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December 2014 Edition

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"Saadhana is the name for the mental discipline and intellectual effort to realise this Unity. Jesus sacrificed his life and poured out his blood to instil Love and Compassion in the heart of man, so that he may be happy when others are happy and sad when others are sad. It is not by festivity and. fun that you should celebrate Christmas. Celebrate it, rather, by resolving and putting into practice at least one of the ideals He enunciated, or endeavouring to reach at least one of the goals that He placed before man.

Let Me call upon you to give up, in memory of this holy day, two evils from your mind: self-praise and talking scandal. Adopt one habit: the habit of loving service to the distressed. If you spend all your time and energy in worldly comfort and sensual delight, you are disgracing this human existence. Life is not to be spent In just eating; eating is only a necessity for 1iving. You consider this habitation on of yours as your body; no, It is the temple of God. God resides therein. Keep it clean, fresh and fragrant through developing Compassion and Love. Use the temple of God only for holy thoughts, words and deeds. Do not demean it by using it for low, trivial and unholy tasks. Wherever you are, whatever you do have this resolution steady and strong."

~ Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, Brindhaavan, 25-12-1976

Feature Articles

National Christmas Celebrations 2014
Main Article | Reverend K McClure | Reflections - SSE Articles, CCP, Refuge UK

Early Days and Growth of the Sai Organisation in UK
Continued from previous article 'Blessings at a height of 30,000 feet'; Love and Light, June 2014...

The Joy of Sai Bhajans (Devotional Singing)
Bhajan singing is a main sadhana activity in Sai organisation. Sw...

National Sathya Sai Orientation Conference 2015
Saturday 24th January 2015. 10am - 5.30pm. Hatfield.

Events

Sai Smaran Bhajans
10th January 2015. 10.30am – 4.30pm. South Oxhey, Watford.
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Important Dates
Regional Articles & Reports

Region 1 - YAP: Christmas Hampers for Homeless
December is a month synonymous with the festive season, Christmas...

Region 1 - Christmas with Brixton Sai Centre
The annual Brixton Sai Centre carol singing went ahead as planned...

Region 1 - "Life is a Game, Play It"
Sai Badminton Tournament Saturday the 6th of December saw the ...

Region 2 - Swami’s Birthday Celebrations at Sathya Sai Centre Pinner
Sunday 23rd November has always been a special day for all devote...

Region 3 - Avataram: A Humble Offering
“Whatever talent a person has should be dedicated to the rest of ...

Region 3 - Service & Health Awareness Activities at Russell Square
Sathya Sai Centre of Central London (Russell Square) is located a...

Region 4 - Birthday Celebrations at Rugby Sai Centre
At the sound of the third “gong” the celebrations of ...

Region 4 - Coventry Sai Centre Birthday Celebrations
Theme: "Peace for Mother Earth" On Sunday 23rd November 2014 t...

Region 4 - Dawn Centre Christmas Party
It’s Christmas Party Time Quite often I think about what I wan...

Region 4 - Babas 89th Birthday Celebrations in Leicester
On Sunday 23rd November 2014, all over the world, Swami’s 89th Birthday was celebrated...

Region 5 - Christmas Hampers for Underprivileged Children
Devotees at the Lidget Green Sai centre donated 32 “shoe-box ...

Region 5 - Special Narayana Seva for Swami`s Birthday Celebrations
Devotees from the Lidget Green Sai centre serve hot food to the h...

Editorial

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

It was most uplifting and inspiring to participate in the National Christmas Celebrations that were held in Cheltenham on the 14th December, concluding another memorable year in the Sathya Sai Mission in UK. This highly acclaimed Christmas event is fondly cherished and awaited by one and all in the country, thanks to the continuous dedication and hard work by a number of people. It spreads so much cheer and injects so much energy in everyone that one feels refreshed to welcome the year ahead in the Sai Calendar. These celebrations also herald a weeklong festivity of Christmas celebrations for a large number of centres and groups throughout the country.

As we come to the end of 2014, we reflect on the year which had set off with the theme ‘One with Sai’ with all activities, be it at centre, regional or national level focussed around it. Much enthusiasm was created, a ‘battery re-charge’ for the many at all levels of the organisation. The national events facilitated focus upon the Divine Mission of Baba and inspired lot of devotes to travel hundreds of miles to participate and derive and share joy. Several service activities were undertaken, some in partnership with other organisations with similar objectives, so as to serve fellow beings in our communities with a sense of brotherhood. Our heartfelt gratitude goes to each of you for your selfless participation.

2015 marks an exciting and significant year for devotees around the globe as they celebrate the 90th year of the advent of Lord Sri Sathya Sai Baba. One recollects the purpose of His Avatar (incarnation) and a special place that each of us holds, and to quote His own words-

“The arrival of the Lord was anxiously awaited by saints and sages. Spiritual aspirants prayed and I have come.”

Our lives are indeed blessed. Let each one of us be His ambassador, to reflect His Life and Message, a spark to rekindle the hope, confidence and faith of fellow beings in this journey of life. Let this become our pledge of offering for Sathya Sai Baba’s 90th Birthday!

To commemorate this important year, several events are planned in the UK, some highlighted in this issue, and others will be communicated soon. The year kicks off with Sai Smaran, our humble offering of devotional singing on the 10th January 2015 – please see details.

We have the Office Bearers (OBs) of our Organisation who have completed their term in office and handover to their successors on the 14th January 2015. I would like to thank the outgoing OBs for their selfless dedication and welcome the new ones. For everyone, be it new, current or outgoing OBs, participation in Baba’s Divine Mission should remain in steady and strong focus.

Please also take note of our forthcoming National Sathya Sai Orientation Conference on 24th January for office bearers and active workers. Registration is now open; please click on the link below:

http://www.srisathyasai.org.uk/national-programmes/NSSOC2015/

Finally, on behalf of the UK Central Council and the Sri Sathya Sai Charitable Trust, I pray with the Divine Grace and Blessings of Sri Sathya Sai Baba that you have a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous and holy 2015!

Dr Kiran Patel,
National Chair Person
SSSSO UK

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