General Announcements

  • A) Service activities :
    1) In-person Breakfast service – Saturday June 15th at 4:30 am:   
    Our monthly in-person breakfast service to support Raleigh Men’s shelter is scheduled on Saturday June 15th at 4:30am to prepare and serve breakfast at the shelter. You can also signup for ingredients and drop off at 719 McRae Rd, Cary by 7pm on Friday June 14th. Please use the signup sheet below to participate in the breakfast service. 
    Signup for in-person breakfast service – Saturday June 15th 4:30am
    2) In-person Dinner service – Sunday June 15th at 2:30pm: 
    Our monthly in-person dinner service to support Raleigh Men’s shelter is scheduled on Saturday June 15th at 2:30 pm to prepare and serve dinner at the shelter. There is an option to signup for both cooking and serving. You can also signup for ingredients and drop off at 719 McRae Rd, Cary by 7pm on Friday June 14th. Please use the signup sheet below to participate in the in-person dinner service. 
    Signup for in-person dinner service – Saturday June 15th at 2:30pm
    B) Sai Samarpan – Please note Sai samarpan is available, click Sai samarpan
    C) Sunday, Jun 16th at HSNC:
    Room 7:  2:45 PM to 3:15 PM – Vedam class 
    Rooms 3,4,5,6:
      3:30 PM – Setup  
      4:30 PM – 6:15 PM –  Study circle ‘Meditation’ by Bro. Gurumani
      5:00 PM – 6:15 PM – Sai Premam Bhajans , Arati and Closing Prayers 


  • Sai Center Activities Schedule

    Sai Center Activities on Sunday June16th @ HSNC:

    Room 7:

    • 2:45PM – 3:15PM – Vedam Class

    Rooms 3,4,5,6

    • 3:30PM – Setup
    • 4:00PM – 5:00PM – Study circle ‘Meditation’ by Bro. Gurumani
    • 5:05PM – 6:10PM – Sai Premam Bhajans , Arati and Closing Prayers

    Kindly note that there will be no vedam learning session this week

  • Study circle Summary : ‘Attachment-Detachment’-Part 2

    Swami emphasizes that detachment does not mean renouncing responsibilities or obligations, but rather maintaining a sense of inner detachment while fulfilling one’s duties.

    Practicing detachment involves realizing that all actions should be performed selflessly, without expectation of rewards or recognition. One should focus on the quality and sincerity of their actions rather than becoming attached to the outcomes or results.

    Regarding attachment with duty, Swami asks us to perform our duties with utmost dedication and devotion. He stressed the importance of fulfilling responsibilities sincerely and efficiently, considering them as acts of service to others and expressions of love.

    By performing duties as an offering for the welfare and upliftment of others, one can cultivate attachment towards fulfilling their roles in society.

    Swami asks us to cultivate discrimination (Viveka) in order to prioritize duty over personal desires or attachments. He encourages us to develop a clear understanding of what is truly important in life and make conscious choices aligned with higher values.

    Overall, striking a balance between detached action and responsible fulfillment of duties with attachment and approaching them as opportunities for selfless service and spiritual growth.


  • Bhajan of the week

    Deity: Guru
    Raag: Pantuvarali / Puriya Dhanashri

    Taal: 8 Beat / Keherwa / Adi


    Sai Sai Smarana Karo
    Guru Charana Kamala Dhyana Karo [ Sai Sai … ]
    Keshava Madhava Bhajana Karo
    Sadguru Sai Seva Karo (Sri)

    Chant the name of Lord Sai, meditate upon His Lotus Feet, sing the glory of Keshava, Madhava (names of Lord Krishna), serve the Divine Preceptor Sai.

