From: Axay Kalathia <>
Date: Wed, Jul 13, 2022 at 8:54 PM
Subject: SaiLights Guru Purnima 2022 Edition

Sai Ram Dear National Presidents and Vice Presidents,


Please forward this message from the SaiLights Magazine Team to all members: 


Dear Sri Sathya Sai Global Council Zone 1 Family,

July 13, 2022, Sai Kulwant Hall, the morning of Guru Poornima: The morning program is nearing its close; the atmosphere is imbued with the inspiring words of the day’s speakers; the sounds of the bhajan “Sheethala Charanam, Komala Charanam” are just beginning to fill the air; and, with love and humility, Volume 3 of our Zone 1 SaiLights magazine is offered at the Divine Lotus Feet of our dear Lord Sai.
We share this thrilling news with you first and foremost with a sense of immense gratitude to Swami.  It is nothing but His Divine Grace that has enabled us to offer each of our three SaiLights issues at the Maha Samadhi (the altar at the resting place of the physical body of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba) in Prasanthi Nilayam, on the holiest of days in the Sai calendar.
Our Volume 3 offering is extra special, in that it is a part of the Zone 1 Pathway to Prasanthi pilgrimage.  How exciting, and what a blessing, that our Zone 1 brothers and sisters have been able to make this in-person delivery at Swami’s Lotus Feet!
SaiLights Volume 3 reports on new and ongoing activities at the zonal, regional, and center levels, all aimed at “Shining His Light on the World”, to quote from the SaiLights logo.  Highlights include the creation of the Sri Sathya Sai Global Council Foundation, to facilitate urgent support for humanitarian and other needs across the world; and the development of a Sai “Awareness Course” to expand understanding of Swami’s teachings.  Also presented are inspiring and multifarious updates on center-level activities in the areas of Service, Spiritual Education, Devotion, and Young Adults endeavors, which show our deepening desire as a Sai family to put into practice Swami’s Divine Teachings.  The Guru Poornima volume contains, in addition, loving letters of Gratitude to Swami—from you!
SSSGC Zone 1 Chair Dr. Axay Kalathia, invited to speak on this auspicious occasion alongside Sri Naganand (Trustee of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust) and Sri Nimish Pandya (Vice Chairman Sri Sathya Sai Global Council and All India Presiden) , highlighted the importance of Unity as a pathway to purity and divinity.  Volume 3 came together remarkably quickly only because of how expeditiously you, our Zone 1 brothers and sisters, gave us new, substantial contributions, indeed on the heels of your submissions for the preceding issue.  The contents of SaiLights also speak to the unity with which Swami’s work is being carried out—across and within centers, and with partners within and outside the Sai organization.
Please see the link to SaiLights Volume 3, as well as for past issues. 
With sincere thanks for your cooperation, and with prayers for the well-being of all,
Loving Sairams,
SaiLights Team

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Brief History


Sri Sathya Sai Baba was born in Puttaparthi on Nov 23, 1926 – an auspicious Monday in the lunar month of Kartika, when Lord Shiva is especially adored.

His Life
Sri Sathya Sai Baba was born in Puttaparthi on Nov 23, 1926 – an auspicious Monday in the lunar month of Kartika, when Lord Shiva is especially adored. He was given the name Sathyanarayana Raju. What intrigued His mother Easwaramma, most was the unbounded compassion her little Sathya had particularly for the poor and downtrodden. Even as a toddler, He insisted that the beggar at the door be served well in spite of their own limited means and would often give His own share to the needy. When He began school, His playmates were inspired by His ability to lead them to be socially responsible, spiritually aware, endowed with individual and national character. His friends were often fascinated by His extraordinary powers of creating things out of thin air, knowing the future, deep understanding of scriptural wisdom and so on.
The Childhood

The Raju family of Puttaparthi was noted for its piety since the days of the renowned sage, Venkavadhootha, a saintly ancestor who was looked upon as a Guru in hundreds of villages around. Not only did the family build and endow the Gopalaswami Temple (dedicated to Lord Krishna), but Sri Ratnakaram Kondama Raju, the grandfather of Baba’s physical frame, dedicated a temple to Sathyabhama, consort of Lord Krishna, a deity to whom this type of homage is seldom offered in any part of India. Peasants by vocation, they were known for their musical and dramatic talent and were much involved in the propagation of the sacred scriptures through village plays and musicals. Consequently, the family was given the name ‘Bhat Raju’ (Bhat – priest)

The Advent

23rd of November, 1926, the Hindu year of Akshaya, meaning, the Never-declining, the Ever-full. It was the time of sunrise and the villagers were chanting the names of Lord Shiva, remembering that the day was Karthika Somavara, a Monday of the Holy Month of Karthika, devoted to the puja (worship) of Shiva. That day was made even more auspicious for Shiva worship because the ascendant star was Ardra (the star of Shiva). On this day, when these rare and propitious signs came together, the people thronged the temples of the Lord to offer special pujas and pray for His benediction.

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