SSSIO Queensland Region recently undertook a service activity to assist the Afghan community in light of the recent crisis in Afghanistan. SSSIO Queensland reached out to the Queensland Afghan Community Association and enquired how we could best support them during these challenging times. The president of the Afghan Community Associated advised that spiritual support would be the most valuable service SSSIO QLD could provide during this time due to the impact of the stress people were facing as a result of the unfolding crisis in their country.
SSSIO NSW Region initiated a service activity in September to supply food packages to respond to the crisis that was unfolding in Sri Lanka as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Many communities in Sri Lanka were struggling to meet basic living needs resulting from the worsening COVID-19 pandemic. With health services being overwhelmed by Covid cases and food shortages impacting the country, many people in Sri Lanka were going through a challenging time.
SSSIO Australia Sai Medical Unit hosted a successful National Healthy Ageing Webinar on Saturday 28 August from 6:00 pm AEST. The Healthy Ageing Webinar aimed to provide information and tips from medical professionals on ensuring better management of common health issues as people continue to age
During the second quarter of this year, the incidence of Covid 19 (Delta variant) infections had increased uncontrollably in Fiji. The already stressed medical system was reaching breaking point.
SSSIO ACT Region was fortunate to be able to hold live Guru Poornima celebrations on Saturday, 24 July 2021 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. On a cold Canberra afternoon, approximately 120 people attended the event after missing out on having the opportunity to celebrate together in person last year.
On Saturday 17th of July the SSSIO WA region volunteered with South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare (SERCUL) to undertake the annual tree planting. The organisation SERCUL brings together the community, business and government in improving the health of local waterways and ecosystems.
On Sunday, 1 August the Sai Young Adults of Australia gathered for an online satsangh, which consisted of an inspirational talk by Jai Reddy, a study circle on one of Swami’s discourses on Guru Poornima and some beautiful darshan videos of Swami. With many regions around Australia still in lockdown, this session proved to be a wonderful panacea for the loss of being unable to go to regular centre bhajan sessions.
The first ever Zone 3 Virtual Conference was held on the 5th and 6th of June 2021, with monthly webinars held in the 17 months leading to the conference. This pioneering event demonstrated the theme of “Unity is Divinity, Purity is Enlightenment” with participation from the representing countries of Zone 3 – Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. The virtual conference format was initially planned as a contingent for the 2020 Pre-World Conference, which was postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this contingency virtual platform became the primary conference as the pandemic continues worldwide in 2021. With Swami as our master planner, we were able to immerse the Conference theme from planning till execution, and successfully deliver a virtual conference into the homes of all devotees across the Zone 3 sector as well as devotees around the world. Over a thousand attendees were seen across both Days 1 and 2 of the Conference.
New South Wales Region West recently commenced a new and exciting initiative to teach important slokas to SSE children who are interested. This initiative, which is part of a wider National initiative from the Education Wing and Devotion Wing, aims to help students learn prayers that will further strengthen their devotional sadhana. Through the chanting of slokas and other prayers, children unknowingly enter the complex world of spiritual awakening with much ease and the roots of their spiritual path are firmly grounded at a young age, in a very delicate and subtle way. The intention of the initiative is to teach simple slokas along with a clear explanation of their meaning. To enable these classes to take place teachers are currently being trained nationally so that they may commence these classes in their respective regions.
In honour of Easwaramma this year, the Ladies wing of Victoria Region West along with the Regional Team planned and conducted a service activity to spread Swami’s love to the wider community. The service could not happen in the month of May, as was initially planned due to Covid restrictions. However, with the easing of restrictions in Victoria, the event took place on Saturday 26 June 2021.