NewsLetter

General Announcements

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    The Raleigh Sai Center is closed until further notice due to the Coronavirus.

     

     

    Recurrent Virtual Programs:

    • NEW! Fridays at 9 p.m. ET – The Essence of Vahinis at http://www.sathyasai.us/live
    • Saturdays at 11 a.m. ET – RSC Study Circle – Gita Vahini Series by Bro. Ravi Mariwalla (via zoom). Recordings of Past Sessions.
    • Sundays at 5 pm ET – Region 3 weekly virtual devotional program at www.sairegion3youtube.org  

     

    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 hpkamath11@gmail.com 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! 

     

    Featured Past Programs:

    Note: If you need the password, please email info@raleighsaicenter.org. 

     

    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.  

Devotion

  • Sunday Sai Center Activities Schedule
     
    Time Description
    3:30 – 4:00 p.m. Setup Activities
    3:15 – 3:45 p.m.

    Singers Practice only for the specific group singing on that day

    3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

    Sathya Sai Education (SSE) Classes for children (September to May)
    4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Study of Sathya Sai Baba’s Teachings 
    5:05 – 6:15 p.m. Announcements followed by Devotional Singing

    Looking for a service opportunity? Volunteers are needed every Sunday at 2:30 pm to help with the set-up of the Sai Center and altar. Also, volunteers are needed to stay back after the devotional activities are completed to help with the break down and cleanup. 


  • Study Circle

    Please join us for the study of Sathya Sai’s Teachings on Sundays from 4 to 5 p.m.

    Current Series: Unity and Purity

    On 5th June 2019, Dr. Narendranath Reddy, Chairman, Prasanthi Council, sent the two Study Guides on Unity and Purity – for distribution to all Sathya Sai Centers and Groups (outside India). In the attached letter, Dr. Reddy requested all of us to dive deep into the nectarine teachings of Lord Sai. The two Study Guides attached can be downloaded from here.

    Sathya Sai International Organization is urging all Sathya Sai Centers and Groups to hold Study Circles on these documents, in preparation for the Pre-World Conferences. This will make the Pre-World Conferences, starting in February 2020, more productive, inspirational and successful.

    Past Series: Cultural Inclusion and Expansion Series

    The Cultural Inclusion and Expansion theme is a national level initiative which is being taken up by all the centers in US. The material for this series is organized in 4 modules (see below), each divided to fit into 3 weeks. For context about this topic, see video summary and a report documenting the findings about Cultural Inclusion and Expansion for Sai Centers in the USA.

 

  • Bhajan of the week

    Deity: Rama
    Raag: Desh
    Taal: 8 Beat / Keherwa / Adi

    Lyrics:

    Raghupathi Raghava Raja Ram
    Patitha Pavana Sita Ram
    Raghupathi Raghava Raja Ram
    Patitha Pavana Sita Ram
    Rama Rama Jaya Raja ( Sai ) Ram
    Rama Rama Jaya Raja Ram
    Rama Rama Jaya Sita Ram
    Rama Rama Jaya Sai Ram

    Meaning:
    Chant the name of Lord Sai Rama. Oh Lord! You are the salvation of the fallen and repentful. Chant the name of the princely Rama of Ayodhya. Chant the name of Sai Ram whose name purifies us.

    Audio Link:

Service

  • RSC Service Activities
     
    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 @service@raleighsaicenter.org 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 Raleigh Shelter by 2 PM.

    Men’s Shelter. Address: 1420 S. Wilmington St. Raleigh, NC.

    Please click here  to sign up.

    Second Saturday of the Month between 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Pillow Service [ THIS SERVICE CANCELLED TEMPORARILY DUE TO COVID-19]

    Manisha & Rakesh’s place: 1737 Colleen Circle, Cary, NC 27519. 

    Please click here  to sign up.

    Third Saturday of the Month between  4:15 AM – 6:45 AM.

    Breakfast Service 

     [ THIS SERVICE CANCELLED TEMPORARILY DUE TO COVID-19]

    Men’s Shelter. Address: 1420 S. Wilmington St. Raleigh, NC.

    Please click here to sign up.

    Fourth Sunday of the Month between 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

     

     Sandwich Service

     [ THIS SERVICE CANCELLED TEMPORARILY DUE TO COVID-19]

    Sandwich service by SSE students in HSNC.

    please click here to sign up.

    Volunteers preparing lunch bags at home & drop off volunteers  to various locations – please click here to sign up.

    Fourth Saturday of the Month between.

     

     Winter Gear Service

     [ THIS SERVICE CANCELLED TEMPORARILY DUE TO COVID-19]

    please  click here to sign up.

    Feb 29,  March 29, and May 02, May 30 Timings: 8:15- 4 PM @ Abbington Ridge South East Raleigh. Address: 5816 Forest Point Rd., Raleigh 27610

     

    Interfaith Build at Habitat for Humanity

     [ THIS SERVICE CANCELLED TEMPORARILY DUE TO COVID-19]

    please  click here to sign up.

    please  click here to sign up on Habitat For Humanity site also.

     

SSE

  • Pre-SSE

    CLASS DATE: 09/20/2020

    TEACHERS:  Patti, Saideepa, Thatha  Bhuvana,  

     

     

    SUMMARY:  Spend the day w/love by helping others ATTENDANCE: 20

    Started the class by chanting Gayatri Mantra. Swami says  ‘God is love, live in love’. Swami also says: ‘start the day w/love, spend the day w/love’. Thatha suggested through role play w/patti that we can love God by chanting Gayatri mantra when we start the day. Saideepa aunty narrated a story of how Swami spent His days with love by helping His grandfather. After the story we talked about our own grandparents, how we can share our love with them. Patti read a book ‘The Giving Tree’ by Shel Silverstein. From this story we learnt how a tree spends his days with love by helping us in so many different ways. Bhuvana aunty taught us a new Devi Bhajan.  Bhuvana aunty’s husband Arun uncle showed us beautifully how we can clap with the bhajan. In between we played a couple of games.

    09/13/2020

    Started the class with Gayatri Mantra. Pranav anna came to teach us Origami and we learnt to make a paper boat. Swami says ‘God is Love, God is in all of us’. Patti told us that we have to be happy all the time if God is in us and make others h appy because God is in everyone. We learnt this lesson through role play by Thatha & patti,   by reading a book ‘ Things that make me Happy’ by Sarah Mazor, and  by singing a happy song with Saideepa aunty. Sharanya aunty showed us how we can make snack with happy faces.

    09/06/2020

     We started our class this year with Swami’s teachings. Swami says ‘God is Love, God is in all of us’. Patti told us that we should love ourselves because God is in us. We should be proud of ourselves who we are, what we are and have confidence that God will take care of us wherever we are. All the teachers planned fun activities for us: Lakshmi aunty taught us a  Ganesh bhajan, Bhuvana aunty played a game, Sharanya aunty played a game with artwork, Saideepa aunty showed us to dance with a song, Patti read a story. It was a fun day and we are all happy to start our Pre-SSE class this year. 

     

     
  • SSE group1

    CLASS DATE: 09/20/2020 TEACHER(S): Jagruthi, Aruna,,Sunita,Resmi
    SUMMARY: 

    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 group 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 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.

  • SSE-Group2

    CLASS DATE: 03/10/2020

    TEACHERS:Hitha Raj, Aditi Verma, Jalaja Peechu

    Summary:Emotional self awareness. kindness and Empathy.

    ATTENDANCE: 16

     

    Sairam,

    We started the class with 3 Om’s, prayers and meditation led by students. We reviewed last weeks life application. Last two weeks we were focusing on topics gratitude and empathy.

    Last Sunday we dove deeper on the concept of Empathy.  Children shared kind act they did throughout the week.  We discussed how feeling of empathy drives the act of kindness.  Kids were split into 4 different groups, given different scenarios for which they had to put themselves in different person’s shoe and come up with an empathetic response.  

     

     

    Life application: They need to journal 3 things.

    1. Today I am grateful for….
    2. One good act that I did today…
    3. My happiness scale (pick one) : very happy,happy, neutral,sad, very sad.
    4. continue eating fruits and vegetables(ABCs)…

     

     

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO PARENTS:

    1. We would like all the students to be on time by 3.25pm we are staritng the class by 3.30pm.

    Class room door closes at 3.30pm.

    If any students come late they have to wait outside the door till we finish prayers and meditation.

    2. As a parent your responsibility to check the home work ( life application ) which we give them to follow through the week.

    Once you as a parent commit to the follow up with your kids the results are impactful.

    3. Treat this spiritual learning as a beautiful foundation to your kids who are the future generations of leaders.

    Swami has given us the opportunity to be the part of this huge responsibility. Let’s stand up to build this great future leaders.

     

     

  • SSE-Group3

    CLASS DATE: 09/20/2020 TEACHER(S):  Nalini, Gangadher

    SUMMARY:  Devotees and their characteristics

    ATTENDANCE:  23

    09/20/2020

    We started with invoking prayers followed by discussion on how we practiced our life application that was discussed in last class.

     

    In this class each student talked about a devotee they chose and 3 important characteristics they noted. Devotees they talked about are: Hanuman, Markandeya, Ganesha, Meera, Narada, Aruna Girinathar, Narahari, Karanam Subbamma, Hercules, Kasturi, Kabir, Prahlada.

    The characteristics they identified were: Love for God, faith, optimism, courage, dedication, cleverness, no desires, loving everyone, determination, sincere, humble, pious, loving, generous, courageous, ingenuity, loyal, humility, dedication, obedient, simplicity, patience.

    We concluded class with bhajans sung by students.

    09/13/2020

    Today is the first session for this new SSE academic year. 

    We started with invoking prayers followed by introductions.  In this class we learned about open-mindset vs closed mindset. Also learned how important to have enthusiasm while learning something new. We learned 3 simple tips to keep our enthusiasm for learning something boring (or new). 

    Please find the class presentation here.

     

    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.

     

     

  • SSE-Group4

    CLASS DATE: 4/12/20 TEACHER(S):  Mouli and Nirmala Aunty
    SUMMARY: 

    discussions on COVAD-19, Virtual Service Projects

    ATTENDANCE:

    8

    Main topic:

    This class on April 12th,  we did a virtual class and discussed how each G4 student was spending time during the shelter-in-place order and then a variety of virtual service project opportunities.

    Note to Parents:

    Sairam Parents –

    Group 4 will have our next class on April 26th (Guest Speaker – Ranjani Iyer) then May 3rd.  We will be doing virtual classes until the end of the term.

    Jai Sai Ram!

    -Group 4 Gurus

Young Adults (YA) Updates

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Interest Groups Updates

Regional Update

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    None.

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 info@raleighsaicenter.org

Sai Center Officers

  • Officer Role
    Name
    Email Address
    President
    Jaime Villegas
    president@raleighsaicenter.org
    Vice-President
    Sangeeta Varanasi
    vp@raleighsaicenter.org
    Education (SSE) Co-ordinator
    Aruna Shankar
    education@raleighsaicenter.org
    Devotional Co-ordinator
    Shubha Nagaraj
    devotion@raleighsaicenter.org
    Service Co-ordinator
    Vijay Peddapalli
    service@raleighsaicenter.org
    YA Co-ordinator
    Sayee Shruti Manickam
    ya@raleighsaicenter.org

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

Thought for the Week

  • Rama is the Indweller in every body. He is the Atma-Rama, the Source of Bliss in every individual. He is the very embodiment of dharma, of all the codes of morality that hold mankind together in love and unity. The Ramayana teaches two lessons: the value of detachment and the need to become aware of the Divine in every being. Faith in God and detachment from objective pursuits are the keys for human liberation. Give up sense objects, and you gain Rama. Sita gave up the luxuries of Ayodhya, so she could be with Rama, in the period of “exile”. When she cast longing eyes on the golden deer and craved for it, she lost the presence of Rama. Renunciation leads to joy; attachment brings about grief. Be in the world, but not of it. Make your heart pure and strong, contemplating the grandeur of the Ramayana. Be established in the faith that Rama is the Reality of your existence.

    – Rama Katha Rasavahini, Ch 1, The Inner Meaning.