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National Birthday Celebrations 2011

National Event

Dear Brothers & Sisters,
Om Sri Sai Ram!

On behalf of the United Kingdom Central Council & Central Trust, it is my great privilege and pleasure to invite you, your family and friends to attend a special Birthday Programme to celebrate the Divine Advent, life and message of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba on Saturday 26th November 2011.

For several decades the life and teachings of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba have inspired and touched the hearts of countless people throughout the world, and inspired them to lead more spiritual, purposeful and moral lives. In the United Kingdom too, His timeless and universal teachings have attracted spiritual seekers from different faiths and spiritual Organisations.

For the convenience of all devotees across UK, including London, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, the National Birthday Celebrations will be held in Leicester (Midlands region) at the Ramgarhia Community Centre. This venue accommodates 1300 people, and so as to make it possible for more devotees to attend this important event and share the joy from its proceedings, the Programme for the day will be held in 2 Sessions. The Morning Session will be held from 10.30am to 2.30pm, and the Afternoon Session will be held from 3.30pm to 7.30pm..

I am also very happy to share that we are indeed very fortunate to have with us on this day, two long standing devotees and eminent international speakers: Leonardo Gutter from Latin America and B S Vijayasai from Bangalore, a former alumnus and faculty member from the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Prasanthi Nilayam, India. Both speakers have been blessed with numerous experiences and insights by Bhagawan, and have often addressed gatherings in His Divine Presence in Prasanthi Nilayam and Brindavan. The programme will also include concerts by acclaimed musical artists as well as devotional singing and prayers. Little doubt then, that we will be blessed to enjoy a 'spiritual feast'!

As the demand for participation in such a programme is high, all devotees wishing to participate are requested to register beforehand to avoid any disappointment on the day. Guest Passes will be issued on a first-come-first-serve basis only, irrespective of Region. Therefore it is important that you register early and secure your entry for the Programme. Please see below for more details regarding Registration.

Date: Saturday 26th November 2011
Venue: Ramgarhia Community Centre, Ulverscroft Road, Leicester, LE4 6BY
Session 1 (Morning): 10.30am - 2.30pm
Session 2 (Afternoon): 3.30pm - 7.30pm

Registration details:

  1. Anyone wishing to attend the National Programme will be required to register on-line via this form or via your Regional Chair
  2. Registration will be open from Tuesday 18th October 2011
  3. e-Guest passes will be required for admission (the venue can only accommodate 1300 people in one seating)
  4. e-Guest passes can be obtained once you register on-line or via your Regional Chair. You will require an e-Guest pass for each member of your family. One pass will be issued per registration. If you have multiple people in you group please register them individually.
  5. You will need to select the session you would like to attend. If selecting both please select a preferred session. If your preferred session is full you will be given the option attend the other session.
  6. Please note that we will close registration for a particular session once the maximum quota is met and you will then be directed to the next available session.
  7. Registration will be closed once both sessions are full and your respective Regional Chair will be notified of this.
  8. Devotees are very welcome to attend both sessions, if they wish to, (subject to availability) as the content in both sessions may differ slightly.
  9. Please print out your confirmation email which has your unique e-Guest pass and bring with you when attending your session.
  10. Please note that due to health & safety entry could be refused to anyone without a valid e-Guest pass if our numbers have reached the maximum limit. Therefore please register early to avoid any disappointments.

This National Birthday Programme will be in addition to all the Centre level and Regional level celebrations taking place throughout November, and is another sacred and befitting opportunity to express our love and gratitude together as a nation, to our Loving Divine Master.

For further information or if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact:

National Secretary - Kiranbhai Patel or National Service Coordinator - Gayatri Bikoo on national-programmes@srisathyasai.org.uk (Your emails will be forwarded to them and you will get a response back straightaway).

We look forward to welcoming you on the day!

Lovingly, In Sai Service

Shitu Chudasama
National Chair
Central Council of United Kingdom
Sri Sathya Sai Service Organisation

"Come, examine, experience, have faith.
This is the method of utilising me. I have come to give you the key of the treasure of bliss, to teach you how to tap that spring, for you have forgotten the way to blessedness. If you waste this time of saving yourselves, it is just your fate. Very few of you desire to get from me the thing that I have come to give you: namely, liberation itself. Even among these few, those who stick to the path of spiritual practice and succeed are a handful. Your innate laziness prevents you from the spiritual exercises necessary to discover the nature of God. This laziness should go. It has to be driven out of man's nature in whatever shape it appears. That is my mission. My activities and movements will never be altered, whoever may pass whatever opinion on them."

"I know the agitations of your heart and its aspirations, but you do not know my heart. I react to the pain that you undergo and to the joy that you feel, for I am in your heart. I am the dweller in the temple of every heart. Do not lose contact and company, for it is only when the coal is in contact with the live embers that it can also become live ember. Cultivate a nearness with me in the heart and it will be rewarded. Then you too will acquire a fraction of that supreme love. This is a great chance. Be confident that you will all be liberated. Know that you are saved"

~ Divine Discourse : 23 November 1968

Start Date and Time: Sat 26 Nov 2011 10:30

Finish Date and Time: Sat 26 Nov 2011 19:30

Venue: Ramgarhia Community Centre, Ulverscroft Road, Leicester, , LE4 6BY

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