NewsLetter

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1.  General Announcements
A) Guru Poornima Celebrations: Devotional Satsang and Bhajans on Jul-21st at HSNC room # 3,4,5 & 6 :
Experience Sharing and Lessons learnt at the lotus feet of our beloved Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba – SSSE Gurus, YAs and Sai Alumni and soul uplifting devotional singing
 
B) Sai Samarpan – Please note Sai samarpan is available, click Sai samarpan
 
C) Sunday, Jul 21st at HSNC:
Guru Poornima Celebrations: Devotional Satsang and Bhajans:
Rooms 3,4,5,6:
3:15 PM – Setup 
4:00PM – 6:00PM – Experience Sharing and Lessons learnt from Bhagawan- SSSE Gurus, YAs and Sai Alumni and Bhajans
6:00 PM – Arati and Closing Prayers
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2.  Thought for the Week

What should we do to experience divinity and stay connected with Him always?

Bhagawan lovingly inspires us today, with four clear, simple yet profound instructions.

The reality is cognisable everywhere; why, it is evident most in oneself when you earnestly seek it. You can experience it, even while performing selflessly your duty to yourself and others. I shall indicate to you today, four directives for sanctifying your lives and purifying your mind, so that you can contact God within you! Tyaja durjana samsargam (give up the company of the wicked); Bhaja sadhu samagamam (welcome the chance to be among the good); Kuru punyam ahoratram (do good deeds both day and night); Smara nityam-anityatam (discriminate and remember that which is lasting)! When one does not attempt to transform oneself thus, he is apt to blame God for his sorrows, instead of blaming his unsteady faith! He blames God because he announces himself as a devotee too soon, and expects plentiful grace. Grace cannot be claimed by such people; God must accept the devotee as his own. One has to use his talent of discrimination to sift the trash and discard it in preference to the valuable. Doing good deeds means doing selfless service to others. One has to flee from bad persons to search for and win the friendship of the good, who can cleanse us and heal us. – Divine Discourse, Jul 02, 1985.  – BABA

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4.  Regional Updates

Region 3 Retreat Media and Feedback form :

Link for Region 3 YouTube
https://sairegion3youtube.org

Audio Link for bhajans
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/18Q0xtgOVYS26QRyOcVnoqP_nI_yl7kuy?usp=drive_link

Here is a link to the feedback form, please fill this and send so we can work on improving, keeping, repeating programs as the feedback maybe.

https://forms.gle/sZv1cSHgspAMeWEf9

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Sairam,  Please visit below link for announcements from our Zone.

https://www.sssgc-zone1.org/post/sai-inspires-Jul-11-2024

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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!

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:

Sairam All! ”Sadhana Hour” for this week is scheduled for the coming Friday, April 19th, from 9 PM to 10 PM EST. As this is the third Friday of the month, the session will be on “Learning to chant Sri Rudram”.

In the last session, Dr. Venkata Ramana provided guidance on pronouncing Sanskrit syllables/words and began teaching 1st Anuvaka. He will continue with this anuvaka during the upcoming Sadhana hour.

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

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

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

Prasanthi Connection Zone 1

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Sairam Dear Regional Presidents,

Please see the mail from Axay regarding Prashanti connection‘s. Share this mail to all Sai family members.
Loving Sairams,
Balu Karanam
President, SSSGC-USA
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Sairam Dear All,

Please see the weekly update for the week of June 10 – June 16, 2024 from Prasanthi Connection Zone 1 Committee. Following up with the zone chairs email, for your convenience Prasanthi Connection Zone 1 team is including the information and links below:

– Email – Week of June 10 – June 16 2024
Email link: https://preview.mailerlite.io/preview/941190/emails/123301212020803514

– Center Announcements – requesting all center presidents to kindly download one page powerpoint slide or image and add to your existing center powerpoint slides. Please spend few minutes to share these updates live with your center members.
Download Slide link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1DCCnacgkUZrFJutlE1QGlfMe57ffSbEx

“Your Prasanthi Connection’s” – Centennial Birthday Video Offering
Rushi Thanawala Video Url: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKs_ukz1pFI

– Need Help with your visit to Prasanthi Nilayam, Puttaparthi, India?
Call us at: +1 (909) 736-0119 or Email us at: zone1@prasanthiconnection.org or Web: coming soon

Sai Ram,
Prasanthi Connection Team

Week of June 10 to June 16, 2024 !

