Online Inspirational Series: Unite and Uplift
Love all beings—that is enough. Love with no expectation of return. Love for the sake of love. Love because your very nature is love. Love because that is the form of worship you know and like. When others are happy, be happy likewise. When others are in misery, try to alleviate their lot to the best of your ability. Practice love through selfless service (seva). By this means, you will realize unity and get rid of the ego that harms.
Sathya Sai Speaks Vol.12/Ch.4: March 1973
We request you to join Online Inspirational Series - "Unite and Uplift", featuring speakers who will share their experiences and thoughts on topics that are relevant for today. These sessions will be featured on Fridays every week.
These opportunities allow us to come together in Unity and spend the time thinking of Swami, and praying for the well-being of the entire world.
Episode 10: Happy Hour: Music for the Soul
Musicians: Madhavan Rajagopalan, Gauri Potdar, Neil Potdar, Sachin Potdar and Shivani Solanki
Date and Time: May 29th 2020 (Friday) 9.00 pm EDT | 8.00 pm CDT | 6.00 pm PDT
Join at: http://www.sathyasai.us/live
Please welcome our lineup of devotees from Texas who will be offering us “Happy Hour: Music from the Soul”.
Performing first will be Madhavan Rajagopalan from Dallas. He is an SSE graduate and has served as a local YA rep. Madhavan recently graduated with his masters in biomedical engineering. He loves all things music and is happy to be here and to spend this evening with you all.
Next, we have Gauri and Neil Potdar, from Houston. They have served as Region X and local YA reps. Gauri co-founded a water midstream company in Houston, TX and is a Hindustani Classical-trained singer. Neil is an SSE graduate and works as a Software Developer for NTTA in Houston, TX.
Last, we have Sachin Potdar and Shivani Solanki, both from Dallas. Sachin is an SSE graduate and has served as a local YA rep. He co-founded a band called DYA whose mission is to perform local events in the spirit of community service. Sachin works in Financial Systems for Keurig Dr. Pepper in Plano, TX. Shivani is an SSE graduate and is a member of the National Sai Organization, Love All Serve All music team. She also manages social media for the Zone 1 Young Adults. She is studying music therapy at Texas Woman’s University Musical Therapy program and plans to graduate this December.
These individuals have performed in various retreats, service events, and Parthi group trips over the years. They hope that you enjoy this “virtual” medley of melodies.
Episode 9: The Essence of Islam: From the Teachings of Sathya Sai Baba
Panel Members: Marie Ndao, Akhtar Z Sattar, Rasheed Mohamed, Alekhya Rao (Moderator)
Date and Time: May 22nd 2020 (Friday) 9.00 pm EDT | 8.00 pm CDT | 6.00 pm PDT
Episode 8: Ever Present Sai - A conversation with SSSIHL Anantapur Alumnae
Panel Members: Sarala Thapa, Rukmani Sivarajan, Anu Venkateswaran
Date and Time: May 15th 2020 (Friday) 9.00 pm EDT | 8.00 pm CDT | 6.00 pm PDT
Sarala Thapa graduated from the SSSIHL, Anantapur Campus, with Bachelors and Masters degree in English Language and Literature, in 2005. She was blessed to be a member and conductor of the Anantapur Brass Band. She feels grateful to have served as the Principal of the Sri Sathya Sai School in Sikkim, India, before coming to the United States. She served as the SSE Teacher and Education Coordinator at the Manhattan Sai center, NY, and is currently a member of the Sathya Sai Center of Cherry Hill, NJ, in Region 2.
Rukmani Sivarajan graduated from SSSIHL, Anantapur campus with a Bachelors degree in Physics, and later pursued an Engineering degree in Instrumentation Technology. Rukmani was part of the Anantapur music group and the brass band. She currently lives with her family in the Boston area and works as an IT solution architect in the P&C insurance industry. She served as a devotional coordinator, Bhajan trainer, SSE teacher, and an SSE coordinator in the Sai organization and an active member of the Northborough Sai Center, in Region 1.
Anu Venkateswaran was born into a family that has been blessed to be in the Sai fold since the early 1960s. She graduated from SSSIHL Anantapur campus, with a Bachelor’s degree in Physics, in 1995. For the last 22 years, Anu has been an SSE Group 3 and 4 teacher and active member of Sai Centers in Kansas City and Atlanta. She is currently serving as the President of the Sathya Sai Center of Northeast Atlanta in Region 3.
