October 2014 Edition

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The day you establish yourselves in this aanandha, that day will be My Birthday for you. I must0 tell you another fact. Swami\'s Birthday is being celebrated at Puttaparthi because so many thousands come here from far-off places, in spite of the expense and great difficulty during the journey. Do not be under the impression that because it is Swami\'s Birthday, therefore you must come. I have no desire to have My Birthday celebrated; such trivial thoughts can never enter Me. My only desire is to share My aanandha with you, to encourage you to lead lives full of aanandha. My Birthday is when you get aanandha. My Mission is Lokaah samasthah sukhino bhavanthu---\"May all the worlds be happy and prosperous.\" Become aware of the Unity of mankind; promote by love and service the joy and contentment of every one on earth and fill your hearts with that yearning. Then it becomes, verily, the Sai Mandhir (temple). From that moment I am where you are. Since this morning many people have greeted Me \'Happy Birthday!\' No one need wish for happiness for Me, since I am always happy, everywhere. For Aanandha swaruupa (Embodiment of Divine bliss), why talk of happy birthday? You, too, must ever be happy and not wait for the birthday to recur every year to accumulate aanandha.

~ Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Events

National Birthday Celebrations 2014

Articles

Avatar Declaration Day: A true reason to celebrate

Deepavali: The Festival of Light

Guest Speaker - Phyllis Krystal

Region 1 - Brixton Centre Visit to Skanda Vale

Region 1 - Merton Centre Guru Purnima Celebrations

Region 1 - Serve the Planet 2014

Region 1 - Talk By Dr Swami at Merton Sai Centre

Region 1 - YAP: The Peak District

Region 2 - Health Awareness Clinic

Region 2 - Young Adults Programme

Region 3 - Young Adult Programme: Food Session

Region 5 - Health Awareness Day

Region 5 - SSE Fun Day

Sai Smaran Bhajans

Sai Smaran Bhajans

Serve the Planet 2014: A Global Service Project

Editorial

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Loving Sai Ram to you!

The month of October was a busy time for Centres and Groups around the country. We started on the 4th October with Sai Smaran Bhajans, our garland of devotional songs offered in gratitude at the Lotus Feet of our Lord, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Six hours of continual, stirring and stimulating singing in Leicester charged the environment with divine vibrations. Around 300 devotees from around the country had congregated for this divine experience. Look out for the article and pictures in this month\'s edition.

October 20th was an important day for devotees around the country when they celebrated Avatar Declaration Day. This day commemorates the 20th October 1940, when Sathyanarayan, as Baba was then called, stood on the outer doorstep of His home, cast aside his school books that he was carrying and called out: \"I am no longer your Sathya. I am Sai.\" As family and nearby onlookers came rushing to see, they were blinded by a brilliant halo surrounding Baba\'s head. He continued, \"I am going; I don\'t belong to you; Maya has gone; My bhaktas are calling Me; I have My Work; I can\'t stay here any longer\". When His brother hurried home on hearing all this, Baba only told him, \"Give up all your efforts to \'cure\' Me. I am Sai; I do not consider Myself related to you\".

To mark this sacred occasion, Youth of UK chose Refuge UK, a charity that provides specialist support for women and children experiencing domestic violence as their project to serve the planet. Centre devotees were called into action who donated around 300 packs containing range of stationary to Refuge UK for use by children. Inspite of the very time given, Love the invisible Hand of God removed all obstacles and made the undertaking a success.

Devotees celebrated the Festival of Light, the Hindu festival of Diwali on the 23rd October. This was a joyous occasion for everyone to bridge the bond of brotherhood with fellow beings and to remind oneself of the significance behind Diwali that Bhagawan used to remind namely, to light the lamp within so as to dispel the darkness!

There is excitement in the air with centres engaged this month in the visualising and planning of programmes for the upcoming Akhanda Bhajans (8th / 9th November) and Baba\'s Birthday Celebrations.

The Organisation will be celebrating the National Birthday Celebrations on the 15th November, to commemorate the 89th Birthday of our Lord, the theme is ‘Love is My Form\'. Phyllis Krystal will be our special guest speaker. To avoid disappointment, register as soon as possible at:

http://srisathyasai.org.uk/national-programmes/nationalbirthday2014/registration.php

If November is the month where the Lord enjoys the fruits, then October can be considered the month where His devotees toil to reap the harvest!

For all the upcoming and uplifting National and Regional events, please see the National Website for details. For some of the events registration will be needed, as advised on the event page.

K Senthil
R2 Chairperson, Sri Sathya Sai Service Organisation, UK

Avatar Declaration Day: A true reason to celebrate

Those of us fortunate enough to follow Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba will have realised through experience, each in our own way, that a great blessing has been bestowed upon us, perhaps as a result of sufficient merit acquired by us in our past. It would be inconceivable otherwise to be introduced and connected to this Grand Incarnation, the Purna Avatar, and His transformational teachings founded on universal Love for all beings. He tells us:

This Sai has come in order to achieve the supreme task of uniting the entire mankind as one family through the bond of brotherhood, of affirming and illuminating the Atmic Reality (Atma – The Divine Self) of each being, to reveal the Divine which is the basis on which the entire cosmos rests, and of instructing all to recognise the common Divine Heritage that binds man to man, so that man can rid himself of the animal and rise up to the Divine, which is the goal. BABA

Indeed the most remarkable facet of His Mission and the simplest proof of His Divinity is the way in which followers from all the major religions, and millions of people from all over the world from different backgrounds, beliefs and culture, felt spontaneously attracted to Him and His Universal Teachings. They all felt united, inspired and transformed in His Divine Loving Presence.

I have come not to disturb or destroy any faith, but to confirm each in his own faith, so that the Christian becomes a better Christian; the Muslim, a better Muslim; and the Hindu, a better Hindu. BABA

To celebrate this auspicious day, it is important for us to understand where it all began. In yet another of the Divine discourses, our Beloved Swami revealed the following insight:

Nobody knew about Sai Baba in those days. When I returned to Puttaparthi from Uravakonda after My annunciation, the villagers heard the name ‘Sai Baba’ for the first time. They then thought that I had taken a Muslim name. But, Sai Baba transcends religion and caste. Wherever you see, there you will find Him.

