NewsLetter

General Announcements

      • A) SSSE Teachers Training: Our first in-person SSSE Teachers training will be held in Raleigh, NC on Feb 24th and Feb 25th. All members who are interested to get trained as a SSSE Teacher are welcome to RSVP as soon as possible. Sister Sumana Murali, our National Co-ordinator will be offering this with a team of educators. Please see flyer for more details. 
      • Please mark your calendars for a special satsang session with parents from 7:30 PM till 8:30 PM on Saturday the 24th.  This will be a post dinner event.  Please signup to participate and share any questions if you would like to ask Sister Sumana Murali. Please refer the flyer for more details about Satsang session.
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      • B) Teacher training food signup: Please use below link to signup for food:
      • SSSE Teacher training food signups
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      • C) Service activities :
        1) Fresh Fruit brown bag service – drop off by by 12pm on Sunday Feb 25th

        Our monthly fresh fruit brown bag service to support Cumberland county older adults. You can drop off at 719 McRae Rd, Cary by 12pm on Sunday Feb 25th.
      •  2) 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.
           3) Habitat for Humanity construction volunteer service
        Here are the construction support volunteer opportunity dates given to our Raleigh Sai Center
        • Saturday, March 9th  Kick-off weekend
        • Saturday March 23rd (8:15am to 3:30pm)
        • 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.
      • D) Sai Center Activities for Sunday Feb 25th at HSNC:
            • @Room #7
            • 3:30 PM – Vedam Chanting class
            • Special Program at our Sai Center this Sunday, Feb 25th at HSNC Rooms # 3,4,5,6:
                  • 4:00 PM – Setup
                  • 5:00 PM – 6:15PM – Special Experience Sharing Session By Sister. Sumana Murali and Sister. Supriya followed by Aarati and Closing Prayers
              • Inviting all devotees to join this special session! 

                Kindly note that there will be no SSSE classes this Sunday, Feb 25th

    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 that can spread positive energy.

Devotion

  • Sai Center Activities Schedule
    • Vedam Learning Session at 3:30 PM in Room #7 at HSNC
    • Special Program at our Sai Center this Sunday, Feb 25th at HSNC Rooms # 3,4,5,6:
          • 4:00 PM – Setup
          • 5:00 PM – 6:15PM – Special Experience Sharing Session By Sister. Sumana Murali and Sister. Supriya
          • Followed by Aarati and Closing Prayers

    Inviting all devotees to join this special session!

    Kindly note that there will be no SSSE classes this Sunday, Feb 25th


  • Study circle Summary : Putting Swami’s Teachings into Practice

    We reviewed how to put Swami’s teachings into practice as He lovingly guides us.
    Why do we need Swami’s teachings in the first place?

    • Swami explains that the mind is inherently pure; however, it has become a breeding ground for all thoughts of ‘do’ and ‘do not’, & is very impulsive.
    • There is too much mind chatter leading to confusion & thereby sorrow.
    • Before putting His teachings to practice, it is necessary to purify the mind. We must let the mind rest & stop this endless dialogue with the mind.
      Consuming pure food is a prerequisite for a pure mind.
    • Since this is not always possible, chanting food prayer (brahmarpanam) before every meal is a must. This converts food as a prasad from Swami and thereby impurities are removed.
    • Practicing regulated breathing, doing service, teaching others will reduce the mind’s tendency for inner chatter.
    • Namasmarana, Gayatri mantra, Practice of yoga postures can also be practiced to reduce mind chatter.

    Thoughts from Members:

    Purity of mind:

    • Doing all tasks with 100% concentration is key to reducing mind chatter.
    • This inability to concentrate stems from “Doing what we like”( full concentration ) to – – “Liking what we do (half hearted efforts) “
    • Namasmarana with intention eliminates mind chatter.

    Purity of food:

    • Chanting gayatri mantra, listening to bhajans while making food is helpful in preserving purity of food.

