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1st ‘Sai Prema’ Prayer Meeting for Nepal; Watford, London

The first Sai Prema Prayer Meeting for Nepal was held on Sunday 3rd May at Tooting Sai Centre in South London. Around 200 devotees gathered to offer their heartfelt condolences and prayers, beginning with three Aums and multi-faith prayers, followed by 30 minutes of sublime and uplifting bhajans to bring comfort, peace and relief (both material and spiritual) to all those affected.

Dr Veeru Mudigonda, National Vice-chair, opened the meeting with a welcome and introductory message on the importance of prayer for the brothers and sisters of Nepal, who have been affected by the earthquake.

Then followed a talk by Dr Kiran Patel, National Chair, who elaborated on the Nepal Earthquake Relief UK; he explained how the Sai Organisations around the globe, including SSSSO UK and the Sri Sathya Sai Charitable Trust UK, through the Sri Sathya Sai World foundation were facilitating the relief efforts in Nepal. Region 1 Chair, Rajendra Krishna Manandhar shared an update with a short video presentation on the situation in Nepal after the earthquake. The guest speaker of the day, Dr Achyut Dhital, former Chair of the Nepalese Doctors’ Association highlighted ongoing efforts, current needs and priorities for the future in Nepal. We were delighted to have Dr. Upadhyay who shared his thoughts and prayers too. Ketan Gokani, coordinator for UK Sai Emergency Relief Volunteers (SERV) Committee encouraged all to participate wholeheartedly in the relief and rehabilitation efforts.

The updates provided from Nepal touched everyone’s heart as the pain of our fellow brothers and sisters was felt. We sent our sincere prayers and personal messages of hope, as blank cards were handed out to each member of the congregation to put into words their message of sympathy, love, peace and prayer, which would be delivered to all those affected. In this way, devotees not only connected with their brothers and sisters in Nepal, but got an opportunity to live Swami’s message of everyone standing in unity under ‘Brotherhood of man and Fatherhood of God.’

The programme concluded with half an hour of intense singing of "Om Sai Namo Namaha” chant, with all mental energies focused upon prayers for all those afflicted by the earthquake. During the intense and energising chant, each devotee placed a flower at Swami’s divine lotus feet in a prayerful and poignant gesture to our Lord to take care of all His children in Nepal.

Finally, we had Arathi and chanting of the vibhuti mantra which brought this prayer meeting to a close.

Priya Kotecha, Youth Wing
Region 1, SSSSO UK