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December 2012 Edition

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"On December 25th, when Jesus was born, three kings. came to his birthplace. These three gave expression to three different views about the new-born babe. One of them, looking at the infant, said: "This child looks like one who will be a lover of God." A second king said: "God will love his child." The third king declared: "Verily, this child is God Himself." The first one viewed the child from the physical point of view. The second saw the child from the mental viewpoint. The third saw from the Aatmic (spiritual) point of view. The three declarations indicate how one can progress from the human to the divine level. What is needed is the destruction of the animal and demonic qualities in man. Man today worships inanimate idols and images, but makes no attempt to love his fellow human beings in flesh and blood. This was the first message of Jesus. Though one sees his neighbours day after day, he does not choose to love them. How can one believe that such a person can love an invisible God? If a man cannot love a fellow human being who is visible before his eyes, how can he love what is not visible to him? This is not possible. Only a man who loves living beings around him can love the invisible Divine. Love must start with love for beings that have form. It must be extended to all beings. This is the primary stage in spirituality."

~ Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Featured Articles

National Birthday Celebrations – A Perfect Palace in Leicester
His devotees from all over the country gathering together in Leicester to celebrate...

Conversations with Dr Samuel and Sharon Sandweiss
Dr Samuel Sandweiss’s first meeting with Swami - Excerpts from ta...

Spiritual Wing - Christmas in the 21st Century: a Christian perspective
"He was created of a mother whom He created. He was carried by ha...

Service Wing - Sathya Sai Cataract Surgery Programme: South Africa
This year’s Sai Ideal Healthcare Seminar focussed our minds on th...

Education Wing - Poem: My Sai and I
My Sai and I, The one who takes away my sorrow, The one who car...

Youth Wing - National Youth Satsang with Dr Samuel Sandweiss & Mrs Sharon Sandweiss
On Sunday 2nd December, the youth of UK were blessed to have a yo...

Events

National Christmas Celebrations 2012
Dear Brothers & Sisters,Om Sri Sai Ram! With the Divine Grace ...
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Sai Smaran 2013
We are delighted to announce the 3rd Sai Smaran Bhajans which will take place in the New Year...
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National Sai Orientation Conference
Dear Fellow Devotees, Officers of the Sai Army, Loving Sai Ram t...

National Youth Conference 2013
National Youth Conference 2013: ‘How to Make OUR Life HIS Mes...
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Media

National Birthday Celebration 2012 - Dr Sandweiss and Mrs Sandweiss: Part 1

National Birthday Celebration 2012 - Dr Sandweiss and Mrs Sandweiss: Part 2

National Birthday Celebration 2012 - English Medely

National Birthday Celebration 2012 - Morning Bhajans

National Birthday Celebration 2012 - Musical Offering: Part 1

National Birthday Celebration 2012 - Musical Offering: Part 2

National Birthday Celebration 2012 - Musical Offering: Part 3

National Birthday Celebration 2012 - Musical Offering: Part 4

National Birthday Celebration 2012 - Musical Offering: Part 5

National Birthday Celebration 2012 - Musical Offering: Part 6

Birthday Celebrations Around the UK

Region 2 - Baba's Birthday Celebrations
Sri Sathya Sai Baba Centre of Greenford, Heston, London West...

Region 3 – Birthday Celebrations at Centres
Mill Hill Sai Centre. Ilford Sai Centre Swami’s Birthday ce...

Region 4 - Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s Birthday Celebrations at Coventry Sai Centre
Upon arrival, devotees walked into a heavenly atmosphere as they ...

Region 4 - Leicester Birthday Celebrations
This is the most significant date in the calendar year for the Sri Sathya Sai Service Organisation...

Region 5 - Birthday Celebrations
November has been an eventful month and a busy month culminating ...

Region 6 - Birthday Celebrations 2012
The Regional Birthday celebrations were celebrated in Farnborough...

Akhanda Bhajans Around the UK

Region 1 - Akhanda Bhajan Hosted: Merton Sai Centre
Akhand bhajan involves constant contemplation on God in the mor...

Region 2 - SSE Akhand Bhajans: November 2012
In unison with the Lord....singing His Glory. The patter of sh...

Region 2 - Akhanda Bhajans
10th to 11th November 2012. The Region 2 Akhanda Bhajans this y...

Region 4 - Global Akhand Bhajans and Mosque Open Day Visit
Faith Groups Join Global Akhand Bhajans in Leicester. The Leice...

Region 4 - Nottingham Group: Akhand Bhajans
Nottingham Group conducted Bhajans for 6 hours (12:30 – 18:30) on the...