 

  • Bhajan of the week

    Deity: Sarva Dharma
    Raag: Natabhairavi

    Taal: 8 Beat / Keherwa / Adi

    Lyrics:

    Allah Tum Ho Eshwar Tum Ho
    Tum Hi Ho Ram Rahim
    Merey Ram Merey Ram Ram Rahim
    Yesu Tum Ho Nanak Tum Ho
    Zohrashtra Bhi Ho Mahavir Tum Ho
    Gautama Buddha Karim [ Merey Ram … ]
    Merey Ram Merey Ram Ram Rahim (3)
    Meaning:

    Oh Lord! You are Allah, Eshwar, Rama, Rahim, Jesus, Guru Nanak, Zohrashtra, Mahavir, Gautama Buddha.

    Bhajan Link:

    https://youtu.be/X5-a_TouN5c?si=dwGYkgmDSUUnPcDF

Service

  • RSC Service Activities
    NEW  ANNOUNCEMENT(S)! :
     * Fresh Fruit brown bag service – drop off by by 12pm on Sunday Feb 25th
    Our monthly fresh fruit brown bag service to support Cumberland county older adults. You can drop off at 719 McRae Rd, Cary by 12pm on Sunday Feb 25th.
    * 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.
    * Habitat for Humanity construction volunteer service
    Here are the construction support volunteer opportunity dates given to our Raleigh Sai Center
    • Saturday, March 9th  Kick-off weekend
    • Saturday March 23rd (8:15am to 3:30pm)
    • 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.
    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

SSSE

  • Pre-SSSE

    CLASS DATE: 02/18/2024 TEACHERS:    Lakshmi, Bhuvana, Radhika, Hima 
    SUMMARY:  Valentine’s Day ATTENDANCE: 
    Class was started with 3 Om and Gayathri.
    Next was ‘Swami in our heart’ by Lakshmi Aunty. We all closed our eyes and visited Swami in our hearts. They hugged Swami and invited him to join us for the Pre SSSE class.
    Next did the discussion on Valentine’s Day.
    We discussed what is Valentine’s Day?
    This is a day we show love to everyone. God is Love.
    Swami will be happy when love all.
    Swami says we should,
    Start the day is love
    Spend the day with love
    End the day with love
    How do we show love to everyone?
    How do we start the day with love?
    How do we fill the day with love?
    How do we end the day with love?
    Children came up with so many ways for it.
    – by being kind
    – by being nice
    – by helping each other
    – by sharing
    – by listening
    – by giving a hug
    – ⁠by cleaning up the toys after we play

    After this Bhuvana Aunty taught them the bhajan
    ‘Love is my form’
    Then for art and craft time Sreevidya Aunty came and taught the children to make a flower. Children also had fun drawing a heart and coloring it.
    It was time for a short snack break.
    Following this Lakshmi Aunty read the book ‘My best friend’
    Activity of the Week:
    Give mom and dad a big hug before going to bed.

  • SSSE group1

     

     CLASS  DATE: 2/18/2024

    TEACHER(S): Sunitha, Nitya, Aditi, Sharanya, Aruna 
     Topic:  Self-respect  Attendance:  29/37
    Theme for the Year: Our Life, His MessageSub-theme for Quarter 2: Duty and ResponsibilityTopics for Quarter 2

    1. Duty – Be on Time, Do your bit for the family
    2. Be a responsible family member, do your part
    3. Personal responsibility- Cleanliness
    4. Do not pass your responsibility to someone else
    5. Do your duty without being told

    Topics for Quarter 3:

    1. Self-respect
    2. Empathy

    CLASS SUMMARY

    Continuing with the topic of self-respect, we narrated the story of Abraham Lincoln in yesterday’s class. Born into abject poverty, grew up in the frontier with little resources, dropped out of school to work on the family farm, largely self-taught, and experienced profound loss early in childhood with the passing away of his mother and sister, Abraham Lincoln’s life was riddled with hardships. And yet, his life story is an extraordinary story of hope, self-respect, self-confidence, honesty, perseverance, equality, great statesmanship, and much more. We talked about how, right from childhood to becoming the president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln exhibited these qualities at every step of his life—we shared some anecdotes from his life that showed how a poor farm boy rose to the level of president and became instrumental in abolishing slavery. We also shared the story that Swami often narrates about the role of his mother, Nancy, in shaping his character.
    Children showed great interest in the story and pointed out some of the qualities of Abraham Lincoln that inspired them.

