Many Australian families are experiencing new challenges due to the COVID-19 crisis. The following information is intended to be a guide for dealing with challenges such as a change in routine, lack of contact with friends and family, constant exposure to news and updates as well as the general fear and uncertainty around the pandemic.
Weekly online Vedam chanting have been a new national initiative launched by the National Devotional Wing since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in April this year. The online vedam chanting takes place every Saturday from 7:15 am to approximately 8:45 am and creates a vibration akin to what is felt when sitting in Sai Kulwant Hall in Prasanthi Nilayam in the daily vedic chants. The initiative provides a valuable opportunity for people learning Vedam to undertake the lead chanting and allows listeners to benefit from the positive vibrations from the chanting. The chanting to date in this program have been undertaken to a remarkably high standard with a strong focus on the pronunciation and intonations of the mantras.
The National Liquid Love program was formally launched in early July with the release of a brand new promotional video. The National Liquid Love program is an annual blood donation drive by the Sathya Sai Organisation in Australia to assist those who are in need of urgent blood. Blood donation is a life saving activity that also involves minimum time and minimum inconvenience.
The National Guru Poornima celebrations for 2020 was held online this year on 5 July 2020 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm. The program for this year was delivered by the Sai Young Adults of Australia and it proved to be yet another dynamic and creative offering.
NSW Region East and NSW Region West lovingly put together an offering called ‘Love in Action’ for Guru Poornima 2020. Members of all ages got involved in various Service Activities across the month of July.
The fantastic team at Radio Sai have come up with a way for devotees to take a virtual tour of Prasanthi Nilayam from the comfort of their own homes. Launched recently, this online tour takes views through important attractions in Prasanthi Nilayam.