The dropping of the collar pin, leaving the school forever and the parents requesting Me to come back to Puttaparthi—these are all reasons that prompted Me to come away from Uravakonda permanently. Since then, My glory has been increasing day by day. People from neighbouring villages started coming to Puttaparthi in large numbers in bullock carts to seek remedies for various types of mental diseases, including those possessed by devils and ghosts. They regarded Me with great faith and would say, ‘It seems the devils and ghosts would leave if the boy orders them so.’ True to their faith, the moment such ‘patients’ were brought into My presence, they were relieved of devils and ghosts. On witnessing this miracle, several people believed My words to be true. BABA

The First Message of Sathya Sai Avatar

Further research into the incident on the historic day of 20th October 1940 tells us the following:
After the group had returned from Hampi, the 14 year old Sathya headed off to school but turned around midway and returned to His brother’s house in Uravakonda.

As the caretaker of his younger brother, Seshama Raju was tremendously distressed and disappointed. But, from hindsight, we know that this little drama was a moment of great import for mankind. Sathya’s turning back from school marks a momentous turning in the cosmic order, beckoning untold Grace of which we are the recipients.

On reaching home, young Sathya tossed His school books aside and announced: “I am no longer your Sathya. I am Sai.”

As He stood outside the house, the sister-in-law took a look from the window. She was overwhelmed by the splendour of the halo around the boy’s head and shrieked!

Addressing her, young Sathya said: “I am going. I don’t belong to you. Maya has gone. My devotees are calling Me. I have My Work. I cannot stay any longer.”

With those words, He left home and never set foot in the house again. To his brother Seshama Raju, He declared he was not related to him and instructed him to give up all attempts to cure Him.
The Excise Inspector, Mr. Anjaneluyu, was an ardent devotee. Sathya went straight to the garden of his residence and selected a large rock which became the foundation on which Sai Baba sat and began His Work of transforming hearts. Word quickly spread about Sathya’s presence in the garden and soon a crowd gathered around the rock, some to worship, a few to mock, and many strictly out of curiosity.
So it was here on 20 October 1940 that the 14-year old Sathya declared His Avatarhood, and a significant new chapter was written into the saga of the Sai Avatar. It was here that He taught his first lesson in transformation, a prayer that is so dear to millions and holds an eternal message for all aspiring souls.

Maanasa bhajare gurucharanam,
Dustara bhava saagara tharanam

Significantly, these words mean, “Meditate O mind on the Feet of the Guru; for He alone can take you across the difficult sea of samsara (worldly existence).”

Samsara is the cycle of birth and death; the process of coming into existence as a differentiated, mortal creature over and over again until one is able to break this repeated rigmarole and merge back into the Infinite Source.

Our Beloved Bhagavan subsequently endeared Himself to millions of followers by standing by His promise to lift up His devotees, ensuring their safe passage above the stormy waters that threaten to engulf us through the journey of life.

“Tough” Divine Love

Records tell us that amid the ecstasies and auras perceived by devotees, for those who relied on their old ties with the boy Sathya, whether friend or family, it was a challenging time:
When Mother Easwaramma arrived from Puttaparthi, her son suddenly said, “Oh, maya has come!” and pointed to her. His parents pleaded with Him to come home, but He said, “Who belongs to whom?”

A Muslim boy, Abdul Ghafoor, was asked to sing the Prayer in Sathya’s absence, but it all ended with the singer, students and teachers in tears. Come to the throne they did, when the school was dismissed for the day, and all the teachers and students flocked to where Baba was staying. But in order to bring about a change in their behaviour, Baba did not acknowledge His former students.

Despite this ‘sudden’ detachment He showed for His family and school mates, Baba consented to letting His parents take Him to Puttaparthi - but only after they promised not to interfere with His task of meeting devotees.

Yet another Divine Leela...

To end this magical recollection, let us cast our eyes on the Beloved form of the young Sathya, garlanded and seated on the rock. In the foreground, we see a miniature Shirdi Sai Baba on whom too is a string of flowers – yet miraculously, the Saint of Shirdi appears only in the photo as those present at the time the picture was taken, claim there was nothing more than a small, crude rock at the forefront of the picture.

We bow our heads in humility before the Infinite, Divine glory of our Beloved Sathya Sai...Jai Sai Ram!!

Deepavali: The Festival of Light

“The inner significance of Deepavali is to lead man from darkness to light. Man is perpetually plunged in darkness. Every time he is enveloped in darkness, he should light a lamp that is ever shining within him. Carry that lamp wherever you go. It will light your path wherever you may be.” As darkness comes early in the evening, and most of us are up before the sun has risen, an air of dreariness seems to descend over many of us at this time of the year. Memories of happy summer days have faded into the distance, and the chill in the air and gloomy weather doesn’t help! So it’s interesting to note that many of our major world religions have festivals of light at this time of year. Christmas, Hannukah and for Hindus, Sikhs and Jains we celebrate Deepavali/Divali – the Hindu Festival of Light! The word “Deepavali” literally means “a row of lights” and there are many origins of the festival. In some parts of India, it is associated with the destruction of the demon Narakasura by Lord Krishna and his consort Sathyabhama. Other people celebrate Lord Vishnu’s 5th incarnation, Vamana, and tells the story of how He destroyed King Bali’s pride. Many of us know the much loved story is that of Rama and Sita, when Deepavali marks the triumphant return of Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshmana to Ayodhya after their fourteen years of exile. The emphasis of all of these essentially celebrates the triumph of good over evil - through prayer, food, music and light. For several days before Deepavali, people clean the house from top to bottom, to signify a new beginning, a fresh start. On Deepavali Day, they wake up early, take ceremonial baths, wear new clothes and light deepams (decorated clay oil lamps) all over the house to show that, just as Rama destroyed the evil Ravana, just as Krishna destroyed the evil Narakasura, the light of God, the light of knowledge, will overcome the darkness of fear and ignorance in our lives.

In the temple, all the deepams are lit from the flame of one central lamp, signifying that each of us has a jivatma or soul and, although each of us may look different and separate, we have all come from the one and only original source of light – the paramatma or God. We also celebrate by eating sweet food, nothing bitter, symbolising our wish for all that is sweet and good in life. We even decorate our floors with intricate and brightly coloured patterns called Rangolis, and sometimes use similar designs to decorate our hands with mehndi patterns – so that we may see beautiful things all around us on this very special day. Gifts and greetings are exchanged and old and young, friends and family come together to celebrate this special day with a wonderful feast of good food and good company.

