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November 2012 Edition

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"The Upanishads say that the human is a spark of Divine Love, encased in five sheaths: the Anna (Gross, material, food component), the Praana (vital air, breath), the Mana (the mental, emotional, volitional), the Vijnaana (rational, discriminatory intellectual) and the Aanandha (blissful, equanimous, balance). It is the fragrance of that Love that emanates from him as love towards things, beings and ideas. That Love is ever urging and surging for expression, enlargement and enclasping. But the tangles of fear, greed, egoism and aggrandizement do not allow the spark to grow and illumine the sheaths as well as the world around. This day is the Festival of Light; that is to say, of Love. Knowledge too is praised as light, but it is often a clouding fog, a weapon of offence, a burden on the head, a drag on the hand of charity, a shackle on the feet. It ripens into a liberator only when it is earned through love and put into practice through love. Love alone gives Light."

~ Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Sai Jyothi – National Pilgrimage

Journey to the Divine Light
The much anticipated pilgrimage ‘Sai Jyothi’ became a reality as the U.K devotees queued...

National Pilgrimage: Visit to Brindavan
Sai Jyothi Journey to the Divine Light Brindavan, Whitefield...

Sai Jyothi Performances – A reflection by Roopa Panesar
I had been earnestly yearning to go back to Prashanti since my la...

Events

National Birthday Celebrations 2012
Dear Brothers & Sisters, Om Sri Sai Ram! National Birthday ...
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National Christmas Celebrations 2012
Dear Brothers & Sisters,Om Sri Sai Ram! With the Divine Grace ...
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Region 5 - Mahila Day
Mahila Day - A celebration of womanhood On this occasion Sri Sat...
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Region 5 - Birthday Celebrations
Date: 25th November 2012 Venue: Burtonwood Catholic School, Phip...
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Region 6 - Birthday Celebrations
Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba's Birthday Celebration on Friday,...
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National Articles & Reports

Bhagwans Birthday: A festival of love
Aum Sri Sai Ram On 23rd November 1926, the great saint Aur...

Education Wing - My Swami and I: Poem I
I am extremely lucky to know Swami and He has helped me in many w...

Education Wing - My Swami and I: Poem II
As I sit there, In that brightly lit hall-Waiting for Him to c...

Regional Articles & Reports

Region 1 - Youth Age Link Party
Service expresses the divinity hidden in man. It broadens one's h...

Region 4 - Laksharchan
After a wonderful Laksharchan at the National Retreat, the Divine...

Region 5 - Health Awareness Day: October 2012
With the Grace Of our Bhagawan, Region 5 of the Sri Sathya Sai Se...

Editorial

Dear Love and Light Readers
Jai Sai Ram

October will stay as a memorable month for the many devotees who were blessed and fortunate to embark on ‘Sai Jyothi’, their Pilgrimage to the Divine Light, the abode from where Bhagawan continues to shower His boundless Blessings and Grace. Whilst basking in the joy of being in the Divine presence, one is wonder struck with amazement, respect, humility and veneration since everything one witnesses around in Prasanthi Nilayam involved His personal and direct Hand at some point, an expression of His Will.

The pilgrims were abundantly rewarded with gems of experiences from the many long standing and ardent devotees of Bhagawan. A visit to Brindavan, near Whitefield was indeed icing on the cake for the many. This sacred place emanates fragrance of His Divine Presence and remains another of Bhagawan’s abode for posterity. Its uniqueness is beyond description since every fragment of this place embodies a story of Divine Glory, one that caught everyone’s attention was the cricket pitch where Swami had hit 6 sixes! One would fail not to mention Sai Ramesh Hall which brought back many wonderful memories, and the ‘Kalyana Mandapam’, not to forget the highlight of the whole tour, namely an opportunity to sit in the sanctum sanctorum and sing His Glory, the most sacred of places where Bhagawan used to seat amidst students and chosen devotees when He used to visit Brindavan. The culmination of the pilgrimage was the UK devotees offering of their Love by way of performances in Sai Kulwant Hall.

Those who stayed back were blessed to participate in Dasara (Navaratri) festival, focusing their minds on our Divine Mother. The youth were doubly blessed to take part in Grama Seva, service to the villages which involved visiting villages and serving up to 50,000 people every day, for 9 days, an activity which was very close to Bhagawan.

The month of November made its debut with the All Saints’ Day, the Christian Holy Day.

For Sai Devotees, November 10/11 are important dates when devotees globally will be singing the glory of God’s name ‘Akhand Bhajans’ in their places and countries and in their own time. Please check your nearest centre to take advantage of this opportunity.

With the pilgrims all back, I pray the Divine Light of our Beloved Bhagawan that they have brought back lights up the homes of all Devotees to culminate in the Diwali Festivities, the Festival of Light on November 13th. May it sanctify and bestow happiness and prosperity to all our Devotees from the Hindu community and bring everyone closer to Bhagawan.

November 19th is ‘Ladies Day’ dedicated to Ladies.

Finally, we will be celebrating the 87th Year of Advent of our Divine Master, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. The special birthday programme will take place on Saturday, 24th November 2012 (11-5pm) in Leicester.

