Text size: A A A

Please Click Here
to Return to
Love and Light

2nd ‘Sai Prema’ Prayer Meeting for Nepal; Watford, London

About hundred devotees congregated at the Sathya Sai Centre of Harrow West in Watford on Sunday 24th May 2015 to offer their collective prayers for solace and peace to fellow brothers and sisters who are affected by the disaster in Nepal.

The session commenced with multi-faith prayers and a heartfelt offering of bhajans. Introducing the prayer meeting, Dr Veeru Mudigonda, vice chairperson of the Sri Sathya Sai Service Organisation enlightened the gathering on the purpose of the meeting, the power and benefits of prayers as explained by Swami. This was followed by a welcome address from the regional chair, Mrs Gayatri Bikoo.

The next speaker was Dr Kiran Patel, chairperson of the organisation who reflected upon Swami’s mission in serving humanity through love as He saw every Being as His reflection. He commented that in the UK, there had been an overwhelming response from devotees to stand together in unity both in prayers and supporting the relief efforts that were led locally by Nepal Sai Organisation.

Brother Biroo Sun then shared his personal experiences when he was in Kathmandu with his wife on Saturday 25th April 2015, at the time when the devastating earthquake first struck Nepal. It was very touching and humbling to hear his experiences of courage, faith and unity in the face of extreme adversity

He narrated how the very foundation that he was standing on was shaking beneath his feet. He recounted his terrifying experience and when they managed to escape outside into open areas, how the buildings were swinging like a car screen wiper! When it seemed as though all hope had gone, Brother Biroo recollected Swami, his faith and prayers. With Divine Grace, none of his family were affected although buildings were collapsing in front of him. His account touched our hearts and brought tears to our eyes.

The next speaker was Rajendra Manandhar, chairperson of Region 1 who provided an update on the latest humanitarian efforts that was led by the Sai Organisation of Nepal supported by the Indian and the International Organisation. In his role as a Trustee of the Sathya Sai Charitable Trust (UK), Dr Veeru Mudigonda also appraised the gathering of the donations received from devotees which was transferred to help with the relief efforts.

One of the youth member, Dr. Anshi Dattani, offered a fitting prayer from the psalm 31:24 ‘Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord’.

The group prayer followed next with all devotees singing full throated, in unison, the chant ‘Om Sai Namo Namaha, Sri Sai Namo Namaha, Jai Jai Sai Namo Namaha, Sadguru Sai Namo Namaha’ while placing floral offerings and a personal written message on a card at the lotus feet of our Lord.

The blessed messages of hope written by devotees will be sent to the Sathya Sai Organisation of Nepal to be distributed to our grieving brothers and sisters to express Love from UK devotees in their difficult times.

The program concluded with arati and light refreshments. It was a sincere seamless loving offering of our prayers to our beloved Swami for solace and happiness for those affected. It was truly a memorable experience of unity, divinity and true spirituality.

Life is short and fleeting. One never knows what will happen in any given moment. Swami said that there are three sources of sorrow that man has to encounter while here on earth. The scriptures refer them to as individual sorrows caused by illnesses, the second one are sorrows that are caused by external elements and the third group of sorrows which trouble man is the result of calamities such as floods, drought, storm, earthquakes.

We send our heartfelt prayers and love to all those who have been affected by the earthquake, to those who have passed away so abruptly, those who are grieving, those who are injured, the vulnerable and those who are still searching for their lost loved ones. Dear Swami, may they feel Your Healing Hand, Your comfort and Your Grace.

Gayatri Bikoo
Chairperson, Region 2, SSSSO UK