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Region 6 - Brighton & Hove Group: Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s Birthday Celebration

Devotees attending the Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s Birthday Celebration of the Brighton & Hove group at The Church of The Good Shepherd on Sunday afternoon 23rd November were able to enjoy a programme that not only included bhajans and Vedic chanting but by the Grace of Swami, were also treated to a short talk by Mr. Anil Kumar and Mr. Sri Harsha who are graduates of the Sri Sathya Sai University (formerly the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning). They enchanted the listeners assembled with a rendition of the Vedic chant the Puruusha Suuktam, which to summarize means to undertake everything in Praise of God. Praise his greatness, uniqueness, glory, vastness and splendour.

Baba has previously stated that man, society, nature and God are all interlinked, inter-connected, inter-dependent and inter-related and that the famous Gita verse—Brahmaarpanam also explains the relevance of this Vedic chant.

‘Transformation’ was the theme of the two friends talk. Mr. Anil Kumar went on to explain that he had not been a follower of Sri Sathya Sai Baba until he had joined the college. He told us all that not only had he been transformed by coming into the Swami’s orbit and by seeing the way in which Baba, the master of time, had accomplished all these mammoth tasks whilst He seemingly still patiently carried on with the daily routines in the ashram and with the care of the students of the college in detail. Anil also told us how he had witnessed the transformation in the lives of workers involved in some of the big humanitarian projects that Bhagavan had undertaken at the time. Such as the project to provide clean drinking water to the people of Andhra Pradesh. Many of the people involved had previously not specifically followed the spiritual teachings of Sri Sathya Sai Baba but nevertheless they had put duty and work first, oftentimes going out their way to facilitate an aspect of a project expeditiously and miraculously they experienced their family lives being benefited in unexpected ways.

Mr. Sri Harsha on the other hand came from a Hindu family that were already devotees of Sri Sathya Sai Baba and that Sri Harsha’s mother often arranged bhajans in praise of Baba but that his father always made an excuse not to attend by pleading that his work commitments would keep him away. Even when Mr. Sri Harsha joined Baba’s college, his father was too busy to accompany him and go to Darshan. One day his dad was forced to attend the ashram for his company on business and so did go along to Darshan. Baba came up to him during His walkabout and simply said to him, “ Work Is Worship”. From that moment onward Sri Harish’s dad became an ardent devotee!

Anil Kumar summed up his talk by saying that, “All of us, are blessed to be born in this period, giving each of us an opportunity to know about HIS mission and be part of the same.” He also went on to remark that although not everybody can actively engage themselves physically in some of these big projects but that if we all only sincerely put into action, in our thoughts and prayers as well as following through with our deeds, Baba’s motto ‘Love All – Serve All, Help Ever- Hurt Never’, we shall all surely reach HIS feet! Many thanks to Mr. Anil Kumar, Mr. Sri Harsha for sharing their experiences with the group and also to everyone that came to the party and participated in making the afternoon so enjoyable!

Sai Ram,
Nicola Johnson.