Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s 89th Birthday Celebrated with Grandeur

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SUGAR LAND: The Sathya Sai Centers of Houston celebrated Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s 89th Birthday at the Sugar Land Auditorium on Sunday November 23. Over 600 guests attended the celebration. The chief guest was the Honorable Consul General of India, Parvathaneni Harish and his wife Nandita.

The program started with a contemporary Ganesha dance by young Sai Spiritual Education (SSE) Students. The highlights of the program were three inspirational plays, presented by the SSE Students. The first play; ‘Joy of Giving’ was about a 5 Star Chef, whose heartfelt decision ultimately transforms his life and that of his community. It inspired the audience to use their skills to serve their own communities.

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In the second play, ‘The Power of God’s Name’, young actors inspired the audience to take God’s name at all times. The play was about a robber, Ratnakara’s transformation from cruelty to spirituality. God’s name transforms him and he goes on to write one of the greatest epics in the world, ‘Ramayana’.

The third play ‘The Light Within ‘showed the life of Helen Keller, the recipient of Presidential medal of Freedom. The play depicted how she overcame her personal struggle with blindness and loss of speech at a very young age. She inspired millions of people throughout the world to get over their disabilities.

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Isha Desselle, Founder and President of ‘Turning Point’, a shelter where the Sai Centers of Houston volunteer regularly, inspired the audience with her amazing journey of providing shelter to the homeless and elderly people.

A joyous cake cutting by the young children made the audience smile. The program came to a conclusion with a harmonious devotional singing session by the Young Adults of the Sathya Sai Centers of Houston. Udipi Restaurant served a sumptuous Mahaprasad/Dinner.

Houston area Sai devotees meet at two locations in the North and South parts of town on Sundays from 3:00pm – 5:30pm.  They engage in weekly activities that include Community Service, Sai Spiritual Education classes for children, meditation, study circle, and devotional group singing.

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