Region 5 - Akhanda Bhajans
This Year the Akhand Bhajan event was hosted by our Bradford cent...

Region 6 - Akhanda Bhajans
Regional akhand bhajans were held in Basingstoke this year on Sun...

Regional Articles & Reports

Region 1 - Ladies Day 2012
On 18 November 2012, as part of the Region 1 Ladies’ Day events, ...

Region 2 - National Seva Day – Make a Positive Difference
True Seva occurs when one carries out an act without expecting anything in return...

Region 3 - Narayan Seva
"Service to man is Service to God" ~ Baba. The time has arr...

Region 3 - December 2012 Update
Let's Come Together… Unity of Faiths 2012 at Hatfield Sai Centre...

Region 4 - Diwali Celebrations in Leicester
Diwali & New Year celebrations in Leicester have always been spec...

Region 4 - Coventry SSE Diwali Celebrations
The celebration commenced with Universal Prayers and Bhajans led ...

Region 4 - Coventry Ladies Event
17th November 2012. The afternoon commenced with prayers and be...

Region 5 - Ladies Day
With the Divine grace of our beloved Bhagawan, region 5 Mahila da...

Region 7 - Service to Man is Service to God
"Service to Man is Service to God". Sai Spiritual Education ins...

Region 7 - Sathya Sai Cataract Surgery Programme: South Africa
This year’s Sai Ideal Healthcare Seminar focussed our minds on th...

Region 7 - Poem: A Living Love
A Living Love. Living in this world I’ve found. a living love ...

News

The Sathya Sai Bookshop is closed from Saturday the 22th December 2012. Reopening again Wednesday the 9th of January 2013

Editorial

Dear Love & Light Readers,
Sai Ram to you!

I hope that everyone found November a very invigorating and refreshing experience which started with the Akhand bhajans on the 10th and 11th November. The glory of God was sung across the length and breadth of the UK and the world over. We were blessed to have the rare privilege of being amidst the company of God loving people praising His Glory. This was followed by the Diwali festivities celebrated by Hindu Communities. Then the Ladies Day which was celebrated by our sisters across UK in various ways.

The wonderful events culminated with the National Birthday Celebrations to mark the 87th year of the advent of our Lord, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. About 1300 devotees attended the programme. Dr Samuel and Mrs Sharon Sandweiss from United States were our Guests who thrilled the audience with their experiences. The programme concluded with a musical concert and cake cutting ceremony. As part of Birthday celebrations, a number of events were also observed by several regions and centres throughout the country.

We were honoured to have Dr and Mrs Sandweiss tour some of the regions of the UK, sharing and spreading Swami’s Love all around.

As we move into December, there is a scent of festivity in the air with preparations building towards Christmas. It is a time of the year when families and friends get together to share their love and realign their thoughts and prayers onto those who are in need.

Baba reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas,

"In all religions, birthdays of great personalities are celebrated but the ideals for which they lived are not remembered and followed. If you do not care to follows their teachings the celebrations lose their meaning and become artificial observances. It is not doing justice to the good people whose birthdays are being celebrated. Christ taught people to love all beings and serve all with compassion. It is only by practising these ideals that one can truly celebrate His birthday. The Divinity within should be reflected in every action. The seat of Truth is in your heart. Worship means loving others with your full heart. You must live in love and lead a life of selfless service based on love. This is the only right way of celebrating the birth of Christ." Christmas day, 25 Dec 1992

We look forward to welcoming you to the National Christmas Celebrations on Sunday 16th December which is being held at the prestigious venue of The Cheltenham Ladies College Hall in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. We have a wonderful festive programme to include the traditional Christmas Service, uplifting prayers and music, Christmas Carols and Nativity and a sumptuous Christmas lunch. Leonora Van Gils will be our guest speaker who is a long standing devotee of Baba.

Please register via the UK website.

Finally, 2013 is looking like another fantastic year for the UK. Please be sure to make a note in your diaries of dates:

Sai Smaran Bhajans - Saturday 12th January
National Sai Orientation Conference - 2 day conference 19th and 20th Jan for all current and previous office bearers and active members
National Youth Conference 22nd - 24th February
National Sai Remembrance Day – Saturday 27th April
National Eswaramma Day – Saturday 4th May.
National Pilgrimage – Sunday 28th July – Saturday 3rd August
National Healthcare Conference - tba
National Birthday Celebrations – Saturday 23rd November (10.00-14.00)
National Christmas Celebrations – Sunday 15th December 2013
National Retreat - tba

On behalf of the Council and the UK Trust, I pray that you have a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

Dr Kiran Patel,
National Chair Person

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