It is a day of great joy and happiness, which continues even into the night, when we light fireworks to chase away the darkness. Children love this festival because it is a chance to get new clothes and gifts from their parents. It is a day of fun and laughter, but it is also a day of prayer and thankfulness for all the good things that God has given us.

Swami says: “The inner significance of Deepavali is to lead man from darkness to light. Man is perpetually plunged in darkness. Every time he is enveloped in darkness, he should light a lamp that is ever shining within him. Carry that lamp wherever you go. It will light your path wherever you may be.”

Happy Deepavali to you all! May the light within illuminate our thoughts words and deeds and spread our Lord’s message of Love and Unity to all who surround us on this holiest of days.

By Geetha Maheshwaran

Guest Speaker - Phyllis Krystal

We are immensely delighted to announce as our Guest speaker at the National Birthday Celebrations in UK, Mrs. Phyllis Krystal. Phyllis is well known in the global Sai family as an ardent devotee and inspirational instrument in Bhagawan’s mission for over 40 years.

Born in London in 1914 and having completed her education in UK, Phyllis moved to live in California in 1937 with her husband Sidney Krystal. In the late 1950’s, she began receiving in meditation the method she now teaches. She and her husband first heard about Swami in late 1972 and visited Him for the first time in January 1973. They soon discovered that the teaching she had been receiving was the same as Bhagawan’s message, as He confirmed it in repeated interviews.

Phyllis has written many books, including "The Ultimate Experience" and "Let's Thank God", all of which she attributes to Swami, who encouraged her to write them. In 2007, Phyllis attended the 3rd World Youth Conference in Prashanti Nilayam, India, and spoke in Sai Kulwant Hall in Bhagawan’s Divine Presence. During her talk, she took everyone through the method of channeling Baba's Love and spreading it to all.

Under Bhagawan’s continued inspiration, she continues to travel around the world and is also writing more books. We are indeed immensely honored to have Phyllis share her love, experiences and wisdom with all of us at the Birthday Celebrations in London on the 15th November.

Region 1 - YAP: The Peak District

Continuing our new YAP initiative, Region 1 decided to go on a hike to experinece the beatuy of mother nature. With our region being around central london, most of us spend our days, surrounded by man made buildings, towering over us from every angle. We decided to get completely away from the large concrete jungle, and enter a more open area surrounded full of natural beauty, by visiting one of the national parks within our stunning country. As The Peak District is near to Region 5, we asked some of the youth from around the area to join us on this hike. Below is an account from one of the brothers that came with us.

Sai Ram dearest reader. My name is Brana, and I’m one of three youth from New Zealand who has been living in the UK for just over a year now. For all of us, the year has flown by and has been an absolutely life changing experience. We’ve met many wonderful new brothers and sisters within the Sai family and have been treated so well by everyone. Our heartfelt thank you to all of you. This is a bit of a Kiwi write up on a wonderful trip we joined the Region 1 Youth with to the Peak District.

Saturday morning 8am, the group heads off from London in a convoy. Saturday morning 8:30am, and a number of the group have already fallen asleep. Leaving early on a long drive – you’ve got to love it. The group has a wonderful energy to it, with a lot of love and laughter. We stop off for a quick breakie and are off again up the M1. Just as the legs are starting to get sore from inactivity, we’re off the motorway and head towards our meeting point in Chatsworth Park. The whole group is looking forward to spending some quality time in nature. We drive on for another 20-odd minutes before eventually reaching our destination in the beautiful Peak District.

I must admit at this point in time to you dear reader that it wasn’t quite what I was expecting. I’ve since been teased by a few of the youth for the apparent look of disappointment on my face upon arrival. In my defence though, either the name ‘Peak’ District is a slight curve ball, or we have really different definitions of what a ‘peak’ is. But as one of my new brothers points out, you can’t just come from the land of The Lord of the Rings and expect to see the same thing. Having said this though, the place is genuinely beautiful, and I mean that. Not only here, but I can put my hands over my heart and say I really love the English countryside. It reminds me so much of parts of the North Island of NZ, with a different variety of trees and fauna. There seems to be a mentality throughout the country of the grass always being greener on the other side, but the UK really is a beautiful place. The grass is very green in the UK! And I mean that both metaphorically and literally.

The group join forces with some wonderful youth from Region 5 before setting off. Immediately up a gentle hill and past a lovely rock formation, we were revelling in the freshness of the country air. Crossing a highway and up a hill we then stumbled upon a giant sundial with a confusing riddle imprinted on it. None of us could solve the mystery and concluded that someone might have placed it there for a laugh. Things got a bit more exciting when on our path lay a number of cows. No joke, they were actually there, and behind them, a bull with a large nose ring. The animals were beautiful though and had a really peaceful energy to them, quietly munching away on the very juicy green grass of the UK. Their calmness helped us drop the nervousness whilst walking around them. We reached the highest point along the walk (the ‘peak’, you might say) and spent some time gazing at the beautiful and vast valley below us.

These are moments in which we can stop, take a deep breath and really admire the wonder of creation before us. Nature is very special. It is pure life force and consciousness in its own right. Some of my favourite moments in life are standing on top of a mountain and just gazing into the horizon. A quiet moment of gratitude for the present and for everything that has lead you to that very special moment of peace. A look to the skies, and an appreciation of All That Is. Our spiritual connection can be very much internal, and gratitude can be shown purely by thought and heartfelt intent.

Nature allows us to let go and go back to a purer state of being. Away from all of the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle that is London. Away from the noise, and the pollution to a space where the air is pure and the sounds are soft. Where the colours are vibrant and the energies radiant. Where our minds can relax and our heart smiles in silence.

It’s time to leave this space, but not before a photo session or four. Back down the hill, we headed towards the town whilst indulging in samosas, flapjacks, and watching a genuinely fascinating show of border collie vs chicken. We remain uncertain whether these two were fighting of playing. In fact rumour has it that they are still at it. A well-deserved loo break and through a revolving gate we stop for lunch. With acres of green UK grass we were spoilt for choice for where to sit and eat.

Through a valley full of sheep and up a hill we pass a herd of deer looking so beautiful, friendly and graceful. Up and over a couple of stone walls we headed back to the place where it all began. A refreshed mind, body, and spirit. A greater appreciation of nature and animals and a stronger bond within the group, it was time to head back home. Whilst we continue today with our busy lives, the Peak District remains still, wise, full of life, and just waiting to be explored.

