Swami Says “In God’s creation, there is nothing like sorrow. Whatever God does is for the welfare of humanity. Some people feel depressed and wail as to why God gave those troubles and sorrows. But, sorrows and difficulties are our own making. God does not differentiate or cause trouble to anyone. Sorrows and difficulties are only your feelings. Everything in God’s creation is meant to provide happiness and convenience to the living beings. That is what I have been repeatedly emphasizing. Whether you are in sorrow or enjoying happiness, always think that everything is for your own good. One has to develop a firm conviction that whatever God does is for one’s own good and not for putting one to trouble.
Food when left unconsumed for long becomes stale and emits foul smell. So too, when our faults are not corrected, they will have a negative impact on our own lives. We must persist in the internal cleansing process, either by our own efforts or by heeding to the advice of those sympathetic souls who have succeeded in cleansing themselves. If we do not do it, like the plate of cooked food left aside too long, our life will begin to degenerate.
“The Lord does not test a man just for fun; He does not pile calamity because He enjoys it. Examinations are held, to measure achievement and award marks and honors. You must ask to be examined, so that your progress may be recorded
Sairam Dear All,
Hope all is well with Swami’s grace!
After much deliberations and based on guidance from International Sai Organization / Regional Team / NYC Sai Center Presidents / Our Center Past Presidents / Current Office Bearers, as a result of Emergency declared in NY due to the on going COVID-19 Virus outbreak, please note that starting from Saturday, March 14th to Sunday April 19th 2020, we will be suspending (holding off) all outdoor service projects (Riverside Food Service and Bowery Food Service). Therefore there will be no food preparation, transportation nor serving during this time period.
NOTE: Apologize for the lengthy email but please go over the email as we are implementing center meeting virutally (online) using technology. Need your cooperation and support as always.
SERVICE ACTIVITIES Saturday March, 14th Sunday, April 19th SUSPENDED
RIVERSIDE FOOD SERVICE BOWERY FOOD SERVICE CLIFF SIDE NURSING HOME VISIT COLER HOSPITAL VISIT (TBD)
Keeping in view of the current situation, location, the center members commute and other factors as per the guidance from our Sai Organization, there will be NO CENTER MEETING @ HINDU CENTER from this SUNDAY, March 15th 2020 until further Notice.
1. Are SSE Classes cancelled? NO, SSE Classes will be hosted online. 2. So Center Meeting will be held online as well? YES, Center Meeting will be held online.
ONLINE MEETING DETAILS (Group Video / Audio / Screen Sharing)
You can join either by your Laptop / Desktop (PC) / IPAD / IPHONE (/or Android). Note: Mobile Apps (both from Apple Store and Google Play Store) for Cell Phone / Ipad (Less than 2 minutes to join the meeting)
Swami says “It is only when science is linked to spirituality that the results of science can be fully harnessed for the good and elevation of mankind”.
We will continue our center activities by linking our technology to spirituality so that we can connect with Swami. How are we planning on to do it?
1. Hold a Trial SSE Classes Training Session for all SSE Teachers / Parents (ENCOURAGE All SSE Gurus / Parents to join) 2. Hold a Trial Center Meeting Training Session for all Center Members.(ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBERS TO JOIN) 3. Host the actual SSE Classes as scheduled 4. Host the center meeting as scheduled.
Note: *** For any issues during any session, please call the office bearers. We will have more members supporting. Will provide the details on a later date.
*** If any member who is not computer savvy or don’t have one, they can dial in and join the conference call. So if you know anyone that needs help, please reach out to us or help them.
ONLINE TRIAL SSE TRAINING
Saturday, March 14th @ 12:30 PM
1. Purpose of this training is to ensure that all SSE Gurus and Parents can get used to Online Virtual Class setting. 2. We can troubleshoot any issues so that we can fix them. 3. Gives the SSE Guru the insight on how to conduct the actual class.
