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Region 1 - Sai Prema: First prayer meeting for Nepal Earthquake Disaster

Sai devotees across the UK reached out with their hearts and hands to pray for their fellow brothers and sisters in Nepal, affected by the devastating earthquake that shook the country on 25th April 2015. An estimated 8,800 people lost their lives and 23,000 were injured by the earthquake measuring 7.8Mw magnitude with its epicentre located in the Eastern District of Lamjung in Northern Central Nepal, situated approximately 180 km from the Capital city of Kathmandu.

The Sathya Sai International Organisation UK was quick to respond, organising a prayer meeting on Sunday 3rd May at Tooting Sai Centre in South London. Devotees gathered to offer their heartfelt condolences and prayers, beginning with three Aums, numerous multifaith prayers followed by 30 minutes of sublime and uplifting bhajans to our dearest Lord to bring comfort, peace and relief (both material and spiritual) to all those affected. Dr Veeru Rao, Council Vice President, opened the meeting with a welcome and introductory message on the importance of prayers for the brothers and sisters of Nepal, who had been affected by the earthquake.

This was followed by a talk from Dr Kiran Patel, Council President, who elaborated on the Nepal Earthquake Relief UK; he explained how the Sathya Sai Organisation in UK was providing service to Nepal. Region 1 President, Rajendra Krishna Manandhar shared an update with a short video presentation on the situation of Nepal after the earthquake. The guest speaker of the day, Dr Achyut Dhital, former Chair of the Nepalese Doctors’ Association provided further updates of the situation in Nepal and his gratitude to the organisation for their support. Dr Upadhyay in his talk also shared his thoughts and prayers too. Brother Ketan Gokani elaborated on the relief efforts taking place for the Nepal Earthquake Relief through the Sathya Sai Charitable Trust UK, Disaster Emergency Fund.

The updates from the speakers touched everyone. 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 Humanity standing in Unity under the ‘Brotherhood of Man and the Fatherhood of God.’

The talks were followed by half an hour of intense chanting of prayers, with all mental energies focused towards bringing healing to the South Asian country and its people. During the powerful chanting, each participant placed a flower at Swami’s divine lotus feet in a prayerful and moving gesture to our Lord to take care of everyone affected in Nepal, as they come to terms with the loss and devastation and start to rebuild their lives once more.

The programme ended with Arathi and chanting of the vibhuti mantra. The Prayer meeting was finally concluded.

Priya Kotecha