NewsLetter

General Announcements

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    The Raleigh Sai Center is closed until further notice due to the Coronavirus.

    2021-2022 New Officers Selection

    As announced during our recent membership meeting, the current officers will complete their two years term on December 31, 2020. Our National team has created a new process for all Sai Center in the US to select the new officers for the 2021-2022 term. See high level summary of the New Officers selection process

    Presentation from Virtual Membership Meeting on 10/4/20 (click here).

    Recurrent Virtual Programs:

    • NEW! Fridays at 9 p.m. ET – The Essence of Vahinis at http://www.sathyasai.us/live
    • Saturdays at 11 a.m. ET – RSC Study Circle (via zoom). Recordings of Past Sessions.
    • Sundays at 5 pm ET – Region 3 weekly virtual devotional program at www.sairegion3youtube.org  

     

    RSC Library:

    • The Vahinis Online, written by Sri Sathya Sai Baba
    • See list of books available. If you would like to borrow a book, please contact Prabhakar at hpkamath11@gmail.com or text 919-561-3465, listing the name(s) of the Book(s) interested in borrowing and the time and date you would like to pick up. Address: 1961 Weaver Forest Way, Morrisville. Anyone wishing to return a currently borrowed book, can drop off the book at the front door box. Please write your full name on a piece paper and put it in back of the book. Sairam! 

     

    Featured Past Programs:

    Note: If you need the password, please email info@raleighsaicenter.org. 

     

    Power of Prayer
    It is good to remember Swami’s guidance to remain calm in all situations. We need to follow the guidance of our national and local medical and infectious disease experts. We should remember that prayers are very powerful. The Sai Gayatri mantra as well as the Gayatri mantra is being chanted by Sai devotees around the world for the welfare of humanity. Let us all be united and pray with intensity as often as possible. This is an important spiritual practice which can alleviate this global health threat due to the Coronavirus.  

Devotion

  • Sunday Sai Center Activities Schedule
     
    Time Description
    3:30 – 4:00 p.m. Setup Activities
    3:15 – 3:45 p.m.

    Singers Practice only for the specific group singing on that day

    3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

    Sathya Sai Education (SSE) Classes for children (September to May)
    4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Study of Sathya Sai Baba’s Teachings 
    5:05 – 6:15 p.m. Announcements followed by Devotional Singing

    Looking for a service opportunity? Volunteers are needed every Sunday at 2:30 pm to help with the set-up of the Sai Center and altar. Also, volunteers are needed to stay back after the devotional activities are completed to help with the break down and cleanup. 


  • Study Circle

    Please join us for the study of Sathya Sai’s Teachings on Sundays from 4 to 5 p.m.

    Current Series: Unity and Purity

    On 5th June 2019, Dr. Narendranath Reddy, Chairman, Prasanthi Council, sent the two Study Guides on Unity and Purity – for distribution to all Sathya Sai Centers and Groups (outside India). In the attached letter, Dr. Reddy requested all of us to dive deep into the nectarine teachings of Lord Sai. The two Study Guides attached can be downloaded from here.

    Sathya Sai International Organization is urging all Sathya Sai Centers and Groups to hold Study Circles on these documents, in preparation for the Pre-World Conferences. This will make the Pre-World Conferences, starting in February 2020, more productive, inspirational and successful.

    Past Series: Cultural Inclusion and Expansion Series

    The Cultural Inclusion and Expansion theme is a national level initiative which is being taken up by all the centers in US. The material for this series is organized in 4 modules (see below), each divided to fit into 3 weeks. For context about this topic, see video summary and a report documenting the findings about Cultural Inclusion and Expansion for Sai Centers in the USA.

 

  • Bhajan of the week

    Deity: Krishna
    Raag: Kalyani / Yaman
    Taal: 8 Beat / Keherwa / Adi

    Lyrics:

    Madhusudhana Harey Madhava
    Sri Vasudeva ( Sai Deva ) Janardhana
    Hari Keshava Narayana
    Sri Hari Govinda Mana Mohana
    Janardhana Jagat Palana
    Deenavana Dukha Bhanjana
    Aravinda Lochana Ananda Naam [ Sri Vasudeva ]

    Meaning:
    Chant the names of Madhusudhana, Madhava, Vasudeva, Janardhana, Hari, Keshava, Narayana and Govinda. Chant the names of One who charms the Mind, Motivator of people, sustainer of the Universe, destroyer of sorrows, Lotus eyed, whose name itself is Bliss.

    Audio Link:

Service

  • RSC Service Activities
     
    Date & Time Activity Details Locations & Sign up

    Special Service Offerings: 

    Every day as per volunteer convenience.

