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   St.Andrew’s C of E School

   Totteridge Lane

   London

   N20 8NX

Welcome to Sri Sathya Sai Centre of Mill Hill - affiliated to SSSSO UK

SSE Bhajan




Thought for the day from Prashanthi




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|

Meaning:

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.

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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

Bhajan of the Week




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This month of Pushya Maasa, according to the Hindu calendar is noted for peace,  prosperity and joy. Thus it is  regarded with special distinction. Unless people give up their bad thoughts and actions, the month, however great in

itself, will be wasted. Be loving even towards those who hate you. Control your anger and other evil tendencies.


The observance of Uttarayana (the northward movement of the Sun which is considered auspicious) should be marked by spiritual transformation of the people and not by lavish feasting and revelry.  You should realise how much you owe to God for all the benefits you enjoy in life  which are really gifts from Him, including the air you breathe and the water you

Drink.  Should you not be grateful to God for all this? Without gratitude, life is  meaningless.


Divine Discourse, Jan 14 1994

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Sister Shankavi offers us a peek behind the Christmas offering

The 25 th of December is a holy day that marks the birth of Jesus Christ, a celebration in which we all indulge every year. It symbolises a significant truth of the spiritual life. Jesus was born at a time when ignorance, greed and hatred prevailed upon the land. However, he worked a transformation in the lives of people, giving them a new and spiritual turn. There came a change upon the land and a new era dawned for the world.

Mill Hill Sai Centre celebrated this joyous occasion with a Christmas play performed by the SSE children, accompanied by the Sai Youth on vocals and instrumentals. Swami has often said that ‘unity in diversity is spirituality and divinity’. This message remained a theme throughout the Christmas celebrations where a strong sense of unity was established as we came together, regardless of age, to present this offering to our Divine Master.

Rehearsals

were an enjoyable experience in itself, with Brother Aneet leading the drama and Sister Jeevana in charge of the choir. As the days went by, we could see a strong progress in each individual. We all had one goal, which was to bring out the best within us, both for the performance but also spiritually.  It was a challenge at first as we set ourselves high goals. Each character had to perfect their expressions and each vocalist had to fine-tune their harmonies. However, through our dedication, discipline and devotion, we were able to present to Swami a wonderful performance filled with utmost love on Christmas day.

Performance at Mill Hill

The children beautifully acted out significant events that took place in the Nativity story - the angel explaining to Mary that she had been chosen by God to be the mother of His Son, the birth of Jesus in a manger, the wise men who followed the star to Jesus, the jealous King Herod of Judea who threatened to kill newborn babies of Bethlehem, and the glory of Jesus. Each song was so beautifully rendered as the choir sang with so much passion and enthusiasm. A memorable moment was when the children acted out the penultimate song, ‘I Will Follow Him’ to our dearest Swami. The performance concluded with the popular Christmas song, ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ and our very own Santa who greeted the audience and the children! It was a wonderful performance, which all the devotees thoroughly enjoyed.

Care Home

The SSE children and youth wanted to take a step further in contributing to humanity via the arts. Therefore, they performed the same play at a care home for residents who suffer from neurodegenerative diseases, stroke, cancer and many other diseases, in a way to share this experience with them. This was a wonderful opportunity to do seva and improve the quality of life of the residents. It was a truly glorious moment. We connected with each resident, spreading our Sai love to them and giving us an opportunity to celebrate Christmas with them. This was a memorable moment for us. There was an aura of pure love, respect, and divinity within the room. Our Divine Lord blessed us all.

The Christmas celebrations were certainly one not to forget as we continued our spiritual growth. We thank Swami for gracing us with this opportunity and we hope to do many more performances in the future

                             


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Nursery & Group 1

The children were excited to return to class after the Christmas break - they all shared their special and magical memories with their families over Christmas. We read a beautiful story about seeing God in everyone - the children enjoyed listening to the story which was about a little boy who wanted to have lunch with God. Beautiful themes about sharing, caring, smiling and being good to people were discussed. The children then completed their drawings about love and they spoke about how they show love in their daily life - making time to visit animal rescue centres, care homes and feeding the homeless; not harming animals and insects; telling their siblings and parents that they love them and being friendly to friends at school.



























Group 2


We were keen to get started with our lesson this week and completed watching the Ramayana video. Many questions were raised. Why did Lord Ram not take Mother Sita home? Whose benefit  was this for? How did Mother Sita respond?  Many facts were also compiled to help us progress with our game. The children were excited  to develop our game in terms of content and design and some wonderful teamwork going  on. We look forward to continuing next week.

Group 3


We began our lesson by lighting Swami’s lamp, which was followed with meditation conducted by Vidhushika. First, we learnt how to concentrate while doing Jyoti Meditation. Later, we learnt the life story of Swami Vivekananda and how in the short course of 39 years, Swamiji gave Indians a proper understanding of their country’s great spiritual heritage, thus giving them pride in their past.


