|The Conference in Odisha began after pinning the |
"Chief Guest" brooch to a picture of Bhagawan
Sri Sathya Sai Baba. I found it very subtle and beautiful.
- Service: A journey from Unity to Divinity
- Sai’s footprints in the sands of time (which we must emulate and follow).
|A magnificent Gopuram welcomed all participants to the Nehru Stadium in Bhadrak.|
|The decorated dais which bore the flag-pole.|
|The flag representing all the major religions of the world -|
Hindusim, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Zoroastrianism
- being unfurled by Sri Nimish Pandya.
|The National Vice President of the SSSO in India, Sri Nimish Pandya and his wife, Smt. Kamala Pandya conduct a Bal Vikas class for children in Paradip.|
|An energetic dance performed by the Bal Vikas girls against the beautiful backdrop of the Prasanthi Nilayam mandir.|
|The girl acting as the grandmother moved everyone with|
her brilliant performance.
Respect for elders
|All the elders who were honoured had tears of joy and gratitude towards the SSSO as expressed in their brief talks later.|
|The members of the SSSO join an aggrieved family |
in the funeral rites.
|The Seva Dal volunteers carry a body to the funeral ground, lending their shoulders for the surviving family members|
to cry on.
ALL THE SEVA DAL VOLUNTEERS WERE FROM BHADRAK ALONE!
|Kailash Chandra Behera, the recipient of amazing|
grace and love.
|The Akhanda Jyoti Yatra wending its way through one of the villages in Odisha. Everyone receives |
the light like their own God.
|A woman donates blood under the Sai Sanjeevani banner.|
An Empire of Love and Service
|The 'golden' chariot is built as a replica of the one at Prasanthi Nilayam.|
The entire traffic at Bhadrak came to a reverential standstill and waited
patiently till the procession had passed.
|The torch for the State-wide Rural Sports is held aloft by the |
State President, Sri Jagannatha Rao.
Though they have not seen Swami physically, they said,
|An event in progress during the preliminary stages of the Sports Meet.|
|The energetic, enthusiastic and service-minded youth don't mind jumping into deep waters to help their fellow-beings.|
|The doctors who serve the needy via the SSSO |
were also profusely thanked and honoured
with this certificate of deep appreciation.
While disaster-management is the most challenging effort that the service team carries out, it is not the only thing it does. Sanitation, cleanliness, Narayan Seva, supplying free drinking water etc. are regulars. In fact, for the SSSO in Odisha, Sunday is not only a holiday but a ‘holy’day too because it had been unanimously chosen as the weekly Seva Day! Getting to know the various activities being carried out in Odisha, I realized that one needn’t have lots of resources to do Seva, lots of heart was more than enough because seva is an attitude.
|The District Collector, Sri Akshay Kumar Pani prayerfully inaugurates the Sathya Sai Marg in Bhadrak.|
|Look at the center of the picture, at the beginning of the road divider where the black marble announces the name of the road as "Sathya Sai Marg" in Bhadrak.|
|People of all ages, religions, strata of society and professions turn up to learn the Vedas.|
|In many places, Swami shows His presence via profuse|
vibhuti manifestations from photographs and idols.
|A "Sai Symphony" training camp and meet being conducted in all enthusiasm and sincerity.|
|A miracle! Likhita Japa where one writes the name of God is a common sadhana practised in Odisha. When a devotee was unable to complete a day's quota of his writing, he felt bad. That changed when he saw the quota had been miraculously completed!|
|The SSSO also helps the poor Brahmin boys in the villages by|
performing their initiation to the Gayatri Mantra
via the thread ceremony.
I knew that was what he would tell every guest because that is the beautiful culture and love that has been fostered in Odisha.
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