Happy Maha Shivarathri
March, 4, 2019
We wish you a Holy and Blissful Maha Shivarathri.
The Sathya Sai International Organisation is happy to share a video message about the spiritual significance of Maha Shivarathri, as taught by Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
The video and the transcript can be viewed and/or downloaded here. Subtitles in several languages are available by clicking on CC in the bottom right corner of the video.
Sathya Sai Free Health Fair
October 6, 2018, St. Ann, MO
On October 6, 2018, a Sathya Free Health Fair was held at Holy Trinity Church in St. Ann, MO. A total of 185 attendees, including 79 children, were served by 165 volunteers. Thirty-two medical and paramedical professionals provided services which included 13 M.D.s, Dentists, Psychologists, Audiologist, Nurse Practitioner, Nurses, Physical Therapist, Respiratory Techs, Pharmacist, Nutritionists, Lab Techs, Optometrist, 58 Interpreters and 75 non- medical volunteers. Cardinal Glennon Hospital for Children, St. Louis University Cancer Center, St. Louis University Hospital, De Paul Health Center, St. Louis Eye Clinic, St. Louis County Public Health, Maryville University, Casa de Salud, Walgreens Pharmacy, Community Action Agency of St. Louis County and the American Red Cross participated. University students attended with their faculty and SSE students served as volunteers. Monsanto Latin Network, All Access Interpreters, LAMP and Latino Medical Students Association in Washington University, provided interpreters.
The comprehensive health check extended beyond basic tests to include relaxation training, exercises for physical fitness, behavioral health for depression and addictions, physical therapy for posture, back pain, fall prevention and preventive practices to promote physical and mental health by living a life based on human values. The St. Louis County Pet Adoption Center also shared information on household pet care and adoption.
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Health & Human Values Booth at Sathya Sai Free Health Fair
October 6, 2018, St. Ann, MO
On Saturday, October 6, a Sathya Sai Free Health Fair was conducted in Region 4 at the Holy Trinity Church, St. Ann, MO, serving 185 adults and children, who were mainly members of the Hispanic community. Helpful translators of the Spanish language were available to provide effective communication at every booth. Many professional medical services and resources were provided, which also included a booth featuring Sai Human Values and Health. The message of the booth was that good health can be fostered by viewing the world with the vision of love, which is the result of practicing purity in thought, word and deed. Head, Heart and Hands united in love, can promote good health by living a life that is based on human values and reinforced with positive thinking and prayer, good nutrition and exercise as part of one’s weekly schedule. The question is how to remember to practice this positive approach to life. Reminders that were shared are: positive thinking and prayer, listening to inspirational music and song , managing stress and sustaining a sense of well-being through silent reflection, joyfully do service within the home and community and filling your mind with inspirational stories about good works, accomplishments and role models of human excellence. This preventive health perspective was presented in such a simple and easy manner, that the assigned translator upon hearing this message of love from the SSIO member managing the booth, connected instantly and took upon himself without any further direction, to proceed to share this message of love with simplicity, enthusiasm and dedication to all who visited the booth. The translator was so inspired that he stated , “Please contact me for I want to be involved in any future events that promote this message of love and well-being.”
2018 National Young Adult Leadership Retreat Hosted by Region 4
September 29-30, 2018, St. Louis, MO
Region 4 hosted the 3rd National Young Adult Leadership Retreat at the Sai Center of Greater St. Louis on the weekend of September 29th & 30th. The regional and center leadership teams and host families, were very grateful to have the opportunity to be an intricate part of helping to make this leadership retreat for the nation’s SSIO Young Adults, a great success. The theme for the retreat was “Connect, Inspire & Unite”. Presentations on Young Adult activities in all 10 Regions of the SSIO-USA were made, followed by workshops that provided connection with inspiration, so that Young Adult Representatives & Advisors could be united and energized, upon returning home to their local regions. The speakers were Dr. William Harvey of the Prashanti Council, who was the keynote speaker and was instrumental in the formation of the Young Adults program in the USA, the National Council President, Dr. Jack Feely and Regional President, Creta Schiermann. The Region 4 Young Adult team worked diligently with the National Yong Adult team, to make sure this was a memorable event for all in attendance.
