Gift of Love
Sri Sathya Sai Anandam Stichting Nederland (Sri Sathya Sai Anandam Foundation Netherlands)
Christmas 2020 was a noteable one for the youth of Netherlands! On that day, Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai reminded us once again in His Discourse of a central teaching of Jesus: ‘All Are One.’ He explained that ‘we are one’ as divinity resides in all of us. It is the love within our hearts that unites everyone.
This was our inspiration and hence the youth of Netherlands initiated the ‘Gift of Love’ programme. They got together and arranged Christmas presents for all the people at a local homeless shelter, to spread joy and love during this festival of gifting. Goodie bags were packed with some winter clothing, such as caps, gloves and socks, as well as a few sweet treats. These reached the shelter on Christmas Eve, casting love and smiles all around.
The youth had also been serving food to the people residing in these shelters on a weekly basis. The residents were touched that they had been thought of and cared for. They were moved at being able to share their love and joy on this sacred occasion and expressed their heartfelt gratitude through their words and handwritten letters of appreciation.
In His Discourse, Sri Madhusudan Sai reminded us that the true meaning of celebrating Christmas is to be living examples of the teachings of Jesus: ‘To recognise our oneness, love everyone, sacrifice for all, forgive all, accept all and condemn none.’ The Gift of Love initiative was an attempt at practicing His teachings by sharing gifts as tokens of love and connecting our hearts with those of the less fortunate so that we could demonstrate and experience oneness.