General Announcements

  • The Raleigh Sai Center in person meetings are closed until further notice due to the Coronavirus.  Programs have been migrated to virtual sessions.

    1) RSC Makara Sankranthi Celebrations
    Date:  Thursday, Jan 14, 2021; Time:  05:55 PM  to 7:05 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

    Please join via Zoom Meeting.  Details are below:
    Meeting ID: 867 7198 5033
    Passcode: Sairam09 
    2) TECH related Center support :  
    We have volunteering opportunities available to help our center with IT and other tech related work. As we are in this virtual mode, we could use help in this area for center activities, Kindly visit the following link to signup:   

    2021-2022 New Officers Team! New

    • President: Senthil Kumar
    • Vice-President: Gopal Somu
    • Devotional Coordinator: Shubha Nagaraj
    • Service Coordinator: Param Dasana
    • Educational Coordinator: Aruna Shankar
    • YA Coordinator – Male: N/A
    • YA Advisor – Male: Anand Krishnan
    • YA Coordinator – Female: Sayee Shruthi
    • YA Advisor – Female: Dr. Sujatha Raman


    Recurrent Virtual Programs:

    • Saturdays at 11 a.m. ET – RSC Study Circle (via zoom). Next Session:  January 16th. Details to be announced shortly
    • Sundays at 6 pm ET – Region 3 weekly virtual devotional program at  


    RSC Library:

    • The Vahinis Online, written by Sri Sathya Sai Baba
    • See list of books available. If you would like to borrow a book, please contact Prabhakar at or text 919-561-3465, listing the name(s) of the Book(s) interested in borrowing and the time and date you would like to pick up. Address: 1961 Weaver Forest Way, Morrisville. Anyone wishing to return a currently borrowed book, can drop off the book at the front door box. Please write your full name on a piece paper and put it in back of the book. Sairam! 


    Power of Prayer
    It is good to remember Swami’s guidance to remain calm in all situations. We need to follow the guidance of our national and local medical and infectious disease experts. We should remember that prayers are very powerful. The Sai Gayatri mantra as well as the Gayatri mantra is being chanted by Sai devotees around the world for the welfare of humanity. Let us all be united and pray with intensity as often as possible. This is an important spiritual practice which can alleviate this global health threat due to the Coronavirus.  


  • Sunday Sai Center Activities Schedule

    The Raleigh Sai Center in person meetings are closed until further notice due to the Coronavirus.  Programs have been migrated to virtual sessions.



    We are extremely happy to celebrate Makara Sankranthi this Thursday, January 14th as our center event.  The program will be from 5:55PM to 7:05PM in the  evening. Let’s all come together to celebrate this auspicious festival and sing HIS glory. This will be on a Zoom conference call. Please make sure to mute yourself and turn your video off when you login, for minimizing the lag. The bhajan sign up sheet will be distributed via each bhajan group.
    Here is the program agenda:
    6:00PM to 6:03PM: Welcome by RSC President, Brother Senthil Kumar
    6:03PM to 6:10PM: 21 Sai Gayatris
    6:10PM to 6:13PM: Swami’s Message on Significance of Makar Sankranthi 
    6:13PM to 7:00PM: Devotional Singing
    7:00PM to 7:05PM: Arathi and Closing Prayer
    Here are the call details:

    Topic: RSC Makara Sankranthi Celebration
    Time: Jan 14, 2021 05:45 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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    Recurrent Virtual Programs:

    • Saturdays at 11 a.m. ET – RSC Study Circle (via zoom)
    • Sundays at 6 pm ET – Region 3 weekly virtual devotional program at  

  • Study Circle


    Timing and topic of study circle to be announced shortly.  Tentatively planned for Saturday, Jan 16th.



