NewsLetter

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1.  General Announcements
A) SSSGC Region 3 Retreat May 24th-27th, 2024 Registration link:

Sairam, We are very excited to announce that with Swami’s Divine Blessings the Retreat website and registration is now open! Please register asap so we can start to plan exciting programs and workshops!

Registration link

We are looking forward to seeing you all at the retreat.

B) Regional retreat -2024 RSC Host Volunteer Form: We are looking for volunteers who can host devotees coming from various Sai centers in your home.  We are in need of 75 – 100 homes to host incoming devotees. Please use below form to share few details if you are willing to host:
RSC Host volunteers (google.com)
 
C) Swami’s Aradhana day Mahotsavam in Charlotte
 
If you are interested in Sai Panchratna Kiriti’s offering , please contact devotional coordinator.
D) Sadhana Initiative organized:

Please note there is a Sadhana Initiative commemorating Bhagavan’s Centennial Celebrations.  More details are available in the regional announcements tab

This week sadhana hours zoom session details:

The next session of “Sadhana Hour” is scheduled for the coming Friday, April 12th 9 PM – 10 PM EST. Brother Ravi Mariwalla will lead the study circle session on the topic “Practice & Inspire”. PDF document is included below and everyone is requested to study the content prior to the session.

SSSCLC STUDY CIRCLE GUIDE- Practise & Inspire

Dates: April 12th and April 19th

Time: 9 PM EST – 10PM EST

Zoom Meeting link:
https://bit.ly/SSSGCUSASadhanaHour

E) Service activities :

i) In-person breakfast service – Saturday April 20th at 4:30am
 
Our monthly in-person breakfast service to Raleigh Men’s shelter is scheduled for Saturday April 20th at 4:30am. You can also signup for ingredients and drop off at 719 McRae Rd, Cary by Friday April 19th 7pm. Please use the signup sheet below to participate in this service.
 
 
ii)Habitat for Humanity construction volunteer service
 
Here are the construction support volunteer opportunity dates given to our Raleigh Sai Center
  • Saturday April 13th (8:15am to 3:30pm)
  • Saturday June 1st (8:15am to 3:30pm)
Add your name to our internal signup sheet and register on-line on Habitat site at http://vhub.at/SpringOPP  and sign required waivers.
 

F) Sunday, Apr 14th at HSNC:

Room 7:  2:45 PM to 3:15 PM – Vedam Learning session for SSSE Students for Eday

Rooms 3,4,5,6:

  • 3:15 PM – Setup  
  • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Love All Serve All, Help Ever Hurt Never – By Dr. Ramki Nagaraj
  •  5:15 PM – 6:15 PM – Sai Sankeertan Bhajans, Arati and Closing Prayers

 

G)  Please refer below link from last week’s Tribute to Prof. Anilkumar  

2010 Regional retreat pictures

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2.  Thought for the Week

On the sacred occasion that is celebrated as Gudi Padwa, Ugadi or the New Year by many.

what is Bhagawan’s guidance to all of us?

Look within and experience God, who’s present in your heart. That’s real Ugadi. Realise that God is present everywhere. God is one, though people worship Him by many names. There can be many sweets like gulab jamun, mysore pak, and jilebi, but sugar in all is the same. There may be differences in names and forms of people, but Divinity immanent in all is the same. Truth is one, wise refer to it by various names (Ekam sat viprah bahuda vadanti). You see a picture of Krishna wearing a crown with a peacock feather or that of Siva with a third eye. These are mere pictures of God. God has no form. He is beyond all names and forms. Therefore, do not limit God to any name and form. Do not have the false notion that God is present only at this place or that place. Contemplate on God who is present in your heart, and earn His grace. Right from this sacred day of Ugadi, see God in everyone. Whomsoever you come across, offer your salutations to them, considering them as an embodiment of God. – Divine Discourse, Mar 16, 2010  BABA

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4.  Regional Updates

Sairam,  Please visit below link for announcements from our Zone.  A special birthday offering and details can be accessed at the below link:

https://www.sssgc-zone1.org/post/sai-inspires-jan-01-2024

Guru Purnima Sri Sathya Sai Medical Camp in July.

One whose heart is filled with compassion,
Whose words spell truth,
And who works for the welfare for others
Will never suffer from difficulties
Or diseases even in the Kali Age. – Sri Sathya Sai Baba, February 6, 1993

With Swami’s Grace, the annual Guru Purnima Sri Sathya Sai Medical Camp will be held from 18th of July to the 22nd of July, 2024 in Prasanthi Nilayam, N1 building. Health Care Professionals from around the world are invited to join together in unity with this unique opportunity to provide service on the holy grounds of Prasanthi Nilayam. Non-medical volunteers, especially young adults, are also needed and most welcome to join and serve in various capacities. Space is limited and registration needs to be done in advance with a deadline of May 20, 2024. Please refer the flyer for more details.

