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For Parents of New Students enrolling this year – A Final Orientation Session

A final Parents Orientation Session for SSE Term 1, 2012, will be conducted on Sunday, 8th January from 2.00pm to 3.30pm at the Sri Sathya Sai Baba Centre, 2nd level, 133 Moulmein Road, Singapore 308083. This session is compulsory for parents of new students enrolling in the programme.

After this, the next session will be for the 2nd Term intake, prior to our term commencement in July 2012.

Parents can download the SSE Registration forms from our website www.saisociety.org.sg , complete the forms and submit at the session.  They are also required to bring a photocopy of their child’s BC/IC.

Click here to download the Registration form

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Summer Showers – June 2011

 

Hurray! Hurray! It’s a holi-holiday!!

It is school holiday time, SSE children of our Centre will be singing bhajans for this month of June for 4 Thursdays i.e 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd June . We first introduced children’s bhajans/special songs/presentations on Thursdays in March 2003 and it has been a regular practice every year to give opportunity for students to sing/present at least once during holiday periods i.e 4 times a year. This practice of having children’s bhajans/presentations the whole of June commenced in June 2010 and is named Summer Showers.

You may look forward to powerful vedic chanting,lively, soulful bhajans and special songs, and interesting, inspiring and thought-provoking presentations by students/alumni of SSE. This Thursday 2nd June, in addition to bhajan by students, the alumni of SSE, who are currently mentoring the students in debate and public speaking, will share their views and feelings about the recent Mahasamadhi of our beloved Swami and their connection with Him. This will be followed by a special rendition-  a touching English song by the students singers. Hence the “Message Of The Lord” videos will continue only from 30th June onwards.

Pls do attend and give your loving support to the SSE Group.

Summer Shower Presentations :

      Presentation on 2nd June
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Learning about Unity of Faiths – Visit to a Mosque


Reverence of all religions is fundamental to Swami’s teachings on ‘Unity of Faiths’. In Prasanthi Nilayam, the abode of Swami, a ‘Sarva Dharma’ (Unity of Faiths) monument reminds everyone of this principle. Festivals of various religions are celebrated in His presence. Naturally, this principle is integral to the SSE programme.

Every year, as part of the spiritual education, visits are arranged to different places of worship as part of our continued efforts to instill in children an appreciation for different faiths and their teachings. Such visits also help the children see the commonalities across religions, which is very much in line with Swami’s teaching on ‘Unity of Faiths’. In previous years, the children visited a Sikh Temple as well as a Buddhist Temple. This year, a visit was arranged to the Mujahidin Mosque at 590 Stirling Road on 27 Mar 2011 for the Level 2 students (7 & 8 year olds).

The visit to the Mosque heightened pupils’ awareness of the Muslim faith. They particularly learnt about the Muslims’ way of prayer, the Quran, their customs as well as their teachings. Parents also gave very good feedback. The students were excited about their experience; following are some comments from them:

All our friends enjoyed the trip. We had fun and learnt a lot about Muslims and their customs. We learnt that Muslims pray 5 times a day. In the mosque they teach us that they wash their body before they pray – they wash their legs, hands, elbows, head and ears 3 times. We learnt that Muslims must go to Mecca once in a life time which is their holy place. The prayer hall was covered with red carpet and was very clean. The praying area is separated for ladies and gents. Muslims holy book is the Quran.” – Ganesh Hariharan.

“…I liked the mosque because it is clean. I also liked it because there are classes in the mosque…” – Shreya Raman.

“We have to be disciplined while praying. Before entering the mosque we have to clean ourselves. I learnt that Muslims have to visit Mecca at least once in life. I learnt that the Islam sign is a crescent moon and a star.” – Sreekar Gudipati.

“I learnt that Muslims pray 5 times a day. I also learnt the Muslim prayer. I learnt how to focus on the prayer. I learnt the importance of truthfulness, generosity and sincerity. I liked the Muslim prayer and the picture of Mecca.” – Keerthana Reddy.

“I learnt that Muslims are very focused and they surrender to Allah. In Mecca, Muslims walk around the Kabaa seven times. I like to be generous.” – Pavan Balaji.

“…The Muslims pray in the direction of Mecca . I liked the praying area. It is very peaceful…” – Vikashini Mohan.   

“…I learnt that the Muslims fast during Ramadan and go around the Kabaa 7 times. I liked the prayer area and the classrooms. They are huge and clean. I liked the goody bags that we received after the tour…” – K. Preneel.