Medical Camp Memphis, Tennessee
September 22, 2018
Over 30 medical professional participated in the medical camp organized by the Sai Center of Memphis. The camp was organized in association with BAPS Charities. Medical professionals volunteered their services and came from varying backgrounds including physicians, dentists, pharmacists and specialists in the fields of internal and family medicine, cardiology, endocrinology, and gynecology. The health fair offered a variety of screenings which included blood pressure, BMI, and dental exams. Health professionals educated over 127 attendees on various health topics and provided advice on the importance of regular health checkups and other health related issues. Over 90 participants were administered a free flu vaccine. Many attendees participated in health lectures on pranayama (breathing exercises), meditation, and diet.
The attendees were very happy to learn about maintaining their health and well-being, and the medical professionals expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to be of service to those in need.
Region 4 Represents SSIO-USA at “Beliefs of the World “ Tent at the Festival of Nations
August 25-26, 2018, St. Louis, MO
Members of Region 4 represented the SSIO at the “Beliefs of the World” tent at the Festival of Nations in St. Louis, Missouri, on August 25th and 26th. SSIO members joined together in love and fellowship with the representatives of 19 communities of faith from the metropolitan area, which included representatives of all the major world religions, to share information, answer the questions of festival attendees and to promote unity and understanding among the faiths and beliefs represented. As Festival attendees would stop at the Sathya Sai booth, SSIO members would share about the teachings of Sathya Sai, including the goal of the organization, Sathya Sai’s message on the Unity of Faiths, the Five Universal Human Values, the importance of Service and that the End of Education is Character.
Regional Sai Spiritual Education Teacher Training
August 4-5 2018, St. Louis, MO
Region 4 conducted a Regional Sai Spiritual Education Teacher Training on August 4 and 5 at the Sai Center of Greater St. Louis, covering the Sai Spiritual Education Fundamentals and the Updated Sai Spiritual Education Framework Initiative. Implementation of the Updated SSE Framework Initiative in all Sai Center SSE programs in the USA, is the goal nationwide. This SSE training was attended by members from the Sai Center of Greater Kansas City and the Sai Center of Greater St. Louis, which included center SSE coordinators, center officers, members and interested Group 4 students.
The training of SSE Teachers in SSE Fundamentals and the Updated SSE Framework Initiative is a national requirement. If a Sai Center in Region 4 is in need of the required SSE Teacher Training, please contact the Regional Education Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Region 4 Annual Walk for Values as Part of the Independence Day Parade
July 4, 2018, Bridgeton, MO
This was the 3rd year that Region 4 conducted an enthusiastic “Walk for Values”, as part of the City of Bridgeton, Missouri’s Independence Day Parade on the Fourth of July. Around 30 members of the SSIO walked for values in this annual community parade that routes pass the Sai Center of Greater St. Louis through the local neighborhoods and past the City Hall of Bridgeton. Hundreds of people from the community lined the streets to watch this annual parade. Numerous parade attendees applauded or shared supporting comments when they saw the message of love, peace and non-violence that the “Walk for Values” delivered. This year, the walk included a lead “Walk for Values” banner, Human Values signs, a Sathya Sai Education in Human Values banner, “a Value Truck” decorated with messages on the benefits of living a life based on human values, followed by a “Help Ever Hurt Never” banner with the symbols of the world religions of Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and Bahai’ and ending with an inspirational banner to inspire all to be the change they want to see. Sai Spiritual Education students lovingly interacted with parade attendees and shared their joy by lovingly passing out treats to children along the parade route.
41st Annual Retreat, Midwest Region 4
May 25-27 2018, Eureka, MO
The theme of the 41st Annual Retreat of the Mid-Central Region in St. Louis, Missouri, on Memorial Day weekend was “Transformation of the Mind Through Service.” The guest speakers were Dr. Surendra Upadhyay, from the U.K. who spoke about service to man and his phenomenal experiences at SSIO medical camps worldwide and Dr. Meera Narasimhan, from the University of South Carolina, who shared insights and strategies for the transformation of the mind. The concept of service was extended to the environment with each Sai Center in the region planting a tree at the retreat camp site. Prior to the tree planting, retreat attendees were inspired by a Young Adult play based on the environmental program, “Serve the Planet”. Members of the region organized an “Animal Shelter Supplies Drive” as a regional service project, which included SSE children making pet toys. All items collected for the drive were delivered to the St. Louis County Pet Adoption Center, Saint Louis County Department of Public Health. The adults and the children also participated in a “Walk for Animals and the Planet” on Family Value Night, an event that was recently introduced at the regional retreat. The participants carried hand-made posters and banners and wore animal masks and T-Shirts with logos reflecting the theme of love for animals and the planet.