Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Celebrating His 91st Advent

 Bhagavan's 91st Birthday celebrations at our Centre began with Omkar and Suprabhatam at 5.30 a.m. The evening celebrations commenced at 8 p.m. with Veda chanting followed by bhajans.  After the cutting of Bhagavan's birthday cake by a senior devotee, a short video was screened showing Bhagavan's service projects. The evening ended with a vegetarian dinner for all.


Evening Celebrations

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Sathya Sai Laksharchana

In conjunction with Ladies' Day, the Penang State Mahila Wing organised a Sathya Sai Laksharchana at Gelugor Centre from 8.00 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. on Saturday, 19th November.  Bhagavan's Divine Name was chanted 1,008 times by 85 participants.  This was followed by bhajans and Arati. The morning ended with breakfast for all.  13 devotees from NED took part.

Getting ready

Items for the Archana

Bro. Madhavan giving the welcome address

Laksharchana in progress

Arati by Centre Mahila Co-ordinators

Closing Address by Sis. Dr. Prema, Penang State Mahila Co-ordinator

Breakfast being served

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Akhanda Bhajan

This year's Akhanda Bhajan was held at the Sri Kunj Bihari Mandir on 12th and 13th November. NED's slot was from 8.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. on the 13th.

"Bhajans remove all negative thoughts, 
soothe the nerves and fill the body and the heart 
with sweet love for the Divine."

~ Baba ~

Friday, November 11, 2016

Meal for the Poor

We served dinner to the poor at The Lighthouse Drop-in Centre last Wednesday, 9th November in conjunction with Swami's forthcoming birthday.  The vegetarian meal which consisted of mock "duck", mock "mutton" curry and mixed vegetables was cooked by a senior Wanita member and served by our volunteers.  They were also given water melon for dessert.  About 60 people were served on this occasion.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Ladies' Day Home Visits

Members of the Wanita wing visited the homes of three senior devotees on Monday, 7th November in conjunction with Ladies' Day.  These devotees are in their 90's and have been in the Sai fold since their young days.  Due to age, they are unable to come to the Centre for bhajans and other activities but are fondly remembered by members of the Centre. They were each presented with a small giftpack.

This devotee, Sis. Wee (seated in centre) is 96 years old!

Sis. Ratnam (seated in red outfit) will be 91 next year.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Serving the Old

In conjunction with Bhagavan's 91st Birthday celebrations, we hosted a  vegetarian lunch for the residents of the Silver Jubilee Home for the Aged on Sunday, 30th October.  We began with a short bhajan, after which entertainment was provided by a group of line dancers.  Lunch was served at 11 a.m. in the medical ward and community hall.  This is part of the Centre's community service programme and is held twice a year.

Residents enjoying ice kacang

Line dancing 

Dishing out the broth in the medical ward

Helping to feed the old folks

Ice cream for this resident

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Guanyin's Birthday

We celebrated Goddess Guanyin's third birthday of the year on Wednesday, 19th July with prayers at the Centre.  This day is known as the Day of Renunciation.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Medical Screening

We conducted a medical screening on the afternoon of Sunday, 9th October at the St.Joseph Home for about 50 children.  Two doctors were in attendance. The children underwent general health/hygiene checks and some ailments were treated on the spot.  Volunteers from the Centre helped to conduct vision test, hair lice and de-worming checks and weight/height monitoring. This yearly service is the Centre's commitment to the Home under its Medicare programme for the needy.

Doctors examining the children

                                                                   Hair lice check                                                                                                                                                       

Weight and height monitoring

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Shirdi Sai Baba's Birthday

We celebrated the birthday of Shirdi Sai Baba on the evening of Wednesday, 28th September with prayers at the centre.  Picture shows our photograph of Shirdi Sai adorned by a lovely garland made by a senior lady of our centre.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Mid-Autumn Festival

Devotees, young and old, joined in to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival  at the Centre on Sunday, 11th September.  Prayers began at 7 p.m. with offerings of homemade mooncakes.  The Centre was also decorated with colourful Chinese lanterns in keeping with the festival.