Medical Professional Registration 2024: https://bit.ly/MedicalProfessionalRegistration2024
Non-Medical Volunteer Registration 2024: https://bit.ly/NonMedicalVolunteerRegistration2024

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Dr. Axay Shanti Kalathia
SSSGC, Zone 1 Chair

https://www.sssgc-zone1.org/
https://www.srisathyasaiglobalcouncil.org/
https://www.sssmediacentre.org/#/

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Sadhana Hour Initiative

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Sairam to All!

Please see email below from the National Devotional Coordinator about the Sadhana Initiative commemorating Bhagavan’s Centennial Celebrations. This will be held on Fridays, starting March 1st.
Please share with all devotees.

Jai Sai Ram!

Ravi Nakkina- Regional DC
Region 3 Team.

Sairam Dear All. I hope you and your families are doing well by Bhagawan’s immense Grace. As we joyously prepare for Swami’s centennial birthday celebrations, I am excited to share with you the details of our upcoming initiatives that aim to help with our Sadhana and enrich our spiritual journey.

Sadhana Hour – Fridays, 9 PM to 10 PM EST: Starting March 1st, we will gather for “Sadhana Hour” on most Fridays on zoom.

First Friday of Each Month – Bhajan best practices and Learning Sessions: Sessions on the first Friday of every month will delve into best practices on leading bhajans and workshops on learning to play common instruments used in bhajans such as taalam, kanjira, harmonium, and tabla. We kick off this series with Sai Shruthi and Rashmi guiding us through the basics of playing taalam on Friday, March 1st.

Second Friday of Each Month – Study Circle Sessions: Eminent Sai devotees will moderate study circle sessions on the second Friday of each month. On the second Friday, March 8th, brother Ravi Mariwalla will lead a study circle on the topic “Practice & Inspire.” Please review the attached study guide beforehand for an enriching study circle session.

Third Friday of Each Month – Rudram Learning Session – :

Sairam All! ”Sadhana Hour” for this week is scheduled for the upcoming Friday. As it is the third Friday of the month, our focus will be on learning to chant Sri Rudram.

Sadhana hours zoom session details:

The next session of “Sadhana Hour” is scheduled for the coming Friday, April 12th 9 PM – 10 PM EST. Brother Ravi Mariwalla will lead the study circle session on the topic “Practice & Inspire”. PDF document is included below and everyone is requested to study the content prior to the session.

SSSCLC STUDY CIRCLE GUIDE- Practise & Inspire

Here is the zoom link – “Sadhana Hour” – Bhagawan’s Centennial Birthday Celebrations

Dates: April 12th and April 19th

Time: 9 PM EST – 10PM EST

Zoom Meeting link:
https://bit.ly/SSSGCUSASadhanaHour

Rudram Learning session video recording: Learn to Chant Rudram by Dr Venkata Ramana | SSSGC USA (youtube.com)

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SSSGC Region 3 Retreat May 24th-27th, 2024

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Loving Sairams to all of you!

We are very excited to announce that by the Grace of our Dear Bhagavan we have the absolute honor of hosting 2 guest speakers whose inspiring talks will help rejuvenate and recharge our connections with the Lord!
Our esteemed speakers will be Shri S.S. Naganand from Parthi and Shri Shitu Chudasama from the UK. We will also have other well known speakers from the Region and India as well.
Please see the attached flyer below.

We invite all of you to come help to organize and participate in your annual Region 3 Retreat which will be held in Raleigh, NC during the Memorial Day weekend. Please reach out to your center president or group lead if you are interested in serving on a committee to help with logistics and planning for the retreat. Please share widely.

We hope to see you all in Raleigh to come and collectively celebrate our Love for Swami!

Jai Sai Ram!
Region 3 team

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SSSGC-USA Regional officers appointments

Loving Sairams to all!

Brother Ravi Nakkina will be working in collaboration with Sri Sathya Sai Media Centre and has been appointed Project Lead to liaise with them. He has been a wonderful member of the Region 3 team and has brought several fantastic speakers to the Region, arranged devotional opportunities for YAs and adults with SSSMC/ Radio Sai and continues to make significant contributions in Swami’s service.
We thank Bro. Ravi profusely for all his wonderful service as Regional Devotional Coordinator. May Swami continue to bless him in his new role.

We are very pleased to have been blessed with 2 officers to finally complete our team- Bro. Sai Prasath Dhinakaran who will take on the role of Region 3 Devotional Coordinator and  Rashmi Nakkina who will assume the role of Regional Young Adult Female Coordinator for the Region. Both the new officers will start immediately so they can bring forth new ideas to the Region 3 Retreat..

