Saturday, December 10, 2016

Region 5: Serving the States of Illinois (except Southern Illinois), Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
World Zone= 1;  World Region=11 (USA);  USA Sai Region= 5


*** Aum Sri Sai Ram ***


The 26th North Central Region Sai Conference and Retreat 
JCYS Camp Henry Horner, 26710 W. Nippersink Road, Ingleside, IL 60041 
September 2 - September 5, 2016 (Labor Day Weekend)
Self Transformation through Love in action

Thank you for making the Retreat a Grand Success! Please share your feedback!


Aum Sri Sai Ram.

Happy and holy Ganesha Chaturthi!
Live and recorded broadcast of 
​Ganesha Chaturthi
​at Prasanthi Nilayam ​
can be watched 
​at the 
Radio Sai web site 

live broadcast from around  6:30 AM CDT (5 PM IST) : September 5, 2016


Vinayaka Chaturthi is celebrated every year on the 4th day of the first fortnight of Bhadrapada month per Hindu calendar, which typically aligns with August or September month of Gregorian calendar. This day is marked in the scriptures as the birthday of Ganesha, son of Siva and Parvathi. The Ganesha festival should be an opportunity for us to understand the significance of His Form and Name and the proper way to adore the Ganesha Principle.

All festivals are pregnant with spiritual significance. One should carefully look beyond external rituals to understand their inner significance. Swami reminds us that while there is need for observing festivals like Vinayaka Chaturthi it is more important to realise the inner significance of Vinayaka worship. Thus the worship helps in the inner transformation.

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 ​Live Webcast of  Celebrations from Prasanthinilayam and many more wonderful resources at

​God's Blessings, Grace, and Love. 



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Above: Sathya Sai Volunteers in Nepal traveling to inaccessible villages to distribute food and supplies

Distributing supplies to mother and newborn child
Serving hot meals at Tribhuvan University
Sai Volunteers at medical camp for earthquake victims in Sindhupalchowk district
Sathya Sai Youth carrying relief supplies through devastated area in Nuwakot District
Provisions such as blankets, tarpaulins, and food materials were distributed to earthquake victims at Ghyalku and Telpani village of Lalitpur district.
Sathya Sai volunteers setting up tents for displaced families
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Teachings of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Each book contains a collection of teachings on topics such as "Ceiling on Desires", and a new volume is released every few months.

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Volume 1: Ceiling on Desires / Eight Flowers of Worship


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Volume 2: Silence / You Cannot Always Oblige, But You Can Always Speak Obligingly


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Volume 3: Who Is Dear to the Lord / Twenty Virtues Essential for Wisdom / Ten Types of Purity


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Volume 4: The Three Ps / The Four Fs / The Five Ds / W-A-T-C-H / Forget the Harm Done by Others and Also Forget the Good You Have Done to Others


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Tenth World Conference and the Pre-World Conferences

Aum Sri Sai Ram

The SSIO Media Committee has posted a 2-minute video on Sathya Sai Universe, about the Tenth World Conference and the Pre-World Conferences, narrated by Dr. Narendranath Reddy, Chairman, Prasanthi Council. In this short video, Dr. Reddy provides valuable background information about these conferences, inviting Sathya Sai devotees to attend the Pre-World Conferences in the future. This video is intended to facilitate outreach and communication with Sathya Sai members, worldwide. It can be viewed by clicking on the following link, and then clicking on the video symbol on the web page:


Sai Love-In-Action (SLIA) Newsletter


Dear Brothers and Sisters,


We invite you to read the March 2015 issue of the Sai Love-In-Action (SLIA) Newsletter (enclosed), and be inspired by the heartfelt and moving reflections of Sai devotees on their spiritual transformation arising from their involvement in loving and selfless service activities in a variety of settings. The March 2015 issue of the SLIA Newsletter contains 4 inspiring articles about service including: 


  • A homework enrichment program for children in a homeless shelter in Central San Jose, California,
  • A monthly food service at the Project Share facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico,
  • A weekly feeding service for the homeless in downtown San Diego, California, and
  • A beautiful program of service rendered to Mother Nature in Ratekau, Germany.
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All inquiries, including any submissions of articles, can be directed to  We are also looking for volunteers with editing skills to join the team. Please e-mail us with your contact information, and we will call you!



