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Region 4 - Computer Awareness Day in Leicester

On Sunday 28th June 2015, Sathya Sai Centre of Leicester Central held a computer awareness day. Many of us may have out of great love and joy, given a loved one, a new tablet, phone or computer. However we often lack the time to actually explain to the loved individual how to use the new gadget. We may take for granted the fact that we grasp the intricacies of technology as easy recalling our two times table, but for others this may not be the case. Hence we in Leicester thought of holding a day clinic where individuals could drop in and ask any questions about their device.

Beginning with three Aums, the session commenced with youth, Group 4 SSE and service wing members helping others. Personally, I was helping with setting up email accounts, sending and receiving emails on tablets, setting up iTunes accounts, setting up WhatsApp, manipulating screens on Windows 8, amongst other device-related functions. People were freely able to ask questions and of course engage in loving banter. It was a fun, light-hearted event. Naturally, no event is ever complete without a little fuel for the body and so we all indulged in a sumptuous afternoon meal.

At the end of the event, people were smiling as they had been helped and were satisfied that they would now know how to Skype their daughter or email their brother. They were happy that they could now make use of their new tablet that their loved one had kindly given to them and would no longer need to be collecting dust in a corner of the room.

Swami has on countless occasions spoken about the importance of service. But a question that I have come across is, when we serve, who are we serving? Are we serving the apparent recipient or are we serving God or are we just serving ourselves? There is no straight forward question to answer however one of Swami’s quotations has always stuck with me “the very joy derived from service reacts on the body and makes you free from disease”. For me, although making time for service can prove challenging, when I do engage in such activities it can be surprisingly uplifting, energising and rewarding. Ultimately, for me, when I do service I often feel I benefit more than the person I am trying to help. Of course, we may all have different views on this.

I thank Swami for this great opportunity and hope we are given his blessings to hold similar events in the future.

Sai Ram

Dixa Thakrar
Sathya Sai Centre of Leicester Central, Centre Youth Coordinator