     Making home made cloth masks for COVID protection and delivering it to needy people.

    Please click here  to view

    NOTE: Please contact service coordinator @service@raleighsaicenter.org if you would like to participate in this service.

    Special Service Offerings:                              Every Thursdays  between 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM. Preparing Dinner at Volunteer homes & Dropping it off at Chapel Hill Shelter by 3 PM.

    Chapel Hill Shelter. Address: 100 W. Rosemary St. Chapel Hill.

    Please click here  to sign up.

    Second Saturday of the Month between 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Pillow Service [ THIS SERVICE IS CANCELLED TEMPORARILY DUE TO COVID-19]

    Manisha & Rakesh’s place: 1737 Colleen Circle, Cary, NC 27519. 

    Please click here  to sign up.

    Third Saturday of the Month between  4:15 AM – 6:45 AM.

    Breakfast Service 

     [ THIS SERVICE IS CANCELLED TEMPORARILY DUE TO COVID-19]

    Men’s Shelter. Address: 1420 S. Wilmington St. Raleigh, NC.

    Please click here to sign up.

    Fourth Sunday of the Month between 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

     

     Sandwich Service

     [ THIS SERVICE IS CANCELLED TEMPORARILY DUE TO COVID-19]

    Sandwich service by SSE students in HSNC.

    please click here to sign up.

    Volunteers preparing lunch bags at home & drop off volunteers  to various locations – please click here to sign up.

    Fourth Saturday of the Month between.

     

     Winter Gear Service

     [ THIS SERVICE IS CANCELLED TEMPORARILY DUE TO COVID-19]

    please  click here to sign up.

    Feb 29,  March 29, and May 02, May 30 Timings: 8:15- 4 PM @ Abbington Ridge South East Raleigh. Address: 5816 Forest Point Rd., Raleigh 27610

     

    Interfaith Build at Habitat for Humanity

     [ THIS SERVICE IS CANCELLED TEMPORARILY DUE TO COVID-19]

    please  click here to sign up.

    please  click here to sign up on Habitat For Humanity site also.

     

SSE

  • Pre-SSE

    CLASS DATE: 10/18/2020

    TEACHERS:  Patti, Saideepa, Thatha, Lakshmi, Sharanya  

     

     

    SUMMARY:  Unity ATTENDANCE: 24

    Started the class by chanting Gayatri Mantra. Today patti talked to us about unity. Unity is being together. Example: In a family we all work together, play together, follow the same rule that our family has. In our hand we have five fingers. We need all of them to take care of ourselves. Patti was very proud of our class unity, the way we all follow her instructions during our virtual class. Today we did our artwork, sang bhajan, played games and science experiment on the subject of unity. Sharanya aunty showed us how to draw family by tracing our hand. Lakshmi aunty taught us a new bhajan. Saideepa aunty played a game on the song ‘Head, Should, knees and toes’. Thatha did an experiment with oil, water, food color and alka seltzer tablets. As soon as he dropped the tablet in oil mixture we could see the formation of lava. At the end  patti read a book ‘The Selfish Crocodile’ where crocodile learns how important it is to be nice to your friends,  help each other and to stay united with everyone. 

    Summary from parent discussion: Discussion questions: How can you make your child as part of family contribution? and what techniques you follow in your family?

    1.  Replacing child’s “chores” as “family contributions”.
    2.  Focus on the outcome and encourage hard work.  
    3. Parent Homework: Find one family contribution to train your child on this week and go for it. 
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    CLASS DATE: 10/18/2020 TEACHER(S): Jagruti, Aruna, Sunita, Resmi
    SUMMARY: 

    Unity is Divinity; Purity is Enlightenment

    CLASS Timings: The class meets every Saturday and Sunday at 11:00AM on Google Meet until the current pandemic resolves. For  meeting details, please check our group Whatsapp or contact one of the teachers directly.

    Lesson Plan:

    This year we are focusing on Swami’s teaching of Unity is Divinity; Purity is Enlightenment

    Class notes for 10/18/2020

    We started the class by chanting Gayatri Mantra, Vakrathunda Mahakaya and Gurur Brahma.  This class we discussed how to be a good listener to have better unity.  We played a quiz where the kids listening skills were tested and then we shared a story about Arjuna and Dronacharya and how Arjuna was the sole student who listened carefully and followed the instruction of the guru to look at the birds eye when taking aim. We also watched a video on how to be a better listener by following the rules: stop what you are doing when someone is talking, pay attention and do not interrupt the talker and finally respond.

    Class notes for 10/11/2020

    We started the class by chanting few slokas. This class we talked about importance of keeping your word.