  • Bhajan of the week

    Deity: Sarva Dharma
    Raag: Hamsanandi / Sohini
    Taal: 6 Beat / Dadra


    Bhuvana Bandhava Sai Bhagawan
    Mata Pitha Bandhu Sakha Tum Ho Bhagawan
    Eshwar Bhi Tum Ho Allah Nanak Tum Ho
    Prabhu Yesu Tum Ho Mahavir Tum Ho
    Buddha Deva Tum Ho Merey Pran ( Sai ) Nath Tum Ho
    Sai Ram Sai Ram (2)


    Chant the name of Lord Sai, the Lord of this Universe. O Sai, You are my mother, father, relative and friend. You are verily Lord Shiva, Guru Nanak, Jesus Christ, Mahavir and Buddha. You are my very life force.

    Audio Link:


  • RSC Service Activities

    With Swami’s grace, we would like to take up a Recycling project that involves used batteries, medication(s), small electronics and bulbs.  We intend to have few collection locations at volunteers homes that will be later delivered to appropriate county facilities.  We are looking for volunteers to help with hosting drop off location(s), collect from members that cannot drop off and to deliver to Wake county multi material recycling facilities (Apex, North Raleigh).  Interested volunteers kindly signup using the below link.  A conference call will be setup to discuss the logistics and details with all volunteers.
    Date & Time Activity Details Locations & Sign up

    Special Service Offerings: 

    Every day as per volunteer convenience.

     Making home made cloth masks for COVID protection and delivering it to needy people.

    Please click here  to view

    NOTE: Please contact service coordinator if you would like to participate in this service.

    Special Service Offerings:                              Every Thursdays  between 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM. Preparing Dinner at Volunteer homes & Dropping it off at Chapel Hill Shelter by 3 PM.

    Chapel Hill Shelter. Address: 100 W. Rosemary St. Chapel Hill.

    Please click here  to sign up.




  • Pre-SSE

    CLASS DATE: 01/10/2021 TEACHERS: Patti, Thatha, Saideepa, Sharanya, Lakshmi, Mona

    Welcome children after the Holidays


    We started the class by chanting Gayatri Mantra. Today we were very happy to come back to our class after two weeks break. All the teachers planned fun activities to welcome us for the spring session. First Patti asked all of us to share about our holidays and talk about one fun activity that we did with our family.  Lakshmi aunty taught us a new bhajan ‘Jai Ho Jai Ho Gopalana’. We played a guessing game with Mona aunty. Patti read us a famous book ‘Chica Chica Boom Boom’. Sharanya aunty taught us how to draw ‘Dinosaur’. After this we did freeze dance with Saideepa aunty. Thatha showed us a science experiment. Aishee was our child of the week. She played ‘Old McDonald had a Farm’ song on her piano. She did a great job. We all enjoyed doing all these fun activities with the teachers. 

    Summary from parent discussion on Unity in Parenting (12/13/2020 )::

    How Unity of parents helps build the character of the kids and how Unity models healthy marriage dynamics for your kids.

    1.  Tell your kids that Mom and Dad are one.
    2.  Defer to the stronger parent (not stricter) who can adhere to the unifying policy the parents have decided to adopt.
    3. Adopt a mantra, like “Mommy and Daddy need to talk about it” as a standard comeback for any out -of-the-ordinary requests.
    4. Disagree about child-related things in private.
    5. Show affection in front of the kids.



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    CLASS DATE: 10/18/2020 TEACHER(S): Jagruti, Aruna, Sunita, Resmi

    Unity is Divinity; Purity is Enlightenment

    CLASS Timings: The class meets every Saturday and Sunday at 11:00AM on Google Meet until the current pandemic resolves. For  meeting details, please check our group Whatsapp or contact one of the teachers directly.

    Lesson Plan:

    This year we are focusing on Swami’s teaching of Unity is Divinity; Purity is Enlightenment

    Class notes for 10/18/2020

    We started the class by chanting Gayatri Mantra, Vakrathunda Mahakaya and Gurur Brahma.  This class we discussed how to be a good listener to have better unity.  We played a quiz where the kids listening skills were tested and then we shared a story about Arjuna and Dronacharya and how Arjuna was the sole student who listened carefully and followed the instruction of the guru to look at the birds eye when taking aim. We also watched a video on how to be a better listener by following the rules: stop what you are doing when someone is talking, pay attention and do not interrupt the talker and finally respond.

