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Region 2 - SSE End of Year Graduation Celebrations at Pinner Sai Centre

July 2012

As we bring another SSE year to a close, on Sunday 8th July, Pinner Sai Centre celebrated its end of year graduation celebration. After weeks of planning, it was the privilege of the SSE teachers to say ‘thank you’ to the Centre Members, Parents, Students, and most of all, to Swami for the opportunity to serve in such a unique way.

The children looked so excited as they walked in and saw paddling pools and duvets on the floor, but were able to curb their intrigue whilst we held an assembly and prayers. In the meantime, Group Devotional Singing had already commenced in the Bhajan hall and Swami announced His presence by making the flowers fall from the back of the His Throne...

The Children took part in a treasure hunt, searching for the lost Human Values by having to participate in a series of challenges and tasks, each of which took them another step closer to re-discovering the Human Values. Everybody, including the parents and the children loved the Fishing and Catching activity.

The task was simple (but that does not mean it was easy!), to fish for the Five Human Values from the Human Values ‘Lake’ and to catch the nine forms of devotion, represented by nine coins (inspired by the 9 silver coins given by Shirdi Baba with His own hands before He took Maha Samadhi, as a token of His nine fold path of Bhakti and Seva). The record for the morning was two coins, so we all have lots more work to do!

Then, after the Group Devotional Singing, the whole centre joined us for the prize giving, presented by Pinner Centre Office Bearers and Veterans, some of whom go back to the origins of the Centre more than 40 years ago.

It was such a joy to see the look of admiration on the faces of the Presenters as they so lovingly presented the prizes to our SSE Children; priceless...

The task was simple (but that does not mean it was easy!), to fish for the Five Human Values from the Human Values ‘Lake’ and to catch the nine forms of devotion, represented by nine coins (inspired by the 9 silver coins given by Shirdi Baba with His own hands before He took Maha Samadhi, as a token of

The morning concluded with mahaprasadam, lovingly prepared by our SSE teachers who worked tirelessly to serve food to those who serve and have served the Centre and local community over the last 40 years since the Centre opened.

Swami was smiling with all of us throughout the celebrations, and it felt that He, Himself was giving out the prizes and serving us the food through our guests and teachers, giving them warm smiles, accompanied by words of congratulations and encouragement to continue on their spiritual journey; after all, we are never too young to start! This sense of warmth and love went through everybody present and, when the teachers had finished serving food, the Centre Elders and Students then served food to the teachers in the same spirit of selfless love and service. The morning most definitely demonstrated unity in diversity from the oldest to the youngest. The smiles and laughter said it all… One of the parents described it in the following way:

"May I say that yesterday was a wonderful and delightful Sai Day. The food along with the graduation was simply top class. I really enjoyed it and so did the children. Thank you. Fantastic Sai work...loved it..!

I just can’t wait to see what the next academic year will bring..."

Class of 2012

Article submitted by R2 SSE Coordinator Bhupendra Solanki on behalf of Sai Centre Pinner