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.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Ganesha Chaturthi 2016

Ganesha Chaturthi, the day dedicated to the worship of Lord Ganesha, fell on Monday, 5th September this year.  Our prayers at the Centre began at 8 p.m. with the chanting of the Ganapati Prarthana and Ganapati Atharva Sirsam followed by bhajans.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Community Service

Our Centre volunteers were once again at the Penang Home of the Infirmed  on the morning of Sunday, 4th September to render haircutting/shaving services to the residents there.  This is part of the Centre's community service programme and is conducted once a month at the Home.  An average of 30-40 residents are attended to on each visit.

Residents patiently waiting for their turn

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Krishna Janmashtami 2016

We held prayers at the Centre on the evening of Thursday, 25th August to mark the auspicious occasion of Krishna Janmashtami.

"The incarnation of Krishna proclaimed the doctrine of divine love, as manifested by the cowherd maids (gopikas). Today, man is like an earthen pot filled with nectar. His body may be made of clay, but his spirit is eternal. The Divine has to be experienced through the body. Hence, human birth should not be treated as something trivial. Human life is worth living --it should be cherished as something precious."

~ Sri Sathya Sai Baba ~
(Krishna Janmashtami Discourse - 18.8.1995)

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Memorial Prayers

The annual 7th Moon Memorial Prayers were held at our Centre on Sunday, 14th August.  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 began with the chanting of the Rudram followed by bhajans, Buddhist and Tibetan mantras.

Jai Sai Ram.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Narayana Seva

A group of volunteers comprising adults, Wanita and Youth members of the Centre spent the afternoon of Saturday, 30th July and morning of Sunday, 31st July visiting poor and lonely families.  A total of 18 families living in low cost flats at Rifle Range, Kg.Melayu and Air Itam were presented with food packages containing rice, cooking oil, milk, biscuits, oats and noodles.  This activity is part of the Centre's Narayana Seva cum elderly care programme which provide participants an opportunity to share their love and time with the needy in a meaningful way.

Packing the dry rations

Our members consoling a lady (seated far right) who suffers from high blood
pressure due to personal worries.

Happy children of a poor family greeting our Sai brothers

Narayana Seva is carried out by the Centre every two months.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Guanyin's Birthday

Friday, 22nd July was Goddess Guanyin's second birthday of the year.  Known as the "Day of Enlightenment", we held prayers at the Centre in the evening with offerings of "Longevity Peaches", "Huat Kueh", fruits and flowers.

We sing in praise of You.
You redeem us from suffering.
You manifest Your divinity and compassion to all.
Salutations to the all compassionate Goddess of Mercy, 
Guanyin, Bodhisattva!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Guru Poornima

We observed the holy festival of Guru Poornima with Omkar on the morning of 19th July followed by a bhajan in the evening.

“The term ‘Guru’ means one who dispels the darkness of ignorance. ‘Gu’ means one who is beyond attributes (or gunas), ‘ru’ implies one who is beyond forms (rupa). This refers only to God. That is why the Guru is hailed as Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva (the holy trinity of Hindu belief). Only God is the true Guru. All others are merely teachers, like the teachers of different subjects in a college. ‘Guru’ is the one who reveals the guri (target) to the disciple. ‘Guri’ here refers to the Atmic Principle (the principle of the self)”.

- Baba


Thursday, June 30, 2016

Penang - The Way Forward

About 100 devotees attended the "Penang - The Way Forward" spiritual camp held at Gelugor Centre, Penang on Saturday, 25th June 2016.  The camp was conducted by the President, Bro. Mahendran and four other members of the Sathya Sai  International Organisation (SSIO) Malaysia namely Bro. Dr. S.Nackeeran (V.P. Education), Bro. Simon (V.P. Seva),  Bro. Yoong (V.P. SCA) and Bro. Raagan (National Youth Co-ordinator).  The camp began at 9 a.m. and concluded at 3 p.m. 20 members from NED attended.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

32nd A.G.M.

The 32nd Annual General Meeting of NED Centre was held on Sunday, 12th June 2016 at 8.15 p.m. Penang State Co-ordinator, Bro. Tan Kim Teik and Dy. State Co-ordinator, Bro. Saravanan were present to witness the proceedings.  

Bro. Lee Yew Khun, Bro. Lim Soon Kheng and Bro. Ong Lean Hong were unanimously re-elected as Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer respectively for the term 2016/2018.  The existing Hon.Internal Auditors, Bro. Gan Boon Teong and Bro. Alan Chew were also re-elected to remain in office for another term.  There was no change in the Wing Co-ordinators except for the appointment of Sis. Koo Mei Yeen as SCA Co-ordinator. 

Bro. Tan Kim Teik gave a short address before the meeting concluded at 9.30 p.m.

A total of 31 members attended the meeting.