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Region 1 - New Years Eve with Brixton Sai Centre

The Sathya Sai Baba Centre of Brixton ended 2013 with group devotional singing on New Year’s Eve. The programme was held at the family home of one of our members. Although the weather was stormy, this did not stop our members from coming out to welcome the New Year with the singing of the names of our Lord.

The programme started with multi-faith prayers. There were a lot of people present who were not familiar with the devotional songs but, with the help of the songbooks provided and a list of the songs to be sung displayed at the front, everyone joined in and sang. The singing was lively and rousing, reaching a vibrant and energetic crescendo until the aartee was performed around midnight.

Thereafter, a short discourse and that day’s Thought of the Day from Prashaanti were read by our Spiritual Coordinator and our Chairperson respectively. The readings called on all to refocus and to renew our commitment to God and to our own spiritual development with the dawn of this New Year.

After the food prayer, a toast was made by all (with sparkling fruit juice!), followed by the serving of prashaadam (consecrated food). This was a very blissful night as we were with Swaami at the end of the old year as well as the beginning of the new.

We all pray that this New Year brings everybody joy, peace and good health. We also pray for those who are not as fortunate as us and ask Swaami to help them in any difficulty they go through in their lives. Happy New Year 2014!

Pooja Hurgobin
Brixton Sai Centre