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December 2011 Edition

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"There are in the world various rules of conduct which are related to conditions governing time and space. Such rules are liable to change from time to time and country to country, according to changing situations. But if Sanathana Dharma is changed, humanity will cease to be human. Just as burning charcoal, if it loses its heat, becomes mere charcoal, and a piece of jaggery, if it loses its sweetness, becomes a lump of clay, likewise man remains truly human only as long as he adheres to the eternal Dharma (which is represented by purity in thought, word and deed-- Trikarana Suddhi). Without this basic quality, man is only human in form and not his true nature."

~ Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Events

National Christmas Celebrations 2011
In 1978 Christmas was celebrated for the first time in Prashanti. Swami sang the song: "Love is My form, Truth is My breath, Bliss is My food...
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Sathya Sai School Christmas Fayre
Packed full of Christmas Spirit and fun for all the family!
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Videos
Brother Shitus Talk Leonardo Gutters Talk: Part 1 Vijaysais Talk
News

Xmas Thank You from the UK Central Council
On behalf of the UK Central Council, We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Reports & Articles
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    Quote

    "There are in the world various rules of conduct which are related to conditions governing time and space. Such rules are liable to change from time to time and country to country, according to changing situations. But if Sanathana Dharma is changed, humanity will cease to be human. Just as burning charcoal, if it loses its heat, becomes mere charcoal, and a piece of jaggery, if it loses its sweetness, becomes a lump of clay, likewise man remains truly human only as long as he adheres to the eternal Dharma (which is represented by purity in thought, word and deed-- Trikarana Suddhi). Without this basic quality, man is only human in form and not his true nature."

    ~ Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

    Events

    National Christmas Celebrations 2011
    In 1978 Christmas was celebrated for the first time in Prashanti. Swami sang the song: "Love is My form, Truth is My breath, Bliss is My food...
    Event flyer

    Sathya Sai School Christmas Fayre
    Packed full of Christmas Spirit and fun for all the family!
    Event flyer

    Videos
    Brother Shitus Talk Leonardo Gutters Talk: Part 1 Vijaysais Talk
    News

    Xmas Thank You from the UK Central Council
    On behalf of the UK Central Council, We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    Reports & Articles

    Region 1 - Global Akhanda Bhajan
    Like every year this year also we had our regional akhanda bhajan. Like other regional events, Akanda Bhajan, brought the region together, unified, singing HIS glory.

    Region 1 - Farnborough Sai Centre & Basingstoke Centre Birthday Celebrations
    Sai Babas 86th Birthday was celebrated by Farnborough Sai Centre at Cody Sports School, Farnborough.

    Region 2 - Global Akhanda Bhajans: November 2011
    Global Akhanda Bhajan, the timeless intonation promoting Universal Peace and Harmony is one of the most significant and far-reaching annual spiritual exercises initiated by Bhagawan...

    Region 2 - Youth Retreat – i am I from Ego Self to Divine Self
    No words can justify the sacred opportunity our dearest Lord Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba gave to the youth of Region 2. A weekend retreat...

    Region 3 - SSE School
    Brother Ishver Patel visited the school on 5th November 2011 and met the teachers and the children.

    Region 3 - Ladies Day: Saturday 19th November
    With November being such a busy time of year the world over for Sai devotees everywhere, it was a particular challenge to organise something special...

    Region 3 - Akhand Bhajans
    We held Akhanda Bhajans in four locations in the region. Milton Keynes and East London organised Multi-faith programmes.

    Region 3 - Regional Birthday Celebrations: Sunday 27th November
    This year's R3 birthday celebrations at Nagrecha Hall did not disappoint the hundreds of devotees who attended.

    Region 3 - Ilford Sai Centre Birthday Celebrations: Saturday 26th November
    Ilford Sai Centre celebrated Baba’s Birthday on the 26th November at St Peters and Paul’s church.

    Region 3 - Sai Centre Birthday Celebrations
    The Thurrock Sai Group organized packing of hampers after their Birthday Celebrations. All the members including children took part...

    Region 4 - An Evening with Vijaysai
    On October 27, devotees from region 4, Leicester Sai Centre had the privilege of welcoming brother Vijaysai...

