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Newsletter of Sathya Sai Organisation UK, February 2015
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"Life is a pilgrimage, where man drags his feet along the rough and thorny road. With the Name of God on his lips, he will have no thirst; with the Form of God in his heart, he will feel no exhaustion. The company of the holy will inspire him to travel in hope and faith. The assurance that God is within call, that He is ever near, will lend strength to his limbs and courage to his eye.

Remember that with every step, you are nearing God; and God too, takes ten steps towards you when you take one step towards Him. There is no stopping place in this pilgrimage; it is one continuous journey, through day and night; through valley and desert; through tears and smiles; through death and birth, through tomb and womb.
When the road ends, and the Goal is gained, the pilgrim finds that he has travelled only from himself to himself, that the way was long and lonesome, but the God that led him unto it was all the while in him, around him, with him, and beside him! He himself was always Divine. His yearning to merge in God was but the sea calling to the Ocean! Man loves, because He is Love! He craves for melody and harmony, because He is melody and harmony. He seeks Joy, for He is Joy. He thirsts for God, for he is composed of God, and he cannot exist without Him."

Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, Prashaanthi Vidhwanmahaasabha, Hyderabad, 5 March 1968
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Regional
Media
National Youth Symposium 2015: Trailer
Events
National Youth Symposium
28th March 2015, Wimbledon
Click to Register & for further details
Sathya Sai National Human Values Day
26th April 2015, Watford, London
Click to Register & for further details
Announcements
We are delighted to announce that the Pre-World Conference in UK will be held on the 24th, 25th and 26th of July 2015. Details of Programme, Venue and Registration will follow soon. All are welcome to participate in this Conference with enthusiasm. Please click for General Information and Study Guides on Love and Selfless Service from Prasanthi Council.
Forthcoming Events
Region 1 Orientation Conference - 7th March - Tooting - Flyer
Region 4 Orientation Conference - 7th March - Leicester - Flyer
Region 3 Orientation Conference - 14th March - Ilford - Registration Link
Region 2 Orientation Conference - 22nd March - London - Flyer
National Easwaramma Day (SSE) Celebrations - 2nd May 2015
Sai Smaran Bhajans - 6th June 2015
Avatar Declaration Day (Serve The Planet) - 18th October 2015
Global Akhand Bhajans - 14th -15th November 2015
Prasanthi Christmas Volunteers / National Pilgrimage 5th December 2015 – 5th January 2016

The excitement of the 90th year of the Advent of our Beloved Bhagawan continues to spread across the UK with added vigour. Many uplifting projects are now in full flow, to commemorate this landmark year.

To get us started, January brought to us a new format of our Love and Light newsletter. We hope that you have all been engaged by the increased interaction and manoeuvrability that this format provides and look forward to hearing from you.

Everyone left the National Sathya Sai Orientation Conference on the 24th January fully charged and ready for the year ahead. We are pleased that the energy from this event is now reverberating across the country. Over the past weekend Regional orientation conferences and meetings have been underway. These programmes will be hosted in most regions and all are encouraged to attend and participate in them.

Coordinators of the Spiritual, Service, SSE and Youth wing congregated on 15th February to work through the details of the respective wing plans which are at the heart of centre activities. Everyone left fully charged with Divine energy in readiness with the excitement to do His Work.

Singing the Divine Name has been advised by Swami as a sure way of taming the mind and earning the Grace of God. We all fondly remember the grandeur with which Mahasivaratri was celebrated in the Divine presence. This most auspicious festival was celebrated across the UK by many centres, on 17th February 2015, with energetic chanting and group devotional singing. This month’s newsletter captures the uplifting experiences of devotees from around the country.

Explaining the immense power of Namasmarana (chanting the Divine Name), Swami narrated the following story:

“Once the mother of Agastya boasted that her son drank all the waters of the ocean; the mother of Hanuman, who was there said: “Why go to that extent? My son, leaped across it in a trice.” But there was the mother of Rama with them. She said, “Your son leaped over the ocean, uttering my son’s name. Without it, he was helpless.” The name has that overmastering power. It can award unheard of, unimagined strength and courage”. (SSS Vol. IV)

28th March marks an important date for the National Youth Symposium when youth from around UK will be congregating together as beacons of His Love and Service to offer their gratitude on Swami’s 90th year of Advent. Please click to register:

http://www.srisathyasai.org.uk/national-programmes/youthsymposium2015/

Soon thereafter, we have the Sathya Sai National Human Values Day to commemorate Baba transcending the Form to the Formless planned for the 26th April 2015. Please click to register:

https://www.srisathyasai.org.uk/national-programmes/SSNHVD2015/registration.php

Finally brothers and sisters, as Lord Hanuman seized every moment to serve His most Beloved Lord Rama, we too are being gifted the opportunity to offer service at the Divine abode of our dearest Bhagawan. This Christmas, devotees from the UK will be spending time in the divine abode as part of our National Pilgrimage. We also have the, once in a lifetime opportunity, to decorate Prasanthi Nilayam and the Sai Kulwant Hall. Please click on the attached link to register both for the pilgrimage and volunteering for this wonderful opportunity at:

https://www.srisathyasai.org.uk/national-programmes/prasanthinilayamservice/

We sincerely hope that you enjoy this month’s edition of Love and Light.

Dr Kumi Pillay,
Regional Chair, Region 7

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