    Bhajan Link:


  • RSC Service Activities
    * In-person Breakfast service – Saturday June 15th at 4:30 am:   
    Our monthly in-person breakfast service to support Raleigh Men’s shelter is scheduled on Saturday June 15th at 4:30am to prepare and serve breakfast at the shelter. You can also signup for ingredients and drop off at 719 McRae Rd, Cary by 7pm on Friday June 14th. Please use the signup sheet below to participate in the breakfast service.
    * In-person Dinner service – Sunday June 15th at 2:30pm:
    Our monthly in-person dinner service to support Raleigh Men’s shelter is scheduled on Saturday June 15th at 2:30 pm to prepare and serve dinner at the shelter. There is an option to signup for both cooking and serving. You can also signup for ingredients and drop off at 719 McRae Rd, Cary by 7pm on Friday June 14th. Please use the signup sheet below to participate in the in-person dinner service.
    * Sri Sathya Sai Prema Tharu (Tree planting)
    Raleigh Sai center is teaming up with Trees for the Triangle organization for our Sri Sathya Sai Prema Tharu project. Interested volunteers to participate in this service, please register for volunteer at and Dave from Trees for the triangle will communicate on the dates of planting.
    To participate in active service projects, please see list below.
    Service name and Date/time Service Activity Details Locations & Sign up
    Sunday Food Service: Men’s shelter – Raleigh (Every alternate Sunday)   Preparing food at Volunteer homes and drop at common place. Volunteer will deliver at Raleigh Men’s shelter by 2pm 1420 S Wilmington St, Raleigh, NC 27601Please click here to sign up for Sunday service.
    SAI Tutoring Program Volunteers provide weekly one to one tutoring via Zoom to an underserved elementary school student from the Durham Public School district. The focus is on ELA and math enrichment and also providing mentorship. NOTE: Please contact if you are interested in getting involved.
    Growing Sai’s Love – Garden project RSC’s pilot program Growing Sai’s Love to help our Sai Community members get more self-reliant by learning to grow their own fresh, healthy vegetables, fruits, flowers, in their backyard. Members can also use these for service and center activities. NOTE: Please contact service coordinator if you would like to participate in this service.
    Raleigh Men’s shelter Breakfast service Monthly Breakfast service on 3rd Saturday to support Raleigh Men’s Shelter. Please drop off items at 719 McRae Rd, Cary on 3rd Friday of the month by 7pm so volunteers can take supplies to the shelter on Saturday morning to cook and serve breakfast.
    Recycling project Recycling project that involves used batteries, medication(s), small electronics and bulbs.  NOTEPlease contact service coordinator if you would like to participate in this service.
    Pediatric Clinic Food Distribution Project This bi-weekly project involves distributing grocery bags to Lincoln Community Health Center Pediatric Clinic’s families in need. Any identified family visiting the pediatric clinic who is facing food insecurity will be given a grocery bag filled with dry/canned goods as well as a list of local food resources in the Durham area. Signup sheet has instructions and Grocery list
     Food drive for Inter-faith Food Shuttle, Durham by Group 3 SSSE Students every month  Group 3 SSSE students form leads in their communities and conduct food drive. Please contact Group 3 teachers for more information. Collected food will be delivered during first week of every month atInter-faith Food Shuttle

    2436 S. Miami Blvd, Suite 200-9

    Durham, NC


  • Pre-SSSE

    CLASS DATE: 02/18/2024 TEACHERS:    Lakshmi, Bhuvana, Radhika, Hima 
    SUMMARY:  Valentine’s Day ATTENDANCE: 
    Class was started with 3 Om and Gayathri.
    Next was ‘Swami in our heart’ by Lakshmi Aunty. We all closed our eyes and visited Swami in our hearts. They hugged Swami and invited him to join us for the Pre SSSE class.
    Next did the discussion on Valentine’s Day.
    We discussed what is Valentine’s Day?
    This is a day we show love to everyone. God is Love.
    Swami will be happy when love all.
    Swami says we should,
    Start the day is love
    Spend the day with love
    End the day with love
    How do we show love to everyone?
    How do we start the day with love?
    How do we fill the day with love?
    How do we end the day with love?
    Children came up with so many ways for it.
    – by being kind
    – by being nice
    – by helping each other
    – by sharing
    – by listening
    – by giving a hug
    – ⁠by cleaning up the toys after we play

    After this Bhuvana Aunty taught them the bhajan
    ‘Love is my form’
    Then for art and craft time Sreevidya Aunty came and taught the children to make a flower. Children also had fun drawing a heart and coloring it.
    It was time for a short snack break.
    Following this Lakshmi Aunty read the book ‘My best friend’
    Activity of the Week:
    Give mom and dad a big hug before going to bed.

