NewsLetter

General Announcements

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    • Region 3 Retreat! May 22-25 at Ocoee Retreat Center, TN. Save the date and plan for a fun bus ride! See flyer for more details. New: Bus sign-up form! 
    • SSEHV Training in Raleigh! April 17-19, 2020 Registration is now open! In the application, under “Desired SSEHV Training” select “SSEHV Course 1 (3-Day Course)”. For more information visit the SSEHV (Sathya Sai Education in Human Values) website. New Timings: Friday from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Eswaramma Day Program. Sunday, May 10 at HSNC Cultural Hall.
    • 11th World Conference in Prasanthi Nilayam. November 2020. Study Guides.

     

    Habitat For Humanity Service Project. Looking for volunteers. To sign up email: service@raleighsaicenter.org 

    Raleigh Sai Center – IT Team!

     

    Media! All videos and photos from recent events are available under the “Past Events” page. If you need the password, please email info@raleighsaicenter.org

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: Guru
    Raag: Yaman Kalyan
    Taal: 7 Beat / Rupak / Misrachapu

    Lyrics:

    Guru Sai Maheshwara
    Karunakara Karunamaya
    Prashanthi Sai Sundara
    Parabrahma Roopa Parathpara
    Trivikrama Narayana
    Brahma Vishnu Maheshwara

    Meaning:
    Worship Sai Maheshwara, the guru who is the embodiment of kindness and mercy and who is the resident of Prashanthi having a delightful form. He is the embodiment of supreme Lord and He is Narayana, treading three worlds (in the Vamana avatar). He is the creator, sustainer and the destroyer of the universe.

    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 14, March 29, and May 02 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: 02/16/2020

    TEACHERS: Section 1: Patti, Saideepa, Sharanya, Thatha  

    Section 2: Patti,  Bhuvana, Lakshmi, Ganesh

     

     

    SUMMARY:  Help Ever, Hurt Never ATTENDANCE: 27/39

    Today our lesson plan was to ‘Help the environment to keep it clean’ Today patti talked to us about Recycle, Reuse and Reduce. Today we learnt how recycling helps to reduce the trash and what are all the things we can recycle. Patti told us to share our toys that we don’t play anymore and the clothes that has become small for us. We can give those to less fortunate people instead of throwing them in the garbage. We can use old magazines for cutting and glueing instead of regular paper. She asked us not to use paper products for food and plastic bottles for water. Instead we can use reusable plates, bowls like we use for our snack in the class. She was very proud of us that we bring reusable water bottles every week to our class. She asked us to remind our parents to take reusable bags for shopping instead of plastic bags. Rest of the time we practiced our bhajans, and did art work. 

    Today we missed lots of our friends from the class because of the long weekend and some are sick. 

    Note to Parents from parents discussion group:  Continue to allow your child to make many choices this week. Try to practice at least 1 of the parenting techniques to influence your child to make good decisions.

  • SSE group1

    CLASS DATE: 02/16/2020 TEACHER(S): Jagruthi, Aruna,,Resmi
    SUMMARY: 

    Showing kindness in our actions

    ATTENDANCE:  19

     

    Lesson Plan:

    Started with 3 om’s and prayers .

    We did guided mediation for a few minutes based on the steps of light meditation

    The kids were divided into groups and asked to come up with skits to show how they practised kindness in their lives. They acted out various scenarios at school and in the playground where they demonstrated kind behaviour. They also discussed what they understood by showing kindness and tried to defferentiate between kindness and helping at home which is a responsibility.

    Class notes for 02/09/2020

    A 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: 02/16/2020

    TEACHERS:Hitha Raj, Aditi Verma, Jalaja Peechu

    Summary:Emotional self awareness. kindness and Empathy.

    ATTENDANCE: 12

     

    Sairam,

    We started the class with 3 Om’s, prayers and meditation led by students. We reviewed last weeks life application. We were working on responding to the situations instead of reacting.

    In class we talked about Swami and Mother Easwaramma. 

    What is Easwaramma Day. Why is it celebrated?

    Also, we discussed little about Swami’s childhood days,how Swami used to help His parents. How He was an Ideal son.

     

    https://media.radiosai.org/journals/vol_12/01AUG14/RADIOSAI-HIS_STORY_COMIC-part-08.htm

    Also, discussed about Mother Easwaramma’s 3 noble wishes and how Swami fulfilled those wishes. We saw and discussed about the  following 2 videos.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLF_wIvjAI8

     

    Life application: They need to journal 3 things.

    1. Today I am grateful for….
    2. One awesome thing happened today was………
    3. My happiness scale (pick one) : very happy,happy, neutral,sad, very sad.

     4. continue doing kind acts and  continue responding to the situations instead of reacting. 

     

    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: 02/16/2020 TEACHER(S):  Nalini, Gangadher
    SUMMARY:  Gayatri Mantra
    ATTENDANCE:  18

    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: 2/16/20 TEACHER(S):  Mouli and Nirmala Aunty
    SUMMARY: 

    Seva Project – Women’s Shelter

    ATTENDANCE:

    8

    Main topic:

    This week, G4 baked and served breakfast at the Women’s Shelter in Raleigh. 8 G4 kids prepared the breakfast of Pumpkin bread, croissants, fruit, yogurt/granola and orange juice at the Women’s Shelter.  

    Note to Parents:

    Sairam Parents –

    Group 4 will have the next class on Sunday, March 8th. Our next Seva Activities are dinner service at the Women’s Shelter on March 14th and Habitat for Humanity on March 14th as well.

    Jai Sai Ram!

    -Group 4 Gurus

Young Adults (YA) Updates

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    YA Selection process has begun and we encourage all YAs (ages 18-40) to complete the nomination form. Nominations will be accepted for a 2 week period until 2/12/2020
     

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-ordinators
    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

  • For some ailments medicines are prescribed for external application while for others, they are given for internal use. But for this universal ailment of the cycle of birth and death (bhava-roga), listening to spiritual discourses (sravana), singing God’s name (kirtana), and other medicines are prescribed for external and internal use. One has to utter as well as hear the Lord’s name. God has equal affection toward all His children just like the nature of light is to shed illumination on all. Utilising that illumination, some can read good books and others can do their daily tasks, whatever they are. So too, uttering God’s name, one can progress in the realisation of God, another can even do wicked deeds! It all depends on how you use the light. But the Lord’s name is without blemish, always and forever.

    – Prema Vahini, Ch 21.