Issue 183 - June 28, 2020
Master the Mind
Mind is the cause of bondage and liberation, and if one can master this mind, one can become not just a mastermind but the master Himself, says Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai. In this series of talks, ‘Master the Mind’, primarily given to the Ashram residents of Sathya Sai Grama, Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai guides us step by step, to take up a 30 day sadhana to understand, analyse, master and finally merge the mind into the divine self.
Inspirational Note ...
By Sri Madhusudan Sai

First Choice, Not Last

During the Questions and Answers session in one of the Satsangs in Singapore, a devotee asked, “How do I know if it is helplessness that makes me go to God, or is it my surrender to God?”

Well, a pertinent one isn’t it? I was wondering as to how Swami would answer this when as usual He made it quite simple when He said, “When God is the first choice it’s surrender, but when God is the last choice, it’s helplessness.” Can anyone be more precise than this?

Make God your first choice was the point to be taken home.

By Sri Madhusudan Naidu

Good Karma

It was during the breakfast session that the host Dr Grish and his family walked in with Swami’s breakfast to be served at His table in the beautifully made room for Him in their home in London. Swami watched them all come one after another, carrying one bowl of food or a tumbler of water each. He playfully remarked, “Oh, the food in the bowls seems to be too heavy for one person to carry, so you are sharing the burden!”. Even as the members of the family burst in to laughter, Swami smiled and said, “Not burden, but it is an opportunity that you are sharing. The opportunity to be of some service to God.”

“You see, when Lord Krishna cut his little finger while eating sugarcane, it was Draupadi who tore a piece of her saree to bandage the bleeding finger while the wives of Krishna rushed to get first aid. Later, when Draupadi was being disrobed in the court of Kauravas, it was this act of service to the Lord that came to her rescue as the tiny piece of saree became an inexhaustible infinite supply of silk and saved her honor. Every little deed that we do as service to the Lord, even if it is carrying a bowl of breakfast to His table, is a good Karma that gets deposited in your account of deeds and starts earning the interest of God’s grace, only to come to your rescue during the most difficult times, even without your asking. Every opportunity to serve the Lord and His people is an insurance that covers you at the time of adversities. So never miss an opportunity to do some good.”

While Swami was served an assortment of delicacies for breakfast, He in return treated them to a spiritual feast.
Service Updates
Argentine Youth Seva Activities
During May, the youth of three different parts of Argentina distributed food for 1954 people. Due to the pandemic state, Argentina is going through big restrictions and some groups had to stop the Seva activities temporarily. However, the groups which are able to continue providing food to the needy gave a great relief of food and clean items for more people.
Canadian Newsletter June 2020 Edition
Seva Leading to Transformation

The youth offer their prayerful Pranams to their loving Lord. They pray to Bhagawan to grant them strength to continue His mission.

This Issue contains Seva updates and visuals from the Provinces of Alberta and Ontario, Canada.

They have also added a small segment entitled Transformation – Canada Youth. Every other month, a Canadian Youth will share how service has helped him/her transform.
Alberta Seva
Providing Food to Shelters Bay Area
Northern California
The youth delivered canned food, pasta, tomato sauce, granola bars, breakfast cereal, juice boxes, fruits, cookies and more to a few shelters such as ‘HomeFirst’, ‘Salvation Army’ and ‘LifeMoves’ in San Jose .
Boccardo Reception Center, San Jose is run by HomeFirst, an organisation that helps provide food and shelter to people affected by COVID-19.