SSIO members of the Midwest Region displayed a booth at the “Beliefs of the World” Tent at the Festival of Nations, recently held in St. Louis, Missouri on August 25th and 26th.  SSIO members joined together in fellowship with representatives of major world religions from the St. Louis metropolitan area. These communities of faith provided an overview of their religious beliefs, answered questions from the festival attendees and promoted unity and understanding among the various faiths represented.  At the Sathya Sai booth, SSIO members shared the teachings of Sathya Sai Baba and presented the underlying tenets of the Sathya Sai Organization including the Unity of Faiths, the Five Universal Human Values and the importance of Selfless Service.

A student, who was assigned to visit the tent by her Religions of the World teacher, shared that while she had talked to all the faith/beliefs representatives, she felt that Sathya Sai’s message of Love made the greatest impact on her.  She was particularly moved by the various Sai quotes on display: ‘Love All and Serve All’ and ‘Help Ever and Hurt Never’.  She exclaimed: “I am so touched, because in today’s world there is so much chaos. Everyone is so self-centered and there is so much hatred.  This message of love and service is so very powerful and meaningful for all of humanity. It is wonderful that your Spiritual Teacher stresses what we need today.” The mother of the student was also very impressed that the Sai organization had a program called Sai Spiritual Education which focuses on teaching children about the five universal human values of truth, right conduct, peace, love and non-violence. Both mother and daughter expressed how wonderful it was to see Sathya Sai Baba’s teachings presented in a very simple and easily comprehensible way that was easy to connect with.

Representatives of the various faiths expressed how much they were deeply moved by the feeling of unity, love and support among the different faith communities. SSIO members stated that the multi-faith event truly exemplified Sathya Sai Baba’s message of the Unity of World Religions, and reinforced His teaching that there was only One Religion: Religion of Love.