Dear National Presidents, 

 

Please bring to the attention of your respective national teams this wonderful initiative coming from the newsletter team. 

 

Sai Ram,

Dr. Axay Kalathia

Chair, SSSGC-Zone 1

 With loving prayers at the Lotus Feet of our dear Sai, We’re delighted to bring to your attention an exciting new zonal initiative: a quarterly newsletter, entitled SaiLights.  Why a newsletter?  

  

–    To inform:  We believe a newsletter would be a fantastic vehicle for information-sharing about Sai activities at the organizational, national, and Center levels, particularly at this early stage of the Global Councils formation. 

 

    To inspire: By shining a light on what is happening on the ground, the newsletter could promote learning across centers and spur ideas and connections as we pursue Swami’s teachings.  It could also provide a venue for our dear brothers and sisters, including young adults and children, to express their devotion to Swami in unique and creative ways. 

 

    To instruct: Importantly, the newsletter will allow us to reinforce and better understand Swami’s Divine messages, philosophical and practical. 

  

SaiLights will, of course, be our newsletter, indeed our collective offering to Swami.  It is mainly the activities of all of our Centers that the newsletter will report on, showcasing some as appropriate to a particular issue.  We plan to cover the four wings, namely, Devotion, SSSE, Service, and Young Adult activities.  In addition, each quarter will have a theme and will include articles or features relevant to the theme.  Features could be substantive, or simply fun: Sai humor, poetry, artwork by children, puzzles, and so on. 

  

Your contributions to the newsletter will be critical.  As a first step, we would request each of you to please identify a point person who could take forward and be responsible for the quarterly information-gathering effort in your respective countries. The point persons would, of course, need to communicate and coordinate with the Centers’ coordinators for each of the four wings. 

  

With your support, and with Swami’s infinite Grace, we plan to launch the first issue of SaiLights on Swami’s Birthday, November 23, 2021. The theme for our first issue will be Living with Divinity. To that end, we are requesting your inputs by October 15.  This is undoubtedly an ambitious timeline, and we seek your understanding.  Very soon after you receive this letter, our Newsletter Team will communicate directly with Centers, explaining the initiative and providing detailed information on the inputs being requested along with a clear timeline for delivery. 

  

Our hope is that the newsletter will not only highlight all that is happening in our Centers but also inspire us, at Center and individual levels, to do better in walking the Sai path.  We are most enthusiastic to begin work with you on this exciting endeavor, and seek Swami’s Blessings with utmost humility and gratitude. 

  

Loving Sairam 

Zonal Media Committee 

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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