Sai Ram, 

The Sai Love in Action (SLIA) website team










March Issue

Our Lives Are His Message

Personal reflections on living Sai’s message of selfless service



"Do not believe that you can by means of selfless service reform or reshape the world. You may or  may not. That does not matter. The real value of service, its most visible result, is that it reforms you, reshapes you." – Sathya Sai Baba, 29 March1966


The Sai Love in Action (SLIA) website is dedicated to sharing devotee’s experiences of Sai selfless service activities with a focus on how service transforms the one who serves, fosters their spiritual growth, and exemplifies the highest spiritual practice. It is our hope that readers, devotees and non-devotees alike, would be inspired to undertake selfless service and saturate it with such love that service is transformational for all involved. The SLIA team is happy to share a few of these heartfelt personal reflections of Sai Love in Action. Please read and be inspired!Please visit and like our FB page at


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Central San JoseCalifornia

Tutoring children in a homeless shelter: Experiencing our divine self



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Since 2006, Sai devotees have provided a Homework Enrichment Program twice a week to the children living at the San Jose Family Shelter, with the goal of impacting the lives of the children through the close mentoring relationships they develop with the volunteers. Yet, volunteers are themselves deeply touched and transformed by the experience. As one volunteer shares, “I realize that the HEP has helped me with my own personal spiritual development: I have become more patient and loving and able to spread positive energy when I am with the children. I have come to understand what selfless action really means, since we are at the shelter after an exhausting day at work… And so my answer to that child who asked me why I keep coming back to the shelter, would be because of the wonderful opportunities for experiencing love and the joy of being His instrument. I come back to the shelter again and again because here is where I experience my most Divine self.”



AlbuquerqueNew Mexico

Project Share Homeless Feeding: Becoming aware of the Oneness of All

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Once a month, members of the Sathya Sai Center of Albuquerque, New Mexico, shop, prepare, and serve a love-filled meal to 150 homeless men, women, and children. Read the heartfelt reflections of the volunteers who share their deepening awareness of the Oneness of all, as they engage and develop a loving kinship with the people they serve. As one author reflects, “My heart opens to the Oneness with All. Even in the most challenging circumstances, when one person genuinely gives to another, a bond is created, an opportunity to share and care for each other is created, and in that moment, LOVE IS. The illusion falls away, the truth of our eternal divinity is grasped, and it changes who we know ourselves to be. Each time this happens, we grow and expand, and our heart and mind are transformed.”



San DiegoCalifornia

Serving a Buffet of Love to the Poor

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The feeding service by the San Diego Sai Center, which started in 1992, has evolved over the years into a buffet style meal served to more than a hundred poor and homeless individuals every Sunday afternoon. Devotees share the joy and satisfaction of being part of this service, which has gradually awakened them to the presence of the Divine in every Being they serve. As a volunteer shared “I find this service to be the most intense and rewarding of all spiritual activities I engage in all week. There is no need to close my eyes and visualize divinity, I can easily see Him in every one of our needy brothers and sisters—and the volunteers!” Said another volunteer, “Taking part in the feeding is one of the most satisfying bonding experiences between my daughter and me. We refer to it as going to see "our friends downtown". In many ways it resembles a friendly family potluck.”


Around The World ...



Zone 7 - RatekauGermany

Service To Nature





Since 2004, the Sai Center of Luebeck in the municipality of Ratekau, Germany, has carried out several inspiring service projects dedicated to Nature, including many efforts centered around the element of water, and in particular, the River Schwartau. All their loving efforts of building dams, planting trees, cleaning rivers, and managing the river flow, culminated in a small river-festival, where Sai devotees danced. Sai Center members also built a prema-garden where they grew potatoes, carrots, beet roots, and flowers for needy people, nurtured a medicinal forest and planted 200 trees on GoodFriday.





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New Term Officer Orientation Mini Retreat - 2015

All the New Term Officers (2015-2017) of Region 5 Sai Centers and Sai Groups are invited to register at the following link for Region 5 New Term Officers Orientation Mini Retreat (NOOMR) in Chicago area.


Date: Saturday, March 14, 2015

Time: 8:45 AM to 7:00 PM   

  Clarion Inn -  Oak Brook Conference Center  |    933 S Riverside Dr    |    Elmhurst IL 60126
General Questions regarding Officer orientation -  

please contact us at   noomr2015-z at sathyasaicenters dot org  OR  708-642-1400 / 732-322-7802 / 847-924-6971

You may also contact us using the "Contact Us" form at the bottom of this page. Thank you. Sai Ram.



