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July 2012 Edition

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"Be simple and sincere. It is sheer waste of money to burden the pictures and idols in the shrines and altars of your homes with a weight of garlands, and to parade costly utensils and vessels and offerings, to show off your devotion. This is deception; it demeans Divinity, imputing to it the desire for pomp and publicity. I ask only for purity of heart, to shower Grace. Do not post distance between you and Me; do not interpose the formalities of the Guru-sishya (Precept or disciple) relationship, or even the altitudinal distinctions of the God-Devotee relationship, between you and Me. I am neither Guru nor God; I am You; You are I; that is the Truth. There is no distinction. That which appears so is the delusion. You are waves; I am the Ocean. Know this and be free, be Divine."

~ Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

National Articles & Reports

Youth Wing - Sathya Sai Leadership Training Programme [SSLTP] – Module 3
"Only the person who practices Sathya, Dharma, Santhi, Prema and ...

Youth Wing - Bhajan Book iPhone application developed by one of our UK Youth
On the day of Guru Purnima, July 3rd, a Bhajan Book iphone ap...

Rudra Ekadashi Homam
With the Divine Blessings of our Lord Sathya Sai, the much an...

Service Wing - Medical Camps 2011: India
The UK team was involved in marathon medical camps in India in De...

Regional Articles & Reports

Region 2 - Free walk in Health Awareness Day in Celebration of Queen
Swami Says "Qualities of doctors are Sacrifice, Love and Compassi...

Region 3 - July 2012 Update
"Hands that serve are holier than lips that Pray" “Offer service...

Region 4 - Shirdi Sai Satcharitra Reading in Gujarati in Leicester
On the 22nd and 23rd of June 2012, Narborough Road Sai Centre hel...

Region 4 - Celebration Assembly at SSE in Coventry
Sunday 24th June 2012 The end of the SSE academic year was cel...

Region 4 - Leicester Guru Poornima Celebrations
3rd July 2012 On the auspicious occasion of Guru Poornima, Lei...

Region 4 - Sai-lympics Family Fun Day!
Sunday 24th June 2012 All the SSE children, parents and famili...

Region 4 - Ladies Event in Leicester
The Significance of the Mangala Kalasha With the blessings of ...

Region 5 - Youth Retreat, Isle of Man "Art of Living...Art of Life"
Let the adventure begin! It was a blustery Friday morning ...

Region 5 - Summer Bhajans at Gita Bhavan Hindu Temple
10th June 2012 Every New Years Day for the past 15 to 20 years...

Region 6 - Free Walk-In Health Awareness Day: Farnborough
For the second year running, a Free Walk-In Health Awareness Day ...

Region 6 - Basingstoke Lakcharchana
The lakcharchana (chanting of the Divine name of Bhagawan Baba 10...

Editorial

Om Sri Sai Ram!

The month of July started off with the Celebration of Gurupoornima at the Sri Venkateswara Temple (Birmingham), the day filled with recitation of the sacred Rudram as our offering of gratitude to our Supreme Master, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. The sacred occasion also provided a setting for the second Sadhana meeting in preparation for Sai Jyothi, our National Pilgrimage to Prasanthi Nilayam, the abode of greatest peace and tranquillity.

With our thoughts and words fully absorbed upon Him, the air was truly sparkling with Divine energy. Not unexpectedly, the elements also made their presence felt in awe on the day.

One recalls a narration by Prof. N Kasturi, who provided a vivid account on how even the waters of the oceans paid their reverence and homage to Bhagawan.

It was December 1958 when Baba visited Kanyakumari, the Southernmost tip of India, with a few devotees. In the evening when the sky had turned into a carnival of pink and purple, and the clouds had decorated themselves with golden fringes, Baba proceeded to the seashore and with His devotees around Him, played with the waves of the seas that mingled there. Each succeeding wave seemed more eager than the previous one to touch His Lotus Feet, and to offer Him its own special homage. Suddenly, as if aware of the yearning of the seas, Baba stood facing the waters and said to those beside Him, 'See! The Ocean is welcoming Me, with a Garland.' At that very moment one could discern a stately wave a few yards away, advancing majestically towards the shore and, soon it swept Baba's Feet and receded, leaving behind a fascinating pearl garland that had one hundred and eight translucent pearls strung on a thread of gold!

Upcoming National Events ...not to be missed:

  • 'Divine Light' - National Sai Retreat (17-19 August) – to be held in the tranquil surroundings of the sea side coastal town of Llandudno. Regrettably, all Residential Accommodation is now fully booked. However, you can still join as Day Delegates (suitable accommodation can be booked at nearby hotels). The guest speaker for the Retreat is Prof Anilkumar Kamaraju from Prasanthi Nilayam, well known and much much loved by many as Swami’s Translator.
    http://www.srisathyasai.org.uk/national-programmes/nationalretreat2012/
  • 'Sai Jyothi' – National Sai Pilgrimage (7-12, 13-27 October) – an opportunity to pay our gratitude to Bhagawan at the most holiest of holy places, Prasanthi Nilayam. We intend to have a programme in front of the Maha Samadhi in Sai Kulwant Hall, a (Summer Camp)(Sadhana Camp) where several elders of Prasanthi Nilayam will address, a pilgrimage trip to Bhagawan’s delightful abode in Brindavan, participation in Grama Seva and many more.
    http://www.srisathyasai.org.uk/national-programmes/nationalpilgrimage2012/

Dr. Kiran Patel
National Chairperson

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