- 2019 Samarpan Magazine. Read it online!
- Region-3 Retreat (May 24 – 27) – Please register ASAP! Venue: Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. Keynote speakers: Dr. Surendra Upadhyay from UK and Sai Alumni Dr. Kumar Sundaram (S. Kumar).
- Region-3 Retreat – SSE Program – To plan the SSE programs and activities for the retreat, parents are requested to enroll the children using this form.
- A way of Life: Love All, Serve All – April 7 Event – Media files available here!
- 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 April: Shut off water while brushing teeth
- 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.
- 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
Deity: Sarva Dharma
Taal: 8 Beat / Keherwa / Adi
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)
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!
- 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
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 Registration for new students is now open! Please register here.
SSE Classes run from September to May
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
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.
· 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.
- 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: 4/14/2019 TEACHER(S): Nalini, Gangadher SUMMARY: Skit Practice. Go green presentation by G4 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 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
CLASS DATE: 04/07/2019 TEACHER(S): Nirmala, Mouli, and Meenakshi SUMMARY:
Habitat for Humanity & Yard Cleanup
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
Interest Groups Updates
The media repository for all past events is now available in our main page under this link.
Sai Center Officers
Education (SSE) Co-ordinator
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.