Episode 7: Mental Health: A Discussion Among Professionals, for the Sai Community
Panel Members: Suzanne Slyman, Dr. Jack Feely, Dr. Phil Gosselin, Ravi Yegya-Raman (Moderator)
Date and Time: May 8th 2020 (Friday) 9.00 pm EDT | 8.00 pm CDT | 6.00 pm PDT
Suzanne Slyman has been active in the Sai Organization since 1989, having served as an SSE teacher, center president, women's Regional YA Advisor, Regional VP, and Regional President for Region 7. Suzanne holds a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in clinical psychology. She has had a private practice as a psychotherapist since 1974 specializing in working with adults, young adults, and groups.
Dr. Jack Feely is currently the Central Coordinator of the Sathya Sai International Organization – USA. Dr. Feely is a psychologist with a clinical practice in St. Louis, and an organizational development consulting practice working with corporations around the USA. He has previously been director of a substance abuse outpatient treatment program for adolescents and young adults.
Dr. Phil Gosselin is currently the Chairperson for Zone 1 of the Sathya Sai International Organisation. Dr. Gosselin resides in Amherst, Massachusetts where he is a clinical psychologist in private practice. He has previously been a Professor of Psychology at Union Institute and has been director of the Behavioral Medicine Department at Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, MA.
Ravi Yegya-Raman lives in Boston, where he currently serves as the Region 1 male YA rep. He has facilitated regional YA retreats, center study circles, SSE classes, and sessions for SSE parents on mental health. His interest in mental health stems from personally knowing many individuals, both inside and outside the SSIO, who silently struggle with their mental health today.
Episode 6: Talk by Balan Ayyar
Date and Time: May 1st 2020 (Friday) 9.00 pm EDT | 8.00 pm CDT | 6.00 pm PDT
Balan Ayyar is a long time devotee of Swami, growing up in California and Kansas. His family home was in the Pacific Northwest, near Seattle, where his parents settled for 35 years. His mother Bavani was the President of the Renton Sai Center there for many years. He is a retired US Air Force General Officer, in his last assignment was the Commanding General of a Task Force in Afghanistan on Rule of Law. He is currently the CEO of Percipient.ai, a National Security-focused Artificial Intelligence firm in Silicon Valley.
Episode 5 Aradhana Day Edition: A conversation with Dr. Narendranath Reddy
Date and Time: April 24th 2020 (Friday) 9pm EDT | 8pm CDT | 6PM PDT
Dr. Narendranath Reddy is the Chairman of the Sathya Sai International Organization (SSIO); in addition to serving as the Chairman of the Sathya Sai International Medical Committee.
Dr. Reddy graduated in medicine from S.V. Medical College, Tirupathi, Andhra Pradesh. He specialized in internal medicine at the New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry, USA. Later, he did his sub-specialization in endocrinology and metabolism at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York. He has been a consultant and a practicing internist-endocrinologist in Southern California for 40 years. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a fellow of American College of Endocrinologists, he served on the teaching faculty at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Four generations of Dr. Reddy's family have been followers of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, with Dr. Reddy himself having come to Bhagawan Baba at the age of five. Dr. Reddy and his family have been hosting a Sathya Sai Center in their home for more than 30 years.
Episode 4: Intensifying the Inner Journey: An interactive conversation with Young Adults
Panel Members: Gayatri Kuppili, Harsha Khemlani, Ritesh Reddy, Bharat Sanders, Saikrishna Kuga (Moderator)
Date and Time: April 17th 2020 (Friday) 9.00 pm EDT | 8.00 pm CDT | 6.00 pm PDT
Bharat Sanders is a 2nd-year student at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA (Region 3). He was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Atlanta with his parents who have been SSE teachers for over 20 years. He is an avid musician and loves to engage in all kinds of music and performance projects in the service of Sai.
Gayatri Kuppili feels extremely grateful to be in Swami's Loving fold. She went through the SSE program in Michigan and has been actively involved in the SSIO in different capacities - YA rep in Michigan, Philly/NJ, SSE coordinator, and President at Sathya Sai Center of Cherry Hill in Region 2. She has been teaching SSE group 2 for over 10 years and is currently trying her luck with Group 4!
