The ACT Region celebrated the 94th anniversary of the advent of Sathya Sai Baba this year at Merici College, located in Braddon, Canberra on 23 November 2019 from 4.30 pm to 7.30 pm. The theme for the celebrations was ‘Service, Illumination and Adoration’ and over 300 guests including those from non-Sai backgrounds attended the event.
The altar decorations, though simple, were aesthetically pleasing in a warm, comfortable and restorative way, and it set the tone for the events to follow. The first item was a video that celebrated Sathya Sai Baba’s birth. This was followed by an offering by children undertaking Sai Spiritual Education (SSE). This offering explored the concept of ‘self-service’ according to Sathya Sai Baba’s teachings through a play titled “Merici Hills’ Year 8 Prize for Community Service”. Through the play the SSE children skilfully conveyed the message that selfless service is done with no expectation of any return including recognition, appreciation or prize. Similarly, the young adults performed a play which conveyed the meaning of Service, Illumination and Adoration. This play depicted someone who has a near death experience, and whether they are ready to merge with higher consciousness or god is investigated by checking whether this person has satisfied the components of Service, Adoration and Illumination. The key message stemming from the play were:
- it is not enough to just do the right things; right things done with the wrong motive are wrong in the sight of our Master.
- Neither is it enough to act even with a right motive, if we are acting simply on our own initiative and doing what seems right in our own eyes.
- Worship is not hearing sermons, nor is it praying, or singing devotional songs but it is that up-flow of adoration which rises from a soul to his Master and the illumination that follows.
Our guest speaker, Saraswathy Bhaskar, Advisor for the Young Adults of the SSIO Australia & PNG delivered a talk on the theme of day’s celebration. Sarawathy, who is the epitome of simplicity said that SSE children had beautifully covered a portion of her talk. She said that Sathya Sai Baba, through HIS name SAI (standing for ‘Service, Adoration and Illumination’) conveyed HIS message and that SA and I exemplified HIS message through our journey to the self. Sarawathy also said that service should be done with love, leaving behind all forms of personal expectations. Mayavan Manivannan, the regional president, then highlighted the offerings available from the ACT Region to those seeking fulfillment through various forms of spiritual activities, presenting the activities undertaken by the Region under the categories of “Service” “Adoration,’’ and “Illumination, and acknowledged all those who contributed to the event in various ways. This was followed by scintillating devotional songs. The event concluded with Sanjay, the Master of Ceremonies wrapping up the event with concluding remarks on the take home messages conveyed throughout celebrations. Light refreshments were served to all including the cake offered at the altar.
Despite the small number of members of the two groups in Tasmania, 24 people came to Ross to celebrate Sai Baba’s Birthday. Ross is situated approximately mid-way between Hobart and Launceston, the two major cities in Tasmania and about 1.5 hours away from each. Devotees came from the two cities, and several from points much more distant, the north-east coast, south of Hobart and 3 hours’ away to the west of the state to share their love for Sai Baba and to enjoy the good company of fellow spiritual aspirants.
The day’s proceedings commenced with a beautiful devotional singing session. Our Region’s president then recounted her gratitude to Sai Baba for His presence in her life, sharing several incidents that occurred to her that confirmed to her who He was. A delicious shared lunch was enjoyed during which a lovely video of Sai Baba was shown. This was followed by a number of musical items and a reading interspersed with video presentations of the Australian Organisation’s activities and our SSE programs. Members were also encouraged to adopt a proactive role in supporting Mother Earth by reducing waste and tackling pollution by rejecting plastic wrapping and bags, recycling and having regard for our Mother Earth, an entity that Sai Baba reminded us gave so much and should have our gratitude and respect.
Our region celebrated Sai Baba’s Birthday in a grand scale with nearly 850 people attending. Our Teamwork was very well demonstrated on the day of the celebration.
The Theme of the celebration was – “Unity is Divinity, Purity is Enlightenment”. Our SSE children performed a choir, singing a song “Footsteps Walking With Me, So Devotees Can Follow”. Our adults performed a beautiful play titled “From There To Here” – a play about the pathways to peace and the steps Man would need to take to reach the destination of all destinations.
Our gratitude is only to our beloved Sai Baba
NSW Region East
NSW Region West
Sathya Sai Centre of Blacktown – 7 Days Special Prayer dedicated for Mother Earth
Australia is facing one of its worst droughts in recent memory. The members of the Centre dedicated the week after the 94th Year of the Advent Celebration, (from 24th Nov to 1st Dec 2019) in offering to make conscious effort to cleanse the atmosphere with bountiful rains and alleviate the sufferings of all across the country affected by bushfires and drought.
The Sathya Sai Centre of Blacktown chanted Gayatri and Rudram each day from Sunday, 24 Nov to Saturday, 30 Nov and on the Sunday, 1 Dec members chanted the Gayatri mantra 108 times.
These mantras when chanted with a pure heart creates positive vibrations that have the potential to grant us our desires, which was the evidence around this period of cool temperature and plenty of rain fall. We will continue to pray in our own times and urge all SSIO members to carry on prayers with intensity for plentiful rains across this beautiful country of ours, especially in all areas that is in most need.
Samstha Loka Sukino Bavanthu.
Westmead Sai Centre
Westmead Sai Centre celebrated the 94th anniversary of the advent of Sathya Sai Baba in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of Westmead Sai Centre.
WA celebrated the 94th anniversary of the advent of Sathya Sai Baba with a variety of items including Rudram chanting during the day, and guest speakers – the Sister Kate group who did welcome to country, and Sargent Don Emanuel-Smith from the local police, who spoke on multiculturalism