Sathya Sai Baba
Aum Sri Sai Ram,
Welcome to the official website of Sri Sathya Sai Baba Centre of Durham.
The Sri Sathya Sai Baba Organisation is established with the fundamental objective laid down by Sri Sathya Sai Baba, "Awaken in man the Divinity inherent in him". The inspiration of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba's example and message of unselfish love and service has resulted in the establishment of over 1200 Sathya Sai Baba Centres in 146 countries throughout the world.
The members of Sathya Sai Baba Centres are united by a common bond, love for God, as well as a common goal of spiritual growth. Members include people from all walks of life, and the Centre programs are well matched with the values of all the major religions. Please navigate through our website for information about our centre, centre activities and upcoming events / programs. Kindly feel free to provide your feedback, which will help us grow.
SWAMI ALWAYS SAYS ...!!
Do not be weighed down by the so-called downfalls you face at times. That which may appear as suffering to you, may become a big milestone of progress in your spiritual path to reach Me. Welcome Me in any form I appear, whether in happiness or sorrow. Do not judge Me badly because things do not seem to go the way you think them to be. Trust Me and know for sure, that your welfare is more important to Me than to you yourself!
SSSBCD & PDG Celebrates Maha Shivaratri 2017
We, the Sri Satya Sai Centre of Durham (SSSCD), are grateful to the Pickering Devotional Group (PDG) for kindly inviting us to join them in celebrating Shivaratri together on Friday 24, 2016. Brother Anoop and his wife sister Sharda kindly hosted the celebration. The evening was blissful. Indeed it was the getting together as one big family sharing a divine evening. We all felt the warm welcome.
The whole evening was so well organized which started by a Pooja. Everyone joined in the Abhishek of the Shiv Lingam and the offering of the Bilva leaves to the lord followed by bhajans, discourse, arti and delicious prasad. The evening started by doing the Ganesh Pooja along with Mantra Puspam, Baba Ashtottram, Abhishek with Rudram,Namakam, Chamakam, Sai Rudram, Sai Chamakam and kshama prathna. Listening to the vedic mantras transported us for a short while to morning chanting in Puttarparthi. The whole atmosphere was vibrant, inspirational and peaceful. Unseen, but present, Swami was there to shower His grace on everyone.
Happiness and smile radiated on everyone’s face. Most importantly, the children and parents’ devotion and participation were the highlight of the evening. Truly, the efforts of the veterans are greatly acknowledged for setting great examples for the next generation to come that is sharing of common values of love, peace and unity. Together, as a united family, we can achieve more and there is a lot to be done for the community. We look forward to working together for many future events.
Sri Sathya Sai Baba Centre of Durham Christmas Workshop - 2016
In 2016, the Group 3 and 4 SSE students of the Sri Sathya Sai Baba Centre of Durham (SSSCD) were pleased to put together a special Sai Christmas Workshop for the SSE children along with their parents. The objective of the team was to provide the audience with a fun Xmas experience and to raise awareness about serving the community with the motto: “Service to man is service to God”- Sai Baba.
The children had successfully put together a similar project in 2015 which was unanimously approved by the President and active members of the Centre. This project was part of their leadership learning strategy. It allowed them to practice the values they learned in class, namely: loving, giving and sharing while applying the 5Ds – dedication, devotion, discipline, discrimination and determination.
Similar to last year, they brainstormed ideas in class and effectively came with a consensus. They learned how to streamline feasible projects, to manage time and resources and to work in a team respecting different views and ideas. They planned activities that included the group two and the pre-SSE children as well.
There were more than 30 children who participated and some of the parents attended as well.
The activities consisted of collecting nonperishable goods for homeless youth at the Joanne’s House and gifts for a women’s shelter. Both are in the Durham region. For the Christmas festivities, they decorated a Christmas tree, gingerbread cookies which were backed by one SSE child; they played trivia games such as ‘pass the parcel’, ‘bomb diffuser’ which they mostly enjoyed. They participated in charades, Xmas carol singing, drawing, painting and story-telling.
It is to be noted that they did not raise any funds for these projects, but had some minor support from their parents and used their own money. The Christmas workshop was culminated by vegetarian pizza kindly offered by the President of the (SSSCD) and his wife who hosted the whole event at their house.
The laughter, joy and fun and display of talents were testimony to the success of the Xmas workshop.
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PLEASE NOTE THAT SRI SATHYA SAI BABA CENTRE OF DURHAM WILL BE HAVING ITS BAL VIKAS CLASSES AND BHAJANS AT A TEMPORARY LOCATION. THE NEW ADDRESS IS AS FOLLOWS:
26 DOLBY CRES.
CENTRE EVENTS 2017 - Updated Sept. 9th 2017
SRI SATHYA SAI BABA CENTRE OF DURHAM AND DURHAM TAMIL ASSOCIATION CELEBRATES HALLOWEEN DIWALI - 2016
The joint celebration of Diwali and Halloween by the Sri Sathya Sai Baba Centre of Durham (SSSBSD) and Durham Tamil Association(DTA) took place on October 30, 2016 in the auditorium of the Pickering Public Library whose vision is to “connect residents to build a community”.
The aim of the joint venture is to build a strong community for today’s children in the Durham region and for generations to come. This event allowed the children, parents and guests to connect, to share knowledge and to have fun. More than 50 children from ages 5 to 12 from both Durham (SSSBSD) and (DTA) participated in these celebrations. They came all dressed up in their favourite Halloween costumes; took part in games, painting of earthen lamps, also called ‘diya’. Lighting of the ‘diyas’ is a key to Diwali.
It was a joy to see the children from both groups mingling and enjoying themselves as if they knew each other from a long time. Besides, the occasion allowed the participants to take an active role in multicultural programs that reflect the Canadian social and cultural fabric.
Canada, being a multicultural country, encourages its citizens to take pride in their ancestry. Both Diwali and Halloween festivals originated from different cultures from various parts of the world. While Diwali originated from an ancient Indian cultural heritage to celebrate good over evil, Halloween originated from ancient Celtic tradition to honour the dead.
This joint venture by both the (SSSBSD) and the (DTA) successfully achieved a common vision of unifying and building communities. They look forward to working together on similar projects with shared values.
Weekly Bhajans: Sri Sathya Sai Baba Centre of Durham has commenced weekly bhajans taking place every Sunday from 11:00-12:00 Noon. Bhajans are being held at 26 Dolby Cres. Ajax ONT, . Please check our Bhajan Schedule posted on this site. Those of you, particularly Senior Citizens requiring transportation to our Bhajan venues, please drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 905-550-2365.
Bal Vikas Classes: Our Bal Vikas classes will commence on Sunday Sept. 17th from 9:30 to 11AM Classes will be taking place at our centre located at 26 Dolby Cres Ajax ONT. If you would like to register your child, please download the registration by clicking here, complete and bring it with you to any of our regular weekly Bal Vikas classes. For more information please contact us via email at email@example.com.
Temporary Centre Location
26 Dolby Cres.