  • SSSE group1


     CLASS  DATE: 3/3/2024

    TEACHER(S): Sunitha, Nitya, Aditi, Sharanya, Aruna 
     Topic:  Kindness  Attendance:  26/37
    Theme for the Year: Our Life, His MessageSub-theme for Quarter 2: Duty and ResponsibilityTopics for Quarter 2

    1. Duty – Be on Time, Do your bit for the family
    2. Be a responsible family member, do your part
    3. Personal responsibility- Cleanliness
    4. Do not pass your responsibility to someone else
    5. Do your duty without being told

    Topics for Quarter 3:

    1. Self-respect
    2. Kindness


    We talked about what is kindness and the 3 ways to practice kindness
    1.⁠ ⁠Thought – thinking kind thoughts(eg. Praying when an emergency vehicle passes by, etc)
    2.⁠ ⁠Word – speaking kind words
    3.⁠ ⁠Deed- practicing kind actions like helping around the house. Helping friends /teachers in school with their work.
    Please help them practice kindness
    We had a wonderful and interactive class and we read a book called “The invisible boy”. Please ask them about the book and what they learnt from it.

    Please find the link for the life application tracker. You can print it out and stick it to the notebook just like we did so they can track the life application they are practicing :

    Life application:
    The new life application activity/challenge for this month is to ‘Brush Teeth TWICE a Day’
    Children will put a tick mark in their tracker only when brushing twice, both morning and night. Just one-time brushing doesn’t count for the challenge! The Be On Time Challenge continues!!

    Easwaramma Day sign-up link:

    Bhajans learned:

    1. Om Shivaya Om Shivaya

    2. Jaya Hari Krishna Jaya Hari Krishna

    3. Ram Lakshman Janki

    4. Hare rama Hare rama

    5.Love is the way

    6. Govinda Gopala Prabhu Giridhari dhari

    7. Lingashtakam –




  • SSSE-Group3

    CLASS  DATE:    03/03/2024

    TEACHER(S): Nalini, Gangadher, Sravanti, Aneesha
    Topic: Life is a game Play it – Personality Development   Attendance: 20
    Sairam dear parents

    Please find the class notes, we had brother Ravi talk to students about Leadership skills with many real world examples
    – Who is a leader- lead by example
    – What is leadership- raising above self interest
    – Different types of leadership
    – Why few considered as leaders failed later- lack of ethics & morals
    – He took examples for Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Mother Theresa, Few contemporary Company CEO’s to discuss further about leading by Force vs leading by example
    – ⁠Qualities of good leader- proactive, inspire, self driven, good communication skills, responsible, trustworthy, confident
    – ⁠Swami (our Guide, Guru, God) leading by example with emphasis on self improvement
    – Who is True leader- one who aligns with the source within and operate from a place beyond self interest.

    Brother will share his own personal experiences with Swami, guidance & grace that he received from Swami, this Sunday on 3/10.

  • SSSE-Group4


    SaiRam All!  

    HAPPY NEW YEAR 2024!  May Swami continue shower his blessings upon you!

    For the January 7th class, we had 12 girls, and 6 boys attend.  Teachers for January 7th Class – Mouli Uncle Vini Aunty & Haritha Akka.

    The agenda and key topics/discussions/presentations in class are described below:

