A very loving Sai Ram to all of you from the Zone 1 Sri Sathya Sai Educational Program (SSSEP) committee members.


Gauging from the feedback we received, we are glad that you are enjoying and benefitting from the biweekly Saturday sessions of the Sri Sathya Sai Awareness course. We thank Swami for allowing us to continue to bask in His Awareness course. When possible, please visit the discussion forum to read the summaries posted by the other breakout sessions and the feedback provided by the guest speakers.


The sixth session will be held on Saturday, APRIL 23rd, from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EST.  All are encouraged to log in at 12:30 pm EST and enjoy Swami’s darshan video until 1 pm.


Dr. Andrew DeMil is our guest speaker for the sixth session, and his brief bio sketch can be found on the SSSEP webpage. Attached is the reading material for the sixth session. Dr. DeMil has kindly provided the two questions he would like all participants to discuss in their breakout rooms on April 23rd: 


1. How do we develop the practice of self-inquiry? What are the disciplines/practices that can help us perform self-inquiry?

2. Swami says not to react to criticism. How can we learn to do this in our daily life, especially if that criticism will have a major impact on our life, job, the view our colleagues have about us, etc.?

See you on April 23rd!

In the Loving Service of Sai,🙏

Raja Rao (USA), Chair
Jaysai Ghayal (USA), Co-Chair
Ananthy Mahendran (Canada)
Gaitree Marajh (Trinidad &Tobago)
Jason Carpenter (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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