My Sai and I

The eleventh session of the “My Sai and I” series in Canberra and 13th session within the “My Sai and I” series nationally was held in Canberra on 15 June 2019. The venue for this event was the Tamil Senior Citizens’ Centre in Isaacs and the guest for this event was Dr. Prabhu Sivabalan. Approximately, 25 Sai followers attended this event.

Prabhu travelled from Sydney to speak at this event and recollected his Sai Journey including his interactions with Sathya Sai Baba during his visits to Prasanthi Nilayam in India as a Young Adult.

Prabhu said that he was involved in the Sai Organisation from a very young age and can recall attending the Sai spiritual education classes and devotional singing sessions in Petaling Jaya and Bangsar in Malaysia. This journey with Sathya Sai Baba continued even after his family moved to Minto, a suburb of Sydney when he was 13 years old, for Prabhu recalled how a family friend used to pick him and his siblings up at 5 am in Minto so that they could be on time for devotional singing sessions at Strathfield. He spoke of the sudden loss of his father in 1995 at the age of 48 years while he was still in year 12, and recounted how his mother became the sole breadwinner for four boys under the age of 18 years. It was the Sai Family and the Minto Shiva temple family who rallied around his family, and their support and assistance enabled Prabhu and his family to continue on their spiritual journey.

Prabhu recounted the many trips to Puttaparthi as a Sai Young Adult and the opportunity to participate in a drama offering. In particular, Prabhu recollected an interview with Sai Baba where He had told him not to worry too much about the negative thoughts as they were from the ether, and was very resolute on insisting that a person must continue practicing love even if at times people may try to take advantage of one’s loving nature.

Prabhu also related a humorous incident where three of the Australian Young Adults including Prabhu had used the bathroom in Sathya Sai Baba’s residence, showing that boys would be boys despite being spiritual aspirants.

Prabhu spoke in length about a fortuitous opportunity that he received to sing in Sathya Sai Baba’s presence at his residence in Puttaparthi, India despite being a very average singer, and also how Sathya Sai Baba fulfilled his long-held desire to have a photo with him.

Prabhu concluded the talk by listing some of the lessons that he had learned in his journey with Sathya Sai Baba. These lessons are listed below:

  • striving for transformation and better version of oneself
  • letting go of any feelings of guilt and not worrying about bad thoughts
  • stablishing a direct heart-to-heart connection with Sathya Sai Baba and
  • having faith that Sathya Sai always loves you
  • Prabhu thanked ACT Region’s Committee and Sai followers for the opportunity to talk to them, and that he viewed his road trip from Sydney to Canberra as an opportunity given by Sathya Sai Baba to connect with him.

    The program concluded with the serving of light refreshments to all present that day.

    R U OK? Barbara Hocking Memorial Award – Finalist!

    The judging panel have been truly inspired by the nominations received for The Barbara Hocking Memorial Awards. As a small team of just nine we never underestimate the value of our supporters helping us to spread the R U OK? message, and it has been humbling to take a moment to appreciate those such as yourself who are going above and beyond.

    I am delighted to inform you that Sathya Sai International Organisation of Australia (Canberra Community) has been selected as a finalist for the Community category.

    Your outstanding work in spreading the R U OK? message within your community has delivered real impact, encouraging others to have regular, meaningful conversations and invest more time in the people around them.

    As a finalist we would like to invite you to join us for the Awards ceremony which will be held in Sydney on Thursday 30 May.

    In recognition of the significant work you have carried out in support of R U OK? and with thanks to our Campaign Partner MTAA, we would like to offer to cover your travel and accommodation for the event.

    Thank you once again for being such a valued member of the R U OK? family and we hope to see you at the Awards for what will no doubt be an incredibly inspirational evening.

    Kind regards,
    Katherine Newton
    CEO | R U OK?

    Sai Life Style – ACT Region

    The Sai Life Style program is designed to support the Sai followers cross the ocean of life through the practical application of Sathya Sai Baba’s teachings. This program has been established as a follow-up program to the successful Self Transformation Program (STP) which was launched Australia wide in 2018. It is hoped that the new program, ‘Sai Life Style ‘will capitalise on the learnings from STP and assist Sai followers to continue on their journey of realising their inherent divinity.

    The two modules that have been released under the Sai Life Style program to date are ‘Communication and active listening’ and ‘Minding the mind for spiritual growth’. The ACT Region of the Sathya Sai International Organisation of PNG organised in 2018 the workshop titled ‘Communication and active listening’ and it was conducted by Jenny Monson.

    The workshop on ‘Minding the mind for spiritual growth’ was held on Saturday, 16 March 2019 and it was conducted by Cugan Cugansan, a Senior Member of the Sathya Sai International Organisation of Australia and PNG. This workshop attended by about 14 Sai followers explored ‘what is ‘mind’ and how the conscious mind, sub- conscious mind, ego and the intellect influence one’s spiritual progress including self-transformation. The participants of this workshop felt that the work shop content was well researched and the presentation engaging and of benefit to their spiritual progress.

    Those wishing to attend the future workshops to held under the Sai Life Style program are request contact their respective centre presidents or devotional coordinators.