His teachings and mission continues to inspire us even after 100 years. Swami Vivekananda made a bridge between Indian culture and Western culture. He did it by interpreting Hindu scriptures and philosophy, and the Hindu way of life and institutions to the Western people in an idiom which they could understand.  He made the Western people realise that they had to learn much from Indian spirituality for their own well being.


He showed that, in spite of its poverty and backwardness, India had a great contribution to make to world culture. In this way, he was instrumental in ending India’s cultural isolation from the rest of the world. He was India’s first great cultural ambassador to the West.  We learnt Swami Vivekananda’s message to youth, including:


Thoughts: We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think.  Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.


Commitment: Even a fool can accomplish a task if it were after his or her heart. But the  intelligent ones are those who can convert every task into one that suits their heart.


Goal: Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life. Think of it, dream of it. Live on that idea.  Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body e full of that idea. This the way to “SUCCESS”.


Education: Education is the manifestation of perfection already in man.


Work: Every duty is holy, and devotion to duty is the highest form of the worship of God.  When you are doing any work, do not think of anything beyond. Do it as worship, as the highest worship, and devote your whole life to it for the time being.


Character: Neither money pays, nor name, nor fame, nor learning, it is CHARACTER that can cleave through walls of difficulties.


Maturity: It is good to be born a child; but bad to remain a child.  We had a very engaging discussion with each other regarding our understanding of Swami Vivekananda’s message to the youth. At the end of the lesson, we did an activity on one of Swami’s quotes:


“You are three people:

The one you think you are

The one others think you are and

The one you really are.”


Based on this quote, we also heard the story of the “Tiger Who Thought He Was a Goat’.  This story provided us with a very deep insight into the spiritual journey. There is a question  for each of us, whatever stage of life we’re in - are we tigers living as goats?  


If your answer is positive, then a second question - what is good tiger food? In other words, If we are not living as we ought to be, activating our fullest potentials, then what must we do, what would nourish us towards that?


It is our own reflection, our own inner nature. The lion was always a lion. He was never a sheep. The sheep-lion cub had wrongly identified himself as a sheep... similarly, we too have wrongly identified with the herd mentality, which is that “I am so and so” – the body, the mind, the intellect, the energies. We have failed to look into the lake of our heart. Once we see our true selves clearly, the false identification drops completely. The memory of the herd is no longer predominant. Bliss takes over completely. We have only to “look” inwards deep enough, and then we will see the reflection clearly.


We finished with Aum and three Shanthis.

Introducing Brother Gerry Bishop as Mill Hill Chair

Brother Gerry has been coming to Mill Hill since mid 1990s and he learnt much of Vedantic thought and Sai teachings from Sri Krishnamurthy a very learned scholar. He has made numerous visits to Prashanti over the last 20 years and has been particularly impressed by the sheer commitment of West Indian Sai devotees and their seva projects of buildings  homes for needy.

As many who have heard Bro. Gerry’s Christmas talks, he is a practicing Christian and holds the 5 human values and Swami's 9 points of conduct very close to his heart. He believes this is one of the most practical gifts Swami has graced us with and we should all remain vigilant and strive to practise in our daily lives. Brother Gerry has seen Mill Hill develop as a Centre over many different Chairs and has observed devotees likes and dislikes in his car park seva. He has also experienced and been saddened by many of Centre's difficult periods as many devotees (both office bearers and regular congregation members) talk to him informally over all kinds of issues they are facing.

In the last 10 years, he has lifted his Sai active worker seva to a very high level. He led the Hare Krishna farm seva over a period of 5 years and senior members of the HK Temple acknowledge and respect the Sai volunteers seva contribution immensely. He worked closely with the Probation service to provide meaningful work at the farm in order to start changing their lives; there have been many successes using the Sai based respectful approach.

Bro Gerry in addition to his car parking duties, led the initiative to carry out litter picking and any glasses or bottles left both in the school and neighbouring pub grounds. This has not gone unnoticed in local Totteridge neighbourhood and many now look at our Centre as a “good neighbour”. He has been the rare devotee who has consistently sacrificed bhajans and warmth of the Hall to perform this duty almost every week he comes to the Centre.

Mill Hill is a multi faith centre, encapsulated in Swami’s 9 points of conduct and the 5 human values. The Centre prides itself in welcoming devotees and visitors alike and we are proud to welcome Brother Gerry as Mill Hill’s first native born and practicing Sai devotee as Chair.

Inter faith - seeking inner peace through love of nature and composing poetry.

Buddha Maitreya (Koji Takeuchi) has spent the last 35 years of his life transforming a  two-acre plot into a traditional Japanese garden. He uses the garden to teach meditation and offer a path of inner peace. The 76-year-old former monk has carved up his own glorious slice of the Far East in North Clifton, Nottinghamshire.

The stunning garden lies behind an ordinary looking house in East Midlands. He runs meditation classes and tea ceremonies in his garden which has English blooms like holly, forsythia and primulas.

A wonderful 3 minute video to reflect.

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