NewsLetter

General Announcements

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    March 12, 2020: Important Announcements

    • The Raleigh Sai Center is closed until further notice due to the Coronavirus
    • The Regional Retreat during the memorial day weekend will be either postponed or canceled.

     

    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: Chakravakam / Ahir Bhairav
    Taal: 6 Beat / Dadra

    Lyrics:

    Krishna Bhajo Krishna Bhajo Murali Govinda Bhajo
    Radhey Govinda Bhajo Radhey Gopala Bhajo [ Krishna Bhajo … ]
    Giridhari Shyama Bhajo Radhey Govinda Bhajo
    Madhuvana Sanchari Shyama Gopala Bhajo (2)

    Meaning:
    Chant the name of Lord Krishna, the one holding the flute, the consort of Radha, the dark-complexioned one who held aloft the Govardhan mountain and the one who moved about in the forest inhabited by demon Madhu.

    Audio Link:

Service

  • 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.

    Please click here to sign up.

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

     

     Sandwich Service 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

    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

    please  click here to sign up.

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

     

SSE

  • Pre-SSE

    CLASS DATE: 03//2020

    TEACHERS:  Patti, Saideepa, Thatha  Bhuvana,  Lakshmi, Ganesh, Sharanya

     

     

    SUMMARY:   ATTENDANCE: 

    Last three weeks we are having our Pre-SSE classes virtually because of the Corona Virus issues. We are divided into two groups and having the classes on Saturday and Sunday. We are also doing virtual story time on Wednesdays at 5:30p.m. with all the kids. Below is the summary of each class:

    March 28/29: Theme: Fear. We are scared of this virus. Patti reassured us by saying that Swami is everywhere, He is within us, He will take care of us. On top of that our parents are there to take care of us. We don’t have to be scared of anything. Every class we are chanting Gayatri three times led by Bhuvana aunty, Lakshmi aunty, or Saideepa aunty at the beginning. Disha aunty did Yoga with us for ten minutes. Patti read a book “Little Quack” where we heard how mother duck takes care of her duckling when they get scared. Saideepa aunty invited Akshara Akka to play her Veena and Vishu Anna to play his tabla while she sang ‘Jaya Guru Omkara’. Sharanya aunty did art work and showed us how to draw a scary face. 

    March 21st/22nd: Theme: Listening. We are all home now. Patti asked us to be good listeners to our mom and dad. The book she read was ‘The Very Quiet Cricket’. Saideepa aunty and Lakshmi aunty taught us one English Ganesh bhajan. Sharanya aunty showed us how to draw a ladybug. We drew our own ladybug by listening to her. At the end we acted like different animals by listening to patti’s story. 

    March 15th: Theme: Anger management. We are all staying home because of Corona virus. We cannot go to school, or play with our friends. Hence we may  get angry sometimes at home. Patti talked to us about this virus and we can get sick if we go out. She showed us how to calm down whenever we feel angry and asked us to talk to our mom and dad when something  bothers us. She read a book ‘Chocolate Covered Cookie Tantrum’ where we saw a mother helping her daughter when she was getting angry.  We also practiced a bhajan and did some artwork. 

     
  • SSE group1

    CLASS DATE: 03/22/2020 TEACHER(S): Jagruthi, Aruna,,Sunitha,Resmi
    SUMMARY: 

    Power of positive thinking

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

     

    Lesson Plan:

    We are introducing Swami’s teaching of WATCH. The word WATCH has an important message to convey.

    WATCH means:

    W – Watch your Words

    A – Watch your Actions

    T – Watch your Thoughts

    C – Watch your Character

    H – Watch your Heart

    We have already discussed how we can watch our words and actions and now we are moving to watching your thoughts. This quarter we are discussing the power of thoughts and how we can develop positive thought. 

     

    Class notes for 02/09/2020

    As part of doing good deeds we discussed how we can show kindness to the environment by conserving water, electricity, food and avoiding pollution. 

    We shared stories from Swami’s life of how Swami showed kindness . How he stopped rooster fights in the village, and stopped mistreating animals for races. How Swami asked a hunter to shoot only with the camera and How Swami used to carry water for his family and neighbors.

    As part of watching your actions we are continuing the homework this week of using kind words and doing kind actions. We have also added not wasting food, water or electricity to our homework.

    Class notes for 1/19/2020

    The kids did an experiment in class using baloons to demonstrate how every action has an equal and opposite reaction. They then came up with common actions where we see equal and opposite reaction like walking and swimming.