    Class notes for 10/04/2020

    We started the class by chanting Gayatri Mantra, Vakrathunda Mahakaya and Gurur Brahma. After discussing about last weeks homework, the kids voted to find the best ice-cream flavor and best fruit. We saw how the class had different opinions about ice cream and fruit and how whenever people come together there can be different opinions and likings. We shared a story about 2 brothers who grew apart because of their differences and ultimately wouldn’t even talk to each other. When a carpenter came and built a bridge between their lands, they came together and forgave each other. The kids shared what they understood about the bridge and how it helped to bring the brothers back together. We discussed how each of us must be like a bridge that connects different sides and not a wall that separates people.

    Class notes for 09/27/2020

    We started the class by chanting Gayatri Mantra, Vakrathunda Mahakaya and Gurur Brahma. Then we revised what we learnt last class -that Unity is working together so that we have more strength and confidence. Then we introduced that Unity has another meaning – that of Oneness. To understand that, we did an experiment with clay where the students could create whatever figures they wanted and then we discussed if we could find anything common between all the different figures the kids made. They figured out that though each kid made different figures, they were all made from clay and they all had fun creating it Thus we were able to find unity or Oneness even though the figures appeared different.

    We ended the class by going over our previous week’s homework and learning a new Bhajan. 

    Class notes for 09/20/2020

    We started the class by chanting Gayatri Mantra and Vakrathunda Mahakaya. The kids tried to guess the theme of the class from pictures and then we did 2 experiments.

    In the first experiment they had to make $1 from assorted coins and observe how coins of different sizes and values came together to make $1.  They also found the similarities between the different coins and came to the conclusion that though the coins looked different, they also had some similarities like being made of metal and circular in shape.

    In the second experiment the kids tried to lift a glass using just 1 finger. Then they tried using 2 fingers, then 3 fingers and finally all 5 fingers. They observed that it was the easiest to hold the glass using all 5 fingers and most difficult when using only 1 finger. We concluded that working together as a team makes any difficult task easier.

    We then watched a video that showed animals coming together in groups to overcome their predators. The kids discussed what they understood of how unity in the animals helped them. We concluded that unity gives more  power, strength and courage to face the difficulties.

    Homework : This week the kids should find examples of unity around them and describe it in either a video, picture or writing.

    Class notes for 09/14/2020

    We started our first class of the 20-21 year with OM and Gayatri mantra chanting. The kids and teachers introduced themselves and we played some ice breaker games to get to know each other. Finally we ended the class learning a new Ganesha bhajan.

     

    Homework : This week the kids should find examples of unity around them and describe it in either a video, picture or writing.

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    CLASS DATE: 10/18/2020

    TEACHERS:Hitha Raj, Senthil Kumar

    Summary: Awareness on Food and it’s effects on body and mind

    ATTENDANCE: 25

    OCTOBER 18TH:

    “Awareness on Food and it’s effects on body and mind”

    Attendance: 25

    OM, Gayathri Manthra, Light Meditation

    Life Application follow up from Class #5 ( “SEE GOD IN EVERYBODY; BE AWARE OF FOOD, WATER, ENERGY; WRITE FOOD JOURNAL FOR THE WEEK)

    Brahmaarpanam – Food Prayer in Sanskrit, Translated meaning in English, What Swami said about the reason to Chant this mantra before partaking food – effects on body and mind

    Guest speaker – Ms. APARNA Veeramachaneni, Dietician and Nutritionist from Duke.  Thanks to Ms. Aparna for raising the consciousness  of the class via an activity based learning on food ingredients and limits.  Motivated kids to pay greater attention to number of ingredients, preservatives, sugars, calories, salt levels, what is already in food without having to add additional sugar or salt.  She has graciously volunteered to answer follow up questions as well

    Swami’s quote “As is the food, so is the mind;
    As is the mind, so are the thoughts;
    As are the thoughts, so is the conduct;
    As is the conduct, so is the health.

    Life application: “

    1. See GOD in everybody
    2. SEND 1 WORD ANSWER VIA VIDEO RECORDING FOR: A) WHAT IS ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES LIGHT MEDITATION IN YOUR MIND ? B) HOW DO YOU FEEL AFTER LIGHT MEDITATION ?
    3. AWARENESS OF JUNK FOOD CONTENT, EXPIRATION – RESEARCH ITS EFFECTS! “

    Affirmation

    Closing prayers

     

     

     

     

  • SSE-Group3

    CLASS DATE: 10/18/2020 TEACHER(S):  Nalini, Gangadhar

    SUMMARY:  Oneness & happiness with service

    ATTENDANCE:  24

    10/18/20

    After invocation prayers we started with experience sharing and reviewing life-applications discussed in previous classes.

