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December 2013 Edition

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"The heart of Jesus was pure and calm. Hence, it is honoured as sacred. We must make our hearts sacred so that either we merge in Jesus or Jesus merges in us. When we merge, it is called Bhakthi;
to have Jesus awakened in us is the path of Jnaana.
Jesus was a messenger of God; but note this also: all of you are messengers of God. Jesus was not the only Son of God; you are all His children. Jesus and His Father are one. You and God are also one and you can be aware of it."

~ Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Feature Articles

Sai Premabandhan: National Birthday Celebrations
The Advent of God on earth is a heart-warming event for every dev...

Spiritual Wing - The Spirit of Christmas
The Message of Christ Christmas is a special celebration; one ...

Youth Wing - "Life is a challenge, Meet it!"
Swami came into my life when I was 5 years old. My mum was invite...

Youth Wing - Sai Treasure Box: Global Youth Offering for Swami’s 88th Birthday
Aum Sai Ram, Dear Embodiments of Love, We are happy to report...

News

Sri Sathya Sai Bookshop Announcement
Bookshop will be closed from Sunday 22nd December 2013 to Wednesd...

Advisory Note to Devotees
Several claims have been made in the recent past by individuals, ...

Sri Sathya Sai Baba Postal Stamp Issued
To express gratitude and love to Sri Sathya Sai Baba for His magn...

Events

National Christmas Celebrations
Dear Brothers & Sisters, Om Sri Sai Ram! With the divine bl...
Event flyer

National Sathya Sai Orientation Conference 2014
Dear Fellow Office Bearers and Active Members,Loving Sai Ram to y...

Regional Articles & Reports

Region 1 - Service in Sierra Leone: October 2013
Further to our previous article in Love and Light, the journe...

Region 1 - Swami's Birthday Celebrations at Tooting Sai Centre
On Sunday 24th November, Tooting Sai centre had the pleasure ...

Region 1 - 88th Divine Birthday Celebration by Mitcham Sai Centre
Aum Sai Ram Mitcham Sai Centre sathsang happens once a month o...

Region 1 - Swami's Birthday Celebrations at Bromley Sai Centre
Approximately 90 devotees gathered at the Bromley United Refo...

Region 1 - Swami's Birthday Celebrations at Lewisham Sai Centre
The day that is special in history of His story, a day that m...

Region 2 - Harrow West and Pinner Joint Birthday Celebrations
To celebrate Swami’s birthday in the best way possible, this ...

Region 2 - Akhanda Bhajans 2013
This year swami tested us in our planning of the Akhanda bhajans!...

Region 2 - Swami's Birthday Celebrations at London West Sai Centre
Happy and Excited! Those words describe us on the day of Swami’s ...

Region 2 - Health Awareness Clinic in Hayes
Over 200 members of the public took advantage of a free health aw...

Region 2 - Swami's Birthday Celebrations in Wembley
Wembley Sai Centre offered their celebration of Bhagawan Sri Sath...

Region 2 - SSE Akhanda Bhajans 2013
One of the most popular programs of the calendar year is our annu...

Region 3 - Multi-Faith Akhanda Bhajans in Milton Keynes
For the last decade Milton Keynes has been the focal point in...

Region 3 - Sri Sathya Sai Baba Group of Thurrock celebrates Swami’s Birthday
This saying bestowed to us by our Lord was the theme during T...

Region 3 - Ladies Day 2013
In November 1995, our Beloved Bhagavan declared that 19th of Nove...

Region 3 - Akhanda Bhajans at Central London Sai Centre
The 24 hours started with some invocation chants and then there w...

Region 3 - Akhanda Bhajans at Mill Hill Sai Centre
Sri Sathya Sai Centre of Mill Hill held Akhanda Bhajans from 6 PM...

Region 3 - Akhanda Bhajans at Hatfield Sai Centre
Multi-faith programme for peace, harmony and unity Thisolor: blue;"> National Sathya Sai Orientation Conference 2014
Dear Fellow Office Bearers and Active Members,Loving Sai Ram to y...

Regional Articles & Reports

Region 1 - Service in Sierra Leone: October 2013
Further to our previous article in Love and Light, the journe...

Region 1 - Swami's Birthday Celebrations at Tooting Sai Centre
On Sunday 24th November, Tooting Sai centre had the pleasure ...

Region 1 - 88th Divine Birthday Celebration by Mitcham Sai Centre
Aum Sai Ram Mitcham Sai Centre sathsang happens once a month o...

Region 1 - Swami's Birthday Celebrations at Bromley Sai Centre
Approximately 90 devotees gathered at the Bromley United Refo...

Region 1 - Swami's Birthday Celebrations at Lewisham Sai Centre
The day that is special in history of His story, a day that m...

Region 2 - Harrow West and Pinner Joint Birthday Celebrations
To celebrate Swami’s birthday in the best way possible, this ...

Region 2 - Akhanda Bhajans 2013
This year swami tested us in our planning of the Akhanda bhajans!...

Region 2 - Swami's Birthday Celebrations at London West Sai Centre
Happy and Excited! Those words describe us on the day of Swami’s ...

Region 2 - Health Awareness Clinic in Hayes
Over 200 members of the public took advantage of a free health aw...

Region 2 - Swami's Birthday Celebrations in Wembley
Wembley Sai Centre offered their celebration of Bhagawan Sri Sath...

