St.Andrew’s C of E School
If we develop compassion and goodness (maitri), God will appear to be close to us. Whether we are in pain or pleasure, in sorrow or trouble, at all times we must develop our heart in such a way that we are able to receive Paramatma Prema
(God’s love). On the other hand, if we entertain evil qualities like wanting to commit sin, or listen to things which one should not listen to, or hurt and harm others, then justice, goodness and honesty will never remain anywhere near us. Therefore, you must develop sacred qualities.
Summer Roses on Blue Mountains 1976, Ch 12.
SSE Classes -
After summer break the Gita sessions started with full class with loving children, SSE teachers and Parents. To begin the class to narrate an incident where Quality is more important in his Divine mission, has been explained to SSE Students as below -
A few years ago at the time when preparations were being made to begin the construction of the Super Speciality Hospital, Bhagawan seemingly had less time to devote to the students. Day and night He was busy with matters relating to the new hospital. There was one very young student of Bhagawan who could no longer bear the pangs of separation from his mother Sai. He wrote a letter to Bhagawan one day and took it during evening darshan and handed over to Bhagawan.
To say the least this boy was ecstatic. Then the darshan continued and as usual Bhagawan called a group of doctors for an interview. Then, after about five minutes, to everyone's utter amazement, the interview room door flew open and Bhagawan emerged in all His glory holding a small letter in His hand, the letter of the young boy. Bhagawan called that young boy to come near and asked him, "Boy, should I read aloud what you have written to me in this letter, so that everyone may listen." The innocent boy replied. "Whatever you think or wish, Bhagawan" Bhagawan himself read the letter aloud so that all could hear. The letter was as follows:
You have given so much to me and to every one here. You have provided free education for me and all my brothers and now I hear that you are constructing a BIG Hospital that will provide the most modern health care facilities to every section of the society totally free of cost. Bhagawan! I also want to be a part of your glorious mission but I am just a small boy and I don't know how I can contribute. Bhagawan, my parents are extremely poor but in spite of that they send me a little extra pocket money every month. I know it's due to their love and concern for me.
"Bhagawan! For the last three months I have not given my clothes to the dhobi. While all other boys were sleeping in the night I washed my clothes and thus I managed to save a little money. Bhagawan! I have also resisted the temptation of toffees, chocolates and all other things and thus managed to save a little money. Bhagawan! I offer this 100 rupee note to you. I feel ashamed and small to give you so little but even if this money can be used to buy a small brick for the foundation of the new hospital, I will be the happiest child in the world.
Your loving Son."
You know the twinkle in the eye of a mother when her son does something that makes her feel extremely proud. Well, that twinkle was there in Bhagawan's eye. Holding the 100 rupee note in His hand, Bhagawan said to that young boy. "My dear son, this is not just 100 rupees, this note is worth millions and millions of rupees for Me."
Narrating this incident explained to Students how the 100 rupees with samarpan (surrender) is more important than millions of rupees, similarly the devotion and love for learning Gita is more important than mere chanting.
Bhajan: Sai Hamara Ham Sai Key Aisa Prema Hamara
Sai Pitha Aur Mata Sai
Deena Dayala Daata Sai |Sai Pitha...|
Sai Guru Sai Sakha Sahodara
Sai Sathya Shiva Sai Sundara
Veda Upanishad Geeta Sai |Deena|
Chant the Holy name of Sai who is our father and mother and who is the protector of the weak and downtrodden. HE is the preceptor, friend and sibling. HE is verily the Truth, the Goodness and the Beautiful. HE is the embodiment of Vedas, the Upanishads and the Geeta.
Dr Pinakin Shah of Mill Hill who has been one of the overseas visiting dentists at Parthi over many years has kindly shared photos of his seva at Parthi.
Pre nursery and Foundation class was combined for today's lesson. This week we are celebrating Shirdi Sai Baba's birthday and the lesson was about Shirdi Sai.
Children were shown a color picture of Shirdi Baba and because he lived in a place called Shirdi he got that name.
Two stories were read about Shirdi Baba
First story recounted how Baba was lit the oil lamp every day where he was living with the oil was given by merchants of the village. One day, the merchants refused to give any oil but
Baba performed a miracle by pouring some water in lamp and used water to light the lamp.
From this story children learned about how miracles can happen and they learnt a new word
MIRACLE and what it means.
The second story was about a lady devotee who was preparing food for baba and how a village dog came and ate the food; the lady got angry and hit the dog. When Baba visited her later, he refused to take the food.
With this story children learned not to hurt anyone and that God resides in everyone.The lesson with children making a birthday card for Baba with rainbow and sign of Aum.
Children left the class with the message of " God is in every one"
We had 4 children today; a small class.
We recapped on last Sundays lesson and children understood the 2 stories of Lord Ganesha very well . We also discussed homework which was counting all the aum signs which formed a picture of Lord Ganesha.
Today's lesson: we discussed the story of Lord Ganesha and putting it into the correct order. Teacher wrote them on board and we put all sentences in order together. Children worked well as a team and enjoyed discussion.
