Some five hundred devotees and friends celebrated the 90th birthday of Sri Sathya Sai Baba at Maha Mariamman Temple Hall. The event was organised by Sathya Sai Baba Centres of Perak with the theme Love, Unity and Service.
The children from various Sai Baba centres staged graceful aesthetic dance offerings, drama and cultural programmes reflecting the values of Sai Baba.
One of the outstanding performances was a short play titled ‘One Good Life’ presented by children from the Sungai Siput centre. The play was in English. This was a good initiative and gave the opportunity for the children to communicate in English. Other NGOs can follow this lead and give the opportunity to students to communicate in English.
A. Mahendren, President, Sathya Sai International Organisation, Malaysia, was the Guest of Honour and admonished devotees to face the challenges in their spiritual life. He quoted Sai Baba, “Service to man is service to God”.
In line with Sai Baba’s philosophy of service to society, especially the poor and needy, 172 students were presented with a set of uniform and shoes and 43 students were presented with spectacles.
Mementos were presented to eleven NGOs in recognition of their service for helping the needy.
The finale came with an entourage of Sai children with candle lights accompanying four youths carrying the birthday cake to the stage for the cake cutting ceremony.