    • 3 OM’s, Swami Prayer
    • Each Group 4 sub-group (Devotion, Service, Enrichment) provided a quick update of activities.
    • Devotion Team (assist in Eshwaramma Day Planning and Committee Assignments – Total of 9)
    • Service Team (assist in planning and details to support Womens Shelter Dinner committed for Sunday January 28th evening
    • Enrichment Team is planning a Sports Day in April, details like date and which groups will be involved are in progress.
    • Next, the Group 4’s continued and completed the interactive workshop on Conflict Management, where teachers provided specific examples for students to select and then had them discuss, review and come up with resolutions in the class.
    • Student Led vs. Teacher Led Presentations:
      • Group 4 students are continuing to do peer presentations in front of their class on topics that they choose, and think is relevant in their lives. 
      • We have now had 5 Presentations conducted by Group 4 students –> Akshara (‘Actions Speak Louder than Words’), Vishu (‘Time Management’), Samhitha (‘Discipline’), Harshitha (‘Avoiding Comparison, – Learning to Appreciate Yourself’) and Ananya (‘Positive Attitude’).  Every class we will try to have 2 Group 4 presenters, present for 10 minutes followed by interactive Q&A.  Group 4 teachers have provided a presentation template for the students to follow.  All presentations must include specific quotes and lessons from SWAMI.
      • Each Presentation was videotaped and sent to each Group 4 student who presented for their personal review and to identify areas of improvement in public speaking. 
      • Presenter this week was Saanvi.  Throughout the SSSE year the following Group 4 students have presented – Akshara, Vishu, Saipreeti, Arnav, Samhitha, Harshitha, Hansika.  The rest of the students will be presenting throughout classes in 2024.
    • We started on a new interactive workshop on “Handling and Overcoming Rejection”.   We asked each student to provide an example of a Rejection they went through, how they handled at the time, and how they would handle differently at this time.  Group 4 peers were able to provide each other good feedback.   Many Swami quotes on the topic were reviewed as part of the workshop.
    • Updated Student Saadhanas and Challenges to overcome worksheet was re-sent to students incorporating the ability to add specific New Years Resolutions.

    Class ended with Om, 3 Shanthis & then Snacks.

    Jai Sai Ram!


    Note to Parents:

    Sairam Parents –

    In December, Students requests a ‘movie day’ to enhance team bonding. We will host at Raman Residence a Movie afternoon on Saturday January 20th.  We’ve asked students to vote on what movie they wish to watch. The movie day is in lieu of the January 21st class.  More details will follow next week, thanks.

    -Group 4 Teachers.

    Jai Sai Ram!



Young Adults (YA) Updates




    We will chant and energize beads using the power of Gayathri Mantra, make them into bracelets and offer it to people in need like hospital patients and people in senior care homes.

    Steps to follow:



Seniors Corner

  • Seniors group :

    1. PRAYER BRACELET PROJECT FOR THE PATIENTS AT WAKEMED HOSPITAL:   This project was initiated by senior members of the Raleigh Sai Center, in collaboration with the Senior Club of Hindu Society of North Carolina (HSNC) and the members of Raleigh Sai Center. Bracelets are made with 18 crystal glass beads and filler beads for men and women. Members recite Gayatri Mantra or similar prayer based on their religious background 108 times with each glass bead. Bracelets are put in small cloth bags (stitched by the members) along with a printed message from the WakeMed Hospital. These bracelets are given to the interested patients by the hospital volunteers. Each month hospital volunteers are requesting 30-40 bracelets. Patients are very much appreciative of having the prayer bracelets during their convalescence. Photo of a bracelet offering can be seen below:

     2. RSC  Seniors Group is planning to make the Vibuthi Packets for distribution during  Aradhana Day, Easwaramma Day, Guru Poornima and Swami’s birthday celebrations. Our Senior Group is doing this as a spiritual sadhana of writing “Aum Sri Sairam” on one side of the paper and then cut the paper into four parts, include vibuthi in the unwritten side and fold the paper to make vibuthi packets for distribution. 

    3. Some members of the Senior Group are meeting virtually on Thursday afternoons at 3:00 pm to discuss the application of Swami’s messages in their everyday lives. If you are interested in participating in the virtual meetings or to participate in seva activities with senior’s, please email:

Interest Groups Updates

Regional Update

  • Region 3 Retreat Media and Feedback form :

    Link for Region 3 YouTube

    Audio Link for bhajans

    Here is a link to the feedback form, please fill this and send so we can work on improving, keeping, repeating programs as the feedback maybe.


    Sairam,  Please visit below link for announcements from our Zone.  A special birthday offering and details can be accessed at the below link:

    Guru Purnima Sri Sathya Sai Medical Camp in July.

    One whose heart is filled with compassion,
    Whose words spell truth,
    And who works for the welfare for others
    Will never suffer from difficulties
    Or diseases even in the Kali Age. – Sri Sathya Sai Baba, February 6, 1993

    With Swami’s Grace, the annual Guru Purnima Sri Sathya Sai Medical Camp will be held from 18th of July to the 22nd of July, 2024 in Prasanthi Nilayam, N1 building. Health Care Professionals from around the world are invited to join together in unity with this unique opportunity to provide service on the holy grounds of Prasanthi Nilayam. Non-medical volunteers, especially young adults, are also needed and most welcome to join and serve in various capacities. Space is limited and registration needs to be done in advance with a deadline of May 20, 2024. Please refer the flyer for more details.

