This year Region 8 USA will be represented at Guru Poornima celebrations and the SSE Conference 2015 in Prashanthi Nilayam by a group from Glendale, Arcadia and other centers that will join another group from Region 2 USA.
The Devotee’s will be joining together as a choir and presenting devotional songs from multiple faiths. In addition from Region 8 will be the SSE from Glendale which includes some families from other centers as well. The groups will be performing in the afternoon or evening of August 1st.
People are engaged in exploring space but do not make the slightest effort to explore the Divine within. Of what use are experiments in space when there is no genuine cultivation of human qualities and the practice of basic virtues such as acting in reverence with the mother, the father and the preceptor? People today are living in human form but are filled with beastly qualities! Scriptures declare that people can attain immortality only by renunciation (tyaga) and not through actions, wealth or progeny. What must be renounced? Renounce your bad qualities. To manifest your inherent divine nature, cultivate love for God and fear of sin and adherence to right conduct (sangha niti). When you fear sin and love God, you cannot indulge in immoral acts, automatically ensuring morality in society. God can be known only by experience and not by experiments. Hence follow your chosen spiritual practices diligently and sincerely. (Divine Discourse, 5 June 1994)
FIRST SUNDAY SPEAKER
Karthik Srinivasan came to Bhagawan’s lotus feet in the Summer of 1997 to start a new chapter in his life as an MBA student under the aegis of the Divine Chancellor. The education he received was not only academic but also spiritual. Having always questioned the ritualistic way of life, true spirituality dawned on him in HIS divine presence. He got a golden opportunity to travel with God in 1998 to Kodaikanal and stay with him for 28 golden days. The surreal yet elevating experiences have installed our dear Lord in his heart.
On completing his education with Bhagawan, Karthik has been part of the Sri Sathya Sai Organization in many parts of the world as a sevadal, volunteer and as office bearer since 1999.
Today, he works for a multinational bank. The fragrance instilled in him by Bhagawan and the omnipotence of our dear Lord have saved him from many dangers as well as given him guidance as promised by HIM. Bhagawan has always been his guiding force and the Divine Director in his life. Bhagawan blessed his marriage personally in 2010 in a divine drama that can only be enacted by HIM.
Karthik is going to share with us, his story, “Living with Divinity”.