The Sunlit Path Programme held at the Sivananda Sunlit Path Centre on Friday, 20 May was very successful as may be seen from the fact that 111 learners out of 119 learners signed the pledge form to try to stay away from drugs and other social ills. (93.2%) We are grateful to the principals of the following six secondary schools for allowing their learners to participate in the programme: Crossmoor, Glenover, Newhaven, Queensburgh Girls' High, Risecliff and Witteklip. Learners who signed the pledge form will automatically become members of the Sunlit Club. They will be awarded a certificate for their courageous stand against the scourges of Society and will also receive our quarterly magazine, "Sunlit Path", free of charge.
Our Annual All Souls' Day Maha Satsang was held on Sunday, 1 May at the Sivananda Ghat. Our programme consisted of various messages from our Divine Master, Pujya Swami Sahajananda and our Guest Speaker, Sri Rayan Gangaram, an official at the Clare Estate Hindu Crematorium. About 400 devotees participated in the Havan.
One hundred and twenty two learners from a total of 152 attendees (80.26%) signed the pledge form to try keep away from drugs and other social ills at a workshop held at the Greytown Community Hall on Friday, 22 April 2016. The four participating secondary schools were Buhlebuyeza, Cool air, Greytown High and Greytown Secondary.
Our first Yoga Retreat for this year will be held on Sunday, 24 April from 6am to 3pm. The programme includes Mantras for rain and a Homa,lessons and discussion on our scriptures, Hindu Festivals and our Master's writings, a demonstration on snake safety, an exciting challenge entitled "Who wants to be spiritual millionaire", guest artistes, cultural items, Pujya Swamiji's humour and a grand guided beach hike or walk. We encourage all devotees to attend the Yoga Retreat and enjoy a fun-filled, blissful and spiritually illuminating day with Sri Gurudev and Pujya Swamiji.
All Souls' Day is a special prayer service conducted at Sivananda Ghat on the first of every month for the peace of all departed souls. On Sunday, 1 May, commencing at 2:30pm, Divine Life Society of SA will have a special All Souls' Day function.
Pujya Swami Sahajananda's 60th Sannyas Anniversary was observed on Sunday, 10 April at Sivanandashram, Reservoir Hills. The day began at 6am with Ganga Arati, followed by a short invocation. Devotees proceeded to Sahaja Kutir and Pujya Swamiji's sacred room for Darshan. A visit to Sahajananda Diamond Jubilee Hall completed the morning pilgrimage.
The most auspicious Ram Naumi Celebration, being the sacred Birthday of Lord Rama was held at all Divine Life Society Ashram and Branches. A large congregation was present at the headquarters of the Society in Reservoir Hills. Apart from the melodious Bhajans & Kirtans in praise of Lord Rama, as well as the chanting of the Ramayana Slokas, which inspired the congregation, a powerful message from our Divine Master, Sri Swami Sivananda was read. It urged listeners to follow the path of righteousness.
REPORT ON SUNLIT PATH FOLLOW-UP PROGRAMME IN PIETERMARITZBURG
The Sunlit Path follow-up programme held in the Aryan Hall in Pietermaritzburg on 04 March 2016, was attended by 172 learners from the following ten secondary schools: Arthur Blaxall, Carter High, Eastwood, EPS, Haythorne, Kharina, Northbury, Raisethorpe, Silver Heights and Woodlands.