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Youth Wing - October 2011 – Vision of Love Experiences at the Ukraine Medical Camp

“Doctors know that in the eye there are billions of cells which react to light rays. If any one of these cells are affected, the vision is affected. For man ,the eye is the most important organ for comprehending the universe. Hence the eye has to be regarded as a sacred instrument. You cannot change creation, but by changing your vision you can get the proper view of creation. When people view the world with vision of love, they will have peace.”
- Discourse at the Sathya Sai Hospital - Whitefield (03/06/1995)

As a practising optometrist Swami’s teaching has a profound effect on my daily life and in the way I work-especially by practising the adage: “Duty is God, Work is Worship.” Swami’s Life, as an Embodiment of Love, is an inspiring example to us as professionals, to treat all our patients with love and compassion, no matter what their caste, creed, colour, religion or gender is. We can do this by having “even-vision”, by acknowledging the Divinity present in everyone. So each patient that I see, I try to recognise the Divinity in them and carry out my tests as if I was treating my very own family member. |This ensures that I am giving my best at all times.

On a recent medical camp in Ukraine, many lessons were learnt. The working hours were certainly long and tiring, but the continuing inner transformation that occurs thereafter is phenomenal. It was difficult, in that in the UK we have access to modern equipment, and in Ukraine we had to do the best we could with limited facilities but we were still able to treat patients to the best of our abilities. It certainly has given me a new appreciation for the range of medical services that are available to everyone in the UK. Patients used to come from miles to see us. Many elderly patients had not had an eye examination previously, and it was rewarding and touching just to see the happiness on their faces after they were dispensed spectacles as it enabled them to see family members more clearly, or to be able to read a book again or even to help in their jobs. There was such an atmosphere of love and camaraderie from fellow volunteers, translators and patients which helped us to feel the message that: “Service to man, is service to God.”
I will certainly encourage any health professional to participate in the medical camps, international hospital rotas or even the walk-in clinics in the UK. It certainly is a rewarding experience.

“When a devotee seeks with humility and purity to give seva and prema to My creatures who are in need of such selfless service and sublime love, when he considers all creatures as My children; as his beloved brothers and sisters, as the blessed manifestation of My Immanence, then in fulfilment of My role as Sathya Sai, I descend to help, accompany, and carry that yogi. I am always near such a yogi to guide him and shower My Love on his life.”

Nuleen Panday
Region 6