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Why Shri Sai?|
At the time of constituting the Sanstha, none of the members was having any kind of experience in the field of
mental illness. However, the strong desire and dedicated efforts of the members brought all fellow members together
with an idea that a beginning should be made. But the question was, "How". In such a tought situation, where the
track was not visible to move a step further, it was suggested that the assistance of a divine power may be taken
up. After having considerable debate and discussing various options, it was agreed that the divine power should be
such a personality who himself has sacrificed for the upliftment of humanity, who has setup examples of serving
humanity without prejudice to religion, caste, rich, poor etc. Incidentally and luckily, only the personality of
Shri Sai Baba was found to be the glorious and best for such a cause.
Shri Sai Baba was a great saint who never believed in any particular religion, caste and custom. He used to believe
only in serving the humanity with the feeling of benevolence without selfish motive. He spent his entire life to
help poor, ill, sufferers, and his devotees during hardships. Baba's simple life, high thinking, gentle behaviour,
benevolence, belief in truth and kindness to the creatures were great qualities. This philosophy encouraged all the
members of SSMS to join hands together. They were of the opinion that by adopting such qualities, they can move ahead
and work shoulder to shoulder. The Sanstha can progress only by following the path of truth, and this truth can be
inculcated in the heart of members with Baba's blessings only.
Sai Baba's fundamental principle "God is one" (Sab ka malik ek) also encouraged members to adopt his thought and
working style. All members determined to follow the path of truth without selfish interest, work together towards
achievements of goals and objectives of Sanstha, with full devotion, sincerity, honesty and provide best physical
financial and moral support.
Since Sai Baba was a great help to the poor community, the members decided to work for poor mentally ill people in
the first phase under his umbrella. They also decided to render their services free of charge.
Baba has done many miracles to fulfill the desire of his devotees. During the difficult times and hardships, either
he gives solutions or shows a way out not by his physical appearance, but through indirect indications.
The similar situation arose when the thought process of establishing an organization for poor mentally ill persons
emerged. Some of the members prayed Baba to help in this venture. The members met the Manager of Lodi Road Sai Temple,
New Delhi to enquire about establishing a New Sanstha and explained the objective. The Manager said, "You may create
a society, if it is feasible. It is Sai's work, you should have determination and honesty, the work will automatically
progress. You need to start it only. You will never know, how it is progressing, provided you work with devotion and
sincerity." These words seem to have come from Baba. Immediately, it was decided that an organization should be
created and registered which will be known as "Shri Sai Manavotthan Sanstha".
There are many Governmental as well as Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) at national and international level
engaged in providing social services to the society. For instance, Helpage India, Child Relief and You (CRY), Plan
International, Blind relief Association, Orphanages, organizations for physically handicapped etc. However, there
are human beings who are suffering from mental illness and have lost their mental equilibrium. They do not have
any kind of physical, financial and moral support. They are still awaiting help from the society, especially those
who are roaming on roads, streets and pavements and known as 'Mad Persons'. Although, the Government has established
mental hospitals, institutes for mental health, psychiatric departments in Government Hospitals, yet these are not
enough to take proper care of such persons suffering from mental illness. This results an increase in number of
mentally ill people who ultimately come on the roads.