“I learnt how the Muslims pray and give to charity. They are very disciplined… When the Muslim boy recited the Quran, everybody clapped loudly.” – Thavendran s/o Ramachandran.

Some of the parents of the students also gave their feedback on the trip:

“I feel my children’s visit to the mosque was indeed a wonderful experience. They shared with me how a boy read out verses from the Quran. That had certainly created an impact on my children. They also explained that Quran is read not from left to right but instead from right to left. They articulated that the language in which Quran is written is called ‘A-R-A-B-I-C’. I was amazed! They enjoyed the trip and the trip seems to have etched good memories. Well Done!” – Parents of Devaanathan & Thevendran, Mrs Malarvizhi Ramachandran.

“I felt happy about the visit to the mosque as we have never visited a mosque. After the visit our daughter knew more about the customs and she is able to analyse it in relation to our customs. She is able to respect other religions. Thanks to SSE classes for giving her the opportunity.” – Parents of Shalini, Mrs Valli Kannu.

“My son went on a tour to a mosque. He enjoyed the ambience of the mosque and the tour gave him insight of Islamic religion. Main note from Karthik was that the “peaceful praying to God” really attracted him. As a father, I reiterated to him that all religions bring everyone towards God.” – Parents of Karthikeyan, Mr Ramanujam.

“We are very happy that our children went to the mosque. Thanks for your efforts in heightening our child’s understanding about other religions. This would go a long way in helping them respect other races too. Thanks for your support. Sairam” – Parents Of Keerthana Reddy, Mrs Padmaja.

“We appreciate your efforts in moulding our children’s character. Your trip to the mosque would help them in understanding the Muslim tradition. Thanks for your efforts in promoting understanding of different religions and customs. Sairam” – Parents Of Ruthwik Krishna, Mr Raja Sekhar Reddy.

“My daughter, Vaishnavi is attending the SSE class for the last 2 years. The visit to the mosque that they had on 27/03 was a unique and memorable experience for her. I feel it has made a significant impact on her. Right from the interior of the mosque to the videos clippings that they saw, to the people they met there, Vaishnavi was talking about everything. She was very excited to talk about it. I appreciate the efforts taken by the gurus to make this possible. I also take this opportunity to thank her gurus for the positive values that they impart to the children in class. Through the different activities like bhajans, videos, stories, art & craft the messages that are given to children are invaluable. Most importantly, every week Vaishnavi looks forward to going to class and is very happy when she comes back. This alone is enough to know that she is really enjoying the class. Thank you & Sairam.” – Parents of Vaishnavi, Mrs Annapurna Kishore.

The report was compiled by the gurus of Level 2

Mosque Visit Photo Album

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SCA – Music

Plato once said that music “is a more potent instrument than any other for education”. Recent research has found that music uses both sides of the brain, a fact that makes it valuable in all areas of development. Music affects the growth of a child’s brain academically, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Research indicates that musical training permanently wires a young mind for enhanced performance.

Music is physical. Music can be described as a sport. Learning to sing and keep rhythm develops coordination. The air and wind power necessary to blow a flute, trumpet or saxophone promotes a healthy body.

Music is emotional. Music is an art form. We are emotional beings and every child requires an artistic outlet. Music may be your child’s vehicle of expression.

Music is spiritual. Music is of the spirit and inspirational to the spirit. All religions use music to help express spiritual values, and all religions use music to uplift the spirit.

Music sparks the imagination. It invokes mental imagery and inner scenery that opens the mind to amazing insight and spans the distance between the stars.

Music is for life. Most people can’t play soccer, or football at 70 or 80 years of age but they can sing. And they can play piano or some other instrument. Music is a gift you can give your child that will last their entire lives.

Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue…Plato

Music expresses that which cannot be put into words…Victor Hugo

After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music… Aldous Huxley

Why waste money on psychotherapy when you can listen to the B Minor Mass?  ~Michael Torke

There is nothing in the world so much like prayer as music is.  ~William P. Merrill

Music’s the medicine of the mind.  ~John A. Logan

Music is the universal language of mankind.  ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Outre-Mer

Music is what life sounds like.  ~Eric Olson

Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.  ~Alphonse de Lamartine

Music SCA

The Music SCA provides a platform for students who are musically talented to showcase their talents and skills. It allows creativity and expression and brings joy and life. It is open to boys of age 15 and above who are part of the SSE Programme at MDIS Campus. Intake is strictly based on audition. The Music SCA is conducted from 10.45 to 11.30am every Sunday morning at MDIS Campus, Stirling Road. Extra practice sessions if needed are conducted at Sai Centre, 133 Moulmein Road.

