The different regions and individual groups of the SSIO observe Christmas by a variety of ways that focus on the spiritual aspects of this special holy period. These include many service activities that spread the joy and the message of love and sharing. All are welcome and encouraged to join with us in any of the activities.
The SSIO is a spiritual organisation made up of people from many faiths and has no affiliation to any particular religion. It honours the different faiths as different paths to the One God and promotes understanding and tolerance between the different faiths by observing some of the important days from the major world religions. Its members observe Christmas as a time of reflection on the message of Christ, and a period to joyfully share our love for all of humanity by engaging in activities that spread that love and happiness that the occasion embodies to many.
Jesus: ‘”Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind.” That is the greatest commandment. It comes first. The second is like it: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” Everything in the Law and the prophets hangs on these two commandments.’
‘The language of Love is understood and spoken by all hearts. There is only one race really, and that is the race of mankind. We now consider petty distinctions of nationality, race, religion and language as vital and hold back Love which must flow to everyone from the heart. That was the life and message of Jesus. Nurture it in your hearts.
Sathya Sai Baba, 25/12/1979
Programs for Christmas celebrations often include service to various community groups, such as the elderly or disadvantage persons, as well as devotional meetings focusing on the spirit and meaning of Christmas. Details of some of the individual events can be found on the flyers available for download.
Download the Flyer for NSW Region East
Download the Flyer for WA Region
Download the Flyer for VIC Region East – Dandenong Market
Download the Flyer for VIC Region – Annual Picnic
Download the Flyer for VIC Region – Queen Victoria Market
Download the Flyer for ACT Region
Download the Flyer for VIC Region East
Download the Flyer for SA Region
Download the Flyer for VIC Region West
Download the Flyer for VIC Region – Nursing Home Service