Issue 206 - December 06, 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...
In 2017 a Satsang held in the divine presence at Singapore, a youth seeks permission to start 'Ceiling on Desires' program, so that all the youth can also contribute towards Swami's mission.

Here is what Swami said:

‘Ceiling on Desires’ is not just about wasting money. Desires are not limited to financial desires, but also related to sensual desires and desires of the mind and body. In public, you practice ceiling on desires but, in private, are you still having a ceiling on your desires? Are you secretly wishing for things that are not appropriate? Financial savings are a by-product of your mental attitude. Do not worry, compare or compete with what the elders are doing. When they were your age, they did not even do what you are currently doing. As you grow up, you will do better than them, because you are getting all this training at a young age. Yes, do not waste time, money, energy, words and, most importantly, do not waste life. Learn the basics and lead your life well.

(Referring to one of the youth) Our boy here, in the army, is going through training. He is not fighting a real war; he is fighting a mock war. When the real war comes, he will be capable of fighting his enemy. Putting a limit on your desires now will help you gain control over yourself as you grow up. Things will get larger in proportion, as you grow up: distractions grow and egos also grow larger in proportion. How will you handle them? Do a little bit of it, as you can. Do not worry too much. Most importantly, have you gained control over your mind? If you have not, then this has become an external thing and you may feel, ‘I am practicing Ceiling on Desires today by simply putting a dollar aside.’ That is not the right direction. Going from outside to inside is very important. Control your thoughts, words and actions. That is ‘Ceiling on Desires’ and it should be implemented.
 Service Updates
Selfless Service in Australia
Health in Kind (HIK) continues to operate out of four states of Australia - Western Australia (WA), Victoria (ViC), Queensland (QLD) and New South Wales (NSW) and so far, has had its biggest impact by partnering with other foundations and charities.

In Victoria, the youth group continues the partnership with Vicseg who support refugee groups. The HIK team provides mobile outreach health services to those in need. This year, they have developed new partnerships with a local Rotary Group and Medical School which will open up more opportunities for projects in the New Year.
A Health in Kind App seeks to simulate the same face to face provision of service via an App-based platform delivering compassionate health care in the form of health literacy. Aiming to reach those that are vulnerable in the community and/or those who struggle to access health services, an App platform provides the capacity to reach individuals in every corner of Australia. Given the worldwide changes brought by COVID-19, this form of delivery of health care is now even more pivotal for the Australian public.