    Region 4 - Exhibition & Singing at the Multi Faith Annual Event in Coventry
    It was a lovely and mild November afternoon, when temperatures were in their double figures, almost mistaking it to be early September!

    Region 4 - Babas Birthday Celebrations in Coventry
    I arrived at Baba's birthday celebrations in Coventry on 23 November with no expectations...

    Region 5 - Regional Birthday Celebrations: Sunday 27th November 2011
    The Region 5 celebrations for Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s birthday took place on the 27th of November 2011 at the Indian Association Hall in Oldham.

    Region 5 - Greater Manchester Sai Centre Birthday Celebrations
    Approximately 80 people gathered at the Jain Community Hall in Manchester to celebrate Swami's birthday.

    Region 5 - Free Walk-in Health Awareness Day: Nov 2011
    Over 300 people visited the Free Walk-in Health Awareness Day held on Saturday 5th November at the Oldham Library.

    Region 6 - Southampton and Portsmouth Group: 24hr Akhanda Bhajans
    With much love and fervour, the lamps were lit in 5 River Walk at 12:30 on Saturday, coinciding with the time in Prasanthi Nilayam...

    Region 8 - Babas Birthday Celebrations
    With the blessings of our beloved Lord, Swami’s birthday was celebrated by region 8 at Perth Station Hotel.

    Sathya Sai School: November 2011 Update
    We also joined in “Children in Need” Appeal on Friday 18th November 2011 by having a non-uniform day on that day.

    Editorial

    Dear Love and Light Readers,
    Jai Sai Ram

    I was at a School Christmas service a few days ago when the children sang The 12 Days of Christmas. This took me back to my Bal-Vikas days when we had a lesson on the 12 Days of Christmas. The 12 Days of Christmas has many hidden religious and spiritual meanings. To many the 12 Days of Christmas is a delightful Children's nonsense song. However, according to many historians, the original meaning of The 12 Days of Christmas was very serious. One interpretation was that it helped children learn the doctrines of their faith for example the reference to "true love" refers to God Himself. Each of the 12 days of Christmas represents an aspect of Christianity that the ancients believed children should learn.

    »A Partridge in a pear tree – represents Jesus Christ.
    »Two Turtle Doves - The Old and New Testaments.
    »Three French Hens - The Trinity (God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit) as well as Faith, Hope and Charity.
    »Four Calling Birds - The Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists who wrote the Gospels.
    »Five Golden Rings - The first Five Books of the Old Testament.
    »Six Geese A laying - The six days of creation.
    »Seven Swans A swimming - The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit and/ the seven sacraments of the Catholic faith and seven liberal arts.
    »Eight Maids A-milking - The eight beatitudes or eight persons saved in the Ark.
    »Nine Ladies Dancing - The nine Fruits of the Spirit and kinds of angels.
    »Ten Lords A leaping - The Ten Commandments.
    »Eleven Pipers Piping: The remaining eleven faithful apostles.
    »Twelve Drummers Drumming--The twelve points of doctrine in the Apostles' Creed, and/or Apostles altogether, and/or heavenly gates and/or Jewish tribes.

    I hope you have all recovered from last month and all the wonderful celebrations that took place from Akhand Bhajans to Ladies Day culminating with the celebrations to mark the advent of the Avatar, the Birthday of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. The National Birthday celebrations turned out to be a big treat for the 3,000 devotees that attended both sessions on Saturday 26th November in Region 4. We were honoured to have with us Leonardo Gutter from Argentina and Vijaysai from Prashanti. The event was a huge success with the musical concerts at the end of each session the icing on the cake! You can find some of the clips of the speeches on our new website which was relaunched on 23rd November 2011.

    We look forward to welcoming you to the National Christmas celebrations on Saturday 17th December. The planning team have put together a wonderful programme with special guest speaker Louise Illig, film maker and director of many wonderful Sai documentaries, one of which was the Miracle of Puttparthi. A sumptuous Christmas lunch will be served to all with Christmas carols and many other surprises. Please register via the UK website.

    I pray that you have a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

    Lovingly,
    Shitu Chudasama

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