Christmas is a joyous occasion of the year symbolising God’s care for humanity, love, hope and a coming together for many. This year, following the major health crisis and its consequential devastating impacts, its symbolism is perhaps more potent than ever.
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The Sai Young Adults Team of Australia have been instrumental in putting together a series of podcasts based on a number of seminal discourses delivered by Sathya Sai Baba in 1990. The first series of podcasts covered Sai’s explanations of the body and our identification with it, primarily from a spiritual perspective. The second series of podcast, now available, covers the role and workings of the mind and the senses, critical aspects of our humanity and determinants in our success in the spiritual quest.
On Sunday, 29 November 2020, members from the Gold Coast Tweed Region of the SSIO along with representatives of the Sathya Sai College, worked together as part of a bush regeneration project at the Sathya Sai College, Secondary Campus in Dungay, NSW. The team dug over 100 holes in preparation for students to plant a selection of native Australian trees during their school activities as part of the bush regeneration.
One of the spiritual programs leading to the celebration of the anniversary of the birth of Sathya Sai Baba, is an annual event of 24 hours of continuous singing of devotional songs conducted worldwide by units of the SSIO. This year, due to COVID 19 concerns, the program will be conducted online via the internet. An international program has allocated time for Australia’s participation and a national program has also been planned.
The 20 October is a special day celebrated by the SSIO. It marks the anniversary of the date in 1940 that its founder and guide, Sathya Sai Baba, declared Himself and took up His work of re-invigorating faith and love for God and guiding the transformation the individual and society through the practice of universal human values at a deep spiritual level and selfless service to those in need and the community in general.
In conjunction with other material being provided by the Sai Medical Unit covering Sai Health Week, a webinar dedicated to R U OK Day has been produced. R U OK Day is an annual day set aside to remind us to look out for our fellows who may be suffering from various mental health related issues, such as anxiety or depression. The day is one that seeks to make us aware of an on-going need to be proactive in this care for those around us.
Whilst service to the community is one of the main drivers of the SSIO, another aspect of service is a commitment to respect and support of our Mother Earth for all she provides. A large range of service activities are undertaken by individual regions and groups of the SSIO within Australia. To further awareness and provide opportunities, the following initiatives are highlighted. Rydalmere NSW centre has a number of sustainability projects in place that provide examples of what can be undertaken on an ongoing basis by individuals and as a group activity.
The Sai Medical Unit, a team of health professionals within the SSIO, following on the success of a number of events and seminars run for the previous year’s Women’s Health Week, are broadening their approach to include men’s health issues in this year’s activities. In keeping with COVID restrictions, they are providing two online webinars focusing on mind and heart-related matters.
Whilst there was a lifting of some of the CIVID 19 restrictions in NSW, members of the SSIO Australia were able to support the valuable work done by the Sai College in Northern NSW by participating in a working bee to carry out maintenance and improvements to the college’s facilities. The College’s goal is to provide students with an academically excellent education based upon the NSW Board of Studies syllabus whilst incorporating the integration of universal human values within the curriculum.
We all know the earth is in crisis. Climate change, pollution, over-exploitation, habit loss and species extinctions are ever-present reminders of our need to change our behaviours. 2020 marks the 95th year of the advent of Sathya Sai Baba. To mark the occasion, Envirocare Australia, the SSIO’s environmental program, is sharing via 3 videos, ideas of 95 potential green pledges we can all take to make a positive change for the environment.