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! Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET. Sai Bhagavatam at http://www.sathyasai.us/live
    • 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
    • Study Guides in preparation for the 95th Birthday celebrations of 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 Saturdays from 11:00AM to noon.

    Current Series: Happiness is union with God.

    As you know, the SSIO will celebrate the 95th Birthday of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba from November 21 to 22, 2020 with online programs. This year, the theme of the celebrations is Happiness is union with God. In preparation, they have been releasing a series of short study guides ,encapsulating some of His teachings regarding happiness:

    • What is Happiness?
    • Where is Happiness?
    • How to be Happy?
    • Overcoming obstacles to Happiness.
    • Signs of Happiness.
    • Our true nature is Bliss.

    You can find all the Study Guides here:

    here.

 

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: 11/15/2020 TEACHERS: Patti, Thatha, Bhuvana, Lakshmi
    SUMMARY:

    Swami’s birthday

    ATTENDANCE: 2o

    We started the class by chanting Gayatri Mantra. Today patti talked to us about Swami’s life. We learnt about Swami’s family, how Swami helped people throughout His life, how He interacted with His friends when He was young. We heard Swami’s first composed bhajan ‘Manasa Bhajore…’in His own voice. Patti read a book ‘Smile and Be Happy’ by Joy Lynette Parker. In this book we heard that Swami wants everyone to be happy and Swami loves to see smiling faces. We heard  Swami once told His children that God is sweet, soft, cool and joy like ice-cream. We pray to Swami to bless all of us to be His sweet children like ice-cream. Lakshmi aunty and Bhuvana aunty practiced a bhajan with us. We played a game  with patti by acting like different animals. At the end of the class patti  taught us how to draw a lotus flower.  

    Summary from parent discussion on Unity: When a couple is united on tough decisions, issues of discipline, and on virtues like honesty and integrity, a child’s character will benefit. 

    Parent homework:  1) Appreciate each other often.

                                      2) Discuss disagreements in private not in front of kids.

  • SSE group1

    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.

  • SSE-Group2

    CLASS DATE: 11/15/2020

    TEACHERS:Hitha Raj, Senthil Kumar

    Summary: SWAMI BIRTHDAY PRESENTATION DISCUSSIONS

    ATTENDANCE: 25

    NOVEMBER 15TH  :

     “SWAMI BIRTHDAY PRESENTATION DISCUSSIONS”

    Attendance: 25

    OM, Gayathri Manthra, Light Meditation

    Life Application follow up from Class #9 : Students life application suggestions:  See how much food we wasted; work on Swami’s birthday presentation; Go outside for at least 10 minutes each day

    Swami birthday presentation discussion – Student offering ideas and submission commitments from students 

    Affirmation

    Closing prayers

     

     

     

  • SSE-Group3

    CLASS DATE: 11/8/2020 TEACHER(S):  Nalini, Gangadhar

    SUMMARY:  Unlock you potential (sound, frequency, vibration)

    ATTENDANCE:  24

    11/8/20

    Students watched a video as homework, they discussed in breakout rooms and presented to the class their thoughts.

    Summary of the discussion & class presentation 

    Thought Vibrations -What are you broadcasting?

    • Your intentions/emotions positive or negative are creating vibrations around you and also attracting similar vibrations from the universe
    • A negative emotion/thought impacts you first before it reaches the other person.
    • Positive affirmations and thoughts are the key for the success.

    Word Vibrations 

    • Masaru Emoto experiments on impact of vibrations created by words.
    • There is relation between sound vibration and the form it takes.
    • CERN (Geneva) experiment on atom vibrations and form.
    • Watch your words, use them wisely.
    • Do not raise your voice to prove your point.
    • Most of the time, the tone (how you say) is more important than the message (what you say)

    Deed Vibrations 

    • Do more and more deeds to show Love, Compassion, Kindness round the clock. 
    • These deeds generate highest vibrations for person doing the act, receiving & watching/hearing the act. We discussed how we get emotional while watching a scene in the movie.
    • Self Love
    • Service at home
    • Community service     

    11/1/20

    After invocation prayers we started with an ice breaker, reviewed food drive service and communications on google hangouts

    Today topics

    1) We played Kahoot that covered quarter 1 topics. 

    2) we had students divided into 8 breakout groups, gave each grp one topic to discuss for 15mins. Each grp presented the summary of their discussion to the class.

    • Grp 1: Open minded (what is it, how it helps, how to practice, qualities of person with open mind)
    • Grp 2: Learning things faster  (brain hormones, how it helps, tips, practice)
    • Grp 3: What is unity in worldly sense and in spirituality (examples of diversity, unity, practice)
    • Grp 4: Who is dear to God (devotee, qualities, practice)
    • Grp 5: Purity (define, why is it important, how to purify, practice)
    • Grp 6: 4 Qualities for pure heart (what are they, example scenarios, practice)
    • Grp 7: Bad company (define, examples, how to handle, practice)
    • Grp 8: Stress & Anxiety (what, when, how, practice, tips)
    • Grp 8: Science behind sacred sounds (sounds & vibration exp, sacred sounds, how they help, sounds and water, practice)

    Please find link to the class presentation.

    Home work:

    10/25/20

    After invocation prayers we started with an ice breaker, reviewed food drive service and communications on google hangouts

    Today we discussed about

    1) What rituals in Navratri are meant to help see divinity in all

    2) What is Anxiety, what symptoms do they notice & when does anxiety kick in

    3) Three tips to overcome anxiety. These 3 tips have to be practiced daily.

    • Sit in a comfortable position (on chair/ground), close your eyes and chant OM 3 times, with each OM imagine a circle of protection forming on top of your head
    •  With eyes closed Chant Gayathri mantra 3 times, with each chant imagine a circle of protection forming around your body
    • Positive Self talk –  talk to Swami in your heart, Swami please help me put my best effort and take ownership of the result

    4) Sounds & frequency impact on matter and water

    5) Science behind scared sounds and how they help curb anxiety

    Grp 3 had Swami birthday bhajan today. 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).
    • Do not raise voice against your parents to prove you are correct.

     

     

  • SSE-Group4

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

    Group 4 Introductions and New Initiatives

    ATTENDANCE:

    7: Eswar, Bhairavi, Harini, Kanousa, Neeradh, Raj, and Smirthi

    Main topic:

    The class on November 15th,  we had a virtual class where we started with announcements. We then went through many upcoming activities and had students volunteer to lead those activities, such as Swami’s birthday, Group 4 SSE Zoom Bhajans, Senior Community Music Program, and InterFaith food shuttle food drive. We ended the class with a TED talk with a behavior coach discussing how to master our own behavior and manage the behaviors of others. It was very interesting and the students enjoyed it. 

    Link to TED talk: https://youtu.be/4BZuWrdC-9Q

    Note to Parents:

    Sairam Parents –

    Group 4 will continue to do virtual classes, our next class is on Sunday, December 6th. We will be discussing the initiatives mentioned above in more detail.

    -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.