    Medical Professional Registration 2024:
    Non-Medical Volunteer Registration 2024:

    Dr. Axay Shanti Kalathia
    SSSGC, Zone 1 Chair


    Sadhana Hour Initiative


    Sairam to All!

    Please see email below from the National Devotional Coordinator about the Sadhana Initiative commemorating Bhagavan’s Centennial Celebrations. This will be held on Fridays, starting March 1st.
    Please share with all devotees.

    Jai Sai Ram!

    Ravi Nakkina- Regional DC
    Region 3 Team.

    Sairam Dear All. I hope you and your families are doing well by Bhagawan’s immense Grace. As we joyously prepare for Swami’s centennial birthday celebrations, I am excited to share with you the details of our upcoming initiatives that aim to help with our Sadhana and enrich our spiritual journey.

    Sadhana Hour – Fridays, 9 PM to 10 PM EST: Starting March 1st, we will gather for “Sadhana Hour” on most Fridays on zoom.

    First Friday of Each Month – Bhajan best practices and Learning Sessions: Sessions on the first Friday of every month will delve into best practices on leading bhajans and workshops on learning to play common instruments used in bhajans such as taalam, kanjira, harmonium, and tabla. We kick off this series with Sai Shruthi and Rashmi guiding us through the basics of playing taalam on Friday, March 1st.

    Second Friday of Each Month – Study Circle Sessions: Eminent Sai devotees will moderate study circle sessions on the second Friday of each month. On the second Friday, March 8th, brother Ravi Mariwalla will lead a study circle on the topic “Practice & Inspire.” Please review the attached study guide beforehand for an enriching study circle session.

    Third Friday of Each Month – Rudram Learning Session – :

    Sairam All! ”Sadhana Hour” for this week is scheduled for the upcoming Friday. As it is the third Friday of the month, our focus will be on learning to chant Sri Rudram.

    Sadhana hours zoom session details:

    Sairam All! ”Sadhana Hour” for this week is scheduled for the coming Friday, April 19th, from 9 PM to 10 PM EST. As this is the third Friday of the month, the session will be on “Learning to chant Sri Rudram”.

    In the last session, Dr. Venkata Ramana provided guidance on pronouncing Sanskrit syllables/words and began teaching 1st Anuvaka. He will continue with this anuvaka during the upcoming Sadhana hour.

    Here is the zoom link – “Sadhana Hour” – Bhagawan’s Centennial Birthday Celebrations

    Zoom Meeting link:

    Rudram Learning session video recording: Learn to Chant Rudram by Dr Venkata Ramana | SSSGC USA (

    Prasanthi Connection Zone 1


    Sairam Dear Regional Presidents,

    Please see the mail from Axay regarding Prashanti connection‘s. Share this mail to all Sai family members.
    Loving Sairams,
    Balu Karanam
    President, SSSGC-USA

    Sairam Dear All,

    Please see the weekly update for the week of June 10 – June 16, 2024 from Prasanthi Connection Zone 1 Committee. Following up with the zone chairs email, for your convenience Prasanthi Connection Zone 1 team is including the information and links below:

    – Email – Week of June 10 – June 16 2024
    Email link:

    – Center Announcements – requesting all center presidents to kindly download one page powerpoint slide or image and add to your existing center powerpoint slides. Please spend few minutes to share these updates live with your center members.
    Download Slide link:

    “Your Prasanthi Connection’s” – Centennial Birthday Video Offering
    Rushi Thanawala Video Url:

    – Need Help with your visit to Prasanthi Nilayam, Puttaparthi, India?
    Call us at: +1 (909) 736-0119 or Email us at: or Web: coming soon

    Sai Ram,
    Prasanthi Connection Team

    Week of June 10 to June 16, 2024 !

