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Human Values Carnival for SSE Children and Parents and Members of the Sai Community

NSW Regions of the Sathya Sai International Organisation of Australia & PNG are staging a carnival based upon the Human Values in October. Here is an opportunity for Sai Spiritual Education (SSE) children across the regions of NSW to come together as one united SSE family. In addition to assisting children with their spiritual development primarily through what they learn in their SSE classes it is planned that this carnival will give them a taste of outdoor fun intertwined with Sai Baba’s teachings.

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Universal Spirituality Program focused on Human Values – September 2018

Sathya Sai Centre of Hurstville invites all interested in participating in a program that explores the spiritual value and application of the key values that are enshrined in all the faiths; Love, Peace, Truth, Righteousness and Non-violence.

They meet every 1st Thursday of the month at Hurstville South Public School Hall, Cnr King Georges Rd., & Maher St., Hurstville. NSW. The next meeting takes place from 7.45 pm until 9.10 pm, Thursday, 6 September 2018.

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Sathya Sai Centre Of Wentworthville NSW Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

An important milestone in its growth and community service is being celebrated by the Sathya Sai Centre of Wentworthville as they observe and reflect upon their 25th Anniversary. A special programme will be held on Sunday, 9 September for which all are welcome to attend.

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Beyond 2020 Zone 3 Young Adults Festival


The Zone 3 Young Adults Festival, ‘Beyond 2020’, was held over the Easter weekend from Friday 30 March to Monday 2 April 2018 in Hamilton, New Zealand. The very first Festival of its kind to be held in the Zone, saw over 200 Sai Young Adults from Australia, Fiji and New Zealand unite to reflect on how far we have come and how we can carry Sathya Sai Baba’s mission further, beyond geographical boundaries and beyond 2020.

The overarching theme throughout the Festival was IGNITE, as young adults aimed to IGNITE the flame within their hearts and journey forward as one family, to serve together with the common purpose of love. To IGNITE is to unify, inspire action, and to grow brighter as Sathya Sai Baba’s sparks in society. The Festival was centred around three key pillars: Morality ‘Change begins in us’, Spirituality ‘You and I are one’ and Humanity ‘Service to man is service to God’.

Day One
The Festival commenced with the Ember Games Phase 1, an ‘Amazing Race’ style game, where delegates were divided into four houses, (each named appropriately, based on qualities needed to IGNITE: Illumino (Illumination), Dedicatio (Dedication), Energio (Energy) and Amore (Love)), and completed a range of challenges. Delegates were shown that being present and available for Sathya Sai Baba, was the first step on this beautiful journey to IGNITE.

The IGNITE Sparkzone area consisting of exhibitions about major Zone 3 and International Projects was available for delegates to browse throughout the duration of the Festival. Some of the featured projects were: Serve the Planet (STP), the Sathya Sai International Youth Leadership Programme (SSIYLP), Love All Serve All (LASA) and Sathya Sai Schools. The creatively crafted exhibitions were both informative and interactive and added a touch of humour via the use of a fun photo booth.

The uplifting Opening Ceremony set the scene for the Festival going forward and included inspiring messages from the Zone 3 Chair Neville Fredericks, Central Coordinator Krishnan Nair, Zone 3 Young Adults Coordinator Shiva Karan and the National President of New Zealand, Murali Kruthiventy. A traditional New Zealand cultural welcome was offered by the Indigenous Maori Elders of the local Tainui Tribe. They shared the heartfelt message that, ‘together we recognize the common divine heritage that unites us all as one family’ and the Maori saying, ‘Aroha mai, aroha atu’: ‘love received is love returned’. Australian Indigenous, Native Fijian and Maori spirituality was acknowledged by narrations of creation stories from each culture.

Highly anticipated and dynamic guest speakers, Aparna Murali from Los Angeles and Amey Deshpande from Puttaparthi, graced the evening as they shared their experiences with Sathya Sai Baba and imparted beautiful messages.

The soul stirring Beyond 2020 theme song, ‘Lovelight’, echoed in the hearts of all as the first day came to an end and the flame within everyone was well and truly sparked.

“Burning brighter brighter
Burning ever brighter
Take me higher
Take me always higher”

Day Two
An early morning programme of heart-warming devotional songs started day two of the festival. Amey and Aparna shared more uplifting talks on the theme of Morality. Participants then delved deeper in the ‘Ignition Sessions’; workshops facilitated by fellow young adults. Topics included ‘The Sai-tightrope of life’ and ‘Deep C Divinity: Diving deeper into your consciousness’.
As the day progressed, Phase 2 of the ‘Ember Games’ commenced with outdoor activities. ‘The Battle of SoSAIties’, a game show based on Sathya Sai Baba’s teachings and various religions, engaged all, demonstrating our oneness in a fun and exciting way. The day also included delegates from New Zealand sharing service activities they were involved with, through a comic skit.

