SSSGC

Zone 1 (Canada, USA, and West Indies)

July 24, 2021

Established

The Sri Sathya Sai Global Council (SSSGC) was established on the holy day of Guru Poornima, July 24, 2021. The foremost purpose of the SSSGC is to spread the message and teachings of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba (Swami) and to support every Sai Center and Sai devotee across the globe in their efforts to connect directly with Prasanthi Nilayam and to Swami.

Rationale

The establishment of the SSSGC was a response to developments within the Sai Organization in the years following Swami’s Maha Samadhi (giving up His body) in April 2011. Three important arms of the Sai Organization, as set up by Swami Himself, were the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, the All-India Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organization (overseeing activities within India), and the Sri Sathya Sai International Organization (overseeing activities in countries outside India). These units were guided closely by Swami and functioned as a unified entity under His Divine oversight; there was little need to formalize communication across the units. Since April 2011 the leadership felt that the Sai Organization would be well served by an umbrella organization that (a) guides and brings together the three arms, and (b) anchors itself in Prasanthi Nilayam, as the home and heartbeat of the Sai mission.

Vision

Unity is the founding principle of the SSSGC. The vision underpinning the GC’s formation is that the Central Trust, the All-India Seva Organization, and the International Organization would all be a part of the Global Council; and that the GC would provide a single forum for all to work together in a spirit of cooperation, friendship, mutual respect, and independence. As such, the GC would unify the entire Sai world across all countries, so that each arm would know what the other is doing, and so that high-level decisions may be made, with transparency and accountability, at the level of the Global Council. As a part of this vision, countries outside India would enjoy large representation on the GC’s executive committees that manage the administration of the Sai mission in India and abroad.

SSSGC Zone 1

The SSSGC has an international branch and an Indian branch, each comprised of Zones. Zone 1 of the international branch consists of Canada, the USA, and the countries of the West Indies. The ever-present Grace of Swami has been instrumental in setting up the organizational structures needed to mobilize a rich agenda of activities occurring since its inception as we all eagerly prepare for the Birthday Centennial celebration in 2025. Centers are enjoying having freedom and independence to coordinate and plan their service, educational and devotional activities, while having the benefit of guidance and connectivity with the larger Sai family both within the Zone and around the world and India.

“Unity is Divinity”. Swami has repeatedly urged us to adopt a spirit of harmony and brotherhood in our interactions with each other, with the recognition that it is the same innate Divinity that resides in each one of us. Embracing this teaching, the Global Council seeks to welcome and represent all Sai Centers and all Sai devotees across the globe, with a view to furthering and strengthening the Sai mission in the years to come. Readers are requested to visit the SSSGC Zone1 website www.sssgc-zone1.org for more details pertaining to Sri Sathya Sai Global Council.

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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