Sai Ram, with Love, gratitude and green grass,
Branavan Ravichelvan
Youth

Sai Smaran Bhajans

Swami has often reminded us that the path to liberation in the Krita Yuga was meditation (Dhyanam), in the Tretha Yuga was performing rituals (Yagna), in the Dwarpara Yuga was worship (Archana) but now in the Kali Yuga is chanting the name of the Lord (Namasmarana). Of course, what better way to accomplish this than to sing the glory of the Lord through group devotional singing, where the love of the devotees pours out in the form of divine singing. With this in mind, the eighth Sai Smaran bhajans were conducted on 4th October 2014, the auspicious occasion of Vijaya Dashami, in Leicester.

Devotees, including tender infants and the respected elderly, from all over the UK trekked to Leicester with the purpose of singing Bhagawan’s name in unison. Walking into the hall and seeing the altar with its delicate intricacies and the divine photo of Swami, one could immediately absorb the divine vibrations. No doubt great efforts and dedication were required to achieve such a result.

The session commenced with Rudram that was very much reminiscent of Prashanti Nilayam where we would be sat in Sai Kulwant Hall, anticipating Swami’s Darshan in his radiant orange robe. Included in the programme was a beautiful and electrifying musical offering by youth on violin, sitar and tabla. Following this, Bhajans commenced and carried through with spectacular energies. Just sitting there in the hall, one could imbibe the powerful atmosphere generated by the congregation. The standards of bhajan singing was incredible, indicating the practice and the talents of the singers and the musicians. Swami must have been present – He had to be!

With the love and kindness of volunteers, we were all treated to a sumptuous lunch giving us the boost to intensify the energies and carry on singing until the end. But of course, all sessions must come to a close. At this Sai Smaran though, the ending was something to remember. As soon as the Mangala Aarti began, we re-lived the experience of being in Prashanti and listening to Swami’s students singing. Devotees left quietly following the sensational experience, taking away with them the gift of divine vibrations that the Lord had generated through us. The abode of eternal peace, Prashanti Nilayam, had made its way to Leicester and it was this peace that devotees were able to carry home.

What is so special about group devotional singing, you may ask? To put simply, it is a humbling opportunity for our devotion towards the Lord, irrespective of background, age and status, to come together and unite to produce that one sound of pure, earnest love. “Sai Smaran” itself means “thinking” or “remembering” Sai. More than just chanting and remembering the name for ourselves though, we hope Sai Smaran has generated vibrations that will resonate across the world for the good of God’s creation.

We thank Swami for making this occasion possible. It is unequivocal that for many of us living in the hustle and bustle of the world today, such events are required to remind us of the power generated through the sound of the Lord’s name in song.

Dixa Thakrar
Youth Wing, Sathya Sai Baba Centre of Leicester
Region 4, SSSSO UK

Sai Smaran Bhajans

A Petal of Yearning

Just as a Lotus flower is soft, sublime, sacred and sweet, so are the feet of our Divine Master. Surrender, devotion, deference, contemplation to name a few, were the petals offered at the Lotus feet of our Beloved Baba on our 8th session of Sai Smaran bhajans.

Rajadhi Rajaya Prasahya Sahine
The Lord of all Lords, one who is above endurers,
The Supreme of the kings. One who possesses the chariot

Overlooking Her very own, the mother looked on as Her children poured forth their love through melodious bhajans and crafted musical notes on their instruments. Each clap encapsulated the sacred Prema Bandhan (Love bond) between Master and disciple.

A hall gleaming with faces of young and old, brown and white, yet there was only one focus. The one which brought them together and in unison they sung His Glory as His glowing form was being visualised on the projection.

He gave, gave and gave every day, every minute and every second, nothing has changed! He keeps on giving, giving and forgiving! What we give, however small or insignificant to our eyes, He lovingly accepts. Heads swayed in awe of His magnificence that was pitched by devotees yearning for His glance, seeking refuge in Him.

I am sure that everyone present would agree when I say that I certainly did not want the bhajans to end! As one of the brother’s said, “If you sing bhajans with full love, devotion, humility and discipline, we can create this blissful state and high energy atmosphere”. Sai bhajans are now sung in every corner of this world which just shows how powerful chanting the name of the Lord is. Personally having been to previous Sai Smaran bhajans in various regions in the UK, this one was extra special- all the youth in the spiritual wing have put in endless amount of effort to make this day extraordinary. But let us not forget that nothing is possible without the Divine Grace of our Dear Swami.

Like sails that guide the ship to its destination, it felt very much like He was guiding us back to His abode.

Jai Sai Ram
Asha Chauhan
Spiritual Wing (Bhajans Coordinator)
Sathya Sai Baba Centre of Leicester, Region 4, SSSSO UK

Serve the Planet 2014: A Global Service Project

‘Serve the Planet’ is a unique global service project in its 2nd year of inception. Through this service project, fellow Sai brothers and sisters from about 125 countries across the continents, unite with each other under a common global theme to serve their local communities. This youth-led, annual service project is rendered as a humble offering of love and gratitude to our Divine Lord, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, on the special occasion of the epoch-making event on October 20th 1940: The Avatar Declaration Day.

The theme for this year’s Serve the Planet is focused on children, ‘Children are our future’. Accordingly, SSSSO UK partnered with the hugely popular national charity organisation, Refuge UK, that has received many accolades for its work with children who, unfortunately, had become victims of domestic violence.

Most of us experience our homes to be a place of retreat, where we can relax, feel loved and feel safe. But for many thousands of women and children in the UK, this is not the case. The place where they stay is a place filled with anxiety and fear - fear for the physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing of their children and themselves, every single day. For almost 45 years Refuge UK have offered refuge, a safe place, to women and their children who have fled their homes to be free from domestic violence, in hope for a brighter future.

Sai devotees across all 8 Regions of the UK responded spontaneously with incredible love and unity to this opportunity to serve and created school and activity packs for these children. Packs contained essential school stationary such as pens, rulers and calculators, as well items to encourage creativity such as sketch-pads, colouring pencils and family games. Packs were presented to Refuge UK on the special day, 20th October, at 8 different Collection points in cities across the UK, and with prayers for a bright future for the children!

In total, devotees across the UK offered 332 packs for the children.

