Love in Action - The story of
I was very fortunate to visit the "Battu
Cave" temple of Lord Muruga, when I visited Malaysia last December. I saw
mammoth satute of Lord Muruga which was ready for inauguration.
I met many Sai Devotees in many
cities in Malaysia, in Kaulalumpur (known K/L), Penang, Itoph etc. Each one
of them were very enthusiastic in various service activities.
I have now received report from
brother Balachandran, about a memorable Sai service 8ndertaken by Sri Sathya
Sai Seva organizations of of Malaysia. I reproduce the report below:
Bala Chandran <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2006 09:01:33 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Re: "Praying for Swami's
To: Bombay Srinivasan <email@example.com>
Sai Ram beloved Uncle,
Here is a letter written by our Bro
J Jegatheesan for your attention. Sad to say I was in no position to
participate in the said Blood Donation campaign.
My Dear Sai family,
Just for info! Please consider this
as an informal JNN News Flash, THAT I PRAY WILL BRING JOY AND PRIDE TO THE
HEARTS OF ALL SAI DEVOTEES. THAIPUSAM is one of the great events for Lord
Subramaniam, that took place on the10th and 11th Feb at the world famous (
virtually for all who have active interest in Gods world events) Batu Caves
By the way Lord Subramaniam is considered in Vedic Records as the Kali Yuga
Avathar and for many South Indian Sai devotees, Bhagavan Baba is the
Physical Manifestation of this Divine Consciousness. Over the years the SAI
Council has organized blood donation and Bhajan sessions at this event. But
this Year, something spectacular took place.
The SAI Council organi zed a huge festival of devotional songs with some of
the top Malaysian Indian Professional singing talents, singing non stop for
36 hours, in conjuntion with a "Donation of liquid love" programme, where
devotees were urged to offer 'LIQUID LOVE" TO SAVE LIVES AS THEY PRAY TO
The Malaysian Blood Bank had put up MORE than 80 odd beds.
The target was 2006 pints (i.e bottles... they call it pints but they mean
this plastic bottle, which I think is less than a pint) of blood and, if we
achieve this, the Blood Bank say this will enter the MALAYSIAN BOOK OF
RECORDS AS THE LONGEST NON STOP BLOOD DONATION DRIVE (33 HOURS) In a single
event by one NGO and definitely the largest single Blood Donation offering
by any NGO in a one event. By the way there is a new _expression going
around i.e. FAITH BASED ORGANIZATIONS (FBO), but that is another story.
Some of our Youth and adults were there for more than 48 hours. As for old
guys like me , i went to the caves at about 3.30pm on 10th and came back
home at 5am on 11th and collapsed in sleep.
Similar Liquid Love events were undertaken by SAI groups in 3 other cities,
Ipoh, Penang and Johore Bharu where major Thaipusam festivals dedicated to
Lord Subramaniam were being held.
A leading Radio station that was a cosponsor of the event, linked all 4
Centers with a running commentary of e vents as they unfolded.
Malaysia has just come through 5 days of Holidays where Chinese New Year was
celebrated at the same time as a Major Islamic festival. Every body goes on
leave and road accidents go through the roof with many deaths and hundreds
of injuries that need blood transfusion.
During these periods the Blood Banks run dry and there is a desperate need
for blood at all hospitals and the majority in need will be the Muslims and
Chinese who form 90% of Malaysai's population.
This desperate need is what prompted the National Blood Bank of the General
Hospital ,with majority Muslim staff, t o come to one of the Biggest Hindu
events outside of India and to set up their beds with teams of doctors and
nurses and work in shifts collecting the Liquid Love offered for close to 35
It was fascinating to see Muslim nurses, and doctors amidst a sea of Hindus,
all hot and tired and queuing up to offer blood as devotional songs were
sung urging the highest form of Charity...to save lives.
It was an extraordinary sight of UNITY, PURITY AND DIVINITY in this
location, at a time in the world, when the Muslim community all over the
world, is "in arms" and angered by many events and seen so
negatively by some.
And here is a SAI Vision of long ago being fulfilled, by uniting 2 great
Religous Traditions ( which ,on the face of it, have totally contradictory
practices) in a SEVA OF LOVE.
Here there is this throbbing mass of Humanity, carrying Kavadi (Penance),
beat of drums, crowds pushing and moving forward in a mass of uncontrolled
humanity, yet controlled by a divine will so that no untoward events took
The media quoted 1.3 million people having come...but I did not count and
thus cannot verify the figure.
There amidst this seething mass of moving Humanity was a huge stage, with a
huge picture of Bhagavan Baba with Malaysia's leading Tamil singers offering
their service through Devotional songs.
