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August 2013 Edition

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"One may be a master of all the Scriptures and competent to teach the Vedanta; One may be a great ruler, living in a many-splendoured mansion; One may be a valiant hero who has vanquished his enemies; Or one may be a pitiable victim of poverty and privation. If he has no devotion in him, His life is devoid of meaning. A servant who is filled with love of the Lord Is more to be adored than the overlord of the world."

~ Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba - Discourse at Abbotsbury, Madras, on 19-1-1986

Feature Articles

Sai Anandam: National UK Pilgrimage 2013
Swami has many a time said that entry into Prashanti Nilayam is b...

Rudra Ekaadhashini Homam 2013
After months of ardent practice by devotees and youth across the ...

Ramadan and Eid-al-Fitr – An inside view
The Ramzan month is set apart for the holy task of bringing into ...

“Serve the Planet” – Global Service Project
“The core of the spiritual discipline of service is to see everyo...

UK Healthcare Activities
The Service Wing of R6 of the Sri Sathya Service Organisation UK...

SSE Graduation
Region Two's unique Sports & Graduation Family Day was witnessed ...

Krishna Janmashtami
This Day That Year Janmashtami Day in Prasanthi Nilayam, August ...

Events

National Youth Satsang with Mr T V Hariharan
Jai Sai Ram! It gives me great joy to announce that we wil...
Event flyer

UK National Sai Retreat 2013
Divine Bliss: Echos of Eternal Harmony Friday the 30th of Augu...
Event flyer

Regional Articles & Reports

Region 1 - Gurupoornimaa Celebration
Region 1 Guru Poornimaa was hosted by Bromley Sai Centre with the...

Region 1 - Service Day: Serving the Elderly
The sun was shining brilliantly as many volunteers from many cent...

Region 1 – YAP: Are We Ideal Sai Youth?
In a joint effort July’s session of the Young Adult Programme [YA...

Region 2 – London West Sai Centre Visit ISKCON Farm in Watford
Om Sri Sai Ram On the 14th of July 12 devotees from London Wes...

Region 3 - Ladies Retreat: Milton Keynes
Saturday 6th July is a day that will remain etched in the memorie...

Region 4 - Global Service Day at Wicksteed Park, Kettering
Saturday 27 July 2013 Global Service Day is celebrated at Lei...

Region 4 - Coventry Sai Centre Service - Grub n Gab
What is Grub’n Gab? Grub’n Gab is a service organisation that ...

Region 4 - Global Service Day: Rugby & Coventry Centres
Sunday 14th July 2013 With Baba’s blessings, Sunday 14th July ...

Region 4 - Leicester Laksharchana
3rd August 2013 What is Lakshachana? ARCHANA means “chanting a...

Region 4 - Moving and Handling: Training for Volunteers
Rugby Sai Centre organised a training session for volunteers to h...

Region 5 - Breath of Sai: Region 5 & 8 Retreat
The Region 5 & 8 summer retreat took place in the most picturesqu...

Editorial

Dear Love & Light Readers,
Loving Sai Ram to you!

July was yet another memorable and spiritually uplifting month with celebrations of Guru Poornima around the country signifying our homage and gratitude to the Divine Teachers who have been ceaselessly guiding us on the path of Truth and Global Service Day, a reminder of our responsibilities to our fellow beings, by serving them in the spirit of selfless dedication to the Divine being that is present in all beings.

As part of the Guru Poornima Celebrations, a Rudra Ekaadashini Homam was conducted at the Balaji Temple in Birmingham on 21st July which was imbued throughout by the Divine presence of our Lord, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. This annual event draws devotees in hundreds from around the country bringing them joy and bliss.

The Homam also provided the perfect setting for the final Sadhana meeting of our pilgrims who were embarking on the UK National Pilgrimage (28th July – 3rd August) to Prasanthi Nilayam, the abode of our Lord. This was an ideal opportunity for everyone to pay their gratitude for the benevolence that Baba has showered on humanity which He continues to do so. Around 60 devotees which included elders, youth and children visited Prashanthi Nilayam for the UK Pilgrimage christened ‘Sai Anandam – In Harmony with Sai’. Most have now returned back, energised and eager to play their role in the Divine Mission. The Pilgrimage comprised a sadhana camp where inspiring talks and experiences were shared by eminent speakers of Prasanthi Nilayam, a visit to Brindavan (Baba’s abode in Whitefield near Bangalore), a musical offering by reputed artists of UK in the Sai Kulwant Hall and visit to significant places of interest. We intend to publish transcripts of the talks by the speakers and the experiences of devotees in the ensuing editions of Love and Light which I am sure you will be delighted to read, perhaps enthused enough to join the next UK National Pilgrimage in 2014!

July also witnessed the start of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting by our Muslim brothers and sisters which just concluded in August. It was a time to focus upon unity, harmony, equal-mindedness and self-control.

August will be another spiritually invigorating and stimulating month for us with train of events crossing us. The month 'August' was named after Emperor Augustus for the very many positive and triumphant events that occurred in his life in that month. It means 'great, magnificent'.

Hindus all over the world will be celebrating Krishna Janmashtami on the 28th August, denoting the birth of Lord Krishna, a unique incarnation possessing all attributes assigned by man to Godhood.