The original target was 265 packs, but in a very short time, with Swami’s Grace and Will and the love of devotees the target was not only met but was exceeded!

“Let me tell you that nothing is impossible if an organised society is set on achieving it…Through the sense of unity, the willingness to sacrifice, and the softness of compassion, all objects can be gained. So, the Sathya Sai Organisation must move forward with hearty enthusiasm in the field of service to society”.
- Sathya Sai Baba, Sathya Sai Speaks (19th November, 1981).

Many devotees, both young and senior, enjoyed this service to children immensely. Already plans are afoot across Sai Centres in the country to continue and progress this activity in the future.

We sincerely thank Swami for giving us this opportunity to serve the young ones in our society and share our love with them. We thank Him for bringing to the front of our consciousness the incredible message of Love all, Serve all.

“I tell the devotees to always pray, Loka Samasthah Sukhino Bhavantu (May all the people of the world be happy!) All should be happy, healthy and blissful. With such sacred motive, I have been spreading the message of love to the entire world."
- Sathya Sai Baba (20th October, 2002).

'Children are our future': Summary of Activity in UK

Dr. Nishal Govindji-Bhatt,
On behalf of ‘Serve The Planet’- Team UK

Region 1 - Brixton Centre Visit to Skanda Vale

On the night of 22nd August, Brixton Sai Centre made their journey to Carmarthen, South West Wales to visit the Skanda Vale Temple. As we began our departure, we commenced the journey chanting the Vedas and sang group devotional songs throughout the night. We reached our destination at about 4.30 am ready to attend the first prayer at 5 am.

Skanda Vale is a multi- faith monastery located in the valleys of South West Wales which was founded by Guru Sri Subramaniam in the summer of 1973. The road to the temple is very narrow allowing just one vehicle to pass at a time. There are three temples: The Murugan Temple, The Maha Shakti Temple and The Ranganatha Temple, each one is dedicated to Lord Subramaniam, Divine Mother Kali and Lord Vishnu.

As we reached the entrance to the Murugan temple, delegates quietly assembled and patiently waited until a monk arrived to welcome us; women were seated on the left and men on the right. As I entered the temple, I noticed a big picture of Baghawan Shree Sathya Sai Baba on the wall welcoming us too. The Monks started the proceedings by reciting the multi- faith prayers and sang devotional songs; we joined in the chorus, and concluded with Aarathi to Lord Subramaniam.

We then made our way to the Maha Shakti temple located at the very top of the hill. The pathway was directed with signs to the temple at each point. The scenic view while walking up the hill was beautiful. Skanda Vale is surrounded by tall hills, large trees, cows, buffaloes, deer, goats, rabbits and dogs. It was lovely to feel and be surrounded by a different living, united atmosphere. As swami says, ‘To see God in everything, to love everything as manifestations of God, and offer everything to God as an offering of love- this is the way of love’. Transport was provided for the elderly and anyone unable to walk up the hill. This truly reflected upon Swami’s teaching as ‘Service to man is service to God’. The Sarva Dharma emblem was imprinted on the transport vehicles.

The prayers inside the Maha Shakti Temple started at 6.30am. During the prayers, the vibrations we received were so divine, it felt as though time had stopped for a second; we were in absolute peace. All the contributions such as fruits, flowers and groceries from delegates were offered for blessings while chanting the name of Goddess Annapoorna, the mother of food. As the temple could take in a few delegates only, there was a large colourful tent situated outside the temple with long benches so everyone could sit and watch the proceedings of the prayers on a big screen. We then concluded with aarathi to Maha Kali.

After, everyone had the opportunity to visit the temple and pay their respects; we made our way down the hill to the canteen to have maha prasadam, which was lovingly made and served by the volunteers.

Our last visit was at the Ranganatha temple, located outdoors. There was a large statue of Lord Vishnu sleeping in a lake, who appeared to be floating in the abode of peace. We sang devotional songs as we waited for the monks to arrive. The prayers started at 9.30am with water gushing through the large rocks showering over Lord Shiva and entering the lake to Lord Vishnu and flowing towards Goddess Lakshmi. Offerings from delegates were placed around Lord Vishnu. It was a magnificent and picturesque scene. The final aarathi was offered to Lord Vishnu and prasadam was distributed, as blessings. There was a souvenir shop to treasure our wonderful visit and to obtain snacks for our return journey to London. Overall it was a memorable and spiritual trip which we will never forget with the grace of our Lord Bhagawan Baba.

Jai Sai Ram.
Jugdish Injore

Region 1 - Merton Centre Guru Purnima Celebrations

Om Sri Sai Ram,

On Saturday 12th July, devotees all around the world celebrated the auspicious festival of Guru Purnima.

Guru Purnima is marked every year on the day of the full moon, in the month of Ashadha in the Hindu calendar, which occurs between July and August. The day is celebrated to express gratitude to our spiritual Guru for always being full of brilliance, affection and remaining unblemished like the full moon. A Guru is always filled with peace and has equanimity in his mind. He therefore leads his disciples by example and not just by words.

The meaning of Guru is as follows: ‘Gu’ means darkness and ‘ru’ means light. Therefore, a Guru is one who removes the darkness in our minds in the form of our six enemies (or bad qualities) and imparts wisdom.

We all collectively chant the Shloka, “Guru Brahma, Gurur Vishnu, Guru Devo Maheshwara, Guru Sakshaath Parabrahma, Thasmai Sri Gurave Namaha”.

The meaning of this is – "Brahma is the Guru, Vishnu is the Guru, Maheshwara is the Guru, truly, Parabrahma is the Guru." Therefore, we should pray to the Lord present within us, who may be in the form of Brahma, Vishnu, Maheshwara or Parabrahman. Swami says that this is the path for spiritual enlightenment.

Swami has also said that on this sacred day, we should celebrate by praying to the Lord and not merely by fasting. Praying helps us to cleanse our minds and hearts but fasting only purifies our physical bodies. This is the day to master our senses and intellect, including emotions, thoughts and desires, through sadhana (practice). Through such sadhana, we will be able to make our minds cleaner and brighter, like the moon.

Devotees at the Merton Sai Centre celebrated Guru Purnima by singing bhajans in praise of our Bhagawan, who is our loving Lord and Guru. The evening began at 7 pm with Omkars and 108 names of our Bhagawan, which was then followed by bhajans. The celebrations concluded with Arathi to our Lord at 8:30 pm. The love of the devotees assembled at the Sai Mandir created a vibrant spiritual atmosphere enabling everyone to experience His Divine presence throughout the evening.

