Issue Four - December 31, 2015
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"Whatever the followers of Jesus Christ achieved in 2000 years, our devotees are going to achieve in the next 20 years! My devotees, My followers are going to demonstrate to the world who is Sri Sathya Sai Baba, and what His teachings are! Therefore, be ready in your thought, word and deed. It is not enough if you just utter the word ‘Swami, Swami’. You have to demonstrate it through acts of love and service!"
- Baba
With the Blessings of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, we are delighted to present our fourth issue of Ananda Vahini. The weekly newsletter will include interesting musings and short excerpts from the week's events.

In this week's issue, we bring you highlights from the glorious Christmas celebrations at Muddenahalli in the Divine presence of our beloved Lord.

In the section, 'We are God's Hands', we bring you the Seva activity update from the Sri Sathya Sai Sevamrutham team, Kolkata, India.

Wishing all our readers a very happy and prosperous New Year!

- Sathya Sai Grama Communications Team
With only one motto of their master Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba in mind - 'Love All. Serve All', a group of volunteers from Sri Sathya Sai Sevamrutham, participated in the relief work, in and around Chennai, which deformed the city, its neighbouring districts in the state, and a few cities in Andhra Pradesh, in the middle of November 2015, for almost two weeks at a stretch.

An avatar of compassion and love, Bhagawan propagated the message, 'Service to mankind, is service to God.' His words of love and service continue to light the lamp of love, in the hearts of all the devotees.
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Christmas Celebrations
December 24 to December 26, 2015

Christmas is certainly that time of the year, when every Sai devotee from around the world eagerly looks forward to gathering in the Lord’s presence! This year was certainly no different. Devotees from Singapore had very lovingly decorated the mandir Premdeep and the newly built architectural edifice, Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham. From the festive cheer of carol signing to the morning candle light procession for Nagar Sankeertan, the atmosphere was charged with adoration of the Holy Father! Festivities at Sathya Sai Grama, Muddenahalli began on Christmas Eve.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Bhagwan arrived at 5:30pm amidst veda chanting. Mr Issac Tigrett, Founder of Hard Rock Cafe and House of Blues was the first speaker for the evening, who shared his thoughts on the theme ‘Brotherhood of Man and Fatherhood of God’. He spoke of his own Christian upbringing and Jesus, his first Master. “Today, people had forgotten the essence and message of Christmas and the holy day is reduced to partying, food etc.,” he said. Highlighting a unique aspect of the Sai family, he said, “Each one of us have a special and unique bond with the Lord, and this should be extended to seeing Swami in everyone else.” He ended his talk offering his gratitude to Swami for coming into his life, and being with him in his personal and professional journey. In his humility, he announced to the gathering that he was a work-in-progress, and Swami continues to work on him!

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'Love and Joy Sai Christmas Choir' with devotees from six countries - Australia, Germany, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain and the United States of America, presented a bouquet of songs and carols at the Lotus Feet of Beloved Bhagawan.
Friday, December 25, 2015

The proceedings of the Holy morning of Christmas commenced at 5am, with devotees, signing bhajans and carols all the way from the Old Mandir to Premdeep, the current residence of Bhagawan. It was surreal witnessing the scene; devotees holding candles, singing from their heart and going around the mandir!

The morning session started at 10am with Bhagawan’s arrival at the auditorium - Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham. ‘Sai's Angels’ the brass band comprising of students from the Muddenahalli campus, rendered traditional Christmas carols and songs at the Lotus Feet of their Beloved Swami.

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Devotees from Singapore, offering a musical rendition on Christmas Day!
Saturday, December 26, 2015

The evening programme commenced at 5:30pm with a drama titled ‘He Lives in You: The Birth of Jesus’, by the children from Nigeria. Written, scripted and directed by Father Charles Ogada, the drama conveyed the inherent message that - God takes human birth, so that man can take divine birth. The performance by the children was captivating, and everyone gathered enjoyed every bit of the drama!

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A traditional Yakshagana was performed by the students from the Alike campus, titled ‘Sri Rama Charitamrutam’.
Spreading the Warmth of Love!

Mahatma Gandhi said, “To find yourself, lose yourself in the service of others.” Sri Sathya Sai Sevamrutham youth from Kolkata decided to do just that, and spread love on Christmas Day! Blankets and home-made cakes were distributed to the deprived and impoverished on the streets of Kolkata. The activity started exactly at midnight on Christmas morning, and continued unitl 3.30am!

The team went around the city, covering close to 30 kms across southern and central Kolkata, to look for people who did not have a roof over their head, and found shelter under the sky. A painful sight to see street children wrapped in plastic sheets to save themselves from the biting cold, spreading the warmth of love with the underprivileged, certainly brought much cheers into the lives of the youth!
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