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Sathya Sai International Organisation, Zone 3, Region 31

Operation Christmas Child – Samaritan’s Purse


Victoria East Region of the SSIO has been supporting this worthy service program for the last 7 years. Volunteers pack ‘shoe boxes’ with Christmas gifts to be distributed to children in developing counties. Packing will take place on Saturday, 28 October 2017. All welcome to assist.

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Experiencing Vedas and Vedanta

The Sathya Sai International Organisation of Australia & PNG’s Sai Lifestyles Programme is launching in Sydney one of its units on the important topics of the Vedas and Vedanta. This is an exciting opportunity for those interested in these ancient scriptures and the philosophy developed around them to learn more and experience their profundity.

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Parenting Practice and Human Values

NSW Regions East and West of the SSIO are hosting a workshop focused on parenting skills and the incorporation of human values in child raising for the benefits of both children and parents. The presenter, Erik Robertson is an acclaimed author and lecturer on the topics. This should be a very valuable session for all parents raising children. All are very welcome to attend.

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ACT Region Newsletter ‘Sai Contact’

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ACT Region of the SSIO has released a newsletter containing details of recent and upcoming activities.
All are welcome to join them in their meetings and service activities.

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Universal Spirituality Program focused on Human Values – October 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, 4 October 2018.

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Women Empowering Women – Ladies Service Activity

The Ladies from NSW East Region of the SSIO will be conducting a service activity in October assembling Birthing Kits for distribution to disadvantaged women in Developing Countries. This worthwhile service not only gives ladies the opportunity to help their sisters in potentially life-saving ways, but also to meet and join one another in a loving and caring environment. All ladies are very welcome, especially those who haven’t met with the group before.

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Healthy Ageing Workshop – NSW Region East

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The ‘Healthy Ageing’ afternoon , on the first day of Spring, held at the very congenial Newington Community Centre, saw an audience of over 100 enthusiastic people well rewarded for their attendance. Quite a few of them were not in the ‘Senior’ category, and they would not have gone home disappointed either.

There were highly experienced experts, most being specialists in their field, speaking on a range of most useful topics, spread over four hours, with a well catered-for break. The event was held in two separate, well-filled rooms, with each lecturer presenting their message twice. Questions followed, of which there were plenty.

A recurring theme more or less throughout, was the importance of a good diet. Avoiding ‘discretionary’ food, which is a polite word substitute for ‘junk food’, was key to health in so many ways. We learned for example, one reason as to why it is hard to break long-held bad food habits, such as too much salt. That is, it takes our taste buds 3 months to be replaced; whereafter, reprogramming has a greater chance of being accomplished. Patience and persistence are therefore required!

From the importance of teeth, particularly the gums as one gets older, and the controversies of amalgam fillings and fluoride, to maintaining bone health, and bodily fitness, so that we are less prone to osteoarthritis and fractures from falls, there was a wealth of information for everybody. Anyone hoping for a favourable word on behalf of smoking or obesity, certainly didn’t receive any encouragement!

Also, health of eyes, hearing, and lung function received excellent coverage. A geriatrician (consultant for the elderly) mapped out gender differences in disease prevalence etc., plus the need for appropriate exercise, for a number of reasons; not the least of which is assisting in Dementia prevention. Diabetes avoidance was stressed by several of the doctors. The tough topic of cancer was nicely addressed by an oncologist, along with a suggested attitude to its diagnosis, in handling that condition.

Finally, Meditation was given centre stage, where modern brain and neurological research was clearly explained, and Swami’s stressing its necessity was beautifully matched by a statement of the Dalai Lama. He said: “If every child was taught and practised meditation, the world’s problems would be solved in a generation”.

So ended a half-day, that was splendidly organised. Swami made sure the weather was kind, and I feel sure one and all went on their way, better and very usefully informed with lots of take-away ideas for beneficial action.


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Multi Faith Prayer for Peace

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NSW Region East was recently invited by Canterbury Bankstown Council to participate in an Interfaith Program, Multi Faith Prayer for Peace organised by the City Council.

On Tuesday 18 September approximately 22 members of NSW Region East including the National President Mr Indrapalan came together for an uplifting and energising offering during the Interfaith Program that was organised by the council.