The story today was about Lord Ganesha and his broken tusk..
There are many stories of Lord Ganeshas broken tusk. The first popular story is related to the Sage Vyasa and the Mahabharata.
Sage Vyasa had split the vedas into four -
The sage asked Ganesha, he thought for a while and agreed. But Ganesha had one condition, he wrote extremely fast and if Sage Vyasa was willing to speak without pausing,he, Ganesha, was willing to write. So as Ganesha began to write his quill broke and as agreed with the Sage, he could not pause,so quick thinking Lord Ganesha broke off one tusk and continued to write.
This was how the Mahabharata got written. Lord Ganesha was also known as Ekadanta -
Hope you found the story as interesting as we in group one did.
Homework: To find as many ‘Aum’ symbols as possible in the drawing of Lord Ganesha in the handout.
What a great start to the class -
We continued our study of the Ramayana. The kidnapping of Sita, the sad fate of Jatayu, the meeting of Hanuman, the fight between Vali and Sugriva.
Ravana showed bad conduct and yet was blessed with mighty powers – how could this be?
From his single minded pointedness and act of committed penance! How much can one achieve with a focussed mind. This ability lies within each and every one of us. Let us practice repeatedly and successfully achieve all we wish to but with good and positive intent.
The last part of our lesson was spent creating the cards we require for our Ramayana game. Each child took ownership of their cards which we will continue to work on next week so all starts taking shape. The children thoroughly enjoyed seeing their ideas being brought to life and I’m sure it will get more exciting as the physical creation of the game develops.
Children, please please remember to bring folders, pencil cases and Sai Merit books to classes every week.
Jai Sai Ram!
In the dental dept, Sri Sathya Sai Gen Hosp, Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh all treatment is carried out free of charge. New building recently opened with brand new dental clinic is a large treatment room with 4 dental chairs in operation. Two dentists have been appointed by Medical Trust to work fulltime and another visiting dentist can work alongside them. Swami allowed visiting dentists to perform 2 weeks rotation voluntary service. One may offer 1 week duty as minimum. International dentists come from UK, USA, Australia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Austria and India. Hours or work are Mon-
All aspects of treatment carried out except crowns and dentures. Patients come from almost every state in India. Two visiting orthodontists from Bengaluru and Hyderabad come for voluntary seva one Sunday every month to fix braces on Swami's students.
This week Kobika writes:
We started the lesson with a litter picking activity around the car park to familiarise ourselves with the new litter pickers so we can help adults with car park cleaning Seva early on the Sunday morning.
In class we began with a role play scenario, where the class discussed what we would say to Swami if he were to walk into the classroom. Some ideas mentioned included
•Saying thank you to Swami for all he has done for us
•Asking Swami to guide us on the path towards him
•And also asking him for the power of discrimination so that we may tell right from wrong and choose the path of dharma.
Today we also recapped on the lesson last week on Sri Adi Shankaracharya : facts about his life and his works and we began reciting the Bhaja govindam. We discussed the meaning of the first verse and added actions in order to help with remembering the meaning.
What we learnt from the first paragraph: Despite different names of God, they are in reality, all names for the One God, the higher God within all of us in Atma. Material knowledge will not save you from death or the end of our physical body. Lastly we discussed the significance of our own names and concluded that even the most simple names can have much spiritual significance. We finished the lesson by discussing Project titles for 2016-
The main objective of SSE Bhajans is to motivate the children so that they are able to sing and enjoy the words and melody of Bhajans. We believe that such encouragement will boost a child's interest in bhajans and make them learn more.
The Mahishasura mardini Sthothram, written by the great saint Adi Shankara, is an ancient chart that explains the victory of the Divine Mother over the demons in the battle of good versus evil. The demons are representations of negative tendencies in human beings. Please click here for Lyricls
Mrs. Geeta Ram comes from a family which has been associated with Swami for the last four generations. She is the daughter of Dr. Padmanabhan, an ardent devotee and a familiar figure in 'Brindavan', Swami's ashram in Bangalore. Her great grandfather, Mr. Seshagiri Rao, came to Swami in 1943 and was the temple priest of Prashanthi Nilayam for many years. Having come to Swami at a very tender age, Mrs. Geeta Ram's life is full of wonderful Sai experiences and amazing anecdotes which are both interesting and illuminating. Currently, she lives in Washington, DC.
This is the talk we aired on Radio Sai sometime back. Full of wonderful instances, we have divided this talk into two parts, Part I and Part II , for ease of reading.
Whenever I talk about my own experiences, the child growing up at His Feet or about my youth or adulthood, I always go back in time and enjoy that incident. I was fortunate enough to be born in a family, where my great grandfather came to Swami in 1943, so ever since then we have had the fortune to enjoy His physical presence since we were living in Bangalore.
