Prof. Anil Kumar's
Visit to Sril Lanka:
I was very happy and surprised to know that My College Principal and one
of the nicest person I know, Prof. Anil Kumar garu was coming to Sri
Lanka. He came on 22nd April by the evening flight to Colombo. On Saturday
i and two of my colleagues went to hear him address a wonderful gathering
of Sai Brother's and Sisters.
There were several important people who had come to hear him from all
walks of life including the leader of the opposition party. We were all
thrilled by the speech and he emphasized that Sri Lanka needs a lot of
service from all the Sai Devotees in particular as there was the recent
Tsunami from which the country was still recovering. They gave away
wheelchairs to the needy.
The end of the programme was marked by a dance programme. It was a Kandian
dance, meaning in a place known as Kandy in Sri Lanka, there is the famous
"Tooth of the Buddha Temple" where as the name suggests lies within the
temple premises the "Tooth" of Lord Buddha. It was spectacular and very
colorful as scores of dancers performed with zeal and it was a feast for
the eyes of the beholder.
23rd April 2005( Sunday)
Visit to the Tsunami Hit Areas by the Sai Samiti:
I was fortunate to be a part of
the entourage to leave to some of the areas worst hit by Tsunami in Sri
Lanka and do service along with other members of the Sai Organisation.
We assembled at the Sai Mandir in "Baines Place" and from there we
collected Lactogen, Tea Packets, Biscuits and Other food items for
children" and left in 3 cars to Hikkadua. Hikkadua has a place in it known
as "Tellawatte". The site was the testimony to the infamous "Train
Accident" in which 1000 people had died. The train was passing the station
and Tsunami waves hit it and all the people had died.
The kind of after effects of natural disaster i have never seen before i
have seen in Sri lanka. Hikkadua and the neighboring areas were damaged
beyond repair. Hikkadua is 3-4 hours from Colombo and it is very close to
What i saw was something i hoped i would never see. When in India i was in
Chennai when Tsunami had struck and we had a mild earthquake and then saw
the effects of Tsunami all over the world on Television. Here i was
actually looking at it.
The people built houses right next
to the beach and almost 100-250 meters from the beach all the houses,
trees, boats, and above all people....nothing was there. I actually went
and stood in the area where once people lived and it was terrible to look
at. The kind of suffering and loss suffered by people was horrible. Loss
of property was a bad thing. But loss of children and families before a
person's eyes was probably the worst thing possible.
It was just the love of Swami when hundreds of Doctors from all over the
world had come to Sri Lanka first to the Mandir and from there to the
Camps to help the refugees. I had myself seen 3 batches of doctors from
USA, London and Canada.
We distributed food and other articles to the people there and more than
food and articles they were so happy that people were coming and consoling
and speaking so lovingly to them.
We identified people to whom we could give sewing machines and also people
to whom we could rebuild their homes.
Swami's organisation is immense
and all over the world there is an instant connection between total
strangers and a person like me who did not know anyone in Sri Lanka, I am
proud to be associated with Swami's organisation and the kind of love and
affection they treat me with is to be seen.
The seva will be an ongoing activity every week at the Tsunami affected
areas and we hope and pray that people recover and life becomes normal
Posted by Surya Prasad on 26-04-2005