"Guru Poornima is sacred for many reasons: the seeker who suffers from the delusion that the objective world is as real as themselves are guided into Truth. This day, those who never felt the urge to explore the Reality are inspired to seek the spring of bliss inside them. This day, pilgrims to the Lotus Feet of God, study the guide books of life. This day, disciples offer gratitude at the feet of the preceptor for the gift of light. When the Sun rises, the world is blessed with heat and light. When the Guru blesses, the pupil gets peace and joy! Remember, Guru Poornima is not a date marked in the calendar that is finished when the day is over! Know that whenever your mind, with the presiding deity of Moon, is full (Poorna), it receives Guru’s cool refreshing rays of grace! Train your mind to derive illumination from the intellect, and not from the deluding forces of the senses." Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Jai Sai RamRohitbhai, we hope that you are enjoying the glorious summer weather. This month we celebrate Eid-Ul-Adha and Guru Poornima. Islam places a great emphasis on charity and service to others and we know that our Sadguru Swami has taught us to serve those less fortunate to us. So how fitting that we also mark Global Service Day today with a wonderful service activity for the elderly and disabled in our community. We hope you continue to enjoy our online programmes and celebrations of these festivals.
As always, please do contact us through the centre email at the bottom of this newsletter if you have any suggestions, questions or concerns and we will do our best to answer them.
Global Service Day - 17th July 2021
Today we are celebrating Global Service Day (17th July) and our centre volunteers have all been busy preparing and delivering lovely gift parcels for our elderly and disabled guests.
How wonderful to see that even in a pandemic we are still able to render some service and bring a smile to the faces of the needy. Thank you to all the volunteers and the coordinators for planning this activity.
Eid-Ul-Adha Programme - Sunday 18th July
We will be celebrating Eid-Ul-Adha with a special online programme on Sunday 18th July at 9am.
Muslims celebrate Eid ul-Adha on the last day of the Hajj. The Hajj is a pilgrimage to Makkah in Saudi Arabia. Eid ul-Adha ('Festival of Sacrifice') is one of the most important festivals in the Muslim calendar and remembers the prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son when God ordered him to.
Please join us for this online programme where we will have a guest speaker explaining the significance of this important festival.
Many devotees have enquired regarding helping Nepal with the current Covid-19 situation in that country. The core service team have been ascertaining their needs and how best to serve our brothers and sisters in Nepal during the difficult times they are faced with.
We have been advised that with hospitals being full Sai Centres in Nepal have set up halfway houses for those waiting for hospital beds and they have a need for Oxygen concentrators and PPE equipment.
To this end we are pleased to inform you that the Sai Breath project has been extended to serve our brothers and sisters in Nepal and if the need arises to help other countries in the future. As always, projects in Bhagawan’s organisation are funded through voluntary offerings that are generated through the practice of ceiling on desires.
Please contact any of the centre coordinators if you would like more details on how you can help.
Our next centre meeting will be held on Tuesday 3rd August 2021 at 7:30pm via a zoom conference call. The log-in details will be shared via the centre WhatsApp groups.
We look forward to you joining us for this meeting.
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A Trip Down Memory Lane - This Month...in 2004
On Sunday 18th
July 2004 for Global Service Day we took our guests to Wicksteed Park in Kettering. About 80 volunteers from the three centres in Leicester (Narborough, Rosefield & Central) entertained over 100 guests at Wicksteed Park. Despite the weather, everyone enjoyed themselves. All the guests were treated to a Train Ride and served with plenty of refreshments as always!