Activities Of Music Team

 The main aim of the Music SCA is:

  1. To encourage and develop musical talents of students
  2. To serve the community through music
  3. To foster human values and devotion through music

 

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SCA – Debate

Debate or debating is a formal method of interactive and representational argument. Debate is a broader form of argument than logical argument, which only examines consistency from axiom, and factual argument, which only examines what is or isn’t the case or rhetoric which is a technique of persuasion. Though logical consistency, factual accuracy and some degree of emotional appeal to the audience are important elements of the art of persuasion, in debating, one side often prevails over the other side by presenting a superior “context” and/or framework of the issue, which is far more subtle and strategic.

Debate SCA

Debate has been introduced as one of the Sai Centred Activities in order that the students develop useful skills such as  public speaking skills, logical thinking, art of persuasion and critical writing. The student also stands to gain much knowledge from researching on different topics etc.

 It allows the student to open up and voice his/her thoughts firmly but without negativity in an environment where the ‘judges’ are caring, invested and attentive and not just out to choose a winner. The facilitators aid the student in deepening his/her thinking and learning and in building up a healthy competition among the participants.

 The student becomes a confident speaker who is able to put forth his/her views in a firm or polite yet persuasive manner, grounded in human values. He/she learns the art of expressing views coherently and convincingly. The Debate SCA provides a good learning opportunity as we have a talented team of facilitators to guide the students. This learning will be of great use not just for school but in the long run, in the working life as well.  

 The main aim of Debate SCA is

  • To explore and get a deeper understanding of Swami’s teachings through a simplified debating format.
  • To discuss some of the current world topics in a spiritual context.
  • To build up self-confidence

 The Debate SCA is conducted separately for boys and girls of age 13 and above from 10.45 to 11.30am as part of the SSE programme at MDIS campus, Stirling Road. It is open only to the SSE students at MDIS Campus.

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SCA – Bhajans

Bhajans! That wonderful genre of devotional music which instantly taps into the wellspring of divine ecstacy and communion that can be felt from deep within our hearts!

Bhajan is a prayer, an offering in all humility and reverence to our Loving God. It is a personal conversation between the devotee and God, set to beautiful music.  It is no wonder then, that this unique genre of devotional Congregational singing has an instant uplifting effect. Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba says, “Bhajan must spread goodwill, love, ecstacy; it must cleanse the polluted atmosphere; it must invite all to share in the joy and peace. THE ANANDA I DERIVE FROM BHAJANS, I DO NOT DERIVE FROM ANYTHING ELSE.” …(SSS Vol VIII).  Hence, the whole-hearted participation of the entire congregation ensures the cleansing away of all negativity in the environment by spreading the Positive Vibrations of the Potency of the divine Name. Bhagavan says, “Where the glory of the divine name is sung, there I install Myself”. So bhajans bless us with the opportunity to feel Bhagavan’s Divine Presence and be enveloped in His grace.

As we go through our earthly journey, we get caught up in the illusory drama of existence. Swami has given us a simple solution to nurture our spirit and realize our ultimate goal,  “Think of bhajan as a part of spiritual training to be taken seriously for reducing attachment to fleeting objects, and purifying and strengthening you, liberating you from the cycle of birth and death and consequent misery.”…(The Holy Man and the Psychiatrist ).

 We are fortunate to be born in the age that the Divine has chosen to manifest in human form, our beloved Yuga Avathar, Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.  As we learn from Him “ Let your whole life be a spiritual song. Believe that God is everywhere at all times, and derive strength, comfort, and joy by singing His glory”… (SSS Vol X)

Let us all make our lives a beautiful divine song to be offered at His divine lotus feet.

