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Newsletter of Sathya Sai Organisation UK, April 2016
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"From time immemorial, every individual in Bharat (India) has regarded Sri Rama's life as an ideal and has sought to sanctify every moment of his life by living up to it. Sri Rama incarnated as a human being to promote peace and happiness in the world. "Rama is the very embodiment of righteousness (Ramo Vigrahavaan Dharmah)." It was as if righteousness itself had incarnated on earth. Dharma and Rama are inseparable.
We must learn to chant the sweet name of Rama with a pure, unsullied heart, in a spirit of selfless devotion. Men should learn to speak sweetly and pleasingly. Sweet speech confers peace. It is the means to self-realization. Sri Rama loves to dwell in the heart of the man who speaks sweetly. Wholehearted chanting of the name of Rama even once can destroy mountains of sins. But the chanting should not be done mechanically, like a gramophone record. It should emanate from the depths of the heart. You must seek to redeem your lives, by living up to Rama's ideals and proclaiming them to the world. Remember the name of Rama with love. God can be realized only through love and by no other means"

Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, Divine Discourse on 14 April 1989.
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Spiritual Quiz

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Pre-World Youth Festival: Legacy of Love

Souljourns with Ted Henry in UK

Regional
Media
Dr. Veeru Mudigonda: SSIO UK President Mr. Divij Desai: Allumni SSSIHL Mr. Deviesh Tankaria: Zone 7 Deputy Youth Coordinator Dr Kiran Patel: Previous SSIO UK President
Dr Mahesh Narayan: Region 6 President Mr Navin Patel: Allumni SSSIHL Q&A Panel Sai Anugraha: The Interview
Sathyam Sheoratan: National Youth Coordinator Netherlands Sanjay Vaja Kapil Dev Prasher Dipika Mistry
Hari Anand
Events
Souljourns with Ted Henry in UK

 

National Eaaswaramma Day 2016: A Childrens Festival Celebrating Love in Action

 

Announcements
World Youth Festival
12th -14th July 2016, Prasanthi Nilayam
Please read the Registration Guidelines.
Please visit http://saiyouthfest.org/
Sai Prema Prayers
Please visit https://www.srisathyasai.org.uk/national-programmes/saipremaprayers/
Sathya Sai Healthcare Camp in Kazakhstan
Dates for your Diary
3rd Pilgrimage Sadhana Meeting 3, 21 May 2016
Sai Smaran, 4 June 2016
4th Pilgrimage Sadhana Meeting 4, 18 June 2016
Study Circle Facilitators’ Symposium, 2 July 2016
Global Service Day, 9 July 2016
UK Pilgrimage to Prasanthi Nilayam, 10 - 20 July 2016
World Youth Festival, 12 - 14 July 2016
National Retreat, 19 - 21 Aug 2016
Prayers for Universal Peace, 4 Sep 2016
National Education Conference, 10 Sep 2016
Avatar Declaration Day / Serve the Planet / Gratitude Day, 22 Oct 2016
National Birthday Celebrations, 6 Nov 2016
National Christmas Celebrations, 11 Dec 2016

 

Wish you all a Holy Easter, a Holy Sri Rama Navami, and a Happy New Year to those from various parts of the Indian sub-continent.

April indeed is the month which heralds the Spring season, bringing with it new life, new beginnings, new hopes and new joys! The UK Pre-World Youth Festival that was held at the beginning of April seemed to encapsulate the upbeat spirit of this season quite aptly, especially as many a fresh youth attended too.

The National Human Values Day, which we celebrate in UK every year in this month, is also an occasion to renew our resolve to experience the divinity inherent in all of us. Even as we mark the Divine Transcendence of the Sathya Sai Avatar from the bewitching Form to the eternal Formless, albeit with a certain sense of sweet nostalgia and deep yearning, we refresh our understanding of the Divine Teachings of the Avatar and rededicate our lives to the daily practise of the 5 Human Values which He personified. Ted Henry, the founder of Souljourns, will be with us and be our Chief Guest at this event.

Swami says that all human beings are incarnations of the divine, although divinity manifests only partially due to the strong association with ego and possessiveness1. It is by gradual sublimation of these traits through the various processes of devotion, service, and self-inquiry that the hitherto partial manifestation of divinity starts to reveal itself in full splendour. The sacred life of Jesus Christ is a perfect demonstration of this journey from the Messenger of God, to the Son of God, and then to the complete Oneness with God. Swami says: To Love God is to be His Messenger; To be loved by God is to be a Son of God; The final stage is to be one with God, ‘I and My Father are One.2

Thus, to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, cultivating a loving heart, like that of a child or of a mother, is essential. The upcoming National Easwaramma Day, an event that celebrates both motherhood and childhood, and has as its theme ‘WATCH’- an acronym based on Swami’s quotation Watch your Words, Actions, Thoughts, Character, and Heart- is indeed an apt reminder of the practical method for divinising our daily lives with Love. Swami says Love as thought is Truth, Love as action is Righteous Conduct, Love as feeling is Peace, Love as understanding is Non-violence 3- thus transmuting all activity imbued with pure love into divinity itself, because God is Truth, Right Conduct, Peace, Non Violence, Love and Bliss.

Service to fellow beings that are in need is indeed a natural manifestation of such loving hearts. A kind word, a genuine smile, a lofty thought, a noble action, or a pure feeling, offered spontaneously and without self-interest, are all the hallmarks of Service. The Sathya Sai Avatar stands out as an unparalleled example of such incessant outpouring of Selfless Service to humanity, be it in His daily interactions or in the mammoth projects that He completed in various fields such as educare, healthcare, aquacare, sociocare and envirocare. His example continues to inspire millions around the world, including in the UK, to follow in His footsteps and redeem their lives .

All the service activities announced and reported in this edition - Sathya Sai Healthcare Camp in Kazakhstan, the Sai Prema Prayer Meetings for those affected by the massive earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador recently, the various reports from Regions about the ‘Clean for the Queen’ and other such noble activities- are heartening opportunities for everyone of us to participate in His Mission and sanctify our lives.

1 - http://sssbpt.info/ssspeaks/volume23/sss23-26.pdf
2 - http://www.sssbpt.info/ssspeaks/volume27/sss27-33.pdf
3 - http://www.sssbpt.info/ssspeaks/volume05/sss05-38.pdf

With Prayers to Beloved Swami to bless everyone abundantly,

Dr. Veeru Mudigonda
National President, SSIO UK

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