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Region 1 - The visit of the Ahmaddiya group to the (SSE) Balvikas of Merton Sai Centre

On Sunday 10th February, Merton Sai Centre had the opportunity to host a group of children and teachers from the Bait-Ul-Futuh mosque of the Ahmaddiya Muslim community. This followed on from a visit, by the women and children of this large mosque in Morden, to the adjoining Ganapathy Temple earlier in the year. As part of this visit, they were taken into the Sai Mandir and the Centre activities and Swami’s teachings were explained to them. They were so interested in Swami’s teachings and the large no of children that were taught in the SSE classes, that they asked if some of their children and teachers could come again and attend one Sunday – hence their visit.

The group, consisting of 2 teachers, 7 girls and 1 boy, participated in various centre activities including the chanting of multifaith prayers, SSE classes and Veda chanting.

With the group divided into two, they each joined one of the group 3 classes and took part in the class discussions.
In one class, the topic was ‘Spiritual diary and Sadhana’, with reference to which the SSE and Ahmaddiya children talked about the similarities between Swami’s teachings and those expounded in the Qur’an. In covering the story of Saint Tukaram, the common belief that one must see good in everything and that everything happens for the best, was brought to light.

In the other class, on the topic of ‘Discipline and Peace’ the theme of prayer was noted as being common to all cultures and faiths. When this was discussed in more detail, it was concluded that the numerous similarities between religions really highlighted the unity of faiths.

Both the Ahmaddiya group and the members of Merton Sai Centre really enjoyed this visit. Seeing different faiths coming together in such a practical and positive way, to discuss and appreciate their common ground, really emphasised Bhagavan’s message of seeing Unity in Divinity.

We learnt from each other our commonality and the understanding that, through personal dialogue, we can gain a deeper understanding of our own and each other’s faith.