National Pilgrimage 2016: 'Sai Sevanam'- Love in Action

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Om Sri Sai Ram.

With the divine blessings of our beloved Bhagawan, Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the UK Central Council is immensely delighted to announce the National Pilgrimage 2016 to our spiritual home, Prasanthi Nilayam: The Abode of Supreme Peace which confers bliss on one and all.

Christened 'Sai Sevanam- Love in Action' , this pilgrimage will commence on the 10th of July and conclude on the 20th of July. It is significant to note that during this period, pilgrims will also have the unique opportunity to witness and participate in 2 important festivals at Prasanthi Nilayam- the World Youth Festival between the 12th and 14th, and the auspicious Gurupoornima on the 19th of July.

"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."
Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 8, chapter 45

We welcome all devotees to join this sacred pilgrimage by registering at: http://www.srisathyasai.org.uk/national-programmes/np2016 (Click here)

Please note that Registration opens on the 20th of February and will close on the 24th of April 2016. Our dear Lord has cautioned us against treating such pilgrimages as 'picnics without the mental preparation necessary to receive the Grace of God'. Therefore, preparatory Sadhana Meetings will be held in the UK to help focus our minds and hearts on receiving Swami's Love and Grace in full during this pilgrimage. It is our prayer to our beloved Lord Sai that all pilgrims will feel encouraged to engage with the 'Sai Sevanam' Sadhana Programme sincerely.

Sevā (selfless service) in all its forms, all the world over, is primarily a spiritual discipline for mental clean-up. Without the inspiration given by that attitude, the urge is bound to ebb and grow dry; or it may meander into pride and pomp. Just think for a moment. Are you serving God? Or is God serving you? When a pilgrim stands waist deep in the Ganga, takes in his palms the sacred water and, reciting an invocatory formula, pours the water as an offering to the Deity-an arpañ (offering) as he calls it-what he has done is only poured Ganga into Ganga. When you offer milk to a hungry child or a blanket to a shivering brother or sister on the pavement, you are but placing a gift of God into the hands of another gift of God. You are reposing the gift of God in a repository of the Divine Principle. God serves.

He allows you to claim that you have served. Without His will, not a single blade of grass can quiver in the breeze. Fill every moment with gratitude to the Giver and the Recipient of all gifts.
Sathya Sai Speaks Volume 9, Chapter 10

Pilgrimage Dates: 10th - 20th July 2016 Register At: http://www.srisathyasai.org.uk/national-programmes/np2016

Details for the first Sadhana Meeting:
Date: Saturday 27th February 2016
Time: 10.30 - 16.00 hrs
Venue: Oxhey Wood Primary School, Oxhey Drive, South Oxhey, Watford WD19 7SL

The first Sadhana Meeting will be held on Saturday, 27th February 2016 between 10.30am and 4.00pm at Oxhey Wood Primary School, Oxhey Drive, South Oxhey, Watford WD19 7SL.

Let us all take this wonderful opportunity to journey together in the kindred spirit of spiritual pilgrims and offer ourselves to Him in love and service.

Loving Sairam,

Dr Veeru Mudigonda
National President
SSIO UK