- Sathya Sai Informative Meeting. Sunday, April 7 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at HSNC room #4. Guest Speaker: Sathya Gopalan, Sai Alumni and Region-3 VP. See flyer for more details.
- Region-3 Retreat (May 24 – 27) – Registration Open! Venue: Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. Keynote speakers: Dr. Surendra Upadhyay from UK and Sai Alumni Dr. Kumar Sundaram (S. Kumar).
- Region-3 Retreat – Bus Ride Registration Open! See bus flyer for more details.
- New Venue Search Team! As you may already know, our rental contract with HSNC will end on December 31, 2019. We have formed a search team to look for options. If you are interested in being part of this team, please email us at email@example.com.
- Go Green Tip for the month of March: Use reusable Water Bottles.
- The Congregations for Social Justice (CSJ) gave their 2019 Social Justice Award to the Sathya Sai Center of Raleigh in recognition for their active and positive impact in the community. See the award ceremony speech and a picture of the 2019 Social Justice Award.
- September Healthcare Day – Looking for a medical director and non-medical planning lead. If interested, please contact service coordinator.
- Sunday Sai Center Activities Schedule
Time Description 2:30 – 3:00 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: 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
Taal: 8 Beat / Keherwa / Adi
Giridhara Gopala Sai Giridhara Gopala
Parthi Pureeshwara Sai Gopala [ Giridhara Gopala … ]
Meera Ke Prabhu Giridhara Naagara
Paahi Maam Ghana Shyam O Shyama (2)
O Lord Sai Gopala, the lifter of mountain, the Lord of Meera The Lord of Parthi kindly protect me.
- RSC Service Activities
Date & Time Activity Details Locations & Sign up Second Saturday of the Month between 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Pillow Service
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
Men’s Shelter. Address: 1420 S. Wilmington St. Raleigh, NC.
sign up sheets are coming soon..
Fourth Saturday of the Month between 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.
New Born Kit & Winter Gear Service
Sharanya & Senthi’s place: 613 Pilot Dr , Cary NC 27519. Fourth Sunday of the Month between 3:45 PM – 5:00 PM. Sandwich Service Sandwich service by SSE kids at HSNC.
Lunch bag & drop off volunteers to locations – please click here to sign up.
March 16, 30 & April 6 -Whole day
Building Home Service at Habitat for Humanity
Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age to participate. Volunteers who are below 18 years should get their parents consent signed (Please Click here) and bring it on the service day.
2615 Westinghouse Blvd. Raleigh, NC 27604, 840 Grove Creek Ln., Raleigh 27610 – please click here to sign up
Also please signup on Habitat for Humanity link for 03/16, 03/30 & 04/06 dates.
SSE Registration for new students is now open! Please register here.
SSE Classes run from September to May
CLASS DATE: 03/17/2019 TEACHERS: Vanaja patti, Chandran Thatha, Vasanthi aunty, Surabhi aunty SUMMARY: Easwaramma Day ATTENDANCE: 22/28
Prayers: 3 Oms, Gayatri
Main topics: Today Patti talked to us about Easwaramma Day. She was trying to organize us in different groups. We started practicing with uncles. aunties and Shruthi akka. Time went very fast today. We are learning through our practice ‘Patience, Waiting for our turn’, ‘Listening’.
Life application/Home work: Please see all the videos that we are sending with your parents and practice.
Note to Parents:
- SSE group1
CLASS DATE: 03/17/2019 TEACHER(S): Jagruthi , Aruna and Sunita SUMMARY:
Introduced the types of Duty as swami taught : Social, Obligatory and family duties.
Started the class with 3 om’s. Did a breathing exercise and chanted the multifaith prayers
Main topic: Duty
The kids shared in class what duties and chores their parents did as children and then we talked about what Swami has told about duty. Swami has said that everyone has 3 types of duties – Social, Obligatory and Family duties. We talked about how each of these duties are important.
Shared a Chinna Katha about Duty is God : http://media.radiosai.org/journals/Vol_03/05MAY01/chinnakatha.htm
Discussed why the lamp shone brighter when the lamp lighter did his duties chanting the name of the lord. Concluded that we should do our duties willingly, with commitment and as an offering to God.
The kids created a chart “What I am responsible for at Home” with a list of 3 duties that they will start practising from next week.
· Putting shoes and school bag at their right places as soon as we come back home. Same for rest for family
· Prayer before food
· Follow your goal everyday
Note to Parents:
We are learning about Duty and importance of taking responsibility .Please help your child hang their “What I am responsible for at Home” chart in a place they can see and be reminded of everyday.
- Sai Samarpan article is to be submitted by March 23.
- Help our children to achieve their goal of the week.
CLASS DATE: 03/10/2019
TEACHERS:Hitha Raj, Aditi Jain, Jalaja peechu
Summary: unity of Faiths
class started with 3om’s ,Gayatri mantra and may pole meditation.
students shared what they practiced last week. They continued doing their beds and chores.