Harsha Khemlani is a cosmetologist currently residing in Austin, TX (Region 10). She feels blessed to have been born into Swami’s fold and had the opportunity to attend SSE from age 6. Originally from Portland, Oregon, she served as the female YA rep for the Sathya Sai Baba Center of Beaverton, followed by Region 6 YA rep. Harsha loves to sing Bhajans, and in her spare time, loves to paint; canvases with paint, and faces with makeup.
Ritesh Reddy is a software engineer working for Google in the San Francisco, Bay Area. He has known Sathya Sai Baba since birth, but actively got involved with the SSIO only in the last 5 years. Ritesh currently serves as the YA rep at the Sathya Sai Center of Fremont in Region 7.
Saikrishna Kugabalasooriar grew up outside of Boston in the Boston Sai Center community. He served as YA Rep in Sathya Sai Center of Boston (Region 1) for four years. He is currently a resident, training in Psychiatry and Family Medicine at Boston Medical Center. Krishna enjoys education, creating activity-based, experiential workshops, and finding the intersection of Swami's teachings and pertinent, controversial questions of our day. In his personal time, he enjoys cooking, singing, meditating, Netflixing, and traveling.
Episode 3: Talk by Mr. Sai Surendranath (Prashanti Nilayam, Puttaparthi)
Date and Time: April 10th 2020 (Friday) 9.00 pm EDT | 8.00 pm CDT | 6.00 pm PDT
Sai Surendranath’s family has been associated with Sai Baba since 1948. He became a student at the Sathya Sai Junior College in 1977 and attended the Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (Deemed University in 1979 completing a Bachelor of Commerce and then a Master of Commerce in 1984. He is now a post graduate teacher in the SSSHSS in the Department of Commerce. His teaching has been recognized by the Ministry of Human Resources Department, Government of India. He is an excellent tabla (Indian Drum) player and has been a long time member of the Prasanthi Bhajan Group.
Episode 2: Loving Service - A Panel Discussion
Panel members: Dr. Geetha Kamath, Dr. Hari Conjeevaram, Dr. Joe Phaneuf, Dr. Axay Kalathia (Moderator)
Date and Time: April 3rd 2020 (Friday) 9.00 pm EDT | 8.00 pm CDT | 6.00pm PDT
Dr. Axay Kalathia first heard of Sathya Sai Baba while a skeptical university science student in 1985. With Sai's Grace, he was drawn into His fold, prompting his first visit to Prasanthi Nilayam in 1988. He is a practicing ENT physician. He has been active in the Sai organization, serving as an officer in various roles at the center and regional level. Currently, he serves as the National Service Coordinator.
Dr. Geetha Kamath is a practicing hematologist and oncologist in St. Petersburg, Florida. She has participated in yearly medical camps in Prasanthi Nilayam, since 1975. She has received several community awards, including "The Community Hero Award" by the Tampa Bay Lightning in December 2015, in recognition of her medical service.
Dr. Hari Conjeevaram is the Vice-Chairman of the USA Medical Committee and Zone 1 (USA, Canada, West Indies) Medical Director, Sathya Sai International Organization (SSIO). He is also a member of the International Medical Committee and the International Disaster Relief Committee of the SSIO. Professionally, Dr. Hari Conjeevaram is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
Dr. Joe Phaneuf serves as the Chairman, USA Medical Committee, Advisor for the Sathya Sai International Leadership Program for Young Adults, and as Medical Director for the Ashland Free Medical Clinic, which started in 2005 and was the first SSIO free medical clinic in the USA. Dr. Joe Phaneuf has been a practicing dermatologist since 1982. He also served as Chief of Medical Staff Education, San Leandro Hospital, CA, and as a Communication Consultant for Kaiser Permanente.
Episode 1: Talk by Dr, Sunder Iyer
Date and Time: March 27th 2020 (Friday) 9.00 pm EDT | 8.00 pm CDT | 6.00pm PDT
Sunder Iyer is a student of Bhagavan Baba's academic Institutions from 1979 and stayed there until 1994. During these years while pursuing an academic education, Sunder had the privilege of learning powerful lessons in spirituality, yoga, and meditation. He earned a Ph.D. in Banking and Finance from Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning.