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Monthly Calendar

May 2021 Monthly Calendar

Sairam. Please find below the May 2021 Sai Calendar for your easy reference. The highlights of this calendar are special bhajans for Eswaramma Day, Hari Raya Puasa and Vesak.

In addition, there are several seva activities during the month. Please mark your diary and participate in Sai activities of your interest.

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Register for SSE

Registrations:

There are two intakes for registration in the SSE programme – January and July. Parents may register using the form provided at the bottom of this page.  For your convenience, the following key information is repeated below:

Details of SSE conducted by Sri Sathya Sai Society, Singapore :
Sunday, 9.15am to 11.45am
Sathya Sai Baba Centre, 133 Moulmein Road, Singapore 308083

Term structure:

Term 1: 10th Jan – 11th Apr 2021

Term 2: 4th July – 26th September 2021

Level structure (2021):

Tiny Tots – age 4 to 6

Group 1A (i) – age 7

Group 1A (ii) – age 8

Group 1B (i) – age 9

Group 1B (ii) – age 10

Group 2 (i) – age 11

Group 2 (ii) – age 12

Group 3 – age 13 to 14

Group 4 – age 15 to 18

SSE Programme consists of weekly lessons and Sai Centred Activities.

Download the Registration Forms Below

Online Form: https://goo.gl/forms/JOGKFu6GNDAkkUVt2

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Sai Aradhana 2013 – SSE Exhibition (7 to 12 Yrs)

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Sai Aradhana 2013 – SSE Exhibition (13 to 15 Yrs )

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SAI ARADHANA 2013 – Service Activity by Group 2 SSE Students

On the 31st of March 2013, our children from Group 2 (10 to12 year olds) from the Sai Spiritual Education (SSE) programme engaged in a vibhuthi packing seva. Many of them were looking forward to do their part for the commemoration of our dearest Swami’s Mahasaamadhi (Sai Aradhana). Untitled1
Before commencing the seva, the children learnt the significance of vibhuthi and watched the video on vibhuthi abhishegam by Swami for Shirdi Sai. This was followed by the chanting of the vibhuti mantra (Paramam Pavitram). Untitled2
Soon after, they got into their respective groups and went to the tables that had been prepared by the Gurus. While packing, all of them were extremely focused and chanted the Sai Gayatri as it was being played in the background. Clearly, they were immersed in Swami’s love. Untitled3
Upon completion, they dedicated their seva to Swami by placing the vibhuthi packets at Swami’s altar as a group. All the children loved every minute of this wonderful opportunity to be of service and are eagerly looking forward to the next seva activity. Untitled4

Click here for Sai Aradhana 2013 programme details

Jai Sairam

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Vegetarian Recipies – III

APPETIZERS or STARTERS

 

As the name suggests, these starters whet your appetite and give your buds the extra punch gearing you up for the main entrée.

  

MASALA VADAI

 

Deep fried flat discs of lentil combined with condiments are an indispensable find at any South Indian occasion. Call them vadai or vada, they transport you to another layer with their mesmerizing aroma.

Ingredients

 

Chana dal / Red Gram              – 250 gms

Onion                                      – 2 (small)

Green chillies                           – 1 (big)

Red dry                                    – 2(small)

Coriander leaves                       – 50 gms (finely chopped)

Ginger                                      – 25 gms

Fennel seeds/ Saunf                  – 1 tsp

Asafoetida / Hing                      – 1/2 tsp

Salt to taste

 

Method

 

Soak  chana  dal along with red chillies for just half an hour.

Wash well and strain it, keep aside.

Add ginger and red chillies to it and grind coarsely.

Add finely cut onions, green chillies, coriander leaves,fennel seeds, asafoetida and required amount of salt. Mix well.

Make into round flat pieces by pressing them onto the wet palm of your hands or on a plastic sheet and deep fry.

 

It can be had with coconut chutney or even ketchup.

 

PAKODA

Onions or vegetables coated in gram flour and condiments and spread as fritters into oil are handy alternatives available to serve unexpected arrivals. A tinge of softness and crunchiness in every bite, these pakoras or pakodas are an instant hit among diverse groups.

Ingredients

Besan flour(Gram flour)         – 150gms

Rice flour                              – 50gms

Onions                                  – 3 (big onions)

Ginger                                  -1 tbsp (Finely chopped)

Coriander leaves                   – 4 tbsp (Finely chopped)

Green chillies                       -2 (finely chopped)

Asafoetida / Hing                 – 1tbsp

Fennel seeds / Saunf             -1tbsp

Salt to taste

Method

Cut onions into thin long slices.

Ginger, chillies and coriander leaves have to be finely chopped.

Sieve the besan and rice flour well.

Heat a deep dish pan with oil so that while the batter is being mixed, the oil would get heated to be able to fry the pakodas just on time.

In another container, add both the flour along with salt, ginger, coriander leaves, green chillies, asafoetida and fennel seeds. Mix well.

Add a few spoons of hot oil into the mixture and crumble them well. This would ensure the crispness of the pakodas.

Then add the thin long slices of onions. Add little water and mix well. The consistency should be such that the batter can be spread as fritters into oil and deep fried.

Spoon or pick a lumpful of batter and spread them little by little into the hot oil.

Turn them over once or twice to even the heat on all sides of the pakodas.

When it turns golden brown, remove and spread on plate.

Points to keep in mind

The batter should neither be too loose nor tight.

Red chilli flakes can be added too depending on the spice required.

Onions can even be replaced by capsicums or potatoes. This can be had with ketchup

 

MANGALORE BONDA

Ingredients

Maida         /All Purpose flour    – 6 tbsp

Rice flour                                   – 2 tbsp

Rawa/Sooji/Semolina                 – 1 tbsp

Finely cut onions                       – 2 tbsp

Minced green chillies                 – 1 tbsp

Coriander leaves                        – 2 tbsp

Cooking soda                            – 1 pinch

Thick sour curds                  – as needed to hold the dough.

Oil for frying

Salt as required

Method

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.

Keep covered for at least 3 hours.

Add soda just before frying.

Heat oil, make medium sized balls and fry till golden brown.

Points to keep in mind

Do not over fry bondas. A light golden brown would ensure softness and crispness.

Use just required curds to hold the dough.

As a variation, chopped greens can be added before frying.

 

MOONG DAL VADAI

Ingredients

Moong dal                               – 6 tbsp

Raw rice                                  – 2 tbsp

Ginger                                     – 1 tbsp minced

Green chillies                           -1 tbsp chopped

Asofoetida         /Hing             – 1tsp

Red chilly(Dry)                       – 1big

Coriander leaves                      – 2 tbsp (chopped)

Salt to taste

Oil for frying

Method

Soak moong dal and rice for half an hour along with red chilly.

Grind coarsely with just enough water. It should not become soggy.

Add green chillies, ginger, asafoetida and coriander leaves along with salt.

Heat oil in a pan and divide the batter into small flat balls and deep fry until golden brown.

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Unity of Faiths – Outing to Asian Civilisation Museum

Asian Civilisations Museum

On the 4th of March 2012, our children from levels 3 and 4 (9 & 10 year olds) from the Sai Spiritual Education (SSE) of Sri Sathya Sai Society visited the Asian Civilisations Museum. This learning journey had been planned as part of our continual efforts to create an understanding and appreciation of other religions and cultures in line with Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s teachings on Unity of Faiths.

The Asian Civilisations Museum holds the unique collection of the material cultures of the different groups originating from China, Southeast Asia, South Asia and West Asia. As one of the National Museums of Singapore, the Asian Civilisations Museum promotes appreciation of the rich cultures that make up Singapore’s multi-ethnic society.

To ensure that the children maximised their learning, the group size was kept small.  The students were taken in 2 groups, not exceeding 20 children each. The children were taken on a guided tour during which they enjoyed the stories that were shared on the different religions. This educational learning journey has truly been an eye opener for our children on how the imported religious beliefs such as Hinduism and Buddhism took root in Southeast Asia, and after which, Islam and more recently Christianity also made its entrance to Southeast Asia.

Here are some excerpts of what the children had to say about their experience:

“I think the visit to the Asian Civilisations Museum was great because I got to know about other religions.  Although, we did not view the exhibits for all the religions, we learnt a lot of things.”

S J Hariharasuthan

P4

“I was so excited that I was going to the Asian Civilisations Museum.  When we arrived there, a guide brought us around and told us about all the different religions.  We covered Buddhism and Islam.  I realised that though there were differences in the religions, the teachings were the same.”

Saumyea Kribaraja

P4

“It was fun and I learnt a lot about Islam and Buddhism.  I especially liked the sharing about Buddha.  There were different stories and they were very interesting.  At first, I did not know that Islam also has a holy book which is called “Quran”.  I hope I can go to the museum again and learn more about the religions.”

Divya Pratha V

P4

 

 

 

My Learning Journey

by

Vivek Venketram (10 years)

 

We visited the Asian Civilisations Museum as part of ‘Unity of Faiths’ learning on March 11th 2012, a bright Sunday morning. My classmates and I were very excited to see galleries on the different faiths: Buddhism, Islam and Hinduism.

 

We began with the Gallery on Buddhism. There were many portraits, beautiful sculptures of Buddha and replica of Buddha’s crown. I was fascinated by the exhibits. The guide narrated an interesting story on how Buddha got saved from a massive flood, by King Naga [Serpent King], when Buddha was meditating under a Bodhi tree to seek enlightenment.