To start the ceremony, everyone went outside where an indigenous man performed a ceremonial welcome on the grass. This involved a special smouldering bunch of gum leaves and he blessed each person with its smoke. He then managed to light the main candle for the ‘inside’ program from the embers. As part of his brief information about aboriginal culture, it was most notable that he stressed their respect for the five elements: fire, water, air etc. It was almost as though we were listening to Sai’s own words.

There were leaders from different faiths and each group were given two minutes to introduce themselves and recite a prayer.

Our prayer was an offering in the form of a devotional song ‘Let the Love We Sharing Spread its Wings’. It was a wonderful offering and very well received by other religious leaders.

It was indeed an honour to join leaders from diverse faiths and community groups and offer prayers for Peace in our Hearts, Peace in the World and Peace in the Universe.

After the program, there was an opportunity to meet everyone over supper. During this time a number of leaders and members of other faith and community groups asked questions about “Sai” and also complimented on the group’s offering. There was also a Muslim Women’s group who were very interested in our offering and we hope to connect with her and the team in the future. This of course leads us to believe that we increased the visibility of the Sathya Sai Organisation within the local community.

We feel the organisation has made a slow and humble start to building a loving and meaningful connection with the Canterbury Bankstown Council.

Our sincere thanks to the Canterbury Sai Group for initiating this wonderful opportunity.


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Sathya Sai Baba, the epitome of compassion – a story from Sridhar Subramonian, a former Sai student

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This particular story takes place a few days after one of the sports meets. I was involved in a project for the university, and was busy writing a program. When I went to the mandir later that day, my friend told me that Sai Baba had already given padanamaskar (to touch the feet of the Lord) to the students and that I missed it.

The devotional singing started, and from a distance I saw Sai Baba swaying to the beautiful singing. I started having a conversation with Him in my mind. I said “Sai, I was doing your work and I missed the padanamaskar. Is that fair?”

A few songs later, Sai Baba got up from his in the hall, walked to the block where I was sitting and stood next to me. I looked up at him and gestured with folded palms if I could have padanamaskar. He nodded, and I kissed the divine feet in joy. Sai Baba then turned and walked back to the hall.

Though we have heard this a million times from thousands of devotees, it is still thrilling to experience Sathya Sai Baba, the chief resident of your heart hearing and responding to your prayer.

There are occasions when we feel that our prayers are not answered. A question may arise on why we don’t feel the presence of God in our lives, or why we feel God is not responding to our prayers. Sai Baba has given an example of an oil lamp that gets covered by soot. This slowly reduces the brightness of the lamp. All that we need to do is to see that the soot is cleansed and the light is very clear and bright. In our own lives, we get bogged down by our daily chores and issues. Thinking about God is just an afterthought or a ritual. God in our heart is covered by our own limitations. It is not that he is not present, it’s just that we don’t feel his presence. As we clean the soot to restore the lamp’s brightness, we need to cleanse our heart of its pollutants to reveal His presence.

How do we do that? A few techniques from Sathya Sai Baba’s discourses are given below:

  • Service at every given opportunity. When you do HIS work selflessly, HIS presence will be felt.
  • Equanimity – Accept everything that happens as HIS will. He will reveal Himself
  • Reduce desires – start focusing on needs rather than wants. Sai Baba gives the example of Sita who went to the forest, leaving all her jewellery behind, and she in turn got the company of Rama. The day she desired the golden deer, she lost the company of Rama.
  • Sathya Sai Baba is most compassionate. He wants us to lead ideal lives so that we can feel HIS presence always.

    -Sridhar Subramonian


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    His student’s space with inspiring short articles – September

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    Every incarnation of the Lord is unique. They come down to earth for a specific mission and possess special traits. One of the specialities of the Sathya Sai Avatar is simplicity of His teachings. Sathya Sai Baba has a beautiful way of conveying the complex truth or philosophy in a simple and lucid way, so that common man can relate to and understand it. Similar are his ways of teaching his students. He has a unique way of driving home his teachings to make his students learn the lesson with love and confidence. I shall narrate one such episode, which took place in early 1980s with one of the senior students in the Brindavan Campus.