I am also very happy to announce that Dr Samuel Sandweiss, along with his wife Sharon, will be our guest speakers on this special day. Dr. Sandweiss needs hardly any introduction to the Sai family worldwide. As an ardent devotee for over 40 years, Dr Sandweiss has a wealth of experiences and insights that Bhagawan has so graciously granted him on numerous occasions. He is an eminent Psychiatrist who authored many wonderful books on Bhagawan Baba, such as 'The Holy Man and the psychiatrist', Spirit and Mind, 'With Love, Man is God', to name a few. The day would also include prayers, cultural programme and the traditional Jhoola Ceremony. Please ensure you register to avoid disappointment:

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

As last year, we will also be celebrating National Christmas Celebrations. This is planned for 16th December (11-4pm) in Cheltenham and we welcome everyone. Please ensure you register to avoid disappointment:

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

Finally, 2013 is looking like a fantastic year for the UK. Please be sure to make a note in your diaries for next years national events.

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Bhagwans Birthday: A festival of love
Aum Sri Sai Ram On 23rd November 1926, the great saint Aur...

Education Wing - My Swami and I: Poem I
I am extremely lucky to know Swami and He has helped me in many w...

Education Wing - My Swami and I: Poem II
As I sit there, In that brightly lit hall-Waiting for Him to c...

Regional Articles & Reports

Region 1 - Youth Age Link Party
Service expresses the divinity hidden in man. It broadens one's h...

Region 4 - Laksharchan
After a wonderful Laksharchan at the National Retreat, the Divine...

Region 5 - Health Awareness Day: October 2012
With the Grace Of our Bhagawan, Region 5 of the Sri Sathya Sai Se...

Editorial

Dear Love and Light Readers
Jai Sai Ram

October will stay as a memorable month for the many devotees who were blessed and fortunate to embark on ‘Sai Jyothi’, their Pilgrimage to the Divine Light, the abode from where Bhagawan continues to shower His boundless Blessings and Grace. Whilst basking in the joy of being in the Divine presence, one is wonder struck with amazement, respect, humility and veneration since everything one witnesses around in Prasanthi Nilayam involved His personal and direct Hand at some point, an expression of His Will.

The pilgrims were abundantly rewarded with gems of experiences from the many long standing and ardent devotees of Bhagawan. A visit to Brindavan, near Whitefield was indeed icing on the cake for the many. This sacred place emanates fragrance of His Divine Presence and remains another of Bhagawan’s abode for posterity. Its uniqueness is beyond description since every fragment of this place embodies a story of Divine Glory, one that caught everyone’s attention was the cricket pitch where Swami had hit 6 sixes! One would fail not to mention Sai Ramesh Hall which brought back many wonderful memories, and the ‘Kalyana Mandapam’, not to forget the highlight of the whole tour, namely an opportunity to sit in the sanctum sanctorum and sing His Glory, the most sacred of places where Bhagawan used to seat amidst students and chosen devotees when He used to visit Brindavan. The culmination of the pilgrimage was the UK devotees offering of their Love by way of performances in Sai Kulwant Hall.

Those who stayed back were blessed to participate in Dasara (Navaratri) festival, focusing their minds on our Divine Mother. The youth were doubly blessed to take part in Grama Seva, service to the villages which involved visiting villages and serving up to 50,000 people every day, for 9 days, an activity which was very close to Bhagawan.

The month of November made its debut with the All Saints’ Day, the Christian Holy Day.

For Sai Devotees, November 10/11 are important dates when devotees globally will be singing the glory of God’s name ‘Akhand Bhajans’ in their places and countries and in their own time. Please check your nearest centre to take advantage of this opportunity.

With the pilgrims all back, I pray the Divine Light of our Beloved Bhagawan that they have brought back lights up the homes of all Devotees to culminate in the Diwali Festivities, the Festival of Light on November 13th. May it sanctify and bestow happiness and prosperity to all our Devotees from the Hindu community and bring everyone closer to Bhagawan.

November 19th is ‘Ladies Day’ dedicated to Ladies.

Finally, we will be celebrating the 87th Year of Advent of our Divine Master, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. The special birthday programme will take place on Saturday, 24th November 2012 (11-5pm) in Leicester.

I am also very happy to announce that Dr Samuel Sandweiss, along with his wife Sharon, will be our guest speakers on this special day. Dr. Sandweiss needs hardly any introduction to the Sai family worldwide. As an ardent devotee for over 40 years, Dr Sandweiss has a wealth of experiences and insights that Bhagawan has so graciously granted him on numerous occasions. He is an eminent Psychiatrist who authored many wonderful books on Bhagawan Baba, such as 'The Holy Man and the psychiatrist', Spirit and Mind, 'With Love, Man is God', to name a few. The day would also include prayers, cultural programme and the traditional Jhoola Ceremony. Please ensure you register to avoid disappointment:

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

As last year, we will also be celebrating National Christmas Celebrations. This is planned for 16th December (11-4pm) in Cheltenham and we welcome everyone. Please ensure you register to avoid disappointment:

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

Finally, 2013 is looking like a fantastic year for the UK. Please be sure to make a note in your diaries for next years national events.

Sai Smaran Bhajans - Saturday 12th January
National Orientation & Welcome Day - 2 day conference 19th and 20th Jan for all current and previous office bearers and active members
National Youth Conference 22nd - 24th February
National Sai Remembrance Day – Saturday 27th April
National Eswaramma Day – Saturday 4th May.

Details and registration for all these events will follow shortly.

Dr Kiran Patel,
National Chair Person.

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