From: Axay Kalathia <;
Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2022 9:02 AM

Subject: Vedic Chants Instructor Survey


Sai Ram Dear National Presidents,
Please forward to members this message from the Vedas and Sacred Chants Committee:
Sairam Dear Centre Leaders, 

The purpose of the Vedas and Sacred Chants Committee of SSSGC Zone 1, is to foster the learning and practice of Vedas and Sacred Chants. In this regard, one of the resources which the Committee would like to establish is information on instructors of Vedic Chants who are actively teaching within Zone 1. This information will be of great value to all the devotees in Zone 1. Two of the main benefits from this resource will be the following: 

  • Devotees from centres where there are no learning opportunities will be able to seek out instructors and embark on a learning journey 
  • Instructors will be able to share information, training resources and ideas with each other 

We kindly request that the survey link below is shared with all the instructors of Vedic Chants in your centres and request them to complete the survey.   

Survey Link:

The Vedas and Sacred Chants Committee is hoping to bring together the Vedic Chants Instructors who are dedicated to fostering Vedic Chants learning in Zone 1. The committee believes that setting up a common forum for instructors to exchange ideas and to bring about synergies will further the goal of making the Vedic Knowledge available to all the members of centres in Zone 1. This survey seeks to collect some basic information to make this a reality. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey. Sairam!

It is our fervent hope to gather, compile and offer this information resource on the occasion of the Sri Sathya Sai Aradhana Mahotsavam on 24 April 2022.  In this regard we will appreciate, every instructor in Zone 1, completing the survey by April 07, 2002. We thank you in advance for your help and cooperation in this regard. 

With Prayers for Swami’s Blessings…. 



With Loving Regards, 

Vedas and Sacred Chants Committee 

Sri Sathya Sai Global Council, Zone 1 


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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