Letter from Dr Narendranath Reddy

Letter from Dr Narendranath Reddy, Chairman of the SSIO, addressing the bushfire situation in Australia.  

4 January 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Om Sri Sai Ram.

Wildfires have turned southeast Australia into a charred, apocalyptic nightmare, and threaten to wipe out entire species of animals. The current situation is on a scale never experienced before, causing enormous loss of life and property. It is reported that nearly half a billion animals in Australia’s New South Wales state have been killed by raging wildfires in the last couple of months, and the devastating death toll is expected to rise. Many mammals, birds and reptiles have been severely affected. As of now, it is reported that 23 people have died. The fire has burned more than 5 million hectares, an area larger than many countries, and destroyed more than 1,300 homes, as of now. The government agencies and people of Australia are working hard to control these wildfires, but it will difficult without rainfall.

I have been in contact with Mr. Krishnan Nair, Chair, Zone 3 as well as Mr. Albert Barelds, Chair, SSIO Humanitarian Relief Committee to assess the situation and help, as warranted. In consultation with the authorities, the SSIO of Australia is assisting with contributions, as requested, to support emergency services, procure essentials goods, and assist local businesses which have been impacted.

Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba has told us that sincere prayer is one of the most effective ways to assuage the grief and suffering of victims of natural disasters. Let us all pray together to Swami to shower His divine blessings on our brothers and sisters as well as the animals, birds, reptiles, plants and other species afflicted by these natural disasters in Australia. Let us also pray to Bhagawan to bless Australia with much-needed rain to quench the fires.

We will keep you updated with new developments, including how you can participate in the relief efforts.

Jai Sai Ram.

With loving regards,
Narendranath Reddy, M.D.
Sathya Sai International Organisation (SSIO)

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SSIO Australia Facebook group for the ongoing “Sai Australia Bushfire Prayers” – each Thursdays from 8 pm – 8.30 pm

The National Devotional Wing invites you all to come together to pray for the wellbeing of our country and to alleviate the suffering of all living beings.

To accommodate community prayers, you may log into this group link to collectively pray every Thursday from 8:00 PM to 8:30 PM AEST.

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SSIO Australia’s Response to the Bushfire Emergencies of Summer of 2019/20

The SSIO of Australia & PNG is responding to the devastation created by the current bushfire emergency by encouraging its members to assist the affected individuals, communities and wildlife in a number of ways and expects this assistance will continue for some time.

Groups/Regions of the SSIO have already started providing assistance within their capacities to alleviate the distress created by the monumental nation-wide emergency. A national coordinated response is being activated in a two-phase approach. Dealing with the crisis as it unfolds and following this phase assisting with recovery.

The crisis phase is being dealt with by;

  • Prayers for rain to extinguish the fires and break the long-standing drought experienced by large areas of the country. Prayers are also being directed towards the welfare and courage of those adversely affected by the fires and the marvellous volunteers who selflessly fight the fires. Several regions and groups have organised special prayer sessions in this regard.
  • Collection and distribution of material support for those people in need through the fires. These requirements are being assessed, collected and distributed in consultation with local authorities based on needs. Members are encouraged to ascertain how you can assist by referring to your local group or region presidents or the Bushfire Service Coordinators; Vignesh Shanmugan, 0404905342, or Sudhesh Suknundan, 0408744169.
  • Authorities are recommending at this stage that cash donations are the most useful means of support. They have been swamped with donations of food, clothing and other materials to the point they are becoming a hinderance in their efforts to support those affected. The SSIO has established a fund for receipt of donations by members if they so wish to donate. The information for making these donations is available through the Presidents of individual groups and regions.
  • Members are encouraged to support local community initiatives and participate where possible, such as supporting local Evacuation Centres, provision of shelter to evacuees and supporting the various wildlife rescue services.

All supporting activities are ongoing until the end of this Summer. Members are asked to keep on working with your Region Presidents and Bushfire Service Coordinators. Always ask how you can be of support in these critical times.

More information will be provided as appropriate, especially in dealing with the recovery phase.