- Shalini Karunananthan

Region 1 - Serve the Planet 2014

As part of this years’ Serve the planet project, the devotees of region 1 came together, to pack hampers for Refuge UK- a UK charity that support women and children affected by domestic violence:

Swami has said, "A wave of service, if it sweeps over the land catching everyone in its enthusiasm, will be able to wipe off the mounds of hatred, malice and greed that infest the world." Sathya sai Speaks vol 28, page 282”

This apt quote of our dear Swami, conveys what we felt was the focus for this years’ Serve the planet project; how with unity, we are able to bring some form of hope and happiness to the children that are affected by domestic violence.

And with such thoughts we came together, to pack items which included note book, pens and pencils, ruler, rubber, board- games, calculator, colouring pencils. The evening started with a few youth, but quickly we had a large team of youth and adults, working together. In total 91 hampers were packed, all set for delivery in the coming days to the needy.

Domestic violence is truly a saddening situation for anyone, especially children. We thank Swami for the opportunity, for what we hope will bring a smile to them during difficult times.

Abi Nadesan
Wimbledon Centre

Region 1 - Talk By Dr Swami at Merton Sai Centre

Om Sri Sai Ram,

On Tuesday 22nd July, we were very fortunate to have Dr K L N Swami with us at the Merton Sai Centre. Dr Swami was blessed with the rare privilege of serving our beloved Bhagawan at the Brindavan Campus of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning between 1988 and 2002. He was a professor of English language and was the Principal of the Brindavan campus between 1995 and 2002. He prayed to Bhagawan to allow him to take retirement in 2002. Since then, he has been living in USA. He regularly gives talks and conducts study circles at various Sai centres across the globe.

The evening commenced at 7 pm with Omkar, 108 names of our beloved Swami, followed by bhajans. Dr Swami also led the bhajans by singing “Shridi Sai Parthi Sai Humko Deejo”, which elevated the spiritual atmosphere even more. Shortly before commencing his talk, he reminded how Swami’s bhajans were very uplifting even if were to just listen to them.

Dr. Swami started his talk with a small prayer to Swami. The devotees were captivated by his sweet, nectarine voice as his tone was quite similar to our beloved Bhagawan. He shared some of his experiences with Swami whilst he was working at the University with utmost humility and love. He narrated incidents that he experienced with our Lord, both, in His physical form and transcendental form.

During the talk, Dr. Swami kindly permitted us to have a “Question and Answer” session. One of the questions raised by a youth member was: “Being a student, we come across many obstacles, including exams. During exam time, there are times where we lose focus as well as motivation. What advice would you give in increasing our concentration and ensuring that we are always working to our utmost ability?” Dr Swami’s response was very sweet and concise – “Bhajans!” He emphasised the power of bhajans and devotional singing on the self as well as our surroundings. Singing bhajans allows us to focus on God and to cultivate one-pointed concentration. These qualities will be particularly helpful for students during their studies.

Finally, to conclude the wonderful session, he sang a sweet Telugu poem written to Swami. Everyone present at the Sai Centre would agree that despite being one of the older members present in the congregation, his energy levels and enthusiasm was beyond comparison. His positive energy inspired everyone, particularly the youth. We could see that he always had Swami in his heart and that was clearly reflected in his thoughts, words and deeds.

We thank Dr K.L.N Swami from the bottom of our hearts for sharing time with us to talk about Swami and for filling us with the divine love of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

- Shalini Karunananthan

Region 2 - Health Awareness Clinic

With the Grace of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, once again, a Sathya Sai Health Awareness Day took place at The Botwell Leisure Centre in Hayes on Saturday 13th September 2014. This day was organised by Hillingdon Community Health, part of the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with the Sri Sathya Sai Organisation UK.

The purpose of this Sathya Sai Health Awareness Day was to provide free general health checks and health advice to all people from all walks of life, with the main objectives being:

• To increase the awareness of commonly occurring diseases.
• To increase the awareness of healthy lifestyle options and disease prevention.
• To increase the awareness of local National Health Services.

The services were provided lovingly by Health Care professionals comprising of two GPs, 1 Optometrist, five nurses together with other healthcare professionals and supported along side smiling faces and helping hands of general volunteers were: Checking Body Mass Index, Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar levels. Individuals who took these health checks had their results explained to them by a qualified Nurse. Also available was GP advice on health concerns and issues, Eye examinations with detailed easy to understand feed back from the Optometrist and a Diabetes Risk Assessment with advice given on diet, exercise and lifestyle changes. Finally, in addition to these services were three separate stalls manned by caring professionals raising awareness and providing information on Bowel Cancer, Tuberculosis and Smoking Cessation.

Over 215 people visited the event with nearly 650 consultations. Eleven visitors were referred to their GPs as well as a further five to see the opticians.

Another service which was not planned to be a part of the Sathya Sai Health Awareness Day, but seemed most certainly planned by our Dear Lord for his children, was story telling. The stories were told to the children, by a volunteer who runs a nursery, whilst they waited for their parents/guardian to have their eyes examined.

Many Individuals who had their health checks did not originally set out to do so. They were lovingly approached by caring volunteers who made them aware of the services that were being provided and were then invited to take the various health checks. The overall feedback from the general public was that they appreciated the services being provided as they were free of charge, readily available to everyone and with the added bonus of not having to make an appointment. They mentioned that the Health Care Professionals conveyed information in clear, simple language that they could understand. They commented on being more aware of the importance of having a regular health check and enquired as to when the next Sathya Sai Health Awareness Day in Hayes would take place, so that they could spread the word to their family and friends to attend.

As the day came to an end it was clear to see that Sathya Sai Health Awareness Days provide a valuable means for local people to access Health Care Professionals, have a general health check, and increases awareness in the community of commonly occurring diseases and their prevention before it is too late.

Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba has said, “Instead of treating people after the onset of disease, it is better to ensure that they do not fall ill at all.” With this in mind, we the team at the Sathya Sai Health Awareness Day in Hayes pray to our Dearest Swami that the day contributed in doing just this.

Ms Chetna Mistry,
Sathya Sai Baba Centre of Wembley

Region 2 - Young Adults Programme

On Sunday 21st September 2014, Region 2 Youth gathered for the Young Adult Programme (YAP). Sri Sathya Sai Centre, Greenford were the hosts.

