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.
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Education Week is an annual event observed in August by the SSIO with an emphasis on the Sai Spiritual Education program (SSE) encompassing the principles and aspects of education that Sathya Sai Baba taught for spiritual and social uplift and development. There is a primary focus on the human values of Peace, Truth, Right Conduct, Non-violence and especially Love, which are values enshrined in all the major religions.
There is an expression, ‘plant a tree for your grandchildren’. The trees we plant generally develop their full grandeur and potential well beyond the life of those who plant them. However, even during our short span, they provide numerous services to humankind and the entire natural environment: shade; climate amelioration, global and local; habit and air services to name a few, not to mention their aesthetic appeal. The SSIO Australia will again participate in the national tree planting drive.
The Sathya Sai College has had some important upgrades in its facilities and has been expanding its operations through 2019 and 2020 within both its Primary Education campus at Murrwillumbah and particularly with its Secondary Education Campus at Dungay. Of course, the restrictions placed upon schools during the COVID19 crisis have had impacts with online learning being an important development in the teaching delivery.
NSW Region West of the SSIO Australia is commemorating the 95th Year of the Advent of Sathya Sai Baba with two special service activities: a Birthing Kit promotion and a prolonged Ceiling on Desires initiative.
Continuing the theme for the events, ‘Unity is Divinity: Purity is Enlightenment’, another webinar is programmed for Sunday, 28 June 2020. The speaker, Sriranganatha Raju, has delivered many talks covering the teachings and mission of Sathya Sai Baba and this webinar promises to be another fine one.
Covid19 group meeting restrictions remain in various stages in Australia. To accommodate the important Guru Poornima celebration, held in honour of the spiritual teacher and guide, the Young Adults of the SSIO Australia will be providing a web-based celebration.
Whilst the Pre-World Conference scheduled to be held this year has been postponed because of the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus crisis, a number of webinars are scheduled to take place covering some of the study material and themes leading up to the proposed conference. Webinars that have already taken place are becoming progressively available on the Australian Sai YouTube channel.