Excitement is also building up for August as the United Kingdom welcomes two inspiring guests and ardent devotees of Swami. Mr T. V. Hariharan, an alumnus from the Sri Sathya Sai University who is a bhajan singer and a Bhajan composer responsible for composing over 300 bhajans currently sung in Prasanthi Nilayam and world over. He was guided by Poornimaa was hosted by Bromley Sai Centre with the...

Region 1 - Service Day: Serving the Elderly
The sun was shining brilliantly as many volunteers from many cent...

Region 1 – YAP: Are We Ideal Sai Youth?
In a joint effort July’s session of the Young Adult Programme [YA...

Region 2 – London West Sai Centre Visit ISKCON Farm in Watford
Om Sri Sai Ram On the 14th of July 12 devotees from London Wes...

Region 3 - Ladies Retreat: Milton Keynes
Saturday 6th July is a day that will remain etched in the memorie...

Region 4 - Global Service Day at Wicksteed Park, Kettering
Saturday 27 July 2013 Global Service Day is celebrated at Lei...

Region 4 - Coventry Sai Centre Service - Grub n Gab
What is Grub’n Gab? Grub’n Gab is a service organisation that ...

Region 4 - Global Service Day: Rugby & Coventry Centres
Sunday 14th July 2013 With Baba’s blessings, Sunday 14th July ...

Region 4 - Leicester Laksharchana
3rd August 2013 What is Lakshachana? ARCHANA means “chanting a...

Region 4 - Moving and Handling: Training for Volunteers
Rugby Sai Centre organised a training session for volunteers to h...

Region 5 - Breath of Sai: Region 5 & 8 Retreat
The Region 5 & 8 summer retreat took place in the most picturesqu...

Editorial

Dear Love & Light Readers,
Loving Sai Ram to you!

July was yet another memorable and spiritually uplifting month with celebrations of Guru Poornima around the country signifying our homage and gratitude to the Divine Teachers who have been ceaselessly guiding us on the path of Truth and Global Service Day, a reminder of our responsibilities to our fellow beings, by serving them in the spirit of selfless dedication to the Divine being that is present in all beings.

As part of the Guru Poornima Celebrations, a Rudra Ekaadashini Homam was conducted at the Balaji Temple in Birmingham on 21st July which was imbued throughout by the Divine presence of our Lord, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. This annual event draws devotees in hundreds from around the country bringing them joy and bliss.

The Homam also provided the perfect setting for the final Sadhana meeting of our pilgrims who were embarking on the UK National Pilgrimage (28th July – 3rd August) to Prasanthi Nilayam, the abode of our Lord. This was an ideal opportunity for everyone to pay their gratitude for the benevolence that Baba has showered on humanity which He continues to do so. Around 60 devotees which included elders, youth and children visited Prashanthi Nilayam for the UK Pilgrimage christened ‘Sai Anandam – In Harmony with Sai’. Most have now returned back, energised and eager to play their role in the Divine Mission. The Pilgrimage comprised a sadhana camp where inspiring talks and experiences were shared by eminent speakers of Prasanthi Nilayam, a visit to Brindavan (Baba’s abode in Whitefield near Bangalore), a musical offering by reputed artists of UK in the Sai Kulwant Hall and visit to significant places of interest. We intend to publish transcripts of the talks by the speakers and the experiences of devotees in the ensuing editions of Love and Light which I am sure you will be delighted to read, perhaps enthused enough to join the next UK National Pilgrimage in 2014!

July also witnessed the start of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting by our Muslim brothers and sisters which just concluded in August. It was a time to focus upon unity, harmony, equal-mindedness and self-control.

August will be another spiritually invigorating and stimulating month for us with train of events crossing us. The month 'August' was named after Emperor Augustus for the very many positive and triumphant events that occurred in his life in that month. It means 'great, magnificent'.

Hindus all over the world will be celebrating Krishna Janmashtami on the 28th August, denoting the birth of Lord Krishna, a unique incarnation possessing all attributes assigned by man to Godhood.

Excitement is also building up for August as the United Kingdom welcomes two inspiring guests and ardent devotees of Swami. Mr T. V. Hariharan, an alumnus from the Sri Sathya Sai University who is a bhajan singer and a Bhajan composer responsible for composing over 300 bhajans currently sung in Prasanthi Nilayam and world over. He was guided by Swami on how to experience God through music. He is currently inspiring devotees around the UK in his bhajan workshops. Similar gathering is also planned for the youth with brother Hariharan on 10th August (see enclosed flyer).

Our second guest, Sri R. J. Rathnakar, will be special guest speaker for our National Sai Retreat taking place in Llandudno from 30th August to 1st September, themed 'Divine Bliss: Echoes of Eternal Harmony’. Sri Rathnakar has the very extraordinary and rare blessing of being born in Bhagawan’s physical family as His nephew. He is a former alumnus of the Sri Sathya Sai University, Prasanthi Nilayam and currently serves as a Member of the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, Prasanthi Nilayam. Not surprisingly, Sri Rathnakar has had innumerable opportunities and experiences in the divine presence and was personally guided by Him.

There are still places available to attend the Sai Retreat as a non-residential delegate. Please visit http://www.srisathyasai.org.uk/national-programmes/ for further details and other upcoming events.

Sri Rathnakar will also be addressing devotees in Leicester (02Sep13) and London (03Sep13).

I pray that everyone has a spiritually energising August!

With Sai Love & Light,

Shyam Jamnadas
National Youth Coordinator, On Behalf of UK Central Council

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