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5.  YA’s Corner

GAYATHRI BEADS BRACELET SERVICE

SERVICE TO MAN IS SERVICE TO GOD

Sairam,

We will chant and energize beads using the power of Gayathri Mantra, make them into bracelets and offer it to people in need like hospital patients and people in senior care homes.

Steps to follow:

TAKE ONE BEAD IN YOUR HAND
CHANT GAYATHRI MANTHRA 108 TIMES WHILE HOLDING THE BEAD
AFTER CHANTING 108 TIMES, PRAY THIS BEAD HELP SOMEONE
KEEP THIS ENERGIZED BEAD SAFELY IN A SEPARATE BAG FROM THE OTHER BEADS
PRAY AND ENERGIZE AS MANY AS POSSIBLE
ONCE READY, EMAIL  ya@raleighsaicenter.org  TO DELIVER AND RECEIVE MORE BEADS  
BEADS WILL BE CONVERTED TO BRACELETS AND GIVEN TO HOSPITAL PATIENTS OR SENIOR CARE HOMES

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6.  RSC Service Activities
NEW  ANNOUNCEMENT(S)! :
* Habitat for Humanity construction volunteer service
Here are the construction support volunteer opportunity dates given to our Raleigh Sai Center
  • Saturday April 13th (8:15am to 3:30pm)
  • Saturday June 1st (8:15am to 3:30pm)
Add your name to our internal signup sheet and register on-line on Habitat site at http://vhub.at/SpringOPP  and sign required waivers.
* In-person Breakfast service – Saturday April 20th at 4:30am
Our monthly in-person breakfast service to Raleigh Men’s shelter is scheduled for Saturday April 20th at 4:30am. You can also signup for ingredients and drop off at 719 McRae Rd, Cary by Friday April 19th 7pm. Please use the signup sheet below to participate in this service.
* In-person Dinner service – Saturday April 20th at 2:30pm
Our monthly newly started in-person dinner service to Raleigh Men’s shelter is scheduled for Saturday April 20th at 2:30pm. Going forward, this will be scheduled on the same day as breakfast service as per the schedule given to us by Raleigh Men’s shelter. You can also signup for ingredients and drop off at 719 McRae Rd, Cary by Friday April 19th 7pm. Please use the signup sheet below to participate in the dinner service.
* Sri Sathya Sai Prema Tharu (Tree planting)
Raleigh Sai center is teaming up with Trees for the Triangle organization for our Sri Sathya Sai Prema Tharu project. Interested volunteers to participate in this service, please register for volunteer at https://treesforthetriangle.org/volunteer/ and Dave from Trees for the triangle will communicate on the dates of planting.
To participate in active service projects, please see list below.
Service name and Date/time Service Activity Details Locations & Sign up
Sunday Food Service: Men’s shelter – Raleigh (Every alternate Sunday)   Preparing food at Volunteer homes and drop at common place. Volunteer will deliver at Raleigh Men’s shelter by 2pm 1420 S Wilmington St, Raleigh, NC 27601Please click here to sign up for Sunday service.
SAI Tutoring Program Volunteers provide weekly one to one tutoring via Zoom to an underserved elementary school student from the Durham Public School district. The focus is on ELA and math enrichment and also providing mentorship. NOTE: Please contact service@raleighsaicenter.org if you are interested in getting involved.
Growing Sai’s Love – Garden project RSC’s pilot program Growing Sai’s Love to help our Sai Community members get more self-reliant by learning to grow their own fresh, healthy vegetables, fruits, flowers, in their backyard. Members can also use these for service and center activities. NOTE: Please contact service coordinator service@raleighsaicenter.org if you would like to participate in this service.
Raleigh Men’s shelter Breakfast service Monthly Breakfast service on 3rd Saturday to support Raleigh Men’s Shelter. Please drop off items at 719 McRae Rd, Cary on 3rd Friday of the month by 7pm so volunteers can take supplies to the shelter on Saturday morning to cook and serve breakfast.
Recycling project Recycling project that involves used batteries, medication(s), small electronics and bulbs.  NOTEPlease contact service coordinator service@raleighsaicenter.org if you would like to participate in this service.
Pediatric Clinic Food Distribution Project This bi-weekly project involves distributing grocery bags to Lincoln Community Health Center Pediatric Clinic’s families in need. Any identified family visiting the pediatric clinic who is facing food insecurity will be given a grocery bag filled with dry/canned goods as well as a list of local food resources in the Durham area. Signup sheet has instructions and Grocery list
 Food drive for Inter-faith Food Shuttle, Durham by Group 3 SSSE Students every month  Group 3 SSSE students form leads in their communities and conduct food drive. Please contact Group 3 teachers for more information. Collected food will be delivered during first week of every month atInter-faith Food Shuttle

2436 S. Miami Blvd, Suite 200-9

Durham, NC

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