The Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, Delhi-NCR yesterday inaugurated an eight day exhibition entitled ‘Journey with Sai’.This exhibition, which will travel across India, portrays the life and message of Sri Sathya Sai Baba through engaging audio-visuals, interesting info-graphics and rare photographs.
The inaugural function on the morning of 2nd December was attended by eminent spiritual leaders and representatives of various faiths, religions and spiritual organisations.The Chief Guest Justice MK Vinayagam was joined by Swami Nikhilananda Saraswati, regional head of the Chinmaya Mission, Delhi-NCR; Revered Father Dominic Emmanuel, Director and Spokesperson at Delhi Catholic Archdiocese; Mr Shatrughan Jiwnani representing Baha’i House of Worship; Rabbi Ezeikiel Malekar, Honorary Secretary of the Judah Hyam Synagogue; Bhai Sewa Singh, Former Head Granthi Gurudwara Singh Sabha Greater Kailash,New Delhi; Swami Shantatmanandji, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission, New Delhi; Sri M. Rasgotra, Chairman of the Managing Committee of the Sri Sathya Sai International Centre, New Delhi and Sri Jatinder Cheema, State President, Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, Delhi-NCR at the inauguration of the exhibition.
Speaking at the inaugural function, Justice MK Vinayagam, who is currently Chairperson of the Electricity Appellate Tribunal of India, shared his fond memories with Sri Sathya Sai Baba and the universal principles of Sathya, Dharma, Shanti, Prema and Ahimsa – the 5 Human Values as propounded by Baba. The other speakers echoed the universal message of Love and Service using anecdotes and sayings from various faiths and scriptures.
The eight day exhibition depicts the life and message of Baba through three sections. The first section depicts various Educare, Medicare and Sociocare activities undertaken by the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, Prashanti Nilayam and the Sri Sathya Sai Organisation, India. It also highlights several statistics showing the increasing reach of Baba’s Mission, especially in the last one year. The exhibition portrays the activities of the Sri Sathya Sai Super Specialty Hospitals, where since its inception more than 30 lakh patients have been examined and treated and 246000 surgical procedure have been carried completely free of cost. In the year 2011-12, 640,315 patients have been examined and treated and 23,221 surgical procedures were carried out by the Sri Sathya Sai Medicare Mission and Hospitals. The Sathya Sai General Hospitals and the Mobile Hospital serve more than 700 patients every day, again free of cost. Baba’s Educare Mission has expanded to include more than 10,00,000 Bal Vikas students all over the world, 99 Sathya Sai Schools in India and a 31 year old University which provides values based education to all its students without any charging any fees. Baba’s Mission has now reached to 113 countries with more than 2000 Sai Centres all over the world.
The second part of the exhibition, through a rare exposition of photographs, brings to mind vivid experiences and fond memories with Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Some of the old photographs date back to as early as the 1940s showing the early life of Baba. The final part of the exhibition shares in great detail, the activities and the programs of the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, Delhi-NCR. It highlights several initiatives in the Delhi-NCR region such as the Sri Sathya Sai Village Integrated Program and its operation in some 42 slums across Delhi-NCR; the Mobile hospital which goes around Delhi-NCR bringing medicare to the doorstep of the needy; National Narayan Seva Program; Life is a Game – Play it, a program which engages college students through workshops on Human Values; Discover YourSelf, a free, self paced, online course in Human Values which has enrolled more than 1200 people from 44 countries around the world and various other spiritual and service oriented activities of the organisation such as Bhajans and Study Circles. The Sri Sathya Sai International Centre regularly holds lectures by eminent speakers on human values and inter-faith meets. In addition, Eminent vocalists and artistes have perform at the Centre.
The exhibition and the work undertaken by the Sri Sathya Sai Mission were highly lauded by guests at the inaugural program and by several hundred visitors on the first day of the exhibition. The first day of the exhibition concluded with a soulful musical rendition of the Hindustani Classical Music by the students of Sri Sathya Sai Mirpuri College of Music, Prashanti Nilayam with Sri Koustub Sai as a lead vocalist.
The exhibition at the Sri Sathya Sai International Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi, is open for everyone from 2nd to 9th December 2012, daily between 10 am to 6 pm and closes with a cultural program from 5-6 pm every day.