    This student was in 11th Standard, which was the prime of his youth. As it happens with most of us, his mind was very fickle, wavering and unstable. Those days Sai Baba used to visit Brindavan very frequently. This student always felt so guilty that he used to avoid being close to Sai Baba, when everyone else used to pine to be near Him. But, Sai Baba as a loving mother knew what was happening. He would not let his child suffer for long and it was time to sort this out. One day at Trai (Sai Baba’s residence), this student was sitting a few rows behind, apparently hiding himself from Sai Baba. But He saw him and beckoned him to come closer. Others made way as the student went closer to Sai Baba and sat down.
    Sai Baba asked, “How are you?”

    The student replied, “Sai Baba, I am fine.”

    Sai Baba replied, “No, no, no.”

    This student was nervous and scared that Sai Baba was going to chastise him for having a bad (or rather, a wavering) mind. Sai Baba continued, “Unstable mind, bumps and jumps”. Brother was very scared, not knowing what was going to happen next. Sai Baba lovingly looked into his eyes, lifted his white handkerchief and said, “See, your mind is as pure as this white hanky”.

    With these few words from Sai Baba, the guilt in this student was instantly converted into confidence. While he though his mind was dirty, Sai Baba had said it was pure. What a beautiful way of treating a young mind! He became more attentive now. Sai Baba then wiped his lips with the hanky. In those days Sai Baba used to eat Beatle Leaf (paan). This made the hanky soiled with red marks. Then he continued, “See what happened now, it is dirty after use. Similarly, when you use your mind, it becomes dirty. What do you do when your hanky becomes dirty? You give it to the dhobi (washerman). He will clean it and make it clean and pure again. Isn’t it?” The student was now paying full attention. Then Sai Baba said, “Give your mind to me, I will clean it for you and make it pure. I am your dhobi.”

    Needless to say, it had a great impact on this student’s mind and life thereafter. Simple yet profound are His words. Beautiful is His teaching. Loving is His style. What does Sai Baba mean when He says, “Give me your mind”?. It simply means thinking of Him constantly and offering every thought, word and deed to Him. The more we do this, it becomes our habit, and finally, it becomes our way of life. We then live in God and God will live in us.

    – Manoj Kumar Gautam


    This particular story takes place a few days after one of the sports meets. I was involved in a project for the university, and was busy writing a program. When I went to the mandir later that day, my friend told me that Sai Baba had already given padanamaskar (to touch the feet of the Lord) to the students and that I missed it.

    The devotional singing started, and from a distance I saw Sai Baba swaying to the beautiful singing. I started having a conversation with Him in my mind. I said “Sai, I was doing your work and I missed the padanamaskar. Is that fair?”

    A few songs later, Sai Baba got up from his in the hall, walked to the block where I was sitting and stood next to me. I looked up at him and gestured with folded palms if I could have padanamaskar. He nodded, and I kissed the divine feet in joy. Sai Baba then turned and walked back to the hall.

    Though we have heard this a million times from thousands of devotees, it is still thrilling to experience Sathya Sai Baba, the chief resident of your heart hearing and responding to your prayer.

    There are occasions when we feel that our prayers are not answered. A question may arise on why we don’t feel the presence of God in our lives, or why we feel God is not responding to our prayers. Sai Baba has given an example of an oil lamp that gets covered by soot. This slowly reduces the brightness of the lamp. All that we need to do is to see that the soot is cleansed and the light is very clear and bright. In our own lives, we get bogged down by our daily chores and issues. Thinking about God is just an afterthought or a ritual. God in our heart is covered by our own limitations. It is not that he is not present, it’s just that we don’t feel his presence. As we clean the soot to restore the lamp’s brightness, we need to cleanse our heart of its pollutants to reveal His presence.

    How do we do that? A few techniques from Sathya Sai Baba’s discourses are given below:

  • Service at every given opportunity. When you do HIS work selflessly, HIS presence will be felt.
  • Equanimity – Accept everything that happens as HIS will. He will reveal Himself
  • Reduce desires – start focusing on needs rather than wants. Sai Baba gives the example of Sita who went to the forest, leaving all her jewellery behind, and she in turn got the company of Rama. The day she desired the golden deer, she lost the company of Rama.
  • Sathya Sai Baba is most compassionate. He wants us to lead ideal lives so that we can feel HIS presence always.

    – Sridhar Subramonian


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