Day Three
The third day of B2020 was centred on Spirituality. Being April fool’s day, Amey shared a story about an April fool’s prank Sathya Sai Baba played on His students. He reminded all that Sai is not only our Guide and Teacher, but also our friend. Aparna highlighted that Sathya Sai Baba has so much love for us; we need only see things from His perspective and ask for His guidance. The delegates later engaged in various workshops including ‘Sacred Indigenous Spirituality’, ‘The Spiral of Life’ and ‘Golden Age Technology’.

In the afternoon the participants brainstormed service activities that could be implemented across the Zone in the IGNITE Forum. The National President of Fiji, Dr. Rajat Gyaneshwar, expressed his gratitude towards the young adults of Fiji and shared examples of Fiji service activities in a creative presentation entitled, Sai Talanoa.

The festival was joined by local leaders from New Zealand’s Maori, Islamic and Christian communities for the session ‘IGNITEing the Spirit: Sai Easter’. They shared stories and insights on the Easter message of Love. An Easter themed Ember Games Phase 3 followed with a Scavenger Hunt and Obstacle course.

In the evening a powerful and uplifting ‘Sai Symphony’ performance showcased Zone 3 talent, as young adults united to share their love for Sathya Sai Baba through music. As the day came to an end, Amey’s devotional singing workshop left all feeling inspired with the flame within everyone burning even brighter.

Day Four
Zone 3 Chair, Neville Fredericks, gave his closing address early in the day, sharing in the energy and love fostered over the course of the festival. The Australia delegates then shared activities in their country through a creative multimedia presentation: Channel Sai News. The National President of Australia Singanayagam Indrapalan, made an address in which he shared his appreciation of the leadership young adults have shown in Australia and noted their unity across the zone.

The closing day events were centred on Humanity; putting Morality and Spirituality into practice. SaiX was a series of inspiring TedX style talks, delivered by fellow young adults including Dr. Shivendra Kumar, former International Young Adults Coordinator. A Q&A panel discussion with Aparna and Amey encouraged participants to seek and be good company and to never forget who they truly are – God.

During the memorable closing ceremony, Central Coordinator Krishnan Nair and the National President of New Zealand, Murali Kruthiventy, shared their sincere thanks and aspirations for the young adults of Zone 3. Shiva Karan, Zone 3 Young Adults Coordinator, then rounded off the closing remarks with an inspired speech focusing on the resolutions arising from Beyond 2020. He explained that in the coming years, the goal of Zone 3 young adults collectively would be to: ENRICH-EXPRESS-EXPAND. That is, to enrich young adults with the skills and spiritual energy required to drive the organisation forward, to express these skills through teams and projects, and to expand their love and service further into the community and all of creation. Ideas brainstormed in the IGNITE Forum contributed to these resolutions. One of the main resolutions addresses current global environmental issues. In 2020, Zone 3 will host a ‘Serve the Planet’ Environmental Forum with global communities, targeting change at the individual level. The forum will be unique in that Sathya Sai Baba’s teachings and messages will drive the forum. Fiji is highly vulnerable to climate change, and for this reason the conference will be held there.

As the final day concluded and delegates prepared to return to their everyday lives, they left enriched and ready to carry the flame forward burning ever brighter…

“May the spark of love-light reach you
Ignite the torch within me
Let it go everywhere
And bring everyone
Bathe everything in love”


Education Week, August 2018

Education Week as it applies to the Sathya Sai International Organisation is observed in August as a way of focusing and reflecting on principles and aspects of education that Sathya Sai Baba taught for spiritual and social uplift and development. One approach He promoted was Educare, a system in which the inherent values that are at the basis of humanness are recognised and developed by the individual. The values are: Peace, Love, Truth, Right Behaviour and Non-violence. Various Regions and groups will observe the week in different ways. All are most welcome to participate in the events and find out more about Sai Education programmes.

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Unity Meeting – NSW Region West

NSW Region West of the Sathya Sai International Organisation of Australia & PNG invites all to the Unity Meeting on Saturday, 25 August. The theme of this Unity Meeting is “The Divine Blueprint for a Harmony Home of Human Values”. All are welcome to attend.

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World Peace Program – Glenwood NSW

Glenwood Centre of the Sathya Sai International Organisation of Australia & PNG is once again holding a World Peace Day Program in which the teachings of Sathya Sai Baba on peace and its achievement will be examined. The program will be held on Saturday, 22 September. All are welcome to attend.