    Prasanthi Connection

    Zonal Committee

    With Bhagawan’s grace, the ‘Prasanthi Connection Zone 1 Committee’ stands ready as a steadfast bridge, ensuring your journey to the land of Prasanthi Nilayam is not just a voyage but a transcendental experience, seamlessly weaving beauty, ease, and spirituality from start to finish.

    Please watch the video about Prasanthi Connection Zone 1 Committee. Call us at (909)-736-0119 or email:


    from Prasanthi Nilayam, Puttaparthi, India

    With the Divine Blessings of Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, inauguration of a

    New Mobile Dental Clinic

    was done by Sri. K Chakravarthi (Chairman, SSSGC) and Sri. RJ Rathnakar (Managing Trustee, SSSCT) on June 1, 2024 amidst the functionaries of the Organization in the divine presence. This new mobile dental clinic is fully equipped with the latest instrumentation consisting of digital X-ray with modern sterilization machine.

    This facility will boost the numerous medical camps conducted in remote villages & rural tribal areas of Uttara Kannada district, Karnataka State, India.

    Parthi Yatra (pilgrimage) by devotees from districts of Cuddalore, Puducherry, Mayiladuthurai and Villupuram – June 1 & 2, 2024

    More than 1500 devotees have come to Prasanthi Nilayam for their 2-day Parthi Yatra. Addressing the audience, Sri R Narasimman (District President, Pondicherry) recalled how Swami sent Prof Kasturi to open the first samiti in Puducherry in 1967. Sri Sankaran Lal (District President, Mayiladuthurai) briefed the public on the various seva initiatives undertaken by them.

    The Sai Youth then offered “Sai Smaranam” their gratitude to Bhagawan in the form of devotional music program on June 1 and on day 2 the devoteess have offered “Sai Dhvani” – Devotional Music Program and followed by the concluding session of the Parthi Yatra by the devotees from Tamil Nadu who witnessed a beautiful thematic presentation by the Bal Vikas Children from Puducherry on 9 forms of devotion – ‘Nava Vidha Bhakti’ based on Swami’s discourses.

    All Celebrations Picture Galleries
    Sri Sathya Sai Schools, Odisha, India – Parthi Yatra (Pilgrimage) – June 4 & 5

    As part of the ongoing Parthi Yatra proceedings where more than 1200 school children, parents and teachers have come to Prasanthi Nilayam, the school children from one of the first ‘Sai’ schools that was established in 1974 offered their collective gratitude on the momentous occasion of their Golden Jubilee. Talking about the progress made by this school and the transformation that was brought in many children, Dr Sathya Swaroop Patnaik (State President, Odisha) mentioned how the Sai schools have ensured that the environment in class and home is conducive for learning & practising human values.

    Madhu Vadishyami

    Dance Drama Presentation by the school children of Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Vihar, Baripada | June 4, 2024

    Geetam Madhuram

    Devotional Music Program by the Children of Sri Sathya Sai Schools, Odisha | June 5, 2024

    Watch Live from Prasanthi Nilayam

    Please watch live programs and past events from the month.

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 (SSSE) Co-ordinator
    Jagruti Mariwalla
    Devotional Co-ordinator
    Saideepa Subramanian
    Service Co-ordinator
    Param Dasana
    YA Co-ordinator(s)
    Sayee Shruti Manickam, Krishna Kumar Ramachandran

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

Thought for the Week

  • What are the lessons we should learn from the antagonists mentioned in the epics?

    Bhagawan lovingly points out for us today.

    Men should take great care to see that their senses do not go astray and commit offences. Thinking evil, speaking evil and seeing evil invariably lead to total ruin. For example, in Mahabharata, Duryodhana always had evil thoughts about the Pandavas and ultimately he brought destruction upon his entire family. Keechaka cast an evil eye on Draupadi when the Pandavas were living incognito in Virata King’s palace, and he paid for it with his life. Ramayana has the story of Kaikeyi, who listened to the evil counsel of Mantara, and so lost not only her husband but the regard and love of her son Bharata. No one today even likes to be known by these infamous characters – Duryodhana, Keechaka or Ravana. But though the names are not favoured, the bad qualities associated with them have not been given up by mankind. Strive to give up evil thoughts, evil looks, vicious speech and the greed to give ear to evil counsel and slanderous gossip. – Divine Discourse, May 22, 1986.   BABA