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Newsletter of Sathya Sai Organisation UK, April / May 2015
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"You must be humble, but yet strong to resist temptation. Do not yield like cowards to the sly insinuations of the senses. Your time in school has to be used not only in the task of collecting information and earning certain skills that will give you an income on which you can live; it must also be used to acquire the art of being content and calm, collected and courageous. You must also cultivate at school an ardent thirst for knowing the truth of the world and of your own self. Your words must be like honey; your hearts must be as soft as butter; your outlook must be like the lamp, illumining, not confusing. Be like the umpire on the football field, watching the game, judging the play according to the rules laid down, unaffected by success or reverse of this team or that."

Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, Discourse in Bukkapatnam on the 13th of March 1964.
Special Features

My Journey with Sai
Experiences

Service with a Song
Experiences

UK Satsangs with Sri. Naganand

Photo of the Month

Spiritual Quiz


A Letter from the Lord

Main Articles

Sathya Sai National Human Values Day

National Easwaramma Day

Sai Prema: The Love of Sai for Nepal

National SSE Pilgrimage 2015

Regional
Media
Sri. Naganand in UK Mr. Gene Massey in London Human Values Concert by Dana Gillespie Human Values in Schools by Tim Foster

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Events

Sathya Sai Pre-World Conference
24th July to 26th July 2015, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
Click to Register & for further details

National SSE Pilgrimage:
'Sai Mahima - Miracle of Love'
28th July to 6th August 2015, India
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Announcements
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Aum Sri Sai Ram.
With the divine blessings of our Lord, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the Service Wing of SSSSO UK is delighted to announce the annual Sathya Sai Global Service Day 2015 over the weekend of 11th and 12th of July. As part of this event, various service activities will be conducted across all the Regions of SSSSO UK, enabling collective participation in expressing our love and gratitude at Bhagawan’s divine lotus feet. We request all devotees in all Sai Centres to participate with enthusiasm. Please visit http://www.srisathyasai.org.uk/globalserviceday for more details.
Dates for your Diary
3rd Sadhana Meeting for Sai Mahima Pilgrimage: June 20th 11am - 5pm, Sai Mandir, Merton
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

 

We hope that this combined edition of Love and Light, filled with activity reports over the busy months of April and May, finds you in good cheer. The dawn of spring, and the gradual spreading of its wings into summer, has a miraculous effect indeed on life and activity all around.

The Jewish community celebrated the festival of Passover (Pesach) between 3-11April to remember the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt, led by Moses, and a general celebration of freedom. The Sikh community observed Vaisakhi on the 14th April, the day commemorating the birth in 1699 of Sikhism as a collective faith. Christians in several nations, kingdoms, countries and cities celebrated St. George’s Day on 23rd April, the traditionally accepted date of Saint George’s death in 303 AD. Christians also observed Ascension Day marking the 40th day of Easter on the 14th May; it was an opportunity to remember Lord Jesus Christ's ascension into heaven, according to the New Testament of the Bible. Many Muslims celebrated Lailat-Al-Miraj on the 15th May; this event commemorated the Prophet Muhammad’s journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and his ascent into heaven.

24th April was an important day in the lives of Sai devotees across the globe when they celebrated Sathya Sai Aradhana Day. The Omnipresent Avatar of Love, that descended on earth and bewitched us by assuming the beautiful form of Sathya Sai Baba, completed the physical sojourn and left the mortal coil on this date in 2011. Lot of centres in the UK celebrated this day with bhajans (devotional singing) and talks.

We celebrated the Sathya Sai National Human Values Day on the 26th April to observe this special day. Baba was the very embodiment of Divine Love. He had established kinship with fellow beings through Love only. Not surprisingly, this memorable event was titled ‘Love – the One Divine Principle in All’. For the many, this was an emotional day with some reflecting, others reminiscing and few shedding a tear but it was about Him only! It was a very well organised event that provided both Sai devotees who had travelled from across UK and special guests from other communities and professions to come together, get stimulated from each other by being together and to celebrate the life and teachings of Baba. It was also an occasion to reflect and learn from the lives and teachings of the divine masters from the different religions and faiths.

We honoured the blessed mother Easwaramma, mother of Lord Sathya Sai on the 2nd May when we celebrated the National Easwaramma Day which was themed around the Festival of Love. This annual event focussed upon children attracted over 500 parents and children of all ages from around the country. As is the tradition, this day was also celebrated in several centres and regions of UK.

Whilst there was happiness and joy all around, we were deeply distressed by the thousands who had lost their lives and families displaced following the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal. We held a special prayer meeting titled ‘Sai Prema – Love of Sai’ on the 3rd May in Tooting to remember and pray for the thousands affected. The response from our devotees to the appeal that we had launched through our Sathya Sai Charitable Trust was overwhelming which is supporting the humane work been carried out by the Sathya Sai Organisation of Nepal. The second Sai Prema prayer meeting was held on the 24th May in Watford. We pray to Lord Sathya Sai to alleviate the suffering of all those effected.

We were blessed to have with us in UK, Mr. Naganand, member of the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust in Prasanthi Nilayam. Devotees from different parts of UK were able to interact with him and listen to his talks during his visits to Sai Centres.

Excitement is building up amongst devotees preparing for various forthcoming national events, namely the Sathya Sai Global Service Day, the Sathya Sai Pre-World Conference 2015, and the National SSE Pilgrimage ‘Sai Mahima – Miracle of Love’ to the Divine abode of our Lord Sathya Sai in Prasanthi Nilayam. Please see the details for these events in this edition. The pilgrimage is scheduled for 28th July – 6th August, and will be part of the World Education Conference in Prasanthi Nilayam. Approximately 150 pilgrims will be participating including SSE children, teachers, parents and devotees. As part of preparations, the first sadhana meeting was held on the 18th April in Wimbledon, London, and the second sadhana meeting on the 23rd May.

Dr Kiran Patel,
Chairman, Sri Sathya Sai Service Organisation (UK)

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