Easwaramma day celebrations in Adelaide this year had a new and special flavour.
All devotional programs have gone online for the last couple of months yet the devotees in Adelaide have been fortunate to be able to stay in touch with various Sai activities despite being stuck in their homes. Change is the only constant and Sai devotees have been well equipped by our Sai to ride adeptly every new wave that the ocean of life brings forth. Also, the grace that permeates devotee’s lives allows us to taste the nectar that lies hidden at the heart of every changed circumstance.
The online Easwaramma Day program commenced with three Aum’s and then went on to a video of the story of Easwaramma Samadhi from the Prashanthi Chronicles, which revived memories of the Mother of the Divine. This was followed by reflections of a number of devotees spanning three centres. The reflections were an absolute treat to listen to as the speakers shared their thoughts and feelings on the love of the ‘Mother’ in various forms, of Swami Himself and of their mutual love and admiration for their own physical mothers. A unique facet of their reflection was their exploration of the nurturing- motherly element they had seen in their children and the aspect of the ever-tolerant Mother Nature herself.
Upon completion of the reflections, devotional singing with songs themed on the Mother were sung followed by the Sarvadharma prayer. This was followed by Gayathri Mantra chants in Swami’s heart-meltingly loving voice which reverberated through every cell of the attendees. A reading of a story on the special interaction between Swami and Mother Easwaramma.
The program concluded with Arathi and Vibhuti, leaving the devotees in a peaceful, content and soulful state.
A trio of Bhajan enthusiast from the Melbourne came to us with the Grace of Mother Sai – the eternally compassionate one.
Sister Vasumathi, Brother Ravi, Brother Vicknesh spent Saturday the 6th of July 2019 with SSE children of all groups running a day long Bhajan Workshop from 10 am to 3 pm. This was held at Sister Abhilasha and Brother Deepak’s residence which they kindly allowed us to use.
The workshop was well structured, starting from basic elements which form the backbone of leading and following bhajans. For eg: Clapping in the appropriate rhythm, sitting upright, singing at the right pitch etc.
There were games and interactive and educative fun intermittently. The presenters made sure the children stayed engaged and enjoyed the workshop besides absorbing the essence of bhajan singing. Discipline came easy since the children were absorbed in the information and the entertaining way of presentation.
Feedback from the children was that they had a lot of fun while learning and Uncle Ravi got special mention for a constant addition of the fun quotient. They were mesmerised with Uncle Vicknesh’s harmonium skills. Aunty Vasumathi added to the charm and all the three presenters sang and spoke beautifully according to them.
Nourishment at midday was arranged by parents and teachers and was quite a feast which was enjoyed by all.
The children made a thank you card, on with they had written their own messages prior to the workshop and presented it at the end of the session. The 20 children who attended the workshop also received goody bags gifted to them by the facilitators.
Hope to see more such workshops to help us all learn and grow.
South Australia held its second Teachers Training Program in June which attracted 12 participants from the 3 different centres. By Swami’s grace, the training was held at the Vale Primary School, OSHC faculity, without any charge to us. 21 sessions were covered over the first 3 Saturdays, from 8.30 to 4.30pm. We were greatly supported by facilitators from interstate, Uncle Cugan, who presentented 3 modules and Bro Ravi and Sis Vasumathi, who did 2 sessions each. They were all truly amazing. There was a lot of information shared and the sessions were very interesting and interactive.
The last weekend saw 8 participants deliver their mock lessons. It was obvious from their lessons that they had put in a lot of effort. With all the learning, they also enjoyed themselves as they deepened their friendships and created new bonds. Some of them also acknowledged the work that teachers had to put in to carry out a class.
An event is not complete without the tea and lunch breaks. For this, we have to thank the teachers and other devotees who so willingly prepared delicious food for all the days. The participants too could not resist but bring more fruit and snacks for all to enjoy.
A Child Safe Environment Training was also organised 2 weeks later so that the trainees could begin with the Mentoring Program in Term 3.