2013-roundtableDuring August of 2013, the Sai Medical Unit again travelled to Fiji and conducted the the 7th Annual Sai Medical Camp. Many volunteers came, more than ever had participated in the previous camps. These were ably assisted by 40 medical students from the Umanand Prasad School of Medicine, Fiji University. Dr Gunu Naker (Project Manager) compiled a selection of feedback received from Volunteers and Participants in the 2013 Sai Medical Camp. This feedback continues below:

Volunteers at work at the 2013 Sai Medical Camp

Volunteers at work at the 2013 Sai Medical Camp

I wish to share a few incidents where I felt I was the instrument of Sai:

Volunteer at work - the Sai Medical Camp

Volunteer at work – the Sai Medical Camp

A Fijian lady who had just found out that her blood sugar was elevated along with an elevated blood pressure came to me for a health education talk. She kept on crying from the time she came to me … of course I had to give her information about her condition which she did listen to. At the end of it all she told me that she had lost her husband lately, as well. I listened to her and at the end I asked her if I could get a hug from her which she was so ready for. She never stopped crying. She hugged me so tight for about 5 minutes and I could feel her sob like a child from within. Without realising my hands reached out to wipe her tears. When she could finally control her sobbing, she looked at me and thanked me – still with tears – and said “You know that GOD sent you all!!!” She seemed so much at peace … such is the love of Sai.

Eye specialists busy at the Sai Medical Camp

Eye specialists busy at the Sai Medical Camp

An Indian Male who needed to have his blood pressure repeated since it was high, came to me, sat down and was looking away. He seemed so tense. I took his blood pressure again and it was still elevated. I asked him very politely to look into my eyes – which he did – and I could feel so much hurt and anger. I took his hands in mine and then all his story just poured out. He had been in a coma after an accident and had been through a lot of suffering which was giving him his present medical problems. I listened and at the end reassured him. He looked me in the eye and said “Whatever you said today is something very deep!” I gave him a hug and he left. I went outside for some reason; I saw this man turn around and look me in the eye and ask, When are you coming back? I replied, “When I am able.” He stood still and said, “I want to see you again, and I know I will!“, and then he left.

An elderly patient waits at the Sai Medical Camp

An elderly patient waits at the Sai Medical Camp

An elderly Indian gentleman aged 84 came for a Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Level check. He had no problems medically and he really looked happy. In conversation I came to know that he had a son who was mentally challenged, he was the only carer and yet he was so happy. I could not offer anything except Swami’s love in the form of a hug. Next I heard him blessing me with his hands over me. I felt that this was all being done by Swami and did feel very emotional.A toad found its way into the Nursing station and the only thing that could be done was show it the way out!

I have personally realised that Swami had come in whichever form and age he desired and granted us darshan so that we could only serve him.. be it in human or animal form…. opening my heart and eyes even more. Working in Australia and being paid would never have done what being involved in a medical camp has personally done for me. Even though we try our best to love all in whatever we do, nothing can be compared to serving in a medical camp where there is selfless service, A service done with Swami’s Love and guidance no expectations at all.

The concept of Swami’s LOVE ALL SERVE ALL does certainly hit home and will certainly make me a better person … I intend to work hard to make my life Swami’s message.

Finally I wish to extend my sincere thanks once again, which would never be enough and pray to Swami to shower his blessings and grace to all.

Much Sailove n Saihugs

A patient gets some oxygen at the Sai Medical Camp

A patient gets some oxygen at the Sai Medical Camp

Dear Sai brothers

Thank you for the opportunity to participate in the Fiji camp. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience albeit minuscule in the scheme of things.

Thank you for your support, love and organisation.

I have had a significant amount of my peers interested to participate if permitted. I for one, would like to put my name down for the next year service if I may.

Lawrence, a dentist, has a dental chair and dental goodies to donate.

A dentist makes a prosthetic device at the Sai Medical Camp

A dentist makes a prosthetic device at the Sai Medical Camp

Volunteers taking medical history at the Sai Medical Camp

Volunteers taking medical history at the Sai Medical Camp