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Region 4 - Easter Sunday Celebrations at Coventry Sai Centre

Sunday 31st March 2013

St. Paul’s Church hall in Coventry, where the monthly Group Devotional Singing is held regularly, was filling up quite quickly when I arrived with my two sons. The Altar was already beautifully arranged in green and yellow spring theme which looked divine. A photo of Sai Baba and a photo of Jesus were adorned in the same colours, flowers and candles.

The celebrations started with Ganapati Prarthana and Purusha Suktam. We were then all asked to stand up for congregational singing of various hymns and songs. This just took me back to the time when I was at school; we used to sing hymns in assembly. A couple of young mothers were swaying to the music with their toddlers who were very happy. The hall was filled with sweet singing and all were enjoying the vibrations of the Lord’s songs.

Then the SSE children came to the front and talked on Easter, Jesus and Sathya Sai Baba. They were absolutely fabulous considering they had not had time to practise together. The children had relayed their individual talks with great confidence. One child even sang the Easter song solo. He was very brave and sang so confidently and sweetly.

We then had few bhajans followed by a very inspiring talk by Veena Subramanyam, a teacher from the Sathya Sai School in Leicester. Veena gave a spiritual angle to Christ’s resurrection along with her own personal experiences growing up in a Christian School. Listening to her reminded me that the message that Jesus had for us is the same as what Baba had been saying all those years. The five values have to be practised in our daily lives, we need to remember this all day and every day; Love, Peace, Truth, Right conduct and non – violence.

We then watched a slide show from last year’s Global Service Day with the song ‘We are the world’ sung by Michael Jackson and other singers. It reminded us of how the day was such a fun filled day and what we have to look forward to this year. It was so good to see everyone working hand in hand, in unity, with love and serving the community.

The Easter celebrations ended with Aarthi and closing prayers. All the children were given chocolate bunnies and Easter eggs as a gift from the celebration and a reminder of the message of Easter.

Thank you, Sai Baba for guiding me and bringing me and my family to such events. I cannot stress enough how my outlook on life has changed since Baba has come into my life.

Jai Sai Ram!
By Chhaya Parekh