Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Opening and running Sathya Sai schools is not easy; Swami preferred that St. Andrews Scotland school be shut down (around 2009) when it faced money problems

Last updated on 22nd Dec. 2016

Given below is an edited version of a recent comment exchange between Clive Raj Valydon and me on Terry Reis Kennedy's Facebook post, https://www.facebook.com/terry.reiskennedy/posts/10211656399584340.

Clive Raj Valydon wrote:

I was once (privy to) an interview that Mr Som Bhanda had in 2007 where he approached Swami [Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba] because the school in St. Andrews [in Scotland, UK] was finding it difficult to sustain itself as parents were not donating.

Mr Som Bhanda asked Swami if he could get the school state funded. State funded means funded by the government. Swami was very very strict with that. Swami told that if parents don't have (money) then you cannot force them.

And you must not ask for outside help also. Better to close the school Swami told. Swami told don't ask for government help using Swami's name.

This interview took place in 2007 just before the Youth Conference. And I was inside that interview with Som Bhanda sitting by Swami's feet.
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Ravi S. Iyer wrote:
May I share the above comment of yours on my blog and perhaps on a separate Facebook post, Clive Raj Valydon? I think this comment shows clearly what we in the Sai university at the time Bhagavan was in physical form, knew. That is, that Swami focused on quality rather than quantity. And was very against outside influence (due to dependence for funds on them) changing/corrupting Swami's vision for educational institutions founded by him and even run by him at a top level. He was the founder-chancellor of the Sai university and many decisions related to Sai university needed his approval!

My own request for free teaching and tech. consultant seva in the Sai university, I was told, went right up to Swami. I was told that Swami was shown a photograph of me by then Vice-chancellor of Sai university, Shri S.V. Giri (or by then Registrar, in presence of Shri S.V. Giri), in Jan. 2003 and asked if I could be inducted in (as Honorary Staff/Faculty). It was only after Swami's OK that I was permitted to offer free teaching and tech. consultant (and Systems Manager) Seva in the Sai university.

One statement of Swami would capture Swami's focus on quality (as against quantity) in the Sai university (and other educational institutions overseen DIRECTLY by him) which is: A teaspoon of cow's milk is better than a barrel of donkey's milk.

So Swami was focused on having a few well run as per Swami's vision, educational institutions, rather than many such institutions which do not follow Swami's vision properly.
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Clive Raj Valydon wrote:
Ravi S. Iyer yes you may.
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Ravi S. Iyer wrote:
When did the school close? In 2008 or so?
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Clive Raj Valydon wrote:
No sir it closed in 2009 I think. It was not an easy affair sir.

Moms and dads needed time to find other alternative for kids.
Closing a school isn't as easy as one thinks sir. A lot of procedures must be followed. Local authorities must come to know. Sai centres must know. Trust must know. Also Swami must know.

But also what about teachers who will lose their jobs sir? By law in UK a person must get at least 6 months written notice or else they can claim compensation.
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Readers may want to read my related post, How to interpret Sathya Sai statement that for good work (required) money will come on its own, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2016/12/how-to-interpret-sathya-sai-statement.html.

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