We saw a video of various festivals celebrated in Prashanthi Nilayam. It showed how people from different faiths and from different countries come to prashanthi nilayam and celebrate their festivals.
We brainstormed on how to incorporate the students ideas into Easwaramma day skit. we came up with the high level flow of the skit.
Bhajans: we practiced two bhajans with sister Kripa.
1.Finish and submit Sai Samarpan article.
2. Work on the script for Easwaramma day.
Life application: Practice doing Gayatri Mantra daily. Students also can do prayers what their family does.
Practice communicating with God. They can talk, write, sing …..to God. Come share with us how you communicated with God and how this helps you.
Continue doing their beds and chores.
All the students are encouraged to finish and submit Sai Samarpan article.
we will be having a call on wednesday and thursday from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm to discuss about the Easwaramma day skit. Students interested in sharing the ideas can join the call.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO PARENTS:
1. We would like all the students to be on time by 3.25pm we are staritng the class by 3.30pm.
Class room door closes at 3.30pm.
If any students come late they have to wait outside the door till we finish prayers and meditation.
2. As a parent your responsibility to check the home work ( life application ) which we give them to follow through the week.
Once you as a parent commit to the follow up with your kids the results are impactful.
3. Treat this spiritual learning as a beautiful foundation to your kids who are the future generations of leaders.
Swami has given us the opportunity to be the part of this huge responsibility. Let’s stand up to build this great future leaders.
CLASS DATE: 3/17/2019 TEACHER(S): Nalini, Gangadher, Manoj SUMMARY: Devotion ATTENDANCE: 15
Beginning prayers led by students. We chant multi faith prayers beginning of each class to show all regions teach same.
Link to multi faith prayers with meaning: http://sairegion3.org/multi-faith-prayers/
Main topic: Devotion (tip 3)
For the Devotion topic this quarter, we are discussing and taking one practice a week to qualify to call our self a devotee of Swami.
Recap of last class: We played Cross the river game. The coast guard at the center of the room was not supposed to let the students with bad value label written on them. But they sneak out anyway. We later discussed why and how bad was able to sneak to the other side of the room. The coast guard was not vigilant. We compared this with our consciousness. We need pay attention to guidance of our consciousnesses, do not suppress it but try to follow. Specific example was our mind says to go play video game, but consciousnesses is saying to finish homework first. Do not suppress it and follow it. We left the class that we will come back and understand what all we need to do to keep consciousness vigilant.
This week we watched a “Mark of True devotee“, story from Uncle lions. We had students walk from one side of the room to other without dropping a lemon that is placed on their head. Though they were supposed chant God’s name, everyone focused on not dropping the lemon. We concluded that similarly we focus on our tasks all day and remember God only when needed. But we all agreed it is hard to have God’s name on lips all day, as a team we agreed that we could associate an activity that we do not miss and remember Swami when we do that activity. So as tip 3 we are going to think/chant or say SAIRAM, every time we eat snack/meal, drink water/juice/milk.
To add science behind it we watched Dr Masuru’s experiment on water. We are 70% water so more we chant the more positive we become from within and sanctify the surroundings.
Note to Parents:
One practice a week to qualify to call our self a devotee of Swami. Students add practice each week.
Tip1: Start the day and end the day with Swami’s name. Swami will count this as 8 hour chanting during night.
Tip2: Keep your consciousness active. Do not suppress it.
Tip3: To keep our consciousness active we are going to think/chant or say SAIRAM, every time we eat snack/meal, drink water/juice/milk.
CLASS DATE: 02/03/2019 TEACHER(S): Mouli, Nirmala, and Meenakshi SUMMARY:
ATTENDANCE: 10 out of 13
This week Group 4 finished screening the animated film Coco. This film was screened over two class period and will subsequently be discussed about its relation to the human values. This is an effort to show that everything in life can be related back to the inner Sai and to non-compartmentalize spirituality in daily life.
Note to Parents:
Sairam Parents –
We will have regular SSE at 3:30 PM this Sunday, Feb. 10th.
Jai Sai Ram!
-Group 4 Gurus
Young Adults (YA) Updates
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Thought for the Week
Many grieve: “It is said that getting the opportunity to see a holy person (darshanam) is destruction of sin (papa nashanam). Well, I have had darshan not once but many times, and yet my evil fate has not left me and I am suffering even more than I did before.” True, you may have come and had darshan, and you have sown fresh seeds secured from then onwards – seeds of love, faith, devotion, good company, Godly thoughts, remembering God’s name and so on, and you have learnt the art of intensive cultivation and soil preparation. So you have now sown the seeds in a well-prepared field of cleansed hearts. Don’t you have to wait for the harvest? Until the new harvest comes in, like you consume the grain already stored from previous harvests, the troubles and anxieties are the crops you collected in previous harvests! Hence do not grieve and lose your heart. Persist in your sadhana!
– Shivaratri Discourse, March 1963.