Issue 199 - October 18, 2020
Dussehra Celebrations 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 Naidu

One-Way Traffic! 

As Swami emerged from His room in the devotees’s home at Salta, Argentina, Dr David Cornsweet who was standing outside guarding the door stepped back to make place for Swami to move in the narrow hallway. 

Swami who noticed this, did not miss the opportunity to teach a lesson as always and turned this mundane moment into a spiritual sermon, when He said, “The corridor is too narrow for two. It’s only one-way traffic here; if you are there I can’t be there and if I am there, there is no place for you. Similar is the path of God, if you are there, God can’t be there and when God is there, you can’t be there.” And then in His signature style, encrypted it all in one simple sentence, “Where there is ‘I’, there can’t be ‘SAI’ and when there is ‘SAI’, there can’t be any ‘I’”. 

I was reminded of what Swami said to me once, “Merge your ‘I’ in ‘SAI’ and become one, for there is no place for two.”
Service Updates
Seva in Greece October 2020
The Greek youth expressed their love through providing several institutions with what they needed:

  • From Monday to Saturday, the Greek devotees go to the bakeries at their closing time in the afternoon and take whatever products remain unsold; which are typical savoury or sweet Greek snacks called 'koulouri' and then deliver them to several institutions, such as orphanages, old people's homes, day-care units for poor families and church organisations who feed the homeless.
  • Food boxes to an institution for children with mental disabilities and to an orphanage
  • 150 pieces of underwear to the Association for the Protection of Minors
  • Fixed lower prices of electricity bills for the same Association
  • 20 pizzas will be delivered on a monthly basis to an institution for children with disabilities
  • Many special toys to an institution for children with autism

Seva in Flood Areas

In mid-September, a serious wave of bad weather afflicted many regions in Greece, and the strong winds and heavy rains destroyed many homes and villages, costing the lives of three people. One of the most afflicted areas was the town of Karditsa. With most parts of the city flooded and no electricity, finding food was a huge task for the locals for several days. Following the initiative of Greek youth who mobilised an association of Greek companies, large quantities of food and other necessities were sent to this region: 500 kg beans, 500 kg rice, 854 kg pasta, 144 boxes of tomato sauce, 60 big boxes of biscuits, 1,125 kg flour, cheese products, juices and refreshments, milk, sanitary products and more.
Helping Beings In Need
Selfless Seva Trust Of Istanbul
Selfless Seva Trust of Istanbul, Turkey, has continued to do Seva activities between August 31, 2020 and October 4, 2020; many people were visited and provided with the following services:

On Mondays and Wednesdays food was cooked regularly throughout the month and delivered to several homes in need at the following districts:
  • 1,000 meals in Sisli Region
  • 450 meals in Pendik Region
  • 800 meals in Ömerli Region
  • 760 meals in Uskumruköy Region