"Since Islam means surrender to God, all who in a spirit of surrender and dedication, live in peace and harmony in society, do really speaking, belong to Islam. Islam insists on full coordination between thought, word and deed. Whichever may be the religion, its emphasis is on unity, harmony, and equal mindedness. Therefore, cultivate love, tolerance and compassion, and demonstrate the Truth in every daily activity. This is the Message I give you with My Blessings." Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Jai Sai RamRohitbhai, Swami has always taught us about the Unity of Faiths and how we must understand and respect the different faiths. By doing so we can begin to understand what Swami means by the "Brotherhood of Man and Fatherhood of God". This month we have the opportunity to celebrate two important festivals for two major religions and we hope you join us for these special programmes (more details below).
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.
Eid Programme - Sunday 16th May
As many of you will know our Muslim brothers and sisters celebrated the festival of Eid ul-Fitr on Wednesday 12th May. Eid ul-Fitr is a very important festival in the Islamic calendar and was started by the Prophet Muhammad himself and marks the end of Ramadan. Muslims not only celebrate the end of fasting, but also thank Allah for the Qur'an, which was first revealed towards the end of Ramadan.
Please join us online on Sunday 16th May at 9am when we will be celebrating Eid with a special programme including a guest speaker from the Islamic faith.
Swami celebrated Buddha Poornima in 2003 in Kodaikanal and as Baba was speaking to the boys inside Sai Sruthi, He started elaborating on the pure nature of The Buddha, how He attained enlightenment and how He exemplified so many sterling virtues.
As Baba was talking, His palm suddenly moved in the air, caught that empty space, and immediately closed. And the next instant when the closed divine fist opened, the boys could only gasp in awe! Baba was holding in His hand a marvelous miniature Buddha, red and resplendent. Swami then asked, “Tell me, what is this made of?” The students all answered: “Swami, plaster of paris” “Swami, sand” “Swami, clay”
Baba dismissed all the answers and then revealed, “This is made up of the Lumbini mud – the sacred soil where The Buddha was born.”
And then Baba went to narrate the various austerities that Buddha engaged in, the rigorous spiritual disciplines that this holy one pursued on His path towards Nirvana – enlightenment, and as Baba was explaining thus at one point He paused and with a sudden firmness He said, “Anyone who contemplates on The Buddha, can attain Moksha (or liberation).”
Join us online to celebrate the birth of Lord Buddha on Sunday 23rd May at 9am on our YouTube channel.
Just a friendly reminder that our food collection service continues to support the much needed work of the Food Bank, Midlands Langar Seva Society and The Bridge. If you would like to support these causes please contact our service coordinators and they can let you know how you can participate in this service opportunity. Remember to keep Ceiling on Desires in mind while you support these worthy causes!
Our next centre meeting will be held on Tuesday 1st June 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 2003
In May 2003, Easwaramma Day Celebrations were held at the Sanathan Hall. The programme consisted of devotional songs sung by the SSE children and then the Sai children performed a play about Swami’s childhood and Mother Easwaramma. This was followed by a performance by the Youth and SSE choir and the teachers conducted a quiz on “mothers”.
Then on Monday 19th May, ladies from the Centre took part in a Ladies Forum at Soar Valley College. Pushpaben Parmar demonstrated how to decorate a coconut and kalash, and then Balaben Mayor demonstrated glass painting. The ladies then had the opportunity to have a go themselves, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves!