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Devotion

  • Sunday Sai Center Activities Schedule
     
    Time Description
    2:30 – 3:00 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. 


 

  • Bhajan of the week

    Deity: Sai
    Raag: Harmonic Minor (Keeravani)
    Taal: 8 Beat / Keherwa / Adi

    Lyrics:

    When Dark Clouds Fill Your Skies, Hiding Sunshine From Your Eyes
    Say His Name, See His Form, Hold On
    Hold On, Hold On, Say His Name, See His Form, Hold On
    When Things Are Getting Rough And You Feel Enoughs Enough
    Say His Name, See His Form, Hold On
    Hold On, Hold On, Say His Name, See His Form, Hold On
    When Life Seems So Unfair And No One Seems To Care
    Say His Name, See His Form, Hold On
    Hold On, Hold On, Say His Name, See His Form, Hold On
    Say His Name, See His Form, Hold On
    Hold On, Hold On, Say His Name, See His Form, Hold On

    Audio Link:

Service

  • RSC Service Activities
     
    Date & Time Activity Details Locations & Sign up
    Second Saturday of the Month between 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Pillow Service

    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

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

    Please click here to sign up.

    Fourth Saturday of the Month between 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

    New Born Kit & Winter Gear Service  

     Sharanya & Senthi’s place: 613 Pilot Dr , Cary NC 27519.
    Fourth Sunday of the Month between 3:45 PM – 5:00 PM.  Sandwich Service Sandwich service by SSE kids at HSNC.

    Lunch bag & drop off volunteers  to locations – please click here to sign up.

         
    Park Clean up April 20th   Signup coming soon

     

     

SSE

  • SSE Registration for new students is now open! Please register here. 

    SSE Classes run from September to May

  • Pre-SSE

    CLASS DATE: 04/14/2019 TEACHERS: Vanaja patti, Chandran Thatha, Vasanthi aunty, Surabhi aunty
    SUMMARY: Go Green ATTENDANCE: 20/28

    Prayers: 3 Oms, Gayatri

    Main topics:  To day patti showed us how we can practice Go Green in our daily lives. She brought lots of stuff to show. She asked us to use regular cloth bags for shopping instead of getting plastic bags. She told us not to use paper plates, plastic spoons, plastic water bottles when we go for picnic or any Sai Center activities. . Instead we can take reusable plates or compartment stainless steel containers with lid, steel spoons and forks, cloth napkin and reusable water bottles. She asked us to use wash cloths instead of paper towels. We learnt that straws are very bad for the environment.  Instead we can buy stainless steel straws.

    Kids were educating each other by saying when we throw plastic on the street, animals can eat and get choked. Also people are throwing paper products, water bottles in the garbage and the garbage is piling up like a mountain.

    Rest of the time we were practicing for Easwaramma Day.  

    Life application/Home work:  Remember to take water bottles this week wherever you go. 

    Note to Parents: Practical ways to protect the environment:  Do not use plastic, Carry own bags for grocery shopping. Make your family event/parties go green, Bring Go Green Kit in all Sai events.

  • SSE group1

    CLASS DATE: 04/14/2019 TEACHER(S): Jagruthi , Aruna, Sunitha and Resmi
    SUMMARY: 

    Continued with Duty towards the environment and focused on the 3 Rs

    ATTENDANCE:  15

     

    Lesson Plan:

    Discussed what we learnt in the previous classes about Duty especially our duty towards the environment. Talked about plastic pollution and its impact to the planet. Children came up with ideas on how they can use alternatives for commonly used plastic products – metal straws, metal cutleries, carrying reusable grocery bags, taking your own containers to carry out food.

    We discussed how we can Reduce, Reuse and Recycle plastics so that plastic waste can be limited. Watched a presentation on how we can implement this. The class took a pledge of ” Environment resposibility starts with Me”

    Demonstrated how we can repurpose newspaper to paper bags that can even be used as fancy gift bags. 

     

     Homework

    ·       Do the chore selected as your responsibilty at home

    ·       Prayer before food

    ·       Follow your personal discipline goal everyday

    Note to Parents:

    We are learning about Duty and importance of taking responsibility .Please help your child hang their “What I am responsible for at Home” chart in a place they can see and be reminded of everyday. 

    Friendly reminder

    • Help our children to achieve their goal of the week.
  • SSE-Group2

    CLASS DATE: 03/10/2019

    TEACHERS:Hitha Raj, Aditi Jain, Jalaja peechu

    Summary: unity of Faiths

    ATTENDANCE: 12

     

    Sairam,

    class started with 3om’s ,Gayatri mantra and may pole meditation.

    students shared what they practiced last week. They continued doing their beds and chores.

    We saw a video of various festivals celebrated in Prashanthi Nilayam. It showed how people from different faiths and from different countries come to prashanthi nilayam and celebrate their festivals. 

    We brainstormed on how to incorporate  the students ideas into Easwaramma day skit. we came up with the high level flow of the skit. 

     

     

     

    Bhajans: we practiced two bhajans with sister Kripa.

    http://prasanthi-mandir-bhajan.net/Guruvayoor_Pura_Sri_Hari_Kr.htm

    https://sathyasai.us/devotion/song/rama-krishna-tum-ho

    Homework:

    1.Finish  and submit Sai Samarpan article.

    2. Work on the script for Easwaramma day.

    Life application: Practice doing  Gayatri Mantra daily. Students also can do prayers  what their family does. 

    Practice communicating with  God. They can talk, write, sing …..to God. Come share with us how you communicated with God and how this helps you.

    Continue doing their beds and chores.

     

     

    Reminders:

    All the students are encouraged to finish and submit Sai Samarpan article.

    we will be having a call on wednesday and thursday from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm to discuss about the Easwaramma day skit. Students interested in sharing the ideas can join the call.

     

    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: 4/14/2019 TEACHER(S):  Nalini, Gangadher
    SUMMARY:  Skit Practice. Go green presentation by G4 ATTENDANCE:  15

    Prayers:

    Beginning prayers led by students. We chant multi faith prayers beginning of each class to show all regions teach same.

    Link to multi faith prayers with meaning: http://sairegion3.org/multi-faith-prayers/

    Main topic:  Devotion (tip 6) Be God in everyone and everything

    Practiced skit from 3 to 3:50 pm. Skit leads helped practice in groups.

    Group 4 students gave presentation on Go Green.

    Audio recording of Scene 1 from 4:20 to 4:50 pm

     

    Note to Parents:

    One practice a week to qualify to call our self a devotee of Swami. Students add practice each week.

    Tip1: Start the day and end the day with Swami’s name. Swami will count this as 8 hour chanting during night.

    Tip2: Keep your consciousness active. Do not suppress it. 

    Tip3: To keep our consciousness active we are going to think/chant or say SAIRAM, every time we eat snack/meal, drink water/juice/milk.

    Tip4: Body is the temple, keep this instrument fit. Remind yourself Swami resides in this body. Chant Swami’s name while taking shower. Eat healthy and exercise. 

    Tip5: Choose one person from their do not like list, identify a good quality in that person. Think positive about them.

    Tip6: See God in everybody and everything. Start with seeing Swami in parents and siblings

  • SSE-Group4

    CLASS DATE: 04/07/2019 TEACHER(S):  Nirmala, Mouli, and Meenakshi
    SUMMARY: 

    Habitat for Humanity & Yard Cleanup

    ATTENDANCE:  N/A

    Main topic:

    For the past two weeks, Group 4 has been involved in service projects such as Habitat for Humanity and yard cleanup for our local senior citizens.

    Note to Parents:

    Sairam Parents –

    We will have regular SSE this Sunday (04/14) at 3:30pm.

    Jai Sai Ram!

    -Group 4 Gurus

Young Adults (YA) Updates

Interest Groups Updates

  • Go Green Group – Tips

    • Shut off water while brushing teeth
    • Please use reusable water bottles.
    • Please use reusable bag for the grocery store
    • Please use paper sandwich bag or reusable box to pack sandwich for lunch.

    (REFUSE, REDUCE, REUSE, RE PURPOSE, RECYCLE)

    See all interest groups available.

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.

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-ordinators
    Aparajith Sairam
    Rama Devi
    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

  • You must discharge duties ordained on you by God and sanctify time. Whatever actions we perform are the reflections of our inner thoughts and feelings. Hence, undertake such actions that provide happiness to you and everyone. Due to the effect of Kali age, people do not work hard. Both educated and uneducated have become lethargic. Today people prefer to lead an easy life. Even students want to pass examinations without putting much effort. People want to secure jobs without working hard. After securing jobs, they want salaries without discharging their duties adequately. This type of attitude is not good. It is said, kashte phali – hard work yields rich rewards. The rewards that you get will be commensurate with the efforts you put in. Be duty conscious. Offer salutations to the action (tasmai namah karmane) so that your efforts yield very good results, and work sincerely. Sanctify your life by performing righteous actions.

    – Divine Discourse, Apr 15, 2003.