The First Incident…
In my childhood it used to take almost 11 hours to go to Puttaparthi, by train, bus, bullock cart, walking and wading in the river. We had Swami with us from 6 in the morning until 10 in the night. In fact my great aunt used to tell Swami, “Please go now we have to do our household work. You are always with us and we can not wash our clothes.” It sounds like a dream.
Now He tells us, “My blessings are with you, you can go now.” In those days He would call us and say, “Stay one more day.” I will now share with you the first incident if not for which I would not be speaking before you today if
it were not for His Grace a month ago. On November 22nd last month at our Sai centre in South Bethesda, we had planned a very big 4day programme for Swami’s Birthday, for Thanksgiving weekend. Our programme would begin on the 23rd afternoon, so on 22nd evening I had been very busy. I had been the Education coordinator there, and since it was a big programme I had been very busy for 3 months getting the children ready.
So on 22nd evening around 5.30pm I decided I would buy some flowers and fruits for my morning worship; so I went to a store, which happened to be in a very big shopping area. There was a crowd buying things for Thanksgiving, and on the way I went to an ATM. I parked my car to draw some money and opened the door to get out, but as I did so a man ran over the grassy area from behind and opened the back door of my car and got in. He put his left arm around me and in his right hand he had a knife which he put to my throat and said, “Drive, drive, drive!”
Celebrating Shirdi Baba with extracts from Satcharita
Baba’s omnipresence was not confined to the three forms -
One evening Mrs. Laxmibai entered the mosque and bowed to baba who said to her, “Laxmibai, I am very hungry”. She ran home and fetched roti and vegetables for him. He at once took it up and gave it to a dog. Laxmibai felt shocked and insulted and said, “Was it for this that you wanted me to bring the food here”. Baba was unperturbed. He said, “Why do you grieve over such a small affair? The appeasement of its hunger is the same as feeding me. The dog has a soul though it cannot communicate with us. Remember that whoever feeds the hungry feeds me.” Baba begged his food from five houses and he ate it in the musjid. Mrs. G.S. Khaparde who stayed at Shirdi for a number of days used to offer him food at the musjid. Once she invited Baba to her lodging for meal. This she did day after day, for some time. One day Baba promised her that he would go to her house. That day, when she was preparing various dishes, a dog came there. Mrs. Khaparde was afraid that it might pollute the pure dishes. Not finding anything handy with which to drive it out, she picked up a burning brand from the hearth and threw it at the dog and the creature ran away. That day too Baba did not turn up. So she took the food to the mosque. On seeing her Baba said, “When I came to your house you threw a burning brand at me!” Mrs. Khaparde caught his point and repented for her inadvertence.
Turning Water into Oil
S ai Baba was very fond of lights. He used to borrow oil from shopkeepers, and keep lamps burning the whole night in the Masjid and temple. This went on for some time. The Banias, who supplied oil gratis, once met together and decided not to give Him oil. When, as usual, Baba went to ask for oil, they all gave Him a distinct No. Unperturbed, Baba returned to the Masjid and kept the dry wicks in the lamps. The banias were watching Him with curiosity. Baba took the tin pot which contained a few drops of oil, put water into it and drank it and forced it fall in the container. After consecrating the tin-
Group 4 -
This week’s class writeup by Prithi.
We began our second Group 4 SSE lesson of the year with the lighting of Swami's lamp by Br Bhaskar and three Aums and a discussion about our past two weeks. We started speaking about how we implemented 'Truth' and what we found challenging about the implementation of truth based on our daily practice reflected from our previous LOTUSS session in our daily lives over the past 2 weeks .
This week's lesson was based around the second chapter of Summer Showers 1990:
'Sanctify The Body' and we began with a brief summary of the chapter put together by Br. Bhaskar. We also discussed common misconceptions about words which had similar sounds and also a full glossary of key terms and meanings were compiled by Br Tushar which were later use for our interactive activity. We then moved on to discuss what we thought the differences were e.g. between Brahma, Brahmin and Brahman. Initially in mini groups then after it was shared . This led onto the discussion of the caste system (as it was a question raised by one of the students). But importantly we discussed that it was created by man and not God.
We spoke about the four different castes which include Brahmin, Kshtriya, Vaishya and Shudra and the two types of Brahman: Nirguna and Sadguna.
We also watched a video clip which from the 'Matrix' which explained how we can accept fate or not accept it, but the illusion of thinking that we are in control of everything and that ultimately we determine our destiny, and that we are the doer was a good point of discussion.
We continually saw how every aspect reflected our daily lives
Our session concluded with a game of hangman in order for us to become more familiar with the Sanskrit words and their meanings found in Summer Showers 1990 Ch2.
We finished with Aum and three Shanthis.
MP3 Part 1
MP3 Part 2
Sathya Sai National Acquacare project
With the divine blessings of our beloved Bhagawan, we are delighted to bring to your attention a wonderful service opportunity in Africa. As part of our Sathya Sai National Aquacare Project, 2 bore wells are being dug in Nigeria and Tanzania which will provide safe drinking water to the local population.
This work is being carried out under the guidance and supervision of the Sathya Sai International Organisations in these countries