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Professor Nanjundaiah: Our Special Guest At The National Retreat

Professor Nanjundaiah: Our Special Guest At The National Retreat
It is our honour and privilege to announce that Professor M Nanjundaiah will be our special guest this year at the National Retreat in Llandudno between the 29th- 31st of August. For more details and registration please visit http://www.srisathyasai.org.uk/national-programmes/nationalretreat2014

Prof Nanjundaiah is a former Controller of Examinations of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher learning. He came into Swami’s fold in 1973.

By the Divine Grace of Bhagawan, he joined as a Reader and the Head of the Commerce Department in the Sri Sathya Sai College of Arts, Science and Commerce at Whitefield, affiliated to Bangalore University. Before this, he was the Head of the Department of Commerce, MES College, Bangalore University. Having stood first in Karnataka University as an M.Com student, he was offered many lucrative career options. But he chose the profession of a teacher as he believed, and continues to do so after about 50 years in it, that it was a noble profession which had the power to mould the next generation of students.
During the first 3 years in his position as the Head of Commerce department at Swami’s Whitefield college, he steered many of his students to top ranks in Bangalore University, thus giving immense joy to beloved Swami. In fact, Swami felicitated him in a grand ceremony in 1976, in recognition of his services! Professor Nanjundaiah continued with his dedicated service to Bhagawan; he stayed in the Brindavan Ashram and served in the Sathya Sai College for the next 9 years.

Bhagawan then appointed him as the Deputy Controller of Examinations in the newly formed Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, a deemed University, at Prasanthi Nilayam in 1981. Since then, he has been instrumental in setting up and developing the examinations section of the University, and also in framing the syllabus for the M.Com and MBA programmes, as he moved on to become the Controller of Examinations for the University.

Prof Nanjundaiah is blessed with numerous experiences with Bhagawan. He considered Swami as his Mother, and developed this relationship with immense faith and love. Beloved Swami too responded to him with great affection, bestowing upon him many insights. He had the rare privilege of translating Swami’s discourses into English for more than a decade, between 1981 and 1993.

Professor ‘Sir’ was very loving, friendly and always approachable to students, and Bhagawan showered him with blessings in abundance for this. The Divine Discourse that Bhagawan gave on the occasion of Professor’s retirement on 7th July 2009, stands as testimony to the zenith of Divine Appreciation. Let us read Bhagawan’s Words on this occasion: (excerpts from http://www.sathyasai.org/discour/2009/d090707.html)

(Editors note. In the morning of 7 July, Guru Purnima, four senior functionaries and their wives were honored in Sai Kulwant Hall: from the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, A.V. Appa Rao, Financial Controller, and A.V. Sathyanarayana Murthy, Senior Engineer; from the Sri Sathya Sai University, Prof. Nanjundaiah, Controller of Examinations, and Prof. A.V. Lakshminarasimhmam, Registrar. In the evening, Bhagavan Baba again called Appa Rao, Prof. Nanjundaiah, and their wives to the verandah. Then Bhagavan Baba gave this discourse.

Bhagawan spoke highly of Sri A.V. Appa Rao first. He then spoke about Professor Nanjundaiah).

Embodiments of Divine Atma!

In the morning there was no time to talk about these people.

.......Nanjundaiah has been the controller of examinations. He has been very kind to all students. He has been working day and night in order to declare the results well in time. He never used to take rest even for a while. He would engage himself in correcting papers even while suffering from fever. Everybody was depending upon him. He had to take much trouble in sending results to Anantapur and Bangalore colleges. We were very much concerned at the troubles he had to face. His wife also has been taking good care of him at home, providing timely food and looking after other needs meticulously.

The University has now grown very large. We are receiving more applications as compared to other institutes. Right from big officers to small clerks in India, all have great regard for our institutions. Be it the hospital or the university, there is no habit of taking money for the services rendered in our institutions. We know only to give. In Sai Organisations, there is only giving and no taking.

