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National Pilgrimage 2013

National Event

Dear Brothers & Sisters,
Om Sri Sai Ram!

With the Divine Blessings of our Lord Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, I am immensely delighted to announce the UK National Pilgrimage 2013 to Prasanthi Nilayam, the abode of Supreme Light, Bliss and Peace; in fact, verily our spiritual home and headquarters.

Bhagawan chose Prasanthi Nilayam as the epicentre for His Avataric Mission of transforming 'man in to divine', and His Divine Call drew millions of pilgrims and seekers like us from across the globe over the past decades to this sacred land. Each one found here great joy and fulfilment, and returned with greater strength to progress in their life's pilgrimage. Even today, as Bhagawan blesses the multitudes from His Mahasamadhi, devotees who gather in Prasanthi Nilayam to express their sincere gratitude or seeking solace, strength and inspiration continue to experience profound inner joy and peace. This indeed has been the experience also of devotees who joined the 'Sai Jyoti' UK National Pilgrimage in 2012.

"Not all places where images are installed are sacred; or, if they are sacred, not all of them are equally potent. Truly, this place is a monument for the uniqueness of Bhakthi (Love) as a means of realising the Lord. All stones are not Ahalyas; nor are all feet those of Raama. It is only when the stone that is Ahalya is trodden by the feet of Him who is Raama that the resurrection takes place. What is the resurrection, really'? It is the revelation of the divinity inherent in man. That is the result of contact with God-head; that can come only after years of contrition, which serves to remove the evil from the heart of man". Baba - 28.2.1964

In keeping with our National theme for 2013, 'Year of Harmony', the pilgrimage has been christened 'Sai Anandam- In Harmony with Sai'. Bhagawan has reminded us constantly that at the core of our being, our true nature is Divine Bliss (Anandamaya Kosa). And He explains in simple terms that 'Happiness is union with God'. This pilgrimage thus is an invitation to the Sai family in UK to embark on an exciting journey of harmonising our thoughts, words and deeds so that we can be in perfect harmony with our Divine Lord Sai, and experience the Bliss or Anandam that is our true nature. Sai Anandam is an opportunity to fulfil our lives and express our love and gratitude to our Divine Master.

"It serves no purpose if you merely acknowledge that the Lord has come but do not yearn to benefit by the Advent. In the previous ages, the Incarnations of the Lord were not accepted as such by many. Even their parents, kinsmen, and comrades hesitated to adore them. Only a few sages, who had cultivated the inner vision through study and saadhana, knew their reality. But, today in this Kali yuga, while the currents of contradiction and controversy are undermining faith and adoration, the good fortune that has brought you face to face with Me is something for which you must thank your merit won through many lives. This is no ordinary good fortune. This incarnation is moving with you, your job and grief in order to console, encourage and cure. This relationship is something unique; it has to be kept unbroken, until the goal is reached."

In preparation for this spiritual journey, several Pilgrimage Sadhana Meetings and programmes have been organised, the first of which will be taking place on Saturday the 6th of April 2013 (details below). Our dear Lord has cautioned us against treating such pilgrimages as 'picnics without the mental preparation necessary to receive the Grace of God', and hence all those registering for Sai Anandam are encouraged to make sincere efforts to participate in these programmes wholeheartedly.

"Your pilgrimage to this place on this occasion is but a part of the long pilgrimage upon which you entered when you were born, which may not end even when you die. Do not forget that fact. Be pure, alert and humble as pilgrims ought to be. Treasure the good things you see and the basic truths you hear. Use them as props and promptings for further stages of the journey. Offer your entire self your entire life, to Him; then your adoration will transform and transmute you so fast and completely that you and He can be merged into One. He thinks, feels and acts as you do; you think, feel and acts as He does. Do not defile time, or the physical sheath, or this life's chance, using them for paltry ends."

We welcome everyone to join in this Pilgrimage to offer ourselves to Him and experience the bliss of Oneness.

Dates: 28th July - 3rd August 2013

Please register by clicking the link below
http://www.srisathyasai.org.uk/national-programmes/NP2013/registration.php

Lovingly, In Sai Service

Dr. Kiran Patel
National Chair
Central Council of United Kingdom
Sri Sathya Sai Service Organisation

Start Date and Time: Sun 28 Jul 2013 0:00

Finish Date and Time: Sat 3 Aug 2013 23:59

Venue: Prasanthi Nilayam, Anantapur , Andhra Pradesh, INDIA, ,

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