    Today we discussed about 1) what gives us happiness 2) Small acts of love can also make big impact. 3) How can we practice happiness is union with God thru act of service

    We as a group are going to practice oneness and derive happiness by service. Wed had participated in food drive April to Sept, we are going to expand this further with new group 3 students and also among community members. We will need help from parents for drop off and pick up of food items. 

    We watched 1) an inspirational video 2) Current food crisis in America 3) What does food insecurity mean for a child 4) What will this service in turn help us learn

    Please find link to the class presentation.

    Class notes for previous classes can be found here.

    10/3/20

    As class we dwelled deeper into what does oneness mean? what is the definition of Unity per Swami. Black Lives Matter was a topic to discussed & examples to help identify oneness in diversity.

    What does unity mean? It is not the combination of many; it is the realization of oneness. Satya Sai Baba

     Please find link to the class presentation.

     

    Note to Parents:

    Please encourage students to follow (virtual) class best practices.

    Students were asked to participate in their academic/extra curricular activities with enthusiasm to see the difference in learning process. If possible discuss this topic as a family.

    Do not give yourself too much importance. Be less self centered

    • Take time to socialize (in person)to identify oneness. Set goal for without digital device time.
    • Listen when people are talking, make an eye contact during a conversation and be respectful.
    • Get to know someone you don’t like. Try to guess why someone is the way they are. Be kind to someone who gets on your nerves.
    • Accept your mistakes 
    • Look out for service at home & community. Service starts at home.
    • Notice every time you are judging someone, this is a first step towards realizing oneness
    • Consciously remind yourself , the same Divinity is present in the person, bug, tree you come across.
    • Be confident, you are divine, same divinity is in you as well. Give this affirmation to yourself everyday morning, Turn on video in zoom, you are beautiful/handsome 🙂
    • Develop qualities of pure heart Karuna (compassion), Muditha (appreciation), Mytri(friendship), Upeksha (disinterestedness).

     

     

  • SSE-Group4

    CLASS DATE: 10/13/20 TEACHER(S):  Mouli, Nirmala Aunty, and Yadavan
    SUMMARY: 

    Group 4 Introductions and New Initiatives

    ATTENDANCE:

    13

    Main topic:

    The class on October 13th,  we had a virtual class where we started with announcements and reviewed new initiatives that we want to take on this upcoming year. We then had an inspirational guest speaker, Sohum Bhatt, from San Francisco, California who lead a very interactive discussion on time management and practical applications for the students to apply in their day to day life.

    Note to Parents:

    Sairam Parents –

    Group 4 will continue to do virtual classes, our next class is this upcoming Sunday, October 18th. We will be discussing ideas for Swami’s birthday offering during the next class.

    -Group 4 Gurus

    Jai Sai Ram!

Young Adults (YA) Updates

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Interest Groups Updates

Regional Update

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    None.

Media Repository

  • The media repository for all past events is now available in our main page under this link. If you need the password, please email info@raleighsaicenter.org

Sai Center Officers

  • Officer Role
    Name
    Email Address
    President
    Jaime Villegas
    president@raleighsaicenter.org
    Vice-President
    Sangeeta Varanasi
    vp@raleighsaicenter.org
    Education (SSE) Co-ordinator
    Aruna Shankar
    education@raleighsaicenter.org
    Devotional Co-ordinator
    Shubha Nagaraj
    devotion@raleighsaicenter.org
    Service Co-ordinator
    Vijay Peddapalli
    service@raleighsaicenter.org
    YA Co-ordinator
    Sayee Shruti Manickam
    ya@raleighsaicenter.org

    If you have any questions, please email the respective office bearer. Click here to access their phone numbers (password protected). 

Thought for the Week

  • Rama is the Indweller in every body. He is the Atma-Rama, the Source of Bliss in every individual. He is the very embodiment of dharma, of all the codes of morality that hold mankind together in love and unity. The Ramayana teaches two lessons: the value of detachment and the need to become aware of the Divine in every being. Faith in God and detachment from objective pursuits are the keys for human liberation. Give up sense objects, and you gain Rama. Sita gave up the luxuries of Ayodhya, so she could be with Rama, in the period of “exile”. When she cast longing eyes on the golden deer and craved for it, she lost the presence of Rama. Renunciation leads to joy; attachment brings about grief. Be in the world, but not of it. Make your heart pure and strong, contemplating the grandeur of the Ramayana. Be established in the faith that Rama is the Reality of your existence.

    – Rama Katha Rasavahini, Ch 1, The Inner Meaning.