From: Axay Kalathia <chair@sssgc-zone1.org&gt;
Sent: Wednesday, June 1, 2022 6:41 PM
Subject: Humanitarian Relief and Sri Sathya Sai Global Council Foundation

Sai Ram Dear National Presidents,

 

Please pass on this message to members regarding SSSGC Humanitarian Relief efforts along with the formation of an SSSGC affiliated nonprofit entity that is aligned with Prasanth Nilayam:

 

Sai Ram Dear SSSGC Family,

 

With collaboration of SSSGC centers in our Zone, along with Zones around the world working closely with the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, several initiatives have been ongoing since our formation: 

 

  • Supply delivery to Hurricane Ida victims in the fall of 2021
  • Ukraine food and supply delivery with collaboration of SSSGC UK with subsequent delivery to Ukraine refugees
  • Sri Lanka food and supply delivery
  • Sri Lanka medication and medical supply procurement and delivery
  • Purchase of 2 mobile ambulances with coordination from the SSSGC UK for helping transport war victims in eastern Europe

 

With Swami’s Grace and Blessings, the Sri Sathya Sai Global Council Foundation (SSSGCF), which is a nonprofit 501 (C)(3) legal corporation,  has been registered and granted tax exempt status by the IRS in the USA.  This foundation, along with the SSSGC of Trinidad and Tobago registered nonprofit, and Canadian SSSGC center nonprofits, will greatly enhance our ability to support service projects within our zone, other zones around the world, as well as in India with coordination with the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust.  The following website gives further details: 

 

https://www.sssgcf.org/

 

Please contact our Humanitarian Relief Chair, Mr. Rajen Ghayal at righayal@gmail.com regarding participation in any of the above initiatives as well as upcoming future projects. 

 

In Sai’s Service,

 

 

Dr. Axay Shanti Kalathia

Sri Sathya Sai Global Council (SSSGC), Zone 1 Chair

https://www.sssgc-zone1.org/

https://www.youtube.com/c/SSSGCZone1/featured

 

Brief History

About

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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