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Service Wing - November 2011 Update

"Be the change you want to see in the world" - Mohandas K. Gandhi

The second annual Sewa Day on Sunday 25th September 2011 brought thousands of volunteers from all over the United Kingdom and fifteen countries across the globe including the USA, Kenya, United Arab Emirates, Australia, South Africa, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Mauritius to participate in a day of community volunteering.

The Sewa Day initiative as a concept aims at helping others in need by sacrificing one’s time without wanting anything in return. Service is the first step along the spiritual path (Baba).

Communities, celebrities, politicians and businesses including Croydon council, Metropolitan Police, banking group Lloyds TSB PLC from across the country took part in local projects designed to relieve poverty, help the environment and bring joy to people.

Selfless service has been the spiritual foundation on which the Sri Sathya Sai Service Organisation rests. Volunteers across all walks of life from the SSSSO UK joined forces to share in the wonderful experiences of service to the community on Sewa Day. Service is worship and each act of service is a flower placed at the feet of God (Baba).

Unity is very essential for the progress of the Community (Baba). We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love (Mother Teresa). For the progress of humanity, work alone is not adequate, but the work should be associated with love, compassion, right conduct, truthfulness and sympathy. Without the above qualities, selfless service cannot be performed ( Baba).

A wide variety of service activities from all regions of the SSSSO UK were offered ranging from cooking and serving at Soup kitchens, entertaining the senior citizens, cleaning temples, working on the farm and distributing leaflets for the hospice.

R1 - Soup Kitchen at Spires and general help in the Wimbledon temple.

R2 - Potatoes and vegetables harvest and clearing of weeds at the Hare Krishna temple in Watford, distribution of leaflets for St Luke’s hospice, Soup Kitchen at the Missionaries of Charity, Entertaining 92 seniors in Norwood green Care Home,

Entertaining seniors from age-Link at Greenford Centre and entertaining seniors from Brent in Alperton Centre.

R3 - Potatoes and vegetables harvest and clearing of weeds at the Hare Krishna temple in Watford and assisting Macmillan Cancer support by holding a coffee morning on Saturday 24 September.

R4 - General Seva at Sathya Sai School, Leicester

R5 - Cleaning of temple and collection of plastic tops throughout the week concluding on Sunday 25 September.

R6 - A Tea party at home for lonely seniors and gardening, painting and general handy work in Gemini Associate Home.

R7 - General Seva at Sathya Sai School, Leicester

R8 - Singing and teaching bhajan and slokas at a local temple.

Many volunteers from the community joined us to do service on this day whether on the farm, in the Soup Kitchen at the Missionaries of Charity and in distribution of leaflets among others. Serving selflessly together was indeed a beautiful moment for all.

If you lift the hand to serve, to help, to console, to encourage another man, you are lifting it for God, for God is in every man (Baba).

“I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy, I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy.” Mother Teresa

Gayatri Bikoo
National Service Coordinator