Wansteadis a suburban area in the London Borough of Redbridge, North-East London. Since February 2012, more than 25 volunteers, including a few members from the Lady of Lourdes Church in Wanstead, have been participating in a monthly craft session at the church. They sew cotton dresses for children and knit blankets, scarves and garments. In a period of six months, about 80 clothing outfits were made for children. The cotton dresses and other donated clothing were sent for distribution to needy children in Kenya, Sri Lanka and Uganda. About 20 knitted garments are ready to be sent this winter to children in colder countries. The knitted scarves and blankets are for distribution in the U.K. These craft sessions have inspired the volunteers to perform selfless service to those in need.
The City of Leicester is located on the banks of river Soar, approximately 150 km northwest of London. As part of Global Service Day activities, Sathya Sai volunteers from the Sathya Sai Baba Centre of Narborough Road brought joy to 60 elderly guests at the Birstall Village Hall in Leicester on 22nd July 2012. Guests picked up from their homes by the Sathya Sai volunteers and brought to the Birstall Village Hall were gleaming with joy, as it was a day for them to have an opportunity to converse with others and be entertained, respected, appreciated, and most important, loved. Welcoming guests with refreshments, Sathya Sai youth offered prayers and sang Bhajans. This was followed by poetry, comedy and interactive presentations. A sumptuous lunch was served. After lunch, several guests played Bingo and others opted to go for a walk in the park. A general knowledge quiz programme was conducted while tea and biscuits were served in the afternoon. As the day came to an end, devotional songs were sung, followed by Arati offered by a few elderly guests whose birthday fell around that day. As the guests were taken back to their respective homes, many said that they had a wonderful time and looked forward to the next programme.
S R I L A N K A
Sri Sathya Sai Suva Sevana Cancer Hospice in the city of Hanwella is a national service project inspired by Bhagavan. Since its inception, over 330 terminally ill cancer patients have been looked after at the facility. On 9th July 2012, the tenth anniversary of the hospice was celebrated. The programme commenced with Bhajans, followed by a welcome address and a presentation on “Enhancement of the Quality of Life of the Terminally Ill Cancer Patients at the Hospice.” In his keynote speech, the Chief Guest Dr. Narendranath Reddy, Chairman, Prasanthi Council, stated that if one had a good desire to unconditionally serve the needy, God’s Grace would follow. The Regional Chairman of the Lions Club, touched by the dedication and devotion of the Sathya Sai devotees, declared that from that moment on, he had become a devotee of Bhagavan.
The hospice provides accommodation, comfort and loving palliative care to terminally ill cancer patients who cannot be looked after in their homes. In this abode, patients live in an atmosphere of kindness, compassion and love, which helps them deal with their malady with hope, courage and trust in God. The hospice accommodates 40 terminally ill patients, with separate male and female wards along with recreational facilities. A large picture of Bhagavan and a beautifully carved chair adorn the prayer room, along with beautiful pictures representing the four major religions of the people of Sri Lanka (Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity and Islam). Regular Bhajans, with residents’ participation, are held in this room. The facility is managed with 24-hour care by four doctors and 17 permanent staff, which includes eight specially trained nurses, nurse assistants and general volunteers. The hospice management conducts funerals of the deceased according to their respective religious practices and wishes. Sathya Sai volunteers render loving service by spending time with the residents and showering them with love. The volunteers also conduct Bhajans, celebrate every religious festival and share their experiences of Bhagavan. Children from the Sai Spiritual Education (SSE) programme and their teachers visit the hospice from time to time and entertain the residents with cultural programmes.