     

    Class notes for 1/12/2020

    We watched a video in class on how echo resonates whatever you say. If we say good, the echo also returns good words and angry words return angry words. 

    We also built a boomerang in class to see how it comes back to us when we throw it. We discussed how just like the boomerang comes back to us, our actions also come back to us. So we should be watchful of our actions.

    We ended the class learning the bhajan Govinda Krishna Jai

     

     

    Homework : Parents please continue to encourage your children to mark their journal every day if they have used Kind Words and did Kind Actions.

  • SSE-Group2

    CLASS DATE: 03/10/2020

    TEACHERS:Hitha Raj, Aditi Verma, Jalaja Peechu

    Summary:Emotional self awareness. kindness and Empathy.

    ATTENDANCE: 16

     

    Sairam,

    We started the class with 3 Om’s, prayers and meditation led by students. We reviewed last weeks life application. Last two weeks we were focusing on topics gratitude and empathy.

    Last Sunday we dove deeper on the concept of Empathy.  Children shared kind act they did throughout the week.  We discussed how feeling of empathy drives the act of kindness.  Kids were split into 4 different groups, given different scenarios for which they had to put themselves in different person’s shoe and come up with an empathetic response.  

     

     

    Life application: They need to journal 3 things.

    1. Today I am grateful for….
    2. One good act that I did today…
    3. My happiness scale (pick one) : very happy,happy, neutral,sad, very sad.
    4. continue eating fruits and vegetables(ABCs)…

     

     

    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.

     

     

  • SSE-Group3

    CLASS DATE: 03/22/2020 TEACHER(S):  Nalini, Gangadher

    SUMMARY:  Gayatri Mantra

    ATTENDANCE:  18

    03/22/2020

    Please find the class presentation here.

    03/15/2020

    Please find the class presentation here.

    02/16/20

    After invoking prayers, Samhitha gave a small talk about her experiences visiting Puttaparthi. Continuing on the topic of Gayatri mantra from last week, we delved on the meaning of the word “Mantra”, definition of Gayatri mantra, meaning of each syllable then overall general meaning of this mantra. With the meaning in mind, we chanted it 3 times as group . Then we watched a video on effect of Vibration, frequency and energy on matter (physical objects) . (Video link here) How energy, vibration produced from chanting Gayatri affects our body and sorroundings (picture). Then we discussed on the benefits of chanting this sacred mantra. We observed that it sharpens our intellect, gives protection, confers world peace, gives strength to conquer of internal enemies). Finally we watched a video (link here) by primary school students on Gayatri mantra followed by short discussion. Please find the class presentation here. Sairam.

    02/09/20

    After invoking prayers, class was opened for discussion if they observed the 6 enemies in their day to day activities in the last week.
    What happened as the internal enemies became stronger? Everyone agreed that it makes you feel sad, stresses out, impacts health in negative way and one will not be happy.
    But Swami says our Goal is to be happy, happy (though we have these 6 enemies working against us?), how to help ourselves to be happy? Watched this video again.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jD_C8KQrzFk  
    Then we asked a question what is way/tool/technique to deploy to overcome the 6 enemies. In this class we discussed one such tool (Gayatri mantra) through the story of Vishwamitra. Asked students to identify the 6 enemies in the story as the story is being narrated.  (Short narration of the story is here). How a person with 6 internal enemies got elevated to highest spiritual status (Bramharshi). How Gayatri mantra was revealed to him. Followed by short discussion on story. Class ended with chanting 3 times Gayatri mantra followed by 3 shantis.

    02/02/2020

    After the invoking prayers, we started with review of what was discussed in last class.

    We continued on the topic “6 -internal enemies”. We watched 3 videos related to internal enemies “greed”, “jealous” and “anger”.  Below are the links to those videos. After each video we discussed and reflected on how it relates to our daily lives.

    Video on Greed

    Video on Jealosy

    Anger in sports 

    Then we concluded the class on how we can conquer these enemies as told by Swami.

    Desire for God alone; Get angry for not able to connect him more; Get greedy for his guidance and love; Attach to his form; Be proud that God is there to protect and guide you; Feel jealous (and get inspired) of others those who are showered with God’s love;

    01/26/20 

    Sairam
    After the invoking prayers, we started with a question we had asked towards the end of last class.

    In the year 2020, as MLK Jr, what would you like to change in the world? What is the root cause of the problem that you would like to address?
    We observed that the problems children stated(like climate change, discrimination etc) raised from 6 internal enemies. i.e. Desire, anger, Greed, attachment, pride, jealousy.