    Class notes for 10/11/2020

    We started the class by chanting few slokas. This class we talked about importance of keeping your word.

    Class notes for 10/04/2020

    We started the class by chanting Gayatri Mantra, Vakrathunda Mahakaya and Gurur Brahma. After discussing about last weeks homework, the kids voted to find the best ice-cream flavor and best fruit. We saw how the class had different opinions about ice cream and fruit and how whenever people come together there can be different opinions and likings. We shared a story about 2 brothers who grew apart because of their differences and ultimately wouldn’t even talk to each other. When a carpenter came and built a bridge between their lands, they came together and forgave each other. The kids shared what they understood about the bridge and how it helped to bring the brothers back together. We discussed how each of us must be like a bridge that connects different sides and not a wall that separates people.

    Class notes for 09/27/2020

    We started the class by chanting Gayatri Mantra, Vakrathunda Mahakaya and Gurur Brahma. Then we revised what we learnt last class -that Unity is working together so that we have more strength and confidence. Then we introduced that Unity has another meaning – that of Oneness. To understand that, we did an experiment with clay where the students could create whatever figures they wanted and then we discussed if we could find anything common between all the different figures the kids made. They figured out that though each kid made different figures, they were all made from clay and they all had fun creating it Thus we were able to find unity or Oneness even though the figures appeared different.

    We ended the class by going over our previous week’s homework and learning a new Bhajan. 

    Class notes for 09/20/2020

    We started the class by chanting Gayatri Mantra and Vakrathunda Mahakaya. The kids tried to guess the theme of the class from pictures and then we did 2 experiments.

    In the first experiment they had to make $1 from assorted coins and observe how coins of different sizes and values came together to make $1.  They also found the similarities between the different coins and came to the conclusion that though the coins looked different, they also had some similarities like being made of metal and circular in shape.

    In the second experiment the kids tried to lift a glass using just 1 finger. Then they tried using 2 fingers, then 3 fingers and finally all 5 fingers. They observed that it was the easiest to hold the glass using all 5 fingers and most difficult when using only 1 finger. We concluded that working together as a team makes any difficult task easier.

    We then watched a video that showed animals coming together in groups to overcome their predators. The kids discussed what they understood of how unity in the animals helped them. We concluded that unity gives more  power, strength and courage to face the difficulties.

    Homework : This week the kids should find examples of unity around them and describe it in either a video, picture or writing.

    Class notes for 09/14/2020

    We started our first class of the 20-21 year with OM and Gayatri mantra chanting. The kids and teachers introduced themselves and we played some ice breaker games to get to know each other. Finally we ended the class learning a new Ganesha bhajan.


    Homework : This week the kids should find examples of unity around them and describe it in either a video, picture or writing.

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    CLASS DATE: 1/10/2021

    TEACHERS:Hitha Raj, Senthil Kumar



    JANUARY 1OTH, 2021 :



                  – “PATH TOWARDS PEACE”


    Attendance: 26

    OM, Gayathri Manthra, Light Meditation

    Life Application follow up on A) Anger journal B) Use light meditation to overcome anger through love C) See God in everyone


    Robert Loses his temper

     I need to …  Others need to…

     Life application

    • Peaceful song – express with your own creativity (tune it, rap it, color it, express it the way you feel)
    • See God in Everyone

    Swami’s quotes:

    The desire and anger in man – one is death itself. For the tree, ‘anger’ is an enemy like the root pest. There is another pest bothering the tree, the termites and that is anger. Anger and jealousy together destroy the tree of human life. Today, every man has lots of anger. Affliction by anger leads to many differences. When differences crop up, one only sees hatred everywhere. In daily news one finds the manifestations of anger, jealously and hatred in various forms. Anger and jealousy are the greatest enemies of mankind. There are many planets. Out of those, only two planets are said to be harmful–the planet of ‘anger’ and the planet of ‘desire’. Humanity is ruined because of these two planets. Desires cause more danger to man. Desires must be there, but they must exist under a limit. One must not foster limitless desires. In one moment one is angered, the next moment one feels love- these momentary anger and love are not true. These are the bad qualities that result from man’s habits and the food he eats. One must set a time for everything.