W E S T I N D I E S
During the past several years, over 100 Sathya Sai volunteers including 60 youth from the Sathya Sai Centre of Pasea, on the island of Trinidad, have constructed and donated pre-fabricated houses for the needy. More than 42 houses were donated during 2011 and 2012. The two-bedroom houses are made of steel frames and roofs and have French windows, steel doors at all external entrances and flush wooden interior doors. The walls are clad with plycem (a type of concrete board), which is waterproof, termite proof and fireproof. The houses are designed and built to be compliant with local codes under strict supervision by structural engineers and architects. They are built to withstand the force of tropical storms, which are common on the island. Recipients for the homes are selected from a pool of very needy families who own a small plot of land on which the house will sit. These houses are fully furnished with beds, wardrobes, kitchen cupboards and sink with drain line and water faucet, living and dining room furniture, bookshelf, stove, clothes, groceries, toiletries, market produce and cooking utensils. Electrical fixtures are provided and installed based on the needs of the family. Soon after a furnished home is completed, the volunteers and family gather for a Bhajan session, after which they share their spiritual thoughts and experiences. In every project, the recipient families shed tears of joys, with firm commitments to continue to foster a Dharmic lifestyle. Love is the foundation for every house constructed and donated as an offering at the Lotus Feet of Bhagavan. In addition, the Pasea Sai Centre built two concrete houses in Grenada following a hurricane and four houses in Haiti following the devastating earthquake.
E L S A L V A D O R
San Salvador is the capital city of the Republic of El Salvador, the smallest country in Central America. For the past 25 years, every Saturday and Sunday, Sathya Sai volunteers have lovingly served food for the homeless in downtown San Salvador. The menu consists of delectably cooked beans, rice or spaghetti, vegetables and seasonal fresh fruits. Coffee and sweet bread conclude the meal. On one occasion, as they were running out of coffee, the volunteer in charge prayed to Bhagavan for funds to buy more coffee for the future. Shortly thereafter, a knock was heard at the door. A gentleman was standing at the entrance with an envelope in his hand. He asked, “Is this where the food for the poor is being prepared?” and handed over an envelope. Without another word, the man disappeared. The envelope contained enough money to buy coffee for the next month. The envelope was not addressed to anyone. It had the words “National Welfare Society” printed on it, but no address. No such society exists in El Salvador. On another occasion, there had been an all-night political rally in the park adjacent to where food was being distributed for the needy. When Sathya Sai volunteers arrived with food for breakfast, all the people in the park came over and stood in line. One of the politicians was worried that some other political party was going to steal their voters, and he asked someone waiting in line what political party the volunteers represented. The person answered, “Oh, they are not from any party; they come from God.”
U. S. A.
On 29th October 2012, Hurricane Sandy, the largest Atlantic hurricane on record, landed on the East Coast of the U.S.A. Within 24 hours, thousands of homes were damaged, and to date the death toll from the storm has reached over 200. Families in New Jersey, New York City and Long Island were among the hardest hit due to extensive power outages and fuel shortages. With Bhagavan Baba’s blessings and grace, the U.S.A. Sathya Sai Organisation immediately sprang into action by providing food, clothing and transportation to the victims of the natural disaster. Sathya Sai Organisation of U.S.A. first started their relief efforts with food donations and looking after the immediate needs of those in shelters. They walked long distances to reach victims and served them hot food, sandwiches, pasta and drinks. In some regions, toiletries, warm blankets, canned food, clothes and shoes were donated. In North Jersey as well as South Jersey, about 1,000 packs of food were distributed. In Queens, New York, Sathya Sai volunteers continue to serve 600 hot meals daily to victims rendered homeless and now living in a makeshift shelter. Sathya Sai Centres from all parts of the U.S.A. joined in the relief work by contributing groceries, blankets, hygiene kits, toiletries, school supplies including school bags and gift cards for the purchase of construction materials to repair damaged homes.
