From: Axay Kalathia <chair@sssgc-zone1.org>
Date: Sun, Sep 4, 2022 at 12:26 PM
Subject: Trinidad Program Invitation
To: Krishna Ramoutar <president.trinidad@sssgc-wi.org>, Balu Karanam <president@sssgc-usa.org>, Aruna Suvendran <president@sssgc-canada.org>, Sri Jeevaprakash <vp@sssgc-usa.org>, Kumuthini Coomarasamy <vp@sssgc-canada.org>

Sai Ram Dear
National Presidents,

Please
forward this invitation from the Sri Sathya Sai Global Council of Trinidad and
Tobago for two most sacred events:

Loving, Loving, Sai Ram,

Dear All,

We humbly invite you for two most sacred special
events:   

1.  Yagna for Peace and Prosperity for the West Indies
and the World  

·       
3rd – 5th November,
2022, Lakshmi Narayan Temple, Siewdass Road, Freeport, Trinidad

·       
Please see the attached flyer.

2.  Inaugural ceremony for the opening of Sai
Jyothi – the headquarters of the Sri Sathya Sai Global Council West
Indies.  

·       
6th November, 2022, from 10.00am
-12.30 pm

·       
17 Gaston Street, Lange Park, Chaguanas, Trinidad

Yagna

Aligning with Bhagawan’s declaration that He has incarnated
on earth for Dharma Rakshana and Veda Poshana (protection of Dharma and
fostering of the Vedas), Sri Vedanarayan, who has been leading Vedic
chanting in Sai Kulwant Hall during Darshan time since Swami initiated this
practice, will come to conduct sacred Vedic ceremonies and explain their
relevance and significance in today’s world.  

Opening of Sai Jyothi

After officially being launched in Prasanthi Nilayam, July
24, 2021, the Sri Sathya Sai Global Council (SSSGC) has grown to join over
95% of all worldwide Sri Sathya Sai Organizational devotees around the world
under one united structure
.  A grand opening and celebration for Sai
Jyothi, a dedicated venue to serve as headquarters for the SSSGC in the West
Indies, will consist of devotional singing and an address by Managing Trustee
of the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, Sri RJ Ratnakar.   Swami’s
vision and guiding principles for his organization and the role of the SSSGC
moving forward in carrying out His mission will be presented. An opportunity
for questions and answers and an exchange of ideas and goodwill will take
place. 

Your graceful presence at both events will be a source of
joy and inspiration for us all.  Please RSVP to the email address below if
you would like to attend. Airport pick up, transportation and meals will be
provided by local devotees and several nearby hotel recommendations can be provided upon request.    

Yours In Sai Service,

Mr. Krishna Ramoutar         
                     
                 

President SSSGC Trinidad And Tobago

president.trinidad@sssgc-wi.org


Dr. Axay Shanti Kalathia

SSSGC, Zone 1 Chair

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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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