    Closing prayers

    DECEMBER 20TH  :


     Attendance: 22

     OM, Gayathri Manthra, Light Meditation

     Life Application follow up on being aware of challenges and writing down if you react or respond over the week

     6 virtues (Faith/confidence; Daring/determination; Courage; Intelligence; Energy; Valor)

    6 Vices (Desire; Anger; Greed; Fascination; Pride; Envy)

     Anger – Strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure or hostility

    Peace – Freedom from disturbance of mind

     Watch Video:

     Activity: Watch yourself when you are smiling and angry on a mirror

    Life application for holidays:

    • Watch angry birds 1 & 2 movies
    • Watch inside out movie
    • Be aware of your anger, write a journal of when, how, where and who angered you
    • What were the consequences of your anger
    • Did you address if so how
    • Light meditation to spread the light of love to your self and the other person
    • See God in everyone


     Closing prayers


    DECEMBER 13TH  :


    Attendance: 23

    OM, Gayathri Manthra, Light Meditation

    Life Application follow up from our 3 week break – Thanks giving and Swami’s birthday celebrations, Group 2 students offering for Swami’s birthday

    Discussions on what the words purity, free, cleanliness, contamination mean

    Purity is absolute unwavering inner cleanliness free from contamination

    Unity between thought, word and deed

    Life application – 1) Be aware of your challenges mentioned in the class 2) Note down how you addressed the challenge – did you react or respond?


    Closing prayers

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    CLASS DATE: 1/10/2021 TEACHER(S):  Nalini, Gangadhar

    SUMMARY:  Parent Teacher Meeting,

    Student presentation of Interviews they conducted



    We had parent teacher meeting @ 3:30pm. It was very encouraging to see 99% parents join, provide feedback and listen to the student presentations.

    During Christmas break, students were asked to conduct interviews of their grand parents, uncle/aunty etc to Learn good & get Inspired from others lives. Students presented to both teachers and parents many inspiring real life experiences they learned from the interviews. 

    Whom did you interview?

    What did they aspire to achieve in their lives

    What were the struggles/hurdles they faced & how they overcame them

    What did you learn from them?

    How will you bring these lessons into your own life to practice?



    Today’s was last class on Oneness topic

    Analogy: Showed students many lamps that were not lit except one. All of the others were lit using the one lamp, post which students cannot identify the one that was used to lit them all. Message: Everything is spark of the divine, but we forgot our source. 

    We played a Ted Ed video on the discovery of Higgs Boson aka God particle and Higgs field. Quantum physics shows God particle is one that is giving energy to all, the Higgs boson field pervades whole universe that we cannot see but gives mass to the particles. 

    We then watched Q&A with Swami on this same topic asked by his students and we dwelled upon Swami’s message for us and Life application. 

    Life Application:

    From Swami’s message: How to gain confidence, I am God

    Life Application

    • Mindful living: Always think before every action about the source of the energy (consciousness in you) example
    • When you play instrument – hands moving, memory- attribute to that God/energy in you.
    • When eating, drinking, studying – attribute it to the God/energy in you
    • When you see nature (Water, flowers, fruits)- attribute to the energy (same consciousness in all)
    • Practice God qualities- kindness, compassion, love.

    Class presentation


    We started with prayers, had an icebreaker (make a wish for someone else this Christmas, what will that be and for whom). Students mentioned well being on front line workers, everyone who lost family members or jobs during the pandemic.

    Based on last class, students were supposed to set SMART goal to practice from now thru next Swami birthday, monitor and track it. Each student shared their goal and we discussed how to track & measure progress while practicing them. We will share the goals with parents so they can help as well.

    We had open discussion about: Oneness with nature

    1. What are the 5 elements how are they connected to you?
    2. How can you respect nature through your actions?
    3. Can you share some rituals/customs that keep reminding us that nature is God


    We started with prayers, had an ice breaker (number of dishes you had on Thanksgiving meal) This led to being thankful & our Inter Faith food drive progress, contributions for Nov and plan for Dec. We narrated two stories that Swami shared during a discourse about 1) Story showing how one bad habit can take you down like while digging a well 2) Story showing how one good habit can take you up like while constructing a wall. Activity time: Students were divided into 5 break out rooms & asked to pick one bad habit & tell with example how it leads to many more and 2) pick one good habit show examples how it helps build yourself. Students presented for bad habits: procrastination, lying, wasting time, laziness, too much device time. for good habits: self confidence, Discipline (twice), doing our duties, positive self talk We talked about these good habits in terms more SMART goals. We also discussed different means to learn good virtues: Stories, experience from others, parents, teachers, Swami. To help more learning, we have asked them to Interview their grandparents, uncles/aunts or anyone to get to know their lives and get inspired. Goal: Students have to pick one good habit for Swami’s birthday, parent’s birthday or even their own birthday to start practicing. Students prepare & present their thoughts on Oneness with Nature/Universe in next class.

    Summary of the discussion & class presentation 


    Students watched a video as homework, they discussed in breakout rooms and presented to the class their thoughts.

    Summary of the discussion & class presentation 

    Thought Vibrations -What are you broadcasting?

    • Your intentions/emotions positive or negative are creating vibrations around you and also attracting similar vibrations from the universe
    • A negative emotion/thought impacts you first before it reaches the other person.
    • Positive affirmations and thoughts are the key for the success.

    Word Vibrations 

    • Masaru Emoto experiments on impact of vibrations created by words.
    • There is relation between sound vibration and the form it takes.
    • CERN (Geneva) experiment on atom vibrations and form.
    • Watch your words, use them wisely.
    • Do not raise your voice to prove your point.
    • Most of the time, the tone (how you say) is more important than the message (what you say)

    Deed Vibrations 

    • Do more and more deeds to show Love, Compassion, Kindness round the clock. 
    • These deeds generate highest vibrations for person doing the act, receiving & watching/hearing the act. We discussed how we get emotional while watching a scene in the movie.
    • Self Love
    • Service at home
    • Community service     


    After invocation prayers we started with an ice breaker, reviewed food drive service and communications on google hangouts

    Today topics

    1) We played Kahoot that covered quarter 1 topics. 

    2) we had students divided into 8 breakout groups, gave each grp one topic to discuss for 15mins. Each grp presented the summary of their discussion to the class.

    • Grp 1: Open minded (what is it, how it helps, how to practice, qualities of person with open mind)
    • Grp 2: Learning things faster  (brain hormones, how it helps, tips, practice)
    • Grp 3: What is unity in worldly sense and in spirituality (examples of diversity, unity, practice)
    • Grp 4: Who is dear to God (devotee, qualities, practice)
    • Grp 5: Purity (define, why is it important, how to purify, practice)
    • Grp 6: 4 Qualities for pure heart (what are they, example scenarios, practice)
    • Grp 7: Bad company (define, examples, how to handle, practice)
    • Grp 8: Stress & Anxiety (what, when, how, practice, tips)
    • Grp 8: Science behind sacred sounds (sounds & vibration exp, sacred sounds, how they help, sounds and water, practice)

    Please find link to the class presentation.

    Home work:


    After invocation prayers we started with an ice breaker, reviewed food drive service and communications on google hangouts

    Today we discussed about

    1) What rituals in Navratri are meant to help see divinity in all

    2) What is Anxiety, what symptoms do they notice & when does anxiety kick in

    3) Three tips to overcome anxiety. These 3 tips have to be practiced daily.

