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Region 4 - Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s Birthday Celebrations in Leicester

More than 600 ardent devotees from all over Leicester gathered on this auspicious day at the superb venue of ‘The Venue’, which provided the perfect scene for celebrating the historic advent of our Divine Lord.

Swami’s chair was placed on the wonderfully laid out alter to enable our Lord to physically see the program unfold - starting with universal prayers, vedam chanting and then thrilling scintillating bhajans which uplifted all of us back to Prashanti Nilayam.

The SSE children then presented their loving thoughts and feelings on what Swami meant to them in their everyday lives; this truly was a very touching experience arising from the young hearts. A large handmade 3D birthday card decorated with origami flowers along with sugar candy and cloves was placed at the Divine Lotus feet by the children in line with what students traditionally offered to Swami on His birthday.

Mr Selva Kumar, an ardent devotee of Bhagawan was our guest speaker who reflected upon ‘What was next’ for us. He has held several positions in the Organisation in the past i.e. Centre Chair, Regional and National Spiritual coordinator.

He elaborated upon implementing the 5 values - Truth, Non Violence, Right Conduct, Love and Peace into our everyday lives and to remember that Bhagawan was omnipresent. He shared his personal experiences to demonstrate that Baba sees, hears and knows everything. The talk was very well received by devotees.

At close of the programme, the SSE children sang a moving finale song as their offering to Bhagawan called ‘I’ve found them all in you’, its essence being that all religions were one God having many names. The SSE boys dressed as prophets and saints representing the different faiths stood on the stage together, next to Bhagawan to illustrate Unity in the apparent Diversity.

Whilst the girls showered petals on the congregation who were engaged in the song which went into an upbeat multi-faith bhajan; ‘Ishu pitha prabhu Allah bolo’ and finished with ‘O Sai Natha! Sathya Sai Natha!’ The highlight was the very emotional cake ceremony with ‘Happy Birthday to you Sai Rama’ sung by all present in the background. This was followed by Aarti by the SSE children.

The main message of the evening was a reminder of our role in Swami’s mission and importance of living the 5 values in everyday life as true messengers of our beloved SAI. This would be a fitting birthday present to offer our Lord, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

Lianne Bruce and Aarti Mistry
Assistant Spiritual Coordinator and SSE Coordinator