    Life application:
    The new life application activity/challenge for this month is to ‘Brush Teeth TWICE a Day’
    Children will put a tick mark in their tracker only when brushing twice, both morning and night. Just one-time brushing doesn’t count for the challenge! The Be On Time Challenge continues!!

    Easwaramma Day sign-up link:
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1IbXRl4Kr2ka2VZJb3q9EBY5KrLfurx69KriT1bfrfwc/edit?usp=drivesdk

    Bhajans learned:

    1. Om Shivaya Om Shivaya

    https://saimelodies.org/Songs/Detail/311

    2. Jaya Hari Krishna Jaya Hari Krishna

    https://saimelodies.org/Songs/Detail/2684

    3. Ram Lakshman Janki

    https://saimelodies.org/Songs/Detail/209

    4. Hare rama Hare rama

    https://saimelodies.org/Songs/Detail/2607

    5.Love is the way

    https://saimelodies.org/Songs/Detail/2400

    6. Govinda Gopala Prabhu Giridhari dhari
    https://saimelodies.org/Songs/Detail/1630

    7. Lingashtakam – https://bhaktinidhi.com/en/lingashtakam-in-english/

    Archives:

    https://raleighsaicenter.org/sse-group1-archives/

    Calendar:


     

  • SSSE-Group2

    CLASS  DATE: 02/18/2024 TEACHER(S): Jagruti, Lalitha, Shobha
    Theme: My life is my message to your life is my message  Attendance:  25/40
    Class started with Omkar, silent sitting with Gayatri Mantra, shlokas, and a recap of our last class.
    Summary of the Class:  

    We had a wonderful session today. The children took the initiative, researched five life scenarios given in last class in 4 different groups and used different ways like with role play, narration and PowerPoint presentations.

    We followed with discussion after each scenario what they think they should do. Children came up with wonderful suggestions how can we prevent food wastage, we can be honest in expressing ourselves and avoid telling lies often. We will extend our discussion in next class.  We shared Swami’s messages and stories in context with the presentations.
    Kids actively participated in the discussion, followed by bhajan practice. Link is posted below.

    https://saimelodies.org/Songs/Detail/2697

    https://saimelodies.org/Songs/Detail/1619

    Life application: 

    We have given them a daily diary to follow life application. Reflect and make it a habit to show Respect to all –

    1. Was I respectful today?
    2. Did I practice help ever hurt never?

    We concluded the class with prayers.

    Note to parents: Please encourage children to maintain their daily diary.

    Thank you 

    Sairam

  • SSSE-Group3

    CLASS  DATE:    02/11/2024

    TEACHER(S): Gangadher, Nalini, Sravanti, Aneesha
    Topic: PanchaKoshas – Annamayakosha  Attendance: 21
    Sairam Dear Parents 🙏
    Here is the summary of the last SSE class on 02/11/24:We started off with a recap on Panchakoshas using a group activity to form five concentric circles holding hands with Swami as the center. Swami, in the center is representative of our Individual God-Self, in other words, Jeevatma. The children identified the panchakoshas (the five concentric circles formed in group activity) starting with Annamaya Kosha…until Anandamaya Kosha. In addition, children also identified the basis of each kosha to learn more about the ways Swami provided to nurture each of the koshas.

    Recap/Activity from previous class:
    – As a class, we decided to observe our thoughts when in front of a mirror or in general to identify thoughts of self-doubt and change them into thoughts or affirmations of self-love.

    – Emphasized on the nature of Mind using Swami’s quote – “It is easy for man to stand but is difficult for him to run. But, in the case of mind, staying still is difficult, but, running is easy. This is the difference between man and his mind”. In addition, we also used a conversation of Krishna and Arjun discussing the nature of mind and that by “Practice and Detachment” it can be controlled.

    We then gave a technique given by Swami to center ourselves and to “Practice control of Mind”. We are calling it “The Thumb Staring Technique”. It only takes 12 seconds and is very effective.