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Working Bee at the Sai School – Murwillumbah


The energy that I felt as soon as I entered the Sai School area was just amazing. It was the same feeling I felt when I visited Dr Jhum Sai’s Sai School in Thailand! The place is so serene and beautiful amidst mountains. The activities we did included cleaning the garden, raking leaves, mulching, removing weeds, painting, vegetable gardening, and cleaning windows and classrooms at the primary school and high school. Even though a large group of us hadn’t slept much the previous night as we drove from Sydney overnight, time just flew by and we worked hard until 5pm. We weren’t tired at all – some volunteers were even playing football! That was the energy we felt, being there and just doing service wholeheartedly! An important thing I’ve resolved to bring home is to spread word about the Sai School at Murwillumbah and get other people involved in it as much as possible so that they too benefit from visiting as much as I did.


Tree Planting and National Tree Day


Members across Australia participated in local tree planting activities as part of National Tree Day 2018. Below are some images of tree planting and showing love towards Mother Earth in action!

Victoria Region

The Victorians braved the cold and took part in our regional service activity – Tree Planting at Belgrave. We were blessed to have the sun shining brightly and basking us in its warmth as we all got our hands dirty and immersed ourselves in Mother Nature. We had a turnout of around 60 members. Within a few hours, we managed to plant 600 trees. The planting was followed by a tour of the grounds where we were shown the trees planted by ‘Sathya Sai’ a few years back. It was truly a lovely day spent with Mother Nature.

WA Regional Tree Planting with SERCUL

On Saturday 21st of July 2018 WA region volunteered for the 6th year with “Men of Trees” and South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare (SERCUL) to help undertake tree planting activities. This year the wet weather did not deter over 35 volunteers, who planted 1600 trees! The purpose of this tree planting location is to rehabilitate the wetlands and the Canning River region.

NSW Region

About 190 members across NSW came together on Sunday 29 July 2018 to take part in what was an energetic National Tree Day. Adults, Young Adults and SSE children came together to carry out service and further appreciate our beautiful environment, spread out across six locations in NSW. A total of approximately 15,000 trees were planted across the sites. Along with tree planting, there were bush care activities, educational sessions for children, and delicious vegetarian BBQs and refreshments. The activity provided a valuable opportunity to carry out Sathya Sai Baba’s work alongside various councils and the wider public.

In performing this service, participants truly understood the part they played in preserving Mother Nature; as one of our young adults shared, it was a “beautiful day in the sun amidst Sai Baba’s creation that filled me with gratitude for the playground Sai Baba has given me.” One of our SSE children also felt gratitude to the trees that “give us oxygen!”

No doubt, opportunities such as this to spend time with Mother Nature, share with Her our love, and learn from the love She showers on us will continue to help us practice expansion of our love. As Sathya Sai Baba has said, “Foster the tiny seed of Love that clings to “me” and “mine.” Let it sprout into Love for the group around you and grow into Love for all mankind and spread out its branches over animals, birds, and those that creep and crawl and let the Love enfold all things and beings in the world. Proceed from less Love to more Love, narrow Love to expanded Love.”


Guru Purnima Celebrations in Australia


Centres and Regions across Australia chose to celebrate the occasion of Guru Purnima in a variety of ways this year. Below are a few glimpses into some of the offerings and celebrations.

Toowoomba Service Activity

The Toowoomba Sai Centre organised a service opportunity as part of their Guru Purnima Celebrations. A total of 24 grocery packs were donated by Toowoomba Sai Centre to Mission Australia. The packs were warmly received with great joy and appreciation. The donation packs were distributed to the local Toowoomba refugee community, largely consisting of families from Afghanistan.

QLD Regional Celebrations

VIC East Nursing Home Visits

The Guru Purnima service offerings kicked off in Victoria East last weekend on the 1st July with the nursing home singing activity being the first. This service activity included energetic renditions of old time classics, interactive games and lots of dancing performed by the young adults, which the residents thoroughly enjoyed. The majority of the service attendees were young adults.

Trillion Trees Challenge – SYA of WA

“There is not greater example of Selfless Love, than Nature” – Sathya Sai Baba

As part of their Guru Purnima offering, the SYA of WA have undertaken a series of service activities. One of these was attending a local Trillion Trees Challenge planting site. As they were planting the young adults lovingly dedicated each tree to a person to encourage the heart to heart connection with their task.

NSW Nursing Home Visits

On Saturday 4 August 2018, 90 members across NSW came together to offer the final service for Guru Purnima. Members visited 6 nursing homes across metropolitan NSW. The nursing homes were located in Quakers Hill, Greystanes, Merrylands, Baulkham Hills, Carlingford and Ryde. These visits incorporated the positive and refreshing energy of the Young Adults, Adults and SSE children collectively, which allowed us to spread Sathya Sai Baba’s love and joy with the residents.

Nursing home visits gave us the opportunity to come together and promote the message of love and peace that our beloved Sai Baba emphasises. Through music and games, we were able to interact and bond with individual residents. Members were also inspired by the enriching life experiences shared by the residents. We were blessed to come across couples who have been married for 50 years and are continuing to venture through this journey of life together. It is always challenging to walk into a foreign environment and trying to engage with strangers, but through Sai’s grace, we were able to interact with the residents through games, music and dancing. In one instance, the music and atmosphere was so lively that a resident believed that Christmas had come early. We left each nursing home with a promise to return very soon, eagerly embracing our theme for GP 2018: Endless Service, Timeless Love.

Let us all continue our journey of service with our beloved Sathya Sai’s words in mind – “Service gives widespread pleasure and happiness for all mankind. In fact, service is the first step along the spiritual path, for service to man is service to God.”

NSW – Devotional Offering

The Guru Purnima devotional offering was held on Saturday 28 July 2018 at Marsden High School, West Ryde. The theme for the month long activities was ‘Endless Service, Timeless Love’. The service part of the Guru Purnima activities included a simple spiritual discipline plan which incorporated the Body, Mind and Soul, blood donation, clothes donations, nursing home visits and tree planting and bush care activities which coincided with National Tree Day on 29 July 2018.

The devotional offering commenced with devotional singing followed by a drama by some of the young adults from both Region East and West. The drama depicted the Body, Mind and Soul aspects in a family environment comprising a mother and her daughters. The daughters (named Mindy and Soul) lovingly called their mother Bodyma. The sisters were completely different from each other; the older sister Sou was very calm, spiritually minded and eager to teach Mindy about spirituality and the benefits derived from reading Sai literature and doing daily meditation. The mother was constantly exercising and encouraging her daughters to lead a healthy lifestyle which included a healthy body, sound mind and a peaceful soul. The play was well written and the young adults certainly made every effort to drive home the message of caring for your body, mind and soul equally.

The play was followed by a presentation on the service activities that were undertaken by the young adults as part of Guru Purnima, and the event concluded with more devotional singing. It was a very well executed program and the take home message was clear to all who attended.

WA Region

The WA Region celebrated Guru Poornima with its members on the 29th of July, a Sunday morning. This year’s inspirational theme was “Service to Man, is Service to God”.
In line with the theme, the members began the event by packing dental items for the homeless of Perth. Children, youth and adults worked together in an assembly line, packing toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash and floss into a dental kit.

Following the service activity, the Sai Youth Adult presented their service offerings for Guru Poornima, including Liquid Love, Trillion Tree planting challenge, Sai Youth Mentoring service and cooking for the homeless. There was also a launch of a new service initiative program called SOS (Service our Sai families) and sharing of inspirational stories and the Nepal SSIO service Service Video and the National Conference 2019 video.

ACT Region

Guru Poorinma in the ACT Region was commemorated on Sunday, 29 July 2018 between 9.30 am to 11.30 am.

The program began with Ragavan, Master of Ceremonies (MC) welcoming approximately 100 Sai followers who had gathered at the Senior Citizen’s Centre hall in Turner on a very crisp cold Canberra morning to commemorate Gurua Poorinma. The altar was simple but aptly decorated with a combination of candles on two iron candle stands, pine corns and green leaves and fresh flowers that was not only inviting but provided a warm and rustic feel that wintery morning.

Ragavan briefly noted the significance of the Guru Poornima and that the best form of worship of the Guru is to follow his teachings, shine as the very embodiment of his teachings and propagate his glory and his message. Ragvan steered the program by announcing each of the segments.

The first item in the program was the recitation of Guru Stotram and Sai Satguru Stotram by the Sai Young Adults of the ACT Region. Next, in the program was an offering in the form of a play by the Sai Young Adults of the ACT Region titled “Pure Love”.

The play was woven around a queen from ancient times whose kingdom was plagued by drought with peasants folk in the kingdom undergoing a lot of hardships. However, the queen despite the advice of her Minister continues to raise the taxes and burdens the farmers further with severe hardships. The queen’s trusted advisor, the magical mirror, shows the queen how the peasants were coping under her callous rule. The magical mirror also shows how one peasant despite all the hardships was supporting his fellow peasants by sharing whatever little produce he had. The queen was not impressed with the peasants who helped others and felt that they were squirreling away their wealth and were not contributing to her kingdom. The queen smashes the magical mirror into two when the mirror continues take her on a tour of her kingdom. As soon as the mirror is shattered, the queen is transported to the dark forests with none of her finery. The queen lies all alone in the forest hungry and tired when a passing robber steals from her a few gold coins she had in her possession. The queen continues to roam looking for food and shelter and when a kind women gives her only scarf as covering for the night. The queen asks food from an elderly peasant in return of the gold coin she has in her possession. The elderly peasant says that gold is of no use to her and that in their world one needs able bodies to do work and bring in the daily produce. The elderly peasant indicates shows cow dung and asks the queen if she can assist her to build her hearth as the parched and arid land has not provided them with the required food. The queen initially was reluctant to soil her hands but relents does the household chores for the elderly peasant in return for food and continues her journey. The queen meets the robber who stole the gold coins from her looking hungry and offers whatever food she had been given by the elderly peasant. The robber is surprised and the queen says that she now understands that Love is the essence of life and love seeks nothing in return. Immediately the curse is broken and the queen is transported back to her kingdom and the queen immediately instructs to remove any taxes that burden the people in her kingdom and rules her kingdom with love being the focal point.

The second item was a talk by Peter Fenner, the latest addition to the Canberra Sai Community. Peter, for over a period of 40 years has distilled the essence of traditions like Zen and the Buddhist Middle Way, and adapted them to suit our post-modern culture. In addition Peter also has served as the Senior Lecturer in Asian Philosophy at Deakin University, Australia and visiting lecturer at the Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning.

Peter said that though he had been a Sai follower for about 20 years he had not publicly spoken about Sathya Sai Baba and that it was he was only speaking because of Sathya Sai’s divine play or leela. Peter said that Guru Worship is an important element in Hindu, Jain and Buddhist traditions where the Guru, the spiritual guide and teacher is remembered with love and gratitude. Peter had good fortune to meet his first Guru, Tibetan lama Thubten Yeshe, founder of The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition in 1974. He met Sathya Sai in 1998. Peter said that during his visit to Puttaparthi he did not leave as intended and stayed longer and felt that this was again Sathya Sai’s divine play. Peter also says that the ways of the guru cannot be discerned by the mind and that the guru is the one who, through his own direct experience may teach and lead a spiritual aspirant along the path to right living and enlightenment and the spiritual spirant should willingly surrender to the Guru.

The third item was a very uplifting devotional singing. Some of the devotional songs sung on this day included the following: Prema Sai Parthi Sai, ‘Guru Mahima Gao, Shirdi Sai Parthi Sai, I am God, Guru Nanak Ji Ki Jai Kaar with musical instruments tastefully selected to accompany the devotional songs and thus accentuating the singing.

The fourth item was a discourse by Sathya Sai Baba delivered during the Guru Poornima celebrations of 1988. The heart of this discourse was that it is time to put into practice all the spiritual learnings and that essence of all teachings is love. The discourse ends with Sathya Sai singing the devotional song “Prema Muditha” and all the Sai followers congregating that day sang along with him. This devotional song not only energised all but was a fitting end to the program.

The final item in the day’s program was the vote of thanks by Mayavan, President, ACT Region’s Sathya Sai International Organisation of Australia and PNG. Mayavan thanked all for their presence and reminded the reason for congregating that day at the Turner Senior Citizens’ hall was to contemplate and practice the teachings of Sathya Sai in our daily life. This was why in October 1940, when Sathya Sai Baba declared His mission and the first message as the Avatar of the age was to teach the devotional song, “Manasa Bhajare Guru Charanam, Dusthara Bhava Sagara Taranam…” which means ‘O Mind, take refuge at the feet of the Guru; He will guide you across this ocean called life’. Mayavan thanked Peter for his insightful talk, the Ladies’ Wing for their efforts in setting up the altar, Young Adults for their offering in the form of a play and all lead singers and musicians for their dedication. Mayavan used the vote of thanks as an opportunity to update all on following upcoming National and Regional Sai activities by showing either a short promotional video or the flyer:

  • National Sai Conference during the Easter weekend of 2019;
  • My Sai and I on 11 August 2018; and
  • Mind your health, a health awareness workshop on 1 September 2018
  • The program concluded with Aarti, distribution of vibuthi and serving of light lunch which was organised by the Ladies’ Wing and comprised of rice, dhal curry, mixed vegetable curry, potato curry and fruit platters,

    The focal point of any Guru Purnima celebration is to turn back and review and how much one has progressed in life. This year it appears that we in the ACT region through our Guru Poornima commemorations focused on how to advance on our spiritual journey by making Love the focal point, the human heart visible and letting Sathya Sai be our personal coach in our spiritual journey.


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