Sai Ram Dear SSSGC members,
With Swami’s grace, we’re blessed with a wonderful Sadhana program. Please see the email below from brother Dhurjati Mudigonda, National Devotional Coordinator, SSSGC-USA.

From: Dhurjati Mudigonda <;
Sent: Sunday, August 22, 2021 7:28 PM
To: Sai Sravan Cherukuri <;; Balu Karanam <;; Sri Jeevaprakash <;
Subject: Introducing “1008 Sadhana” Program


Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Om Sri Sai Ram!

One of the most critical aspects of a spiritual aspirant is to undertake “Sadhana” on a regular basis.  In a discourse that Swami gave at Trayee Brindavan on 29th May 1988, He says “The literal meaning of sadhana is the effort you make to achieve the object you desire or to reach the goal you have in view. Sadhana is thus the primary means to realize your aim or objective.”  A disciplined effort can help us progress with our spiritual practice. 

Sai family members from Sri Sathya Sai Global Council Center of Flushing, NY have put together a 1008 Sadhana program that is comprehensive and can be customized to suit each of us, regardless of the age group or the stage of life we are in.  This Sadhana program spans over a period of 4 years culminating in Bhagawan’s centennial celebrations on 23rd November 2025.  All of the various options in the program are designed to allow you to carry out sadhana for at least for 1008 days by then.  

Sadhana practice such as this can be life transforming undertaking and will be a precious gift that we can offer at the lotus feet of our dear Bhagawan.  More details can be found at 

I sincerely hope and pray that Sai family members will utilize this wonderful opportunity. Please forward this email to your center membership.

Loving Regards,

In Swami’s Service,

Dhurjati Mudigonda

National Devotional Coordinator, SSSGC-USA

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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