- March 2024 Sai Calendar
March 2024 Sai Calendar
Sairam. Please find below the March 2024 Sai Calendar. Highlights of this month include the Maha Shivaratri Bhajans. While the bhajans go on continuously at the Sai Temple on Moulmein Road for 12 hours, participated by all Sai Centres in Singapore, singers from Sri Sathya Sai Society will lead the bhajans from 1 am to 2 am. There will also be special bhajans for Good Friday. In addition, SSE students will also lead a special bhajan on Friday, 29th March 2024, from 7:45 pm to 8:45 pm. All are invited to attend all these programmes.
Besides the weekly Thursday Bhajans, there are several seva activities during the month. Please mark your diary and participate in Sai activities of your interest. If you wish to volunteer at Sai Society, please sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/oEJ9ptEP59hjNgBQ2.
- Farewell to a Pioneer
Farewell to a Pioneer
𝕱𝖆𝖗𝖊𝖜𝖊𝖑𝖑 𝖙𝖔 𝖆 𝕻𝖎𝖔𝖓𝖊𝖊𝖗
Today, we bid farewell to a stalwart of Sai Society, affectionately known as “Uncle Karan” – Bro. G Karunakaran, who has ascended to the lotus feet of Bhagawan on the auspicious day of Bheeshma Ekadashi. Uncle Karan was not just an office-bearer; he was one of the pioneers of the Sai Society, standing as a pillar of strength for over two decades.
Hailing from Kerala, Uncle Karan embarked on his journey to Singapore as a teenager. He dedicated his professional life to serving the Singapore Government in its Public Works Department. However, it was in his retirement that he truly found his calling, devoting the next 25 years to the service of the Sai Society in various capacities, notably as honorary treasurer and honorary secretary.
Uncle Karan was renowned for his unwavering honesty and principled approach. He meticulously laid the foundations of a robust Sai Centre, implementing stringent financial discipline and core processes that endure to this day. His insistence on accountability was legendary; he famously sought justification for even the smallest expenditure, earning him the endearing moniker ‘Money Karan’. Thanks in part to his financial stewardship, the Sai Society was able to acquire its own premises, the “Sathya Sai Baba Centre” on Moulmein Road. Drawing upon his expertise in public works, Uncle Karan oversaw the construction of the present building, leaving an indelible mark on our physical space.
Despite his official retirement, Uncle Karan’s commitment to service never waned. He spent countless hours at the Centre, attending to administrative duties with the diligence of a full-time professional, all the while remaining steadfastly behind the scenes. Even after relinquishing his formal roles in 2004, he continued to offer his invaluable guidance and support to successive generations of leaders, embodying the true spirit of selfless service.
Today, as we reflect on Uncle Karan’s life and legacy, his dedication, integrity, and discipline serve as a beacon of inspiration for us all. Though he may no longer be with us in person, his presence will be deeply felt, and his memory cherished within the walls of our Sai Centre. Uncle Karan, we will miss you dearly, but your training will continue to guide us on our journey forward.
- Call for Volunteers
Call for Volunteers
Are you ready to make a meaningful impact? Extend a helping hand to migrant domestic helpers and be the catalyst for change in their lives. Become a volunteer English teacher with us, dedicating just 2 Sundays a month – a mere 4 hours of your valuable time! No prior teaching experience is required; we offer training and ongoing support.
Join us in empowering over 1,600 migrant domestic helpers who have benefited from our transformative “Help the Helpers” programme over the past 8 years. Our dedicated team of female volunteers leads the classes, with male volunteers providing valuable support. All the classes are offered absolutely free of charge. Please see more details at https://saisociety.org.sg/help-the-helpers.
Discover the joy of giving back and making a real difference. Sign up now to be a part of this incredible journey. Your commitment can create opportunities and open doors for those who need them the most. Together, let’s make a positive impact in the lives of migrant domestic helpers.
Ready to take the first step? Sign up at https://bit.ly/Teach2024. Together, we can create a brighter future for all.
- Bhagavan’s 98th Birthday Celebrations
Bhagavan’s 98th Birthday Celebrations
Bhagavan’s 98th Birthday will be celebrated with devotion and grandeur at the Sathya Sai Baba Centre from 7:00 am to 9 pm. This time, His Birthday is on a Thursday, which is a special day for Swami. The programme includes Morning Prayers and Bhajans (7:00 to 8:30 am), SSE programme (5:30 to 7 pm), a Musical Programme by bro. Ajnish Rai (7 to 7:25 pm) and Evening Bhajans (7:30 to 9:00 pm) at the Sai Centre on 23rd November 2023 (Thursday). Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served. The main prayer hall is open for darshan on this special day except during prayer/bhajan/Musical programme times. Bhagavan’s room is open for darshan from 8:30 am to noon and again from 4 pm to 9 pm.
No registration is needed; you may just walk in. Please note the programme and darshan timings, and join us in seeking Bhagavan’s blessings on this special day. Please do follow us on social media.
- Help Needed
Do you drive? If you do, we need your help in Narayana Seva.
Twice a month, we have a Narayana Seva for the domestic helpers, before they attend their free Spoken English class. Families lovingly prepare fresh meals for them. We need help in transporting the cooked food to the Sai Centre at 133 Moulmein Road. Collection would be around 11 am, on 2 Sundays of the month.
For more details on the Help the Helpers programme, please see https://saisociety.org.sg/help-the-helpers/ and https://saisociety.org.sg/2023/04/hth-graduation-2023/.
If you or your friends are able to help, please message +65 9220 8528 or email [email protected].
- Laptops Needed
Old Laptops Needed
We have been making efforts to bridge the digital divide and empower women through Free IT classes in our Help the Helpers Programme. This is in addition to the English classes. We use old, donated laptops to teach IT skills to domestic helpers. Between English & IT classes, over 1600 students have benefited so far.
Many of the old laptops we have been using have aged out, and are no longer operational. Hence, we now have a critical need for additional laptops.
If you or your friends have old laptops in working condition that you no longer need, please drop them off at the Sai Centre any day between 9 AM and 12 noon.
Your help would significantly impact the lives of these students, allowing them to develop important digital skills, and unlock a world of educational resources.
We will restore the laptops and put them to good use for a student who genuinely needs it.
Before Pandemic: Sufficient Laptops
Now: Insufficient Laptops