    All the children are divided into 6 groups, each group representing one internal enemy.

    Each group is asked to discuss and present on the following questions.

    a. How do you see this form as enemy in you.
    b. How does it effect you (Spiritually – drag you down; materially – slows you down)?
    c. How to overcome it?
    d. Any story. (Personal or mythological or contemporary)

    Below are the responses.

    1st enemy – Desire
    Focus on eliminating bad desire
    1. When we want things that we don’t need it becomes our enemy
    2. It can cause us to do negative things to fulfill our desire
    3. By asking yourself if you actually need the thing you desire
    4. Napoleon: for desire of increasing empire, caused him to be exiled from France

    2nd Enemy – Anger

    1. Make you act before you think.
    2. Reasoning is colluded.
    3. Makes relationships go bad.
    4. Direct anger in right channel.

    3 Enemy – Greed
    1 you put yourself first
    2 you don’t spend money well
    3 you can limit yourself
    4 King Midas: King of gold

    4th Enemy – Attachment
    1. Leads to sorrow grief or violence
    2. It can make you do wrong things which you don’t intend to do.
    3. Ceiling on desires; use caution with objects and people.
    5th Enemy – Pride:
    1. When people say things and you feel inferior to others.
    2. It makes you feel better than others and could make others not like you.
    3. Humble yourself, ground yourself, and offer everything you do to Swami.
    4. The lion king: Scar got prideful of having the roar, and believed that he should be kind so he killed mufasa. But in the end Simba killed him.

    6th Enemy.. Jealousy/Envy
    1. Since attachment sends out negative feelings, it associates with enemies, (negative)
    2. It disturbs your internal peace, and affects your goal.
    Also the root cause for other “enemies”
    3. We can take it in a positive way, for eg. Take it as an inspiration
    4. People get jealous of Hype beasts, and want to get what they have (for eg. Airpods pro, Gucci shoes etc.)

    01/19/20 

    1. Invoked Sarva dharma prayers.
    2. Students who went to Puttaparthi during holidays (Prem/Raj/Shivani) shared the experience of their trip. Here are the best things they observed in Puttaparthi.

     a. Super-Speciality hospital is truly a temple of healing.
     b. Shared a story of a poor teenage girl who was operated for free for tumor on her face.
    c. Magnificence of the Music college.
    d. Simple living of a professor living inside the ashram.
    e. How wonderful the Chaitanya Jyothi museum was.

    3. Social Conformity – revisited – getting out of negative effect – Story of a swami’s classmate at Uravakonda.
     (Crocodile Jaws – From Sanathana Sarathhi Dec 1977)
    4. Short discussion on the story.

    Note to Parents:

    One practice to take up for unity of thought word & deed is to ask them to understand the meaning of the songs they are singing/playing. We will practice this as a class for upcoming bhajan opportunities our class gets.

     

  • SSE-Group4

    CLASS DATE: 3/8/20 & 3/14/20 TEACHER(S):  Mouli and Nirmala Aunty
    SUMMARY: 

    Guest Speaker – Chetana  Kamath & Project – Women’s Shelter

    ATTENDANCE:

    9

    Main topic:

    This last week, we had a guest speaker Chetana Kamath, who is currently a med school student at UNC.   Chetana grew up in Tampa Florida, and was an active SSE student.  She discussed in an interactive presentation her experiences with the G4 class.  

    This week due to the corona virus G4 teachers cancelled the cooking and serving project and instead provided pizza and cookies to the Women’s Shelter. 

    Note to Parents:

    Sairam Parents –

    Group 4 will have our next class on April 12th then April 26th, then May 2nd.  We will be moving to a virtual class until the end of the term.

    Jai Sai Ram!

    -Group 4 Gurus

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

  • Past, present, or future, women are the backbone of progress and the heart of the nation. In fact they are its very breath. Charged with holiness, they play the chief role in the dharma of life. No nation can be built without investing in the culture of its women. The world can be lifted to its pristine greatness only through women mastering the science of realisation of Reality (Atma-vidya). If a nation is to have lasting prosperity and peace, women must be trained through an educational system that emphasises moral conduct and moral qualities. Every woman must be able to understand the problems of the family, society and the countries. She must render such service and help as she can, within the limits of her resources and capacity, to the family, community and the country. The present downfall in moral standards and absence of social peace is due to the neglect of this aspect of women’s education.

    – Dharma Vahini, Ch 5