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Then & Now
A day in Ashram


Mr. Billy Fong was the first National SAI Youth Co-ordinator anywhere in the world…

"On behalf of all my Chinese brothers and sisters who are here, on behalf of thousands of Chinese devotees around the world who are unable to make it here and on behalf of future Chinese Sai devotees, I would like to thank Bhagawan Baba for allowing us to celebrate the Chinese New Year in Prasanthi Nilayam. It is the most important festival for the Chinese. The fact that it is today celebrated in Prasanthi Nilayam makes us Chinese feel proud and feel that Prasanthi Nilayam is our home.

What Baba has done to the Chinese

''The primary objective of this celebration is to revive the ancient values in the Chinese Tradition and Culture. The younger generation has slowly forgotten the inner significance of the Chinese New Year. Many Chinese are not having daily prayers. Many Chinese are not showing respect or do not know how to show respect to parents. Many Chinese are not doing communal prayers. I was such a Chinese and would have continued to wander in this wilderness until Bhagawan Baba came into my life. Because of Bhagawan Baba, thousands of Chinese are now having daily prayers. Thousands of Chinese now respect their parents. And thousands of Chinese now have communal prayers in Sai Centres. This Chinese New Year Celebration in Prasanthi is indeed a lighthouse to millions of Chinese throughout the world.

"The challenge for all of us is how to impart our rich and great Chinese heritage to the younger generation. We pray that Bhagawan will guide us and give us instructions on how we can do this.

"Bhagawan Baba, you have given beautiful glimpses of the inner significance of various religions of the world, viz. Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Sikhism and Islam. We pray that Swami would give us deeper glimpses of Chinese Tradition, Religion and Culture especially on Chinese God Forms.

Filial piety

"Filial piety is a cornerstone of Chinese civilization. The fact that all of us Chinese are gathered here today reflects our filial piety to our father, Bhagawan Baba. We pray that Bhagawan Baba will let the Chinese New Year be an annual event at Prasanthi Nilayam.

"Our International Chairman has urged Sai devotees to leave behind one vice at Prasanthi Nilayam and to take back one virtue. I would like to be the first person to take up this challenge. I would like to leave behind the negative quality of jealousy and envy and take up the virtue of patience. Bhagawan Baba, please guide me and give me the strength.”

“Sai Ram."