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Region 4 - Leicester Guru Poornima Celebrations

3rd July 2012

On the auspicious occasion of Guru Poornima, Leicester devotees gathered to pay homage to our Eternal Guru, Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

The evening program held on Tuesday 3rdJuly, started with chanting the Gayathri mantras, universal prayers from the major world religions, followed by Vedam chanting. Thereafter, everyone had the opportunity to offer their salutations to the Lord by offering rice grains to an image of His Form whilst the 108 names of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba were chanted in English and Sanskrit. Reciting the names in English first, allowed everyone to reflect on the meaning and significance of each of these sacred names.

This was followed by a series of heartfelt and uplifting bhajans. The highlight of the evening was watching a video of Swami delivering His Guru Poornima message in 2004. Swami concluded His discourse with this message for all of us: “On this auspicious occasion of Guru Poornima, love is the most valuable gift I hand over to you. This is my most precious gift to you. Devoid of love, whatever other gifts I may give, they will be of no use. My love is pure, sacred and most precious. You also cultivate such love.” The evening concluded with the offering of aarti.