Gram Seva 2015 – Friday, 16th October 2015

Aum Sri Sai Ram

The morning began at 05:15 in our mandir with 21 Omkars and Suprabhatam. Today our morning session started slightly later than usual as last night five of our brothers took part in the Outside Inside (Deep Inside) Radio Sai programme hosted by brother Bishu Prusty. All the brothers in the group were buzzing from the great performance given the previous night on Outside Inside.

Thursday is the day of the Guru and Puppet Sir recited prayers dedicated to our Guru Baghwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. This Thursday is also an auspicious day as it is the first day of the Veda Purusha Saptaha Yagna.

After our morning session we went to Purnachandra Hall to witness the beginning of the four-day Puja where the priests conducting it ignited the Havan. They used the traditional method of using hay and sticks to commemorate the start of the Puja.

The Purnachandra hall was full to the abound with all of Swami’s students and local devotees all keen to get sight of the commencement of this unique and auspicious Puja. We were fortunate to have great seats to witness this event. Following the start of the Havan, we proceeded to our cars for the third day of Grama Seva.

Today we were serving at Swami’s Super Speciality Hospital in the Staff Quarters where we delivered annam, laddoos, sarees and dhotis to the staff who serve tirelessly in the hospital. We were very fortunate as only the UK Gram Seva boys served the entire Staff Quarters.

Once we had completed the distribution of the Prasadam, the group headed over to the main building of the hospital where we all took some time to contemplate at Swami’s altar in the main dome. This dome at the Super Speciality Hospital is exceptionally tranquil; we all spent about twenty minutes sitting silently to reflect and take in the atmosphere and vibrations from the morning’s Seva at the Staff Quarters. Whilst we were at the hospital a number of the brothers took the opportunity to offer liquid love donations, donating blood at the hospital blood bank. We then returned to Prashanti Nilayam and had Swami’s Prasadam together.

As today was the first day of the Vidhwan MahaSabha, Sri Sai Manohar from the Satya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (Muddenahalli Campus) gave a keynote speech during the afternoon darshan session. S. S. Manohar used his keynote speech to enlighten us on how to seek God through faith in our hearts and prayer through our lips.

During the evening session we were blessed to have satsang with Sister Noursheen Mehrbani who has been serving at the Western Canteen for the past nine years after coming into Swami’s fold. Sister Mehrbani spoke to us about the importance of not forgetting Swami’s teachings and using these as our solace now that Swami is no longer physically present. Sister also spoke about the importance of Love and Unity to ensure that we look within to seek Swami’s presence and guidance.

The day ended at 20:00 when we all retired for the end of the day.

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