K A Z A K H S T A N
Almaty, the nation’s largest city, is located in the mountainous area of southern Kazakhstan. From 21st to 24th August 2012, a seminar on “The Concept of Self-knowledge in Sathya Sai Education in Human Values (SSEHV) – A Universal Approach” was organised in Almaty at the invitation of Mrs. Sara Nazarbayeva, First Lady of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Ms. Marianne Meyer, Member, Prasanthi Council, and Director, European Sathya Sai Educare (ESSE) Institute, Denmark, along with two other teacher trainers, Ms. Petra von Kalinowski, Zone Chair of Northern Europe, and Ms. Anita Friedrich of Austria, presented lectures and workshops to a Russian-speaking audience with the help of a translator from Dagestan. About 250 teachers took part in this seminar and received lessons on the “Self-Knowledge Course” within the general secondary education programme. Since 2010, this course has been part of the curriculum for all kindergartens, schools and higher education institutions in Kazakhstan. Among the participants were professors from Abai University in Almaty (one of the leading institutes in Central Asia), authors of several textbooks, psychologists, educators, administrators and members of the Sathya Sai Organisation who had worked to develop the programme. The host of the event was Bobek National Research, Education and Health-improving Centre, founded by the First Lady and administered by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
While sharing their lectures and workshops with the audience, the teachers experienced love, openness, modesty, humility and patience. The syllabus for the seminar series was secular and yet contained the inspiring spiritual teachings of Sathya Sai Baba. The teachers were very happy to observe the enthusiasm of the audience to take to heart the message of SSEHV. Many of the participants commented that the seminar inspired them to apply the concepts and practices to the classroom environment, and during the succeeding months, the elements presented in the lectures of the skillful ESSE teacher-trainers have been put to use in formal education.
– Sri Sathya Sai International Organisation
B H A R A T
Radio Sai Telugu: Telugu channel of Radio Sai made its way into the web in February 2011 when Bhagavan gave His blessings to start a 24-hour radio channel that would broadcast programmes specifically in Telugu language. This channel was launched on 15th July 2011, on the auspicious day of Guru Purnima. Today just over a year later, Radio Sai Telugu started its third studio on 4th November 2012 at Hyderabad after Tirupati and Visakhapatnam. This recording studio of Radio Sai has been established with state-of-the-art equipment and recording facilities that would enable high quality recordings. This studio is equipped to record audio as well as video programmes. The inaugural ceremony held on 4th November 2012 commenced with Veda chanting. The recording studio was inaugurated by Sri R.J. Rathnakar, Trustee, Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust. The sacred lamp was lit by Sri A. Ranga Rao, Convener Sri Sathya Sai Trust along with Sri S.G. Chalam, State President, Andhra Pradesh. The devotees, next, were blessed with Bhagavan’s message, “Love is not just love but the Light of Love because it shows the Love of God and how to live with Love.” In his inaugural speech, Sri Rathnakar complimented the Radio Sai Team who were spreading Swami’s message across the globe. Bhagavan, he said, once told that the Sai Organisation would remain on the face of the earth so long as there were the sun and the moon. In conclusion, he exhorted one and all to have full faith that Bhagavan is with us, in us and we should follow the path shown by Him and earn His grace.
A Course in Indian Culture and Spirituality: Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Anantapur Campus, in collaboration with Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, Andhra Pradesh organised a three-day Course in Indian Culture and Spirituality from 15th to 17th November 2012. The inaugural function on 15th November started with a procession to the venue led by the brass band, Veda chanting and Bhajan singing groups of students. Dr. Hiramalini Seshadri, a Senior Consultant, Medicine and Rheumatology was the Chief Guest of the function which was presided over by Prof. Shashidhara Prasad, Vice Chancellor, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning. Eminent speakers delivered lectures on different facets of Indian culture and spirituality during the different sessions. Evenings were set apart for cultural programmes by Bal Vikas students and students of the Campus. There was also a well-organised exhibition titled, “Women, the Custodians of Culture.” Besides the students of the Anantapur Campus, 160 delegates from 23 districts of Andhra Pradesh attended the course. The valedictory function was held on the afternoon of 17th November with Justice Prabha Sridevan as the Chief Guest. The delegates, in the feedback session, expressed their happiness at the immense benefit they derived from participating in the three-day programme.
Assam: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithi of Tezpur and Sarpara-Uparhali organised free eye camps in September 2012 at Borika Suburi and Mirza, where experienced doctors examined around 416 patients, provided free medicines as well as diagnosed about 100 cataract patients for further treatment.
On 14th October 2012, devotees of Chaigoan Bhajan Mandali under Sarpara-Uparhali Samithi visited Tarunram Phukan Leprosy Centre and distributed various food items and clothes to the inmates.
