Thursday, November 26, 2015

90 Years of Sathya Sai

It was with much love, joy and gratitude that we celebrated the 90th Birthday of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba on 23rd November.  We are truly blessed to have witnessed His glory and splendour during His sojourn on earth and to be part of His divine mission. 

Our morning prayers began at 5.30 a.m. with the chanting of 21 Om's and Suprabhatam followed by bhajans.

In the evening, our programme began with a short video on our Centre activities over the years followed by the chanting of the Rudram Namakam and bhajans. Swami's Divine Message was delivered by Bro. Y.K. Lee, Centre Chairman.  The highlight of the evening was the lighting of Swami's birthday cake by a longtime devotee, Bro. Choong to the joyful singing of Swami's birthday song. The video "Love is His Message", a Radio Sai offering in celebration of Swami's 90th Birthday was also shown.  The evening concluded with Arathi at around 9.30 p.m. and a vegetarian dinner for all.


Evening Prayers


(For more photos, please see slideshow left side-bar)

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Service at The Lighthouse

In conjunction with Swami's 90th Birthday Celebrations, we served dinner at the Lighthouse on the evening of Friday, 20th November 2015.  Since 2003, The Lighthouse has become a drop-in centre for the poor and homeless who come for a meal and avail themselves of counselling services and basic medical care.  The vegetarian meal was home-cooked by a lady member of NED and we served a total of 70 people on this occasion.

Rice with three types of dishes and jelly for dessert

Dishing out the food

Monday, November 16, 2015

Global Akhanda Bhajan 2015

Akhanda Bhajan commenced at 6 p.m. on Saturday, 14th November 2015 at Gelugor Centre with participation from the various Sai centres and bhajan units in Penang.  Bhajans concluded with arathi at 6 p.m. on Sunday, 15th November.

"The bhajans that are sung permeate the ether in the form of sound waves and fill the entire atmosphere. Thereby, the whole environment is purified. Breathing in this purified atmosphere, our hearts get purified. Reciting the Lord's name is a process of give and take. Singing the Lord's name should become an exercise in mutual sharing of joy and holiness. It should be remembered that the sounds we produce reverberate in the atmosphere. They remain permanently in the ether as waves and outlast the individual uttering the sounds."

~ Sri Sathya Sai Baba ~

Monday, November 9, 2015

Lunch at the Silver Jubilee Home

In conjunction with Swami's 90th Birthday celebrations, Wanita members organised a vegetarian lunch for the residents of the Silver Jubilee Home on Sunday, 8th November 2015.  After bhajans and prayers, the residents were entertained by a group of well wishers who gave a dance performance.  Lunch was served at 12 noon.

The residents tucking into their lunch

Dance performance by well wishers

Our centre member serving ice kachang

Feeding the old at the Medical Ward

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Kuan Yin's Day of Renunciation

Prayers were held at our Centre on 31st October to observe Goddess Kuan Yin's third birthday of the year, known as The Day of Renunciation (19th day of the 9th lunar month of the Chinese calendar).

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Medical Screening

Two of the children being checked by the doctors

Eye Test

Checking for hair lice. .. luckily no creepie crawlies!

Dispensing the medication

Taking the deworming medicine isn't that bad after all!

Preparing refreshments for the children

Two of the children enjoying their kueh

Members of NED conducted a medical screening for 15 children from the Children's Protection Society (CPS)  on Saturday, 26th September 2015 at 2.30 p.m.  CPS is a home for neglected and/or abandoned children between the ages of 5 and 16.

The tests we carried out included eye test, weight and height monitoring and hair lice check.  Two doctors from the Penang General Hospital also conducted a medical checkup on the children.  Medication and vitamins were dispensed to those who required them.  The Home's supervisor was also informed of those children who needed spectacles.

The children were treated to refreshments on the conclusion of the screening.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Double Celebration

It was a double celebration at NED Centre on the evening of Sunday, 27th September 2015 as devotees gathered for the holy festival of Shirdi Sai Jayanti and the Mooncake Festival. Prayers began at 7.00 p.m. with the chanting of the Narayana Upanishad followed by bhajans and Tibetan Buddhist mantras.  The evening concluded with refreshments of vegetarian mooncakes and other snacks prepared by devotees.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

SSE Guru Training Programme

The SSE Guru Training Programme was held on Saturday, 19th September 2015 at Gelugor Centre and was conducted by a team from the Sathya Sai Baba Central Council of Malaysia.  Participants were divided into two groups of trained and untrained gurus.  The programme for beginners covered the five main techniques of teaching with active participation from devotees who attended. Four members from NED Centre attended the programme which ended at about 4.30 p.m.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Ganesh Chaturthi

The holy festival of Ganesh Chaturthi fell this year on Thursday, 17th September.  
 Our evening prayers included the chanting of the Ganapati Atharva Sirsam followed by bhajans and mantras.  Refreshments were served on the conclusion of prayers.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Sri Krishna Janmashtami

We celebrated Sri Krishna Janmashtami on the evening of Saturday, 5th September 2015.  Prayers included vedam chanting, the Lord Krishna mantra, Sai mantras and bhajans.