Whilst the SSIO is a spiritual organisation with no particular affiliation with a specific religion, it honours the teachings of all the major religions seeking to find the shared ideals. It also seeks to encourage a sense of brotherhood of man within a Unity of Faiths by observing some of the various religions’ holy days. This year, members of the NSW Region West Young Adults will be using Ramadan, a holy time of Islam, to devote the period as one of sacrifice.
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NSW West Region’s Young Adults are running a workshop on Health and Wellbeing designed specifically for those within the 18 – 40 years age-group. This is a very timely event at the end of another busy year. All within the age-group are welcome.
The SSIO Australia has been supporting SydWest Multicultural Services for several years by holding a special and highly successful Christmas function for seniors in Sydney’s western suburbs. The Young Adults Program is expanding our involvement this year by staging a ‘Christmas in July’ function.
The Young Adults Program of the SSIO Australia has been successfully coordinating a blood, plasma and platelets donation drive for the last few years. Each year it gets bigger and bigger and the number of regular donors increases. Blood donations are a life-saving activity and one which requires only a little time and little inconvenience, yet the outcomes can be so beneficial to many in critical need. This is truly an expression of love for our fellows when we give blood.
On 20 March 2019 the SSIO attended a special event organised by the Australian Red Cross Blood Service NSW to honour blood donation contributions provided by members of by organisations involved in their Red25 programme. The SSIO’s drive styled ‘Liquid Love’ received an Achievement Award for our contributions during 2018. This is an ongoing potentially life-saving service project commenced some years ago.
The Young Adults of the SSIO NSW West Region are organising a beach clean-up as part of their commitment to service to the community and preservation of our natural amenities.
Sathya Sai Baba continuously stressed the importance of service as a means of showing our gratitude for all that we have in this life and alleviating the distress of others. Selfless service is a powerful means of growing spiritually and expanding our limited outlook to encompass all of humanity, in fact all of creation. It fosters a flowering of love and selflessness and leads to seeing the divine in the other. Baba particularly encouraged the young to take every opportunity do service where there is a need. The Young Adults groups of the Sathya Sai International Organisation (SSIO) take this teaching very seriously and have a number of programs they are involved in. The NSW East Region group recently celebrated the start of its activities for the new year with one such activity.
Every year, the SSIO celebrates Avatar Declaration Day on 20th October, the anniversary of the day Sathya Sai Baba declared His mission for spiritual uplift and transformation of humanity.
The event is observed with a global service project, “Serve the Planet.” This year, the theme selected by the Sathya Sai Young Adults, who are leading the project, is ‘Protect the Planet’. We will be focusing on caring for our environment in light of Sathya Sai Baba’s teachings on Ceiling on Desires, with respect to the reduction/elimination of plastic, conservation of water and consumption of nutritious food which supports spiritual growth. Resources for the project can be obtained through local centre Presidents.