Since the height of COVID in April last year, Western Australian members have not gathered together for a regional event. With no community transmission in Western Australia, the regional committee felt that it was appropriate and timely to bring members together again for a COVID-safe family fun day!
With the grace and blessings of Swami, Sathya Sai College has entered the year 2021 as a school that provides students schooling all the way from Kindergarten to Year 12 thereby enabling students to complete their entire schooling within the school.
On Saturday, 20 February the ACT Region held a successful medical workshop on the topic of “Good Sleep, Good Health” for the Canberra Tamil Senior Citizens Association. The event was run by the Sai Medical Unit in Canberra and was attended by approximately 45 attendees from the Canberra Tamil Senior Citizens Association.
Nature is the expression of the Divine. Sadly, there has been over-exploitation of resources resulting in harm to Mother Nature. As all our actions, big or small, impact the environment, we must become conscious of any negative consequences. Active change in our thoughts and behaviours is required to reverse the detrimental effects on nature.
The festival of Pongal / Makara Sankranthi marks the transcendance of the Sun from the southern hemisphere to the northern hemisphere. It is marked by the day the Sun crosses the Tropic of Capricorn, heralding the closure of winter and the impending arrival of warmer days (spring to summer) in the northern hemisphere. This festival is celebrated across the entire Indian sub-continent in myriad names along with festivities unique to the Region, Languange and State.
To mark the important occasion of Australia Day, the Sri Sathya Sai International Organisation of Australia & PNG (SSSIO AU) underdook a two hour chanting of the Gayatri Mantra which took place online on the Sai Australia YouTube channel.
The Sri Sathya Sai Media Centre in Prasanthi Nilayam launched, on January 31, the Sri Sathya Sai Kids World YouTube Channel with a vision to create happy children and happy homes. The youtube channel provides a valuable resource for content for children that instill the values taught by Swami. Keeping in line with the digital age we live in, the launch of this youtube channel will provide a wonderful opportunity to communicate lessons from Swami’s teaching to children through a medium that they are increasingly familiar with.
On Thursday, 17th December 2020, the island nation of Fiji was battered by a category 5 Tropical Cyclone Yasa. The cyclone left a destructive path through Vanua Levu, the second largest island of Fiji where the Australian Sai Medical Unit has been visiting for several years. The cyclone left a destructive path especially in the areas of Bua, Lekutu, Dreketi, Nabouwalu, Nasarowaqa, Seaqaqa and some parts of Labasa.
On Thursday 24th December 2020, devotees across Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Papua New Guinea, gathered online to celebrate Christmas. The event was hosted by Victoria Regions East & West and South Australia, in collaboration with the National Devotional Wing of Australia. It included presentations from the Young Adults and the SSE students.
SSSIO ACT Region marked the occassion of Christmas by undertaking the service activity of donating gift items to children from disadvantaged backgrounds. The gift items were donated to the Barnardos Australia organisation on 22nd December 2020, who subsequently delivered the items to the disadvantaged children. The children to whom these gifts were sent came from a background where they were either homeless, affected by poverty or affected by violence.