Karnataka: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, Karnataka (Bengaluru West District) conducted Jyoti Meditation and Bhajan sessions in rehabilitation camps organised by an NGO “Sathi” for those boys who had fallen to negative habits like smoking and taking drugs after running away from their homes. This NGO picks up such boys from railway stations and reunites them with their parents. The Sai Organisation has so far paid four visits to these rehabilitation camps and imparted teachings of Bhagavan besides conducting Bhajans and meditation sessions for these boys with positive impact.
Maharashtra:Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, Maharashtra and Goa and Sathya Sai Heart Hospital, Rajkot organised a free cardiac camp, ‘Dil without Bill’ at Dharmakshetra, Andheri, Mumbai on 28th October 2012. The volunteers of the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation had conducted a series of screening and diagnostic camps across various districts of Maharashtra throughout September and October 2012, screening over 1,500 people. Through diagnostics and counselling, about 400 patients were shortlisted for the final camp at Dharmakshetra. A magnificent stage and a Pandal served as the place for a short programme graced by Dr. D.Y. Patil, Governor of Tripura, Suresh Shetty, Health and Family Welfare Minister, Government of Maharashtra and a galaxy of dignitaries.
Manipur: 5th State Level Bal Vikas Rally Day was observed by Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, Manipur on 9th September 2012 at Lamyanba Shanglen, Palace Compound, Imphal. The theme of the function was ‘Child is the Father of Man.’ Bal Vikas children from all Samithis of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, Manipur assembled at the campus of Ananda Singh Higher Secondary School, Nongmeibung, Imphal East at 8.45 a.m. A rally of the Bal Vikas children was flagged off at 9.00 a.m. by the State President, Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, Manipur which reached Lamyanba Shanglen, the venue of the celebration at 9.30 a.m. About 400 Bal Vikas children took part in the rally.
Odisha: A State-level Youth Retreat-cum- Exchange Programme was held on 8th and 9th September 2012 at Puri, Odisha involving youth coordinators from 34 districts of the State. More than 60 youth coordinators, both ladies and gents, took active part in the programme and shared their views on some of the pertinent issues involving the youth and on the roadmap to strengthen the youth movement in the Sai Organisation. Among the topics that were discussed in the retreat were ‘Prioritising Sadhana,’ ‘Observing Youth Day,’ ‘Vision 2020,’ etc.
Sikkim: A two day State-level Workshop on Parenting was held on 8th and 9th September 2012 at Sri Sathya Sai Dharma Nilayam, Balwakhani, Gangtok as a follow-up programme of the workshop held at Prasanthi Nilayam in July 2012. The programme included PowerPoint presentations on different subjects. The total number of participants was about 150.
Tamil Nadu:A medical camp was organised on 30th September 2012 at Sai Sruthi, Kodaikanal by the Sai Organisation of Coimbatore district and PSG Hospital, Coimbatore, wherein 610 persons were provided medical services. Many of them were given medicines on hand too. Two patients were selected for cardiac surgery and valve replacement, one for knee replacement, 25 for minor surgeries and 11 for cataract surgery. Narayana Seva was done and food was served to patients and all those who attended this camp.
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Prasanthi Nilayam - 515134 (A.P.)
Admission Notice 2013-2014
Admission to Class I (Boys & Girls) and Class XI (Boys & Girls), of Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary School, Vidya Giri, Prasanthi Nilayam - 515134, Anantapur Dist., (A.P.), will take place in June 2013. It is an English Medium, wholly residential school.
Prospectus and Admission Forms can be obtained from the Principal from 01-01-2013
By paying `100/- either by cash or through Demand Draft drawn on State Bank of India, Puttaparthi Branch (code no:2786) in favour of Principal, Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary School, with a Self Addressed cover (size 15cm x 24cm).
Last date for issuing the forms is 15th February 2013 and the last date for receiving the filled in forms on or before 1st March 2013.
Only students coming from English medium classes should apply.
Age limit for 1st std. in between 5 ½ years and 6 ½ years as on 30-09-2013.
Age limit for XI std. should be below 16 ½ years as on 30-09-2013
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: ssshss.org.in. Candidates can download the application form from 01-01-2013 from our website. Note: Admissions for 1st std. will be under “RTE Act 2009” by Random method.
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