishna. Here in this Kali Yuga, the greatest miracle was unfolding - the multi crore Hospital project was coming up within the shortest possible time, something beyond human comprehension. In addition to motivating a large work force, a detailed micro level planning had to be undertaken assessing all facilities available in the remote place. The state of art technologies had to be imported and installed after establishing ground facilities. A lot of coordination jobs were involved with the
State Government and the construction contractors. And the head of the project, our own Swami had no Personal assistant, secretary or any other staff for Himself. The Will of Sai was manifesting.

Only a day more was available for the inauguration. As a representative from a vernacular newspaper, and also a Seva dal of the organization, I was fortunate to witness the happenings in the work site for longer periods. Though the huge structure was ready, the floor had not been laid; the filling to the plinth level was not done and then the floor dressing had to be made with granite slabs. The latest imported equipment and other utilities needed for the Hospital were being unloaded outside the building, which was nearing completion. The old road towards Prashanthi Nilayam had been 'consumed' by the Airstrip, which was also taking shape, adjoinmg the Hospital. Any new approach Road had been formed and asphalting was going on. By evening, I saw hundreds of students of Swami's college, in their neat white dresses, carrying granite slabs, into the building. Late in the night, l visited the site once again. In a few hours time the entire place had changed. Plinth had been leveled and granite slabs had already been laid along the corridor and things were happening inside the rooms as well. Before morning the entire department had to be made ready with all the equipment installed at their appropriate places, electricity connections given and tests and trials taken out. A couple of selected patients for the surgery had already been admitted in one of the wards. Wall coating was going on. Some of the overseas technicians were trying to assemble and install a very big chandelier in the central dome of Prayer hall. It is a marvelous piece. Many more things had to be done before the twilight of the morning. We could not sleep. Every devotee was engaged in one or the other job somewhere in the vicinity. Added to this, the existing general hospital near the bus stand in Prashanthi Nilayam was also being expanded and upgraded, awaiting inauguration the next day.

One has to see it to believe; thousands of volunteers and workers were working with one pointed devotion. They were conscious that they were participating in a divine mission. We have read and heard about the devoted services of the vanara sena (monkey brigades) in the construction of a bridge over the sea to have access to Sri Lanka for Shri
Rama. Something akin to that divine event was happening at Prashanthi Nilayam.

On the appointed day, all the chosen devotees had taken their place in the open lawns outside the central dome of the hospital. In time, Swami arrived. The next year calendar, depicting the photograph of the hospital, and some new year diaries were distributed for those who had been lucky enough to witness the function. There was no sign of the arrival of the V.I.P dignitary, the then Prime Minister of India, Mr.P.V.Narasimha Rao and others invited for the inaugural function. Swami was waiting and all the devotees were basking in the morning sunshine and in the warmth of Swami. There were a few iron chairs placed in the pathway. They were wet due to the overnight dews and they were rusty too abruptly, our beloved Sai, sat in one of those chairs. Immediately, all those present that were wonder stuck to see Swami taking an ordinary and dirty chair to sit on could hear whispering sounds. Swami was all smiles, as if He understood the agony of the devotees.

At least, the Prime Minister arrived, amidst the chanting of Vedas, by about one hundred students from the College. He walked straight and fell at the Lotus Feet of Bhagavan. Swami with a benign smile, lifted the Prime Minster, had a few kind words with him and invited him to officially
Inaugurate the hospital by cutting the ribbon and entering the magnificent Prayer Hall in the central dome. In their presence, the first two heart surgeries commenced. The two patients already admitted earlier in the Hospital, were the lucky beneficiaries.

Later in the public meeting Swami announced that the operations conducted in the morning had been successful. Swami blessed many important persons, who had bigger roles to play in the Divine Mission, with gifts on the stage.

