Geetha Mohan Ram
Geetha comes from a family of devotees that has been in Sathya Sai Baba’s service for more than six decades. Her granduncle Sheshagiri Rao, was Sai’s personal attendant for more than 20 years. He came to Sai in 1943.
Her father Dr. Padmanabhan, a renowned dental surgeon, was very dear to Sai and served Him in various organizational capacities at Whitefield, Bangalore till 2008. Many of you might recognize him as the person who followed Sai Baba when He walked amongst the crowds at Whitefield.
Geetha’s mother Kamala Padmanabhan was appointed by Sai to be the Sai Spiritual Education (SSE) coordinator for Karnataka State in India, for which she served with distinction for 25 years. She was specially chosen to be part of the original group that developed the first SSE (Bal Vikas) curriculum under the direction of Sai Baba Himself.
Geetha’s family was one of the nine families that started the first Akhanda Bhajan, (24 hours of continuous singing of devotional songs), in 1945 under Sai Baba’s direct guidance. They conducted this for 25 years, until Sai declared it a global event.
Geetha, who was named by Sai Baba, has had the incredible fortune of enjoying and experiencing His multi-faceted personality from birth. While Sai graced their home in Bangalore with His presence regularly, all her holidays and festivals were spent with Him in the ashram at Puttaparthi. At the tender age of 15, Geetha was selected by Sai to be an SSE teacher and in addition, delivered lectures under the Education in Human Values (EHV) program to high school teachers throughout the state of Karnataka.
In 1978, her marriage to Mohan Ram was performed in Sai Baba’s presence. Their twin sons, Varun and Arun, were born in 1981 and named by Sai. Seven years later, He directed the family to go to USA and they settled in Maryland/Washington DC, where Mohan works in NASA satellite operations. Geetha taught kindergarten children in a private school for 17 years and was awarded the “Best Teacher of the Year” for five years in a row.
At Sai Baba’s command and with His blessings, Geetha has been sharing her most intimate and wonderful experiences of our beloved Lord in different parts of the world including USA, UK, Canada, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, Mauritius and India for the past 19 years.
In November 2005, on the occasion of Ladies Day, during Sai Baba’s 80th Birthday Celebrations she was chosen by Him to address the distinguished gathering in Prashanthi Nilayam.
George Bebedelis is the National Coordinator of the Sathya Sai International Organisation in Greece. He was born in Greece and lives in Athens. His academic qualifications include degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Pedagogics and a Masters Degree in History and Philosophy of Science and Technology from the University of Athens. He currently teaches mechanical engineering in secondary vocational schools in Athens.
George first came to Sai Baba in 1987 at the age of 25. He was inspired by Sai’s message of Universal Love and Truth. Since then, he has been an active member of the Greek Sathya Sai Organisation and has served as a Centre Leader, National Service Coordinator, National Education Coordinator, and currently serves as the National Coordinator of Greece.
For many years, George has been a faculty member of the European Sathya Sai Education Institute (ESSE). He is now director of the Institute of Sathya Sai Education South Europe (ISSE SE). He travels regularly to the countries of South Europe (Italy, Spain, France, Serbia, FYROM, Bosnia, Croatia, Israel) for educational seminars. You can have some glimpses from these activities in the ISSE SE and the Sai Universe websites using the links below.
Apart from these educational seminars, He has often been invited as a guest speaker in National Conferences in many European countries, including; Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, Slovenia, Poland, Lithuania, Hungary, UK, Czech Republic, Switzerland and others.