SSIO Annual Report 2015-2016
Download 2015-2016 Annual Report PDF Individual chapters are available below.
With love and reverence, members of the Sathya Sai International Organisation (SSIO) offer this annual report humbly at the divine lotus feet of Sri Sathya Sai Baba, during His Birthday celebrations in November 2016. This offering expresses our love and gratitude for the One, who is an incarnation of love and who has gifted us this wonderful organisation, the SSIO, to enable humanity to reach the supreme goal of life, Self-realisation.
The 2015–2016 Annual Report provides glimpses of the mission of the SSIO being carried out around the world. Although His love and glory is unfathomable, boundless, and beyond human comprehension, perception, and expression, this report illustrates the earnestness, sincerity, and commitment of the members of the SSIO to serve in the divine mission.
Reports from the 11 zones of the SSIO feature highlights in the fields of education, service to society, and spiritual activities to enable the spiritual seeker to realise his or her own innate divinity and help others to realise the same goal.
The cover page of each zonal report shows pictures of animals and birds in their natural habitat in that geographic area, reminding us that the same divine principle exists not only in human beings but in all creation. This also reflects the theme of the service projects being organised globally this year in honour of the Avatar Declaration Day – Love for Animals.
The chapter on education shows how ideal Sathya Sai Education, called Educare, is spreading Baba’s teachings on human values in communities worldwide, through Sai Spiritual Education, Sathya Sai Schools, Institutes of Sathya Sai Education (ISSE), and Education in Human Values programmes.
The chapter on Sathya Sai Global Health Mission sets forth numerous examples of ideal Sathya Sai healthcare, wherein medical professionals are providing state of the art healthcare with love and compassion, completely free of cost, through medical camps, medical clinics, primary, secondary and tertiary medical institutions, preventive medicine, and health educational programmes.
The chapter on Sathya Sai Youth illustrates how youth, though faced with many challenges and distractions, are practising the teachings of Baba to transform themselves. They are living lives full of love and serving society without expectations of gain or glory. The youth have also embraced the Sathya Sai International Youth Leadership Programme (SSIYLP) to prepare themselves for leadership roles in the SSIO and in society and are working hand-in-hand with senior office-bearers of the Organisation.
During the period covered by this report, various earthquakes and floods around the globe took heavy tolls in human and animal life and caused widespread damage to property and infrastructure. SSIO members quickly jumped into action after the devastating earthquakes in Nepal in April 2015; after Cyclone Winston struck Fiji in February 2016; and after the earthquakes that occurred in Ecuador and Japan in April 2016. The SSIO promptly provided food, water, medicine, and shelter to those affected by the natural disasters, with love and compassion, assuaging the pain and suffering of many.
This report also includes a short description of the Tenth World Conference, held in Prasanthi Nilayam, India, in conjunction with the 90th Birthday celebrations of Sri Sathya Sai Baba. SSIO members from about 80 countries came together to share their love for Bhagawan. Events and celebrations presented by the SSIO at Prasanthi Nilayam demonstrated well the tenet that there is only one religion, the religion of love; there is only one language, the language of the heart; and there is only one God, Who is omnipresent.
The momentous Sathya Sai World Youth Festival in July 2016 attracted approximately 3,000 energetic, intelligent, able, and motivated Sathya Sai Youth from an estimated 70 countries, including India. The theme of the festival – Love is the Source; Love is the Path; Love is the Goal – continued beautifully the resplendent theme of the Tenth World Conference.
May the Lord give us strength, dedication, and discrimination to lead our lives as per His teachings and sanctify our lives.
Jai Sai Ram.
Narendranath Reddy, M.D.
Chairman, Prasanthi Council
Sathya Sai International Organisation