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Region 2 - Harrow West Sai Centre: Swami and Us on His 89th Birthday...

NOVEMBER... The time of year when Sai devotees in the entire world become excited, inspired, passionate and enthusiastic. Words cannot describe the emotions we go through during the birthday celebrations of our beloved Kali Yuga Avathar Sir Sathya Sai Baba !

Our journey started with having a Center meeting in the early part of October, while our Youth started their preparations in August. With Swami’s guidance, all items were discussed in detail and agreed upon at the meeting. November came with a big week-end of Global Akhanda Bhajans. The 24 hours of uplifting bhajans boosted our energy levels with our loving Master showing His presence in every possible way !

The SSE children were fully engaged with their contributions. The SSE Gurus put their love and dedication in helping the children creating cards and choreographing dance and dramas.

The Spiritual and Service teams organised and performed their tasks with love and affection.

A lot of preparation went in the day before...

Swami's Birthday Cake..

Some of the SSE children, parents and teachers met up to bake Swami around 171 Birthday cupcake and each one was hand decorated making it unique. This was another special offering to our dearest Swami on his 89th Birthday.

At 3:30pm on Swami’s Birthday, the programme started with 3 Oms, Ganapathy prarthana and all 11 Anuvakas of Sri Rudram. As the prayers were chanted with devotion, The Oxhey Wood Primary school hall filled with divine energy.

In 2010 march, our centre members made a pledge to Swami to learn and offer all 11 Anuvakas of Sri Rudram on His 85th Birthday. The pledge we made enabled us to learn and chant Sri Rudram every Friday to date – Swami has blessed us in many ways for this wonderful seva.

Melodious bhajans started after the powerful vibrations created by the Sri Rudram. Devotees took the opportunity to express their love to Swami by singing bhajans. A mixed medley was performed at the end to enhance the atmosphere.

The programme continued with the Nursery children offering their handmade cards and a rose to Swami , wishing Him Happy Birthday. Swami would have enjoyed the little children’s sweet voices.

The next item was the Shiva Shakti dance drama performed by the SSE girls, about Swami’s birth being preordained way back in the Treta Age (in Lord Rama’s time) in the life of Sage Bharadwaj. Lord Shiva and Mother Parvati conferred boons on sage Bharadwaj that they would take birth in his lineage in the Kali Yuga. Swami revealed these Truths in His discourse on Gurupurnima Day, 6th July 1963.

The SSE Boys performed a thought provoking, but hilarious drama from Swami’s Chinnakatha, giving us a valuable lesson in not to follow instructions blindly.

The Youth choir was truly blissful, having been composed and by our very talented youth. The lyrics came from their hearts to Swami and the beautiful music filled the entire atmosphere with so much love.

We felt Swami’s presence right throughout and to put the icing on the cake, HE made himself available to us on 4 different times (falling of flowers) from the beginning to the end of the program. We were all truly blessed, for him to have stayed with us for such a long time. Although nothing is impossible for Him.

The programme came towards the end with the birthday song and Arathi. Mahaprasadam was served for all the devotees, before tidying up concluded a wonderful day of celebrations.

When your heart is filled with good thoughts and feelings, all that comes out of the senses - your speech, your vision, your action - will naturally be pure. - Baba

Harrow West Sai Centre.