Swami says that events happen according to
Samayam and Sandarbham, that is, according to time and circumstances,
including in the life of an Avatar. Devotees, especially from
overseas, repeatedly prayed to Swami to permit them to launch
radio links, internet links and what not, so that His Golden
Voice and Message could be flashed across the globe instantly.
As if He was putting into practice His own maxim, Baba invariably
smiled when such requests were made but otherwise remained
non-committal. And then, when no one was in the least expecting
it, Radio Sai Global Harmony burst on the scene with stunning
rapidity. It all started rather casually - or so it seemed.
But the speed with which events moved subsequently clearly
indicates that the outcome was Divinely ordained.
Sometime in September 2001, two distinguished
visitors came to Sri Sathya Sai Super Speciality Hospital
in Bangalore. They were Dr. Noah Samara, CEO, WorldSpace Corporation,
and Dr. Michael Nobel, Chairman, Nobel Family Society, and
a Member of the Board of Directors of WorldSpace. Dr. Nobel
is the great grand nephew of Dr. Alfred Nobel, the founder
of Nobel Prize. These two gentlemen were in Bangalore on official
work connected with WorldSpace, and having heard about a "dream
hospital" they decided that they must see it before leaving
Bangalore. When they saw the hospital, they both were amazed
- no surprise in that.
Immediately, they were seized with the irresistible
urge to have Swami's Darshan, and that is how they both found
themselves in Puttaparthi; such a trip was not at all in their
schedule, but, nevertheless, it happened. Who can deny the
play of the "unseen hand"? Dr. Samara and Dr. Nobel
were duly blessed with a Divine Interview, in the course of
which Dr. Samara offered at the Lotus Feet an entire digital
radio channel for broadcasting Swami's Message of Love and
Compassion to the entire world. Dr. Samara quickly followed
up on his idea of using satellites in conjunction with digital
radio broadcasting by first setting up the WorldSpace Corporation
in America. He then had a satellite launched and positioned
over Africa; this satellite, called Afristar, covers not only
the whole of Africa but a sizeable part of Europe as well.
After this came the Asiastar which took care of the Asian
continent. In fact, Dr. Samara's visit to Bangalore was in
connection with promoting WorldSpace operations in India.
In 2002, WorldSpace expects to launch its third satellite,
the Ameristar, extending coverage to the American continent.
On the morning of 23rd November, 2001, amidst
Bhagawan's 76th Birthday Celebrations, when Bhagawan pressed
the button and put Radio Sai on the air, it was a dream come
true not only for the congregation in Sai Kulwant Hall but
for the devotees all across the world who have been dreaming
and praying for the same all through. The public address system
in Sai Kulwant Hall began to relay the inaugural broadcast
coming from a digital radio specially placed inside the Mandir
and tuned to the Asiastar satellite hovering some 23,000 miles
above the earth!
Sai Global Harmony is operated by Sri Sathya Sai Books and
Publications Trust, Prasanthi Nilayam as a part of its mandate
to spread Swami's Message. The broadcast programme is prepared
in Prasanthi Nilayam and then sent to Melbourne in Australia
where the satellite uplink station is located. From there,
the signals are sent to Asiastar which then re-radiates back
to earth. The programme schedule includes Divine Discourses,
Music including Vocal Bhajans, Instrumental Bhajans, excerpts
from concerts in the Divine presence, talks, interviews with
eminent personalities etc. The schedule is arranged for the
convenience of people in different time zones.
Some time ago, Swami said during a Discourse
that when we sing Bhajans, the subtle sound vibrations thus
generated spread throughout the world and indeed the universe;
not only that, they get absorbed and become latent in all
material objects present in the universe. Bhagawan added that
if we sing Bhajans with true love for God, these subtle vibrations
can in fact cleanse the world and promote peace as well as
harmony. Shortly Swami's voice can be heard in every strife-torn
part of Asia! Soon it will do so throughout the world. Can
there then be any doubt that Peace WILL prevail?
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