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September 2013 Edition

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My Baba and I ‘Sai Anandam 2013’ was my first trip to the abod...

Youth Wing - National Youth Satsang with Mr T.V Hariharan
Saturday 10th August 2013 On the morning of 10/8/2013 a group ...

Quote

"Just as the iron ball cast in fire becomes one with it, your mind should become one with God. Water cannot be separated from milk; likewise, your mind should get merged in God. You should not think that you are separate from God. One who realizes such a principle of unity is a true human being. Do not limit worship of God to festival days alone. Each and every moment should be spent in the contemplation of God. You may think, "If every moment is spent in the contemplation of God, how is it possible to do our work?" Do not distinguish between your work and God's work. Your work is God's work because you are God. It is a mistake to think that all that you do in the prayer hall is God's work and outside it is your work. You should not entertain such feelings of separateness. Consider that your heart is the altar of God and turn your vision inward. One who understands this truth and acts accordingly is a true human being."

~ Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba - Divine Discourse Ganesh Chathurti September 1st 2000

National Retreat

National Sai Retreat 2013 - A Real Treat
This year the National Sai Retreat entitled ‘Divine Bliss: Echoes...

National Retreat: Reflections
Student 1 | Student 2 | Student 3 | Student 4 | Parent | Teacher | Youth

Sri R J Rathnakar in UK

Sri Rathnakar's Talks at the Retreat: A Summary
Inaugural Address | Valedictory Address

Sri Rathnakar in Leicester
A beautiful evening with Swami’s nephew On Monday 2nd Septembe...

Sri Rathnakar in London
After a long weekend National Sai Retreat event in Llandudno, Wal...

Serve the Planet

Serve the Planet - a Global Service Project
“I always conduct Myself in accordance with the principle of ...

Feature Articles

Education Wing - My Baba and I
My Baba and I ‘Sai Anandam 2013’ was my first trip to the abod...

Youth Wing - National Youth Satsang with Mr T.V Hariharan
Saturday 10th August 2013 On the morning of 10/8/2013 a group ...

Spiritual Wing - Ganesh Chaturthi
‘This day, That year' Prasanthi Nilayam, 1st September 2000 Ex...

Service Wing - First Aid
First Aid is about providing immediate treatment to someone who h...

Events

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

Serve the Planet
Serve the Planet is a global service initiative being undertaken this year to commemorate Bhagawan Baba’s Avatar Declaration Day on October 20th...
Event flyer

Regional Articles & Reports

Region 1 – Merton Centre: Youth Reunion
“EVERY activity of man is dependent on the energy he derives from...

Region 1 - Brixton Eid-ul-Fitr Celebration
On the 11th of August, the Sathya Sai Baba Centre of Brixton cele...

Region 2 – Young Adult Programme 2013: Life...
The first session of the Young Adult Programme (YAP) 2013 for Reg...

Region 3 - Foster Hill Sai Centre Bedford Laksharchan
"Sarvada Sarva Kaleshu Sarvatra Hari Chintanam" - everywhere, at ...

Region 3 - Region 3 Youth Awareness Programme
On 8th September, the Region 3 Young Adult Programme (YAP) sessio...

Region 4 - Seva at Salcey Forest in Northamptonshire
"Salcey Forest – a unique habitat with a rich history…the remains...

Region 4 - Rugby Sai Centres 30th Anniversary Celebrations
On Saturday 17th August at 5.30pm the first sound of Omkar greete...

Region 4 - Coventry Janmashtami Celebrations
On Wednesday 28 August the Coventry Sai family gathered to take p...

Region 4 - Sathsang with Mr T.V Hariharan in Leicester
We, devotees in UK were very fortunate to have Shri T V Hariharan...

Region 4 - Coventry End of Year SSE Celebrations
Sunday, 7th July 2013 was the end of year SSE Celebrations Assemb...

Region 7 - Annual Sai Picnic in Glastonbury
The heaven’s opened and Swami poured His Blessings on the 19th Gl...

Spiritual Wing - Ganesh Chaturthi
‘This day, That year' Prasanthi Nilayam, 1st September 2000 Ex...

Service Wing - First Aid
First Aid is about providing immediate treatment to someone who h...

Events

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

Serve the Planet
Serve the Planet is a global service initiative being undertaken this year to commemorate Bhagawan Baba’s Avatar Declaration Day on October 20th...
Event flyer

Regional Articles & Reports

Region 1 – Merton Centre: Youth Reunion
“EVERY activity of man is dependent on the energy he derives from...

Region 1 - Brixton Eid-ul-Fitr Celebration
On the 11th of August, the Sathya Sai Baba Centre of Brixton cele...

Region 2 – Young Adult Programme 2013: Life...
The first session of the Young Adult Programme (YAP) 2013 for Reg...

