“Human Values should be regarded as basic requirements for every human being. In spreading the message of these values to the world, you should all cooperate with each other and act in harmony.” ~ Sri Sathya Sai Baba
The SSE wing of the Sri Sathya Sai Service Organisation UK held its third workshop for the year 2014 on Saturday 24th May 2014 in South Oxhey, Watford. The aim of workshops was to inspire and guide Bal Vikas teachers, helpers, parents, youth and office bearers all over the country
to whole-heartedly participate in the sacred movement within their respective Sai Centres and Sai Groups.
On 6th April 2019, songs and chants of the five Human Values filled the air, as Leicester City Centre came alive with an uplifting and momentous Walk with Values, followed by a high tempo Human Values Concert, on a chilly but dry Saturday morning in April.
Leaders from multiple faith groups, supported by the Leicester Council of Faiths and Leicester City Council joined members of the Sathya Sai International Organisation UK (SSIO UK) to Walk with Values, kicking off in Jubilee Square with a ribbon cutting ceremony and captivating song entitled ‘May all the beings in all the worlds be happy’.
Holding banners and balloons amidst chants of the five human values of ‘Love’, ‘Truth’, ‘Peace’, ‘Right Conduct’ and ‘Non-violence’, participants made their way through the High Street and East Gates as early morning shoppers and tourists paused to take in the walk and join in the chants that rang out in the heart of Leicester.
The walk culminated in a rousing finish at Humberstone Gate and led straight into a high-energy concert, courtesy of the young members of the Disciples Fellowship Ministries Choir who delivered an all singing, all dancing routine, belting out tunes in praise of the Lord including the memorable ‘My God is Good’, drawing in shoppers and passer-by’s.
Before this, both Shitu Chudasama, National President of the SSIO UK and the Right Honourable Ross Grant, Leicester’s Lord Mayor, warmly welcomed everyone to Leicester. Underlining the need to practise the human values in our daily lives, the Mayor said: “I’m often saying that it is a real honour to be Lord Mayor, but I also feel very, very lucky because one of the things you do as Lord Mayor is you get to see all of the different communities in the city, and all the different charities and organisations, and the lesson that I’ve learnt and taken away from that is, that whilst we are always celebrating the diversity and multiculturalism of our city, whatever our traditions and backgrounds, religions and anything else that perhaps divides us, everybody is working in the same way – we are all working to build a better society through the sorts of values we are celebrating today through love, trust, generosity, care and compassion. So, I think its important that we do celebrate those positives at a time when it is so easy to think about the negatives in society.”
Before the next act, Mr Fayyaz Suleman, Chairman of the Leicester Council of Faiths, an organisation that has worked tirelessly to promote unity and harmony between different faith communities in Leicester, gave a short but powerful speech showcasing how the five human values were enshrined across the different faiths from Sikhism (selfless service), Judaism (sanctity of human life), Christianity (unconditional love) through to Hinduism (non-violence), Islam (peace), the Bahai faith (oneness of humanity) and Jainism (non-violence as way of life). He paid homage to the founder of the SSIO UK – Sathya Sai Baba – for his exemplary teachings and legacy and called for more such events to promote oneness and unity in society.
He was followed by children of the SSIO UK singing a calm and heart-warming song entitled ‘This little light of mine’. But as the winds set in, the DMU Gospel Choir turned up the heat, raising the roof with the classic ‘Walking in the light of love’ and ‘Hallelujah’ as members of the public stood and watched their soul-stirring rendition.
Then came a debut performance from Find Your Soul, a newly set-up group including young adults from the SSIO UK who performed a cover version of ‘Who you are’ as well as an original entitled ‘Spark of Love’. The CK Gospel Choir brought the concert to a close with top class renditions of some popular and well-known classics including ‘Lovely Day’, ‘Happy’ and ‘Stand by me’ to bring this annual event, now
in its fourth year, to a close. Thereafter, all were invited to a free sumptuous lunch prepared and served by ISKCON Leicester on Granby Street.
For more information about the event visit www.walkwithvalues.com
In his speech, National President of the SSIO UK Shitu Chudasama, said: “We have all been brought together today by one thing, Human Values – which unite and unify us irrespective of our faith, background or culture. We often encounter circumstances in our daily life that test our patience, our character and peace of mind. We often have to make tough decisions. What guides us in these circumstances are our values. Our values serve as markers to tell if life is heading in the right direction.”