Newsletter - June 2003
The Sri Sathya Sai Service Organisation undertakes Spiritual, Service, Educational and Youth activities through its Centres.
v Motivate all members to participate in service activities to ensure spiritual transformation through the principal path of loving and selfless service.
v Service in the community must be of need and not convenience.
The purpose of doing service is to manifest the divinity latent in every individual service. Service is the most effective way to attain spiritual progress and to overcome the Ego.
Sai Spiritual Education
SSE is the great movement to restore the practise of Righteousness in the world.
v It uses the 5 Teaching Techniques of:
v Story telling
v Group devotional Singing and
v Group Activities
to develop and promote the 5 Human Values of Love, Peace, Truth, Right Action & Non-violence.
It is a 9 year programme for children to manifest their inner Divinity
Practical Spirituality is the theme of the Organisation – that is incorporating Universal Human Values in all aspects of our lives during every conscious moment. The Spiritual activities include Devotional Singing, Study Circles, Mediation, Symposia, Conferences and workshops
Group Devotional Singing (Bhajans)
q To organise bhajans or GDS sessions.
q To provide an opportunity to the members to participate in these sessions as lead singers.
q To arrange practice sessions for singers and instrumentalists.
To encourage and motivate members to come forward and take part in this activity.
- To organise study circles which are informative, interesting and relevant to daily living.
- Make aware Sathya Sai Baba’s Divine message of selfless love and service.
Encourage participation of all members of the Centre
Develop youth talents and abilities, by catering for youth between the age range 16 to 35.
1) To provide opportunities for youth members to evolve spiritually.
2) To instil in youth a sense of enthusiasm, and love for the teachings of Sathya Sai Baba.
3) To encourage youth participation in the Sai movement.
4) To realise that each of us has a Dharma (right conduct) to perform, and to fulfil it to the utmost of our abilities.
5) To understand the importance of good company and friendship.
6) To develop their faith in relation to making Spiritual progress
To inspire and motivate females members to participate in all activities of the Sai Organisation.
· To conduct related talks.
· To organise regular study circles and meeting to ensure that all female members are fully aware of Sai Teachings.
Promote Sai Teachings through Book Sales, Video & AudioTapes/ CD Sales and providing a Library Service
Once again this year, the SSE children will be participating in the National Poster & Poem Event.
The best encouragement for children is to see adults also participating. With this in mind, the SSE wing have organised a Poster Event for all members in the Centre.
So come on brothers and sisters this is your opportunity to show off your creative talents!
Please pick up your copy from the information desk.
Bring back the youth - “IT'’S YOUR CALL”
For the first time in history, all 3 centres of Leicester (Central, Narborough & Rosefields) have come together to provide our youth an experience of a new Sai Era.
The event has been organised to invite all young youths of Leicester, to come together and enjoy a fun filled, inspiring, yet energetic day, covering issues of today and gaining insights of what we, as the youth of Leicester have planned ahead. There is never a better time than now…So we call upon all youth…its an event not to be missed…"It's your call".
Date: 28th June 2003-05-29
Time: 5 pm to 9 pm
Venue: Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre
How lucky we are to know the mother of the Avatar, Mother Eashwaramma.
The 6th of May, Swami has declared as Eashwaramma Day for all the children around the world.
Leicester Sai Centre decided to join with Narborough Sai Centre to celebrate ‘Eashwaramma Day’. The Sai children from each centre planned and practised a play. This play consisted of characters from Swami’s childhood and how Mother Eashwaramma coped with different situations. This play was to show how Swami grew up with his mother by his side, and as he grew older, he moved away from her. The play was to show the audience how simple Mother Eashwaramma was and how she sacrificed her son for the devotees. Even though Swami left home, his family, Mother Eashwaramma always had a loving attitude towards all the new changes and served those who were old, young and the poor with love. As the mother of the Avatar, she is a true example of a devoted mother.
In the play, I was instructed to organise the music. As the children practised the scenes and memorised the dialogues, I realised that conducting a play isn’t easy without Swami’s grace. As the weeks went by practising and acting, I could see that the jigsaw puzzle was finally coming together. I enjoyed working with those who came from Narborough Sai Centre who I didn’t know but I saw them as part of our own Sai Centre.
The Sai children worked very hard at the play, showing Swami’s life and his relationship with his mother. They even sacrificed their ‘Bank Holiday’ to practise the play. Finally I could see the play coming together, and knew it was going to work out perfectly.
6th of May finally arrived. Devotees from Narborough and Leicester Central gathered at the Sanathan hall.
The programme commenced with Devotional songs sung by the children, and then the Sai Children performed a fantastic play. The youth along with SSE children sang as a choir, and the Gurus entertained us with a quiz.. Throughout the programme, we also learnt about other “Mothers”. I thank all the people who made the celebrations such a success.
Jai Sai Ram
What started as a “Sathya Service Group” activity, ended up being an eventful outing for the Centre devotees and friends. On the 25th of May, 91 of us went on this exciting journey to the Capital to see the show everyone had been talking about. The play was vibrant, the music by A R Rahman was great, and the sets were amazing.
The show was great, but the company was even better!
On Monday 19th of May, many ladies from the Centre, and their friends went along to the Ladies Forum at Soar Valley College. Pushpaben Parmar showed them how to decorate a coconut and kalash, and then Balaben Mayor demonstrated glass painting. The ladies all had opportunities to have a go themselves, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the sessions.
The June session will look at the significance of certain rituals that take place in a Hindu wedding ceremony. Please make a note of the date and come along: Thursday 19 June 2003
Many people have read or still read the “Shirdi Sai Sathcharithra” as their sadhana. But did you know that there is now available, a book called “Tapovanam”, a Sri Sathya Sai Sathcharithra. It is the story of the Sacred Life of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Most of the gurus read it last year as their sadhana in seven days, and every single one said they thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Copies are available from the Book Sales
Events in July
13 July Guru Poornima
19 July Ladies Day
27 July Global Service Day
Details of Centre activities are also on the Leicester Central Website. www.LeicesterSaiCentre.org.uk