Prasanthi Connection

Zonal Committee

With Bhagawan’s grace, the ‘Prasanthi Connection Zone 1 Committee’ stands ready as a steadfast bridge, ensuring your journey to the land of Prasanthi Nilayam is not just a voyage but a transcendental experience, seamlessly weaving beauty, ease, and spirituality from start to finish.

Please watch the video about Prasanthi Connection Zone 1 Committee. Call us at (909)-736-0119 or email: zone1@prasanthiconnection.org

NEWS

from Prasanthi Nilayam, Puttaparthi, India

With the Divine Blessings of Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, inauguration of a

New Mobile Dental Clinic

was done by Sri. K Chakravarthi (Chairman, SSSGC) and Sri. RJ Rathnakar (Managing Trustee, SSSCT) on June 1, 2024 amidst the functionaries of the Organization in the divine presence. This new mobile dental clinic is fully equipped with the latest instrumentation consisting of digital X-ray with modern sterilization machine.

This facility will boost the numerous medical camps conducted in remote villages & rural tribal areas of Uttara Kannada district, Karnataka State, India.

Parthi Yatra (pilgrimage) by devotees from districts of Cuddalore, Puducherry, Mayiladuthurai and Villupuram – June 1 & 2, 2024More than 1500 devotees have come to Prasanthi Nilayam for their 2-day Parthi Yatra. Addressing the audience, Sri R Narasimman (District President, Pondicherry) recalled how Swami sent Prof Kasturi to open the first samiti in Puducherry in 1967. Sri Sankaran Lal (District President, Mayiladuthurai) briefed the public on the various seva initiatives undertaken by them.The Sai Youth then offered “Sai Smaranam” their gratitude to Bhagawan in the form of devotional music program on June 1 and on day 2 the devoteess have offered “Sai Dhvani” – Devotional Music Program and followed by the concluding session of the Parthi Yatra by the devotees from Tamil Nadu who witnessed a beautiful thematic presentation by the Bal Vikas Children from Puducherry on 9 forms of devotion – ‘Nava Vidha Bhakti’ based on Swami’s discourses.
All Celebrations Picture Galleries
Sri Sathya Sai Schools, Odisha, India – Parthi Yatra (Pilgrimage) – June 4 & 5As part of the ongoing Parthi Yatra proceedings where more than 1200 school children, parents and teachers have come to Prasanthi Nilayam, the school children from one of the first ‘Sai’ schools that was established in 1974 offered their collective gratitude on the momentous occasion of their Golden Jubilee. Talking about the progress made by this school and the transformation that was brought in many children, Dr Sathya Swaroop Patnaik (State President, Odisha) mentioned how the Sai schools have ensured that the environment in class and home is conducive for learning & practising human values.

Madhu Vadishyami

Dance Drama Presentation by the school children of Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Vihar, Baripada | June 4, 2024

Geetam Madhuram

Devotional Music Program by the Children of Sri Sathya Sai Schools, Odisha | June 5, 2024

Watch Live from Prasanthi Nilayam

Please watch live programs and past events from the month.

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5.  YA’s Corner

YA Satsang with Brother Sai Giridhar – June 28 2024

Sairam. Young adults of Raleigh Sai Center had a wonderful satsang with Brother Sai Giridhar on 28th June. Brother Sai Giridhar shared his divine experiences with Swami and shared insights about the guidance swami gave him in his student life and professional life. Brother Sai Giridhar elaborated the importance of staying in the present and enjoying the journey without worrying about the end result. To re-iterate the power of staying in the present, he conducted a brief mindfulness activity during the satsang. The activity helped YAs understand the transitory nature of thoughts which are likely to be about the past or the future despite our physical body being in the present – that is here and now.

Next Young Adult satsang will be organized in the end of July or early August.

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)! :
* July Breakfast service – Saturday July 20th at 4:30am
Our monthly in-person breakfast service to support Raleigh men’s shelter is scheduled on July 20th at 4:30am to prepare and serve breakfast. You can also signup for ingredients and drop off by July19th by 7pm at 719 McRae Rd, Cary. If you are coming for the service, you can bring ingredients along with you. Please use the signup sheet below to participate in this service
* In-person Dinner service – Saturday July 20th at 2:30pm
Our monthly in-person dinner service to support Raleigh Men’s shelter is scheduled on Saturday July 20th at 2:30 pm to prepare and serve dinner at the shelter. There is an option to signup for both cooking and serving. You can also signup for ingredients and drop off at 719 McRae Rd, Cary by 7pm on Friday July 19th. Please use the signup sheet below to participate in the in-person dinner service.
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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