Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Prayers for Departed Souls

The annual 7th Moon Memorial Prayers (Chung Yuan Chieh) were held at our Centre on Sunday, 3rd September.  Lotus lamps with cards bearing the names of our departed loved ones were lighted and placed at Swami's altar together with offerings of fruits and kueh.  Our prayers included Shiva bhajans and mantras, as well as Buddhist and Tibetan mantras.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Ganesh Chaturthi

We observed Ganesh Chaturthi on the evening of Friday, 25th August.  Prayers began with the recitation of the Ganapati Prarthana followed by Ganesh bhajans.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Sri Krishna Janmashtami 2017

We held prayers on the evening of Tuesday, 15th August 2017 to observe the holy occasion of Sri Krishna Janmashtami.  

"The great teaching of the Gita is this: Put your trust in God, carry on your duties, be helpful to everyone, and sanctify your lives. Dedicate all actions to God. That is the way to experience oneness with God. God is in you. You are in God. This oneness is the basic truth. Chant the name of the Lord and render social service in a spirit of selflessness and devotion to God."

~ Sri Sathya Sai Baba ~
(Divine Discourse: Sri Krishna Janmashtami, 18 August 1995)

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Penang State Wanita Sadhana Camp

Yoga exercises

Swami Bramananda

The Penang State Wanita Sadhana Camp was successfully held on Saturday, 15th July at Gelugor Centre with a total of 85 participants.  The programme included a talk on the benefits of Yoga with simple exercises and a spiritual talk by Swami Bramananda of Dhyana Ashram, Kulim.  The camp ended at around 1.30 p.m.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Guanyin's Second Birthday

We held prayers at the Centre on the evening of Wednesday, 12th July, this being Guanyin's second birthday of the year (known as The Day of Enlightenment).  


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Guru Poornima

We observed the holy festival of Guru Poornima on Sunday, 9th July with Omkar at 5.30 a.m. and prayers in the evening. 

"Guru Poornima is the day on which one celebrates the dispersal of the darkness of ignorance from the mind. Hence, people should fill their minds with the all-embracing Love Principle. To experience the fullness of Love, you have to fill your hearts completely with Love. That will be the result of total devotion." - Baba

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Haircuts for the Old

A group of volunteers from the Centre provide haircutting and shaving services to the inmates of the Penang Home of the Infirmed and Aged, Jalan Mesjid Negeri on the first Sunday of each month.  An average of 30-40 residents of the Home are attended to on each visit.  Snapshots taken on Sunday, 2nd July 2017.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

NED's 33rd AGM

The 33rd AGM of the Centre was held on Sunday, 18th June 2017.  A total of 27 members attended.  Also present was the Penang State Co-ordinator, Bro. Tan Kim Teik.

The meeting commenced with the Chairman, Bro. Lee Yew Khun's welcome address.  Bro. Lee  presided over the meeting in accordance with the Agenda as laid out in the Annual Report & Accounts 2016/2017.

Bro.Tan gave a short address before the meeting concluded.

Samasta Lokha Sukhino Bhavantu.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Medical Screening

We organised a medical and health screening camp on Sunday, 11th June for 30 children and 5 caregivers of the Rumah Cahaya at Batu Maung.  Two doctors were assisted by volunteers from NED to conduct general health check which included eye vision test, hair lice check and deworming.  Medication and vitamins were also prescribed to those with problems and complaints.  The camp concluded with the serving of a vegetarian lunch for all.

Doctors attending to the children

Registration and guiding the children for various tests

Dispensing of medication

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Mother's Day Celebration

We celebrated Mother's Day at the Centre on the evening of 14th May to honour all our centre mothers (and grandmothers!).  A slideshow of old photos taken of our mothers during service
 activities was shown, after which children from four families offered flowers to their mothers and expressed their love and gratitude.  The finale was the cutting of the Mother's Day cake by three senior mothers.

A happy Mum hugging her two sons

These two young children also played their part
by offering flowers to their Mum

A young daughter saying "Thanks" to her mum

Cutting the Mother's Day cake

Serving the Old

In conjunction with Mother's Day, the Wanita Wing organised a lunch for the residents of the Silver Jubilee Home for the old on Sunday, 14th May.  The morning began with prayers and entertainment for the old after which lunch was served in the community hall and medical wards.  The ladies helped to serve the food and also assisted in feeding the sick and bedridden in the wards.