Sairam Dear All, Hope all is well with Swami’s grace!
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Practice Silence / Silence Develops Love: Study Circle SUNDAY, MAY 17TH, 2020 @ 2:00 PM
This coming Sunday we will have our regular Bhajans from 2 PM followed by Study circle and the topic is below:
Sathya Sai Baba says “Practice silence, for the voice of God can be heard in the region of your heart only when the tongue and the inner storm are stilled, and the waves (of the mind) are calmed. There will be no temptation for others to shout when you talk to them in whispers. Set the level of the tone yourself: as low as possible, as high as necessary to reach the outermost boundary of the circle you are addressing. Conserve sound, since it is the treasure of the element ether (Akasa), an emanation from God Himself.” – Sathya Sai Speaks Vol.10/Ch.4 – http://sssbpt.info/ssspeaks/volume10/sss10-04.pdf
Silence Develops Love
“Silence is the only language of the realised. Practise moderation in speech. That will help you in many ways. It will develop love, for most misunderstandings and factions arise out of carelessly spoken words. When the foot slips, the wound can be healed; but when the tongue slips, the wound it causes in the heart of another will fester for life. The tongue is liable for four big errors: uttering falsehood, scandalising, finding fault with others, and excessive articulation. These have to be avoided if there is to be peace for the individual as well as for society. The bond of brotherhood will be tightened if people speak less and speak sweetly. That is why silence was prescribed as a vow for spiritual aspirants by the scriptures. You are all spiritual aspirants at various stages of the road, and so this discipline is valuable for you also.” – Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume I, Chapter 10: Viveka and Vairagya.
Please join us for this wonderful satsang. Sairam.
95 Sadhana Program: For more details please go to www.ssbcflushing.org/nyc95 As part of the 95 Sadhana Program, the following is scheduled this Sunday as part of Center activity 1. We will start off with 21 AUMS before bhajans and conclude with 9 SAMASTHA LOKA after bhajans as part of Daily Prayers. 2. This sunday we will follow chanting of 95 Sai Gayatri.
Note: Daily Prayers common conference call is scheduled daily at 8 PM. For those who wish to join daily at 8 PM please see the details. Dial-in number: (712) 775-7465 | Participant Code: 209737
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SUNDAY, MAY 17TH – SSE CLASSES @ 12:30 PM
This Sunday, May 17th, 2020 our regular SSE Classes will be held from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM. The online links for all the SSE Groups are below.
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Please join for (meeting links below) 1. ONE LINK FOR ALL SSE GROUPS @ 12:30 PM (please start joining from 12:15 PM onwards) 2. CENTER MEETING SESSION @ 2:00 PM (Please start joining from 1:30 PM onwards)
For help with joining these meetings: Please Call the below volunteers
Where can we be seated? 1. Please ensure that you and your family members appropriately assemble at your own home altar. 2. Ensure that your laptop (see below requirements) is also visible to all of you. 3. Ensure that you all are seated at the altar comfortably and also joined into the meeting. 4. Ensure NO background noise of any kind is present as much as possible. If not, please kindly mute your phone or go to a silent room where the noise is near zero.
How do we log in? 1. Please log in by clicking the links above. 2. If all of your family members are together then we suggest to limit to one login and one laptop to join the meeting. 3. If you are assigned singer, then please ensure you log in separately using either another laptop or your phone or ipad. 4. If one of your family member is not with you, then have them log in by themselves separately. 5. Ideally one login per house, excluding singer logins.
When can I turn on my Video Cam? 1. Only by lead singers when they are leading a bhajan (optional) 2. Only when Arathi is being done. 3. We are requesting to hide your video cam for the rest of the time in order to ensure that we all have a better experience in terms of audio quality and reduced latency (lag).
When to Mute and When Not to Mute my Audio? 1. During 1:45 PM – 2:00 PM – Please mute your self 2. During assigned bhajans 2:00 – 2:40 pm: All will be muted by default only the lead singers will be un-muted as needed when they lead bhajans. 3. During Closing Prayers 2:40 – 3:00 PM: You can un-mute and you will follow with others. Some we will play recorded chanting and you can provide chorus along. 4. During Bhajan Workshop 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM: Please mute your audio and when needed you can un-mute as it will be a bit interactive session.
How will the bhajans be rendered? (Note: After various options finally we will have the lead singer to render the first line and as well render the chorus by themselves or their family members while all of us will join during the chorus (this is done to reduce the latency (lag). At the same time we will have harmonium / tabla played).
1. We will pre-assign bhajan singers and the order will be known. 2. Lead singers are expected to join separately by themselves using cell phones or land line. 3. We will try to have limited instruments where possible to maintain the beat, if not we will just use clapping. 4. We will follow regular sunday pattern of slides, that will be shared on the screen. 5. Since to make it more touching, we can request lead singers to enable video cam so they can be seen while singing bhajan (optional). 6. Closing Prayers will be lead by assigned singer while all of us will render together.. 7. Vibhuthi Mantram is lead by designated singer, please ensure you have vibhuthi at your altar and ensure that your family members get the same.
By Who and How will Arathi be given? 1. When we start arathi, we request all devotees to do arathi at their altars. 2. We will have arathi’s offered by all devotees at their homes at the same time. So please be ready with deepam / or others. 3. During this time you can all show your video camera so we can all see all arathi’s that are done at the same time.
NOTE: Please kindly forgive and excuse us if this does not meet with your standards. We know this cannot mimic the real time bhajans session or center meeting but this ensures that we all are wired at the same time to the divine. We will take feed back and continue to improvise for next meetings.
Note: Please click the calendar for larger image. Please see the monthly Calendar for the May 2020 below…