Dear Sai Family members of Canada, USA and the West Indies:

We are most fortunate that by His Grace we have been blessed to be able join together on an inner and outer journey to Prasanthi Nilayam! The auspicious dates of our “Pathway to Prasanthi – Parthi Pilgrimage ” (July 10-17, 2022) have been confirmed with ashram authorities, who will graciously accommodate our group. Please mark the dates on your calendar and encourage your friends, neighbors and family to join in on this most sacred opportunity. Please feel free to share the attached introductory flyer. A website dedicated to the pilgrimage will be the principle means for registering as well as for getting the latest updates and answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) such as up to date COVID precautions and medical travel guidelines, necessary passport and visa requirements, dress codes, designated group seating, meals, accommodation, children’s programs, young adult programs, tours, musical offerings, workshops, talks from eminent speakers, and service opportunities including serving in the medical camp.

What is the purpose of a pilgrimage? Swami answers this important question during His Divine Discourse, 28th February, 1964:

As a result of the pilgrimage, your habits must change for the better, your outlook must widen, your inward look must become deeper and become more steady. You must realise the omnipresence of God, and the Oneness of Humanity. You must learn tolerance and patience, charity and service. After the pilgrimage is over, sitting in your own home and ruminating over your experiences, you must determine to seek the higher, the richer and the more real experience of God-realisation. I bless you that you may form that determination and strive step by step to achieve that Goal”.

In short, the entire process, from pre-pilgrimage, pilgrimage, to post-pilgrimage is that of transformation using the principles of Love, Sacrifice, and Unity. Therefore, we all need to, together, resolve to intensify our personal spiritual practice via the 1008 Sadhana program1008 Sadhana program. Leading up to the pilgrimage, we will provide monthly relevant study circle material, as well as release short motivational videos by members who wish to share their progress with the sadhana practice(s) they are employing. During the pilgrimage we will resolve to stay the entire duration, keep our focus on Swami, and attend all the uplifting activities planned for our benefit. After the pilgrimage, we will reflect, pray, and show our appreciation to Swami by being better human beings who are closer to earning the designation of “devotee”.

 

Next Steps:

  1. Visit 1008 Sadhana program website to start your spiritual offering:  https://www.sssgc-usa.org/1008sadhana/
  2. Visit “Pathway to Prashanti” website to complete registration starting Thursday, October 7, 2021: https://www.sssgc-zone1.org/pilgrimage/
  3. Plan your travel itinerary to arrive in the ashram on or before 9th July, 2022 evening and depart on or after 17th July, 2022 evening

 

 

Sai Ram,

Aruna Suvendran, Canada National President

Krishna Ramoutar, Trinidad National President

Balasubramanyam Karanam, USA National President

Axay Kalathia, Zone 1 Chair

 

Sri Sathya Sai Global Council

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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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