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Region 1 - Swami’s Birthday Celebrations at Wimbledon Sai Centre

Dear Love & Light Readers,
Jai Sai Ram!

Wimbledon Sai Centre had the pleasure of celebrating our beloved Swami’s 89th Birthday on Sunday the 23rd of November at Malmesbury Primary School in Morden. Preparations for the most important day in the Sai calendar had begun weeks earlier, with the SSE children writing articles for the annual newsletter and the youth having practices for Bhajans and a presentation.

Many of the Centre members gathered at the venue on Saturday evening to set up the Altar and decorations with a lot of enthusiasm. We were also fortunate to have the support of the youth from Bromley Sai Centre and thus were able to complete the set up earlier than planned.

The Birthday Celebrations started off at 10am with Vedic Chanting, followed by Bhajans by the youth and LOTUSS students and an uplifting Jhula song by one of the Centre’s long standing members. The SSE children then rendered the beautiful ‘1926’ Birthday song and the cake cutting, and this was followed by a presentation by the youth titled ‘The Divine Legacy’. The presentation focussed on some of the major Seva projects initiated and directly overseen by Swami - Education, Medical, Water Supply and Grama Seva. These projects form the essence of the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, and will continue to be so with Swami’s Grace. The Youth finished the presentation with the song ‘Aaj Tumhara Janam Divan Hey (Today is your Birthday)’ which was originally sung at Swami’s 85th Birthday in 2010 in the Divine’s physical presence.

The Celebrations were rounded off with a wonderful finish by the Guest Speaker for the Day, Brother Karthik Prashanth, former Student of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning. Brother Karthik shared with us some of his humbling personal experiences with Swami which only reminded us of Swami’s unconditional love and care for his children. Prasadam was distributed to more than the 100 odd devotees who joined the celebrations until Midday.

On the whole, it was a very fulfilling day! All of the above would not have been possible without Swami’s Grace. Even the persistent rain could not dampen the festive spirit amongst the devotees.

Surely, the devotees took away many happy memories and thoughts from the day, but more importantly the message that we should remember, is that our beloved Swami gives us everything we need; He is our Divine Mother, Father and Best Friend. Let us strive together and achieve the one thing he wants from us – Unconditional Love.

Jai Sai Ram!
Ragu Viswanathan - Youth Coordinator