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Region 2 - A Youthful Easter

Easter celebrations at the Sathya Sai Centre of Harrow West on fifth of April 2015, was conducted by the Youth and the SSE children. Throughout the one and a half hours of celebrations, all the prayers and songs were in English, a way of respecting and creating Christian vibrations within our centre. With the commence of the Lord’s Prayer the young lead us to the Shaker tuned hymn “Lord of Dance”. The rhythmic melody took me to the scene where Jesus, riding on a donkey, was welcomed as the King of Jews with palm branches as he entered Jerusalem. This day is now known as Palm Sunday and falls a week before Easter.

Our hearts were then warmed into a journey of English Bhajans. A variety from simple melodic, “A Temple in my heart, a prayer in my soul” to the more yearning “Every moment of my life please be with me” were sung which captivated our hearts into the thoughts of Swami and Christ.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:17). This verse reminds me of the selfless way of life that Jesus lead; Even on the cross he bore no illness towards those who mocked him and threw stones at him. Instead he removed all the people’s karma and poured forth compassion and forgiveness. As he was crucified on Good Friday and resurrected on Easter Sunday, he reminded us all of the heavenly calling to God for liberation.

Following the melodious bhajans, two older SSE students held a small presentation drawing up the similarities between Jesus and Swami’s teachings. How can two avatars born of love be any different? The children proved that indeed there is no difference. Jesus said: “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you and pray for those who ill-treat you.” Similarly Swami has said: “Let the brilliance of love envelop you, spread from you, taking into its fold your kith and kin, the loved ones, friends, strangers, foes, rivals, enemies.” In another example, the children looked at finding faults in fellow human beings: Jesus said, “Do not judge others, so that God will not judge you.” To concur, Swami has said “Do not try to find fault with others; search, rather for your own.”

As a youth and SSE teacher, I thoroughly enjoyed this programme set out by fellow youth and the SSE children. I am sure our beloved Father Sai was pleased with the prayers, bhajans and the Easter presentation. Easter is a time for spiritual reflection and I remember from the beautiful bhajan “Remind me my Lord” that “I am love, I am love, pure love”!

Jai Sai Ram!

Maathini Balachandran
(Youth and Group 2 Year 2 SSE Teacher, Sathya Sai Centre of Harrow West), Region 2.