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Devotion

  • 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. 


 

  • Bhajan of the week

    Deity: Sarva Dharma
    Raag: Jaunpuri
    Taal: 8 Beat / Keherwa / Adi

    Lyrics:

    Sai Natha Bhagawan Sai Natha Bhagawan
    Sathyam Shivam Sundaram Sai Natha Bhagawan [ Sai Natha … ]
    Buddham Sharanam Gachchami
    Dhammam Sharanam Gachchami
    Sangham Sharanam Gachchami
    Sayeesha Sharanam Gachchami (Sathya)

    Meaning:
    Oh Lord Sai, You are the Truth, Auspiciousness and Beauty, Oh Lord Sai. I take refuge in Buddha (the enlightened one). I take refuge in Dhamma (the ultimate Truth) I take refuge in Sangham (the holy community). To Lord God Sai, I surrender all!

    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 Saturday of the Month between 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

    New Born Kit & Winter Gear Service  

     Mrs & Mr Chandran’s house: 7525 Courtyard Place
    Cary, 27519

    Fourth Sunday of the Month between 3:45 PM – 5:00 PM.

    ***In May its on 19th due to retreat & long Weekend.

     Sandwich Service Sandwich service by SSE kids at HSNC.

    Lunch bag & drop off volunteers  to locations – please click here to sign up.

         
    Park Clean up July 6th  Pick up litter on the brooks lane  in the park from one end to the other end.

    Thomas Brooks Park @ 

     

     

SSE

  • SSE Registration for new students is now open! Please register here. 

    SSE Classes run from September to May

  • Pre-SSE

    CLASS DATE: 04/28/2019 TEACHERS: Vanaja patti, Chandran Thatha, Vasanthi aunty, Surabhi aunty
    SUMMARY: Practice ATTENDANCE: 25/28

    Prayers: 3 Oms, Gayatri

    Main topics: Class time was spent on the practice of Easwaramma Day.

    Life application/Home work:   Listen to the audio of the skit and practice with your parents.

    Note to Parents: Remember to bring your Go Green Kit for snack and dinner on the Easwaramma Day.

  • SSE group1

    CLASS DATE: 04/14/2019 TEACHER(S): Jagruthi , Aruna, Sunitha and Resmi
    SUMMARY: 

    Continued with Duty towards the environment and focused on the 3 Rs

    ATTENDANCE:  15

     

    Lesson Plan:

    Discussed what we learnt in the previous classes about Duty especially our duty towards the environment. Talked about plastic pollution and its impact to the planet. Children came up with ideas on how they can use alternatives for commonly used plastic products – metal straws, metal cutleries, carrying reusable grocery bags, taking your own containers to carry out food.

    We discussed how we can Reduce, Reuse and Recycle plastics so that plastic waste can be limited. Watched a presentation on how we can implement this. The class took a pledge of ” Environment resposibility starts with Me”

    Demonstrated how we can repurpose newspaper to paper bags that can even be used as fancy gift bags. 

     

     Homework

    ·       Do the chore selected as your responsibilty at home

    ·       Prayer before food

    ·       Follow your personal discipline 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. 

    Friendly reminder

    • Help our children to achieve their goal of the week.
  • SSE-Group2

    CLASS DATE: 03/10/2019

    TEACHERS:Hitha Raj, Aditi Jain, Jalaja peechu

    Summary: unity of Faiths

    ATTENDANCE: 12

     

    Sairam,

    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.

    http://prasanthi-mandir-bhajan.net/Guruvayoor_Pura_Sri_Hari_Kr.htm

    https://sathyasai.us/devotion/song/rama-krishna-tum-ho

    Homework:

    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.

     

     

    Reminders:

    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.

     

  • SSE-Group3

    CLASS DATE: 4/14/2019 TEACHER(S):  Nalini, Gangadher
    SUMMARY:  Skit Practice. Go green presentation by G4 ATTENDANCE:  15

    Prayers:

    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 6) Be God in everyone and everything

    Practiced skit from 3 to 3:50 pm. Skit leads helped practice in groups.

    Group 4 students gave presentation on Go Green.

    Audio recording of Scene 1 from 4:20 to 4:50 pm

     

    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.

    Tip4: Body is the temple, keep this instrument fit. Remind yourself Swami resides in this body. Chant Swami’s name while taking shower. Eat healthy and exercise. 

    Tip5: Choose one person from their do not like list, identify a good quality in that person. Think positive about them.

    Tip6: See God in everybody and everything. Start with seeing Swami in parents and siblings

  • SSE-Group4

    CLASS DATE: 04/07/2019 TEACHER(S):  Nirmala, Mouli, and Meenakshi
    SUMMARY: 

    Habitat for Humanity & Yard Cleanup

    ATTENDANCE:  N/A

    Main topic:

    For the past two weeks, Group 4 has been involved in service projects such as Habitat for Humanity and yard cleanup for our local senior citizens.

    Note to Parents:

    Sairam Parents –

    We will have regular SSE this Sunday (04/14) at 3:30pm.

    Jai Sai Ram!

    -Group 4 Gurus

Young Adults (YA) Updates

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Interest Groups Updates

  • Go Green Group – Tips

    • Shut off water while brushing teeth
    • Please use reusable water bottles.
    • Please use reusable bag for the grocery store
    • Please use paper sandwich bag or reusable box to pack sandwich for lunch.

    (REFUSE, REDUCE, REUSE, RE PURPOSE, RECYCLE)

    See all interest groups available.

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.

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-ordinators
    Aparajith Sairam
    Rama Devi
    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

  • Embodiments of Love! You may have heard the famous Buddhist chant, “Buddham saranam gacchami, Dharmam saranam gacchami, Sangham saranam gacchami”, what does it mean? These three maxims imply that firstly, one must sharpen the intellect and the capacity for spiritual discrimination. Next, such intelligence must be used to serve the society. Thirdly, service must be based on dharma or righteousness. If these three steps are followed, you will lead a blissful life. Never harm any living creature in any way whatsoever. Help ever, hurt never – this is the essence of Buddha’s teaching. The more you love your fellow beings, the greater would be the bliss that one enjoys. The more you love others, the happier you would be. Therefore, if you wish to be constantly happy, you must always love all. Love is the royal path to God. The best way to God is to love all and serve all. This is the important lesson that Buddha taught humanity. 

    – Divine Discourse, May 21, 2000.