Issue 198 - October 11, 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
God's Guests

During the visit to Karwar, Swami’s accommodation was arranged in a guest house in the forests near Kadra reservoir.

Swami had invited the devotees from Dharwad to speak to them about their prayers for an educational institution in their district. During the conversation Swami mentioned about the ephemeral nature of the world where everyone and everything comes and goes, whereas God alone stays forever. Soon after the talk, Prasadam was brought and everyone were served tetra packs of juices and some snacks.

Swami who was watching over the distribution of the eatables said, “This is a guest house so you all are guests, therefore this hospitality. But I am always the host here and everywhere. Guests come and go, whereas the host stays. The world comes and goes, but God stays.”

Even in that casual moment, He taught the eternal Truth and along with the fruit juice we all savored the sweet nectarine message too!
Service Updates
Andhra Pradesh

Daily Essentials for Old Age Home in Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh

The Annapoorna team in Vizianagaram in Andhra Pradesh State visited a 'Home for the Elderly' in the S. Kota area. The residents at the home were given one month’s supply of daily essentials including sanitation kits, blankets, fruits and such. Quoting a volunteer's joy he experienced in giving: "Heartful of Love and Handful of Fruits. Feeling blessed to interact with 'grandparents'!"
Grocery Kits for Families in Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh

As a part of their fifth phase of grocery distribution for needy families, on September 11, 2020, the Vizianagaram Annapoorna team reached out to 45 families across three villages. Each family received broken rice, wheat flour, oil, lentils, sugar and salt.
Ganjam - Odisha
Grocery Kits Distributed to Tribal Families in Ganjam, Odisha

On September 10, 2020, Annapoorna volunteers in Odisha provided doorstep Seva to acute, poverty stricken tribal families of Talasara and Khajapalli Villages of Buguda Mandal of Ganjam District.
Kits Distributed to Tribal Families of Ganjam, Odisha

Odisha volunteers in Ganjam District served two tribal villages on September 11, 2020 by providing 22 ration kits in Nuapalli Village and 18 kits in Badatanda Village.
Krishnagiri - Tamil Nadu
Dry Ration Distributed to Families in Krishnagiri, Tamil Nadu

In these trying times of COVID-19 pandemic, the livelihood of several daily wagers are adversely affected. In this situation, on September 9, 2020, the Annapoorna team in Krishnagiri supported 37 needy families of Peyanur Village, Krishnagiri District, Tamilnadu by providing them with dry ration.
Rajajinagar - Bengaluru
Annapoorna volunteers distributed grocery kits to four families belonging to Tamil Seva Samaj School in Rajajinagar on the September 13, 2020.
West Bengal Seva
Sai Sure Packs Distributed in West Bengal
On September 6, 2020, the children of Kaliara Village in the District of Hooghly, West Bengal were offered, in association with Sri Sathya Sai Annapoorna Trust, a specially packed chocolate flavoured Sai Sure, a Nutritious Health Drink. School children in all the adopted villages of the Aarogya Vahini programme are being offered the Chocolate Drink!
Chunakhali - West Bengal
Protein-rich Nutrition, Primary Healthcare Support in Chunakhali, West Bengal

Protein Rich Nutrition was provided for rural families along with Primary Health Care Support in the interior villages of Chunakhali, West Bengal on September 11, 2020. The Aarogya Vahini Team, strengthened by the Annapoorna team and the Divine Will Foundation, has been providing continued support for the coastal villages with Medical and Nutritional Support.
Middle East Seva October - 2020
There are a lot of people suffering, looking for help, and in this rightful moment the youth group, inspired by the philanthropic works of one of the greatest humanitarians the world has ever witnessed, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, set out to dedicate their time for the welfare and happiness of distressed people!
Socio Care through Sri Sathya Sai Love Kit
  • 23 Labourers provided with SSSLK on August 26, 2020
  • SSSLKs provided to two camps (three persons of Sri Lankan Origin and 15 persons of Bengali Origin)
  • 129 SSSLKs supplied as part of follow up service which the group started in August 2020
  • 14 labourers of Indian Origin provided with SSSLKs
  • 20 Labourers were provided with SSSLKs yet another day
  • Every month, four families are being supported with SSSLKs

OMAD – One Meal A Day
OMAD is another key initiative the youth group has taken upon themselves and it has been happening without any halt for months now. If everyone takes care of another fellow-being in need of food, then the whole world will transform to heaven. No one will be left out to bear hunger and thirst. Let us envisage such a golden age in the times to come where love will be the only currency that people will talk about. “Love for love’s sake”, let it be the motto of life. This month, 13 people shared 314 meals with fellow beings.
A Very Special Day
The youth joined hands with a charitable organisation to celebrate Children’s Day with the students at Harvard School in Pettah. Already having made a bond with the youth during their numerous visits throughout the years, the children were very enthusiastic to see them again. A face paint station was set up much to the extreme delight of the children, who rushed to transform into their favourite superheroes.
Serving Those Who Serve
As September passed by, the youth continued wholeheartedly serving refreshments to the government workers. Coming every other day, the workers are keen at the chance of a well-deserved rest along with a warm cup of tea. Refreshments range from steaming hot beverages such as tea and coffee to snacks such as biscuits, chocolate cakes, sweet and savoury sandwiches to occasional bowls of flavourful soup with toast or traditional rice and curry lunch packets containing golden yellow dhal, milky soya stew, fresh salads, devilled mushroom curry and so on. The workers’ happiness is the joyous reward for the youth, who ensure they do not even miss a day of being able to serve!