Region 2 - SSE Akhanda Bhajans 2013
One of the most popular programs of the calendar year is our annu...

Region 3 - Multi-Faith Akhanda Bhajans in Milton Keynes
For the last decade Milton Keynes has been the focal point in...

Region 3 - Sri Sathya Sai Baba Group of Thurrock celebrates Swami’s Birthday
This saying bestowed to us by our Lord was the theme during T...

Region 3 - Ladies Day 2013
In November 1995, our Beloved Bhagavan declared that 19th of Nove...

Region 3 - Akhanda Bhajans at Central London Sai Centre
The 24 hours started with some invocation chants and then there w...

Region 3 - Akhanda Bhajans at Mill Hill Sai Centre
Sri Sathya Sai Centre of Mill Hill held Akhanda Bhajans from 6 PM...

Region 3 - Akhanda Bhajans at Hatfield Sai Centre
Multi-faith programme for peace, harmony and unity This ye...

Region 3 - East London Sai Centres Akhanda Bhajan Event
Christchurch School in Ilford, London The much awaited day fin...

Region 4 - Coventry SSE Celebrating Baba’s Birthday
Inner confidence, trusting the Atma... Salutations to the Atma...

Region 4 - Coventry Celebrating Ladies Day
On 16th November the annual Ladies Day was held in Coventry a...

Region 4 - Talk by Janet Bock - Bicker
Devotees who attended the Ram Mandir in Leicester on 26th Novembe...

Region 4 - First Aid Training Civil Aid Training Centre
15 members from Region 4 attended First Aid in Derby, we had devo...

Region 5 - Akhanda Bhajans
The Region 5 Akhanda Bhajan for 2013 was jointly organised by Halifax, Leeds and Bradford...

Region 5 - Birthday Celebrations
The hustle and bustle hushed, the Mandir slowly silenced and as the hum of the harmonium sounded...

Editorial

We apologise to all readers that the December issue couldn't be mailed to subscribers due to a technical problem. We will do so as soon as the issues have been resolved

Dear Love & Light Readers,
Sai Ram to you!

November is probably one of the most important month in the lives of devotees when we take time in prayers, in contemplation and reflecting upon the rare benevolence showered upon us, that of having been blessed with a birth when our Lord, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, out of His infinite compassion for humanity walked the earth.

We started the month with Akhand Bhajans (non-stop devotional singing) on the 9th and 10th November. The glory of our Lord was sung across UK and the world over. We were also blessed to listen to Mr V Srinivasan, All India President of the Sri Sathya Sai Service Organisation (India) and member of the Central Trust (Prasanthi Nilayam) – please see the November edition of Love & Light for details of his talk.

Our sisters from many centres and regions in the UK participated in ‘Ladies Day’ on the 19th November.

November culminated with the 88th Birthday Celebrations of Bhagawan. Whilst several centres and regions celebrated this momentous occasion, a special national celebration was also planned at the Leatherhead Theatre, London on the theme, ‘Sai Premabandhan - The Unifying Bond of Divine Love’. The event brought together around 550 devotees. We were fortunate to have Mrs Janet Bock-Bicker as one of our special guest who thrilled the audience with rare presentation of the recording of Bhagawan’s early life. She later travelled few cities of UK to share Swami’s Love and the treasure of rare photographs she had in her possession that were taken with her husband Richard Bock.

The zenith of the musical performance was provided by our second guest, Mr Sikkil Gurucharan who thrilled the audience with his vocal rendition as He had done previously in the Divine presence. A wonderful and memorable finish to the National Birthday Celebrations!

December brings delight in anticipation of preparations for Christmas. The air is filled with a scent of festivity. There is excitement amongst devotees as well, as we get ready for our National Christmas Celebrations on the 15th December at the Cheltenham Ladies College, Cheltenham, when we celebrate Christmas in the true traditional spirit.

It is also time for families and friends to get together to share love, to reflect upon 2013, to rejoice the coming of 2014 and to make new resolutions.

We look to another exciting and spiritually elevating year in 2014. Please take note of the following dates for your diaries:

Sai Smaran Bhajans - Saturday 11 January, 31st May
National Sathya Sai Orientation Conference – Saturday 25th January 2014
Sathya Sai National Human Values Day – Saturday 26th April 2014
National Easwaramma Day – Saturday 3rd May 2014
National Pilgrimage – Sunday 27 July to Saturday 2nd August 2014
National Retreat 29- 31 August 2014
Avatar Declaration Day – Saturday 18 October 2014
National Birthday Celebrations - TBA
National Christmas Celebrations – Sunday 14th December 2014

Finally, we have Office Bearers (OBs) of our Organisation who have completed their term change on the 14th January 2014. I would like to thank outgoing OBs for their selfless dedication and welcome new OBs. For everyone, be it new, current or outgoing, participation in Bhagawan’s Divine Mission should be our focus.

Please also take note of our ensuing National Sathya Sai Orientation Conference on 25th January 2014. Registration is now open to all OBs (outgoing, current and new) and Active members.
http://www.srisathyasai.org.uk/national-programmes/

On behalf of the Central Council and the UK Trust, I pray that with the Divine Grace and Blessings of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, you have a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

Dr Kiran Patel,
National Chair Person

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