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June 2013 Edition

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"The Vedas declare, Aham Brahmasmi (I am Brahman) and Tat Thwam Asi (That Thou Art). Even these two Vedic declarations state two things: I and Brahman, That and Thou. True wisdom lies in seeing oneness. Advaita darshanam jnanam (experience of non-dualism is true wisdom). It is a sign of ignorance to see duality ignoring the underlying unity. Duality is not the truth. In this manner, Buddha enquired deeply and ultimately got the experience of “I am I”. That is true realisation. You may do penance for many years, you may do meditation and perform many yogic practices. But all these spiritual practices give only temporary satisfaction, not everlasting bliss. Some people talk about meditation. Even Buddha advocated the practice of meditation. What is that you have to meditate upon? What is meant by meditation? Does it mean concentrating upon a particular object? No, no. That is not meditation at all. To contemplate upon the principle of “I am I” is true meditation. No other sadhana (spiritual practice) can match this. "

~ Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Feature Articles

Dr T Ravi Kumar - The Lord’s Divine Touch: My Experiences in UK and Europe
Dr T Ravi Kumar, Associate Professor and Warden, Brindavan Campu...

Sathya Sai Leadership Training Programme Graduation and Alumni Ceremony
On the 25th May 2013 the Sathya Sai Leadership Training Programme...

Sai Smaran Bhajans
On Saturday 18th May, the National Sai Smaran Bhajans took place ...

Sri Rudram
Introduction It is by the Grace of Swami, that the UK Sathya S...

Education Wing - SSE Poems
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Education Wing - The Age Link Party
SSE Focus At Pinner Sai Centre, the Education Wing’s focus...

Trust Matters
Sri Sathya Sai Charitable Trust UK Update In London in April 2...

News

Gratitude paid by Indian Government ...
The Government of India is expressing gratitude to Bhagawan Sri S...

Events

Rudra Ekaadhashini Homam 2013
Dear brothers and sisters of the Sai family, Om Sairam! W...
Event flyer

National Pilgrimage 2013
Dear Brothers & Sisters,Om Sri Sai Ram! With the Divine Blessi...
Event flyer

UK National Sai Retreat 2013
Divine Bliss: Echos of Eternal Harmony Friday the 30th of Augu...
Event flyer

Sai Smaran Bhajans
All invited to join in a national offering of gratitude to ou...
Event flyer

Regional Articles & Reports

Region 1 - Sathya Sai Aradhana Day
The devotees from region 1 came together for the 24 hour Sath...

Region 1 - May Ladies Day at Brixton Centre
On the 19th May 2013, Brixton Sai Centre celebrated Ladies’ Day. ...

Region 1 - Buddhism at Brixton Sai Centre
The month of May saw the members of Brixton Sai Centre interact w...

Region 1 - Dr. T. Ravikumar’s Talk at Merton Sai Centre
Om Sri Sai Ram On the evening of May 5th, 2013, the devotees f...

Region 1 - Events at Tooting Sai Centre
Easwaramma Day celebrations were held on 5th May with the commenc...

Region 1 - Easwaramma Day Celebration
On Saturday 11th May 2013, Region One congregated to celebrate Ea...

Region 1 - Easwaramma Day Celebrations at Merton Sai Centre
It is as a part of the SSE curriculum, that the Introduction It is by the Grace of Swami, that the UK Sathya S...

Education Wing - SSE Poems
...

Education Wing - The Age Link Party
SSE Focus At Pinner Sai Centre, the Education Wing’s focus...

Trust Matters
Sri Sathya Sai Charitable Trust UK Update In London in April 2...

News

Gratitude paid by Indian Government ...
The Government of India is expressing gratitude to Bhagawan Sri S...

Events

Rudra Ekaadhashini Homam 2013
Dear brothers and sisters of the Sai family, Om Sairam! W...
Event flyer

National Pilgrimage 2013
Dear Brothers & Sisters,Om Sri Sai Ram! With the Divine Blessi...
Event flyer

UK National Sai Retreat 2013
Divine Bliss: Echos of Eternal Harmony Friday the 30th of Augu...
Event flyer

Sai Smaran Bhajans
All invited to join in a national offering of gratitude to ou...
Event flyer

Regional Articles & Reports

Region 1 - Sathya Sai Aradhana Day
The devotees from region 1 came together for the 24 hour Sath...

