The Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, Delhi-NCR yesterday concluded its eight-day exhibition entitled ‘Journey with Sai’. The exhibition provided a deep insight into the mission of Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the work and activities of the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust and specifically the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, Delhi-NCR. Baba’s Mission has now reached 113 countries with more than 2000 Sai Centres all over the world.
The eight-day exhibition held at the Sri Sathya Sai International Centre, Lodi Road, drew the attention of thousands of people from across Delhi-NCR. People from different socio-economic, cultural and religious backgrounds visited the exhibition including several hundred school students from a dozen schools and many beneficiaries of the Sri Sathya Sai Village Integrated Program. There was a lot of interest shown by visitors in knowing about the various activities of the organisation. Many first time visitors were keen to participate in the organisation’s service activities and also showed interest in enrolling their children in the Bal-Vikas (Education in Human Values) program. The exhibition was visited by several eminent spiritual leaders and representatives of various faiths, religions and spiritual organizations such as Swami Nikhilananda Saraswati, regional head of the Chinmaya Mission, Delhi-NCR; Rev 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 Shantatmanand ji, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission, New Delhi; Mehant Sri Atma Swarupa of Swaminarayana Akshardham Temple, Delhi. Other luminaries who graced the exhibition with their presence were Shri OP Mehra, Ex Air Chief Marshal of India; Shri MK Kaw, Ex Secretary, Education, Govt. of India; Shri Nirmal Chandra Suri, Ex Air Chief Marshal of India; Sri Ramesh Dua, Managing Director, Relaxo India and member of the Management Committee, Sri Sathya Sai International Center and various senior advocates of the Supreme Court of India also visited the Exhibition. The exhibition depicted the life and message of Baba through three major sections. The first section portrayed various Educare, Medicare and Sociocare activities undertaken by the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, Prashanti Nilayam and the Sri Sathya Sai Organization, India. The statistics showcased were an eye opener: Since its inception over 30 lakh patients have been treated free of cost at the Sri Sathya Sai Super Specialty Hospitals; 246,000 surgical procedures were carried out completely free of cost. In the year 2011-12 alone, 640,315 patients had been treated and 23,221 surgical procedures were carried out by the Sri Sathya Sai Hospitals. The Sathya Sai General Hospitals and the Mobile Hospital serve more than 700 patients every day, free of cost. The exhibition also highlighted Baba’s Educare Mission, which has expanded to include more than 10 Lac 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 charging any fees. The second part of the exhibition, through an excellent exposition of photographs, brought to mind vivid experiences and fond memories of Sri Sathya Sai Baba. The final part of the exhibition showcased the activities and the programs of the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, Delhi-NCR, Some of the major programs showcased in the exhibition are the National Narayan Seva Program; operations of the Sri Sathya Sai Village Integrated Program in 42 slums across Delhi-NCR; a Mobile hospital which goes around Delhi-NCR providing free and quality medical care to the needy; Life is a Game – Play it, a 9 module program in Human Values for college students; Discover YourSelf, a free, self-paced, online course in Human Values which has enrolled more than 1200 people from 44 countries around the world.
As part of the eight-day exhibition, several cultural programs were staged at the Sri Sathya Sai International Centre. These appealing programs included a Hindustani Classical Music Concert by Koustub Pare and group from Sri Sathya Sai Music College, Puttaparthi; interesting drama and dance performances by the Bal Vikas students, Women Alumni from the Anantapur Campus of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, and Sai Youth, SSSO-Delhi NCR. The concluding day celebration was marked by a mesmerizing musical concert by Shri. Sumeet Tappoo, a popular singer world wide and an ardent devotee of Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Shri Sumeet Tappoo is a direct disciple of Sri Anup Jalota.
The exhibition will now move to Uttar Pradesh and ultimately expected to move to all other States.