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His Projects

Since publicly declaring his mission at the age of 14, Sathya Sai Baba has daily exhibited in practical and concrete terms the highest ideals of truth, right conduct, peace, love, and nonviolence. He has often stated, "My life is my message."

Sathya Sai Baba continues to uplift mankind and its institutions through his unique and noble works. The sheer range and scale of the humanitarian projects initiated and inspired by him is unprecedented in modern history, ranging from world class educational and medical services to rural development. Here are glimpses of his Love in Action…

Educare

Sathya Sai Baba has always reinforced the idea that "the end of education is character". He has established a model education system, which includes primary schools, secondary schools, and an accredited university with three campuses (Anantapur, for women; Brindavan, near Bangalore, and Prasanthi Nilayam, for men), offering Undergraduate, Masters, and Ph.D. degrees. The Sri Sathya Sai University is today among the leading tertiary institutions of India. No fees are charged to students, and admission is open to all, regardless of race, religion, or economic condition.

Sathya Sai educational institutions are based on the five basic human values of truth, love, peace, right conduct, and non violence and on the principle of educare. Educare puts each child at the centre of the educational process and is based on the notion that knowledge, human values and human excellence are not to be crammed into a child, but that these are inherent within the child and merely need to be drawn out.

These values are integrated into the curriculum so that students develop right attitudes and behaviour which, in turn, help them to reach their maximum potential and prepare them to live productive and fulfilling lives as worthy members of society.

This model has spread worldwide, including the UK. Since 2001, a school developed upon the Educare model has also been established in Leicester. More information is available here.

Sathya Sai Baba’s holistic approach to education encourages students to strive for perfection in all areas of their personal development, i.e. spiritual, emotional, intellectual, physical and social.

Sathya Sai Baba has also inspired an education programme for children known as Sathya Sai Education in Human Values(SSEHV).

The programme helps children and young people to learn the ideals of service to society and tolerance for people of different races, nationalities and religions. It teaches them to bring love and peace into the family and society and to respect and honour their parents, teachers, authorities, law and order. It does not impose a value system onto children, but rather empowers them to access and live their own truth, and thus make their own sound decisions in life. More information can be found here.

Healthcare

Sathya Sai Baba has established four hospitals, two of which provide advanced tertiary care. The hospitals are equipped with state-of-the-art technologies in cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery, neurology and neurosurgery, nephrology and urosurgery, and ophthalmology.

To date, thousands of surgeries have been performed absolutely free. There is absolutely no charge to the patient for professional or hospital expenses. Motivated by the desire to serve humanity, doctors, nurses, and workers in the hospital render extraordinary, compassionate, and loving care to all patients.

The Organisation has also held over 260 charitable medical clinics around the world, all driven by the same spirit of compassion and selfless service.

Water-supply Projects

Starting from the mid-nineties, Sathya Sai Baba has executed massive drinking water projects, bringing much-needed relief to millions of villagers. He has led two major water projects, one serving over 700 villages in the state of Andhra Pradesh (which includes Puttaparthi, where Prasanthi Nilayam is located) and the other bringing water to the parched city of Chennai, which has no natural river.

The Prime Minister of India travelled to Prasanthi Nilayam (Sathya Sai Baba's main ashram) in order to inaugurate the project in Andhra Pradesh, which provides an adequate supply of pure water to 1.5 million inhabitants who were living in drought conditions. For these long-suffering people, a century-old dream has come true – safe drinking water, available free and throughout the year, right on their doorstep. The projects come at no cost to the inhabitants: the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust pays for the water projects.

Rural Outreach - “Gram Seva”

Every year, the students and staff of Sathya Sai Baba’s University fan out into neighbouring villages and spend nearly two weeks distributing food and clothes, house to house, bringing comfort and love. This has inspired similar long-term projects throughout rural India and increasingly in other parts of the world, initiated and handled by thousands of volunteers of the Sri Sathya Sai Service Organisation.

More than 100,000 volunteers are actively engaged in important service projects worldwide such as disaster relief, digging wells and drainage ditches in rural areas and providing food, shelter and clothing to the poor and disabled.

It is important to note that even though all of these projects are entirely free, neither Sathya Sai Baba nor the International Sai Organization ever solicit money. Sathya Sai Baba thus demonstrates that it is the duty of society to ensure that all people have access to the basic requirements for the sustenance of human life.

His life has indeed been a stirring and moving saga of love and compassion in action, teaching man that we are all inherently divine and that our true nature is selfless love. His expansive yet simple teachings can be clearly summarised in his own words: that we should “Love All, Serve All” and “Help Ever, Hurt Never!”