Karnataka Governor and Chief Minister with Sri Sathya Sai at the Doctors' Day Celebrations

Saturday, July 05, 2003

Chief Minister S M Krishna (left) and Governor T.N. Chaturvedi (right) with Sri Sathya Sai in the Sai Ramesh Hall, Brindavan 
Doctors’ Day was held in Brindavan on this day, to felicitate the medical experts, serving in the Sri Sathya Sai Medical Institutions. Bhagavan arrived in Sai Ramesh Hall at 7.50 am, that morning. The function commenced with Vedic chants. Sri Sanjay Sahni welcomed the gathering. Sri C. Srinivas, Chairman, Sri Sathya Sai Health and Education Trust, addressed the gathering. Sri T. N. Chathurvedi, Governor of Karnataka was the Chief Guest for this function. Sri S. M. Krishna, Chief Minister of Karnataka was present among the other dignitaries. Dr. D. C. Sundaresh and Dr. Hemanth Murthy received shawls and cash award from the Governor and the Chief Minister respectively. Dr. A. N. Safaya, Director, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences gave a talk, prior to Bhagavan’s Discourse. Bhagavan specially blessed Dr. Savitri and Dr. Shantha from Sri Sathya Sai General Hospital, Whitefield. He presented saris to them. The function concluded with National Anthem.

Excerpts from the Divine Discourse given on that occasion are given below:

Man, by and large, considers himself to be healthy and tries to lead a happy life. But in fact there are 326 diseases that haunt man day in and day out. Excessive Vaata, Pitta, and Sleshma (wind, bile, and phlegm) are responsible for various diseases. Vaata gives rise to 80 types of diseases, Pitta to 82 types, and Sleshma to 164 types. Such being the case, how can man enjoy a healthy life? Only when he develops Atmic Consciousness and distances himself from the adverse effects of Vaata, Pitta, and Sleshma can he be healthy…

...Today, being Doctors' Day, doctors have to set an ideal by infusing courage and conviction in patients. Doctors, after putting in lot of efforts, have been able to find remedies for various ailments. But there seems to be no end to diseases. There are many doctors all over the world, but the number of patients and ailments are on the rise. If there are two doctors for a family, there are four patients! Patients outnumber doctors. Man's lifestyle and habits are responsible for this spurt in diseases…

...Doctors should be given all encouragement and support. Even the government is unable to provide the necessary infrastructure. Consequently the doctors are handicapped and are unable to give their best. Doctors' Day is being observed to encourage and motivate these doctors. However skilled a doctor may be, he cannot discharge his duties diligently unless he is provided with proper equipment. Swami's intention is to support and encourage such doctors by providing the necessary facilities...

...Health and education are the two most important aspects of life. One can put knowledge into practice only when one has good health. In today's world, many people are suffering for want of proper medical facilities. It is your bounden duty to help the suffering humanity. Only then will the country prosper. Money comes and goes; Morality comes and grows. Today many doctors are commercializing the field of medicine. Such doctors are sinners of the worst kind. He is a true doctor who aspires for the well-being of the patient. We have to encourage such noble doctors…

... Doctors should serve the poor with spirit of sacrifice. There is no greater service than this. God is the sole refuge of the destitute and the forlorn. As man is the embodiment of God, it is his primary duty to help the destitute and the forlorn. Medicine should not be commercialised. It is meant to promote heart to heart and love to love relationship between doctor and patient. A true doctor is one who realises this truth and conducts himself accordingly. One with commercial outlook is not a doctor at all. In fact, he is a patient himself! Spirit of sacrifice is the hallmark of a true doctor."


Video Excerpts from the Divine Discourse


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