"My only desire is to share My ananda with you, to encourage you to lead lives full of ananda. My Birthday is when you get ananda. Since this morning many people have greeted Me 'Happy Birthday!' No one need wish for happiness for Me, since I am always happy, everywhere. You, too, must ever be happy and not wait for the birthday to recur every year to accumulate ananda." Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Jai Sai RamRohitbhai, we hope you all had a blissful Diwali and New Year and pray that the next year brings you all lots of love and joy. November is a very special month in the Sai calendar when we celebrate the birthday of our beloved Swami and also come together for Global Akhand Bhajans. This year, after a long wait, we will be able to get together to celebrate both these events in person - so we really do hope you will join us for these events.
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.
Please join us for a special Diwali programme at Soar Valley College on Sunday 7th November from 9am.
We are blessed to have a Diwali message from Sri Biseswar (Bishu) Prusty who is a former student of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning where he completed his Bachelors in Commerce (Hons.) and Masters in Business Administration degrees. He was the first student selected by Swami for serving at the Super Specialty Hospital in Whitefield, Bangalore. He was part of the team that set up information management systems, training modules, and other advanced technologies in this hospital. Thereafter, Sri Prusty was directed by Swami to join Radio Sai where he has worked for more than 14 years. Here he is a writer and editor for Radio Sai and is part of the team that manages the content of the Radio Sai website. We are sure this will be an enthralling talk for all of us to enjoy.
If you are unable to attend this event at Soar Valley college then please remember we will still be streaming the live event via our Leicester Sai Centres YouTube channel.
Global Akhand Bhajans in Leicester
After a one year gap, we are pleased to say that this year we will be able to come together in person to sing the Glory of God as part of Global Akhand Bhajans.
However, due to the coronavirus, this year's Akhand Bhajans will be for a duration of three hours on Saturday 13th November from 12:30 - 3:30pm at the Ramgarhia Community Centre, Ulverscroft Rd, Leicester LE4 6BY.
For planning purposes and to maintain social distancing, it is extremely important you complete the short registration form on the button below if you would like to attend in person.
if you are unable to register online then you will still be able to register at the hall but we would appreciate it if as many people as possible registered themselves online.
The event will also be streamed on YouTube if you are unable to attend in person.
Please do pass this message on to family and friends.
Please join us for a special evening of prayers and bhajans to mark the 96th Advent of our beloved Swami. The programme will be held at Soar Valley College on Tuesday 23rd November between 7:30pm- 9:00pm.
" I do not accost one particular date in the calendar as My birthday, for I consider the day when Divinity blossoms in your heart as My birth-day in you. Therefore each of you should individually celebrate such a day as My birthday. The day when you resolve to practice My advice, to follow My directives, to translate My message into acts of service, and to engage in sadhana - that day is My birthday for you. The 23rd day of November which you now honour as the day on which I was born, is only like any other day if you celebrate it in a routine, ritual fashion. Adore man; the adoration reaches Me. Neglect man; you neglect Me. Of what avail is it to worship the Lord and to suppress man, His counterpart? Love for God must be manifested as Love for man, and Love must express itself as service. Through Love alone - Love acquired through sadhana, and shared with all as sadhana - can peace be attained, by the individual as well as by the nation. My Life is My Message and My Message is Love. That explains why you have gathered hither in hundreds of thousands." - Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Lessons from Bal Vikas (SSE)
Here’s a small glimpse of what the children in the Nursery and Group 1 classes have been doing this term in their Bal Vikas (SSE) lessons
The children in the Nursery Group1 Year 1 class started the term with a lesson on “Unity in Diversity” learning about the different religious symbols and the meaning they have for the various religious groups. We then looked in detail at the Sarva Dharma symbol where in the children were invited to draw the symbol.
During Ganesha Chaturthi, we learnt about Lord Ganesha and how as families we celebrate this festival, either by doing a prayer at home, making an idol out of turmeric paste or by visiting the local temple. The children had a chance to talk about what they know about Lord Ganesha. The story of Lord Ganesha and the cat was narrated to the children so that they learn values about being kind to everyone, including animals as well. Just as Swami says “Love all Serve all”. Children also sang songs singing the praise of Lord Ganesha.
SSE classes are online every Sunday (term time only). They are value based lessons for all children aged between 4 years old to 16 years old. If you require more information, would like to volunteer or would like your child to attend, please contact the SSE Coordinator on Leicestersse@gmail.com
Our next centre meeting will be held on Tuesday 7th December 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.
A Trip Down Memory Lane - This Month...in 2015
On 22nd November 2015 the Leicester Sai Centres organised Swami’s 90th birthday celebration at Ramgarhia Community Centre from 11 to 5pm. The programme consisted of multifaith prayers, prayers by Faith group guests, Values Group presentation, plays, Ganesh Vandana dance, guest speaker Brother Vijay Sankar, Musical Medley and Swami’s Discourse. Lunch was served halfway through the programme, prepared and served by the Service Team.