From: Axay Kalathia <>
Date: Wed, Aug 4, 2021 at 4:29 PM
Subject: Welcome SSSGC Members!
To: Axay Kalathia <>

Dear Sri Sathya Sai Global Council (SSSGC) center members of Canada, USA and the West Indies:


We are most fortunate that by His Grace we are now truly united as one with our Sai brothers and sisters from around the world, including India and the hallowed institutions managed by the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, all under the umbrella of a single body:  the Sri Sathya Sai Global Council (SSSGC).   Each Zone will function with autonomy and directly report and coordinate with the SSSGC executive committee, which includes representation from all the member organizations.  Swami’s teachings of “Love All, Serve All” with an emphasis on the universal core human values that are present at the heart of  all religions, cultures, and nations will be our guiding light. 

 This unified venture will streamline collaboration and greatly enhance the Sai Mission throughout the world for the coming decades and centuries.  As part of the Zone 1 family,  the nations of  Canada, USA, and the West Indies have an opportunity to cooperate and collaborate more closely with each other as well as directly with our Sai family in Prashanti Nilayam and around the world. 

 I know this had been a very difficult period of testing for many of us with the COVID pandemic, manmade and natural disasters occurring throughout the world, along with social and political turmoil.  Let us pray together in Unity to maintain our focus on our personal and center-wide sadhana and put aside all discord and disagreement.    Let us not criticize, blame or cast aspersions on anyone.  Let us focus on being guiding lights worthy of being entrusted with the Sri Sathya Sai Name.

The Sai Center should and will always be the heart, driving force, and most important part of the organization.  Center service, devotional singing,  and educational activities will continue with fervor as always.  Each country’s newly formed national leadership teams will be available for humble guidance and assistance to the centers as required.  At the Zonal level we will work on providing many more opportunities for collaboration between countries and with Prashanti Nilayam for the benefit of all.  Every officer from center level to Zonal level should keep ever-present in the mind the last line in the SSSGC Terms of Reference. “In SSSGC, there will not be protocols of authority and power but protocols of Love and mutual Respect.”

We have been blessed with many longtime, ardent senior devotees who will help guide us as part of the SSSGC Zone 1 Advisory Panel:

1. Geetha Mohan Ram

2. Berniece Meade

3. Dr. Geetha Kamath

4. Dr. Yassin Shankar

5. Rajen Ghayal

6. PV Shankar

7. Vijay Sagramsingh

8. Emany Rao

9. Ramesh Wadhwani

Members of the Advisory panel will work with the Zonal Chair to help establish the National Officers for each nation in our Zone.  The national officer selections will be announced in each country once they are completed. 

 A separate email will be sent with a link to our new webpage registration area.  This will allow individuals, existing centers/groups, and newly formed centers/groups to register with the SSSGC in Zone 1.  Over the ensuing weeks we will keep you updated as Swami continues to guide us all on this journey.  His Sankalpa (Divine Will) is clearly manifesting for our benefit!

 If you have any questions concerns or suggestions please do not hesitate to contact your center, regional, or national officers.  You are always welcome to send feedback to me at:


In the Service of Sai,

Dr. Axay Shanti Kalathia

Sri Sathya Sai Global Council (SSSGC), Zone 1 Chair


The  strife  and  conflicts  between  human  beings  started  the  moment  humanity  forgot  its  fundamental  unity.  It  is  time  that  this  trend  is  reversed  and  that  the  fundamental  unity  among  humans  is  reestablished.  Along  with  the  unity,  there  should  be   purity.   Where   unity   and   purity   go   together,  there  is  Divinity.

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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