 

Message of Buddhism:

Patience with family is love,

Patience with others is respect,

Patience with self is confidence,

Patience with God is faith

 

 

We next entered the Gallery on Islam. The gallery was eye-catching with a replica of a Mosque and the Holy book of Quran [house versions and pocket versions] that Muslims keep for protection and prayer [Namaz].

 

The guide explained to us the Five Pillars of Islam to be a True Muslim:

  1. To acknowledge that there is only one God, Allah
  2. To pray to Allah five times a day
  3. To help the poor by giving alms
  4. To fast during a  specific month, Ramadan
  5. To visit Mecca once in your life time

 

Did You Know: The five set times for prayers by Muslims?

  1. Dawn, before sunrise
  2. Midday, after the sun passes its highest
  3. Afternoon
  4. After sunset
  5. Between sunset and midnight

Our final visit was the Gallery on Hinduism. There were sculptures and portraits of Gods and Goddesses. The guide narrated the remarkable story of Ganesha’s birth.

 

Five Elements [PanchaBhuta] that manifested from ‘Aum’:

  1. Earth ( Prithvi)
  2. Water (Jal)
  3. Fire ( Agni)
  4. Wind (Vayu)
  5. Space (Akasha)

 

Did You Know: What does the term HINDU signify?

Baba says:

H: Humility

I: Individuality

N: Nationality

D: Divinity

U: Unity

 

 

Quoting Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba:

“I have come not to disturb or destroy any faith, but to confirm each in his own faith- so that the Christian becomes a better Christian, the Muslim, a better Muslim and the Hindu, a better Hindu”

I now understand that all religions are a pathway to God.  Each religion is a community that practises prayers and rituals in different ways, but share the same goal: ‘Love all and serve all’.

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Unity of Faiths – Understanding and Practising our own Religion

We come from different religions. Practise different rituals. Yet we have one common agenda – God. Swami has shared with us on various counts that while our faiths may vary, the principle of divinity remains the same.

In SSE this term, the Level 3B (students aged 10 years) class is focussing on the concept of Unity of Faiths. In one of our classes, Divika Gill whose faith is Sikhism and Kugan Ganesh who practises Hinduism, shared with the rest of the class on how they practise their respective faiths at home. The two video clips are recordings of what they shared in class.

Though our children hail from different faiths, they have exhibited respect for one another’s religious practises, and interact as brothers and sisters with their fellow classmates of the various faiths.

Unity of Faith on Sikhism video

Unity of Faith on Hinduism video

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Unity of Faiths

On Thursday evenings, all of us rush to 133, Moulmein for bhajans. Some briskly walk in there, others whoosh in by car and some others arrive through public transport. We come from Commonwealth, Bishan and even India, Africa and Changi. As each of us peer into the prayer hall, as Swami’s beatific smile gently beckons us in – are we asked how we came or where we come from?

All that matters is Swami and us.

We want our children to understand that this fantastic concept applies perfectly when different religions and pathways to God are brought in context. And the best way to implement this is through our SSE programme on Sundays, conducted at MDIS, Queenstown campus from 9:15am to 11:45am. This term, the theme for the Levels 1 to 4 (4 to 12 year-olds) is Unity of Faiths. At that very impressionable age, we want to sow the right seeds! So over the weeks, speakers from different faiths shall interact with our children, teaching them a simple prayer from their religion and explaining their beliefs and critical aspects.

Please click the link below to read further details :

Unity of Faith on Islam  || Unity of Faith on Sikhism||

Unity of Faith on Hinduism

 

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Unity of Faith on Islam

Begin in the name of Allah ……

With those words playing melodiously in the background, the second session on Unity of Faith commenced on February 12th.  The guest speakers for the day, Sister Chomel and Brother Karam, from the Muslim faith introduced Islam to our Level 3 and 4 students.

Our students were intrigued from beginning to end, revealing what they already knew about Islam, constantly asking questions, and eager to learn about its religious practices. “What smart children!” exclaimed Sister Chomel as she then proceeded to introduce the students to the lyrics of “Bismillah”, an English song in praise of Allah.

The highlight of the day was “dress-up”, as the children scurried around, trying on ethnic Muslim attire that Sister Chomel kindly brought along. It was definitely a sight to behold as they beamed while taking the class photo.


“Islam teaches us about love, just like Swami” remarked Tejas, a student from Level 3 – a true testimony to the message of Unity of Faith.

Thank you, Allah.

And with these words sung by our very own students, the session came to a close with Swami’s divine grace, while the sweet smell of dates (Iftar) and the captivating tune of “Bismillah” lingered on.

SRI SATHYA SAI SOCIETY, SINGAPORE