 

Bhajan – SCA

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba has blessed us abundantly by stating, “Namasankeerthana is the best spiritual sadhana for Liberation in this age”. He has made our journey of ultimate merger with Him so very easy and pleasant! To quote Bhagavan “Bhajan must become an unbroken stream of bliss on your tongues and in your hearts; it must confer on you, the uninterrupted awareness of Soham, of the unity of I and HE”… (SSS Vol IX)

To develop the spirit of Bhajan at a young age, Bhajan singing has been integrated into the SSE programme as one of the Sai Centred Activities. This SCA is open only to students and Gurus.
The Bhajan SCA aims at:

  1. Instilling in the student, the confidence to sing
  2. Identifying those who have potential to lead bhajans
  3. Encouraging student-instrument-players to play for bhajans
  4. Instilling the bhajan discipline
  5. Fostering devotion through bhajan singing

Timings and classes:

10.45 to 11.30 every Sunday at MDIS campus. Stirling Road
Separate classes for boys and girls

 

 

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SCA – Veda

SCA – Veda Learning

As Bhagavan Baba emphasis frequently regarding the importance of learning and chanting Vedas, the SSE curriculum has been structured to include Vedas as one of the Sai Centered Activities (SCA).  Veda classes are conducted regularly on Sunday from 10.45 am. to 11.30 am., at the MDIS Campus, Stirling Road, as part of the SSE program. The classes are open to all students and adults interested in learning. The classes that are currently run are:

  1. Veda Beginners (Group 1)
  2. Veda Beginners (Group 2)
  3. Veda Advanced
  4. Rudram – Click here to list to Namakam

Activities of the Veda Unit

The structure below gives a visual picture of the activities of the Veda unit.

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Sri Rudram Classes at MDIS

Sri Rudram – A prayer to Shiva who is verily our beloved Lord Sai!

We are very happy to inform you that in preparation for Bhagavan’s 85th Birthday celebrations, the Veda team has undertaken the sacred and most joyous task of teaching the Sri Rudram to all who are keen and committed to learn. The Rudram will be taught at MDIS campus (at our SSE classes), Sterling Road, near Queenstown MRT, from 11am to 12.10pm from Jan 24th, 2010 onwards.

Since the vedic chant is quite long, we will need all those who attend to continue attending the Rudram classes at Moulmein even after we close our regular SSE classes at the MDIS campus. Students attending will be given a break during exam period and classes will resume soon after and will continue into the holiday period.

This is a golden opportunity for all interested to learn and commitment to the learning process is a definite pre-requisite. Let us use this opportunity to learn this sacred and most ‘sort-after’ chant. This will remain with us for our entire life-time! Sri Rudram is for life and for a living:)
Significance of Sri Rudram:
Sri Rudram is a very sacred chant that is all encompassing. It comprises praise of the various aspects of the Supreme Being. It also comprises prayers for fulfilling all material desires that are positive (that mean no harm to others in any way).Sri Rudram has great healing powers for many types of ailments, removes sorrow and offers great protection to the one who chants it.

Sri Rudram is considered very auspicious (the word ‘Sri’ itself means auspicious). When we chant Sri Rudram we identify ourselves with That Auspicious Form from whom all auspiciousness originates.

When we chant the Namakam part of the Sri Rudram, with each chant we identify ourselves with the divinity. When we chant the Chamakam part of the Sri Rudram, we should see His divinity everywhere and in everything. There is divinity in everything which is referred as’ Chame Chame’ in the Chamakam. The literal interpretation for ‘chame’ is – I want this ( Divinity).  When we identify ourselves with divinity then everything becomes divine and we see only divinity everywhere. And hence ‘Chame’ means  I AM IN THAT (Divinity),

Shiva grants sumptuousness, the capacity of speech, power of knowledge, strong and sturdy body, abundant wealth and enormous pious acts.   We bow to Sri Rudra who is present in fire, in water, in trees and plants and in the entire universe, the all pervading.

The Ati Rudra is the most potent form of all prayers involving the chanting of Rudram 14641 times. Bhagavan Baba in his discourse on 19th August 2006 at Prasanthi Nilayam at the Ati Rudra Maha Yagnyna:

“This yagnya is conducted to realize the ‘Self’, not just with a view to achieve some physical and worldly benefits. This yagnyna is not merely for a few individuals; it is for the entire world. The mantras chanted here mix in the air and spread to the entire universe. These sacred sounds enter our hearts and purify them. Hence, do not think that the mantras in this yagnya are confined only to this place. They spread to the entire world. The yagnya is not only for the benefit of India but also for all countries. People of many countries have participated in this Yagnya with a lot of enthusiasm. They are also learning the Veda Mantras”.

And people from Italy, Japan, Macedonia have all chanted the Rudram in Bhagavan’s divine presence. What better timing can we ever have than this 85th year! Swami, during His 83rd year had asked Rudram as A Birthday Gift. We should also try our best to give this gift and more for all that He has done for us.

SRI SATHYA SAI SOCIETY, SINGAPORE