    • Sit in a comfortable position (on chair/ground), close your eyes and chant OM 3 times, with each OM imagine a circle of protection forming on top of your head
    •  With eyes closed Chant Gayathri mantra 3 times, with each chant imagine a circle of protection forming around your body
    • Positive Self talk –  talk to Swami in your heart, Swami please help me put my best effort and take ownership of the result

    4) Sounds & frequency impact on matter and water

    5) Science behind scared sounds and how they help curb anxiety

    Grp 3 had Swami birthday bhajan today. Please find link to the class presentation.

    Class notes for previous classes can be found here.


    As class we dwelled deeper into what does oneness mean? what is the definition of Unity per Swami. Black Lives Matter was a topic to discussed & examples to help identify oneness in diversity.

    What does unity mean? It is not the combination of many; it is the realization of oneness. Satya Sai Baba

     Please find link to the class presentation.


    Note to Parents:

    Please encourage students to follow (virtual) class best practices.

    Students were asked to participate in their academic/extra curricular activities with enthusiasm to see the difference in learning process. If possible discuss this topic as a family.

    Do not give yourself too much importance. Be less self centered

    • Take time to socialize (in person)to identify oneness. Set goal for without digital device time.
    • Listen when people are talking, make an eye contact during a conversation and be respectful.
    • Get to know someone you don’t like. Try to guess why someone is the way they are. Be kind to someone who gets on your nerves.
    • Accept your mistakes 
    • Look out for service at home & community. Service starts at home.
    • Notice every time you are judging someone, this is a first step towards realizing oneness
    • Consciously remind yourself , the same Divinity is present in the person, bug, tree you come across.
    • Be confident, you are divine, same divinity is in you as well. Give this affirmation to yourself everyday morning, Turn on video in zoom, you are beautiful/handsome 🙂
    • Develop qualities of pure heart Karuna (compassion), Muditha (appreciation), Mytri(friendship), Upeksha (disinterestedness).
    • Do not raise voice against your parents to prove you are correct.



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    CLASS DATE: 12/20/20 TEACHER(S):  Mouli, Nirmala Aunty, and Yadavan

    Group 4 Activities and Presentations



    Main topic:

    The class on December 23rd,  we had a virtual class where we started with announcements. We then went through many upcoming activities such as tutoring at EK Powe Elementary and WG Pearson Elementary, virtual music performance at Chapel Hill Senior Center, Women’s Shelter Cooking, reducing plastic usage. We ended the class with two groups of students presenting on stereotyping/discrimination and racial equality. Both groups did a great job and we look forward to seeing the other presentations during the next class.

    Note to Parents:

    Sairam Parents –

    Group 4 will continue to do virtual classes, our next class is on Sunday, January 10th. We will be discussing the initiatives mentioned above in more detail.

    -Group 4 Gurus

    Jai Sai Ram!

Young Adults (YA) Updates


Interest Groups Updates

Regional Update



Media Repository

  • The media repository for all past events is now available in our main page under this link. If you need the password, please email

Sai Center Officers

  • Officer Role
    Email Address
    Senthil Kumar
    Gopal Somu
    Education (SSE) Co-ordinator
    Aruna Shankar
    Devotional Co-ordinator
    Shubha Nagaraj
    Service Co-ordinator
    Param Dasana
    YA Co-ordinator
    Sayee Shruti Manickam

    If you have any questions, please email the respective office bearer. Click here to access their phone numbers (password protected). 

Thought for the Week

  • A true student is one who achieves excellence in the moral, social and spiritual fields. One should not strive for physical strength and happiness alone. One should strive hard for the control of the mind. One who becomes a slave to one’s mind is bound to become weak, however powerful one may be. So, you should make the mind your slave. The power of mind is matchless. It is from the mind that the most precious virtues originate. If wealth is lost, it can be earned again. If health is lost, it can be restored with the help of an efficient doctor. But if human values are lost, human life becomes a waste. Human values are the need of the hour. They cannot be acquired solely from sacred texts nor can they be passed on by learned preceptors. They originate from within. When we develop noble thoughts and follow the path of truth in our daily life, human values will blossom in us and protect us under all circumstances. (Divine Discourse, Jan 14, 2003)

    – BABA