Sairam Dear All,
With Swami’s Grace, we are very pleased to announce the launch of a new series: “Vedas through Sai Lens”.
In Leela Kaivalya Vahini, Swami has stated that “Those who recite the Vedas with the awareness of their meaning, experiencing at the same time the feelings embedded in the hymns – they alone can earn the grace of Brahman, the knowledge of Brahman (Brahma-vidya), the highest wisdom, the supreme treasure.”
We hope that the new series being launched will enhance our knowledge of Vedic Truths explained by our Lord, the Veda Purusha (Embodiment of Vedas) Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
The first episode in this series will be streamed on Saturday,  January 15, 2022, at 1:00 PM EST on the Zonal YouTube channel, coinciding with the Makara Sankranti festival. The speaker on this occasion is Mr. Sudhindran Narayanan, an alumni of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning. He had been an ardent student of the Vedas and has had many interactions with Swami on the subject.
Please click on the following link to watch the first episode:
In the Service of Sai,
Vedas and Sacred Chants Committee

SSSGC Zone 1

Saturday,  January 15, 2022, at 1:00 PM EST

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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