1. 2015 Devotional Activities - 90th Birthday Theme

As you are aware, the 90th Birthday of our Beloved Bhagawan Baba will be celebrated in November 2015. This will also be the occasion of the 10th World Conference. The theme for this event has been chosen to be: “Love is the source; Love is the path; Love is the goal”.
2 sets of study guides have been prepared on this theme by the world Council. In preparation for this, the National Spiritual Coordinators have put together a guideline for spiritual practices over the next 9 months leading up to Swami’s 90th birthday. The process would be to use Swami’s 9 Point Code of Conduct as a vehicle of putting this theme of Love into action, by focusing on one point per month over the next 9 months. The theme Love is Source, Love is the Path, Love is the Goal is exemplified by Swami’s simple message of LOVE ALL, SERVE ALL. Each of the 9 Point Code of Conduct will have suggested guidelines attached for the practice as related to the theme. In addition each month a study circle will be provided based on a point of conduct. The National Coordinators will supply study circle questions and reading material to facilitate the study circle. These program would also incorporate the 2nd and 3rd study circle of the National Devotional Project on LOVE to be completed by August 2015.


2. 90 Steps to Divinity Seva project:

This year is Baba’s 90th birthday. Many celebrations are being planned and started all over the world. This ranges from Seva projects to Birthday festivities. Three members from our Calgary Centre, Mrs. Usha, Aunty Kamala and Brother David Rebus, have come up with an excellent Seva project that is close to our Bhagawan's heart. This Seva project is called 90 Steps to Divinity. This Seva project will start to collect items like food/toiletry/blanket for 90 packages. This Seva project will start now and complete on November 19. That gives each time to donate 2 or 3 items a week which over the 10 months is the 90 items. Devotees will each donate 90 items from the list for each category. That works out to 9 items per month. That in turn works out to 2 items per week with one additional item on one of the weeks. So the items can be a mix and match from the lists. For instance, an item from the food list and the toiletry list can be donated one week. Then next week a blanket can be donated and that can be considered 3 items. Or donations can be from one list per week. You have a choice of what your preference is. The reason for celebrating in this form is based on the teachings that Baba has given and shown by his example. He taught that doing Seva is the best form of devotion. “Hands that serve are holier than lips that pray.” Really by doing more Seva projects each will be serving Baba in so many forms which will help that other and themselves.


3. Seasonal Seva Project

A. WINTER CLOTHING AND GEARS FOR MUSTARD SEED ORGANIZATION: SOCKS, GLOVES, JACKETS, SWEATERS, BLANKETS, SCARVES AND ANY OTHER WINTER CLOTHINGS (Both used and new).

B. DRY GROCERIES FOR INTERFAITH FOOD BANK: Our Center will be collecting dry groceries to be donated to the Interfaith Food Bank. Last year our Center delivered close to 500 lbs of dry groceries to the Food Bank to reach those who are in need. Please note that the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank is not supported by any other organization. So your contributions will go a long way in helping out the needy.

Suggested list of groceries - RICE, SPAGHETTI PACKS, CANNED SOUPS (NO MEAT PLEASE!), CANNED VEGETABLES, CANNED FRUITS , SALT, SUGAR, CARNATION MILK, CREAMERS, KOOL AID, CANNED JUICE, ALL PURPOSE FLOUR, PEANUT BUTTER, JELLY OR JAMS, VEGETABLE OIL, INFANT FOOD (GERBER), AND ANY OTHER DRY FOOD ITEMS.


4. Every Sunday

Setting up for weekly Satsang, and re-organizing the Prayer Hall, after the weekly Satsang. In addition, you being at the Satsang itself is a great seva. Swamy says attending regular prayer services is one of Nine Point Code of Conducts.


5. Weekly Four Hours Seva - Monday thru Friday - On Your Own (Individual Seva Activity)

Calgary Meals On Wheels: Meet at 11 am, (contact M O W for locations) to pick up Hot Meal packages to be delivered all over Calgary. This is a wonderful seva - delivering Hot Meal to seniors, needy and handicapped residents in Calgary. Meals On Wheels provides close to 600 Meals a Day - with the support of United Way and few other Non Profit Organizations. For More info visit - www.mealsonwheels.com


6. Canadian Blood Services: 1-888-2-DONATE

Canadian Blood Services is always looking for Blood Donations from Calgarians throughout the year. Swamy Calls Blood Donation as - GIVING LIQUID LOVE. There are few restrictions on who can donate blood and how long one has to wait for this donation. Visit www.bloodservices.ca


The Center is working on setting up more Seva Activities for the Benefit of All the Members and Devotees to practice Nine Point Code of Conduct. Please contact one of the office bearers for more information.


Seva Quote - Bhagawan Baba has prescribed that the Qualification of Membership of a SAI organization is not just to attend the Bhajans and to love Baba, but to accept the 9 points Code as a part of our life and to PERFORM 4 hours of Service EVERY WEEK to the Poor, the Sick and the Needy.

Swamy says:

MANAVA SEVA IS MADHAVA SEVA            JANA SEVA IS JANARDHANA SEVA         NARA SEVA IS NARAYANA SEVA.
 
S E V A means - Self Evolved Voluntary Action

S A I  means - Serve And Inspire.



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