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Region 1 - Brixton Sai Centre Birthday Celebrations

The Sathya Sai Baba Centre of Brixton commemorated the 89th birthday of Bhagawan Sathya Sai Baba on 23rd November 2014, at Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College. Volunteers transformed the classroom into a beautifully decorated shrine for Swaami. As 10am approached, the room started filling up with more than 70 devotees and the celebration commenced with a remarkable thought of the day:

‘Many must be thinking about the gift to offer Swaami on His Birthday. The present given to God must be pure, steady and selfless Love. You can rejoice that you have given the Lord a real gift only when you love your fellowmen, share their sufferings, and engage in serving them. Adopt villages and make them ideal villages. The rich and powerful have plenty of servants. The distressed, the poverty-stricken, and the diseased have no one to serve them. Go to them and be their friends and relatives, their closest well-wishers. Let them welcome you as such. Do not pour spirituality into the ears of those who are tortured by hunger and afflicted by pain. First satiate their hunger. Serve them as God and give food, clothes, and medicines and then teach them spirituality. I bless you with long life, good health, bliss, peace and prosperity. May you devote your physical, mental, intellectual and spiritual strength and skills for the service of the Universe.’
-Divine Discourse, 23 Nov 1982

Two minutes’ silence was observed to let go of our thoughts and quieten our mind. We were surrounded with divine atmosphere as a symphony of the Vedas, multi faith prayers and group devotional singing were offered to our dearest Swami.

Our SSE students made a wonderful offering in a form of a play titled, ‘The Loyal Builder’. The play was based on Swaami's teachings about "Shraddhaa aur Saabari" (faith and patience). The children certainly brought about laughter of exhilaration and tears of love. The students’ hard work over the previous couple of months shone through the narrators’ memorisation of the script and the actors’ well-timed and marvellous performances. They did the teachers, parents and Sai family proud through their engaging and heart warming performance.

The main part of the event was singing happy birthday to our Swaami. The celebration concluded with the aartee, food prayer and mahaa prashaadam (a full meal of consecrated food), homemade by our fabulous members. We express our most humble gratitude at the lotus feet of our beloved Sri Sathya Sai Baba for being able to mark this auspicious occasion with our Sai family.

- Vidhi Rupchandani