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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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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.

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Sivarathri Articles

Aum Sairam
The Hindi saying, “Mukh mein Sai naam aur hath mein Sai kaam” (The lords name on the lips and his work in hands) proved true at our level 2 SSE class on a Sunday morning when children, of P1 and P2 came together to perform a seva of packing nuts for Shivrathri prasadam.
“Selfless service”, this value is deeply understood by our children but when they had an opportunity to do it hands-on, their excitement knew no bounds. At around 10.30 am all the children washed their hands; clean and dry. They were all ears to the instructions given by Sis Aparna and Sis Akila. Soon, they formed into six groups and each one had to put one type of nut into the zip pouches and pass forward.
We all offered our prayers to Lord Ganesha and Lord Shiva and started Sai Namasmaranam in tandem. The whole flow of activity went on smoothly. The children were at the peak of their discipline and self control. They served with so much joy and willingness that it became infectious for us all.
The gurus took charge of passing over the packets from one counter to another, and checking for all types of nuts (cashew, almonds, raisins, apricots, peanuts) in the packets. The chanting of Lord’s name and his work in the hands of every one present there made the whole atmosphere Divine. In the midst of this divinity our beloved Swami made His presence felt to each one of us, the fragrance of vibhuti filled the air like breeze among flowers and the lucky few saw a flower of blessing fall at Swami’s altar. Thank you Swami!
As the packets were piling up, the children learnt that “There is something you can do; no matter what age you are, to help others.” At last all the prasadam was packed and then the whole class joined together in singing bhajans. Sis Suba made an announcement that, “Four hundred and twenty-eight packets were packed and sealed in a matter of thirty minutes!!” Everyone was awestruck. The students learned: “The power of many hands working together can make a difference in times of need.”I was very touched by their tender hearts and great spirits. I went back home with the fond memories of the SEVA.
With humble pranams at the lotus feet of Swami, I pray Swami to guide us and shower his love on us always.
– A Guru

“Last Sunday I took part in a service activity conducted by our Sai Centre. My friends and I helped in for the packaging of Prasadam packets. We managed to pack 428 packets filled with nuts. I felt excited about the SEVA I did as I got the chance to do a little part. I would like to quote what Swami says “Service is God. Human life is meant for service to others. “”
Roma Shrikant Joshi
Level 2 (8 years old)

‘Sivaratri’ means ‘night of Lord Siva’. The important features of this religious function are rigid fasting for twenty-four hours and sleepless vigil during the night.The worship of Lord Siva consists in offering flowers, Bilva leaves and other gifts on the Linga which is a symbol of Lord Siva, and bathing it with milk, honey, butter, ghee, rose-water, etc
Prasadam packing seva for Sivaratri was undertaken by Level 2 SSE students(7 & 8 year olds) for the Shiva Ratri celebrations this year organised by the SSSOS on 20th February at the Sai Society, 133 Moulmein Road. There was continuous 12 hour singing in praise of the Lord through the night.
The prasad consisting of dry fruits like cashews, raisins, almonds,peanuts were packed into small ziploc packets were distributed to devotees at the end of the 12hours. We really enjoyed doing this seva for swami and being part of such an auspicious occasion.
Sashank Rajesh
Level 2 (8 years old)

https://saisociety.org.sg/society/photo-gallery/SSE%20Events/2012-Sivarathri%20Articles/

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Unity of Faith On Sikhism

In Swami’s loving guidance and grace, the program began last Sunday, February 5th with Sis Satvanti from the Sikh faith, a devotee and former SSE guru, teaching a simple Sikh prayer to our students. Her son Paviter Singh – dressed in fully traditional Sikh attire, thus enhancing the mood! – assisted her. As the session ended, the students were able to understand the true meaning of the prayer and recite it fluently. As young Utkarsh says, “God is… without fear, without hate, without time… timeless. Wow.” He also went on to add, “When I chant the mantra, I inhaled all positive thoughts into my mind and exhaled the negative ones.” Profound statements from a young mind, which make us certain that Swami is directing the programme beautifully…as confirmed by the teacher herself “The students are a polite and very enthusiastic lot of kids. They were respectful of the religious faith and asked very pertinent questions.” And so our students have begun the journey of knowing that every road they take leads into Swami’s arms.

 

 Please click the link to watch a talk on Unity of Faith on Sikhism

SRI SATHYA SAI SOCIETY, SINGAPORE