The theme for the Region 2 YAP this year has been Swami’s Nine Point Code of Conduct. Each centre has been allocated two ‘points’, invite other youths from other centres and put together a theme based on the two points to share. The Nine Point Code of Conduct had been laid down by our beloved Bhagavan to ensure that we have a set of general rules to follow in our daily lives. These rules, when supplemented with purity of thought, self-sacrifice and intensity of devotion towards God, ensure His continual grace. Greenford Sai Centre was given the following themes to think about:

  1. Group devotional singing/prayer once per week
  2. Regular study of Sai Literature

The programme commenced at 11am and started off with the chanting of the Ganapathi Prarthana and the Ganapathi Atharva Seersham. These were followed by wonderful bhajans sung by the youth of Region 2. Swami has said that where His glory is sung, He automatically manifests Himself there. This was evident during this session – Greenford Centre’s usual tabla players were unable to make it, but Swami has provided them with not one, but two tabla players from the visiting youth! The bhajans were fantastic and vibrations in the atmosphere were blissful.

Why are bhajans so important? Why does Baba emphasise the singing of bhajans? Why are bhajans sung twice per day in Prashanti Nilyam? Well, as stated in a particular discourse found in Summer Showers in 1995, He says:

“Realize that there is nothing greater than bhajans. What bliss is there in bhajans! What a demonstration of oneness is it when a myriad throats join in uttering the name of God! The vibrations emanating from them make the heart vibrant. If you sing alone in your shrine, the vibrations return to you as a reaction. But in community singing, what you have is not a reaction but a wave of vibrations. They enter into the atmosphere and purify the polluted air. The atmosphere today is polluted by bad thoughts and feelings. When you sing the glory of God, the atmosphere gets purified”.

Well, vibrations were certainly felt on this sunny morning in Greenford.

Aarti was offered just after 12pm which was followed by the distribution of vibuthi. Divya, one of the SSE children, shared an inspirational reading with the congregation. She spoke briefly on a set of five wise rules which would ensure we would always be happy and healthy. Divya was followed by Nidhi, an SSE teacher, who welcomed the visiting youth, introduced the next task and spoke about the importance of the study of Swami’s literature. Bhagavan Baba, from 1953, delivered many discourses on a range of topics such as the Gita, Ramayana, meditation, bhakti and education to name a few. Out of His love and compassion, these were compiled for mankind’s benefit into well known volumes of books. There are 15‘vahinis’, 12 ‘Summer Showers’ and over 42 ‘Sathya Sai Speaks’.

The post-bhajan activity was then introduced. Participants (not just the youth) were to go to the back of the hall and look at a variety of extracts from Swami’s discourses which had been stuck to the wall. Participants were to read Baba’s discourse material and discuss their perceptions of the context of the literature with others around them. There were a set of 8 questions which needed to be answered by everyone with a final statement on one new thing learned and what would be incorporated from this particular challenge in our daily lives.

On the whole, the programme was enjoyable and conducted in a spirit of unison. It provided another opportunity for Swami’s devotees to come together, pray and have an impromptu mini ‘study circle’ based on His life teachings.

Rishi Chhibba
Youth member
Sri Sathya Sai Centre, Greenford.

Region 3 - Young Adult Programme: Food Session

I am very grateful to Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba for giving me the opportunity to participate in the Region 3 YAP, held on Saturday 30th September 2014, in Woodford Green. It was a wonderful experience to be among conscious, young aspirants, who led and participated in study circle. As we grow and develop on the spiritual path, our consciousness expands; we are presented with opportunities to express this in all aspects of our lives from how we spend our time (Sadhana) to making value based choices at work or just simply how to conduct ourselves in society.

This study circle was a stimulus for me to analyse my awareness around a simple activity which I have been doing since the day I was born: eating. Previously, I had never sat down to contemplate on this question; (most) fellow youth present (from Luton, Walthamstow, Manor Park and Thurrock Sai Centres) shared that they had a joyous relationship with food, for which they owed great debt and gratitude towards their physical mothers; but it became clear that our mind has an influence on our eating behaviours. Until a few years ago, I was simply too busy to even give a thought towards where my food came from or how the ingredients were produced; as a vegetarian, I was simply content that nothing was slaughtered before it ended up on my plate and if I wanted to be healthier, I would simply select the “low fat” versions of what I wanted to eat from the local supermarket!

Another question which does not usually feature in a lot of discussions on healthy eating was: how we (actually) eat our food? Swami looks for purity of heart behind any of our actions and here was another opportunity to practise this. If our mind is in the “present” and focused when we are eating, (as opposed to thinking of what we have done or what we are going to do during meal times), we benefit from the energy of the satwic diet much more.

Much is known about energy of the physical body, so next, we were invited to look at the role of energy within our subtle bodies called “nadis”. These nadis are channels which carry the life force energy, AKA “prana” or in Chinese tradition “Chi/qi”. Activities within the subtle body, which we cannot see, have a heavy influence on the functioning of our physical body and its systems. It then goes without saying that if we eat foods which have higher levels of “prana,” this will enable our subtle body to function better, resulting in better health of the physical body.

“What determines the levels of prana in food?” This is a very complex issue, but put simply, the levels of natural sunlight a plant receives in growth and to produce food affects its prana levels. Where vegetables and fruit are mass produced under artificial conditions for the sake of catering towards huge demand, we have to question the quality of what we are eating. What levels of prana does it have? Does it have adequate levels of nutrition that our body needs? An interesting fact was thrown out: a single orange eaten at the time of our grandparents, is nutritionally equivalent to eating 8 oranges in the present; if this fact is taken to be true, this says a lot about the diminishing nutritional content of our food in general.

The freshness of food was also discussed, for example did you know that it is normal practice to store apples for more than six months in warehouses before being sold? The sooner one eats food after it has been harvested, the better it is for our health as the level of prana and nutrition has not had a chance to diminish over time. Bearing this in mind, it therefore becomes an added incentive to invest time and effort into growing our own food. By Divine will, we are fortunate that many local councils in the UK have set up schemes to encourage people to do grow their own!