Region 1 - May Ladies Day at Brixton Centre
On the 19th May 2013, Brixton Sai Centre celebrated Ladies’ Day. ...

Region 1 - Buddhism at Brixton Sai Centre
The month of May saw the members of Brixton Sai Centre interact w...

Region 1 - Dr. T. Ravikumar’s Talk at Merton Sai Centre
Om Sri Sai Ram On the evening of May 5th, 2013, the devotees f...

Region 1 - Events at Tooting Sai Centre
Easwaramma Day celebrations were held on 5th May with the commenc...

Region 1 - Easwaramma Day Celebration
On Saturday 11th May 2013, Region One congregated to celebrate Ea...

Region 1 - Easwaramma Day Celebrations at Merton Sai Centre
It is as a part of the SSE curriculum, that the children are enco...

Region 1 - Young Adult Programme (YAP): Youth in Service
YAP (Young Adults Programme), is a regular Youth Satsang held acr...

Region 2 - Age Link Party
Tea and cucumber sandwiches anyone? An afternoon tea part...

Region 3 - Ilford Sai Centre Celebrates Buddha Purnima
Swami in the occasion of Buddha Purnima in 2006 said, "Today ...

Region 3 - A View of Swamis Omnipresence
On a cold wintry morning in the month of May (No surprise in the ...

Region 4 - Satcharitra Reading Gujarati
Twice a year, Leicester Narborough Sai Centre celebrate the t...

Region 4 - Easwaramma Day 2013
We started the morning with SSE Bhajans sung beautifully by t...

Region 5 - Buddha Poornima Celebrations and Orientation Day at Warrington
Buddha Poornima at Warrington Sai Centre The wonderful day (19...

Region 5 - Narayana Seva at Bradford
"If you lift the hand to serve, to help, to console, to encourage...

Region 5 - Sri Sathya Sai Group in Liverpool
On the 12th of May we gathered together for the opening ceremony ...

Editorial

Dear Love and Light Readers
Jai Sai Ram

The month of June has the longest day light hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

We are reminded of the month of May when we celebrated Easwaramma day throughout the country which brought devotees together in reverence to remember the blessed mother Easwaramma. We were blessed to have the company of Dr T Ravi Kumar (Associate Professor, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning and Warden, Brindavan, Whitefield) at the National event who inspired everyone with his experiences with our Lord. SSE children from all parts of UK also participated in the programme who felt a sense of oneness and were inspired to look forward to the next.

We also had the 4th National Sai Smaran Bhajans and the 2nd Pilgrimage meeting on the 18th May, where bhajan singers from around the country participated which brought joy to everyone. We were fortunate on that day to hear brother Nimish Pandya, Vice-President of Sri Sathya Sai Organisation, India who spoke on Sai Mission and our duties in the Organisation.

The month also witnessed celebrations of Buddha Purnima, commemorating the birth of Gautama Buddha. Several Centres around the UK celebrated this event.

Embodiments of Love:
We are celebrating today Buddha Purnima or Buddha Jayanti. What does Purnima (full Moon) signify? It signifies fullness. When the mind is filled with love, it achieves fullness. As long as the mind is filled with the darkness of evil thoughts, there is no meaning in celebrating Buddha Purnima. Get rid of this darkness. Without the light of love in the heart, what use is there in having illuminations outside? Light the lamp of divinity in your minds. Banish hatred and envy from your hearts. Sanathana Sarathi-May 2013(page 21)

We have the final Sadhana Meeting in preparation of our National Pilgrimage to Prasanthi Nilayam ‘Sai Anandam - in Harmony with Sai’ (28July – 03 August) on 29th June 2013.

Finally, do not forget to register for the National Spiritual Retreat planned for Friday 30th August to Sunday 1st September 2013 in Llandudno, the beautiful Welsh coastal town which will provide a perfect setting for an uplifting and elevating experience. By the Grace of Bhagawan, we are most fortunate to have Sri R J Rathnakar as our chief guest. Apart from being blessed in the family of Bhagawan as His nephew, Sri Rathnakar was an alumnus of the SSSIHL and is currently an important member of the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, Prasanthi Nilayam.

Jai Sai Ram
Yoges Yogendran
Chair, Region 1

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