The Lips that Pray and the Hands
July 04, 2009
Ashadi brings a renewed devotional fervour for the Lord of Pandarpur,
Vittal Rakhumai. With the arrival of this auspicious season the entire
Maratha region goes agog as their attention turns to the centuries old
spiritual capital of the state, Pandharpur, the seat of Lord Vittal
Rakhumai. The centuries old tradition of Vaarkari Sampradaya
showcasing the legacy of the state with religious passion, brings
lakhs and lakhs of devotees walking on foot in huge processions to
Pandharpur, the abode of Lord Vittala singing abhangas of Sant
Thukkaram and Sant Jnaneshwar to have the darshan of their chosen
Symbolically representing this time tested tradition, devotees of
Bhagawan from different parts of the state pay their obeisance to
their Lord Sai Vittala every year walking in a symbolic Dindi Yatra
from Dharmavaram to Prasanthi Nilayam. The Dindi Yatra for the year
commenced on the 30th June from Seeta Ramaya Kalyana Mandapam,
Dharmavaram and reached Prasanthi Nilayam on 3rd July 2009 covering
over forty six kilometers. A total number of over eight hundred
Varkaris carrying the Palaki, singing abhangas participated in the
Manava Seva is Madhava Seva, says Bhagawan and inspired by Bhagawan’s
call to serve the poor and down trodden in the villages, Sri Sathya
Sai Seva Organisation, Maharashtra has been conducting Medical Camps
over the years, in selected villages, on the sidelines of Dindi Yatra,
during Ashadi Ekadashi.
The medical camp that involved number of doctors and paramedical staff
apart from sevadals from the organization got underway on the 30th
June with a Kalasha Pooja followed by a huge procession attended by
hundreds of villagers surcharging the atmosphere.
Thirty doctors across seven disciplines, thirty seven medical students
from Anantapur Medical College, fifteen Pharmacists and hundred and
seventeen Volunteers extended their serving hands to over 4012
Patients covering over 5011 consultations during the two day medical
camp. Medicines were given free as per prescription and all patients
were provided with Puliohara and curd rice as Bhagawan’s Prasadam.
As a part of Balvikas activity, school children in the villages were
engaged in various activities such as namasmarana, storytelling,
health & hygiene awareness, puppet show, art and craft classes,
dramas, and many other cultural programmes that help in developing
their overall personality.
A team of veterinary experts consisting of six doctors, two helpers
and two sevadals examined over four thousand cattles during the two
day medical camp.
Bhagawan has rightly mentioned time and again that service with a
selfless motive would help one to attain purity which eventually would
help him to reflect his innate divinity. Sathya Sai Seva
Organisation’s effort in spreading awareness about His Mission through
such camps comes handy as thousands upon thousands get the benefit out
such activities, while on the other hand those who are involved in
serving getting the benefit of evolving into better spiritual beings.
Service to man is service to God and every such activity done under
His banner would yield greater benefits that help humanity to evolve
to a better society.