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July 2013 Edition

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"It is only when attachment to the fruits of one's actions is discarded that the action becomes yoga (Divine communion). Members of the Seva Dhal should overcome the sense of 'mine' and 'thine' When they embark on service activities, they should regard it as a privilege to serve others and look upon it as a form of worship of the Divine. They should look upon service to society as the means of finding self-fulfilment in life. They should face whatever problems may arise with faith and courage and carry on their service activities without fanfare in a spirit of humility and dedication.

~ Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba - Puurnachandra Auditorium, Prashaanthi Nilayam, 18 November, 1984

Feature Articles

Your True Guru is God Alone
Your true guru is God alone. He transcends all gunas. He is beyond all forms...

Floods in North India - Sri Sathya Sai Trust (UK) Participates in the Relief Effort
“Sometime ago, there were heavy floods in the State of Orissa. Th...

Education Wing - SSE Teacher Training: Song for God
It was a privilege to be able to be part of the 'Bhagavad Gita' s...

Prevention is Better than Cure
Disease prevention is a key principle of the Sathya Sai Ideal Hea...

Education Wing - My Baba and I
Swami is always watching over me, as does a mother watching over ...

National Articles

UK Pilgrimage- Sai Anandam: In Harmony with Sai
The Sai Anandam UK Pilgrimage 2013 will soon be commencing on the 28th July in Prasanthi Nilayam...

Sathya Sai Health Awareness Days (SSHADs)
Sathya Sai Health Awareness Day - Hayes, London - Russell Square, London

Youth Wing - How to lead a Dharmic Life Youth Workshop
Spirituality is beautifully complex, yet so subtly simple. For me...

Education Wing - SSE Teacher Training: Song for God
It was a privilege to be able to be part of the 'Bhagavad Gita' s...

Events

Rudra Ekaadhashini Homam 2013
Dear brothers and sisters of the Sai family, Om Sairam! W...
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National Pilgrimage 2013
Dear Brothers & Sisters,Om Sri Sai Ram! With the Divine Blessi...
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UK National Sai Retreat 2013
Divine Bliss: Echos of Eternal Harmony Friday the 30th of Augu...
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Regional Articles & Reports

Region 1 - Three Days of Service by Brixton Sai Centre
The month of June 2013 saw the members of Brixton Sai Centre hold...

Region 1 - YAP on Spiritual Practices!
Om Sri Sai Ram! The youth of Wimbledon Sai Centre were present...

Region 1 - AgeLink Party at Tooting
On Sunday 23rd June, Tooting Sai Centre had the pleasure of hosti...

Region 1 - Youth Service Activity
This service for many years has been provided on a monthly basis ...

Region 1 - Sports and Family Values Day 2013
On Saturday 29th June, Region 1 held their Annual Sports and Fami...

Region 2 - Role of Parents in Sai Spiritual Education, an Awareness Workshop
As per Swami’s will, London West Sai Center had the opportunity t...

Region 3 - SSE Basic & Intermediate Teacher’s Training in Milton Keynes
SSE teacher’s training day was organised by the National SSE Trai...

Region 3 - Giving With Love: Ladies Service Project
Sunday 23rd June 2013 celebrated the GIVING WITH LOVE Region 3 La...

Region 4 - Tapovanam Reading at Narborough Sai Centre
“I felt like I was in Sai Kulwant hall!” “As I sat and listened ...

Region 4 - Global Service Day at Gulab Ashram, Birmingham
23rd June 2013 may have been a wet day outside but inside the pur...

Region 6 - i2I workshop
The workshop on May 19th consisted of a variety...

Region 7 - The Lord Mayor of Bristol Visits Bristol SSE Class
There was excitement in the air, as the children of the Bristol S...

Region 7 - Summer Tea Party for the Elderly in Wotton Bassett
On the last day of our SSE class for the year, the Swindon SSE ch...

Editorial

Dear Love & Light Readers,
Om Sri Sai Ram!

The month of July not only brings sunshine and warmth but a blossom of festivals and their spiritual benefits. The month starts with the holy Muslim festival of Ramadan followed by the auspicious day of Gurupoornima for the Hindus. For the Organisation in the UK, there is the special event of the Rudra Homam and the annual pilgrimage to the holiest of holy places for Sai Devotees, Prasanthi Nilayam.

We pray for our Muslim brothers and sisters in their observance of fasting and the discipline and self- restrain that they are having to observe during the holy month.

‘The Ramzan month, the fast and the prayers are designed to awaken and manifest this realisation. Whichever may be the religion, its emphasis is on unity, harmony, equal-mindedness. Therefore, cultivate love, tolerance and compassion, and demonstrate the Truth in every daily activity. This is the Message I give you with My Blessings.’

Sathya Sai Baba. Discourse on Ramzan, Prashaanthi Nilayam, 12-7-1983

Guru Poornima, one of the major festivals for the Hindus is being observed on 22 July 2013. Many Sai Centres around the world including UK will be participating in the celebrations. Baba reminds us,

’The term guru means one who dispels the darkness of ignorance. Gu means one who is beyond attributes (gunas), ru implies one who is beyond forms (rupas). This refers only to God. That is why the guru is hailed as Brahma, Vishnu, or Siva. Only God is the true guru. All others are merely teachers, like the teachers of different subjects in a college. Guru is the one who reveals the guri (target) to the disciple. Guri here refers to the Aathmic Principle.’

Sathya Sai Baba. Discourse: 20 July 1997

As an expression of our love and gratitude to our Lord, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba on the auspicious occasion of Gurupoornima, the sacred Rudra Ekaadashini Homam is being performed at the Balaji Temple in Birmingham on 21st July 2013. Information and registration can be found at: http://www.srisathyasai.org.uk/national-programmes/rudrahomam2013/

Our National Pilgrimage to Prasanthi Nilayam is at last in sight with about 60 devotees departing the UK 28th July to 3rd August. The pilgrimage is set around the theme of ‘Sai Anandam – in Harmony with Sai’. The pilgrims have so far participated in 3 sadhana meetings as part of preparations. The programme in Prasanthi Nilayam will include sadhana camp, visit to Brindavan (Baba’s abode near Bangalore), musical performance in Sai Kulwant Hall and inspiring talks and experiences by eminent speakers. It will truly be a memorable experience as it did for the pilgrims last year.
For more information please visit link below:
http://www.srisathyasai.org.uk/national-programmes/NP2013/

Finally, let us remember the thousands who are suffering and lost their lives following the devastating floods in Northern India and pray to Bhagawan for His Grace and Blessings. The Sathya Sai Organisation in India are heavily involved in the relief efforts supported by the International Sai Organisation. The UK Trust has opened an account to facilitate anyone wishing to provide donations for this cause (please see later for details).

Thank you for your active participation in the activities and initiatives that have been conducted in the UK.

Jamie Raju,
Vice Chair, UKCC
Sri Sathya Sai Service Organisation (UK)

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