Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sai 89th Birthday Service Activity

In conjunction with Swami's 89th birthday, Ned members conducted a service activity at a senior home, namely, Silver Jubilee Home at Sungai Dua, Penang, on November 16th, 2014.

We began at 10.00am with prayers and bhajans held at their community hall.  At 10.30am, whilst our sisters were cutting some fruits and preparing the vegetarian food for distribution, a group of volunteers entertained the senior folks with some songs and dance.

At 11.00am, we began feeding at the wards which had around 70-80 residents who were mostly confined to their beds.  After that, we distributed food in the community hall for about 200 people.  Fruits and ice-cream was also served as dessert.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Sai Ladies Day 2014

For Sai Ladies Day, our sisters and brothers visited the homes of five senior members of Ned, namely, Bro Ooi Hwa Bin, Sis Mrs Ratnam, Bro Mahendran and his wife, and lastly Sis Wee Keow Hoon on November 15th, 2014.  We brought along some gifts to bring cheer to them, as well as, spent time to talk and sing bhajans in their homes.  Sis Wee Keow Hoon hosted a sumptuous vegetarian lunch for everyone who was present.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Sai Global Akhanda Bhajan 2014

This year was Ned's turn to host the Sai Global Akhanda Bhajan 2014 for Penang State.  The venue chosen was Sri Kunj Bihari Temple at Penang Road.  

The event began with the arrival of Swami's Padukas at 4.30pm, Nov 8th.  The welcoming entourage carried Swami's palanquin around the temple before proceeding to the second floor where the Akhanda Bhajans were to be held.  This was followed with Vedic and Rudram chanting, as well as Naamavalli.  Bro Sivabalan Vadiveloo then concluded the prayers with a brief explanation on the significance of Swami's Padukas.

At 6.00pm sharp, the bhajans began with members from all centers/bhajan units of Penang.  Each slot was two hours long and every center/bhajan unit took turns to offer their songs of worship to the Lord.  The Sai Global Akhanda Bhajans ended at 6.00pm on Nov 9th.

Bro Mathavan Suppiah, the State Coordinator for Penang, reiterated on the significance of Swami's padukas to all who were present.  He then invited every chairman of centers/bhajan units to offer in unison the mangala arathi which marks an auspicious ending to another blissful experience.

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Wanita Light Program - Project Decluttering

Our Wanita wing organized a 'Project De-cluttering' on Sunday, Oct 5th, 2014, in conjunction with one of the modules titled 'Growth' in the Sai Light Program.  The idea was to encourage all ladies to de-clutter their homes so as to promote harmonious living and practice recycling.  For this event, our members brought some of their things for exchange with one another.  It was a fun time for everyone.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Paduka Pooja Yatra 2014

The Paduka Pooja Yatra journey continues as Swami's Padukas are sent from SSBC Ned to SSBC Gelugor on 30 September 2014.

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Paduka Pooja Yatra 2014 - Sanctification Ceremony

SSBC NED has been selected by Swami to host the Paduka Pooja Yatra for 2014.  This is the second year in which the Yatra is being held for the purpose of unity amongst all centres/bhajan units in Penang, leading up to the Global Akhanda Bhajans in November.

The auspicious event began with the Santification ceremony of Swami's Padukas on Sept 28th, 2014 at the Tanjung Bungah seaside, Penang.  In the early hours of morning, at 5.00am sharp, the vibrating chants of Om awakened the quiet beach, followed by an hour of blissful pooja conducted by Bro Sivabalan Vadiveloo.  All members who were present were also fortunate to participate in the pooja. 

At 6.05am, the palanquin with Swami's padukas was transferred from the seaside to NED centre.  Upon arrival, members greeted Swami with flowers, offerings and arathi, afterwhich we proceeded with Veda chanting, 108 Naamavali and bhajans.  Refreshments were served at the end of the morning event.

In the same evening and the following two days, prayers and bhajans were also conducted to commemorate Swami's Divine Presence.

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Paduka Pooja Yatra - Sanctification Ceremony)