    We then learned more about the the first layer, Annamaya Kosha, and the “Yes/S”s Swami provided for nurturing this Kosha:
    Food – Shakahari, Sasyahari, Satwik , Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables, Soups
    Food through five Senses
    Here is what Swami is saying about control of Senses: Journeying through life without knowing the control of the senses is like venturing to ride a brakeless car. Disaster is certain. Control increases efficiency; removal of embankments, bonds, brakes, limits – this robs life of sweetness and sense of adventure. -Sri Sathya Sai Baba

    Activities to Purify Food (Shakaharam) we eat:
    Chant Gayatri Mantra 3 times prior to eating
    Chant “Brahmarpanam” to offer it to God

    Activities to keep Senses in control:
    Follow – See no Evil, hear no Evil and Speak no Evil

    We ended our class by watching a video which showed how the age old practice prescribed by Rishis to circumambulate around the Tulsi plant increased a person’s aura by 2-3 three times.

    Note to the Parents:
    All children enthusiastically participated in learning more about the affects of eating non-satwic foods, such as food prepared outside (in restaurants), food cooked while we are angry, and eating food while angry and its impact on the energy and koshas. Kindly encourage or make observations of the activities related to food and support their practical applications of the learnings wherever possible. Thank you very much for your support!

    Thank you,
    Sairam!

  • SSSE-Group4

     

    SaiRam All!  

    HAPPY NEW YEAR 2024!  May Swami continue shower his blessings upon you!

    For the January 7th class, we had 12 girls, and 6 boys attend.  Teachers for January 7th Class – Mouli Uncle Vini Aunty & Haritha Akka.

    The agenda and key topics/discussions/presentations in class are described below:

    • 3 OM’s, Swami Prayer
    • Each Group 4 sub-group (Devotion, Service, Enrichment) provided a quick update of activities.
    • Devotion Team (assist in Eshwaramma Day Planning and Committee Assignments – Total of 9)
    • Service Team (assist in planning and details to support Womens Shelter Dinner committed for Sunday January 28th evening
    • Enrichment Team is planning a Sports Day in April, details like date and which groups will be involved are in progress.
    • Next, the Group 4’s continued and completed the interactive workshop on Conflict Management, where teachers provided specific examples for students to select and then had them discuss, review and come up with resolutions in the class.
    • Student Led vs. Teacher Led Presentations:
      • Group 4 students are continuing to do peer presentations in front of their class on topics that they choose, and think is relevant in their lives. 
      • We have now had 5 Presentations conducted by Group 4 students –> Akshara (‘Actions Speak Louder than Words’), Vishu (‘Time Management’), Samhitha (‘Discipline’), Harshitha (‘Avoiding Comparison, – Learning to Appreciate Yourself’) and Ananya (‘Positive Attitude’).  Every class we will try to have 2 Group 4 presenters, present for 10 minutes followed by interactive Q&A.  Group 4 teachers have provided a presentation template for the students to follow.  All presentations must include specific quotes and lessons from SWAMI.
      • Each Presentation was videotaped and sent to each Group 4 student who presented for their personal review and to identify areas of improvement in public speaking. 
      • Presenter this week was Saanvi.  Throughout the SSSE year the following Group 4 students have presented – Akshara, Vishu, Saipreeti, Arnav, Samhitha, Harshitha, Hansika.  The rest of the students will be presenting throughout classes in 2024.
    • We started on a new interactive workshop on “Handling and Overcoming Rejection”.   We asked each student to provide an example of a Rejection they went through, how they handled at the time, and how they would handle differently at this time.  Group 4 peers were able to provide each other good feedback.   Many Swami quotes on the topic were reviewed as part of the workshop.
    • Updated Student Saadhanas and Challenges to overcome worksheet was re-sent to students incorporating the ability to add specific New Years Resolutions.

    Class ended with Om, 3 Shanthis & then Snacks.

    Jai Sai Ram!

     

    Note to Parents:

    Sairam Parents –

    In December, Students requests a ‘movie day’ to enhance team bonding. We will host at Raman Residence a Movie afternoon on Saturday January 20th.  We’ve asked students to vote on what movie they wish to watch. The movie day is in lieu of the January 21st class.  More details will follow next week, thanks.

    -Group 4 Teachers.

    Jai Sai Ram!

