On 12th September 2015, about 100 parents, students, families, staff, local community members, and guests attended a meeting honouring various faiths at the Sathya Sai School of Minas Gerais. The event, themed “Unity of Religions,” began with the Light Meditation, followed by recitation of inspirational quotes, interspersed with religious hymns and songs. Students of the Sathya Sai Centre of Serrano led the songs, including the touching song, The Sweet Taste of the Flower, rendered in Portuguese, exalting the founders of different faiths. The parents and grandparents of several students gave presentations on their respective religions. One student’s grandmother discussed Judaism in simple, loving terms, displayed a few objects of ritual, and ended with a devotional prayer. Another student’s grandmother spoke gracefully about Catholicism, touching the audience. Another parent delivered an inspiring lecture on Hinduism. The minister of the Baptist Church of Lagoinha addressed the group on the Evangelical Christian faith. The father of another student talked about the Shaman faith, concluding with a soulful devotional song. A member of the Sathya Sai Centre of Serrano presented the religions of Africa and other faiths of indigenous origin. The school principal discussed Islam, Zoroastrianism, and Buddhism, in collaboration with the coordinator of the Tibetan Buddhist Temple in Casa Branca, and others. The students staged a drama based on the life of Vivekananda, disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. The Sathya Sai School students also presented quotes by Sathya Sai Baba on religions, accompanied by faith-based songs, which drew much applause from the audience. The symbols of different religions were then placed in a basket, while the song, “We Are All from the Same Family, the Family of Love,” was sung in Portuguese. After the programme’s conclusion, parents, teachers, and staff engaged in extensive discussions about school affairs.
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