Public Meeting, Grants Pass, OR
The SSIO in the Northwest Region of the USA hosted a public meeting on Sathya Sai Baba’s teachings and His many humanitarian projects at Grants Pass, OR on Saturday, March 10, 2018. To attract a large audience, SSIO members distributed posters and brochures to local churches; yoga, and meditation and wellness centers; and health food stores. Advertisements were posted in local newspapers. These advertising materials featured prominently Sai Baba’s message of unity and Oneness of all:
There is only one religion, the religion of Love.
There is only one caste, the caste of Humanity.
There is only one language, the language of the heart
There is only one God, He is omnipresent.
About 22 attendees were warmly welcomed and treated to a 2-hour presentation. The first talk by the Regional Sai Spiritual Education (SSE) coordinator, Mr. Ananta Gudipaty, highlighted Sathya Sai Baba’s message of “Love All, Serve All”. Segments from the film, “His Works,” illustrated the many massive projects undertaken by Sai Baba and his followers all over the world. These included free medical services, free education, and hydroelectric dams to provide free drinking water. The speaker stressed that undertaking selfless service expands the heart and engenders a feeling of unity and oneness with others. Another speaker, Ms. Rosi Goldsmith from Beaverton, OR, illustrated many examples of selfless giving from the heart and how our attunement with God will reveal our Oneness with all.
Finally, in conclusion, Grants Pass Sai Center members spoke briefly of the Center’s devotional and service activities. Sai Center members then mingled and conversed informally with the guests about Baba’s teachings. A few attendees were new to Sai Baba’s teachings, and all were deeply moved and impressed by Sai Baba’s extensive humanitarian works. Interested guests were given brochures and books about Sathya Sai Baba to take home.
Regarding the presentation, one attendee expressed that her biggest takeaway from the session was learning that, “Our true happiness comes from the expansion of the heart through serving others.” Regional Officers and Sai Center members felt truly blessed to have shared Sai Baba’s message of universal love and His humanitarian legacy with the larger community.