Region 3 - Foster Hill Sai Centre Bedford Laksharchan
"Sarvada Sarva Kaleshu Sarvatra Hari Chintanam" - everywhere, at ...

Region 3 - Region 3 Youth Awareness Programme
On 8th September, the Region 3 Young Adult Programme (YAP) sessio...

Region 4 - Seva at Salcey Forest in Northamptonshire
"Salcey Forest – a unique habitat with a rich history…the remains...

Region 4 - Rugby Sai Centres 30th Anniversary Celebrations
On Saturday 17th August at 5.30pm the first sound of Omkar greete...

Region 4 - Coventry Janmashtami Celebrations
On Wednesday 28 August the Coventry Sai family gathered to take p...

Region 4 - Sathsang with Mr T.V Hariharan in Leicester
We, devotees in UK were very fortunate to have Shri T V Hariharan...

Region 4 - Coventry End of Year SSE Celebrations
Sunday, 7th July 2013 was the end of year SSE Celebrations Assemb...

Region 7 - Annual Sai Picnic in Glastonbury
The heaven’s opened and Swami poured His Blessings on the 19th Gl...

Editorial

Dear Love & Light Readers,
Sai Ram to all of you.

Where there is FAITH, there is LOVE; Where there is LOVE; there is PEACE; Where there is PEACE; there is GOD; Where there is GOD; there is BLISS

Whatever pilgrimages one may perform, whatever yaagas and japas one may do, without using the body in the service of others, no one can achieve liberation. Every one should be prepared to serve and be served. This body has been given so that one may do seva (serve others) and not for Naayakathvam (lord it over them). Discourse in the Sai Kulwant Mandap on 1-10-1995

In the Month of August which falls at the height of summer, along with the seasonal warm weather, we have all had what can easily be termed an opportunity to bask in the sunshine of Swami’s grace. At the beginning of the month a group of us returned from another memorable National Pilgrimage to Prasanthi Nilayam. A scintillating musical performance was offered by the UK Group in the Sai Kulwant Hall which also brought to a close the weeklong Gurupoornima celebrations in Prasanthi Niliayam. The pilgrimage group visited Whitefield, Brindavan where they were blessed to have a group devotional and meditation session inside Trayee Brindavan which is one of Swami’s residences.

Eid Al Fitr was celebrated after the Ramadan month of fasting on 8th August by our brothers and sisters. A series of Bhajan workshops by brother Sri T V Hariharan then followed over the weekend of 11-12th August in London, Leicester, and Bradford. Brother Hariharan was one of the earliest batch of students to join the Sri Sathya Sai College in Prasanthi Nilayam and is now spreading our Beloved Bhagawan’s message through naamasmaran – bhajans, music, workshops and talks at different Sai centres and other spiritual gatherings throughout the globe.

Krishna Janmashtami in August is a celebration of the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna. Group devotional singing along with other activities to commemorate this were undertaken by centres and groups across the length and breadth of the country providing additional opportunity to further progress our spiritual quest.

At the other end of this month of August, a large number of us have just returned from our National Retreat in the coastal town of Llandudno in north Wales entitled Divine Bliss – Echoes of Eternal Harmony. Our chief guest Sri Rathnakar has had the very extraordinary and rare blessing of being born in Bhagawan’s physical family and also spending all his life in the divine presence. He currently serves as a Member of the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, Prasanthi Nilayam and has completed all his education in the Sathya Sai educational institutions culminating in an MBA from the university in Prasanthi Nilayam.

Sri Ratnakar spiritualised us with his unique experiences in the divine presence at the retreat. The workshops at the retreat were on the Nine Point code of conduct to enhance our understanding and provided an opportunity for each one of us to individually review how we are implementing these codes in our daily life.

The live streaming of the retreat provided anyone who could not be there physically to also benefit from the deliberations at the retreat. In addition devotees also had an opportunity to attend the two special satsangs with Sri Rahtnakar held last Monday in Midlands and on Tuesday in London deriving the maximum benefit for the devotees from this cherished visit to the UK.

As September dawned on us, we carry forward this spiritual energy into various prayer and service activities. We celebrate the famous festival of Ganesha Chaturthi, worshipping the Remover of Obstacles Lord Ganesha, with great love and devotion. Sai Smaran Bhajans, our national offering of gratitude to our beloved Bhagawan will take place on Saturday 21st of September from 10:30 am to 4:30pm at Sandbach, Cheshire.

Serve The Planet, is a global initiative of the Sri Sathya Sai Service Organisation where all of us will have an opportunity participate and as devotees commemorate the Avatar Declaration Day on 20th October. This is a Youth and Service Wing led project and will concentrate on feeding the needy in our country. Details are in this issue of Love and Light; please contact your service or youth coordinator in your centre or group to participate.

Wishing you all a prayerful and peaceful month,

Prema & Jyoti (Love & Light)

Mukund Patel.
National Service Coordinator

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