Date : 19th January 2001 --- Occasion : Inauguration of SSIHMS --- Place : Whitefield
SERVE THE POOR - GET BLISS
Super Speciaility Hospital, Bangalore begins...
This motherland of ours gave to the world
noble souls renowned in all continents.
It is the land, which ousted
foreign rulers and achieved freedom.
This Bharat is reputed for its scholarship.
It is the sacred land, which stands forth -
the exemplar in the realms of music, literature and sacred lore;
Born in the land of Bharat, noted for its fine arts and natural beauty.
Oh devotees! It is your bounden duty to foster
The glory and prosperity of the motherland.
Embodiments of Divine Atma!
In life, health is the greatest wealth. Since time immemorial, many yogis, sages, seers and men of excellence have been delving deep into ways of maintaining good health. They made great efforts as they believed that man could work for the peace and security of the nation only when he was healthy. In these modern times, some people repose complete faith in Allopathy while others feel Ayurveda is also essential along with it. Allopathy only gives temporary relief; it does not cure diseases permanently. But Ayurveda on the other hand effects a permanent cure.
The heart is the most important part in the body. If the heart goes on strike, the body becomes lifeless. What is the role of the heart in the human body? It pumps blood to the lungs where it gets purified and then, it is supplied to all parts of the body. Each time the heart beats, the blood travels a distance of 12,000 miles in the body. Who has endowed the heart with such a capacity? Is it the scientist, engineer or yogi or any man-made machine which makes it perform such a stupendous task? No. Only Divine power causes this. Man cannot execute even a small task without the help of Divine power. Modern man has lost self-confidence. He does not have faith in God. So, first of all, man should foster self-confidence: otherwise life becomes meaningless.
Allopathy cannot eradicate the disease causing germs forever. It can control them only to a certain extent and for a certain period of time. There is always the risk of relapse. Though allopathy has been progressing, the number of diseases, too, has been increasing. Dr. Samuel Hahnemann of Germany, who discovered Homeopathy, also made deep investigations into Ayurveda. Welfare of the whole world was his motto. But today, man ignores the welfare of the world.
We don't have any distinction of caste, creed, religion and nationality. We offer free treatment to everybody. We are determined to offer free treatment, come what may, even if we have to take loans. We are prepared to spend any amount of money; safeguarding the life of patients is our main objective. All of you, particularly doctors, should learn this lesson. Eschew greed for money; develop love and spirit of sacrifice. Then money will come to you automatically.
Heart diseases are widely prevalent in society today. That is why we established a Super Speciality Hospital at Prasanthi Nilayam, where 10,600 operations have been performed free of cost. The beneficiaries have been the poor. Heart surgeries are very expensive. What then will be the fate of the poor? No one seems to be bothered about this. One has to work for the welfare of the poor, alleviate their suffering and set an ideal to the nation. Service becomes truly meaningful only when it is rendered to the poor and needy. Today neither the doctors nor the politicians, not even the Government, for that matter, are concerned about the welfare of the poor. If a hospital is constructed at a cost of ten crore, they expect a profit of 100 crore. Instead of being kindhearted, they have become business-minded. Hence, the pathetic condition of the poor.
During the last three or four days, many heart surgeries have been conducted here in this hospital. Who are the patients? One is a carpenter, another is a washerman. Many such patients who are economically weak are being treated here. In this short period, as many as 50 heart surgeries have been conducted! One gets immense joy seeing their happy faces. Of what use is medical science if it does not bestow health and happiness on the poor and needy?
In the present times, the educated do not spare a thought for the poor and forlorn. This hospital is dedicated for the welfare of the poor. I am happy only when the poor are served. I have dedicated My entire life for the uplift of the poor and downtrodden. In future, even the highly advanced surgeries like heart transplant and lung transplant will take place here. One may be wealthy and virtuous but without good health, one cannot lead a happy life. The former Chief Minister of Karnataka, the late J. H. Patel, helped us a lot in this project. The present Chief Minister, Krishna, has also been of great help to us. Many noble people of Karnataka have begun to associate themselves with this project. So, we are determined to give happiness to the people of Karnataka.
Disease has no distinction; it may afflict anybody, be it a pauper or millionaire. We too have no such distinction. Here the treatment will be rendered totally free of cost to the rich and poor alike. Not merely this, even the food during convalescence will be supplied free. Our aim is to cure the patients of their diseases and send them home happy and healthy. This establishment will serve the poor forever. Some may have a mistaken notion that it will only be a temporary one. All the institutions established by Sai are eternal.
The other day, a washerman from Gulbarga underwent a heart surgery in our hospital. When he saw Me, his joy knew no bounds. He said, "O Swami, You are our God, I have undergone heart surgery in Your hospital." One needs to spend a lot of money to undergo a heart surgery. Even for admission, one needs to spend thousands of rupees. The poor washerman does not have even a fraction of the required amount. In this world, there are many men of affluence, but how many show compassion towards the poor? They may say a thousand things, but do they practise even one? Is there any rich person doing even one-thousandth part of what Sai is doing? We spend crores of rupees on providing potable drinking water to the villagers and free medical treatment and education. But some people indulge in false propaganda out of sheer jealousy. The tongue has no bone, so people twist it any way they want. Let us see, if any of those who spread false propaganda are prepared to feed the hungry and alleviate the suffering of the poor. In fact, such people set their dogs on the beggars who come to their doorstep to beg alms. Today all the fields like education, medicine, music, literature, etc. have become business-oriented.
Embodiments of Love - Doctors!
