Humanitarian Works are changing the World
Courtesy: Saibaba News
His Universal Message
His Humanitarian Works
An Inspiration To Humanity
You are cordially invited to attend a meeting about a remarkable person
whose life, teachings and humanitarian works are changing the world.
Saturday October 9, 2004 at 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
Bloor Street United Church 300 Bloor Street West, Toronto
RSVP for confirmed seating: 416 224 8389
No Admission Fee & No Donations
7:00 pm - Welcome & Introductions:
7:10 pm - Speaker: Dr. David Gries, Ph.D.
8:00 pm - Speaker: Dr. Yassin Sankar, Ph.D.
8:30 pm - Film:
‘His Work’ is a moving portrait, highlighting the sweeping scope of
humanitarian projects initiated and inspired by Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Free
super-speciality hospitals, schools, colleges and a university, free
drinking water to millions, rural outreach programs – all bear testimony
to his selfless and tireless saga of love and compassion
8:50 pm - Closing Remarks
9:00 pm - Conclusion
Dr. David Gries, a native of New York, received his doctorate from
the Munich Institute of Technology, Germany. Since 1969, except for a few
years, he has been on the faculty of Computer Science at Cornell
University, USA, serving as Department Chair for five years and currently
as Associate Dean of Engineering. Since 1985, Gries has been associated
with the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning in India, and he
generally teaches there for two weeks each year. He is the webmaster of
the International Sai Organization website, www.sathyasai.org and is
currently Chair of Zone 1 of the International Sai Oraganization.
Dr. Yassin Sankar is Professor of Management in the School of
Business Administration at the Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia,
where he has been on the faculty for 30 years. He has a Ph.D. in Education
from the Johns Hopkins University. He has written several books and
articles on technological change, education, human values, and ethics, and
management. He is currently in the process of completing two additional
books: The Quest for Ethical Leadership, and International Management and
Comparative Ethical Systems.
His Life And His Message
Sri Sathya Sai Baba is a highly revered spiritual leader and world
teacher, whose life and message are inspiring millions of people
throughout the world to turn Godward and to lead constructive and virtuous
lives. His timeless and universal teachings, along with the example of his
own life, are attracting seekers of Truth from all religions of the world.
He was born as Sathya Narayana Raju in 1926 in Puttaparthi, then a remote
hamlet in South India. As a child he was brilliant in his studies, but
what made him unique was his extraordinary wisdom and compassion. At the
age of fourteen, he declared that he would henceforth be known as Sai Baba
and that his mission was to bring about the spiritual regeneration of
humanity by inculcating love for God and service to all beings. Or over
seven decades, his life has been a stirring and moving saga of love and
compassion. Today, Prashanthi Nilayam – his ashram (spiritual oasis) in
South India – attracts thousands of spiritual seekers from virtually every
corner of the globe. This ‘abode of highest peace’ offers solace and
inspiration to all who aspire for Peace.
Sri Sathya Sai Baba uplifts man by teaching and demonstrating that man is
inherently divine and his nature is selfless love. Quoting the scriptures
of various faiths, Baba often reminds us that Love is God and God is Love,
and that Love is immanent in the heart of every being. Through his own
example, Baba demonstrates how to tap that unfailing Source. He
re-emphasizes principles that form the foundation of the world’s major
religions: Truth, Right Conduct, Peace, Love, and Non-violence. He
repeatedly exhorts mankind to “Love All, Serve All” and asserts that the
essence of all scriptures is “Help Ever, Hurt Never!”
Sri Sathya Sai Baba uplifts the institutions of mankind 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. What
follows are glimpses of his Love in Action…
Education: Sathya Sai Baba has established a model education
system, which includes primary and secondary schools and an accredited
university, offering undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees, with
no fees from the students. It has been hailed as a crown jewel of the
Indian education system by leading educators. In addition to academic
excellence, Baba’s system of integral education is designed to foster
character and self-discipline, for as he often asserts, “The end of
education is character.”
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.
Drinking Water: Starting from the mid-nineties, Sathya Sai Baba has
executed massive drinking water projects, bringing much-needed relief to
millions of villagers. For these long-suffering people a century-old dream
has come true – safe drinking water, available free and throughout the
year, right at their doorstep.
Rural Outreach: Every year, the students and staff of 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.
The Sri Sathya Sai Organization
has a presence in over 100 countries with more than 2000 Centres
world-wide, over 50 of which are in various cities across Canada. The
centres provide a place to meet, study, and practice the teachings of
Sathya Sai Baba. These Centres are engaged in selfless service in their
local communities. The Centres also offer devotional meetings with group
singing, meditation and prayer. Two programs of character development –
Sathya Sai Education in Human Values and Sai Spiritual Education – are
offered to children to inculcate the five human values of truth, right
conduct, peace, love, and non-violence and to teach the fundamental truths
underlying all religions. Such value-based spiritual training is also the
basis for the Young Adult Program of the Organization.
For more information about the life and teaching of Sri Sathya Sai Baba or
about the Sathya Sai Baba Organization of Canada, please contact
Sri Sathya Sai Baba Book & Information Centre
58-B Arlington Avenue,
Toronto, Ontario, M6G 3K8
Where there is righteousness in the
there is beauty in the character.
When there is beauty in character,
there is harmony in the home.
When there is harmony in the home,
there is order in the nation.
When there is order in the nation,
there is peace in the world
- Sathya Sai Baba -