Resources for Sai Centers


Id  USA Sai Organization Guidelines from
 1  Guidelines for Centers and Groups, International Sathya Sai Organization (8/2012, pdf)
 2  Operations Manual for Centers and Groups, International Sathya Sai Organization (8/2012, pdf)
 3  Guidelines for Sai Medical Camps in the USA (12/2012, pdf)
 4  A Guide to Service in American Sathya Sai Baba Centers (pdf)
 5  Guidelines for Sai Spiritual Education (pdf)
 6  Guidelines for Sathya Sai Study Circles In America (pdf)
 7  Newcomer's Guide (pdf)
   Region 5 Sai Org Documents
 1  Sai Center Membership Form - [Microsoft Word]   [PDF]
 2  Sai Center Officers Nomination Form - [Microsoft Word]  [PDF]
 3  Sai Center Officers Selection Process - Detailed Guidance for Region 5 Centers - in PDF

 5                       Section 3 - Appendix. Selection of Center Officers - PDF
 6                       Duties of Officers - Brief -  in PDF
 7                       Duties of Center Officers detailed -  in PDF



Great Resources for all of us

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Om Sri Sai Ram. 

Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the Avatar of our age, gave us many precious Divine discourses and has written many books (Vahini series) that carry His eternal and universal message. His teachings are the essence of all scriptures. 

Every word He has spoken is a Mantra, every sentence is a Sutra (aphorism), every conversation is a Geeta and every discourse is a Veda. These valuable works are now beginning to be available electronically, for easy access and dissemination to one and all. 

The Sathya Sai International Organisation has begun to make ebooks of the Vahinis and Sathya Sai Speaks Series. Ebooks come in three varieties: for the iPad (.epub books), for the Kindle (.mobi books), and as interactive pdf files (which can be viewed on computers). 

All three versions have the feature that clicking on the names of most people, places, and Sanskrit words takes you directly to the appropriate glossary entries, making it much easier to look up a name or a word. Further, these editions have fewer errors in translation, and are suitable for readers who are not well-versed in Sanskrit. 
The following ten books of the Vahini series are now available electronically, and you can download them from the link below. 
Dharma Vahini, Dhyana Vahini, Gita Vahini, Leela Kaivalya Vahini, Prasanthi Vahini, Prasnothara Vahini, Prema Vahini, Sutra Vahini, Upanishad Vahini and Sandeha Nivarini..
Let us dive deep into His teachings and sanctify our lives by practising them. 
Jai Sai Ram. 
With loving regards,
Narendranath Reddy, M.D.
Chairman, Prasanthi Council

Study Guides

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Om Sri Sai Ram.
As discussed in our previous meetings, we are now making arrangements to hold the pre-world conferences in all 11 zones, in preparation for the Tenth World Conference to be held in Prasanthi Nilayam in November 2015. The theme of the Conference is “Love is the source; Love is the path; Love is the goal”.
I am sending two study-guides, one on Love and one on Selfless Service, as PDF attachments, which summarize the essential teachings Swami about these important subjects. Please note that the corresponding web links to download the two study-guides are given below:

Swami’s Mahavakya is “Love all; Serve all”. Accordingly, there are two volumes – one on Love, one on Selfless Service - with two parts in each volume. Each study-guide has nine chapters in Part 1, with quotes from Swami which explain the main aspects of Love and Selfless Service, respectively. Part 2 of each study-guide is a compendium of four landmark discourses by Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba on the seminal topics. The preface of the compendium gives an overview of the study guides.
These documents are being sent early in order to allow sufficient time to plan and hold study circles in preparation for the pre-world conferences, and the Tenth World Conference. For the first time, the pre-world conferences will be organised with the active involvement of the Sathya Sai youth so that the youth may learn from the wisdom and experience of the elders, and the elders may benefit from the enthusiasm, energy and talent of the youth. The pre-world conferences may last two to three days, and the program will be designed to accommodate the needs of the youth, the devotees and the leaders from each zone. We will send you the agenda and programs of the pre-world conferences in the near future.
Please share the attached letter and the study guides with all Sathya Sai Centres, Groups, and Educational Institutes for sharing with devotees worldwide. I urge one and all to study these precious teachings of Bhagawan, practice them in their daily lives, and be prepared to participate enthusiastically in the pre-world conferences and the Tenth World Conference.
Jai Sai Ram.
With loving regards,
Dr. Narendranath Reddy
Chairman, Prasanthi Council

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