June 18, 2006
|Sri Sathya Sai felicitating Prof. U.S. Rao |
and Smt. Rao
On 9th June, 2006 morning, in a grand function held in Sai Kulwant Hall, the Revered Chancellor of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, felicitated four senior faculty members of the Institute for their exceptional devotion, dedication and meritorious service to the Institute. They were: Professor U. S. Rao, Dean, School of Business Management, Accounting and Finance; Professor V. E. Ramamoorthy, Associate Dean, School of Business Management, Accounting and Finance Professor; M. Nanjundaiah, Controller of Examinations of the Institute; and Professor Vishwanath Pandit, Head, Department of Economics.
|Sri Sathya Sai felicitating Prof. Ramamoorthy |
and Smt. Ramamoorthy
Bhagavan was welcomed in Sai Kulwant Hall amidst Vedic chant and Nadaswaram music on the 9th morning at 7.55 am. After the arrival of Bhagavan on the dais, the four fortunate faculty members along with their spouses were welcomed with garlands and were seated on the dais. The Vice-Chancellor, Sri A. V. Gokak welcomed them and congratulated them for this golden chance of being honoured by Bhagavan for their excellent and meritorious service to the Institute. Sri Gokak then formally introduced them and said a few words of praise for the services rendered by them.
|Sri Sathya Sai felicitating Prof. Nanjundaiah |
and Smt. Nanjundaiah
The Institute students sang devotional songs and the Institute Orchestra played joyous tunes to enhance the happiness of the occasion. On the awaited moment, Bhagavan honoured the four faculty members with shawl and showered His blessings on them and their spouses, amidst the joyous clapping of the huge gathering. Bhagavan also presented them various gifts including a golden bracelet with His Divine hands.
|Sri Sathya Sai felicitating Prof. Pandit |
and Smt. Pandit
Thereafter, the four members spoke a few words, each expressing their love and gratitude to Bhagavan for every blessing that Bhagavan showered on them. After these speeches, Dr. Deepak Anand, a faculty member of the School of Business Management, Accounting and Finance of the Institute paid glowing tributes to these luminaries. In the end, Bhagavan showered His benedictions on the students and the teachers by stating that:
“The senior professors are imparting knowledge with love and affection and the students are making rapid progress in their respective fields. Students should cultivate virtues, develop noble character and earn a good name in society. This is what I expect from them.
On being questioned by his father, young Prahlada replied: Father! The teachers have taught me many things, I have understood the four objectives of life – Dharma (righteousness), Artha (wealth), Kama (desire) and Moksha (liberation). I have studied many things; in fact, I have understood the very essence of education. (Telugu Poem)
Love is the essence of education. Bereft of love, your education will be of little use. However, secular education is also required to eke out a livelihood in this world. There are two types of education. One is secular and the other is spiritual. It is not possible to build a mansion without a strong foundation. Spiritual education is the foundation on which the mansion of secular education should be built. You need to develop Shakti (ability) and Yukti (strategy) in order achieve success in the field of secular education.
Students! You may acquire any type education but, you must give topmost priority to character. The end of education is character. Bear this truth always in your mind. First of all, establish order and harmony in your house. Only then will you have the right to teach others. Lead an ideal life so that others can derive inspiration from you. Cherish the noble teachings imparted by your professors, put them into practice and find fulfilment in your life.”
This function came to a close at 9.40 am with singing of the National Anthem.