1. Purpose of this training is to ensure that all Center Members can get used to Online Virtual Center Meeting Setting. 2. We can troubleshoot any issues so that we can fix them. 3. Also gives us some insight about any feedback or other updates.
1. Ensure you have laptop / phone / ipad and login by 1:30 PM. 2. Please mute your line where possible. 3. What is expected when we are having online satsang from each of us? See below for more details
For those who cannot join live using the above link, please dial in directly using the number (Audio Only): Dial In Number: (646)-558 -8656 Access Code: 965-450-877# Note: Please mute your phone.
What is expected of us while we are online?
Where can we be seated? 1. Please ensure that you and your family members appropriately assemble at your own home altar. 2. Ensure that your laptop (see below requirements) is also visible to all of you. 3. Ensure that you all are seated at the altar comfortably and also joined into the meeting. 4. Ensure NO background noise of any kind is present as much as possible. If not, please kindly mute your phone or go to a silent room where the noise is near zero.
How do we log in? 1. Please log in by clicking the link below. 2. If all of your family members are together then we suggest to limit to one login and one laptop to join the meeting. 3. If you are assigned singer, then please ensure you log in separately using either another laptop or your phone or ipad. 4. If one of your family member is not with you, then have them log in by themselves separately. 5. Ideally one login per house, excluding singer logins.
When can I turn on my Video Cam? 1. Only by lead singers when they are leading a bhajan (optional) 2. Only when Arathi is being done. 3. We are requesting to hide your video cam for the rest of the time in order to ensure that we all have a better experience in terms of audio quality and reduced latency (lag).
When to Mute and When Not to Mute my Audio? 1. During 1:45 PM – 2:00 PM – Please mute your self 2. During assigned bhajans 2:00 – 2:40 pm: You can un-mute yourself and provide chorus (This might not be real time experience and you might encounter some latency (delay) … If you are not comfortable please mute your phone and then provide chorus among your own family members. 3. During Closing Prayers 2:40 – 3:00 PM: You can un-mute and you will follow with others. Some we will play recorded chanting and you can provide chorus along. 4. During Bhajan Workshop 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM: Please mute your audio and when needed you can un-mute as it will be a bit interactive session.
How will the bhajans rendered? 1. We will pre-assign bhajan singers and the order will be known. 2. Lead singers are expected to join separately by themselves using cell phones or land line. 3. We will try to have limited instruments where possible to maintain the beat, if not we will just use clapping. 4. We will follow regular sunday pattern of slides, that will be shared on the screen. 5. Since to make it more touching, we can request lead singers to enable video cam so they can be seen while singing bhajan (optional). 6. Closing Prayers will be unison prayer session, where all of us will render together. 7. Vibhuthi Mantram is also chanted together, please ensure you have vibhuthi at your altar and ensure that your family members get the same.
By Who and How will Arathi be given? 1. When we start arathi, we request all devotees to do arathi at their altars. 2. We will have arathi’s offered by all devotees at their homes at the same time. So please be ready with deepam / or others. 3. During this time you can all show your video camera so we can all see all arathi’s that are done at the same time.
NOTE: Please kindly forgive and excuse us if this does not meet with your standards. We know this cannot mimic the real time bhajans session or center meeting but this ensures that we all are wired at the same time to the divine. We will take feed back and continue to improvise for next meetings.
As part of the 95 Sadhana Program, the following is scheduled this Sunday as part of Center activity 1. We will start off with 21 AUMS before bhajans and conclude with 9 SAMASTHA LOKA after bhajans as part of Daily Prayers. 2. We will implement chanting of 95 Sai Gayatri’s as a sadhana activity.
Note: Daily Prayers common conference call is scheduled daily at 8 PM. For those who wish to join daily at 8 PM please see the details. Dial-in number: (712) 775-7465 | Participant Code: 209737 ————————————————————
Note: Please click the calendar for larger image. Please see the REVISED monthly Calendar for the month of February 2020 below…