Devotion

Sri Sathya Sai Organization

Devotion Activities

SSSGC

 While all the wings simultaneously serve the spiritual needs of both the individual and society, as they are inextricably linked, the service and education wings more obviously focus on the needs of society, while the devotional wing caters to each individual’s heart to heart connectivity. This wing helps nurture the inner self of all members through group activities such as devotional singing, study circles, public lectures, seminars and meditation. 

 

Devotional Wing:

 

Group Devotional Singing (Bhajans) 

Baba has taught that loving vibrations charge the atmosphere when engaged in group singing of the names of the Lord.  This powerful activity trains, expands, and ultimately helps to transcend the mind for both the singers and listeners.  It induces one to experience the Truth, Beauty, and Goodness of one’s own Divine Self.   

Meditation 

Baba has emphasized the light meditation technique as a simple, powerful means to connect to our inner Divine Self.  Members are encouraged to meditate daily as part of the nine-point code of conduct. Also, Baba has recommended all group devotional singing sessions have time dedicated for group  meditation.   

Retreats 

Retreats offer us time step back from the course of our daily lives and enter a world where we can reflect on our life’s true purpose, where we can realign and rededicate our spiritual journey with renewed fervor.  An atmosphere of tranquility and learning, as can be found in Prasanthi Nilayam in Puttaparthi is emulated.  Activities of group devotional singing, prayer, meditation, musical programs, plays, and practical workshops and talks led by esteemed fellow aspirants unites and inspires us to practice the teachings of ‘Love All, Serve All’ and ‘Help Ever, Hurt Ever’.   

Study Circle and the Study of Sai Literature 

Just as group singing is a powerful means to open our hearts to our inner divinity, group study also helps accelerate the blossoming of our inner divinity via the development of our discrimination to guide teachings into proper practice.  Baba explains in conversations with Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba by Dr. John S. Hislop: “What is a Study Circle? It is not just reading books. Each person gives their point of view, and finally values are derived from this. If there is just reading there is doubt. But if each one gives his view, doubts will be answered. The study circle looks at different facets. It is like a diamond with its different facets, but there is one facet that is flat, the top facet, and from this all can be viewed. To discover the top facet is the task of the study circle.” 

The goal of studying Sai Literature is to enhance our journey from self to Self – to awaken to our own true Divine Self.  This path of Self-Transformation is facilitated by a proper plan of study, guided by both self and group study, progressing first from reading and listening, followed by reflecting upon what has been absorbed, and finally with assimilating and applying the teachings into every aspect of our lives.  Quotes regarding Study Circle are presented in the Appendix 

 

Devotion Announcements:

Samarpan Talk by Sr. Amitabh Das Gupta-Toronto on Saturday, 18 December 2021 from 5 pm – 6:30 pm EST
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ep1Zl8idriE Samarpan # 8 – Talk by Sri. Amitabh Das Gupta – Toronto – 18 Dec 2021 – YouTube We are blessed to have Sri. Amitabh Das Gupta as our Guest Speaker for the 8th Samarpan Session organi…Read More
SSSGC Zone1 Christmas Celebrations 2021
Sai Ram Dear National Presidents,   Please share the following message with all centers and groups.    Sai Ram Dear Members,   With Swami’s grace, we’re blessed to have Dana Gillespie as our special guest to …Read More
Sri Sathya Sai Baba 96th Birthday Celebrations- SSSGC Zone1
Sai Ram Dear National Presidents,   With Swami’s grace, the zonal team cordially invites everyone to join the 96th Birthday Celebrations of our Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba on Saturday, November 20th 2021.   The Zone1 o…Read More
SSSGC-Canada – Global Akhanda Bhajan 2021 Flyer
Sai Ram Dear Sai Devotees, By the grace of our Beloved Bhagwan, SSSGC – Canada is inviting all the devotees to participate in the Global Akhanda Bhajan from November 13, 2021 6:00 PM to November 14, 6 PM.   Please see the attache…Read More
Avatar Declaration Day Celebrations by Sri Sathya Sai Baba Centre of Scarborough – October 20, 2021
Sai Ram Dear SSSGC Devotees, Sri Sathya Sai Baba Centre of Scarborough will be celebrating Avatar Declaration Day on Wednesday October 20, 2021 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Please see the attached flyer for the program details.  In Loving Sai Ser…Read More
SSSGC Zone 1-Dasara Celebrations Oct 8 to 14 from 9:00 PM to 9:30 PM EST
Sai Ram Dear National Presidents, With Swami’s grace, SSSGC Zone1 Vedas and Sacred Chants committee is inviting all the devotees to participate in the Seven Days of Vedic Worship as part of the Dasara festival and seek Bhagawan’s grace. Plea…Read More
Global Akhanda Bhajan Information
Global Akhanda Bhajan Information   Sairam Regional Presidents/ Center Presidents/ Group Leaders,   The tongue is the post, devotional singing (bhajan) is the rope; with that rope, you can bring God Almighty near you and tie Him up so that …Read More
Awake, Unite, and Inspire-Dr. Shashank Shah, Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 7: 00 PM – EST
Sai Ram!  With Swami’s grace, the SSSGC-West Indies team invites us all to an inspiring program titled “Awake, Unite, and Inspire”. Please see the flyer for more information.    Program Title: Awake, Unite, and Inspire  Spea…Read More
Awake, Unite, and Inspire talk by Mrs. Berniece Mead.
With Swami’s grace, please enjoy the talk by Mrs. Berniece Mead as she shares her deep spiritual connection with Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.  https://youtu.be/Kh4UUqzIsik  Sai Ram,  Sai Sravan   …Read More
Awake, Unite, and Inspire- talk by Sri. Jandhyala Girish
Sai Ram Dear SSSGC Members,    With Swami’s grace, the SSSGC-West Indies team invites us all to an inspiring program titled “Awake, Unite, and Inspire”. Please see the flyer for more information.    Program Title: Awake, Uni…Read More
Introducing “1008 Sadhana” Program
Sai Ram Dear SSSGC members, With Swami’s grace, we’re blessed with a wonderful Sadhana program. Please see the email below from brother Dhurjati Mudigonda, National Devotional Coordinator, SSSGC-USA.  https://www.sssgc-usa.org/1008sa…Read More

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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