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Atlanta Center Celebrates Sadhu Vaswani Birth Anniversary

January 2004
Atlanta Center Celebrates Sadhu Vaswani Birth Anniversary

The Sadhu Vaswani Center, Atlanta celebrated the 124th birthday celebrations of Sadhu TL Vaswani on November 23, at the East Roswell Park. Around 150 people participated with ardent fervor in the celebrations.

The program started with a havan (fire ceremony) by Gita and Mahesh Mehrotra, following which, ten kids from the Sadhu Vaswani Children's Class sang kirtans from the Guru Nanak Shahbad. Later, Gita Mehrotra reflected on a thought from the Nuri Granth, while Sanjeev Mehtani contemplated on one in English.

The Sadhu Vaswani Children's class meets on the second and fourth Sunday of every month. They are taught satsung and seva rituals and learn bhajans, prayers, and meditation, according to Gita Mehrotra. "Last year the class had a toy seva for homeless shelters and also fed the birds and ducks. Early this year, the class participated in a cow seva," she said.

The class has also embarked on ?boxes of blessings' since last January. Each child is encouraged to donate a penny every morning and for any special occasion or event, to express gratitude to God. The funds thus collected were used for the seva project. From this January, the children will start a jal dhan drive, where the money collected from the ?boxes of blessings' will be donated to the Sadhu Vaswani Center in Rajkot to buy water coolers for the Sadhu Vaswani's Girls' School. "The drive is open to everybody," said Mehrotra. "Tiny drops make an ocean," she added.

The Atlanta center has been actively engaged in several community activities during the last year, including a food drive in January, a socks drive in February and a blanket drive in November. Around 200 blankets were distributed to five different shelters in Atlanta, as part of this drive. In March, the center sponsored 77 eye cataract surgeries in India as part of its ?Gift for Sight' program. In August, it sponsored 101 children's education for one academic year.

For more information on the Atlanta Sadhu Vaswani Center contact Asha Advani at 770-442-3450. For more on the Children's Class, call Gita Mehrotra at 770-381-8698 or Mary Mahtani at 770-923-3860.

-Veena Rao

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