Since then, thousands of patients had received and have been receiving treatments in the Hospital; all free of charge. Swami is spending lakhs of Rupees each on such treatments. It should be noted that there is no billing department in the Hospital. Even the blood for the purpose of transfusion is organized by Hospital from among the devotees, visiting Prashanthi Nilayam.

We have to go and see the Hospital, to know what it means by NEATNESS & CLEANLINESS. Not even the most privileged private Hospital can claim to be so neat as our Lord's Super Specialty Hospital.

I used to visit this Hospital as often as possible. I had seen many little boys and girls getting admitted and waiting for the surgery. When asked, if they were not frightened on the prospects of heart operation, they used to smile and say, 'Why should we be afraid of? After all this is Swami's Hospital and He would save us’ Where else other than in this Hospital could we see patients so cheerful, as if they had come to participate in some functions? Later, in His Divine speech, in a function, Swami said that after the successful operation, patients got up and walked on the second day and took normal food on the third day. They were discharged very soon. The message for us is that the cure is already effected; only the formalities of the operation are being gone through!

Then, why, if Swami, by His Divine Powers, can cure the heart ailments, is there a need for such a grand Hospital? Swami had Himself replied to this point. Many of the devotees are bound by their Karmas and they have to undergo both treatment and anxiety. Many still have not developed that much firm faith in Swami. And still many other patients are not devotees and they are all poor and they have to be provided with the facilities.

Bharathi Nagar is a little slum in T'Nagar, a suburb of Madras, which had been adopted by Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organization for offering Seva. Devoted doctors are treating patients thrice a week and free medicines are distributed, as a part of the Seva. In this slum, a small boy had heart Problems. The specialists recommended surgery as an only option to save him. Since then he was given regular medicines. In one of the medical camps, conducted especially for screening the heart patients,. This boy was also included and the diagnosis was confirmed. The volunteers from T'Nagar took the boy to Prashanthi Nilayam, to admit him in the Super Speciality Hospital. There was a long waiting list of patients and this boy's name was also registered in the waiting list. Till his turn came, he had to live on medicines and he was prohibited from over exertions by indulging in running and playing. He was subjected to dietary restrictions too. What a life for this little tot!

After a prolonged waiting, the call came from the hospital. He was duly taken to Parthi once again and was admitted. On the day of operation, he was kept on a wheeled stretcher and moved towards the operation theater. During the formal preliminary checks, the doctors to their amazement found the boy to be quite all right and wondered why he had been selected for operation. Further investigations were carried out. The boy was kept under observation for another two days and then he was discharged. There was no need of any medicines and restriction on food for the boy. And he was free to play in the streets or playgrounds with his friends!

Earlier once, Swami had graced this slum, by His Divine visit and now, almost all the dwellers of Bharathi Nagar are Swarm’s devotees. This event of Divine mercy strengthened their devotion further. And the volunteers doing Seva were more and more motivated in Seva activities.

I spoke to the boy subsequently. I enquired as to how he feels now and how he felt earlier when he was taken inside the operation theater. He laughed and told me that he felt thrilled to experience Swami’s Blessings, which had cancelled the operation. While being taken on stretcher, he said, he had been praying to Swami whether this operation could be avoided. He felt with full conviction that Swami had heard his prayers and cancelled the operation.

Author's statement in:

Many of you may be aware that I had authored a book with the title "Sri Sathya Sai Hrudaya Nivasi (Indweller of Hearts). This book had seen the third reprint, and is being sold in Bhagavan's Bookstall at Prashanthi Nilayam. Many of you would have purchased and many would not have got chance to go to Parthi and get the book. After the third edition, this may not go to print again. As such I wish to bring the contents of this book to each and every one of you.

Starting from today I shall post one chapter every week or if possible twice a week, depending upon the response I get from you all. I would request you to kindly read it and then re-circulate it to your other friends in the Sai Family.

The text could be transferred to your hard disk, and if possible print outs taken out.

Utilize the contents, as much as you like.

With Lots of Love and regards
Bombay Srinivasan


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