Friday, December 30th, 2011
Vidya Vahini, the name that became synonymous with modern educational reforms, reflects Bhagawan’s teachings of Education in Human Values infusing the same into modern generation through school curriculum. The project that was Bhagawan’s 85th Birthday present to humanity has grown, over the months, from its infant stage making rapid progress.
Reiterating commitment, offering gratitude to the Master for His benevolence, students from Sri Sathya Sai Jagriti Vidya Mandir, Darwa, Yamuna Nagar, Haryana offered a presentation entitled, “Sarvadharam Swaroopa Sai” on the penultimate evening of Year 2011 in the Divine Presence in Prasanthi Nilayam.
The presentation, based on an insightful letter written by Bhagawan addressing Bal Vikas Gurus echoing on the role of teachers, dated 30th December 1981, showcased how role model teachers could influence the society following Bhagawan’s ideals. It was a depiction of Bal Vikas Teacher’s simple, pure act of ‘Liquid Love’, blood donation that finally helped bringing positive changes in a village that was marred by fanatic dispute over a petty issue. Set up against the beautiful Christmas backdrop, the presentation echoed the message of harmony of religions, as preached by Bhagawan.
The skit began with a Bal Vikas scene wherein the Guru reviews the Christmas preparations. Yasmin, a muslim student arrived late in the class and the teacher, upon enquiry, came to know that the girls had a domestic issue, as her brother was hospitalized after a street brawl between two warring factions belonging to two different religions, over a petty issue about a piece of common land. As an aftermath of the incident, an enraged father arrived on the scene, deciding to take Yasmin away from Bal Vikas class.
The Teacher’s effort to convince the girl’s father bore no effect on the adamant man blinded with fanatic feeling. Upset over the developments and already anemic the teacher fainted in the classroom and a doctor was summoned. Meantime father forcefully took his daughter away.
Upon reaching home, the girl’s father understood his folly when his wife told him that it was the Bal Vikas Guru who had saved the life of their son by donating blood. A group of hooligans belonging to the other community, blinded by fanatic feeling, barged inside the house challenging the girl’s father for trespassing the territory that they believed belonged to them. As the altercation continued, the mother’s effort for conciliation was of no vail.
Meanwhile the son returned from the hospitaltelling that he too wish to join his mother in meeting the Bal Vikas teacher who had saved his life with blood donation.
The father turned repentant as wisdom dawned upon all that it was Bhagawan’s teachings of universal harmony holds forte for a harmonious society.
In response to their prayers, Jesus descended and they had a wonderful Christmas, practically experiencing ‘Unity in Diversity’ as taught by Bhagawan.
The programme was interspersed with beautiful songs and dances and befittingly also aired the high ideals preached and practiced by a Bal Vikas Guru.
Earlier, before the commencement of the programme, organisers offered pranams at Bhagawan’s Lotus Feet. Introducing the programme, Sri Amar Vivek, an alumnus of 1990 batch of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, narrated a couple of beautiful incidents with morals showing how Bhagawan influences lives of many who are dedicated and surrendered to the Divine Will. Sri Amar Vivek was blessed by Bhagawan in 1990 to take up multi-dimensional rural empowerment programme. Sri Sathya Sai Jagriti Vidya Mandir was one of the three projects that set in motion in 1993.
The first incident that the speaker narrated came from his own school, Sathya Sai Jagriti Vidya Mandir. One fine day teachers of the school decided not to waste precious 40 minutes during lunch time, that they normally spent gossiping around, and utilize the time eating with their students. As this was being practised, one day, one of the teachers observed that one of the boys had got rotten chappathis in his lunch box. Having understood of the sorry plight of the poor student, the teacher immediately offered her chappathis to the boy asking him to eat; the boy despite repeated insistence denied to have it and preferred to keep it safe with a promise to eat later.
Upon further enquiry it was learnt that the boy had two younger siblings in the same school, a boy and a girl, and this elder one wanted to share the same with these siblings, as otherwise they would go without food. Inquisitive that they were, the teachers further enquired the case and found out that these children were coming from an odd background, as their father had been convicted recently for murdering his own wife to which this elder son was a witness. After testifying true to the horrid tale, to the police, the grandparents with whom these children were put up started penalising the children, reason being these children by testifying to the police caused their son to be imprisoned. Moved by the sorry plight of the children teachers in the school subsequently met, discussed the issue and finally decided to sponsor three time food for these hapless children as a collective effort. A moral of high standard for one and all to learn and imbibe.
Mangala Arathi was offered at 1800 hrs. after fifteen minutes of bhajans. All the participating children were felicitated at the end of the programme.
Prof. Anil Kumar in his concluding remarks congratulated the students of Jagriti Vidya Mandir for their wonderful show.
II Samasta Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu II