Sai Australia

Sathya Sai International Organisation, Zone 3, Region 31

Mother’s Day Classic Walk – 2018

Mother’s Day Classic Walk 2018

The SSIO Ladies Program Coordinators formed a team of 170 members including women, children, young adults and men around Australia and joined the Mother’s Day Classic Walk on Sunday, 13 May 2018.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Australian women; 50 women are newly diagnosed every day whilst around 150 men are diagnosed every year.

The Ladies coordinators initiated this service activity with the intention of supporting breast cancer research and to unite with the wider community.
It was good to see the windy, cold morning did not stop the enthusiasm of participants!

Below are regional reports and personal reflections covering the different regions involved in the walk.

Queensland

Bright and early on the 13th of May, devotes eagerly gathered in South Brisbane in anticipation for the Mother’s Day Classic Walk to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. The race was especially significant for devotees who have been personally affect by breast cancer. The support of the Sai family and wider community were humbling and for many, symbolic of their journey with breast cancer. United in a sea of pink with the local community, they crossed the finish line, standing proudly together and supporting a greater cause.

I was first made aware of the MDCW at the Office Bearers Retreat. Whilst I had never taken part in the walk before, it quickly struck me what an inspirational community event and great service this would be, one which would bring together communities all over Australia to support and remember those touched by breast cancer. It really touched my heart and I was determined to empower the ladies and encourage them to join the team. With Sathya Sai Baba’s blessing, this walk was made possible; we did it as an offering to Mother Easwaramma, and dedicated it to all the cancer sufferers.

Since our 4.5km walk was at 9.50am, we all met in front of the Eye of Brisbane in Southbank. It was so nice to see everyone’s beaming faces & beautiful smiles.There was so much team spirit and compassion amongst thousands of supporters. Music and motivational announcements could be heard loud and clear from the front stage – ‘You Are a Survivor and You Should Be Proud of Yourself’. We quickly took a few photos, said our prayers and walked towards the starting point. During the walk, we all were silently offering our prayers to everyone all around the world. We came to realise that this event was no fun run, but a powerful day for families and friends to support breast cancer survivors and those who have lost loved ones. In no time, we reached the end, and were given the MDC medal for our achievement. We felt great that we could do this to empathise with our loved ones. Afterwards, we all assembled together and said our final prayers to thank Sathya Sai for allowing us to be part of this great event.

We were so fortunate to walk with and support our own two cancer survivors. These ladies were very proud and thankful of the Sai Team’s support. Participating in the team was part of their healing process. Our two survivors, together with thousands of others know only too well that cancer does not discriminate and has no boundaries, striking people of all ages anywhere and anytime. We felt it our duty to promote awareness and help towards the research wherever we can.
– Nirmala Deo

ACT

The ACT Region commemorated Easwaramma Day in May 2018 be dedicating the MDC Walk to Sathya Sai’s mother, Easwaramma. Easwaramma was the direct inspiration for the mammoth social service projects which make the name Sathya Sai shine throughout the world. On several occasions Sathya Sai Baba has recalled this endearing facet of her life. Eawaramma’s universal affection was instrumental in evoking the goodness dormant in thousands of rural and urban women and children, and her compassion has lit up the lives of countless numbers. Approximately 15 members including children braved the very chilly morning at 9.40 am on 13 May 2018 to undertake the 5 km walk, which commenced at the Ronda Terrace and followed the footpath along the scenic Lake Burley Griffin. Some of the walkers have been touched by cancer in some form or another and this was an opportunity to pay tribute to their own journey and that of their loved ones. The SSIO ACT Region was awarded for the “Largest Community and Sporting Group Team” for this event. It was another fantastic piece of recognition in a very blessed fortnight for the Sathya Sai Organisation!

“There was awesome dedication and support from each other. It was terrible windy weather. I personally wasn’t 100% but managed to walk the full 5km. The amount of love was amazing. The participants were from various backgrounds, kids walking, strolling, tired but everyone had patience and ensured we cared for each other. The end was a feeling of satisfaction and ensured we all united”.
– A Sai member who suffered from cancer

“It was a fulfilling experience for me, especially identifying myself so closely with the cause. It convinced me of the proverb “Where there is a Will, there is a Way”. It was a true victory for me and I would like to ensure others that Life is beautiful – live every moment happily. Looking forward for the walk next year.”
– Kavitha Kugathas.

Victoria

It was really a great opportunity for us to do this community service activity. We were a bit concerned initially, because it fell on Mother’s Day. Our compassion and the urge to help prompted us to make an effort to encourage all the ladies, and we left the rest to our Sai Mother. We were amazed by the enthusiasm, love and compassion shown by our members. This service activity is important because it is helping the mothers and daughters of our country. It is truly Love in action, a selfless service.Our experience on the day was a feeling of oneness, friendship and understanding.

The initial shock of a cancer diagnosis had a huge impact on my family as the feelings of depression, anxiety and fear set in. It is a long journey and you are worried and frustrated asking why it happens. Uniting here and walking together with our ladies gave me positive energy.
– Surij and Rohana

Western Australia

Our WA team started the walk with a prayer and finished the walk with the peace chant.

The memory of this activity will stay with us for a long time. Personally, I felt a strong sense of team spirit, camaraderie and a sense of purpose as to why this walk is needed.

Throughout the walk, my egotistical thoughts that I’m doing the walk for me were dissolved, and instead, a thought of appreciation of life and the need to lovingly serve others took its place. The team itself experienced a sense of union bringing us all closer together. A sense of appreciation of life has made us treasure life, the memories we made and the impact we can make to bring wellness to people all around us.

Life cannot be truly enjoyed if we can’t help and serve those that are suffering. This applies especially to serving people that are terminally ill due to cancer and people who are suffering emotionally from the effects of cancer on their loved ones. After talking to people who are affected by cancer, I am ever more determined to keep serving with love.
– Jasotha Sukumaralingam

NSW

When I heard of the Mother’s Day walk I strongly felt the event was for a fantastic cause and that it would be wonderful to involve our Sai ladies. I thought it would be a great opportunity to be outdoors and get active whilst making a contribution to society.

Before, during and after the walk, which took place in Parramatta Park, all the ladies showed great enthusiasm. After the event I received much positive feedback. The participants had fun and enjoyed meeting the other ladies from the region. They also felt that they had made a valuable contribution to a worthy cause.

A member of the team who suffered from cancer kindly shared that she felt very inspired by this event because it raises the awareness of breast cancer among women and allows for suffers and their family to speak about it in the open and acknowledge it.
– Vadana Sivabalan

When the Ladies Wing of SSIO of Australia & PNG decided to join the Mother’s Day Classic Walk, I felt inspired, energised and empowered with the thought that we are going to do something we have not done before. What better way to start a Mother’s Day than joining the community of mothers and their families on a fun, healthy and inspirational event that brings the community together?

With the support and guidance of our National Ladies Coordinator, I registered myself as the Team Leader for NSW and organised the Team. I was really thrilled with the thought of undertaking the classic walk of 4km on Mother’s Day with the local community.

It was exciting to see the increasing number of registrations under the team. About 65 people took part in NSW. The president of NSW Region East kindly arranged a special cap with the name of our organisation and a quote from Sathya Sai Baba.

On the day of Mother’s Classic Walk, in spite of the weather forecast, thousands of people turned up to the venue with their families. A good number of people under our team also turned up believing that Sai would help us with better weather, and there was indeed nice weather, with the rain holding off until after we completed our walk. The walk was so peaceful with a well-disciplined crowd walking at their own pace and happily chatting. At the end of the walk, we were received with cheering & refreshments. All were presented with a medallion to acknowledge their efforts. Filled with energy, we happily went with our family to enjoy the rest of Mother’s Day.
– Jeya Sriskanthan

Easwaramma Day Celebrations – 2018

‘Master, Message and Messenger’ – Easwaramma Day Celebrations at the Centralised SSE Wentworthville Hub

On the afternoon of Sunday, 6 May, the Centralised SSE Hub of Wentworthville celebrated Easwaramma Day at Model Farm High School, Baulkham Hills, with a number of performances and activities by the SSE students. The theme adopted was that selected by NSW Region West for the day reflecting on the Message of Sai and our place in being His messengers.

The story of the Hub’s celebration started with teachers asking students what they wanted to do. Just like any other offering that is done for Sathya Sai Baba, everyone wanted it to be special. Sathya Sai Baba always reminds us that He is in everyone and especially in his students. With this in mind, the children were filled with enthusiasm; not only did they want to perform music, dance and drama, they also had many other offerings in mind. They came up with several approaches to the theme which included a trivia contest and other little surprises.

Over the many weeks leading up to the event, all the Hub teachers, students, parents and volunteers put in a lot of hard work to plan, practice, rehearse, collaborate and finally provide the offering to Sathya Sai Baba on Easwaramma Day. Despite all the hard work, all enjoyed the experience immensely.

The students not only remembered Divine mother Easwaramma, the focus of the day, but also remembered and revered their living gods – their own mothers. A drama performance on Sai’s life highlighted the children’s views of how lucky the elders were to see Sai in physical form, and dwelt on the important teachings of all religions. Students also offered beautiful dance performances along with wonderful prayers.


The families and friends of the children who performed and all the devotees were entertained, inspired and energized by the children’s offerings and seeing their love in action. All the attendees were truly touched to see the many creative ways in which each offering explored the theme of “SAI – Master, Message & Messenger” and highlighted the importance of making our lives HIS message and becoming HIS messengers. The offerings brought smiles to the faces of all children and parents. Surely the loving offering of our children would have earned immense grace. The session concluded with devotional singing and Aarati.

Easwaramma SSE Fun Day in Brisbane

On the 6th May 2018, Brisbane Sathya Sai Centres hosted an Easwaramma SSE Fun Day on the sport grounds of Cooperoo Secondary College. The theme for the celebration was “Colours of Mother Sai”. It was a bright and early morning start for SSE teachers, children and parents commencing with a session of yoga. This was followed by a beautiful devotional program, in which the SSE children presented multi-faith prayers and sang devotional songs. The children then participated in a variety of values-based activities and games. These included puzzle making, cupcake decorating, face painting and a ‘steps to Sathya Sai Baba’ activity. The children also had an opportunity to do a service activity as part of a ‘Serve the Planet’ initiative, where they each made toys for the RSPCA by up-cycling old t-shirts. Additionally, there was Mother’s Day card making. An ‘Avatar Cup’ sports competition involved the children working together in teams to complete various physical tasks including an egg-and-spoon race and sack race. During the day’s events, parents also had the opportunity to participate in a ‘parenting with values’ workshop. The day concluded with a barbeque and closing prayers. It was a fun and engaging day for all, filled with divine energy and love.

Easwaramma Day in WA

The teachers and SSE students of the three centres in the WA Region combined to prepare a loving program for Easwaramma Day. The students shared experiences and poetic readings about their Mothers, bringing tears to the eyes of the audience.

The theme for this year’s SSE play offering was “LOVE SAI”. Sai stands for Service – Adoration – Illumination. Through SERVICE to mankind, we begin to ADORE the inherent divinity in all mankind. This adoration leads us to the realisation that there is nothing and nowhere that GOD is not. Finally we are ILLUMINATED. The play offering described the five elements of nature and what happens when they go out of balance. Each of us are made up of the five elements. When we learn how to live in harmony with them, we too become ILLUMINATED.

The play was followed by devotional singing and a light lunch. The devotion to our beloved Mother Sai was shown through the heartfelt and dynamic performance by the students and also the dedication of the parents, teachers and committee who put together the program.

LOVE SAI – Easwaramma Day in Victoria

“We Love you so Sathya Sai Baba….”
Joyous smiles, clapping hands, rolling tears, mind in tune to Sai, and many hands up in the air to capture every second on their cameras. A beatific moment as more than 50 SSE children filled the whole auditorium with their Love for Sai on one stage, truly unified in the spirit of the Divine mother and singing full throttle the words “We Love you so Baba!”
The Region West Easwaramma Day celebration was filled with love, joy & wisdom. Our SSE children delivered the message “Love Sai” very effectively through various presentations as true seekers and future leaders to carry forward the legacy of our Beloved Sathya Sai Baba.

Easwaramma Day Celebrations at the Bonnyrigg Hub, NSW Region West

Singing With Sai – Easwaramma Day Celebrations in NSW East

NSW Region East celebrated Easwaramma Day on the 5th of May with the theme “Singing with Sai”. The afternoon began by paying respect to our country through the National Anthem, after which Kingsley Prabha and Vignesh Shanmugam, gave a brief talk about our Sathya Sai College in Murwillumbah and Dungay.

The SSE students prayed to Sathya Sai Baba, asking for guidance and wisdom as they offered flowers and the play’s script His Lotus Feet. The play depicted an audition process for the opportunity to sing at Kulwant Hall in Prashanthi Nilayam. Amidst many challenges, the protagonist was finally granted the privilege to sing a bhajan (devotional song) for which he expressed his heart felt gratitude to GOD, realising that “GOD is the doer, and we are but the instrument”. There were moments of devotional singing during the play which transported the audience to blissful corners. The characters in the play through their dialogues also catered for some humor which made the play complete.

We also had the pleasure of having Uncle Sai Surendranath (Prashanthi Mandir Bhajan group, Teacher at Sathya Sai Secondary School) who graced the occasion by explaining the correlation between Service, Adoration and Illumination. The event concluded with Aarathi.

Aradhana Mahotsavam, 2018

Aradhana Mahotsavam Offerings in Victoria

On Tuesday 24th April, Region East and West of Victoria jointly celebrated Aradhana Mahotsavam at Boxhill Town Hall. The program started at 7.30 pm with an offering of roses to the Lotus feet of Sathya Sai Baba by two young adults. The program continued with 3 Oms, the Gayathri Mantra and an acknowledgement to the traditional owners of the Wurundjeri-Balluk tribe and the Kulin Nation.

The program’s theme was “Holding On To Him”, depicting the divine love and yearning for Sai Baba. This theme continued in the musical presentations with soulful singing by young adults in different languages including Tamil, Hindi and English.

The shrine was beautifully decorated with a colour theme of red, and all devotees were invited to wear red on the day which was enthusiastically taken up by everyone present.

The atmosphere was filled with divine love and energy. Everyone enjoyed the program which was attended by about 400 devotees.

Aradhana Mahotsavam Offerings in WA

The WA Region held their Aradhana Mahotsavam event on the 24th April in Floreat. The event was titled “A Night With Sai – Reflect and Celebrate the Life of Sathya Sai Baba”. The program began with members offering flowers at the Divine Lord’s lotus feet. This was accompanied by 30 minutes of chanting of the Sai Gayatri along with a slideshow of images of the Divine form of our Lord. The program continued with inspirational talks by members of the organisation, followed by an enchanting and beautiful flute offering accompanied on vocals and tabla by the WA young adults. Devotional singing and Sathya’s Sai Baba’s discourse concluded the program.

Aradhana Mahotsavam Offering in NSW Region East

NSW Region East marked Aradhana Mahotsavam on the 28th of April 2018. The event, themed “A Journey Within”, was attended by 275 people. It began by offering flowers and the event programme at the altar, which was beautifully decorated and depicted the Mahasamadhi at Puttaparthi. A string of soulful devotional singing was rendered at the lotus feet of Sathya Sai Baba, wherein devotees could experience their unique connection to SAI within. The event concluded chanting of the Sai Gayatri by the devotees present. After the event, devotees offered a personal message card to Sathya Sai Baba which will be presented in Prashanthi Nilayam.

Aradhana Mahotsavam Offering in QLD

Guru Poornima – 2018

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