There was one blind singer ( also well known) who sat on the stage with his
Keyboard and sang devotional songs for close to 8 or more hours, without
getting up to go to toilet or food and all he had was the One cup of MILO
which i had to persuade him to take and sips of water. He brought many to
tears by the poignancy of the songs he sang to God, pleading for Grace.
For me this whole event reminded me of the extraordinary events at Sai's
Hill View Stadium with thousands of devotees yearning for Darshan of the
Kali Yuga Avathar and Indias Top singers offering
The only difference was the total
discpline among the masses of devotees and the magificient "PHYSICAL
presence" of the Kali Yuga Avathar at Hill View.
But here in Batu Caves, the "Physical presence" was not there, but the
Divine Invisible presence of Lord Muruga, the Kali Yuga Avathar and His
Manifestaion as Sathya SAI Avathra was felt by all and darshan was received
by all through their pictures and images.
I have received an sms message from the Sai Organizing team, saying that the
donations of LOVE were as follows:
Batu Caves: 2330 pints of liquid
Johore Bharu : 66
Penang : 242.
Total Malaysia for Thaipusam Sai Seva of Love for the
This event is so vast and moving it is unimaginable.
The Radio station, the professional singers all kept talking about what the
SAI Baba people are doing to save lives of all communities.
Our Sai Young adults have taken this to an incredible level, since the days
in early 1980s when i had to go there with about 5 or 6 youth ( maybe 10),
and my car was the only transport vehicle, build our own shed, sold Sai
Bhajan tapes sang songs, slept in the car when exhausted etc... for 3 days .
( and let me not talk of Toilet Facilities.)
Now the event has gone to supramental proportions with support coming from
all sides. The Municipal Authorities who rent the space gave us a vast
concourse of area free of charge. Many VIPs came and went back amazed and
asking how they could support our effort.
The event was co-sponsored by a local news station, that kept news going
about this event all the time.
I came home after 13 hours and nursing a very painful knee but many of our
totally exhausted Youth, Young adults and adults dedicating themselves to a
point beyond exhaustion, spent many, many more hours from beginning to end.
As usual i am sure i will receive some "reflected glory" on the human level
as some may attribute the success of this event, quite "undeservedly" , to
me. However on a Divine Level, God will know who did what and will reward
By the way THE WORLDS BIGGEST MURUGAN STATUE IS WHAT YOU SEE NOW IN FRONT OF
ON SUNDAY12th the Leading Malaysian English Newspaper the STAR had a full
page on this Thaipusam festival.
Many NGOs ( FGOs?) were doing all sorts of Seva during this festival,
however the only one that got special mention read as follows:
"2,330 blood donations collected in just a day"
The first para of the article read
"Kuala Lumpur: The National Blood
Bank and the Sathya Sai Council of Malaysia could have achieved a record by
collecting 2330 blood donations in a single day at the Thaipusam
Celebrations in Batu Caves"....and thus the story goes on.
I am sure the details will be eventually forwarded officially through the
However I wanted to share the THRILL & JOY and Pride that i felt for the SAI
Sevaks and all who took part in this mammoth event of selfless Service and
where once again the SAI name became recognised in this nation as synonymous
with LOVE ALL SERVE ALL. It would have been a great thrill for all those who
were at Thaipusam to have seen our Brother Billy Fong, the SAI Council
President officiating at the closing ceremony of the event. This event
manifested an ideal of SAI.
Here was Sai Seva in a totally HINDU event, manifesting Unity of Faiths (
Chinese Buddhists, Muslims and Hindus), for the common goal of helping
humanity by saving lives.
Many who came and donated were first time donors who were so moved by the
amazing confluence of Prayers, Devotional Songs and Service that they
offered Liquid Love as their Service to God and Man.They were moved by the
devotion invoked to save lives. They came forth and gave with Devotion and
LOVE and as the blood drained from their bodies to save a life, they were
being re-charged by the Devotional songs being sung continuously.
I share this event with you as a SAI brother, a devotee (or aspirant for
devotion) of the LORD, sharing some joy.
CC: For the Malaysians who are receiving this and where names may mean
something, there were too many to mention, who dedicated themselves to a
point beyond duty, but within bonds of Divine Love. But among those who led
the programme from before it began till the end would include:
Our Dr.Ganesh (aka Ramesh), Bro.
Sugu, Bro.Saravanan (Coordinator), Bro. Ravi (Bangsar Centre chairman), Bro
Muthu and others, (youth & Adults) whose names must be now on the 2nd list
of the angel who spoke to Abu Bin Adam.
None expect their names to be
mentioned, but on behalf of all Malaysian SAI devotees, I thank them all for
this great Seva of LOVE.
Bro. J Jagadeesan (sai)
With Love & Regards,