Fill you hearts with compassion and serve the poor and needy. Don't be stone-hearted and money-minded. When the hour of reckoning comes, will you be able to carry with you the wealth you have amassed? No. Serve the poor with love. That alone can redeem you. Service to the poor is service to God. Sacrifice your life for the cause of the poor. Service to the poor is My only motto. I have no other desires. I am prepared to sacrifice even My life to serve the poor. Do at least one-thousandth part of what Swami is doing. Of what use is human life if it is not spent in the service of the poor?
Neither by penance nor by pilgrimage
nor by study of scriptures nor by Japa
can one cross the ocean of life.
One can achieve it only by serving the poor.
It is your good fortune that you have become doctors. Sacrifice is the hallmark of a true doctor. So, doctors should have the spirit of sacrifice. They should be compassionate and considerate towards the poor. Many poor people lose their lives as they cannot afford costly treatment. Your love alone can sustain such lives. The more you develop the spirit of sacrifice in you, the greater will be the world's progress. Hospitals are meant to serve the poor and not to earn money. What is the point in earning crores of rupees when one has to ultimately leave the world emptyhanded? So, spend all your earnings for the welfare of the poor. Dedicate your lives to the service of your fellowmen.
Before the establishment of this hospital, the land here had not much value. But after the hospital has come up here the, land value also has gone up. Now you find so many buildings coming up. What is the use if one is merely interested in making profit? One should utilise it for the benefit of the poor. Your happiness will become manifold if you can make at least one poor person happy. Help ever; Hurt never. Do not make poor people suffer because of your greed for money. Remember you wrest not thier money but their lives. Lead a life suffused with love, compassion and sacrifice. Thyaga (sacrifice) alone can lead to Yoga (spirituality).
Embodiments of Love !
Medicines on their own cannot cure diseases; it is Divine grace that cures. Only sacrifice can win God's grace. Do not be satisfied by merely filling your own belly, try to appease the hunger of others too. Undertake such activities which will benefit the poor. This hospital does not merely stand for architectural beauty. Andam (beauty) has no value if there is no Anandam (bliss). You can experience bliss only when you give happiness to the poor. The poor suffer as they cannot afford to buy medicines. We will give all the required medicines free. Make every effort to provide happiness to all.
Today, as the programme is already delayed, I do not have enough time to give you further details. Develop a spiritual outlook and treat the patients with love and care and make them happy and healthy. Without God's grace, even the pulse cannot beat. You are under the mistaken notion that mere medicines can cure the diseases. If that were the case, what happened to all those kings and rich men who had access to best medical facilities? So, along with medicines, one should have Divine grace too. Medicine and Divine grace are like the negative and positive points respectively.
Diseases can be cured only when both these come together. So, along with taking medicines, one should also pray for Divine grace. Without Divine grace, human body cannot be sustained. Human body is most wonderful and mysterious. Who makes the pulse beat? Who makes the heart pump blood? All this happens because of Divine Will. Divine power is responsible for the growth of the body. There is no point in merely feeding the body and sustaining it unless it is used to serve the poor.
This hospital will surely attain exalted position. You may not realise it now, but you will in future. People from different parts of the world will come here for treatment. This hospital has such Divine potentiality in it. Do not entertain any wrong notions about this hospital. Earlier, when the Super Speciality Hospital was established at Puttaparthi, people had their own misgivings about its functioning. Now, in the villages surrounding Puttaparthi, there's no one with a heart ailment. Even small children are not afraid to undergo heart surgery in our hospital there. Likewise, we should see to it that no one suffers from heart diseases in the State of Karnataka. Villagers who are suffering from heart disease should be brought here for treatment. Anybody can come here for treatment. We have no objection. Everyone has equal right to get treatment here.
Leaders should support noble causes. Our Prime Minister Vajpayee took great pains to come here. Leaders like him are very essential for this world. He is a leader who supports and encourages noble causes. Ministers who extend their co-operation for good causes are also necessary for the nation to progress. They should have noble feelings and love of God to attain Divine grace. There is nothing that one cannot achieve if one has Divine grace. Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu (May the whole world be happy!) That is My desire. I am prepared to do anything for this. I am prepared to sacrifice even My life for the welfare of humanity. Of what use is the life of one who does not aspire for the welfare of humanity? I always wish for the well-being of others. My feelings are always pure and sacred. If your feelings and intentions are noble, you need not be worried about money; it will come to your doorstep!
Embodiments of Love!
We have caused great inconvenience to you by making you wait for a long time. You are all tired after sitting here patiently for the last three or four hours. Having taken part in this congregation, may you develop the spirit of sacrifice and spend your time, wealth and energy in the service of the poor! This is what I desire from you. I do not ask anything from anybody. Help the poor in every possible way. Feed the hungry. Food is God. Do not waste food. Do not waste money. Injudiciously used money causes many wrongs. Misuse of money is evil. The rich squander their wealth in drinking and gambling. Money should be put to proper use. One should not spend as one pleases. Do not waste energy and do not waste time. These are the four important principles which a man should adhere to. Time wasted is life wasted. Instead of wasting time in vain gossip, utilise it to serve society. Help everybody to the extent possible. This is what I expect you to do. Come and see for yourself the work that is being done here with the spirit of sacrifice, and experience bliss. Here you will find the poor filled with happiness and with joy on their faces. You should see to it that the poor lead a healthy and happy life. That should be your aim in life. Paropakara Punyaya Papaya Parapeedanam - merit is serving others; sin harming others. I bless you all so that you may attain the virtue of seeing the poor happy.