The Sai Fellowship Dinner organised by the Sathya Sai Baba Centre of Gelugor was held at its premises on Friday, 8th January 2016. More than 200 devotees from the Sai Centres in Penang attended. It was an evening of music, song and dance, sharing by Centre Chairmen and a lucky draw. Dinner was a variety of delicious vegetarian dishes from a local caterer. The evening ended at around 11 p.m.
Bro. Langkawi Tan giving his welcome address
Devotional song and dance performance
Our members enjoying the vegetarian food
Bro. Y.K.Lee sharing NED's activities
"Let us all move together, let us all grow together,
Let us all stay united and share our knowledge,
Let us live together with friendship and harmony."
The end of another year and once again, members of NED gathered at the Centre for a potluck fellowship dinner to bid farewell to 2015 and welcome in 2016. There was a wide variety of vegetarian food, most of which were home cooked by the ladies, for everyone to enjoy. It was a very relaxed and happy evening as we mingled and chatted among ourselves.
After dinner, we gathered at the prayer hall for the video screening of the recent Christmas celebrations at Prashanti Nilayam. Bhajans and prayers followed to usher in the new year.
May the New Year bring you Joy, Peace and Happiness! Jai Sai Ram!
"Therefore, O Embodiments of Divine love! Recognise that the Samvatsara (new year) connotes God who bears several appellations relating to Time. Sanctify the new year by engaging yourselves in pure, selfless and ennobling activities. As far as possible, avoid causing harm or pain to others. As you sow, so you reap. Whenever you feel disturbed by a sense of anger, envy, pride, jealousy and the like, be alert and resort to the contemplation of the Lord."
~ Sri Sathya Sai Baba ~
(New Year message to a vast gathering of devotees in Prashaanthi Mandir on 1-1-1991)
Christmas morning at our Centre is always a joyful occasion as devotees, family and friends get together to sing devotional songs and Christmas carols to Swami. The highlight of the morning was the appearance of Santa Claus who distributed small gifts to both children and adults. A vegetarian lunch was later served to all. May the message of Christmas live on in our hearts long after the season is over! Jai Sai Ram!
Good tidings to you, wherever you are, Good tidings for Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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.
JAI SAI RAM!
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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
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."
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.