Our next best option is to obtain food high in nutrient and prana, If we cannot grow our own, we could choose to participate in local box schemes. The companies which put these boxes together, source local, organic produce which can be delivered directly to your door, mostly for free or with a nominal charge. These food boxes are likely to have higher levels of prana than food that has travelled thousands of miles as they are much fresher and since they are organic, we are not ingesting any unnecessary chemicals from the use of pesticides; in addition, their low carbon footprint shows our veneration and respect towards Mother Earth.

In today’s world, where humans are constantly tempted by the five senses through advertisements in the media, can we control our urge and appetite for fast foods? From this, I now consider processed and fast foods to be the last resort, given that they are probably devoid of any prana and contain very little nutrition. Furthermore, processed foods contain preservatives which some studies have shown to have dangerous effects on the behaviour and mental wellbeing of adults and children. With regards to processed foods, I now know that the fewer chemicals it contains, the better it is for health.

After discussing the consequences of industrial farming of fruit and vegetables, our attention was turned towards to mass production of milk. The health and ethical advantages of a vegan diet were discussed. It was highlighted that we are the only species on Earth to consume milk from another animal. Unlike in the times of Lord Krishna, cows in the West and increasingly in the East too, are treated inhumanely; they undergo artificial insemination, suffer trauma through having their calves taken away as soon as they’re born and they’re unable to walk with the weight of their udders containing 40 per cent more milk than they could naturally produce. As a result of continuous maltreatment, a huge amount of pus is also produced, compromising the quality of the milk.

As we grow in consciousness, and strive to feel unity with all creation, can we continue to support the silent suffering of these poor animals? On reflecting upon the act of eating with open eyes, I now realise that the developing world face very different issues to those in developed countries. In the developing world, some people barely have enough to eat; on the other hand, we have the opposite problem – there is so much choice available, yet we have so many diseases and ailments emerging from our inability to select wisely.

At the end of the day, we are free to make our own choices, yet are we willing to embrace consequences of eating poorer quality foods? Can we make that change to buy organic, local and fair-trade products if we are not growing our own? In our growing awareness of “being” and oneness with all of creation, these are some very pertinent questions which we need to ask ourselves each time we make choices about the food we eat.

Region 3 Sai Youth
P. Kapil Dev and AG

Region 5 - Health Awareness Day

A free walk-in Health Awareness Day (HAD) was held at Oldham Library, Greater Manchester on Saturday 27th September 2014. This was the fourth year running for HAD, and with Blessings from Bhagawan, proved to be a huge success once again, where over 160 visitors from Oldham and surrounding areas in Greater Manchester came through the doors.

Our day was started by inviting Bhagawan Baba with 3 Oms amongst our Sai Organisation volunteers; the official inauguration to the public was by the Mayor of Oldham Cllr Hussain. Guest speakers and supporters of the event present on the day were: Mrs Andrea Ellison – Library & Information Manager, Mr Alan Higgins – Director of Public Health, Cllr Susan Dearden – Chair of Health & Wellbeing Board – Oldham Cabinet member and Dr Anita Sharma – Oldham NHS CCG Board member. All the esteemed guests expressed how this event showed much unity amongst our volunteers and all approved of the ethos of the event – to serve the wider community with love.

The guests all commented on the organisation of the event and the selfless service offered by the entire team of complementary therapists, medics and volunteers. The Mayor said, “I’m very pleased with the Sai Organisation who have helped in organising this event” and also, “so many professionals giving up their time free and selflessly … “

Dr Anita Sharma said, “I’m really impressed how dedicated professionals are here to help improve health of Oldham people…”

Alan Higgins said, “I am a supporter of this event and enjoy the atmosphere the moment I walk into the gallery. The whole event is very uplifting and benefits individuals by having their medical checks.
I think the informality makes it easier to talk to professionals who are able to give more time to listen. Volunteering is the backbone of this event; people are here because they really want to be here.”

The event was jointly organised by Oldham Council, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, and our Sai Organisation. Pennine Care\'s Health Improvement Service, together with medical professionals from our Sai Organisation, provided free health checks including blood pressure, weight management, diabetes care, health improvement advice and GP consultations. Other health professionals were also on-hand to provide dental check-ups, advice on oral hygiene, eye care and medication information. A range of complementary therapies were also offered: homeopathy, back care, massage, aromatherapy, reiki and yoga.

Some new attractions were added for this year, which included lots of fun activities including a family first aid workshop, arts & crafts for children, and Oldham Coliseum, a local drama group, performing "The Tale of The Lost Tooth" throughout the day, raising awareness of oral health for young children.

We pray to Bhagawan Baba to give us the determination to continue to Serve and take every opportunity to do so.

Let me tell you that nothing is impossible if an organised society is set on achieving it…Through the sense of unity, the willingness to sacrifice, and the softness of compassion, all objects can be gained. So, the Sathya Sai Organisation must move forward with hearty enthusiasm in the field of service to society.
- Sathya Sai Speaks, 19th November, 1981.

Sanjay Vaja (Manchester) and Nishal Govindji-Bhatt (Region 5 RYC)

Region 5 - SSE Fun Day

On Sunday 14th September 2014, Region 5 held their inaugural SSE fun day. Our SSE teachers and youth wing worked to produce a day that was filled with spiritual activity for the children to engage with and learn from.

The day commenced with heartfelt SSE prayers and a question and answer session with SSE alumni. The children enjoyed listening to the experiences of the alumni during their time as SSE students and how the teachings of Swami and the skills they developed from participating in SSE have positively impacted upon their family and work life. The alumni highlighted the importance of keeping the teachings of Our Lord at the forefront of all that we do. This was a message that was echoed throughout the day, to help our SSE children reflect on the many challenges they may face at school today, and to subsequently think about possible solutions to these challenges.

Children (and parents!) participated in yoga and pranayama activities specifically designed for children and had great fun as posing as lions! Younger children decorated candles and have taken them home to light on the auspicious day of Diwali. They also participated in a children’s classical dance workshop, and were able to demonstrate the significance of the Guru stotram. Our older SSE enjoyed playing ‘Who wants to be a spiritual millionaire’ and put their teamwork skills to the test with a game of rounders. Their young minds were stretched in a workshop on the theme of ‘speak softly and lovingly’.

The day was enjoyed by all and many lessons have been taken home for our children to utilise in their daily lives. The strongest message that our children have taken from this day is to walk side-by-side with Our Lord in all that we do.

Sai Ram.
Harsha Parmar, Region 5 SSE co-ordinator

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