"Jesus saw the good qualities in others, rejoiced over their virtues and shared His joy with others. Jesus taught that God is Love and that the human birth should be used to realize the Indwelling Spirit! He declared that there was nothing great about returning good for good. People should do good even to those who harm them. Embodiments of Divine Love! Strike down the walls that separate you from another being. Get rid of all differences! Cultivate love in your hearts."
Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Jai Sai RamRohitbhai, it has been a year since we had to stop holding our Sunday bhajans and SSE classes at Soar Valley and started virtual bhajans and classes online. When we wrote to you in March 2020 we did not expect the pandemic to continue for so long. But with the vaccination roll-out there is hope that we may soon return to meeting physically and be together once more. We will keep you updated about our plans to re-start centre activities at Soar Valley as soon as it is safe and the Government permits. But in the meantime, there are lots of online events and activities for you to participate in and we hope you do join us for these.
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.
Easter Programmes - Thursday 1st and Sunday 4th April
Please join us for two special online programmes to celebrate the festival of Easter.
Easter is one of the most important Christian festivals and commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. After His crucifixion, death, and burial, three days later, He arose from the grave. In doing so, He conquered death and redeemed us from sin. Pastor Graham Thomas, who is known to all of us, will be sharing an Easter message on both these days. You can join the programmes which will be online on the Leicester Sai Centres YouTube channel on:
Lent is the period of 40 days which comes before Easter in the Christian calendar. Beginning on Ash Wednesday (17th February 2021), Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ's sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days.
Hope you have been able to join us by practicing Ceiling on Desires during these days leading up to Easter and use the saved resources to purchase food items for the food bank. If you haven't yet started - don't worry you can still participate for as many days as you can!
During these difficult times, more people are unemployed and unable to afford sufficient amount of food for themselves and their families and unfortunately now more than ever people are turning to Food Banks for help.
"Man is deluded by his unlimited desires. He is living in a dream world. He is forgetting the Supreme Consciousness. That is why it is important to keep our desires under control, to place a ceiling on them. We are spending too much money. Instead of inordinate spending for our own pleasure, we should be spending for the relief of the poor and needy. This is the real meaning of “Ceiling on Desires.”Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Vaisakhi is one of the most important dates in the Sikh calendar and not only does it mark the start of the Punjabi New Year, but it is also the day in 1699 when Guru Gobind Singh chose to establish the Khalsa order of the Sikh faith.
Join us online on Sunday 11th April at 8:45am as we celebrate this important festival with special bhajans and a SSE presentation on the significance of Vaisakhi. The programme will be live on the Leicester Sai Centres YouTube Channel.
On 24th April 2011, our beloved Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba left his physical form. Our Organisation has since observed 24th April each year as the Aradhana Mahotsavam day – a Day of Remembrance.
As our reverence and gratitude, we have organised two short programmes marking the 10th anniversary. We would like to personally invite you to a Human Values event in the morning and Aradhana Mahotsavam event in the evening on Saturday the 24th of April 2021.
Human Values Event - Saturday 24th April at 10:00am
The Human Values programme will consist of a Human Values Concert with various groups and artists performing. There will also be talks from esteemed faith leaders from around the country, and an exhibition of how people across the country have demonstrated human values in their local community during the pandemic.
The evening programme commencing at 5pm will consist of an international guest speaker talking about their experiences with our dearest Bhagawan, a musical offering, Vedam, Bhajans and a Divine discourse.
As part of an offering leading up to the 10th Aradhana Mahotsavam, the Young Adults and spiritual teams have suggested a number of different Sadhana activities for devotees to participate in.
For more detailed guidelines and a Sadhana diary to track your progress, please see our national website
Would you like to do Aarti on Sunday?
I'm sure you all enjoying the online Sunday morning bhajans, but have you thought of offering Aarti to Swami from home and sharing your Aarti with the other devotees who are online? If you would like to present your Aarti offering please contact any of the centre coordinators who will explain how this can done. This new idea is a lovely way for us to see each other and connect with each other from our own homes. So please do try to get involved!
Our next centre meeting will be held on Tuesday 6th April 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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