Issue 190 - August 16, 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

Water is like God! 

Conversations over lunch or dinner have lead to so many gems of wisdom and here adds another one to the treasury of divine deliberations. In USA, when the ladies of the home brought lunch for Swami, each lady carried a dish to be served which Swami eagerly enquired about as to what was it, who made it and even commented on the nutritional or cultural importance of that food item, thereby giving each also a chance to interact with Him. And finally it was the turn of the last lady who came with a glass of water to offer it to Swami.

So as to not disappoint her Swami said

“Oh! That’s the most important item! Without water no one could have cooked all the other items. Though water is colourless, odourless, tasteless and shapeless, yet without it none of these wonderful food items of varying colours, smells, tastes and shapes could have been prepared. Likewise, though God is without any name, form or attributes yet the whole world full of diverse forms and names are not possible without God, just like water, without which all these different dishes are not possible. Never forget this truth!” 

The lady who brought water was the happiest, for she had the longest conversation with Swami and the deepest one too!
Service Updates
Helping Beings In Need, July 2020
Selfless Seva Trust Of Istanbul
Selfless Seva Trust of Istanbul, Turkey, has continued to do Seva activities between July 6, 2020 and August 2, 2020; many people were visited and provided with the following services:

  • On Mondays and Wednesdays, food was cooked regularly and delivered to several homes in need throughout the month at the following districts;
  • 600 meals in Sisli Region
  • 477 meals in Pendik Region
  • 800 meals in Ömerli Region
  • 528 meals in Uskumruköy Region
  • They have also continued with the Narayana Seva individually as per Swami’s dictum, ‘Let no one go to sleep hungry’.
  • 1,615 meals were delivered individually.
  • Necessary medical supplies were provided to the people with ailments in the Sisli, Istanbul region.
  • The house-rent for two homes, and utility fees such as electricity, water and such, for 10 homes were paid.
  • Every day, in two districts of Istanbul – Zekeriyaköy Region and Fenerbahçe Region – dogs, cats, birds and sometimes horses are provided with food, water and medical care. When encountered, all kinds of animals in need are provided with the necessary help.
  • Istanbul Municipality has started a new online aid campaign, wherein those who cannot afford to pay their bills during the pandemic period can leave their utility bills on the website, and those who are able to pay, can help them by paying their bills anonymously. This month five bills were paid for these people in need.