Of all the professions, teaching is the
noblest, it is said. The Upanishads declare: “Acharya
Devo Bhava” (May your preceptor be your God). And to
teach in Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning under
the Chancellorship and direct guidance of Bhagawan is something
that every teacher aspires for. It was to felicitate a few
such privileged and fortunate teachers of Bhagawan’s
university that a special ceremony was organized on the morning
of 18th June at the instance of Bhagawan Himself.
At 8 a.m., Bhagawan arrived for Darshan in
the beautifully decorated Sai Kulwant Hall amidst chanting
of Vedic hymns and the tunes of Nadaswaram. Soon, Bhagawan
was seated and alongside Him were four senior teachers with
their spouses, the present Vice Chancellor Sri Anil V. Gokak
and former Vice Chancellor Sri S.V.Giri. Then as per Bhagawan’s
instructions, some students came on to the dais and garlanded
the teachers while some others showered rose petals on them;
the hall resounded with thunderous applause at watching this
The Vice Chancellor Sri Anil Gokak welcomed
the gathering and introduced the four teachers who were to
be felicitated by Bhagawan that morning. They were: Prof.
U.S.Rao, Prof. V.E.Ramamoorthy, Prof. M. Nanjundaiah and Prof.
Vishwanath Pandit. After Sri Gokak’s talk, Bhagawan
commanded the Institute Brass Band to play on this happy occasion.
This was followed by some soulful songs in Telugu by the students.
At 8.40 a.m., as the songs were being sung, Bhagawan walked
up to each of the teachers, wrapped a silken shawl around
them and presented them with a golden ‘Kankanam’
(bracelet) as a mark of appreciation for their unstinted service
and dedication. It was really moving to see the deep love
in Bhagawan’s eyes as He gave away the gifts, and tears
of joy and gratitude welling up in the eyes of the teachers
as they received them from their Beloved Lord. Thereafter,
each of the four teachers addressed the gathering.
first speaker was Prof. U.S.Rao, Principal of the Prasanthi
Nilayam Campus of the university and also the Dean of the
Management Department. Prof. Rao has had many years of experience
in the industry having worked in reputed companies such as
Jyothi Laboratories, Alfa Laval and Larsen & Toubro. He
joined the Management Faculty in Bhagawan’s college
in the year 1988. He has published several articles in national
and international journals, and his zeal and energy for academic
excellence has remained undiminished in all these years. He
began his talk by expressing his gratitude to Bhagawan who
blessed his wife and him with an extension of life 17 years
ago. He remarked that it is his good fortune to teach in Bhagawan’s
college and to interact with Bhagawan’s students whose
immense faith and love for Swami are a constant source of
inspiration for him.
second speaker, Prof. V.E.Ramamoorthy, is a qualified cost
accountant and has taught in prestigious institutes like Institute
of Financial Management and Research (IFMR), Administrative
Staff College of India (ASCI), Hyderabad. He was the Director
of Management Development Institute for South Asian region.
He has authored several books on Working Capital Management.
Prof. Ramamoorthy felt that it is a great blessing to be able
to serve in God’s own temple of higher learning that
is today being hailed as the crest jewel of the university
system in India. He remarked that Sri Sathya Sai system of
education produces students who are adepts in academic, sports,
cultural and spiritual fields. He concluded his talk by congratulating
the students for having been chosen by Bhagawan to spearhead
His Divine mission of transformation.
next speaker was Prof. M.Nanjundaiah, Controller of Examinations,
Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning. Prof. Nanjundiah
came to Swami in the year 1973 when he joined as a reader
and head of the Commerce Department in the erstwhile Sri Sathya
Sai College of Arts, Science and Commerce at Whitefield, affiliated
to the Bangalore University. Ever since, he has enjoyed the
love and close proximity of Bhagawan, and also shared his
wonderful experiences with everyone and inspired them on the
‘Sai’ward path. He spoke on how he has looked
up to Swami as a mother and how Swami has guided and guarded
him and his family members throughout their lives.
last speaker was Prof. Vishwanath Pandit, Head of Department,
Economics in the Prasanthi Nilayam Campus of the Institute.
Prof. Pandit is a renowned economist who has been on the faculty
of the Delhi School of Economics. He has also been associated
with Pennsylvania University, USA and Manchester University,
UK, and also with various projects in the UN and the World
Bank. He was the President of the Indian Economic Society
and the recipient of the UGC Swami Pranavananda National Award
2004 for his contributions in the field of economics. With
his characteristic humility, he began by saying that to teach
in Bhagawan’s university and to live at His Lotus Feet
was more than what he deserved and prayed for. He recollected
that even though he came to teach in Swami’s College
only in 2001, he has been associated with it since 1986 when
he was vested with the responsibility of setting the question
paper for entrance tests to the MBA course at the Institute.
He prayed to Bhagawan to bless everyone with the unbroken
awareness of His divinity and grace.
Dr. Deepak Anand, an alumnus of the Institute
and presently on the Management faculty spoke on behalf of
all the students expressing appreciation and gratitude to
the teachers for their invaluable guidance in shaping the
careers and personalities of hundreds of students. He led
the entire gathering in applauding the achievements of these
“These professors here have taught
well and that’s why you (students) are what you are
today.” Bhagawan said in His discourse. He further said
that all that He expected from His students was that they
should bring a good name to themselves and to the Institute
by their good behaviour and character. Elaborating on the
two kinds of knowledge, i.e., secular and spiritual knowledge,
Bhagawan said that while secular knowledge is essential to
conduct oneself in the world, spiritual knowledge is like
the foundation without which the entire edifice of life will
collapse. He exhorted the students to follow the ideals and
put in to practice what their teachers have taught them and
thereby make their lives fruitful.
After Bhagawan’s discourse, the entire
assembly rose to sing the national anthem. After this, there
were Bhajans and Arati was offered to our Lord.