Recently, we appointed a committee to oversee the working of the Hospital and provide necessary help and guidance. We have procured some new machinery also. We have even imported necessary equipment from abroad. We have in our stock a variety of books. The University has produced many Ph.D.s. This year also, fourteen researchers got Ph.D. degrees.

The students have great faith in these two people. These two have been very helpful to us with regard to hospital services and educational activities. All the responsibility was shouldered by them. They used to send me letters while I was not present here. I used to discuss every detail with them. I used to ask Nanjundaiah about the examination results. The results were always good.

We have now decided not to burden them with these responsibilities any longer. Today, I am thanking and blessing them. These two are foremost among those who have strived hard for our Institutes. Therefore, wherever they are, Swami is always with them, guiding and guarding them. They came here only for the sake of Swami. Therefore, I wish to provide them with houses and keep them here only. Just as they looked after patients and students, I wish that hereafter also they both extend necessary guidance and help to the newcomers in the respective areas. There is much to learn from these two people. What is this Organisation doing for the society? How is it doing? What is their responsibility in this regard? Such details should be accorded to the newcomers, and necessary zeal and motivation should be inculcated.

Our university and hospitals are now being regarded as the best in India. I am very happy that you have contributed much for this name and fame. You always belong to Me. You have never thought that you are working for the hospital or the college. You have been working with the feeling, "This is ours, this is our Swamis." That is why we got all first prizes for the colleges and high reputation for hospitals. Even this information is known only through newspapers; we never proclaimed it in any manner. Our hospitals and university have become very famous indeed.

The students have learnt many things from such people, and have grown up to great heights. Many of them, who are Ph.D.s, have been appointed here so as to lead these institutions. Now many novel subjects have been introduced along with the conventional faculties like B.Com., B.Sc., M.Com., M.Sc., Ph.D., etc. Many deserving students are unable to get admission in other schools and colleges and with great hope are looking at us for help. I told our authorities to take such students also into our fold. We do not have any selfish motive. It is only in consideration of their parents anguish. They have given us the responsibility of looking after the welfare and progress of their children.

Appa Rao and Nanjundaiah must both be given the job of keeping watch with vigilant eyes on the affairs of these institutions. In other institutions, new entrants have to pay money and take receipts. But our hospitals and university have never given a scope for such things. Here everything is free, free, free. People wonder how we are managing these institutions with so many entrants, like this, without taking even a paisa? They just come in their clothing, as we admit them here. We are admitting all, including those who obtained average marks, and we are developing them into "First class" students......

First of all you must develop love for God, fear of sin, and morality in society. Bad qualities have to be curbed and ethics must be fostered in the society. When morality is lost, what is the use of any amount of social service you do? These are the lessons that you must learn. When you follow the path of elders such as these, you can reap immense joy and goodness in life. It applies to girls also. You must learn from parents the aspects of service and put them into practice. If you make your parents happy, your children will make you happy.

What is meant by morality? It is not just earning money and depositing in the bank. You must refrain from troubling your parents. When you have love for God, you will have fear of sin. After acquiring morality you may proceed to serve the society at large. When you are unable to attain Gods love, how do you expect to win people’s love? You must earn name in the society in a way that people talk of you as a good and helpful person. You must learn from parents how to help.
First thing is to develop love for God, fear of sin and morality in society. How can morality be acquired while one is engaged in acts of sin? When you come across elders, always respect and serve them.

Today I am honouring such good people so that you will try to emulate them. This is what gives Me happiness. First take care of your children at home and extend happiness to your parents. How can you be happy while your parents are not happy? If today you love your parents, tomorrow you will receive love from your children. You can be called educated only when you learn these two things. You may acquire big degrees, but who will love you if you do not love your parents? Society will love you when you take good care of your parents. First set your house in order and then think about the progress of society. It is with this purpose that I am honouring today these experienced elders. You should take a lesson from this and follow in the footsteps of the elders.

It is indeed our great privilege to have such a noble personality amidst us in the UK at the National Retreat. Let us utilise this great opportunity to listen and learn from his interaction with our beloved Bhagawan, fill our hearts with the Love and Grace of our Divine Lord, and experience the joy and bliss.