     

     

Young Adults (YA) Updates

  • 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

 

Seniors Corner

  • Seniors group :

    1. PRAYER BRACELET PROJECT FOR THE PATIENTS AT WAKEMED HOSPITAL:   This project was initiated by senior members of the Raleigh Sai Center, in collaboration with the Senior Club of Hindu Society of North Carolina (HSNC) and the members of Raleigh Sai Center. Bracelets are made with 18 crystal glass beads and filler beads for men and women. Members recite Gayatri Mantra or similar prayer based on their religious background 108 times with each glass bead. Bracelets are put in small cloth bags (stitched by the members) along with a printed message from the WakeMed Hospital. These bracelets are given to the interested patients by the hospital volunteers. Each month hospital volunteers are requesting 30-40 bracelets. Patients are very much appreciative of having the prayer bracelets during their convalescence. Photo of a bracelet offering can be seen below:
      https://drive.google.com/file/d/177CLfNxjNoLJKkdD8RW9q0EuVvV1985t/view?usp=share_link

     2. RSC  Seniors Group is planning to make the Vibuthi Packets for distribution during  Aradhana Day, Easwaramma Day, Guru Poornima and Swami’s birthday celebrations. Our Senior Group is doing this as a spiritual sadhana of writing “Aum Sri Sairam” on one side of the paper and then cut the paper into four parts, include vibuthi in the unwritten side and fold the paper to make vibuthi packets for distribution. 

    3. Some members of the Senior Group are meeting virtually on Thursday afternoons at 3:00 pm to discuss the application of Swami’s messages in their everyday lives. If you are interested in participating in the virtual meetings or to participate in seva activities with senior’s, please email:   seniors@raleighsaicenter.org

Interest Groups Updates

Regional Update

  • 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

     

    Region 3 Announcements

     
    1)  SSSE Teachers training Raleigh NC Feb-24th & Feb -25th :
     
    Sairam to all,

    Our first in-person SSSE Teachers training will be held in Raleigh, NC on Feb 24th and Feb 25th. All members who are interested to get trained as a SSSE Teacher are welcome to RSVP as soon as possible. Sister Sumana Murali will be offering this with a team of educators.

    Please see the flyer below more details.

    Jai Sai Ram.
    Region 3 team. 

     
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    2) New Regional officers
     
    Loving Sairams to All!

    Hope with Swami’s Grace you have all had a great start to the New Year 2024!

    We were sorry to say goodbye to 3 key officers who served in their roles in an outstanding manner.
    Sister Kavita Gande who served as Regional EC,
    Sister Harmyshree Govindan who served as Regional YA Female lead,
    Brother Jason Carpenter who served as Regional YA Male Advisor.
    We are grateful that Swami gave us an opportunity to work with them!
    Thank you all for your loving service.

    Swami has blessed the Regional team with 2 outstanding new additions.
    We welcome Sister Madhavi Kappagantu as the Region 3 EC and Brother Dhiraj Sharma as the Region 3 YA Male Advisor.

     
    Please join us in welcoming them to the team, and feel free to reach out to them for any assistance.

    Jai Sai Ram! 

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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
    Senthil Kumar
    president@raleighsaicenter.org
    Vice-President
    Gopal Somu
    vp@raleighsaicenter.org
    Education (SSSE) Co-ordinator
    Jagruti Mariwalla
    education@raleighsaicenter.org
    Devotional Co-ordinator
    Saideepa Subramanian
    devotion@raleighsaicenter.org
    Service Co-ordinator
    Param Dasana
    service@raleighsaicenter.org
    YA Co-ordinator(s)
    Sayee Shruti Manickam, Krishna Kumar Ramachandran
    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

  • Why shouldn’t we be afraid of examinations – be it at school or in life?

    Bhagawan endearingly and lovingly guides us today, on the path to victory.

    Do not grieve that the Lord is testing you and putting you through the ordeal of undergoing the tests, for it is only when you are tested that you can assure yourself of success or become aware of your limitations. You can then concentrate on the subjects in which you are deficient and pay more intensive attention so that you can pass in them too when you are tested again. Don’t study for the examination at the last moment; study well in advance and be ready with the necessary knowledge, and the courage and confidence born out of that knowledge and skill. What you have studied well in advance must be rolled over and over in your mind, just before the examination; that is all that should be done! This is the pathway to victory!  – Divine Discourse, Shivaratri, Mar 1963.   BABA