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Region 2 - Slough Sai Centre: Birthday Celebrations

Sunday 23 November 2014

Our beloved Swami’s Birthday celebrations commenced with a powerful Ganesh bhajan which accompanied the SSE children into the hall. Each of these children carried a candle and placed this at the lotus feet of Bhagwan baba. This significance of this start to the programme was twofold, firstly to pay homage to Lord Ganesh, the remover of all obstacles and secondly to bring the eternal light to the afternoons proceedings.

The SEE children then led the unified sound of the voices to chant the Rudram filling the hall with such vibration that each and every one present felt being transported to Prashanthi Nilayam.

Following the Rudram and opening prayers the melodious bhajans commenced led by the singers and supported by a strong chorus which uplifted and energised all the devotees.

Slough Centre was greatly privileged to have Brother Divij Desai, an alumnus from the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning.

Brother Divij studied Physics as an undergraduate and was then instructed by Swami to study for an MBA. Many devotees recognised Brother Divij as one of the uniquely privileged boys who pushed Swami’s chair during Darshan.

Brother Divij shared many experiences of the tender Love and care with which Swami had guided him and how through his intensity of devotion Swami had allowed him proximity as a personal attendant. Brother Divij also spoke about the importance of seva and how this should be done from the heart in a loving manner. There should be no ego attached to seva because the reality is that seva is done to better oneself and not to gain publicity. One should not see seva as an act of doing and a chore rather one should consider himself fortunate to be given the opportunity to serve and fulfil the purpose of mankind’s role in this world which is to serve with love.

Brother Divij concluded his talk by asking the entire congregation to join him in making a solemn oath that on this auspicious day each and everyone will seva with love and full devotion. This oath was placed at the lotus feet of Bhagwan and blessings were sought from the Lord to help us meet this oath.

Following the talk a short video presentation of gram seva was played, Slough centre has witnessed an increased number of new devotees over the year and this was an opportunity to share some of Bhagwan’ s seva projects and how his divine organisation wants us to take his message forward.

The birthday programme continued with a musical item from three renowned artists, namely Balu Raguraman (violin), Subathra Raguraman (veena) and Thanujen Chandrakumar (mridangamthe). Slough centre was blessed to have the opportunity to listen to such enchanting melodies from such dedicated and talented individuals.

The musical item led us beautifully into the birthday song and the cake cutting ceremony. As is the tradition at the centre, the cake was brought into the hall by the SSE children who then blew out the candles and cut the cake. The birthday celebration ended with Mangala Aarthi followed by Maha Prasadham.

The birthday programme was one of the best in recent years and capacity in the hall reached 170 which paid tribute to the hard work and dedication that was put into organising the event by all the active volunteers.

This successful event epitomised the theme of the day which was “Service to Mankind is Service to God”