Issue 182 - June 21, 2020
Master the Mind
Mind is the cause of bondage and liberation, and if one can master this mind, one can become not just a mastermind but the master Himself, says Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai. In this series of talks, ‘Master the Mind’, primarily given to the ashram residents of Sathya Sai Grama, Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai guides us step by step, to take up a 30 day sadhana to understand, analyse, master and finally merge the mind into the divine self.
Inspirational Note...
By Sri Madhusudan Naidu

Given To God, Never Goes Waste!

It was during the Navarathri Homas and Dussehra Yajnam 2017 that a child rose on His knees while Swami passed by in Darshan and put forth a very sincere question, 

“Swami, we are offering ghee, sarees and several other expensive articles in to the fire, is it not getting wasted? Instead the same money could be better utilized for serving more poor.” Swami, paused in His steps bent low to hear him out and then with great patience and compassion explained, “Dear one! Anything offered to God does not go waste instead it comes back manifolds. The farmer who scatters a few grains on to the Mother Earth, might appear to be wasting food which could feed a few more hungry people, but truly the wise farmer knows that if he gives even a little to Mother Earth, she will give back many times more as a rich harvest later.” 

I could not imagine if the concept of offerings to Gods during Yajnam could have been simplified any further. 

Then Swami went on to say, “A little piece of saree that Draupadi tied to the bleeding finger of Krishna, came back manifolds to save her honor in the court of Kauravas.” 

“Fire is the postman who delivers our letters and parcels to the Gods whose names and addresses are chanted through the Mantras, but without paying the postal duty or attaching the stamp of love, the letter would not reach the addressee. Similarly, we must offer even if little, with great love which is what God wants from us.” 

The child was satisfied and I, overwhelmed at the implification of such profound truth.
Service Updates
Seva in Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Update on Feeding the Homeless
This year, however, Swami has expressed His wish to everyone, to share cooked food as a priority, if possible. After careful consideration about how to put that into action, the idea came to use tortillas. They can be easily filled with rice, cereals and various cooked vegetables, easily packed and are easy to eat. The choice of tortillas, because of these reasons, solved all the distribution issues and there was no problem afterwards. Something new was possible to be offered to the homeless and with Swami's Grace, the warm food helped with some of their many troubles.
Seva in Kazakhstan
The youth in Kazakhstan are engaged in assisting single-parent families; primarily single mothers and widowed mothers who are raising many children. There is also one two-parent family who have four children, living in very poor conditions. Basic necessities such as food and hygiene products are distributed every month.
Helping Beings In Need, May 2020
Selfless Seva Trust Of Istanbul
Selfless Seva Trust of Istanbul, Turkey, has continued to do Seva activities between May 4, 2020 and May 31, 2020.
  • 600 meals in Sisli Region
  • 154 meals in Pendik Region
  • 380 meals in Ömerli Region
  • 840 meals in Uskumruköy Region
  • 1,677 meals were delivered individually.